Let Me Lie Easy [demo]

A song I’ve been working on, one way or another, for nearly 40 years…

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I’ve actually written this song three times, though the tune has survived every iteration. The first version of the words disappeared during the break up with an ex-girlfriend in the mid-70s, the second with my first ex-wife. I have an ex-rated musical career. This is the third or 4th demo, but it’s getting nearer to what I have in my head. At least you can hear the synth on this version. Synth and multi-tracking notwithstanding, it’s more folk-y than most of my stuff.

Words & Music by David Harley: copyright 1975, all rights reserved.

I don’t want to hear that the show must go on
I know that the world keeps on turning
But how can you ask me to rise with the lark
With this pain in my heart still burning?

Let me lie easy, let me lie late
Let me lie low, let the world wait
Let me lie easy, let me lie lie late
Please let me sleep till it’s over

The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn
The dogs call in vain for their master
Just give me a while to untangle my threads
And Little Boy Blue will come after

The summer’s near gone and the year’s on the wane
The harvest stands ripened and wasting
Just give me an hour to unscramble my head
And I promise I’ll not keep you waiting

Also…

The 1st and 2nd versions of the lyric are gone forever, which given that they were even darker than this version, may not be such a bad thing. But this version, which turned up in my things-to-work-on-one-of-these-decades folder, gives some idea. I probably won’t sing it this way again, or attempt to incorporate it into the existing version, but just for completists…

Let me lie easy [older version]

Let me lie easy, let me lie late
Let me lie low, let the world wait
Let me lie still just this once in my life
Please let me sleep till it’s over

The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn
The world’s upside down without warning
Just lend me a night to unscramble my head
And I’ll sort it all out in the morning

Crows in the stubble, a gull on the wing
A shout through the misty distance
Just lend me a moment to bind up my wrist
And appear to reward your persistence

Author: David Harley

Computer Security Author/Editor; Independent Antimalware Researcher; CEO at Small Blue-Green World; Senior Research Fellow at ESET.

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