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by Chris Velan

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un-American Gothic We arrived upon the tide Dying to be free I made you my young bride and we claimed destiny Westward through the Plains We killed everything We left no remains We wrote songs we could sing We were young we were the poorest It was ours for the taking We built alters in the forest We shared in all the making We assembled our masters In the cities of regretting Ever forward, ever faster We got to good at forgetting I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now Yes, I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now So we rallied ‘round the story With the armies of our hearts Through the pain and all the glory We bled for a new start And we knew that we were right But still we got the blues We danced into the night We stood too much to lose Then we found love at the speedway In the twilight’s last gleaming Though we ignored where the greed lay As the fireworks were streaming Now the poison’s in the water But we tell ourselves were winning Selling out our son and daughter Just to keep the wheels spinning I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now Yes, I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now Did I ever belong to you ‘Cause you never belonged to me When did we give up on trying Get blinded by the dream I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now There was going to be peace in the valley We were going to build a better day Now you’re ducking down a dark alley I can’t look at you too long Before I have to turn away I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now Yes, I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now Did I ever belong to you ‘Cause you never belonged to me When did we give up on trying Get blinded by the dream I’m afraid we’ve gone to far No one can save us now
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The Long Goodbye I’d hurt myself To keep from making you cry 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 Cause I’m a master of the long goodbye I’d rather stay than learn the reason why Cause 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 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 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 I’d hurt myself to keep from making you cry Cause I’m a master of the long goodbye I’d rather stay than learn the reason why Cause I’m a master of the long goodbye 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
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Waking Heart 03:50
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 I make a lot of noise I stretch out on your land I know I make it hard For you to make a stand So if I have to go For you to learn the art I’ll be the one to leave So you can believe In 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 I could never stay Standing in the way Of your waking heart I’d never make you try You can never lie To a waking heart.
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Any Number of Ways Winding down the end of time We drank thirteen bottles of wine Wrapped in furs and feeling bold We walked out into the cold Gathered round the ancient fire Swaying like a bloodshot choir And through the flames I recognized Something different in your eyes Then we jumped in the river but the river was hard Frozen like a midnight boulevard The dogs showed up in an angry pack They howled at us and we howled back Then I was sick upon the snow Bathed in a pale moonlight glow From what came out I could gleam Parts of me that I’d never seen// This could happen in any number of ways I will close my eyes and not wake up for days// Just then to my great surprise I grew two hundred times my size I stepped over the forest wide And crossed the valley in one stride Brushing stars and full of joy I made it clear to Illinois When the dawn brought to my mind All the love that I had left behind// This could happen in any number of ways I will bribe tomorrow with all of my yesterdays// By the time that I returned Smoke rose where the fire had burned And all around were silent souls Staring into ash and coals The sun rose and we sat awhile I kissed your sad, sad smile Before I could say the words You turned into a flock of birds Feathered fury beating away// Yes and this could happen in any number of ways I will close my eyes and not wake up for days Yes and this could happen in any number of ways I will bribe tomorrow with all of my yesterdays Yesterdays//
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Same Clothes 04:24
Same Clothes On the day that I was born They say I came out wearing these same clothes Since then I’ve been trying to find out Where I got these same clothes I went to every store asked every tailor there could be Wondering if somebody had the same clothes as me And It took a while but I’ve learned There’s nobody with these same clothes When I wake this morning I’ll get up, put on these same clothes And I’ll step into the sunlight And start walking in these same clothes When the air turns cold and the clouds bring the rain These clothes they will protect me till the skies clear up again And against the wind I will button up The collar on these same clothes When we first met, I’m sure that I was showing off these same clothes And when I gave my heart to you I did so in these same clothes Before we made love You peeled off each one from my skin Till there was nothing left to keep you from coming in And you saw who I am In the absence of these same clothes When they get dirty I wash them with care Oh, these same clothes And when they lose a button or they tear I mend these same clothes On those days when I dwell Not on what is but what is not I look at other people and I want the clothes they’ve got Until I realize I could have nothing but these same clothes// And our children will know what it means To have a loving home But there are things They’ll have to figure out on their own And I promise I won’t ever try To make them wear these same clothes// When I leave this world Please separate me from these same clothes Burn them into ash No one can ever wear these same clothes If you knew me well You’ll know how much I cherished you Remember that I wore these clothes The only way I knew And I was happy And I was blessed And how I loved to wear these same clothes Yes, I was happy And I was blessed And how I loved to wear these same clothes/ I was happy And I was blessed And how I loved to wear these same clothes (alright)//
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Oceans Ago 03:20
