Unladen

by Andrew Alling

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Acoustic guitar, organ bass pedals and harmonicas, all at once, one performer singing live. Hear what can happen without a band, effects or over-dubbing. Down-sized and right-sized! You can change, too!

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released January 29, 2015

Recorded and Mastered at
Electric Wilburland Studio
by Engineer Will Russell

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Andrew Alling Ithaca, New York

Andrew Alling is a singer songwriter from Upstate NY. His music speaks of politics, love, hardship, truth, adversity and hope. He has spent a great deal of time traveling and performing in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, California and Nashville, TN. Andrew has self-produced four albums: Sun Drawn Yellow, Sky Gone Blue, A Better Red, and Unladen, which is his only work available online. ... more

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Track Name: Conduit
CONDUIT
I am a conduit, I was a liar, I danced like cold ice, on a fire, my faith was near gone, my hope was tired, my nerves were loosened with desire.*You came to me and you brought your love, better than what I was thinking of. I found a part of you in me, within me a part that’s holy. Some king of love I was, I was a hot mess, you gave to me more, I couldn’t care less, I probably should scream, I probably should confess but I’m alive today and I feel so blessed. * Polluting every night, I was afraid, you whispered to me showed me what you played, I was lost with fear, and I would raid every good deed that I could have made. * I have changed... you can change too. I am a conduit, a true believer, spent all that time back then an empty blur, no longer pace, no longer stir, I soundly sleep, I’m a clear receiver. * I have changed...you can change too.
Track Name: It's Complicated
IT’S COMPLICATED
It’s a complicated question that some have tried to define what’s love? but another question? It comes along in time and falls and floats on through the air, some say it might be everywhere. But if you go back, back to his arms, will he meet you there, his heart alone to share? If you go backwards, into his world, will he treat you right, along with other girls? Some travel off to India. Some travel to Nepal. Some travel in the winters, looking for their fall. Some travel down to Peru, and then they drive around the States. Some sail across the oceans. Some go on lonely dates. But if you go back, back to his arms, will he treat you right, his heart alone to share? If you go backwards, into his world, will he meet you there, along with other girls? It’s a complicated question that some have tried to define what’s love? but another question?
Track Name: She's Been In Love Before
SHE’S BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE
“It all turns back to grey,” that’s what they say. “Leaves begin to fade, no matter what was made.” *Oh, she’s been in love before. Yeah, she’s been in love before. Rivers bleed, something that’s in need. He emptied out his dirt, why did that love hurt? Oh, she never wanted it more. Yeah, she never wanted more. Tell the world about it, on a canvas in song, your path to the heavens, that’s where you belong. Morning brings today, birds begin to play, darkness is all past, within the seasons our love may last. *
Track Name: Garden Rose
GARDEN ROSE
I’m a’ gonna bring you flowers but I would rather plant a garden for you. I’m a’ gonna buy you chocolate but I would rather buy a house for you. When it rains then let it come down, let the light shine through. I’m a’ gonna pick you up, putting you down ain’t a plan I have for you. I can’t buy you happiness but I know how to get it free for you. If I knew then what I know now, I would have changed it all somehow. What I knew then, if I knew it now, wouldn’t have wasted my time with them. I’m a’ gonna bring you flowers but I would rather plant a garden for you.
Track Name: Deepest Red
DEEPEST RED
If they’re taking up to violence, it will be hard to learn our best. Are we better off in silence? Is it easier to take our rest? If you make it there, try real hard, find a job and tell everyone you meet, tell them about us, and send us a card, mail us some cash so we can eat. Now they cut down nearly every tree and the forests they are barren and dead. And they drilled out all the oil. Now our home is in the deepest red. Now if you make it there, tell everyone you know, about our land, and how nothing here can grow. A child on the corner well he holds a bomb on a crowded street and he’s about to blow. Now they’re taking up to violence, it will be hard to learn our best. Are we better off in silence? Is it easier to get our rest? If you make it west to America, tell all the people in DC about the killings and about a new threat, tell them all what Africa could be.
Track Name: Marvelous
MARVELOUS
It would be marvelous to go out with you tonight. It would be fantastic to have one more fight with you tonight. Let’s invite your ex-boyfriends to my place for tea. It would be wonderful, yeah, them and you and me, them and you and me, yeah? Go and take my car alone to the clubs, friends think it’s funny. Now here’s my credit card, some cash, go on take my money. It would be wonderful to have you as my bride. It would be terrific to have you on my side tonight.
