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  • Jun 21

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From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. Mandolin: Jim Dalton. Percussion: Catherine Birrer.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
letting go is not the same as losing
i just thought i’d let you know what i’ve been thinking
you can call me up though we’re not waking up together anymore
we can avoid goodbyes if some other words feel better
like “see you later”
i want to be a light in the life of everyone who knows me
am i too shy to be a diamond in the roughness of this world
where nothing’s right and nothing’s real?
can i turn the wheel?
let me heal and be healed
spin and see what comes around for you and me
turn the wheel
getting mad is not the same as fighting
but i didn’t know that so i was skeptical and spiteful
it’s not enough to find somebody who can hold you
because anything can fade until you’re left with no rescue
but i want to be a light...
letting go is not the same as losing
i find comfort in this
you still think it’s just confusing
let’s turn the wheel
can we turn the wheel?
let’s turn the wheel
turn the wheel
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. Nylon guitar: Jim Dalton.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
well there’s just no lack of love songs in this town
and the storyteller’s always the last to learn
i’m tired of my heart and its unexpected ways of
living a beat behind all the love i find
so i’d rather hear a lullaby tonight
and fold another set of arms around me in my dream
i swear i caught the moon spying on this afternoon
and i still don’t believe in time no no
but i had a message come to find me
and wipe the embers from my eyes
saying i was good, and that surprised me
i may never have known
i would never know
so if you sing to me, make it sweet my friend
the way your sorrow flows, i could catch it fast
bring your best-kept memories, and a secret if you please
show me the map of your mind
and maybe sing for me a lullaby tonight
won’t you sing for me your lullaby tonight
‘cause there’s just no lack of love songs
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. Piano: Sandi Hammond.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
we come from the land of walnut and mulberry trees
cattle and corn and dairy farms and factories
i’ve waited for you like i know my love you’ve waited for me
to come together this way, this way
here in the house of my childhood with all of my dreams
i’m writing your name in the story of my history
i’m dressed in my best just to kiss you and we know what it means
so they can see us this way, starting today
this is not an unexamined soul
i’ve been learning with every hit and miss
how to lean into the wind, lean into the wind with you
love will balance every challenge of time, chance and change
this will be our dance, this is how we’ll sway
so i stopped searching every fleeting face in a crowd
for the one pair of eyes i could memorize inside and out
i send a message to you in the future looking back on us now
let’s remember this day, always
this is not an unexamined soul...
if we find a barrier, we can build a bridge
we can build a bridge
if we feel a storm cloud coming
we’ll always know where our shelter is
for this is not an unexamined soul...
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. Nylon guitar: Jim Dalton.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
on this day
i take this one
here in this place
now we’ve begun
i have no fear
i have only love
for this one
maybe there are miles left
in this world for me to roam
but these will always be the arms
to welcome me back home
home
so with this ring
like the first kiss
i give everything
i will remember this
let the choir sing
let this life begin
here with this one
this one
on this day...
i have no fear
i have only love
for this one
this one
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
tonight i’m singing to the moon
nobody else is gonna hear
tonight i’m singing to the moon
let it shine down this song on you my dear
keeping time with the windsong
voices ride the night on a quiet breeze
is there some fault that i could take, some penance i might make
to deserve this peace? o precious peace
so tonight i’m praying to the moon
nobody else will answer me
and tonight i’m praying to the moon
bless my soul, bless this mystery
i’ll be careful not to wake the neighbors
i will only whisper, never wail
all the secrets that i keep sometimes steal away my sleep
so i dream awake. come, waking dreams
the new moon likes to hide behind a shadow
like new love, always secretly obscure
we always want the fullness and the brightness
i want to orbit you
so tonight i’m dancing with the moon
everybody else has tripped my feet
tonight i’m dancing with the moon
look up love, above you, dance with me
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. Mandolin: Jim Dalton.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
he picks himself up and says “i will not fall again”
brushing the dust off of his knees and his hands and his pride
in the afternoon haze of this august-day reverie
he is climbing and leaping and living through eight-year-old eyes
to the top of the stairs where the ledge is just high enough
it’s a thrill to look down and set one foot out leaning in space
a safety pin binding his terrycloth wonder-cape
to his makeshift identity, gleaned from a comic-book page
all of the magic he’s seen
sunday school and saturday tv
granting him wings in his dreams
so many stories, so many reasons to fly
his journey is less than a fraction of fantasy
he’s a dandelion seed drifting joyously frozen in time
but down to the ground measures four feet of ecstasy
‘cause the porch and the lawn could be mars and the moon, in his mind
all of the magic he’s seen...
