Time to Face the Music - EP

by Stephen King

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An emotional, debut studio EP loosed, from a singer-songwriter/guitarist with a trio of dynamic musicians. Poetic lyricism, not afraid to say something in art. Genre-busting “Neo-Folk”, driven by rough hewn vocals, sweet folk ballads laced with irony, retro r ’n’ b jazz influences meet African and reggae grooves. Spontaneous, inspired energy that is unpredictably raw. To that, add a touch of versatile acoustic guitar.

Celebrating the moment in time rather than the perfection of editing. "I like to feel moved by human beings, not machines and processors." Wood, wire and skin making sounds organic, that breathe and hearten your decisions in playing and listening. That is the point of this EP. It is a taste of what is to come and really just part of the whole experience.
Each individual musician brings something to the creative table and it gets played in context, then you move on...

Recorded in three live sessions by engineers: Pierre Armstrong, Joel Fountain & David Green; with all musicians present, this self-produced studio recording is the antithesis of heavy-handed production.

Audiences both East & West have had the pleasure to hear some of the story-telling performances which are a fixture in Stephen’s repertoire. From Halifax to Salt Spring Island to Los Angeles, King looks forward to taking a trio on the road this time to points unknown... making new friends in music along the way.

"Oh, how my soul is on..." - G. Orwell

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released October 1, 2011

Music & Lyrics, produced, composed and arranged by Stephen King
Recorded & Mixed at Vintage Digital by Joel Fountain (tracks 2,4,5)
Resonant Mind Productions by Pierre Armstrong (tracks 1,3)
Sharpe Sound Studios by David Green (track 6)
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Mastered at Indie Pool by Trevor Norris
Additional Mastering at Suite Sound Studio by Alex DeGrace (trk 6)
Cover Design & Photography - Cristina Doroftei
Graphic Layout - Adrienne Drozdowski
Thanks to Mary & Leif King!
(c)2011 Chaos Music Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP All rights reserved.
Made in Canada. (MAPL)

Featuring Musicians:
Pat Metzger & Joel Fountain of Headwater on acoustic bass & drums on tracks: (2,4,5)
Tom Morgan & Jay Benison on electric/upright bass and drums on tracks: (1,3)
Stephen King - Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano on track: 4

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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: Boots on the Ground
Boots on the ground everybody is talking about
These Boots on the ground
I got problems again
What are you going to do?
When you try to make a decent wage
Where can you go, to be treated well?
Now I know a thing about working a job
When it comes to this dignity is dead!
Things got so bad I couldn't see
Look here,I was a good man something happened to me
(Chorus)
Boots on the Ground everybody is taking now
(refrain) I've got problems again

Gotta’ call today from a boss that said,
You can't be late, you can't again
Things got so bad I couldn't see
I was a good man - something happened to me, yeah
(Chorus)
If I had a dime for every time I tried to get rich
But for now I’ve got this caramel macchiato
With a lemon lime twist
(Brief Refrain) Here we go again!
(Bridge)
Good things going to happen to you on the Other side.
I'm convinced /
Good things going to happen to you on the Other side.
/ bound to be better than this
You just got to reach out and say it's going to be different!
Alright
(Bridge II)
Now It seems like all the time you plead with me
Mmm...they treat you so wrong. If I hear one more belly-ache, I don't know what to do
Things have a way of working out when you come around
(Chorus/refrain outtro)
Boots on the Ground...
Track Name: Don't Tell Me
Don’t tell me your story
Don’t tell me at all
Don’t tell me your story
By the old liquor store

I won’t say what bothers
I won’t say out of pride
But your bad manners and tall tales
Got you in this scrape, tonight.
Now and then you think things
are just going swell
You had to go and do something
like this


Saw you walking down the street
I saw you …clear as day
You were laughing you were smiling
Doing these things that you never could with me!

Don’t tell me your story
Don’t tell me your lies
Don’t tell me it's over
By the old moonlight

Solo

Bridge
What if we made lots of money?
Wouldn’t we be like those people
We made fun of…

Your public persona
Has taken a dip
Your porch is creaking and
Your ears are ringing
That’s middle age, I guess

Solo

She used to turn over a letter
Now she just touches a screen
With small bird bones and a little retriever
She is looking bittersweet
Track Name: Oceans Go Away
Oceans Come & Oceans Stay
Oceans won't ever go away...

