Growing Pains

by James Harries

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1.
The Scene 03:56
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
2.
Let's Hope 06:03
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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?
10.
If Only 03:58
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
11.
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
12.
Lost 04:12
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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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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