Growing Pains

by James Harries

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Recorded live on the 20th of October at The Plymouth Church of Jazz and Justice, Oakland, California

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released October 11, 2012

James Harries – vocal, acoustic & electric guitars
Jon Evans – Bass
Joe Bagale – Drums
Gawain Mathews – mandola, guitars
Ben Yonas – Harmonium, Wurlizter, Juno
Crystal Monee Hall - Choir
Adam Theis – Trombone
Yair Evnine – cello
Ilana - flute

All songs written by James Harries

Produced, engineered and mixed by Ben Yonas
Assistant engineer Chris Fletcher
Mastered by Dave Greenberg (Sonopod)

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Track Name: The Scene
The Scene

Remember me to Polly
She still dances in my dreams
but for Christ sake
don’t tell her the heartache
is as hard as it used to be

It’s been long time
And a long drive
I’d be happy for her to take the wheel
For when outside
Falls dark
She’s my light
My spark


I could see her turn the key
But I quite liked the cold
I was warmed by the scene
That was kind to me
Though now it’s taken it’s toll

It’s been long time
And a long drive
I’d be happy for her to take the wheel
For when outside
Falls dark
She’s my light
My spark
Track Name: Let's Hope
Let’s Hope

I know I’ve been here before
Countless times
And though I’ve not seen this particular play
I know all the lines
And I know
Just how I’ll feel at the end
But bring it on again

now, finally it’s time
it’s too late to change your mind
let’s hope we both emerge
safe on the other side
well you know I shouldn’t but you know I will
it makes me happy
while it makes me ill

I don’t know any of you
Seated here
Though we’ve been acquainted now for 5 long years
I could you and you could be me
So easily

now, finally it’s time
it’s too late to change your mind
let’s hope we both emerge
safe on the other side
well you know I shouldn’t but you know I will
it makes me happy
while it makes me ill

you ran away to find yourself
I ran to get lost
You think you finally did succeed
but you’ve yet to count the cost
from where I stand you look just the same
don’t look at me to blame

now, finally it’s time
it’s too late to change your mind
let’s hope we both emerge
safe on the other side
well you know I shouldn’t but you know I will
it makes me happy
while it makes me ill
Track Name: Sticks & Stones
Sticks & Stones

I believed in love
But you shook my faith
You stole my heart
But didn’t have the good grace
To give it back
To return it whole
Now I know what it means
To live in a heartless world

You said my crimes were writ up large
You found me guilty but there’s no charge

So stone me for never feeling at home
Come on and stone me
Use all of your sticks and stones

You used to walk on water
You’d let me wash your feet
But now I’m like a fallen daughter
Thrown out on the street
Where no one will touch me
No one comes near
I don’t think that I’ve
Been this happy in years

You said my crimes were writ up large
You found me guilty but there’s no charge

So stone me for never feeling at home
Come on and stone me
Use all of your sticks and stones

I’m disappearing
Trying hard to escape
I’m crossing borders
I’m jumping states
To no avail
Let’s not pretend
It don’t catch up
With you in the end

My crimes were writ up large
You found me guilty but there’s no charge

So stone me for never feeling at home
Come on and stone me
Use all of your sticks and stones
Track Name: Ignorance is bliss
Ignorance is Bliss

I don’t want it if I can’t take it back.
Shrink-wrap it, make sure it’s well packed.
Then sign me up
Add me to your list
Put me down
Oh ignorance is bliss
I’m holding on
And I’m holding out
For you to save my life

And I’ll be your lackey
And I’ll be your whore
You can rub my nose on the floor
Just give me something beautiful for me to deplore
Just give me enough so I’ll want more

Fool me.
Use me.
I’ve been told you’re THE ONE.
Over-stimulate me
Til I’m numb.
Then sign me up
Add me to your list
Put me down
Oh ignorance is bliss

And I’ll be your lackey
And I’ll be your whore
You can nail my feet to the floor
Just give me something beautiful for me to deplore
Just give me enough so I want more
Track Name: I will comfort you
I will comfort you

The coals they glow
Though they’re losing the battle
The wind it blows
The curtains dance with their shadow
Four beats
Four beats of two hearts
Pressed together in the dark

I’m going to comfort you
The way you comfort me

Outside the choir
Is bleating hallelujah
Up in our tower
It all sounds so peculiar
Three beats
A waltz in ¾
Two bodies wanting more

I’m going to comfort you
The way you comfort me

The rain, it sings and sighs
As it pours on through the gutter
We’re cold but dry
On the floor we’ve a bucket
Six beats
6/8’s a jig
this is how I want to live

I’m going to comfort you
The way you comfort me

Four beats
Four beats of two hearts
Pressed together in the dark
Track Name: Damned if I do
Damned if I do

