The Man Upstairs

from Songwriting Demo by James Tristan Redding

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Co-written with Mark Narmore

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Jeans and flannel white tube socks and sandals
Good old Mr. Randall handy as they come
Ain’t a talker reminds me of my father
Just like clockwork twenty years and then some

Since he handed me the keys he’s been watching over me
Hell, sometimes I forget he’s even there

Always fixing something keeps this whole place running
No matter what I break he’s got a spare
Right above my ceiling I wonder if he hears me
When I finally hit my knees and say a prayer
The man upstairs

Last Thursday cake and candles for his birthday
He left one burning and lit a cigarette
Sat before me kept me up ‘til morning
Swappin’ stories like two best friends

Tuggin’ on his beard he wiped away a tear
And put that last piece of cake in some Tupperware

He’s always fixing something keeps this whole place running
No matter what I break he’s got a spare
Right above my ceiling I wonder if he hears me
When I finally hit my knees and say a prayer
The man upstairs

Wonder what I’ll miss the most when the old man finally goes
Up to hear the angels sing
Looking out at the clear blue sky said he’s ready and I know why
‘Cuz someone’s watching over him

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from Songwriting Demo, released January 9, 1919
Music and lyrics written by Mark Narmore & James Tristan Redding.
Engineered and produced by Bart Pursley, High Ridge Studio.

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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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