Before There Was Light

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1.
Gateway 05:04
Passing through dimensions Pulling through my door Opening the gateway WIth the creature on the floor Gateway, hope and pray Sliding through dimensions Pulling through my mind Asking for directions Going to the next world, leaving you behind Rain and sleet driving at my face Pushing me away Clouding my intentions, leaving me alone Turning to dismay
2.
Life Goes On 05:50
What would you say if you knew I was watching you What would you do if you knew how I felt about you What you would think if you got inside my head and read my thoughts No one has to know, no one has to care Would they if they knew? I strongly doubt it No one has to see, no one has to feel No one has to know that I love you And yet life goes on What would I see if I didn't feel so free What would it seem if I didn't have this gleam What would you know if you saw my mindset When I was low
3.
Sometimes I feel like letting go Sometimes I feel like giving out Sometimes I want to find my own way around Let me have this doubt Help me sort out out myself Help my find in this fuss Separate places everyone Separate places all of us Sometimes I feel like clinging fast to you Sometimes I feel like pushing you away Sometimes I want to find my own place to go Let me find my way
4.
Independence 04:01
Whose independence makes us all so proud? Whose freedom yells itself so loud? Whose independence makes us feel we're right? Whose blood turns us all to fight? Red, white, and blue calling you To die for what and why? Whose independence makes us stand so strong? Although our cause is often wrong Whose independence forces us to run? Whose freedom leads you on, my son? Uncle Sam's "Yes I am" Calling you, what will you do? Red, white, and blue calling you To die for your country
5.
Believe 05:51
I believe that I don't know What you think of me for saying no I believe that I don't see Any sign of you forgiving me I would like to think that you Can think of me as human too I am not as cold at heart As it seems to me when we're apart I'm sure you don't feel the same As the way I feel when I hear your name Letting go of hopes and fears Is the only way to keep from tears I believe that I don't know What you think of me for saying no I believe that I don't see Any sign of you forgiving me
6.
I saw you only yesterday and everything just flew Feeling swirling 'round my head that I forgot I knew Memories are coming back from years and years ago Keep in mind the answer is eventually no Waiting there in line Helping out a bit Sometimes conversation Does not exactly fit Running round to prove I care and show that I can see Running faster hurdling to hope that it is me Smiling to my eyes I think is cryptic just enough Now forgetting hopefulness is going to be tough Waiting there in line Helping out a bit Sometimes conversation Does not exactly fit
7.
Why are you so scared of focused light You run away from it like wrong from right Why do you so like the darkened night You run away so far you almost fight I suppose that I should read your palms of fear I suppose your choice respected would bring cheer To an otherwise dark and wary tear So run away Why are you so frightened by my eyes Don't run away from this, you need some good Why don't you attack yourself and rise Not run away so long from what you should I suppose that I should read your palms of fear I suppose your choice respected would bring cheer To an otherwise dark and wary tear So run away
8.
Decide 04:49
Sometimes I feel like letting go Sometimes I feel like giving out Sometimes I want to find my own way around Let me have this doubt Help me sort out out myself Help my find in this fuss Separate places everyone Separate places all of us Sometimes I feel like clinging fast to you Sometimes I feel like pushing you away Sometimes I want to find my own place to go Let me find my way
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11.
Cafe Car 05:03
Nothing can keep me away from you any more So you're not the perfect person, that's for sure The moonlight shining on your eyes turns to gold Every time I stop to think, it gets old So you live for life, that's why you're so free So you laugh through death, I'm afraid of losing me So you hate to rhyme, that's just through the day So by night we'll live through time And for us that's okay We'll find a way Raining on parades is fine for you You don't know how you come across, what you do Sometime I will fly you through the cloud Even though I'm low you make me proud So you live for life, that's why you're so free So you laugh through death, I'm afraid of losing me So you hate to rhyme, that's just through the day So by night we'll live through time And for us that's okay We'll find a way

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These are the first recordings of James Tristan Redding singing with a band. Recording began with the bulk of the basement takes on Saturday, September 6, 1997 (also the first year Redding performed publicly, at age 14). Earlier in 1997, he released "Halfway Home", an 11-track album of instrumental originals recorded the previous year, in December of 1996. "Before There Was Light" provides a much broader view into Redding's earliest songwriting and musical development.

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released December 13, 1997

All words and music for tracks 1-8, 11, written and arranged by James Tristan Redding. Performed by James Tristan Redding, Colin Foster, and Joe Bolstad.

Any recordings of cover songs which may have been included as bonus tracks with digital download of this album (ahem) feature Dale Johnson on bass guitar (and sometimes vocals). Dale was the janitor at the Shorewood Middle School when Redding, Foster, and Bolstad were students.

Copyright 1997 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.

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Turnpike Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Turnpike was the first band for which James Tristan Redding sang lead vocals. Primarily focused on Redding's original material, the band also spent many basement hours playing songs by blues and rock artists they admired. Turnpike performed only 3 concerts, releasing this album at the final one, a church festival on December 13, 1997. Redding turned 15 years old just 7 weeks before the concert. ... more

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