Sunset Grill

by Sam Hill Jr

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By 1993 I had stopped performing solo and was working with Alan Gregson, Richard Curran and Geoff Orr. All three are excellent trained musicians and could hold their own in on any stage. February 1994 we all went to Nashville USA to record an album at Russ Long's studio, 'The Car Port'. We were with musicians who were working at the very highest level in Nashville, Alan, Richard and Geoff slotted right in.

I was introduced to Russ Long by my then manager, Richard Bickersteth. I met Russ in the UK when he was on a trip with the singer Steve Taylor, Russ was Steve's sound engineer. Steve Taylor's band 'Chagall Guevara' had just split up and I think Steve and Russ were on a global tour making a video to promote Steve's album 'Squint'.

Dave Perkins and Mike Mead were both members of 'Chagall Guevara', I first met them in the Uk when 'Chagall Guevara' were headlining the Greenbelt Festival in 1991. Phil Keaggy was also appearing at that festival, I was introduced to Phil by my friend James Tweed. I met Phil again the next year at the Cornerstone festival in Illinois.
It's a mystery why 'Chagall Guevara' didn't become a huge band have a look on Youtube: 'Chagall Guevara' - 'Violent Blue'.

I think Russ Long suggested we ask Phil Keaggy to come in and play on a song, he did and played a solo on 'Apple Pie', we were blown away by this mans talent and humility, he is a legend.

Phil Madeira made a major contribution to 'Sunset Grill' (Phil Madeira and Dave Perkins had been members of 'The Phil Keaggy Band'). Phil came to play Hammond B3 on a couple of songs and ended up playing on almost the whole album. Phil lit up the studio, his warmth and generosity were infectious. Phil a multi talented musician, he has worked with a long list of revered artists, he is also great songwriter, poducer and artist. Phil is currently a member of Emmylou Harris's band 'The Red Dirt Boys'. Over 20 years on Phil has recently played on my album "Cowboys and Moonbeams.

Al Perkins arrived at the studio to play pedal steel and I had to pinch myself, another incredible talent and humble guy who went out of his way to play what we wanted. Al was a member of 'The Flying Burrito Brothers', played on the two solo albums recorded by Gram Parsons and has worked with a whose who of musicians from the last 50 years including Leonard Cohan, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, The Eagles... he even played on 'Exile On Main Street' by 'The Rolling Stones', what more can you say!

Meeting and having these guys play on my album was a privilege, not only are they great musicians but easy to work with and great company.

Sadly 'Sunset Grill' has never been available in it's original form until now (2014) but here it is at long last. The name 'Sunset Grill' came from a restaurant in Nashville we frequented late at night after recording.

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released March 1, 1996

Produced By Russell E. Long & Sam Hill Jr
Recorded February and March 1994 at The Car Port, Nashville, Tn. USA
Additional Recording/Mixing Alan Gregson, West Orange Studios, UK

Sam Hill Jr: Guitar/Vocal
Richard Curran: Violin/Mandolin
Alan Gregson: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Geoff Orr: Bass Guitar/Piano

Phil Madeira: Hammond B3/Dobro/Accordion
Mike Mead: Drums
Al Perkins: Pedal Steel Guitar/Dobro
Phil Keaggy: Guitar on 'Apple Pie'
Eric Darken: Percussion
Bob Halligan Jr, Dave Perkins & Karthi Masters: Backing Vocals

Cover Photograph by Andy Hutch
Cover Design by Steve Turner

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Track Name: Queen Of Sheba Crash
Words

Falling from England losing my home
don't try to catch me as I fall
into a thousand new questions
I am losing yesterday
I not sure what she means, I not sure what she says
but she breathes new life on this fragile flesh

Tell me where I'm supposed to go from here
Drunk I fall on her life soaked wine
Tell me why I've forgotten my own name
I keep drinking, I keep falling on this wine

She breaks the world into fragments of truth
maybe these arrows of light show the way
but don't show me the old way home
Home gets harder to see
as she spits on my eyes
I know, I know that I'm not blind

