Chris Floyd - Momentary Zen

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Produced & Performed by: Chris Floyd
www.reverbnation.com/chrisfloyd1

"Chris Floyd gives Hiatt a run for his money." - Scott Mathews: Record Producer, Song doctor, and Multi-instrumentalist (John Hiatt, Chuck Prophet, Todd Rundgren, etc.)

(Dec 15, 2000)

"I have been appreciating Chris Floyd's music for quite some time." - Chet Flippo

Author, Music Journalist, and former Chief editor - Billboard, Rolling Stone (Aug 13, 2010)

"Chris Floyd writes great songs both in musicality and lyrical quality. That is beyond doubt. He is here to stay."

Valsum - Rootstime Belgium (Aug 16, 2009)

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released January 2, 2011

All songs written by: Chris Floyd (c)2011
Except: 'Julia' was written by Chris Floyd& Ronny Criss.
'You were beautiful back then' 'Better Days with me' ' 'Blind Man's bliss' were written by: Chris Floyd & Rebecca Hosking

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Track Name: You were beautiful back then
1st V:
Light years away under different skies
What is time?
It means nothing when you're on my mind
We had a good run for a while
'Till I crashed my bike and you took the greyhound to another life

Chorus:
remember Arizona
together in Sedona
making love
long walks and long talks in the morning sun
red rock, Cathedral mountain
your silhouette, that shabby dress
I must confess
you were beautiful back then

2nd Verse:
Another day is winding to an end
I'm alone again
With my smoke, memories, guitar, and pen
I think about your wicked grin
You always were a seeker out decoding, floating in the wind

(Chorus)

Bridge:
I've been quite destitute, you felt like home
Can't deal with people 'cause I'm so alone
What happened to the girl I used to know
My only friend's the midnight radio
Track Name: Still the sun
1st Verse:
Your bold enough to say what's on your mind
Wise enough to value precious time
Hip enough to know the score
You've been down that road before

2nd Verse:
You've starved enough to hunger for the truth
Deep regret to foolish misspent youth
You wonder what its all been for
You ask me is there something more

Chorus:
You were such a beautiful child
Now you hardly laugh or smile
Still the sun is shimmering bright
Everything may be all right

3rd Verse:
You get up early, rise above the fray
Brew some coffee, lost in yesterday
It's your life for what it's worth
It's a blessing and a curse

Chorus:
You were such a beautiful child
Now you hardly laugh or smile
Still the sun is shimmering bright
Everything may be all right
Track Name: Broken Soul
The pigeons in the underpass
watched me on the way to Mass
Went to see a friend, I'm not a Catholic
The architecture was immaculate, The mural prized
But I was raised a protestant, nomad at 25

Though I believe in Jesus Christ
Father and The Holy Ghost
Between you and me and this old bed post
I don't know who I am down to the core
I've lost hope and direction, I can't find it anymore

Chorus:
Sister Julianne, Sister Julianne
What's the point to pretend
Sister Julianne, now that summer's at an end
I've got a broken soul to mend

Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens
I learned that from Jimi Hendrix
Don't know why sometimes I just keep talking
While Lazarus slept in peace out by the garden gate
I walked around and mumbled in the morning purple haze

(Repeat Chorus)

Tag:
The pigeons in the underpass watched me on the way to Mass
I went to see a friend, I'm not a Catholic
Track Name: Momentary Zen
1st v
The doorbell rang at four
I was strung out on the floor
With a bunch of your old records
That left me wanting more
I looked up to see you
Taking off with my friend
I could not be bothered
In the state that I was in

Chorus:
The shape that I was in
Our love was at an end
Time to start again
My momentary Zen

2ndv
To me you used to shine
I put my heart out on the line
But it's been way too long
Since I held you close to mine
You left me feeling lonely
Succumbing to a downward trend
I could not be bothered
In the state that I was in
SOLO

Chorus:
The shape that I was in
Our love was at an end
Time to start again
My momentary Zen

3rd v
You thought you'd just drop by
Like a social butterfly
Too pick up some belongings
You were cleary in denial
To me you looked so happy there
But I could not pretend
and I could not be bothered
In the state that I was in
(Chorus)
(Repeat 1st Verse)
Track Name: Same old tricks
The Devil knows your flavor
Knows if you like chocolate or strawberry
You think he did a favor
But it's nothing special from what I see

Chorus:
He's got the same old tricks
The same old story
He knows you're in a fix
You're just feeling boring

2ndv:
I know you been so lonely
Since you lost the only you ever loved
Still she lives in your house, picked out a new couch
Dude that's pretty rough

Chorus:
He's got the same old tricks
The same old story
He knows you're in a fix
You're just feeling boring

2nd Chorus:
It wakes you in the night
Your bed is burning
It's time to stand in fight
The world's still turning

The Devil knows your flavor
He knows if you like chocolate or strawberry
You think he did a favor
But it's nothing special from what I see
Track Name: California Karma
1st
You woke up late this morning
In sunny west L.A.
Swaggered down for coffee
At the Venice Beach cafe
I guess I should have warned you
The high price you would pay

1st Chorus:
For California Karma
The crazy things you say
Going where life leads you
Soaking up another day

