Instructional Songs For Quality Living

by Chris Darby

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To capture the singular spirit and infectious energy of a live performance, this album was recorded without the use of overdubs in one 9 hour session. Chris welcomed two respected and talented musicians as accompanists on the new release: Andru Bemis (John C Reilly, Tom Brosseau) on violin and vocals, and Charles Murphy (Duck and Goose, The Diving Bell) on lead guitar, dobro, piano, ukulele, and vocals. In a change of tone from 2014’s powerful yet melancholic Cabin Songs, the new album presents a cultivated collection of ten tracks with the ambition of imparting gentle advice for living well.

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released 11 August 2015

Lead vocals and guitar: Chris Darby
Lead guitar, dobro, piano, ukulele, and vocals: Charles Murphy
Violin and vocals: Andru Bemis

Recording, mixing, and mastering: Justin Birchard

Photography: Chris Darby
Layout: James Musselman

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Chris Darby Chicago, Illinois

Chris Darby is a folk musician whose true home is anywhere his music takes him. Though his singing sometimes reaches the ferocious roar of a territorial lion and other times sinks to the gentle whisper of a wise sage, his vocal style embodies a rare emotional honesty which captures the full range and depth of his life experience. Sign up for the Newsletter here- www.eepurl.com/Lgoz5 ... more

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Track Name: You Are Beautiful
Do all that you do for the people you love. This moment in time it will be enough
Do all that you do for the world that you know. Outside in rainstorms, sunny or snow
Make fast friends in summer, June or July. Then hold them tight when the wind blows your way
Remember the lessons you’ve learned in the dark. Do away with the things that make you feel small

Let yes be your answer where no was your truth. Before there was nothing, now there is you
Consider each question before giving up. Believe yourself worthy of love

Because you are beautiful

Be all that you are for the person you were. For the person you thought you’d be once long ago
Be afraid of no person, placement or thing. Know yourself well, you will know what you need
Be strong in the face of fire and war. This life is a moment, this moment is short
Collect your misfortunes, turn them to gold. The past is the past, the future is yours

You will side against the lies in the mines of time.
You will sing slave songs on your long journey home
You will find blue eyes, wet with joy, paralyzed
You will build this whole world, it sounds absurd, but it is yours
Yours to shape, to change, to mold and rearrange
Yours to laugh in and play, in the night and through the day
Yours to wander free from where you’ve been to where you’ll be
Yours in harmony with all the creatures that you meet
This world is yours

Do all that you do for the people you love. This moment in time is more than enough
Do all kinds of good in the place where you are. Down in the sea or high in the stars
Don’t be ashamed to let yourself sing. Be strong in the face of all you have been
Live every moment no future or past. These moments are all that we have
Track Name: Reach For The Stars
May all your dreams come true wherever you are
Whatever you do, reach for the stars
You are capable of more than you believe
No matter who you are, you have more to be

Love the person you are, love the people you meet
Love the places you’ll go, sing your song to the street
Feel the movement of time, pulsing right through your veins
Place your bets on this life, and its joyous refrain
Wash your sorrows away, in the cool morning air
At the end of the day, just be glad you were here
When the path seems so long, and the journey so hard
Consider your voice. Take note of the sound

May all your dreams come true, wherever you are
In whatever you do, reach for the stars, reach for the stars

Reach for the stars
Reach for the stars
Reach for the stars
Track Name: Don't Look Back
Don’t be afraid of what you will find
Inside and outside, up on the mountain top, down in the diamond mine
Don’t be afraid to search out all the ends of the earth
Your dreams are much bigger and brighter and more wonderful
Than you give them credit for

Don’t be afraid, be yourself
Be alone, wander around, forgetting exactly where you are
Don’t be alarmed, when everything falls apart
When those you love run away, vanish or fade in the dark
It happens

If you know what you are, nothing can harm you
No one can stop you from dreaming and living out all your beautiful dreams
If you know what you are, nothing will hurt you
And even the things that make you cry, will only add fuel to your hearth

So go. Love and be loved. Feel and be felt
Fashion an amulet around your blood
And go. Love and be loved, find and be found
And don’t ever look back
Don’t look back

Don’t be afraid, be yourself
Be alone, wander around, forgetting exactly where you are
Don’t be alarmed, when everything falls apart
When those you love run away, vanish or fade in the dark
Don’t be ashamed when falling down
Just stand up, shout around, all that you are now
What are you now

If you know who you are, nothing will harm you
No one can stop you from dreaming or living out all your beautiful dreams
If you know what you are, nothing will hurt you
Even the things that make you cry, will only add fuel to your hearth

So go. Love and be loved. Feel and be felt
Fashion an amulet around your blood
And go. Love and be loved, find and be found
And don’t ever look back
Don’t look back
Track Name: When The Dark Finds The Dawn
These words were my absolute friend at the dawning
These words were my famous last ones
These words are my children I’ll tend them uncovered like gardens grown in the sun
Still I come to you brothers, and sisters and mothers
And fathers and eldest loved ones
I come to you pleading, though I know not the reason
We were brought here all deaf, blind and dumb

These times are a constant reminder to wander
To learn of our ancient regret
Embedded in tragedy, the soul of our country, redacted from histories text
Still I ask you to open your eyes, ears uncovered
Keep your thoughts to yourself
For the more you try speaking, the less you can listen
The less you will see where you are

And these days will be famous to all who come after
These days will be known for all time
The question remaining is what will they be known for, and who will remember them
Still we all hold our cards tight, afraid of the answer
Afraid of a change of plan
But let us be honest, this course will destroy us
If we do not find new direction

