The Long Goodbye

by Chris Velan

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about

“The Long Goodbye” is the musical diary of a break-up. This was a difficult album to write and record. It took a lot out of me on every level. But it also forced me to bore down into parts of myself, as an artist and a person, that, until now, I’ve been scared to explore. For that, I’m grateful. The songs run in a sort of narrative order, charting a path through the emotional landscape that I’ve walked . I tried to be as fearless and honest as I know how in presenting them. It’s a lonely listen, with only a male, Greek chorus to accompany you until the final number. But I hope there’s some sort of reward for you in there. Thank you for taking the time to let these songs in - and for feeling whatever it is they make you feel.

Chris
Montreal, March 4, 2013

credits

released 23 July 2013

The Long Goodbye
© 2013 Getaway Van, LLC
All rights reserved.
All songs written and performed by Chris Velan
Publishing administered by SOCAN / ASCAP
www.chrisvelan.com
www.newsongrecordings.com

Produced & Mixed by Iestyn Polson
Engineered by Julian Dryer
Assistant engineered by Drew Thilmany
Recorded & mixed @ Echo Mountain Studios; Asheville, NC
Mastered by Tatsuya Sato @ The Mastering Palace; New York, NY
Executive Producer: Gar Ragland


Bottom Of Love
Chris Velan: vocals, guitar, bass, synth, drum programming

Waking Heart
Chris Velan: vocals, guitars, bass, percussion

Hard December
Chris Velan: vocals, guitars, bass, synths, percussion
Sara Johnston: cello

Hang On Tightly
Chris Velan: vocals, ukelele, guitar
Billy Jack Sinkovic: cello
Kevin “Krum” Rumley: drums

The Long Goodbye
Chris Velan: vocals, piano, synths, percussion
Kevin “Krum” Rumley: drums

Not That Man
Chris Velan: vocals, guitar, synth, percussion
Chris Riale: trumpet

Gorgeous Morning
Chris Velan: vocals, ukelele, guitar, percussion

Did We Ever Have A Chance
Chris Velan: vocals, mellotron, piano, guitar, bass, percussion
Cariad Harmon: vocals
Aaron Steele: drums


Special thanks to:
Sara, Iestyn, Gar, Jessica Tomasin, “the man choir,” Cariad, Aaron

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Track Name: Bottom of Love
BOTTOM OF LOVE

Your songs will all be sung
You won’t arrive there young
No lie can live on your tongue
When you get to the bottom of love

No you and no more me
Unbound from history
As empty as a sea
When you get to the bottom of love

Cauterize the shame
Forgiveness has a name
And no one is to blame
When you get to the bottom of love

Fall trembling to the floor
Kill off all that you adore
Soon your soul will ache for more

Tear your heart open wide
Spill out what’s inside
There’s no use trying to hide
When you get to the bottom of love

Eyes become unblind
See through your mastermind
You may not like what you’ll find
When you get to the bottom of love
To the bottom of love
To the bottom of love
Track Name: Waking Heart
WAKING HEART

You’ve been holding out
Sleeping for so long
You never even knew
That anything was wrong
And then it came one night
It gave you such a start
You looked all around
But it was the sound
Of your waking heart

Your waking heart
Your waking heart

You never learned to build
The fences in your west
To let in what you need
And to keep out all the rest
Now you’re staking your claims
Re-drawing maps and charts
You’re trying to decide
If I’m on the side
Of your waking heart

Your waking heart
Your waking heart

Now you’re losing the signal
The volume’s getting weaker
And you’re scared that the voice might disappear
It’s getting hard to listen
With all the interference
And the voice that you heard is no longer clear

I’ll do my best to wait
I try to give you space
I know you need some time
For the truth you’ve got to face
But if you can’t be whole
You know I’d rather be apart
'Cause I could never stay
Standing in the way
Of your waking heart
Your waking heart
I’d never make you try
'Cause you can never lie

To a waking heart.
Track Name: Hard December
HARD DECEMBER

When the words were finally spoken
They filled the street and they clogged the drains
When the dam was truly broken
We could have drowned that city with our tears and pain

It’s going to be our hard December
Prepare, prepare for the worst you can remember
And I’ll fan you in my heart
Like a glowing ember
Through this hard December

In a basement off of King’s Cross
As we lay trembling in the dark
Finding our way through the new loss
Our bodies curled upon the sheets like question marks

Chorus

Whether you leave or whether you stay
You know it’s going to hurt you anyway

Chorus
Track Name: Hang On Tightly
HANG ON TIGHTLY

I’d lie to myself for you
But that would mean I lie to you, too
And I love you too much for that
Yeah, I love you too much for that
I got caught up in our parade
So happy with the dreams that we made
And I didn’t need to admit
To the piece that didn’t quite fit

