One Night Only

by Union Pulse

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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 credits
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You say you're ready to love me and there's nothing that I want more Than to pull the shades, turn off the phone, put down the bottle and unlock the door It's the light barely reaching your shoulders and the dark just behind your neck You're the perfect example of a painting but inside you're a wreck So am I...oh, so am I And you came here tonight thinking I just might let you in So am I...yeah, so am I I've got 28 reasons not to love you, but my head's getting thin Do you remember one Sunday morning when you woke up alone And you drove across town with hot coffee and a smile but you should have known When you found me the snow was still falling you were shining and I had the shakes I'd give all the whiskey in the world for you to see you're still making the same mistakes So am I - Lord, so am I I'm half crazy, but my other half is wiser than it's ever been So am I - oh, so am I I've got 28 reasons not to love you, but I'm thinking again So am I, so am I It's been 3 years since I've seen you, baby where've you been? So am I, so am I I've got 28 reasons not to love you, but forget about them I've got 28 reasons not to love you...baby come back again
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Charlie works down at the corner store, he sees a lot of faces He can't go anywhere without running 'cross a friend, even in the strangest places He knows more than he lets on about the lives of everyone But at the end of the day, all he can do is pray Charlie tells a story about a man named Tom who died before he shoulda' Tom spent every day sitting in a bottle, woulda' saved him if he coulda' So charlie tries to crack a smile when Tommy's mom walks down the aisle But at the end of the day, all he can do is pray There's a girl named Mary, and she broke charlie's heart, left without a letter Took a month or two 'til he could look at me straight and say Jim, I'm doing better He says he wonders what went wrong and if she knew it all along But at the end of the day, all he can do is pray I met Charlie a couple years ago don't know much about his past Every morning, he reminds me not to waste it 'cuz the days go by so fast It's not hard to recognize there's a distance in his eyes But at the end of the day, all I can do is pray
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released November 11, 2011

Recorded in the attic one instrument at a time, with one microphone, by Union Pulse. Words and music copyright 2012 by James Tristan Redding.

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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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