Tell me where I'm supposed to go from here
drunk I fall on her life soaked wine
Tell me why I've forgotten my own name
I keep drinking, I keep falling on this wine

Their cold science is killing
as she brings new Pentecost
maybe I'm born again
I know I've not changed truth for a lie
and if I die right now
will I be in those arms tonight

Tell me where I'm supposed to go from here
drunk I fall on her life soaked wine
Tell me why I've forgotten my own name
I keep drinking, I keep falling on this wine
Track Name: This Woman
Maybe we'll see clear tomorrow
Maybe we'll see this time next year
Maybe we'll keep on believing
Maybe we'll see, maybe my dear

Only the heart of this woman
Can heal the heart of this man
She whispers softly into my soul
Like no other can

Maybe I don't understand you
Sometimes I hear the wrong way
I think I know, but I know so little
Maybe I'll see, maybe my dear

Only the heart of this woman
Can heal the heart of this man
She whispers softly into my soul
Like no other can
Track Name: William Wright
William Wright walked out the station door
Thought he only owned the clothes he wore
but it wasn't so
Left his life in lost and found, headed for another town
Billy where are you going to go
and we're sailing down a river here we go
we're traveling on a train, we're going home

Do you lie awake at night
Do you wonder what it's like, I'm going home
Do you lie awake at night
Do you wonder what it's like, I'm going home

Old men came and slept there every night
Lived in stations all their lives
nowhere left to go
When you can't go hope and there's nowhere left to run
You can't forget what's said and done
this is where you come

and we're sailing down a river here we go
we're traveling on a train, we're going home

Do you lie awake at night
Do you wonder what it's like, I'm going home
Do you lie awake at night
Do you wonder what it's like, I'm going home


and we're sailing down a river here we go
we're traveling on a train, we're going home

Do you lie awake at night
Do you wonder what it's like, I'm going home
Do you lie awake at night
Do you wonder what it's like, I'm going home
Track Name: Broken Heart
In an empty room where no-one talked
a girl sat and wondered why
after five years more of her life had gone
she had a broken heart
He told that he no longer cared
he loved somebody new
and he told that she didn't understand
now she's got a broken heart

Sometimes you can see the mountains high
Sometimes you just see rain
Sometimes you can see nothing at all
cause you've got a broken heart

He worked worked all night and he worked all day
he worked hard to make it pay
he wanted to give them everything
but she didn't see it that way
It doesn't take long to grow apart
and quite soon you get confused
when he drives away on a Saturday
he's got a broken heart

Sometimes you can see the mountains high
Sometimes you just see rain
Sometimes you can see nothing at all
cause you've got a broken heart

Some people always seem to win
some play and always lose
some people always get everything
while the rest of us can't choose
There are broken hearts and empty rooms
lives torn apart
but you know you'll never be the same again
when you've had a broken heart

Sometimes you can see the mountains high
Sometimes you just see rain
Sometimes you can see nothing at all
cause you've got a broken heart
because you've got a broken heart
because you've got a broken heart
Track Name: Depends
It depends on where you started
Depends on where you’ve been
Depends on who you talk to
Depends on what you’ve seen
Born to live a big life
Some people never fail
Some fall and stumble
And never quite get there

But you can sing to me if you want to
Or you can cry for me a million tears

The first man home is a hero
The one who wins the prize
But the last man gets the biggest cheer
The crowd’s glad he arrived
Depends if you can stand up
Depends how fast you run
Some people already got there
When you’ve only just begun

But you can sing to me if you want to
Or you can cry for me a million tears
And I’ll still hear

Nobody is an open book
There are things you never see
Everyone’s got love and pain
We’ve all got history
It depends on where you started
Depends on where you’ve been
Depends on who you talk to
Depends on what you’ve seen

But you can sing to me if you want to
Or you can cry for me a million tears
And I’ll still hear
Track Name: Dance
Give me information tell me what I want to hear
Give me love drive me hopelessly insane
Let me move my feet to the rhythm of your drum
Give me everything you've got, come on

I just want to dance as long as I can stand
I want to live my life my own way
I might not be here tomorrow but I know I'm here today
Slip sliding away

