Race the Light

by Christopher Dallman

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released April 20, 2004

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Track Name: Motel Room
Motel Room
words & music by christopher dallman

He looks just like Disneyland
He looks just like palms trees
He’s got diamonds in his hand
He’s got scrapes on both of his knees
He’s eager to the please

He is your big secret
He’s got me rooting through your trunk
Is he the reason for this life jacket?
Is he the reason that this ship sunk?

Four words written in shaky faded ink
I bet the drapes were pink
In that old motel room
Four words, watch my stomach sink or swim
How could you follow him
To that old motel room

Some days I feel 12 years old
Some days I’m sliding toward the grave
Sometimes, I can take this
But other times I wanna give ya back what you gave

Four words written in shaky faded ink
I bet the drapes were pink
In that old motel room
Four words written where I aint supposed to see
And all my friends agree
You must be the devil….

Justify this geography
Show me where we went wrong on the map
Cuz I try to stand tall
I try to think of anything else at all
But it’s hard to move on with this knife in my back
It’s hard to move on with this knife in my back
Track Name: This is Calm
This is Calm

Words and Music by Christopher Dallman

So, this is calm
Should I feel optimistic?
Should I greet the sun with a smile?

Because as it is I roll to my side
And I lay there
For a good long while

So this is calm
Should I feel ok?
And should this ‘ok’ set my inspiration reeling?

Should I feel like I am pulled in all directions
I feel no pull
I feel nothing

I ride the train from Queens to Morningside
I keep my eyes straight ahead, keep my face dignified
But is this linear or a downward slide?
This is calm

When I asked you to leave
You threw your wine at the wall
And it bled down, red on white

My stomach did not turn
I could not match your tears
I just stood there thinking, ‘what a beautiful sight!’

I ride the train from Queens to Morningside
I keep my eyes straight ahead, keep my face dignified
But is this linear or a downward slide?
This is calm

I guess I should feel like
I can do anything
But, I can’t do anything at all
I can’t do anything
but fall down on my knees
at the whims of my dreams
I can’t do this to myself anymore
Stay so strong and still
This is my voice!
I wonder why I can’t feel this
I wonder why I can’t feel this
I wonder why I can’t feel this
Questions in my throat
I don’t know how
I don’t know how to live
But I will learn
To live
To stand
To breathe
To taste
To love
I will move on
Track Name: Mistake
Mistake

words & music by Christopher Dallman

On a day like today
When I do everything I always say I won’t
Just when things were riding fine
I lose sight of the line
Between do and don’t

If I’m gonna make a mistake
It’s gonna be big
Why sip it if I can drink it down
Why hold it if I can pass it around
And around
And around

On a day like today
When I can find the faith or will to pray
I can match the sky grey for grey
If you can’t get me high
Best get out of my way

If I’m gonna make a mistake
It’s gonna be big
Why sip it if I can drink it down
Why hold it if I can pass it around
And around
And around

I can’t trust myself anymore
I can’t trust the light
I left on in the bathroom
To help me find my way at night
So I use my hand
I grope at the wall
If I can’t trust myself
Then I can’t trust anyone at all

On a day life today
When I do everything I always say I won’t
It seems I do this every time
I disregard the line between do and don’t


If I’m gonna make a mistake
It’s gonna be big
Why sip it if I can drink it down
Why hold it if I can pass it around
And around
And around
Track Name: Green Camaro
Green Camaro

Pictures don’t lie
You were easy on the eye
Easy on the eye in your green camaro

But your arms were crossed
And you look lost
You look lost, a golden arrow

With no where to aim but down
You never soar before
You hit the ground
Something always
Weighs down on you

And I am the same
I share blood and bone and name
A deep blue I can’t tame or keep in line

With nowhere to aim but down
I never soar before
I hit the ground
Something always
Weighs down on me
Track Name: The 7th of September
I envy the people who don’t bother with regret
One step outside of yesterday and they forget
I don’t forget anything
I don’t forget anything

Did you forget the 7th of September
Remember? I do
It’s the day I fell through
A hole in the sky
I was falling, calling for your lift
An empty head is a gift

I remember the fire in the air, the temperature that day
How beautiful you looked as you turned away
I don’t forget anything
I don’t forget anything

Did you forget the 7th of September
Remember? I do
It’s the day I fell through
A hole in the sky
I was falling, calling for your lift
An empty head is a gift

I don’t forget anything
I don’t forget anything
I can’t ignore the song my shadow sings
I don’t forget anything
Track Name: Nighttime in the City
Lately, I don’t see much of the daylight
It’s squandered before I rise out of bed
I drink my coffee at twilight
At the kitchen table, why fight
This ache that last night left in my head

Last night I was weightless
Last night was a dance
Last night I found comfort in falling into chance

In the moonlight
We are all so pretty
Beautiful
We hold on tight
To nighttime in the city

Lately, I don’t see much of the daylight
I can’t say that I miss it much at all
Street signs fly by
Driving downtown, I’m so high
For the first time I don’t fear a fall

