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We take the N Judah down to the ocean side
shiver in the cold waves crashing straight up to our thighs
we build a fire up and we wrap ourselves up tight
and from a blanket by the sea we saw the light

and from the first time that I saw you
until the last time in my youth
I couldn’t keep my heart from beating
or my fair skin from blushing truth

and I remember what you said about looking down instead of out
getting lost in sand castles of introspective doubt
so I let go of your hand and I held my head up high
and like a forest through the trees I saw the sky

and from the first time that I loved you
through the years that sweet love grew
I wished that I could be your mother
and give the love she held from you

and of all the things I learned from you and all I threw away
I never spoke more brutal truth or known no greater strength
and we stumbled through the dark, my love, we knew no other way
but we couldn’t shed the weight of having known the blinding day
the blinding day

where are you going love, that tunnel’s dark, I wouldn’t if I were you
where are you running to, this time I cannot follow you
where are you running from and what more could I have done
to keep you safe here in these arms
safe and loved and warm
saved here in these arms you once ran to

and from the first time that I lost you
‘til the last dark night we muddled through
I knew that I could not be for you
the great white light you walked into


from The Gospel Flats, released April 5, 2014
Written by Chelsea Coleman
Guitar, voice- Chelsea Coleman
Violin, voice - Graham Patzner

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Pete DeVriese



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The Gospel Flats Berkeley, California

Country/Folk Duo The Gospel Flats is the union of prolific bay area songwriters Graham Patzner (Whiskerman) and Chelsea Coleman. Their vocals blend seamlessly and travel to powerful heights of soul and gospel while still staying rooted to the old down-home country twang. Their music grabs from the traditional melting pot and creates a refreshing medicine for these torrential, yet auspicious times. ... more

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