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JH is: One​-​Take Bartlet, Volume IV

by James Hearne

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1.
We came through the rain and we came through the winter And we watched the fire eat back the past into cinders And we drew in the smoke a heart and an arrow Tho sometimes the doorways can seem far too narrow You took a nap and I took a shower And we dressed up to take down the world in an hour But the world was untameable victory unnameable And I know that you're worried that I might be changeable But I'll still love you all the way down Sometimes the mornings come on brutal and cold And sometimes our bodies feel battered and old It's too soon to cry and too late to laugh But I'll take it all in and I'll offer you half And I'll still love you all the way down I'll still love you like the edge of the ocean Like perpetual motion like I just had the notion Like the leaves in the northeast turning yellow and red I just can't seem to get your eyes out of my head Brush stroke clouds cross the sky like a wave to the shore And I'm thinking about things like I haven't before What if you were right and what if I was sorry And what if we both knew there would be no tomorrow's I'd still love you all the way down
2.
Sometimes I follow words just to see where they have been And trace their muddy footprints in the snow And take from their experience the parallels within And learn the things they think I ought to know Sometimes I follow words down an alley in the night Seek a shortcut in between the city blocks And hope that this dark chapter leads me back to see the light Instead of washing me away upon the rocks But words the words are not enough The words the words are not enough The words the words can't call your bluff The words the words are not enough Sometimes I follow words through the memories I keep Boxed in the basement in the house where I was born And I race them past my watchful eyes on the nights where I can't sleep And taste their acid tongues and bitter scorn But words the words are not enough The words the words are not enough The words the words can't call your bluff The words the words are not enough Sometimes I follow words searching what I want to say To make them ring out what I need to do But they scatter into corners and through cracks inside the day And I stammer and I clamor and I can't explain to you But words the words are not enough The words the words are not enough The words the words can't call your bluff The words the words are not enough
3.
It's all too much I need a break Can't slow down too much at stake And every day the distance grows Between our hearts and our way home At the edge of the world at the ends of hope We gotta keep climbing and throwing down more rope When darkness falls before our eyes When desperation calls we will arise This isn't who we're meant to be Back to back as we don't sleep This isn't how it falls apart With no way back into your heart At the edge of the world at the ends of hope We gotta keep climbing and throwing down more rope When darkness falls before our eyes When desperation calls we will arise Life's a tragedy for anyone who feels We'll wake up from the nightmare show the monsters what is real This isn't who we're meant to be Not what they taught us to believe It's all too much and it keeps coming But if you hold my hand we'll think of something At the edge of the world at the ends of hope We gotta keep climbing and throwing down more rope When darkness falls before our eyes When desperation calls we will arise We will arise This isn't who we're meant to be
4.
Be Here Now 03:41
All our graves go unattended Forgotten never can be mended If the sand slips through the cracks We never get the hours back All our graves go unattended Life is short and rudely ended Nothing's granted nothing's sure No one's promised one day more Be here now Be here now with me All our graves go unattended Disbelief can’t be suspended With your shoulder to the stone Can’t do it all on your own Be here now Be here now with me Give us this day Give me time to say Nothing ever felt this way before All our graves go unattended But the line must be defended Ours is not to reason why Ours is not to reason why Be here now Be here now with me
5.
Breathe 04:55
Breathe another another in a life of breath Be a lover be a brother be a sister be a friend Pools of water all that's left of winter sadness Son or daughter mother father everything depends Slow roll go to ground Old soul renew this time around Breathe deeply the second doesn't pass until it's gone Bleed freely holding nothing in Leave it all park the car walk into the woods No more calls no more numbers no more din Slow roll go to ground Old soul renew this time around Breathe in quiet exhale all the noise and colors Learn to fly away within your means It was summer so we better start to figure out the rest Days keep coming and I'm always making plans in my dreams Slow roll go to ground Old soul renew this time around
6.
Get Away 03:39
