Ten Year Anniversary

by Union Pulse

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    Designed and assembled by the band themselves, this limited pressing of 400 discs has been distributed to family and friends as well as each of the bandmates' solo shows following the band's eventual break-up. Only 15 copies remain, so the former frontman of Union Pulse is personally making them available from his new headquarters in New York City, where he is pursuing a solo career. Each copy comes with two all-weather stickers featuring the logo of his new singer-songwriter campaign under his own name, James Tristan Redding. An autograph is available upon request, at no extra charge, but be advised that requires first removing the shrink-wrap. An autographed CD will therefor arrive with no shrink wrap.

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1.
I walked the streets like a mind without a soul I saw your eyes in the windows of St. Catherine's as they closed And every hand I could reach for pulled away It felt like freedom from the fall out on Independence Day My legs gave out and I came down on my knees The city shook me and my heart said, "baby, spin me slower please" From somewhere far, far beneath the surface came A voice of comfort and a song that somehow seemed to know my name I'm gonna' be the last man standing, I'm gonna' look beyond these words I'm gonna' blow the roof wide open, I'm gonna' tell the whole world what I heard Stronger than a million countries, deeper than an ocean floor Tell me can you feel this, baby, I'm gonna' give you what you're waiting for Forget the times when you walked out on me Let go of all your faded stories of the way we used to be Give the morning sun a chance to make you smile After all, the sky is clear now, and it should be for awhile Remember sitting in the shade of an apple tree? Fourteen steps from Euclid Avenue to the place we liked to eat A hundred men with broken hearts can say the same But I know deep inside your mind, you're still spelling out my name I'm gonna' be the last man standing, I'm gonna' look beyond your words I'm gonna' blow the roof wide open, I'm gonna' tell the whole world what I've heard Stronger than a million countries, deeper than an ocean floor Tell me can you feel that, baby, I'm gonna' give you what you're waiting for Give me peace, give me patience with myself Let me see the best intentions of everybody else And when it's time to put my fingers to the flame Give my purpose, give me presence, give me passion in your name I'm gonna' be the last man standing, I'm gonna' make you eat your words I'm gonna' blow the roof wide open, I'm gonna' tell the whole world what we heard Stronger than a million countries, deeper than an ocean floor Tell me can you feel this, baby, I'm gonna' give you what you're waiting for
2.
05:04
I need you to take it easy, remember the way you pray And maybe to shine a candle instead of a pitch black tease The night is a bit too easy when you're running away from right And maybe it's hard to handle, but get up from off your knees Take it easy - you gotta' take it easy. The skyline along the freeway was changing along with you As hours passed so slowly the moment was all we knew I know you're afraid of daylight, I've seen you on the run But imagine eternal darkness : then imagine a midnight sun Take it easy - you gotta' take it easy. Tuning a rusty six-string under wicked moonlight's eyes Take a trip down heaven's alleys, let the rainy night baptise Walking behing a shadow you ain't what you seem You're never as close to daylight as the deepest darkest dream
3.
Well, I'm not much to pray Monday to Saturday And most Sundays, I just tend to rest But here's one I need to send up to my only friend ...it might as well be my last request Oh God, please take me now - I don't suppose it matters how Just make it quick, I'll count to three! And God, bless this crazy girl with the prettiest eyes in the whole wide world Let her be the last thing that I see. Twice now the morning sun has sparked my heart to gun Down every back road in my brain But this time I held her hand so I've got to take a stand Before my luck goes down the drain Sometimes I wonder why some people never cry Seems like my generation's way We fall in love too fast, can't make these feelings last Tomorrow will soon be yesterday I will not shed a tear in my domestic beer If she don't call me back tonight 'Cuz I know I'm on her mind - and she knows she's on mine But one last thing before first light....
4.
It's been one week and I can't breathe I see your smile when I close my eyes The last thing I know each empty night Is how your hands felt holding mine I don't need time, I don't need freedom Forget the past we left behind Just promise me this isn't over Give me your hand, and I won't let go I left my love one Sunday morn' And headed north before sunrise Across the plains that lonely dawn Shed little light upon these eyes Well now it's raining, the sky is fading Stare at the ceiling and I can't sleep Late night temptations toward bus stations So we both daydream a bit too deep I guess i'm crazy to cling so tightly To what you gave me one night with you But I just miss you, and I need to kiss you You saved my soul once, you know it's true
5.
Skies have brightened since the early rain And down in Chicago it's a first down Atlanta in front of Carolina They blow their whistles and sound like birds It's been a long afternoon He feels like he's open for the first time I been asleep since I can remember And while i was out it got so cold I think I have lost something I knew so well I think I forgot where I came from When she left I was not so concerned With her absence, but rather I feared In the souls of her shoes, All the little rubber ridges And the mud she'd track in when she returned To be honest, I forgot she was gone Like so many white rooms erase the bourbon But tonight after winds so fast I spun Seeing is believing and she's back home I think I have lost something I loved so dear I think I forgot where I came from One shot, two shots...three, four five It's cold out here, we gotta' do somethin' to stay alive One shot, two shots...three, four five I'm talking in my sleep I think I have lost something I knew so well I think I forgot where I came from
6.
