Into the Light Within

by American Elm

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    “There is a deep embedded ache in Bousquet’s voice. You can feel it down in the trenches of his soul and through the crack in his voice.” – Redline Roots

    “On Into The Light Within Bousquet really separates himself as a songwriter from a very crowded field of excellent songwriters taking up camp in his home state. While he’s not afraid to crank up the electric guitar to prove a song’s point, it’s his more introspective moments, such as on “Gloria” that he really knocks it out of the park.” – Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise

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• CEASELESSLY •
• GLORIA (for Alan Sterling) •
• THIS IS “WHERE ARE WE GOING?” NOT “WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?” •
• EVAPORATE •
• THE LAST SAD SONG •

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released July 3, 2015

In Memory of James Velvet, Spiritus Aeternus.

All Songs Written By Chris Bousquet
© Christopher James Bousquet/BMI
(P) 2015 The Cedar Swamp Recording Company
Recorded at The Pines, Chester, Conn.
Mixed/Mastered at West Side Sound, Chester, Conn.

Cover Photograph By Beth Herzhaft.
www.herzco.com

Lighthouse Keepers: Cath and E

Thank You: Frank Critelli, Eric Lichter, John Capece, Robbie DeRosa, The Golden Microphone (Brad, Dave, Richard), Roger and Neverending Books, Beth Herzhaft, Vic Steffens, Ebin-Rose, The Pilgrim, Bob DAprile, Steve Wytas, Dan Woog, The Local Bands Show, Cygnus Radio, iCRV Radio, Mr. Ray Neal, Manic Productions, James Christopher, Alligator Farmhouse, The High Lonesome Plains

Contact: American_Elm@yahoo.com
americanelm.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/americanelm

CSR1501 CEDAR SWAMP RECORDING COMPANY

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American Elm Chester, Connecticut

American Elm, aka Chris Bousquet, is singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He is the former leader of the internationally acclaimed High Lonesome Plains, and as well as the widely regarded Alligator Farmhouse. He has performed with such luminaries as Roger McGuinn, Miracle Legion, Rod McDonald, The Nields, Mark Mulcahy, Asleep at the Wheel, The Turtles, Tim Easton, J. Geils, and Susan Cowsill. ... more

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Track Name: Ceaselessly
CEASELESSLY
Rare is the mark of the wandering spark/Whose embers never flame/Sad is the sight of wings that never take flight/No air or ground to claim/I squandered days when I was young/ Forgive the things I have not done/Hard are the times spent reliving the crimes/Guilt's a ghost that seldom flees/The missteps of youth, unbounded by truth/Souls are sold off by degrees/My broken heart, it was but one/Forgive the things that I have done/Mercy, mercy, mercy me/I cried out so ceaselessly/The years they roll; lessons I learned them slow/In time, I became a man/Lost to the past, escaped from our grasp/There's much I'll never understand/I held out hope when there was none/Forgive the man I have become/Mercy, mercy, mercy me/I cried out so ceaselessly/I squandered days when I was young/I held out hope 'til there was none/Forgive the things undone and done/Mercy, mercy, mercy me/I cried out so ceaselessly/Mercy, mercy, mercy me/I cried out so ceaselessly
Track Name: Gloria
GLORIA
Did I say too much? Did I try to hard?/To preserve your touch, to deserve your heart/
Ring the midnight bells at noon/Baby I will be there soon/The wind it sings a brand new tune/For you, for you/As the sun comes up from across the sound/And the boats head off to the oyster grounds/Ring the midnight bells at noon/Baby I will be there soon/
The wind it sings a brand new tune/For you, for you/Lord knows how far I might go/For a few rakes of the shoal/When the world is ending/Like a dredge descending/Gloria, won't you land upon the bow and lead us home/Gloria, won't you stand upon the bow and lead us home/Now my heart it sinks like an undertow/Still I drag the flats when the tide is low/Ring the midnight bells at noon/Baby I will be there soon/The wind it sings a brand new tune/For you, for you/Now I spread my catch across the table to cull/I only keep the best and a few for the gulls/Ring the midnight bells at noon/Baby I will be there soon/The wind it sings a brand new tune/For you, for you/Lord knows how far I might go/For a few rakes of the shoal/When the wind is ending/Like a dredge descending/Gloria, won't you land upon the bow and lead us home/Gloria, won't you stand upon the bow and lead us home/Lead us home
Track Name: This is "Where Are We Going?" Not, "Where Have We Been?"
THIS IS WHERE ARE WE GOING
I'm just a drop in the ocean/She's the ocean in a drop/I struggle to get things in motion/She just doesn't stop/I say, "Nothing is happening"/She says, "I guess that depends/Is this where are we going?/Or is this where have we been?"/I cup a flickering candle/She finds a place in the sun/I struggle between not and knowing/She says, "This is the one!"/I say, "Something is happening"/She says “Again and again/This is where are we going/Not where have we been"/And when I wake each morning to see those flickering lights/Flashing on the water like new worlds in our sights/I say, "Something is happening"/She says, "Every ‘where’ is a ‘when’/This is where are we going/Not where have we been"/I'm just a drop in the ocean/I'm just a drop
Track Name: Evaporate
EVAPORATE
On the precipice/Now everyday convenes like this/We play it as it lays/This seems to be the rule these days/But what is between a wave and the sea?/Maybe it's become an obsession to me/I'm starting to evaporate/I'm tired of this liquid state/For whatever this is worth/I no longer long to leave this earth/To be a broken one/An outspoken son of the overglum/But what is between a wave and the sea?/Maybe it's become an obsession to me/I'm starting to evaporate/I'm tired of this liquid state/In the mystic night and the places thin/Into the light, the light within/Frailer than a candle flame/Left to flicker in the wind/But what is between a wave and the sea?/Maybe it's become an obsession to me/I'm starting to evaporate/I'm tired of this liquid state
Track Name: The Last Sad Song
THE LAST SAD SONG
I said, "Let's start a war"/But I don't wanna fight in this war anymore/I said, "It's for the cause"/But it's been so long I've forgotten what it was/"So long," said the Darkness/"Sail on 'til you find it"/I sold my soul, but I never even got paid/I lost myself in plans that never really got made/"So long," said the Darkness/"Don't quit 'til you find it"/I don't know what tomorrow brings/Will it relent? Or will it sting?/This is the last sad song I'm gonna sing/This is the last sad song I'll ever sing/Part time dreamers/Lonely, low tide lookers on the prowl/Late night brooders/We gaze at the moon as we go over the waterfall/"So long," said the Darkness/"Hold on 'til you find it"/I don't know what the morning brings/Will it relent? Or will it sting?/This is the last sad song I'm gonna sing/This is the last sad song I'll ever sing/"So long," said the Darkness/"Sail on until you find it"/I don't know what tomorrow brings/Will it relent? Or will it sting?/This is the last sad song I'm gonna sing/This is the last sad song I'll ever sing/This is the last sad song I'll never sing/This is the last sad song I'll forever sing/This is the last sad song . . . it's everything/"So long," said the Darkness/"Sail on 'til you find it!"