17 Days

by George Barnett

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released 12 March 2012

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Recorded in a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, a church, a bungalow.

Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Trumpets, Harmonica, Keyboards & Vocals by George Barnett



With thanks to special guests:



Annelies and Holly Scott (Strings), John Franklin
(Trumpet on Apocolade & Superhero In A Ball), Joan Hoctor (Backing vocals on Make Me Smile & 17 Days), Micky Morris (Saxophone on The Other Girl), Alex Taylor (1st Guitar solo on The Other Girl), The Ninth Wave (Backing vocals on 17 Days)



Written, performed and produced by George Barnett

Cover art by George Barnett, Chris Clarke and Rob House, painted on Rob House's bedroom wall.

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Track Name: Apocolade
Most young kings get their head cut off
But no king held an A Kalashnikov
Romance died upon Debussy’s rock
But I’ll always love you and I’ll never stop
Keep me honey drifting out of sleep
I dream of sweet Joanna sinking in the sea
And I pray the revolution’s crushed into these feet
But they just dance along to the Renaissance beat

Waters burning • Chaos turning • Caesar’s reign
Canvas conquered • Titan’s anchored • And Hades came

Thinner than the planning for Simoni’s Sybil
The fire between thighs has now engulfed the hill
And it burns me from afar but keeps itself ice chill
She glides out of the beach and now the waters are still
Pharaohs ride into a roman rock
And legions of legendary leaders drop
God sits watching from the mountain top
And I wonder if Venus will awake from the shock
I’ll always love you and I’ll never stop

Waters burning • Chaos turning • Caesar’s reign
Canvas conquered • Titan’s anchored • And Hades came
Uccello find me • Amun blind me • The Ninth Wave
Zeus has spoken • Churchill broken • Apocolade
Track Name: Lone Rose
She runs with hell, she destroys me with her eyes closed
I want to kill her, I want to kill my lone rose
So when I find her in fashion’s ugly trend
They say the hottest love has the coldest end
I’ll make it her end

Well it used to be a case of texting you to find out
The symbol of your being or the farewells of your mind
But the streets are my narcotics, the fields my only truth
In this cycle of a lonely day, round and round, I think...
I think I need you
But I feel older than I should, and Jesus knows
I can’t even picture my own future anymore
And I hate time - it passes faster than it should
So in my mind I’m just fifteen with vivid dreams and clean enthusiasm
And I need love

You walk in beauty like the night of cloudless climbs and starry skies
And I know, I know
Cause I can see God in your eyes and all that’s best of dark and bright
Oh, yeah
So I get up out of my car, take the hose from the exhaust and play guitar
Until I smile - yeah, I’m there for while
I’ve escaped again so close, so close but I’ll never let you know just how far
No I’ll never let you know baby

This valley of divine, with you and me stood by a lemon tree

From alpha to delta, through fury and pain
If love’s suppose to be shelter, I think I’ll walk in the rain
Oh, I think I’ll walk in rain, oh, I think I’ll walk in rain
I prefer to be drenched anyway

They promised so much
Track Name: Superhero In A Ball
I can tell when you’re in love / you’re just an animal who feels above the laws of everything that ever was / so you go jumping off a roof because you know that
I will catch you when you fall and baby I can hear you when you call “Oh save me!” / tie me up and all in all I’m just a superhero in a ball oh baby / tie me up and all in all I’m just a superhero in a ball
And I can hear the bells ring / everyone can hear another lover’s heart sing / maybe one day there’ll be a new king who rules with sunshine lighting the kingdom /
And I can hear the Sleigh Bells / they’re singing out to all the sea shells / they’re singing: I can hear the bells ring / everyone can hear another lover’s heart sing /
and mine sings:
I will catch you when you fall and baby I can hear you when you call “Oh save me!” / tie me up and all in all I’m just a superhero in a ball oh baby / tie me up and all in all I’m just a superhero in a ball
So go and fall
Track Name: Cassi
Cassi Walker is a waitress in the place where I go
I know her sister cause we once put on a drumming style show
Call and response yeah she knows a friend who plays the guitar
I used to know her well but time and people drove us apart

