Zach Gill

Life in the Multiverse

Zach Gill is a multi instrumentalist/singer/songwriter/member of the rock band ALO and a member of Jack Johnson's band. He also performs regularly as a solo artist.

Life In The Multiverse Lyrics


Window Display
By Zach Gill

johnny had a new plan
time to be his own man
knew that things would work out ok
mostly optimistic
not hung up by logistics
he does the job before he gets paid
he gets up, he gets down
hopin’ that the word gets around
it's abstract, that's ok
we'll learn a little more everyday
and if the rain don't come tomorrow
it'll come someday
bindi had it sideways
set up by the highway
wondering if the pieces were straight
but nobody was stoppin’
the chorus wasn't poppin’
even though the verses were great
she got up, she got down
hopin’ that the word got around
was abstract, that’s ok
she'll use it as a window display
and if the rain don't come tomorrow
it'll come someday

clovis was the real deal
played it with old feel
seems like that should be all it takes
but with so much stimulation
and empty simulation
authenticity looks fake

we get up, we get down
hopin’ that the word gets around
it’s abstract, that's ok
we'll learn a little more everyday
and if the rain don't come tomorrow
and your story is a shade of grey, remember
that if the rain don't come tomorrow
it'll come someday


Solstice 2016
By Zach Gill

it was the solstice, it was a nice day
felt like the sun’s rays
were smiling from above
it was the solstice, two thousand sixteen
felt like I was sixteen, and in love

she was my wifey, moving like shakira
told me to come nearer, we started to dance
it was the solstice, two thousand sixteen
still In a sweet dream of romance
well your heart’s gonna do
just exactly what it's got to do
you get a say in the matter
but I wouldn't say we get to choose
so call it synchronicity
or call it fate or destiny
or call it just letting go
but your heart’s gonna to do
just exactly what it’s got to do

it gets confusing out there in the wild
forgetting how to smile
when the news is so bad
and when your heart falls
down into the darkness
the world is looking heartless
broken and sad
well your heart’s got to do
just exactly what it’s got to do
we get a say in the matter
But sometimes you’re gonna be confused
So call it synchronicity, Or call it fate or destiny, 
Or call it just let go
But hearts gonna do
just exactly what it’s got to do

So many big things that we don't know
and that we probably won't know
in this life
so many questions, so many queries
won't be wrapped up neatly
but that's alright

‘cause what I do know
is that I love you
and in this moment, that's enough
so happy solstice,  happy summer
here's to lovers, still in love
well your heart’s gonna to do
just exactly what it's got to do
we get a say in the matter
but sometimes you're gonna be confused  
call synchronicity, or call it fate or destiny, 
or call it just let go
but your hearts gonna do
just exactly what it's got to do


Joy (Goodbye Guilty Pleasures)
By Zach Gill

 

i was footloose like kenny loggins
‘till I saw the sign like ace of base
that one man's joyful noise
could be another man's bad taste

still i'm faithful just like journey
that you'll want me human league
though one man's sentimental
Is another man's cheesy

deflections of, rejections of
projections on a screen
hear myself inside myself
and call it harmony

so goodbye guilty pleasures
but just the guilty parts
baby don't feel bad, about the songs,
that put the joy, inside your heart

now I'm off the wall like michael jackson
but on a prayer like jon bon jov
i'm all night long lionel richie
but it's my life like billy joel

i'm an island floating in a stream
like kenny r and dolly p
all I wanna have is fun
like cindy in 81

deflections of, rejections of, 
projections on a wall
hear yourself inside yourself
and have yourself a ball

and goodbye guilty pleasure
but just the guilty parts
baby don't feel bad about the songs
that put the joy inside our hearts

on the road like willie nelson
yet subdivided like geddy lee
sometimes a heart it struggles
with who it thinks it should be
but come on cowbell don't be coy
it's ok to feel that joy
you like the sound then sing it out
and watch it chase away the doubts

‘cause all of it's just music
mixed with memories
hear yourself inside yourself
and call it harmony

So goodbye guilty pleasure
but just the guilty parts
baby don't feel bad about the songs
that put the joy inside our hearts


Alchemy
By Zach Gill

in between the lines
he thought he heard a cry
a voice he recognized as his own
from way back then
from another time
in a caesar’s mind
a drunken lonely lie
turning stone into bread

and the alchemy
was gonna set him free
like the stories of old
but as the feeling passed
he came to grasp
that his love was already gold
when they tore the ceiling
we could see sky
turned blue and grey
from the years we'd tried
was a lantern hope
from a darkened door
we could see the light
but we needed to see more
and the alchemy
was gonna set us free
like the stories of old
but as the feeling passed
we had to laugh
‘cause our love was already gold
so we lit a fire
and we told the yarn
of a fallen king
and a prophet behind bars
and the children smiled
‘cause they knew the truth
like rays of sunlight
through holes In a roof

and the alchemy
was gonna set us free
like in the stories of old
but as the feeling passed
we had to laugh
‘cause our love was already gold
and the alchemy
was gonna set us free
like in the stories of old
but as the feeling passed
we put away the past
‘cause our love was already gold 


