Close to the Sun

by the Good Graces

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This album is also available on 12" vinyl from Fort Lowell Records. Order your own copy at fortlowell.blogspot.com/2014/09/pre-order-good-graces-to-sun-now.html

This record would not have happened were it not for the following people:

Mark Nanna and Lucas Mire' - My Baby and my Doodle, my home and work husbands; I will forever treasure your love and support.
Rob Dyson - Your kindness, patience, and talent is appreciated more than you'll ever know.
Kim Richardson - Thank you for your tidbits of lyrical guidance. I hope you'll find I did them justice.
John McNicholas - My brother from another mother and a most excellent tour mate and driver. Thanks for believing in the songs of tGG.
James and Tracy Tritten - Your friendship is nothing but golden and
has been a constant for most of my musical being.
Jay Manley and Jane Francis - Great friends, teachers, and hosts. That you know so much about me but still seem to like me ok is something I'll never take for granted.
the PTLK family - I'm so glad I'm in you.
the Theme Music group - You never fail to inspire me.
Tim Mazurek - Such a true artist and standup guy. I can't thank you enough for helping me realize my vision. And then helping me realize a new one.
And all the other players who gave their time and talents selflessly. Thank you.

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released 30 September 2014

Produced by Rob Dyson and Kim Ware

Recorded winter 2013 through spring 2014 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Atlanta, GA

Basic tracks (Kim's lead vocals and guitars) for most songs, as well as Jay Manley's additions, engineered by Jay Manley

Additions and tracks 1, 4, and 8 recorded at Wizkid Sound. Engineered by Rob Dyson.

Mixed by Rob Dyson
Mastered by Rodney Mills at Rodney Mills Masterhouse
Vinyl lacquers by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering

Cover and insert photography by John McNicholas
Layout and design by Tim Mazurek and Kim Ware
B-side artwork by clamdiggin

All songs written by Kim Ware © 2014, BMI
except "Shea" written by A. Lonnie Henderson / Tex Svengali

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Track Name: I Don't Know Where to Start
I need a destination
For my long vacation
I need an explanation
For breaking my own rules
I need to think with my head
I need to feel with my heart
I need a big finish
I don't know where to start
I don't know where to start
Track Name: Cold in California
It's so cold in California
I didn't even bring a coat
And I guess I should probably warn ya
There's a reason we're going broke

Cause I bought shoes and I bought bags
And I bought everything
But all the money in the world
Won't bring you back to me

Thought I saw you in the hallway
But it was only in my mind
They say it's all part of the healing
And it'll go away in due time

But I've been spending all my days
Wondering what might have been
But all the prayers sent up to God
Won't bring back my best friend

I threw away your favorite things
The dogs are acting strange
But still it's so hard to believe
That everything has changed

I rearranged the furniture
I even sold my bed
But I'll have to buy a brand new house
To get you out of my head

It gets cold in California
I probably should go buy a coat
Track Name: My Own Grace
Ever feel like you're a loaded gun
Losing patience with most everyone
It happens every day
I got caught up in the history
Analyzing how things used to be
It's always been my way
I'm never gonna change

I twist and I turn
All these things I should learn
Through time and through space
Just to find my own place

It was six or seven years ago
With all the people that we used to know
It was a lovely night
We went dancing and stayed out 'til two
You held me close and I looked up at you
And everything felt right
Now all we do is fight
(Every night)

We twist and we turn
Through mistakes, bridges burned
Through time and through space
Just to find my own place
To find my own grace

Now I feel like I'm a loaded gun
Losing patience with most everyone
It happens every day
Track Name: Under the Weather
Well I've always loved the summer, you know
Even though I tend to burn
Sometimes I get too close to the sun
I guess that I'll never learn

So let's load up the wagon
And drive it on down to the beach
And I won't forget the sunscreen
I keep it right here in my reach

I've always loved the way that you talk
You always know just what to say
But sometimes we get too close to the truth
And it always scares me away

But let's load up the wagon
And drive it on down to the beach
And I won't forget the sunscreen
I keep it right here in my reach

I'm under the weather
But I'm over the moon
Cause I'm coming home soon

I've always thought that there was a plan
Some bigger purpose one day we'd understand
But what if the truth is there's just today?
And in this very moment everything is okay

