Chasing the Light

by Astra Kelly

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A lovely marriage of folk and country, Astra Kelly makes me think of Emmylou Harris and Rita Coolidge, music I grew up with.
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1.
Prelude Hearts beating Blood moving Spirits rising Lay down these burdens We had it all along The road to freedom Is uncertain Oh those hard times Wont take us down…..no, no These walls, the back and forth Walking these halls We need a reason to trust Shed the light now Breathe it in Head, heart, soul Let the love be the fire Head, heart, soul Let the love be the fire Head, heart, soul Let the love be
2.
Old Shoes 03:02
Old Shoes I've got one foot out the door My old shoes and an empty suitcase You won't rag me no more I won't be around when you wake I've given all there is to take CHORUS: If you can't change it can't carry it, leave it behind It's too heavy, get it off my back Lift these burdens I've got one hand on my heart And it starts with a mess of courage You won't rattle me no more I feeeeeelt the weight and now no more Said all there is left to say CHORUS: If you can't change it can't carry it, leave it behind It's too heavy, get it off my back Lift these burdens Lift these burdens Lift these burdens
3.
Chasing the Light Everybody wants love Even if it hides behind The fear of a broken heart Everybody wants peace Just a little line between the light and the dark CH: Crashing in my sinking heart still Chasing the light There are borders in between the strength and the fight G That first waking moment chasing the light pull the covers over or rise Everybody wants Time But it could pass so slowly And still leave it all behind Everybody wants gold But it's the last thing We'll remember when we go Bridge: Those I love won't get to far I promise I'll never leave you But when you hold me, I believe you CH: Crashing in my sinking heart still Chasing the light There are borders in between the strength and the fight That first waking moment chasing the light pull the covers over or rise
4.
The Less I Have VS: Each time I leave, I roll up my sleeves Start again and tragedy Feels like dying, so much beauty In the heart that won't stop trying CHORUS: The less I have the less I have to hold Let the wind take me wherever she may blow Freedom, oh freedom Be my glory VS: I packed up my bags, held my head high As I walked away I laughed and cried I set my sights, couldn't hold it in for long Now give me a power stronger than belief I said give me a power stronger than belief CHORUS: BRIDGE: I'm was going, now I'm gone I'm far away from the one who chained me down give me the strength, now I'm moving Freedom, be my glory I'm was going, now I'm gone I'm far away from the one who chained me down give me the strength, now I'm moving Freedom, be my glory CHORUS: The less I have the less I have to hold Let the wind take me wherever she may blow Freedom, oh freedom Be my glory Freedom, oh freedom Be my glory Be my glory
5.
All Along 03:45
All Along VS: Metal in the moonlight skin like tinfoil Rusted out and statue still Cried in the shadows, stood frozen Old soul couldn't even scare a crow A man without a mind has got nothing They'll carry him home to you in pieces A whole life spent without thinking Rag doll torn at the seems CHORUS: Ooh ooh ooh the/that road leads to nowhere You take the trip to feel like you belong Ooh ooh ooh you find out when you get there You had what you were seeking all along VS: Where's your brave gone, you gonna cry now? Shrink away while they count your tears Walking for miles to find what's inside A Broken heart still full of hope You can lead us back home CHORUS: BRIDGE: 2x Faith in spite of lies Look ahead Keep going, going, going CHORUS:
6.
All That Matters VS: strip me down and lead me blind You make the truth so hard to find I've had enough I'm standing ground I'm not the fool you think you found. CHORUS: Hide all that matters away from your heart Will you ever notice, it tears me apart I'm feeling so helpless, I'm going insane Just give me a reason........to remain VS: Shed the light between us now begin again don't know how can't go back from where we came We're older now its not the same CHORUS: Hide all that matters away from your heart Will you ever notice, it tears me apart I'm feeling so helpless, I'm going insane Just give me a reason........ To believe..........to trust you again BRIDGE: Don't ever forget what I mean to you I can't……….give up So Please don't CHORUS: Hide all that matters away from your heart Will you ever notice, it tears me apart I'm feeling so helpless, I'm going insane Just give me a reason........to remain Give me a reason To believe..........to trust you again to trust you again
7.
Watching Wasps Today, I am not afraid to be stung, to be hurt Pain is an emotional teacher, and if it is knowledge we seek then why are we afraid to experience everything? For in experience we may truly know, this is the best teacher....LIFE. In living we will become aware, in awareness we, as persons will find that these glass houses in which we live, are those walls that have been built. Break the glass? NO.......why, when there is a door? but now the door is locked from the outside, and the world is strolling by and we are calling, "hey somebody let me out!" but out there the world is the same, and in here our reality is changing, so we give up, and we grow hungry and tired, and we starve, and we wither away. Once upon a time I awoke to find myself torn and tattered.........but I could see until the ends of the earth. and I stood and looked upon a whole new world, a place of possibility where so much more could be done by everyone. and I turned to see the glass was now a mirror and there was me. and I looked into my own eyes, and saw that which is truly me. and I ran.... towards the image, towards the glass shattering, I fell to the other side into the world unlocked FREE. With the scars of my imprisonment, I stepped into life, and now I am ready, and I am ecstatic.