The World is New (Ode to a Father of a Teenage Daughter)
By Zach Gill

tread lightly galumphing father
like a bull in a china shop
you sharpened your horns
ran into the storm
but the storm didn't even stop

well maybe your approach
was just awkward
and next time you'll surely do better
it's an emotional kind of weather
a storm that soon will pass
time to open the window
and let In the sounds
of the wind and the rain
and the world as it howls
and it laughs and it cries
and it falls like a tear
the world is new
to those who just got here
The world is new
to those who just got here
sometimes listening is all that's needed
no lectures or need for reasons
swinging a hammer, to fix all the words
but the words aren't broken
they just want to be heard

so open the window
and let in the voice
of the wind and the rain
and of personal choice
as it's not about you
or the things that you fear
the world is new
to those who just got here
the world is new
to those who just got here
and I know It's hard
you've been standing guard
over her world since she was small
but she's getting strong
just like her mom
and just like you

so tread lightly galumphing father
that's your amazing daughter
they grow up while you're underwater
so don't stay underwater too long

time to open the window
and let in the light
as it blinds and it burns
and it warms and it shines
and it lights up the dark
to defeat its own fears
the world is new
to those who just go here
the world is new
to those who just got here


Chuck and The Nomads
By Zach Gill

when he plugged in his guitar
it was a beacon
calling kids from miles around
all the neighboring farm towns
seeking out the restless sounds
of chuck and the nomads

one guitar, drums and saxophone
was all they needed
played honky tonk and everly bros
the teenagers of ohio
movin’ to and fro to the sounds
of chuck and the nomads

well the band broke up
when college came
grandma recorded over the only tape
still my dad's stories inspire
of when rock n roll was still a spark
about to become a fire

chuck and the nomads
chuck and the nomads
summer of 1958
rock n roll in the buckeye state
with chuck and the nomads

though he's not in the hall of fame
he took the time
to teach us how to play
a dad sharing with his kid
the stuff that mattered most to him
and now it matters to me
and to you hopefully
chuck and the nomads
chuck and the nomads
best band that you never heard
take it on my papa's word
chuck and the nomads

chuck and the nomads
chuck and the nomads
they played everly brothers
and honky tonk
the kids shook their badonkadoncks
turned the bass up on his amp
the american legion hall was packed
and though we never heard them play
the legend still lives on today
of chuck and the nomads


Eliza Grace
By Zach Gill

in a hammock hanging in between
avocado and persimmon trees
we'll stare into the canopy
and dream of what's to come

well i can't wait for you to grow
i'm gonna show you everything i know
which isn't much, but even so
we're gonna have ourselves some fun
eliza, eliza
mama calls you ellie
pretty and it's sweet
like your dolphin feet
blue jays bathing in a bath
across the bridge by the ice plant
lizards bathe in a sunny patch
and dream of what's to come
evening bats go flicker flap
snap up mosquitos, moths and gnats
in the fennel stalks a hungry cat
a dream of what's to come
eliza , life is made out of love
and the mystery of it all
is written on your shining face
eliza grace


Up From Down Below
By Zach Gill

twenty years stuck in her mind
while her body and soul tried to shine
but she couldn't even see them there
connections in need of repair

so further down and down she went
1000 skins shed as she wept
‘till she found the door inside the dark
that lead her straight back to her heart
oh mary mary how does your garden grow
calling all your blossoms
to come up from down below

comin’ up up up from down below
fire rising from her core
the ancient eyes of a dinosaur
gave wisdom in a warrior’s trance
as the layers melt, she starts her dance
oh mary mary
how does your garden grow
calling all your blossoms
to come up from down below

comin up up up from down below
courage rising up from fear
forgiveness found in anger's spears
tears of joy from tears of sadness
as we learn to dance right through
our madness
sometimes we feel what we can't show
so we trust in time and stories told
a 1000 skins shed In a forest
as the future opens up before us
oh mary mary
how does your garden grow
calling all your blossoms
to come up from down below
comin’ up up up from down below 


