Mistake Number One

by Chris Bryant

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“Mistake Number One” is Chris’s acoustic cover album of Ben Harper and Relentless 7’s “White Lies for Dark Times.” Paying homage to the artists who inspired him to start playing, Chris’ arrangements draw elements from Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Bob Marley, Bill Withers, Richie Havens, James Taylor, and many others. Chris sings and plays various instruments on this CD.

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released September 22, 2009

Music - Chris Bryant
Arrangements - Chris Bryant
Lyrics - Ben Harper, Jesse Ingalls, Jason Mozersky, Jordan Richardson

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Track Name: Number With No Name
I'm serenaded by a chorus,
Of a thousand burning cigarettes
You've been taking chances, mama
While I've been placing bets
So tell it to the ashes,
they know we served
It may be good for the soul,
But it's hard on the nerves

The very thing that drives you,
Can drive you insane.
Got a head full of thought crimes,
And a number with no name
Got an eleventh hour Jesus and a,
Mouth full of blame.
Casket lined with silver dollars,
And a number with no name

There's nowhere to run
I've got no one to tell
My face has become a mask,
And I'm not wearing it well
For five days straight
I've been breathing fire
Don't have room on my body
For another scar

The very thing that drives you,
Can drive you insane
Got a head full of thought crimes,
And a number with no name
Got an eleventh hour Jesus,
And a mouth full of blame
Casket lined with silver dollars,
And a number with no name
A number with no name
Track Name: Up To You Now
You can run away from home
But you can't run away from your pain
Now I sit here alone
There's always someone else to blame

It's up to you now
It's up to you now
Don't wanna be your broken dream
We've run out of faith somehow
And it's up to you now

I have to hide from my own face
Now that we have fallen from grace
The arms that hold you close
Are the arms that hold you back
While your world is under attack

It's up to you now
It's up to you now
I stumble to your altar
With my knees bent, my head bowed
And it's up to you now

There's no sound louder than war
And we don't have tomorrow anymore
You wrote a list with all your demands
And you nailed it to both of my hands

It's up to you now
It's up to you now
My fist is full of ashes
And my blood is in the ground
So it's up to you now
Track Name: Shimmer and Shine
It takes a hundred miles of love
To heal a mile of pain
I never say goodbye to the sea
I never blow out a flame
And I've got white lies for dark times
And I don't need your crutch
I'm kicking out the stained glass windows
And I'm tender to the touch

Shimmer and shine
We leave it all behind
Shimmer and shine
When you tell me that you're mine
Shimmer and shine, shimmer and shine

Bring me the music for the revolution
It puts my mind at ease to know
We're the problem, we're the solution
The cure and the disease
But life is trying to force me, force me to trust
I've done all I can... I'll do what I must

Shimmer and shine
We leave it all behind
Shimmer and shine
When you tell me that you're mine
We shimmer and shine
Shimmer and shine
Track Name: Lay There and Hate Me
Lay there and hate me
Lay there and burn
One side to the other
You toss and turn
Never trust a woman, never trust a woman
Who loves the blues

Mistake number one, I made it three times a day
We'd best talk over how there is nothing left to say
I feel like an underpaid concubine
Who has overstayed her welcome

You gave me an eight-page letter front and back
Written in your favorite colors, blood and black
Choose your words as careful as you'd choose your own gravestone
You lay there and hate me, better than being alone
Had to fight your way in, you got to fight your way out
Ain't no fool like the fool you love
So let me hear you shout

Shake down, break down
Just can't sit still
You cut off your hair and sold it
For your pretty little pill
I've learned some things about myself I wish I didn't know

You gave me an eight-page letter from front and back
Written in your favorite colors, blood and black
You choose your words as careful as you'd choose your own gravestone
You can lay there and hate me,
It's better than being alone,
Had to fight your way in,
Now you got to fight your way out
Ain't no fool like the one you love
So let me hear you shout,
Let me hear you shout,
Let me hear you shout,
Let me hear you shout,

Lay there and hate me
Cold as a stone
I just hope it's better than sitting alone
Never trust a woman who loves the blues
Track Name: Why Must You Always Dress In Black
You may be a cheap date
But my therapy's expensive as hell
Then you pay a psychic healer who lets you know
Things aren't really working out so well
Tomorrow's shining off our face
Yesterday's shadow is at our back, at our back
So why must you always dress in black?

People, they don't take advice, they only give it
And the only way you're ever gonna learn is to live it
So what you spent your younger years
Parlaying on the wrong side of the track
Why must you always dress in black?

If you have to lie, do it as quickly
And as thoroughly as you can
This morning I woke up slow feeling like the shell of a man
Don't blame me for us, you cried!
Oh, cut me some slack
And tell me why must you always dress in black?

