Traveler

by Chris McLeod

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released August 16, 2011

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Joshua Silverberg

Mastered at The Hit Lab

Acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano and vocals by Chris McLeod

Electric guitar, bass, piano and vocals by Joshua Silverberg

Electric guitar by George Bonner

Drums by Joe Morin and Sean Power

Upright Bass by Nathan Gehri

All songs written by Chris McLeod except "Whisper", "Till The End", "Collide", and "It's About Time" written by Chris McLeod and Joshua Silverberg

Recorded at Red Red Studio in Nashville, TN
www.redredstudio.com

Art Design by James Usher
www.motherbrainmedia.com

Photography by Michael Cooper
www.cooperphotog.com

chris@chrismcleodmusic.com
www.chrismcleodmusic.com

All Songs Copyright Chris McLeod 2011
Published by Christmas Cloud

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Track Name: Traveler
Is this your plan
Is it fate, choice or destiny
Has every step been decided for me
or could it be
That you're traveling next to me
‘cause I need to know before I leave

I’m going outside but the thought is frightening
of traveling into the dark unknown
its been 40 long years in the desert crying
out for my home
I’m a traveler out on a foreign journey
a prodigal child that was born to roam
I’ll keep following you, and I’ll keep sojourning
but I won’t get far alone
would you carry me back home
carry me home

Would you show me
all the things that I ought to be
I’m listening carefully
I hear your voice
like the rhythm of rustling trees
you speak to me so quietly

your words collide
like science and poetry
and I can't explain this mystery
But it’s beautiful to see
That you're always here with me
Track Name: Chance To Make It
I’ve got a chance to make it
I’m tired of trying to fake it
I’ll throw away what I don’t need
But change, no it never comes easy

There’s a pressure that I’m feeling
From the floor and from the ceiling

My arms are so tired
But my feet are inspired
And my eyes are on the ground
But there’s healing in the sound
There’s a peace in the thunder
And when the waves take me under
There’s glory in the skies
like the fire in Your eyes

I heard a whisper in a crowded room
I saw a desert with a single bloom
I heard a song that I used to know
played on a broken stereo

I felt a love drippin’ through the trees
With a touch of rain
and a summer breeze
And at the dying of the day
I’m still aching for a chance to play

There’s a pressure that I’m feeling
From the floor and from the ceiling

There’s nothing like being known
I’m tired of being alone
I need a place to call my home

So let the waves cover me
and pull me into the sea
The water is your melody
So sing to me

I’ve got a chance to make it
Track Name: Whisper
there was a time
the sun would shine
the sparrow would sing
and with every step
i felt your breath
so close to me

but now, its been so long
since i heard that song
or felt you breathe

i don’t hear a single word
but i’m listening
the writing on the wall is blurred
and faded
i know that i’m not giving up
but sometimes silence is not enough
i just need a single word
but i’ll keep waiting for a whisper

so dark and cold
i need a hand to hold
to lead me home
i don’t have the fight
to get me through the night
i can’t do it all alone

i spent a thousand words
and still haven’t heard
anything returned

i can’t hear a single word
but i’m listening
the writing on the wall is blurred
and faded
i know that i’m not giving up
but sometimes silence is not enough
i just need a single word
and i’m still waiting for a whisper
and i’ll keep waiting for a whisper

there is a time for the sun to shine
the sparrow will sing
Track Name: My Light
I woke up to the rhythm of the winter breeze
Safe and free knowing that you're here with me
And in your arms, I know that nothing could be wrong
In your eyes, I know I'm right where I belong

And even if the suns not burning bright
I'll be safe by your side
Even if the stars don't shine tonight
I can see. You're my light

Late at night I step inside my writing room
All alone. I channel all the things you do
I'll Write it down into my journal filled with you
And Write for hours. Any little thing that rings of true.

Even in our darker days I know I always have a place that's home
Someone who believes in me. Admires all my deepest dreams
I know i couldn't do this all alone

I can't see exactly what you see in me
Could it be that you're seeing things that I can’t see
I'll supply all the pretty things i think you need
At least I'll try with simple words and melodies

Light is coming through my window
I know I'll be alright
Light is coming through my window
I can see my light
Track Name: Never Too Late
Its hard to believe. Is this real or just a dream?
Its hard for me to see if this only make believe.
Because I don’t quite believe this is really happening
Fiction and Fantasy seem a bit too good for me

Yesterday came and I felt the same
Tomorrow is near and things are looking clear
It’s never too late to start making change
It’s never too late

I’ve been trained not to deserve the good things on this earth
I don’t know quite what I’m worth.
I’ve been trained to think I’m dirt
Sometimes my mistakes are the best choices I make.
Sometimes thinking through is the worst thing I can do.
But don’t try and quote me wrong. Just finish out this song.
We’ll see clearly with the dawn

