by Lewis Childs

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Sunny Jim found me down by the waterside My body was taken by the cold Sang like a mockingbird, style sweet and low Thought of the good times forgotten long ago He sat down looked me in the eyes, smile crept up from my toes He taught me an old song, spoke to my soul, Something from way back to get us down the road Life is a river that is rollin’ on down to the sea You can try and swim upstream, might as well float with me As we sang that sweet little tune, my troubles we’re lifted like a stone Had a skip in my step, felt the rhythm in my bones As we made our way down to Shady Grove, You know where that is! Now in the grove people get together, sing neath that rising sun Jim brought his song from the waterside The people began to sing along Life is a river that is rollin’ on down to the sea. You can try and swim upstream, might as well float with me. Raised my head, took a look around only to find Sunny Jim was gone Shady Grove an elusive dream, you know I tried to trace the scene As I woke up, soul began to sing Life! I have left this sweet little tune, the images my friends in the grove Maybe days before you know, you’ll be hummin’ soft and low Sunny Jim’s soul lives on in river song
13 Butterfly 04:09
Butterfly I rode when I was thirteen found my way to the shores of Mexico Think the devil claimed the young mares soul, and for just five dollars You could take a chance, see how far you could go She reared up and I kicked her sides, all my thoughts were left behind There was nothing but the waves and the hills in the distance The devil must have passed us by, I yanked the reigns She didn’t pay any mind, there were clods of wet sand flyin’ in the wind I must admit that I was kind of scared, when I saw… White Helmets There’s some MP’s stationed up ahead… Military men Butterfly I rode when I was thirteen found myself at the gates of Hades den Tried to turn around she wouldn’t go, I saw blood shot eyes The barrel of a gun, next thing I heard was a warning shell She was a fiery steed all I could do was yell (Wooh!) She reared up and I kicked her once again, there was no turning back I said, “We’ll see this to the end.” Shots rang out, I could feel death creepin’ in Butterfly had more to give and we made it, round the bend… in the road. Butterfly I rode I was thirteen found myself at the gates of Hades den Butterfly was a ragin’ soul, took me to the edge, brought me back again Butterfly I rode I was thirteen found myself at the gates of Hades den Butterfly was a ragin’ soul took me to the edge she brought me back again She brought me back again, She brought me back
In the midst of your blue green swirlin’ waves Found ways to let go of myself, Everything tumblin’ so slowly, Reflections of faces that move me The dark and unknown. I can hear your low speech Warning of the dangers approaching Ticklin’ my knees, the way I feel, Heart pounding beats, shakin’ beach, Should I go on or must I retreat, and I know you have been there So close to the edge that it feels just like flyin’ and I‘ll hold you When I’m far from here, we’ll embrace in the tides and we’ll melt into one You have shown me, now you’ll leave me. I could stay with you, you know I’d be without a home, So you’ll free me, the air I’ll breathe, There is no place like the tumult and we can’t go on anymore
So Tired 04:12
Come silent depths past emerging, clean sea air Grapple harness unfathomable power Not ours to take Exhumation, exhalation faint breath Dive deep don’t take in much air Waves roar backlashes escape night Darkness does not conceal white skin chased Harpoon in its back Manifestation hibernation Caves we have built Illusions of insight So tired just can’t sleep You come into my dreams You promise me release Delicate hour changing of the guard, you try and catch me Four point buck have lived enough seasons, know your schemes Whizzing arrows and projectiles Think I know how to deal The source dried up polluted bought sold nothing left to drink So tired just can’t sleep Come into my dreams You promise me release Release, release, release
Be 02:50
I want to be a shape-shifter rest of my life I want to be a shape-shifter put an end to this strife Know people of this world see the pain in their eyes I want to bring that teardrop bucket You know I want to hold them while they cry I want to be a pain reliever rest of my days I want to be a pain reliever Find a way out of these old and rusty chains Know people of this world I feel the weight of the load that they bear Want to lift that burden from their backs and watch them Raise their arms in the air You know I look up to Harriet, Yoda, Dr. Martin Luther King Benazir Bhutto, Jesus and the bearer of the ring The big G of course and Mestre Bimba who reinvented the game And then there was that guy with the big belly What was his name? Want to always remember for the rest of my life Want to always remember that this wheel keeps on spinnin’ round Feel it churnin’ deep inside now check it! Everybody needs to make money Everybody needs to make dough If you don’t have a penny Please don’t go Everybody needs a good friend In good times or when it gets so cold Everybody needs somebody to love I want to be a… I want to be a…. I want to be a….. I want to be
