Takes Time

by Jim Guthrie

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released 07 May 2013

Takes Time 2013
@jampants
jimguthrie.org
www.facebook.com/jimguthriemusic

Music and words by Jim Guthrie except for “Turn Me On” (John D Loudermilk)
Additional lyrical consultation by Samir Khan on “The Sound Of Wanting More”
Musical intro for “Never Poor” written and arranged by JJ Ipsen

Recorded by Mark Lawson and Jim Guthrie, 2007-2012
Violins on “Wish I Were You” recorded by Owen Pallet
Intro on “Never Poor” and horns on “Before and After” recorded by Andy Magoffin
Mixed by Justin Nace (@justinshanenace)
Additional mixing by Jim Guthrie
Mastered by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles (thetwominutemiracles.com)
Artwork and layout by Cory Schmitz (@CorySchmitz coryschmitz.com)  
Professionally Sequenced by Kristian Galberg
This album is best served on a good pair of headphones

This record was made with support from the Ontario Arts Council.

Difference a Day Makes
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals, keys
Evan Clarke - drums
Simon Osborne - bass
Shaw-Han Liem - piano
Philippe Custeau - pedal steel
Seb and Alex Chow - Strings

Before and After
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals, keys
Evan Clarke - drums
Simon Osborne - bass
Shaw-Han Liem - piano
Randy Lee - strings
Andy Magoffin - brass
JJ Ipsen - brass arrangement
Tim Kingsbury - guitar

Taking My Time
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals, synth, drums
Evan Clarke - drums
Shaw-Han Liem - piano, celesta
Jeremy Strachan - woodwinds

Don't be Torn
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals
Evan Clarke - drums
Simon Osborne - bass
Shaw-Han Liem - piano
Jeremy Strachan - flute
Nicolas Buligan - horns
Jordan Howard - guitar solo!
Cheerleaders - Regan Clarke, Pauline Craig, Liz Forsberg, Magali Meagher, Peggy Messing, Teresa Morrow, Kristy Simpson

Never Poor
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals, synth
Evan Clarke - drums
Simon Osborne - bass
Shaw-Han Liem - piano
JJ Ipsen - additional piano, bass clarinet
Andy Magoffin - horn on intro

The Rest Has Yet To Come
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals, keys, bass, synths, samples
Evan Clarke - drums
Randy Lee - strings

The Sound of Wanting More
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals, keys, bass, synths
Evan Clarke - drums
Randy Lee - strings

Wish I Were You
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals
Evan Clarke - drums
Simon Osborne - bass
Shaw-Han Liem - piano, synth
Owen Pallet - violins and arrangement
Mike Olsen - cello
Philippe Custeau - pedal steel

Bring on the Night
Jim Guthrie - guitar, vocals, synths, bass, shakers, hats
Nicolas Buligan - trumpet solo
JJ Ipsen - editing, moral support

Like a Lake
Jim Guthrie - guitars, synths, bass, celesta, harpsichord, drums, claps
Seb and Alex Chow - strings
Jeremy Strachan - woodwinds

Turn Me On
Jim Guthrie - guitar, vocals, synth, percussion
Shaw-Han Liem - piano
Evan Clarke - hi-hats

A huge, heartfelt thank you to so many people over the years. Much advice and words of encouragement were given while making this record. You are the only reason this record exists so thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Track Name: Taking My Time
Taking My Time

Is it love?
Is it love
From the mud below
To the sky above?
And if it is or if it was
It ain't for nothing or just because

An irreversible thang
Hold tight
Hold tight to the horse's mane

Another song sung sweetly
Another night so cold
Might make my love seem thrifty
Ah but I'm already sold
And if it's making you misty
Then I trust it's gutsy
Or wait
It must be just the wine

An unexplainable thing
I'll have to change to stay the same
Just like this bottle of wine
It's gonna take time
No doubt

Give and take my own advice
Until my demise
And live out the rest of my days
Taking my time

An undisputable thang
An unavoidable thing
Please don't make me explain
Track Name: Difference a Day Makes
Difference A Day Makes

Oh the difference a day makes
The kettle's on and my heart breaks
I didn't mean to doubt you
I just figured it out
Oh the difference a day makes

Oh the difference a day makes
Flock scatters the earth shakes
10 billion people are dreaming
While floating through space
Oh and we're just out walking
Laughing and talking
About the difference a day makes

So don't think twice
Just lie down in the light that has found you
‘Cause the dark will come
And swallow up the sun that hangs above you
Tonight the stars are coming out
Track Name: Before and After
Before and After

Tape over tape
And over time
Before and after is on my mind

It's not hard
Letting go
But it's hard
Even so

And you say
‘Come here and sit down
Don't try to own it all’

Debate its weight
Into decline
Before and after seems less defined

It's not hard
Stealing woe
But it's hard
Stealing the show

And you say ‘Come here and sit down
Don't try to figure it out”

And when I'm hard, jaded and stark
Naked let's face it, I'm falling apart

I know
I know
I know
I should know better

And you say ‘Come here and sit down
Don't try to figure it out’
Track Name: Never Poor
Never Poor

I am a wealthy man
But I'm in debt
So death to all my idle hands
Not dead yet
So bring the noise and rest assured
Never Poor

Late last night
Now we're on the mend
Lost the plot
You don't get change
From the time you spend
We sure spent a lot
Don't need to chase it anymore
Never poor

