Just another classic late period Graham Parker tune….there are many.

Bullet of Redemption – Graham Parker (2007) FLAC Audio HD Video

“Bullet of Redemption” was released in the winter of 2007 on Graham Parker’s 18th album, Don’t Tell Columbus. This is my second vid for a track from this album, after “The Other Side Of The Reservoir” https://youtu.be/9UzN7jT3YfI

Not much time for vid stuff, but Graham Parker released a new album (which is unsurprisingly simply another strong and excellent effort!) and I’ve been listening to it quite a bit as I do with each of his releases….(buy it now!! Cloud Symbols is the album, here’s a great review typical of the album: https://www.allmusic.com/album/cloud-symbols-mw0003206845) …..and it made me think about finishing up one of the numerous unfinished vids I have sitting around for his songs. I found this old short, processed it with effects and re-purposed a portion of it to the vid with a new edit. I love this track! Listen to it at least 4-5 times and deal with the ear worm later! 😉 Hope you enjoy it as well! Thanks for checking it out!

Graham Parker remains one of my very favorite songwriters and has produced consistently brilliant and strong albums from his very first up until his newest one this year (Cloud Symbols from October 2018).

Buy Cloud Symbols: https://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Symbols-Graham-Parker/dp/B07FT6DTVX/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1541260725&sr=1-1&keywords=cloud+symbols

OR

Don’t Tell Columbus: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Tell-Columbus-Graham-Parker/dp/B000MR9C1Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1541260795&sr=1-1&keywords=don%27t+tell+columbus

***From Allmusic.com: Depending on which album you get from Graham Parker these days, he’s either set on reminding us that he’s still capable of serving up the sort of lean and feisty rock & roll that made him a cult hero years ago, or demonstrating that he’s matured into a pithy and very gifted singer/songwriter with the passage of time. 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus falls into the latter category (and follows his 2005 studio set Songs of No Consequence, which happened to fit into the former scenario), and while there are several examples of his acerbic side on display (most notably “England’s Latest Clown,” which concerns someone quite a bit like Pete Doherty, and “Stick to the Plan,” a witty but poison-penned meditation on George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina), Parker’s more gentle side dominates Don’t Tell Columbus, and it serves him well on these tunes. The title cut is a cautious celebration of his adopted home in the guise of a road story, “The Other Side of the Reservoir” and “Suspension Bridge” are richly detailed slice-of-life stories, “Love of Delusion” is an intelligent but uncompromising story of a relationship gone sour, and “Somebody Saved Me” is an equally honest story from the other side of the coin. While Parker doesn’t rock especially hard here, the arrangements are taut, concise and full-bodied even when the electric guitars fade into the backdrop, and Parker handles the lion’s share of the guitar work himself with an easy confidence, while Mike Gent shines on drums and Ryan Barnum adds some well-placed keyboard textures that give the tunes welcome color and balance. If Don’t Tell Columbus doesn’t sound like it’s markedly superior to such recent Graham Parker efforts as Your Country and Songs of No Consequence, those were both strong albums and so is this, and what impresses most at this stage of Parker’s career is his consistency — he’s writing first-rate songs and putting them on record with heart, soul and conviction, and he hasn’t sounded this reliably inspired since the mid-’80s. It’s a fine thing he’s still around.
***End AllMusic.com.

[Lyrics]
That bullet of redemption
Didn’t strike me well
Others are left bleeding
Other people fell
That little sphere of metal
Keeps barreling along
Spinning round the chamber
And triggering this song

You know it never quite got rid of you
I keep seeing you around
No one ever disappears
Not even when they’re in the ground
That bullet of redemption
Didn’t quite redeem
It doesn’t really work that way
If you know what i mean

You know it moved at some velocity
Faster than the speed of sound
But just like buckshot
It scattered all around
We have to follow its trajectory
Like a poison dart
And it never stops moving
And now it’s stuck inside my heart

Well i wish i’d known better
Instead of turning you away
I wish i’d said something
But there was nothing i could say
That bullet of redemption
You know it missed the mark
It might kill a person
But it can’t kill their spark

Cos that’s like an angel
Hovering around
Hanging on my shoulder
With a whispering sound
Weighing down my conscience
Like a piece of lead
Ripping through my cortex
And talking in my head
That bullet of redemption
Well you can hear the ricochet
Cos it never really vanishes
Just keeps blowin’ me away

Graham Parker has heard “There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky”… “On The Other Side Of The Reservoir” (2007)

The Other Side Of The Reservoir – Graham Parker (2007) HQ Audio HD Video

“The Other Side Of The Reservoir” was released in the winter of 2007 on Graham Parker’s 18th album, Don’t Tell Columbus.

