Diamond in the Rough - Original Cast Recording

by Will Gillespie

/
1.
2.
02:16
3.
4.
02:59
5.
6.
7.
8.
03:04
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.

about

Songs from the play "Diamond in the Rough"
Written and directed by Will Gillespie
Produced by Susan Robinson/Chasing Shadows Productions

credits

released July 5, 2019

Written, produced, mixed, edited and designed by Will Gillespie.
Chris Cracknell on accordion, organ and piano.
Photo by Darryl Gold.
"Hamilton Skyline" illustration by Susan Robinson.

with
Michelle La Haise as "Back-Alley Sally",
Chris Cracknell as "Day-Drinkin' Dennis",
Leonard Cain as "Bar Patron",
Susan Robinson as "the Bartender"
and Will Gillespie as Neil.

Word & Music © 2019 William James Gillespie, SOCAN.

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Will Gillespie Hamilton, Ontario

Born & raised in South Porcupine, Northern Ontario, Canada Will Gillespie is a one-of-a-kind, genuine Singer-Songwriter, a versatile and expressive guitarist and entertainer who plays his own style, exploring elements of Folk, Rock & Roll and Cabaret.

contact / help

Contact Will Gillespie

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Diamond in the Rough Part of Town
Neil: Ay - ay - ay - ay - ay - ay! Di - ay - ay - ay - aimond!

This old neighbourhood
is not doing so good
they want to tear it all down
I know if they could they would

This part of town was once the heart of town, now look around!

Every business is closed
Boarding up their windows
Not a soul around for five blocks
They’re rolling up the sidewalks

Get in now before they tear it down, before it’s gone!

But there’s a dove among the pigeons, a rose among the thorns…

A diamond in the rough part of town!
Diamond in the rough part of town!
Diamond in the rough part of town!
Diamond in the rough part of town!

When you walk down this street
Although you may get cold feet
Listen to your heart-beat!
You don’t know who you could meet

A flower grows between the sidewalk cracks!

And she’s a dove among the pigeons, a rose among the thorns…

A diamond in the rough part of town!
Diamond in the rough part of town!
Diamond in the rough part of town!
Diamond in the rough part of town!
Track Name: Far Away
Neil: I walk the streets. I stroll along the highway.
On tired feet. The sidewalks and the skyway.
I can’t compete. I could have had it my way.
I’ve never been so far away from home.

I thought I’d make a really good contender.
That’s my mistake. I never should have sent her away.
And now I wake alone somewhere new.
I’ve never been so far away from you, Babe!

So far away….

Oh, Love is a two-way street
A boulevard where two hearts can meet
And they can start to feel complete
Just like we used to do…

My bags are packed. The plane is on the runway.
I can’t go back. This road I’m on is one-way.
I only hope that one day soon
I’ll never be so far away from you.

So far away…

From you…

So far away from home.
Track Name: Welcome to Big Shotz
Bartender: There’s a bar I know in this neighbourhood
It’s the only place to go
And the wings are surprisingly good.

With everything you want to do
Sports on TV, darts and pool,
Cards and karaoke too - at Big Shotz

Chorus: Welcome to Big Shotz!

Bartender: We serve only the freshest wine

Chorus: Welcome to Big Shotz!

Bartender: Where it’s happy hour all the time.

Cause we’re all big shots here at Big Shotz
We’re all big shots here - at Big Shotz

Find a friendly face each and every day
It’s that kind of place.
Big Shotz won’t turn you away.

Dennis: When I first came here I used a fake ID
Back in 1983
The old bartender sold it to me - at Big Shotz

Chorus: Welcome to Big Shotz!

Patron: (enters) The paper towel’s stuck

Chorus: Welcome to Big Shotz!

Dennis: Still get drunk for twenty bucks

‘Cause we’re all big shots here at Big Shotz
We’re all big shots here - at Big Shotz

(Whistle solo) -
Bartender: (Spoken) Sounds like you need to whet your whistle.

Here at Big Shotz bar you are not alone.
Everyone is welcome
Everybody feels at home

The bartenders will drink with you
Bring your pets and outside food
Get comfortable, take off your shoes…

Chorus: This is everybody’s rec room
This is everybody’s rec room

Bartender: at Big Shotz


Chorus: Welcome to Big Shotz!

