Wake The Hero

by Barnaby Bright

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Combining beautiful acoustic guitars, lush harmonies, rich string arrangements, quirky instruments and subtle electronic tweaks, the music of Barnaby Bright has been featured on television shows such as ER, Days of Our Lives, and PBS Roadtrip Nation. They were the grand prize winners at the prestigious New York Song Circle Contest last year.

There is a transcendent thread in their lyrics, melodies and progressions that has an intangible but visceral timelessness and truth. The world has called and Barnaby Bright has answered. Their unique brand of "lush, chamber indie-folk" is a warm and welcome wind of change.


"Rebecca’s smooth, melodic vocals are reminiscent of Karen Carpenter or Shelby Flint...and Nathan’s incorporation of his jazz background into Garfunkel-y acoustic compositions bring diverse styles together to the folk in the road: a marriage of minds and hands and music."
-The Deli Magazine

"Sounds like: that special place somewhere between the sleek adult pop of The Weepies and the more intimate harmonied splendor of The Civil Wars...classically-trained vocalist Becky has an effortless, gorgeous tone while multi-instrumentalist Nathan adds harmony and a virtual kit bag of backing sound."
- Direct Current Music

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released 21 May 2009

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Track Name: Begging My Weakness
Beggin' My Weakness
by Nathan Bliss

Knockin' my door, beggin' my weakness
I'm holdin' my breath
Down on the floor, beggin' for reasons
and tellin' myslef

Tell myself she won't mind
Tell myself just this time
Tell myself cruel is kind
Tell myself one more time

Knockin' her door, beggin' forgiveness
I'm holdin' my breath
She lets me in, makin' me breakfast
Still I do it again
I do it again

Tell myself she won't mind
Tell myself just this time
Tell myself cruel is kind
Tell myself one more time
Track Name: Don't Look Down
Don't Look Down
by Nathan Bliss

We never knew the trouble down the road
We just hit the gas and kept on driving
The rain was falling fast
The wipers beat lopsided rhythms in the darkness

Headlights from the head on cars threw light
against the glass, exploding diamonds
And we were driving way too fast
Running from the past we left behind us

We didn’t wanna know
Didn’t wannna see the ground
Like walking a tight rope
Just keep moving don’t look down

We pulled into a truck stop
Somewhere just outside of Needles California
You asked me for ten bucks and I said
“What about the last ten bucks I loaned you?”

We stumbled thru the aisles trading secret smiles
And laughing at the owners
The newspapers read ‘Garcia Dead!’
You cried and I tried to console you

We didn’t wanna know
Didn’t wannna see the ground
Like walking a tight rope
Just keep moving don’t look down
Track Name: Kissing Tree
Kissing Tree
by Nathan Bliss

Staring at the painting in the corner of the garden
I remember being here with you
Underneath a woven roof
Of latticed wood and ivy
and the hissing summer leaves
I was twelve and you thirteen
We called this place kissing tree

Remember how we found them
the painting of the angels?
They were put out for the garbage man
With folded wings and holding hands
And in a darkened corner of
A garden by the sea
We made for them a canopy
Of latticed wood and summer leaves

Kissing Tree...

Resting in the feeling of my hand inside the Earth
And I see ghosts inside the greenery
Endless shifting scenery
Of dancing light upon the rising shadows on the leaves
I remember vividly the angels and the kissing tree

On the day we found them, the painting of the angels
There was broken glass along the shore
From the rains the night before
And in your mother's garden as
we lay upon the leaves...
I was twelve and you thirteen
Underneath the kissing tree

Kissing Tree...

Staring at the painting in the corner of the garden
I remember being here with you
Underneath a woven roof
Of latticed wood and ivy
and the hissing summer leaves
I remember vividly
The angels and the kissing tree
Track Name: Finally Said It
Finally Said It
by Nathan Bliss/Jake Blanton

Finally said it
Said it all to me
Taking time to think you told me everything
In your way

Come and get it
Take it all from me
I don't really need
These letters I can't read
It's a shame

And you hide, I see
One more thing you want to say to me
To me

Worried woman
Don't lie awake for me
Trying to unwind
Past and future time
Grinding teeth

Don't you let it
Steal away your peace
The future that we feel
Is never really real anyway

And it's right
I see
All those things you'll never say to me
To me

I can't hear anything
You say to me
Still you keep on trying
I hear them echoing
Back to me
Words around me flying
I hope they help you
To sleep
Track Name: February
February
by Rebecca Bliss