I’ve gone on about Graham Parker enough in my last video (“Jolie Jolie”) for one of his songs, so I won’t repeat myself….other than to say this guy is one of my very favorite songwriters and has produced consistently brilliant and strong albums from his very first up until has most recent.

I mentioned wanting to show his work a bit more love with more vids….and among those I’ve been thinking about were a couple of tracks from the Don’t Tell Columbus album, including “The Other Side Of The Reservoir”. I found an old clip about the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and edited it to the track with minimal fuss…though there were hard decisions because I had to lose about half of the video. I tried to use the minimal amount of effects to make the vid look better in HD, so as not to lose the realism of the original clip..I cranked up the black level way high here, I hope I didn’t go too far….I hope you enjoy the result.

***From Allmusic.com: Depending on which album you get from Graham Parker these days, he’s either set on reminding us that he’s still capable of serving up the sort of lean and feisty rock & roll that made him a cult hero years ago, or demonstrating that he’s matured into a pithy and very gifted singer/songwriter with the passage of time. 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus falls into the latter category (and follows his 2005 studio set Songs of No Consequence, which happened to fit into the former scenario), and while there are several examples of his acerbic side on display (most notably “England’s Latest Clown,” which concerns someone quite a bit like Pete Doherty, and “Stick to the Plan,” a witty but poison-penned meditation on George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina), Parker’s more gentle side dominates Don’t Tell Columbus, and it serves him well on these tunes. The title cut is a cautious celebration of his adopted home in the guise of a road story, “The Other Side of the Reservoir” and “Suspension Bridge” are richly detailed slice-of-life stories, “Love of Delusion” is an intelligent but uncompromising story of a relationship gone sour, and “Somebody Saved Me” is an equally honest story from the other side of the coin. While Parker doesn’t rock especially hard here, the arrangements are taut, concise and full-bodied even when the electric guitars fade into the backdrop, and Parker handles the lion’s share of the guitar work himself with an easy confidence, while Mike Gent shines on drums and Ryan Barnum adds some well-placed keyboard textures that give the tunes welcome color and balance. If Don’t Tell Columbus doesn’t sound like it’s markedly superior to such recent Graham Parker efforts as Your Country and Songs of No Consequence, those were both strong albums and so is this, and what impresses most at this stage of Parker’s career is his consistency — he’s writing first-rate songs and putting them on record with heart, soul and conviction, and he hasn’t sounded this reliably inspired since the mid-’80s. It’s a fine thing he’s still around.
***End AllMusic.com.

[Lyrics]
What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Bulldozed That Town Down
Wall By Wall
Laying The Asphalt And
Diverting That Rolling River
So There’d Be Water For Us All
I Got Some Photographs
I Don’t Know If They’re Us Or Not
Ah But My Memories Fading Fast
They Might As Well Take That Too
It’s No Use To Me Or You
I Guess It Was Not Designed To Last
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
Well Time Has A Funny Way
Of Doubling Back On Itself
And Showing The Things That Really Last
Was It Just Yesterday
You Left For Greener Pastures
Or Was That Way Back In The Past
I Got Some Photographs
Of A Long Lost Valley
Now Filled With Water Shore To Shore
That Rolls Under Miles Of Land
Right Down To New York City
But At Least No One’s Thirsty Any More
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Get In Touch
I’ve Heard That There’s So Much
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
So What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Flooded The Meadows Green And Fair
Was It So Satisfying
They Didn’t Hear People Crying
As They Watched Their Lives
Get Moved Elsewhere
Well I Hear The Trees Grow Tall
By That Retaining Wall
And There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir

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