Bruce Rits Gilbert

Twisting in the Wind

by Bruce Rits Gilbert & the Missing Years

Released 2019
Released 2019
With songs that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think, Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years have put together a striking and memorable Folk-Americana album that you'll want to listen to again and again.
  • 03:24 Lyrics You Ain't

    You Ain’t  (Capo 3)  (Eb)

     

    D                                         A

    You know who you are, you’re not who you want to be

    D                                       A

    We know who you are, it’s easy for us to see

    G                                     D

    You try to make everybody think you’re a real saint

    D                                   A               D

    Well, it’s plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t

     

    D                                 A

    You’ve got a slimy shine on the outside

    D                                 A

    A not-so-pretty façade with a whole lot of false pride

    G                                  D

    You think that you’re the sweetest color of paint

    D                                   A        D

    Well, it’s plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t

     

    A                                                 D

    You walk around this town like you’re all that

    A                                              D

    With a phony smile on like you’re the Cheshire cat

    G                                              D

    You think you’re perfect without a bit of taint

    D                                 A          D

    Well, it’s plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t

     

    DA DA GD DAD

     

    (It’s plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t)

     

    Bridge

     

    Em                           A7

    It’s not easy when you’re lyin’

    Em                               A7

    What you’re sayin’ I ain’t buyin’

    Em                              A7

    You’re all wrapped up in your lonely soul

    Em                  A                      D

    That’s just how you gotta role

     

     

     

    D                                                     A

    We know you’re evil and selfish to the core

    D                                             A

    We’re ready to throw your ass out the back door

    G                                                     D

    You want us all to think you’re here without complaint

    D                                 A              D

    Well, it’s plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t

     

     

     

    A                                          D

    You know who you are, you’re not who you want to be

    A                                        D

    We know who you are, it’s easy for us to see

    G                                     D

    You try to make everybody think you’re a real saint

    D                                   A             D

    Well, it’s plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t

    D                                 A              D

    It’s so plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t

     

    DA DA GD DAD

     

    (It’s plain to see, uh uh, you ain’t)

     

  • 02:54 Lyrics The Boy Will Write His Own Story

    The Boy Will Write His Own Story        

     

    G Em C D G

     

    Verse 1

    G                      Em

    Twisting in the wind

              C                        D

    Like chimes on  the deck

    G                           Em

    Who was it who sinned?

                C               D        G

    Your mind is simply a wreck

     

    Verse 2

    G                              Em

    The sky so dark and gray

              C                                              D

    The sun comes shining through

              G                               Em

    An idyllic, perfect day

               C               D        G

    Because the boy has come to you

     

    Chorus

    Em                                   G

    The boy, a sweet life to live

    Em                           D

    The boy in all his glory

    Em                                        G

    The boy, with so much to give

             C             D                     G

    The boy will write his own story

     

    G Em C D G Em C D G

     

    Verse 3

    G                                       Em

    Running with the wind at your back

    C                                                D

    Dreaming of his ocean blue eyes

    G                                  Em

    Doubling down in a game of blackjack

    C                            D               G

    His beauty just makes you cry

     

    Verse 4

    G                                  Em

    The love you feel is beyond

                C                           D

    The salt air brings you a mist

    G                                           Em

    Like a spell from a magic wand

                C                  D             G

    The sweet boy blows you a kiss

     

    Chorus

    Em                                   G

    The boy, a sweet life to live

    Em                           D

    The boy in all his glory

    Em                                        G

    The boy, with so much to give

             C             D                     G

    The boy will write his own story

              C                         D                     G

    The boy will write his own story

  • 03:40 Lyrics 99 Miles to Philly

    99 Miles to Philly

     

    Intro  A A7 D A E A

     

    A

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

     A7                                    D

    Just me and a bottle of gin

                                                          A

    Somewhere on Atlantic Avenue

                                                E

    I don’t know where I’ve been

    A

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

     A7                                           D

    Searchin’ for a way back home

                                              A

    What am I gonna do today

                          E                       A

    Cuz I’m doing it all alone

     

