Universe of One

by Christopher David

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Recorded in Chicago, Nov. 2016 - Jan. 2017

All proceeds from the sale of "Universe of One" will go to Best Friends Animal Society.

www.bestfriends.org

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released February 21, 2017

All songs © 2017 Christopher David (ASCAP)
Printer's Row Records 003

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Christopher David Chicago, Illinois

Chris is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter. He writes songs about people who love/hate each other, people who love AND hate each other, conspiracies, creepy/weird things, and he enjoys discussing these things with friends and strangers alike.

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Track Name: Felt Good to Be High
When you called that night
it felt good to be paranoid with you
it felt good to be all alone with you
it felt good to be high

What a sweet disaster
when you revel in the sound
of someone else’s pain spiraling down
And on your knees,
you find yourself just following the fuse
cuz you kinda wanna find out
what you’d lose

Cuz when you called that night
it felt good to be paranoid with you
it felt good to be outta mind with you
it felt good to be high
And when you spent the night
it felt good to be all alone with you
it felt good to be so in love with you
it felt good to be high

Befitting Miss America
if it would please the court
The ceremony hinges on this sword
Your devastating revelations
from this age occur
so keep your head down
and get what you deserve
There’s nothing here
but danger by design now
There’s nothing here
but danger by design

Cuz when you called that night
it felt good to be paranoid with you
it felt good to be outta mind with you
it felt good to be high
And when you spent the night
it felt good to be all alone with you
it felt good to be so in love with you
it felt good to be high

So get away tonight and meet me
so we can go all wrong
Cuz I know I wanna make you sing along

Cuz when you called that night
it felt good to be paranoid with you
it felt good to be outta mind with you
it felt good to be high
And when you spent the night
it felt good to be all alone with you
it felt good to be so in love with you
it felt good to be high
it felt good to be all alone with you
it felt good to be high
it felt good to be so in love with you
it felt good to be high
Track Name: All Our Favorite Actors Are Dead
Made your masterpiece
out of salt and divine intervention from the cinema right
Said your talk was cheap,
and you were starting tonight
Quoting scenes from the unfortunate fight

If we never take a chance,
then we lose out
on all of the love from a crowd or a few
Trade it all for some morality play
where tomorrow will be just the same as today
It’s not for nothing
Eva, why’d you come?

So we stood unafraid at the county divide
Watching fireworks from Beverly Park
Heard our friends proclaim that we were two of a kind
Guess it meant that we were strapped to the ride

Execution of an elegant plan
Pulled a song from a hat, threw our stuff in a van
Beat a path down any road we could find
Watched a young Bette Davis fall over her lines

Not for nothing
Eva, why’d you come?
It’s not for nothing
Eva, why’d you come?

Staggering, it’s not staggering
how life can unwind
Close to me, when you’re close to me
I can still feel the tide
Consequence or no consequence,
we slaughtered ‘em, right?

So I stayed up late
and took some dust to the eyes
Read some messages from summer ’09
Had a laugh or three
then I called it a night

Cuz I guess we’ll never know how it ends
Left our book in the rain,
now the pages are wet
But when all your favorite actors are dead,
you insert yourself into the scenes in your head
Making movies from your memories past
as the late summer light
flickers down to its last

It’s better than nothing
Eva, why’d you come?
It’s better than nothing
Eva, why’d you come?
It’s better than nothing
Track Name: Drove All the Way to L.A.
You needed a ride
I'm going all night 
and not stopping now

You can roll down the window

to feel the cool air rushing by

We don't have to talk,

filling up space with the radio

I can see in your eyes

that lapses in judgment

are keeping you from exiting clean

Wrap your arms around light

til you smother it

Til you think of the right words to say

to explain why you gave up
Honey, I’m not here to tell you

just how you should be living

And it’s hard to purge dreams

when they won’t let you breathe

I did the same things

and I came out alive, but in pieces

I recognize just how obscene it can be

Drilling down 

til the hole’s big enough in your hourglass

for the sand to slip out unrestrained;

til you’re haunted by nothing
Fifty odd kinks in your plan

make me feel like you’re winging this

and you don’t make sense

half the time when you speak

You can just sleep if you want,

there’s no light in this desert

And you get used to darkness

much more than you’d think


When you try

to wrap your arms around light

til you smother it

Til you think of the right words to say

to explain why you gave up

and drove all the way to L.A.
Track Name: Universe of One
Your war-time resolution
to keep your story straight
has gone up in a plume of radiation,
while Tacoma twists between her fingers,
as another poet’s slight
Since Milee’s back in film school,
there’s no night’s sleep in sight

I swear I think I’ve seen you somewhere
and if I haven’t kept you awake
then there may still be time for us to make mistakes
You say you’re all about now…

The blackout curtains keep the day
from coming in or passing honest judgment
on your tin cups, the wage of sin,
I’ll stay here and bear witness
to your rebirth and fall
a universe of one
while you’re leading strangers down the hall

You swear you think you've seen me somewhere
and if I haven’t kept you awake
then there may still be time for us to make mistakes
I swear I think I’ve seen you somewhere
Your belladonna kept me awake
And if there’s still some time for us
to make mistakes…

I guess we’re all just stuck in art house
I guess we’re all just stuck in art house

You say you're all about now
So put your money
where your mouth has gotten you
around the corner from the agency
that’s got you on a route,
while you’re rolling in on dirty sheets…