I don't want to believe you, it would mean I was wrong I don't want to be with you, I was better alone Well I guess I should ask me, now that I'm seeing clear If it's only when lonely, would I rather you're near? Do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy? Politicians and kingsmen, all of that royal crew Find humility paid for, not a love that is true Do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy?
7.
03:57
Sera says she was pretty yesterday but why, she can't explain Sera says she woke the morning after and it was gone again Sera says it's a little strange, she can't describe the change Sera says she leaves this afternoon on the road to Illinois Sera says she's got no plans to marry any other boys Sera says she thinks of me, I'll always keep that memory Sera says for awhile she didn't want to live All she did was cry I can't find the words for what it means to me She never said goodbye Sera says this morning someone died and everyone's quiet today Sera says the grace of god will save us and wash our sins away
8.
You got some kinda' shine I've never seen before If you'd been feeling fine, then you weren't anymore I had to run away, I couldn't take the shame But I forgot to say I'll always love your name If the rain puts out this cigarette, then I'll call you after work When the floors are mopped, and the garbage thrown away But if the skies are clear, and I can learn to breathe on my own Then you won't hear from me tonight I wrote you every day - that's so much wasted ink But winter has a way of changing how you think I fell in love again, a black-haired southern bell It felt like nicotine, but now it hurts like hell
9.
In the back of the bar on a Friday night Around one in the morning, I spilled her beer Now it's only right that I got her another With a smile, because my money's no good here Now I can't quite remember if it was guilt or excitement But I'll probably never see her again So before I rest, I've gotta' confess That I was looking at her, but I was thinking of you You know, she gave her her address, and if it were a couple of years ago I might have signed a letter before I got home The funny thing is, I'm no less desperate I'm just lazy, and getting used to sleeping alone I'll admit she was pretty (in that imperfect kinda' way) Like the spark of a lighter that ran outta' fuel So before I rest, I gotta' confess that I was looking at her, but I was thinking of you It's been too long since I've held a pretty hand And every night my only friends are in my band I'm not that old, but you're too young to steal my heart But I guess you can borrow it There were holes in the highway the whole way home But the road flattened out as we pulled into town There's a time and a place for everything, and tonight it's rain on the sidewalk And the hope that we won't let each other down Now it's 4am, and I smell like an ashtray But I'll still complain when you light up tomorrow So before I rest, I gotta' confess That I was looking at her, but I was thinking of you
10.
04:18
For hours I've been strumming My voice is rough and my ears hum If I could talk I would have called you If I could walk I swear I'd run In my ears I hear no music Just the pulse between these two Two broken hearts in union This blue collar poet and you I have so much left to say Tell me there's another day We both need to find a way And with all my strength I'll try When I lie awake I write No sun or moon, you're my light, All the words we spoke tonight Before we said our last goodbye. All my fingertips are stinging My voice is gone and my ears ring If I could move I'd try to kiss you But instead I guess I'll sing I've been beat and i've been broken I've won bets and I've lost friends But from all the words you've spoken I just hope this ain't the end I have so much left to say Tell me there's another day We both need to find a way And with all my strength I'll try When I lie awake I write No sun or moon, you're my light, All the words we spoke tonight Before we said our last goodbye
11.
04:18
She bought a ticket on a cross-country train Just for a cowboy to kiss her again Like any love song, he won't soon forget He just might take his time paying off the debt It's funny how we dream of better days One day you've just got to let that train Take you away Once in the rain with a real pretty girl I was so high that I thought I owned the world But I'm not a king, and she's not around So that summer high is coming down It's funny how we're older every time I'm leaning on the shoulders that I once was Lifting high Krista's fifteen and she don't remember me Eight years ago I was watchin' over she Ten months from now she will paint this town red This fall's the last time she'll be alone in bed It's funny how the hands that I now hold Make me feel a little like I might be Getting old By now I've seen what I had not before Love's just like any drug, you need more and more It starts with a rush, then it slows to a drag And before too long we all just pack our bags It's funny how I'm singing this again Every time I start to, soon enough I reach the end
12.
When I was five years old I stole a diecast airplane from the corner store I've always had this silly habit Of holding onto things just a little too tight I didn't mean to take it, but that's no excuse So my mom made me walk back inside I was in tears as I showed it to the man Behind the counter; I think he understood. When I was nine years old, I stole Twenty-five dollars from a Christmas tree in a church There were paper mittens filled with generous donations And I rooted past the checks to find the cash That afternoon I threw it squarely on the steps Then with false suprise I picked it up She let me spend it and within a couple nights I had a dream that i was running from the law When I was thirteen years I stole a skateboard From the sidewalk just outside somebody's house I thought awhile and since their house was pretty nice I figured they could afford another one Within a week I had removed the plastic wheels And my friend painted my intials on the bottom We stood like sultans in the snow on the skateboard With no wheels, and then flew down St. Mary's hill When I was seventeen, I stole a drumset From my high school in an unmarked big brown box I rode the elevator from the second to the first floor With an odd look on my face A couple days of rock and roll in a basement And I could hear a voice I thought was gone for good I packed that unmarked big brown box up right away And took the elevator back upstairs
