When It's Gone

by James Day Leavitt

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    12 song CD release of debut album.

    Cover photo by Spencer Tweedy.
    CD package design by Kate Sibole.

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Debut acoustic album recorded with a natural warmth and intimate atmosphere in mind. Showcases the unique songwriting and emotive voice of the songs in a stripped down arrangement which encourages a close listen to the lyrics and their delivery.

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released 20 October 2011

All songs written by James Day Leavitt.

James Day Leavitt . Vocals & Acoustic guitar

Ron Harrity . instrumentation on the following tracks:
Electric guitar (1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 8)
Bass guitar (3. 6)
Hammond organ (5. 12)
Bell (9)


Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Forest City Studio
South Portland, Maine on September 10th , 2011.

Special thanks to Ron Harrity, Geoff Gronlund and Spencer Tweedy.

Very special thanks to Katie, Audrey & Ida.

Graphic Design: Kate Sibole & James Day Leavitt

Cover Photograph: Spencer Tweedy

Additional photography: Kate Sibole


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James Day Leavitt Portland, Maine

James Day Leavitt is a writer, musician and occasional painter. He was born and raised in Maine. He spent most of his 20's in Oakland, California, where he played bass in Three Years Down and Witticus, two East Bay punk bands. He returned to Maine in 1999 and currently resides in Portland with his wife Katie and their two daughters, Audrey and Ida. ... more

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Track Name: All That's Left of Me
I’ve got reasons to stay
I don’t want to behave
like a child coming back to the dream
It’s all crowded

The pleading rain
A world no one can save
then again I never give away
what I’ve been given.

The night, the blame
you don’t feel the same.
It’s locked behind your eyes.

The words, the way
the things I’ll never say.
It’s all that’s left of me.

It can’t be today
there’s so many refrains
to get to the end of a rhyme
and start over.

Words are hard
they’re so hard to say.
If I could just make my mouth go strange
instead of snarling.

The night, the blame
you don’t feel the same.
It’s locked behind your eyes.

The words, the way
the things I’ll never say.
It’s all that’s left of me.
Track Name: Day After Day
The honeymoon is over
and I still have you.
Through all these things
we’ve been through.
And I won’t say it’s easy,
sometimes it’s just hard.
It‘s like dancing with the shadows
on the wall.

But there’s a reason,
there’s a feeling,
there’s fate.

You put one foot in front of the other
…day after day

I see that it’s raining,
everything is overgrown.
Must be her season
of alone.
So I throw back the covers
and I open up the blinds.
The air is flowing in.
I'm feeling fine.

But there’s a reason,
there’s a feeling,
there’s fate.

You put one foot in front of the other
…day after day.
Track Name: Stop the Time
Play with me
while we can
the house is on fire.

I’ll be your
seeker
so you can hide.

I could never live my life
without knowing you
I could never live me life
without knowing you.

Tread water to stop the time.

When the night
breaks your sleep
and you need something.

My child
my fever
I’ll give you simple love
I beg your love.

I could never live my life
without knowing you
I could never live me life
without knowing you.

Tread water to stop the time.
Track Name: Truth be Told
If the truth be told
Baby, I’m not that old.
If the truth be true,
I’m in love with you.

Don’t go away.
Just stay another day.

If the night is long
I’ll be coming home.
If the night is blue
I’ll stay right here with you.

Don’t go away.
Just stay another day.
Track Name: Sometimes
I can’t see you.
You’re so far,
so far away
from this moment.

You can’t touch me.
I’m not fine.
There’s no reason,
no rhyme.

But if we both get there
at the same time
I could be what you want
sometimes.

One more moment
taken away
taken away
from your face.

Take this knowledge,
run away.
There’s no reason,
no rhyme.

But if we both get there
at the same time
I could be what you want
sometimes.
Track Name: New Summer Night
A little bit of heaven
and a whole lot of hell
one more time with feeling
some things I'll never sell.

Pay no price for beauty
the silence of your strife
it can only lead to love
on a new summer night

Put your hope in a bottle
watch it float away
it can't be what you wanted
so it can no longer stay

Pay no price for beauty
the silence of your strife
it can only lead to love
on a new summer night
Track Name: The Martyr and The Thief
Learning it goes both ways,
we go up and down.
If I knew what the matter was
I’d finally be safe and sound.

Bridges we climbed across
wouldn’t be coming down.
We build up these fairytales
just to make the circle round.

You play the martyr and I’ll play the thief.
You play the savior, then I’ll feel complete.
Lose what you hope to find to find sometime more.
I’m right beyond your door.

If beauty is in the eye
then love is in the bone.
Remember the memory
of what it felt like to be alone.

Mercy it goes both ways now
as we continue home.
The simple sweet melody
that we finally own.

You play the martyr and I’ll play the thief.
You play the savior, then I’ll feel complete.
Lose what you hope to find to find sometime more.
I’m right beyond your door.
Track Name: The Gift
Begin again with me
let me make something for you
something you will understand.

This is just a part of me
that I can't control
this is just a part of me.

Let me give you something else
something that just hasn't lived
hasn't lived for you yet.

This loneliness is only a place
a place I get lost in
this place knows no other way.

Begin again with me
let me make something for you
something you will understand.
Track Name: Many Things
For what pleases you
is sure to please me.
I’m a dark disaster
blind and bleak.

Populate this dream
with your many things
turn around the mirror
so I can see.

Come with your suitcase
come with empty hands
come from your ancient holy land.

Dream with me in winter
dream with me in spring
come to me in silence
with your many things.

Come to me in silence with your many things.

Best to let your hair down
it’s falling so slow
best to let it all
just go.

Tomorrow will be sorrow
before you know
tonight, I promise
you won’t be alone.

Come with your suitcase
come with empty hands
come from your ancient holy land.

Dream with me in winter
dream with me in spring
come to me in silence
with your many things.

Come to me in silence with your many things.
Track Name: Dream
The drawn clouds come at the end of the day
middle of night is the only way
time is right to break the light
and dream...you dream.

Singers are all gone that you once loved
all you can do is remember when
go back before the loss of time
and dream...you dream.

Middle of the road is where you sit
the mixed up pieces they somehow fit
in the time of pleasure, the time of pain
you dream...you dream.
Track Name: This Time
In time the dream will come
in streams of tender love.
The overflowing mountain
the moment of one.

There is a premonition
at last a gaping hole
that brings you to your body
through your distant soul.

I know this time.
I know for sure.
I know this time
I’m going give just a little bit more.

I never dreamt of a reason
never fallen for a star.
I never blinked at a stranger
approaching from afar.

And this the definitive answer
this married silhouette
is dancing from your failures.
a shadow never forgets.

I know this time.
I know for sure.
I know this time
I’m going give just a little bit more.

I never blinked at a stranger
approaching from afar.
Track Name: When it's Gone
The post-it note
says you can’t control
all the dominos
that fall around you.

All the friendly bets
and the castanets
that you haven’t met
may never find you.

You’re not the only one
that never had a chance
breaking your back
for a heart stretched tight
nervous blue light.

I will remember when it’s gone.

Make me new
in another room
turning from
the light that blinds you.

Never show
what you didn’t know.
I don’t suppose
you need me so much.

You’re not the only one
that never had a chance
breaking your back
for a heart stretched tight
nervous blue light.

I will remember when it’s gone.