The Afternoonist

by Harmonic Blue

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released January 31, 2015

All songs written, recorded, and produced by Harmonic Blue

Zach Field: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keys
Anthony Ajluni: Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gabe Bustos: Bass, Backing Vocals, Harmonica, Keys
Sam Balcom: Drums, Percussion

Produced by Gabe Bustos
Recorded by Gabe Bustos and Steve Milner at Memphis Trap Studios in Baltimore, MD
Mixed by Chris Freeland at Beat Babies Studios in Baltimore, MD
Mastered by Mike Monseur at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA
Artwork by Marco Baccellieri
Additional photography by Summer Greer

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Harmonic Blue Baltimore, Maryland

Harmonic Blue is is a musical collaboration which was conceived in August 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. Harmonic Blue composes music containing a wide variety of undertones ranging from Rock, Blues, Folk, Soul, Jazz, and Pop. The band currently has 4 standing members whose individual eclectic tastes define the sound of Harmonic Blue. ... more

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Track Name: Romance Me
General paralysis has quartered troops in my soul
Protect me from romance me, to keep my heart from fluttering too high
The air is thin, the height is high, the risk is great for an eagle eye
The view is beautiful, but I would not know
Cuz I am a grounded

Romance, romance, romance me
She certainly thought
Romance, romance, romance her
I could not

Then came a girl who shocked me, resuscitated my soul
With her warm lips and whispers, she kept my heart sputtering to the ground
But her lips turned cold and words became faint
I knew she’d leave, but in a different way
And on a different day

Romance, romance, romance me
She certainly thought
Romance, romance, romance her
I could not

I could not romance her no
I could not romance her no

The ground is a friend of mine,
Dependable and so kind

Romance, romance, romance me
She certainly thought
Romance, romance, romance her
I could not

I could not romance her no
I could not romance her no

Words by: Zach Field
Track Name: In The Meantime
Oh I was thinking, when's my future gonna start?
My fingerprint a roadmap? Or just some functioning part
of this machine that’s built all around me,
serving people I’ll never see

Ohh but its the thought, whens my future gonna start?

I’m still deciding what you call smart
Should I think with my head or feel with my heart?
At what age do dreams become a crime,
If you do live on your own dime?

Ohh but its the thought, whats this education bought?

Punch in, punch out, stimulate, knock yourself out
Have a drink and a smoke in the meantime.

I don’t believe in destiny or fate,
Nor wish a greater power to designate,
a gift to me I could never afford
if it could not be earned on my own accord.

Ohh but its the thought, what's this education bought

Punch in, punch out, stimulate, knock yourself out
Have a drink and a smoke in the meantime.
Punch in, punch out, stimulate, knock yourself out.
Have a drink and a smoke in the meantime

I’ve got bills that don’t pay themselves,
I’ve been raised, I’ve been raised to sell,
the latest phone, designer homes
Grown up show and tell

So much to do in the meantime
So much to do in the meantime
There can be no more
There can be no more

Words by: Anthony Ajluni
Track Name: Masquerade
Whats the point of it all
An illusion of harmony with everyone getting along

Nobody seems to care
What lies behind the mask that they know
Its all a quaint affair
A masquerade

Nobody seems to care
What lies behind the curtain shade no
Its all Laissez faire
A serenade

I said hey man
Don’t tell me one thing and then you go and you pull the strings
Its all a show for flare
A masquerade

Nobody seems to share
The thought that what we’re told’s a lie
So we don’t protest what’s fair
Or even ask why

I said hey man,
Don’t tell me one thing and then you go and you pull the strings
Its all a show for flare
A masquerade

And in the chiming echoes of the judgement clock
For a second, you question your choice to block
Away the grief and pain from those outside
Before resuming your waltz, forgetting that you’d lied

Whats the point of it all
An Illusion of harmony with everyone getting along

Nobody seems to care
What lies behind the world that they know
Its all a lie I swear,
A masquerade

But you know, but you know,
Hey, that’s how it goes
Hey, that’s how it goes
Its all a show for flare, a masquerade
And I don’t want no part
I don’t want no part at all