Bartender: Now we have both kinds of beer

Chorus: Welcome to Big Shotz!

Bartender: Passed our health inspection, we’re in the clear

and we’re all big shots here at Big Shotz
We’re all big shots here - at Big Shotz

B - I - G - S - H - O - T -

Chorus: Zed!

Bartender: B - I - G - S - H - O - T -

Chorus: Zed!

Bartender: B - I - G - S - H - O - T -

All: … Zed …
Track Name: On the Prowl
Patron: Call her a cougar, she is a Tiger-Cat
On the hunt for a good time
Alone at the bar she sat

She said: “Hey, Baby can you give me a light?”
Yeah, maybe. What you doin’ tonight?
Where she goes is where the action’s at.

Tiger-stripe tube-top, tight leather pants
She got up to dance… ON THE PROWL…
Everybody had to stop, look up and glance
Taking a big chance, she’s ON THE PROWL…

There’s nothing that you can do
When she gets her claws in you.

Sally: (spoken) Hey! How you doin’, Sailor? Come here often?

Got a light there, Stranger? Wanna buy a girl a drink?

Patron: And she rolls up a number and she goes to the alley.
Shows you why she’s known as Back-Alley Sally
She can give you something that just might make your night.

Tiger-stripe tube-top, tight leather pants
She got up to dance… ON THE PROWL…
Everybody had to stop, look up and glance
Taking a big chance, she’s ON THE PROWL…

There’s nothing that you can do
When she gets her claws in you.
Track Name: Singin' a Song
Neil: The thing about singin’ a song
It isn’t very hard and it don’t take long, come on…

All you really need is a tune
and a couple of words that you can croon along to

Next thing you know you gotcha a Song
and everybody’s singing along, come on, come on…

Come one, come all!

La la la - I can’t hear you! -
La la la - I can’t hear ya! -
La la la - I can’t hear you… -
La la la la la la la

Yeah! (crowd cheers)
Yeah! (cheering again)
Yeah!!! (Charge!!!)
Singin’ a Song!

It doesn’t matter what it’s about.
And if you can’t sing, maybe you can shout, come on…

All you really need is a tune
and a couple of words that you can croon along to

Next thing you know you gotcha a Song
and everybody’s singing along, come on, come on…

Come one, come all!

La la la - I can’t hear you! -
La la la - I can’t hear ya! -
La la la - I can’t hear you… -
La la la la la la la

Yeah! (crowd cheers)
Yeah! (cheering again)
Yeah!!! (Charge!!!)
Singin’ a Song!

Singin’ a song..

Si-i-i-i-i-ing!
Track Name: More Than a Game
Patron: A little boy straps on his skates
He says “Come outside, Daddy. I just can’t wait.”
His Daddy tells him he’ll be right along,
But he’s wrong.

Got tired of waiting
So he just kept on skating…

It’s more than a game to him
It’s one place he knows he can win.
The pride of a nation
Shared between generations
It’s more than a game to him.

When the puck drops…
When he’s on a breakaway…
When the crowd. Goes. Wild…

It doesn’t matter whoever you are
Watching the game beside him at the bar.
‘Cause when the team’s winning he’s buying the rounds
Whenever they lose he’s trying to drown his sorrows
He’ll be back here tomorrow

It’s more than a game to him
He’s with them whenever they win
He scores when they score
He can’t play anymore
It’s more than a game to him.

It’s more than a game to him
It’s one place he knows he can win.
The pride of a nation
Shared between generations
It’s more than a game to him.

It’s more than a game
To him.
Track Name: I Have a Name
Neil: Everybody has a story.
Everybody has a dream.
One shining moment bathed in glory.
There’s more to them than it may seem.

There’s more to one than you may picture.
Can’t get it all in just one glance.
Everyone deserves a future.
Can’t you give them one more chance?

I have a name (snore…)
There’s more to me (snore…)
I’m not the same (snore…)
As what you think you see (snore…)

We all come from somewhere…
I have a name.