8.
Crumble 02:46
Crumble VS 1: There's a house built of fire It makes cities and mountains move And we're working to make the ends meet What else can we do These times they are uncertain we wake up everyday this heaviness upon us It's only the beginning of this business CHORUS: How come all the people need to pay for your bad deals With thoughts and fear and ignorance While you just let them VS 2: There's a house up on the hill And the energy trickles down They're giving us just enough To make us feel like it matters These times they are uncertain But we're doing the best we can To live a life made of something It's the end and the beginning CHORUS: How come all the people need to pay for your bad deals With thoughts and fear and ignorance While you just let them….crumble VS 3: Lonesome, we're just voices But together we get heard Standing tall and reaching Carry on the word These times they are uncertain There's one thing that's for sure Change is always coming Coming back for more CHORUS: How come all the people need to pay for your bad deals With thoughts and fear and ignorance While you just let them….crumble, crumble, crumble How could you just let them Crumble
9.
Twisted 03:00
Twisted VS 1: Melancholy I've let go, crushing and wrecking my heart and soul I can't hide the fact I'm cryin' If I could lord knows I would Stand here and tell you I'm fine CHORUS: E Shattered, it doesn't matter What I'm after, after all Twisted, how I missed it The instant, so came the fall VS 2: Hard up and there's now start up, this engines in deep despair It was running just fine and now it's going nowhere Got a dollar and change and no credit I'm broke just like my ride It's been hard times, it's been hard times CHORUS 2x: Shattered, it doesn't matter What I'm after, after all Twisted, how I missed it The instant, so came the fall Tag: It's been hard times, it's been hard times
10.
Stone Cold 03:31
Stone Cold VS: We're not made of stone don't have to be cold everything broken only leaves a scar if were not feeling, only thinking are we living or are we sinking CHORUS: you know I can/can't feel you through the walls and when every answer needs a problem too many last words, apathy sets in We've gotta fight it, cuz we've walked away from better that moments than this VS: Everybody needs a rock, can't do it alone We need each other, now, more than ever If were not feeling, only thinking are we leaving or are we sinking CHORUS BRIDGE: But there's the pushing and the pulling and the back and forth The stopping the starting and the pushing back Oh you knooooooowwwww CHORUS: TAG: We're not made of stone Don't have to be cold
11.
The Road 03:50
The Road I’ve wanted to tell you this story, oh so many times But the light seems to fade out the moment I’m about to say There’s something that lies, buried and hides From what I could be for you. My darling, my child, take all that I am And make you’re life better, you know I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but worry I won’t For the love that I have and now hold CHORUS: The road that walks carries me I can clearly see It’s now or never For the last time, I say VS: I’d like to take it all away, but it’s just something that had to be And I see you smiling just as tall I wanna wake to your color, think I’m dreaming And realize, we’ve always had it all For today is the day I’ve wished it to be And nothing can hold us back I’ve tried and I’ve tried But worry I won’t For the love that I have and now hold CHORUS: The road that walks carries me I can clearly see It’s now or never For the last time OUTRO VAMP: I’ll hide away from your beauty Now you can come back I wouldn’t change a thing Come back, you can come back For the last time Come back, you can come back Cuz I wouldn’t change a thing TAG: The road that walks ------- Carries Me

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Album Note:
“I always love doing photo shoots outdoors and having those moments where you actually get THE PERFECT light....and a lot of times, it does feel like you are literally
chasing that light! I write in metaphors a lot. The album title and track references our basic human right to happiness, love and a feeling of fulfillment...but it doesn't just
happen. We have to choose everyday to live a good life and to "chase the light" even in the darkest of times. The Owl Goddess image further illustrates the concept. Owl’s can see in the dark. The wisdom of Owl as a spirit animal guides you to see beyond the veil of deception and illusion; it helps see what’s kept hidden. I was blessed to have the opportunity to re-create this image during a photo shoot with an Eagle Owl named, Cailleach. The songs on “Chasing the Light” are stories of transformation from the inside out.” – Astra

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released November 8, 2017

Produced by Jeffrey Berkley and Astra Kelly
Recorded and Mixed by Jeff Berkley
Mastered by Lurssen Mastering
Executive Producers: Ronnie Kelly, Sean Hutchins, Astra Kelly
Cover Art: Sierra Colt at Bearcat Tattoo
Photo: Alpha and Omega Photography
Graphic Design: Arin Winkler at Winkler Designs

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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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