    A

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    A7                                        D

    Somebody show me the way

                                                A

    I don’t know this town at all

                                              E

    I’ve been lost all day

    A

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    A7                               D

    Looking to hop a train

                                                    A   

    Gotta get myself moving along

                      E      A

    Before I go insane

     

    (Chorus)

    D                      A

    99 miles to Philly

    D                                  A

    I wanna get home today

    D                     A

    99 miles, 99 miles

    E                      A

    99 miles away

     

    D                         A

    99 miles to Philly

    D                                         A

    That’s the only thing I know

    D                     A

    99 miles, 99 miles

    E                  A

    99 miles to go

     

    A A7 D A  E A A7 D A E A

    Instrumental (first verse chords)

     

     

     

    A

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    A7                                                                                     D

    Don’t know where I’m supposed to go

                                                          A                  

    Everyone’s moving around me fast

                                                                                 E

    They’re coming at me high and low

    A         

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    A7                              D

    Can’t seem to find my way

                                                   A

    The sun is finally going down

                            E              A

    It’s been a real long day

     

    A

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    A7                                                    D

    Just me and a bottle of gin

                                                          A

    Somewhere on Atlantic Avenue

                                                               E

    I don’t know where I’ve been

    A

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    A7                                                      D

    Searching for a way back home

                                              A

    What am I gonna do today

                                 E       A

    Cuz I doing it all alone

     

     

    (Chorus)

    D                                 A

    99 miles to Philly

    D                                        A

    I wanna get home today

     

    D                     A

    99 miles, 99 miles

    E                      A

    99 miles away

     

    D                         A

    99 miles to Philly

    D                                                      A

    That’s the only thing I know

    D                     A

    99 miles, 99 miles

    E                  A

    99 miles to go

     

    D                     A

    99 miles, 99 miles

    E                        A

    99 miles to go

     

  • 03:39 Lyrics Come Home

    Come Home        (A)

     

     

    A cappella intro

     

    Hey, you’re America

    You’re the land of the free

    Hey, you’re America

    It’s time to come back to me

     

    AE AD DAD AEA

     

    Verse 1

    A                                  E

    You been gone for way too long now

    A                                  E

    You left us all by ourselves

    D                                             A                      D

    We need you back to make sense of the world

    D    A                                          E                                           A

    So come home (come home), come home (come home), come home

     

    Verse 2

    A                                          E

    You left us for a crazy con man

    A                                  E

    He lied to steal your heart

    D                                    A         D

    It’s time to come back from that sinister sap

    D    A                                          E                                           A

    So come home (come home), come home (come home), come home

     

    Chorus

    D                                        A

    Apple pie waiting for just for you

    D                                             A

    Scrape that guff off your shoes

    D                                 A   D

    Gotta shed that orange dome

    D    A                                          E                                           A

    So come home (come home), come home (come home), come home 

     

    AE AD DAD AEA

     

    Bridge

    E                            A

    Hey, you’re America (America)

    E                                     A

    You’re the land of the free

    E                           A

    Hey, you’re America (America)

    A     D                     E           A

    It’s time to come back to me

     

     

     

    Verse 3

    A                                  E

    Where you went it’s just not right

    A                                  E

    It’s awful and it’s cruel

    D                                        A          D

    You’re ready to make a big left turn

    D       A                                                      E                                           A

    And come home (come home), come home (come home), come home 

     

    Verse 4

    A                                              E

    Time to get back to Sea to Shining Sea

    A                              E

    Time to be great again

    D                                 A         D

    Come surf on a big blue wave

    D       A                                                      E                                           A

    And come home (come home), come home (come home), come home 

     

    Chorus

    D                                        A

    A rainbow is waiting for just for you

    D                                             A

    Scrape that guff off your shoes

    D                                 A   D

    Gotta shed that orange dome

    D    A                                          E                                           A

    So come home (come home), come home (come home), come home 

    A                                               E                                          A

    Come home (come home), come home (come home), come home                                

     

