new release

Affirmation has been working with session musicians Corinne Lucy and Rob Bray to record these songs. They are combining the styles of singer-songwriter with jazz and a little rock. It’s all in the beat on this new album – ‘The Show’s Not Over’. Gill’s lyrics with Andy’s music have created an incredibly moving, honest and musically exciting journey of the human condition. They are close friends working with a strong dynamic and an ability to get the best from one another.

Listen to The Show’s Not Over

Listen to The Show’s Not Over

MOVING ON

KEYS TO GOODBYE

(Oliver and Bell)

I tried to fix my Mamma
I tried when I was young
I tried to fix my home back then
But I was the lonely one

My teacher is my friend
He taught me to play some songs
He said the blues are not new, they’re speaking to you
‘Cos here’s where you belong

I can’t fix the past, today moves too fast
I stumble and I fall, I can’t recall
Those days are gone
I’m moving on

My women holds my heart
She took it from the start
She heals the pain, she shelters the rain
And I’m the lucky one

The words are on the page
My heart is on my sleeve
My soul is tight, it needs the light
I need to breath

I can’t fix the past, today moves too fast
I stumble and I fall, I can’t recall
Those days are gone
I’m moving on

Broken hearts will grieve for love
Some things are best unsaid
Let’s fly with the birds on the edge of their wings
Reaching out to journey’s end

I stumble and I fall, I can’t recall
Those days are gone
I’m moving on

Those days are gone
I’m moving on
I’m moving on
I’m moving on
I’m moving on

KEYS TO GOODBYE

(Oliver and Bell)

Turning the key to the grandfather clock
Winding our futures into times unlocked
I ask you my friend, did you get what you want
Is the tear in your eye your only reply

The clock is ticking the chimes are ringing goodbye
Let’s dance and sing and just stop thinking why

Your children are grown with kids of their own
Your house is so quiet, and the birds have flown
The choices I made were never so brave
Times moving on, I’m a little afraid

The clock is ticking the chimes are ringing goodbye
Let’s dance and sing and just stop thinking why
Thinking why, why.

I glance at you in a moment so brief
Telling you I do not understand
I have no kids of my own, no nests have been flown
My life was different from the one you’ve known

Hush pretty one, just wave them goodbye
Put on your smile and let them fly
Your tears are not lost on the old blue moon
Find your dreams in another new tune

The clock is ticking and the chimes are ringing goodbye
Let’s laugh and cry for the things unsaid in our lives
Your friends are here and our love will get you by
Let’s dance and sing and just stop thinking why
Thinking why, why

DREAMIN’

OUR LOVE

(Oliver)

The radiogram looms in the corner of the room
Where the Everly Brothers play their favourite tunes
And the extra large lady in her crimplene dress
Fusses her curtains and straightens her nets

Ceramic dogs with green eyes stare
Placed on the mantle with every great care
In the parlour the tea tray takes pride of place
With only the best china, just in case

And those bells keep ringing
And those bells keep on ringing
They keep ringing

I play with the girl at the end of the street
Just one desk makes the school room complete
The yard is our playground with the flowers so neat
She is the teacher and I give her sweets

Holidays are days in the little blue car
A picnic packed for the journey so far
A trip to the sea, with some rock on the pier
Building castles in the sand while dreams disappear

And those bells keep on ringing
And those bells keep on ringing

Everyone’s gone in my trip to the past
There’s no one to ask
A sparkle, a shimmer a fragment of thought
A photograph…

And I’m up in my room with candy striped sheets
Warm and soft as I go to sleep

And those bells keep on ringing
And those bells keep on ringing
And those bells
There still ringing

OUR LOVE

(Oliver)

You can’t make up your mind
About our love
You can’t open your eyes
To our love
You’ve been praying so hard
You forgot about our love
You’ve been judging so fast
You’re not seeing our love

