Until The Sky Bends Down

by James Harries

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Ella McCrystle This album shows the expanse of a beautiful tune with orchestration, and it has the makings of any great album. On the latter songs, we get the more usual lo-fi sound, and both are great. Favorite track: My Saving Grace.
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released August 28, 2015

Produced by Paul Bell

Recored at Svárov Studios, Engineered by Lukaš Martínek
Additional recording at Svengali Studio, Prague with Armin Effenberger & at BANG, Prague with Viliam Béreš

Mixed by Ondřej Ježek at Jamor Studio, Prague

Mastered by Tomas Karasek at Gargle & Expel Studio, Dublin

James Harries – vocals & guitar
Paul Bell – string arrangements, piano & keyboards, percussion
Josef Štepánek – guitars
Jakub Vejnar – bass
John Janečka – drums
Viliam Béreš – keyboards, sounds (The Hillside)
Steve Walsh – guitar (The Hillside)


Cover Photo - Tomaš Jelínek
Design - Štefan Osciatka

Label: Tranzistor
C+P Tranzistor label, James Harries 2015

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Track Name: Salvation
Rainy daydreaming take me away a thousand miles
And 3 months and 10 days so I can see the sunny skies
Where all my tomorrows will be a part of our yesterdays
This day I promise that I will find another way

I’ll do all I can To be a lucky man

When the moon is high and the stars are bright
If hope is a crime then lock me up tonight
And throw away the key
Well there’s room inside my cell tonight
I need an alibi
To free me from this burden
This lonesome sleepless burden

Cos Everybody needs salvation
But everybody wants it now
As I stand here on the outside
Everybody show me how

Far off a tune’s played honky-tonking out of key
For how long was it our song
I’m crying at the memory

But they’re tears of joy, I’m a lucky boy

When the moon is high and the stars are bright
If hope is a crime then lock me up tonight
And throw away the key
Well there’s room inside my cell tonight
I need an alibi
To free me from this burden
This lonesome sleepless burden

Cos Everybody needs salvation
But everybody wants it now
As I stand here on the outside
Everybody show me how

Well there’s room inside my cell tonight
I need an alibi
To free me from this burden
This lonesome sleepless burden
I feel the sun around the corner
Yeah a new day is dawning

Cos everybody needs salvation
But everybody wants it now
As I stand here on the outside
Everybody show me how
Track Name: Shooting Star
Step by step we complicate
Find more reasons to love than hate
But feel no malice in the parts we played
Let’s be honest and say

We’re tired of all the battles
Tired of the fights
Let’s run from the darkness
Run into the light

Every time I see you
I see a shooting star
And every time you touch me
We burn bright
So why does it tear us apart

Endless ends and hopes renewed
All I believed in’s alive just bruised

We’re tired of all the battles
Tired of the fights
Let’s run from the darkness
Run into the light

Every time I see you
I see a shooting star
And every time you touch me
We burn bright
But why does it tear us apart
Track Name: My Saving Grace
As the dust it settles down
As they gather, the gawping crowd
I will sit at peace and wait
By Saint Peter’s gate

For the lovers that I have known
for the feelings that I’ve not shown
Wish I’d shown them all to you
How I wish you knew

That time passes slowly
As you dance in the street
It waits for nobody
Won’t you wait and see

And I saw you in the mirror
You were my lucky charm
And I saw you in the windows
And in the headlights of the cars
And you kept me falling forwards
Kept me feeling safe
You’re my saving grace

For the moments I dared to dream
For the moments I breathed you in
I wish I’d dreamed them perfectly
Oh I hope you see

That time passes slowly
As you dance in the street
It waits for nobody
Won’t you wait and see

And I saw you in the mirror
You were my lucky charm
And I saw you in the windows
And in the headlights of the cars
And you kept me falling forwards
Kept me feeling safe
You’re my saving grace
Track Name: Tell Me What You Have To Lose
When life don’t seem fair

and all your cares

bring you to your knees

When all feels wrong

the joy is gone

and you’re out at sea 


Let me hear you

let me hear you

let me hear you say
let me see you
let me see you
let me see you today

Let the sunshine in to warm you
Feel the love that’s out there for you
Kick back take off your well worn shoes
I’ll show you round the city
Tonight it looks so pretty
Tonight it was made for you
I can make it happen
Tell me what you have to lose

