Ian Cocker

Ian Cocker

Capel, Western Australia, AUS
SoloRockAdult Contemporary

Listenable original and cover material in solo format. For an enjoyable and varied musical experience, catch one of Ian's live shows. Something a bit different.

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Biography

Born in England and grew up in South Africa. Has played music since his early teens. Didn't dig classical guitar tutoring at the time - but gets it now. Raced Moto x (and crashed a lot!). Just managed to attend enough class to qualify in civil engineering. Held the rank of Lieutenant in the Infantry during National Service (way before James Blunt!!). Raced internationally on the Powerman Duathlon circuit and still maintains a reasonable level of fitness in mountain biking and running. Emigrated to Australia 18 years ago and a pround-as-punch Aussie. Can never get enough time with the guitar. Has a serious problem with seriousness.

Lyrics

Not Me Not My

Written By: Ian Cocker

Not Me Not My (Ian Cocker – Nov 2005)

Don’t think for one moment - I’m not happy
Don’t think for one moment I’m not alright
Don’t think anything else - but positively
And don’t think of standing in my fragile ray of light

Hey it’s a new day - I hear it’s gonna be a good one
It’s a new day and I’m basking in the morning sun
Yeah it’s a new day - waiting faithfully in front of me
Stretching way out right up to the horizon

Chorus
Cos it’s not my heart breaking inside
It’s not me losing my mind
It’s not my echo walking around deserted streets all night
No it’s not me - it’s not my

Don’t believe in anything else - but in what you feel
Don’t believe anyone can take that away
Don’t believe within the realms - of possibility
And don’t believe that where you are is where - you’ll stay

Hey it’s a new life starting here – starting now
And it’s high time I tried on something new
Throw away all the cloudy grey – was not my style anyway
It never had much to say
Think I’ll work on my favourite - shades of blue

Get Out While You Can

Written By: Ian Cocker

Get Out While You Can (Ian Cocker – January 2006)

Life’s moving at the speed of snail
Highlight’s fetching your daily mail
Watching your bread going stale
Get out while you can

The club installed a rap dee jay
Fired the band and sent them on their way
Never thought you’d see the day – boy
Get out while you can

Slipped out with a shopping list
Got clean ‘cross town ‘fore being missed
Her old man he was really pissed
Get out while you can

Stuck in neutral hitting forty two
At least half a life in front of you
Ain’t no time for feeling blue - no no
Get out while you can

You’re paid to look outside the square
But everyone’s already there
So save yourself the wear and tear
Get out while you can

The kids have finally left home
It’s a novelty to use the phone
But the wife has empty nest syndrome
Get out while you can

Lost In Translation

Written By: Ian Cocker

My thoughts blew away on the breeze – only I knew what they really mean
And mould has formed where freshness once bloomed – leaving a stain like nicotine
My best intentions whittled from the finest wood
Attention paid to infinite detail - it would come to life if it could

The harm’s done – the poison slow released
Drips from my table – on to the cold concrete

They say ignorance is bliss – am I the only one?
Locked in language chains that can’t come undone

Chorus

Lost in translation – one whole page behind
“You’re at the wrong station, boy” – I said it happens all the time
“There’s been a complication” – I’m afraid the pleasures all mine
Lost in translation

Now your eyes lit up the night – but the warmth balanced in between
Something I said so damn innocently – within the prison walls of my dreams
(Wish I was still asleep)

Well worn clichés anchored on solid ground
Great advice once the flames are burning all round – man I think I’m going down

All Fall Down

Written By: Ian Cocker

Don’t think for one moment - I’m not happy – don’t think for one moment I’m not alright
Don’t think anything else - but positively – and don’t think of standing in my fragile ray of light

Hey it’s a new day - I hear it’s gonna be a good one
Hey it’s a new day and I’m basking in the morning sun
Yeah it’s a new day - all these seconds waiting faithfully in front of me – mmm mmm
Stretching way out right up to the horizon

Chorus

(cos) It’s not my heart breaking inside - It’s not me losing my mind
It’s not my echo walking around deserted streets all night
No it’s not me - it’s not my -no no no it’s not me and it’s - not my

Don’t believe in anything else - but in what you feel – don’t believe anyone can take that away
Don’t believe within the realms - of possibility
And don’t believe that where you are is where - you’ll stay

