And Everything Was Perfect

by Loren Radis

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Recorded live at the "Backyard Folk Show" in Nipomo August 2013, "And Everything Was Perfect" encompasses original work from throughout Loren's career as a singer/songwriter.

"The recording quality is surprisingly good, and Loren’s voice is clear and arresting, with crisp, rhythmic guitar work backing up his tender, folk ballads... Indeed, these are thoughtful, beautiful compositions." - Glen Starkey of the SLO New Times

The venue was gorgeous, the crowd was attentive, the music was moving, and everything was perfect.

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released September 19, 2014

Music & Lyrics by Loren Radis
Violin by Kate Feldtkeller
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Bo Radis
Artwork by Ryan Radis

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Loren Radis San Luis Obispo, California

Loren Radis is 30-ish and married his best friend in 2010. He's thankful to have the opportunity to make music in his spare time. It's something he's always been passionate about and he tries to be as honest as possible in his songwriting. He hopes you hear something you like and thanks you for listening.

"a gifted and engaging songwriter" - Glen Starkey

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Track Name: Dance
I can feel the tune, it's comin' in soon
As I dance around the room
I can feel the music in my soul
You don't believe me? That's your call
It may be true, I look the fool
'Cuz I never learned to play it cool
But you'll only see what you wanna see
That's pretty clear, this ends now and here

Either way...

And if I’m not good enough
If who I am is not gonna satisfy you now
I don’t know who you thought I was
but I…
I’ve never been much of a dancer

you say love’s a game you gotta win to play
but you gotta play to win what sense does that make
and i don’t wanna play some stupid game
if that’s all it means i don’t want a piece
but i can’t say that i won’t play
cuz you’ll just say i’m scared of the game
so come on i’ll take you on
you think i’m done i’ll prove you wrong
either way

And if this ain't good enough
If what you see’s not gonna satisfy you now
Then we better call it off
cuz I…
I’ve never been much of a dancer
I’ve never been much of a dancer
I’ve never been much of a dancer
Track Name: Never Let Me Go
We could sleep all day and I wouldn’t feel like a second was wasted
‘Cuz I know my place is gazing lovingly into your face
We could drive all night, find ourselves in a new town up the coast
I don’t care, it doesn’t matter where we are so long as you’re there

Nothing scares me more than growing old
Slowly losing hold of all I’ve come to know
I’m never frightened darling when you’re close
Promise you will never let me go

When you kiss my lips I know it sounds strange but I swear my heart skips a
Beat, and when you cry, I pray the good Lord would just let me die

Take my hand and baby don’t you cry
Oh how I wish that we could leave our cares far behind
We’d build a ship that soars right through the clouds
And we would never, never come back down

Never let me go
Never let me go
Never let me go

There always will be days when we’re afraid
And we won’t always know just what to say, oh no
And I can’t promise we’ll never grow old,
But I promise I will never let you go
Track Name: The Shepherd's Dog
You were always the strong and the silent type
Slept with one eye open all your life
There was no hate in your heart
And no innocent blood on your hands

And you could have flown away from this life
Held that pedal down through the night
The sun’s comin’ up and the
Sea isn’t so far away

Not so far to go
No it won’t take long
Just to find a home
For the shepherd’s dog

You said “No one is blameless these crazy days
Like losing that key down the rooftop drain
So let every man prove he’s
Better than where he’s come from”

They called you their friend in the better times
They ate you alive when you spoke your mind
You said “All men have sinned and
We all have our crosses to bear”

And you died all alone in that darkened room
Your last words, they echoed in the concrete tomb
You said “God’s got His plan and
My rest isn’t so far away”

Not so far to go
No it won’t take long
Just to find a home
For the shepherd’s dog

Not so far to go
No it won’t take long
Just to find a home
For the shepherd’s dog

For the shepherd’s dog
Track Name: Stay
Stay right where you are
Stay right where you are
Don’t you make a move
I’m comin’ home yeah,
I’m comin’ home to you

Stay right where you are
Stay right where you are
Don’t you make a move
I’m comin’ home yeah,
I’m comin’ home to you

Sometimes I’ll get stupid
And sometimes I’ll get confused
But just try to be patient
‘Cuz all I want, yeah
All I want is you

Tracing figure eights
Along your shoulder blades
Is where I want to be
Cuz you’re all I need yeah,
You’re everything to me
Sometimes I’ll get stupid
And sometimes I’ll get confused
But just try to listen
‘Cuz all I want, yeah
All I want is you
Whatever you say,
Don’t say it’s too late
I know there’s no mistakes
We can’t undo, please
Let me make it ok
And sometimes I’ll be stupid
And sometimes you’ll be stupid too
But don’t stop believin’
That you’re all I want and
I’m all you want too

Stay right where you are
Track Name: If You'll Be Mine
I’ll be your crazy dancer
I’ll give you all you ask for
I’ll be your question’s answer
If you’ll be mine
If you’ll be mine

I’ll wash up all the dishes
If you’ll be there to help me dry
And I’ll grant you all your wishes
If you’ll be mine
If you’ll be mine