Track Name: Hookah
HOOKAH
So they’re calling me up, yeah I got to leave. Yeah they’re shipping me out, but I got to believe.*I got a hookah in my Hummer, and I drive real mean.*I’m gonna change this ugly scene. I don’t want no free cell phone, don’t want no video call. I don’t want to hear from you Ma, don’t make this engine stall. *and I drive real slow. *and that’s the way I want to go. (oh... no...) Don’t let this dust storm jam this radio. Yeah we welded more scrap steel, everywhere but down below. *and I drive real tuff. *I don’t know if we’re enough, troops. (know... no...) Now they’re saying we can’t stop gonna be here a long long time. Yeah I’d like to be with you but a leave would cloud my mind. *and I got a job to do. *and it’s all red white and blue. (no...) Drive fast drive fast screams the radio...
Track Name: Conscious Collective
CONSCIOUS COLLECTIVE
It got taken away... Everything that I once knew and the pain it came and grew. It got taken away. And every time that I pray, I feel my love climb. Every time that I pray, I feel our love combined. God take this away... I don’t want it around no more, I want to live like never before. God take this away. And every time that I pray, I feel my love climb. Every time that I pray, I feel our love combined. You got to give it away... one thing I realized, I don’t want to be tied. You got to give it away. And every time that I pray, I feel my love climb. Every time that I pray, I feel our love combined.
Track Name: She's Yours Now
SHE’S YOURS NOW
Glide her around, lift her up and down. Tell her she’s the best woman in this town. Hold her so close, whisper in her ear, tell her everything that she longs to hear. Lead her around the hall, feet upon the floor, tell her she’s the one that you do adore. Show her you’re proud and lucky to be her man. Drop to your knees and whimper and tell her of your plan. She can wear your ring. She can wear your ring. She can wear your ring and you can have everything, if she’s in love.
Track Name: Let It Grow
LET IT GROW
Hiking a trail with you by my side, I was content to have my love just hide. I admired you and you made me so glad, so happy with what we had. *Let it grow. Let it blossom. Let it go. Let it flow. From the mountains, to the oceans, to the forests of long ago, let it grow. Your mind and your smiling face it felt so right when we embraced. I never thought it could be like this, Oh Lord I think I found my bliss.* Out on a river we go, you dove right in. I was a little confused, hurt by other women. Out on a lake I swim, on my back I see, under a perfect rainbow, there you are you’ll always be.* We’re lovers now, everything is right, we’ll be together now for tonight. If we could alway remain good friends, Oh Lord this will never end. Now* Hope you know you are awesome, yeah it’s written deep in your soul. Let’s learn to love each other. Let’s dance the tango. Let it grow. Let it grow!
Track Name: It May Be Our Fate
IT MAY BE OUR FATE
You told me that I was the love of your life then you told me, “Put it in your past!” I don’t understand what happened then but I wanted us to last, yes yes. I wanted our love to last. You called me up to see if I was alone and then you told me, you wanted to date. I told you yes before you hung up that phone and then you said, “It may be too late, it may be our fate.” It may be our fate. Don’t be nervous nothing can hurt us, if we don’t talk about love, or the rest of our life. Just be here in the moment tonight. We won’t talk about being husband or wife, just do whatever feels right. We won’t talk about love, or the rest of our lives. Just be here in the moment tonight. We won’t talk about being husband or wife, just do whatever feels right. We won’t talk about love. We won’t talk about love...
Track Name: Move On
MOVE ON
What happened to the coffee shop and the five-and-dime and the mom-and-pop? There used to be a video store, well it ain’t around here like it was before. No growth in happiness, it’s what you have become. The past is far behind you, your life is what you’ve done to move on. I’m less than the one percent but I pay my bills, I pay my rent. It’s funny how different it was, well it’s just because, it’s just because. No growth in happiness, it’s what you’ve overcome. The past is far behind you, your life is what you’ve done to move on. I don’t think that I’m ever gonna find another woman like you but you made me do what I needed to do. I believe you when you tell me that you’re never gonna act like that again, well you’re right it’s not me, it’s you. The gift of gab ain’t no gift at all when you’re feeling short trying to stand tall...
Track Name: Asana
ASANA
Practicing life out on a mat, downward dog and upward facing cat. Wondering now what you will become, with a salutation of the sun. With a grace and fire breath I can bind. Warrior one my chakras feel aligned. Lotus always seems to hurt my toe, frog and rock and boat and cow and crow. Om... Being a tree with the forest of us all. Energy that flows it keeps us tall. Five afflictions out there all around, and the Yamas keep you planted on the ground. Om... Flexible and strong enough to feel. With Savasana you learn to heal. Asana is what it is I do. And the spirit in me recognizes the spirit in you. Om...