Hang on tightly
Let go lightly

I thought we make it to the end
But you wouldn’t le me pretend
There are things we can live without
And the heart’s got a drawer for doubt
So we’ll lie in our favourite bed
And say all the words we’ve not said
And hold each other one last night
And know that it must be right

Chorus

I’m sorry that I let us down
I wish that I could turn it all around
I wanted just to be your man
I’m still trying to understand
Now I’m betting on a secret sun
That’ll find us when we’re coming undone
To remind us that it’s all a ride
That’s there’s something on the other side

Chorus
Track Name: The Long Goodbye
THE LONG GOODBYE

I’d hurt myself
To keep from making you cry
‘Cause I’m a master of the long goodbye

Some find it easy to walk away
When things are wrong
They just can’t stay
They don’t dwell ‘cause that’s the trick
Rip off the bandage hard and quick
But I’ve never known just how to leave
I stick to the plan
‘Cause I believe
Better to hold on at all cost
Than to regret what might be lost

I’d hurt myself
To keep from making you cry
I’d rather stay
Than learn the reason why
Be here for a moment longer
I need to feel a little stronger
I’m a master of the long goodbye
Yes, I’m a master of the long goodbye

I thought I knew the way to love
I felt like a hand inside your glove
I knew what I wanted to be true
It’s all that I needed to be with you
If there was a fear I never spoke
A sleeping hound I never woke’
I chose to banish it from me
Making it my sworn enemy

Chorus

Who was I trying to protect
Your or I the selfish architect
Love is honest when you learn
It gives asking nothing in return

I made you crazy I made you wait
I made the night become too late
Can you forgive my coward heart
You had it from the very start
Sometimes aching for a clue
It loved you with everything it knew

Chorus
Track Name: Not That Man
NOT THAT MAN

Gather all ye mourners
There are questions made of fire
What growls from distant corners
In the caves of your desire
Call off the wedding
Call off the hounds
He was last seen heading
Now he’s nowhere to be found

You’re not that man
You’re not that man
When you’re not the man you thought you were
When you’re not the man you thought you were

Caballero sunset
Shipwrecked on a shoal
There’s too much here to forget
At the tropic of your soul
Rat out all your culprits
Sing like a bird
May you protect your witness
May he have the final word

You’re not that man
You’re not that man
When you’re not the man you thought you were
When you’re not the man you thought you were

Dig your grave and visit often
There’s no use hesitating
Build a fine coffin
And know it’s there waiting

You were born into a fiction
Your home never existed
A well-rendered depiction
Whose echo persisted
When the story won’t hold up
It’s flawed from the start

And the columns don’t add up
In the ledger of your heart

You’re not that man
You’re not that man
When you’re not the man you thought you were
When you’re not the man you thought you were
Track Name: Gorgeous Morning
GORGEOUS MORNING

Slow my heartbeat
Sound my retreat
Save me one seat I’m just
Working up the steam
To start a new dream
If don’t go now
I’ll never know how
Take a deep bow and turn
Don’t let them see you cry
It’s finally goodbye

On a gorgeous morning
On a gorgeous morning
On a gorgeous morning
I’ll be gone

I’m a man, Lord
I fall on my sword
The glass has been poured, the bottle
Is broken across the floor
I can’t stay here anymore

Chorus

Leave the loose ends
Call the old friends
Where the road sends me now
I’m no longer sure
I always thought it would be with her
Mercy, sunlight
Treat me just right
I will not fight you now
I know this is the day
That I start to fade away

chorus
Track Name: Did We Ever Have a Chance
DID WE EVER HAVE A CHANCE

Take me to the start,
You came in with a broken back
Night bird singing out
Billy boot heart attack
Floating in our orbits
How did we ever decide
Did we fall into each other
Was it just a slow collide

Ooh, are we missing something
Were we meant to complete this dance
Ooh, is it ever one thing
Wish it all away, wish it all
Did we ever have a chance

Did we see each other clearly
Were there questions we didn’t ask
You only took me home with you
When I wore my wrestling mask
Started running thick as thieves
Felt just like we owned the night
You said I was hiding something
I didn’t know that you were right

Chorus

I became your valid reason
I was going to follow you
You became my sweet permission
To be who I wanted to
We know where the body’s buried
We’re guilty accomplices
We know too much about each other
Maybe that’s just what love is

Chorus
Wish it all away, wish it all
Wish it all away, wish it all
Did we ever have

Take me to the start
Billy boot heart attack
We held something for each other
Now it’s time to give it back