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There's A Reason

from Here Tomorrow Gone Today by Prince Perry

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The lyrics represent what was going on and how I felt when my first big business break suddenly disintegrated and took just about everything down with it. In the fall of 1990, I signed the legendary pro skateboarder Gator to my burgeoning skateboard company, Fishlips Skateboards.

If you don’t know the story it’s pretty traumatic. Gator had been a hero to many of us so signing him was a big deal, both for business and me personally.

When my then wife Tina and I dropped by his condo to sign the papers, Gator answered the door in his underwear. What little furniture he had was pushed onto a small tiled area beside the kitchen. “I just had the carpets steam-cleaned", he called bounding upstairs to retrieve a bathrobe, "hope you don’t mind sitting on the floor!” A few minutes later Gator, still in his underwear, joined me where I sat on the damp living room carpet. Tina refused to come in.

Three months later Gator turned himself in for the murder of a missing young woman. She had been beaten, raped and strangled. In his house. Most likely the night before Tina and I had been there. He took the police to the location in the desert where he had buried the body.

There's more to the story but it's not important. It was the end of someone's life and the beginning of the end for me in skateboarding. I lost my heart for it and a year later Tina and I left California, returned to Toronto and moved on with our lives. At least she did anyway.


There’s a Reason (Gladstone /Girio)

Mantelpiece, picture, a man in flight
Living room empty not a thing in sight- nowhere to sit
Carpet damp, moisture, like a field at night
At the door my lady paralyzed with fright- she wouldn’t come in

Overhead the clouds come rolling in
Run for shelter it goes from thick to thin- I’m getting wet
Final chapter is full of fear and sin
Final tally there’s nothing left to win- nothing to loose

Time runs through
There’s a reason she knew
Trouble comes
There’s a season, there’s a story
That I just can’t tell


Now and then were all just a little mad
Running fast with scissors feel a little jab- a poke in the gut
Standing here, platform on the edge of fact
If I take one step will it fade to black?- No more to know


Got a reason for time, to go on through
There was a season when it was me and you- not anymore
There’s a story that I have got to tell
The mantle’s empty and your stuck in jail- you’ll never get out

Time runs through
There’s a reason she knew
Trouble comes
There’s a story, that’s a reason
That I’ve got to tell.

(Copyright 2013, Perry Gladstone. All rights reserved)


from Here Tomorrow Gone Today, released December 8, 2013
Prince Perry - vocals
Adam Warner - drums
Brendan Bauer - bass
Ryan Chopik - Korg organ
Mitch Girio - guitars, upright piano, backing vocals and handclaps


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