2ndv
I remember back in high school
You were the cheerleader's pet
The semi-famous drummer
For Bennie and the Jets
I guess I should have warned you
The high price you would pay

2nd Chorus:
For California Karma
Cool bud, tasty waves
Going where life leads you
Soaking up another day

3rd v:
Later in the evening
A perfect red sky night
You're out on the horizon
The future looks so bright
I guess I should have warned you
The high price you would pay

3rd Chorus:
For California Karma
Wouldn't have it another way
Going where life leads you
Soaking up another day

Tag:
Man I'd love to be you
Your smile gives you away
Track Name: My Mythical Town
1st V:
I keep thinking about the characters in my mythical town
In the middle of the night, I like to move them all around
I think about the good times, don't want to be sad
Think about the best times I ever had

Chorus:
That was a long time ago
Back when life was filled with hope
That was a long time ago

2nd V:
Out of all the characters in my mythical town
You were the best girl I ever found
In the creaky old porch swing, under wide open sky
Just laughing and dreaming, the warm wind blowing by

Chorus:
That was a long time ago
Back when life was filled with hope
That was a long time ago

Bridge:
When I'm lonely in need, you come to me
and I'm feeling ten feet tall
Golden light, in early fall
We're walking 'round in my mythical town

3rd Verse:
I keep thinking about the characters in my mythical town
Got a mind full of memories when the sun's fading down
There's Jenny and Joseph, William and Michelle
The little park on the corner, The big yard with the well (Repeat chorus)
Track Name: Secret Grin
Chorus:
Any which way I go
Feels like I'm flying against the flow
If there's one person who would know
the way I feel it's you Jo Jo
Any old place I've been
You've probably went there and back again
I like your little secret grin
I'll bet you'd do it all again

Bridge:
Late at night when I'm up in my bed
Dreaming those desperate dreams
You in that shabby dress
You know I'm gonna tell you the truth
Cause that's the way I am
As a matter of fact and as a matter of course
When a moveable object meets a powerful force

2nd Chorus:
Any which way I go
Feels like I'm flying against the flow
If there's one person who would know
the way I feel it's you Jo Jo
Any old place I've been
You've probably went there and back again
I like your little secret grin
The Telepathic thoughts you send

2nd Bridge:
I dig a challenge you can tell that much
Well your loving touch
For me would be enough
You know I'm gonna tell you the truth
Cause that's the way I am
As a matter of fact and as a matter of course
When a moveable object meets a powerful force

3rd Chorus:
Any which way I go
Feels like I'm flying against the flow
If there's one person who would know
the way I feel it's you Jo Jo
Any old place I've been
You've probably went there and back again
I like your little secret grin
Yeah you're really quite a friend
Track Name: You walked through
1stv:
New moon, high tide
Feel like a brand new dude tonight
Is this truth serum or wine?
I'm gonna lay it on the line

Prechorus:
I saw your face, it woke me up
A change of pace, uncommon luck
I'll do anything

Chorus:
Hello, Hello, Hello
You'd be wonderful to hold
You walked through, I was blown away
I want you that's all I'm gonna say

2ndv:
I've been living my life alone
Just leave a message at the tone
A man cave of my own
With a head like a stone

Prechorus:
I saw your face, it woke me up
A change of pace, uncommon luck
I'll do anything

Chorus:
Hello, Hello, Hello
You'd be wonderful to hold
You walked through, I was blown away
I want you that's all I'm gonna say

Bridge:
You could fill my loving cup
I'm really not a nut
If you really want to know, if it doesn't show
I'm just a lonely guy (chorus)
Track Name: Better days with me
1st Verse:
I could see it in your eyes
you were loaded for bear, wanted to fight
restless and desperate to be free
I didn't think I was that bad
maybe not the best you ever had
still I wonder why you had to leave

Chorus:
Now It's the dead of winter, you've lost all heart
so damn cold your pipes could freeze
hugging a pillow, counting tiny sheep
remembering better days with me

2nd Verse:
You moved to Portland the east side
trying to forget what you left behind
doing your best to lose me in the dust
you poured yourself deep into work
but in your mind the memories lurk
you want to call but there's nothing to discuss

(Repeat Chorus)

Bridge:
in time we both will move on
to another life with another love
but I know that when the summer comes
I'll be thinking of you
in the fading sun

(repeat 1st Verse)
(repeat Chorus)
Track Name: Blind man's bliss
1st V:
They told him son don't get lost in a dream
Tried to get him to settle for safe as can be
Said if you paint by the numbers you'll get ahead
But he wouldn't do it, took the long way instead

Chorus:
It's a blind man's bliss heading into the sun
On the edge of a mountain afraid of no one
Making his way off the well beaten track
A few bucks in his pocket and a trusty road map
He's never felt nothing finer than this
It feels like freedom it's a blind man's bliss

2nd V:
Caution twists in the wind like the leaves in the fall
His adventurous spirit learns from it all
Yeah he's done a few things that he might regret
But the moments that got him there he won't forget

(repeat chorus)

Bridge:
They could learn a lesson from the blind man's bliss
A second that's passed could be living that's missed

(repeat chorus)