A Room At The Squire

by James Tristan Redding

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The best songs I never wrote.

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released October 27, 2013

A handful of songs by a handful of fantastic songwriters, as sung and recorded by James Tristan Redding.

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James Tristan Redding New York, New York

James Tristan Redding is a singer-songwriter in the tradition of American narrative, putting poignant and sometimes whimsical lyrics to accessible, memorable melodies. Redding was raised in the mid-west by British parents and wrote, recorded, and toured with Alt-Country group Union Pulse (2002-2012). Now in his 30s, James is building a catalog of original material written and recorded on the road. ... more

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Track Name: Jolene
Cocaine flame in my bloodstream
Sold my coat when I hit Spokane
Bought myself a hard pack of cigarettes in the early morning rain
Lately my hands they don't feel like mine
My eyes been stung with dust and blind
Held you in my arms one time, but I lost you just the same

Jolene, I ain't about to go straight -- it's too late
I found myself face down in a ditch
Booze in my hair, blood in my lips
A picture of you holding a picture of me
In the pocket of my blue jeans
Still don't know what love means, Jolene

Been so long since I've seen your face
Or felt a part of this human race
I've been living out of this here suitcase for way too long
A man needs something he can hold onto
A nine pound hammer or a woman like you
Either one of them things will do

Jolene, I ain't about to go straight -- it's too late
I found myself face down in a ditch
Booze in my hair, blood on my lips
A picture of you holding a picture of me
In the pocket of my blue jeans
Still don't know what love means, Jolene
Track Name: Wild Horses
Childhood living is easy to do
The things you wanted I bought them for you
Graceless lady you know who I am
You know I can't let you slide through my hands

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses couldn't drag me away

I watched you suffer a dull aching pain
Now you've decided to show me the same
No sweeping exit or offstage lines
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses couldn't drag me away

I know I've dreamed you a sin and a lie
I have my freedom but I don't have much time
Faith has been broken tears must be cried
Let's do some living after we die

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses we'll ride them some day
Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses we'll ride them some day
Track Name: You Are My Sunshine
The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
But when I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried.

I'll always love you and make you happy,
If you will only say the same.
But if you leave me and love another,
You'll regret it all some day:

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away

You told me once, dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But now you've left me and love another;
You have shattered all of my dreams:

When I'm asleep dear, I know you leave me
When I awake my poor heart pains.
So when you come back to make me happy
I'll forgive you, I'll take all the blame.
Track Name: Evenflow
Freezing, rests his head on a pillow made of concrete again
Feeling maybe he'll see a little better set a days
Hand-out, faces that he sees time again ain't that familiar
Dark grin, he can't help when he's happy looks insane

Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
He don't know, so he chases them away
Someday yet, he'll begin his life again

Kneeling, looking through the paper though he doesn't know how to read
Praying, now to something that has never shown him anything
Feeling, understands the weather of the winters on its way
Ceilings, few and far between all the legal halls of shame

Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
He don't know, so he chases them away
Someday yet, he'll begin his life again
Whispering hands, gently lead him away
Track Name: Clocks
The lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Have brought me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead singing

Come out of things unsaid
Shoot an apple off my head
And a trouble that can't be named
A tiger's waiting to be tamed singing

You are
You are

Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks
Gonna come back and take you home
I could not stop that you now know singing

Come out upon my seas
Cursed missed opportunities
Am I a part of the cure?
Or am I part of the disease? Singing

You are
You are
You are
You are

You are
You are

And nothing else compares
And nothing else compares
And nothing else compares

You are
You are

Home, home where I wanted to go
Home, home where I wanted to go
Home, home where I wanted to go
Home, home where I wanted to go
Track Name: Summertime
Summertime and the living's easy
Catfish are jumping and the cotton is high
Your daddy's rich and your mama's good looking
So hush little baby, don't you cry

One of these mornings, you're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings and take to the sky
But until that morning, nothing can harm you
With daddy and mama standing by
Track Name: Angel
Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day

I need some distraction, oh beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins
Let me be empty, oh and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight

In the arms of the angel fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here

So tired of the straight line and everywhere you turn
There's vultures and thieves at your back
The storm keeps on twisting, you keep on building the lies
That you make up for all that you lack

It don't make no difference escaping one last time
It's easier to believe
In this sweet madness, oh this glorious sadness
That brings me to my knees

In the arms of the angel fly away from here
From this dark cold hotel room and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here
Track Name: Streets of Philadelphia
I was bruised and battered, couldn't tell what I felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
Saw my reflection in a window, didn't know my own face
Oh brother are you gonna leave me wasting away

On the streets of Philadelphia

I walked the avenue till my legs felt like stone
I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone
At night I could hear the blood in my veins
Just as black and whispering as the rain

On the streets of Philadelphia

Ain't no angel gonna greet me
It's just you and I my friend
And my clothes don't fit me no more
I walked a thousand miles just to slip this skin

The night has fallen, I'm lyin' awake
I can feel myself fading away
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss
Or will we leave each other alone like this

On the streets of Philadelphia
Track Name: I Can Only Imagine
I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When your face is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine when that day comes
And I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever forever worship You
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever, forever worship you
I can only imagine