The Nashville Songs

by Christopher Rees

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1.
The Unfamiliar Road How long does it take to say yes? And how could your life change with just one guess? How long does it take to say no? And how many chances did you miss and never know? If you wander down that unfamiliar road With no lights to guide you and you’re far from home My father said son, don't take any foolish risks But sometimes you've got to gamble to find a life that fits Yes, sometimes you've got to gamble to find a life that fits How much strength does it take to not fall down? How easy would it be to just stop and turn around? How much faith have you found? And how have you changed since you left your home town? If you wander down that unfamiliar road With no lights to guide you and you’re far from home My father said son, don't take any foolish risks But sometimes you've got to gamble to find a life that fits Yes, sometimes you've got to gamble to find a life that fits And if I try and if I fail, if I fly or if I sail If I crash and burn along the way I've never been one to hedge my bets I want to live my life without regrets If I think too hard about what might just be I'd never set foot outside my doorstep and I'd never be free No, I'd never set foot outside and I'd never be free
2.
A Place Upon My Face I want my face to be a reflection of Where I've been and where I come from The highs and lows and in-betweens Reflecting everything I've seen And you won't mistake me When I come knocking at your door And you won't forget me For everything I've done and more For they all have a place upon my face Yes, they all have a place upon my face Now when my eyes look back at you They'll tell you everything I've been through From a blissful smile to a fallen tear Growing deeper year by year And you won't mistake me When I come knocking at your door And you won't forget me For everything I've done and more For they all have a place upon my face Yes, they all have a place upon my face Now someday soon when I grow old There'll be a story to be told I won't need a picture frame or a photo book There'll be a line on my face for every path I took And you won't mistake me When I come knocking at your door And you won't forget me For everything I've done and more For they all have a place upon my face Yes, they all have a place upon my face Yes, they all have a place upon my face Yes, they all have a place upon my face
3.
Dance With Desire Don't tease me and leave me, stay a while and please me Girl you know you don't want to go Let's dance with desire and fight that fire with fire I was a mess of a man when you found me there With my head on the table, too drunk to care But you picked me up and you laid me down And you turned my world upside down Don't tease me and leave me, stay a while and please me Girl you know you don't want to go Let's dance with desire and fight that fire with fire I could hardly open my eyes when I saw that light Come shining through your hair I saw a vision in red and a big brass bed And you took away all my cares Don't tease me and leave me, stay a while and please me Girl you know you don't want to go Let's dance with desire and fight that fire with fire There were sights, there were sounds, I was lost, I was found And the room kept spinning around and around She whispered hold on tight boy, ready or not Girl I wish you'd never stopped Don't tease me and leave me, stay a while and please me Girl you know you don't want to go Let's dance with desire and fight that fire with fire I don't know what you saw in me But I know I needed you desperately You were an angel in disguise and to my surprise When I woke up in the morning you were by my side Don't tease me and leave me, stay a while and please me Girl you know you don't want to go Let's dance with desire and fight that fire with fire Let's dance with desire and fight that fire with fire
4.
If You Had A Choice If you had a choice would you make the same mistakes If he had a heart he'd never let yours break But you've been chasing the wrong dream For far too many years Living the wrong life And now you’re out of tears But you'll find a love that's strong And everything that once went wrong will fade away If you had your way would you pick a love that's true If he had the sense he'd choose to be with you But you've been chasing the wrong dream For far too many years Living the wrong life And now you’re out of tears But you'll find a love that's strong And everything that once went wrong will fade away You don't always get what you deserve Sometimes it's a very hard lesson to learn But you've been chasing the wrong dream For far too many years Living the wrong life And now you’re out of tears But you'll find a love that's strong And everything that once went wrong will fade away
5.
Something About Nashville There's something so lonesome about Nashville Something that makes me feel blue Oh, there's just something so lonesome about Nashville Every time I return without you I walk the same streets we walked together Three long years ago I can retrace every step dear It just makes me miss you more than you know And I could feel alone in a crowded bar room With every sad song comes a broken heart But crying in my beer won't keep my world from falling apart There's something so lonesome about Nashville Something that makes me feel blue Oh, there's just something so lonesome about Nashville Every time I return without you From lower Broadway to Union Station I gaze at the tracks where we kissed I smoke another cigarette on the steps where you cried And tonight, in my heart you are missed And I could feel alone in a crowded bar room With every sad song comes a broken heart But crying in my beer won't keep my world from falling apart There's something so lonesome about Nashville Something that makes me feel blue Oh, there's just something so lonesome about Nashville Every time I return without you Yes, every time I return without you
6.
Home At Last 03:28
Home At Last My home was built on nothing less Than your sweet smile and tenderness The way you look when you undress is happiness to me Invest my trust in your fragrant frame Intoxicate my days away To wake up next to your pretty face, no place I'd rather be So, let me to your bosom fly Higher than the highest high Take me as your lover fast I've found a home in you at last Home at last, home at last Home at last, home at last My faith in love you did restore I couldn't ask for any more I never thought I'd see the day When a girl like you would walk my way I'd wage my life on you and I To live together side by side Grow old as time goes by Hand in hand until we die So, let me to your bosom fly Higher than the highest high Take me as your lover fast I've found a home in you at last Home at last, home at last Home at last, home at last And when all is said and done And our days are through You should know my home was built on nothing less Than living and loving you
7.
