Hard Way Learner

from by Chris Velan

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    Chris Velan recorded this album - over many burritos - at Mission Bells studio in San Francisco and released it in 2008. It was produced by the one and only Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips - an incredible songwriter and performer as well as a gifted producer. David Simon-Baker, aka DSB, engineered it at MB and mixed the hell out of it at Laughing Tiger in Sausalito. Chris had such a blast making this record and was joined by an illustrious gang of Bay Area/SoCal musicians: Adam Topol (drums), John Hofer (drums), Paul Hoaglin (bass), Jackie Greene (piano, organ), Dan Lebowitz (guitar), Nicki Bluhm (backing vocals), Sara Johnston (backing vocals), Tim Bluhm (guitar, backing vocals) and Dave Ralicke (horns).

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lyrics

HARD WAY LEARNER

So I find myself here again
I have to wonder if it’s ever going to end
I once knew this place by a different name
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised
Had I thought I would have recognized
‘Cause the faces are different but it feels the same//

So please be patient with me baby
I’ll try to make this the last time//

But I’m a hard way learner
I keep my finger to the burner
And I need my time to get it right
I’m a, I’m a hard way learner//

For a while everything is fine
Like I’ve left it all far behind
But there’s a rip in the cloth where the past crawls through
And it comes in a new disguise
To try to look me right in the eyes
And ask again what’re you going to do//

So please be patient with me baby
I’ll try to make this the last time//

I’m a hard way learner
I keep my finger to the burner
And I need my time to get it right
I’m a, I’m a hard way learner//

The flags go up
The alarm bells ring
But I’m blinded I don’t hear a thing//

Push that rock, Sisyphus, up the hill
Will it roll back, yeah it probably will
But you don’t have to keep pushing ‘till you come undone
They talk about a wheel to which we’re bound
To ride forever as it goes around
And if you don’t get it in this life
You try the next one//

So please be patient with me baby
I want to make this the last time//

I’m a hard way learner
I keep my finger to the burner
I need my time to get it right
I’m a, I’m a hard way
I’m a hard way learner
I keep my finger to the burner
I need my time to get it right
I’m a, I’m a hard way//

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from Solidago, released April 1, 2009

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