Failure Is Not An Option

by Gary Johnstone

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debut album from Scottish blues rock singer/guitarist Gary Johnstone. For fans of blues, rock and country artists such as John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Stevie Ray Vaughan etc

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released April 16, 2016

All songs by Gary Johnstone © 2016
Produced by Samuel Gallagher at Essgee Productions. Special thanks to additional musicians Jim Keilt - guitar on That Girls Gonna Hurt Me,
Dean Johnstone - backing vocals on Aint Lookin For Love, Robbie Noble - keyboards on Aint Lookin For Love and Im With You
All other instruments and programming by GJ.
Photography by kirk lothian - glasgowbluesplayers.com

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Gary Johnstone Glasgow, UK

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I'm a blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. I've been writing and performing live for 15 years all over the world from late night bar jams to theatre shows, busking top 40 hits at weddings and sleeping in vans on all-out rock and roll tours. Basically I've been round the block a few times because I absolutely love live music. ... more

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Track Name: Can't Stop Lovin' You
Can't Stop Loving You

Well here ain't enough sand in the desert
Ain't enough water in the sea
No doubt about ain't enough beer from 'Frisco to Tennessee
There ain't enough cash in the banks
There's ain't enough cheese on the moon
The crazy world round there's nothing been found to stop me from loving you

I Can't Stop Loving You, I Can't Stop Loving You
Darlin what can I do, cos I just can't stop loving you

There ain't enough gold in the hills
Ain't enough green on the scene
Ain't enough strat or tele's been made or movies I wanna see
Ain't enough stars in the sky
Ain't enough twi in the light
I'm telling you girl the whole universe is nothing to your brown eyes

I feel like this might last forever
But then I thought it always would
Now I understand never say never
Cos you make me wanna say the words I do
Track Name: Steamers
Steamers

Every Friday night around ten to ten
The boys start looking for a girl to win
And the girls don't mind. They're drinking free white wine

Well the beer starts talking they've been out since 3
And the girls pretend to like the boy's company
Oh but that's all right. It happens every time

But deep down we know, they'll all leave alone
Cos the boys pass out around around ten past two
And a taxi home is the girl's next move

The day I see proof that all pigs can fly
The day that the moon is pulled by the tide
The day all MPs can stop telling lies
That's when the steamers shelling out for drinks take home the girl

Well you'd think they'd learn by the age they're at
There ain't no girl wants a drunken twat
But the guys in here yeh they persevere

You can tell she's stringin him along for shots
But he don't care cos he thinks she's hot
For his East coast twang and his transit van

They all want their hole but past weeks have shown
That the boys pass out around ten to three
And the girls go looking for chips and cheese

The day Stevie Ray, headlines Glastonbury
The day junkies give me peace on the street
The day they award a grammy to me
That's when the steamers shelling out for drinks take home the girl
Track Name: Ain't Lookin' For Love
Ain't Lookin For Love

I don't need you to be the one
I just need you to be the someone
That I can call a friend please just understand
I ain't lookin for love

Had a girl she did me wrong and
Told myself I seen it comin
The truth is I don't know what happened
Played the game with good intentions
Loved her but upon reflection
She's was the best mistake I ever made

Now I realise, what I need is right
Here before my eyes so let me say

I don't need you to be the one
I just need you to be the someone
That I can call a friend please just understand
I ain't lookin for love
I don't need anybody else
I just need you get me through this
Someone I can call a friend please just understand
I ain't lookin for love

Lately things are so confusing
I need to mend my heart with music
I'm writing down every thought I think
I been on the road so long and
Don't know if I'm goin or comin
But I just found out where she's been

And if I need a friend can I count you in
If you're listening please let me say
Track Name: Man, That Boy Could Play!
Man, That Boy Could Play

Started up age twelve with a cheap ass toy guitar
Worked out a G. Strummed out a coupla bars
Started working on lead about the age of seventeen
My dad said son go be the best that you can be

So I left home without any plans except one
And it's the one you're lookin at

Cos all I wanna do is this. Bending strings and penning hits
Grow a little stronger each day
All I wanna do is try to be so good that when I die
The only thing my tombstone will say is "Man that boy could play"

Got myself a band. Got a lifetime love affair
Found the blues inside. I didn't even know it was there
Surprised me to find peace playing every day that passed
I like to make like every show could be my very last
Track Name: The Day I Found Blues
The Day I Found Blues

The day i found blues, i found it deep in my blood
It burst through the gates, and covered me like a flood
Now the respect is there, take me under your wing
Cos I don't believe in God, but i sure pray to three kings