Little Speck
By Zach Gill

well i was sitting at the table
talking to my father
talking ‘bout our differences
and what we had in common
it was getting kind of heated
both our hearts were beating
the way that hearts pound
when it's something that you care about
humans feeling scared
unprepared and stranded
the world moves on
you’re feeling abandoned
and changes keep coming
and coming coming coming
and sometimes we change with it
but sometimes we don't wanna
republicans, democrats, 
socialists, psychopaths
one percent, two percent, 
no i won't, yes i can
i'm a dog, you're a cat, 
you’re for this, i'm for that
but if was in your shoes
i'd probably feel the way you do
it's hard to agree when it’s hard to define
but you've got a heart and so do i

and we're all in this together
we’re all in this together
floating through the air on the good ship earth
just a little speck of life in a multiverse
wherever you were born
and who your parents are
call it your identity
your country and your family
and what you’re standing for
and what you stand against
has everything to do
with what you have experienced
build a wall, build a fence
tell yourself you're different
you feel it in your gut
you’ll make the feeling make sense
but these are just ideas we make up
to put space between them and us
and we're all in this together
we’re all in this together
floating through the air on the good ship earth
just a little speck of light in a multiverse
And when the aliens invade
we’ll all look pretty much the same
you thought that you could bury me
but I turned out to be a seed

I thought that i could bury you
but you turned out to be a seed, too


Alright Soon...
By Zach Gill

it's gonna be alright soon...
it's gonna be alright soon...
and i know that's an oversimplification
of an endlessly complex situation
still it's true, it'll be alright soon
and i know that soon is a relative term
could be later today
or after your soul’s been burned
turned into mush, still you gotta trust
it's gonna be alright soon...
it's gonna be alright soon...

and in all the churches and in all the songs
the story that’s still getting passed on
has to do with this little theme
of dreaming anew, of winter to spring
when the ship hits the can
and the road gets dark
and hope is a tiny fragile spark
you hang in there dude, it'll be alright soon

it's gonna be alright soon...
it's gonna be alright soon...

and I know that's an oversimplification
of a delicately complex situation
but I don't care, it's like a prayer

and I know that words can become cliche
and loose their teeth and lose their sway
but I don't care, I like the sound

it's gonna be alright soon...
it's gonna be alright soon...
and the story never really ever ends
it just circles around on itself again
and sometimes we win
sometimes we lose
but we learn to dance
and to sing the blues
and howl at the moon
and shine like the sun and find hope
when we thought there was none
as the story goes out on the evening news
might be bad now
but it will be alright soon

it's gonna be alright soon...
it's gonna be alright soon...

and I know that's an oversimplification
of an endlessly complex situation
but i don't care, it's like a prayer
yes I know that's an oversimplification
of an overly complex situation
but I don't care, I like the sound

it's gonna be alright now...


Ride This Sucker Out
By Zach Gill

well i like the idea
that there’s a god out there
who loves everybody, 
and hears everybody's prayers
protects us from the storm
of our own thoughts
and forgives us even when we're jerks

and i like the thought
that there's spirits in rocks
and in animals and trees
and weeds and bones and beads
and that everything that lives and is
just needs some love and attention
and i'm in an airplane, praying
that the bumps won't get as bad
as the stories, people tell you
of the worst flights that they had
some things are only in your mind
superstitious existential doubts
and so i breath and drink
and try not to think
as i ride this sucker out
Well there's cycles and there's rhythms
and there's mood swings
and there's schisms
and there's words that once they’re said
they can never be erased
and i find myself, getting defensive
in a pickle of misintentions
and suddenly i'm mad
and i don't even know why

and i love you, over and over
but sometimes i'm just a fool
who'll say things to win an argument, 
though deep down i know they're not true
well it's lights out now in the dog house
is that what this was all about?
when all I know is i don't want to be alone
as i ride this sucker out

and the ants just keep invading
or maybe they're just parading
and it's their world
and we’re just shifting landscapes
and acts of god
and i keep searching
for good reasons
to blame my problems on the season
‘cause if the seasons not the reason
than am i actually at fault?

some people build a framework
and lock their thoughts inside
i just grab at anything
if it helps to ease my mind
imaginary mantra, mythic pretense
if it works then let it count
but either way, we're gonna be ok
as we ride this sucker out


San Francisco
By Zach Gill

acid and mushroom jazz
valencia, elbow room
the fall of 1998
before the plastic bubble blew
at a warehouse party in the east bay
i knew i was among my own and i thought, 
i’ll be your man san francisco
if i can call you home


watched you from the south
and wondered if you were real
would we find a missing piece of bohemia
was there still more for us to feel?
from a freeway underpass
out in the mission
a leaping long-haired gnome called out
i'll be your man san francisco
if i can call you home


well the truth is i never moved in
went right through the city out to west marin
and then when jaden got a little older
we moved to santa barbara
where the weather was warmer
but hey man, it's all right
‘cause all of california is a state of mind
they say home is where the heart is at
and i pretty much believe in that
but life is a deeper shade than just one
and though my heart is with my family
pieces of it, wild and free
roam memories of places i've loved
and if the love is there it feels like home
from amsterdam to tokyo
roots extending everywhere we go
so then home is where the love is at
and love is where the people that
we love call home


so i'll be your man santa barbara
and i'll be your man california
and I'll be your man san francisco
if i can call you home