Music in Progress

Contributors

  • Gary King: Bass, guitars, keyboards composition and production
  • Gretta Harley: Vocals and lyrics
  • Jane Mabry Smith: Bass on Blackbird, Little Worlds
  • Recorded at Terry Maloney's Space. Seattle, WA
  • Cover Art: James Brickell
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  • LIVE LINEUP
  • Guitars: Gary King, Bob Watanabe
  • Bass: Jane Mabry Smith
  • Keys: Gretta Harley, Gary King
  • Background vocals: Jane Mabry Smith
  • Drums: Kai Strandskov
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  • THANKS
  • Terry Maloney, Doug "Sluggo" Owens, Brian Nelson, Don Farwell
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  • UPCOMING
  • We are looking for a July release of this project!

Keen

Music by Gary King, Words and vocal melody by Gretta Harley © 2018

So you're gonna wail this song again, huh?
I can taste your breath but I don't feel a thing
Yeah, sure try it in another key
But I can't promise I'll hear the frequency,
Can't promise I'll be here in the morning
My better angels are trying to change my mind

And I finally know what's been going on
You've been hiding right in front of me
I know what's been going on
All this killing us with your memory

Parted seas across this room
And we're still in the way
Yeah, if you can reach then pass me another point of view
Can't promise I'll drink this one down
Can't promise I'll be here in the morning

Cause I finally know what's going on
You've been hiding it right in front of me

I finally know what's going on
I know what you think but it didn't happen

I see what's been going on
I know what you think it didn't happen

You've been hiding right in front of me
Now hear this keening woman walk away

Sinners

Music by Gary King, Lyrics by Gretta Harley ©2018

Intro Riff One: |7| of riff total. Breakdown:
First guitar come in at pick up |3|
Rhythm guitar and third guitar muted riff bass and drums |2|
|2| First guitar in

|12|
Verse
Hey, what kind of sinner am I?
Am I the thread or a needle going through the eye for an eye?
Let's all go to California

Dance Break:
Kick Drum/keyboard |8|

Chorus|8|
Cause you taking this down
Why do ya, why do ya?
You're us and them-ing us around
Why are ya?

Riff One |4|
Grabbing golden rings for the prince…

Chorus |8|
Why are ya taking us down?
Tearing it all apart
And taking us down with ya

Riff One
|4| instrumental with solo guitar
Chorus|4| instrumental / solo

Riff One (Verse) |2 intro|
|22|
We're not living in the Cities of the Plain
With the green green grass and the stories of Cain
You're salt in the wounds of the fallen angels
You think you're worthy writing tablets for the Mount?
Solo guitar weaving in
Let's go to California
I'll be in California
(Coda)
Riff Two Chorus
|4| Guitar solo til end
Where the gulls fly |4|v Riff One |16|
And the sun shines,
And the fruit grows
And the people are an assorted mess of beauty

Reign of fire
Riff Two |24|
And the palm trees
And the coyotes
And the shoreline
And the starfish
And the flowers
And the butterflies
Us us us us us
Reign of fire

Blackbird

Music by Gary King, Vocal Melody and Words by Gretta Harley © 2018

They're on the move again, it's dusk
Give me just one more night,
I can bury this mess in an hour
Yes I do, I pick up these shiny objects uninvited
Riff (a bb cc bb aa bb cc bb …)
It's hard to know what's mine

Blackbirds begin to sworm
Watching murmuration from the library
Reflection fills your eyes
And when you left ghosts began a dance in the hall

(guitar solo)
It's a solo flight tonight
This Blackbird
Where do I sleep tonight?
Where do I sleep tonight?

OUTRO:

A park bench
A boat ramp
A shipwreck
A sheet of melting ice
A lamp post
A hedgerow
The hood of my car
The top of the Eiffel Tower
Or the Guggenheim,
Pyramids of Giza
Statue of Liberty
A window ledge
A table
A tree branch
Blackberry bush
Telephone wire
This house
Stonehenge,
This house,
This house
This house

Kali

Words by Gretta Harley © 2017

Shhh, do you hear that?
Strange sounds in the daylight
It is a dark voice
Chasing me ‘round like a heart attack
Drowning me out like a thunder clap

Do you see that?
In this dark place
Could be a tomb?, she asks;
Or a womb (we hope)?

It only takes a sliver to light up the world
It only takes a whisper to ease my heartache
We only need a little light to get through this storm

There!, there’s a little light
I feel your smile in the dark

Do you feel that?
A tinge in the gut
Like we know what’s going on

It only takes a sliver to light up the world
It only takes a whisper to ease my heartache
We only need a little light to get through this storm

Hey, there- there’s a little light!
I feel your smile in the dark

This birth, like a snakeskin, leaving
This birth, like a cicada shell, gone

It only takes a sliver to light up the world
It only takes a whisper to ease our heartache
Hold my hand, Let’s get out of this dark place

Alchemy

Words by Gretta Harley © 2017

And we keep on living in this fabulous place
Like it’s a vacation, an invitation,
And then we’ll go home
Like a miracle

One day we’re gonna look back at this
And wonder how we ever got through it
It’s a miracle
You’re a miracle
And I’m a miracle, baby