And you know
She loves that gold
And I’ve been told
We’re all too old

Micky Morris is a mountain boarder, 540 style
He plays the saxophone and never fails in making me smile
I met him years ago in Queenswood when we were making a den
Must have adrenalin to make him want to do it again

Oh guess who died today?
Just another aspiring actor
But he wished his life away
A warning fracture

I’ve seen the signs
I’m on that page
Life and times
Day and age

I’ve seen the sights
I’m past that stage
Life and times
Day and age

Day and age
Track Name: The Other Girl
As I lie in thoughts of gold, period drama meets sci-fi porn / The buzz in my head matches the buzz of my phone, Dead Weather ringtone, lust on call / Girl of clean eternal love, proud and soft who touched my soul / But I get kicks from opposites and dirty rhythms take their toll / Guilty pounding in my chest - envy greed and lust are wrong / But moans and screams make up her album, creamy fluids sing my song / Oh she must be made by Eros, seven hours of coming strong / Silhouettes of us pulsating, pleasure pushing all night long / Stop. Passions overflowing, can’t forget my sunshine girl / Woman of a holy aura, cleanly breathes and loves my world / Oh, but I can’t resist making slinky sultry love with this, a masterpiece in horny, hot and raunchy sexual worlds / Can’t go on, can’t go on with these lies, these racy lies I’ve spun / Feed my brain with thoughts of carnal tongues and fingers, make her come / End this now you heartless beast, and regain some morality, but my golden girl is gagging now, so call her up yeah she makes three.

Oh I love my pretty woman / My woman loves me / When we go to bed at night we sleep furiously
So this is like my sexual showdown / Mac versus PC
But I find I can use both systems simultaneously

So here I am in softened light, electric racing through my head / My girl looks at new girl’s body, beauty hard that takes her breath / Dirty woman sees my lady staring at her naked frame / My baby looks away quick, but this fiery tiger can’t be tamed / New girl stands and starts her stroking, fingers straying over skin / My gorgeous girl is fascinated, her resistance wearing thin / Mistress touches my girl’s lips, the older woman in control / But my girl moves like Aphrodite - starts to dirty her own soul / Zips unzip and bras discarded, beauty shines from all around / Sex explorers are the visual, heavy breathing is the sound / Busty bouncing on my matress, full and stunning chests are these / My girl’s big but new girl’s huge, down which I have lost my keys / Golden girl’s compliance shocks me, no longer righteous and shy / She is in control now yeah she’s getting down and riding high / Quickened breath, heart rates increasing, bodies slick so hot they burn / My girl shudders screams and comes, and touches me like, ‘it’s your turn’

Oh I love my pretty woman / My woman loves me / When we go to bed at night we sleep furiously
So this is like my sexual showdown / Mac versus PC
But I find I can use both systems simultaneously


Apple is of course my sacred, kind and radiant love /
Windows is a clunky junkie / never gets enough
She’s virus ridden / Sex drive revving / Rocks my climax world / And even when I’m so in love
I want this other girl

Oh, love and purity is such a fickle state / Too long have people tried to suppress the urge to copulate / Oh, baby I can send you to climactic shrieks / You can’t control my fish-like shoal, springing you a leak
Track Name: Make Me Smile
Keep laughing, keep keep me laughing
It’s keeping me from crying
Keep laughing, keep keep me laughing
I’m a lamb among the lions

And the fear will not break through
You are flawless light and truth
And I’m wasted on this youth
But stay with me you make me smile
Please stay here and make me smile

Oh Cassi, look what they hand me
It’s a second away from the prize
But in that second old Argentina beckoned
And I felt the passion rise

And the fear will not break through
You are flawless light and truth
And I’m wasted on this youth
But stay with me you make me smile
Please stay here and make me smile
Track Name: Abraham
Caught up between killing computers
That tell you dreams are sneak previews of our future

And you feel empty, you feel sorry
When it seems your life means nothing to nobody

But you won’t listen, you won’t fall
And you won’t know a cold eternity at all

So stop pretending, start relaxing
Feeling our time and space collapsing

So stop pretending, start relaxing
Because the end of all things has started happening

