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Ballad Of An Ordinary Man song lyrics by Pete Christie

March 24th, 2013

Ballad of an Ordinary Man is my protest song.

 

A song which protests about the erosion of the principles of life that were once described as ‘rights’, only to be conveniently re-defined as merely temporary privileges by the changing of political horizons.

 
 
Pete Gristie palying the Lowden O10 guitar at Dancing Ledge Isle of Purbeck Dorset UK

Photo at Dancing Ledge, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset UK

 
 

You can listen to’Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ on ‘Pete Christie’s SoundCloud profile page

 

British singer songwriter | English songs | Acoustic Fingerstyle Technique

 
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Ballad of an Ordinary Man


 

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, trying to do the best that he can
Taught to know the value of his word, he got tossed into the theatre of the absurd
So down the road of life he makes his way, trying to do an honest job, make some honest pay
He takes his disappointments in his stride, and he smiles though he’s beaten up inside.
Sometimes he feels that he’s winning – most times he knows he’s not
Sometimes his head won’t stop spinning, most times he makes the most of what he’s got
Discontented with his lot

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, caught up in someone else’s master plan
Tries to keep his head above the flood, feels his feet are sinking in the mud
Knows that something somewhere is bound to break, had about as much as he can take
The voice of doubt keeps whispering in his ear, but still, he will endeavour to persevere
Stumbling blindly through the fog of confusion, fighting battles he’s already lost
Treads the line between faith and delusion, another burning bridge he’s still to cross
Nothing ventured, nothing lost

 

Thumbing slowly through old photographs, taken when he was in his teens
He stares at faces of friends who’ve passed, and he wonders what it means…

 

Inst.

 

In the line marked “Situations Vacant”, he finds himself at the back of the queue
Down the stairs and into the basement, in the dark, without a clue,
Of what an ordinary man’s supposed to do

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man, bound to do the best that he can
Rising as the new day has begun, he will go to bed relieved that it is done.
His minutes turn to hours, months to years, he remains the product of his fears
A shadow of the man he planned to be, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
Wonders how he’s supposed to make a difference, when every day he’s under attack
And every way is filled with frustration, one step forward two steps back
Stuck on the wrong side of the tracks

 

It’s a ballad of an ordinary man

 
 
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‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’ is also available to watch on the ‘Pete Christie YouTube Channel

 
 

British singer songwriter in transatlantic session | song lyrics ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’

June 24th, 2012

Pete Christie is always happy to play his songs when his audience requests them; so when MJ Patterson requested ‘Nomal Shade of Blue’ on Pete’s Facebook page, Pete was happy to oblige. However, MJ was in North America, so they had to set up a transatlantic session at the Live Music gig in Dorset.

Pete Christie singing one of his original songs Normal Shade Of Blue

Photo courtesy of David Coombs, Portsmouth UK.

You can find the song lyrics to ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ below.

Pete Christie was playing the first live music gig at The Parkstone Pub, Poole, Dorset, which is under new management with Tammy and her Team. After a 3 hour set plus encores, Pete and other musician friends went back for a jam session.

Gives a whole new meaning to being a session musician. Can’t have too much of a good thing!


Mj Patterson

Sunday, 10 June 2012 at 06:17

A big shout of thanks out to the amazing Pete Christie who played a transatlantic gig this evening all the way to Halifax Nova Scotia and to Al BikerWeasel for making it possible. xxx

Pete calls his British style of music ‘Anglicana’, others call it Acoustic Folk and Roots.


Song Lyrics to ‘Normal Shade of Blue’ by British singer songwriter, acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, Pete Christie.

 
 

I’m standing in a bar in downtown Nowhere

Staring at a girl I thought was you

When she turned her head, she was someone else instead

And I went back to living in my normal shade of blue

 

So I shared some conversation with the barman

Just to see what he might have to say

Then we drank a toast, to the things we miss the most

Always seems to be the ones we let slip away

 

Then I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I’m drinking coffee-flavoured water in a service station

2 am, and I’ve got a hundred miles to go

You can only get so far, with a suitcase and guitar

Seems the more I understand, the less I really know

 

So I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I’ll keep holding on, it’s all that I can do

Till all hope has gone, I’ll still hold on to you

 

So I guess I’d better get my act together

And get out here and try and sing some songs

Down from off the fence, back in present tense

Still trying to figure out, where it all went wrong

 

So I think of you, like I always do

Though you’re out of sight

Are you safe and warm, lying in somebody’s arms

Or are you missing me tonight

 

I think of you, like I always do

You know you’d be all right

You’d be safe and warm, if you were lying in my arms

Never have to face another lonely night.

Listen to Pete Christie singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ on SoundCloud.

 

Thee are also 3 other original songs to hear of Pete Christie’s on SoundCloud:

‘Waiting In The Wings’.

‘Ballad Of An Ordinary Man’.

Instrumental ‘A Load Of Old Billy’

 

There is a YouTube video to watch of Pete Christie singing ‘Normal Shade Of Blue’ Live, filmed at Mr Kyps, Poole, Dorset.

 

Maverick Magazine – 4 star review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Live at Mr Kyps’ by Russell Hill

“…Performed with just an acoustic guitar at the Poole venue, Pete Christie gives a master class into how to use his chosen instrument stupendously…”

 

“…one of the UK’s finest acts…”