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Forgetting and Why It Occurs: Acoustic Demos 2010​-​14 Vol. 2

by James Snowdon Harris

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1.
Way down south where the warm winds blow, I found a love that was bigger than me, I held back and I turned to stone, Buried it down, deep in the ground below me. Then one day I became her friend, I found her there, when it was over, The road running from the journey’s end Is where I’ll get to know her. CH: There’s weather in the car you’re driving, And a time to roll, Getting in and riding unfolds from a whole lot of listening And just a couple of words – It’s the first I’m missing, I’ve never even heard what it is the weather is saying to me... We’ll belong together when I’ve been taught to love, I’m being taught to love. Above all else, child, seek yourself in transport, Cos nothing else can hold the key To anything that’s far enough away to be seen, And till your spirit’s free, my friend, Don’t give up what you hold most dear If it travels from here. My heart sits on a bench in the harbour, Staring out, waiting for some day When I again can become her armour, And now it beats in that way. (Repeat CH) We’ll belong together when I’ve been forced to live, I’m being forced to live. And if some day you’ve lost your faith in transport, You’ve gotta stop and change your mind, Cos everything is flowing or it’s being left behind, And someday you may find life full Of vehicles that hold you dear – You can travel from here. (x3)
2.
She says it's only for a while again – “You're coming back in a year to show me your brand new skin, And if it doesn't matter Then it wouldn't have mattered anyway, no.” Welcome to the line, welcome to the show, This is her big day. And many travel by her guiding light, Cos they're living in their minds tonight, Waiting for the good times to appear, But it means more dreaming down those roads they're on, Cos she shines more brightly when the day is gone – With this one, you’ve gotta sleep to keep her near. Did nobody tell you she's here but she's not? Way up in the sky, she's alive, She's a lot to take on a day without rain, And today I can say, She is more than I was ready for. People are cutting their hair and changing their names Like they don't care that they're still the same, We're coming back this year – we got brand new reasons, And if it really matters Then it shouldn't have mattered anyway, no, She's got a lot of people to love on her big day. And some are blinded by her guiding light, Cos they're dying in their minds tonight, Waiting for the big time to arrive, But I'll be set free by dreams that no one knows, Cos I see more clearly now my eyes are closed – Where she goes, it's only dreamers that survive. Did nobody tell you you're reaching too far? Way up in that sky, she's so high, She's so hard to take on a day without rain, And today I can say, She is more than I was ready for. She says it's only for a while again.
3.
Denim Blue 06:55
Denim Blue, if only one thing turns out true, It's always either that everything's cool Or that everything's messed up beyond repair, So where your allegiances lie is where you live or die, We either dry or close our own eyes, And Denim Blue, I'm using up my faith on you. Denim Blue, the house I tried to build for you Was held in place with tape and glue, And all you had to do was sigh For it all in time to fall on us both, So put on your best coat, Pick out the shoes that you've always loved the most – Denim Blue, the world's been out there looking for you. Sad pretty girls remain in the atmosphere, They don't come down And you can't reach their hearts from here, The best you can do is bless what is true In the mess that's been made of your love, but it seems I got a feeling about a feeling I thought you could use, And still your heartbeat's wearing these holes in my shoes – I got the rhythm and I’m walking to you, And I gotta get through, I've gotta get through to you. Denim Blue, there's nothing here to show For who we thought we were when this was new – There's only who we think we are today, So say what's on your mind, if it's all you leave behind – The meanings change but the words remain mine, And Denim Blue, I keep through them the sound of you. Sad pretty girl, record me a minidisc Of something that sounds like the end of the worst of this, The heart leads, the knees go forward, But my world unfurls like a lead balloon, and I'm scared I got a feeling about a feeling you're not gonna need, And still your heartbeat's counting the steps till I'm freed From the rhythm I been walking to you, And I gotta get through, I gotta get through to you. Pull back the covers and show me two lovers Who only see each other, and I'll show you a way They can be nothing but dust by the end of the day. (I've gotta get through to you.) Cos when we were young, we set out to become What was over and sung by the time we were grown, And now the stations are glass where they used to be stone. (I've gotta get through to you.) So we believe in nothing more to receive Than the red in the leaves when the season is through. I don't wanna provide that colour for you, Denim Blue, So I've gotta get through to you.
