David Gillis

David Gillis

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Born in Hamilton Ontario, this son of a steelworker is living up to his reputation as a true virtuoso guitarist and poignant singer-songwriter. He placed first in the Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar competition and is the 2004 Recipient of the Colleen Peterson Song-writing Award.

Biography

Born in Hamilton Ontario...
this son of a steelworker comes from a rich historical lineage of musicians. His Mother is an award-winning vocalist and his crippled uncle was a champion maritime fiddler. David is living up to his reputation as a true virtuoso guitarist and stellar singer/songwriter.

On the guitarist side, his work has been included in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, he has played on the main stage at the prestigious Chet Atkins Appreciation Society and won the Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar competition.

On the side of song writing, David is the recipient of the Colleen Peterson Song-writing Award. His compositions engage listeners with profound lyrical and melodic insights.

His combination of impeccable performance, relaxed quirky humor and strange vocal stylings have made him a favorite among audiences as evident by his loyal following.

2004 Winner of the Colleen Peterson Song-writing Award from the Ontario Council of Arts and OCFF

Showcase Winner... SummerFolk 2004 'Last Chance Saloon'

Placed 1st in the Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar competition, St. Augustine Florida, 2001

His instrumental song 'She's So Fey' earned a spot in the coveted and internationally distributed Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, July 2003 issue

Twice invited as a main stage performer at the prestigious Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, 2003 & 2004

Official endorser of Beneteau Guitars, Gibson/Ephiphone Guitars, LR Baggs Pickups, Elixer guitar strings and AER Acoustic Amps

Lyrics

A Mouse's Crumb

Written By: David Gillis

NOTE: Winner of OAC's Colleen Peterson Song Writing Award!

To take away a mouse's crumb
You use your finger and your thumb
You close your eyes and then play dumb
Removed from guilt, you take the crumb.

Leave no specks or evidence
A trace of hope kept in suspense
Keep them shaking on the fence
Take the crumb, their last defense

Move the mighty ships of war
Missiles pointed at their door
Strip their wealth and keep them poor
Bring me your rich, for I need more.

While bombs burst in the mid-air
Mustn't care what soul lay there
The poisoned trap is set to snare
These are the casualties we spare

To take away a mouse's crumb
You use your finger and your thumb
You close your eyes and then play dumb
Removed from guilt, you take the crumb.

Words & Music by David Gillis ©copyright 2003

Dirty Road

Written By: David Gillis

I've been down that dirty road
I don't much like where it goes
It winds around a narrow pass
then it bumps you in the ass
It's over up and under down
an elevator out of town
where the operator wears a smile
a crooked grin while all the while
he schemes a plot to take your share
left stranded in your underwear
.... I don't like that dirty road
I only want my happy home and faces that I've learned to love

I go down that dirty road
Exploring - maybe I'll find gold
In the faces that I meet
the gems along the dusty street
they're not takers they donÕt want
they're servin' love at this restaurant
the opposite it's the other half
they don't have much but what they have are smiles behind transparent eyes you look it goes on for miles and miles
.... I go down that dirty road
I only want my happy home and faces that I've learned to love

I've been down that dirty road
sometimes I wonder where it goes
Walked with caution not with cares
avoided eyes with wanton stares
Took the sheep into my arms
diverted from the way of harm
the thorns that cut still go deep
the blood that falls in the thirsty street and while I feel it winding down safely landing in this town
.... that's what's down that dirty road

I only want my happy home and faces that I've learned to love

Look Out

Written By: David Gillis

Look Out... Don't go that way...
This way is madness it leads into sadness
Went to the river and onto the rapids and
over the top and, Look Out below

Look Out... Don't take that drink...
This is the potion that changes the notion,
makes you deny you were sold down the ocean
It happened so fast but it seemed like slow motion
laid out on the floor and, Look Out below

I am no one, not telling someone
Don't wish perils on anyone
Look out below
This ain't a fun one

Look out... extra was cried...
Read all about it between lines that shout it
Made safe for the powers that funnel and route it
Into their pockets from ours it is outed
A tale about devils with wings that have sprouted
They fell from the heavens and I doubt if you doubt it,
Look Out below

Look Out... What have I left...
Deep in my heart, I knew from the onset
If I jumped in that boat I'd be sunk and get all wet
The clock in my gut said it wasn't a good bet
I gambled my savings and now I'm in big debt
The madness and sadness has doubled the regret
I'm down at the bottom and over the top yet
Look Out, Look Out, Look Out below

copyright © 2004

Snow Day

Written By: David Gillis

Instrumental

Raise the Dead

Written By: David Gillis

Here comes the holy man, bible in his hand.
His suit’s been pressed, he’s so well dressed,
He’s come to heal the land.
Children he’ll make you all into brothers, brothers in arms
He’s come to raise the dead, raise the dead, raise the dead.

He’s meek, he rides on an ass, the king of presidents
He’s on his throne, his law’s set in stone – It’s for the good of the promised land
Beware of what he can do, He’s a one man milking crew
He’s come to raise the dead, raise the dead, raise the dead.

Now if you go to that land, with weapon in your hand
You dare not look in that holy book
It will only confuse your mind
Don’t question what this plan lacks, take heart, He’s got your back

He’s come to raise the dead, raise the dead, raise the dead.
He’s come to raise the dead, raise the number of the dead.

Chemical

Written By: Ariana Gillis

You know all the heat that’s running through the city?
You know the cold that drove us underground
And the things that we were told to make us go away
Nothing changed, it stayed the same

You know the gloves you bought to make sure my hands were warm?
Don’t much wear them anymore, the earth is firing up,
And the wires we tried to connect to make it all okay,
We didn’t lighten up their minds.

You know the code you said, could somehow break the system?
It was real, you said it was, and that’s why I believed,
We all stood there pressing hard so that everyone could see
See it all, for what it is.

Chemical display of my feelings for you,
Watch them burst to flames as the fumes burn away, burn away.

You know the abandoned basement that we hid in?
Played cards to pass the time, after we finished all the plans,
And then you kissed me till it hurt, told me over again,
It’s almost here, we’re almost there.

You know the day the clouds grew dark as if in warning?
You all walked to the edge of the giant double doors,
You placed the package on the steps and looked up at the sky,
It was loud, and then it rained.

You know I didn’t go with you to make a statement,
I lost all of my nerve when I was up late last night
And I read it in the paper, you left to make it right,
Why did you have to pick that fight?

Said Goodbye

Written By: David Gillis

When you stood at the door
With the phone down by your side
from the look in your face
I knew he said goodbye

Said goodbye, said goodbye
I knew he said goodbye

Did the work of a man
when he was only nine
for 10 more years he kept on
then left it all behind

No dream allowed
keep hand on plow
heart wide as sky
no dream should be denied

There he lay on that bed
while we were standing near
from the look on his face
You knew he wasn’t here

Discography

When You've Got A Dream - 2001
Wish Where You Are - 2005

Set List

My set list always varries, sometimes I throw in a cover that might fit in with the mood and vibe of the moment.
Nothing is ever the same way twice, that would be boring.