Teachers taught you
About his love
A love for all Mankind
How did it get this way
Where you don’t include us?
You don’t get to choose love
It finds its own way

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

Does your book say ‘No’
To our love
Does it really set us apart?
It speaks of a true love, a kind love
Well I know about that love,
It’s the love in my heart

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

Mary Magdalene
Climbed that hill her way
Held his feet and cried her tears
And washed those bigots away

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

MAMA TIME

WHEN YOU
SMILE

(Oliver and Bell)

I got a date with Mama Time
A classier lady you won’t find
Having some fun with rhythm and rhyme
Throw me a hook, give me a line

Lady Time’s got hands that thrill
Slows me down, at her will
Having her way with my inner thoughts
Spits them out, now I’m caught

Slow down Honey
Slow down Honey

Mama Time is by my side
What she whispers, I’ll confide
She told me to search my inner soul
Find myself, make me whole

Slow down Honey
Slow down Honey

Like a leaf tossed through the air
Rushing somewhere getting nowhere
Circling around and spiralling down
Nature’s dust falling to the ground
Forever constant changes
Don’t let your life go passing by

Mama Time says

Slow down Honey
Slow down Honey

Slow down Honey, just take your time
Moving fast is such a crime
Set a pace whatever you choose
Play your music loud, put on your dancing shoes

And…

Slow down Honey
Slow down Honey
Slow down Honey

Slow down Honey

WHEN
YOU SMILE

(Oliver and Bell)

What are your questions, for now and tomorrow?
When the pieces don’t fit, and the squares are all round
If we had all the answers, would it heal the sorrow
If life had been different, what would you have found?

And how would it be, if you could tell us your thoughts
Saying those things, you long to say
Your words runaway and never get caught
Leaving the answers for another new day

And your eyes scan all around you
Searching for the clues
I keep trying to find you
You slip out of view

But when you smile words don’t matter
And all that distance falls away

Being close to you where daydreams are real
The snowman is cold, and you give him a meal
Pumpkin candles burn forever
Like our love for you

Would the man in your life, be more than he is
Holding him tight, not just in your dreams
All love’s longing blown in a kiss
You’re lost in your photos, of the man that you miss

And your eyes scan all around you
Searching for the clues
I keep trying to find you
You slip out of view

But when you smile words don’t matter
And all that distance falls away

But when you smile that gorgeous smile
All that distance falls away

TAKE MY HAND

FOREVER’S
CHANGED

(Oliver and Bell)

Take my hand while we dance in the light of the moon
My heart has always been yours
Take my soul let it shine like this pretty little tune
My heart has always been yours

Our journey together has been quite a ride
With difficult times and tears to hide
In the still of forever and the rush of right now
Hold me as close as your body knows how

Take my hand while we dance in the light of the moon
My heart has always been yours
Take my soul let it shine like this pretty little tune
My heart has always been yours

The beat of my heart and the music I sing
Love’s rhythm beats to a butterfly’s wings
It’s as sure as the sunrise, as bright as daylight
Hold me my lovely be mine for the night

Take my hand while we dance in the light of the moon
My heart has always been yours
Take my soul let it shine like this pretty little tune
My heart has always been yours

Your love is my life…
Together, forever, yet time can be so very short
Let’s run in the wind like the children and never get caught

Take my hand while we dance in the light of the moon
My heart has always been yours
Take my soul let it shine like this pretty little tune
My heart has always been yours

My heart has always been yours

FOREVER’S CHANGED

(Oliver and Bell)

I owe you a memory
To keep you alive
They were afraid
Then they lied

I saw the truth
In every wild stare
Mum’s silent scream,
Well I heard it

Forever’s changed
You’re on your own
No one’s the same
Sit tight, just wait, just wait

Holding hands in our photo
I think it’s me?
Is that you?
Are you there too?