4.
When I heard it from a friend That something could begin and end between us, It made me nervous, Too out of focus to comprehend. I took you to a show, And by the time I got back home, I’d never felt so far from ever having been alone, But I could not hold the energy – I had to let it go. And there ain’t no way to hide it, When love carries you along, It carries you much farther than you were planning on, But you would not wanna change it, And you could not if you tried, Because it only comes along with you for the ride. Better a love that is on the way out the door. (x2) A week or two went by of me trying to believe my eyes, When something that gave no warning Began dissolving, got left behind, So now you’re just a name, in the absence of a photo, Framed in memory of electricity running through me long ago, When I hooked up to that energy that I could not control. And there ain’t no way to hide it, When love carries you away, It carries you much farther than I would care to say, But you would not wanna change it, And you could not if you tried, Because it only comes along with you for the ride. Better a love that is on the way out the door. (x2) Better a love that is on the way, Better a love that is on your way – There’s never a love but this anyway, Never a love but this anyway. Better a love that is on the way, Better a love that is on your way, Better a love that is on the way.
5.
Windward 04:56
My waitress, in your Goodwill dress, Bring me tea and bring me fire, This could be the end of me, I can hear your voice in the choir. On and on, The many mirror the moods of the one, The buildings tremble and the trees are gone From the land they grew upon. CH: I’m walking straight into the wind, I’m facing off the loss of everything, I can’t withstand what the days bring. My hostess, strung up and blessed, Show me all you have inside, The illusion’s dead, but in what you’ve said I still can know the truth from the lies. Through and through, Most of me was made up of you, You were too close to see, so I never knew, And I don’t know what to do. (Repeat CH x2)
6.
On the Greyhounds And the planes I watch when I should be sleeping, To another town, secrets in their bones That they're tired of keeping, men go, And they're always much too late for those journeys they make, But what can they do? And that's how it is when I make my journey to you. I was weighed down by the fear I could not shake That I carry darkness with me, So I thought I could not take all of the love you tried to give me, But I need it now. So you know that it ain't over till it's over, And I ain't going down without a fight – When the sun is burning out on me I'll hunt for you In the coming of the night. CH: Love is bigger than meaning, There is nothing I can say, I found the feeling and I am headed your way, Love is bigger than meaning, There is nothing I can do, I get the feeling that I can find you. On the Greyhounds And the trains I hear when the world is sleeping, For the Southlands bound, Keeping myself open as the winter creeps in, It appears I'd be too late for this chance I wanna take, But I've gotta try – That's how it always is with you and I. I get a growing hollow deep down in my spine When I cannot turn to you, And girl I gotta make you mine cos my body yearns for you, And it has to be now. So you know that it ain't over till it's over, And I ain't going down without a fight – When the sun is burning out on me I'll howl at you In the coming of the night. (Repeat CH) Yeah. (Repeat CH) Yeah, bigger than meaning, It’s bigger than meaning.
7.
Early one morning, she comes to my window and says, “The call went out before the dawn, The seventh wave has come and gone, The other generation's rules Are being buried in the earth and we're leaving soon, Cos it works if you let it be easy, It works if you let it be easy And you know we'll get there, yeah.” “Ah, the strain,” she says, “it takes its toll, You in your father's house, me in my mother's clothes, We been standing here our whole lives through – It's like we don't know how to move. The other generation's blues Are getting lost in the air and we're leaving soon, Cos it works if you let it be easy, It works if you let it be easy, so... “Come on, let's get out of here, while we still can.” (x2) Well we got something in these souls That is bigger than the world I'm told, And all we know of what that is, Is that it starts with this, it starts with this. No other generation's lies can ever cover our eyes, Cos it works if you let it be easy, It works if you let it be easy, so... Come on, let's get out of here, while we still can. (x2) Oh Lord, I have been reliving days, I waste myself in countless ways, And I don't see how it can end, No, I can't get my feet into my life again. (x2) Oh Lord, I have been reliving days. (x2) I have been reliving days. (x6)
8.
