Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning/David Hoffner

Story

R.C.: Larry and I agreed early on about using string interludes to tie songs together on the CD. About halfway through the project I had this idea as an opening. The second and third movements take their melody from the chorus of track three.

L.L.: Randle played me a rough demo of his Prelude just as I was working on the final mixes for our project. I really felt it would be a wonderful setup piece for the rest of the CD and that all it really needed was to be put into the hands of someone who had both a true orchestral understanding and who had some great samples. We handed it over to our friend David Hoffner, who brought it all together beautifully.

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Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning/Allen Ross

Story

R.C.: The theme we tried to keep running through the CD is love and its various aspects. It's amazing how someone can make your heart rate increase when you see them. This song is about the physical aspect of love and that _expression. The heart IS the drum.

L.L.: First time Randle played me the demo for this song I immediately knew what he was going for and I could almost hear what we ended up with within my head. Putting this one together was lots of fun for me because I love production and The Drum was written to take full advantage of studio technology along with the use of some thoughtful arrangement.

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Lyrics

You’re lying next to me your timing’s like a clock
Like a tympani, the tempo can’t be stopped
Love has a rhythm and it needs no rest
So ease your mind and lay your head on my chest

Chorus
Hearts can beat as one
Listen to the drum

Let your fingers tap, dance ‘em on my back
Over my tattoo pull me close to you
Love has a rhythm and it needs no rest
So ease your mind and lay your head on my chest

Chorus
Hearts can beat as one
Listen to the drum

A thousand pulses pounding in my ear
A symphony in me I hope you can hear

Chorus
Hearts can beat as one
Listen to the drum

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning/Larry Lee

Story

R.C.: We re-wrote a song idea I had from the past on this one. I love what Larry brought into it. To me this is totally spiritual.

L.L.: This project with Randle started out to be in essence an R.C. solo record. One day Randle said he thought this song would be a good one for me to sing and as things progressed I ended up singing more songs. Though it was mostly written by Randle, What I Need Is Your Love could have really been penned by me alone because it hits really close to home both musically and lyrically to what I've written in the past.

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Lyrics

I watch the dancin’ shadows
From my chair by the firelight
In a room that’s cold, I’m so alone
It’s that way every night

In the mornin’ I’ll be walkin’
Down a crowded avenue
Just makin’ my way through another day
Where my every thought is you

Chorus
What I need is your love

Bridge
I could be given every treasure known to man
And still feel alone like an island
Surrounded by water and sand
Life can serve up so much but never feed my soul
What I hunger for is what mends and makes me whole

Chorus
What I need is your love

In the soft glow of a candle
Under the silence of the moon
I’ll be waiting there sending a prayer
I hope you’re coming soon

Chorus
What I need is your love

You know what I’m needing is
Your love now isn’t it

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning

Story

R.C.: It's been a pleasant surprise to me how well this song has been received. Larry put in some great production ideas. What once was a bitter memory has now become a sweet one.

L.L.: Talk about "hitting close to home." This one IS "personal", and I have to hand it to Randle for being able to dig deep to pull this out of himself while at the same time doing it in a way where anyone who has ever been in a band or a love relationship can connect to the emotion of something being lost in the past.

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Lyrics

Way back in the Nixon years barely hidden behind beards
We couldn’t change the world or ourselves
And we played harmonicas all across America
We played in Paris and we played hell
We tried to write some answers never singing to the dancers
And right or wrong we took a stand
My old band

They treated us like sacred cows
On the streets of our home town
Everybody wanted to be friends
But so much of what we do depends on the follow through
And true love shouldn’t ever end
Though we went our separate ways
A part of me forever stays
And I still miss ‘em to a man
My old band

Bridge
We’re still there if you’re radio’s on
On the air with the same old songs
We had the keys in our hands
My old band

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Larry Lee

Story

R.C.: I'm so glad this tune became part of the package. Great melody and tremendous performance by all.

L.L.: When you write songs for the love of writing them and the real reward is in their completion, after years of doing this you end up with many songs that kinda get stuck away in a drawer and forgotten about. About halfway through recording this project Randle asked me if I had anything of my own that I'd like to do. Songs are like babies and it's hard to single out one you favor over another, so I played him several things and once he heard this song he said "Yes, let's do that one." It's not hard to tell that our music is British Invasion influenced. Production wise, it's a style we trust will last forever. Lyrically, this song sends a clear message that love should never hold you down.

