Guilty Party - John Somerscales

by Richard Allison

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Vocals - Mike Mills of Toehider
Keyboards, Guitars, Bass and Drums - Richard Allison
Music and lyrics written by John Somerscales around 1990, when we were in the UK band Second Nature. Richard had a hand in the writing of the middle section.


Listen to all those people
Speaking to you in harmony
Take a chance don't waste it
make yourself what you want to be

The nation needs a winner
making waves in the market place
A product of the system
another rat in the material race

Forget the scene, forget the show
Traffic queues and the contraflow
Sprawling city, commuter town
Kills the spirit and brings me down

A broken man at the station
all his treasure in a plastic bag
He doesn't have any reason
to find a future he's never had

You are your own evolution
Looking back is such a big mistake
You hold the future in your fingers
The only trouble is the time you take

Another method of filling your time
Telling stories of a different kind
Your only reason for moving that way
Is a little bit of hope that will make you stay

The time is over for material man
Courting danger with nature's plan
Too much already has been lost that way
The guilty party as the children say


released November 8, 2014
Written by John Somerscales around 1990, when we were in the UK band Second Nature.

Recorded and arranged by Richard in July 2014.



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Richard Allison Melbourne, Australia

Richard is a full-time musician who started classical piano lessons at the age of six, was composing by the age of 12 and played in his first band at 15. He graduated in 1997 from the Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. He runs a studio in Melbourne: Brunswick Arranging, playing most of the instruments. He made his conducting debut in 2012 with his first commissioned string arrangement - Talaria. ... more

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