Words by: Gabe Bustos
Track Name: When We Were Young
When we were young
We would stay up together
Inside your room of artifacts and gold
Those paper back books on loan from crooks
Who held your life as collateral in those days

Now I’m the one, who’s life’s been paralyzed by unattainable goals,
And I have come to join you in your paper worlds,
But you have gone and turned the page my friend

Fellow sister I don’t have you in my sights these days
Fellow sister I don’t have you in my sights these days, oh no

When we were young
We would stay up together
Inside your room of artifacts and gold
Those paper back books on loan from crooks
Who held your life as collateral in those days

Fellow sister I don’t have you in my sights these days
Fellow sister I don’t have you in my sights these days, oh no

When we were young
By the trees dancing with the breeze along with the pond
Since then they’ve gone to play with the rusty sun
They’re not here to stay, they’re not here to play with us
No more

Words by: Zach Field
Track Name: Be My Lady
What was the sweetest feeling
This bitter fruit has turned on me
We’d only been together
So quick it was a little hard to see
I didn’t think I’d scar when we let go
Seems that’s what it takes to really know

We’ve been here before in the same way.
We’ve got two weeks left, and finally I can say

Be my lady won’t you come home with me?
Be my lady won’t you come home with me?
You’re my only way to go slowly,
Be my lady won’t you come home?

We had enjoyed each other
As if we’d been a stable pair
Delusioned by romance
That ain’t nothing more than a fair
Unless we find away to stable ground
No distance between us or empty vows

We’ve been here before in the same way
We’ve got two weeks left, and finally I can say

Be my lady won’t you come home with me?
Be my lady won’t you come home with me
You’re my only way to
Be my lady won’t you come home?

How many times will I fall for this trip
Wishing that these dreams would stay
I’m over it now, exhausted with doubt,
Of when we’ll meet again some day
I’ve been here before
And I don’t want to miss you anymore

Be my lady won’t you come home with me?
Be my lady won’t you come home with me
You’re my only way to
Be my lady won’t you come home?

Words by: Gabe Bustos
Track Name: Slice Of Life
I always thought it was easy
Come here waiter and feed me,
but I don't want a slice of life today

I’m a nowhere man, looking for a somewhere plan,
Prompted and petrified by dreams and nightmares
I don't want a slice of life today

All I know are telephone calls
And the roads and the roads
Its been six years since I left my home
A slice of life all on my own

Hear me out, fellow neighbor
Hear me out, forgotten friend
Hear me out, forgone father,
For you know its the beginning of the end

Faces are starting to fade,
Along with my trust in these days,
I don't want a slice of life today

So lets rejoice, cuz choice has chosen us,
The few fortunate ones with no one to blame, but themselves
I don't want a slice of life today

All I know are telephone calls
And the roads and the roads
Its been six years since I left my home
A slice of life all on my own

Hear me out, fellow neighbor
Hear me out, forgotten friend
Hear me out, forgone father,
For you know its the beginning of the end

I always thought it was easy
Come here waiter and feed me,
but I don't want a slice of life today
No I don’t want a slice of life today

Words by: Zach Field
Track Name: Queen Of Spades
Is she in tangier or is she intangible
Call me the tin man with a mind so malleable
Is the number of miles or trick of the trade?
Call me the king of hearts and her the queen of spades

I drew a queen of spades,
Full steam, in dream last night
I drew a queen of spades
Feels like Ive had this dream before
A ferryboat to a fairyland
where king and queen are hand in hand

I'm on the beltway, but I don't know which way
driving a dreamboat, got sea sick anyway
Asphalt mote around a castle of jade
Where deep inside lies the heart of the queen of spades

I drew a queen of spades,
Full steam, in dream last night
I drew a queen of spades
Feels like I’ve had this dream before
A ferryboat to a fairyland
Where king and queen are hand in hand

Slipped off the dreamboat, swam to a ferryboat
A casino type but the slot machines were broke
Not much to my name but moves to be made
got a tarot card reading, got dealt the queen of spades