Taneyville 04:48
And the rains came down here, Far out here, long ways past town, All the animals I’ve kept in this place have drowned. And the rains came down in that old familiar way, Girl I knew one time chose not to stay. And the rains fall, and the days come on like sleep, And the light fades, and I try to change the company I keep. Something hides from the light, Hides from the light down here, Yes, sir, I do mean to leave this place When the time comes near, Something hides from the light, Hides from the light down here. Everything I thought meant something Didn’t mean that much at all, Every time I find a feeling, I soon lose it all, Everything I put my heart in is all coming to a close, When I thought my life was starting, There it goes. And the rains came down and washed her face clean, And the rains came down and patterned her. She knows what I mean, She always knows just what I mean, She knows how it is on the porch in the afternoons – I don’t know so well but she reminds me. Something hides from the light, Hides from the light down here, Yes, sir, I do mean to leave this place When the time comes near.
9.
Sign of Life 05:19
I heard you driving out of town tonight, Girl, you know I caught the sound of your engines, And I been out here since then, Wondering how the silence ends, My sweet sign of life, I need the winds to rise to carry you here. Cos I've been thinking about it, woh, And I've been waiting too long, woh... CH: To find a way to say that I need you to know That you know I get so lost in you my fuses blow, But I believe in a feeling Somewhere in your heart where the feelings grow, And if you just let it show... Then you know I'll go where you go. I can't get started in the morning time, Girl, I can't get to sleep now in the evenings, Cos you are all I see, but you are still so far from me, My sweet sign of life, I'd do most anything to be with you here. Cos I can never get enough of you, woh, But I can barely get near you, woh... (Repeat CH) Then you know that I'll go, Yeah I’ll go, I’ll go where you go.
10.
I was thinking lately, I could only stay To rue the days that I sat wasted In another place to count the ways, And I – I think maybe The time went past a little fast for me, But she saves me, cos there's nothing else That she would have had me be. Well I could live forever, But there'll never be a way to go back there, When you're older – I lost it in a paperback where I live slowly Cos it takes me all my time to get from being lonely. I guess I should forget about that, cos... CH: I've been to the edge of the world, And I've sailed the oceans in a pea-green girl, And if I got washed up on the shore, It's cos it's not until you're nineteen That you know what seventeen was for. I live like a TV – they fill my eyes With all the lies that I think undermine me, Till I learn the actor's twenty-five, And I – I am not sure now If it's quite the same to win the day As to really need to. I guess I don't forget about you, but... (Repeat CH) And I've been to the edge of the world, And I've sailed the oceans in a pea-green girl, And if you get washed up on the shore, It's cos it's not until you're nineteen That you'll know what seventeen was for.
11.
Freeway 06:29
She looks a lot like me when she stands by the freeway, Another day is over, another day is done, Don’t look at the sky when it’s raining cos it fills up your eyes – There’s something in the nights in the city That makes me want to now. You know she looks a little bit like an aeroplane When she stands on the runway, She’s got the world in her eyes – it’s not so wide As anybody thought that it would be When the time came around, There’s something in the nights in the city believes in her now. CH: Say my life is your life, We seem to be all we feel like when seen by you, Let me find you – I’m hoping you can see right through my window, I feel so indoors when I’m so low down. So low down. She says that she is happy in a room on her own, Another day is here now – another chance to go, But don’t look at that sun when it’s rising – You see too much that way, The light from the nights in the city suffices there for you by day. (Repeat CH) And I’m so low down. She looks a lot like me when she stands by the freeway, Another day in my world, another day in your world.
12.
Safe Place 04:16
The first time I dropped you off at the gates of the school, And you told me clearly that if I asked, then you'd say yes, I could never have guessed, But you might as well have said to me... “Send another letter on home to your mother and your father, In place of the ones that you wrote before, that reads, "Life on my side for the first time has blown my mind – I've met a person willing to work on A fixer-upper soul of this kind, And I've found a safe place.”” I found myself at the one you are. (x2) The first time I lay with you, and it didn't start off too well, But you just looked at me and smiled, And said, “It's okay, cos the night won't end this way” – I guess I knew then that I could rest for a while. And I should have said, “Send another letter on home to my mother and my father, So they can know I will be fine now, that reads, "Life on my side's brought me something completely new, You don't have to worry, cos I'm in no hurry – I got nowhere I need to run off to, Cos I've found a safe place.”” I found myself in the one you are. (x2)
13.
