Chris Cunningham live on "11th & Grant" (2018)

by Chris Cunningham

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I’m going out west gonna do my best to be making the most of my time with a tune on deck and a few in my head I’ve been thinking about a long time Make no mistake there’s more at stake than really meets the eye with a baby at home in swaddling clothes it ain’t easy to say goodbye Everything matters more now And it always did but when you’re a kid there’s a part of you running blind you can trip and fall, and lose it all, and feel so far behind and It isn’t like I didn’t try, I just didn’t always hit the mark but you can’t undo what’s happened, they're shadows in the dark Everything matters more now I’m running back to you beyond a doubt There’s a pile of wood, and a stack of bills, and the urge to up and go when the winter wind starts blowing again and bears hide under snow I want to make good on the things I should but I’m right back at the start running blind, through the pines, towards the valley of an open heart Everything matters more now
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Pillar of smoke rising up rising up to the sky Oh fearsome flames, oh falling ash, I feel the fire in your eyes Pillar of smoke, cloud of dust out along the mountain ridge Afraid I’ll choke if look up Just wanna run from what I did I’ve been a fool about our love, been dishonest honestly What you don’t know can’t hurt, or so a fool believes It’s a lonely, it’s a shame when there’s nothing left to say Oh honey, please forgive me I’ve seen the err of my ways Pillar of smoke rising up, evil omen in the east I told a joke, it fell flat and now last laughs’ on me There’s no escape, from the blame, nothing to justify My Sunday best, you know the rest when I wore that suit of lies It’s a lonely, it’s a shame when there’s nothing left to say Oh honey, please forgive me I’ve seen the err of my ways
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Welcome back to the shack we’ve been sharing Welcome home to the love that we hold dear There is nothing much sweeter than caring Chopping wood, hauling water with you here We go back, way back through the years White winters, green summers, golden falls But it still feels like we’re in the spring of our lives It still feels like we haven’t aged at all And I want you to know, cuz it’s so You’re the light, you’re the luster of my dreams And I want you to know, cuz it’s so You’re the only one for me Last night I went out on the front porch The smell of pine and the spring was in the air And I thanked every star up there for my life I thanked you for living with me here And I want you to know, cuz it’s so You’re the light, you’re the luster of my dreams And I want you to know, cuz it’s so You’re the only one for me Welcome back to the shack we’ve been sharing Welcome home to the love that we hold dear There is nothing much sweeter than caring Chopping wood, hauling water with you here There is nothing much sweeter than caring Chopping wood, hauling water with you here There is nothing much sweeter than caring
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sailing away on a welcome feeling today I got the restlessness out of the way and I just wanna stand still and stay a while, let me see that little one smile you do, when we’re playing and I can get through every once in a while met you by a running stream daisy flowers on bended knee "darling this is love, and I’m all in" falling … surfing the waves into the evening when we trade place now you’re sleeping, but I’m still awake building boats by the shore and it’s sink or it’s swim, it’s what do we do when to lose is to win it may be backwards but then again we’ll have each other to tell came upon a covered bridge I’d never looked back but then I did “darling where there’s a will, then there’s a way” moving like a humming bird poet wings on every word “kiss me and we’ll both be falling in” falling … falling … I’m falling … I’m falling …
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I’ll go with you to the gates of heaven Hold your hand through the fires of hell Though your memory may be broken In the end you’ll know me well I was with you in the garden Kissed your lips at the wishing well All our lifetimes wove together Hanging tapestries on the wall Nothing can take our love away… I’ve no idea what you’re thinking There’s no reflection in the mirror There’s still a light behind curtain It’s hard to tell who’s living in there Oh the thief, quiet and skillful When it all began to disappear One by one your works were stolen Left the gallery blank and bare Nothing can take our love away In the fading twilight Can you hear me - do you know my name? If only there was something to say Something stronger than a prayer I’ll go with you to the gates of heaven Hold your hand through fires of hell In the end as in the beginning Oh my love you’ll know me well In the end as in the beginning Oh my love you will know me … Nothing can take our love away
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Making good time, keeping it straight between the lines not so many more miles to go Your day dreamin’ days are over, feeling good and in control you can sleep through Sunday when you get home Leave the light on, I can’t wait I’ll be resting in your arms, by the breaking of day You know our old friend Tom sold off all of his guitars Felt defeated by the distances and waking up in the car Still he says he’s still writing and there’s a new song on the way But the benefits of showing up in the same place everyday Leave the light on I’ll be home soon You’re my candle in the window, and my window to the truth I’ve seen my share of scenery From the switchbacks of the mountains Through desert to the shining sea And I can safely say This old engine’s still in tune It’s never run better beneath the midnight Leave the light on when you turn in Bedtime stories for the kids and kiss them on the head Making good time Making good time Making good time Making good time
