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Anthems from the Gentle War

by Daniel G. Harmann

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Burn this valley out save the edge of town we tuck ourselves in the crease of maps and long for the time when we're fine knowing there's no going back we scream out our names with bruised bloody lungs and swallow our pride as they swallow their tongues listen up child: This is not enough to make you want to stay here forever.
I've been known to drink far too much and to spend the day washing off the night before this is not a swan song this is not a memory I've been known to think far too much and to spend my day marking off the next one.
A Dying Dove 05:14
I was wondering babe if it would be alright if Brandon & I planned a tour for the summer we'll throw our guitars in the car our beards will grow ten times longer we'll settle on empty bars we'll open old scars and flirt with girls and make promises we can't deliver what's that you say yeah he's got a wife and I've got a job that gives me limited slumber where are the wolves who will tear right through me they're coming soon enough there's no need to worry so where do we go how do we make what we want to happen happen we're just crushed by our lives the ones we prayed would happen we'll never be where we were when we were eighteen wishing we were thirty three.
I knew this day would come when I turn to a life of crime when my only guilt comes from the fear of getting caught round, round, won't you come around these days I'm begging you to stay.
Some men sing of greatness & wealth of break-necks & health of life filled with fame and wine and reward well I sing mine with a voice full of hope that same hope full of strife and a heart so young that it's pumping away from the old I fought your war, so you can sit and forget a wife & a fence a sea & a depth a strong mind that sometimes let's slip what all of this meant what all of this never meant I want to quit every minute this broken frame holds a life fully lived my angel's wings have anchors with ink this is the New Zealand coast this is the Arizona snow this Radio Operator has the radio cure the tide is high the tide is now low from one expanse into the next I want to quit every minute.
Roaring 02:12
You're skating on thin ice son I don't need to remind you how much you're loved please don't push me this far not today into breaking the promise that I made to myself don't think I didn't hear you from across the store just because your father's not around doesn't mean you can ignore your mother and run off and run off your mouth I love you so much but you can forget from here on out that secret upper shelf from here on out.
Signing on same as it ever was numbers the books we read will bury us and your indecisive eyes harbor truths that shelter me with August now behind better/worse than it's ever been we're bending we're breaking honestly this town took all worth taking with power corruption a singular vision wrapped in seduction listen to me don't ever stop talking my heart explodes I'll heal your pain and kiss away your tears.
You're my downtown love all broken back and insulin break right break left swing right swing left break right break left stage right stage left these highways make no sense a bird and leaf and summer's end we moved there in a day when all the weigh stations were closed so we didn't have to lie about our plants or vegetables and your doctor gives you needles in stacks and my love for you crosses oceans and back.
Wrists 04:49
Wake up wake up it's happened again I try to hold it down but I'm blown from the bridge smashing in two I did my best to hold on this is our last year in that Northern town we empty our wrists and pour ourselves out it does me in and you do me in been building this up since I was a kid this room it holds a gun to our heads this broken bed these songs I can't sing those fives will go don't patronize me I sometimes think I can keep up with them I've made peace with you made peace with myself my heavy eyes are waking up I'm waking up.
Barnburners 02:07


released September 4, 2007

Recorded & Produced March 2006 at the Recovery Room in Seattle WA by Graig Markel.

Played by Daniel G. Harmann, Forrest Haskell, Brandon Miller, Trent Moorman, Graig Markel, Louis O’Callaghan, Robert Deeble & Mike Honcho.

Mixed & Mastered by Graig Markel.

Photography, layout & design by Brandon Miller.


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Daniel G. Harmann Seattle, Washington

Daniel G. Harmann is a master craftsman of working class art. With the lyrical depth of Low or Sun Kil Moon, DGH's work is as powerful as late 90s post punk, & as emotionally honest as Jimmy Eat World, Idlewild, or even Fugazi. DGH's songs draw the listener in with their dark & smoky feel, while escorting you through life's landscape of pain & redemption in a way only a trusted friend can. ... more

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