The Blue Hour

by Chris Lambert

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Recorded entirely in the dawn hours of a closed music shop, The Blue Hour is Chris Lambert's 10th full-length release.

Lambert plays every instrument on the album, which mostly consists of acoustic guitar, piano, and resourceful percussion: scissors, wooden boxes, leg pats and foot stomps, which all aptly support the confessional voice on top. Often sung just above a whisper, every word is left out in the open, vulnerable but unforgiving.

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released February 16, 2016

Written and performed by Chris Lambert
Additional vocals: Wesley Hill (8)
Tracked and mixed at Certain Sparks Music, Lompoc, CA
Produced by Chris Lambert

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Chris Lambert Santa Maria, California

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I'm Chris Lambert, and I want people to listen to my music. So I put it on this website; but people aren't listening to it very much.

I want them to listen to it more. That's where you come in.

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Track Name: Hold Me Back
I was a river when we first met
You drank the water like medicine
I could deliver a line like a jet, boy
Now I’m a little repetitive

I was expecting to grow up to be
A teacher, or maybe the President
The only degree in my whole family tree
I was always a little bit delicate
Crooked and broken, my teeth and my back
But a sober head
Older and slower, I guess, but the dream’s not over yet

I won’t let me hold me back
I made peace when no one asked for it

I got a bicycle when I was three
But I didn’t know how to pedal it
The carpet was soft and the wheels were rough
And I found the stillness unsettling
"You know it will go when you take it outside, boy
Easy fix...
Life is a series of tests for your pride, boy
Don’t you quit..."

I won’t let me hold me back
I make peace when no one asks for it

I’ve got a father who’s down on the bayou
For years, I have only commended him
Saw him in May, didn’t know what to say
I guess he could tell I resented him
"I’m never more than a few states away, boy
Don’t forget...
Know that your life was a brilliant mistake, don’t
gamble it..."

I won’t let me hold me back
I’ll make peace when no one asks
Come and get me, hold me back
I'll make peace when no one asks for it
Track Name: The Woodshed
It’s been a year or two, I left it high and dry
Figured out my feet, it’s a confusing time
I spent a month or more without a single coil
Under a shady tree, it’s drying up my soil
I am breaking down myself and breaking down
I’m breaking my own rules and I am breaking ground
Am I talking loud? Feels like I’m talking loud
But I am talking now, I better settle down

I will take me to the woodshed
I will take me to the woodshed
Beat myself in the woodshed

It’s been a steady slope, I let it slide and slide
I set aside my woes so I could have a life
I spent a year or more without a single file
In a quiet space, it’s turning down my dial
I am breaking down myself and breaking down
I’m breaking my own rules and now I’m breaking ground
Am I walking fast? Seems like I’m walking fast
But I am walking past where I was walking last

I will take me to the woodshed
I will take me to the woodshed
Beat myself in the woodshed

Get up and get get better (Better)
You gotta get better (Better)

Beat myself in the woodshed