Cos I am what I am, trying to be what I can

I chopped and I changed, trying to please who I can
But my only mistake was sucking up to the man
Without no intent, I just opened my heart
Put my fingers on the strings and here's what came out

Cos I am what I am, trying to be what I can

Got a weight off my mind, got some love in my life
Bending over for the fame, now that just ain't my style
Singin straight from the soul, shredding my fingers to the bone
Centre stage with my guitar, thats the place that I call home

Cos I am what I am, trying to be what I can
Track Name: That Girl's Gonna Hurt Me
That Girl's Gon Hurt Me

I got a bad bad feelin deep down in my bones
That girl's goin' hurt me more than I've ever known

I'm fallin so hard for her, I can't even breathe
Well now she's my baby, I pray she never leaves

She's my world yeh. I'm her boy
When she's lonely I'm running to her door
With a bad bad feelin deep down in my bones
That girl's goin' hurt me more than I've ever known

I got a bad bad feeling she's goin make me cry
I want to be her baby, until the day i die
Track Name: Sober
Sober

I'm getting sober if it kills me
I'm getting sick of the break of day
Falling in and out of love with
The golden liquor that keeps me sane

If ain't drinkin I'm hungover
If I'm hungover it kills the pain
I found a life that some would kill for
And I'm just pissin it down the drain

Why won't you let me go and
Why can't I just say no cos
I know I'm in over my head

I'm getting sober if it kills me
I'm getting sick of the third degree
I'm getting jealous of my best friends
Cos they can do without easily

If I ain't drinkin I'm a loner
I just wanna be by myself
Cos I ain't no use to nobody
Unless i drink til I'm someone else

I'm gettin sober if it kills me,
So count this as a cry for help
Track Name: Friday Night
Friday Night

Well I got my keys my cash my microphone
I lock the door I'm good to go
Few drinks with my friends before the show
Tune my guitar I'm good to go

All my life I've been looking for good times
When the weekend's on the rise bring me Friday night

The working day gets longer every week
Kick back relax take time to breathe
Sometimes it feels like life is just so tough
Two day weekends just ain't enough

And I ain't taking prisoners
And I don't need those bright lights to invite me twice
Track Name: I'm With You
I'm With You

No matter where i may go with my good friends or alone
Girl you know ill be true cos im with you
And if i leave for a second. Minutes hours or days
Or even a year just to be clear I'm with you

Done my chasing in days gone by
Played the game or at least i tried
Burned that black book. Binned those dice
Soon as i saw the love of my life

No matter who i may meet be they cute or be they sweet
girl you know ill be true cos im with you
Track Name: Words and Music
Words & Music

Been roaming around finding love in the science of sound
I fear what you feel. When I'm up am I bringing you down?

Never wanna fly too close, never wanna get too safe
Never wanna make choices that'll reveal mistakes
Got a pocket full of ideas. Got a head full of daydreams
Got a lot of explaining to myself to do

Now only words and music will eliviate the pain of feeling
Washed up, losing to an unwinnable game
But really all that matters is the centre of the sound
And leaving bruised and battered, for standing my ground

I've fallen in love. It's the kind that you never give up
Cos nothing can break the bond between musician and stage

Never wanna shout too loud. Never wanna get too brave
Never wanna make choices that'll reveal mistakes
Got a pocket full of ideas. Got a head full of daydreams
Got a lot of explaining to myself to do

You can find anytime a place to get out of your mind
It’s a vauge memory of the spaces between the lines
Of the music and words you once heard
Track Name: Goodbye Baby (Cos I Pick Blues)
Goodbye Baby (Cos I Pick Blues)

I went to see my baby. I drove all night long
I bought a ring and flowers to declare my love
I put the car in park. Straightened myself up
But when I knocked her door another man answered

I said a where's my woman and who the hell are you
He said I'm her man. I said "Oh is that true?"
I walked right in and on the bed she sat
Almost naked and covered in sweat

I said tell me baby who's this man?
She said I'm sorry. You been away so long
I got a part time lover while you were living your dream
He treats me so much better. He's always there for me

Well I'd been on the road for two months straight
Playing my shows and drinking my weight
She said it's me or the music and you gotta choose
I said well goodbye baby cos I pick blues

So when I left i figured it wasn't meant to be
I couldn't blame that feller. He didn't know about me
She was a beautiful woman. We had a good long run
But if that's her game I guess she ain't my one

Now I'm back on the road for three months straight
Playing my shows yeh life's just great
I stepped on the gas, and cut her loose
Cos my one true love is just playing the blues