I Threw Your Heart

from No Straight Lines by Bill Gable

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about

This arrangement has quite a few elements, but no contribution gave me greater pleasure than Leon Ware’s background vocals. When I gave Leon rough mixes of the record for him to experiment with, I don’t recall even highlighting this song as needing background vocals. But what he came up with – from the very first moment I heard it – sounded like it had belonged there the whole time. He wound up singing elsewhere on the album as well, a total blast for both of us, since we had been friends for years but had never before worked together.

The song went through numerous re-writes throughout the recording process, with even the melody totally changed by the end. The lyrics were inspired by traditional flamenco lyrics and Andalusian poetry. Here is one of my favorites that I keep returning to:

In my house
I am keeping a garden,
so I can sell flowers
for you if hard times come.

I went out to the fields to cry
like a mad man screaming,
and even the wind kept telling
me that you loved someone else.

From your neck hangs a cross
Set in gold and ivory.
Let me die on it
And crucify myself there,
On that cross that hangs from your neck.

I have bought three knives
For you to end my life,
So that I will not have to
Suffer the pain
Of hating you.

– Andalusian poem

lyrics

infinite merciful mother
look at what I’ve done
how quickly one thing leads to another
once a thing’s begun
I knew where my knife was
before you could run
oh, no

I threw your heart in the water
I watched it spinning round and round
into the dark of the water
where it never will be found
now I sing my song for no one
for no one can console me

The moment I saw you together
we knew how this would end
I swore I would love you forever
I was happy to pretend
you always warned me my temper
would never be my friend
oh, no

high in a church there is always
darkness overhead
so what good is lighting a candle
when everything is said
there’s not a thing I believe in
without you in my bed
oh, no

credits

from No Straight Lines, released April 14, 2015
Bill Gable – Vocals, guitar
Leon Ware – Background vocals
Steve Rodby – Acoustic bass
Larry Goldings – Piano
Kai Narezo – Flamenco guitar
Ethan Margolis – Flamenco guitar, palmas
Arturo Solar – Flugels
Joey Heredia – Cajon

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Bill Gable Los Angeles, California

BILL GABLE is an uncompromisingly original American singer-songwriter, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist whose music spans the boundaries between pop, jazz and world music.

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