Unlucky For Some

by Jim Pearson

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about

From the rugged moors of North England comes a fresh and truly original singer-songwriter. This is a quirky, sensitive, witty, quintessentially British sound that grows on one with each listen. And lurking behind the eccentric trappings are some highly infectious grooves, amber guitar tones, and wickedly clever arrangements that George Martin would be proud of. But then what would you expect from an artist that cites British Army bands, Black Sabbath, and Charlie Brown as influences?

Jim's music is like a rich, peaty, single-malt Scotch. No it isn't for everyone--it takes quite a bit of living before you learn to savour that slow, burning taste. That voice...so world-weary, ancient, sincere, playful, ironic, cheerful, wistful, innocent, and hopeful within just a few bars. Reviewers have compared it to Bowie, Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs), Johnny Cash, Morrissey, and Ray Davies. But it's both older and younger than any of these--like some grey-haired British uncle that dons a military jacket and begins to sing old songs from the war then capers and leaps higher than the young ones can.
(Jeff Roberts)

Unlucky For Some is chock full of beautifully visual, almost cinematic songs that seem so damn 'real'. The lyrics steer far clear of melodrama and deliver honest stories, tales and thoughts that stay with you for days. It's as if each song is a screenplay in it's own right with a backdrop of instrumentation that swings from simple elegance to punchy bittersweet tension. Well worth repeated listens.
(Scott Cryer)

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released January 6, 2008

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Jim's songs range from the whimsical to some of the most bitter and somber themes, yet always with a paradoxical childlike spirit that meets them head-on – wide-eyed and full of hopeful energy.

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Track Name: Over to you Bob!
Over to you Bob!

Every night at six pm
I sit in the house with my TV on
There’s a man I watch who I admire
With o-zone hair and smart attire

I live a life of luxury
With a remote control sitting on my knee
But I wish that I was just like him
The epitome of the American dream

It’s over to you Bob! Over to you Bob!
Read us the news from your autocue

He likes to keep his image clean
But he’s Mr. Hyde when he’s off-screen
He wears the most expensive clothes
His fortune’s going up his nose

He was caught messing ‘round with a porno queen
He’s forty-two she’s just nineteen
He’ll try anything you’ve got to sell
Because he’s far too popular to go to jail

Now it’s over to you Bob! Over to you Bob!
Read us the news from your autocue

He got a wake-up call he can’t ignore
They shut the door on him at Betty Ford’s

Now his wife has left him with the kids in tow
And he lost his job from his own TV show
He’s kept his popularity
But he ain’t the man he used to be

It’s over to you Bob! Over to you Bob!
Read us the news from your autocue

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: There must be something wrong with the world
There must be something wrong with the world

When rules of thumb turn out all wrong
When this way up is upside down
When have-not’s have and have’s have-not
When we appreciate what we’ve got

Somewhere there are children who are starving
My food doesn’t cost as much as the packaging

There must be something wrong with the world

When we understand the technology we use
When we learn to walk in other people’s shoes
When religious leaders lose their faith in deities
When the populations worship human frailties

Somewhere there are children working in factories
If don’t like the clothes I’m wearing I’ll give them to charity

There must be something wrong with the world

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: Keep ahead of the Joneses
Keep ahead of the Joneses

You had to buy a new TV with a lifetime guarantee
To restore your sense of chi and your superiority

Keep ahead of the Joneses
Keep rubbing their noses in it
You’ve got a brand new car
You’re better off than them by far

So many ways to help you pay don’t save it for a rainy day
When offers come your way you can hear yourself say

Keep ahead of the Joneses
Keep rubbing their noses in it
You’ve got a brand new car
You’re better off than them by far

You could end up in so much debt it would be cheaper being dead
So take your problems to the grave and count the money you’ll save

Keep ahead of the Joneses
Keep rubbing their noses in it
You’ve got a brand new car
You’re better off than them by far

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: Everybody wants
Everybody wants

Everybody wants to drive a motorcar
Even if the destination isn’t very far
We’re concerned for the environment
When it isn’t inconvenient
Everybody wants to drive a motorcar

Everybody wants to raise a happy home
On a piece of land that we can call our own
With barbed wire and electric fence
Because self-defence is common sense
Everybody wants to raise a happy home

By now you should have figured out somehow
If you think this life is just a test
Don’t save yourself and damn the rest

Everybody wants a good old-fashioned war
Then at least we’d know what we are fighting for
Freedom and security but they don’t mean the same to me
Everybody wants to drive a motorcar
But is that worth dying for?

