House Upon the Hill

from by Chris Velan

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    Chris Velan recorded this album - over many burritos - at Mission Bells studio in San Francisco and released it in 2008. It was produced by the one and only Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips - an incredible songwriter and performer as well as a gifted producer. David Simon-Baker, aka DSB, engineered it at MB and mixed the hell out of it at Laughing Tiger in Sausalito. Chris had such a blast making this record and was joined by an illustrious gang of Bay Area/SoCal musicians: Adam Topol (drums), John Hofer (drums), Paul Hoaglin (bass), Jackie Greene (piano, organ), Dan Lebowitz (guitar), Nicki Bluhm (backing vocals), Sara Johnston (backing vocals), Tim Bluhm (guitar, backing vocals) and Dave Ralicke (horns).

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lyrics

HOUSE UPON THE HILL

This house
Called us on the other coast
It knew that we’d become a ghost
It said as far as it could tell
We should come out and stay a spell
And it took us in with open arms
High above the lights and car alarms
Of the carnival that can’t be killed
This house upon the hill//

This house
Sends me to the streets below
To go and play another show
But it loves it when we come home fine
To drink another bottle of wine
And it makes our bed upon the porch
Under starlight’s silver torch
And it stays up when I can’t sleep
‘Cause it knows I’ve got a plan to keep//

This house
Is going to take the fall for me
While I walk away free
While I walk away free
While I walk away free//

This house
Has seen it all done before
Had a hundred people through its door
And it knows we’re not getting young
But it wants our song to be sung
And it’s sad that we’ve got to go
Though I told it we’ll be back, I know
And I hope it will be standing still
This house upon the hill//

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from Solidago, released April 1, 2009

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