The Music Of JC Harris

positively the most intelligent progressive rock on this here planet

positively the most intelligent progressive rock on this here planet

Positive (2010)

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  • This TimeDownload

    This Time?

    I am just the new boy on my own.
    Can’t you see that?
    There is nothing more to me that I could ever say.
    Can’t you see that

    But I’m getting so much older,
    Than you know.
    Can’t you feel it?

    And there’s only so much more that my poor heart can
    take,
    I can feel it might break,
    One more mistake,
    I can not wait
    This time.

    But I already so much older than you know.
    Can’t you see that?
    And there really was just so much more my heart could take.
    I can feel it might break
    With one mistake
    I just can’t wait
    Help for God’s sake

    I can’t lose this time.

    I wrote this as I re-started my music career. It is sort of a 'note to oneself'.
  • Mr. ParkerDownload

    Mr. Parker?

    I really do enjoy my situation.
    The time I spend at work just goes right by
    And the whir of the shop as the belts never stop.
    Ands these thoughts like the days drift by.

    I really do appreciate your point
    There isn’t here an awful lot to do.
    So I try my best
    Not to be a pest
    And let the machines do what they do.

    So they said:
    We’ve still one head too many.
    Two : It seems he’s wrapped too tight
    Three: He’s just one more redundancy
    Four: I’ll get his cards tonight.
    But we’ll smile.

    Mommy won’t you take us to the factory?
    Mommy won’t you show us what’s inside?
    It’s all seems so magical
    Like all things mechanical,
    It looks like a great big ride.

    Everything appears to be in place,
    But Mr. Parker seems to need a break.
    And they all get a shock,
    With one tick of a clock
    Mr. Parker begins to display certain tendencies.

    So they said:
    ‘I did not see his violence.’
    ‘Who knew he had a gun?’
    He’s shooting up the place now!’
    There’s no one left alive!

    But it’s all so clean.

    Monday morn comes early at the factory.
    And everything is right back in it’s place.
    There’s no change in the shop,
    And the belts never stopped.
    Same old job,
    Same old world,

    ‘New face today, please join me in welcoming Mr.
    Clarke.’

    It really is a perfect situation.
    As everyone prepares for punch in time.
    And with one tick of a clock,
    It’s a new day at shop.
    ‘Mr. Clarke, please take your place on line…’

    So let’s smile.

    A cautionary tale about the price of making everything too efficient and everyone expendable. Maybe a little dead weight isn't such a bad thing after all.
  • CommitmentDownload

    Commitment?

    I once wrote a hundred letters,
    None that you have read.
    Page on page of words I felt inside,
    But never said.

    A hope.(The pulse)
    The tone.(The blood)
    The pounding of my heart…

    A debt delayed
    Won’t end today
    But here is where it starts…
    (With my commitment)

    CHORUS
    I pledge my faith and my
    commitment
    I stand behind
    True love never compromised by distance
    Makes us what we are.

    I made myself from my commitment.
    Though the sails were torn.
    Storms remade to seas of calm around me
    Though ship was tossed…

    And as you observe
    The things you have done
    Is there really anything you could say?

    A floating breeze
    of memory
    Surrounded by a violence of tears.

    All crash…
    And bang.
    And all the things on which hearts hang,
    They turned out to be,
    So useless to me
    Since I set eyes on you.
    (I am committed now)

    CHORUS

    Look at the view in the beautiful
    blue
    Stretching out over all that we know
    And with one tick of the clock
    Everybody gets a shock
    And finds out there was more to life
    than anyone can know…

    I have come to view the ability to hang in there and do the right thing day in and day out as the highest expression of love.
  • The Zen SongDownload

    The Zen Song?

    A plane, a train they’re all the same, within the sea.
    The old man said to me.
    But I don’t seem to get it.
    No I don’t see the need.
    A ball, a doll, the rock we’re on,
    the endless sea
    (There’s nothing but words at play in a world so wide.)
    But I don’t seem to get it.
    No I don’t feel the need.

    Comets! Fall from the sky.
    I see my life in you.
    Shine so bright, but gone too fast,
    I know.

    Words you say, fell from my mind,
    Like water through my hands
    Long before I ever learned to talk.

    I think the reality of Zen must be rather mundane and transparent. But what most people think of, or rather what most people imagine it's about...
  • Paul's StoryDownload

    Paul's Story?

    I’m gonna tell you a story.
    You’re gonna hear a story.
    Of a greater love in you.
    You’re going to hear a story of a raging heart resolved.

    I’m gonna tell you a story.
    You’re gonna hear a big story.
    There’s a greater love than you’ve ever known.
    You’re going to hear the amazing source of one true heart.

