Sunday, July 27, 2008


I've got a new song up on

Just a rough demo. The song is the first one on there...called "Finally...." It's the first song I've ever written with my good friend Don Chapman. We cowrote most of the music then I wrote the words.

I'm pretty positive this will be on the next album.

Words by Chris Sligh

Music by Chris Sligh & Don Chapman

I am just light cast on a curtain

Traveling light, still heavy of hurting

A speck of a second of day

A soap bubble floating away
I’m just a guest, passing through slowly
I’ll never find rest, there’s no one that knows me
I’m just a thought, passing on

A steam burst that’s here and then gone 

Felt the sun rising
Just on the horizon

And with it the graceful skies came dancing over me

Favorite childhood games

Memories feel the same
Life in a flash flies by with light that sets me free
I am not of this world

I am not of this world - I can’t see

Follow the light, like pouring rain
It washes over me the same
Wiping every stain

Running down streets, echoed light
Pouring down, chase away the night 

And suddenly it’s right

I’m home; I’m home

Finally home - home

I’m home; I’m home

Finally home - home


I’m home; 
I’m home

I am just light cast on a curtain

Traveling light, still heavy of hurting

A speck of a second of day

A soap bubble floating away

Oh, by the way, it's 7 and a half minutes long.


Badpacifist said...

Love the piano. Who is playing. Favorites things on first listen...your voice on the words "day", "on"" and of course the oohs. The echo started on "dancing" was cool. Felt kinda like a Beatles song and that is a very good thing. I like the return from 5:35 on. Not sure if you could keep that long on a cd but if you can it really felt ethereal which goes with the words.

ChrisSligh said...

Don played up until the end of the first section, I played the rest. I think it'll definitely stay that long. It's part of what makes it cool for me.


Cathy Storms said...

I liked it. It almost has a medley feel to it. Like a couple of songs that blend really well together. Another hit Mr. Sligh...With all these really good songs, I can't wait for the new CD.

Carrie said...

That's a really cool song. badpacifist, lots of artists have songs even longer than that on their cds so it's possible. I just got home and am pretty tired so the first half of the song was just so nice and mellow. I know I mention them a lot but this (the way its set up, not the song itself) reminds me of MFEO by Jack's Mannequin because it's almost like two songs combined in one an that song is almost 7 minutes itself. Anyway no one probably knows who that band is but you should look them up -- amazing.

But back to the song, I like it! The lyrics are interesting.

Amy's Purple Poodles said...

Once Upon A Sligh

There once was a curly-haired guy
Who went by the name of Chris Sligh

His time on Idol cut too short
Those who loved him shed tears
And sent forth a disgusted snort

For they knew others should have gone first
Because they were the worst

To Nashville Sligh took his curls and his beautiful wife
To begin an exciting new life

To his fans Sligh said "Idol is not the end of me
Come together in faith and you'll see"

Chris toiled day and night
To get things just right

For he wrote a beautiful song
which we all knew could not go wrong
"Empty Me" was its name
For sure it was not lame

When news of its success came to Sligh
His fans rejoiced-that's no lie

All the girls cried and said "I wish he could be mine"
When "Empty Me" hit #9!

HstryQT said...

I really like it! I like how its like multiple songs in one. Parts of it remind me of Keane (a favorite of mine) - I hope it makes it on the album like you think it will!

Hischild said...

Boy, Chris. You're building up so much anticipation for the 2nd album already. There's still SO much life left for RBTY with 8 more spots to go for Empty Me (or is it down to 6 now?) and a mainstream single release too.

It's REALLY neat to be in the know so early in the process but, it's gonna be so hard to wait for the release. :o)

About "Finally" after initial hearing - I love the not-for-radio feel of it and think it would make a great addition to your next album.

DJ in AL said...

Finally........we hear from you dude~! Been missing you around here!

Cool song, long song, but cool!


Anonymous said...

Is there a start date for recording tracks for the new album scheduled?

EmilyBoo said...

I love the music! I have to think over the lyrics for a while. I don't always "get" lyrics that aren't literal right away.

I'm with hischild (Clarissa? Did I get the name right?) about building up so much anticipation for the next album so early! It will be hard to wait, with RBTY going so strong!

