Light of the Dawn

by Keith Christmas

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    This was the first solo album Keith produced in 2009 and was a collection of both new and unheard songs from the late 70s and 1980s

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1.
Light of the Dawn Tuning Open C Strings (6-1) CGCGCE Capo 3 Key D# Last night I drove out into the night and I stopped at the roadside view I looked out across the city of light at the life that I had to undo ‘Cos I’ve got a dream close to my heart and the way I must make it come true I know if I stay here I never will start and tonight I know what I must do I’m going away in the light of the dawn And it won’t take me long to pack Nothing can stop me feeling for you AND nothing will make me turn back By the time that you read this The life that you know will be gone Nothing I say you will make you feel I am not wrong Not to stay for one LAST KISS And to walk away like this Love changes together or it grows apart And that’s just the way it all flows Somebody gives up on a DREAM from their hEART To watch while the other one grows I’m going away in the light of the dawn And it won’t take me long to pack Nothing can stop me feeling for you AND nothing will make me turn back
2.
she came to me Tuning Open B Strings(6-1) EABF#BE No Capo Key B she came to me in a dream last night face so still and ghostly white and talked to me like i was still her lover she called me to her cold embrace heartfelt longing on her face and said “how could you leave me for another” she said, “you once did promise me true love for eternity a love to stand the test of time unshaken but you did leave me on my own broken on your heart of stone to wander through this silent world forsaken” I cannot change what i have done I cannot stop what has begun I cannot do right by two when love has died in one she came to me in a dream last night face so still and ghostly white and whispered “come, let us always be together for time will steal your youth away while i forever young will stay come walk with me this shadow land forever”
3.
Slave to your love Tuning Open C (Slide) Strings (6-1) CGCGCE No Capo Key C I gotta do something ‘bout your hold on me I gotta do something 'cos it’s gettin to be A long road travelled and a long way to go And wishing it over won’t make it so I’ve been a slave to your love so long I’ve been a slave to your love so long I want it so bad and I know it’s so wrong To be a slave to your love so long I gotta stop thinkin ‘bout you in the night I'm a slave to your love and I know it ‘aint right It’s all I can think of and it’s all I can see I'm a slave to your love and I'll never be free I’ve been a slave to your love so long I’ve been a slave to your love so long I want it so bad and I know it’s so wrong To be a slave to your love so long I know you don’t want me the way I want you I know you don’t feel the same way I do You got me surrounded and one thing I know You don’t want to have me and you won’t let me go I’ve been a slave to your love so long I’ve been a slave to your love so long I want it so bad and I know it’s so wrong To be a slave to your love so long
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Stone with a View Tuning Open D7 Strings (6-1) DADGAC No Capo Key D7 Well I’d been on the road for 28 days With the boys from the rock and roll band And we pulled into town for the very last time For what they used to call a one night stand There were laughing girls with all kinds of people And sunbathers out on the grass And I SAT slumped in my seat like a stone with a view Of the movies they made on the glass And it’s on to the hotel and the meaningless lobby faces There’s a phone on your wall and no-one you can think of to call You catch up on the day ‘till the man comes to say It’s time to go down to the hall We went into the back and down to the room With just 35 minutes to go And the promoter came in with a smile on his face And wished us good luck with the show You can ask yourself all kinds of questions You can lose a lot of sleep at nights But in the end you’ve got to accept what you are Without thinking oN wrongs and rights And it’s up on to the stage and the adrenaline starts to flow It’s a strange kind of role but it’s food for your body and soul And you’re never quite so alone as when You’re facing into those lights WELL I went in slow and I came out fast With the crowd ringing in my ears But it just goes to show whatever you see A man’s heart is never quite how it appears Well I’ve heard people say it’s all just a game We play for money OR glory But just then I would have traded it all to be home With A girl who waits for me And there’s a dressing-room scene and a party to say farewell It’s the end of the line Of this essay in logic and in time For life’s just a scene Where we move in between The boundaries of heaven and hell
5.
Heart Soul Body and Mind Tuning Open G (Slide) Strings (6-1) DGDGBD No Capo Key G Every day I see you sitting at the beach bar knocking them back You know your sugar mama’s gonna pick up the tab You look so cool with your big easy grin Then she walks in the room, gets out her money and reels you right back in She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got your self-respect written on the sign-here line She’s got you heart soul body and mind You don’t want to work and you don’t want a wife You’ve got yourself a way to live the easy life All you got to be is a rich woman’s toy you like to act the man she treats you like a boy She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got your self-respect written on the sign-here line She’s got you heart soul body and mind Well every way you live you got to pay some price You want a new shirt you’d better ask real nice You misbehave she’ll sit you down and make it clear “don’t you forget who pays the bills round here” She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got you heart soul body and mind She’s got your self-respect written on the sign-here line She’s got you heart soul body and mind
6.
Western Man 02:57
Western Man Normal Tuning, 6 dropped to D Strings (6-1) DADGBE Capo 3 Key F I’ve heard of you from far and wide You’re one of the billion privileged kind You’ve got the future in Your hand Looks like easy living Western man From the bottom of the ocean right up out of the air Your restless vision is everywhere It’s not so long since it all began They’re your toys of freedom Western man Broken down faces are burned in my eyes For want of a truth why feed on lies? You’ve got the power but you’ve got no plan You could change the world Western man