Hey it’s a new life starting here – starting now - and it’s high time I tried on something new
Throw away all the cloudy grey – was not my style anyway – it never had much to say
Think I’ll work on my favourite - shades of blue

Faded Memories

Written By: Ian Cocker

I’m staring straight at you
So near and yet so far
A smiling face - a picture framed
I wish you’d step right out
And tell me how you’re feeling
Before all I have is your name

I’m hoping doctor time will heal
And make this two dimension breathe

I think I still can hear the laughter in your voice
Although that was so long ago
And I remember how you used to look at me
It hurts more than you’ll ever know

And I’m preserving constantly
The pieces of what used to be

Chorus
But all I see - faded memories
Yeah all I see - faded memories

And though I’ve tried at times
To cut you from my mind
By working hard and staying busy
But come that time of night
When I shut out the light
What’s left of you comes out to haunt me

So as our separate lives tick by
I’m staring out across the sky

Chorus

I’m hoping doctor time will heal
The pieces of what used to be

Go Jimmy

Written By: Ian Cocker

Verse 1

Jimmy came from the left side of the tracks
Raised some hell, hurt a man
Now he can’t go back
Met Bella in a local drinking well
Had style—had class but she was bored as hell

Verse 2

Bella looked Jimmy in the eye and she could see
The boy lived on the edge
With a dangerous urgency
Jimmy looked at Bella and he just knew
He’d do anything—anything she wanted him to
And she said

Chorus

“Go Jimmy go fast you know
Like they do on all the late late TV shows
Go Jimmy go as fast as James Dean
Go Jimmy put your foot down flat
Need the wind in my hair and the sun on my back
Go Jimmy go faster than you’ve ever been”

Verse 3

Bella said: “Jimmy we make quite a team
Open roads stolen cars—the night club scene”
But Jimmy knew that a short fuse was lit
Cos he was tired—it was late
And he realised it
But she said

Chorus

Bridge

Jimmy bit off more than he could chew
Stole a roadtrain—something new
Didn’t know about Devil’s Pass
And Bella screamed: “You going way to fast”

Instrumental

Chorus (key change)

Shades

Written By: Ian Cocker

Chorus

Its not as clear as wrong or right
Those decisions that are made
In the dead of night
I hop the one day in the cool morning light
You’ll see one hundred shades of grey
Between black and white

Here me now

Verse 1

Don’t consider me to be a god-fearing man
This universe holds us in its capable hands
That view draws criticism—man and I understand
Its just one small shade in this grey expanse

Verse 2

Now men have fought their way through centuries
Life flowing freely from young arteries
Did the sacrifice outweigh material need?
As we stare at flowers growing over battlefields

Chorus

Bridge

Shades of grey between yes or no
Shades of grey between stay or go
Shades of grey between will or won’t
Shades of grey

Instrumental

Verse 3

As time goes by maybe you will see
Situations we face have difficulties
Though we choose to the best of our ability
The road we travel on
May not always turn out too easy

Chorus

You Blue Me Away

Written By: Ian Cocker

Verse 1

I was sipping life from a paper cup – looking at the world - with shutters up
Perspective from a point of view – blunted - as it passed right through
Passed right through
Passed right on through

Verse 2

Now walls are good and walls are bad - they keep you safe they make you sad
Enough said about that
But mine were high and built so strong - or so I thought until proven wrong
You proved me wrong - you proved me wrong - you proved me wrong
You proved me wrong - you proved me wrong

Chorus

And you blue - you blue me away
Yes you blue - me away

Verse 3

I was planted deep in a fertile field - grew tall and strong - had all I needed - till I met you
Then the seasons swung - our heads were hung – we were on the run
Life came undone
Life came undone
Love made our lives undone

Chorus

Bridge

Caught beneath life’s lonely tree Not enough you and not enough me
Intent is not plain to see
As it fades into history

Instrumental

Chorus

Discography

Footprints
Not Me
Polarity
Faded Memories Single

All albums are available in hard copy format from gigs and off the net (Mr www).

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Set List

Solo - minimum 50% original material.

Covers are respectfully played interpretations of the originals.

Influences: So many great artists and songs, but most notably - Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Jim Hendrix, David Gray, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits,  Matchbox Twenty, Maroon 5, The Fray, Kings of Leon ..... 

Song choice is tailored to suit the audience and ambiance.

Perform 3 x 45min sets approx 3hr gig (includes electric guitar numbers and harmonica in each set with subtle backbeat stompbox).