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Gordon Bates

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The hardest time to be a friend is when your friend needs you the most.


I have been influenced by many great artists but a couple that stick ourt is Rod Stewart and Paul McCartny. I also like the style of Trooper and Brian adams. There are to many to mention as I like good music more than a particular style.

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Rod Stewart

Social Media:

Songs by Gordon Bates

My PU Truck Left Me

I’ve walk with my grandpa down that long and dusty road
Bb A E
Grandma died, my dog is gone, got me a heavy load
When my wife of 7 years walked out and slammed the door
Bb A E
I knew happiness for me, was a brand new 4X4

But I’m not talking any truck, no plain ones off the shelf
Bb A E
Got one that takes care of me, the kind that drives itself
Sure that I found happiness, a love that just can’t stray
Bb A E
Down that dusty road I watched my new truck drive away

A Bb E
Ya my self-drivin pickup truck just left me
A Bb E
I’m a hurtin and I just can’t believe
A Bb E C#m
I just don’t get what kind of man it takes
A E Bb
To even make a truck want a leave
A Bb E
But, my self-drivin pickup truck just left me

After all the love that left me, the pain stayed in my head
Bb A E
I gave up on people, got me a truck instead
But I’ve never felt as bad as I feel tonight; I got a
Bb A E
Tear in my beer as my truck faded out of sight





Edmonton, AB

Level of Experience:



Blues | Country | Rock | Other | Acoustic | Adult Contemporary  | Music For Video/Film  | Pop

I Write:

With others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Songs Recorded:

When it's Too Dark for Me My Pickup Truck Just Left Me She's Flying High Love me Like That

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Senior EMS Manager


Mature and experienced musician playing guitar, bass, drums in good weekend
dance/bar bands for more than 40 years. I have done lots of singing but always
second string to true lead singer voices. Have always been a creative songwriter
with positive reviews from the audience and other musicians. I have captured
many songs on my home recording studio and want to start exploring
opportunities to sell them to established or rising singers.

I am fortunate to be married to my wife Shelley who is a good drummer and singer
and co-writes with me. Together we are gsbatesmusic and are excited to see what
we can do with all this music exposure and experience during the later part of our
musical life.

We love to get our minds around a specific theme and tease out the rhythm, beat
and progression to guide powerful and meaningful lyrics.

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