Godspeed

from by Chris Hayward

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For N. Birtig.

Because the folks at FACTOR saw fit to partially fund this track, I had the sincere pleasure of paying musicians and engineers for their work. Most of them were people to whom I already owed great debts of gratitude for their musicianship, encouragement or technical help so frequently offered to me for free.

lyrics

Godspeed, godspeed, safe home,
I know that you’ll chase those bright lights,
The light I’m chasing is another kind,
It’s the kind you chase alone.

I know that your heart beat true,
It just wasn’t the loudest sound in your ear.
If we don’t walk together any further,
I’m glad that we got each other here,
yeah, I'm glad that we got each other here.

Godspeed, godspeed, safe home,
I know that you’ll chase those bright lights,
The light I’m chasing is another kind,
It’s the kind you chase alone.

So walk just as far as you need to,
I won’t be that far behind.
You might think you burned your bridges right down to the river bed,
But the river, my dear, didn’t mind, oh no,
the river, my dear, didn't mind.

Godspeed, godspeed, safe home,
I know that you’ll chase those bright lights,
The light I’m chasing is another kind,
It’s the kind you chase alone.

Yeah the light I'm chasing is another kind.
It's the kind you chase alone.

credits

from Abandoned Mine, released December 5, 2012
Thank you Rhiannon Thomas and CT Rowe for singing and playing on earlier versions.

Graeme Donnelly: acoustic and electric guitars
Christine Bougie: lap steel
Howard Baer: upright bass, percussion, keys
Jesse Hanna: drums
Hannah Cheesman: backing vocals

Recorded by Chris Stringer at Lincoln County Social Club, Toronto.
Mixed by Jeff Wolpert at Desert Fish, Toronto.
Produced by Howard Baer.
Mastered by Fedge.

This song was funded in part by the good people at FACTOR.

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Chris Hayward Maynooth, Ontario

I'm a carpenter in Maynooth, Ontario, who also sings and writes songs.

I write about loss and regret kind of a lot, but I keep it playful and sometimes even danceable. It's a mix of wholesome granola-punk, earnest singer-songwriterly ballads, heart-on-sleeve synthpop, and intimate rootsy strum-alongs.

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