Tempest in a Teacup

by James Hurley

Released 2008
Released 2008
Sparkles with honesty, depth, humor, and heart. Stories of a world that is sometimes amusing, occasionally maddening, and often inexplicable. Told with musical and lyrical imagery that captures the imagination and paints pictures for the mind's eye.
  • 03:38 Story Lyrics
    Mountain

    Mountain

    copyright 2007 T. James Hurley

     

    This is where a mountain used to be, a mountain used to be here.

    This is where a mountain used to be. 

    We took it down ‘cause it got in the way and you can’t have that.

    This is where a mountain used to be.

     

    It got in the way of the way of the world and you can’t have that.

    It got in the way and everybody knows that you can’t have that,

    no you can never have that.

     

    This is why we keep these photographs.

    They tell the checkered stories of our past.

    And everything that’s come and gone is cataloged and kept along with reliable information,

    and detailed illustrations, and elaborate explanations as to why these things are gone.

    There is no right or wrong as progress marches on.

     

    Marches on.

     

    This is where our conscience used be.

    It made itself a nuisance so you see...

    We let it go ‘cause it got in the way and you can’t have that.

    This is where our conscience used be.

    Used to be.

     

  • 04:00
    What Might've Been
  • 02:48 Story Lyrics
    Tempest In A Teacup

    Tempest in a teacup

    copyright 2007 T. James Hurley

     

    Saw the story in the news, someone tried to share their views

    with someone else that just would not agree.

    Angry words and tempers flared, sabres rattled, war declared,

    now once again we’re standing on the brink.

     

    Day after day the sun comes up and goes back down.

    And nothing we can say will change the way the world goes ‘round.

    Holding on to our illusions we tumble ‘round the sun.

    Like a tempest in a teacup while the universe goes on and on and on.

     

    Given the way it’s gone so far I wonder why it seems so hard

    to understand that something must be wrong.

    Find anything to believe, convert the world and make them see

    your one true way...even if it takes a gun.

     

    While day after day the sun comes up and goes back down.

    And nothing we can say will change the way the world goes ‘round.

    Holding on to our illusions we tumble ‘round the sun.

    Like a tempest in a teacup while the universe goes on and on and on.

     

    All we’ve ever become is older, without becoming wise.

    If only passage of time could teach us, love might reach us...

    But ‘til that time…Day after day…Day after day…

     

    We tumble ‘round the sun, the way we’ve always done, like a tempest in a teacup.

     

    And the universe goes on.

     

  • 03:41
    She's The One
  • 04:24
    To Carry On
  • 02:07
    Mushroom
  • 03:32 Story Lyrics
    Jealous Of The Moon

    Jealous of the Moon

    copyright 2006 T. James Hurley

     

    Thanks to you, my oldest friend, I’ve always known

    if the time should come, your loyal heart would show.

    So I’ll ask you please to tell her no one else could love her more than I do.

    Tell me, when you see her does she speak of me?

    Does she ever say I’m in the dreams she sees?

    Do the nights go by so slowly that they take eternity like mine do?

     

    Maybe I should not have asked this favor of a friend.

    All throughout the ages we’ve seen over and again...

    Better to beware, all in love and war is fair.

    So how can I be certain that the things I say to you,

    are the very words you’ll say to her?

     

    Please, I think I’m not myself, apologies are due.

    No more faithful friend has ever been... than you.

    And I know it’s foolish to become jealous of the moon.

    But I do.

  • 04:05
    Long Way Down
  • 03:25
    The Vampire Song
  • 03:55
    She Won't Be Down
  • 05:06
    Going Home
NOTES
When I first set out to put this album together I had a whole bunch of songs written and no clear idea which ones I should record. So instead of carefully selecting a dozen or so and rolling up my sleeves and going to work, I just began recording...one song after another, hoping and trusting that somehow during the process the songs themselves would determine which ones belonged together...Well, they did indeed, and "Tempest in a teacup" is the result.


This album covers a lot of territory in both musical style and lyrical content and it's quite possible some people might take issue with that...More than once it's been suggested that my career would be much better served by focusing on a single genre or style and pursuing that as a brand or a product...Probably true. That approach has worked really well for a lot of very successful artists. But for me, these albums represent the living of a life. And it seems perfectly reasonable and appropriate for them to be multi-faceted...'cause that's how the life we're living is...It's a journey from laughter to tears and back, with stops at every station along the way. I dunno, makes sense to me ;^)


So anyway, I really do hope you enjoy this collection of songs. And I hope something here gives you pause to think, reason to laugh, or perhaps even brings a tear, 'cause if so, the connection's been made and that's really all I can ask of a song.

Be well,

James