I Am You Are We Were

by James Tristan Redding

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Thirteen songs written and performed by a very young James Tristan Redding at age 18, before his decade-long career with roots rock group Union Pulse.

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released August 11, 2001

Written and performed by James Tristan Redding. Recorded on an IBM computer in the dining hall of Camp Webb, in Wautoma, Wisconsin, by Greg Semaan in the late summer of 2001.

Words and music copyright 2001 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.

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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: East Sky
Here I sit holding all my troubles tight
I think it's been a long, long time
Since I last spoke fairly judged and shining bright
And brought some reason to my rhyme

So I ask of you, look upon these hands
And try to share my view across these lands

I stole an apple from a tree
Moments before it fell to me
Think what you will of my luminescent runes
Fuel for my fire to shed light upon my tunes

Days I stand high nights I lie still
Look to the sky from down on my hill
All that I've known remembers me well
And free from my throne inside I dwell

Your thorns gently on your rose
Cannot begin to sink my prose
Sailing along on a shining crescent ride
Reflecting the moon to shed light on the tide

Days I stand high nights I lie still
Look to the sky from down on my hill
All that I've known remembers me well
And free from my throne inside I dwell

Now I lay down before you fire and ice
I'll offer innocence to you
So you decide who is just, I'll sacrifice
To know this magic must be true
Track Name: Instead
We first met in a crowded hall on graduation day,
She signed my paper, smiled at me, and walked away.
Then we met in an empty hall the size of my lonely heart,
Optimism called my bluff and that dream fell apart.

Now I’ve been told,
If you’re in love then go ahead
But ever since, I sing instead

Many times I’ve bet my pride and ventured to the door,
And though I’ve failed I’ll here confide, I wish to seek once more,
I’m lonely and I need a hand to help me through the day
And with her strength, I’d rise and stand – so help me lord, I pray
Track Name: Decide
Sometimes I feel like letting go
Sometimes I feel like giving out
Sometimes I want to find my own way around
Let me have this doubt

Help me sort out out myself
Help my find in this fuss
Separate places everyone
Separate places all of us

Sometimes I feel like clinging fast to you
Sometimes I feel like pushing you away
Sometimes I want to find my own place to go
Let me find my way
Track Name: Cafe Car
Nothing can keep me away from you any more
So you're not the perfect person, that's for sure
The moonlight shining on your eyes turns to gold
Every time I stop to think, it gets old

So you live for life, that's why you're so free
So you laugh through death, I'm afraid of losing me
So you hate to rhyme, that's just through the day
So by night we'll live through time
And for us that's okay, we'll find a way

Raining on parades is fine for you
You don't know how you come across, what you do
Sometime I will fly you through the cloud
Even though I'm low you make me proud

So you live for life, that's why you're so free
So you laugh through death, I'm afraid of losing me
So you hate to rhyme, that's just through the day
So by night we'll live through time
And for us that's okay, we'll find a way
Track Name: Lucifer
Finding my comfort in beautiful faces
Looking for love in all the wrong places
Reading your words again and again
Laughing aloud at something you said

I know you, do you know me
I miss you, do you miss me

Lucifer stole my heart, she said it was beautiful
Lucifer bought my heart with a smile

You promised me something that you never had
A shimmering soul so beautifully clad
I lie on the beach and iím in the sun
I'll tell you something sad, I thought you were the one

i know you, do you know me
i miss you, do you miss me

Lucifer stole my heart, she said it was beautiful
Lucifer bought my heart with a smile

I need some peace in my mind
I need to leave this behind
Track Name: Seattle Dime
Living around your life out here
Living inside my mind out here
Send me some time out here
Send me some time, it's my time

Thinking about my friend back home
Thinking about good times back home
Send me a dime sometime
Send me a dime, Seattle dime
Track Name: When I'm Not Around
I miss the times I'd run
With you right behind me
I miss the times I'd hide
And you'd come and find me

Don't leave now, say you'll stay,
And come back soon, chase my fears away

Can you warm my heart, I'm cold inside
Will you let me lift you off the ground?
You know I love you so please don't cry
I'm with you always, even when I'm not around

Although we're far apart we're closer than ever
And when we meet again I'll hold you forever

Don't leave now, say you'll stay,
And come back soon, chase my fears away

Can you warm my heart, I'm cold from the rain
Will you let me lift you off the ground?
You know I love you so please don't cry
I'll never leave you, even when I'm not around

