Giving Up The Dream

by Ian Peacock

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Recorded at Shabbey Road Studios, Salford, 'Giving Up The Dream; is the fourth (non-congregational) album from Ian Peacock and Friends.

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released August 26, 2017

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Ian Peacock Manchester, UK

Ian has played in bands for over 20 years, most notably headlining the UK Play stage at Leeds Carling Festival in 2000 with a former band, ‘Coasta’. He has written, produced and self released five albums: 'Life and After' (2009), 'The End of Faith' (2012) and 'This Time Tomorrow' (2014), 'Still Human' (2015), 'Ordinary People' (2016) in addition to several E.P's. ... more

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Track Name: Apathy And Arrogance
Save me from apathy
Of burning bridges to community
When they all fall down I'll be standing all alone

Save me from arrogance
To stroke my ego every circumstance
When i look around I'll be standing on my own

You said the humble would rule the world....

You want to feel it, seal it, steal it
If that's the deal, well keep it, keep it
You won't believe it, until you see it
You'll never see it until you believe it

Please save me from myself, from sitting lonely on a wonky shelf
When the pressure comes I'll be broken on the floor

You said the humble would rule the world....

You want to feel it, seal it, steal it
If that's the deal, well keep it, keep it
You won't believe it, until you see it
You'll never see it until you believe it

So...fall in line, do or die
Yours or mine, I'm yours this time
Oh....woe is me, too blind to see
Reality...I'll never be...
Track Name: Such Good Medicine
Verse 1:
Learning the rhythm, play what you're given
Some folks have freedom though stuck in prison
Some always guilty though they're forgiven
If scared of dying, what's the use living
They keep deceiving but I'll keep believing
It's faith not feelings, there's more than we are seeing

Save my soul it's overwhelmed
Fear makes life a living hell
Learn to trust and love yourself
Laughter's such good medicine

There's wolves among them
In shepherd's clothing
Each one is calling, they'll watch you falling
The snake is cunning, keeps you from running
The wolves are howling, the devil's prowling
Roars like a lion but help comes from zion
From there a saviour, conquered the grave so come and...

Save my soul it's overwhelmed
Fear makes life a living hell
Learn to trust and love yourself
Laughter's such good medicine
Track Name: Twenty Four Hours
The sun doesn't rise, the sun never sets
The world just revolves on a course that's been set
It dances each day with the stars and the moon
The darkness prevails but the light will come soon
In twenty four hours a lot can be done,
A mount can be climbed
A war can be won
In twenty four hours a lot could go wrong
A terrorist raising hell strapped to a bomb

But Rome wasn't built in a day
Every empire won't fall the same way
Every man and his dog has it's day-
Yours is today

There's 24 countries who want the same land
There's 24 million civilians like sand
Who could die in the middle of one leader's whim
They cry out for justice, when will it begin?

But Rome wasn't built in a day
Every empire won't fall the same way
Every man and his dog has it's day-
Yours is today
So bring on tomorrow
Track Name: You Don't Choose Us
A boy has a dream, only sixteen
Plays the guitar, told he'll go far
Writing his songs, two minutes long
Talking of love, dreams, sex and drugs,
He will do whatever it takes...

You don't choose us son, we choose you
You don't choose us son, we choose you
You don't choose us son, we choose you
And if there's money to be made, we'll use you, that's just the way it is

A girl has a dream, just seventeen
Stealing the stage, star of the screen
Playing the roles, taking off clothes,
Looking so thin, learning to pose,

She will do watever it takes....

You don't choose us girl, we choose you
You don't choose us girl, we choose you
You don't choose us girl we choose you
And if there's money to be made, we'll use you, that's the way it is

You don't choose us son, we choose you
You don't choose us girl, we choose you
You don't choose us kids, we choose you
And if there's money to be made, then believe we'll find a way,
and if we have to crush your dreams, well, as hard as it may seem,
that's just the way it is.
Track Name: As Long As We Have One Another
Two folks meet, one brash, one sweet
Barely out of school, neither very cool
Share a packet of crisps, a couple of quips,
Smile cross the room, first kiss will come soon

Writing love letters, the jokes don't get better but they'd live alone in the world if we'd let 'em
No-one else matters, their friends have all scattered, and they'd be content if their dreams were all shattered, as long as they had one another...

Everyone thought.. they were crazy
So immature, a fair bit hasty
But many years later, there is no bond greater
They're still going strong and proved them all wrong

Writing love letters, the jokes don't get better but they'd live alone in the world if we'd let 'em
No-one else matters, their friends have all scattered, and they'd be content if their dreams were all shattered, as long as they had one another...

Young love still burns bright
Young hearts stand and fight
Through the darkest night
Till death do us part...

Writing love letters, the jokes won't get better
but we'll die alone in our home if they'd let us
No-one else matters, our friends are all scattered, and we'll be content though our bodies are shattered, as long as we have one another...
Track Name: Better To Lose
You've given me access to your life story
We're sharing your success in all its glory
In awe of the picture you've painted for me
You've helped me to see it's better to be in community

There but for the grace of God go I
Daily could I lift a cross so high?

Walk a mile in your shoes
Take the rough with the smooth
Sing the rock and the blues
It's nice to win but sometimes in life it's better to lose

You told me your struggles and disappointments
Your terrible troubles and inner torment
Like brothers we'll conquer, each other a Godsend
This life's not a sprint, so I'll be your splint, together we bruise

There but for the grace of God go I
Daily could I lift a cross so high?