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: Storm
Storm

You didn’t heed the warning so you must ride the storm
Batten down your hatches baby and hide behind the door
The atmospheric pressure is bearing down on you
But don’t look out your window baby ‘cos you won’t like the view
Now it’s too late to evacuate and there’s nothing you can do

He doesn’t like the clothes you wear if you don’t dress for him
He doesn’t want you to change your hair but he wants to know everywhere you’ve been
The atmospheric pressure is baring down on you
And the darkening skies are in his eyes when he’s had more than a few
He can’t disguise that look in his eyes and there’s nothing you can do

He wants to tell you something but you won’t understand
You’re the only thing in his fucked-up life that makes him feel like a man

He loves you

Hasn’t he told you?

He loves you

He just wants to hold you

Down

©Jim Pearson
Track Name: Long way home
Long way home

When I beheld my lucky charm watching at the village dance
I knew I had to take her arm before I joined the boys in France

I believe some things are meant to be
When I needed her my darling came to me

I told her I was scared to death and didn’t want to be alone
She whispered with an angel’s breath “Walk with me the long way home”

I believe some things are meant to be
When I needed her my darling came to me

But I’ve been changed by the mud and bloody gore
I doubt she’d even recognise the boy I was before

The silence of the day’s first light is weighing heavy on our bones
With every muscle pulling tight it’s time to walk the long way home

I believe she was with me when I fell
She led me from the gaping jaws of hell

And I believe she lay down next to me
She kept me warm until I fell asleep

When I awoke from her gentle lullaby
I was in a field of poppies there was nothing left to die

She walked with me the long way home

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: How can I live without you?
How can I live without you now?

How can I live without you now?
After I’ve grown used to you
How can you leave me on my own?
After all I’ve done for you

I can’t look after myself
I can’t even boil an egg

I can’t look after myself
I can’t even work the washing machine

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: Lost
Lost

You’ve got a restless feeling you can’t put your finger on
You don’t know where you’re going or where you’re coming from

You never counted your blessings
You only count the cost
If you keep changing direction
No wonder you are lost

Has someone torn the last page from your favourite book?
Perhaps you’ll find it in the last place that you look

We never counted out blessings
We only count the cost
The world keeps changing direction
No wonder we are lost

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: Bucket of tears
Bucket of tears

You can’t put out a fire with a bucket full of tears
You can’t put out a fire that hasn’t been alight for years

The touch of your fingers still burns
I don’t know if I’m ever going to learn

You can’t quench desire with a bottle full of tears
You can’t quench desire in the end it disappears

I can still taste your lips on my mouth
I don’t want to believe in my doubts

You’ve got a secret you don’t want to keep
You only believe it when you are asleep
You’re saving yourself for the man in your dreams
I’m sorry he couldn’t me

You can’t cheat a liar with a pocket full of tears
You can’t cheat a liar I was just a volunteer

Bitter words on the end of my tongue
I don’t think either one of us will be strong

I can see when I look in your eyes
There’s someone I no longer recognise

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: I'm happy. You're sorry.
I’m happy. You’re sorry

You wanted me to be alone
Alone on my own
You didn’t want me to find someone
Someone of my own

I’m sorry I’m happy

Be careful what you wish for because wishes can come true
You cut your nose off just to spite my face
Now it’s you that looks ridiculous because no-one wants to take my place

I’m sorry I’m happy
I’m happy. You’re sorry

©Jim Pearson 2008
Track Name: Sinking ship
Sinking ship

I had a crazy dream the day before you called
I was on a sinking ship you were in a rowing boat
The waves began to calm when I took your outstretched arm

We drifted off for many days and left the wreck behind
When I ran out of things to say you said you didn’t mind
You saved me from the storm and your friendship kept me warm

I hardly recognised your voice
You said “hello it’s me, it’s been so long”
I made a selfish choice, I said
“I’m sorry but you’ve got the number wrong”

Thankfully we made dry land before we died of thirst
I said, “if you ever need a helping hand be sure you call me first”
Somehow we survived so we got on with out lives

I hardly recognised your voice you said
“Hello it’s me, it’s been so very long”
I made a heartless choice, I said
“I’m sorry but I think you’ve got the number wrong”

I had a crazy dream the day after you called
It was you that went down in the storm and somehow I had stayed afloat

And to my endless shame I watched you slowly drown
And I never heard from you again

©Jim Pearson