Loving us is all we got
Love, and us

When stars collide
Born are gold and silver
We are all just dust of this
We are all just dust of this
It’s a miracle, baby

The storm is coming
Rivers flooding
Earth is shaking

(F to C slide)
One day we’re gonna look back on this
And wonder how we ever got through it
We’re gonna get through it
Cause we’re a miracle
We’re a miracle, baby

When stars collide
Born are gold and silver
We are all a part of it
We are all just dust from this
We are dust
Dust

Anniversary

Words by Gretta Harley © 2017

I can still see you reaching out the window from that moving train
I just couldn’t chase that one down again
But when you get back again let’s change up the plan
And finally build it,
That little place for us

Let’s meet up where we were last time
Just past the sycamores,
Down the hill, to the right

I’ll be there at half past five
On the anniversary,
I’ll bring the hammer and the nails
You bring the money

I shoulda seen it coming that night you left
You were acting strange like before
I never know the balance of interjection and letting go
Will they give you the letters this time?
Will they keep me waiting without a word

Let’s meet up where we were last time
Just past the sycamores,
Down the hill to the right

If I had a nickel for every…
Plain desire isn’t always the best ransom

Let’s meet where we were last time,
Past the sycamores
Down the hill to the right

I’ll be there at half past five
On the anniversary,
I’ll bring the hammer and the nails
You bring the money

Scorpio

Words by Gretta Harley © 2017

Watching over your shoulder I hold out my hand: fool’s errand
Long invitations pulled at us all the time
Now out of the noise, far from you
You– hung up on that hunger for chaos
I’ll catch ya on the other side
Catch ya on the other side

This ship, let’s take her for a ride someplace
Pull up anchor, water around us in these poems I write
Fate, took us down, down to the bottom
The shoulders I’ve climbed…
It’s the hardest bones that get inside,
The little words that weigh me down,
Their little shards that carve me out,
The biggest vows that have been shattered

Hollow out that place inside
Now I see the way you ride.
Now watch the way I ride
Crawling out
I’ll find another way
I’ll find another way
Crawling out

Watching over your shoulder
I reached out my hand
Like a long invitation
Now I reach out my hand and
Crawl out of the water…
Crawling out of the water…

Little Worlds

Music by Gary King words by Gretta Harley © 2018

Verse:
The tone in your voice was cold as ice
And the words used, no not so nice
No space in the air for me to say
How sad I am it’s goin’ down this way

Chorus:
Derangement
Our dissonance
What a break down
It’s a break down
Just this one day
Illuminated a break down

Verse:
It always takes time to build the trust
Only takes a moment to turn it to dust
The fighting voice you articulated…
Something has died and I really hate it

Chorus:
Cruel tongue demanding ransom
What a shake down
Heart robbery
Downright burglary,
It’s a shake down
What a take down

Bridge:
I wish for you
Love shines through you,
Love shines through you

Did you ask for something in return?
What are you expecting me learn?
So much in my heart that you have missed
How are we supposed to wade, through, this?

I wish for you
Love shines through you
(Don’t let it break down)

Prometheus

Coming Soon!

Words by Gretta Harley © 2017

coming soon ...

Ling

Words and vocal melody by Gretta Harley © 2018

Verse 1:
Howling wind
Showing teeth
Breaking hearts
The whittled bird

Chorus 1:
Next day comes
Will it bleed?
Take me to greet it
Will you take it all down?
Listen…
That's the sound of cries,
And the mother's hand out offering the last bite…

Verse 2:
Stretched out on sand
Water coming in, and back out again
Breathing the swells,
Burrowing a womb in the ancient silt

Chorus 2:
Reaching an arm up toward sunlight
The one with a ring on a thumb, glistening
This time is ours,
Listen…
We are

Verse 3:
We are in fear of losing something
We are shouting at each other
We are…

Chorus 3:
This time is ours
Can you feel it?
All things come in and go out again
Listen

Verse 4
I can still hear your heart
Listen…
That's my heart in the waves of fury

Chorus 4
All things come in and go out again
Can you still hear my heart in the waves of fury?
I still your heart
All things come in and go out again

Listen…

Verse instrumental
Chorus*
Can you still hear my heart in the waves of fury?

(Guitar solo/ outro)
I still your heart
I still your heart in the waves of fury
This time is ours…
Can you still my heart in the waves of fury?

Penance

Music by Gary King Lyrics by Gretta Harley © 2018

You are ginormous… ya know, omnipotent
(I don't recall anything from before
I don't detangle these webs anymore)

You are strategic, placing knives in all those backs
(I don't recall anything from before
I don't detangle these webs anymore)

Illustrious. Tectonic. Preposterous.
You are…

I harbor feelings not unlike murder

Preposterous. Strategic. Material.
You are…

I redesign for the sake of breathing
Or I'll drown in all of these feelings
(But I don't recall anything from before
Amnesia is kind to this wayward daughter, or whatever)

Earth-Shaking. Preposterous. Monumental.

You know what happened
Memories will write your legacy
I'll sign my name on destiny,
and I'm watching
I'll see you out

Fierce Poseidon on your back
All around the fury
Tallest towers all have cracked
Your hubris we will bury
Unearth the lies and face them down
Expose you to sirens
Crowd you out
We'll crowd you out
We'll see you out
And we'll find home