    You better listen,
    There’s a place in a heart that cries so true

    You’re going to hear a story full of breaking hearts
    I shouldn’t have to tell you it’s been all around.
    Fear of the one who died when the rains came down,
    Buddy:

    I was blind but now I see
    Now it’s all so clear to me…

    I’m gonna tell you a story.
    You’re gonna hear a story.
    Of a greater love in you.
    You’re going to hear of a raging heart resolved.

    I’m gonna tell you a story.
    You’d do well to listen.
    There’s a greater love than you’ve ever known.
    You’re going to hear the amazing hope of one true heart.

    As I walked down
    The same old road.
    The path well trod
    So many years ago.
    When a flash came down

    Beyond the sky
    And showed me my world black.

    With sight restored,
    It’s clear to me.
    There is so much more
    That I never could see.
    Was a miracle born when I believed
    That one moment can change your life?

    You’d better listen:
    There a place full of hearts that cry like you…

    You’re going to hear a story full of breaking hearts
    There’s going to be no question now in going on
    Tears of blood from the eyes of God like rain fell down
    Buddy:

    I was blind but now I see
    Now it’s all so clear to me.
    Once blind but now set free.
    Now it’s only good to me.

    I was blind but now I see
    Now it’s all so clear to me.

    Once blind but now set free.
    Now it’s only good to me.

    Lots of people play a game, 'who would you most like to have dinner with?' For me, the answer is St. Paul. I have never been able to figure out how Paul was able to win over so many hearts. His success is, to me, the single outstanding mystery of The Church.
  • Who Goes FirstDownload

    Who Goes First?

    Who goes first?
    After you.
    Who’s next step,
    on the way to tearing apart me and you?
    You keep running around in your anger,
    but running just won’t do.

    Who goes first?
    After you.

    Who comes next.
    After you.
    Who takes the blame for me
    not having me and you?
    We keep walking away from the two of us.
    And heading on to something new.

    Who comes next?
    After you.

    Sorry. I’m so sorry.
    I can’t begin to tell you.
    Sorry, I’m so sorry,
    There was so much more, that I’d like to do.

    Sorry. Just sorry.
    But I no longer know if it’s for me or you.
    Don’t where to step back or forward on this track.

    Who goes first
    After you?
    I’ve taken all these steps, because I didn’t know what else to do.
    You keep running away from the two of us. So now there’s nothing left to do.

    I come first.
    How about, I come first?
    Who comes first?
    Well, not you.

    “The judgment seems quite equitable.
    Just sign the papers, then you’re through.”

    “Yeah, I guess that’s right. Guess that’s the thing to do.”

    You know that little dance two people going through a doorway do, when deciding who goes first? Ironically, my ex-wife and I did that very dance on our way into divorce court. 'After you.' 'Oh no, please... after you.'
    My main interest in the Holocaust has apparently easy it was to get the average person on board. It is, apparently, an intrinsically human feature. So the frightening thing is that it is likely that our ability to rationalize is far more powerful than any sense of 'conscience' we may possess.
  • On My Way HomeDownload

    On My Way Home?

    What can I say that you don’t
    already know?
    I cheated.
    I lied.
    I stole.
    Many were the tears you shed for me.
    On my way home.

    What could you say that I had not heard?
    I’m sorry
    I love you
    I tried.
    Many great tears will be shed for you.
    On your way back home.

    I understand
    your depth of sadness.
    Having battled hard once or twice before
    I only know that way lies madness.
    No one’s ever lived who did fight that war.

    What
    would you hear that I had not tried?
    I miss you.
    I grieve.
    Goodbye.
    Many great tears never shared by two.
    On our way…

    If you're with someone for any length of time, you and they are probably going to do some horrible things to one another. It's just part of being human. That's when you find out how much you really love one another; whether or not you can still see the person you love hiding behind your own disappointment.
  • Just A JobDownload

    Just A Job?

    Now walk that straight and
    narrow line
    And take it easy on yourself.
    You now there’s still a long time (left to go)
    But at least you’ve got your health.

    Don’t cry at what you’ve seen
    There weren’t too many
    Oh sure now there are so few
    But we did not get them all.
    No we did not get them all

    I don’t regret it.
    All this work I’ve done
    I know it wasn’t for nothing
    But I worked so hard to find,
    They’re still playing in my mind.
    And we’ll be back.

    Ain’t it funny how you find those people?
    You have in common.
    When you all work the same kind of job.

    It’s a job.
    Just a job.
    Just a job I do…

    My main interest in the Holocaust has apparently easy it was to get the average person on board. It is, apparently, an intrinsically human feature. So the frightening thing is that it is likely that our ability to rationalize is far more powerful than any sense of 'conscience' we may possess.
  • You Are LovedDownload

    You Are Loved?

    Take yourself down to the river.
    Better you wash your face and hands?
    You carry a torch for your anger.
    But it never was at your command.

