Here Nor There

by James Gillice

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"Here Nor There" was a difficult record to make, taking five years to complete. Many setbacks and delays, brought about by life changes and the starting of a family. A flawed album perhaps, but it is home to some great songs and some of my favorite musical moments.

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released November 26, 2010

- all songs written, arranged, performed, and produced by James Gillice
- photography and design by James Gillice

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James Gillice Sherwood, Oregon

I write songs and record them...and then, every once in a while, I release an album. Thanks for listening.

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Track Name: Take Our Chances
When it was over I could lift my head from the ground
But I'll always remember the sound
That was ringing in my ear so loud from the crowd
The moment before I went down

As if getting up's not hard enough
When you've just been knocked down
Can't say which way is up
But we'll take our chances again
And we forget our names, our homes,
And everything we've ever known
In an attempt to make some sense of what we've become

So I just laid there for a while
My face to the floor
For how could I take anymore?
And I had never known such shame
And such pain as this before
And would that I could sink into the floor

As if getting up's not hard enough
When you've just been knocked down
Can't say which way is up
But we'll take our chances again
And we forget our names, our homes,
And everything we've ever known
In an attempt to make some sense of what we've become

So here we are, we're back again
Know that this is not the end
And all the bruises and the scrapes are on the mend
And I remember what went wrong
I guess I knew it all along
But I never reached out my hand

As if getting up's not hard enough
When you've just been knocked down
Can't say which way is up
But we'll take our chances again
And we forget our names, our homes,
And everything we've ever known
In an attempt to make some sense of what we've become
Track Name: This Moment
I waited too long to start
Uncertain of feelings I felt in my heart
But it all starts to falling apart
Again

How can I say this to you
When I don't even know what's a lie and what's true
When the line finally came into view
I was on the wrong side

And there's only so much you can say
When the black turns to white and the white into gray
And I feel myself falling away
Again

And try as I might to forget
You remember the feelings without the regret
When you separate this thing from that
I always just take what is left

And it's always the same old things that bring me down again
Always the same old things that come around again
I can't wait any longer for this
I can't wait anymore
I can't wait any longer for this
I can't wait anymore

And I thought I had been so smart
But I feel with my head and I think with my heart
Now this has gone too far
Again

And maybe you will be the one
But I wanted to walk when you wanted to run
Now everything's been said and done
And here we are again

But it's always the same old things that bring me down again
Always the same old things that come around again
I can't wait any longer for this
I can't wait anymore
I can't wait any longer for this
I can't wait anymore

Because I'm on your side
So why don't you give me some kind of sign
And for all this time
You know I've been waiting for all of my life
For this moment to arrive

I can't wait any longer for this
I can't wait anymore
I can't wait any longer for this
I can't wait anymore

Because I'm on your side
So why don't you give me some kind of sign
And for all this time
You know I've been waiting for all of my life
For this moment to arrive
For this moment to arrive
For this moment to arrive
For this moment to arrive
Track Name: By And By
Years ago there was a radio
That used to play the songs we knew
Now I sit and listen to the falling snow
And I wonder what became of you
Sometimes I hear that story
Repeating in my ear
It was A Long December but I still remember
The coming of a better year

And it may be a long, long time
Until the rivers all run dry
And it may be a long, long time
Until the stars fall from the sky
But I'll be there by and by

Yeah we knew that I was leaving
We knew it had to end
But we didn't know the way it would go
And I'd never see you again
That time is gone and I've moved on
But it still hurts inside now and then
Of all the lessons I had to learn
The hardest was losing a friend

And it may be a long, long time
Until the rivers all run dry
And it may be a long, long time
Until I know the reasons why
But I'll be there
By and by
Yes I'll be there
By and by

Yes I'll be there
Yes I'll be there
By and by
Be there
By and by
Track Name: Castles In the Sand
Sometimes we think too much
These opposing views can be so out of touch
Oft times we reach too far
As we cast our lines at the shooting stars
I guess we try so hard to find ourselves and be free
We spend our lives chasing after things that we don't need

We build our castles in the sand
But we're surprised when the tide rolls in again
We throw all caution to the wind
Then we get blown over again

So it seems with all our means
That we should be just fine
But when it comes to wants and needs
It can be hard to draw the line
No matter what you have there's always something more
So we look for happiness in having more han those next door

We build our castles in the sand
But we're surprised when the tide rolls in again
We throw all caution to the wind
Then we get blown over again

(Guitar Solo)

So everything is yet to be seen
And no one knows how this might end
And fortunes take so much longer to make
And you might break if you don't bend
So what's in store for the ones next door and do we even care?
And what's at stake with the choices we make or is it neither here nor there?

