Freeverse​-​Rene Russell

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Rene Russell
Is In The Running To Become An 
Independent Music Award Nominee
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Rene Russell’s new album, “freeverse” , released 1/2015, is about understanding that we command the power of change in our lives. We are the only ones standing in our way, we are the only ones who can give ourselves permission to be successful and happy. Rene finally realized this in 2012 when she quit drinking after 32 years. “Freeverse” was the result of that clarity, 13 widely diverse songs about her experiences and insights.

Rene is a 12-string guitarist, with a Southern-Folk-Rock percussive groove. A nice blend of Bonnie Raitt/Stevie Nicks and James Taylor/ Michael Hedges. She has been crafting her percussive, finger-picking style since she picked up the 12-string in 1972. She was never interested in playing a 6-string, only the 12-string guitar would do.
As a Songwriter, she speaks to you of experience, both personal and Universal. Her songs deliver layers of life, internal moments of choice, change and hope.

Originally from Columbia, SC, Rene has been a solo performer since 1980 and over the years has shared the stage with Tom Chapin, Michelle Malone, Danielle Howle, and Indigo Girls. She has spent time living and playing in cities across the country; Atlanta, Ga, Austin, TX, Nashville, TN, and San Diego, CA. She now lives in Charleston, SC, and in 2011/2012 she was a co-host for BalconyTV Charleston/Behind the Scenes.
In 2015 she performed at the 30-A Songwriter’s Festival and is currently touring both locally and regionally throughout the Southeast in support of her new album. You can purchase her music and find out where she’s playing next on her website: ReneRussell.com.

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released January 1, 2015

Recorded at www.arpstudio.com
Charleston, SC
engineer: Bruce Roberts
Produced by
Tim Styles, Rene Russell, Bruce Roberts
Cover Art: Anne Pope Potter
“ The Four Rabinim”
www.annpopepotter.com
Other Original Art: Rene Russell
Photography: Keith Bradshaw
Family Photo: Bob Russell
All songs written by Rene Russell except:
Prologue-words: Barbara & Melonie Ward,
Rene Russell, Music: Rene Russell
and
Canvas of Your Lifewords:
Rene Russell & Landis Powers
music: Rene Russell
All Songs © 2014 Rene Russell
Change Your Brain Music LLC
(P) 2014 Change Your Brain Music-BMI

Official Website: Renerussell.com

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Rene Russell’s new album, “freeverse” , released 1/2015, is about understanding that we command the power of change in our lives. We are the only ones standing in our way, we are the only ones who can give ourselves permission to be successful and happy. “Freeverse” was the result of that clarity, 13 widely diverse songs about her experiences and insights.
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Track Name: Canvas of Your Life
Welcome Home- my burdened friend- come on in.
Look- at your Life- all the Love- and the Smiles- You held within, Hang on- your future Lives- will soon begin!

chorus- List-en well- the choices you make- on Life’s Trail.
Can be- the Road- to Heaven or Hell!

Your Path-is many fold-it reaches out- & makes a Whole-
Like Spider’s Web, Watch Yourself-with Eagle’s Eye-
And let your Soul- be the Guide!
CHORUS-You Know, the choices….

Bridge- So step- out on- the Trail- no matter what the cost-
Don’t fall -in line-behind- your Brothers just as lost!
This Web-you weave- comes at such a Price-
But see- your footsteps —Paint the Canvas of your Life!

This House-is not your Home-until you see-just how its Grown-
Life-entangles all-the Balance shows - who we are-
So Ride High- but don’t forget- you have to Give-more than you Get!
List-en well- the choices you make-on Life’s Trail-
Will see -you tread—Both Heaven and Hell!
Track Name: Walk a Fine Line
I walk a fine line tryin’ to balance my Soul, It’s hard to hold on & it’s hard to let go….
Listen to the Voices in my ear, One’s about Light & one’s about Fear!
What am I scared of don’t you know—
I’m looking in the mirror at my Alter Ego!
I’m afraid of what I might see, if I open my Hand & set you free!