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Lyrics

If you’ve got somebody that just holds you down
Love shouldn’t treat you that way
When you wanna fly but you’re held to the ground
Reach up above the clouds
When things go wrong and you’re told you’re to blame
Love shouldn’t treat you that way
If they don’t change and things just stay the same
Tell yourself every day
That love shouldn’t treat you that way

Chorus
Oh, why cry your eyes blue
Oh, when you don’t have to

Cause if it feels like he just keeps you around
Love shouldn’t treat you that way
If you don’t feel special it’s worse than it sounds
Stand up don’t be afraid
Tell him love shouldn’t treat you that way

Chorus
Oh, why cry your eyes blue
Oh, when you don’t have to

If you’ve got somebody who just holds you down
Love shouldn’t treat you that way
When you wanna fly but you’re held to the ground
There’s no reason to stay
If love’s gonna treat you that way
Don’t go hide and cry or just close your eyes
Look up make your self say
Love shouldn’t treat you that way

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Chowning/Morton/Cook

Story

R.C.: This is one of my favorites. It ties into Eisenhower's warning, as the father dies in the 1964 in Vietnam. The mother makes the decision to carry on raising her kids by herself, only to find an early grave. This song is a tribute to all who give everything for their families.

L.L.:
This is one of Randle's songs that for me could have easily fit nicely within an "Ozarks" record.

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Lyrics

Here before me in this grave, lies Mary Katherine Tate
Born in 1942, died at age 58
She worked some long hours with no rest
Down at the cannery
She never did a thing for herself, it was all about family
Mama didn’t mind the sacrifice
She gave her all and never thought twice

Chorus
Cause love ain’t something you do part-time
It’s twenty four seven every day of your life
There ain’t no way to love somebody too much
The thing about love is, you can’t give enough

I only knew my daddy’s face, from his picture in his uniform
I remember mama saying, we lost him in ’64
A single mother with two kids, that ‘s what she chose to be
I stand amazed at the things she did, for my little brother and me
She didn’t know the meaning of the word quit
She never gave up, never gave in

Chorus
Cause love ain’t something you do part-time
It’s twenty four seven every day of your life
There ain’t no way to love somebody too much
The thing about love is, you can’t give enough

Now I’m raising two kids of my own
I’ll give them all I’ve got, until I’m gone

Chorus
Cause love ain’t something you do part-time
It’s twenty four seven every day of your life
There ain’t no way to love somebody too much
The thing about love is, you can’t give enough

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning/Larry Lee

Story

R.C.: Everyone in today's world probably has an escape wish from time to time, to put a lot of ground between them and all the junk they have to deal with. This one's about having fun and if you can't get away for real, maybe the song can take you off mentally for awhile. Once again Larry's distinctive vocal style fits perfectly.

L.L.: At first I was concerned that this song might come across as being a bit "lite" when compared with all the other songs. But Randle kept saying maybe we need something "lite" to break things up, so I went along with it and now I'm glad I did. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but there are a lot of people out there working 40+ hours a week, month after month, who I'm sure, will relate. Plus I like the little lyrical turn at the ends of the choruses where it's declared that in truth it doesn't really matter where we get away to, because as long as we're together, "any ol' place will do."

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Lyrics

 

Take the files and stack ‘em put your work in a drawer
Go get your bags and pack ‘em, I’ll be waitin’ for you at the door
It’s time to take a long weekend, you need to manage your stress
The pressure’s mounting up again, you need a break to go decompress

Come on and let’s get away, book a flight on the next jet plane
Tomorrow we could be down in Cancun but any old place will do

We could go to Las Vegas, or make our way to Key West
Anyplace that can take us far away from this craziness

Come on and let’s get away, book a flight on the next jet plane
To anywhere as long as I’m with you, any old place will do

Bridge
We could watch sunset in Belize
Take a walk on a moonlit beach
The point is all we really need
Is a little place with some privacy

So come on and let’s get away
Book a flight on the next jet plane
We only need to find a room for two
So any old place should do

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning

Story

R.C.: I think this recording captures the essence of loneliness. Moreover, it hints to the possibility of gaining higher consciousness as a result.

L.L.: I believe this was one of the very first songs Randle played for me when we were about to get started. It was the one that perked my interest right from the get go and it was the song that showed me the path we should follow. I think it's my "fav" on this record.

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Lyrics

Looking out at the ocean rolling over a low tide beach
Running up to the mountain at midnight gazing at galaxies
Love left you stranded wanting to break free
Trading all of your kites for rockets much faster to take you from pastures of

Chorus
Starlight and broken strings
In the eye of your heart with wings
You’ll fly past the moon one day

A billion grains of sand blended with a billion points of light
Can’t fill the emptiness you’re feeling deep inside
On your lonely journey that’s taking all of your life
But your cup will run over
It won’t be much longer cause you’re so much stronger than

Chorus
Starlight and broken strings
In the eye of your heart with wings
You’ll fly past the moon one day

Bridge
Maybe tomorrow you’ll find the one
You’ll see your hero outshine the sun
Beyond

Chorus
Starlight and broken strings
In the eye of your heart with wings
You’ll fly past the moon one day

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Morton/Chowning/Lee

Story

 R.C.: Good track, great parts, great vocal. I love the idea that the person's desire is so well hidden that it's completely unnoticed.

