Eyes Of A Child

from This Perfect Day by Bill Gable

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about

This is one of my favorite tracks on any of my records and one of my favorite and more idiosyncratic songs. The lyric (and the production that followed) is from the point of view of an unborn child inside the womb.

I love Steve Rodby’s muscular playing on this. Like me, Steve resides in-between pop and jazz, influenced by both. Sometime I should release all of the tracks Steve and I have played on together as duets. He and I have talked about this many times before, how well our playing fits together. Someday we need to do our thing together live too. I was introduced to Steve by Lyle Mays long ago…all of us fellow Midwesterners.

I had a blast in the studio with Dino Saluzzi in Buenos Aires recording his parts in the middle of the night. My friend Pino Marrone must have put that session together, because I’d had no prior contact with Dino. I loved Dino’s contemplative ECM records and was really curious to hear how he might play on a song like this. It took him far out of his sweet spot but he was really enthusiastic and added a personality to the song it wouldn’t have had otherwise.

lyrics

the world was my mother’s laughter
awakened to the rocking sound
the next step, the one that I’m after
each new day learning to stand on the ground
in a world that’s constantly spinning
every step on the edge of beginning

rose, rose, where’d you get your red
what comes first, lightning or thunder?
how does it feel to dream under water?
miracles everywhere, perpetual wonder
if only to see again with the eyes of a child

shining sea that holds the world upside down
the thing that has my reflection
the best thing there is to be found
one by one the shapes I see through the clouds
every slumber slowly awaking
every day the world in the making

rose, rose, where’d you get your red
what comes first, lightning or thunder?
how does it feel to dream under water?
miracles everywhere, perpetual wonder
if only to see again with the eyes of a child

the world was my mother’s laughter
awaking to the rocking sound
the next step, the one that I’m after

rose, rose, where’d you get your red
what comes first, lightning or thunder?
how does it feel to dream under water?
miracles everywhere, perpetual wonder
if only to see again with the eyes of a child

credits

from This Perfect Day, released December 8, 2003
Bill Gable: guitars, synth and vocals
Steve Rodby: acoustic bass
Tom Brechtlein: drums
Dino Saluzzi: bandoneon
Sandro Albert: electric guitar
Luis Conte: shaker
Bob Sheppard: flute

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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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