Heaven's Gate / (I've Never Been) EVIL

by Greg Hancock

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1.
You've lived your life for some world ahead And saved your smiles for someone there instead Well I wish I could be there to repeat what you said When it all comes crashing down around your head And you find yourself just as dead as me! Yes, I'd like to meet you right outside Heaven's Gate And be the one to tell you when it's all too late That eternity will carry on fine without you and me And it really wasn't worth the wait Cos it must be the supreme irony Although the chance may be remote If you turn out to be right You can look down and pity me But when will I get my chance to gloat?? So keep living your life staring straight ahead I'm really glad that you sleep well in your bed With words of comfort in your head You think the Almighty said... well... it'll all make no difference.... when we're dead. Cos it must be the supreme irony Although the chance may be remote If you turn out to be right You can look down and pity me But when will I get my chance to gloat??
2.
Well there's life in this old puppy yet Though there's ore behind than left ahead And there are things I've done and things I've said That I'd be happy to forget. But I'm not the kind to look behind I'm not scared of what I'd find I've just got too much right now on my mind For nostalgia or regret And I've never been evil. Certainly selfish - Sometimes it's hard to tell if I mean what I say. And I can be thoughtless And careless of wasting precious time But on the list that's not the first - It's really not the worst kind of crime. Well I don't let truth or honesty Get in the way of a good story And I'll twist your words any way I please If it gives me a better rhyme And I turn a blind eye to obstacles Until the situation's critical I think mountains are more beautiful To look up at than to climb But I've never been evil. I try to stay civil But when I've had a skinful I argue all the time. And when my tongue gets wagging I can give a pretty good slagging off... But on the list that's not the first - It's really not the worst kind of crime. I'm not going to lie I don't really try that hard to see The situation from a different point of view. But in this I'm not alone My heart's hard, but it's not a stone And I won't show fake concern And for Heaven's sake - I won't take it from you! Well I'm not the world's most loyal friend. Too quick to give up and start again. I've made promises I never meant Just for an easy life. And I don't always wash behind my ears I've neglected building a career And made fn of all those crocodile tears I've faced from time to time. But I've never been evil. Though I've been sorely tempted I've always prevented The dark blocking out the light. My faults and failings They don't keep e awake at night And on the list that's not the first - It's really not the worst kind of crime. Not the worst kind...

about

Back in the summer of 2018, I had a fabulous couple of days working with Lukas Drinkwater in his studio in Stroud to record a handful of songs that I felt were stylistically and thematically different to the songs that would be going on my next album (to be released in March 2019).

"Heaven's Gate" (sometimes referred to as "The Supreme Irony") is a song that Lukas and I performed live a few times years ago...( there's even a video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGl-2lV5xHA ), so I thought it was something we should record properly.

"(I've Never Been) EVIL" is all about going easy on yourself, accepting your imperfections and worrying about something really important instead. It's especially topical around the season of usually-doomed-to-fail New Year Resolutions that just end up making people feel even worse!

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released December 16, 2018

Written and composed: Greg Hancock
Acoustic guitar and vocals: Greg Hancock
Double bass and electric guitar: Lukas Drinkwater

recorded and mixed: Lukas Drinkwater

www.greghancockmusic.com
www.lukasdrinkwater.com

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Singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Devon, England.

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