Guy Harrington

Guy Harrington

 Santa Monica, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Guy Harrington, unapologetically and unabashedly, has been busy writing and producing his best work yet. Drawing on such influences as Beck, Elliot Smith, The Flaming Lips and the Beatles, Harrington has created an album that is both sturdy and whimsical, dark and playful.

Biography

Harrington’s songs have undercurrents of despair and wry humor beneath optimistic, Beatlesesque Britpop melodies sung with dusty, lo-fi vocals. “Happy New Year” sets the tone as the opening track where Harrington’s arrangement talents shine through an escalation of symphonic orchestration, melodic male vocals, the glockenspiel, and, of course, jingle bells. From there the album takes twists and turns along a dim, smoky hallway. Lilting pop rock tune “Oh Jane” features liberated vocals reminiscent of a summer road trip with the windows wide open. “Easy Now You’re Gone” couples a toe-tapping beat with face-slapping lyrics – a delightful juxtaposition. Harrington gracefully rounds out the flavor of the album with the multifaceted psychedelic rock of “Cleopatra’s Clothes,” and the simple and beautiful “Deborah,” a bare bones tribute sung with raw honesty. The album closes with two bonus tracks, both of which are likely the lyrical and compositional superlatives of the album. One downside-you’ll want more.

His new album is available for download at www.myspace.com/guyharrington.

Harrington is poised to release his second album by late ‘09. He will be playing shows in Southern California this summer and plans to secure shows along the west coast later in the year. The album is also available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, La La, and emusic.

Guy Harrington is the former singer/songwriter/composer for the band World Without Sundays which enjoyed the support of a dedicated fan base (local awards included “Best New Band” in the 2005 LA Music Awards). World Without Sundays released a self-titled debut album in 2003 and later released The B-Sides in 2005. They played dozens of shows across the West and Midwest.
In addition to his work in World Without Sundays, Harrington has both contributed to and been the composer of scores for film and television.
Guy Harrington’s influences include:
Elliot Smith
The Beatles
David Bowie
Kiss
Wilco
Beck
The Flaming Lips
Queen
The Rolling Stones
Devandra Banhart
The Kinks

Lyrics

Happy New Year

Written By: Guy Harrington

Happy New Year
I hope it's much more than the one last year
all those promises that we made
then we washed them all down with champagne

Happy New Year
we all deserve better but wind up here
back at the bottom
I hope it's an easier climb next time

it's all the same, it's all the same
just one more gone
it's all the same, it's all the same
just one more gone

Happy New Year
you were once someone I held so dear
now it's photographs of where we've been
we looked so happy then

Happy New Year
and if it's the last time that we're all here
raise up your glasses to those who have been
left behind... oh why?

it's all the same, almost the same
just one more gone
it's all the same, it's all the same
just one more gone

Oh Jane

Written By: Guy Harrington

OH JANE

Lady Jane came to stay
and everybody thought you were gold
I would've never believed it
but oh Jane, oh Jane
you're incredible
I didn't know what would make you cry
but I'll try anything once

Lady Jane what a shame
they're chasing you wherever you go
I wouldn't blame you for leaving
go Jane, go Jane
you got to get away
I wasn't claiming to know you well
but I'm missing you with everyone else

you come a long way
since you were an innocent girl back home
you come a long way
since you were an innocent girl

Lady Jane, baby Jane
the world is at your feet if you want it
I know you've taken a beating
but know Jane, know Jane
know you're not alone
I didn't know what would make you smile
but I'll try anything once

you come a long way
since you were an innocent girl back home
you come a long way
since you were an innocent girl

Lady Jane came to stay
and everybody thought you were gold
I would've never believed it
but oh Jane, oh Jane
you're incredible
I didn't know what would make you cry
but I'll try anything once

you come a long way
since you were an innocent girl back home
you come a long way
since you were an innocent girl

Raygun

Written By: Guy Harrington

I've got the weapon on me
for doing dangerous deeds
I've taken everything I want
it's buried in my heart
it may be someday soon I'll dig it up
this isn't bye it's so long
this isn't me it's my song
this isn't anything you want
it's people that I'll haunt
it's sunny afternoons I'll turn to dark

Raygun... shooting you down with my Raygun

We'll go to sleep in the car
I could wake up and go far
I'll burn up all the gasoline
blurring every scene
I'll take you to a world you've never seen
I fell to Earth in the night
I'm who you don't want to fight
there is no bullet only light
it's a terrifying sight
I'm Redford, Newman,
and a dude from Mars combined

