Outlier

by Chris Dupont

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released November 13, 2015

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Chris Dupont Ypsilanti, Michigan

Southeast Michigan tunesmith. From anthemic to intimate, Chris' songs marry Americana folk with ambient minimalist orchestration.

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Track Name: Walk Next To Me
Somewhere waters are raging
Leaving nothing untouched by their hands
I’ve been longing for ages
To shift like the sands

Somewhere seasons I kinder
Far outside this canopy of grey
It’s so cold where I live
Haven’t seen the sun for days

Though the light at my window is pale and cold
I’d best receive it before it gets old

Though my weary head is aching in disbelief
Am Still I’ll rise when the morning is calling me
I just might make it through another one, now
If you stay with me, walk next to me darlin

Lover you’re not to blame for this
When our bodies are sickly, and there’s nothing to give
But we’re no good to each other if
We lose the will to live

For when the daylight is gone and living gets tough
Don’t start to measure my love
When the thaw rinses off the ice and the dust
You’ll see all things made new in us

Though my weary head is aching in disbelief
Still I’ll rise when the morning is calling me
I just might make it through another one, now
If you stay with me, walk next to me darlin
If I’m in your company
I won’t relent even though this is killing me
I just might make it through another one, now
If you stay with me, walk next to me darlin
Track Name: Forgiveness
All the memories been weighing down on me
Heavily, clouded by the lies that I believed.
I’ve carried them long.
And I confide, I can barely get myself to sleep at night
Digging through the memory to see your side.
I still think you’re wrong.

But if there’s no forgiveness
How’m I gonna get any rest
With the ghosts in my head
Winding me tight to shallow breath
If the words that you said
Didn’t have to be what you meant
Maybe I could live with it

I want to tell the truth, lay it on the table there in front of you
Look upon the pile of damaged goods,
You claim you never knew
I want to make you hurt, let you feel the gravity in every word
I could give a lesson that you should’ve learned
But what kind of good would that do?

But if there’s no forgiveness
How’m I gonna get any rest
With the ghosts in my head
Winding me tight to hollow chest
If the words that you said
Didn’t have to be what you meant
Maybe I could live with it
Track Name: Cut the Tie
My brother told me had a dream
Of an angel waving a heavy set of keys
All the dead were on their knees
Yeah, he told me hell is a crowded place
Talking loudly with no tears on his face
Now I don’t believe in grace

‘Cause I cannot be one of you,
Give my hand to the things you’re gonna do
You cut the tie with all your friends
Plant your heels, you’re never gonna bend

You seek out the sinner in every lover
Cloak your dagger beneath the cover of
Concern for another
Yes, I hear your words but don’t understand
I’m just fuming quiet, wondering where my innocence went
With my head between my hands
Track Name: Ease the Blow
People, turn your pages
Let us sing the closing hymn
Take leave of our brother and pray
That saints and angels receive him
I see a father crying
Mama's keeping it down
Got a baby sister wondering how
It's gonna be without you around

Nobody could know
The weight of your load
Nobody could know
And no word could ease the blow

Let us leave recalling
Our dear brother's tenderness
He said his heart was troubled
May he finally be at rest
I see the people flocking
So eager to console
But they can't fathom coming home to find
A son or daughter lying cold

Nobody could know
The weight of your load
Nobody could know
And no word could ease the blow

I see a thousand strangers
That need an explanation
They pray for redemption
To balance the equation
Now, I'm not blaming Jesus
But I'm not blaming you
I see no easy answer for
What you felt you had to do

Nobody could know
The weight of your load
Nobody could know
And no word could ease the blow
Track Name: Evergreen Waltz
Do not fret, my love, when the leaves are gone
Decaying beneath the blanket of ice that we tread upon
Do not fret, my love, when the trees are quiet
And all of the birds abandon the north leaving us here to abide it

Do not fret, my love, at the grey sunrise
A light so diffuse, and of little use to your tired eyes
Do not fret, my love, when the night comes quick
If you ‘ll take my hand, we’ll find us a way to get lost in it

This place will be made new before your eyes
This place will be made new soon as it dies

Do not fret, my love, when the streams go still
For they’ll learn to run swiftly again when they find their wills
Do not fret, my love, endure with me
We stand through it all, sturdy and tall as the evergreens
Track Name: Holding it Together
It’s been quite some time
Since I’ve been myself
Been a source of peace to you
Or anybody else

I’m just holding it together
I’m just holding it together for you babe

You say you knew me better
When you could get inside my head
I’d take the sky above you
And paint it bloody red

I’m just holding it together
I’m just holding it together for you babe

And I’ll admit that I am much quieter these days
So scare of doing you wrong, or getting caught in my ways
I’m just holding it together
I’m just holding it together for you babe

All my friends keep telling me
“Ain’t no shame in getting help.”
I say “be patient with me,
For soon I will be well.”

I’m just holding it together
I’m just holding it together for you babe

I’m holding it together
I’m just holding it together for you babe
Track Name: Throw Wide
Let in the daylight
Throw wide the doors
Come, let’s get ruined
And be restored
Our days belong to us now
And us alone

When I remember
I see it all
Our year was a fire
That blackened the walls
What made this silence fall on us?
Who was it that made you feel this small?

‘Cause I have waited long
Oh, for you
I have waited long
For you to make your way back home

You’ve got your hands, love
You’ve got your voice
You’ve got your strong will
So make your choice
I’ll take your troubles darlin
I’m not afraid

So throw wide your arms, love
Smile with your teeth
Come kiss me harder
And laugh at me
They may be watching
But nobody sees
There is no word
That could ever touch me

So come home to me, come home to me. . .
Come home to me, my love
Track Name: Bedside
No, I don’t feel like a father yet
I’ve come with trembling hands
Got no money in my pockets, I’m
A kid without a plan

And I may be powerless to make
This world less frightening
But be assured, I will do my best
To be the one you need

I’ll be here by your bedside
Have no fear
I won’t let you down my dear

Come settle down, my little brave one
Let day be done
You gotta rest your voice to better great
The rising of the sun

Yes, I may buckle beneath my need
To always get it right
Oh, but I have loved you, my little man
Well before you arrived
Track Name: Circle
As soft as the moonlight
And cooler than spring rain
Her feet move rhythmically
And tenderly
Crushing a circle
Into the grass
Crushing a circle
Into the soft, flowering grass
Late we will gather
This ground is an altar
Lift your veil, Silver Moon
And look on your daughter