Side A: Under Open Skies

by Danny Stevenson

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about

So I have finally finished this batch of 10 songs that I've been working on for the past two years (some of which were actually written even before that). In trying to sequence the tracks I realized that they didn't really work together on one album because of the diversity of the songs. For this reason I have decided to split the album up into 2 EP's.

Under Open Skies is the first and features the more catchy, upbeat and poppy tunes. The second EP will be titled Forward Momentum and will contain some of the more experimental and edgy songs. In the end however, the two can be thought of as Side A & B of an old-school LP or cassette tape.

I have been inspired to write music for as long as I can remember because of the feelings that music is able to evoke. It's sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly where that inspiration comes from and at times if feels like a song emerges from some unknown place – from either deep within the subconscious or perhaps even beyond the self. Looking back at the finished product I can see where some of it did come from... but rather than spell it out I would rather have you as the listener form your own opinion and inject your own meaning into these songs. At the end of the day I think that music (and art in general) is at its most powerful when we can each relate some of it to our own lives.

Thanks for listening,
Danny.

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released November 7, 2011

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Track Name: Under Open Skies
verse 1:
// Ab- / Db- / Gb / B // E / E / Gb / Gb //
hey baby i've been thinking i need some help tonight
just as you're losing a feeling once denied
and i need you here tonight
along and unarmed
and i gotta figure out the way into the light

pre-chorus:
// E5 / Gb5 / Ab5 / B //
and i gotta know, and I'm waiting for, and i gotta know

chorus:
// E / B / Ab- / Gb //
i will abide in your arms tonight
as we reside under open skies

verse 2:
you see I've been moving in circles for a long time
and i see you moving in a straight line
and i hoped you could help me bend
just a little to get in line
this life is so unpredictable
and much to painful

pre-chorus:
and i gotta know, and I'm waiting for, and i gotta know

chorus:
i will abide in your arms tonight
as we reside under open skies
i lift my gaze out of this maze that i'm in
Track Name: Nothing Bout You
verse 1:
// C / G / D- / F //
there's a girl with a smile by that window
watching the sun playing shadows on the sidewalk
i think i know why you've been looking out your window all day long
it's something bout the way you can see all those people you'll never meet
and they can't see you, no they can't see you

prechorus:
// A- / D- / F / C //
you need someone no matter how strong you are
you need someone no matter who you are

chorus:
// C / A- / G / F //
i know nothing about you
and all the things that you do
i know nothing about you
and all the things that you do

verse 2:
there's a beautiful girl up there
who doesn't know i'm watching her from across the street
or she might know and either doesn't care or likes the fact
that she has become a new creation in my head

prechorus:
// A- / D- / F / C //
you need someone no matter how strong you are
you need someone no matter who you are

chorus:
// C / A- / G / F //
i know nothing about you
and all the things that you do
i know nothing about you
and all the things that you do

verse 3:
you're perfect right now
just because i haven't met you and all of your ghosts
well maybe someday soon
we can all get together i'll bring mine too
its a lazy afternoon, everyone's obliviously buzzing on by
Track Name: A Promise
verse 1:
// G5 / Eb5 / F5 / Eb5 //
do what you can and i'll promise you i'll do the same
some things I'm not proud of and i've only got myself to blame
tell me that it's alright, will you love me all the same

chorus:
// G- / Bb / C- / Eb //
two wrongs don't ever make it right
can i learn from my mistakes?

verse 2:
there's a place i can take you and its not far from here
just close your eyes, we're almost there but not quite
you and i can make a new life, we'll leave the past far behind
oooohhh yeah

chorus:
two wrongs don't ever make it right
can i learn from my mistakes?
two wrongs don't ever make it right
can i learn from my mistakes?

verse 3:
its easy to be glad when everything's working out & going your way
but do what you can when you're in times of need & you can't quite stand
on your own, i can't stand to be alone.

bridge:
i only see the good in you and so some might say that i don't really know you
to be honest i don't, i don't think like that, cause i know the real you

chorus:
two wrongs don't ever make it right
can i learn from my mistakes?
two wrongs don't ever make it right
can i learn from my mistakes?
Track Name: Wake Up
<capo 3>
// A- / F / C / G //
it's too easy giving up on your dreams
it's too easy, watch the days go by
didn't think you would end up like this

pre-chorus:
// Dsus / G / A- //
wake up - from your slumber
wake up - they've called your number

chorus:
// A- / C / G / A- // F / G / C / A- //
|--0--0--0--0--|-1--3--3--3--|
|--1--1--0--1--|-1--3--1--1--|
|--2--0--0--2--|-2--0--0--2--|
|--2--2--0--2--|-3--0--2--2--|
|--0--3--2--0--|-3--2--3--0--|
|---------3------|-1--3---------|
don't give up the fight
c'mon take a risk for once in your life

verse 2:
doing what you do but you're not quite there
doing what you do but you just don't care
you wonder God what will become of me

pre-chorus:
wake up - from your slumber
wake up - they've called your number

chorus:
don't give up the fight
c'mon take a risk for once in your life

coda:
so you quit your day job as if you didn't care
and they said your passion was just a distraction
so you quit your old life man you should've been there
turns out your passion was not a distraction
so you quit your old scene cause you dared to dream
oh and i see you going strong
oh and i see you going strong
Track Name: The Journey Back
lyrics:

you can always start over
cause all it takes is just one word
to turn around and change it all
we all began as one
before we all became aware
so take the journey back
to where your soul was born

won't you come on by tonight
and give it one more chance

so open up your heart
and see what lies within
i've imagined a great city
with a most beautiful horizon
well do you remember anything
so take the journey back
your body's calling for a soul

won't you come on by tonight
and give it one more chance
and life is our journey
yeah it begins where you want
oh o oh o

well i still believe that there's a way
to the heart and soul of the city for you
will i still believe that there's a way
to the heart and soul of the city for me
well i still believe, i still believe
well i still believe in you and me

this is our journey
it begins and ends where we want