Monthly Archives: August 2020

The Jailer

Words and music (c) David Harley 2017

Backup:

There’s a video version here:

And here’s the audio capture from the video:

The train will soon be leaving
And the man says ‘all aboard’
But you never leave the platform
And you never cut the cord

Most days you think of leaving
But he’ll always talk you round
His words will talk you into silence
And his arms will hold you down

You need so much to leave him
But there’s no one you can phone
There’s no ticket in your pocket
And you’ve no money of your own

Sometimes he tells you that you’re stupid
Sometimes he tells you that you’re ill
You dream of breaking free
And yet you don’t believe you will

He knows just where you are
Every moment of the day
He hears the thoughts inside your head
He owns the very words you say

He says that you’re his lover
And that’s all you’ll ever be
But you know he’s your jailer
And he’ll never set you free

Sometimes he’ll loosen your shackles
But you’re locked inside his head
And you’ve never found the way
To leave his arms or leave his bed

There’s nowhere you can go
And there’s nothing you can say
Because he knows you’ll never leave him
And that’s exactly why you stay

[break]

The train will soon be leaving
And the man says ‘all aboard’
But you never leave the platform
And you never cut the cord

Most days you think of leaving
But he’ll always talk you round
His words will talk you into silence
And his arms will hold you down

You need so much to leave him
But there’s no one you can phone
There’s no ticket in your pocket
And you’ve no money of your own

 

Jericho [demo]

I haven’t tried this with guitar yet, as I wanted to get the tune down before I forgot it…

Backup:

Jericho (words & music (c) David Harley)

 (Originally a meld of Johnny from the faintly scandalous ‘Gently, Johnny my jingalo’ and Bunny Jingedangelow from the Brian Aldiss novel ‘Greybeard’, but the character seemed to take on a life of his own.)

Breach the barrel, drain the cask
Scrambled wits behind the mask
And drink awhile with Jimmy Jericho

Sell your soul and pay the fee
The price of immortality
You pay to Jimmy Jericho

The master sings, the jester dances
Round and round the room he prances
Dancing to the tune of Jericho

And as he spins such fine romances
Disciples quarrel for the chance
To gather at the feet of Jericho

Round and round the room they go
The tears, the tears they trickle slow
Down the cheeks of Jimmy Jericho

The devil scans with eyes like coals
The broken dreams and stolen souls
Betrayed by Jimmy Jericho

David Harley

 

My kind of lady [demo]

Words and music (c) David Harley

Backup:

 

My kind of Lady (Harley)

You could bite like a shark, you could kick like a mule
And sometimes I felt like the worst kind of fool
My luck ran out on the day that I fell
I always lay trapped between heaven and hell

But you were my kind of lady
Through the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs
You were my kind of lady
And I miss having you around

You were ice and fire, sunshine and rain
You used and abused me and scrambled my brain
But the nights flew by and the days were too long
When you were the singer and I was the song

You were so gentle through loving nights
You were crazy and savage, you knew how to fight
You were sharp as a razor, soft as a sigh
Warm as a kiss and as cold as a lie

Life now is easy, peaceful and calm
Long gentle nights in another girl’s arms
But sometimes I wake from a dream long gone
When I was the singer and you were the song

And you were my lady
Through the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs
You were my kind of lady
And I miss having you around

For Sarah (The Wheel) – demo

Words & music (c) David Harley

This has been a set of words with a somewhat nebulous tune for quite a few years, but today it insisted on getting some attention. I think this is essentially the finished shape, though I’m certainly going to have to practise it before I sing it in public. Anyway…

backup:

 

And a slightly different take (still rough…)

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For Sarah (Harley)

Sleep on
Sleep sound
The world will turn without you

Sleep on
Sleep sound
Peaceful dreams will find you

Some distant morning
Your innocence
Will brighten

Better days
For someone stronger
Wiser

The wheel will turn again
And you’ll come home

David Harley