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Living in a World Tuning Normal Strings (6-1) EADGBE No Capo Key G When you first came to the city You were one more heart floating free Stepping out on streets that know no pity One good friend is all you need To pick you up when you’re feeling flat And remind you that, you’re Living in a world Full of good people Living in a world Easy to forget Living in a world Full of good people And you’re going to make it Better yet One more dream lies forsaken All the things you thought could be It’s one more step to be retaken Don’t give up so easily ‘cos when you feel like throwing in the hat Just remember that, you’re Living in a world...... Somewhere a friend is learning Somewhere one is going astray Everything we do keeps returning Seems to go on every day It looks so easy from where i’m sat Thinking that, we’re Living in a world......
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Let the Devil Tuning Open G (Slide) Strings (6-1) DGDGBD Capo 2 Key A I know you’ve got the devil in you I know, cos i know you You like to keep him under lock and key But just tonight and just for me Let the devil out of his cage Let the devil out of his cage Turn the key and set that devil free Let the devil out of his cage I know you’ve got the devil inside He’s telling you he’s just along for the ride But sometimes he likes to give you a shot Of that cure called “why not” Let the devil out of his cage Let the devil out of his cage Turn the key and set that devil free Let the devil out of his cage I know you’ve got the devil it’s true And sometimes he talks to you He talks to you soft and he talks t you slow He’s telling you, “c’mon, let yourself go” Let the devil out of his cage Let the devil out of his cage Turn the key and set that devil free Let the devil out of his cage
9.
Boat Train 03:10
Boat Train Tuning Open G Strings (6-1) DGDGBD No Capo Key G Standing by the boat train waiting for the whistle to blow Thinking of a million things to say to you before you go But the clock is ticking and the time's running out They say that a young heart has no room to doubt We've said every word that goes into the book of goodbye We've kissed every kiss that we know and we've sighed every sigh It's a beautiful day but we both wish it would rain We know that we'll never be with each other again Do you want to make it easy Do you want to make it so? Just turn your eyes away And go There's nothing to stay for it's all out in front of you now We've promised to write and be true to each other somehow But the doors are slamming and the driver won't be late They say in a new life there's no time to wait Do you want to make it easy Do you want to make it so? Just turn your eyes away And go
10.
A Line Is A Line Tuning: Open G (Slide) Strings (6-1) DGDG D No Capo Key G Well pride that’s a wonderful thing It makes a poor man feel like a king Makes him stand 10 foot tall Over triumph great and small Well pride that’s a wonderful thing But when you’re drowning a line is a line When you’re drowning a line is a line Do you worry who’s hand Pulls you up on to dry land When you’re drowning a line is a line Well fame’s like a star in the night The world looks up, and you’re in sight No matter what you’re like inside You’ll always get a free ride Well fame’s like a star in the night But when you’re drowning a line is a line..... Well money, that’s the cream on the cake The more you get, the more you make When you’re rich you’ve got a voice When you’re poor you got no choice Well money, that’s the cream on the cake But when you’re drowning a line is a line.....
11.
Lowly Low Tuning Open C Strings (6-1) CGCGCE No Capo Key C Do you remember the times when we were young Lowly Lowly Low Outside the window the frosty midnight hung On the winter’s snow So we gathered sticks and wood from out behind the farm Built ourselves a fire in the night What we didn't know then wasn’t doing any harm To the lovers of the light I heard your voice calling me higher Slowly slowly slow I saw the future in the embers of the fire Where no-one seemed to know That what was happening was in front of their eyes People crying out for right No one seemed to have the time to stop and realise Except the lovers of the light Some wait for Jesus to take them by the hand Holy Holy Ho They wait for destruction to sweep across the land While only they are saved from the foe Last night I had a dream in which I saw your son Carrying my daughter from the fight Where the world had lost a dream another had begun For the lovers of the light
12.
Mr Optimistic Me Tuning Open A Strings (6-1) EAC#EAC# No Capo Key A The world outside my window doesn’t think too much of me I’m nobody famous and I never will be A name that everybody knows, a face that people see I’m just Mr Optimistic Me Sometimes they call me ‘journeyman’ sometimes it’s worse than that I wear this ‘Mr Average’ like a boring, shapeless hat But inside me there’s a killer song just waiting to get free ‘Cos I’m Mr Optimistic Me Sometimes I want to give it up and say “I did my best” I used up so much self-belief competing with the rest I feel like that for two weeks but it never lasts for three ‘Cos I’m Mr Optimistic Me The world outside my window doesn’t think too much of me I’m nobody famous and I never will be But take a word like ‘crying’, and put a ‘T’ instead of ‘C’ And you’ve got Mr Optimistic Me I know I’ll keep on trying I know I’ve got no choice I carry words unspoken and they demand a voice And every time I get knocked down I’ll get back up and be Mr Optimistic Me

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released September 1, 2009

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Keith Christmas UK

In a career spanning over 50 years Keith has recorded multiple albums, played acoustic guitar on Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ album, appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970 and gigged solo all over the UK and Europe.
A legendary live performer he has had a resurgence in popularity since ‘Crazy Dancing Days’ was released in December 2016 and ‘Life,Life’ in 2019
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