Back to Ten

by Astra Kelly

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  • The Back to Ten Music Box further illustrates the cover concept and contains; a digital download card of the album, a white balloon, a butterfly, a guitar pick necklace a mini rubik's cube and a handwritten lyric scroll.

    "Back to 10 (or back to 1 in numerology) is that full circle experience of life when one era is completed and another begins. The cover is a silhouette of my six-year-old niece and she’s releasing a white balloon to catch a butterfly. Growing up, whenever there was a death in the family (pets included), my Mom would bring home one white balloon and we’d all go outside, say some prayers and ask that their spirit be released as we let the balloon go. The butterfly is transformation. For me, this record symbolizes a dramatic shift that inspired change on all levels and a surrendering to the natural flow of life.” – Astra

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1.
Rain 03:56
Rain falls, it’s really comin’ down now See you, on the other side of this storm The time comes, when all the little pieces Just burst into life, right before our very eyes Crazy…before the calm, oh I can See you in the sun light, shining CHORUS: Every single breath, has prepared me for this Every single step, I am closer to it I won’t be taken by surprise Hey, Hey, You caught me And if I dream, I’ll realize Oh, Oh, You got me Rain comes, it’s all falling down now Answers come quickly like lightening The day breaks, all the little wishes Come together for the dream, like it was always meant to be Crazy before the calm, oh I can See you in the sun light, shining CHORUS: BRIDGE: Wait this out Just hold on Darlin’ before you know The rain is gone And we’ll be lifted up CHORUS
2.
Light of Day 03:22
Almost there, I can feel the air Takes my breather away, but I can’t stop now Growing up, I never knew the struggle Til it settled in next to me and my days Still I carry on. Still I keep the faith. Can I just call the time of struggle past And everything easy? CHORUS: And if I have one last weight to bear Let it be worth the love I’ve shared Let me stay here for the night I’ll make the rest of my way in the light of day Been traveling so long, I don’t know where I’m going Can’t see the end, but I keep on Looking back, it circles around You have gotten the best of me Still I carry on. Still I keep the faith. Can I just call the kettle black And you the liar CHORUS Bridge: Oh if only, you would come and wash it all away Oh so lonely, wish you were here and you could carry me CHORUS
3.
Touch n Go 04:01
Touch and Go but I give you the chance You took my love but not my heart So I touch and go think I’ll turn it around Broken bones but I’m still beating What protects the love that’s bleeding Satellites you always float around Set in circles looking down Like satellites never see the ground Love you all give what I can Looking for a place to land CHORUS: When it’s good you know it’s good You don’t think about nothing at all When it’s sweet you know it’s sweet So you head straight onto the fall When you know it’s good, it’s good Everything just falls in line When it’s sweet you know its sweet Without trying We’re promised this one little thing In the end we’ll have to go This tangled life is the in between Search to find the one with meaning 1,000 times we’ll die believing CHORUS: When it’s good you know it’s good You don’t think about nothing at all When it’s sweet you know it’s sweet So you head straight onto the fall When you know it’s good, it’s good Everything just falls in line When it’s sweet you know its sweet Without trying
4.
Lullaby Lady 04:47
Please mama, make me a melody Standing at the gallows and the ground’s gonna fall beneath me There’s pressure on my chest, I’m ready to rest Yeah I’m barely breathing Oh life, you sure know how to play me While my body lies there weeping On my knees, face to the ground Imagining the shock of how they found me CHORUS: Lullaby lady, save me This pale death lies here waiting for me Oh sing it to me slowly – tell me It’s not your time You come around, only on occasion And once you’ve decided to stay Lightening, you’re coming to a revelation the things that were will never go away Brought nothing home - from the hunt – just defeated They’ll say I lost my head and didn’t try They’ll wonder how they didn’t see it They’ll take my gun and hide me from the light, yeah They’ll take my gun and hide me from the light CHORUS: BRIDGE: When you’re down and really down And you can’t go on You want to scream out loud Take me now or let me live my glory She sings and makes some hope She breathes into the soul You know the despair Won’t last forever CHORUS:
5.
It's heavy, weighing it down the words won't escape me the tide could erase me but I can't help but hold it now. Laugh and run from the edge of the world the road I take wont break me love will still replace me if I try to take myself down. Chorus: There is no time for pulling, pushing back it'll be fine, I can just relax if I come under attack I'll draw my sword and never look back no, never look back Holding onto a story that keeps me from my glory never wanted to be one of those you could overthrow. lying around like a king in a house with walls they can be taken down now I stand, no defense and amused my blood, my father, my home. Chorus: There is no time for pulling, pushing back it'll be fine, I can just relax if I come under attack I'll draw my sword and never look back no, never look back I'll draw my sword and never look back Never look back Never look back Never look back
