The Barrio Sessions with Early Times

by Gail George

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California pop meets New York City's Spanish Harlem. The Barrio Sessions is a musical neighborhood that you’ll want to visit again and again; it’s a truly sublime, late night record that details loss, heartbreak and redemption.

“Other pearls on The Barrio Sessions include “Walk Away,” which begins as a softly sung number and climaxes as something close to a primal confessional. As Ms. George nearly cries out, “Stepping through the wreckage, all I felt was pain…never felt safe, never felt sane,” the listener is drawn in and feels some of the same pain that she experienced, which is the mark of an excellent songwriter: taking something personal and making it universal.” - JOHN BORACK, GOLDMINE MAGAZINE (DEC 31, 2014)

"I am REALLY loving The Barrio Sessions. A lot. I find myself listening to it at work, through headphones, in the mornings, with a nice hot cup of coffee. Seems like that's a great way to listen to it. And the melodies really stick in my head. Great, great album!” - MIKE LIDSKIN,TWIRL RADIO KUBU 96.5 FM SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 

“The big single here is “Gonna Get Worse” with a strong bass line and strong backing vocals with its hook. Also a highlight is “Nobody’s Friend” with its sad lyric, somber trumpet that highlights Gail’s willowy vocal performance. “Walk Away” is another highlight with its strong coda (particularly good performed live).” - AARON KUPFERBERG, POWER POPAHOLIC (NOV 11, 2014)

“Brilliant songs, a wonderful, distinctive voice and a superb overall style and sound! Really, there's no good reason why you shouldn't be a bit of a legend by now, if it was all down to the music. You must simply have forgotten to jump through all the right hoops.” - D.C. CARDWELL, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

“It’s been a really long time since I’ve recommended an album, but it’s times like these I wish I were a deejay at a hip, alt-radio station or a music reviewer. Why? So I could name the new album from Gail George to my top ten for 2014!” - JEFF KOTERBA, EDITORIAL CARTOONIST/OMAHA WORLD HERALD, AUTHOR, MUSICIAN

“The Barrio Sessions with Early Times is one of the most heartfelt, sincere, honest, unpretentious, artistic, well-crafted, natural, and most especially beautiful albums I have heard in many years. Every song is great, and your voice is as amazing as ever. This should be a contender for Album of the Year, or possibly the decade. I can't praise it enough. Thank you again for making it, and I hope you're working on your next one.” - BILL JACOBS, CD BABY REVIEW (NOV 4, 2014

“This intimate, relaxed album from 2014 features the lovely songs and vocals of Gail George, who recorded in New York’s East Harlem. We love the soft-sounding vibe of three entries: “Nobody’s Friend,” “Walk Away,” and “You Are There,” which we are now playing in rotation. - ALAN HABER, PURE POP RADIO

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released October 8, 2014

Written by Gail George. All vocals by Gail George. Produced, performed and engineered by Early Times at Manhattan Recording in East Harlem, New York, spring and summer of 2014.

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Genre defying, the songwriting and production of Gail George is the sum of her musical parts. Melodic vocals over chiming guitars. Swirls of synth driven 80s piano and keyboards. A nod to 60s and 70s soulful pop and psychedelic rock all help to create a unique and distinctive but identifiable sound. She’s California pop meets New York grit. With a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of heart. ... more

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Track Name: Mythomaniac
I know about the girls you called friend
Now I’ve got a secret too
And I know they were much more than that then
Now I’ve got a secret too.
Yeah, I know about the soulless names yeah
I’ve got a secret too
Without a sound they praise your fame yeah
Now I’ve got a secret too.
Well that’s real
And you’re not
Unhinged and haywire
Mythomaniac.

No, you can’t see the future
And your dreams they don’t come true
You’re a mixed up, messed up bag of bones
Even God can see right through.
And you don’t walk on water
Yeah, your hands just flesh and blood.
And you prey on the weak
And you feed off the young
And I know what you’ve said
And I know what you’ve done
Now I’ve got a secret too.

I know how much you like to watch
Yeah, now I’ve got a secret too
Behind close doors and in the dark
Yeah, now I’ve got a secret too.
Well that’s real
And you’re not
Unhinged and haywire
Mythomaniac.

So you know it’s not that special
When the words are make believe
Looking tired and bent
Feeling unmoved I bet
You’ve spent a lifetime on them I see.
No, they’ll never be a moment
When the truth shall set you free.
Because you prey on the weak
And you feed off the young
And I know what you’ve said
And I know what you’ve done
Now I’ve got a secret too.
Track Name: Be Okay
I’ll move on
And the obvious will fade
But behind these eyes
I am disengaged
After all this time
It’s the price that I pay
You did that
Will I ever be okay?

Sow your seeds
In my garden of despair
All your thorns and thistles
Climbing through my air
After all these years
I still bleed everywhere
You did that
Will I ever be okay?

The hum of your voice is a
Nagging reminder
Of how I went under
I doubt everyday
So it just makes me wonder
Why you’re here today?

Fear the arms
That wrap themselves around me
For in time
They will just push me away
Am I good enough to be with another
You did that
Will I ever be okay?