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sunny again, how long has it been, 1000 shadows sunny again, the spring on the wind, 1000 snows how do I tell you, all of this will pass? how long would we let the winters last? so old the dragons, so cold in the cave, this way of living lonely the phantom, invisible chains, the perfect prison how can I show you, love to be true? how long would we let those monsters brood? set aside all your illusions of fire for all I know love blooms in light of the afterglow of I’m sorry I never meant to be so mean my best of thinking, the worst of my dreams, come back to haunt me re-write the story, restore the estate to former glory when does that promise light again your face? how they say the mountains are moved by faith set aside all mis-creations of pride for all I know peace lies just on the other side of I’m sorry I never meant to keep you at an arms reach but now in all honestly I’m finally ready … to come clean sunny again it’s sunny again
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Everybody felt the earthquake, 100 miles wide Triggered the Richter scales, turned daylight into night I must have been asleep, it's something that you don’t ignore When tremors push the walls to rubble, all the way through the floor Terra Firma On the commute this evening about to reach the bridge Suddenly the road is swaying like a wave Look out the metal and concrete, pieces everywhere You wouldn't get a second chance to get out, out of there Terra Firma Terra Firma your steps are sure Is nothing ever set in stone here? Can you count on being fair? You wanna put the blame on someone, it seems too much to bear Promises becomes a burden, collapsing with the weight You think you're going crazy, you think it's too late Terra Firma Terra Firma Terra Firma your steps are sure on solid earth again again again
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living it up downtown, your tongue a little loose tales of love and conquest you can't lose the guy behind the counter shakes his head at you he's seen a lot of lucky faces go from red to blue Jim rolls in with the good news like he's so good at doing making wine out of water and whistling a tune you were too filled up to hear the song your cup was running over, you should've been running home a town talks, will you listen are you wise enough to know where to put your ears? love walks if your not watching you'll end up alone with all your talk and tears you framed your dreams together over all these years smiling pictures in the hallway up above the stairs the shadows in the corner make it painfully clear she don't need your understanding she just wants you here a town talks, will you listen are you wise enough to know where to put your ears? love walks if your not watching you'll end up alone with all your talk and tears am I getting through? do you need more information? what’s it say about you, if I have to ask the question? living it up down town your tongue a little loose for all I hear you saying what's it say about you a town talks a town talks a town talks a town talks
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Everybody wants a piece of paradise a house upon the hill, with a view of heaven now everyone's here, so close together Paradise is lost, gone forever When we were young we used to walk out in those fields and run forever, in the backyard woods but now the old trails disappear in neighborhoods with streets named after, what's gone for good The hills above town used to be the best place for starry-eyed lovers and inspiration but now it's all paved, every streets a dead end and empty summer houses, stand all along them When we were young we used to walk out in those fields and run forever, in the backyard woods but now the old trails disappear in neighborhoods with streets named after, what's gone for good Now there's no trespassing now there's no going back again I only hope you remember the way it was, and what we had back then When we were young we used to walk out in those fields and run forever, in the backyard woods but now the old trails disappear in neighborhoods with streets named after, what's gone for good gone for good gone for good what's gone for good
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mystery solved, now it’s a new kind of deal a new set of problems, some fancied, some real your trusty old friends, with no hand to lend you today if you knew all along, would it have turned out this way? progress is progress, it’s just not over yet with the promise of promise I’m willing to bet through the clouds, through the fog, the backlog of things left to say if you knew all along would you do it this way? no something for nothing, not anymore a spaceship has landed on the forest floor that you’re willing to keep traveling on with me if we knew all along now where would we be? so often impatient want to get it all done have it once and for always - have it all for once serenity flies on uncertain terms what will you do now with all what you’ve learned? take another blank page and wish them a happier day if you knew all along …(what would they say?) if you knew all along …(what would you do?) if you knew all along …(would you do it this way?) if you knew all along …(with nothing to prove) if you knew all along …(where would we be?) if you knew all along …(happy, joyous and free)

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Original folkgrass songs by veteran folk artist Chris Cunningham (of the acclaimed folk-pop duo Storyhill), performed with a band on the Emmy award-winning music series "Live from 11th & Grant with Eric Funk", produced by MontanaPBS and originally aired in 2017. Remixed for CD by Chris Cunningham at Basecamp Recording Studio, in Bozeman, Montana.

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released October 3, 2018

Songs by Chris Cunningham.
Arrangements by Chris Cunningham, Tom Murphy, Mike Parsons and Russell Smith

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Chris Cunningham Bozeman, montana

Chris started writing songs in the late 80's and is best known as one half of the acclaimed folk pop-duo, Storyhill (signed to Red House Records) with long time-friend / collaborator John Hermanson), which has toured the US extensively, playing major festivals and premier venues such as Garrison Keiler's A Prairie Home Companion. Chris's solo music remains true to the vein of artists of the 70's. ... more

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