Road of Pain

from No Straight Lines by Bill Gable

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about

The first overdubs on this album were by Steve Rodby, who I worked with on my album This Perfect Day. As I have written in my Session Notes for that album, it’s very unusual to find a jazz player capable of playing songs with this kind of tone and pop sensibility. I would have been quite satisfied releasing this track as a duo with Steve. As it turned out, Larry Goldings came in fairly early on and played such a fine piano part that that particular idea vanished.

Two of my oldest friends in LA are the Del Barrio brothers, Eduardo and Jorge. Although Eduardo is like a brother to me, I’ve also known Jorge about 30 years and we'd also spent many great times together. When I asked Eduardo if he would write a string arrangement for “End Of The Day,” I also mentioned needing one for “Road Of Pain,” and he suggested I use Jorge. I had never worked with Jorge. When I was recording my first orchestral composition years ago, he had been kind enough to give me advice about the orchestration beforehand. But given his resume (string arrangements for everyone from Michael Jackson to Lalo Schifrin), I would never have though to ask him for this. But he turned out to be willing. I especially like that his arrangement sits next to Edu’s on this record, the two brothers side by side. Sadly, this arrangement would be Jorge’s final arrangement before he died.

lyrics

down your road never been an ounce of rain
the rivers all run dry
and any man who falls for you
was born to cry

but I would be so very willing
to bear the stain
begging for all the misery you got to give to me
ready to walk your road of pain

there’s not a thing in the world that I can do
you’ve driven me insane
I’d crawl upon my knees for you
my soul inflamed

but I would be so very willing
to bear the stain
begging for all the misery you got to give to me
ready to walk your road of pain
not a soul could save me now
now that I’ve found your road of pain

down your road there’s a cross at every lane
where fools have met their fate
who gathered up too much momentum
and swerved too late

but I would be so very willing
to bear the stain
begging for all the misery you got to give to me
ready to walk your road of pain

credits

from No Straight Lines, released April 14, 2015
Bill Gable – Vocal, guitar
Steve Rodby – Acoustic bass
Larry Goldings – Piano
Linda Tavani, Makeda, Michael North, Leon Ware – Background vocals
Greg Ellis – Shaker
Eclipse Quartet – Strings
Strings arranged by Jorge 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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