Saturday, January 13, 2007

Album Credits

Closer
words and music by Chris Sligh

All this waiting and medicating
Has left me hating my sin
Altogether, let's leave forever
Let's pretend never is here
I'm here...are you here?

Can you pull me closer to you
And love me like I never failed
Can you pull me closer to you
And love me like I never failed your love
And love me like I never failed your love

Shadow boxing with my own conscience
I've lost my friendships to love
Altogether now, let's pretend we know how
Love works itself out again.
I'm here...are you here?


chorus * interlude * chorus



Know
words and music by Chris Sligh

Lost in the windows of time,
You see a time of change
Don't it all feel strange?
Stuck in the reverb of me,
I hear echos of myself
But I can't say what I see.

I'm finding the answers
To my great divide

Someday when the sky is falling I will let you know
Someday when my dreams are caving in I will let you know
I'll let you know

Forget the first verse of life:
There's nothing learned at all -
At least until you fall.
Stratospheres and atmospheres collide,
Worlds come to an end
And there's nowhere left to hide.

pre-chorus * chorus

...when I'm falling
I'll let you know when I'm calling
I'll let you know when I'm breaking
I'll let you know when I'm making it through.

chorus



In a Moment
words and music by Chris Sligh

In a moment, love can pass you by
And in a moment, a heart can come alive

Every moment's getting better
Every moment brings me closer to you

Can I hold you till the morning light
Takes away the dead of night
And sunrise shines on you?
Can love take all these fears away
Till morning comes with brand new day?
It's love that pulls us through
In a moment.

In a moment love can tear you down
And in a moment a heart can come around

pre-chorus * chorus

I feel you in my heart
I feel you in my soul
Oh, you make me whole
In a moment...

chorus



Naive
words and music by Chris Sligh

Let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the strong say, "I am weak"
I pray the Lord this life be long
I pray the Lord my soul to keep

Truth be told, I tell the truth
Still I struggle with it told
Can all these "answers" lead to you
Or some imagined pot of gold
I know...

Oh, yeah I know
I don't wanna be
So naive
Just holding on, Just holding on to...

Whispers in the dark say I'm a fool
And simple fools say I'm unwise
To trust in more than golden rules
Or things beyond seen with these eyes
I know...

chorus

Love...I'm holding on to love
Love that crossed a bridge I'd never go
Love that holds me close enough to know
And faith enough to know
That I can be naive

chorus



Need
words by Chris Sligh
music by Chris Sligh, Chad Boyd, Daniel Peek & Russ Chapman

Don't you ever get so tired
Of feeling like there's no one, there's no one here
When you're so surrounded
You still feel like there's no one around you

Don't it ever feel so wrong
To live your life so totally lonely
You're so stuck in freedom
That friends just never know you need them
But you need them

Don't let go
Don't let go of love
Don't let go:
It's everything that you need

Don't you ever want this love that's been
Handed to you forever, forever
All you've ever wanted
Is in these arms that holds us together
Held together...

chorus * solo * chorus



Rise
words and music by Chris Sligh

Every time you save me
Every time you save me
Every time I fall you pick me up
And when I fail, you right me
And pick up the pieces that might be
The pieces of me I haven't given over yet

Your love digs deeper than the valleys
And I can't hide anymore, anymore

Love is rising up like a spring up from the ground
Redemption comes and turns this heart
Turns this heart around
Love is rising up and I can't make a sound
Redemption comes and turns this heart
Turns this heart around

The sun's on the right horizon
Still I can feel it rising
It's rising just like the love I know is welling up
So, pick up the broken pieces
And I'll give up the broken pieces
The pieces of me I haven't given over yet

pre-chorus * chorus

Redemption falls like rain into the thirsty ground
The thirsty ground that is my soul
Out of nothing rises up,
Except the hands that bore my pain
Redemption comes to fill my broken heart

chorus



Somewhere
words and music by Chris Sligh

What kind of world gives us pain when we're weak?
Where do we go to make our ends meet?
What kind of world rewards love with the hurt?
Where do we go to make this work?
Where do we go? Where do we go?

