Lost and Found

by Union Pulse

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A collection of previously unreleased songs, home demos, alternate studio takes, and live recordings spanning nearly the entire career of Milwaukee indie-turned-alt-country misfits, Union Pulse.


released May 29, 2013

All words and music written by James Tristan Redding. Session and live musicians include Allen Russell, Jed Hanson, Mike "Duffy" Murphy, Rocky Orta, Jr., Dr. Martin Jack Rosenblum, Ian Kleats, Ryan Eckert, Karl Lerud, and Thor Bremer, and Tad Unold. Words and music copyright 2012 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.


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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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Track Name: If Lucy Calls (Studio, 2011)
If Lucy calls, tell her I miss talking
More than I miss Christmas, I miss talking
Tell her that I've lost my way but there's still so much more to say

If lucy calls, tell her that I'm lonely
I try so hard, but nothing changes baby
Tell her I can't take this world, I lost my job and left my girl,

If Lucy calls, tell her she looks pretty
Maybe kind of tired, but real pretty
Tell her there's a part of me that always needs her sympathy

If Lucy calls, tell her we got famous
It's a big fat lie, but tell her we got famous
Tell her that my heart explodes on all these long, winding roads
Track Name: We Went To War (Demo, 2002)
We went to war today in a far-off land
We went to war today, hand in hand
We went to war today, we bombed your homes
We went to war today, no sticks or stones

We went to war today and the sun still shines
We went to war today and we feel fine
We went to war today and the sky's still there
We went to war today, I wonder where

I used to have a friend the same color as you
It's too bad in the end what the wrong color can do

We went to war today to save our pride
We went to war today and left love behind
We went to war today the air is clear
We went to war today but not around here
Track Name: Diecast Aeroplane (Live, 2010)
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
Track Name: You Won't Hear From Me Tonight (Demo, 2008)
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
Track Name: By The Way (Demo, 2004)
She says she's gone and won't be coming back
Up on that high wire pride and balance act
I've got my fingers crossed
Strings snap, the burning tent falls to the ground
lets hope she's not afraid of circus clowns
I got my fingers crossed

By the way, I love you
By the way, I care
For what it's worth, I miss you
When I wake and you're not there

By the way, when the sun breaks through the clouds
I think of you, and you always made me proud
And every day I thank my lucky stars
That I can always tell you once again

I used to cry because i'm so far away
But I have woken to a brighter day
Where I think of you
Too close for comfort is a sunburnt face
The ground between us is a safer place
Where I think of you
Track Name: Sera Says (Live, 2009)
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
Track Name: If I Drown (Demo, 2003)
Learned how to swim in the shallows
Dived off the dock from the gallows
Taste like a dream, so elusive
Earn your respect, so abusive

Would you put your arms around me?
Would you pick me up and ground me -
Will you breathe some life between these lips
And tell me it's alright?
I'm on my last concession
Coming up from so much compression
And I've just got one more question
Will you tell me it's alright?..

If I drown, if I sink, fail to rise (oh, Sarah)
If the wind beneath my wings slowly dies (oh, Sarah)
Would you tell me it's alright?

Drunk on a glance from a shadow
Pray, beg a smile to remember
Smoke from the stream, autumn embers
Drift to the depths...let it burn
Track Name: How Does That Help Me Tonight (Live, 2004)
I wanna fall for you...if you want me to
You never thought it through - show me your tattoos
I'm so afraid to trust letting go inside
And I'm alone tonight even if you tried

How does that help me tonight?
Hanging by a thread

A letter laced with love still inside my mind
The pages I could write keep me warm instead
A little flame alight flickers in the wind
And I'm alone again, even if you tried

How does that help me tonight?
It's all in my head

How does that help me tonight?
I'm going back to bed
Track Name: Better Days (Demo, 2004)
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
Track Name: Midnight Sun (Demo, 2004)
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
Track Name: Walking Home Again (Live, 2006)
Last call and a busty blonde gives in
Sucked up in a swig of midnight skin
Sad eyes try to force a thinline smile
Cheap touch and an even cheaper gin

Pants much too tight for her
These lights too bright for her
Quick ride to a place she knows too well
She walks in front of me
Unaware that I can see
Weak lies that she sells to selfish men
And I'm walking home again

Eyes shut to pretend tonight might last
Full moon silhouettes a twilight past
Heart thin and her thoughts begin to spin
Slow drag to forget the touch so fast

Stand slow to a copper glow 'round ten
Late lunch with a few white collar men
Two shots and a new sad song begins
Tick tock and it's half past once-again
Track Name: Princess (Studio, 2003)
I'm a frayed backseat soul sleepless nights
Getting sit on and spit on and torn
Between dusk, dawn, and daylight is gray light
Where memories love lost is born

I'm watching the lines trailing behind
Been driving so long I think I lost my mind
It's lonely and long, this road I pursue
But I'll be just fine if it leads back to you, princess

Sometimes I hide in the dark
Because I know that I can't win this game
So look to the leaves in your teacup
While the winter wind whispers my name

I'm watching your eyes look to the skies
It may not mean much but I'm yours 'til I die
Further from home with each passing day
The winter gets colder with each step away, princess

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