Jim Bottomley


Author of "Hypnotizing Lions"

Lyrics & Poems

Rhythm is everything. A regular concert-goer over the years, loving bands as diverse as The Grateful Dead to Radiohead and admiring Bob Dylan, Jim writes lyrics and co-writes songs with other musicians. He plays harmonica and sings less well than the other members of the song-writing cooperative, Well Spaced Trees. Based in Jasper National Park, Well Spaced Trees founding members include Mike Day and Matt Cushing, co-writers with Jim for the songs Dan Harkness quotes in HYPNOTIZING LIONS (Jim – lyrics, and multi-instrument Mike – music). Other revolving members of the Trees include Pat Mcleod, Randall Purvis, Mike Mitchell, Steve Blake, Jesse Lent and Tony Mastrianni, with guests including Brian MacMillan, David Ronald, Mike Landry, Da’Ari Lisle and Dave Tolley, former drummer for Xavier Rudd.

SONGS FROM HYPNOTIZING LIONS

Jim on Harmonica

As an active member of the Sooke Writers’ Collective, Jim examines the difference between song lyrics and poetry. His song poems appear in Sooke Writers Collective Anthologies and in the seven-poet collaboration ALL THE ELEMENTS.

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A LONELY TOUCH OF HEAVEN

 

Release a million butterflies into the sky

Dance on a beach naked before you die

Kiss a baby and then learn to fly

All history

when I see you cry

 

It’s a lonesome touch of heaven

Just to see you smile

 

It’s all how you look at it

We all have scars

I’m searching for heaven

But I’m lost in the stars

 

You’re a lonely touch of heaven

But you’ve yet to see it shine

I can’t hope for nothing

Please smile again sometime

 

Hike the rainforest trails and see eagles fly

Kayak the Salish Sea and hear whales sigh

Squeeze the hand of an old man

remembering time gone by

All history

when I see you cry

 

It’s a lonesome touch of heaven

just to see you smile

 

It’s all how you look at it

We all have the scars

I’m searching for heaven

But I’m lost in the stars

 

You’re a lonely touch of heaven

Please smile again sometime

 

 

 

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