And you feel so old
I pray for your soul

And it’s all to much
And you’ve lost your human touch


The crooked housed a normal man. Normal fears and beliefs, ideals and judgments. White walls, shiny floors, leather sofa, unnecessary doors. And here I stand, the everlasting sign. A haunt of jackals, a home for owls. I know of fer named Luci, and I howl like the wolf. And the mountains and the hills will burst into song, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands, and the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a broken scroll...
Track Name: Light A Fire
Higher and higher, show me how to light that fire

You sat me down it’s riots, you told me about the liars,
You want to tie them up with wire and take their eyes with pliers,
You want to see if kings bleed blue, fuckwits right on cue

You said it’s touché down to Che this, like gutty wuts in Vegas
Kubrick’s films are tasteless, but fuckwits remain faceless
Broken livelihoods, by broken lively hoods

They took a Chelsea tractor and blew it like reactor
Got to keep on burning
So the sweet and tender forces, called off cushy courses, cause Looters want their town back, Watch The Throne the soundtrack
Religion bore a child, but there’s no church in the wild


MPs up in flames, hardened like their veins, like Chris Shale died (poltroon), in Glastonbury in June
You want to keep this under wraps... Another round then chaps

The US was a bastard, so pigs with guns are shafted, fuck the force bull mastiffs, we’re taking down the last of the shit that made us ill
They’re going to burn and kill

Higher and higher, show me how to light that fire
Track Name: Moonlight
Lay me in my woods, set me in my ways
Oh, the tide is turning, oh, the stars are burning down, down
Keep you in my thoughts, winter is in the trees
Mum, I feel so lonely, mum, my tears are only mine

I always feel like William in A Knight’s Tale
I always take the hardest path
Forget the drums and throw away the chain mail
Face the forest, all these scars, all these scars

Here we go again watching the moonlight conquer
Here we go again watching a thousand monsters
You say it never ends, asking for wasteland answers
You’re waiting for the friends, but they ring up and cancel

I was once like you
Track Name: Thoughts
Frequent masturbation
Too much isolation
No one around to hear me out
Jealous thoughts beat me down
Repeated loss and rejection
I’m in want of any human connection
There must be something wrong
I’m useless and scared of going out
I’m in a hole, I can’t get out
And nobody knows
Nobody goes; “Oh, that must be awful, don’t leave, don’t go.
You’re needed and loved - I love you, you know.
George, George, I love you, you know.”
Track Name: Bewitched / Old Argentina
When I met you first you were walking through compartment doors from a platform queue and I knew
Alluring lips and hazel eyes, coming soon to a cinema near you
But I kept you close and loved you still while every kid in England knew of you
With witches hair, electrified, I want you like the sky tonight I do

You are my magical truth

Oh, this is what I’ve been waiting for
Tell me this is what I’ve been waiting for
I love a fallen angel so save me Thor
Baby this is what I have waited for

I fantasized, I wouldn’t lose the image of your ballet shoes and this song is for you, of Holmes’ assistant fame - clever wordplay (my middle name is John)

Like Austen’s book, 1815, Yeah I’m Knightley, you’re Woodhouse, see my love?
Don’t tell me I’m bewitched I’ll dream - I’ve seen the trailer baby
I’m in love

You came from heaven above

Oh, this is what I’ve been waiting for
Tell me this is what I’ve been waiting for
I love a fallen goddess so save me Thor
Baby this is what I have waited for

Your beauty glorifies all that is good,
You are a goddess here for me
I’m your teen vogue, your Despereaux,
You are the graceful, blissful, mighty sea

Crash over me
Track Name: 17 Days
The years slip by like radio waves
My past plays out like an old arcade
Time is the fire in which we burn
It’s what I want most, but what I use worst

I’m 17, but I won’t be for long
And if you’re 17 and you’re hearing this song
In 2018
In 2020
In 3013
You’ll know the feeling
This isn’t timeless
You will never be here again

But I feel my life coming, driving my dreams
I want to capture this moment, preserve it in reams
Slow down my blood flow, look up to the sky
Throw up a sun ray, then help shield my eyes
And I’ll keep track of white lies

But I love wishing
Oh yeah I love knowing that the best is the come
I said there’s no magic
I said there’s no magic that could rival this one
And I’m oh, so happy
Yeah I’m so happy that I’m who I should be
And the world is spinning
Yeah, the world is spinning to the rhythm of me.