Posted by: David Harley | July 21, 2012

Index to Words & Music Pages

[12th May 2014 update] Verse and music on this page are slowly being transferred to different blogs, imaginatively entitled David Harley’s Songs and David Harley’s Verse, and in fact there’s already a whole more information there. If you’re only interested in the security-related stuff, you might want to shoot over to my Small Blue-Green World page.

Contact email: info[at]

Here’s a close-to-full list of the other Small Blue-Green blogs:

I suppose you could call this my vanity site. It’s maintained as a resource for my music and for writing that isn’t (usually) directly connected to my ‘real’ job  as an IT security author/consultant. (If you’re actually interested in the security stuff, see the links at the end of this post.) Just to be clear, none of this material is in the public domain, and all rights are reserved. I hope you enjoy listening to/reading it but if you actually want to use it in any commercial context, unlikely as that may sound, you are honour-bound and legally required to ask me first: you can email me at info[at] Or via Small Blue-Green World, which is me wearing my business head.   

Recording Sessions:

Diverse Brew Sessions:

  1. One Step Away From The Blues
  2. True Confessions
  3. Heatwave

Scriptwrecked Sessions

Sheer Bravado Cassette:

  1. Long Stand
  2. Speak My Heart
  3. The Weekends
  4. Dives and Lazarus
  5. The Butterfly (slip jig)
  6. Paper City
  7. Sheer Bravado
  8. View From The Top
  9. She’s Gone
  10. So Much For Romance
  11. Circle
  12. Blues For Davy

More recent recordings (not commercial quality): as of 12th May 2014, the listings for this are somewhat out of date.

Songs Without Music:

Demo Recordings

Quick and dirty recordings of songs I hope to revisit and spend more time on a better version. Home-recorded on BOSS digital gear which I hope to have time to learn to use properly Real Soon Now. Just one song – Bootup Blues – there at the moment, though two of the recordings added to the Songs Without Music page also qualify and will probably get moved shortly:

Settings of poems (unaccompanied demo versions)

Other Writing

Miscellaneous Prose

Verse or Worse

Folk Resources

At the moment, this page consists of a floor-singer’s tipsheet a number of us compiled in the late 1990s, and a reference to a later version – not sure where that comes from, but it wasn’t me. As I seem to spending a lot of time with old folkies these days, it may be that other things might find their way onto this page in due course.

Parodies Regained

…could have been a separate page here, I suppose, but it isn’t, for historical reasons. Anyway, here’s a list of what’s there at present:

Security-related publications

Security-related publications aren’t kept on this site now. Most of my recent papers are available or linked from the ESET resources pages including white papers, conference papers, and articles for external publications and sites. Mac and other Apple-related resources are mostly kept at the Mac Virus site. Some other papers and information on some of my security books can be found on the Small Blue-Green World blog page.

Posted by: David Harley | September 18, 2014

Who are we

Words and music by David Kenyon and David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | September 8, 2014

Stranger in Uniform [demo]

Stranger in Uniform: Words & Music copyright David Harley, 1983

Quiet days / Slow march past of the minutes
Remorseless progression / of the hours
The sun burns out / in a mock tropic sky
The sands run down / and time holds its breath

Waiting, ever waiting for the stranger in uniform
To shatter the mirror-still days

Quiet days / counting falling leaves
Stripping petals / from a scrap of bush
Nights under the trees / hiding from the world
Singing wild songs / to a gypsy moon

Waiting, ever waiting for the stranger in uniform
To shatter the cut-crystal days

Quiet days / sunrise leaps from tree to tree
A small boy with a fishing rod / re-lives jam-jar days
Ripples smooth away / the wrinkled image
Waiting for history / to rewrite the page

Waiting, ever waiting for the stranger in uniform
to shatter the diamond-cut days

Quiet country days / in a honeymoon paradise
Raindrops / dancing tiptoe on the glass
Clouds hang heavy / as time and history
Hiding in each other / in autumn 1939

Waiting, ever waiting for the stranger in uniform
To shatter the looking glass days

Posted by: David Harley | September 8, 2014

Scratch One Lover

Posted by: David Harley | September 7, 2014

Trouble in mind [demo]

Classic 8-bar blues by Richard M. Jones. I think I learned it originally from the singing of Josh White.