Spring is blowin' in on a chilly morning breeze
A cold reminder winter soon will be a memory
Branches old and bare await their promised bloom
They paint a maze above me to illustrate my gloom

February, February reminds me that winter's behind me
And the flowers of another spring
Will come and I'll have nothing to show

Snow is all around reflecting moon's white face
He knows that it will fade when
the March sun melts it all away

February, February reminds me that winter's behind me
And the flowers of another spring
Will come and I'll have nothing to show
And every month that passes by
I feel even more alone
Guess when you said forever
You meant you were never coming home

The brittle leaves are singing me gently off to sleep
The night wind whispers secrets
She thought that she could keep

February, February reminds me that winter's behind me
And the flowers of another spring
Will come and I'll have nothing to show
Track Name: If I Came Back As a Song
If I Came Back As a Song
by Nathan Bliss

I wonder if I could come back as a song
Live in a melody that would linger on and on
I’d make my home inside a folk record sleeve
Dylan’s ‘Freewheelin’ from nineteen sixty three
Track two

So you could play me when you’re feeling down
I would wrap you up inside my happy sound
Riding on the airwaves I would fly to you
Maybe then you’d love me too…if I came back as a song

Then they could shoot me from a cold satellite
Into a radio that you sleep by at night
And you would call out “This is my favorite song!”
I’d feel so happy watching you sing along
Let’s do…

So you can sing me when you’re feeling sad
I could be the best song friend you ever had
Riding on the airwaves I would fly to you
Maybe then you’d love me too
If I came back as a song

And you could sing me when you’re feeling down
I would wrap you up inside my happy sound
Riding on the airwaves I would fly to you
Take you higher than Keith Moon…
If I came back as a song
Track Name: Girl in a Cage
Girl in a Cage
by Nathan Bliss

The girl in the cage bent the bars and left the stage
The crowd demanded more
Hear the feet stomp the floor
Cries of ‘bravo!’ and ‘encore!’
No one heard her say

Over me only sky, and the night is rising
By the way you were right, this is just like flying.

The crowd in a rage left their seats and rushed the stage
To put the bars back right
But the girl kept out of site and then slipped into the night
Wishing she could say

Over me only sky, and the night is rising
By the way you were right, this is just like flying

You will see her again
In a flash you will know
You will see...
Track Name: Wake the Hero
Wake the Hero
by Nathan Bliss

Here's a good seat, two together
On the concrete by the river
Tell a story, sing a legend
Mine is boring, take possession
I for one would like to hear
Tell me a story

Upon a time in a place
Upon a time in a place
Upon a time in a place
Just you and me, just you and me

Bear a secret
Share completely
Swear to keep it
Wear it deeply
Shake the lumber
Wake the Hero
Make the number
Lead the zero

I for one would like to hear
Tell me a story

Upon a time in a place
Upon a time in a place
Upon a time in a place
Just you and me, just you and me

Here's a good seat
Two together
On the concrete by the river
See the night sink
Into morning
Better not think, tell a story

I for one would like to hear
Tell me a story

Upon a time in a place
Upon a time in a place
Upon a time in a place
Just you and me, just you and me
Track Name: The Stone
The Stone
by Nathan and Rebecca Bliss

Lost in motion
Endless ocean
Under burning sky

Here we are and close together
I will not let go

I heard her say to the stone
She was moaning his name
In a way that made me long for home
And the lightening came down and
Exploded in fire all around her

At the bottom of a blackhole
Under God's blue eye
Here we are and close together
I will not let go

I heard her say to the stone
She was moaning his name
In a way that made me long for home
And the lightening came down and
Exploded in fire all around her

I will not leave you
I won't let go
Track Name: Yellow Moon
Yellow Moon
by Rebecca Bliss

Tell me something yellow moon
When you find me in my room
Tucked beneath my downy sheets
Is he out somewhere dreaming of me too?

Weeping willow lovely tree
What does all your crying mean?
Did you hear of my forbid love?
Now I know your tears are shed for me

And I know that I should
But I cannot make myself
Love anybody else
Is it wrong to just forget you?
Make believe I never met you?
If I weren't so weak I promise you I would

Hello little stars ahead
Twinkling at me in my bed
Can't you see my only fear's I'll
Never love someone this way again

Tell me something yellow moon