New Ends and Sad Beginnings [demo]

One of my earliest songs, written in the late 60s (though it’s been through a few changes since then: haven’t we all?)



There’ll never be a better time for starting something new
I’m spending too much time alone, brooding over you
But nothing comes that easy, and I’ve got so insecure
Since the angel I was slowly learning how to trust is surely finding
Strange ways of turning long-time dreams into nightmares after all

The sun will rise and fall and the night will win again
So I’m promised with no guarantee of stars
And in my street-lit room I will sing some different tune
To the futile rusting chords of my guitar

The beggar-clown will weep as he tiptoes through my sleep
If he knows, he will not tell me where you are
In his hand he holds a candle I reach out to pluck its blossom
And it lies between the strings of my guitar

This may well be the first song I ever wrote that I can still remember all through, though it’s changed a lot since 1969. It contains some of the original lines, but the tune has changed completely.

Feeling encouraged…

Ian Semple kindly played a couple of my tracks on Coast FM today:

Let Me Lie Easy:

and one that I don’t do live at the moment:

Same Old Same Old:

With that, and some more kind words from another source, I’m feeling more than usually appreciated. Musically, at any rate. 🙂

David Harley

Coast FM

I was enormously pleased and encouraged to have some tracks played today (April 1st 2017) on Ian Semple’s show on Coast FM (96.5 and 97.2 FM or via the web). An excellent performer in his own right, Ian includes a lot of local music in his show between 12pm and 2pm on Saturdays and I listen in whenever I can. Thanks, Ian, for the exposure and for the kind words!

The tracks were from a gaggle (or is that gabble?) of CDs I’ve been working on in the past few months when I haven’t been able to get out much. All vocals and instruments are me: I can’t blame anybody else… Words and music (apart from the Housman poem) copyright David Harley. All rights reserved.

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April Foolishness from the Library of Congress

An interesting article by Stephen Winnick from the Library of Congress, on April Fools: The Roots of an International Tradition.

It’s a bit late on April Fools Day to make a big deal out of this, but I came across an interesting article today from the Library of Congress on April Fools: The Roots of an International Tradition. Written by Stephen Winnick.

One of the interesting aspects is the link with the hazing of apprentices etc., an issue I touched on in this song:

Long Stand

David Harley