Well we've another day
we could while away
these city hours
Just you, you & I

we could kill some time
time that ours


Let me hear you

let me hear you

let me hear you say
let me see you
let me see you
let me see you today

Let the sunshine in to warm you
Feel the love that’s out there for you
Kick back take off your well worn shoes
I’ll show you round the city
Tonight it looks so pretty
Tonight it was made for you
I can make it happen
Tell me what you have to lose
Track Name: Until The Sky Bends Down
I remember when you ran through
a field of sunflowers in bloom.
I remember your arms open
Wide like wings.

Overhead the sun was shining
and the clear sky was blue
it seemed to be asking
you and I to fly.
So let us go flying,
into the unknown soaring,
and if we come down crashing
into the sea

I will wrap my wings around you
I will raise them like a sail
until the sky bends down to ask us
to fly again.

I see you now running through
the field of sunflowers in bloom.
I see your arms open
Wide like wings.

So let us go flying,
into the unknown soaring,
and if we come down crashing
into the sea

I will wrap my wings around you
I will raise them like a sail
until the sky bends down to ask us
to fly again.
Track Name: Where Does The Magic Go
I tried to do right by you
I did it all wrong
Made light of our story
Now I’m all alone
Where does the magic go?

Go easy go easy on me
Go easy go easy on me

I woke from the dream
Now I wished I could sleep
I’m out in the cold
How I long for your heat
Where does the magic go?

Go easy go easy on me
Go easy go easy on me
Go easy go easy on me
Go easy go easy on me
Track Name: Carolina
Out of nowhere

Like you fell from the sky

So out of nowhere I had no time to hide

I was looking for something

Whilst gazing at the floor

If I'd been looking for someone

Would I have put up my protective wall



Carolina, Carolina


Where do you go

Where do you go

When the world turns blue

Can I come with you?



You were skinny as a model

With your jeans hanging down

Shooting star gazing

In some strange southern town

It was on the bridge at midnight

When I held up my hands

There was something about you

Made me cross the line in the sand



Carolina, Carolina



Where do you go

Where do you go

When the world turns blue

Can I come with you?

Carolina, Carolina
Track Name: Lay Down Beside Me
Don’t scratch the surface
Go dig deep
There are stories buried here I keep
Covered over under dusty sheets
In the attic
Where my skeletons hide
Most of the time
Stowed away out of sight and mind
When you’re away and the moon is high
I can hear them rattling

Won’t you lay down beside me
And we’ll float down stream
I’m so tired of swimming
Won’t you come on in
Won’t you come on in

I remember it well
A Berlin hotel
A darkened doorway but I don’t kiss and tell
I was moving to the rhythm of the tolling bell
You gave me syncopation
I was yours to discover
Yours to bleed
I found a place I never want to leave
And I don’t need the things that I thought I’d need
When I was without you

Won’t you lay down beside me
And we’ll float down stream
Where the water is calmer
and the air is clean
Won’t you lay down beside me
And we’ll float down stream
I’m so tired of swimming
Won’t you come on in
Won’t you come on in
Track Name: The Hillside
I came down from the hillside
Out of the fog
Walked the length of the valley
To the damp dazzling dock
The harbour lights they shone so bright
Opened up my eyes
The consolation prize
Was a job on a cruise ship
Singing the songs
Of Sinatra & Elvis
The Beatles & Stones
4 months at sea was killing me
jumped off at Greece to play on the beach
And the long terrace bar fronts
And 2 dive bars downtown
4 sets an evening
for 45 pounds
I loved it I loved it it’s gone

I landed in Berlin loaded on speed
Playing Hank Williams music 9 shows a week
Fell in love each night felt the flame burn bright
Got lost inspired was broke but alright
And I loved it I loved it it’s gone

Offered Champagne in London
And drugs for my nose
If I played what they wanted
Did as I was told
Tried to please couldn’t catch their disease
I cut my teeth not my wrists or knees
Going back up the hillside
With my stories and songs
And I’ll sing them all to you
Before I am gone
I love you I love you I’m gone