So let's load up the wagon
And drive it on down to the beach
And I won't forget the sunscreen
I keep it right here in my reach

I've always loved the summer, you know
Even though I tend to burn
Track Name: Something So Beautiful
Have you ever seen something so beautiful?
Have you ever known something so miserable?
I can't believe
Track Name: A Gain, Again
There's a calm before the storm
I've never known what it was for
I guess it's to prepare

And there's a lightness in your eyes
It's just before you start to cry
I know, 'cause I've been there
And I know that it's unfair

There's a darkness before light
The sun, it fades into the night
Only to rise again
And we begin again
I know you'll win again
Track Name: Curb Appeal
I tried to get to know you, but you're hard to get to know
You're like that elusive actor or actress
You're always running late for your own show
I tried to pay attention, but you're always shifting gears
Holding on to something tightly for a moment
Until something much more interesting appears

You're like that new house on the corner
You got great curb appeal
But nothing inside you is real

You're not much for conversation, but you really love to talk
Always immersed in something we don't understand
Always thinking your next great big thought
We tried to make a movie, but you wanna make a film
Always complicating things that should be simple
Always thinking that you're such a great big deal

You're like that new house on the corner
You got great curb appeal
But nothing inside you is real
No nothing inside you is real
How come nothing inside you is real?

I finally got to know you, now I've really got to go
Track Name: Shea
She comes on to me alone
She comes on to me alone
She likes crap and chrome
And she comes on to me alone

Careful little shelter never hurt anyone
But I know things aren't really like that anymore
Helpless can't afford to be alone nowadays
As I stare in front of you through the alcoholic haze

She comes on to me alone
She comes on to me alone
She likes crap and chrome
And she comes on to me alone

Careful little shelter never hurt anyone
But I know things aren't really like that anymore
Helpless can't afford to be alone nowadays
As I stare in front of you through the alcoholic haze

Well you tried so hard before
That you passed out on the floor
Screaming at the top of your lungs for your spotlight
A little bit of action and you're off and running
To the liquor store
You've played the game, you don't need anymore

She comes on to me alone
Track Name: Standing in Line
Well I know it's a drag when I get so serious
But we've just got so much to do
And I know that I should forget, but it's curious
I never relied much on you

It's just a waste of my time
(Just a) waste of my time
(Why are you) wasting my time
(I don't like) wasting my time

It's not that I'm hard to impress
It's just that I don't like to climb to fall down
If you've got so much to express
Then how come we had to get lost to be found?

If you could make up your mind
(Just) make up your mind
(Why can't you) make up your mind
(You never) make up your mind

It's not that I'm calling your bluff
It's just that I'm not too afraid to be scared
Some things are never enough
But spinnin' round feels like I'm going nowhere

Are we just standing in line?
(Just) standing in line
(I don't like) standing in line
(Why are we) standing in line

Just standing in line
Standing in line
Track Name: Parts > Sum
My god my god what have I done?
I have been untrue
My actions have hurt everyone
But mostly they've hurt you
I never meant to feel this way
And I don't want to stray
I know it's hard to let this go
But it's harder still to stay

My friend old friend how can this be?
What have we become?
Our very own worst enemy
Parts greater than the sum
It took so long to realize
You misread every single sign
I know it seems like much to lose
But there's so much more to find
Track Name: Before You Go
Before you go, please let the dogs out
Before you go, please take the trash out

There's a list of things to do
And I know that these lists really bug you
But before you go, please know that I love you

Before we met, no one knew me completely
Before we met, no one loved me so deeply

There's still so much left to do
But I don't care what as long as I'm with you
Before we met, please know that I missed you
I missed you so bad

Now that you're here, let's make some coffee
Now that you're here, let's watch some tv

There's so much that we can do
And I know my favorite shows really bore you
Now that you're here, just know I adore you

There's a list of things to do
And I know that these lists really bug you
But before you go, please know that I love you
Track Name: (untitled)
Sometimes I don't know when to stop
Sometimes I'm afraid to hold on to what I've got
Then it's all over, we've barely begun
'Cause I got too close to the sun