L.L.: This is another of Randle's songs that he wanted me to sing. I didn't know if my little voice could push a track like this and it was something a little new for me to try. After we had most of the backing track finished and the vocals down we had our friend Pat Buchanan come in to play some electric guitar. He added a nice slide part that I only noticed weeks later that reminded me of the sound of Randle's solo on Jackie Blue. It wasn't intentional and came about quite by accident.

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Lyrics

I’m always around a name with no face
I’m in but I’m out
A part of the scene, a ghost in this place
That you’ve never seen
A shadow on the wall
You never notice me at all

Chorus
I wish that you could see
The one that wants you desperately
You don’t see me there, but I am
Your invisible man

I’m just outta sight, I’m lost in the crowd
Hidden from light
Whenever you’re near, I turn into smoke
And disappear
I vanish into space, gone without a single trace

Chorus
I wish that you could see
The one that wants you desperately
You don’t see me there, but I am
Your invisible man

Bridge
Just one little glance
Just one chance is all I need

Chorus
I wish that you could see
The one that wants you desperately
You don’t see me there, but I am
Your invisible man

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning

Story

R.C.: My favorite track instrumentally. Bill Cuomo sets the mood so perfectly at the top with the B-3 organ. It's a soap opera. So many young people now have to spend so much time working to have a dream home, that they're never home to enjoy it. Ironic, isn't it?

L.L.: I like this one for many reasons. But one of the things I like best about this track is that it starts off as this very simple and open "blues" song and ends up being symphonic. I'm not sure this is what Randle had in mind when we started, but he allowed me to run with it and have fun while trying to make it into something different.

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Lyrics

In the morning you will make the bed just right
Then hurry to the office before nine
You’ll feel as ashen as a winter sky
But no one ever gets to see you cry
Your man has gone away on another trip
It’s a wonder how it ever came to this
And it’s a shame someone as beautiful as you
Would be living in a house of blues

You’ve got more than you thought you’d ever own
But a house without true love is never home
And what you’re missing you won’t ever show
You live the only life you’ve ever known
It’s been so long since you have felt a kiss
But a bitter word will never leave your lips
And it’s a shame someone as beautiful as you
Would be living in a house of blues

Bridge
Let me be the one to stay right by your side
To be there next to you each and every night
Let me hold your hand and walk with you each day
I wanna be the man that never goes away

It’s a shame someone as beautiful as you
Would be living in a house of blues

Beyond Reach
2005-00-00
Randle Chowning/Larry Lee

Story

R.C.: This is the Ozark Mountain Daredevil sound. The ultimate cosmic country come on. Larry spent a lot of time making sure all of the solos in the long fade worked together.

L.L.: I really enjoyed singing this one and I kept telling Randle I had this crazy idea about the ending where the song could turn into a strange Aaron Copeland-ish, Appalachian hoedown wrapped up in a modern pop track. Once again, Randle allowed me to go for it and it's that kind of selflessness on his behalf that has made working with him again after so many years such a pleasure.

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Lyrics

There’s a hundred million yesterdays
Tomorrow’s just one night away
One more day for me to reason why
We don’t need to say goodbye

We’ve got a thousand roads to everywhere
But only one will take us there
Just because we can’t decide
We don’t need to say goodbye

The wheel of fortune’s always spinning
Will you take a chance
Some may win while others lose
But love’s a risky dance
I can hear you sayin’ the stakes are way too high
But look what price we’re payin’ if we say goodbye

The world today can be so cold
With no safe place left to go
So won’t you stay here by my side
We don’t need to say goodbye

We could wait for the sun to rise
We could walk out in the light
And take another day to
Let your conscience be your guide
The wheel of fortune’s always spinning
We don’t need to say goodbye
If you let love lead you

Beyond Reach
2010-08-30
Taylor/Long/Chowning

Story

R.C.: I love the way this song is connected, yet stands alone and looks back over the musical movie that has just rolled by. It brings a closure while at the same time lets the listener know that the story goes on.

L.L.: This is another one of my "favs" from Randle. It's a really beautiful lyric idea and the only problem with the song is that I didn't get to put my name on it as a writer too.

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Lyrics

The touch of her hand burned all the way to his heart
That very first kiss set off a million sparks
From that moment on life forever changed
The heat of the night grew into a flame

Chorus
When God made love he brought heaven to earth
And crowned the glory of his work
When he saw them he knew that it was done
When God made love

Rivers that run wild and free and strong
Mountains so high they just go on and on
Colors that break in the wake of an autumn tide
Couldn’t compare to the look in Adam’s eyes

Chorus
When God made love he brought heaven to earth
And crowned the glory of his work
When I look at you it feels like we were the ones
When God made love

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