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Book of Liars

by Harold Fethe

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Book of Liars is a song about busted love, with a Santa Claus story amidst the three-verse character sketch. It's a portrait of a relationship that starts out like too much fun, and turns out to be too much trouble. Harold Fethe sings Walter Becker's lyric and plays a 1929 Gibson L5 guitar recorded totally acoustically. Perry Thoorsell plays bass, with an energetic, lyrical solo in the middle. Merry Christmas to those with a sense of humor about difficult relationships...

The performance was recorded by Cookie Marenco at OTR Studios in Belmont, CA, using a single stereo microphone direct to 2" tape, with no overdubs, isolation, or effects of any kind.


Book of Liars

Bye and bye girl
We'll get over
The things we've done and the things we said
But not just now when
I can 't remember
Exactly what it was I thought we had
'cause I waited so long girl and I came so far
To find out you're not always who you say you are

And there's a star in the book of liars by your name
There's a star in the book of liars by your name

Santa Claus came in late last night
Drunk on christmas wine
Fell down hard in the driveway
Hung his bag out on the laundry line
There's a Cobra gunship for his golden boy
And there's a Hello Kitty for his pride and joy

And a silver star in the book of liars by your name
They hung a star in the book of liars by your name

Stars imploding, the long night passing
Electrons dancing in the frozen crystal dawn
Here's one left stranded at the zero crossing
With the whole of its half-life left to carry on
But now the world's much larger than it looks today
And if my bad luck ever blows me back this way

Then I'll just look in my book of liars for your name
(You know I'm gonna) look in the book of liars for your name


released December 24, 2013
Harold Fethe / vocal, guitar
Perry Thoorsell / upright bass
Cookie Marenco / recording engineer, producer




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