I Am You Are We Were

by James Tristan Redding

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1.
East Sky 02:45
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
2.
Instead 03:43
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
3.
Decide 04:05
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
4.
Cafe Car 04:11
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
5.
Lucifer 03:47
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
6.
Seattle Dime 02:52
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
7.
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
8.
From Up Here 03:58
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
9.
Thank You 02:45
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
10.
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
11.
Rider 05:06
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
12.
Labyrinth 04:21
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
13.
Merlin 07:13
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

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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 Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Godin Guitars Official Artist and Founder of www.songaweek.org.

His catalog of 400+ titles includes collaborations with hit writers Mark Narmore, Steve Dean, Elliott Park and Pete and Pat Luboff, among others both stateside and worldwide.

Redding has landed cuts by recording artists Eli Alger, Dan Whitehouse, Emma Gale, and David Easterling.
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