Sometimes everyone gets lonely,
Sometimes everyone gets scared.
You may think that you’re the only one
Who’s always unprepared

Everyone is full of doubts
We all have something to be proud of
Everybody screams and shouts
And sings about these things out loud
Oh, Love… (cast yawns big harmony)

I have a name.

I have a name (snore…)
There’s more to me (snore…)
I’m not the same (snore…)
As what you think you see (snore…)

We all come from somewhere…
I have a name.

I have a life.

I have a name.
Track Name: Smoking Gun
Neil: I looked at my woman the other night
I could tell something was not exactly right

I asked her what was wrong
She looked away and sighed…

Must be something she was trying to hide.

What can I do without you
After all we’ve been through?

What have you done, my only one?
Where do you go to when you run?

I cannot believe
So suddenly you want to leave…

Silence hanging like a smoking gun.

What can I do without you
After all we’ve been through?

You are all I know
I don’t want to let you go.
I will if you say so…

What can I do without you
After all we’ve been through?

Silence hanging like a smoking gun…
Track Name: Take Your Shot
Sally: It was five thousand dollars. My entire life savings.
He said he was an agent and he would need it up front.
So I moved to the city. They took a few pictures,
Went to a few parties, never called me back once.

I was young and alone. I was broke. I was broken.
But, oh, what I could have been…
If those were not lies that he told me
But that guy only sold me a dream.

It doesn’t matter if you make it or not
You just have to take a shot
Whether you make it or not
You just have to take a shot.

(Her spotlight goes out. Dennis’ comes on.)

Dennis: I was a fighter. And I’m still undefeated.
I put on my skates, and threw down my gloves.
Sometimes that’s what it takes to be a team player.
So I gave my body to this game that I love.

When I got injured I knew it was over.
That’s okay.
You can’t win if you don’t play.

It doesn’t matter if you make it or not
You just have to take a shot
Whether you make it or not
You just have to take a shot.

Some people think that I made a mistake.
This drink is the only shot that I take now
But you have to take it whether you make it or not.


Sally: Some people think that I made a mistake
This drink is the only shot that I take now
You have to take it whether you make it or not

Dennis: It doesn’t matter if you -

Sally: If you -

Both/Duet: Make it or not
You just have to take a shot
Whether you make it or not
You just have to take a shot

Whether you make it or not
You just have to take a shot…
Track Name: All Dressed Up
Sally: All dressed up with nowhere to go
I don’t know what to do

I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go
anymore

It feels like there is no hope at all.

Don’t tell me it’s really over

Please don’t say that this time
it really is last call…

Chorus: All dressed up with nowhere to go
All dressed up with nowhere to go

Sally: Don’t tell me it’s really over

Please don’t say that this time

Chorus: It really is last call
It really is last call…
Track Name: Take Your Shot - Reprise
Bartender: So I guess that it’s over. I wish I was sober.
So I could remember. Maybe even understand.
Nothing I can do now. I’ll deal with it later.
Maybe thoughts like that are how it got so out of hand.

It’s not my fault. I just ended up here.
Then I got used to it.

Just when I started to let myself like it
Someone came in and decided to throw it away

It doesn’t matter if you make it or not
You just have to take a shot
Whether you make it or not
You just have to take a shot

Some people think that I made a mistake.
This drink is the only shot that I take now
But you have to take it whether you make it or not.

(with Chorus): Some people think that we made a mistake
A drink is the only shot you can take nowadays
But whether you make it or not…

It doesn’t matter if you make it or not
You just have to take a shot
Whether you make it or not
You just have to take a shot

So go ahead and take it
Go out and take a shot.
Track Name: Remember the Good Times
Neil: Has it been so long? Sometimes I wonder
Were we ever so young?
Carefree and wild… How did it happen?
You’re barely a child.

I have to smile when I remember
The good times that we had together
Here with your friends
Remember the good times again.

Chorus: Those were the good old days…

Neil: They’re not coming back.
We have to make new ones
Both happy and blue ones
Remember the good times again.

Bartender: (spoken) What was her name?
Oh, wait, don’t tell me
Yeah, I can see her again...
I’d like to go back.
Is that place even still there?
It can all change like that.

Neil: I have to smile when I remember
The good times that we had together
Here with your friends.
Remember the good times again.