Don’t Fail Me Now There's a voice I long to hear When the winds are drawing near There's a place I need to go When the clouds descend and it turns to snow You asked me once and I sent you away If you asked me again I'd just beg you to stay For there's a darkness and I can't tell Where it comes from and when it will end But Love, I need you here Faith, banish all my fears Strength, find me, don't fail me now Don't fail me now, There's a light I need to see There's a reason I need to believe There's a road that keeps me from harm When solitude quickly loses its charm You asked me once and I sent you away If you asked me again I'd just beg you to stay For there's a darkness and I can't tell Where it comes from and when it will end But Love, I need you here Faith, banish all my fears Strength, find me, don't fail me now Don't fail me now, don't fail me now
8.
Call To Me 04:38
Call To Me I can't breathe enough of you When spring turns summer and flowers bloom I could wish upon a falling star That falls from the sky to where you are And I heard you call to me On distant winds through the trees And I feel the need to go, to follow When my heart says go, but my head says no My feet will wander until I know My spirit's willing, my voice is strong One day I'll know my right from wrong I'll open my eyes enough to see The world that waits in front of me The dawn in the morn’ and the sunset at night Awaken my senses, awaken my sight And I heard you call to me On distant winds through the trees And I feel the need to go, to follow When my heart says go, but my head says no My feet will wander until I know My spirit's willing, my voice is strong One day I'll know my right from wrong And my heart will be filled with ecstasy And my soul will sing to your melody My body will burn with the fire of youth And my world will revolve around absolute truth
9.
I Shiver 03:50
I Shiver Lord have mercy on my soul, shine your light on me Rip me from this mortal coil, raise me to my knees Oh, Oh, Oh, I shiver, Oh, Oh, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh, deliver, Oh, Oh, Oh I have only sinner’s hands, dusty pilgrim’s feet I long to see that promised land, feel that sweet relief Oh, Oh, Oh, I shiver, Oh, Oh, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh, deliver, Oh, Oh, Oh Every road I've travelled has led me to this place Every step I take I make the same mistakes Once I had a love so sweet, her heart as pure as snow But like a fool I did not learn, so she let me go Oh, Oh, Oh, I shiver, Oh, Oh, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh, deliver, Oh, Oh, Oh Now in the end I can't excuse or right the wrongs I've done Direct me from this darkness now and lead me to the sun Oh, Oh, Oh, I shiver, Oh, Oh, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh, deliver, Oh, Oh, Oh Every road I've travelled has led me to this place Every step I take I make the same mistakes Oh, Oh, Oh, I shiver, Oh, Oh, Oh Oh, Oh, Oh, deliver, Oh, Oh, Oh
10.
There Is A Line When I get over these walls that surround me Oh, I will be as free as a bird For far too long now I've stared at these prison walls Your voice is all that I've heard There was a line, but I crossed it in sin There was a time, when I lost everything There was a cost, and I've paid it again and again and again This world gets colder the longer I long for you Tell me once more you'll be mine And as I get older I hope I'll get wiser I'll leave all these chains far behind There was a line, but I crossed it in sin There was a time, when I lost everything There was a cost, and I've paid it again and again and again But to say hope is lost would break my poor heart To turn me away would tear me apart For I've served my time and I've paid the price Now all that I want is to reclaim my life
11.
Forget To Regret Each early morn’ I sit and think, but nothing seems to change I look above and look below, but life just stays the same I know I've done some foolish things, that made me pay my dues Regret will live in the past, but hope will see me through I Know some people cry from joy, but I just cry from pain The past has come to haunt me now, it fills me with such shame But I'm learning to forgive myself, although I can't forget I'm trying to start again, there'll be no more regrets Be no more regrets I've done plenty I'm not proud of, still I know I tried But if I can't be a better man, I might as well just die Oh, If I had done things differently, I wouldn't be here today Tomorrow is another chance that I won't turn away No ifs or buts can change it, yesterday is set in stone But tomorrow's looking brighter now that I am not alone Because I'm learning to forgive myself, although I can't forget I'm trying to start again, there'll be no more regrets Be no more regrets Don't let anybody tell you You've got nothing left to lose Don't let anybody tell you You've got nothing left to prove Because you do
12.
Come Along Sarah Come along Sarah, don't wait around Come along Sarah, don't make a sound Come along Sarah, grab your coat and hat Come along Sarah, no looking back Time's a wasting, no cause to stay Just take my hand girl, we'll steal away Come along Sarah, don't hesitate Come along Sarah, it's getting late The wind it whispers, it calls our names The tide is turning, so let's make haste Our road is rocky, it's steep and tough But if we're together, we'll have enough Time's a wasting, no cause to stay Just take my hand girl, we'll steal away Come along Sarah, don't hesitate Come along Sarah, it's getting late Time's a wasting, no cause to stay Just take my hand girl, we'll steal away Come along Sarah, don't hesitate Come along Sarah, it's getting late
13.
Pull Me Out 02:45
Pull Me Out River, river flood and flow, wash my blues away River, river soak my skin, make me new today As I stand in the pale moonlight Darling make this darkness bright Worry, worry drift away, to a distant shore Like the waves that ebb and flow, disappear once more As I stand in the pale moonlight Darling make this darkness bright Don't let the darkness drive you deeper underground Find the light inside you, somewhere in the lost and found I was sinking deeper in a sea of doubt Until you came and offered and helped to pull me out And with a heart full, life can be so beautiful
14.
Birds Of Truth The red bird comes at the break of every day Sings of love that’s lost and gone away Warns me pride comes before every fall But if I had wings to fly, I'd never fall at all The white birds dry away the tears from my face With songs, so peaceful, sublime and full of grace But envy turned my eyes a darker green Made me see the things I wish I’d never seen One for sadness, two for mirth Three for an ending, four for a birth Five for wisdom, six for youth Seven little birds that sing the truth The black bird stares me straight in the eye Dares me never to question why Anger raised a fist towards my fate And as darkness falls I fear that it’s too late The blue bird calls a solitary serenade It’s time to be reborn and unafraid It’s time to stand up tall and be a man And as I lie here alone I'm beginning to understand One for sadness, two for mirth Three for an ending, four for a birth Five for wisdom, six for youth Seven little birds that sing the truth And now the magpie and the rook have come to say a fond farewell Oh, love grant me freedom from your spell A vulture is circling overhead so high It’s clear to see our time has come To say goodbye

