Lost and Found

by Union Pulse

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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


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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