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If You Knew All Along (2016)

by Chris Cunningham

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 jungle floor that you’re willing to keep traveling on with me if we knew all along, where now would we be? so often impatient just 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 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)
Falling 04:14
sailing away on a welcome feeling today 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 …
Emily 03:06
I hope your dreams are sweeter, sleeping through the night no more bitter flavors, you’ve found your appetite I can’t say I’ve fallen from such a height isn’t it the darkness makes the stars shine bright? I’ve heard the devils laughter and worn the face of pain frozen through the winter and shivering in shame wrap you in lambs wool, rock you side to side isn’t it the darkness makes the stars shine bright? Emily, it’s OK to bleed this too will pass, eventually so let yourself go crazy, watch yourself go blind you’ll never see a shadow without a source of light and you’re a source of light forever in my skies isn’t it the darkness makes the stars shine bright?
Give It Up 03:25
round and round and round the place, the cleaning of the clocks mother wants a face to face, no one wants to talk sister fears the roof will fall in upon her home father plays the diplomat pretending problem solved give it up, give it up someone’s got to give in or give it up you’re on the outside, looking in you can’t help have opinions everybody’s got a valid point of view but what’s the point when it comes down to a feud? so and so said something wrong embarrassed everyone too much dirt, too much mud to sweep beneath the rug give it up … you’re on the in the inside, looking out but you cannot tell what it’s all about all you know is enough is enough everybody’s got a valid point of view but what’s the point when it comes down to caving in or living up to a higher love? Agnes held her great grandson for one and only time and for that moment no one spoke except in nursery rhymes
Terra Firma 02:53
everybody felt the earthquake a hundred miles wide triggered the Richter scales turned daylight into night I must have been asleep it's something you don't ignore when tremors push the walls to rubble all the way through the floor 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 wouldn't get a second chance to get out, out of there terra firma 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 and promise 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
Set Aside 04:15
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 grows in light of the afterglow of I’m sorry and I never meant to be so mean my best of thinking, the worst of my dreams come back to haunt me rewrite the story, restore the estate to former glory when will that promise light again your face? how they say that the mountains will move 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
soft night, cool night candle light in my cup I’m alone, I rest upon a moonlit surface, await the dawn a winter’s solstice creeps along a frozen sky soft light, warm light midnight on my clock I’m in tune, with waning moon set on horizon, coming soon thoughts of flying through stratosphere to get there soft touch, warm kiss beyond a shadow of a doubt I’m in love with what’s above a changing skyline, Spanish dove a pinkish backlight in her eyes in her eyes in her eyes it breaks the night


Released April 23, 2016
Self-produced indie folk ep with original songs ranging from circa 1989 to present. They likely would have remained unheard if not for the persistent encouragement by friend and fellow touring artist Wes Kirkpatrick who stayed a few extra days in the studio and beseeched me to record the basics. Thank you Wes. And Thank You to all who've been a part of this effort.

Some things other artists have said about Chris's music:

"Chris is a master of knowing what a song needs and, often more importantly, what it doesn’t." 

~Aaron Espe (his songs have played on hit shows like Nashville, Grey's Anatomy, and more)

"Chris has the ability to unleash poignant heavy-hitter songs with a gentleness and humility that lets us know he is daring to speak from the heart. His voice, like his music, has a beautiful way of interweaving something delicate, with something on the edge."

~Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz, Raining Jane)

"Chris has the ears for harmony, and an intuitive sense of what works in an arrangement. He’s always finding ways to give a recording more emotional depth without taking away from the raw essence of the song.”

~Connor Garvey (award-winning performing songwriter)


released April 23, 2016


If You Knew All Along was brought to life by a full cast of incredible musicians including:

Mai Bloomfield - cello, harmonies
John Sanders - bass
Clay Green - drums, percussion
Drew Fleming - drums
Michael Gillan - percussion
Justin Roth - percussion, high-string guitar, background vocals
Chris Cundy - piano, Hammond B3
Thomas May - pedal steel
Bill Kahler - soprano sax
Alex Koukov - banjo
Bridger Dunnagan - fiddle
Chris also played: baritone guitars, Rhodes, piano, pump organ, E-bow, background vocals


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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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