Raygun... shooting you down with my Raygun

Bang.
and with impossible aim
I'll leave the head but not the dream
kill the want but not the need
so keep your wishes far away from me

Raygun... shooting you down with my Raygun

Everybody Loves Me

Written By: Guy Harrington

take my picture i won't smile
snap them quicker
there's a big long line
it's a free guitar
they gave me 99
and man, I'm good
but I can only play one at a time

exclusive parties
and I walk right in
my life's just a game
and I always win
once you shook my hand
not that I recall
and I wasn't nice but you don't mind...
'cause everybody loves me

I'm not bigger than the rolling stones
but i can give you the finger
and still not go home alone
so believe what you want
i wrote them all for you
or i really care what you're going through

oh everybody wants me
and everybody loves me
everybody knows me
everybody loves me

oh, in my brand new clothes
from stores with automatic doors
cars in every town
people drive me around
and I go on a television show
and tell everyone
it's the little things that really count

take my picture i won't smile
snap them quicker
there's a big long line

The Special One

Written By: Guy Harrington

He sat there in the nudie bar
and cried his little eyes out
His little whim took everything
I knew he'd never find her
We all said she's crazy man
and you're making up rules
you haven't a chance

She blew up in an accident
but no one saw the wreckage
that was seven years ago
she's been dying ever since then
Now she lives for little things
like taking her life whenever she can

How do they find me here at all
How do they find me here at all

Living this way won't fill you up
I got a bad feeling about it
Pain so you're the special one
Pain to keep you standing out and
Living this way won't fill you up
I got a bad feeling about it
Pain so you're the special one
Pain to keep you standing out and...

She gave up her inheritance
The presidential offspring
and all the big celebrities
who left just before you got here
And if you haven't heard of them
then it's certainly someone she hasn't met

How do they find me here at all
How do they find me here at all

Living this way won't fill you up
I got a bad feeling about it
Pain so you're the special one
Pain to keep you standing out and
Living this way won't fill you up
I got a bad feeling about it
Pain so you're the special one
Pain to keep you standing out and...

She had to get away from us
The shallow and dishonest
Now she cries of loneliness
Why does no one ever call
And she was once a friend of mine
but I haven't heard back
I must have been right

How do they find me here at all
How do they find me here at all

Living this way won't fill you up
I got a bad feeling about it
Pain so you're the special one
Pain to keep you standing out and
Living this way won't fill you up
I got a bad feeling about it
Pain so you're the special one
Pain to keep you standing out and...

Easy Now You're Gone

Written By: Guy Harrington

you found a new love today girl
i put on my happy face and went around town
i'm gone around town
like when everything used to be fine
and everybody knew you were mine
but now it's a horrible place
people i never knew are happy i'm gone
they're laughing, i'm done
they're looking right down to my bones
they know why i'm walking alone
i feel so wrong but i've got to be strong
i look 'em in the eye and with a straight face
say
everything is easy now you're gone
i wake up whenever i want
there's no one to tell me i'm wrong
about the things i want and say
and everybody says you need some time alone
but i've been so damn far away
i've been so damn far away
everything is easy now you're gone
i wake up whenever i want
there's no one to tell me i'm wrong
about the things i want and say

she gave my whole life away
now somebody else walks around in my place
the smile on my face
the hand that was holding your hand
is on the arm of some other man
and now i belong to nowhere and no one
i never thought i'd feel such a sickness
if
everything is easy now you're gone
i wake up whenever i want
there's no one to tell me i'm wrong
about the things i want and say
and everybody says you need some time alone
but i've been so damn far away
i've been so damn far away
everything is easy now you're gone
i wake up whenever i want
there's no one to tell me i'm wrong
about the things i want and say

there ain't no reason to know you now
there ain't no reason to know you
there ain't no reason to know you now
there ain't no reason to know you

you found a new love today girl
and i should be happy that you got what you want
to make a new start
so i'll say a toast to your name
chase a bottle of pills with champagne
what a relief to be finally free
a last look back to the good times
and
everything is easy now you're gone
i wake up whenever i want
there's no one to tell me i'm wrong
about the things i want and say
and everybody says you need some time alone
but i've been so damn far away
i've been so damn far away
everything is easy now you're gone
i wake up whenever i want
there's no one to tell me i'm wrong
about the things i want and say