     

     

     

  • 03:10 Lyrics I Lost a Friend Today

    I Lost a Friend Today                        (Capo 2  Key of E)  

     

     

    Verse 1

    D                     A

    I lost a friend today

    D                                 A

    My heart is broken in two

    G                                                          D

    It never should have happened this way

    D         A          D

    I lost a friend today

     

    Verse2

    D                                       A

    Your voice still echoes from yesterday

    D                                 A

    Your life was beautiful and true

    G                                                         D

    Darkness has come our way

    D         A          D

    The world’s spinning backwards today

     

    Chorus

     

    G                      D

    Oh, I’ll dream tonight

    G                                        D

    As the stars are shining bright

    G                      D

    Oh, I’ll dream tonight

    D                                     A            D

    That my friend comes back to life

     

    DA DA GD DAD

     

    Verse 3

    D                                                           A

    The tree is still up from Christmas Day

    D                                           A

    The light don’t sparkle no more

    G                                                    D

    The needles are slowly falling away

    D         A          D

    The world has turned a shade of gray

     

    Verse 4

    D                                             A

    My mind sometimes goes astray

    D                                    A

    Wondering how it can be

    G                                  D

    That a sweet life just fades away

    D         A          D

    I lost a friend today

     

    Chorus

     

    G                      D

    Oh, I’ll dream tonight

    G                                        D

    As the stars are shining bright

    G                      D

    Oh, I’ll dream tonight

    D                                     A            D

    That my friend comes back to life

    D                                     A            D

    That my friend comes back to life

  • 02:49 Lyrics Oh, Charlie!

    Oh, Charlie!                                        (Capo 4  Key of B)    

     

    Verse 1

     

    G                                              C

    The day has come, you’ve arrived

    G                                         D

    Oh, man, you’re finally here

    G                                              C

    Our worlds are ready to collide

    G                                  D                     G

    Time for Mom and Dad to chug a beer

     

    Verse 2

     

    G                                              C

    A few days early, yeah, that’s cool

    G                                    D

    Oh so ready to take flight

    G                                              C

    It’s your time now, so new school

    G                      D                G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re just right

     

    Chorus

     

    C                                                    G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re a shining knight

    C                                              G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re quite a sight

    C                                              G

    Oh, Charlie, love you day and night

    G                      D                G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re just right

     

    GCGD GCGDG

     

    Verse 3

     

    G                                            C

    The early days, they’ll be long

    G                                            D

    The nights will feel like a zoo

    G                                                  C

    This is the place that you belong

    G                                        D                        G

    Still Mom and Dad will throw down a brew

    Verse 4

     

    G                                          C

    I’ll always smile back at you

    G                                                   D

    You make my world full and bright

    G                                              C

    Come over here, trust your Boo

    G                      D                 G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re just right

     

    Chorus

     

    C                                                     G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re a shining knight

    C                                              G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re quite a sight

    C                                              G

    Oh, Charlie, love you day and night

    G                      D                G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re just right

    G                      D                G

    Oh, Charlie, you’re just right

     

     

     

     

  • 02:26 Lyrics It's Happening to You

    It's Happening to You - John Prine

     

     

     

     John Prine cover

     Year: 1993

     

     

     Intro:

     D

     

     

     D

     Well it's the same old song

     G

     Boy meets girl

     

     And girl meets boy

          D

     They carry on

          G

     They close their eyes

                        D

     And kiss until the world is gone

                 A

     Oh yes it's true

                       D

     It's happening to you

     

     

     

     D

     You know what they say

     G

     They pledge their love forever

               D

     Then they add a day

          G

     They hold their hands so tight

     

     In the fear

          D

     That one might stray

                 A

     Oh yes it's true

                       D

     It's happening to you

          A            D

     It's happening to you

     

     

     

     Chorus:

     G

     I loved her

     D

     She loved me too

     G

     We had a lot of love

     D            A

     Now it's all through

     

     

     

     D

     And for a while

     G

     Their hearts beat one

     