I lost you then
Deep down inside
I think I buried us
The day you died

Forever’s changed
You’re on your own
No one’s the same
Sit tight, just wait, just wait

I had a big brother
I can’t recall
My love for you
Has no home at all

Forever’s changed
You’re on your own
No one’s the same
Sit tight, just wait

Forever’s changed
You’re on your own
No one’s to blame
Sit tight, just wait… just wait

THE SHOW’S NOT OVER

(Oliver and Bell)

On the rollercoaster just taking a ride
Closing my eyes to hide
My friends waving to me from all sides
Not knowing how scared I am inside

The ghost train is always a barrel of laughs
With haunting melodies
Skeletons rattle through hidden doors
What does all this mean

Things are not as they seem
Things are not as they seem
Things are not as they seem

The waltzers are spinning loose on their rails
I’ve drunk too much ale
I laugh when the clown trips over his shoes
Is this the life I choose

Things are not as they seem
Things are not as they seem
Things are not as they seem

Tears in my eyes dry as the wind blows by
Fear holding on as I go up and down
Laughter is loud and my thoughts are drowned
All is well on my carousel

I glance at the strongman weak at the knees
The weight’s too much to bear
The horses are jumping chasing their dreams
Round and round in despair

Things are not as they seem
Things are not as they seem
Things are not as they seem

The knife thrower’s aim is pin sharp
And the music plays through an abandoned harp
So the show’s not over ’til the fat lady sings
And you never guess what

Things are not as they seem…

Available on LP and CD

CD in double card sleeve with 12-page lyric book

CD in double card sleeve with 12-page lyric book

Vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve

Available soon

Also available: Our Love (single release 2019)

Vocals by Jo Kerr

OUR LOVE

(single version)

(Oliver)

You can’t make up your mind
About our love
You can’t open your eyes
To our love
You’ve been praying so hard
You forgot about our love
You’ve been judging so fast
You’re not seeing our love

Teachers taught you
About his love
A love for all Mankind
How did it get this way
Where you don’t include us?
You don’t get to choose love
It finds its own way

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

Does your book say ‘No’
To our love
Does it really set us apart?
It speaks of a true love, a kind love
Well I know about that love,
It’s the love in my heart

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

Mary Magdalene
Climbed that hill her way
Held his feet and cried her tears
And washed those bigots away

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

OUR LOVE

(single version)

(Oliver)

You can’t make up your mind
About our love
You can’t open your eyes
To our love
You’ve been praying so hard
You forgot about our love
You’ve been judging so fast
You’re not seeing our love

Teachers taught you
About his love
A love for all Mankind
How did it get this way
Where you don’t include us?
You don’t get to choose love
It finds its own way

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

Does your book say ‘No’
To our love
Does it really set us apart?
It speaks of a true love, a kind love
Well I know about that love,
It’s the love in my heart

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

Mary Magdalene
Climbed that hill her way
Held his feet and cried her tears
And washed those bigots away

You let us down
You shut us out, years ago
You let us down
You shut us out yesterday
And all the young
Just want to love, like all of us
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow
What you gonna do for them
Tomorrow?

Download The Show’s Not Over

Download The Show’s Not Over

About the band

Affirmation is Andy Bell, Gill Oliver, Jo Kerr

ANDY
Andy is a well-respected guitarist and singer / songwriter. He performs his songs with his indie band ‘Spacecake’. He will provide backing vocals and plays lead guitar on live performances with Affirmation. He has a love for harmonies and a groove beat which features in the music he writes.

GILL
Gill has been writing songs and collaborating with Andy and others to produce her own songs that tell a story. She has a passion to communicate equality, fairness, and diversity through her songwriting. Her lyrics are insightful, powerful, and commanding, commenting on the human condition with a passion for affirmation and a desire for all voices to be heard.

JO
Jo is a singer and entertainer and has been singing with rock bands for 25 years. Jo performs with the ukulele band D’Ukes and has a love for and understanding of harmonies and believes the world has a lot to learn from the power of combined voices.