This Random Life

by Stacy Swinford

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about

I have a memory of myself as a very young girl walking with my dog down an old dirt road in the middle of the Sierra Nevada mountains. That moment in time defines who I am as a person, as a songwriter. Someone who prefers to go down the road less traveled. For a long time I thought I was destined for Nashville, yet somehow the road to Nashville ended up bringing me here to Las Vegas. This random life of mine has been a scattered series of twists and turns, of seemingly unconnected events that somehow laid out a path straight to where I’m at right now and I’m right where I’m supposed to be. This random life of mine isn’t so random after all.

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released November 27, 2010

SPECIAL THANKS TO;
ADAM SHENDAL DRUMS ON; “GYPSY”, “BLUE UMBRELLA”, “IN THIS ROOM”, “ALL IN MY HEAD” “CIRLE OF STEEL” AND “EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES”
MAT CHAMBERS DRUMS ON “MR. PRESIDENT”
LACY J. DALTON VOCALS ON “IN THIS ROOM”
NATALIE CAPRANO VOCALS ON “BLUE UMBRELLA”
KEITH NELSON STAND-UP BASS ON “GYPSY” AND CELLO ON “THE FALL”
SHEILA DAVIS VIOLIN ON “THE FALL”
ROCCO BARBATO HARMONICA AND VOCALS ON “MR. PRESIDENT”
CHRIS HOFFMAN PIANO ON “EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES”

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Track Name: In This Room
In this Room

I find a place with my guitar
Sit myself down here in the dark
I’m gonna write a song in this room
I light a candle and watch it burn
Ideas in my head are starting to turn
Themselves into a song in this room

In this room staying up all through the night
Making changes till it finally turns out right
Finish just in time to greet the morning light
In this room

The pictures signed up on the wall
of some of those who came before
just to sing their songs in this room

(chorus)
a note that started long ago
is now a song on the radio
and it all began in this room
Track Name: More Than I Let On
There’s a whisper in the wind
And I thought I heard it call out your name
There’s a picture in the clouds
And I think I see the outline of your face
And everywhere I go it seems I’m running into you
I guess I want you more than I let on
I am haunted, my heart aches, I’m totally consumed
I guess I want you more than I let on.
There’s a memory in my head
Of the last time that I looked into your eyes
Conversations that we had
Are forever playing out inside my mind
Everywhere I turn it seems I’m turning back to you
I guess I need you more than I let on
The way your smile fills my heart I’m totally consumed
I guess I need you more than I let on.
There’s a feeling in your touch
Desire that I really can’t explain
Pure addiction, endless love
And it brings me to my knees once again
In everyway my life is better just for knowing you
Know I love you more than I let on
I go down upon my knees and give myself to you
Know I love you more than I let on.
Track Name: This Random Life
I wonder what it was like when I first met you
In a different life a thousand years ago
There’s something in your eyes seems so familiar
It’s like I’ve known you
and we’ve done this all before
this random life
aint so random after all
this random life
it was written in the stars
oh I love this random life
I love this random life
I love this random life of ours

I want to take your hand, let’s walk together
And let our souls remember how it used to be
We can make some plans, and talk about the future
And I can tell you
Just how much you mean to me
this random life
aint so random after all
this random life
it was written in the stars
oh I love this random life
I love this random life
I love this random life of ours

I wonder how it will be, next time you see me
In a different life a thousand years gone by
Will you look into my eyes, something’s familiar
It’s Like you’ve known me
In some other place and time
this random life
aint so random after all
this random life
it was written in the stars
oh I love this random life
I love this random life
I love this random life of ours
Track Name: The Fool
I’m gonna step off of this ledge and I may fall
I would rather feel the pain than to never know at all
I will never know until I try
I’m gonna step off of this ledge and I may fly

And you may call me a fool
Maybe that’s what I am
At this point I’ve got nothing left to lose…
I’m gonna give this my heart
I’m gonna take a chance
I believe that I wont be let down

I’m gonna step off of this ledge and I may fall
I would rather feel the pain than to never know at all
I will never know until I try
I’m gonna step off of this ledge and I may fly

You can call me The fool
Maybe that’s what I am
At this point I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’ve got caution in my hands
I’m gonna throw it all to the wind
I will not let this fear hold me back
Track Name: What Am I Waiting For
what am I waiting for.

maybe I should walk away
 
I may never hear the words

I've been praying you would say.


maybe I should walk away

I could never let you know

what if you dont feel the same

and I just can't go down that road


what am I waiting for

maybe I should let you know

these may be the very words

that you've been prayin for

what am I waiting for


walk away from all my fears

tell you how I really feel

whisper softly in your ear


what am I waiting for

standing here like a fool

bet you have no idea

the way I feel about you


maybe I should walk away

turn around and let it go

I can't stand here anymore

what am I waiting for.

