How the Story Goes

by Harris Face

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1.
03:14
It takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone It takes the bravest of soldiers to shut up when he hits the ground It takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone It takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone Well you're an honest young man with the hops of the world on your breath And the radio silence is killer for all of your friends It takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone It takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone And there's no sense to admitting that you're down for the count And the pain isn't real 'till you say it out loud It feels like coming out to some god-fearing fire-breathing church in the south It takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone It takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone Don't we all need an alibi once in a while Would you cover for me as I slip off the grid, and we all gather round As we all gather round Well it's true looking back that the signs were all there The flags were all red but you're back on the air Takes a talker to hang up the phone Takes a real man to tell you you're wrong It takes a true role model to hit the bottle Takes a true role model to hit the bottle Takes a true role model to hit the bottle alone
2.
04:02
He was born in Texas prime He ate steaks at the County Line He was free, he had everything He raised hell, he smoked a few He grew addicted to the blues And grew up, forgot how to sing I woke up on a plane, thinking of my greatest fears Would you rather go blind or would you rather lose both your ears He left home before he packed He strapped a road bike across the back And drove west, without anything He asked god, you got my back? I left notes between the cracks Of the walls and longed for open range Well we jammed on Skynyrd for tips inside a coffee bar We dueled over final notes but never got too far Well I'm stuck sitting, thinking, we're never gonna play again We made it out of Pittsburgh just to take a walk my friend When we walk, we walk to find our peace of mind He walks alone with the redwoods While I stroll past institutions of state When we walk, we walk to find our peace of mind He walks alone with the redwoods While I stroll past institutions of state When we walk If you're an old school picker, swept under the rug Then I'm every classic rock guitar unplugged He was born in Texas prime He ate steaks at the County Line He was free, he had everything He was free, he had everything
3.
04:14
Well I've been practicing goodbyes I've gotten down the part where you turn around, walk back inside I'm feeling paranoia, I feel let down My life's evaporating, we're out of tune Won't someone comfort me? You'll be alright, sugarplum I heard a voice You'll find some peace, when she's gone And you have no choice Can I deal with letting go? I'm asking your advice now Just to see her one more time, tell the truth It's no longer 5:43, it's all myth to me I'm taking your last CD around the world Won't someone comfort me? You'll be alright, sugarplum I heard a voice You'll find some peace, when she's gone And you have no choice You'll be alright, sugarplum You'll be alright, I heard a voice You'll find some peace, when she's gone And her outline stays, as she fades And we're movin' movin' on These days are gone Well the light on the edge looks like all of our days are sewn into one And I'm out on a ledge like a match that's lit under the sun I'll sing your last wish to sleep, and eat mashed ice cream And stay infatuated, she's just a girl Won't someone comfort me? You'll be alright, sugarplum I heard a voice You'll find some peace, when she's gone And you have no choice You'll be alright, sugarplum You'll be alright, I heard a voice You'll find some peace, when she's gone And her outline stays, as she fades And we're movin' movin' on These days are gone
4.
When the moon reached it's seventh chapter Over thoughts that we tried to erase The sun kissed the desert and crawled back to bed Over thoughts and misgivings Shadows of words left unsaid And they say them thoughts ain't normal So I walked you out by your car I could have told you I loved you I could have fought for you And when I close my eyes I'm lying out on my back In the deep green shadows of the St. Louis Arch And if the river flows backwards, well Some day they say it will And instead of rolling over I could have spent my life singing I could have told you I loved you I could have fought for you When the last will is finally written I'll leave a few tunes for you These sad old songs are the best I can do And if they can't entertain us, well Silence will serve as the truth And you can call me emo But I say I sing the blues I could have told you I loved you I could have fought for you
5.
Caught up in the dust and the smoke Long ride for a short divide Hacking away at the wood that squelched the fire And fan the flames to save the light But I'm here writing in pure moonlight Wondering where the dryer leaves hide And soon the campfire haze will roll away And show me the stars again tonight What if I woke up at the crack of dawn Scanned a wild horizon in vain But there was not a worry in sight Just mountain pines and sugarcane I'll brush my teeth in the pouring rain And start to gather food for the day And soon the campfire haze will roll away And show me the stars again tonight Now every time my heart skips a beat I see those flames they dance Hug the wood they wrap themselves around It's the sound of death and slow decay But look at the life those poor flames bring Stay outside if your life's on fire And soon the campfire haze will roll away And show me the stars again tonight And soon the campfire haze will roll away And show me the stars again tonight
6.
I broke down, I bought a nice guitar And I whipped it out on stage just like a star Pair of eyes lookin' back at me And I wandered over afterwards to see Who could it be? She was taken, a boy from Baltimore And he'd fought in a great number of wars And I promptly took back a number of words I tipped my hat to say, you never heard anything Well the incident don't bother me no more Hang another missed connection on the door And break it down Rewind, drunk goggles on I wandered out to the after-party lawn I was starved, start gobblin' chips Till I see a smile that melts me where I sit And I can't forget the way she said her name I felt the spark, lost it when she said 'I got to go' Well the incident don't bother me no more Hang another missed connection on the door Well the incident don't bother me no more Hang another missed connection on the door And break it down I woke up, and I felt like death With a stranger taste than liquor on my breath And an empty can of 4-loco to thank Could it be I met a girl last night again? I ran home to avoid my fate And before I knew it I was on a date But I just wasn't feeling it that day I backed away, planned my escape You could say we're all a little cold-hearted You could also say we don't know what we want Sometimes our imagination runs away Sometimes we're just a little off that day Sometimes it takes a lot to admit Ain't no destiny to say we'll ever get together (we'll get together) Well the incident don't bother me no more Hang another missed connection on the door Well the incident don't bother me no more Hang another missed connection on the door And break it down
7.
If I had a little time, I'd put the universe in line And I'd tear down the spheres of the world Build a ladder to the sky And if you dragged me back to bed I'd just start babbling in blue and red And I'd turn on MSNBC, watch people say what should be said I'd watch a joint address I'd watch my old boss walk the plank Hourglasses start to crack Everything I care about turns black I stand back so I can see It's all just a spectacle to me Cause tomorrow floats like cotton clouds While today still weighs like gold And we'll forget how the story goes We knocked on doors till evening fell But never thought to ring the bell Can't you just say yes or no, Cotton or gold, open closed? But don't leave me hanging I can I can manage that myself Now you're running circles around me As I still sit here in DC This game's not as fun on my own But I know you're there And the Hudson River's rising tonight If you could see it, Pop It'd be such a sight Now I'm pulling on the drawbridge strings But they're anchored to the ship beneath, don't move me It's my right to let it go It's my right to let things go Cause tomorrow floats like cotton clouds While today still weighs like gold And we'll forget how the story goes Cause tomorrow floats like cotton clouds While today still weighs like gold And we'll forget how the story goes
8.
You were here first, early endings The stories I tell end before they start Used to know you, used to love you You slipped back in my life And now you're tearing out my heart again Another crash and mend You race not to lose a friend Just keep facing forward but don't look back You know it could destroy But you wanna see what could have been Up goes the ending draw back the veil Was this how the story went? Well yes I think so and down falls the veil Up goes the ending again I see you traveling the world Defending the old city walls In Brooklyn, Chicago, or far far east I'm young and unprofessional So put me in the driver's seat Up goes the ending draw back the veil Was this how the story went? Well yes I think so and down falls the veil Up goes the ending again Up goes the ending again Turn around, but stand your ground I'm a walk in the park for you, so Push me round the bend Every hour crushed to minutes I'm staring out the back hatch of the van And I see flashes in the distance The gods are snapping pictures Of the ground they've covered far to fast again Up goes the ending draw back the veil Was this how the story went? Well yes I think so and down falls the veil Up goes the ending again Up goes the ending again Turn around, but stand your ground I'm a walk in the park for you, so Push me round the bend

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Harris Face is a folk-rock-blues artist from Washington, DC. Percussive guitar, harmonica, and emotive rock dominate his music, drawing comparisons with an acoustic Springsteen, the Counting Crows, and modern roots crusaders like William Elliott Whitmore. Sprinkling light banter between his folk ramblings and blues confessionals, Harris Face has a voice that is at times nostalgic and hopeful, at times serious and ironic, but always full of the dreams and withdrawals of a DC political junkie.

Emerging from a bustling DC singer-songwriter scene (featuring at the Capital City Showcase, Wonderland Ballroom, and Rock & Roll Hotel), Harris has toured the east coast and Midwest with Adrian Krygowski and Amber Dutton, and shared the stage with Brothers Lazaroff and The Vespers.

In a letter to friends and fans, Harris Face has described his extended EP, How The Story Goes, as “a selection of old and new songs meant to tell a story of personal revelations.” Produced by Miguel Urbiztondo (Hotel Lights, David Lowry) at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, VA, How the Story Goes was released June 7, 2012.

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released June 7, 2012

produced by Miguel Urbiztondo at Sound of Music Studios
engineered by Alan Weatherhead
songs by Harris Schwartzreich
cello, backup vocals, and creative direction: Anita Leechor
pedal steel, guitar, string samples by Alan Weatherhead
percussion by Miguel Urbiztondo
design by Andrew Sawyer
photography by Matthew Hyson

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