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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

 
 

'Waiting In The Wings' song | Pete Christie Live in London video

February 19th, 2013

‘Waiting In The Wings’ is from Pete Christie’s studio album ‘Frank’.

“Waiting in the Wings” is Pete’s most famous song; and according to Tom Semioli reviewing for  Minor 7th in the USA, “it is reminiscent of the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced by Sir George Martin.”

 

 

Critically acclaimed for  showing off Pete’s gift for tethering his romantic ruminations to memorable melodies and instrumental harmonies. The album ‘Frank’ has been called “refreshing”, “honest”, “wonderful”, “natural”, “versatile”, “…heartfelt songs that recall McTell’s glory days…” by Acoustic Magazine, and “delivered by a master craftsman”. “Frank is not background music. It’s a wonderfully written book brought to life by sounds”.

 
 

Ian Peterson Live Wire review and quote on the biography page

 

“…Pete Christie is in a league of his own. His new album, entitled “Frank” is a knockout collection of eight self penned songs, plus a track, “Not Yet Dark, written by Dylan. Anyone who plays guitar should go and see Pete in action. The way he explores rhythm and the dynamics of the instrument is a real education. His use of the loop station, and a few subtle dabs on his effects pedals, layering rhythms and sounds, is mesmerising.
The CD is wonderful. Tracks of the quality of “Waiting In The Wings” and the highly commercial “Easy Come, Easy Go” are worth the purchase price alone…”

 

A special thanks to Douglas Dickens in USA, who showcases independent artists on Reverbnation once a week, for reminding me to record this song at a live music event.

 

Jackie Leven + Hannah Robinson + Pete Christie @ Mr Kyps

12.15.2010 · Posted in Gig Reviews by Karl Hayman

“…Christie’s ability to connect with his audience lies with his unabashed and honest delivery, his plausibility due to a belief that when he sings of love, loss and life, it is from his own experience. This is all but confirmed by his last song, in honour of a friend confined to a wheelchair. Christie found his inspiration in the eternal optimism of his friend, and was compelled to complete the writing of this song in one brief sitting. Entitled ‘Waiting In The Wings’, the song’s moral is that there are always people worse off than yourself, and if their positivity is able to shine through, it would be an injustice for yours not to. This was my first first encounter of Pete Christie, and I was left thoroughly warmed by it. By all that I have just described, I wish I had heard him sooner!…”

 

“…’Waiting in the Wings’ is one of Pete Christie’s classics; which has on occasion changed the course of people’s lives after taking on the sentiment of the lyrics that “life is not a rehearsal and to make the most of it by doing what you want to do, now…”

 

There are other blog posts to read about ‘Waiting In The Wings’ and the story behind why I called the album ‘Frank’. 

 
The album version features ‘The Band of the Royal British Legion, Christchurch’.

 

The studio Album ‘Frank’ is available to purchase still.

 

Thanks to all the musicians, photographer and sound engineer that helped bring the ‘Frank’ tracks to life.

 
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Folking review of Pete Christie’s album ‘Frank’

January 22nd, 2011

Making Waves (above) is a fine example of why we recommend that you check out more of Pete Christie’s finely crafted vocals and simplistic finger picking style guitar tunes.  Christie’s latest album is called “Frank” and Pete’s myspace page gives some background to the album and namely why it was written as a tribute to his late mother who suffered from Dementia and called him “Frank”.  The album also features Waiting in the Wings which has become one of the Christie live standard requests.

Pete has guested with Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention – as part of the Peggy and PJ Wright tour-de-force , Nick Harper, Jeff Lang, Glenn Tillbrook, Ezio, Ruby Turner, Derrin Nauendorf, Hugh Cornwell, Bob Brozman, Martin Harley, Ben Montague and performs on occasion with Alex Roberts. In September last year was a special guest of Canadian, Americana acoustic blues and roots sensation Matt Andersen.  Check out the album it’s a great listen. Artist Weblink:  http://www.petechristie.co.uk/

 

Pete Christie Review  – Pete Christie’s Latest Album ‘Frank’

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December 6th, 2010

Tinderbox and Pete Christie share the stage at The Christchurch Festival

July 9th, 2010

Tinderbox and Pete Christie share each other’s sets at The Christchurch Festival 2010.

Monique Houraghan, of Tinderbox, sang ‘Waiting In The Wings’ on Pete’s set.

Monique was a guest singer on Pete Christie’s latest album ‘ Frank’ and they often perform this song as a duo.
There is some YouTube footage from 2008, of them at Centre Stage.

Dan Tucker, of Tinderbox, invited Pete Christie to perform ‘The Journey’, an instrumental from Tinderbox’s latest album ‘The State Of Play’
Acoustic Magazine called their album “Lovely…Hooky…Mellow”