I’m over a barrel
It’s not the barrel of a gun
I don’t your money
I don’t want your money
I don’t know where it’s from
I don’t want your money

I’m damned if I do
I’m damned if I don’t
I’m damned if I do
We’re all damned if I don’t

You know that I
Have mouths to feed
Don’t tempt me with your money
I don’t want your money
At night I need to sleep
Don’t tempt me with your money
I don’t want your money

I’m damned if I do
I’m damned if I don’t
And I’m damned if I do
We’re all damned if I don’t

I don’t want to share in your disgrace
How come you seem to find that strange
Come on honestly
Are you so naïve
To think I’d believe you

You think I’ve lost
But I know I’ve won
I won’t take your money
I need to look in the eyes of my sons
I won’t take your money
I won’t take your money

I’m damned if I do
I’m damned if I don’t
And I’m damned if I do
We’re all damned if I don’t

We’re all damned if I don’t
Track Name: Caught in the middle
Caught in the middle

Made a stand that was not understood
Tried it twice but it just don’t work
Found I’d shot myself in my right foot
Was caught in the middle

You were so cruel to be kind
I admire you now
But couldn’t at the time
I was too strung out about losing my mind
And I was caught in the middle

But it was worth it for the first time
it was worth it for the first time
it was worth it for the first time we met

Was taken to some foreign house
Made to look in whilst I was held without
By the time I turned around I was caught in the middle

Went with my heart, not with my head
Found the truth behind what Charlemagne meant
I’ll lay right down now I’ve made my bed
And I’m caught in the middle

But it was worth it for the first time
it was worth it for the first time
it was worth it for the first time we met
it was worth it for the first time
it was worth it for the first time
it was worth it for the first time we kissed
Track Name: Growing pains
Growing Pains

You took me to the river
There you pushed me in
I was fully clothed for winter
And you knew I could not swim
My mouth filled with water
As I thrashed my arms about
I was so angry
That I could not drown
No I couldn’t drown

But I was going to get my own back on you
Going to give you back some of that medicine of yours I took
I was going to get my own back on you
But I grew up
Yeah I grew up

Then you took me to the mountains
And forced me over a bridge
Made of wood and rope and high-slung
The kind you see in films
You told me half the planks were rotten
And I was to avoid those if I could
I could see you’d not forgotten
I knew nothing about wood
I knew nothing about wood

But I was going to get my own back on you
Going to give you back some of that medicine of yours I took
I was going to get my own back on you
But I grew up
Yeah I grew up
Track Name: Neighbourhood
Neighbourhood

The neighbourhood hums its soft vibration
Everyone’s caring to care
They’re all happy that something’s happening
They’re trying their best not to stare

Would you give it all up for me?

And if Romeo had not taken his life
And he’d taken Juliet for his bride
The story wouldn’t be the same
But it wouldn’t have been any happier

You sit here and moan
That you’re not going anywhere
I’d love to go nowhere with you
You’ve seen places
And such strange strange faces
I don’t want to be a stranger to you

Would you give it all up for me?

And if Romeo had not taken his life
And he’d taken Juliet for his bride
The story wouldn’t be told
But it wouldn’t have been any happier

Would you give it all up for me?
Track Name: If Only
If Only

When you spoke I’d listen
You cast a spell
There was magic flowing
An untapped well
Under the moon I’m strolling
On top of rain-soaked streets

Inside there were different faces
The same painted smiles
If only you were with me
We could talk a while

Out of the door I’m running
Into arms of the kiss
That drags me in
When I want out
Like a driving a wind
It wears out
Is this all
It’s about

I cut a lonely figure
In this long room
If only you with me
I’d change my tune
I don’t know why I do it
I don’t know why
Track Name: Please forgive me
Please forgive me

Please, please forgive me
For all that I said
I feel so ridiculous
I wished I’d kept my mouth shut instead
But one and one was three
It all seemed so plain to me
And all of your sly replies
Only confirmed your lies

I have been a fool
We all have at times
But it takes a very special fool
To completely destroy 2 happy lives
But once you’ve felt such pain
You’ll understand that everything’s changed
Whatever you try to do
One and one will never quite make two
One and one will never quite make two
One and one will never quite make two
Track Name: Lost
Lost

The midnight stars are all spinning
In time to the words that you’re whispering
You wore your heart out on your sleeve
To catch and be carried by the breeze
It’s crazy but it’s true
I’m lost without you
I’m lost without you

The moon don’t shine, looks like it’s been drinking
Being up all night has got me thinking
If you stay away from the ripe fruit trees
Could we go play Adam & Eve
It’s crazy but it’s true
I’m lost without you
I’m lost without you

The wind’s picked up your hearts broken
And I’ve no words to console you
So we sit and watch the daylight crawl
Slowly up the city walls
It’s crazy but it’s true
I’m lost without you
I’m lost without you

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