The Road

by Raising Red

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The Road- RR's debut album blends a mixture of Derek and Stephanie's songs and incorporates many genres including folk, rock, and bits of electro-pop. Thanks for all your support guys!

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released March 6, 2016

Special thanks to Josh Elliot and HPJ Studios

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Raising Red Madison, Wisconsin

Using the KISS method since 2015, Raising Red hinges on the lyrics of Stephanie Bartels and Derek Olson. Check out their debut album 'The Road' now! Available to order, both online and as CD jackets now!

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Track Name: Rustbelt Hwy
We, we pulled up
In an old trucker’s lodge
Just me and my baby sprung from chaos and we
We laid in the back of our cramped old hatch
Just lying in each other’s arms

I, I thought back
To the years we’ve had
When our love had swayed right off the tracks and how
We figured it out
That everything is worthy
sometimes it’s worthy of the doubt

And I’ve been away, I’ve been near
But I think it’s always been quite clear
that we, we can always part
but that was never, never in the cards

And I, I found god
On the side of the road
His hair in his eyes and lungs filled with smoke, but I
I couldn’t breath, without you here-here next to me and I

I’ve seen the sun. I watched it rise as we drove through the mountains -stones to the skies and
You, you took a drag, as we drove away from all of those yesterdays
Track Name: The Road
You took me up into the bluffs, and made my cheeks go blush
We talked about our hopes and dreams, until words weren’t enough
That was the day I fell for you, your complex state of mind
And if I’d ever had my selfish way, you always would be mine
The Road, the road that led me to you chased the dawn
The dawn that broke me right down into your arms
Your arms they’re shaking, but their steady, my heart
My heart is always right here waiting

And even after all these years we still got so much to learn, even more to lose
When I’ve gone and lost what all was mine, I still would just want you
Cos happiness is more than just a state on mind, it’s your soul shapin’ up with mine
We can realign and focus on forever lullabies

The Road, the road that led me to you chased the dawn
The dawn that broke me right down into your arms
Your arms they’re shaking, but their steady, my heart
My heart is always right here waiting
Track Name: Streets of Change
Life to me, it seems is in the stars
You can look all you want but you never know how far
There’s a voice in the back of my head that’s sayin’ you’ll never get far, never get far
Sometimes in the morning I take a walk outside of myself
I don’t go too far, I wanna know what it’s like
I could be you, you could be me
We’ll jump in the water, it’s an endless sea of change

Everybody’s ridin’ the wave
It keeps on getting bigger, but we don’t slow down
We don’t know how
This change, close your eyes, but you know it’s still there
Shut me up if you really don’t care
I’d say louder, I’d say louder to the ones out there who care

Love to me it seems is all around
And there’s so much color, in between these sounds
Can you hear it? Or are you colorblind?
Forgive the definition; just say what’s on your mind
Let it run wild! Yeah, maybe pick up your feet
We could open up the door, in the middle of the street
Streets of change..
Track Name: Broken House
Down here on my knees again
Bottle’s more empty than it’s ever been
Strung up, stressed out wondering where you’ve been
Loneliness my only friend again
Build me up to only bring me down
You were there since I was just a child
Doubting, changing- you were gone again
Left me here with this mess to tend

I’ll pick up every piece you shattered on your way out of this broken house
To your better life, with your pretty wife
Stay here in the wreckage that you’ve sewn, daddy you’re still on your own

I wonder if they’d still think you’re great
If they heard the way you cursed my mama’s name
Degrading her, with every breath you take
Your pride has been the only way
My brother’s been gone for 3 damn days
Used his last dime to numb his pain
From your unrelenting cast of shame
You still managed to share when you’re far away

I’ll pick up every piece you shattered on your way out of this broken house
To your better life, with your pretty wife
Stay here in the wreckage that you’ve sewn, daddy you’re still on your own
Track Name: Harper's Tune
Sweet baby girl, don’t close your eyes
Mama’s gonna sing you this lullaby
Strong hearted women, they can’t disguise
The anecdote behind their demise

I hope you run
I hope you try to fly
I hope you learn to touch the sky
I hope you never stop
Never let your dreams die
I hope you love, but never fall for the lies

Sweet gift of mine
A blessing for life
You taught me unconditional love- an eternal sunrise
You brought me meaning on my darkest night
And I hope that I can show you, this beautiful life

I hope you run
I hope you try to fly
I hope you learn to touch the sky
I hope you never stop
Never let your dreams die
I hope you love, but never fall for the lies
I hope you’re strong
See the world as it is and rise above, and never submit
I hope you care
I hope you understand
Spread love and acceptance by the grace of your hand

Sweet baby girl, you can close your eyes
Mama’s gonna be there, by your side
Through it all
Through the beauty of life
We can take on the world, and spread some light

I hope you run
I hope you try to fly
I hope you learn to touch the sky
I hope you never stop
Never let your dreams die
I hope you love, but never fall for the lies

My little girl
Little Harper’s tune
I hope you dance by the light of the moon
Track Name: Take Me Down
I was young and you were bold
You laid me down and laced me with golden lies
I was sold
Took my heart laid it on the line
Both feet in til’ I was drowning in mine
I was blind.