She wore high heels, the ones that can pierce your heart
Just 'cause you go down in history
Doesn't mean you're really all that smart
Like Robert E. Lee, you're at your best when under attack
Why must you always dress in black?

You call in sick on Monday
Tuesday you show up late
Wednesday you left early
Thursday you fight with a boss you hate
Friday you up and quit
Saturday you want your old job back
Sunday morning you wake up all dressed in black
Why must you always dress in black?
Track Name: Skin Thin
Now that you've grown up
You can finally learn to be a child
We made it to the end of the world
But we'll never make it out alive

Skin thin
I breathe out, you breathe in
But the days seem so long
Skin thin, blood again
It's all I can do to hold on
We're just skin thin

Always knew if we didn't have each other
We'd have nothing at all
And you were always brave enough
To live like you could never fall

Skin thin
I breathe out, you breathe in
But the days seem so long
Skin thin, blood again
It's all I can do to hold on

Now that we've grown up
Can finally learn to be a child
With good friends behind me
Ghosts up ahead for miles and miles

Skin thin
I breathe out, you breathe in
But the days they seem so long
Skin thin, blood again
It's all I can do to hold on
We're just skin thin
Track Name: Fly One Time
Inevitability
Is pounding at my door
Screaming for more
In a world that owes you nothing
You give everything
Everything

Now I'm caught in between
What I can't leave behind
And what I may never find
So fly one time
Fly one time

Standing
At the edge of your life
At the edge of our lives
Don't hold on, there's no fighting back the years
It's so hard to unlearn fears

Now that you're caught between
What you can't leave behind
And all that you may never find
So fly, just fly
Just fly one time

I see you so clearly, so clearly up so high
I see you up so clearly, up so clearly high
Now you're caught in between
What you can't leave behind
And what we may never find
So fly, so fly one time
So clearly, so clearly
So high, fly one time
Just fly one time
Track Name: Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
I'm not sure what worries me more
The fact that I'm talking to a wall
Or that the wall keeps answering me
Saying that I've heard it all before
Never underestimate how complicated
A simple life can be

You've gotta keep it together
You've gotta keep it together
You've gotta keep it together so I can fall apart

I know you've grown tired of trying to feed me
And I know by now my reputation precedes me
I know you've grown tired of trying to fix me
And I know by now my best years, they are no longer with me

Keep it together
You've gotta keep it together
You've gotta keep it together
You've gotta keep it together so I can fall apart
You've gotta keep it together, you've gotta keep it together so I can fall apart
You've gotta keep it together, please keep it together
So that I can fall apart
Track Name: Boots Like These
Tonight I'm gonna lose my mind
Tonight I hope I lose my mind
Tonight I'm trying to lose my mind tonight
We're gonna live forever

Easy come, easy go
Get in where you fit in
Gotta slow your roll

Tonight I wanna lose my mind
Tonight I'm trying to lose my mind
Tonight I hope I lose my mind
Tonight we're gonna live forever

Never pretend to be a gambler

Smoke from your lips
Fire from your hips
She's just a slow walking woman

Tonight I'm trying to lose my mind
Tonight I need to lose my mind
Tonight I'm trying to lose my mind
Tonight I'm gonna lose my mind

Never pretend to be a gambler
I gotta get out from inside my head
Gotta get out from inside my head

You doubled the dose and I ran outta rope
It's me and you against the world
You doubled the dose and I ran outta rope
It's me and you against the world

You gotta live my life to get boots like these
You gotta live my life to get boots like these
You gotta live my life to get boots like these
Track Name: The Word Suicide
The word suicide is irresponsible
Still you offer to buy me a gun
What's so hard about sympathy
Love is a lonely room
Love is a lonely room

When out on the edge
There's just two directions
And somebody has to lose
I should know better than to use words
Like never and hate
Love is a lonely room
Love is a lonely room

This is no way to live
And this is no way to die
Who in the hell's life is this I'm living anyway
Love is a lonely room
Love is a lonely room
Track Name: Faithfully Remain
I learned to say goodbye
To say goodbye too young
I learned to duck from words
Like bullets from a gun

How long can you pray
How long can you pray
And still not see a change
I faithfully remain

Some things, some things
You have to let be lost
Some battles, some battles
You have to leave unfought

Then the truth just wastes away
In all we dare not say
And in all we can't explain
But I faithfully remain

Now I'm afraid
Once again
It has come to this
When it all goes dark
Nothing stays the same
Now I'm only what I miss

And my memories
They turn to tears
They turn to fire, blood and pain
And I faithfully remain

I faithfully remain
And I faithfully remain
I faithfully remain