Gilmore & Roberts - On The Line (LIVE) Here's a brand new performance video of 'On The Line' (directed by Andy Little and filmed by Chris Little) from our new album 'A Problem Of Our Kind', released October 12th (pre-order or pre-save here: smarturl.it/GilmoreRoberts1210). Jamie says: "I was listening to Radio 2 in the car one day and there was a phone-in on Jeremy Vine's show, discussing train delays following a suicide on the track that morning. Many people who were affected called in to give their take on the situation - most were shaken but sympathetic, some were irritated by the delays but realised they were suffering only a minor upset compared to family & friends of the person who'd lost their life (most likely as a result of mental illness). A few were outraged and incredibly vocal about their opinion that it was an incredibly selfish act to have committed. Hearing all these different feelings was simultaneously heartening and chilling...how most people had empathy, while the most opinionated few were only concerned for themselves. It applies to many other situations and inspired me to write this song, which includes the lyric that we used as the album title - A Problem Of Our Kind."
On The Line
It’s a fine line, it’s a steady track for the daily work commute The platform bright in the morning light, awash with pinstripe suits Familiar faces in a small talk place and the dance is running fine But this morning there’s a body on the line
It’s a fine line but a great divide when the normal routine fails The phoney faces slip away and the truth beneath prevails So it’s gone with the awkward pleasantries when the trains don’t run on time And this morning there’s a body on the line
In disbelief, the shaking leaf looks stupefied and sick She sits and clings, like her life depends, to a cardboard caffeine kick For that momentary glimpse will weigh forever on her mind The image of a body on the line
And as the flock decants into a few split camps, it’s a strange unfolding scene How the views divide the polar sides and those somewhere between We hear ‘it’s a troubled mind’, ‘no, it’s a selfish act’, ‘no, it’s the work of a great design’ And a national news station’s on the line
Well, time is money, and everyone’s running late for their own affairs The masses vexed in unison, yet still, from the lion’s share, There shines a compassionate light, ‘cos their personal plight is nothing set side by side To the loss of human life on the line
But reserving care for currency, leaving patience to the saints You’d think the deed was done just to spite this one, from his ranting and complaints How is it that the empty vessel makes a noise in excess of the others all combined When there’s money on the line
A majority showing humanity over greed could be inferred But the few who shout the loudest are the ones most often heard And it goes much further than this station, it’s a problem of our kind But a change must come somewhere down the line Cos there’s so much more than just a body on the line ... See MoreSee Less
A few years ago I was standing on a London platform when the announcemeant came that there was a delay because of a ‘a body on the line’. What struck me is how no body looked up from the paper they were reading or their phones. I thought I must have misheard.