walk away from all my fears

tell you how I really feel

whisper softly in your ear
what am I waiting for.
Track Name: All In My Head
You look into my eyes
I feel you holding me tight
You kiss me passionately ‘neath the pale moonlight
Is this all in my head
Is this all in my head
Are you here with me
Lying in my bed
Or is this all in my head

I know you love only me
I know that we were meant to be
I know we’ll be together for eternity

Is this all in my head
Is this all in my head
Are you here with me
Lying in my bed
Or is this all in my head

I called you up on the phone
You said you’d rather be alone
I’ll be waiting here for you when you get home

Its not all in my head
Its not all in my head
If you don’t love me
You should lie to me instead
Its not all in my head

Don’t say its all in my head
It’s not all in my head
They say I’m crazy and its
All in my head……
Track Name: According To Luke
he did some time in vietnam
a trip paid for by uncle sam
what a waste of time that all seemed to be
so he did some drug and drank some beer
and lost most of his twenty first year
living his life outside of reality

according to luke that was a pretty bad year
that one there
but somehow he carried on
somehow he carried on

she helped him make it thru
and he married my mama in 72
I came along in 1973
he never drank a drop again
until moms life came to an end
then he spent a year outside of sobriety

according to luke that was a pretty bad year
that one there
but somehow he carried on
somehow he carried on

Had my son in 94 I thought
dad would go before he was born
for the cancer had taken its toll on his body
once again he pulled through he
fooled the doctors and fooled me too
came as close to death as one can ever be

according to luke that was a pretty tough year
that one there
but somehow he carried on
somehow he carried

just last june in my home state
the people came to celebrate
all of those who would give their lives to keep us free
a letter came from uncle sam
for what he did in vietnam
they gave dad a medal for his bravery

according to that was a pretty good year
that one there
somehow he carried on
some he carries on
somehow we all carry on.
Track Name: Gypsy
I am a Gypsy and I may never settle down
For I am one of a wandering kind
I am a sailor High upon the ocean waves
Guided only by the stars in the sky

Searching for my place in space and time
Searching for my place in space and time

I am a Raven soaring high over the land
I keep my head above the clouds in the sky
I am a river, I’ve gone a hundred thousand miles
And I pray that I never run dry

Searching for my place in space and time
Searching for my place in space and time

(bridge)
we may live and we may die
be reborn a hundred times
before we ever really learn to get it right
yes we may live and we may die
be reborn a hundred times
before we ever really learn to get it right

I am a mountain, I stand tall against the storms
But the wind and rain will change me over time
I am a Gypsy and I may never settle down
For I am one of the wandering kind………..

Searching for my place in space and time
Searching for my place in space and time
Track Name: Beyond Blue
Look at you oh you look so sad
Like you’ve lost your best friend
You never knew that it could hurt so bad
You never do until it ends
And you’re way beyond blue
You don’t know what to do
Or how to find you way
You’re so far beyond blue
That the rainbow you once knew
Is nothing but 6 sad shades of gray
6 sad shades of gray
If you knew then all that you know now
Would different choices have been made
Now you’re out there and you’re all alone
Watching the colors fade away

And every time it rains I will think of you
Look up at the gray sky and I’ll think of you
And I’ll wonder if you’re ok

Out there way beyond blue
You don’t know what to do
Or how to find you way
You’re so far beyond blue
That the rainbow you once knew
Is nothing but 6 sad shades of gray
6 sad shades of gray

Way beyond blue……..
Track Name: Circle Of Steel
Rows of lights in a circle of steel
Where you place your bets on a great big wheel
High windows flickering’ down through the snow
A time you know, sights and sounds all the people goin’ round
Everybody’s in step with the season

A child is born to a welfare case, where the rats run around like they own the place
The room is chilly the building is old, but that’s how it goes
The doctors found on his welfare rounds, and he comes and he leaves on the double

Deck the halls was the song they played in the flat next door where they shout all day
She tips her Gin bottle back till it’s gone, the child is strong
A week a day, they will take it away, for they know about all her bad habits

2nd intro

Christmas dawns, and the snow lifts up, when the sun hits the handle of her rail room cup
She hides her face in her hands for awhile
Say’s look here child, your fathers pride was his means to provide
And he served him three years for that reason

Repeat 1st verse
Track Name: The Fall
It’s a miracle these days
To keep the vows you made
Seems its over before It even begins
So after twenty odd years of working it out
He thought he knew what it was all about
How could it be now he’s lookin at the end

And it’s a hard life as you may know
When you’ve come to find its over
He don’t know which way to go at all
But he’ll be signing the final papers
And it’ll be over come September
He’s got all summer
now to get ready for the fall.

She married young she’ll admit
But that doesn’t have anything to do with it
Cause they’ve had a lot of time to build this life
And she always knew what she was meant to be
But now he’s breakin the chains off and settin her free
All she ever wanted to be was somebody’s wife

And it’s a hard life as you may know
When you’ve come to find its over
She don’t know which way to go at all
But she’ll be signing the final papers
And it’ll be over come September
She’s got all summer
now to get ready for the fall.