Can you hear the road tonight? It's always near, New car smell like sea in shells resounds in your ears, And the lights of far-off places we have never been Can sometimes be seen from here. Well, my girl, in a wide world, we have narrowed here somehow, We chase each other's tails and fail to hope For more than the chase allows, And that road that calls your name when the winds change Cannot fail to be answered now. So carry me on, the way you always do, When chapters are over, there's always something that is new, That has not ever been revealed to you. CH: What if all of our assumptions have been wrong? What if everything that's come and gone Was the last light shone by the stars that we were born under? I went down to the beach tonight to gauge what we'll retain, I drew a line in the sand And made my stand for love that obtains, Cos the season's ending But the series offers room enough for change. So carry me on, the way you always do, When chapters are over, You sometimes find before you're through That life has never been so clear to you. (Repeat CH) And I heard it in the town – They're gonna pull the whole set down, Cos nothing happens now round here – They got no more ideas. So carry me on, the way you always do, When chapters are over, There'll always be something that's true, That has not ever been brought home to you. (Repeat CH) The stars that we were born under.
14.
Laura 05:08
Out on the water, pick a light, my love, For every thing you’re scared of, I watch you drift now, and I see that you know There can be no more tomorrows. Laura, The lighthouses round here, They don’t grace everybody with the same warnings, Laura, I can’t get my head in the game, But I run out the clock all the same. CH: So if the songs are in the ocean to be heard, Bring me a shell so I’ll have words, Cos of all the women born in the twentieth century, It seems you’re my favourite right now, And I can’t get my meaning out. Across the water, there’s a chance, my girl, To be big enough to bear the world, When you are drowning is the only way You can know that you’re alive some days. Laura, The lighthouses round here, They don’t warn everybody of the same dangers, Laura, But we all stay so far from the shore, And I can’t live this far out no more. (Repeat CH)
15.
Hey now, Josephine, it's long been Time for us to quit this scene, And you know how it gets to be as days go by, But when no hope is found, Something brings the temperature of the air down, And something sends you out the front door. So now you're out in Battleship Park, an hour before dark, Aware of something long thought lost in you That's begging you to make a start, With a black coat and a red sky, A coffee cup and tired eyes, On seeking out a new life that is brighter than the old. Any part of you that you could ever throw away Cannot belong to you today, So come on throw it all away – you won't be sorry. Gotta keep that place inside where your silence lies, And build from there a new goodbye – The kind that sounds like you're wondering, “Why did I not say this before?” When it feels like you been stood up For the first time in twenty-seven years, It's the unsteadiness you fear, but honey, That's your ticket outta here. Don't offer up an old response, just cos you know It's more than once that you felt that way – You might not ever feel the same again. And meet me down in Battleship Park, an hour before dark, So we can pool what we've got in our pockets And try to buy a start, With a radio and a freeway, and hot drinks on cold days, On living in a new way that is brighter than the old. Any part of you that you could ever leave behind Cannot remain with you tonight, So come on let your memories die – they never serve you, Cos all you need is space around one brand new idea To let it take you far from here, to let it prove you wrong. You know I seen what it does to people When they think that they're done leaving, And I hope that there's more for us Than sitting waiting to stop breathing, Until we're long gone, and giving up on What we might build upon if we opened up our eyes, So open up your eyes, open up your eyes. Hey now, Josephine, it's long been Hard for us to live this dream, But you know how it's gotta be from this day on. When no snow will fall, Something in the air resolves to change it all, And something sends you out the front door. Me and you, watching the hourglass sand run through... I gotta be honest – I ain't got a promise I can make you Beyond this: All I know is my heart won't let the future go, My heart won't let the future go. Won't let go, I won't, no I won't let go, I won’t let go, I won’t let go.
16.
Heat Death 04:51
God bless the ways I'm going, and where I been, Some mess it is still growing that I'm in, I love the roads behind me as my own, But I chase the ghosts that find me when I'm alone. I'll be the one you're needing if you should call, I'll guard the air you're breathing after all. Don't waste the time you're taking to grow cold – God keeps the warmth forsaken by the old. If down the line you see me passing by, I hope you smile as freely as you cry, More than the roads I’ll love you with my all, Still as the sky above you begins to fall. God bless the days you're sharing with your child, Try less the coats you're wearing if it's wild. Don't fear the long December when we die – God keeps what we remember, you and I.

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