And Everything Was Perfect

by Loren Radis

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1.
Dance 02:58
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Stay 04:28
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
5.
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
6.
The Runaway 04:19
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
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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
8.
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?
9.
Hallelujah 05:25
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
10.
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

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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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