Still A Beautiful World

by Den Miller

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Den's second solo album, "Still A Beautiful World" was released August 2007, and contains 10 original songs which stick to Den's songwriting philosophy of strong melody plus intelligent lyrics. As well as the title track, which made the finals of the 2009 Raise Your Banners Songwriting Competition, standout tracks include "Can't Help But Miss The Sun", "Lost", and "One False Move". The only cover version, "Down By The Riverside", is a 9-part harmony a capella version of the traditional "Study War No More".
It was recorded at Calder Recordings in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, surrounded by beautiful scenery, with Steve Fenton an excellent engineer. The album artwork is a collaboration between Frances Miller and Snubs

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released August 1, 2007

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Track Name: You Lift Me
You Lift Me
Gotta hand it to you
It was all I could do
To keep my head high
To even survive
Then you wakened me
I was walking asleep
Toward kingdom come
To oblivion
And it’s all and it’s nothing for sure
I don’t know any more
Where my boundaries are or yours

Chorus
Cos you lift me
Yes you lift me from the darkness the endless monotony
From blind I can see
I’m drowning in life’s complications but then can elation see
So obviously
From the deepest dark night of the soul somewhere you lift me

Gotta hand it to you
I was broken and blue
Didn’t know where I’d been
Didn’t know what I believed in
Then one touch from you
I was mended and new
From without a prayer
To up in the air
And it’s all coming straight from your shine
Yet within all the time
Can’t say whether it’s we’re or I’m

Gotta hand it to you
Don’t know what it is you do
I just can’t explain
What it is that I gain
Cos I am just me
But with you I’m maybe
Others beside
I feel multiplied
And it’s all meaning I wondering
If I am who I’ve been
Or if I’m just a part of your dream

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Into The Storm
Into The Storm
Shelter from the rain I find here in your arms keeping me warm
To the dismay of people who started the storm
Their judgement is made, their sentence is to be painful and slow
We are to face the thunder and lightning they throw
And we are just lovers no shelter above us
We’re on our own
And we will get hit by their dazzling wit
They throw the first stone
Oh my love give all you have and don’t give in to the storm

A sly wink of the eye, a face red in disgrace, what can you do?
Swallow the pain with every turn of the screw
Whispers in the wind that stop when you come in, you know what they said
Any excuse to shoot all your dignity dead
A deafening chorus of nobody for us
We’re on our own
And we will get soaked through the rain that we’ll go through
They throw the first stone
Oh my love give all you have and don’t give in to the storm

We’ll live in the clover the day that it’s over
We’re on our own
But we need to be quicker with skins that are thicker
They throw the first stone
Oh my love I just don’t care what people say when people stare
All our wounds we will repair, so don’t give in to the storm

Into the storm that will try and drown us
Into the storm, now the flood surrounds us
Into the storm, that will be hard and long
Into the storm, we will prove them so wrong
Into the storm, they are still convinced that
Into the storm, our boat will sink
But into the storm, we are more determined
Into the storm, to keep our love burning
Into the storm, we’re heading
Into the storm, we’re going
Into the storm

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Can't Help But Miss The Sun
Can't Help But Miss The Sun
The sun comes up and the sun goes down, seems only an hour in between
And the colours fade to a hazy grey like the first television screen
And the rain comes down and the wind hits town and I’m frozen through to the bone
And I’m trying to write words that I want to be heard but I can’t find a single one
And it wouldn’t be so bad if only I had you here
Together we’d try and get the sky to clear

Chorus
And I know behind the clouds it’s still there but it’s missing
And you can’t help but miss the sun
These dark days make me forget what it feels like
You can’t help but miss the sun
Those long warm days won’t return for a lifetime
You can’t help but miss the sun
It just reminds me you’re gone and I miss you
And you can’t help but miss the sun

The sun comes up and the sun goes down and I feel like I’m Right Where I Was
Right back to the start wishing I had a heart like the cold metal man of Oz
I’ve already been found by the bugs going round and they’re knocking the door to get in
Well let battle commence, I have no defence, I just feel like letting them win
Cos there’s only one way to get through the days ahead
So I might as well just shout at the rain instead

