Pauper in a Palace

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

PAUPER IN A PALACE

You’ve never known where your place is
Among faces and how do you do
The planets made you divided
They decided to split you in two
So you tried many disguises
Shapes and sizes to fit yourself in
But each one left you wearing strange clothes
Now when the wind blows you start to spin
‘Cause when it comes down
It really comes down//

You feel like a pauper in a palace
A pretender to the throne
Feel like you’re a prince in a poorhouse
And you’ve never been so alone//

Everyone’s running from something
Probably the one thing they need the most
And it’s there if you think you deserve to
But you prefer to remain a ghost
‘Cause if you decide
You have to decide//

You feel like a pauper in a palace
A pretender to the throne
Feel like you’re a prince in a poorhouse
And you’ve never been so alone//

You’ve got love in your heart
And there’s something you’re supposed to do
But you’re throwing the fight
‘Cause you’re scared of what might be true//

Your seat is set a the table
If you’re able to let yourself stay
And the world is patiently waiting
For you to get out of your way//

You feel like a pauper in a palace
A pretender to the throne
Feel like you’re a prince in a poorhouse
And you’ve never been so alone
Lately you’re a stranger to your own self
Though you’ve known it all along
If there is nowhere that you fit in
Maybe you are already where you belong//

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from Solidago, released April 1, 2009

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