Blind Freddie

from Unnatural Light (2011) by Chris Gillespie

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I just heard Blind Freddie Gillespie died
At half past ten on Sunday night, he must’ve
given up the fight
I didn’t know him very well. I can’t say that we
were close
But it’s still gonna be empty around here
and I’m not gonna sleep tonight
People are like washing windows -
each wants to blame the other side
You might say that I’m blind
but I can still see what’s right
You’re just about to break
and the brakes are just about to fail
Well I stayed at your house in the bed you made
The flannel sheets were old and musty
But I couldn’t sleep. The trucks were flying down
the highway
and the rain was leaking through the ceiling
warped and rusty
And those old glass shutters next to one another
they spread the high beams out across the walls
An open loaf of Kelly’s on the bench, the empty
bottles and the cigarette stench
I’m never gonna stay there again. That’s for sure
I met a girl from WA
We’re gonna get married and move away
Buy a house and settle down somewhere
I’ve just gotta get out of this town the memories
are bringin’ me down
So where I wind up I don’t care
Because now I talk to you all the time
When I’ve had too much to drink
You must be the hole in me
Every time my life drips down the sink
Tomorrow I’m gonna give up drinkin’
Yesterday’s got me thinkn’
Today I’m gonna make myself a deal
No more boozin’ all the time or
you wind up bedridden goin’ blind
‘coz I can drink enough for both of us the way
I feel
I’m just about to break
And the brakes are just about to fail
Yes, I’m just about to brake
And the brakes are just about to fail
I just heard, I just heard


from Unnatural Light (2011), released November 28, 2011
Written by Chris Gillespie.


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Chris Gillespie Sydney, Australia

An artist from the Blue Mountains of NSW. His songs are beautiful, bursting with observational yearning. “A fingerpickin’, harmonica playing troubadour... ‘Sydney’s answer to Bob Dylan'
(Dave Regos - FBi Radio) Gillespie is renowned for his song writing craft.
“I really like this tune (Unnatural Light).. it’s incredibly catchy with a little bit of a Josh Pyke vibe..”
Rosie Beaton - Triple J
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