13.
Angel on a wire close to a ghost both too sad to be saved Stranger on the train tracks in the rain lost in puddles with waves I found something new when I walked out on you There's a light every dawn I've been missing The days got so dark that I prayed for a spark There's a girl in my dreams I've been kissing Find me a home to call as my own Find me a hand to hold Find me a heart as cold as I've known Light me a fire in your soul Smoke escaping lips, cold winter hands grasp one last cigarette Steam beneath a sky that's gonna' cry, blue eyes I won't forget I found something new when I walked out on you There's a light every dawn I've been missing The days got so dark that I prayed for a spark There's a girl in my dreams I've been kissing Find me a home to call as my own Find me a hand to hold Find me a heart as cold as I've known Light me a fire in your soul She rips my heart out of my chest Please burn to the ground all the rest Two hearts all alone in the ash One rises to run from the mess
14.
03:48
A wise young man once told me it was there in my eyes Said he saw my troubles plain as day But then resent and anger said the timing was off I don't wanna' let this wash away I don't believe it's happening again No help that after all it's only pain After years of chasing shadows 'round the bend Just another lonely birthday in the rain Every lovely flower I can hold for a day, every time the wind blows all is lost If all these stones i'm stepping disappear under me I'll be on the shore at any cost I don't believe it's happening again No help that after all "it's only pain" After years of chasing shadows 'round the bend Just another lonely birthday in the rain I'm not meant to be the one with a smile Instead I can see I'm not still a child The only, the one, she left me for dead A lonely, lost son...my heart and my head
15.
Some evenings I can't go to sleep, tired as I am When close my eyes and drift, relax and release I need antacids and kisses, lullabies and lilacs Home once shadowed every footstep I took, now home is her hand It was over before it began There's a girl down in texas whose eyes pierce and words fumble It's the cutest combination, until I picture her passion Deadly, potent, sexy as hell: snapshot of this unlikely angel Tempting straight through a teardrop, salty and warm It was over before it began The days getting shorter, her patience is thin The nights getting longer, the world closing in The moonlight is laughing, it's harder to smile Today's almost over, just a little while We need something stronger to open our eyes We need something smarter make us feel wise I want you to feel like there's hope for you yet Deserve something better and I wish you'd let Let me be your drug
16.
04:01
I wish I was that cigarette pressed between your crimson lips Make you want to light me up and suck me down I wish I was those leather boots in between your dancing feet And the mud in which you move, you love to groove Okay, Liza, come run with me anytime you're feelin' free Okay, Liza, I need a hand...please don't try to understand I wish I was that denim, darlin', stretched across your best respects Crafted by the finest fingers (overseas) I wish I was that flask of whiskey in your pocket, quite discreet Dull your senses, stain your breath my favorite shade Okay, Liza, I'll ride with you anywhere you want me to Okay, Liza, I need a drink...so I don't start to stop and think
17.
Friday night hit like a train I woke up to the sound of the rain Rachael's gone, she long over me Not in love, but neither in pain Light one up and finish my beer Cheap champagne and a happy new year She's the best that I ever had Broken hearts make the best souvenirs I'm not in love, as strange as that sounds It's just me and I'm bringin' myself down I've been lucky just to make it this far Christmas eve, and it's time to leave town Late last night on the highway I prayed For the strength just to wake up today There's no girl lonely waiting for me So I'll take a moment to say that I'm not in love Seventeen, my guitar in hand That young man did not understand April wind and Lucy's lost eyes Caught my heart at the old baby grand We've grown up, we've both come so far But tonight I'm alone at the bar And by now, you're a long way from home So happy birthday, wherever you are If I could rewind, turn back the time Divine peace of mind just to say That the years are unkind but we learn from our crimes And one day you find you're doin' okay
18.
Though my sails be worn and ragged and my patrol be turned about Though the night winds chill me to my very soul Though temptation seeks my eye and the stars no sight provide Give me just enough of morning's light to hold And I will not lay me down, this rain a-raging And I will not lay me down in such a storm And if this night be unblessed I shall not take my rest Until I reach another shore If the only well is bitter and I cannot quench my thirst I will drink the rain that falls so steady down If night's blindness be my gift and from my fire the heat is rift I will strive against the darkness and the doubt And I will not lay me down, this rain a-raging And I will not lay me down in such a storm And if this night be unblessed I shall not take my rest Until I reach another shore Though my friends be drained and weary, and it seems all hope is lost We shall the night endure for sight of dawn's first blossom And if death should take us now, he cannot contravene our vow We'll stand on and face the morning light without him

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This album collects the group's favorite tracks, from their decade long career, all in one place.

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released April 14, 2012

(c) James Tristan Redding, 2012

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Union Pulse Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded by singer-songwriter James Tristan Redding, Union Pulse was an idiosyncratic icon at the intersection of Americana, roots rock, and alt-country. The band embodied James Redding's soul bound lyrics and leg bending rhythm. In their decade of recording and touring they released five original albums (and one live EP) and delivered over 700 performances throughout the lower 48 states. ... more

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