If I was the captain on this sea
I'd set a course for mutiny
One more disaster my conscious can't bear

Tonight is for the brave volunteer
They rake the sand in search of eggs

For all the wisdom we have ignored
Mother Nature we have abhorred
What a legacy!

Oceans Come & Oceans Stay
Oceans won't ever go away...
Take our problems away

All they need is a little more time
To finally prove themselves right

Go ask your father what men have wrought
What happened when the sun flared up?

Such a special gift was it to sail and
Feel the salty spray, the spit

Oceans Come & Oceans Stay
Oceans won't ever go away…
Oceans won't ever take our problems away
(They exist)

Oh, I can't forsake this place
Down among the sea shells
The algae whispering save me

Oceans Come & Oceans Stay
Oceans won't ever go away...
Track Name: Time to Face the Music
Watch the mind go
Watch the jaw slack
You can’t take anymore
and the world blackens

Run right through
Like someone close
It's a dirty game with all
this mudslinging

Draw me near now because I need you
Time to face the music
We may never know the answers we sought
but we feel it, deep in our hearts

Fear at Eye Level...

As you are
Don't try anything too soon
In this small conservative room
You're a mumbler, a stumbler of disjointed scripted phrase
Out goes wit with the coming of age


A good man breaks like a choir boy’s voice
Pummelled soundly, by these heckles of choice
Fools can bludgeon and laggards yell!
Well fed Jekyll's just out of jail

I saw you struggling in the language debates
The attack ads worked you senseless both night & day

Watch the mind go
Watch the jaw slack
You can’t take anymore
Of the world’s reaction
Run right through
Like someone close
It’s a dirty game
Full of half truths
It’s a dirty game
Turns the best away
Track Name: Chinese Tree
Show yourself to the neighbors
It’s your house
The Destiny of landlords let you down
Say good night to a sound sleep
Those days are gone in the heat

Jot to the pub to gab with foe
You never thought you could be this bold
After all the choices we have made
This one simply takes the cake

We live by the highway
Loud as it can be
I can almost hear myself being a parent
Late at night you can still hear the sound of wheels
My baby sleeping by my side

Everything is a Chinese Tree ...Is all?
Not one thing is made here anymore
I just came from another Dollar Store
All I can say is I can’t believe it

Dispatch into the realm of the abysmal
Let your thoughts run wild
Hold on to every sacred symbol
Until they achieve Human Rights

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Sometimes I forget
How we got here
Next to you my wife
You are the woman of my dreams
Lying here beside

(Solo/Instrumental)

Ask questions at dawn of the dean
Lo the ox, hare, accused
Awl the owl with all your might
If the door is ajar, kick it in

Everything is a Chinese Tree
Not one thing is made here
upon these shores
I just came from another Dollar Store
All I can say is I hope for safety

(Interlude)

For a moment we share
For a life we deeply care
Hear that sizzle in your ear?
You look va voom ce soir!
Track Name: Spun to the Margin
If you take away the miles
and the years in between
If you take away the smiles
and the lives that add meaning
this stony place is where
I will reside
but you can call me up, I suppose
anytime you feel like

These tears have dried
This pen has run its course
I'm out here
trying to stay on this good horse
Why did you live in this lie?

Stop now before we push this thing too far
You're taking things for granted
Which you never should in love
and every time we go 'round it's like
We are just spinning in the park
We are going to have to face it
We are Spun to the Margin

Each man has his fears
I know I have a few
I'm coming on thirty
and it's me or you

Small talk has its place
but not by waterfalls
they're too beautiful
in this one horse town, I swear
You just can't fall

You've really got to keep your head
when time is wasting
Don't want to run the risk
of loosing this

All the way out here
under those daylight stars
that moon was burning bright
with the sun not far behind
I thought I had seen it all
from far away but
standing in that bank line
I swore I heard you say...

If you take away the miles
and the years in between
If you take away the smiles
and the lives that add meaning
Why would you live in this lie?

Stop now before we push this thing too far
You're taking things for granted
that you never should in love
and every time we go' round, it's like
We are just spinning in the dark
We are going to have to face it
We're Spun to the Margin