John Spillane got a permanent, pensionable job in the bank on his eighteenth birthday. Two years later, he became a full-time musician. He was asked (but refused) to rewrite his letter of resignation because it was too poetic. Since then, he has often been described as poetic. For over thirty years, his painterly songs have provided a musical background to life in Ireland, and have been performed by such luminaries as Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and Mary Black. Gathering these evocative lyrics in print for the first time, John gives insight into the inspiration and stories behind the songs. Interspersed are tales of his adventures on the sea of life, from earning his first royalty cheque (for a song inspired by a girl who said he had 'no hope whatsoever of making it in music'), to signing with EMI (once The Beatles' label).This is a beautiful collection to dip into when you need to visit the real world, that vibrant world of colour, poetry, music and love.