Take me down to somewhere
I can know I'm free
Take me down to somewhere;
Just go with me, just go with me
Just go with me!

What kind of world throws our faults in our faces?
Where do we go to fill the empty spaces?
What kind of world trades our answers for doubts?
Where do we go to work this out?
Where do we go? Where do we go?

chorus * solo * chorus



Cry Tonight
words and music by Chris Sligh

You could never understand
Just how scared I am
I've lived and loved and lost a thousand times
Is this a second chance
Just to make it past all this energy?

I don't wanna cry tonight
Don't wanna hang my heart on my sleeve
But you're everything my soul could ever need
Don't wanna cry tonight

It's just a little faith
Gets us further in this race
We all know trust don't come too easily
Is this just romance
Or will we take a chance on something beautiful

chorus

I don't wanna cry tonight
Don't wanna know my heart's broke in two
'Cause all I ever need right here is you
I don't wanna cry tonight

Don't say it's hard enough to be myself
'Cause all I ever need is you All I need is you...

chorus 2



Hero
words and music by Chris Sligh

You got a beautiful name
Don't ever let it get away
'Cause times are changing fast
But don't give up what changed the past
It's a wonderful world
But will it last beyond today
'Cause times are changing quick
We're all hurting, we're all sick
We're all hurting, we're all sick

Looking for a hero
Someone just to come and save the day
Looking for a Savior
Someone just to take our pain away
Someone just to take our pain away

It's a beautiful sound
To find myself just to let me down
'Cause times are changing fast,
But I don't know what will last
You got a beautiful soul
Don't ever jade yourself with hope
'Cause times are changing soon
And love can save us from this room
Come and save us from this room!

chorus * solo * chorus



Convenience
words by Chris Sligh & Jon Sligh
music by Chris Sligh

Ache for life, it's your show
Shallow sure, all we know
Are the masks that we wear.
You find it easy to hide
With your well-crafted smile
You hold the world at bay

Empty spaces in a sea of faces
Still everyone's a smile

Easy come, easy go is all we know
To break these walls down inside becomes too hard
Small talk slowly becomes our consolation prize
Convenience keeps us miles apart

Lost inside me the words
To find me the chance
To open your eyes
Your words are empty, white noise
Without meaning, a mist
That hides who you are

pre-chorus * chorus * solo * chorus



Waiting
words and music by Chris Sligh

It just seems like you're taking your time
I'm just waiting for the sun to shine
I don't wanna go another day
Without you here, without you here to stay

It seems like forever and I'm still waiting for you
I'm still waiting for you
It seems like forever and I'm still waiting for you
I'm still waiting for you
Yeah, I'm waiting

All I want is to see you smile
If a blink lasts forever, this might take a while
I don't wanna go another day
Without you here, I want you here to stay

chorus

It's never gonna be enough to dream of you
It's never gonna be enough to dream of you
I wanna see you...I wanna see you

chorus



Tunnel Vision
words and music by Chris Sligh

Every time I slip away,
I dream a little dream of you
You got me thinking 'bout your love
When I got too much else to do
Is this way it's gonna be?
Is this how I'll just get through?
Is this how I'll get through?

Oh, you know

I've got the tunnel vision
I've got my eyes only for you
I've got the tunnel vision
I've got my heart set up for you

It's been weighing on my mind
How you love me all the time
I've been around a time or two
Wasting time till I met you
Is this the way it's gonna be
Is this how I'll just get through?
Is this how I'll get through?

pre-chorus * chorus

I've got the tunnel vision I've got my eyes only for you... (repeat)

chorus



Gone
words by Chris Sligh
music by Chris Sligh & Adam Fisher

Is this it?
Is this the place we all wanna be?
Or are we blind in our confusion,
Battered by contusions that make us bleed?
Make us bleed?

I'm gone I'm gone

There's nothing left for us to hold onto
There's nothing left to breathe the breath of life into
There's nothing left but hopes and dreams that shoot you through
There's nothing left, there's nothing left
I'm gone.