It’s hard to hold on it’s hard to let go- A habit dies hard when it’s all you know! I Don’t know what tomorrow brings, but nobody else gonna Pull my Strings!
All those Dreams I locked up tight,
Gotta bring ‘em all out in the Mornin Light
If you wanna stay clear, Then empty your cup, just throw it all out and fill it back up!
bridge
I may not have Answers yet- But everybody spins, everybody bets…
But I’m gonna change my Fate(Life) You’ll see, I’m gonna Choose my Destiny!

So I walk a fine line, tryin’ to Balance my Soul, its hard to hold on, its hard to let go!
I Still hear those voices in my ear, ones about Light and ones about my Fear…I’m still walkin that Line … Gotta save my soul…
It’s hard to hold on…… But I can’t let go….
Track Name: Freeverse
I write my Life- In Free Verse Form- Each line a Choice-
Each Page a Storm-The Truth is Born- from the Fury of Desire
I cast my Spell- & watch it take Form!
When I was young-I heard Preacher-man’s Song-
God gave us Free Will- to choose right from wrong——-
Wisdom shows me- the Key of Survival-
Creation flows——where your Attention Goes!

Chorus- You will Become- What you Dwell Upon,
Every time you make- A Wish you take-
Your Power back- into your hands-
So lead yourself- to the Promised Land.

BREAK

Magicians We —hold the Power- to Cast a Spell-Upon ourselves-
We went to Sleep- to hide that Se-cret-
When we wake up- the Truth comes out!
Wake up my Darlin!- Its time at last-
the Suns come out- the Night has past-
Your Future waits— For your Bless—ing-
To prove that we——-Create Ourselves!
CHORUS

So write your Life- In Free Verse Form-Each line a Choice-
Every Page a Storm- The Truth is Born- In the Fury of Desire!
Say your Prayer—- and be TransFormed!
Chorus…
Track Name: Who We Really Are
One day I came down to earth.......

Last night I found myself alone, I was all alone...
I looked around, I saw people there, painted on the walls....

I closed my eyes & voices rang in my ears.......
People were moving around me now, they were having......fun!

Sometimes its hard to see, who we really are inside,
When our hearts can go so cold, We hold our breath
In the wake of our emptiness...

I’m on the inside looking out at you....
You can not see these walls I am looking through.
chorus

Just like a line that’s been erased, still a ghost of truth remains.....
So we become the things we do, while we say this—- is what I choose.

Sometimes we have no face to show, 
Sometimes we’re lost but we don’t know
Sometimes we lose our sense of self... so we ...re....create ourselves...

Today I came …. back… down… to Earth………..mmmm…
Track Name: Once

Once…………….upon a time, was a lonely Soul…and
 Once…………… in a lifetime she’ll find someone.
But sometimes the names aren’t quite the same, but the smile always steals your heart
And Tears…are the windows to Heaven…And Dreams are the gifts we give ourselves-
And Once is enough in a lifetime, to make all your dreams become real.
I……..had a Dream late last night that
 You…..found my heart with no one home.
And I almost lost the chance for a lifelong dance, but you smiled & you stole my Heart.
And Angels have wings, they dance and sing…And Dreams are the gifts we give ourselves.
And Once….is enough in a lifetime…to make all your dreams come true…
Oh Angels, they have wings, they dance & sing, and dreams are the gifts we give ourselves now…and once is enough in a lifetime, to make all your dreams come true….
Track Name: Smoke & Mirrors
We stand upon the Earth, with our hands up in the air, reaching out to God, and Dream the most of Water as we smolder in despair.
Talk about Love and the answers, truth’s become mythology. We’re still keeping little Secrets from ourselves while we slowly turn the other cheek.


Chorus: Cuz- We- Built this House of Smoke & Mirrors (Lies & Fear) Slept in rooms we’ve filled with Tears, (filled with tears)

Said the words without the Meaning, (empty words)

Screamed out loud when no one Hears!


Here in these stained-glass halls,we congregate and pray, Recitations, empty Habits won’t change a thing, if we we’ve forgotten what they mean! Haven’t you noticed somethings missing in here? All you have to do is open up your eyes, And listen to the Voices whispered in the night, To see what’s happened here-

Chorus-


All this yelling and frustration, only clouds the memory, We have time to change the Future for us all if we -Just Remember how to Be!