    Thinking lately about myself:
    Feeling alone. (All alone, people)

    Tried before to express myself.
    Singing ‘Oh!’, singing ‘Oh! This time you’re wronged’
    Singing ‘Oh,’, singing ‘Oh, you’re wronged!’

    Let’s go back to the river:
    Are you happy with how things have gone.
    You talk and you talk and you talk of living your life.
    Like it’s happening to someone else.

    Maybe you think I’ve got it made,
    but I’m all alone. (Just like you)
    Spent too much time sitting by myself.
    I was wrong. I was wrong. That time I was wrong.
    So wrong, so wrong, you know?

    You are loved.
    Tried to tell you about it, but you walked away.
    You are loved.
    Even though it won’t feel that way.
    You are loved.
    And I’d tell you about it,
    If you could drag yourself away…

    Let’s look back in the mirror.
    Recognize your face anymore?
    Collect your debts
    And reject regrets
    Just don’t ask whose still fairest of all.

    Now maybe you think
    you’ve got it made
    But you’re all alone.
    All alone, baby.

    Take your time when you hit that road
    Or you’re gone, far gone. then you’re gone.
    Then you’re gone too far, you know.

    This song is for people who really want closeness, but who will make others jump through hoops in order to reach them.
  • Why Don't You Come InDownload

    Why Don't You Come In?

    You say it’s been a day
    You never slept so hard
    The world can take it’s toll
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look so old.
    Why don’t you come in you must be cold?

    You say it’s getting harder
    You’ve nothing left to give.
    I hear you my old friend.
    You are so dear to me.
    But I can’t really see.
    Why does it always seem so hard
    To let things go.
    Why don’t you come in you must be cold?

    You say you’ve had enough
    And take it all so hard
    You shuffle round within yourself
    I don’t mind that you prefer to be off
    All alone.

    Because every time I look
    I see much more in you
    There’s no way you’ll be back today.
    I really don’t mind if you still feel left out.
    Because you’re not.

    You say it’s been a hard life
    There’s nothing left to say
    You can’t fool me this time
    The the things that you’ve been through still make me cry.

    Why don’t you come in
    I’ll put some fresh tea – here just on the fire.
    Why don’t you come in you must be colder than a stone?
    Why don’t you come in you must be cold.

    The flip side of 'You Are Loved'. It's just the softer side of the same psychology.
  • Danielle CameronDownload

    Danielle Cameron?

    (I love Danielle Cameron)

    Out of the souls I have known,
    She’s the friend my heart has chose.
    I do believe I’m for her.

    You can do what you want, say what you
    like.
    Proclaim your thoughts are wrong or right,
    But I sleep well tonight.

    (I love Danielle Cameron)

    If you don’t look ahead then you can’t see the sky.
    There’s no way to explain if you don’t see the why.
    I do believe that love will last

    You can do what you want, say what you like.
    Proclaim your thoughts are wrong or right,
    But I sleep well tonight.

    II
    Look at the sun, such a beautiful sun don’t you know?
    Look at her face, it is beautiful like the sun.
    Her eyes are her rays
    The rays are her arrows
    Don’t get shot, you could go too blind
    For you know what can happen, while looking at the sun
    I am blind. I am blind.

    Look at the moon such a beautiful jewel don’t you know?
    Look at the view in the beautiful blue below.
    Her smile like the waves
    The waves are a mirror
    Don’t get fooled you may not see home
    For men get lost, while carried by those waves
    Now I don’t see anything but her…

    This is a song about Hubris. It was written in the throes of love for my now ex-wife. What still interests me about the song is that it recognizes how dangerous it is to go that bananas over anything and yet we do it anyway, over and over and over...
  • Commitment (Coda)Download

    Commitment (Coda)?

    Over and over the
    physical world there is love.
    It’s flowing all around you.
    Hard to say how anybody could say, ‘there is love’,
    It’s flowing all around you.
    On the tide of this
    cynical ride
    Where worlds go by….

    I believe that
    everybody that breathes can feel love.
    It’s flowing all around you.

    Look at the view in
    the beautiful blue,
    Stretching out over all that we know.
    And with one tick of a clock, everybody gets a shock
    And finds out there is more to life, than anyone can know.

    As we look all around
    For the beautiful sounds
    Stretching out over all that we know.
    And if you hear with your heart
    You can make some peace
    And sleep tonight.

    How does one remain optimistic; seeing the inherent goodness out there? Perhaps it requires a different way of looking at things.

This world is so fast and yet so Terribly slow. It wears us down And makes us believe that everything We do programmed and replaced. But all you are And everything you know Might change in an instant. It can happen. If we remain alert, Can see true shapes through the glare, And aren't looking at our shoes When it's our turn to arrive.

Some personal notes on Positive (2010)...

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