     As they match each other

     D

     Smile for smile

     G

     They dance away the night

     

     As they praise

     D

     The others style

                 A

     Oh yes it's true

                       D

     It's happening to you

          A            D

     It's happening to you

     

     

     

     (Repeat Chorus)

     

     

     

     D

     Well it's the same old song

     G

     Boy meets girl

     

     And girl meets boy

          D

     They carry on

          G

     They close their eyes

                        D

     And kiss until the world is gone

                 A

     Oh yes it's true

                       D

     It's happening to you

          A            D

     It's happening to you

     

  • 03:40 Lyrics Baby Jack

    Baby Jack

     

    Verse 1

    D                                             A

    I close my eyes and I can see

    D                                             A

    The beautiful boy that you will be

    G                                  D

    We’re 3000 miles apart

    D                                 A                      D

    Oh, Baby Jack, you’re always in my heart

     

    Verse 2

    D                                       A

    I fly out West and I can see

    D                                             A

    You’re so small and so sweet

    G                                                          D

    It breaks my heart when it’s time to leave

    D                     A                      D

    Oh, Baby Jack, in you I believe

     

    Chorus

     

    D                                  G                                 D

    Whoa Oh Oh  Baby Jack, Baby Jack, Baby Jack

    D                     G                                  D

    Whoa Oh Oh Baby Jack, Baby Jack, Baby Jack

    D                     G                                  D

    Whoa Oh Oh Baby Jack, Baby Jack, Baby Jack

    D                     A                              D

    Oh, Baby Jack, I’ll always come back

     

    DADAGDDAD

     

    Bridge

    Em                                          G   D

    Hey Jack, you’re the baby bro

    Em                                          A

    The brand new kid on the block

    G                                                          D

    Your journey will take you to and fro

    Em                                          A                                  D                    

    You know I’ll always be your rock

     

     

    Verse 3

    D                                         A

    I know that I will always see

    D                                          A

    A boy footloose and fancy free

    G                                  D

    In my mind you’re already a star

    D                     A                      D

    Sittin’ with me as we play our guitars

     

    Verse 4

    D                                             A

    I close my eyes and I can see

    D                                             A

    The beautiful boy that you will be

    G                                  D

    We’re 3000 miles apart

    D                                 A                      D

    Oh, Baby Jack, you’re always in my heart

     

     

    Chorus

     

    D                                  G                                 D

    Whoa Oh Oh  Baby Jack, Baby Jack, Baby Jack

    D                     G                                  D

    Whoa Oh Oh Baby Jack, Baby Jack, Baby Jack

    D                     G                                  D

    Whoa Oh Oh Baby Jack, Baby Jack, Baby Jack

    D                     A                              D

    Oh, Baby Jack, I’ll always come back

    D                     A                              D

    Oh, Baby Jack, I’ll always come back

     

  • 04:09 Lyrics Dancing All Night Long

    Dancing All Night Long (Take 2  3.26.19)

    Capo 5

     

    Intro G Em C D G   (in C)

     

    Chorus

     

    G               Em

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    C                         D           G

    Dancing is jammed in my soul

    G               Em

    Hey hey, ho ho

    C                          D                        G

    It’s my heart that you stole

    G               Em

    Hey Hey Ho Ho

    C                      D            G

    How we got here I don’t know

    G               Em

    Hey Hey Ho Ho

    C                  D                         G

    I don’t want to ever let go

     

     

    Em                                                       C

    We hadn’t been dancing for a long time

    Em                                           C

    We almost forgot all our moves

    Em                                           C

    But then the music started hoppin’

    Em           D                  G

    We so found our groove

     

     

    Em                                      C

    The band played some oldies

    Em                               C

    I was twirling you around

    Em                                      C

    Our heads were really boppin’

    Em             D                            G

    Our feet barely touched the ground

     

     

     

     

     

    Chorus

     

    G               Em

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    C                         D           G

    Dancing is jammed in my soul

    G               Em

    Hey hey, ho ho

    C                          D                        G

    It’s my heart that you stole

    G               Em

    Hey Hey Ho Ho

    C                      D            G

    How we got here I don’t know

    G               Em

    Hey Hey Ho Ho

    C                  D                         G

    I don’t want to ever let go

     

    Instrumental G Em C D G   G Em C D G

     

    Em                         C

    The jams kept a comin’

    Em                                           C

    Why did they say one last song

    Em                                           C

    This shindig should never end

    Em                         D                         G

    We could keep dancing all night long.