You know I love you, so please don't cry
Track Name: From Up Here
I'm sorry i've always been so dark
I can't remember sunny days with you
I'm sorry for all the times I've lost
And made you feel like you did too

But most of all I'm sorry
That I never knew
Watching over me, how it was for you

What it feels like from up here
I'm sorry the winds can blow so cold
What it feels like from up here
And this young heart grows slowly old

I looked around myself today
I couldn't feel the sun at all
Have you seen yourself this year
I've just been waiting for the fall
Track Name: Thank You
Crying alone or walking apart
You bring warmth and a change of heart
I fly in the midst of the nightmare I see
And you bring me back to reality

To fall in love with dreams
That I thought that I knew
But I fell down from grace
To a pillow of truth
So thank you

I'm never alone with freedom within
To express myself yet that's worn thin
So I thank you for being there
And smiling through confusion's stare

As I fall in love with dreams
That I sang and I drew
And I fell back from heaven
And I'm still alive
So thank you
Track Name: Pineapple Sunset
As the pineapple sunset sinks betwixt the trees
And the voices of old stain the cedar tinted breeze
As the gypsy within wanders high upon trapeze
And the staggering colors precariously soar and bring me to my knees

So I kneel and I pray for the dawn of a new day
And I play outside or inside or elsewhere I stay
And joined by the day but traveling by night
Discover love past fear, see the light

Then I search high and low and look inside my soul
And on down the line is where away I stole
This spiraling dream is my newfound hopeful goal
Happiness flocking toward me now becomes this quiet calm black hole

So I kneel and I pray for the dawn of a new day
And I play outside or inside or elsewhere I stay
And joined by the day but traveling by night
Discover love past fear, see the light

So a world of magicians gathers blinding light
And a song of musicians blends within my sight
My shepherd and herd shall have company tonight
And the sunset herein stays a legacy of light, perched atop its height

So I kneel and I pray for the dawn of a new day
And I play outside or inside or elsewhere I stay
And joined by the day but traveling by night
Discover love past fear, see the light
Track Name: Rider
She rides a horse the color of the skies (after a storm)
Reflecting back and shining off her eyes
She rides the wings of angels she can't love
They fly her home, shining from above

She rides alone, shining through the blue
Reflecting on the only thing that's true
She rides reflections of herself when she can see
And when she's blind, well then she rides with me

Lonely and full of light
Sadly it's how I feel
Only shed tears tonight
Gladly begin to heal

If I should wake before I die please take my love from thee
My silver faith to fall or fly, through golden eyes I see
Waltzing through the forest greens, dead and yet alive
Directions all relation leans, in love I shall now strive

Lonely and full of light
Sadly it's how I feel
Only shed tears tonight
Gladly begin to heal

Walk with me to the ends of the earth
Talk with me so I know of my birth
Glide with me through the sky like a dove
Ride with me to the sunset above

So shall we part as lovers do, or shall we talk some more
Through the rain I see the sun shining through the door
Heaven holds me in her heart, hoping she will stay
And through her light I see my love as she rides away
Track Name: Labyrinth
I need some light before I go away
I need some love before the light of day
The sunlight shining breaks through my shroud of hate
Until they listen I'll hold my breath and wait

Leaving by night all the houses we know and love
Never return to the image you built above
Never believe all the darkness here shall see you die
You should know as well as I, it's sometimes better to live a lie

There's a little boy standing on the corner
Tugging at his daddy's leg
Sliding those fears right into the light
Sometimes it's safer not to beg

This maze of faith confirms that I'm alone
I cannot see through fear 'til love is known
The silence only means this much at night
Through the tunnel I see a spark of light

There's a young man standing in the lamp light
Tugging at his father's throne
Sliding those angels into the light
Sometimes the lighting comes alone
Track Name: Merlin
When all the world has locked you out
And you fall to lying low
I love the loneliness inside every shout
Where living life becomes a show

I'm too strong to die in an instant
But I would go without a fear
So when I'd gone you'd feel my heart beating still
And shed for me a single tear

Freedom at the cost of friends and kin
Never shall I lose, so let's begin
Leave alone the covenant you hold deep within
And I shall open you to sin

Follow my dancing erratic as it may appear
Lie to me dying erotic as I draw you near
Watch me now poised and artistically feeding on fear
Nuclear minds go ballistic to reach the frontier