Oceans Ago We were made of stars We were dying in cars That was oceans ago And I’m sure you were there With the sun in your hair That was oceans ago// And I think that it happened but I might have dreamed it I think that it happened but I might have dreamed it We thought it was good just because it seemed it I think that it happened but I might have dreamed it// We believed it was true We would know what to do That was oceans ago And we wouldn’t get caught We could never be bought That was oceans ago// And I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it We thought it was good just because it seemed it I think that happened but I could have dreamed it// I’ve got a deep misgiving That someone else has been living my whole life There were promises made we already betrayed That was oceans ago, that was oceans ago// Then the tide went out Leaving shadows and doubt In those oceans ago And the tide came in With a way to begin That was oceans ago// And I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it We thought it was good just because it seemed it I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it And I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it We thought it was good just because it seemed it I think that it happened but I could have dreamed it// Oceans ago Yeah, that was oceans ago That was oceans ago, oceans ago, oceans ago We were made of stars We were dying in cars That was oceans ago//
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House Upon The Hill This house Called us on the other coast It knew that we’d become a ghost It said as far as it could tell We should come out and stay a spell And it took us in with open arms High above the lights and car alarms Of the carnival that can’t be killed This house upon the hill// This house Sends me to the streets below To go and play another show But it loves it when we come home fine To drink another bottle of wine And it makes our bed upon the porch Under starlight’s silver torch And it stays up when I can’t sleep ‘Cause it knows I’ve got a plan to keep// This house Is going to take the fall for me While I walk away free While I walk away free While I walk away free// This house Has seen it all done before Had a hundred people through its door And it knows we’re not getting young But it wants our song to be sung And it’s sad that we’ve got to go Though I told it we’ll be back, I know And I hope it will be standing still This house upon the hill//
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Out Of Range 05:44
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Oldest Trick 03:34
The Oldest Trick Gonna take more eyes than the eyes that you have in your head To see what’s happening gonna take more teeth Than those in your mouth to chew it all down Gonna take more brains than the brains that you have in your skull To find the answers ‘cause these days information stinks There’s enough lies here to fool the Sphinx// The newest version of the oldest trick It’s been working since they wrote that book And you say that it makes you sick But not before that it made you look// Gonna take more words than the words that can roll off your tongue To express that there is a way better than this to be free Gonna take more hands than the hands that grow on your arms To chip away the tired veneer It’s thick as a myth You don’t know what you’re messing with// The newest version of the oldest trick It’s been working since they wrote that book And you say that it makes you sick But not before that it made you look// Well, it started so long ago with Just a few rich men they Had to protect what they had, what they had but the Problem with freedom is Everyone wants some and If all are equal than the poor might get mad So they found enemies, built up mythologies To keep the people from snooping around It worked so well we can no longer tell Where the truth turns to rust who to kill who to trust// The newest version of the oldest trick It’s been working since they wrote that book And you say that it makes you sick But not before that it made you look//
11.
Shiver 03:42
Shiver Lock the door my one son Soon it will be all done They’ll be coming for me shortly There’s blood upon the streets tonight You should know I’ve done no crime But this will be the last time We can sit by the fire And I can tell you what you need to learn// I shiver ‘cause it’s understood Shiver when the day is good Shiver at the very sight Shiver ‘cause I know I’m right// You’re young but you’re able To put food upon the table Now your mother will need you Your sister won’t understand And in the years that follow If you’re lost and hollow Remember why they stole me Because they couldn’t take my soul// And I shiver for the love we give Shiver for the life we live Shiver when I look at you Shiver ‘cause you’ll make it through// Don’t carry ‘round the weight Of a vengeful hate Soon you’ll become the ones For whom we sit and wait// Hear the slow clock ticking Like a trigger clicking Footsteps in the alley The wolves are upon our door And your tears flow free But don’t fear for me You’ll be my keeper A ghost is what they’ll get// And I shiver at the very thought, Shiver ‘cause it’s all we’ve got Shiver when the sky turns black And I shiver ‘Cause I won’t be back I shiver ‘cause I won’t be back Shiver’ cause I won’t be back I shiver ‘cause I won’t be back//
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Best Of Me 04:15
Best of Me If today I’m not myself Far off in some distant place And I cannot seem to give I know you see it in my face If I could I would explain Why I don’t feel right in my skin And though you give me all you can It’s hard for me to take it in No, I’m not fine But I’m not broken// Go ahead, forget the rest of me I love it when you get the best of me If I was bad I never meant to be I loved it when you got the best of me Will you know just what you are to me I love it when you get the best of me Everyday is a long-gone memory I love it when you get the best of me// Lately I’ve been short on grace Like my train jumped off the track As soon as I hang up the phone I wish that I could take it back Sometimes the hours aren’t enough For all I think I need to do Though I only have two hands I’ll grow a hundred more for you ‘Cause this is not me It’s my shadow// Go ahead, forget the rest of me I love it when you get the best of me If I was bad I never meant to be I loved it when you got the best of me Will you know just what you are to me I love it when you get the best of me Everyday is a long-gone memory I love it when you get the best of me// I push away and you leave I want to chase you down but I won’t The poison that you know, sometimes Is stronger than the cure that you don’t// Last night I woke up in a sweat From dreaming that you left for good So much I had not told you yet Though I always knew I should It’s like sand inside my mouth Shards of glass stuck in my throat It’s beautiful to rise above Too easy just to stay afloat// Go ahead, forget the rest of me I love it when you get the best of me If I was bad I never meant to be I loved it when you got the best of me Will you know just what you are to me I love it when you get the best of me Everyday is a long-gone memory I love it when you get the best of me And if it takes up my last energy I love it when you get And please take this as my apology I love it when you get ‘Cause everyday is just a memory I love it when you get the best of me I love it when you get the best of me//

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released January 25, 2016

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Chris Velan Montréal, Québec

Montreal singer-songwriter and producer, Chris Velan, has always been crossing borders with his brand of world music- influenced, singer-songwriter pop. Drawing comparisons to the smart, genre-mixing writing of Neil Finn, Nick Lowe and Paul Simon, Velan's
latest album, “Amateur Hour”, will be released September 14th with touring to follow.
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