So these thoughts are a worry, just momentarily
These thoughts will still lead us to shore
These thoughts are our children, the song of our garden, the hope of a new world restored
Still I come to you brothers, and sisters and mothers
And fathers and eldest loved ones
I come to you pleading, to discover the reason
Your sleep is untroubled and calm
I come to you pleading, unfettered but bleeding
I will sleep when the dark finds the dawn
Track Name: Things You Know
It’s important that we know what we need
To find ourselves and follow dreams
No one else knows what we need, it’s up to us
It’s on everything you’ve ever seen
Your notes and your papers and your leaves
The ways you’ve always wanted to be free
All point to this

If we don’t go facing our fears
What the hell are we doing here?
The only point to life is to live it
See there’s nothing left to do
But wake in the morning at 6:02
And take the very next train, to wherever

Pack the books and board the train
Make sure someone thinks you’re insane
Leave it all up to your dreams, and you’ll be fine
I’ve got two tickets to run
Purchased for the dawn
Answers for anyone
Will be denied

Every single day that we stay
Is one more day, closer to the grave
Making the most of this means just what it says
I remember things about this, no one else does
Pictures only show you the things you want to see
And the people who don’t know, only know the things they know
These people were not made for you or me.
Track Name: Days On The Road
Take the future and the past
Take the past and present tense
Take the moment to be heard, in a song
Make mistakes and take a chance
Open doors with half a glance
Go and do the things you most want for yourself

You only have one life to show, for all your days on the road
You only have one love to grow, then you’ll be gone
Best to make the most of this, love and hope, this pain and bliss
Best to feel all we can feel before it’s forgotten
Let’s not forget it

Take a minute, make it right
Skip the worry and the fight
Hold your fears up to the light
Let them all go
You have the power to create
Don’t sit around and wait
Just believe that you are great
Live your life

You only have one life to show, for all your days on the road
You only have one love to grow, then you’ll be gone
Best to make the most of this, love and hope, this pain and bliss
Best to feel all we can feel before it’s forgotten
Let’s not forget it

I will grow old, and pale and grey
My eyes won’t see the same array
My ears won’t hear and voice won’t sing
But I will always remember these things

You only have one life to show, for all your days on the road
You only have one love to grow, then you’ll be gone
Best to make the most of this, love and hope, this pain and bliss
Best to feel all we can feel before it’s forgotten
Let’s not forget it
Track Name: With Love
Wherever you are, be there for love
Whatever you do, do it with love
Whoever you greet, greet them in love
Love is enough

It is enough to tear down the walls
Divisions great or small
To connect us, one and all
Love is enough

So wherever you are, be there for love
Whatever you do, do it with love
Whoever you greet, greet them in love
Love is enough
Track Name: Be Brave
When you feel that the world is destined to do you harm
And reactions you see are ones of fear and alarm
Remember your voice. Use words of careful choice
There’s not a thing that you can do, if you leave things alone
You can start by forgetting the things you think you know
Reject any doctrine that holds you afraid or alone
There will be times when you can’t laugh
But as long as you are intact
Don’t tell yourself there’s nothing you can do

Go On Be Brave
Run Fast Don’t Wait
Make Love Make Hope
Don’t let your dreams erode

A notion that exists in many I have found
Is not everyone can change the cards they’ve been dealt
While that is true to an extent
The thing that’s truer yet
Is you can never catch a wind unbound.
And there may come a day when you’ll have to let your loved one go
Be true to yourself don’t forget you are not alone
I know that you are bound to fear, yourself your thoughts for years
So I want to show you what makes this river flow

Go On Be Brave
Run Fast Don’t Wait
Make Songs Make Amends
Let your dreams be your best Friends

When you feel that the world will never hear your plea
And reactions you see are shock and misery
Remember your voice
Use words of careful choice
And I believe that dreams are all you need to be free
I believe that dreams are all you need to be free
I believe that dreams are all you need to be free

Go On Be Brave
Run Fast Don’t Wait
Why Not, this life is yours
And you will be gone tomorrow
Track Name: The Day Will Come
A day will come when you’ll bind your life together
And wonder if you made the right choice
A day will come when you will not be a stranger
To this life, and to your voice
A day will come when you will move a mountain
The very one you set out to move
A day will come when peace will be upon us
The answer to unanswered news

The day will come, the day will come
The day will come, the day will come
May that day be this one

A day will come when we all are free
To be the ones we were made to be
A day will come when shadows flee
When our hearts hear the faint, soft plea
A day will come when it matters not
The things you have, or the place you’ve got
A day will come, we will agree
Peace inside is what we need

The day will come, the day will come
The day will come, the day will come
May that day be this one

And may our love fly upon
Wind and air, current song
And may our dreams take shape this night
And fly, fly, fly till the edge of the light
fly, fly , fly, till there’s nothing in sight
fly, fly, fly, through the crisp morning air
you were born to be here.

The day will come, the day will come
The day will come, the day will come
May that day be this one
Track Name: Every Day And Every Night
Every day, the sun will rise
Orange fire, surrounding skies
Every day, we’ll wake at dawn
Greet the sun, new horizon
Every day, as seasons flee
The warm wind calls, come dance with me

So you will go, to the sea
Surrounded by a formless breeze
And you will sleep on ancient shores
Forgotten once, long ago

Every night, the moon will rise
Surrounded by her yellow light
Every night, we sleep the stars
In tune with our forgotten hours
Every night, seasonally
The winter wind cries dance with me

So you will go with the wind
In times of war and good fortune
And you will sleep on ancient dreams
Forgotten once, now remembering
Forgotten once, now remembering