The Source 05:11
Refrain: When the feelin’ is right you don’t have to open your mouth wide You can tell her everything with your eyes Currents of our minds slip silently entwined stream of golden light Endless ebb and flow of the tides feelin’ mellow We could be taken by the waves tonight Keep a lookout for the source and let me know what you find Along the way, there is so much more to this world than meets the eye Sun it came pourin’ through my window, in the month of May Now those clouds just keep rollin’ in There doesn’t seem to be an end Ways you move me You caught me by surprise, when everything was turned upon its side We caught a glance of each other in a different light There was somethin’ in the air Now things they don’t seem so clear What do we really have to fear? Refrain: You know I can start to believe in a little magic Remember when we stepped outside Into the calmness, that fading night We were filled with the hope of a new inspiration Now the past is not too far-gone Still we have to find a way to keep movin’ on You know I’d like to linger in this world a little bit longer Just a little bit longer Refrain: Let me know, well I’ll ask you what you know Let me know, let me know what you find
For You 05:20
I write this for you my friend with the hope that I might surrender Some of these feelings that keep me from getting to you We passed the night away, in a foreign room The conversation comes around Yeah, I’m left feeling like the dream is through It’s like being on parade, when you reach the end There’s a cardboard cut-out waiting there to greet you What we had was true, you know I’d like to get it back again Silence is a dangerous edge, when someone else is speaking for… You took me without even knowing Now I am free to find my own and you know I will get there I hear you’ve been blue, I want to see you shining in the tumult We share the struggle, we just saw things from a different point of view The times we shared The pressure begins, we feel the weight upon our shoulders The time is now to make our dreams come true I want to hear what’s inside of… You took me without even knowing Now we are free to find our own and I know we will get there Reach for horizons let go of what’s troubling you Make it a mountain I think you know just what to do Every step intention we will see I want to see I want to see us breaking I want to see us breaking I want to see us breaking down the walls that keep us from the truth (repeat) I write this for you my friend I write this for you (repeat)
Take Me Home 04:46
Bessie’s going to take me home She knows where she’s goin’ Hear the radio play we’re rollin’ down the road She is a rambler and I am a restless soul Color of a whiskey sun, listen to the pancake run Four hundred thousand miles we’ve come We go way back two years to the day I was born I remember breakin’ down in Rifle I remember breakin’ down in Jensen town We watched the people turn around We had to fix that gal we were on our way to Yellowstone I remember sittin’ on my daddy’s knee I remember windin’ down that mountain road A young boy in control Westy in the Northwest all the way down to Mexico Now that papa has flown away I’d like to bring you back some day To the place where I come from I’d like to bring you back on home To the place where I belong Honey won’t you take me home Take me home, take me home Honey won’t you take me home Honey take me home Take me home In the stillness of the evenin’ Take me home And when dawn comes over the rise Take me home Honey take me home


Every song on this album has a unique voice, telling stories of runaway horses, VW buses, ancient cities, and whizzing arrows. The narrative twists and turns through life's unexpected surprises emerging out of an an epic sonic landscape.


released December 11, 2009

Record Label: Groundswell Records
Produced by: Lewis Childs


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Lewis Childs Portland, Oregon

Lewis Childs is a songwriter, performer, educator and recording engineer based in Portland, Oregon. Born in Los Angeles, California He has worked with many artists including harmonica virtuoso, Joe Powers, Márcio daLari (Brazilian Master of Percussion), Maggie Wheeler (actress and singer known for her work on the popular T.V. show "Friends”), Robin Jackson and Brizzleman. ... more

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