Living a million miles apart
Under the same roof for way too long
It’s been a long hard lesson learned.
The flames of passion that once burned bright
Are just dying embers fading into the night
They strike the match and the bridge burns…


And it’s a hard life as you may know
Getting ready for another tomorrow
They don’t know which way to go at all
But they’ll be signing the final papers
Track Name: Mr. President
I could take a little time
and save a little money
buy myself a house up on a hill
that would be just fine
and I could do it pretty easy
if uncle Sam didn’t have his hands in the deal

I’ve been spending all my time
working to support you
in your big white house up on a hill
you make me a promise
but I’ve stopped believing
that you even give a damn about how I feel

CHORUS
Mr President wont you listen to me
cuz I’ve got something to say
I’ve worked real hard to make this dollar
that you’re gonna take away
you keep talking bout a deficit
well I’ve got a debt of my own
I’ve got bills to pay
and mouths to feed
waiting for me at home

Now I think its time sir
that I remind you
just who it is you are working for
you do right by America
cuz we’re the ones that hired you
and we’re not gonna take it anymore

CHORUS

my daddy worked hard all of his life
to take care of his kids and wife
now where can he turn to
when he is in need
when the government makes a cut
the working man bleeds......
CHORUS
Track Name: Blue Umbrella
Feelings are strange
Especially when they come true
I had a feeling that you’d be leaving soon
So I tried to rearrange all my emotions
But it seems the same no matter what I do

Blue Umbrella rest upon my shoulder
Hide the pain while the rain makes up my mind
Well my feet are wet from thinking this thing over
And its been so long since I felt the warm sunshine

Just give me one good reason
And I promise I wont ask you anymore
Just give me one extra season
So I can figure out the other four

Daytime makes me wonder why you left me
Nighttime makes me wonder what I said
Next time are the words I’d like to plan on
The last time was the only thing you said

Blue Umbrella rest upon my shoulder
Hide the pain while the rain makes up my mind
Well my feet are wet from thinking this thing over
And its been so long since I felt the warm sunshine

Just give me one good reason
And I promise I wont ask you anymore
Just give me one extra season
So I can figure out the other four
Track Name: Everybody Makes Mistakes
Break my heart
Hearts get broken
Steal me blind
Moneys just a token
But the stranger that
Was even stranger than he seemed
The honesty I thought we had was some
Crazy thing I dreamed
Another B grade movie
For lifes big silver screen
Where the king of hearts
He always takes the queen

Ooo ooo baby Ooo ooo baby
Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody takes and takes

Take my love
Loves for takin
Break my heart
A hearts for breakin
A the strangers that we love are often
Stranger than they seem
The honesty we talk about
Is someones crazy dream
Another B grade movie
For lifes big silver screen
Where the king of hearts
He always takes the queen

Ooo ooo baby Ooo ooo baby
Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody takes and takes
Track Name: Nothing But Numb
bring me a looking glass
I need to see if I’m still here
bring me out to the edge
I need to see if I still fear
say something cruel to me
I need to see if I still cry
bury that knife in me
then we’ll see if I’m alive

cuz I don’t feel a thing at all
oh I don’t feel nothing but numb
when you left oh you stole my soul
and I think most of me is gone
oh I don’t feel nothin but numb

bring me a summer rose
I want to see if it still smells
come light a fire in me
do I still burn I cannot tell

cuz I don’t feel a thing at all
oh I don’t feel nothing but numb
when you left oh you stole my soul
and I think most of me is gone
oh I don’t feel nothin but numb

place me in uncertainty
and lets see if I fall down
throw me out into the wind
lets see if I come back around

cuz I don’t feel a thing at all
oh I don’t feel nothing but numb
when you left oh you stole my soul
and I think most of me is gone
oh I don’t feel nothin but numb
Track Name: Calling Me Home
Out in Nevada tonight
Is where I long to be
Out under the stars
Where some things are
Just as God meant them to be

Out in Nevada tonight
Among the sage and pinion pines
And what’s left of a land
Untouched by man
Where the mustang still runs wild

It’s calling me home
Like a whisper to my heart
I wanna run with the ponies
I wanna be where the wild things are
Calling me home

Out in Nevada tonight
Past the glow of the city lights
The spirits are dancing with the wind
Underneath the Nevada sky


It’s calling me home
Like a whisper to my heart
I wanna soar with the eagles
I wanna be where the wild things are
Calling me home

And though I may travel roads ten thousand miles away
Beneath the desert moon is where my heart will stay
Late at night I lay me down and drift off to dream
Of wild open skies and all the wild things
I think I hear em calling me……….

Calling me home
Like a whisper to my heart
I wanna sing with the coyotes
I wanna be where the wild things are


Calling me home
Like a whisper to my heart
I wanna run with the ponies
I wanna be where the wild things are
Calling me home

Out in Nevada tonight
Is where I long to be
Out under the stars
Where the wild things are
I can hear em calling me