Prisoner of Hope

by Chris Falson

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Back On My Feet © 2004 Chris Falson Leather Chair Songs I take no satisfaction to see another fall One who was so tall? I won’t pride myself watching his demise? And me so wise And when I’m down and out I hope somebody reaches out And takes me by the hand And lifts me up And gets me back on my feet I take no delight to view a man’s decline One who was so fine Who am I to think I am better than the rest When the least is best And when I’m down and out I hope somebody reaches out And takes me by the hand And lifts me up And gets me back on my feet Wouldn’t it be nice? That when a brother fails We pool our resources And we go and fill his sails
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The Rhythms of Grace © Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs Heavy heart filled with pain All bound up in your human stain Get behind me Match my step To the rhythms To the rhythms To the rhythms Of grace Still held captive by those fears World opinion ringing in your ears Get behind me Match my step To the rhythms.... And soon the only reason To look back will be For you to see yourself And marvel at the change Broken windows to your soul You’re looking tired and your feeling old Get behind me Match my step To the rhythms....
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Love Found Me Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs I went searching for wisdom I cried out to her night and day I waited at the city gates hoping she would pass my way then I found love yeah I found love or should I say love found me I gave myself to religion became a follower of the word I tried so hard to live up to everything that I heard then I found love..... I chased after freedom Until I became it’s slave I made everybody follow me just for freedom’s sake then I found love..... I went looking for justice so I entered the law I became it’s advocate I partitioned the highest court then I found love.....
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Come Home ©Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs Now you’re tearful and afraid sleepless in the bed you made and you don’t have the strength to ask for help Come home my daughter come home my son come home my darling young one I Know your feeling awful bad losing everything you had and you cannot see your way through the clouds Come home.... You don’t have to carry that weight on your own It was meant for two and I will carry you Will you stay out in the cold let your bitterness grow old or will you let yourself be loved Come home....
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Only Love © Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs If love is patient and love is kind if love is selfless and love is blind then I need love to carry me over troubles Only love Only love Only love can help me now If love can forgive and forget if love is generous without regret then I need love to carry me over troubles Only love.... it's a mystery how life can be who can see unless the light of love shines on our path If love won't look back and love won't end if love would trust me like a friend then I need love to carry me over troubles Only Love...
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Prisoner of Hope © Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs Even when the sun goes down On everything that you and I believe in We hold on And even though the darkness falls around us And we cannot see the light We hold on We are prisoners of hope We can’t let go of all the promises That have carried us this far We are soldiers of love We won’t give up on all the people Who belong inside our hearts Even if we go to war And we are faced with sacrifice again We hold on And though we may not see the ones we love again Until we meet on high We hold on And we owe it to ourselves Not to throw it all away When the going gets too tough And when we can’t go on There will always be someone Who will carry us The rest of the way (Refrain) They live on inside our hearts
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Change the World © Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs We look in the mirror And we don’t like what we see So afflicted by the beautiful People on TV But if we all be who we are meant to be We could be something special If we all love how we would like to be loved We could change the world The grass is always greener In our neighbors yard We hate to see him prosper When we work just as hard But if we......... And if that rain could wash the dust Out of my eyes then I could see myself Surrounded by the voices Who tell us how to behave? And how we’ll only make it If we become their slave
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You All Along © Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs I wanted to sing my own tunes Never thought I’d make it anywhere soon After knocking on industry doors And being told I wasn’t what we’re looking for But somebody was out there for me Singing my song When I thought it was all down to me It was you all along In my first band the manager said Maybe you should hire a singer instead Stick to writing and playing guitar A voice like yours will never go too far But somebody was out there for me Singing my song And when I thought it was all down to me It was you all along You hold the rights to the show We now rehearse The big promoter of the universe I had stories I wanted to tell But nobody was buying what I had to sell I saw things in the heart of a man Only a sinner would understand
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It’s a Beautiful day © Chris Falson 2004 Don’t care if the sun do shine Or it hides itself behind those storm clouds Don’t care if it turns to rain Cats and dogs all over my parade It’s a beautiful day Yes it’s a beautiful day Don’t care if the money’s all gone And there’s no way I can pay the bills today Take the shirt right off my back Leave me here with this old gunnysack It’s a beautiful day Oh yes it’s a beautiful day I confess to drinking new wine And though I am getting drunk The after effects are divine Don’t care if I ruin my name And everything that once was dear to me But even if I lose my friends And if all my dreams comes to an end It’s a beautiful day Yes it’s a beautiful day
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The Path © Chris Falson 2004 Leather Chair Songs There is a path I long to follow If I ever chance to find And though its way is oh so narrow It offers peace of mind Too many miles on open highways Often with a heavy load Surely missing every sign post Leading to that road That lonesome trail I know it beckons For me to leave all this behind The only treasure I’ll have to carry A little peace of mind

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April 2004 we, The Oxygen Thieves invaded the McSparren household just off the Miracle Mile, filling every available space with electric and acoustic noise makers. All the songs were recorded live…. you know… like the good old days….. fixing only the really bad bits and adding a harmony or solo once we had all agreed ( a miracle in itself) on a good take. We wanted the album to sound true and organic and so have left alone the very human aspects of jamming, the natural ambiance of city traffic and bird life and of course the occasional slamming of doors and creaking of chairs. All of these songs were written for people I have met in my travels over the past year or so.
1.Back on My Feet 2.Rhythms of Grace 3.Come Home 4.Love Found Me 5.Only Love 6.Prisoner of Hope 7.Change the World 8.You All Along 9.It’s a Beautiful Day 10.The Path

credits

released October 10, 2004

Executive Producers: Andre Begert and Michael Campion
Produced by Chris Falson and the Oxygen Thieves
Engineers: Dave Raven, Hank Linderman
Assistant Engineer: Andre Begert
Mixed and Mastered by Hank Linderman @ Parsons Green, Culver City, CA
The Oxygen Thieves:
Drums, percussion, vocals: Dave Raven
Bass, Guitarron: Neville L'Green
Wurlitzer, B3, Accordian: Lew Rusko
Guitars, Sitar, Cuattro, Vocals: Chris Falson

Additional Musicians.
Mandolin: Andre Begert
Acoustic Guitar: Michael Campion
Slide Guitar: Hank Linderman
BV's: Randall Kirsch and Jaynee Thorne
Photography and Art Design : Aaron Gautschi and James Alexander Langteaux

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Chris Falson Los Angeles, California

Singer-songwriter, studio musician, composer, producer, entrepreneur, church-planter, touring artist, published author.

With 14 solo albums to date, Chris has performed all around the world for audiences of between one and one hundred thousand. Highlights include Wembley Stadium, The LA Coliseum, Shea Stadium, a bell tower in Burglen and for Pope John Paul’s visit to the US in ’93.
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