6.
Carried Away 04:07
Lookin up, winds died down, you can come out now, the sky is clear Looking down on the wreckage, Beat the wood out of the houses, The sky would never betray there’d been a storm here Poor old Charlie, from two doors down His whole damn house, nowhere to be found Still sitting there in his lazy chair, Just taking it all in CHORUS Show me the negative of the night sky I’ll tell you why I used to think it was all I’d see Show me the negative of the night sky, Could’ve been carried away Could’ve been carried away The neighborhood is disarray, glad to be alive They come together Trading beer for firelight Trading stories, trading lies, The sky would never betray there’d been a storm here All we’re asking is for another night Before we have to start again We’ll make do, we’ll figure it out And we’ll do it tomorrow CHORUS BRIDGE: Upside down, inside out Left to write the tale about The storm that nearly carried us away Glory be, grateful now Don’t know when and don’t know how But we’ll build the fortress strong til we feel safe CHORUS
7.
Moving on this train, as a fool, as a fiend As a passer by, carrying losses and the things Crooked steps and creaky lines, each one lost through time Spinning stories with woe begotten heroes and the narrow minded Strange foes and bitter friends all sharing the same madness CHORUS: Silly shots rocking us Comfort in this ridiculous passage of worry Something must be said, but who wants to call attention to this horrifying dream For Lords sake, somebody get us off of this train Light and reflections, a never ending glass of whisky Perhaps some other memory, who really needs to know Nobody asks questions in this place, any question could invoke Some strange scene where secrets lie waiting He knew all along it was that prick from HR and he talks to no one Strange life and bitter love sharing the same madness CHORUS: This is not a ship of fools The descendants of the worst Nobodies with no place in time Long traveling shadows Watching it pass on by A silhouette of a train bound for nowhere CHORUS: …..Someone get us off of this train For Lords sake, somebody get us off of this god damned train For Lords sake, somebody get us off of this train
8.
Drive 03:33
Cut the tension with a knife Will we make it through the night Rolling with the noise on 95 Now we’re stuck, we said too much Said too much and not enough Holding to the right on 95 CHORUS: Drive, drive, drive I can see it in your eyes by the dashboard light The silence is killing me The moonlight is breaking And we drive, drive, drive Nothing turns to mountaintops Wanted to but couldn’t stop Prayin’ just to see the next state line Counting down we’re getting close To the point letting of go The place along the way we crossed we line CHORUS: Trip and fall the day breaks It’s so clear in the light of morning Laugh and cry then I wake Nothings gonna make me stay, NO CHORUS: Drive, drive, drive I could see it your eyes by the dashboard light The silence was killing me The moonlight was breaking So I drive, drive, drive
9.
You know how it feels when you think that you’ve got it all That’s how I feel with you by my side You’re so sweet, you always answer when I call If I break down, you’re my ride Wish the weather, was better You’re my scarf, my umbrella When the sun’s too, hot for me You’re cool, you’re my iced tea My big tall tree. CHORUS: If it takes you’re whole life Then it’s worth it To find the one who’s more than Entertainment To find you’re one true love To find you’re one true love You know how it feels when you’re sure you have the one? That’s how I feel with you by my side No matter what, we’re always havin’ fun Nothing to fear or to hide I’m bored, nothings happenin’ You make it good you keep me laughin’ When the worlds to hard on me You talk me down, you just love me My big tall tree CHORUS La, da la, da, da CHORUS
10.
Last Mistake 03:28
Gonna set fires, set fires all around me Let it burn, let it burn Leave bodies falling in the path behind me Gonne break down, break down Walls around me Let it fall, let it fall Leave buildings burning in the wake behind me PRE: Gonna dance my last dance, blow my last chance with you CHORUS: When the truth comes out from under And the devil comes to take my chains No place left to wonder I’ll be one step behind my last mistake One step behind my last mistake Gonna get tired, get tired of cryin Gonna change, gotta change But I can’t seem to stop myself from lyin Gonna go down, go down with a vengeance Stay the same, never change The deal is done and now my days have ended PRE: Gonna hold my cards close, take my last shot with you CHORUS: Gonna dance my last dance, blow my last chance with you Gonna hold my cards close, take my last shot with you CHORUS:
11.
Lets go have some fun Some fun in the summer fun Won’t you have some fun Put on your favorite sunglasses I bet you look fantastic Best I’ve ever seen So take my red ribbon Tie it in a bow We’ll put on a fancy show Pretty cool I must confess This show is the best And look at me in my dress CHORUS: See you standing there Sparkles in your eyes Won’t you take the time Come and play with me We’ll laugh merrily As the sun sets beneath the sky We’ll have some fun Some fun in the summer sun The sky fades to twilight The yellow sun says good-bye stars invite the night Wish I may, wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight Love the live long day Move your happy feet C’mon and dance with me Twirling in the breeze The world seems brighter With flowers at our feet Wont you dance with me CHORUS