I drew a queen of spades,
Full steam, in dream last night
I drew a queen of spades
Feels like Ive had this dream before
A ferryboat to a fairyland
where king and queen are hand in hand

Then the roar became my fan blade

Words by: Anthony Ajluni
Track Name: Prisms
You have two prisms shining as eyes
You have two prisms, refracting your true colors on your sleeve
I’d love to oblige, but your lips may deny

Could it be I who was color blind, looking through kaleidoscope eyes?
Our shapes and shades shifting as they please
An orchestra to paint the scene, what I really want to see
Am I losing my mind, or am I reading the signs

Say what you wanna say, so we can stop
Wasting and wasting time
Reading between the lines
Of this story tale with no spine
Everywhere I see your eyes, but they just won’t meet mine

Why don’t we step out into the wild,
So I can see your eyes in natural light? Breathe in the air tonight
Why don’t we hitch our sail to the leaves, look how careless they seem in the autumn breeze
Am I losing my mind, or am I reading the sign?

Say what you wanna say, so we can stop
Wasting and wasting time
Reading between the lines
Of this story tale with no spine
Everywhere I see your eyes, but they just won’t meet mine

I’ve got these ruby red paper mache planes made by us back in the third grade
They’re still gliding on with curiosity so strong
They’re still gliding on with curiosity so strong

Words by: Zach Field
Track Name: Vidalia
When we first met, I was happy on my own,
I’d built the layers to myself, all I’d ever known
A fire burned behind, my eyes that looked inside
But what I saw were shadows

They danced along to the rhythym of innocence
They tried to beckon me, they tried to lure me in
The sweet melody of youth, running through my skin
They tried to comfort me, but all I heard were echoes

When we’re together, I feel at home
There is no rush here, oh but it’s coming now

You never know, you never know how strong your love is
You never know, you never know until it’s taken away,

To turn around and see, the world inside of me
Cast in shadows, steeped in echoes, we’re empty
Going on waiting for a wind to come along
To show me where I can enjoy the view, someone show me

When we’re together, I feel at home,
There is no rush here, oh but it’s coming now

You never know, you never know how strong your love is
You never know, you never know until it’s taken away

We’ve gone astray
There’s none to blame
We’ve gone astray
How do I go back?

You never know, you never know how strong your love is
You never know, you never know until it’s taken away

When we first met, I was happy on my own
All I saw, All I saw were shadows

Words by: Gabe Bustos
Track Name: Discrepancies
Fill the paper pad with scorn
Place on my head a crown of thorns
When the obvious has just been found
Its hard to believe, what you couldn’t see

The accountant takes the numbers down
While the president orders another round
Can I find the modest man in me?
Or the tell the world what I have seen.
It's hard to believe, what you couldn't see

A potpourri of discrepancies
Lure and squash the worker bee.

Dream of trumpet blasts in the parking lot
and the 21 salute is shot
but the martyr dies a lonely death
and they always say with their last breathe
Just wait and see

A potpourri of discrepancies
Lure and squash the worker bee.

If I dont say it now, I could never live it down.
It can all end here if I conjure up the sound
From my mouth, to sky from the ground
Listen to the truth

Words by: Anthony Ajluni
Track Name: Night Cap
City lights on the slickened street
Reflecting stop lights onto me
Green means go and red means stay
But shes got nothing left to say

At the pause before she says it
I already know what’s coming
I hate it when we say goodbye

Pour one more drink here for me,
at least with that I can sleep, I can sleep

Used make of fool of myself
Just so you weren't bored,
Like that time at the restaurant in Baltimore, I couldn't afford
In that moment I could not be anymore me

Crack a smile, kiss your cheek
Desire tolls, my egos weak babe
I said if you want humbled I'd recommend
To fall in love with your best friend

I've had 12 drinks but I'm not numb
Got a girl in my bed, but I couldn't give a fuck
She had kind lips, but no words stuck
She said she don’t wanna see me anymore

I always hate it when we say goodbye
I always hate it when we say goodbye

Words by: Anthony Ajluni