Yeah, I’m gonna
Gonna be okay.
Track Name: Gonna Get Worse
The ghosts are banging on my walls
They come for me, no rest at all
And I just have nowhere to go.
I try to hide out in my sleep
They chase me down, they cut me deep.
And I just have nowhere to go.

And it’s gonna get worse, yeah it’s gonna get worse,
Before it gets better.
Before it gets better. (repeat)

A flash of light, what is your name
A few kind words, won’t be the same
Do I have to let you go?
Out of the blue you went away
But you’re not here, what can I say.
I just have to let you go.

And it’s gonna get worse, yeah it’s gonna get worse,
Before it gets better.
Before it gets better. (repeat)

Always the calmest after the storm
Always the darkest right before the dawn
The sky shines so brightly in the noonday sun
Time moves so slowly after your gone.

I can’t explain, I’ve no idea
What you think or what you feel
So I just have to let this go.

And it’s gonna get worse, yeah it’s gonna get worse,
Before it gets better.
Before it gets better. (repeat)

Always the calmest after the storm
Always the darkest right before the dawn
The sky shines so brightly in the noonday sun
Time moves so slowly after your gone.
Track Name: Nobody's Friend
I speak in a whisper,
Rumor has it
That the truth does not really matter.
I know, I can make or break
Will you take the bait
On my long tall tale.
No you won’t,
Forget my name
I am nobody’s friend.

With all this idle chatter
Is it any wonder,
That I’m shrouded in smoke and mirrors.
I move undetected
Wreak some havoc
On the poor and the unsuspecting
Since you asked, imagine that
I am nobody’s friend.

Did you hear?
And can you believe?
Between you and me,
It’s really no, no big secret.

I will rise while you fall apart
I’ll distort your truth
Wrap it up ‘round your broken heart
No you won’t
Forget my name
I am nobody’s friend.
I am nobody’s friend.
Track Name: Walk Away
It takes a lot
But I am not
Really so afraid now.
You see my legs
Are strong enough
To kick down all these walls!

But after all
I didn’t fall
I simply flew away now
Razor sharp and wide awake
So kindly move along
Walk away, walk away.

Look around
At what I’ve found
I really can’t complain now
Is it right?
Or is it wrong
Now can you really tell?

But after all
I didn’t fall
I simply flew away now
Razor sharp and wide awake
So kindly move along
Walk away, walk away.

See you haven’t changed, everything’s the same.
Nothing can be saved in this masquerade
Stepping through the wreckage, all I feel is pain.

Never felt safe, never felt sane.
Living in a daze where everything was fake.
Nothing can be salvaged, nothing you can say.

Lived too long in shame, in your mad parade.
I played a waiting game of everything unsaid.
Memories will fade.

Like you.
Track Name: Thank You
You mean everything in the world to me
Through thick and thin
You’ve been my friend
By my side and though the end
So it’s time, yeah it’s time to say
Thank you.

Through the years and the tears
And the broken hearts
You made sense
When my world did not
You picked me up
And dust me off
So it’s time, yeah it’s time to say
Thank you.

In my darkest hours
You would bring me flowers
In a song.
If I needed someone
You always were the ones
I turned on.

Now I find
Needing to tell you just how I feel
In my life
How you made me smile
These words of love, they took awhile
But it’s time, yeah it’s time to say
Thank you.
Track Name: World Painted Cruel
The sky it fell again today
That’s what you get for wanting.
You jack knifed, bruised and battered
On your way.
Wishful thinking’s got your number.

Desire the liar
You know it’s true
Deception required
In a world painted cruel
What did you do?

The earth it opened up and swallowed you
That’s what you get for needing
The wheel of fortune
Played you for a fool
There’s a myth that leaves you crying.

Desire the liar
You know it’s true
Deception required
In a world painted cruel
What did you do?

Your world came crashing down again
That’s what you get for dreaming.
You run a race
You know you’ll never win
Second best, I guess that’s something.

Desire the liar
You know it’s true
Deception required
In a world painted cruel
What did you do?
Track Name: You Are There
You are there
You are light and you’re all the air.
You’re everywhere
It makes no difference
Why should I care.

This I know
You’re the darkest night, you’re water, winter snow.
Above below
A breathless whisper
That’s nowhere near.

You are there
You are light and you’re all the air.
You’re everywhere
It makes no difference
Why should I care.
Since you’re not here
You’re every sound
That I cannot hear.

This I see
They’ll never be a time for you and me.
But honestly
I’m walking away
Because you’re nowhere near.
Track Name: Little Pink Notes
Shoo da wop
Shoo da wop
Shoo da wop

Yes, you were the only one,
The only one, you were.
Yes you were my only one,
My only one
You were.

I’d follow you for days
I’d follow you for years
I’d follow you most everywhere
In a puddle of tears.

Yes, you were the only one,
The only one, you were.
Yes you were my only one,
My only one
You were.

Little pink notes
And hand drawn hearts
Tell me you’re very happy
Where ever you are.

Decades have passed
Our lives moved on
You were what right felt like
Before it went wrong.

Shoo da wop
Shoo da wop
Shoo da wop

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