Chorus: Those were the good old days…

Neil: They’re not coming back.
We have to make new ones
Both happy and blue ones

Chorus: Remember the good times again.
Track Name: Let's Go Back to My Place
Sally: ... Uh? ...Yeah! ... Huh? ...Yeah!

Let's go back to my place... Let's go back to my place...
Come on, everybody! Let's go back to my place!

What are you up to later tonight?
Let’s go back to my place.
Whenever you want to it’s alright
I’d like to see your face.

Won’t you come by with a bottle of wine?
Don’t you want to be a friend of mine?
Won’t you come by my place tonight?
We’ll have a real good time.

We were just starting to have fun.
Let’s go back to my place.
The real party hasn’t even begun.
Don’t tell me it’s too late.

Won’t you come by with a bottle of gin?
The real fun is about to begin.
See what kind of trouble we can get in.
Let’s go back to my place.

I’m here for a good time every night.
Let’s go back to my place.
Keep it alive ’til the morning light.
All you have to do is stay awake.

I can be good company
if you give me a shot
Closer to you than family
Depending on what you’ve got.

(conga break)

... Ugh!
... Hey!
... Ha!
... Ole!

What are you up to later tonight?
Let’s go back to my place.
Whenever you want to it’s alright
I’d like to see your face.

Won’t you come by with a bottle of wine?
Don’t you want to be a friend of mine?
Won’t you come by my place tonight?
We’ll have a real good time. -Ugh!-

Won’t you come by with a bottle of wine?
Don’t you want to be a friend of mine?
Won’t you come by my place tonight?
We’ll have a real good time.

Won’t you come by my place tonight?
We’ll have a real good time.

We’ll have a real good time.

... Ugh!
... Hey!
... Ha!
... Ole!
Track Name: We Are Going to Be Alright
Neil: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Chorus: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Neil: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Chorus: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Bartender: We are going to be right here all night!
We’ll keep the party going 'til the morning light.

Neil: All night long. Right or wrong…

We’re going to be alright!
We’re going to be alright now.
We’re going to be alright.

Sally: There is nothing better than when we get together now
I wish we could be this way forever now

Neil: If I could… Yeah, I would…

We’re going to be alright!
We’re going to be alright now.
We’re going to be alright.

You and me - are going to be - alright
We’re going to be alright now
Baby, it’s alright.

Neil: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Chorus: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Neil: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Chorus: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Dennis: Now is the time. This is the place.
We can't let it go to waste.

Neil: Here and now... I know somehow…

We’re going to be alright!
We’re going to be alright now.
We’re going to be alright!

You and me - are going to be - alright
We’re going to be alright now
Baby, it’s alright.

Neil: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Chorus: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Neil: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Chorus: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

All: We! are! going! to! be! alright!
We! are! going! to! be! alright!
We! are! going! to! be! alright!
We! are! going! to! be! alright!

Neil: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da ba

Chorus: Bap ba ba, bap bap ba da -

Neil: Alright!
Track Name: Singin' a Song - Reprise
Chorus: (singing bass line) Do do do do do do do do do do, do do do do do do…

Neil: The thing about singin’ a song:
It isn’t very hard and it don’t take long, come on…

Patron: All you really need is a tune
and a couple of words that you can croon along to… (bows)

Bartender: Next thing you know you gotcha a song,
And everybody’s singin’ along, come on, come on… (bows)

Neil: Come one, come all!

Dennis: It doesn’t matter what it’s about.
And if you can’t sing, maybe you can shout, come on… (bows)

Sally: Next thing you know you gotcha a song
And everybody’s singing along, come on come on… (bows)

Neil: Come one, come all!

Chorus: La la la…

Neil: I can’t hear you.

Chorus: La la la…

Neil: I can’t hear ya!

All: La la la, la la la la - Yeah!…Yeah!…Yeah!!!

Neil: Singin’ a song

Chorus: (singing bass line) Do do do do do do do do do do, do do do do do do…

Neil: Singin’ a song… Sing!!!

Chorus: (angelic harmonies) Aaaahhhh!!! (Blackout at last shot of music)

If you like Will Gillespie, you may also like: