How the Story Goes

by Harris Face

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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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Track Name: Role Model
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
Track Name: Texas Prime
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
Track Name: Sugarplum
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
Track Name: I Could Have Told You
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
Track Name: Dust and Smoke
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
Track Name: Missed Connections
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
Track Name: Cotton Clouds and Gold
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
Track Name: Up Goes the Ending
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