The Nashville Songs

by Christopher Rees

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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 is a solo artist, singer, song writer, multi-instrumentalist, band leader, producer and record label director. He performs with a full band and in a solo capacity. To date he has released 6 full length albums, The Sweetest Ache (2004), Alone On A Mountain Top (2005), Cautionary Tales (2007), Devil's Bridge (2009), Heart On Fire (2011) and 'Stand Fast' (2013). ... more

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Track Name: The Unfamiliar Road
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
Track Name: A Place Upon My Face
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
Track Name: Dance With Desire
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
Track Name: If You Had A Choice
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
Track Name: Something About Nashville
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
Track Name: Home At Last
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
Track Name: Don't Fail Me Now
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
Track Name: Call To Me
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
Track Name: I Shiver
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
Track Name: There Is A Line
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
Track Name: Forget To Regret
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
Track Name: Come Along Sarah
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
Track Name: Pull Me Out
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
Track Name: Birds Of Truth
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