Walk a mile in your shoes
Take the rough with the smooth
Sing the rock and the blues
It's nice to win but sometimes in life it's better to lose

Jesus is for losers, for those he calls,
he chooses to sacrifice their riches, the pride their ego itches
Jesus is for weirdos, not for those with halos, it's not for good behaviour, for all who bleed they need a saviour
Track Name: Free From The Nest
They start on the chest,
Drink milk from the breast,
The family are blessed,
This feeling's the best,

How soon do they test,
And learn how to jest,
They make such a mess
On trousers and vest

Soon they'll fly free from the nest,
These memories all that's left

With zeal and with zest
Compete and contest
They hassle and pest
Like difficult guests

You blink and you've missed
All this and the rest
The sun from the east soon sets in the west

Soon they'll fly free from the nest,
These memories all that's left

A lifetime, no less
I've tried to compress this parental quest
It's hard to express
Track Name: Jesus Freak
Like a candle, you light my way
Walk this road by my side every day
Holy now - wish I was

All I wanted, all I'd lust
All I dreamt of, in all I had trust
Every worldly gift, all that costs
What I once thought gain, I count it loss
I count it loss

But I'm not just a Jesus Freak
Much more than just a Jesus Freak
But if they're calling me a freak - I'd rather be one of his.

You think he's just a crutch for the weak
Another vice to make this bitter life sweet
Well, it's a funny kind of crutch that makes things harder for all of us

Because it's harder to stand out from the crowd
It's hard to be humble when everyone's proud
To love not just your friends, but your enemies

What's true for me is true for you
It's black or it's white friends
What's true for me is true for me is true for you
What's true for me is true for you - and that's the truth
Track Name: Long Road In The Same Direction
It's the fine rain that soaks you through
Its the small child who speaks the truth
It's the damp cold that chills your bones
It's the dim light that leads you home

It's the close call that makes you think you think
It's a small push beyond the brink
It's the last straw that breaks your back
It's the main cause of heart attack

It's the unexpected, unpretentious, unremarkable, relentless,
long road in the same direction
It's the persevering, unendearing, opposite of pioneering -
long road in the same direction

It's the slow fade to end the show
It's with small gains that we grow
It's the same nag that grinds you down
It's the sick joke to kills the clown
Track Name: Make Me Your Instrument
Lord make me your instrument
Whether violin or oboe, I don't want to play it solo,
May I blend in with the sweet sound of your symphony
Make me your instrument

I've been a clanging cymbal
I've been a noisy gong
I've counted my own tempo
I've played a different song
I've boldly blown my trumpet
Uncaring of the tone
I've strayed from the conductor
And played my riff alone
Lord make me your instrument

May the syncing of my life meet
With the rhythm of your heartbeat
May I harmonise and compliment your melody
Make me your instrument

No point in moving mountains
And solving mysteries
Or saying all the right things
Then doing as I please
No fruit in giving money
If I don't give my heart
No merit in a martyr
Who tears the world a part
Lord make me your instrument

I'd rather be tool kit
Than a flawless piece of art
I'd rather be of use than watch while others fall apart
Like clay, my life is in your hands today
Make me your instrument
Track Name: Still Discovering
Are you straight, are you gay?
Is it genetically decided?
Do you embrace it or do you fight it?
Do you flout it do you hide it?

Are you black are you white?
Do you breath a different culture from your father and your mother?
Are you wondering what is wrong and what is right?

We're all discovering who we really are
And still exploring if there's life on distant stars
Such complex minds, hard to define, much more to find
Beneath our skin, there's more within, we're still discovering

How we've grown and advanced
We are older, are we wiser?
Terrorists or freedom fighters?
Are we armchair demonisors?

Have we lost what we found
Are we now morally redundant?
Now distractions in abundance
We surround ourselves with sexy sights and sounds

What is wrong and what is right? What is wrong and what is right?

We're all discovering who we really are
And still exploring if there's life on distant stars
Such complex minds, hard to define, much more to find
Beneath our skin, there's more within, we're still discovering
Track Name: Yesterday I Forgot My Age
Yesterday I forgot my age, was I 32 or 33?
Looked to see I was going grey,
saw my Father staring back at me

Old age comes to the best of us, road rage changed to a fare free bus
Meals on wheels seems a decent deal to me…
Now where are my keys?

Yesterday I was running free, the world an oyster opened up for me
Settled down, had a family, now my house is where I want to be

Old age comes to the best of us, road rage changed to a fare free bus
Meals on wheels seems a decent deal to me…
Now shut the door before I freeze

This song is…
For the old man coping best as he can
For the poor dear living with her worst fear
Keep your heads up until your time is up

All the middle aged saving for a pension
For the healthy and retired, too few to mention
Keep your heads up until your time is up
When your youth will be renewed


'Cos old age comes to the best of us,
road rage changed to a fare free bus
When meals on wheels are the only deal in town
I hope I’ll smile more than I frown
Track Name: Giving Up The Dream
Some call it a mid life crisis
Some call it a crossroads in time
Some call it an honest reflection of how I'm defined
Some call for the priest and confession
Some call on a listening friend
Some call for the doctor's prescription on which they depend

Sometimes you get what you want instead of what you need
Sometimes you should think yourself grateful for all you receive

I'm giving up the dream I had when I was a teen
Giving up the dream, 20 years of trying
Giving up the dream, as sad as it may seem
Giving up the dream is alright with me

Some spend their whole lives in the office
Some spend their free time in the pub
Some worship in stadiums and their first love is a club
Some long for a lottery windfall
Some jump from one job to the next
Some hope for a lasting relationship they can protect

Sometimes you get what you need instead of what you want
Sometimes you believe you know best but the truth is you dont

I'm giving up the dream I had when I was a teen
Giving up the dream, 20 years of trying
Giving up the dream, as sad as it may seem
Giving up the dream is alright with me

It's been a long, long road
And I've been so close to despair
But now is the time to forget what's behind
Don't look to the future or strain to see signs
Just cherish the moments, each sacred component and realise life has been kind....

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