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The Barrio Sessions with Early Times

by Gail George

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1.
Mythomaniac 04:20
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.
2.
Be Okay 02:42
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.
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
Walk Away 03:19
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.
6.
Thank You 04:15
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.
7.
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?
8.
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.
9.
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 La la la la la la la…..

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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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