Appendix

Written By: Guy Harrington

you where someone else when i needed someone
i was getting drunk when i completed this one
i finally fell in love but went and picked the wrong one
now i'm waiting on my heart for it to beat itself numb
please believe me when i say
i'll live to cry, i'll cry another day
please believe me when i say

this used to be a major surgery
but now i'm in and out in the same day
now it's like picking my pocket
take what you want
i probably won't feel a thing

i opened up the window and i climbed out on the ledge
it was really crowded so i came back in
i'd just as soon lose if you're just letting me win
it's like having to ask for attention
please believe me when i say
i'll live to cry, i'll cry another day
please believe me when i say

this used to be a major surgery
but now i'm in and out in the same day
now it's like picking my pocket
take what you want
i probably won't feel a thing

well i take things apart and i put them back together
there's always extra pieces and it's never worked better
it makes me wonder why
all the king's horses and all the king's men
and everyone else can just ride
cause i can take care of myself

this used to be a major surgery
but now i'm in and out in the same day
now it's like picking my pocket
take what you want
i probably won't feel a thing

Fair Weather

Written By: Guy Harrington

damn this awful day
everyone's away
if i spend another minute in this pouring down rain
i might just explode
it's coming through the floor
i don't need an umbrella
what i need is a goddamn boat

it's better not to drink
better not to smoke
there's nothing else to do
i'm a prisoner in my home
the wind is going mad
blowing in the sad
there are sicker things than even the truth
and they're all in me

i love you but i can't explain why
above you there's a hole in the sky
it's karma you can never stay dry
i want to give you everything
that you made mine

boots that never dry
weather never lies
oh i wanted love the way that tears want eyes
and backs want knives
everyone survives
we sit around comparing the scars
and it's all good times

the sun tried breaking through
man, he did his best
now he's going back upstairs
and he's clearing out his desk
we're all taking turns choosing who to burn
i'm sure you're laughing harder than me
but it's your turn next

i love you but i can't explain why
above you there's a hole in the sky
it's karma you can never stay dry
i want to give you everything
that you made mine

damn this awful day
everyone's away
if i spend another minute in this pouring down rain
i might just explode
it's coming through the floor
i don't need an umbrella
what i need is a goddamn boat

i love you but i can't explain why
above you there's a hole in the sky
it's karma you can never stay dry
i want to give you everything
that you made mine

Cleopatra's Clothes

Written By: Guy Harrington

please give me half of your smoke
let's dance around the issue
i want to breathe what you hold
i'm really going to miss you
everything goes the way it goes
i'll play the card that i've been dealt here
if it makes me high
or it makes me cry
if it makes me settle down and mellow out

and then the stars came out
she was standing next to me
love came and arrested me
we were never coming down
and when the stars came out
we shot up to the sun
we left behind everyone
we were never coming down

she hit him over the head in chapter 27
i closed my eyes as i read
which in itself is pretty clever
she's wearing cleopatra's clothes
the dream of every man
i've got it all except the check book
and i know that i'm the smallest guy
i just hope that when she goes she'll travel light

and then the stars came out
she was standing next to me
love came and arrested me
we were never coming down
and when the stars came out
we shot up to the sun
we left behind everyone
we were never coming down

she looked at me her eyes were diamonds
her hair was sheets of rain
i knew that when i looked back at her
i would never look the same
we played all night
and when the sunlight came she took my hand and said
we would tell the truth and start a revolution
or maybe just stay in bed

and then the stars came out
she was standing next to me
love came and arrested me
we were never coming down
and when the stars came out
we shot up to the sun
we left behind everyone
we were never coming down

Deborah

Written By: Guy Harrington

deborah please take my temperature now
i'm not feeling as well as when i'm around you
i've been building a room out of the words
that come out of your mouth
it's where i go when the clouds start pouring it down

deborah please tell me what can i do
to win your affection and a dinner or two
i've been singing a tune
but the words that come out of my mouth
are falling short of what i mean to say

i can't think of a better day
than one at your table filling an ashtray
under my ribs, pinned to my heart there's a
picture of you and there's no tearing it down

deborah dear i've been working it out
been changing my ways so
you can come back around now
if i could build you a room
out of the things that you wanted around
i'd hang myself in there too
but high enough that you couldn't take me down

i can't think of a better day
than one at your table filling an ashtray
under my ribs, pinned to my heart there's a
picture of you and there's no tearing it down

deborah dear tell me what can i do
i'm not feeling as well as when i'm around you
i've been singing a tune
but the words that come out of my mouth
are falling short of what i mean to say

Discography

LPs:
Guy Harrington-Self Titled Debut Album available to stream in it's entirety at:
http://www.imeem.com/guyharrington/
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Guy+Harrington
http://www.last.fm/music/Guy+Harrington

Selected streaming available at:
http://www.myspace.com/guyharrington