Jack Howard – Dial A Prayer

Versions

Version Length Source Availability Buy
Studio [1] 3:32 Jack Howard Reliving Life to the Full album. Moderately common. Available new in digital form.
Studio [2]  3:39 Jack Howard My Lucky Day album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form. N/A

 Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Jack comments from the Reliving Life to the Full album:

Another unreleased track from the 1994 recording session – Lawrence Maddy producing, Nick Del Rey on guitar and bass, Ash Davies on drums. I eventually re-worked this one and it finally ended up on My Lucky Day. Not another love angst lyric! A Raymond Chandler-esque portrait of a former hard man going to seed.

 

Lyrics

He still dreams of mayhem
After all these years
Thought he’s no longer called upon
To clear a path or bend an arm

He walks tall before his friends
He used to ride the streets
Like a silent prince
Trigger fingers and trigger head

He was a man of steel
He had the whole world
In his hands

Now it’s dial a prayer
Dial a life
Dial a whiskey
Dial a wife

You’ll see him around
And you’ll see him down
This dead end bar
In this dead end town

Self love still saves him
In the mirror
His sags don’t seem so bad
When lit by lamp

His smile is quite debonair
For one so lost
Now he haunts the streets
In the dead of night

The pain somewhere down deep inside
He can’t be reached
It can never
Be relieved

Now it’s dial a prayer
Dial a life
Dial a whiskey
Dial a wife

You’ll see him around
And you’ll see him down
This dead end bar
In this dead end town

And then the dawn arises
And he turns to dust
And his flower fades
With the rising sun

He’s just one
Of many
His grace
Has been run

Now it’s dial a prayer
Dial a life
Dial a whiskey
Dial a wife

You’ll see him around
And you’ll see him down
This dead end bar
In this dead end town

Dial a prayer
Dial a life
Dial a whiskey
Dial a wife

You’ll see him around
And you’ll see him down
This dead end bar
In this dead end town