The Hound (Side A of "The Hound & The Hare)

by Kara McGraw

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Though purely digital in nature, the format for this work takes inspiration from the cassette tape, including an A and B side. The objective: to reflect the dichotomy that is our outer and inner lives.

For Side B ("The Hare") go to: karamcgraw.bandcamp.com/album/the-hare-side-b-of-the-hound-the-hare

"People often comment on how I can emote such dark emotions when I perform my music," says Kara, "but come the close of a song, I immediately switch gears back to my normal chipper persona. It all comes down to masking vulnerability. We all do it to varying degrees, but some have mastered it better than others.""

Appropriately, the title of this album was inspired by the idiom “to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds,” an old-fashioned term for two-facedness.

In line with the cassette tape theme, Kara has also gone old school with the artwork for this release. The album art is hand-crafted entirely by Kara using watercolor paints!

credits

released September 25, 2012

All music and lyrics ……… Kara McGraw
Recorded by ……………… Adam Day (“Tired of Silence”) & Kara McGraw (all other tracks)
Mixed by …………………. Jeff Rolka
Mastered by ……………… Mike Wells
Graphic Designers ……… Kara McGraw & Scott Douglas
Webmaster …………....… Dennis Walt Shenberger
Watercolor Art …………… Kara McGraw

PERFORMERS

Kara McGraw: vocals, keys, guitar
Scott Douglas: guitar (“Modern Man” )
Many thanks to the Ithaca College quintet and drummer who volunteered their skills to record “Tired of Silence.”

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Track Name: Gabriel
GABRIEL

Their eyes are sparkling,
and it's because of you
Inspiring laughter --
it's a task you're compelled to do

You are the jester
You're the silliest guy in town
But it's so tragic;
you think that's why you're kept around

You've walked this journey all alone
You've faced your demons on your own
They're dungeoned deep inside your soul
Will you open up?
Will you let them go?

Oh, Gabriel, don't fight alone
These people care for you
Gabriel, come take a stand
Come be the man that I detect in you

I know you've got good things to say
but you think your thoughts are all cliche
It's time to stop the self-chastisement
Drop the fear and guilt
You are innocent

And Gabriel, if there's a hell,
it ain't no place for you
Gabriel, come take a stand
Come be the man that I detect in you

Gabriel, respect yourself
as others respect you
Gabriel, come take a stand
Come be the man that I detect in you
Track Name: Miss Comfortable
MISS COMFORTABLE

She was standing on the corner,
just your average mademoiselle
She was twirling keys on her fingers
as she was talking on her cell

She stood upon stiletto heels
A silver clasp was in her hair
But in the dialogue I overheard
her voice rang with despair

"I don't wanna be rich," she said
She said, "I just wanna be comfortable"
"This bourgeois life is a bitch," she said
She said, "I just wanna be comfortable"

Hey, Miss Comfortable, where are you headed
with that ipod in your pocket and cell phone in hand?
Hey, Miss Comfortable, what's your complaining?
There are folks who'd give their lives to live the life that you have

You'd think that education
would have taught our kids to see
the difference, the clear distinction
between desire and need

But the more our lives seem to improve,
the higher standards rise
Think of all the things that we could do
if we could learn to be satisfied!

"I don't wanna be rich," she said
She said, "I just wanna be comfortable"
"This bourgeois life is a bitch," she said
She said, "I just wanna be comfortable"

Hey, Miss Comfortable, where are you headed?
There's a hot tub in your backyard and blood on your hands
Hey, Miss Comfy, the dough for that tan
could've fed forty children for four weeks on end

"I don't wanna be rich," she said
She said, "I just wanna be comfortable"
"This bourgeois life is a bitch," she said
She said, "I just wanna be comfortable"

"I don't wanna be rich
I just wanna be comfortable
This bourgeois life is bitch
I just wanna be comfortable"
Track Name: Modern Man
MODERN MAN

What is a man?
What can he feel?
Does he wear a good face
or is he always real?

What is a man?
Is he brainy? Is he buff?
Does he always strut his stuff
or is he modest and gentile?

Oh Modern Man,
you're a mystery
What could you be?
What should you be?

Oh Modern Man,
What will you choose?
What will you do?
'Cause Modern Woman's after you

Pre-modern man,
his path was clear
He who stuck out his chest
was thought a cavalier

Pre-modern man,
if he was able to provide
he could find himself a bride
whom he could love or domineer

But Modern Man,
you're a mystery
What could you be?
What should you be?