In a mountain house down by the shore I'm searching but I dunno what for And the scene just seems to change every time I turn around There's girls in spanish dresses and boys making drunken sloppy messes and I thought that I saw dealing off the bottom going down Slip out through a side door but it might be hotel california No matter how I try it doesn't seem that I can leave And the masquerade it carries on and I don't know where the hell you've gone But it's getting kinda ugly and I'm starting to believe That it's time to get away To find a better place to stay Somewhere distant in between the sunlight and the shade My love I think it's time to get away Now the scene is changed again and I'm lost among my friends And I think we're back in high school but without all of the hope That the future lies before us sing an adolescent chorus And we know they would adore us if they'd just give us some more rope That it's time to get away To find a better place to stay Somewhere distant in between the sunlight and the shade My love I think it's time to get away Then I miss a train I needed and see all my worst days repeated And I'm thinking maybe this is what comes over when you're dead Then I jump and split the night but you're sleeping safe and tight And I'm tired of these dreams even before I go to bed That it's time to get away To find a better place to stay Somewhere distant in between the sunlight and the shade My love I think it's time to get away
7.
Gouged out my heart back to the start Used to be strong left it too long Snow never melts lust never helps Feel a little lost fight to pay the cost Can’t you see can’t you see Can’t you see that I’m just trying to believe Falling off the beam nothing as it seems Can't find a clear path facing daily wrath Time it runs away nothing gold can stay Once I had a gift now I need a lift Can’t you see can’t you see Can’t you see that I’m just trying to believe Dream but don't believe love but please don't leave Love but please don't leave Can’t you see can’t you see Can’t you see that I’m just trying to believe
8.
I need to find my slow mind under a bitter neon glow Think the times have left me behind but I got nowhere else to go Take it neat with a beer back take it stirred on ice Take it with ginger or coke or what I lack take a double twice But I'll be fine staying out too late Walk that line Kentucky straight Creeping on towards morning bend an elbow or three Changing up without no warning that's how it's seeming to be But I'll be fine staying out too late Walk that line Kentucky straight My dreams are flying clear of eye and shining like a star But evenings dying whiskey crying dancing on the bar Tonight you're all my best friends we are so much the same You're with me start to bitter end remind me what was your name But I'll be fine staying out too late Walk that line Kentucky straight
9.
Been a minute since I been out on the road Been a minute since I remembered how to shoulder all the load Been a minute since I ran wild bouncing laughing like a child Been a minute since I been out on the road Been a minute since I last sang you pretty songs Been a minute since I learned to tell my right from all my wrongs Been a minute but I been working sleeping feeling like a jerk it's Been a minute since I last sang you pretty songs Don't know when I got so far away From the things that brought me joy most every day But I do declare I'm taking back the things I need to say Gonna bring the magic back I'm gonna learn to make it stay Been a minute since I looked into your eyes Been a minute since they flashed when you thought I was telling lies Been a minute far from home coming back to make it known Been a minute since I looked into your eyes

about

As ever, February brings FAWM, in which the songwriter attempts to write 14 songs in a month. Personal best this year: 7*. Also as ever, I blame the president. I've also appended two more songs written after last year's OTB but before February. I cheat. Deal with it.

Like the previous OTBs, these are all first-take recordings, tho in a break from tradition, I actually recorded them with a real (if cheap) microphone into a real (if odd and kind of slapdash) recording interface, and did things like "boost the volume" and "add reverb" in "post." It's possible that I avoided bulldog snoring in the background this time... it's also possible that I did not. Like every year, some of these songs may be new constants in the set lists, and some may never be heard from again.

*well, 6.5: I kept the chorus and bridge of Kentucky Straight from a few years ago and just rewrote the verses, because the old ones were...not very good. Which isn't necessarily to imply that the new ones are better.

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released March 4, 2019

JH - All sounds, noises, strings, voices

Recorded live to Tracktion at the Belleclaire, Catskill NY, March 2019. "Engineered" and "Mixed" by JH.

Music/Lyrics: Hearne

All songs: © 2019, Songs de Guerre Music (ASCAP)
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Powerhouse vocals over woodsy guitars, literate songs times wry banter, floor-to-ceiling dynamics plus wall-to-wall heart.

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