Gary Lover - London

by Gary Lover

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Gary Lover is the solo project and guise of London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gareth Hoskins. Gareth uses an array of instrumentation and songwriting capabilities not to mention his brash, evocative lyrics all serving to create a sound somewhere outlandishly wedged between soft rock, electronic, acoustic, post-punk, country and blues.

In Words Of Gary Lover:
I wrote this song when I’d had a bad couple of weeks and London made it hard for me to think about what was going on in my life, I think this city can do that to you, especially how fast paced and political everything can seem to be right up in your face, all the time, non stop. I guess it depends how you take it and that’s if you take it at all. But I was just getting pissed off with a lot of many different things, both internal and external and the whole “I miss the beat of London” line that rings through the chorus’ was just me looking ahead(or backwards) to a better time/place/feeling that’s always no doubt on the horizon. It’s funny, because I guess maybe this song could be more relevant right now than ever before.
I loved making this song though, had a lot of fun with those hilife, African, Caribbean, slippery tropical guitar spasms backed with a shaker and a pretty simple samba beat.


Walking around with shit everywhere
I need a new sensation
Talking about your rich folks home
I wanna leave it all

Well the up is down and the people don’t care
I’m on the reservation
I’m living like dog, I’m paying the cost
They call me lazy bones

And I’m hungry
And I miss the beat of London

Knock knock knocking on my front door
I’m playing possum
There goes a man with a bible in his hand
I don’t care for apostles
Nothing is right, nothing is wrong
I don’t need salvation
I’m telling you babe, are you feeling my groove?
I wanna please you now

Here comes tomorrow and I don’t feel nothing
This is what a city can do to you
Six in the morning

And I’m hungry
And I miss the beat of London


released November 20, 2020


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