I don’t have all the answers
Just the ones that really matter
Like the way you know your laughter
Makes me feel alive

I’ll put a golden band on
The ring finger of your left hand
I’ll promise to hold you forever
If you’ll say yes
If you’ll say yes
If you’ll say yes
If you’ll say yes
If you’ll say yes
Won’t you say yes?
Say yes
Say yes
Track Name: The Runaway
I was just a boy when I set out on my own
I’d never strayed far from the place that I’d come from
I was only a boy when I left my home
I wasn’t seeking riches, I only felt it in my bones, I had to go
To the road

And my mother, she kissed my face, and said “Baby don’t you lose your way”
And I prayed, I prayed, I prayed, that I’d find my way home someday

I met a pretty girl with pale blue eyes
She had a ribbon in her hair and she always wore a smile
I met a pretty girl with the ocean in her eyes
And a pink and yellow dress that was doin’ its best to hide her knees
From me

From the moment I saw her face in that barren and broken blue place
I prayed, I prayed, I prayed, that someday I could give her my name

At the end of all things where even memory dies
I gave up my body to stay by her side
At the end of all things in the infinite night
I could have stared down any demon, I was not afraid to die, with her hand
Holdin’ mine

And I prayed, I prayed, I prayed, that the darkness wouldn’t take us away
And she prayed, she prayed, she prayed
She prayed, she prayed, she prayed
With all of her heart she prayed
And the whole world prayed with her that day
And the darkness raged in impotent rage
And we prayed, we prayed, we prayed
And we found our way home that day
Track Name: Amelia (You've Already Changed My World)
You could be a teacher, a sculptor, or a maid
You could be an actress, I know you’d light up any stage
You could be most anything your little heart desires
Your infinite potential’s something I truly admire

You could be an artist, conjure life from a blank page
You could be an author, so many worthwhile words to say
You may be a mother, teach your children to be brave
You may be a missionary, so many souls to save

But you’ve already changed my world
My precious little baby girl
And whatever you choose, you’ll be everything to me
Yeah, you’ve already changed my world

You could have been born in Portugal, to a family in Spain
You could have been born years ago in some long-forgotten age
You could have been an Anaiyah, a Kairi, or a Jane
I thank God that you’re Amelia, born in this time, in this place

‘Cuz you’ve already changed my world
My precious little baby girl
And whatever may come, you’ll be everything to me
Yeah, you’ve already changed my world

Soon you will be walking, running, spreading wings to fly
Soon you will be talking, shouting, singing away the night
Soon you will be grown and leaving, your destiny to find
You’ll always have a home here, in your mother’s heart and mine

And you’ve already changed my world
My precious little baby girl
And whatever may come, you’ll be everything to me
Yeah, you’ve already changed my world
You’ve already changed my world
Yeah, you’ve already changed my world
Track Name: Walk You Home
The pathway that will lead us to your home
To my feet, is as familiar as my own
I’ve come to love the light this time of day
As it makes it’s way through treetops to caress your face

May I walk you home
May I walk you home
May I walk you home from school?

We’re laughing in the street between the bars
And I think it’d be unwise for us to make use of our cars
The stars burn bright and brilliantly tonight
And I’d do anything for just a few more minutes by your side

May I walk you home
May I walk you home
May I walk you home tonight?

I never thought we’d be quite where we are
That someone could ever hold me quite so firmly in their heart
And we may have our troubles time to time
But I’m content as always when I’m right here by your side

May I walk you home
May I walk you home
May I walk you to our home?
Track Name: Hallelujah
I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the 4th, the 5th
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I've been here before
I know these walls and I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you'd let me know
What's really going on below but now
You don't show it to me, do ya?
But remember when I moved in you
And the Holy Dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there's a God above but
All I've ever learned from love was
How to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It's not a cry you hear at night and it's
Not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Track Name: Our Terrified Ghosts
I'll pour the shots if you're drinking
And we'll scare all our troubles away
It won't make us well but it'll help us fake it
And help voice all the things we can't say

But the words just stay tucked in our pockets
With the movie stubs and the keys to our cars
So instead we'll just listen to the music
And hum along to Between The Bars

I'll sing to the night and you'll listen
And pretend that I'm singing to you
A song about love and forgiveness
But those songs are just too good to be true

And Smokey Joe can yell from downstairs all he wants
Doesn't he know, there's nobody here but us
Terrified Ghosts in our bright colored robes
He says he's just trying to get him some sleep
So are we

You'll look at me and I'll smile
But we can't bear to say how we feel
And our friends have been asleep for quite a while
It's so late it's hard to tell just what's real

And I wonder if you'll dream about me
Or if your head's too full of tonic and gin
Well, there's always tomorrow to tell you
Always another day to bottle it in

No one's young as they used to be
But we'll hold on just as well as we can
Let's meet here the same time next week
We'll sing the night away all over again

And Our Terrified Ghosts can howl in our minds all they want
Don't they know that we can't be frightened
No longer alone with no place to call home
They're just trying to find some quiet and peace
So are we
So are we
So are we