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Allister Bradley

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Influences:

Billy Joel, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, Sting, Phil Collins, Five For Fighting, John Mayer, Sarah McLachlan, Paul Simon

Contact Email:

ab@allisterbradley.com


Songs by Allister Bradley

Goodbye, Bedford Falls

Goodbye, Bedford Falls

The train's headlight cuts through the night like a knife
I know that it's right to be joining the fight, to help my country survive
If only we could agree on a way of life
But I guess that's common… yeah, it is

It's been a month since the army came to Bedford Falls
They hung an air raid siren, began their hiring with some posters in the town hall
I said I'd never held a gun, didn't know much at all
They said that's common… much too common

Where would we be, refusing to fight?
A bombed-out village in the middle of the night
I've never left this town before
But goodbye Bedford Falls, hello war

Billy Mann has a farm on the edge of town
He can grow anything to be fit for the King, but he can't put that bottle down
Since his two sons died, he's had his share of sorrow to drown
But I guess that's common… yeah, it is

Susie Morro has a job at the general store
There's a room in the back where her little boy Jack is playing soldiers at ten to four
She's got a husband on a foreign shore
Around here, that's common… much too common

Where would we be, refusing to fight?
A bombed-out village in the middle of the night
What did we do to deserve this cause?
We're just part of a race with some pretty big flaws
I'm not asking what it's all for
But goodbye Bedford Falls
Goodbye Bedford Falls, hello war

There's a message heading home to Bedford Falls
Susie's husband died while his beautiful bride taught their son to catch a ball
He won't remember his father much at all
But I guess that's common… much too common

Where would we be, refusing to fight?
A bombed-out village in the middle of the night
What did we do to deserve this cause?
We're just part of a race with some pretty big flaws
Will the world remember the lives we give
Or the endless pain of the ones who still live?
If ever there was a town worth dying for
It's home in Bedford Falls, good old Bedford Falls,
So goodbye Bedford Falls, hello war

Copyright 2002 Allister Bradley.
All rights reserved.

[Lyrics]


If Ever I Cried

If Ever I Cried

We, we never made a perfect pair
But three sides have made me feel like such a square
You, you introduced him as a friend
The truth would only hurt me in the end

I've wasted my days, standing in line
Defending your ways, and waiting for a sign
Knowing too late, and being too blind
Now as I leave, glancing behind, I'm willing to grieve
But you might believe I don't mean my goodbye
If ever I cried

Truth is often wasted on the young
Youth is only tasted when it's gone

I've wasted my days, standing in line
Defending your ways, and waiting for a sign
Knowing too late, and being too blind
Now as I leave, glancing behind, I'm willing to grieve
But you might believe I don't mean my goodbye
If ever I cried

I draw the line after serving my time
Accused of the crime of not being there
We never tried so our love slowly died
As we sat side-by-side playing solitaire
Not much to say, that was some New Year's Day
It seems that I paid for the wine that you shared in your lair
Secret stare, you didn't care

I've wasted my days, lost all my nights
A fool on display under steaming red lights
Knowing too late, and being too blind
Now as I leave, glancing behind, I'm willing to grieve
But you might believe I don't mean my goodbye
If even one tear came away from my eye
You might believe I don't mean my goodbye
If ever I cried

Copyright 2003 Allister Bradley.
All rights reserved.

[Lyrics]


Not Today

Not Today

I'm leaving my sad little island, on a longboat that winds through my veins
I'm floating high in the mountains, through rivers and fountains
As the stars chase the moon 'round my brain

On just about any other day, I could be saved
But not today

I'm not too aware of the distance that's left in my existence today
Seems that I've left life behind me, I let the needle come and find me
Now I'm swirling 'round and 'round the drain

On just about any other day, I could be saved…

It may appear that I'm just givin' up
Taking a fool's road straight to my grave
But I can turn back before I spill my cup
I just need one more day
It's always one more day

So as my head keeps on swimmin', I don't know if I'm winning or lost
I might be scared if you told me, that you'd never hold me
Too afraid of the cost

On just about any other day, I could be saved
But not today

Copyright 2006 Allister Bradley.
All rights reserved.

