The Flowers Never Grown

by Gian Luca & The Oak

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released April 22, 2017

all songs written and arranged by Gianluca Gentile
recorded and mixed by Giles Barrett at Soup Studio, London, UK
mastered by Simon Throught

Gianluca Gentile: vocals, backing vocals, guitar, harmonica, banjo, organ, synth
Emanuela Monni: drums and tambourine
Robyn Hemmings: double bass
Karl M. Smith: violin
Christelle Canovas: backing vocals on “Let You Be” and “Pleatings on the Waters”
Chelsea Bridget Bognuda: backing vocals on “One Day”, “Round and Round” and “Pleatings on the Waters”
Mark Gilyead: trombone on “Pleatings on the Waters”
Paul Jennings: trumpet on “Pleatings on the Waters”

artwork by William Schaff
design by Barbara Sellam
photos by Francesca Zonars

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the making of this record, musically and personally and to all of you who supported this music throughout the years.

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Track Name: Let You Be
Eddie was a common boy
He grew up in a town far in the west
His father was a modest man
His mother tried to help him as she could

In his vision he was growing really fast
Like a goldfish who can’t swim in his small tank
He decided he was meant for bigger things
In the end
He just left

Now he’s stuck up in New York
A fancy job is mostly what he does
He has a wife, a car, a dog
But never talks about seeing the world

In his vision needed to become a man
To release those bigger plans for he was meant
Sure to find that happiness along the road
In a trice
He grew old

How much time we spend up thinking what is wrong
While our lives just moving on
Every sunrise, every mountain, every sea
These the things that let you be
Track Name: One Day
One day
Would I be the same?
Build a home where the sky is not so grey
I’ll grow staying by my window
On a world that keeps me out of line

Have to find a loop
That plays for all the show
And pretend to know
It’s gonna work for more

One day would you be like them?
Watching love like people used to say
A fool tinker with his tools
Trying to fix all the scraps with no more fail

I could find a screen to throw my marked dreams
Face and hold the fears
And learn the taste of tears

I will love, play the game
But don’t need no words today
I won’t ask, hear the answer from your breathing
Now the ship is coming fast
It’s not the time to get some rest
Where I’ll float, never know but need to make it on my own

One day I’ll be led away
In a place where I have ever been
But now I’m hanging around
To the bright lights of a twinkling town

And I stand alone
A fire in my eyes
A ticket in my hands
Could let me reach the sky

I will love, play the game
But don’t need no words today
I won’t ask, hear the answer from your breathing
Now the ship is coming fast
Is not the time to get some rest
Where I’ll float, never know but need to make it on my own

I will love, play the game
But don’t need no words today
I won’t ask, hear the answer from your breathing
Now the ship is coming fast
Is not the time to get some rest
Where I’ll float, never know but need to make it on my own

Just need to make it on my own
Track Name: Pleatings on the Waters
Once I’ve seen you
Captured in your world
And I’ve offered
A penny for your thoughts

Still remember
I couldn’t see deep inside
I was taken
By the ghosts in my mind

You must have spent hours on a night train
Where there’s no way to forget about the time
And we will be like pleatings on the waters of Rio Grande
Running wild
'Til the time
They’ll be dead

Someone told me
Connections might be odd
‘‘Let the time flow
and it wiil do the job’’

How about trying
To put the pride apart?
I’m so sorry
The distance now is done

You must have spent hours on a night train
Where there’s no way to forget about the time
And we will be like pleatings on the waters of Rio Grande
Running wild
'Til the time
They’ll be dead

I can see how
Our love has now got lost
But nobody
Has to be that strong
Track Name: Song for Nick
Caught me asleep
This feeling of anxiety
It lives with me
A shipwreck at the bottom of the sea

And you show me
The ways how a man can be
Before embarking on the longest trip

The captain was chased
To learn about the ocean and its waves
And if I let go
They'll swamp me with the fury of a storm

Oh, I should have known
You were holding on

We are the hollow men, the citizens
Hiding in the lies
To see our homeland weary and disowned
All the hopes and dreams are buried in the ground

The saddest of days
When sat on the bow counting the pain

And it can't be real
Don't know how to feel

We are the hollow men, the citizens
Hiding in the lies
To see our homeland weary and disowned
All the hopes and dreams are buried in the ground
Now you're gone and left my heart cold and strung out
Track Name: The Pale Lady from the Coast
Pale lady from the coast
Cold heart and lonely soul
Your perspective
Uneven as a stone

Your truth is still unknown
The past a burden brought
Like a sketch line
Engraved inside your bones

Vacant halls around
Your easel’s crumbling down
All the watercolours blended into a mixture
And I’ve never realised
That sparkle into their eyes
Reflecting your basic need
To be recognised

And all those figures
Inside your head
When people's talking
You turn back from the edge

Just keep on trying
To give ‘em life
A scarlet fire
Who burns us deep inside

Empty walls around
A canvas on the ground
Making all the outlines broken into pieces
And I’ve never realised
That sparkle into their eyes
Reflecting your basic need
To be recognised

And I’ve never realised
That sparkle into their eyes
Reflecting your basic need
To be recognised
Track Name: Round and Round
Far away there’s a shiny little sun
Lighting up our longest way
But you're leaving with the first hour of the morn
Like a gull from the harbours bay

And I’m moving round and round
Place my heart nowhere to be found
Got to give a lot to understand
That I can’t just say “fare thee well”

I wanted to write one of those songs
full of lies and beautiful words

But I wander round and round
Through my land of nowhere
Way until the dusk

At the end of the day
There’s nothing left to say
It’s just a part of me that slides away