End of The Day

from No Straight Lines by Bill Gable

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This lyric was inspired by Fernando Pessoa, in particular the poetry of his Alberto Caiero heteronym. Here is one I particularly love:

To think of God is to disobey God
Because God wanted us not to know him,
And therefore did not show himself to us . . .

Or this one by the Ricardo Reis heteronym:

No one, in the vast and virgin jungle
Of this unreckoned world, ever sees
The God he knows.
Only what is borne upon the wind, upon the wind is heard,
All we ponder, our loves, our gods,
Pass on, because we do.

This recording finally brought my dear friend Eduardo del Barrio and me together on a commercial project. Years ago he wrote a wonderful Bartok-inspired string quartet arrangement for the song “Gone Down The River” off of my unreleased Shovel Of Dirt album, but the recording session was a disaster and the results unusable. (Painful lesson learned: if you don’t give the players a great monitoring system, you only have yourself to blame if their intonation is horrible.) Edu’s arrangement here is a jewel, played beautifully by the Eclipse Quartet.

The little percussion part is me tapping on a music stand with my fingers. The track is rounded out by Jimmy Haslip on acoustic bass guitar.

lyrics

this is all I am
an ordinary man
humble in the face of life
at the end of the day
there will be no moment to pray
there will be no heaven or hell
in the wake of my surrender
the sun will rise above
and everyone I loved
will gather with their tale to tell
then everyone will go their separate way
without a soul having ever truly known me
at the end of the day

everybody sees
what they want to see
every sinner finds his god
at the end of the day
no one comes to show us the way
no one gives a nod or a hand
judgment isn’t rendered
bodies lie in state
overwhelmed by fate
nothing goes the way we planned
but isn’t that a meager price to pay
a simple man knows that nothing lasts forever
at the end of the day
at the end of the day
at the end of the day

credits

from No Straight Lines, released April 14, 2015
Jimmy Haslip – Acoustic bass guitar
Eclipse Quartet – Strings
Strings arranged by Eduardo del Barrio

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Bill Gable Los Angeles, California

BILL GABLE is an uncompromisingly original American singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist whose music spans the boundaries between pop, jazz and world music.

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