fly
the end of the day is a sky filled with street lights
and a crimson divide in the clouds as the sun goes to sleep
he picks himself up and says “i will not fall again”
i will not fall, i will not fall
i will not fall
i will not
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. E-bow: Jim Dalton. Percussion: Catherine Birrer.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
grinding my teeth on the train, on my way out to meet you
i’m burning to be a brand-new version of me when i see you
all the limits and the borderlines are stretching out and shaking me awake
i thought i put to sleep my desire to keep you, up until today
it isn’t really love
you are not the one
surely you are more than just familiar. i’ve put up a brilliant fight
and i know these city streets like i’d know the curve of your cheek in any light
what if i could swallow this? the more i choke, the less i’d miss of you?
you were safely out to sea, barely bound to me, and unforgiven too
it isn’t really love
you are not the one
it isn’t really, no no
holding back this thunder as another “nice to see you” slips away
the damage done is less, but you’d never guess the secrets that i save
my one and only weakness lingers on beyond my best defense
if i rise from underneath this, will i only just be free to fall again?
you are not the one
it isn’t really love, no no
you are not the one
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, nylon guitar: Keith. Banjo: Jim Dalton. Percussion: Catherine Birrer.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
i’m gonna miss your arms
around me at night
i’m gonna miss your legs
tangled up in mine
i’m gonna miss your breath
warming up my neck
gonna miss you soon
here comes goodbye again
i’m gonna miss your strength
when i’m sinking low
will i wish you near
when i’m all alone?
i’m gonna miss your smile
i hope i don’t forget it
i’m gonna miss you soon
here comes goodbye again
we’ve been walking softly, trying not to wake the truth
and breathing deep, holding on to another day or two together
i’m gonna miss my chance
if i don’t take it soon
i’m gonna lose my nerve
if i think of hurting you
i’m gonna miss me yours
gonna miss you mine
gonna miss you soon
goodbye, goodbye
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. Percussion: Catherine Birrer.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
well the first time i left you it just didn’t take
so i backpedaled, settled into you, it was almost home
like a thousand-mile rewind, driving down the interstate
i moved again through every city separating our comfort zones
late one night, you prophesized
told me there were things about you baby i would want to change
you couldn’t be changed
that was my warning, my storm cloud in the morning
we were never a sure thing
and that was my warning
well the last time you kissed me, i was someone else
now every stranger you meet could be me, and i see you at every turn
all the little bits of history that were you and me, i now claim for myself
you may wish to forget me, but i bet we were more than just a lesson learned
late at night, you prophesized
told me there were things about you baby i would want to change
but you wouldn’t be changed
that was my warning...
now you’re standing in my doorway, your leather jacket shining
and i try to see things your way, but i’ve been bleeding
you are blinding me
my storm cloud in the morning, we were never a sure thing
but you gave me a warning
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. E-bow: Jim Dalton.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
you thought i didn’t hear you but i did
you thought that i was sleeping
while i hid my eyes and held my breath
your vigil was my rest
as i listened in the dark to every whisper
you used to say my name
like a prayer within a dream
almost silently
you spoke your love for me
so sweetly in my ear
when you were here
you though i might leave you and i did
‘cause you never made your case
now we’re circling the space that’s left between
and all this love i’ve been saving up forever
just won’t go away
o my tidal wave
i know you gave your best for me
now the rest will be
just a shadow of the years
when you were here
o my tidal wave...
you thought i didn’t hear you
but i did
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith. Nylon guitar: Jim Dalton.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
somebody loved you a little
a long, long time ago
but i’m here to tell you that today
somebody loves you a lot, somebody loves you a lot
somebody wrote you a letter
that tore your heart up
it split your soul, but you’re almost whole by now
and today somebody loves you a lot, somebody loves you a lot
but when you looked back at me from your hundred-mile distance
did you fear for our story, starting in such struggle and grief?
or did you think i was lying?
does “i love you” mean “i’m ready to leave?”
someone touched you too deeply
and damaged your armor
your battlefield might never heal
but right now, right here
somebody loves you a lot, somebody loves you a lot
and when the curtain came down on our hundred-day romance
i was applauding your beauty, soon to shiver with the tears of goodbye
i followed you into silence, waiting for an encore
or another chance
somebody loves you a lot, somebody loves you a lot
somebody loves you
From CHANCE & CHANGE. Produced by Keith Hampton & David Liquori. Vocals, guitar: Keith.
KEITH HAMPTON: Chance & Change
summer’s come and gone
the green is giving way
and i am turning circles every year
looking for a lesson
that is trying to be taught
as schoolbooks gather dust down in the dark
but i really got to know you in the winter, didn’t i?
we thought our time was over
but we strengthen as the snow flies
summer’s come and gone
i’m rushing like a fool
looking for some stillness by and by
the unofficial new year’s eve
moving carloads of your life
all the dominos are trading homes tonight
but i really got to know you...
summer’s come and gone
but the silver, faint tattoo
still decorates my finger from your ring
and if we never find a springtime or a home
i’ll be your september whenever summer comes and goes
‘cause i really got to know you...
summer’s come and gone
come and gone