The Music Of JC Harris

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Songs From The Boats

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  • Transition I (Sea Shanty)Download

    Transition I (Sea Shanty)?

    Take the rope
    That fills the boat
    And holler up,
    Then down ya go.
    You never tire.
    Your body fails.
    You never find home.

    Galway 2006

    Traditional working tune
  • Starting OverDownload

    Starting Over?

    Swinging out on the sundial
    Giving up
    But then meanwhile
    I would take you away

    (Far away)

    Setting out on a mean tide
    Looking back at the cliff so high

    I’d take you away

    (We’ll be starting over.)

    Over the hills
    Right through those trees
    There’s a curving path
    Down to that sea

    They had planned a life
    For everyone
    But you can’t extract new meanings
    From that sun.

    Seattle 2014

  • Transition III (Lullaby)Download

    Transition III (Lullaby)?

    Seattle 2012

  • I Dreamed Of You TonightDownload

    I Dreamed Of You Tonight?

    I

    I dreamed of you tonight
    It wasn’t that hard
    With everything in sight

    Whatever it was I was living for
    Never did know what I’d be in store.

    II

    I can’t say that I felt the same
    Never fully letting go of all the blame
    You never had a <> left behind
    Ever since I held my ground

    I rained down on
    Dizzy memories
    Landing deeply
    Did you know that?

    I would’ve gone anywhere with you.
    Over the ocean blue
    I’d see you through

    And I never meant any harm to you
    (That’s right)

    Over the ocean blue
    Over the ocean blue
    Over the ocean blue
    Over the ocean blue

    Seattle 2015

  • To The Bank (Reprise)Download

    To The Bank (Reprise)?

    Seattle 2012

  • Beautiful BoyDownload

    Beautiful Boy?

    Oh where are you going my beautiful boy?
    Is it long we’ll see you ever again?
    I’m going to my folks I told you my friend,
    When the next wave goes away.

    Oh no buddy Dear,
    I don’t know why.
    Is it tears I see
    That build in your eye?
    Turn back from my going
    Until they run dry.
    We have all the oceans we need.

    See it.
    See it.
    Wave to the people
    So far in the distance.

    See it.
    See it.
    Wave at the people
    So far.

    Please tell me my Dear,
    My beautiful boy,
    With your shiny blue eyes
    Only time in your pockets.
    With all of your world
    Deep in my skin.
    Only now
    I feel
    Goodbye.

    Seattle 2015

  • Transition V (The Battle)Download

    Transition V (The Battle)?

    Seattle 2015

  • Fallen LeavesDownload

    Fallen Leaves?

    Seattle 2009

  • Transition VI (The Turning Wheel)Download

    Transition VI (The Turning Wheel)?

    Seattle 2014

  • I Will Try YouDownload

    I Will Try You?

    Ciarán
    I will try.
    I will try.

    I will try (you).

    Móirín
    In every single dream
    And every thing we’ve lost
    This is no fairy tale
    This is one time it costs
    I begged myself
    That I would never
    Promise them.
    But every time I do then
    here you come again.

    Móirín
    With everything you left me
    And with everything bought
    You never thought to spend me in your arms.

    I never meant to tempt you
    And with all your friends
    But now you know just what you’ve lost.

    I know the time depressed you
    When you were under my skin
    But now you know we’re done
    And I’ll really walk.

    Ciarán
    Take my hand
    Let’s walk for a moment
    Down to the edge sea.
    We’ll go talk like old
    In the moment.
    Listen.

    Ciarán and Móirín
    You can say you see in the open.
    You can say you’re free.

    I believe you’ll dive
    Down to the headland
    Down to the memory
    Down to the edge of the sea.

    Seattle 2018

  • Transition VII (Walking In The Mountains)Download

    Transition VII (Walking In The Mountains)?

    Là dhomh ‘s mi ‘m beinn a’ cheathaich

    Sèist:
    Far al a leò ro ho bhi ò
    Hoireann is ò ho rò bhi o ho
    Hi rì ho ro ho bha ò hug ò ro

    ‘S ann agam ‘s a bha ‘n sealladh

    Gun deach bàta Chloinn Nìll seachad

    Mach bho dhùthaich MhicGill-Eathain

    Steach gu Cìosamul an aighir

    Far am faight’ a’ chuirm ri gabhail

    Fìon ‘ga òl oidhche gu latha

    Pìobaireachd nam feadan àrd’ laghach

    Clàrsach bhinn ga gleusadh mar ris

    Sìoda donn ga chur air na mnathan

    Gill’Eòghanain mòr an gaisgeach

    Ruairi òg an t-oighre maiseach

    One day when I was on the misty mountain

    Chorus (after each verse):
    Far al a leò ro ho bhi ò
    Hoireann is ò ho rò bhi o ho
    Hi rì ho ro ho bha ò hug ò ro

    I saw a wonderful sight

    The Clan MacNeill’s ship passed by

    Away from MacLean country

    Towards joyful Kisimul

    Where the feasting takes place

    Drinking wine from night to day

    The piping of the tall, lovely drones

    The sweet harp being tuned alongside

    Russet silk being worn by the ladies

    Gilleonan, the great hero

    Young Rory, the handsome heir

    Seattle 2012

    This is a traditional walking song found both in Ireland and Scotland. The female voice is the incomparable Christine Primrose singing in Scots Gaelic (not Irish). But hey, nobody's perfect. ;)
  • Martello TowersDownload

    Martello Towers?

