Portraits & Paintings

by Glenn Dixon

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Debut album of Australian multi-instrumentalist Glenn Dixon. Melodic rock songs coloured with impressive blues and classical piano playing.

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released May 9, 2017

Glenn Dixon: Vocals, piano, keyboards, Hammond Organ, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums and percussion.

Produced, recorded & mixed by Michael Carpenter and Glenn Dixon at Love Hz Studios, Sydney Australia
Assistant Engineer: Kylie Whitney
Mastered by Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock Mastering

All songs written by Glenn Dixon
Artwork by Glenn Dixon

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Glenn Dixon Sydney, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, pianist and composer.

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Track Name: Lay Back
LAY BACK

Lay back, my girl, you’re on fire
Lay back, my babe, you’ve got soul
Sit back, it’s never been finer
This feeling will never get old, yeah we’re gonna

Lay back, we could be here for an hour
Lay back, could be here until dawn
Get back, put the music up louder
And take in a glimpse of the sun

Lay back, my girl, you’re on fire
Lay back, my babe, you’ve got soul

Piano Solo

Lay back, my girl, you’re on fire
Lay back, my babe, you’ve got soul
Sit back, it’s never been finer
This feeling will never get old, yeah we’re gonna

Lay back, we could be here for an hour
Lay back, could be here until dawn
Get back, put the music up louder
And take in a glimpse of the sun

Lay back, my girl, you’re on fire
Lay back, my babe has got soul

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: I've Got a Friend
I'VE GOT A FRIEND

I’ve got a friend who would love to be loved by me
I’ve got a friend who would love to be loved by me
I didn’t really notice, I wasn’t really looking around
I must have missed something, I’ve had my head stuck in the ground
You know I got a friend who would love to be loved by me

A friend can be someone you see but never call
And things don’t seem to ever change
So when one turns round and says, “Look now I want so much more”
I can’t help thinking it’s so strange
That I got a friend who would love to be loved by me

Piano solo

I didn’t really notice, I really wasn’t looking around
And I know that you are lovely but you’re not the only one in town
You know I got a friend who would love to be loved by me
Who would love to be loved by me
Who would love to be loved by me

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Stranded
STRANDED

Darling, you’re my angel drama queen
You could star for a play or write poetry all day
But you’d rather make a scene with me

Now darling, you know it’s not for real
You have Shakespeare in your head and you want Twilight in your bed
So tell me why am I still here?

Darling, you drive me up the wall
You would walk through muddy ground to find the perfect man in town
And then show him to the door

Yeah darling, it’s torture what you do
When you throw out all my plans ‘n drive your nails into my hand
I wish your rules applied to you

When everything gets comfortable, you gotta shake things up, cos nothing’s right at all
When you get what you wanted you gotta to break things up, cos nothing’s right at all
You got to shake things up, cos nothing’s right at all

So darling, I sense you’re wrapped in fear
If you jumped to the unknown would it rock your little home
and leave me stranded with no idea!

Solo

When everything gets comfortable, you gotta break things up, cos nothing’s right at all
When you get what you wanted you gotta to shake things up, cos nothing’s right at all
You got to break things up, cos nothing’s right at all

So darling, what’s to come of me?
You can send me on my way; post my things another day
And leave me stranded for another year!

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Broken Inside
BROKEN INSIDE

Well I’m not that old but my story is as common as day
And I’m not just a man who goes to work to pay my way
I’ve lost my house, I lost my child, I don’t have much at all
But worse is I’m broken inside

For I’m now losing my nerve
I don’t believe that I get what I deserve
I’m good for her no more, I’m only needed child support
And I don’t believe that’s fair at all

I’ve got feelings just like any woman or girl
Sure it may be holed up inside like fire beneath the earth
I’ve got my thoughts, I have some rights, I’m capable, I’m here
But she’ll never ask what we should do

Chorus

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Skimming Stones
SKIMMING STONES

I got this really close friend who´s been kicking me along
with 22 recordings of 3 singers singin´ all wrong
He´s says, 'I can´t wait for you all day I´m aching for the chance to play
and to try my hand at skimming stones'

But I´m frightened that something will go wrong
I´m living his life 4 years on
And I don´t know what to do when he knows I´m too busy to
Leave it all and take a ride

In the morning there´s a message left sitting by the phone
It's the fourteenth call and he won´t leave me alone
He´s says, 'I will not be satisfied if I laid on the ground and died
without trying my hand at skimming stones'

Solo

But I´m frightened that something will go wrong
I´m living his life 4 years on
No, I don´t know what to do when he knows I´m too busy to
Leave it all and take a ride

Well it’s never been something I’ve wanted on my own
And who knows what impression I have shown
But now I will not be satisfied if I laid on the ground and died
without trying my hand at skimming stones

Without trying my hand at skimming stones
So I´m gonna try my hand at skimming stones

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: A Little Loving
A LITTLE LOVING

She’d say, ‘find me a man who’ll be gentle and faithful'
I say, ‘Arthur’s a man who’d embrace anyone with your potential’
With a laughing smile she gleamed; she was my leading lady
Who had grace across the stage

She’d say ‘I’m not a girl who’ll be sinful or easy’
I say, ‘Well I’m not a man who would hold anyone who is deceiving’
And there’s the painted scenery; it was not complicated
But it’s not always what you say, it’s what you mean

You, you know it’s true, you’re my best friend and I love you
Forever we will be as one, and you I know that I won’t go back on word

But four months on you tell me that
You’re a misbehaving Cheshire cat
Maneuvering around, and sneaking about
And you take me out and say it straight
That you never loved me anyway
And what’s for dessert, oh I can’t decide

Now I, I can’t believe, you’d cut me like I wouldn’t bleed
This ain't the place to break our lives, does this dinner come without the play?