about

Welsh singer-songwriter Christopher Rees returns with his long awaited new album, 'The Nashville Songs' on 30th June 2017 - an inspired collection of songs co-written with some of Music City’s finest writers.

Over 4 years since the critically acclaimed 2013 album ‘Stand Fast’, ‘The Nashville Songs’ displays a real maturity towards his craft while maintaining his individual sound and style. After first stepping onto the legendary Music Row back in 2009 Rees continued to make annual visits to Nashville to write and soon accumulated a healthy batch of songs that would became this his 7th full length album.

As a singer-songwriter who has toured with and earned the respect of ‘Country Outlaw’ legends like Steve Earle and Billy Joe Shaver, (who, actually inspired the song ‘A Place Upon My Face’) Christopher Rees has always written alone, finding his own distinct voice and path through music. The initial collaborative experience, although new and somewhat daunting, was exciting and immediately rewarding. Working with a diverse range of Nashville based writers, Rick Brantley, Mando Saenz, Amy Speace, Vida Wakeman and Sandy Cherryholmes (who’s CVs boast some serious country credentials, including songs for big hitters Miranda Lambert, LeAnne Womack, John Fullbright and regular favourites at The Grand Old Opry) the results were proof positive that the process was working.

While the raw work-tapes did the rounds, Rees was determined to develop the songs further, put his stamp on them and ensure that they see the light of day on a full album release of his own.

The album accommodates a wide range of styles from vintage old time country (The Unfamiliar Road, Forget To Regret), featuring the Pedal Steel Guitar of Canadian virtuoso Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, City And Colour), to upbeat Rockabilly twang (Dance With Desire), featuring Welsh guitar hero John Lewis. Dark Appalachian clawhammer banjo, rustic bluegrass and stripped back acoustic storytelling are also employed to serve the songs. Lyrically, the recurring themes of life and death, sin and salvation, hope and despair are further explored with philosophical depth.

Recorded back home in Wales with drummer Dan Tilbury (Redlands Palomino Company), Rees plays almost everything else on perhaps his most accomplished album to date. Informed by the inspiration he found in Nashville with its rich history of country and folk music, the 14 songs assembled here provide a coherent insight into his dynamic, passionate and profound talents.

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released June 30, 2017

All songs recorded, produced and mixed by Christopher Rees at Red Eye Music, Wales.

All songs written by Christopher Rees (MCPS/PRS) except
1, 3, 6, 9 – Christopher Rees & Rick Brantley (BMG US/ASCAP).
2, 4, 7 – Christopher Rees & Mando Saenz (Carnival Music/ASCAP).
11 – Christopher Rees & Vida Wakeman (ASCAP).
12 – Christopher Rees & Mark Tester.
13 – Christopher Rees & Sandy Cherryholmes (Hey Knucklehead Music / ASCAP).
14 – Christopher Rees & Amy Speace, (Amy Speace Music/ASCAP).

Mastered by Meurig Hailstone at Reel Time Sound Services.
Photography by Sarah Rees, Christopher Rees.
Graphic Design by Black Engine
Art Direction by Christopher Rees

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Christopher Rees Wales, UK

Christopher Rees is a solo artist, singer, song writer, multi-instrumentalist, band leader, and producer. He performs with a full band and in a solo capacity. He has released 7 full length albums, The Sweetest Ache (2004), Alone On A Mountain Top (2005), Cautionary Tales (2007), Devil's Bridge (2009), Heart On Fire (2011), 'Stand Fast' (2013) and 'The Nashville Songs' (2017). ... more

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