Goodbye / Beginning

by Conrad Ratchford

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released June 22, 2016

All songs written and performed by Conrad Ratchford.
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Nichols.
Cover design by Nathan Swann.

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Conrad Ratchford Chattanooga, Tennessee

Conrad Ratchford is a Singer-Songwriter from Chattanooga, TN.

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Track Name: Undertow
I will search every room, every open wound
For a place you can't follow
I will search every tomb, every empty womb
'Til my heart becomes hollow

Undertow, you are carrying me
Farther out to the sea than I wanted to go
Won't be long 'til I can't see the shore
I can't fight anymore and I've lost all control

I will search 'til I find somewhere left behind
From your gaze I am hidden
I have tasted and seen, I've been made unclean
Fruit so sweet and forbidden

Undertow, you are carrying me
Farther out to the sea than I wanted to go
Won't be long 'til I can't see the shore
I can't fight anymore and I've lost all control
Track Name: When I Walk Away
When I walk away I find my wanting waning
When I walk away, inside I'm finally changing

I love the way your hands will guide me
I love the way you're walking beside me

When I come to seek I find its no illusion
When I come to seek, inside there's no confusion

I'd love to be there, heartache undone
I'd love to be where living and dying are one

When I walk away from you, you're right behind me
When I walk away, it's true, you'll always find me
Track Name: Houses Full of Dust
Empty words, empty lies,
empty songs, empty skies up above
Empty hearts with empty love
Raining down on us
All this time that I've spent
Thinking that my dreams were meant to come true
If they are, then where were you
When I needed someone?

I've listened and still can't hear the sound
I'm waiting for you to come back down

Every man, every son
Every daughter, everyone that I meet
They're all sleeping in the streets
Their faces haunting me
Though we win and we lose
We can never really do any wrong
Cause we meant it all along
Our pride is poverty

I've listened and still can't hear the sound
I'm waiting for you to come back down

It's the shore, it's the sea
We can never really leave it behind
It's the body, it's the mind
Houses full of dust
Track Name: Falling Asleep Again
Leave them behind
We are running out of time
I'm falling asleep again
But this is not the end

Nothing has changed
All these faces look the same
I've seen all of this before
There must be something more

You are not me
Any more than love is free
And now that I've paid my dues
The rest is up to you
Track Name: So We Wait
Even the sun won't shine after the stars grow dim
Maybe I'm one of them
Just waiting on the night
Even when hope is gone, every day is new
Maybe I'm one of you
Jut longing for the dawn

So we wait until the stars are falling
down to the ground
For the world to spin around

Every time I breathe my lungs are filled with steam
Maybe I'm a machine
A mind that doesn't think
Everywhere I go feels like it's just a dream
Maybe I am not anything
A heart that doesn't beat

So we wait until the stars are falling
down to the ground
For the world to spin around
Track Name: Two Ghosts
'm made of two eyes
Which one lets me see clearer
One looks into the mirror
The other sees right through
I'm made of two arms
Which one can I reach farther
One reaches for my father
The other reaches back
Always reaching for the discipline I lack

What is sin, but medicine?
Reminds me how it feels to be alone
But seeing how the sun goes down
Reminds me how it feels to have a home

I'm made of one mind
But I'm not thinking clearly
Whenever you are near me
Everything is true
I'm made of one heart
It tells me what I'm feeling
I'd give up inner healing
For just a piece of bread
Here I am between the living and the dead

What is made of happiness?
And how much does it take to feel alive?
What are diamonds filled with gold
If I can't take them with me when I die?

I'm made of two ghosts
The body and the spirit
Whenever I draw near it
The other slips away.
So which ghost am I closer to today?
Track Name: Hid in the Stars
Give what you have
And forget what you lack
In time you will see
Where there's a will, there's a need
Don't look so far
Nothing's hid in the stars
But the dream can come true
All that's missing is you

So give what you have
'Til there's nothing left to hold you back
From being a part of a living breathing
Loving feeling

Friend in the day
But while the masters away
You'll know what you're made of
What you are is what you love

So give what you have
'Til there's nothing left to hold you back
From being a part of a living breathing
Loving feeling
Softly speaking

Whisper it now
In the dark make a sound
From the deep let it ring
And you'll find you can sing

So give what you have
'Til there's nothing left to hold you back
From being a part of a living breathing
Loving feeling
Softly speaking
Gently beating heart
Track Name: Goodbye to Beginning
Goodbye to beginning,
No more intentions of coming home soon
The thing that I need I can never receive
Cause it's something I've gotta do

Tell me the old story
About the man who had nothing to lose
He gave all he owned
To the poor and alone but
In the end, he still had to choose

Sifting through the pages
Looking for something to give me a name
It's all incomplete
There's no magic receipt
Nothing left that I can exchange

If you want the big picture
Looking around you is never enough
Sometimes the silence
Is all that reminds us
Just what our lives are made of

Moon shining above us
Either a light or a hole in the sky
Let's make believe
While the world is asleep
That the stars spell out "you and I"

Please stay a bit longer
If you can spare just a minute or two
A moment with you is
Something I can hold onto
Enough to carry me through

A moment with you
I'm holding onto
A moment with you
I'm holding onto
A memory of you
I'm holding onto