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: One False Move
One False Move
And so we faced across the dawn
Pistols loaded, senses keen
The dust of recent love gone wrong
Still not settled, wounds not healed
How delicately poised
The hand upon the trigger
Just the slightest noise
Will fetch the old gravedigger
Why cowgirls and boys
Feel that they’ve a point to prove?
All it takes is one false move

One false move and you’re dead
One false move and the credits roll instead
Would our fledgling love be injured
Or would it never be extinguished
Back then it could have gone either way
One false move ends in tears
One false move and they’ll talk ‘bout it for years
So our love needs the decision
Be a corpse or be forgiving
All it takes is just one false move

And so we face across the room
Battle stations once again
We thought our Wild West days were gone
Built our ranch on peaceful plains
But somehow our corral
Has had its fences broken
Now the guy and gal
From Hollywood awoken
Change our rationale
Or everything we still could lose
All it takes is one false move

One false move and you’re dead
One false move and the credits roll instead
Will our love be badly injured
Or will it never be extinguished
Even now it could still go either way
One false move ends in tears
One false move and they’ll talk ‘bout it for years
So our love needs the decision
Be a corpse or be forgiving
All it takes is just one false move

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Something To Shout About
Something To Shout About
It’s not just a matter of time
I’ve been here for ages and there’s still no sign
Sometimes I’m full overflowing, sometimes less inclined
It’s not just a matter of time
It’s not just a matter of age
All sorts of good people have been showing me the way
Some are elderly gurus, some are kids at play
It’s not just a matter of age
There’s a shadow hanging over me, it’s making things bleak
There’s nothing that’s causing it, not one thing unique
But I can’t seem to fight it, I just seem so weak
Someone come and pick me up, I’m really up the creek

Chorus
Come and give me something to shout about
Something to make my heart sing

Come and give me something to shout about
Something to cure everything
I need inspiration in my situation
How long have I waited, bored and frustrated
To find what it’s all about?

It’s not just a matter of place
I’m sitting in a wonderland staring into space
Surrounded by beauty on every face
It’s not just a matter of place
The wind in the willows, the birds in the trees
The view down the valley, the unbroken peace
But still nothing’s helping to fight this disease
Someone come and pick me up and try and help me please

It must be a matter of faith
But that’s not much to fall back on in my kind of case
I need some hard evidence before I’m safe
It must be a matter of faith
I know in the rulebook that none of the blessed
Were ever allowed to put the Lord to the test
But that’s what I need to get back onto a crest
So come and work a miracle and then I’ll be impressed

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Middle Of The Road
Middle Of The Road
I can take the names that some may call me
I can take the insults that they hurl
All except the one thing that seems to really gall me
That I’m just white-lining my way through this world
They will try all things to derail you
Maybe I was unprepared
Cos if you view being normal as being a failure
Then they’ve called you the one name that you dread
The further you get from that well-trodden path
The more people look, and the more people laugh
But try as I might with what I have
I can’t reside in the middle of the road

So let them say that I’m some kind of weirdo
I can be a weirdo with some style
Complete with a strange set of rules that I adhere to
Better that than pretend to be satisfied
The further you get from that well-trodden path
The more people look, and the more people laugh
But I’m not content with the half and half
On either side of the middle of the road

So don’t you condemn the way I live
When you have a lame alternative
When you wake up having seen your life go by

The further you get from that well-trodden path
The more people look, and the more people laugh
But I shall escape the aftermath
Don’t wanna die in the middle of the road
I can’t reside in the middle of the road

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Standing Or Falling
Standing Or Falling
I thought the beat inside me by now would have disappeared
I never thought it strong enough to ever take me here
It’s like a vision from another plane
Fighting against everything that’s practical and sane
Like a wandering minstrel from a bygone time
Fighting through the hardship for harmony and rhyme

Chorus
So here I’m standing or falling
Here’s how I answer the calling
And whether it’s cool or appalling
Here I’m standing or falling
Here’s how I add to the story
Of thousands who’ve stood here before me
So listen to me or ignore me
Here I’m standing or falling

Don’t give up your day job, their advice to me
But it’s too late, that’s already history
I’ve got faith inside me, that’s my day job now
Now it’s up to others just how much I am allowed
Don’t care what the hours, don’t care what the pay
If someone’s humming something then that would make my day

So the beat inside me will not go away
It’s taken me right to the edge of where I used to stay
Don’t know if I’ll make it, it depends on how you see
Where you want to get to compared to now and here
Don’t care if I don’t make top hundred and one
Let the music play on, there’s room for everyone.

