Innerweather (1991)

by James Hersch

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This collection of songs was recorded live, no overdubs, in my basement in 1991*. It was released on cassette and compact disc. It went out of print in 2013.

*except for Paper Route. The version here was re-recorded in 2005 in the same studio with 2 guitars.

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released August 20, 1991

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James Hersch Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hersch, a native Minnesotan, has fifteen album credits and is known for his story song style. He has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival and recognized for his original soundtrack for the PBS documentary, "Paving the Way". His reachwithme program has been honored with the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity by the National Association for Campus Activities. ... more

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Track Name: Cause I Have You
We don't have a worry
We don't have a care
We don't have to hurry
We're already there
How to make millions
I haven't a clue
I'll take what I have cause I have you

We're over the rainbow
We swing on a star
You do your fandango
To my lazy guitar
So many waiting
For dreams to come true
I don't have to wait cause I have you

The clouds may rumble and the wind may roar
The wolf is knocking at our back door
But life is the bubbles, baby
All of our troubles just run away from view

The king of the jungle
The mighty and proud
They would surely be humbled
If they were allowed
To witness the wonder
Take in the view
Of all that I have cause I have you
Track Name: Paper Route
Paper Route

Johnny was the quarterback, he lived just down the block
Every Saturday he would be my favorite stop
See his name in black and white from the game Friday night
Johnny went away to school in his daddy's Oldsmobile
It was on page two how he died behind the wheel
From a drunk driver on the edge of town

Chorus:
I found out on my paper route
I found out on my paper route

Carol was a pretty girl, she wore a ribbon in her hair
At the age of ten I guess I didn't really care
She would often wait for me, take the paper right from my hand
By and by, I wondered what these feelings were
When she smiled at me I guess I smiled at her
Never kissed a girl before, I'd wondered why I'd ever want to...

Every house was different, every house was the same
Some faces smiled at me,some never even knew my name
Fence to fence, tree to tree, they left their mark on me
Now I'm thirty-five and I don't live there anymore
But in my head I remember most every door
And I can see there's a lot in me that...
Track Name: It's Only Lonely Sometimes
Grandma sits alone and stares outside the window
Pain is on her mind
She's got nothing left
But watching time go by
Slowly she begins to lose her focus
She prefers to choose the blind
She's got nothing left
To see before she dies
I never saw my grandpa hold her
Now he's gone and I am older
No one touches Grandma's shoulder
No one touches her at all
Little eyes that stare so far away
I wonder where she is today
But I'm leaving and all she will say
Is I'll be alright alone

Chorus:
She says it's only lonely sometimes in the morning
Sometimes in the quiet afternoon
It's only lonely sometimes in the evening
Do you have to leave so soon

Grandma makes her bed
She takes her pills and combs her head
She feeds the bird
Shuffles tiny feet
Across the chilly floor
Everybody rushes by so fast
Now and then she tries a word
But it's lost behind
Another slamming door
She only gets to church at Christmas
Always says she just barely missed us
But her mornings hurt so bad
She just can't get out of bed
She writes a friend a letter
When her trembling hands will let her
She can't believe it, but we tell her
Her friend is three years dead
Track Name: Smiling Jack
SMILING JACK IS OFF AGAIN
I WONDER WHAT HE’S THINKING
HE WON’T BE BACK UNTIL HE’S BEEN
THE FULL LENGTH OF THE KITCHEN
IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY
IF I HAD ALL KINDS OF TIME
I’D GIVE MYSELF TO SMILING JACK
EACH MINUTE, EVERY DIME

SMILING JACK IS A CLIMBING MAN
HE AIMS TO CLIMB THE TABLE
HE WANTS TO BE AS HIGH AS ME
I CATCH HIM WHEN I’M ABLE
AND I KNOW THERE WILL BE BRUISES
I KNOW THERE WILL BE SCARS
BUT I’LL NOT KEEP HIS LITTLE HAND
FROM REACHING FOR THE STARS

SMILING JACK IS SLEEPING STILL
I LISTEN TO HIS BREATHING
TIME WILL CHANGE THE BOTH OF US
SOMEDAY HE’LL BE LEAVING
SO LET ME WATCH HIM FROM A DISTANCE
LET ME HOLD HIM WHILE I CAN
AND BY AND BY THEY’LL TURN MY
SMILING JACK INTO A MAN