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          Lesson Of The Gull  by Paul Smith

 



About the song:
This was a very difficult song to record.  Why?  Because I kept 
getting all emotional and crying.  You see this is a true story about 
how my grandmother (whom I called 'Nanny') use to talk about sea 
gulls.  She loved sea gulls.  She would say "They can fly, sit on  the 
water, eat just about anything, and they are always happy.  No matter 
what happens, or how lonely they are,  they can still laugh about it."  
They call them laughing gulls here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland 
because of the sound they make.  

After my father died (Nanny's son), Mom had to work to provide for 
us.  It was Nanny who was home with us kids.  She taught me many 
things about life just like any grandmother would do.  One day when 
she was very sad, she was crying her eyes out, and she went to go 
for a ride in the car.  I went with her.  When we got around the block 
and stopped at a stop sign, she talked about the "sea gull," and then 
she stopped crying. Then she turned to me and held my cheeks, put 
her forehead against mine, and said, "Paul please - never forget about 
the sea gull, because it can put a smile on your face".  

Nanny has been dead now for many years, but I've never forgotten her or 
"the lesson of the gull" she taught me.  

This song is in memory of my "Nanny" whom I dearly loved.


Lesson Of The Gull
   by Paul Smith copyright 2005
    6 string capo 3rd fret
 

          Key;   h - means to hammer 

Introduction

G       C   G    h-C   G   Am    D  a  g  f#  e  d  e  h-G
G      C     G   
h-C   G   a  h-b  a    D   e   h-f#    G   C   G    h-C   G

G                                          C                             G      h-C    G
Well the tides been running high down on the river
              G                a 
h-b    Am                     D    a g f# e d e   G
and the winds been blowing oír this restless sea
G                        C                          G           
h-C    G
Only a vessel or two found on the bay now
G            a
h-b    a D              e h-f#     G     C   G    h-C  G
Winterís   on  its   way thatís plain to see

(2) And as those cold mid-winter winds blow in the season
and that loneliness spreads throughout this land
well all to soon that winter gloom can haunt you
Where you donít even care to try or understand

Chorus: 
                             C                                                    G      g f# g d
    But thereís that lonely call of lone sea gall at the beach
                         C                                         G        g f# g d
    He been looking for that hand out out of reach
                     C                                               G        g f# g d
    Thereís a lesson for all there that it could teach
                          C                     D                G       C   G   
h-C   G
    If we would listen to the sea gall as he speaks

(3) Well my Nanny taught me the lesson about the sea gulls
Oh I wish that I could be one She would say
They call them laughing gall for good reason
and he sounds that way no matter come what may

(4) Well I remember a time when she was down and lonely
and she held my cheeks and told me tenderly
please remember the sound of the gull when you get lonely
Itíll help put a smile on as you can see

Chorus:
    But thereís that lonely call of lone sea gall at the beach
    Heís been looking for that hand out out of reach
    Thereís a lesson for all there that it could teach
    If we would listen to the sea gall as he speaks

  Interlude:  (same as first verse)

(5) Well my Nanny was a wise and loving Granny
and I often think of her affectionately
No I canít recall all she tried to teach me
Cause time has a way of fading memories

(6) But Iíve never forgot the lesson about the sea gulls
and those words have grown ever near and dear to me
And now when Iím down or If Iím feeling lonely
They puts a smile on my face that I wish that she could see

Chorus:
    But thereís that lonely call of lone sea gall at the beach
    Heís been looking for that hand out out of reach
    Thereís a lesson for all there that it could teach
    If we would listen to the sea gall as he speaks

           Yah just listen to the sea gall as he speaks

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