So we -
Build our Houses out of Wisdom (Love & Hope) 

Sleep in Rooms with no more fear, (No more fear)
Say the words and feel the Beauty,
Use the Power we have here. 

Build these houses out of Wisdom (Love & Hope
)
Sleep in rooms with no more fear (No More Fear)
Say the Words and know the beauty

of the Power we have here!
Track Name: Politely Tell A Lie
I’m not the only one to ever see your face- & I’m not the only one who believed it was fate- Fear is a crazy beast it kills the things it Hates. Time changes everyone, we all make mistakes, and everybody says….
Don’t cross the line, don’t rock the boat, be humble, be blind…
 Don’t tell the Truth, don’t be yourself, you just keep it all inside.
 and if anybody asks you now, will you…politely tell that Lie?
People stare & people talk but they don’t know how hard- 
The Truth can be to keep inside- pretending It’s the Lie…They still think it’s such a sin-So we keep it Memorized…when everybody says……
CHORUS
We Bought the house, the dog, the yard- the cat goes in & out-
Your brother thinks he knows some truth but, he’s too afraid to ask-
And holidays are always tough cause we dance around the facts….while everybody says..
CHORUS
Years have passed since we began this story of our lives-
We’ve lived with Fear, we’ve run with Hope, we have kept it all inside.
We wished for things we didn’t get-but we’ve got the things we want…
Still everybody says..
CHORUS
…Politely tell that Lie & quietly deny, the Truth you keep inside
Politely tell that lie & hope that you’ll get by, Politely tell that Lie….
Track Name: Spec of Truth
Standing on this watery ball, Floating in a crystal sky.

I wonder how we’ll ever make the cut?
Where we’ll find that Spec of Truth we want? 

They say the end is near but no one really knows, so we’ll just keep on Burning Oil—and Hoarding Gold, Hoard that Gold.

Worlds collide while people live & die,
Between the lines of what we’ll do & what they’ll try.
We live in Fugues where all we hear is what we’re told. 

Believing Holy Wars will keep us in the fold.

So I watch people wearing Hatred in their Clothes…

Cause they’ve forgotten that they’re here to grow a Soul, Grow that Soul!

Angels watch from lofty heights above,
While our Religions feign to teach us about Love.
You just ignore that little man behind the screen.
Because the wizards here to tell you what it means.

They say the end is near but no one really knows, 

So you just keep on sending Gold—to our TV Shows, send that Gold!
BREAK
Here amid the chaos & debris, I hear a prayer & so I fall upon my knees, If you recall it’s always darkest before dawn. So we will lift our voices high above the throng.
And when a hundred million Souls join in the song…
 I believe here at the end—we’ll get the Truth we Earn, 
We’re gonna get that Spec…..Just a little Spec……of Truth….that’s what we’ll get!
Track Name: What If
I’ve been thinking ‘bout the way things are -

the world is changed & people say we’ve come so far---

But you gotta know not everybody feels the same—

turn on the news, The world is going up in flames!

What if we could change our minds? What If we all took the time,

It shouldn’t have to be so hard, to change the world with just one heart.

You’ve been thinking ‘bout the way we are, 

We’ve both changed, baby we have come so far.

Times are tough & everybody feels the strain & you think maybe that we’ve lost our flame…

But what if I could change your mind? What if I just took the time,
 baby we can make it through, let me share my love with you.


What if we Stop the wars, What if we could shut out the noise, What if we eliminate all our fear and all our hate—
Yeah-What if we Changed? What if we Change?

I been thinking ‘bout the way things are, 

the world has changed & People say we’ve come so far,

But you gotta know not everybody feels the same-

So we have to learn to love them and forget the blame!

So what if we could change their minds-- Teach them how to take the time,
It wouldn’t have to be so hard to change the world with all our hearts!