Yesterday came and I felt the same
Tomorrow is near and things are looking clear
Its never too late to start making change
Its never too late

But the skin I’m in feels too much like home to shed it
I’d rather be comfortable than be alone without it
Everything that I’ve ever been before
is following me right out the door
Track Name: Collide
I want to live in the here and now
That's where you are found
And that's where love abounds

I want to be closer to your heart
Living in the moment
Because that's where you are

I want to see your kingdom happening
And feel the earth shaking
So let your people sing

Let heaven and earth collide
We want to be a part of your movement
Bring us back to your side
Let heaven and earth collide
We want to be a part of what your doing
Bring us back to your side
Collide

You made a promise to your people
That all of the old things would be forgotten
You made a promise to be our redeemer
You said I'm making everything new

So collide, Collide, Collide
There's a voice in the wilderness calling your name
Prepare for the Lord

You said I'm making everything new
Track Name: Faithful
If we forget you, O Jerusalem
May our hands forget their skill
If we forget you, O Jerusalem
May our singing tongues be still
May our singing tongues be still

You’re faithful like the sun
Shining up above
nourish us with grace
and rain on us with love

You always know my fears
You don’t forget my tears
You’re reflection’s in the shade
until the sun appears
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Deliver us from Babylon
where the enemy’s at our door
Deliver us from Babylon
and take us there no more
and take us there no more
Track Name: It's About Time
I’m wasting time
looking for a chance to say what’s on my mind
maybe I’ll compose a clever line
convince you this could never last
explain we’re living in the past
I can’t read your problematic mind

It’s time to go
you can’t blame yourself for what you didn’t know
but this should have happened long ago
we’re never getting back the parts
we left inside each other’s hearts
but this might be the perfect time to start

there’s a time to go
there’s a time to start again
and it’s clear to me that it’s time to leave
I’ll keep walking down that road
I’m not afraid of the unknown
It’s about time

Can’t you see
that the better things in life are all for free
and in love there isn’t currency
I’ll wake up to a brand new day
I’m living life a brand new way
we’re better off today I guarantee

Today is my resurrection day
I’m standing in the rain
in a place where I’m sustained
I’ll never be the same
now I can finally see
the baggage I’ve been carrying with me, no
isn’t what I need
and it’s clear to me that it’s time to leave

There’s a time to mourn and a time to dance with you
there’s a time to grow and a time to pull your roots
and it’s clear to me that it’s time to leave
I’ll keep walking down that road
I’m not afraid of the unknown
It’s about time
Track Name: Home Soon
I’m gonna tell
you a story of love
And in the end
everything is gonna be ok

I'm gonna dry all the
tears from your face
And someday, heaven and earth
are gonna be the same

when you’re broken
i’ll offer to fix you
what’s stolen
is now your own
and i’ve chosen
to stay right beside you
i’ll carry you home with me soon

I haven’t left you alone
though i know
it feels like you’re on your own
when the lights go down

when the world’s acting crazy
and the clouds make it hazy
don’t be too far away
to hear my healing sounds

love never fails
it doesn’t leave
it always sees
when you hide
or close your eyes
you’ll probably find
its by your side

so get up, oh my darling
and show me your face
we’ll find a new hiding place
in the mountain air

where the view is forever
the ending is never
and we’ll be together
i’ll take you there
Track Name: Till The End
My feet are so tired from wanderin'
To places I don't belong in
Still You come and walk bedside me
You're more faithful than a friend
When I'm doubting you keep believing
When I'm running you keep on reaching
I've never deserved this treatment
You're more faithful than a friend

I will sing, I will sing
A song of hope that you bring
You're close like a brother
You love like a mother
More faithful than a friend
(you stay with me till the end)

There's a language that goes beyond reason
There are words to be heard without speaking
Love is found in the breathing
You're more faithful than a friend

Your hand comes reaching out
To lead me home again
You never left my side
Through all my wandering
You're reaching out, to take me home
You never left my side, I'll never walk alone
Track Name: Rest Easy
Rest easy my love
Rest easy my love
Fall asleep ‘cause the stars above are singing now
They sing oh
They sing oh

Rest easy my love
Rest easy my love
Fall asleep ‘cause the stars above are singing now
They sing oh
They sing oh

I’m gonna be here when you wake up
I’m gonna be right by your side
I’ll still be sleeping when you get up

I’m gonna be here when you wake up
I’m gonna be right by your side
I’ll still be sleeping when you get up

And you’ll say...

Rest easy my love
Rest easy my love
Stay asleep ‘cause the sun above is singing now
It sings oh
It sings oh