By the Way, Empty Me is #4 at my local station.

ChrisSligh said...

There is no start date for recording the next album. But I have 11 songs that are good enough to make a record right now. Now, over the next few months, as I write, I'll be trying to beat certain songs to knock them off the record, making the best record possible. I'm guessing I'll probably start recording next summer, though. Wow...still have a year before that happens!

Anyway, there are a few songs that for art's sake will definitely be on the next record, this one included. I've been trying to write a song like this for 3-4 years.

The idea is based on the classical form of A-B-C-A. Chopin used it a lot, Liszt, Shubert, etc. You have an A section that you introduce, then you move from that to a B section. The B section is usually the shortest of the 3 (if you count the A repeats). The C section then comes in and is the longest. In this case I have the C section that includes almost a chorus (the "I'm home, finally home" section). Then after the C section has built up sufficiently, the A section comes back around. It's obviously not pop songwriting, but it was something different and cool and something that was a nice exercise in songwriting.


robyn said...

Ethereal is kind of a feeling I got listening to it too, badpacifist. I like it alot!
I love that it is long too. When I like a song, I don't want it to end quickly. I want to put on my headphones and lay back and let it take me away and keep there while. This one does that. It has different twists and turns musically and it keeps your interest & makes you feel like you are a part of it's story.

Hischild said...

Yeah you got the name right. That's me. #4 at your station???? YAY!!!
Does anyone know when the GMA announces its nominees?? The awards are always April so I would imagine it would be around January. Chris is sure to be in the running for best new artist.

risalea said...

When you started talking ABC, I thought, AHAH! Chris is talking my language, then you lost me again. LOL Doing different things (whether you are a songwriter or something else) is what makes you grow. I'm trying to get some of that in my own life. And on that note, I'm sure most of you have heard about the passing of Randy Pausch, the professor at Carnegie-Mellon. He was the kind of teacher anyone who has ever been a teacher aspires to be and his message is powerful.

But I digress...kudos to you, Chris, for stepping out of the box.

Cathy Storms said...

Yes Clarissa, I am also so sure that he will be nomintated for best new artist, song of the year and maybe even best new album. Maybe we should all plan on attending the award show so we can all scream and cheer when Chris wins it all..

chamilton said...

I know this about a new song but I was listening on the computer The House Fm out of Oklahoma to get ticket information and they are playing "Arise" PARTY IN MY OFFICE !!!!!!!!

Cathy Storms said...

Candy~How cool is that!!!That gets a big WhooHoo from California

rosalee said...

Nice. Harry likes it, too.

Hopefully when you put this next record together, you'll hit the metro NY area....

Amy's Purple Poodles said...

I love the lyrics to the song "Finally"! I wish I could listen to it but the sound fades in and out on my speakers-another thing wrong with my screwed-up computer. It would be really cool if Chris won all those awards! I'm already thinking about the next CD, too. How'd you like my little "Slimerick"? I wrote it in the car on the way to visit my brother in Denver, the day after Chris put up his blog about "Empty Me" making the top ten. If no one likes it, it's all the poodles' fault!

risalea said...

Amy, if you want to do a sligh-merick, try following the limerick pattern of...
8 or 9 syllables
8 or 9 syllables
5 syllables
5 syllables
8 or 9 syllables

1st, 2nd, and 5th lines rhyme
3rd and 4th lines rhyme, as in...

We just had the Fro jubilee
We ate Famous Dave's spread with glee,
But Rotel was king
Its praises we sing
Unless your name is Rosalee.

(sorry, Rosalee, I couldn't resist. LOL)

Carmen said...

You are killing me!! LOL!!! You are the queen of the sligh-merick. I think all those years of being with the little ones and Dr. Seuss seriously rewired your brain! I am terrible at limericks. I'm sticking to Sligh-kus. For some reason those are eaiser for me.
Rosalee you are now in a sligh-merick!! How cool is that?!!



Anonymous said...

The Lyrics are beautiful poetry

rosalee said...

That Rotel was just not for me
It really was too peppery
Avoided the dip
To salvage the trip
And concert at 3rd and Lindsley

risalea said...