What if we could change our minds, What if all took the time,
 It wouldn’t have to be so hard to change the world with all our hearts…..
Track Name: I Know You Better, Still...
You used to keep me running ‘round,- used to keep me falling down,
Now my feet are on the ground,- there’s no loss here only- Love reaching out!
Oh and -I know you better, I know you better…..still….


You once told me I was not your kind anymore, -you tried to say good-bye -
before you— tried me on!

Oh But -I know you better, I know you better, …still- yes I still, well I still, I know you better and I still, yes I still well I know you better yes and …

I know you love me but your Hearts still lost-
 It’s caught and tangled in these Barbed Wire arms-
I know you love me but 
 Your wounds haven’t healed, It’s a tough Love makes a Pain so real……

I see a tiger in a cage, with open doors yet still she stays….Sometimes the tiger lets you in….sometimes she slams the door and locks herself in.

Oh but- I know you better, I know you better…..still……


You Lie and say it’s not the pain that goes away you lie & say (You lie & say….)

it’s not the pain its just the love that goes away, you lie & say, (Its not the Pain…)

it’s not the love its just the Trust that goes away, (its not the love…)

you lie & say, you lie & say, you lie & say, you lie……..
I know you better, I know you better,
 still, yes I still, well I still I know you better and I still yes I still, well I still, I know you better than you still, yes I still….well I still know you better…and I still, yes I still, well I--- still know you better…………….
Track Name: Synopsis (Don't Be A Broken Record)
I’m just a Singer but I don’t have a band, I play it Solo with some Sleight of Hand-Whiskey & Jaeger were my greatest fans- And I never had a Plan…
C’mon & help me drink this night away- It never matters really what we say- We won’t remember in the light of day- It’s just expected anyway!

I tell my Stories from a Stage like this- It’s not too small if my big Ego still fits- I just pretend I’m selling out the Ritz- It’s all a humble soul can do…
C’mon & help me dream this night away- It never matters really what we say-We won’t remember in the light of day- It’s just expected anyway!

Fast forward now it’s been awhile since my teens- I sing the same songs and I drink my Routine-But I don’t feel like I can Sell you this Scene- I just can’t Fake it anymore…

You always helped me drink the night away- It never really matters what we say-we don’t remember it the very next day- And it’s expected anyway!

I had a dream about my Mother last night- She said, You’re making a Huge mess of your life- I raised you up with all my Love & Light- You’ve got to turn yourself around-

So I woke up & changed my Life the next day-Quit using Whiskey for excuses to Play- Time slips by when you forget and don’t pay- Attention every single day!
Don’t be a Broken Record no one can Play- Act like a Superman and Save your own Day! A little Faith is what’s expected these days- C’mon I’ll show you the way!

So I’m a Singer, I still don’t have a band, I play it solo now with helping hands, I got some friends now they’re my biggest fans- See there always was a Plan!

So Come & help me Sing this night away- Because it always matters what we say- We make a difference every time We Say- There’s got to be a better way-
Don’t be a Broken Record no one can Play- Act like a Superman and Save your own Day! A little Faith is what’s expected these days- C’mon I’ll show you the way!
Track Name: Love is the Power
Oh, what have we found here? As feelings between us become more clear-
I was lost but now I’ve found- Love is the Power that makes this sound.

Though we stand at separate poles- it’s the pull of the Heart that helps us grow.
The past we keep for mem’ries sake- Cause here and now is the future we make.

So just let go-Trust the Love that’s in your Soul-
We’re just pieces of the Whole-So when we give we get it all.

Is it Lust or Love that’s conquered me- Remove the Veil so we can see.
In this Heart there is a Key- to open the doors and set us free.
CHORUS

So what have we found here, these feelings between us become so clear.
We were lost but now we’ve found- Love is the Power that makes this sound. 
Love is the Power that makes this sound…….
Track Name: Prologue (Can We Wake?)
In the Night of a cold summer Love-Where Reality was left o far behind!
A Dreamer slipped away into the hands of a long ago memory of childhood
innocence…
Once the Dream was here then it turned to disappear, and I awoke to find myself alone.
Raindrops on the window pane turn our sorrows into pools of pain, Can we wake Up…….in time?