So eat drink sing melody
Don't be so angst-y
Know that you'll never have more
Might get what you ask for
Just know that you're never poor

Woke last night from the strangest dream
Heart beating fast
Ran outta time making time machines
Time won't last
It leaves in the night out our back door
But we're never sure

So eat drink sing melody
Don't be so angst-y
Know that you'll never have more
Might get what we ask for
Just know that you're never poor
It's you I adore
I know that I'm never poor
Track Name: The Rest Is Yet to Come
The Rest Has Yet To Come

Make me something
Put it on the marquee
A leprechaun dancing
Whatever strikes yer fancy
Then we'll throw it in the fire pit
Then we'll sit next to it
It's our trophy with a phobia
Or is it good will haunting?
And you said ‘The rest is yet to come’
I said ‘Don't you mean the best?’
You said ‘We're making a huge mess’
Won't lay down
Won't confess
All burnt out and won't succumb
Ah but the rest has yet to come

Make me something
Put it in the backseat
Then drive me crazy
Then call it ‘new wave-y?’
So futuristically out of date
But if it takes time it's never late
Fire all the hired guns
I know I'm not the only one
The rest has yet to come
Track Name: Bring on the Night
Bring On The Night

Drawn into this mystery
Another sunset
Heartbeat
Let darkness wash over me
Starry wonder
Beauty
Try to find you
Again
Close by
Moon sky
Comes back to you

Anticipation grows as the day turns tomorrow
Into the great unknown
Get lost when the sun don't shine
What's yours
What's mine
Find out what we already knew
We like darkness - dark blue
Track Name: Don't Be Torn
Don't be Torn

Don't be torn
You feel a change in the air
But you can't see the storm
Stay close stay warm
So I'll remain
You've been warned
Don't be torn
I just want to be your snail
Stay close stay warm
So I'll remain
You've been warned

I've tried to move around
Go underground
Here's what I found
It takes heart
To fall apart
Start from the start
Hear no sound
‘Cause every time I try to think
A ship sets sail I fear might sink
So I redefine what's in decline
And paper floods with ink

Don’t be torn
(Be assertive)

So let's dance
Let's begin to map the winds
Of what has and has been
And never bother to turn around
Don't look back now
Or take any bows
Just carry on

Hands hide from hearts
Hide from hands
What they know
No
Don't be torn
So maybe next time won't come so suddenly
In my mind
It’s already next time
Suddenly….
Track Name: The Sound of Wanting More
The Sound Of Wanting More

Strange days are here again
So this one's from the heart
Let's get those old boys outta here
Before this gets dark
Trash talking what they think it takes
Echoes in rooms where you lie awake
Strange ways
New aches
As the radio drones

It's just the sound of wanting more
Don't even know what you came here for
But it's so loud that you can't ignore
That's just the sound of wanting more

Strange days are gone again
Or so it seems in dreams
Just gotta get out of Baltimore
Ride the laser beam

It's just the sound of wanting more
Don't even know what you came here for
But it's so loud that you can't ignore
That's just the sound of wanting more

So if I don't come back this way
Leave well alone
Just burn the piano
And kill the radio drone
Track Name: Like a Lake
Like A Lake

I woke up and on the wall I saw light
It looked just like a lake
But it scared me
I don't know why
And as I stared
I saw things
And it changed me
But something wasn't right
With the light
Was I still dreaming?

So I got up and I walked over to this lake
And I saw people on the other side
It wasn't hard to tell
They didn't look all that well
So I called out ‘cause I thought I could help
But no one had eyes
So they couldn't see that no one had ears
So they couldn't hear me
Then I felt the earth quake
As a voice from the lake
Spoke these words and it instantly calmed me
‘I hear you call’
Do do do do do do
‘I hear them all’
Do do do do do do

Then it said
‘Life, she is a mystery
And there's more to all of this that she ain't telling me
So tonight it's like a lake
Sit so still and pretty makes your heart ache
But these days don't it all just make yer heart ache’
Track Name: Wish I Were You
Wish I Were You

Throw it out
It's lost its shape
In need of repair
No time for escape
But leave no doubt
There's a light to be seen
It's coming over the hill
Somebody screamed

We never knew
And we still don't
Is it true?
Wish I were you
Somebody screamed, ‘I wish I were you’

So hear me out
Don't mean to sound cute
But sometimes yer drunk boy
And sometimes you puke
But leave no doubt
There's a light to be seen
It's coming over the hill
Somebody screamed

We never knew
And we still don't
Is it true?
Wish I were you
Somebody scream, ‘I wish I were you’
If we do nothing
There's nothing left to do
Wish I were you
Somebody scream
“I wish I were you”

Somebody scream
‘In my time of lying’

You're talking to a ghost
The ghosts are all around
They're everywhere you look
The ghosts they write the book
Somebody screamed
You're talking to a ghost
Who says ‘I wish I were you
Cause then I'd get back
To the land of living
And fix all this crazy shit’
Track Name: Turn Me On
Like a flower waiting to bloom
Like a light bulb in a dark room
I am sitting here waiting for you to come home and turn me on
Like the desert waiting for rain
Like a school kid waiting for spring
I am sitting here waiting for you to come back home and turn me on
My poor heart, it's been so dark
Since you've been gone
After all you're the one who turned me off
Now you're the only one that can turn me back on
My hi-fi's waiting for a new tune
And my glass is waiting for some fresh ice-cubes
I'm just sitting here waiting for you to come on
Back home and turn me on