Going Back Home

by Brian Keith Wallen

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"Going Back Home" is a refreshingly positive voice amongst all the negativity in our world. Written over a year of heavy touring across the US, these songs are the story of a personal journey to find the good in life, and common ground in humanity.

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released December 9, 2016

Produced by Alexis Klosinski
Co-Produced, Engineered and Mastered by Corey Miller at the Lodge Studios
Graphic Design by Rachel Hart

Guitar, Stompboard, Mandolin and Vocals by Brian Keith Wallen
Bass by Gareth Somers
Harmonica by Randy McQuay
Handclaps by Brian, Alexis, and the Lodge Crew

All songs written by Brian Keith Wallen ©2016
Except "More Heart, Less Attack" by Bear and Bo Rinehart, © Downtown DMP Songs obo NEEDTOBREATHE

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Brian Keith Wallen Richmond, Indiana

Brian Keith Wallen is on the road all the time. From one coast to another, Brian is spreading his blend of blues-based Americana across the country.

Brian won 2nd place in the 2015 International Blues Challenge, ranking in the top two out of hundreds of artists from all over the world. He is also the winner of the Starr-Gennett "Blues Artist of the Year" award.
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Track Name: Crazy Beautiful World
Well, it's a crazy beautiful world
And it will not be tamed
In the snow and fire and wind
It's where your life began

You've gotta walk a crooked road
And get some dirt into your soul
When you get to the edge of the earth
You'll see how little you're worth

Where the water meets the clouds
And the ice melts into land
And the snowflakes fill your lungs
Until your bones begin to sing

You've gotta walk a crooked road
And get some dirt into your soul
When you get to the edge of the earth
You'll see how little you're worth

When you've walked the crooked path
Without once looking back
When the waves begin to call
You'll see that it's good to feel small

It's a crazy beautiful world
And it will not be tamed
It will not be tamed
Track Name: Colorado
Loaded up and rolling on the long western drive
Headed to the Rockies, crossing into Mountain Time
Sunlight spreads out across cottonwood and sage
These wide open plains, feel like the safest place

When I crossed the Mississippi, there was a heaviness inside

So take away my trouble, ease the burden on my mind
My soul is like the desert, no tears left to cry
So I'm back on the road
To Colorado

Too many nights spent out in the cold
Can take away your spirit, steal the life out of your bones
So if you wanna feel free and know what it's like to fly
Spend some time looking up at a dark Durango sky

When I crossed the Mississippi, I started to see the light

So take away my trouble, ease the burden on my mind
My soul is like the desert, no tears left to cry
So I'm back on the road
To Colorado

Oh, take away my trouble, ease the burden on my mind
My soul is like the desert, no tears left to cry
So I'm back on the road
And I'm going back home
To Colorado
Track Name: Break Away
92 degrees on the second day of June
That muggy Midwest air is already coming through
Oh, I know you hate the summertime
And baby, so do I
'Cause I despise anything that takes away your smile

So won't you break away with me
Just like we're 17
And we can cross that Mississippi River
Where the cornfields turn to wheat
Break away with me

The first thing I noticed, it had to be your eyes
When I traipsed in through the door, they wouldn't let go of mine
Well, I fumbled with my hands, and it was hard to speak
I couldn't slow down my heart, the way you looked at me

So won't you break away with me
Just like we're 17
And we can cross that Mississippi River
Where the cornfields turn to wheat
Break away with me
Track Name: Give Me Peace
Well, I'm gonna sit here on the riverbank
And watch the world pass me right on by (x2)
And when the water starts to rise
I'll let it wash the trouble out of my mind

Well, I'm gonna get down in the water
And let that river float my boat (x2)
And when the current takes me south
There won't be any trouble knocking at my door

Well, I'm gonna soak up this sunshine
And tell the darkness to go away (x2)
'Cause when you've got peace in your heart
There's only love to light the way

Well, I'm gonna sit here on the riverbank
And watch the world pass me right on by (x2)
And when the water starts to rise
I'll let it wash the trouble out of my mind
Track Name: More Heart, Less Attack
Be the light in the crack
Be the one that's mending the camel's back
Slow to anger and quick to laugh
Be more heart and less attack

Be the wheels not the track
Be the wanderer that's coming back
Leave the past right where it's at
Be more heart and less attack

The more you take, the less you have
'Cause it's you in the mirror that's staring back
Quick to let go and slow to react
Be more heart and less attack

Ever growing, steadfast
And if need be, the one that's in the gap
Be the never turning back
Twice the heart any man could have

Be the wheels not the track
Be the wanderer that's coming back
Leave the past right where it's at
Be more heart and less attack
Be more heart and less attack

I stuck my hat out
I caught the rain drops
I drank the water
I felt my veins pop
I'm nearly sanctified
I'm nearly broken
I'm down the river, I'm nearly open
Track Name: Turn the Lights On
It lingered in my mind
For a long, long while
I kept the record in my drawer
So I could go back in time

To riding in my car
With the windows rolled down at night
When I felt the kick drum
It made the pain leave my mind

What do you say?
When the end has come and gone
And left you waiting 'round for more
Until they turn the lights on

You know it's not the same
Listening to the song
Where all your memories lived
And knowing that they're gone

I used to sing into the night
Until my voice would break
Just thinking about it now
Puts my heart inside a cage

What do you say?
When the end has come and gone
And left you waiting 'round for more
Until they turn the lights on
Turn the lights on
Track Name: Blues Train
Way out west
There's a little town
The aspen trees are quaking
And you can hear the sound
Of a steam train coming
Rolling up the line
Bringing the blues along for the ride

Hey, let's get on board
If you need some feeling in your soul
There's rhythm in the rails
The whistle wails and moans
So fill up your cup and let the blues train take you home
Let the blues train take you home

The engine grooves
The wheels stomp and shout
Black smoke and coal
And the flames burning out
If you're ever down
And life's got you by the tail
The only medication you need
Is a ride on the rails

Hey, let's get on board
If you need some feeling in your soul
There's rhythm in the rails
The whistle wails and moans
So fill up your cup and let the blues train take you home
Let the blues train take you home
Track Name: Grateful Heart
Give me a grateful heart and a peaceful mind
'Cause I've got mountains left to climb
Whenever trouble comes my way
I pray a grateful heart will lead the way

Worries come, and then they go
From day to day, it's hard to know
What might end up in my path
But I'll have to face it, no doubt about that

With a grateful heart and a peaceful mind
'Cause I've got mountains left to climb
Whenever trouble comes my way
I pray a grateful heart will lead the way