Joy on the Landing

by Stephen King

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This marks my third release of original acoustic songwriting. Putting this project together over the last year is summed up by the quote,
"As knowledge increases, wonder deepens." - Charles Morgan
I feel this energy has been well captured on record. With more to come... as the title track is pending funding for completion, along with a bonus track. Enjoy!

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releases 31 March 2014
Music & Lyrics, produced, composed and arranged by Stephen King
Recorded & Mixed at Vintage Digital by Joel Fountain (tracks 3,4)
Crew Studios by Andre Doucette (tracks 1,2)
The Warehouse Studio by Adam Greenholtz (track 5)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Additional Recording - Euphonic Sound, Toronto, Ontario by
Brianne Carey (track 5)
Mastered at CPS by Brock McFarlane
Cover Design & Sidebar Photograph - Cristina Doroftei
Photography - S.King
Special Thanks to my family - Ginger, Leif, Vivian and to
Lawrence Crawley of Envinylmentallyfriendlyrecords! CIRAA
(c)2013 Chaos Music Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP All rights reserved.
Made in Canada. (MAPL)

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Stephen King North Vancouver, British Columbia

An award winning guitarist well versed in folk and jazz combining genres into an amalgam of story-telling with improvisation, best described as ‘Neo-folk’. Driven by experiences which express a personal, romantic and artistic idealism; at times political, while having social and environmental concern. Using craft and wit, the music draws inspiration from a range of traditions including Canadian. ... more

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Track Name: Lazy Days Of May
We run out along the Bay of Fundy
Rolling in the hay under a laden sky
Our hearts were racing -- our minds eager
Hoping there would never be lies...

The horses are tethered and neighing at dawn
The church bells are ringing
There's a new bride in love
You've got to follow your dreams into the mist
If you don't you can't say you've ever really lived

Like an Alex Colville, come to life!
The portent, the sky, check the time, then the tide,
Questions you're left wondering why?

In these... Lazy Days of May

What is it with these pin dots of meeting spots
On maps that remind me of your face?
I'm connected to this watery place with grace
Every year I return like a migrating bird...
Time and again

What Choice do we have in love?
What chance can we take at all?
When we fight like cats with claws
Make up like Saints and lovers

In these Lazy Days of May

It might be the rage of the Atlantic
Knocking down your door
Or the last song you'll hear from a gull on a cliff
Down here surf is up
You're the ultimate ...serve my cup

Let me hold your hands
Until they turn to dust
That’s what it means to be

In these Lazy Days of Love

Write your name in the sand
Unlearn what you have discovered
When the clouds open, I'll be waiting...

Like an Alex Colville, come to life
the questions , the portent, the sky.
S. King (c)2013
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Track Name: Strange Sounds in the City
Half a world away, she wakes in India.
Writes a quick email without the punctuation
She's got an easy way with words & helping people
Me, I can’t seem to help myself
I’ve tried to reach her to no avail

The sun is a fireball
Her heart is a flower
She has no fear of heights
Since these bare foot days of summer
Well, I’ve yearned for our first encounter
By the pool sharks!

Strange Sounds in the City
Right outside of Smitty’s ...
it’s a pancake house

Strange Sounds in the City, ooh, ooh, ooh
The number 21 whistles by

Now it’s almost September & everyone is
going back to school
Me, I’m out here pounding the pavement
Strumming these strings is what I have to do

Strange Sounds in the City, ooh, ooh
Right outside of Smitty’s ...
Strange Sounds in the City
The number 21 floats by

I used to make love to her here
When the rain fell down the window pane
Maybe I made a grave error...but
It's been almost a year
and things have finally cleared

I’ve tried to reach her and I don’t know
if she's even real or
just a figure of my imagination

They’ll be no peace offering under these terms of surrender
When your art is for sale there is no substitute for real

Half a world away, she wakes
Craving my Canadian Pancakes

Music & Lyric - S. King (c) 2007
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Track Name: 7 Lilies
Music composed by Stephen King
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Track Name: You Got Away With It
S. King (c) 2012

Take me on another trip
Let me hear those tunes
I saved up my money after school
I put them on a sweet mixed tape to try and impress
Now honey that’s just what I had to do
(Chorus)
Yeah, I got away with it!
She said it, I didn’t
have to pay for it
Like some do

Down at the record store
I used to work... no more
Met a girl outside in a Boxing Day crush
She was standing at the front of the line
Said, “Come up and see me sometime.”
Well don’t mind if I hustle
(Chorus/ refrain)
You ‘gotta’ savour it

A shrinking violet
with a tin ear for silence...
What did you expect?
Enlighten me with real music

Alas forsooth
I can't recollect
the onerous debt of my youth
I mowed a lawn or two!
(Chorus/ refrain)
I got away with it!
I didn’t have to pay for it
Like some fool
You ‘gotta’ savour it
(Bridge)
Whittle and hone...cry for food
Now the rent is overdue
Steel your nerves and busk if you must
Mmm, hmm
(Solo break)
(Interlude)
Shame on you
You’ve been caught red faced...
Downloading tunes
I have a family, too.
In lieu of payment
We shell out the dime...
Each and every time

Down at the record store every Saturday afternoon
Ten foot cord hanging down looking pretty cool
I know you don't recall some Gap store in a mall
Playing that old canned music
(Chorus/refrain)
They got away with it
Didn’t have to pay for it
Like some fools
You ‘gotta’ savour it
If this is what you love to do
(Coda Tag)
A little toil, a lot of strife
To try and carve us a better life
A little toil, a lot of strife
To try and carve a better life
For me and you



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Track Name: Hard to Hold
Hard To Hold - Stephen King © 2009

People tell me what you want to hear
People tell me what you know

Well you are hard to hold
You are hard to know

Take a little time to play & think
Walk along a nude beach
Looking back on a well dressed city
We laughed out loud
Pour a mixed drink into a paper cup
Try not to get caught
Kissing madly
I don’t know why
Or what this life is all about

Well you are hard to hold
You are hard to know

This may be the hardest thing
We have done
This may be the hardest thing that has
come between us
Every day I go to work
Every day I return
Some things you can’t control I guess

Well You are hard to hold
You are hard to know
(Instrumental Break)
Well You are hard to hold
You are hard to know

Ask me for a favor a lot today
Try to help a good man out
Ask me for a favor another way
Tried to help me settle down

(Bridge)
In my mind I'm tucking you in
In my mind I'm letting you go
‘cause this is more than we bargained for
This is more and more…
Feeling like you want to be part of this
Feeling like you want to get out
Feeling like you want to be part of this
Feeling like you want to leave now

Well you are hard to hold
You are hard to know

(Trumpet Solo)

You are always saying that I am the best
Exactly how do you know?
We can’t keep waiting on success
Look the money comes and goes

Feeling like you want to be far from here
Feeling like you want to leave now

Well you are hard to hold
You are hard to know

(Outro)







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Track Name: Swan Song Denied
Amid the paths of the Public Gardens, I strode
I challenged you to a duel of prose
Off the grass man, over there
You can run and hide under a cloudless sky
Until security finds your soul

I read the paper aloud
It said the swan’s partner died
I thought I’d come down here for awhile
As corny as it sounds, that’s all that is going down

Swan Song Denied

She was going to break
Hitting her head against the fence
It was about the pain of the past
Come to bear witness
Now it almost left her dead
That’s why I’m here
I want to comfort her with my song
And tell her it’s going to be all right again

(Instrumental break)

We had the chance to make a difference
Why didn’t we do what we could from the start?
Keep it simple, tell the truth

Swan Song Denied
We let another one go by...

Music & Lyric - S. King (c) 2008
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