So, here we are:
Are we beyond what decent people do?
Are we broken in our shadows?
Or can we really know what's beyond you?

pre-chorus * chorus * solo * pre-chorus * chorus * solo



How Long
words and music by Chris Sligh

Shadows fill the places where I used to be
And now I know the pictures I hold on to
Are gone away, they're gone away
And I'm just getting older
Maybe getting older brings me closer to you

All my days are spent away
In daydreams and all I wonder is...

How long, how long
How long till I get to be with you
How long, how long
My heart is longing for you

All my life's been leading to this:
I've been dreaming
I know that life was meant for so much more
All the dreams and hopes to be
Are just dreams of something bigger
Maybe all this dreaming brings me closer to you

pre-chorus * chorus * solo

How long, how long
How long till I see your face again?

chorus



Album Credits:

Produced by Chris Sligh
Engineered by Adam Fisher
Mixed by Chris Sligh & Adam Fisher
Guitars: Chris Sligh & Adam Fisher
Lead guitars: Adam Fisher & Chris Sligh
Bass: Cole Edmonson, Chris Sligh & Adam Fisher
Drums: Pennyworth Hinkleman & Dustin Merryweather
Piano: Chris Sligh
Wurly: Chris Sligh & Adam Fisher
Keys: Chris Sligh
Soundscapes: Chris Sligh
BGV's: Chris Sligh
Gang Vocals: Chris Sligh, Adam Fisher & Jon Sligh
Strings peformed by the Greenville Symphonic Strings of Majesty and Grace
Strings arranged by The Don

9 comments:

Will said...

Great idea here, Chris.

You know, I've thought about it and I can completely see why people would prefer "Know" to "In a Moment." I think I prefer the sound of "In a Moment" but I really like both songs.

Oh, and I AM going to post a review of the album...once I get my laptop back from the repair shop.

Jon said...

Hey Chris,

My brother pointed me to your blog the other day. Glad to see you are doing well. Just wanted to touch base and say hello since it has been a while. Do you have any contact with Ryan still? Just curious.

If you have time, drop me a line or respond to the post and maybe we can exchange emails. Just wanted to reconnect. Hope to hear from you.

Jon Baylor
jonbaylor@baylorfamily.com

Ravleen said...

Brilliant writing - are these your songs or lyrics you've written for other artists? Either way, they're quite amazing. I can never write lyrics - poetry I can muster, but lyrics seem to be a dimension I can't grasp.

Anyway, I found the link to this blog here, so that would imply that you've made it on AI - if this is true, good luck! I haven't heard your voice but you are quite a talented songwriter!

Anna said...

Your lyrics are just breath-takingly beautiful. You know, I immediately liked you... you have an incredible voice and sense of humour, and now I find out you're a Christian and a poet? Dude, marry me or something.

Hope all's going well with you. :) x

jenn said...

GREAT lyrics chris. i loved you on AI and am rooting for you and praying for you! :)
where can we HEAR these songs?

Elise said...

oh wow, how awesome! You already have an army of songs, and the lyrics are so real and soul searching. Stay deep.

Niki said...

Thank you for posting your lyrics. I've been known to "sing" songs badly and with the wrong words, so now I don't have to make that mistake (but still continue to sing not-so-well). :-p

I just wanted to say that your album is beautiful. I seriously listen to it every day on my commute to work and back. Some of the songs get me a little emotional, especially "Need," "Cry Tonight," and "How Long." I think it is because I constantly have to deal with my husband leaving due to the military lifestyle... these songs just jerk on my heartstrings. Not that is a BAD thing... heh. But I think about your wife, and how she must have felt to be without you (and you without her, conversely), so I know I'm definitely not the only one to feel the pain of separation.

Sorry, I just realize that I'm rambling, I do that quite a bit as well. But thanks for putting out this album, I am now forever a fan.

bmorebamma said...

hey mr sligh, your name is all over this cd. looks like you were a busy bee indeed

Don Dodson said...

Chris,
I picked up "Running Back to You" the other day, and I have really enjoyed it. My favorite songs are "I'm Clean" and "Something Beautiful", but there are plenty of other good ones. Your lyrics are excellent, and I appreciate the bold Christian message. Please keep it up!
Don