Jungle Out There – Kyp Harness

 

 

The Sea Monster – Kyp Harness

 

 

***~~~~~THE SEA MONSTER~~~~~****

The days are so frightening
My dreams are full of lightning
I just got back from fighting
In the war

My very kind companions
Left me shell-shocked and abandoned
When all that love and understanding
Went out the door

Come on mama, save me
Come tell me I’m not crazy
When I say I’m seein’ sights that amaze
I’ve never seen before

As we stood with hopes subsidin’
And we looked to the horizon
The ol’ sea monster was risin’
From the ocean floor

We started out believin’
That the deal was square and even
Before charity and reason
Went by the side

In the battle clash of visions
Hollow greed and cheap ambition
Left each one in the prison
Of their mind

Come on mama hold me
I remember what you told me
All about the people blind and lonely
Livin’ in a diamond mine

As our hearts were torn with pity
We looked to the town and to the city
And saw the ol’ sea monster swiftly
Risin’ from the other side

There were strategies and ruses
False concern and bad excuses
There were banners, flags and nooses
Flyin’ in the wind

We were distracted and sedated
All our sins were elevated
And all that could have saved us
Was trampled in the sand

Come on mama, love me
With your love so far above me
Come flirt and turtledove me
To the end

As we try to find the sacred
And the courage to stay naked
As the ol’ sea monster comes shakin’,
Steppin’ to the shore again

 

© 2018 Kyp Harness

Talking To Myself – Kyp Harness – “A Toronto version of a Lucinda Williams or a Nick Cave…he’s a stone genius.” – CBC

http://nodepression.com/article/song-premiere-kyp-harness-talking-myself

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“Sweet Release” new Kyp Harness song and video

 

 

Kyp Harness shares video for “Sweet Release” from self-titled album out Oct. 19!

One of Canada’s truly under-appreciated singer/songwriters Kyp Harness returns on Oct. 19 with his fourteenth album, simply entitled Kyp Harness, a collection of nine timely observations of our fraying society, rendered with all the wit, wisdom and just the right amount of folk-rocking flair that Kyp’s die-hard fans have come to expect. The album’s crackling energy is the result of the tracks being laid down during a single all-day session at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, with Joao Carvalho capturing the chemistry generated by Kyp, the renowned pianist Tania Gill, bassist Mike Smith and drummer Sean Lancaric.

We’re proud to offer an early taste with the Southern Souls video for “Sweet Release,” one of the album’s standout tracks. He officially launches the album, along with his new novel The Abandoned (Nightwood Editions) on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Toronto’s Tranzac Club.

If you aren’t familiar with Kyp Harness, then you’ve been missing one of the most important bodies of work any Canadian singer-songwriter has amassed over the past 25 years. With each new release, media outlets have hailed him as a genius, and his songs have been covered by Ron Sexsmith, Daniel Lanois and Mary Margaret O’Hara, among others. Sexsmith has called Kyp, “my favourite songwriter. It’s his lyrics that set him apart. They are every bit as powerful as the best Dylan, Cohen and Lennon combined.”

 

The range of his songwriting chops is fully displayed on standout tracks such as “Talking To Myself,” “Angel Mine” and “Insomniac Lullaby,” but it’s on “Hard Life,” “The Sea Monster” and “Jungle Out There” that Kyp unflinchingly illuminates the dysfunction at the heart of our society.

It’s hard to discount the weight of experience on Kyp’s current work, but his worldview hasn’t changed much since he released his debut album in 1991. However, the goal of every true artist is to boil their creativity down to its essence, so it’s hardly a surprise that at this point in his evolution Kyp Harness has chosen to present his new album simply under his own name—one that deserves to be spoken with the same reverence as Canada’s other great songwriters.

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http://www.rootsmusic.ca/2018/09/27/kyp-harness-shares-video-for-sweet-release-from-self-titled-album-out-oct-19/

 

“All I Need” by Kyp Harness

 

 

 

ALL I NEED

 

Well they came and shut me down

On a bright and sunny day

I was tryin’ to walk a tightrope

They took the tightrope away

 

So I turned up my collar and I turned to the East

And shook that dust right off my shoes

Funny when you take everything away from someone

They start actin’ like they got nothin’ to lose

 

All I need is your love

All I need is your love

All I need is your love

To get through

 

Never been in with the in crowd

Never knew what the special code was for

I never got the secret handshake

Never got in on the ground floor

 

All I need is your love

All I need is your love

All I need is your love

To know what for

 

Ain’t goin’ back down to the village

Ain’t nothin’ left there worth pursuin’

And anything that has to be done by today

Well, to me just ain’t worth doin’

 

Swarms of sparrows in the sunset

Swoopin’ and flyin’ through the sky

I could walk from here to forever

And never match what’s right before my eyes

 

All I need is your love

All I need is your love

All I need is your love

To get by

 

 

© 2016 by Kyp Harness

Song “Fields of Plenty”

Kyp Harness song Fields of Plenty from the album

The Miracle Business (2004)

Recently covered below by Ron Sexsmith:

 

FIELDS OF PLENTY

Fields of plenty
are right outside your door
Just when you think there is no more
when you’re down to your last penny

Fields of plenty
can be seen in the eyes
Of the ones who cause the sun to rise
Gazin’ on the world so old, knowin’ they behold
the fields of plenty

Fields of plenty
may seem beyond your touch
But you can reach them even with your crutch
if you start out late or early

Fields of plenty
they ain’t no ordinary field
You just step forward and you’re healed
In a blaze of light, day or night
in fields of plenty

Honey don’t wait up for me tonight
I’m goin’ down, I’m goin’ down
I’m goin’ down

To the fields of plenty
just on the other side of that wall
Where so many strive to have it all
and others don’t have any

Fields of plenty
brighter than the lights that shine on high
Appearin’ in the twinkling of an eye
On yonder hill, we’re dreamin’ still
of fields of plenty

On yonder hill, we’re headin’ still
for fields of plenty

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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Still Learning

 

STILL LEARNING

 

We brought you home from the hospital in a brand new baby car seat

In a dirty old taxi cab that we hailed

Although it might as well have been a rocket ship you travelled in

From across whatever galaxies you sailed

Now you’re only two feet tall and you can hardly see at all

And you don’t understand much of what you do

Excepting for your size and for the colour of your eyes

There’s not much difference between your old pa and you

But we’re still learning, we’re still learning

I got to say I always planned to have a little more well in hand

Before the arrival of someone like you

But now you’ve made your entrance I guess we’ll stick with the tradition

Of somehow just muddling through

No I haven’t made much money and though it might seem funny

Probably wouldn’t know what to do with it if I did

Each task I’ve tried to undertake I always seemed to learn the hard way,

Guess the same’ll go for raising you, kid

But I’m still learning, I’m still learning

And as you’re lookin’ ‘round

There’s so much more to be found

On the way to where you’re bound, but for now

You got to be carried around –

Now you’re hungry and you’re cryin’, one would almost think you’re dyin’

Listenin’ to the noise that you make

But one thing you’ll never know is how you’ve caused this love to grow

In these two hearts with new morning you awake

You’re like the fireflies on a summer night, you’re the red ribbon first prize

You’re like a neverending sunrise to me

You’re a waterfall, you’re a windfall, you’re a bright light in a dark hall

And I still can’t say all the things you’re gonna be, because you see-

I’m still learning, I’m still learning

 

Copyright © Kyp Harness 2015