The Hurting Game

2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band (voice, electric piano, 2 electric basses) – 1:36

Music by Frank Horvat
Words by Lisa Horvat

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)

  1. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band - Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass) Buy on iTunes 01:35


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Album: I Can See You
Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby
Date: March-June 2013
Location: THE FARM, Toronto
Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass)
Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin

I Can See You - The Frank Horvat Band

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Programme Notes

I wrote The Hurting Game after I discovered an old notebook which contained angst-filled poetry that my now wife, Lisa, had written as a teenager. The words really jumped out at me as something that would work well in a musical context. This is one of many poems that I used when writing my two band albums, I Can See You and Strange Machine.

I initially wanted the song to be much longer. What’s heard on the I Can See You album is sort of what would be the first verse. But that’s all we ended up including. It seemed to work musically in its small structure. I like the idea of working outside the structures formulaically used in the modern pop song.

– Frank Horvat


Daring games go on and on
Subtle looks
Sideways glances
Tale telling suggestive stares

A game between you and me
A race against the clock
Time together
Eons apart
Too soon to be forever


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