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On Astra Kelly’s seventh independent record release, “Back to Ten,” she returns to her acoustic roots and the heart of where her musical passions lie: lyrics, melody and stories of living. The album features the contributions of eleven local artists. They each added their own unique stylings to the individual songs, as well as co-wrote some of the tracks. Artists include: Gayle Skidmore, Jeff Berkley, Carissa Schroeder (Sirens Crush), Cathryn Beeks, Trent Hancock, Podunk Nowhere, Matt Davies (Todo Mundo), Marta Z. (Transfer, Stepping Feet), Simeon Flick, Chris Wilson and Josie LaValle (12 yr. old student of Astra’s).

Guest artists were given just acoustic guitar and vocal tracks and invited to put their stamp on a song. Some are sparse and others feature a full band, such as Jeff Berkley’s track, where he lends his guitar, bass, percussion, banjo and vocal skills.

“Back to 10 (or back to 1 in numerology) is that full circle experience of life when one era is completed and another begins. For me, this record symbolizes the end of a long one of those. The cover is a silhouette of my six-year-old niece and she’s releasing a white balloon to catch a butterfly. Growing up, whenever there was a death in the family (pets included), my Mom would bring home one white balloon and we’d all go outside, say some prayers and ask that their spirit be released as we let the balloon go. The butterfly, of course, is transformation. Don’t we all experience those dramatic phases in life when everything changes? We might fight against it, but ultimately we surrender to the forward motion, release the past and transform into who we’ve become.” – Astra

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released September 20, 2015

Produced by Astra Kelly

Recorded mixed and mastered by Josh Mallit at Rarefied Recording in San Diego

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Astra Kelly San Diego, California

With a lyric-based, melodic sound and soaring vocals, Astra fuses her Chicago roots in blues and soul
with indie folk and alt-country. The lyrics read like poetry, speaking of emotional transformation and freedom. She's been nominated for six SD Music Awards, her music video was showcased in the SD Film Fest. She wears many hats in the industry including helping others find their music mojo. ... more

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