Oh Modern Man,
What will you choose?
What will you do?
'Cause Modern Woman's after you

Oh Modern Man
What will it be?
'Cause you're made for me
Yes, you're meant for me

Oh Modern Man,
What will you choose?
'Cause we're comin' for you
Yes, We're comin' for you

Oh Modern Man
What will it be?
'Cause you're made for me
Yes, you're meant for me

Oh Modern Man,
What will you choose?
What will you do?
'Cause Modern Woman's after you

Oh Modern Man,
What will you choose?
What will you do?
'Cause Modern Woman's after you

Oh Modern Man
What will it be?
'Cause you're made for me
Yes, you're meant for me

Oh Modern Man,
What will you choose?
'Cause we're comin' for you
Yes, We're comin' for you

Oh Modern Man
What will it be?
'Cause you're made for me
Yes, you're meant for me

Oh Modern Man,
What will you choose?
What will you do?
'Cause Modern Woman's after you
Track Name: On The Edge Of A Dime
ON THE EDGE OF A DIME

I do my laundry at my folks' house
They never turn me out
They feed me healthy food, like sauerkraut
(I never liked sauerkraut)

Back home boxed macaroni is all I ever eat
Seems my music degree has gotten the best of me

But there once was a time
when Elvis lived his life on the edge of a dime

I buy in bulk things with discount markings,
turn down the thermostat
I walk through the cold to save on parking
and on gas

When I think that Mobile's gonna squeeze the life from me
I just remind myself how it's got to be
And that there once was time
when Lincoln lived his life on the edge of a dime

Got all my money staked on dreams of musical sway
I'll leave this penny pinching to yesterday
And one day at a time
I'm gonna live my life on the edge of a dime

Get rich boys to call you honey
Split meals in restaurants to save on money
It would be sad if it weren't funny

One day at a time
I'm gonna live my life on the edge of a dime
Helen Keller and Ghengis Kahn
both lived their lives on the edge of a dime

I ain't no Guggenheim
I'm gonna live my life on the edge of a dime
Track Name: Carolina
CAROLINA

When you entered the room
He fell into a swoon
By the light of the moon it was clear

He held you with his eyes,
filled with shadows and lies, the air
thick with excitement and fear

What a sardonic streak!
But you make him feel weak
It's a feeling you know all too well

When he asks for your lips, girl,
I'm telling you this:
all this hotness may hint of some hell

Oh Carolina
He's not the one for you
He will only bring you trouble
Yes, the bad boys always do!

Oh Carolina
I know you want him too
But if you give an inch to drama
it will steal away with you

Exhibit 2:
He's as quirky as you
So distracted, he moves like squirrel

Yet you're strangely intrigued
He is layered and sweet
He needs a girl who can center his world

When you entered his room
you were struck by the fumes
so you picked up a broom to begin

Though the clutter inside
is the state of his mind,
you still claim there's a space you'll fit in

Oh Carolina
You know what you must do
How's this boy to understand you
if you know he has low EQ?

Oh Carolina
I know you're feeling blue
You laugh and say you feed on drama
but we both know that it eats at you.

The next one will be deep, but
he's moody and he yells
The next one's rarely happy
'cause he thinks you're bound for hell
Another one you'll fool with
'cause your loneliness he quells

Carolina, it's time to interject
Carolina, where is your self-respect?

Oh Carolina
Though we know it's not a crime,
those who give their lives to drama
can expect to do some time

Oh Carolina
We all get what we are due
So decide what you deserve and
the rest will come to you
Track Name: Tough Cookies
TOUGH COOKIES

Oh, can't you see, sir, that I've tried so hard?
'Refined my gift to earn your good regard?

I know how you rate me
Don't underestimate me
I'll get there,
my brother,
one foot before the other

Tough cookies strut their stuff
'cause tough cookies don't give up
I'm a tough cookie
I'm a tough cookie
and I don't give up

When we're pursuing our own shining star,
we're faced with redefining who we are
If old selves are dying
on Lazarus feet I'm rising
I'm beaten and slivered,
but I will be delivered

Tough cookies don't give in
'Cause tough cookies have tough skin
I'm a tough cookie
I'm a tough cookie
and I know that we

fight just a little bit
We die just a little bit
We cry as our dreams elude us
If we fight through the night
we can rise, rise to day!

Tough cookies don't give up
Tough cookies are tough stuff
I'm a tough cookie
I'm a tough cookie
And I don't give up!
And I don't give up!