We build our castles in the sand
But we're surprised when the tide rolls in again
We throw all caution to the wind
Then we get blown over again...
Track Name: Drifting Away
Another year has passed me by
But am I closer to my goal?
Or one breath closer to the day
My body rests and leaves my soul?

To fly away...

Every moment here with you
Reflects a lifetime I once knew
In the cold mirror of the past
Now slowly fading into view

We'll find a way...

And I'm ready for the long road
This love grows cold this love is blind
But I think we're ready for the long road
We've been waiting all this time

I was drifting away
On the waves that you made
Don't leave me to float here forever
And I'd be there soon
But the pull of the moon
Is stronger than I remember

And as the curtains fall away
And everything's laid there to see
Though untold prices we have paid
I've always saved my heart for thee

For there was no other way...

And what's the cost of such a dream?
Can we really even say?
Is it foolish to believe
That happiness is on the way?

And it never has to leave...

And I'm ready for the long road
This love grows cold this love is blind
But I think we're ready for the long road ahead
But how'd we get so far behind?

I was drifting away
On the waves that you made
Don't leave me to float here forever
And I'd be there soon
But the pull of the moon
Is stronger than I remember

This is only a test
This is all just a dream
You were only the best thing
I'd ever seen
And at the end of the night
In a world that was right
I would be there

And I'm ready for the long road
This love grows cold this love is blind
But I think we're ready for the long road ahead
But how'd we get so far behind?
I think we're ready for the long road
This love is real this love will shine
I think we're ready for the long road
This love won't dim or fade in time
I think we're ready for the long road
And there's no reason there's no rhyme
I think We're ready for the long road

I will throw myself in the ocean
I will throw myself in the sea
Because our love was born in commotion
And what's the cost of such a dream?
And what's the cost of such a dream?
And what's the cost of such a dream?
And what's the cost of such a dream?
Track Name: The Enemy Is Me
I'd grown accustomed to crawling
On my hands and knees
A lifetime of falling down
Was finally catching up to me
I used to lie awake at night
And wonder if the ends would meet
Now I lay asleep so tight
With you next to me

And there's a lot to be said for
Barely scraping by
So much I didn't plan for
Too much wasted time

I used to have so many things
That I could complain about
And every song I ever wrote
Talked about the pain and doubt
So am I just another artist
Claimed by stability?
And if life is really harmless
Will I find something new to sing?

And there's a lot to be said for
The good life
But it seems like the best songs
Come from pain inside

So now that I have been let in
And I have made things right again
I feel like I am neither here nor there
And I'm sure that it must be a sin
To dream about what might have been
Or is the greater sin to pretend that I don't care?

But it's nothing like I thought it would be
'Cause the enemy is me

Happiness is something
That used to come and go
Heartache is a long lost friend
That I don't hardly know...anymore
But I'm coming to accept the fact
That everything's ok
But it's hard sometimes to say goodbye
To the things of yesterday...but anyway...

And there's a lot to be said for
The way I feel inside
Sometimes I still miss you
And the tears I used to cry

So now that I have been let in
And I have made things right again
I feel like I am neither here nor there
And I'm sure that it must be a sin
To dream about what might have been
Or is the greater sin to pretend that I don't care?

But it's nothing like I thought it would be
And I've finally come to see
That the enemy is me

It's nothing like I thought it would be
'Cause the enemy is me
Track Name: Wherever You Go
I've been lost again
Somewhere far away
Counting the cost again
Measuring the pain
You've been torn apart
Pieces on the floor
By rumors of broken hearts
So many years before

Wherever you go, I want you to know
You'll be fine
Wherever you are, I won't be too far behind
It's just been something on my mind

I know it's hard to say goodbye
And deal with all the changes
There was a time when it was only you and I
But now we're almost strangers
We lost this to carelessness
We let it slip away
It was not supposed to end like this
And you're so far away

Wherever you go, I want you to know
You'll be fine
Wherever you are, I won't be too far behind
And I can't get you off my mind

So save my soul
I could forget myself but I can't let you go
And more and more
I can't for give myself, my back's against this wall
And I don't know
If I can take this anymore

And if we are a world apart
The years that lie between us
Could never fill this gaping hole within my heart
Why did we not foresee this?

