The Hare and Other Songs

by Charles Mansfield

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This is collection of songs released in 2014-2015 with suggested track order and new compilation art.

The singles were released generally monthly in this time and was a great experience to interact and get feedback with friends and listeners throughout this period.

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released November 22, 2015

Written by Charles Mansfield
Produced Mark Garrison and Charles Mansfield
Engineered by Mark Garrison in Buffalo, NY
Recorded at Sound Garrison, Buffalo, NY Dec 2014/15
Mastered by Alex Saltz - APS Mastering

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys - Charles Mansfield\
Drums & Percussion - Mark Garrison
Additional Vocals - Laurie Gmeinder on "Mexico"

Original Hare Artwork by Uriel Shlush-Reyna (additional photoshop design by Charles to symbolize the compilation.)

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Charles Mansfield Brooklyn, New York

Charles Mansfield's sound has been compared to the likes of Neil Young, Frank Black and The Mountain Goats. The past few years have seen Charles in New York playing clubs largely shoulder to shoulder with the Antifolk scene at Sidewalk, GBM (now Looking Glass) and the house-show scene. He recently released a new acoustic based EP titled Birthday Card at Sidewalk Cafe NYC on 7/29/16. ... more

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Track Name: First July
FIRST JULY


This'll be my second August but this is still my first July

I"m not ready to be careful; I'm not ready to behave
I'm not ready just yet my friends to go, underneath the blade
We all want to be normal; more or less I guess
But when it comes to bein shunned you didn't try your best, best, best

This'll be my second August but this is still my first July

Isolation, it feels ok; if you think it's on your own terms
But late in the day you feel the need, of another's arms

This'll be my second August but this is still my first July

When you're faced with a bridge to cross never to look back
Do you think of the ones you've left behind and totally lost Track Track Track

This'll be my second August but this is still my first July
Track Name: The Hare
THE HARE

Unblinking Eye
Reflection of a window pane; cross the surface, cross the glass, cross my heart

Move so fast
Move that ass
The clock's hands won't stop but you will;
For the pie on the windowsill, on a warm summer day.

And you won't get up for two, cause you.....
Know your haunches will save you
Like they did the last time
And the time before that, And the time before that, And the time before that

But you're still in the same place this race
While the slower creatures are safe at home
Snug in their beds while the hare is out, wiping stars out of the sky.

Can't you see my iris bleed
Into yours as we spot the sun
Fall into each others eyes
The hare and me to hell with everyone

The hare and me go fuck you everyone
Track Name: Inside Your Head
Inside Your Head

You think you know.
But you don't
You think you have it all worked out

But it's bein' worked out for ya
In the deep dark night and not till you open your eyes

Do you realize; what those guys, did inside your head?

When she tells you
She doesn't love you
You say, fuck that I didn't even

Like her that much anyway
No resource to waste
We're better off......aren't we?
Why was I even tryin'?

You try to hide it
You could sleep like a lamb
Put it all behind your back
But what was that rush at 3am?
Shakin their heads and fingers
No, No, NO.....It goes right.....here

And you wake up.

Then you try, to take it back out. But it's there for good
Or at least until time breaks it, but that's not the answer you wanted.
No, no, no......
Track Name: We All Know
We All Know

I, keep looking at you cause
I don't want you. To think
I want to touch your wife; but i keep giving.....
You, glances with a smile
cause I don't want you; to think
I want to take her hand; and i laughed a little hard at your joke
Cause i don't want you. to think
I'd put my mouth over hers; and take her downstairs
And turn her around. Oh yeah

I know it sounds pretty bad and I want her in here
But I'd never act

But it's up to her
And even though it's going slow
If you would get up and go, i'd probably still say no
But it hurts to be alone
Cause i love her
And i like you
And its so hard
What life puts
Us through
We all know
We all know
We all know
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Track Name: Pops!
POPS!

This noise, will soon, end but, the silence
Will last forever and all
So I better get used....to it
This time; it's not
Gonna improve; no way; no how....

Just let it go. Like a balloon
Farther and farther, smaller and smaller
Just let it go. Like a balloon
Farther and farther, smaller and smaller
Till it pops

Inside your bones, it's tight lipped, endless
And the blood; it swirls around, wordless

So we better get used....to it
it's all; there is
Never improves; no way; no how. No cause

Just let it go. Like a balloon
Farther and farther, smaller and smaller
Just let it go. Like a balloon
Farther and farther, smaller and smaller
Till it pops

You were an hour and a half late.
Should've taken five minutes more; to brush your hair

Let it go, we're stars

Just let it go. Like a balloon
Farther and farther, smaller and smaller
Just let it go. Like a balloon
Farther and farther, smaller and smaller

And the silence will last forever and ever.
Track Name: Never Get To Mexico
Never Get To Mexico

I was listenin' to the radio, when i heard the words, that made me think
Would they ever mean a thing to me again, would i ever take that drink?

You always think there's time to act in ways, to make you mine
But I might never get, to Mexco and if that's so, there's other places I might not go.....

It's those Old Song Blues, such Old News

I wet my pants, at the spark of romance, it drains my veins and leaves me weak. Stormin clouds are brewin in, that cup of tea, it's cold and I feel weak

You always think there's time to act in ways, to make you mine
But I might never get, to Mexco and if that's so, there's other places I might not go.....

It's those Old Song Blues, such Old News
Track Name: Broken Buddha
Broken Buddha beside my bed supposed to turn my luck around
Not by reputation but by early results
But now, it's just sitting there, dusty, broken all alone

When it crashed upon the floor I turned around to see him dead
And I picked up the pieces and I tried to find his head
But he hid, so what I did was pick him up; and put him in my room

Need to fix this thing and put him back where it belongs

But on my mother's life, the strangest things happened to me
Things that were hard now they flowed so very easily
So it sat there, unglued, with my brand new attitude, now it's changed it's overdue, library book stolen from school

Need to fix this thing and put it back where it belongs

Should have known it never ever really helped me get that strong

Piece of bone ain't ever gonna help me right those wrongs
Track Name: When You Find
WHEN YOU FIND


When you find...someone who....will give....you all you want
You can rest assured.....you probably don't want it from them
Alone last night....i was listenin' to....my friend......I thought he sang
Don't be afraid of.....the cunt your already are
He didn't. but I thought of you anyway

Then i thought about when Ray told me the white house pipes froze....
The night i broke up with you. And it was wonderin'...what he was up to?

When you find...someone who....will give....you all you want
You can rest assured.....you probably don't want it from them