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by James Tristan Redding

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released October 31, 2018

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James Tristan Redding Nashville, Tennessee

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

His catalog of over 300 titles includes collaborations with hit songwriter Mark Narmore, Midwest CMA nominee Graham Bramblett and multiple other artists internationally from England to Australia.

Redding's songs have landed cuts by numerous recording artists including Dan Whitehouse, Emma Gale, and David Easterling.
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Track Name: Combination To My Heart
Where do I begin? Honey how did you
When you looked at me how’d you see right through
Through my loudest notes and my biggest smile
How’d you know that underneath it all I was just a child

And I just want love, and I’ll give it back
And I got so much that I want to tell you, Jack
It’s been locked away, all I have to share
What a grand surprise that you arrived and found me there

We learn to guard against the scars
As if we’re betting both our futures on the cards
But I called today to say thank the stars
That you figured out the combination to my heart

So I opened up a little slow at first
And then the words came pouring out unrehearsed
Everything I feel, all my questions too
I just can’t believe how good it feels to be with you

Maybe this is why baby from the start
So many winding roads we traveled were so hard
But we made it here and today is ours
And you can keep the combination to my heart

I know it’s still a little scary and we can’t see up ahead
But if you let me I will carry all the heavy stuff instead
And we’ll drive off in the distance from sunrise to sunset
We can paint the sky together like a pair of silhouettes
Track Name: I Found God In A Country Song
A beat up truck on a long dirt road
That’s the place I feel at home
Burning rubber on these city streets
Now my heart is made of stone

Feeling jaded, complicated
Until I turn that FM dial
Hear them singing, gospel ringing
I raise my voice and join the choir

I found God in a country song
A melody that sounds so sweet
Heavy head hanging low from the day
Let that music take my cares away

That first day when I stepped off the plane
I thought I’d found a better life
But love is fleeting and fame don’t last
And cash won’t keep me warm at night

Feeling jaded, complicated
Until I turn that FM dial
Hear them singing, gospel ringing
I raise my voice and join the choir

I found God in a country song
A melody that sounds so sweet
Heavy head hanging low from the day
Let that music take my cares away

Chasing bright lights after midnight
Like a band-aid on a heart
But in the morning you transform me
Like a campfire in the dark
Track Name: Your Friday Afternoon
Tonight it rained and I used your black umbrella
As I sang out loud all the words I wanna’ tell you
Walking north on Amsterdam retracing just how scared I am
That you might be leaving, I hope you’re not leaving

Because you’re full of so much light and so much color
Each time we touch there’s new ideas that I discover
So when we have a little time can we make it yours and mine
And if you’ll let me, I hope you’ll let me

Can I be your Friday afternoon? Your Saturday night
Let me be your Sunday morning too, we’ll make it sound just right
And then just when you think you know the tune
I wanna’ sing it a little sweeter
If you don’t mind let me be your Friday afternoon

In your deep brown eyes I finally feel forgiven
For all the times that I’ve been wrong, for all the words I haven’t written
Before the days all fade away I’ve got a couple things to say
I need a favor, please think this over

We both have many miles to walk until we let go
And sing the melody together ‘til it echoes
Through every morning, noon and night the notes are sweet and full of light
So if you’re smiling, please say you’re smiling

Let me be your Friday afternoon? Your Saturday night
Can I be your Sunday morning too, we’ll make it sound just right
And then just when you think you know the tune I wanna’ sing it a little sweeter
If you don’t mind let me be your Friday afternoon

You have the sweetest lips that I have ever kissed
And when you call my name I swear I can’t resist
It’s only Tuesday and I know we got 3 more days to go
But my heart is up on 113th tonight
Track Name: I Dream Of You
When I woke up before the sunrise
It hit me quick that you were gone
You know that chain made out of silver
It holds your ring right by my heart

I know you left me to start over
And build a life with another man
Yeah I was angry, I was jealous
But heaven help me I miss you girl

So I dream of you trying on my clothes and writing in my All Stars
I dream of you packing up and heading north by the Midnight Sun
I dream of you driving all night long until you pass Chicago
Yeah I dream of you, steal a car and speed it right back to my arms
I am fading to a brand new shade of blue
I dream of you

I tried to treat you kind and patient
And not to envy or to boast
But love is like a broken record
A sacred silence in the rain

So I dream of you trying on my clothes and writing in my All Stars
I dream of you packing up and heading north by the Midnight Sun
I dream of you driving all night long until you pass Chicago
Yeah I dream of you, steal a car and speed it right back to my arms
I am fading to a brand new shade of blue
I dream of you

Now I don’t mind if you wake me
With a bottle in your hand
Just remember when you smile for me
You pick me up like broken glass
Track Name: One More Day
Cold night in the middle of nowhere, cup of coffee in my hand
Just got off the phone with you, now I just don’t understand
Why fight like strangers making moves out on our own
Angry words drawing battle lines, together never felt so alone

I want to be forever beside you
Thought it feels like you’re a million miles away
I want to spend my life dying with you
Love will guide us through one more day

So I hop in my old car and I hit the road
Chicago’s not so far away, this love is such a heavy load
Racing to you at 80, to chase these dark clouds away
Writing love songs in my head, singing words I want to say

I want to be forever beside you
Thought it feels like you’re a million miles away
I want to spend my life dying with you
Love will guide us through one more day

Now I’m lying in your broken bed, a slice of heaven in this hell
Grew a little in our time apart, being with you I can tell
All these reasons for going back never mattered much to me
Time for us to put it all to rest, because this is perfect company

I want to be forever beside you
Thought it feels like you’re a million miles away
I want to spend my life dying with you
Love will guide us through one more day
Track Name: I'll Still Love You
Onto the page trickles a single tear drop
Into a heart rushes an ounce of blood
Out of the west whispers a breath so faintly
Over the clouds rushes a hush at dusk

In a spring sky on a shooting star
Under a blue moon’s fading light
One last token for a fairground ride
Hold this losing boy tonight, and she says,

“I’ll still love you if you have nothing but your broken heart left”
I’m getting older so I ask her to remind me every day
I’ll still love you if you have nothing but your broken heart left
So I say, “baby take my hand and lead me away”

Somehow we still come back to find each other
After the lies that we both told ourselves
Truly your trust is stronger than all my sadness
All of my heart is waiting for one more chance

In a spring sky on a shooting star
Under a blue moon’s fading light
One last token for a fairground ride
Hold this losing boy tonight, and she says,

“I’ll still love you if you have nothing but your broken heart left”
I’m getting older so I ask her to remind me every day
I’ll still love you if you have nothing but your broken heart left
So I say, “baby take my hand and lead me away”

Onto a page
Into a heart
Out of the west
Over the clouds
All of my heart

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