Wherever you go, I want you to know
You'll be fine
Wherever you are, you won't be too far from my mind
But can I leave this all behind?
Track Name: Dear Friend
Dear friend, where have you been?
It's good to see your face again
I see you've travelled for many miles
And so I greet you with a smile
And ask you if you'll stay a while with me

Won't you stay with me
Like it used to be?

Dear friend, where have you gone?
You've been gone for oh so long
Which road have you been on?
And did you sing your greatest song?
And will you ever sing that song to me?

Will you sing to me
Like it used to be?

And you'll never go a season without rain
Never know the good times without pain
So it is with you and I my friend
Things may never be the same again

Dear friend, where did you go?
To look for something else I know
So tell me now what did you find?
I'll tell you what you've left behind
Or have you now become too blind to see?

Have you come to see
That you're missing me?

And you'll never go a season without rain
Never know the good times without pain
So it is with you and I my friend
Things may one day be the same again
Track Name: Take Our Chances (Again)
When it was over I could lift my head from the ground
But I'll always remember the sound
That was ringing in my ear so loud from the crowd
The moment before I went down

As if getting up's not hard enough
When you've just been knocked down
Can't say which way is up
But we'll take our chances again
And we forget our names, our homes,
And everything we've ever known
In an attempt to make some sense of what we've become

So I just laid there for a while
My face to the floor
For how could I take anymore?
And I had never known such shame
And such pain as this before
And would that I could sink into the floor

As if getting up's not hard enough
When you've just been knocked down
Can't say which way is up
But we'll take our chances again
And we forget our names, our homes,
And everything we've ever known
In an attempt to make some sense of what we've become

So here we are, we're back again
Know that this is not the end
And all the bruises and the scrapes are on the mend
And I remember what went wrong
I guess I knew it all along
But I never reached out my hand

As if getting up's not hard enough
When you've just been knocked down
Can't say which way is up
But we'll take our chances again
And we forget our names, our homes,
And everything we've ever known
In an attempt to make some sense of what we've become
Track Name: Here Nor There
[Instrumental]
Track Name: Comfort Me
And what have we become?
In a world of failing schemes and broken dreams
We make ourselves a home
And time keeps moving on
And with so much left undone
We run to try and catch the setting sun
But fall along the way
As our tired useless legs betray
The masters that they once obeyed
And who could even say,
If we're worthy of our days,
And the untold prices we have paid?

But this is who we are
And this is how we'll always be
Right from the start
You came to comfort me
And deep in the heart
You're still the one for me

And what are we to say?
Rehearsing all the lies we tell to convince ourselves
That everything's ok
We're a million miles away
And memories fade as we forget
Just why we made the choices that we made
But the consequence remains
It makes it harder as we try to say goodbye
Say goodbye to yesterday
So we leave it up to fate
And the bitter pill we swallow
Still reminds us that it's much too late

But this is who we are
And this is how we'll always be
Right from the start
You came to comfort me
And deep in the heart
You're still the one for me

So is it something real,
Or is it something I just feel,
As my heart keeps turning inside out?
And I couldn't say for sure
If I can do it anymore
And my thoughts are spinning 'round and around
And if it's fear I feel it too
This isn't me, it isn't you
But if something's meant to be
What do you do?
And I've got nothing left inside
And there's nothing more to hide
But I can't fill the empty days we've left behind

This is who we are
And this is how we'll always be
Right from the start
You came to comfort me
And deep in the heart
You're still the one for me

So hold me in your arms just one last time
And hope the sun will never have to rise
And if it helps just close your eyes
And we'll pretend it's not goodbye

This is who we are
And this is how we'll always be
And right from the start
You came to comfort me
And deep in the heart
You're still the one for me
And deep in the heart
You're still the one for me
And deep in the heart
You're still the one for me