I did not get here this morning I've been here for quite a while
I know how to laugh and how to cry
The road I travel on goes to the other side of town
The road I'm on is all over me

I just want to dance as long as I can stand
I want to live my life my own way
I might not be here tomorrow but I know I'm here today
Slip sliding away

Well last night I had a dream
There were guns and tanks and bombs
There were judges there were doctors
There were mothers there were sons
Everyone was dying and everyone was old
I woke up lonely and afraid
Dressed in black and lying in my grave

I just want to dance as long as I can stand
I want to live my life my own way
I might not be here tomorrow but I know I'm here today
Slip sliding away

So give me information tell me what I want to hear
I don't believe in anything, anything but me
Let me move my feet to the rhythm of your drum
Give me everything you've got, come on

I just want to dance as long as I can stand
I want to live my life my own way
I might not be here tomorrow but I know I'm here today
Slip sliding away
Track Name: Amsterdam
Walked down to the river took me past your place
The world lost it's beauty in the sadness of your face
I looked a little closer there was beauty still
Wonder if you knew, wonder if you ever will
I wondered who you were, where you came from
I wondered how long you had been alone
So there's so many reasons for the life we choose
Too many reasons for the things we do

Then you pay your money
Get what you've come for and leave with nothing
Cause you don't come here for love

Reflected in the window I saw men like me
None of them could love you or ever be you're friend
I wondered who they were, where they came from
I wondered how long they had been alone
Each night you get older and a little scared
I wonder is the money the only price to pay
Do they ever ask about you, is each time the same
Before they leave do they ever ask your name

Then you pay your money
Get what you've come for and leave with nothing
Cause you don't come here for love

Walked back to the station thought about this town
They said you could get high here but it really got me down
I'll fly back home tomorrow, forget about you, the men outside your window
In the end we all lose

Then you pay your money
Get what you've come for and leave with nothing
Cause you don't come here for love
Then you pay your money
Get what you've come for and leave with nothing
Cause you don't come here for love
Track Name: Apple Pie
Still waiting to be born
Sometimes I feel tired and torn
But I'd still like to get high
I still like to look into her eyes
I'm living on the edge
Still trying to do my best
Still glad that I came home
Still love to hear her walking through the door

So if you see me I'll be talking to a friend
So don't believe me I'll be here till the end
No-one knows where he goes
No-one hears a word he says

When I'm standing in the fog
and I'm feeling blind and lost
I've still got this point of view
The only one I see is you

So if you see me I'll be talking to a friend
So don't believe me I'll be here till the end
No-one knows where he goes
No-one hears a word he says

I've been waiting for today
Though I've missed it on the way
Sometimes you miss how life should be
It all depends on what you see

So if you see me I'll be talking to a friend
So don't believe me I'll be here till the end
No-one knows where he goes
No-one hears a word he says
Track Name: The Fire In His Eyes
Promises that can’t be kept
They said that you were a liar
and they try to decide what we should believe
Is it money hatred or power
Well you gave me hope
You took it well
I watched and you were unchanging
I’m glad that you never turned away
You never lost the fire in your eyes

I will sing until I die, Take my work and tell me lies
Well you can’t take away what a man doesn’t own
and you can’t steal the fire in his eyes

You can’t always believe what people say
You’ve got to find out for yourself
They want you to be and think just like them
and lose the fire in your heart
I took a book
I looked at my heart
Looked for reasons and found them
It’s not the same for you as for me
But the flame that burns is same

I will sing until I die, Take my work and tell me lies
Well you can’t take away what a man doesn’t own
and you can’t steal the fire in his eyes
Promises that can’t be kept
They said that you were a liar
and they try to decide what we should believe
Is it money hatred or power

Promises that can’t be kept
They said that you were a liar
and they try to decide what we should believe
Is it money hatred or power
Well I took a book
I looked at my heart
Looked for reasons and found them
It’s not the same for you as for me
But the flame that burns is same

I will sing until I die, Take my work and tell me lies
Well you can’t take away what a man doesn’t own
and you can’t steal the fire in his eyes
Well you can’t take away what a man doesn’t own
and you can’t steal the fire in his eyes