Close to the Sun

by Kim Ware and the Good Graces

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
03:11
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
4.
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
5.
Have you ever seen something so beautiful? Have you ever known something so miserable? I can't believe
6.
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
7.
03:28
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
8.
03:31
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
9.
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
10.
03:49
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
11.
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
12.
05:03
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

about

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.

credits

released September 30, 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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Kim Ware and the Good Graces Shelby, North Carolina

"Really emotional and really good" -Noisey

"It’s no stretch to call Kim Ware an Atlanta treasure. Fans of her songs have always been delighted by her keen eye for subtle images and toe-tapping arrangements.” -Immersive Atlanta

"The music is excellent. Some of the words are too sad." -Kim's mom
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