Lifeline

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This was the first song out of the gate during my 2010 summer sabbatical. I think I was prepping for a gig somewhere, loosening up the strings and vocal chords, and on a whim tuned the two E strings down to a D and played a standard C chord – two things I rarely do. The chord progression for the song’s intro and verses came naturally, as did the song itself. The only hangup was the transition into the chorus, which was solved in a matter of seconds by friend and kindred musical spirit Jerry Chapman. Always good to have good musicians to bounce ideas off of.

Lifeline marks the first time I’ve attempted to play electric guitar on a recorded track. I’ve only played acoustic ever since Santa gave me the shaft at 13 when I didn’t get the axe and amp I’d been asking for. I felt so rock & roll strumming away on Doug’s Gibson in the studio. The song materialized quite naturally and quickly, and we even threw some horns in the mix at the end.

lyrics

I love to see you smile
Won't you stay with me a while
And we can walk together into another day
For once, for this time
Won't you tow the other line
Ignore my insecurities and throw your cares away

You need me
And I need you

Now, in this time and in this place
I can feel your spirit
Move, like a rhyme and not a race
Lifting me up out of these
Blues I've been living with for far too long
I'm not that strong, no
You're everything to me
You can be my lifeline

The ship's out of port
And the storm that came before
Has left a wave of uncertainty in its place
You don't like being the one
Constantly undone
But to try and keep the peace is more than you can take

So just let go
I'll be there

Now, in this time and in this place
I can feel your spirit
Move, like a rhyme and not a race
Lifting you up out of these
Blues you've been living with for far too long
You're not that strong, no
You everything to me
I can be your lifeline

Now, in this time and in this place
I can feel your spirit move.....

Now, in this time and in this place
We can feel our spirits
Move, like a rhyme and not a race
Lifting us up out of these
Blues we've been living with for far too long
We can be strong, oh
If you stay here with me
If you can be my lifeline
I will be your lifeline
If you can be my lifeline
I will be your lifeline

credits

from Let Go, track released May 9, 2011
Written by Steve Lindsley
Steve – vocals, electric guitar, Hammond organ
Doug Davis – electric guitars & acoustic guitar
Jerry Chapman – bass
Les Slate - drums
Jim Price – trumpet
Some guy – tenor saxophone

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Steve Lindsley Mt Airy, North Carolina

I'm a singer/songwriter performing for regional gigs and leading music for retreats and conferences. Enjoy the tunes!

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