We are all so weightless
Every step a dance
And now for the first time I can see the beauty in chance

In the moonlight
We are all so pretty
Beautiful
We hold on tight
To nighttime in the city

There’s a light up above
A wind that I breathe into me
I’m so full of love
So full of energy
We are made of
Pieces of this light
Track Name: Brand New Lover
In the bathroom I comb my face with water
Check my reflection, say, ‘what did you expect?’
Most days I seem to be loose wires that dangle
Never seem to connect
Back a ways I lost my sense of a straight line
Lost my sense of time as it falls
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the night
I was woken by a light
From you

Every day is a brand new lover
A body I’ve never been
I fumble under covers
With a stranger’s shape and skin
Sometimes light cuts the grey
And my fear falls away
This is my every day

Now we hold ourselves so tight to each other
We lose the words, breathe out, breathe in
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the night
I can read the words you write
On my skin

Every day is a brand new lover
A body I’ve never been
I fumble under covers
With a stranger’s shape and skin
Sometimes light cuts the grey
And my fear falls away
This is my every day

In the bathroom I comb my faith with water
This is not what I’ve come to expect
Most days I seem to be loose wires that dangle
But with you I connect
Track Name: Over My Head
How do you
Greet the day
With sunshine in your eyes
And a smile that seems to say
‘Hey, it’s ok.’?

Because with me every morning
Its like I’m raising the dead
I’ve got to fool my heart
So I can fool my head
To lift out of bed
Lift out of bed

Miles of water
Oceans worrying me when I wake up
It’s over my head
Over my head
Over my head

The weather of worry
And the freeze of fear
Keep my hands on the wheel
But still I’m too scared to steer
So, I stay here

But you’re an explorer
Of the unmapped and grey
With fear in your eyes
You look at me and say,
‘It’s ok.’

Miles of water
Oceans worrying me when I wake up
It’s over my head
Over my head
Over my head

Learning to live is so simple
But simple ain’t easy
And easy ain’t worth your time
I should be fearless
But still now I fear this
I keep looking down while I climb

All these lessons
Seem so simple to me if I’d just look up
It’s over my head
Over my head
Over my head
Track Name: Hollow High
I remember when this thing
Was so fresh and new
I remember when this wasn’t just
Something to do to get through
Something just to get through

I was fifteen, I think
In the woods a few trees deep
Back behind my parent’s house
While they were fast asleep, I took the leap
And the slope of the day seemed less steep

This sweet smoke it pulls me gently
Like a sunlit lullaby
Floats me soundless through this city
I’m a moonless midnight sky
But every night there’s one breath
Where I see it’s a hollow high
A hollow high
A hollow high

And now here we are
And this dark, gilded ride
Has left me on this sofa
So blank and nullified
And emptier, emptier on the inside

I’m a quarter way through
I’m not old but older
And my stroked of blue
Paint on longer and bolder
As time rushes on
I keep writing the same song

This sweet smoke it pulls me gently
Like a sunlit lullaby
Floats me soundless through this city
I’m a moonless midnight sky
But every night there’s one breath
Where I see it’s a hollow high
A hollow high
A hollow high

And it’s so much sadder than it seems
I sleep at night but have no dreams
I sleep at night but it’s no break
Aint so different than when I’m awake
Track Name: Driving to You
Hey, my friend
It wasn’t meant to be an end
Just a retreat to darker skies

Sure, there was a light
But it burned so close and so bright
That I could not help but close my eyes

Something you said
Moved slowly through my head last night
As I dreamed in blue
It woke me while the sky
Still blinked a sleepy eyes
And now I’m southbound on highway 42
Driving to you

I have no patience
My finger taps the wheel
To the nervous pulse of this song

The morning hypnotizes me
As the red sun rises, I see
That each bit of light surprises the dawn

Something you said
Moved slowly through my head last night
As I dreamed in blue
It woke me while the sky
Still blinked a sleepy eyes
And now I’m southbound on highway 42
Driving to you

Each bit of light that fills up the sky
Illuminates the how and the why
I can’t believe that we could end up here

Each bit of light that fills up the sky
Illuminates the how and the why

Hey, my friend
It wasn’t meant to be an end
Just a retreat to darker skies

Sure, there was a light
But we never learned to use it right
And I could not help but close my eyes
Track Name: Dragonfly
There’s a dragonfly buzzing around in my head
I can’t look him in the eyes
With all these worries
I’m going to let him fly

There’s a dragonfly buzzing around in my head
Why should I keep him down
I’m going to sip my red wine
Ride the skyline
Let him loose on this town

Race the light
Race the light
Ride the night

There’s a dragonfly buzzing around in my head
We go find like kind
Dressed up so nice
We don’t think twice
We leave the day behind

Race the light
Race the light
Ride the night

I kiss the cheek of every stranger
Lift them with my love
In this night there is no danger
What was I scared of?!
It’s all about my dragonfly
I’m so right here and then
Suddenly I sink to sadness
Every party ends
I say goodnight to my friends

Face the light
Face the light
Say goodnight