[Lyrics]


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Region:

Kitchener, ON

Level of Experience:

PROFESSIONAL

Genre:

Jazz | Rock and Pop

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Songs Recorded:

The Words Are Free Ten Years On If Ever I Cried No Games Goodbye, Bedford Falls Fall Again Remember The Simple Things The Lights Are On (For Christmas) Song About Nothing Bring Me A Beer Not Today Valentine's Day Too What A Day Coming Home I Win Breakfast at Timmy's Wait for the Sun December Rose Feeling Good If Only Mystic Wanderer Never Came Down Stealing Back the Time Still Wild

Albums Released:

"No Games", 2004 "Too", 2008 "Never Came Down", 2011

Awards:

Unisong People's Choice (2009), Mike Pinder's SongWars Grand Prize Winner (2009), Great Lakes Songwriters 1st Place Winner (2008)

Other Credits:

2011 Double-Finalist, KIX Country 106.7 Songwriter Search; Canadian Smooth Jazz Award Nomination (Best Original Composition, 2006 and 2009); Honorable Mention, 2010 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Live Sound, Recording Engineer/Producer

Biography:

Perhaps a hard person to get to know, Allister Bradley is more likely to be listening to the conversation than dominating it, only because he loves to put himself in everyone else's shoes for a moment. He's a humble man with a quiet wit, which is why his songs are often surprising in their insight, passion and emotional intensity. To meet him on the street, one would never guess at the depths of emotion playing, or perhaps churning, inside him. Step inside Bradley's songs, like “Goodbye, Bedford Falls”, “Not Today” or “If Ever I Cried” and you’ll meet a man who pays attention to the pain, the pleasure, the conflict and the joy of those around him.

No, he didn’t attend a school for the performing arts (his parents decided it was too risky to pursue a career in music), he hasn’t been playing in bands since high school, and he’s forgotten almost as much about classical music as he ever learned in those many years of 5:30am piano practice. Instead, a university degree in Mathematics and 15 years developing software for corporate interests gave way to a yearning to actually make an impact on people’s lives. The years of music lessons, high school bands, and a lifetime of listening and enjoying music, have solidified into a musical foundation that he’s built upon with specialized training in the craft of songwriting. Now that he’s out of the corporate world and back onto the stage, we can have the opportunity to glimpse into the mind of the quick wit with the extremely serious side, the shy boy who is finally telling stories the way he sees them.

Bradley quietly released his debut album “No Games” in 2004, an album which still enjoys regular airplay despite a woefully inadequate marketing campaign. Two of the songs earned award nominations in 2006, one for Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards' Best Original Composition, another for Toronto Independent Music Awards’ Best Male Performer. Not bad for a debut album…

The follow-up album was released in March 2008, with an official release concert in May 2008. Entitled ‘Too’, Bradley describes the album as "Sting having cocktails with Norah Jones, while Billy Joel and Bruce Hornsby argue over the cheque." Piano-dominated arrangements play in and out of various styles, from 70's R&B through emotional ballads and cheeky jazz-inspired pop. With songs ripe with emotion, social consciousness and occasionally a sense of humour, you’ll get a pretty good idea that this songwriter is constantly thinking beyond Friday night's dinner… The album has already enjoyed critical success, with a 1st place finish in the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, two top spots plus the grand prize award in the 2008 running of Mike Pinder's SongWars, plus another Canadian Smooth Jazz Award nomination for Best Original Composition.

2011 saw the completion of Bradley's third studio album, "Never Came Down", a project which saw the artist not only writing the entire album of songs, but taking over the producer and engineering duties as well. Fan favourites include the rock anthem "Still Wild", the proud "I Win", and the smile-inducing "Feeling Good".

Apart from writing and recording his original songs, Bradley has developed his recording skills into sidelines as an independent record producer and film composer. Having scored three independent films and produced recordings for dozens of Canadian singer/songwriters, he's finding ways to satisfy every creative part of his being, including maintenance and new development on his artist website, www.allisterbradley.com. When he's not busy creating, he can often be found mentoring other songwriters, including a staff position at the Summer Songstudio songwriting workshops, held annually in Toronto, Ontario.

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