    MÁIRÉAD: Looking at flowers
    Outside the village tower
    I knew.
    (I knew?)

    Feeling for the sun
    When I knew you were the one
    I knew.
    (I knew?)

    I was thinking of that time
    When we first would make that climb
    I knew.
    (I knew?)

    I remember that your hand;
    Almost more than I could stand
    And I knew.
    (I knew?)

    Growing, growing, growing
    Never knowing where we’ll go.

    But we knew.
    (I knew?)

    PÓL: I know you think you love me.
    It’s something we all do.
    And I know you’re thinking of me
    And that’s lonely too.

    And maybe you think you are.
    And maybe you think you’re not.

    But I never thought this would get to you
    No I never thought this would get to you
    I just never thought I could get to you
    Til now.

    Seattle 2009

  • Tower HillDownload

    Tower Hill?

    I wish were on Tower Hill
    In the place where I was born.
    I would wash my hair on sunny days
    By the stream down at Glean Duine.

    Now you take my hand and press my lips
    And you say hey there we’re gone
    Did you ever ask how this would fit
    Did you ever think you’re wrong?

    Forward.
    Forward.
    Forward to a different to a distant place.

    Forward.
    Forward.
    Never see that first mistake.

    Falling,
    Falling,
    Falling down.

    Forward.
    Forward.
    Forward to a different to a different place.

    Forward.
    Forward.
    Never see that first mistake.

    Falling,
    Falling,
    Falling down.
    Reckless feelings
    Always let me down.

    I wish were on Tower Hill
    In the place where I was born.
    I would wash my hair on sunny days
    By the stream down at Glean Duine.

    You can’t escape the violence
    Or the first effect
    That you feel right now
    I can’t expect the one attempt
    To elude your face
    And a place I vow.

    I wish I were on Tower Hill
    In the place where I came
    From.

    Seattle 2015

  • Transition VIII (I've Got A Story For You)Download

    Transition VIII (I've Got A Story For You)?

    Chorus:

    I’ve got a story for you.
    You may not believe every word is true.
    Concerning the people I knew.
    When we all bent down low.

    Ciarán:

    Never before felt cut to the quick now.
    How ever we thought we’d go to the trick.
    When ever did we forget how to say that

    All:

    I love you. Oh…

    Seattle 2018

  • You Can DreamDownload

    You Can Dream?

    I

    Let me tell ya boys.
    ‘Cause I won’t be around.
    Let me tell ya boys
    That I won’t be around.
    There’s a ship that I’ll be on
    But it’s not out on the sea.
    It’s a plane up in the sky
    And I guess that’s where I will be.

    There’s a heaving sail
    And a burning foam
    In a rolling gale
    That never seems to slow.

    It’s a passing tale
    Over empty shoals
    Don’t you know.
    (Don’t you know?)
    (Don’t you know?)

    Let me tell ya boys.
    ‘Cause I won’t be around.
    What I thought of all you feckin’ gealt…
    And everyone else in this damned town.

    Well I thank my stars
    For all the time I claimed
    You could put ’em all to shame
    (It’ll never be the same.)

    I died that night.
    When they sold that boat.
    Come along.
    Come along.

    Chorus

    You can dream with me!
    You can dream with me!
    As we shove off to the shining sea
    You can dream with me!
    You can dream with me!
    And everything that we’re going to be.

    II

    Let me tell ya boys
    That I won’t be around.
    Let me tell ya boys
    That I won’t be around.
    There’s a ship that I’ll be on.
    But it’s not on the sea.
    There’s a plane up in the sky.
    And I guess that’s where I will be.

    Let me tell ya boys.
    ‘Cause I won’t be around.
    What I thought of all you feckin’ gealt…
    And everyone else in this damned town.

    Well what I think my brother’s trying to say
    To all you noble clowns.
    You could could put ’em all to shame
    It never……?????
    I died the night
    As I sang these notes.
    Come along!
    (I never felt so alone).

    Chorus

    You can dream with me!
    You can dream with me!
    As we shove off to the shining sea
    You can dream with me!
    You can dream with me!
    And everything that we’re going to be.

    Bridge

    Canada!
    Australia!
    America ya know.

    Hey! It’ll be so cool.
    (Why can’t I go with you?)

    Canada!
    Australia!
    America ya know.

    Hey! It’ll be so cool.

    Bridge

    Canada!
    Australia!
    America?
    (I know)

    Hey! It’ll be so cool.
    (Why can’t I go with you?)

    Canada!
    Australia!
    America ya know.

    Hey! It’ll be so cool.
    (Why can’t I go with you?)

    Shanty

    Take the rope
    That fills the boat
    And holler up
    Then down ya go.
    You never tire,
    Your body fails,
    You’ll never find home.

    Shanty

    Ever strong
    And ever cold
    And ever
    And never hold
    The man

    Who never found

    Home.
    That fills the boat
    And holler up
    Then down ya go.
    You never tire,
    Your body fails,
    You’ll never find home.

    Seattle 2016

I've got a story for you.
You may not believe every word is true,
Concerning the people I knew
When they all bent down.

Turn round.
Turn this wheel around.

You'll never guess
'Til you know.

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