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Lost
Lost
The streets you know so well are just the same as yesterday
The journey home the same familiar turns
But now you doubt your own sense of direction even here
As yesterday inside your memory burns
You need things to rely on but you’ve crashed your guiding star
You can be lost even though you know where you are

A strange part deep inside you is in hibernation now
As if you’re stuck in someone else’s dream
Your world is full of strangers that you’ve known most of your life
The conversations old familiar themes
What were words of comfort to you now seem quite bizarre
You can be lost even though you know where you are

Your life is full of open doors you never knew were there
Although you’ve seen them many times before
You walk into a room and realise after a while
You can’t remember what you came in for
You hope and pray you’ll find the map and try to heal this scar
You can be lost even though you know where you are
You can be lost even though you know where you are

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Maybe Is Just A Word
Maybe Is Just A Word
I know it’s kinda funny but I just can’t seem to throw it away
A battle by the second by the minute by the hour every day
It seemed a good idea when the rollercoaster started its ride
But now I want to stop it am I strong enough to jump off the side?

Chorus
But maybe, maybe now I’ve been blessed
I’ll stop now before the self-destruct is pressed
Maybe now I’ve the strength
To climb back through the safety fence
Maybe now, no longer proud
And scared by what I’ve seen and heard
But then maybe is just a word

I know it’s kinda funny all the games I played if only you knew
And nobody to blame it on well maybe not helped just by a few
But now the game is serious the opposition ravenous and raring to go
They could end the game right now or carry on forever and there’s no way to know

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Down By The Riverside
Down By The Riverside
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside
Gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside, and study war no more
I’m gonna wear my long white robe
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside
I’m gonna wear my long white robe
Down by the riverside, and study war no more

Chorus
I’m gonna study war no more, study war no more, study war no more.
I’m gonna study war no more, study war no more, study war no more.

Gonna walk with the Prince of Peace
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside
Maybe He will find those WMDs
Down by the riverside, and study war no more
Gonna lay down and rest awhile
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside
Think more on substance and less on style
Down by the riverside, and study war no more

Gonna find a different way to peace
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside
Than slaughtering all my enemies
Down by the riverside, and study war no more
I’m gonna bring those soldiers home
Down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside
Pray for forgiveness for what I’ve done
Down by the riverside, and study war no more

Traditional gospel song
This arrangement and the additional lyrics (C) 2007 Den Miller
Track Name: Still A Beautiful World
Still A Beautiful World
I stand on the platform; get herded into the train
My boss is a moron; my life seems to have no aim
I look at the headlines; I’m filled with a powerless rage
I flinch at the deadlines; I feel like I’m in a cage
Through the window the trees and the birds and the river go by
I wish instead of this shamed rubber bread I could eat up the sky
And be satisfied

Chorus
And you can scream at it all
It’s still a beautiful world when the sun shines
Got fools in charge of it all
It’s still a beautiful world in the moonlight
There’s so much I want to forget
But it’s still a beautiful world and though they do try
They’ve not spoiled everything yet
It’s still a beautiful world

Some guy sends a memo; ten thousand people’s lives are changed
And it’s the same M.O. all over the corporate game
And I’m just a minnow; small fish inside a goldfish bowl
Who cares I’ve no ammo? Who cares I’ve got no control?
Then the sun in the dale puts the scale on the valley below
And the trees in the mist just insist that the further you go
The less that you know

It rains in my office; It’s raining on the Sunshine Coast
It’s raining all around the world except in the places that need it most
But we’ve been blessed in abundance; We could fix it if we wanted to
But the fact we choose not to doesn’t make the world less beautiful

Words and music by Den Miller
Copyright (C) 2007 Den Miller