But you told me that I was gonna be the one you loved the one you shared your life
And I believed every word you said with another girl lying in your bed
You can take me down you take me down to the river, to the river of your lies
You can lay me down, you can lay me down
My hope my worth my selfish pride
Just take it all away, just take it all away

She walked in and your head turned
Our future left out to burn
Both led on and both let down
Your charm, your wit is gonna burn you down

But you told me that I was gonna be the one you loved the one you shared your life
And I believed every word you said with another girl lying in your bed
You can take me down you take me down to the river, to the river of your lies
You can lay me down, you can lay me down
My hope my worth my selfish pride
Just take it all away, just take it all away

I said oooohhh ohhhh ohhhh
I said oooohh ohhhh oohhh
Take it all away
Take it all away
Won’t you take it all away
Gonna take it all away
Track Name: All the Same
You and I have walked down this road a thousand times
But all of that means nothing when you’re ignoring all the signs
Was it you who wrote the letter, telling me to stay?
When everything you let fall down was pushing me away

I said all I know, all I’m told
Couldn’t change my ways, or save my soul
You’re a pretty girl- yeah, you stole my heart
I can take it back, baby, and make a new start

It goes away, if you just give it time
This broken heart you wear, will just fall right into line
So, now you know.. what I am
And you can listen to your daddy when he says that we’re all the same

Many moons had passed on since I thought about her face
But yesterday, God willing, brought about that grace
She stepped into the clearing and we were lost in space
I woke with my heart beating just as fast as it could race

Now, all I know, all I’m told
Couldn’t have prepared me for the way the dice rolled
Now you haunt my dreams and you steal away my nights
I haven’t slept for weeks baby, without the lights
You’re a pretty girl, hell, you stole my heart
It seems I never got it back baby, when I made a new start

It goes away, if I just give it time
This broken heart I wear, will just fall right into line
So, now I know.. what I am
I’m a broken-hearted lover, who will never be the same
Track Name: Yesterday's Blowin'
Yesterday’s blowin steady, into the wind
Well, the house was warm before you let that in
And now we’re getting swept into this hurricane
You act like it’s been nothing, and then you walk away
But I have weathered storms like this before
I’ve never cared enough to fall for someone else
Fall into the darkness of the storm

My mind’s racin’ down this tiny track
It’s speedin’ up, but holding back
In case there’s other cars that want to break me down
Well, my head was held so high, only when there’s someone around
And those speeds were mighty fast
It seemed I’d almost crashed before you picked me up
So I could land right back again
Land right back where I belong

I’m fallin’, I’m fallin’ away…

I believe the day ain’t over when the sun goes down
But when it’s cold out, I’ll tuck my kids until they’re safe and sound
I believe the day ain’t over yet, I believe that the sun goes down
I believe, I believe it right now

I believe there’s somethin’ in this life we’re living for
And I might not always be ahead, but who’s keepin’ score…
Track Name: What More
Woke up this morning and everything turned to black
Woke up and looked around today, and everything turned to grey
I was starin’ out the window and the face I saw was sad
But I knew just what that meant
Meant I had to get out, get away
Find some shelter, face the day
But you found me anyways

What more do you want from me
What more could you have
What more could you take from me
There’d be nothin’ left
There’s nothin’ left

I got lost in the roses, just to feel the pain
Thought until it hurt to think, and I still had nothin’ to say- it’s ok
Anytime I tried to think of anything at all, I thought of you
Hell, I didn’t know what to do, it seemed I was fallin’, fallin’ fast
And everything was blue- I guess that…

What more do you want from me
What more could you have
What more could you take from me
There’d be nothin’ left
There’s nothin’ left
Nothin’ left, no darlin’
Track Name: Til I Rest My Head
I grew up in a small painted town where every road pointed right back around You grew up, but you never grew out- your roots planted firmly deep in the ground
I learned the hard way you'll never fit in when your story means more than the pages its in
So, I moved on trying not to burn out in these casted foot prints deep in the ground

And I'm gonna ride in the sun and in wind
Gonna love, gonna learn how to grow more freely then I've ever been
Past the ignorance and bliss
All the things that made me sick
Broke every rule I've ever bent
Til’ the day I rest my head

Every now and again
On a cold night winter wind
Blowin’ through the windows of the house
When those memories flood back in
Like a rusty, wounded hinge
Cryin’ for the storm to subside
Just close your eyes and see a place
Back off the ledge of the fire escape
Streets are empty, lights are dim
There’s nowhere to run to in your head

And I'm gonna ride in the sun and in wind
Gonna love, gonna learn how to grow more freely then I've ever been
Past the ignorance and bliss
All the things that made me sick
Broke every rule I've ever bent
Til’ the day I rest my head