Posted by: David Harley | September 7, 2014

Two is a silence [Demo]

Two isn’t company, three is a crowd
Two is a silence, three is too loud
Two is a silence gets harder to break
But three always leaves one left over

Two into three isn’t good for the head
It’s no problem in math, but it’s bad news in bed
It’s one for sorrow and two for joy
But three always leaves one left over

When we’re alone somehow he’s always there
You say it’s the same when you two are the pair
It’s one for the money and two for the show
But three always leaves one left over

All the shouting is over and dead
Somehow there’s nothing much else to be said
It’s one for an ace and two for a pair
But three always leaves one left over

Posted by: David Harley | September 6, 2014

Blues Run The Game

Another song (like Here Come The Blues) by Jackson C. Frank, recorded on his eponymous album of 1965, produced by Paul Simon and with 2nd guitar on one track (Yellow Walls) by Al Stewart. The entire album (along with just about everything else he recorded including demos) is included on a CD called Blues Run The Game, released by Sanctuary Records around 2003.

Frank actually released another version about the same time as a single, which I don’t particularly recommend except as a curiosity. There are some pretty good versions of the song around, though: Bert Jansch did it rather nicely. John Renbourn also did a version: very energetic and perhaps the only Renbourn track I really didn’t like. I wanted to do something a little closer to the original, though my guitar part seems to have wandered off in very different directions.

Posted by: David Harley | September 6, 2014

Here come the blues [demo]

A song by Jackson C. Frank.

David Harley

Posted by: David Harley | September 5, 2014



Janey, tell me are you leaving?
Talk to me without disguise
Is it time I  turned to meet
The grey dawn rising in your eyes

Is the shadow in your sleepy eyes
The secret of your flight?
Will you leave me taking with you
The whispered secrets of the night?

When I wake some morning
Will I find myself alone?
Tell me now will tonight be the night
I’ll reach out and find you gone

Sermons in the dusty moonlight
Tell me that I should have known
I would wake some sad morning
To find my heart has turned to stone

Copyright David Harley 1972
Small Blue-Green World

Posted by: David Harley | September 5, 2014



Last time I saw Jeannine, we lost most of our time
In the company of friends who were neither hers nor mine

Castaways in different cities, working through some breaks
Regretting our vocations, scared of making more mistakes

And we talked of where we’d been
How we’d passed the interim
Since the last time together, building up
A wall of coffee cups and cigarette ends
Keeping our last rendezvous
At least, it looks to be the last we’ll keep

The last time I saw Jeannine, we lost most of our time
Talking of ourselves in terms of once upon a time

Clinging to the wreckage of lives we’d left behind
Hoping for the miracle we lost somewhere in time

And shied away from conversation
Of ourselves but in relation
To each other, but together, building up
A wall of alibis half-spoken
And chances we were missing
At least, from here it seems we’ve missed them all

By David Harley, copyright 1973

The first line does, I suppose, invite comparison with Joni Mitchell’s ‘The Last Time I Saw Richard’, though I didn’t hear that until several years later. But I suppose you could also compare it to ‘The Last Time I Saw Paris’ if you really wanted. Personally I prefer the Mitchell song, but this has a certain nostalgic je ne sais quoi. See what I did there?

And for anyone whose interested in any biographical elements, the lady’s name wasn’t Jeannine or Richard, and it was Bangor (North Wales), not Paris. 

I just realized that I also used the line ‘Last time I saw…’ in Diane. Probably Diane is the better song, and written about someone completely different. Whose name was not Diane, Richard or Jeannine. 

Anyway, I promise not to use the line again. Probably. 

Posted by: David Harley | September 5, 2014

bumper to bumper

Thought I’d try this with a more-than-usually-period feel to the demo:

(Actually, I pinched that chord sequence between verses from Don MacLeod. Sorry, Don.)

There’s a desert wind pushing the leaves around
and rhythm on the radio
and I just picked up some headlines
you might just like to know

I’ve got high compression and four free wheels
and a change of scene is overdue
and I just can’t wait to get back on the road
– bumper to bumper with you

Keep your fingers off my stickshift
if you can’t take the pace
but there’s a tune-up behind my headlamps
to bring a smile back to your face

I used to get my kicks on a solo cruise
now the only thing I want to do
is step on the gas and get back on the road
– bumper to bumper with you

I used to be the hot-rod hotshot
straining every iron nerve
with devil behind me on a V8 trip
and my wheels on dead man’s curve

Now I’m in the mood for some locomotion
and burning off a little juice
and I just can’t wait to get back on the road
– bumper to bumper with you.

Copyright David Harley, 1984

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