The Music Of JC Harris

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Songs From The Boats

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

    Overture (I've Got A Story For You)?

    I’ve got a story for you.
    You may not believe every word is true,
    Concerning the people I knew
    But that was then.

    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 the wheel around.
    You’ll never guess
    Til you know.

    Turn round.
    Turn the wheel around.
    You’ll never hear
    You’ll never know
    You’ll never stretch
    So long ago.

    I’ve got a story for you.
    You may not believe every word is true,
    Concerning the people I knew
    But that was then.

    Turn round.
    Turn the wheel around.
    You’ll never guess
    Til you know.

    Turn round.
    Turn the wheel around.
    You’ll never hear
    You’ll never know
    You’ll never stretch
    So long ago.

    I’ve got a story for you.
    You may not believe every word is true,
    Concerning the people I knew
    But they all get it.

    Seattle 2015

  • TsunamiDownload

    Tsunami?

    The tide rolls out
    The tide rolls in
    And the second day since God began
    It’s been

    And from the stars
    The sounds that go on forever
    Always there.

    Not today.

    Seattle 2009

  • 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
  • Something (By The Numbers)Download

    Something (By The Numbers)?

    I am the man in the endless line
    Taking a place in the endless crime
    You must always be there in time
    You are always a step behind

    I was always afraid to say
    Locked off feelings in every day
    I never thought I’d be in this quay
    More determined
    In every way

    Auctioneer:
    People!
    Bring the
    People!

    People!
    Slap the gavel,
    People!
    Let go!

    Móirín:
    Could it ever hurt you to be happy?
    Did ever help to be high?
    Did ever help you to be drinking?
    Could it ever hurt you to be home safe and dry?

    Did ever hurt you to be thinking?
    Did ever even stop to wonder why?
    Could it ever hurt you to be home safe and dry?

    Ciarán:
    Baby I was never good at planning
    Thinking I would never make it home safe and dry.

    Dublin 2012

  • AustraliaDownload

    Australia?

    Pól:
    There’s a bell
    Turning around
    In wind
    Terrible is the sound.

    Máiréad:
    I considered my life
    Would never change once
    Your boots were at my door.
    Why is this happening?
    Cathain a tharla sé seo?

    Seattle 2017

  • Transition II (Trasna Na Dtonnta)Download

    Transition II (Trasna Na Dtonnta)?

    Curfá:

    Trasna na dtonnta, dul siar, dul siar,
    Slán leis an uaigneas ‘is slán leis an gcian;
    Geal é mo chroí, agus geal í an ghrian,
    Geal a bheith ag filleadh go hÉirinn!

    Chonaic mo dhóthain de Thíortha i gcéin,
    Ór agus airgead, saibhreas an tsaoil,
    Éiríonn an croí ‘nam le breacadh gach lae
    ‘S mé druidim le dúthaigh mo mhuintir!

    Curfá

    Ar mo thriall siar ó éirigh mo chroí
    An aimsir go hálainn is tonnta deas réidh
    Stiúradh go díreach go dúthaigh mo chliabh
    ‘S bheidh mé in Éirinn amárach!

    Curfá

    Muintir an Iarthair ‘siad cairde mo chroí,
    Fáilte ‘is féile bheidh romham ar gach taobh.
    Ar fhágaint an tsaoil seo, sé ghuidhim ar an Rí
    Gur leosan a shinfear i gcill mé.

    Chorus:

    Over the waves, going west, going west!
    Goodbye to loneliness and to the distant remoteness;
    Bright is my heart and bright is the sun,
    Happy to be returning to Ireland!

    I saw my fill of countries abroad,
    Gold and silver, the wealth of the world,
    My heart rises in me with the break of each day,
    As I draw closer to the land of my people!

    Chorus

    On my journey oh! my heart rises!
    The weather is beautiful and the waves are settled
    Steering directly to land of my bosom
    And I’ll be in Ireland tomorrow!

    Chorus

    People of the West, they’re the friends of my heart,
    Welcome and celebration awaits me on every side.
    Leaving this life I pray to the Lord
    That it’s with them I’ll be stretched in the graveyard!

    Traditional 1945

  • 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

  • To The BankDownload

    To The Bank?

    I

    All hearts were aflame
    Seventeen Ninety One!
    The gleaming of blades
    At the rising of the sun.
    They went off to play
    At the river Gleann Dunne.
    The roll of the drums and they sang

    “To the bank!”
    “To the bank!”

    They’d hold their course
    In the wind and the rain.

    “To the bank!”
    “To the bank!”

    They’d own their names when day was done.

    II

    They pulled out their claims
    And they followed their sons.
    They marched down the lane
    At the beating of the sun.
    They’d hold up the place
    Til their case had been won.
    There fortune did burn
    Like a flame.

    “To the bank!”
    “To the bank!”

    They’d hold their course
    In the wind and the rain.

    “To the bank!”
    “To the bank!”

    The river flowed
    And gaily stepped the great parade
    To the bank.

    Confrontation (Interlude)

    III

    They pulled out their claims
    And they followed their (son)
    They burned down the rails
    At the dying of the sun
    They hauled down the bars
    And they pulled out their claims
    They thought they would do as you say

    They pulled out their claims
    And they swallowed their tongues
    They ran out of range
    At the setting of the sun

    The roar of the guns
    As they sang.

    “To the bank!”
    “To the bank!”

    They’d hold their course
    In the wind and the rain.

    “To the bank!”
    “To the bank!”

    The river flowed
    And gaily stepped the grand parade
    To the bank.

    Seattle 2012

  • You'll Never See The Like Of Me AgainDownload

    You'll Never See The Like Of Me Again?

    Open your eyes
    You’ll see a fading memory.
    Don’t you see it?

    Open your eyes.
    You’ll see the moving shadows
    That covered over me.

    Steady as she goes.
    You never see the fading light
    Moving far in the light
    It never
    You never get to see again?

    Open your eyes
    You’ll never see
    The like of me
    Again and yet
    The tide returns
    And never ends.

    Such a surprise?
    Did it ever
    Just don’t look back
    And don’t look in
    The thread afraid
    Worn in both ends.

    Seattle 2015

  • CanadaDownload

    Canada?

    I
    Canada.
    Oh Canada.
    Long may you wave.

    Far away
    And far to sea.
    I dreamed I wept
    And you were there.

    II
    Canada.
    MyCanada?
    Long may you wave.

    Far away,
    And far from me.
    I dream at night
    That you could see.

    Far away,
    Far away,
    How far away,
    From me?

    Far away,
    And far to sea?
    How far away,
    The sea.

    Seattle 2016

  • 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

  • Transition IV (Fanfare)Download

    Transition IV (Fanfare)?

    Seattle 2012

  • To The Bank (Reprise)Download

    To The Bank (Reprise)?

    Seattle 2012

  • AmericaDownload

    America?

    Tell me,
    Maybe…
    Where a man might want to go?
    Tell me,
    Baby…
    If you think you really know.

    Headlines
    Call out
    To a place I’ve never known.
    Don’t know what I can read
    Looking down to see your face.

    I saw a place
    On a map
    I was young.
    Calling out to everyone to go.
    You know?
    You know.

    Hand to heart.
    “America The Brave”.
    All we learned was
    “God be saved”.

    Seattle 2016

  • 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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