     

     

    Chorus x 2

     

    G               Em

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    C                         D           G

    Dancing is jammed in my soul

    G               Em

    Hey hey, ho ho

    C                          D                        G

    It’s my heart that you stole

    G               Em

    Hey Hey Ho Ho

    C                      D            G

    How we got here I don’t know

    G               Em

    Hey Hey Ho Ho

    C                  D                         G

    I don’t want to ever let go

     

     

    End: G

     

  • 03:49 Lyrics I Told the World

    I Told The World          (Capo 3 -  Bb)

     

    GCGDG

     

    G                                         C

    I told the world I’d be famous

    G                                                   D

    But the world must not have heard

    G                                      C

    I know no one was listening

    G                      D                   G

    Still I was chirping like a bird

     

    G                                         C

    I told the world I’d be a hero

    G                                              D

    But the world really didn’t care

    G                                  C

    I know why no one believed me

    G                      D           G

    I was always running scared

     

    G                                           C

    I told the world I’d be an idol

    G                                                 D

    But the world didn’t get the word

    G                                        Em

    I know why no one was listening

             C             D                     G

    My words were too often slurred

     

    Chorus

    C                                          G

    I’ve got no reason to be happy

    C                                          G

    I’ve got no reason to cry

    C                                              G

    I’ve got no reason to stop drinkin’

    C                      D         G

    Except you’re in my life

     

    GCGDGCGDG

     

     

     

     

     

    G                                       C

    I told the world I’d be better

    G                                  D

    Better than I was before

    G                                            C

    I’ve still got a long way to go

    G                      D                    G

    But now I’m off the ground floor

     

    G                                       C

    I told the world I’d be loyal

    G                                              D

    I know it’s the right thing to do

    G                                                   C

    I’ve made mistakes along the way 

    G                               D                       G

    But I’ll always be loyal to you

     

    G                                              C

    I told the world I’d be with you

    G                                  D

    Until forever and a day

    G                                              Em

    I know that everyone was listening

            C       D                G

    It’s all I really had to say

     

     

    Chorus

    C                                          G

    I’ve got no reason to be happy

    C                                          G

    I’ve got no reason to cry

    C                                              G

    I’ve got no reason to stop drinkin’

    C                      D         G

    Except you’re in my life

    C                      D         G

    Except you’re in my life

     

     

  • 00:25 Lyrics I Love You

    I Love You

     

    I Love You

     

    I Love You

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"Twisting in the Wind" is a compelling, whimsical new album by Bruce Rits Gilbert & The Missing Years. Produced by Nick Gunty (half of the highly acclaimed folk duo, Frances Luke Accord), the record features songs of joy, songs of hope, songs that take dead aim at this country's Liar-in-Chief and songs of genuine self-reflection. The album has 10 original tunes by Bruce (including one co-written by Benjamin Calder Zulauf) and one colorful reimagining of John Prine's "It's Happening To You."

In addition to Bruce's vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, the album features Matt Lyons on backing vocals and lead guitar (electric, acoustic, and slide) and Nick Gunty on backing vocals, bass, percussion, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. Teddy Grossman contributes lead vocals and Wurlitzer on "The Boy Will Write His Own Story" and backing vocals on "Come Home," while Bruce's daughter, Molly Gilbert Zulauf, sings lead vocals on "Baby Jack" and backing vocals on "Oh Charlie!." Both Jane Reed Nosal and Calder Rits Zulauf (Bruce's grandkids) make surprise appearances throughout the record.