So all these years I’ve spent with you
There was another, you were with two
A choice that was made, before the first date
And like a boat in violent seas
I’m pumping water; facing fear
For what should I do, go back to the drought?
If I took a chance, how would it turn out

And I will always fall for one whose instinct tell them not to run from me
Hmmm….hmmmm….

I can still recall our first meeting
Common interests running through the ceiling
What ya got in store there?
What ya hiding from me?
And why are your hands shaking?
How long have you been watching me?

And I remember walking through the city
Knocking arms and humming, ‘I Feel Pretty’
Won’t you come and dance please
Won’t you come and sing with me
What’s that look you giving
It says send a little loving to me

Send a little loving on this way, baby
Send a little loving my way
Send a little loving on this way, baby
Yeah, let it all come my way

Won’t you come and dance please
Won’t you come and sing with me
What’s that look you giving
It says send a little loving to me

She’d said, ‘find me a man who’ll be gentle and faithful'
I said, ‘Well Arthur’s a man who’d embrace anyone with your potential’
And that’s the painted scenery; it was not complicated
But it’s not always what you say, it’s what you mean

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Except I'm in Love
EXCEPT I'M IN LOVE

I wake in morning and I step outside, I don’t really want to go
It’s just a few years I keep telling myself, so I can keep on moving forward
You never understand what it is that I do
I’d rather be alone except that I’m in love with you
Aargh!

I work for the money not so much for pride, but I can’t let it show
If I screw up it all will come down on my head, so do not tell me just leave early
I don’t bring my troubles home; I don’t whinge on cue
I’d rather be alone except I’m in love with you
Except I’m in love with you
Except I’m in love with you

She’s gone away! She’s gone away!...

It’s good to see you’re home, I still don’t know what you do
I’d rather be alone except I’m in love with you
Except I’m in love with you
Except I’m in love..

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Passion Within
PASSION WITHIN

There's a place for chance and a place of not
Risking everything you've got
Living for each second, realising rejection
And the way you chose to spend your time
Depends on what is down the line
Running from the passion within

Now, I can't find my way to the purpose of the day
And don't you just wonder why?
There's a feeling that I find that I notice every time I try
When I try

And I know now that you may never see
Passions as possibilities
Fearing mighty failure, indifferent behaviour
But if I don't give it a decent shot
I'll always get what I never want
Running from the passion within

Solo

And I know now that you may never see
Passions as possibilities
Fearing mighty failure, indifferent behaviour
But if I don't give it a decent shot
I'll always get what I never want
Running from the passion
Hiding from all the action
Are you running from the passion within?

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Discreet
DISCREET

You look in my direction and I smile because you don't know what it means
And I dream of your perfection, it's so much more than what it really seems

I will deny any reason for being discreet
I will lie to anybody who puts me under heat
You will be surprised when I collide with you

So I ponder in confusion, neither of you help me with my cause
And I know a solution, but nothing's gonna stop me and my thoughts

I will deny any reason for being discreet
I will lie to anybody who puts me under heat
You will be surprised when I collide with you

Solo

So I ponder in confusion, neither of you help me with my cause
And I dream of my selection, and nothing's gonna stop me and my thoughts

Chorus

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Goodbye, My Friend
GOODBYE, MY FRIEND

People move on to life in the sun, and some will never be found
And I still believe that no one will leave and all will still be around
But all my friends say you're not coming back
You'd rather live on an old dirt track
With solitary playing all over the room

Goodbye my friend, I'll miss you much
So long, 'til we say hello again
Goodbye my friend, I'll remember the times we shared
When we said that we'll never depart

Too many years since I saw my peers while rumours fill the air
Some getting by ahead of the time but too distant for me to care
And so I'm told now you're getting hitched
I can't believe how much I have missed
When I am just the same guy as when I left school

Chorus

And I'm excited by my life ahead
But how come everyone is leaving instead
Of spending our lifetimes with friends already made

Chorus

words & music by Glenn Dixon
Track Name: Portraits & Paintings
PORTRAITS & PAINTINGS

There’s a place where I live in sorrow for yesterday
There’s a place where I live in sorrow for yesterday
And I miss those ornaments and portraits and that old phone
It’s a place where I’m drenched in sorrow for another day

Piano solo

And it feels hollow without candles and oil paintings on every wall
It’s a place where I’m drenched in sorrow for another day
Another day…
Another day….

words & music by Glenn Dixon

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