by George Gadd

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The origins of 'Courtney' came about when the melody popped into my head in a McDonald's drive-thru in October 2020 where I immediately sang the verse and chorus into my voice notes on my phone. Just to clarify, I was parked at the time and the person serving me in the drive-thru was pretty confused!

It's about a friend who would always invite his friend out in the before times when we could all hang out. Alas, after waiting all evening she never turned up. We began to think that she didn't exist and this became a running joke among us.

The song was written with a lot of creative input from my partner Sarah who also provided lovely backing vocals on the song and was recorded at home.

I am currently raising money through Movember with donations going towards mental health and suicide prevention services and all proceeds from the single will go towards that. You can find out more info from the link below.


Courtney arrives in the middle of the night
trying to find a way through the darkness
she's dressed to the nines
with a pair of wide eyes
I hope she doesn't ask where the spark went

But it's raining now and I wish it would stop
I can't feel your touch when you shut out the light

Come on Courtney
You're so real to me
Come on Courtney
You mean everything to me

I've been trying to hide
all the fear deep inside
on the tip of my tongue for a lifetime
but I can't face the truth, did I just conjure you?
when I wake up will you be there too?

But the radio's on and the sun's coming through
If you're not the one why should I make a move


released June 11, 2020
Music and production by George Gadd
Lyrics by George Gadd & Sarah Cottee
Additional vocals provided by Sarah Cottee

Guitar solo provided by Jack Brett

Additional drum programming and production by Alex Glover

Thanks to Alex Glover, Jack Brett, Good Hustles, Harvey Duddles, Big Dave + Kazza, Dan O'Dell, Ben Marshall, Charlie Kirby, Ellis Thomas, Ciaran Grant, Xakarus James, Bobby Baker, Frazer Lowrie, Dean Jackson and Courtney (who I have never met - sorry btw!)


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Nottingham folk/punk/emo


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