Sam Lunsford

by Sam Lunsford

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about

Sam Lunsford is an old soul, naturally gifted and well-versed in the dynamics of what makes music a sincere experience. Rooted in a genuine appreciation for honest songwriting, he has crafted an album that is as intriguing as it is comforting. Bridging the gap between classic psychedelic and modern sonic melody, Sam Lunsford's self-titled debut is a warm introduction to his analogue world, filled with vintage instrumentation and harmonic peace.

"It’s an incredibly strong release from both a song-writing and a recording techique perspective. The production sounds every bit as refined and perfected as on an Emitt Rhodes album. On this album he gets more experimental than on the Young Sinclairs material, incorporating elements of light psychedelia, soft-rock and some allround good Zombies-vibes..."
- Krister Bladh, Record Turnover

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released December 25, 2012

All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed to 1" tape by Samuel Jones Lunsford at The Mystic Fortress, Roanoke, VA, 2012

"Haven't Got The Time" recorded on Tascam Portastudio in 2009

"Pure Of Heart" mixed by John Thompson

John Thompson played additional atmospheric guitar on "Pure Of Heart", pedal steel on "Dead End St." & acoustic guitar on "Green Light Two Light Blue"

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Mystic Fortress Roanoke, Virginia

Founded in 2005, a fully-functional analog recording studio and D.I.Y. record label located in Roanoke, VA. Home to a talented artist collective formerly known as The Magic Twig Community. The recording studio is operated by brothers Sam & Joe Lunsford and John Thompson, and has always retained a unique signature sound spanning any number of musical genres. Feast your ears on the magic. ... more

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Track Name: All About The Love
what kind of world is this where we can't get along
other people drive you out your mind
let's try and get along
cause to me it seems so easy
to try and lend a hand and try to show your fellow man
all about the love
all about the love
what kind of world is this where we can't live together
other people babe they're just like you
let's try and live together
cause to me it seems so easy
to hear the train-a-comin and try to show your sister woman
all about the love
all about the love
and if you had such an open mind I could know you
but your mind is not shown
and if you thought about all the other ones and what they go through
you wouldn't be so down
you're not happy with yourself
so you get uptight at someone else just for being good
what kind of world is this we're getting scared to move
just a lot of frantic needles
ain't hitting nobody's groove
but to me it seems so easy
to loosen up your shoulders even though you're growing older
it's all about the love
all about the love
all about the love
all about the love
Track Name: Just Wanted To Help
I have tried so many times and failed along the way
yet I keep charging on and searching for the words to say
that might persuade you
but I know that you don't want to move
what made you have the hardest way of changing moods
like you do
I don't know what lies ahead it seems hidden down the tracks
yet I keep charging on and I'm not worried bout getting back
to where I came from
can't you see that that was in the past
from day one should've known that nearly nothing lasts
and life moves fast
I just wanted to help
I just wanted your love
I just wanted to help
I just wanted your love
Track Name: Wedding Day
they just brought that big bouquet
fill the glasses up with water for the tables in the shade
silver flutes begin to play
in the distance of your time you're waiting on a wedding day
all the ladies dressed in white
and your sister came to town
all your friends can see you walking
down the alley of the aisle
soda pop and wine for me
always late
grinning bout your fantasy
that I believe in fate
get to see her hair turn grey
make a promise with the power if the truth is what you say
long-haired girls a garden maze
in the distance of your time you're waiting on a wedding day
all the ladies dressed in white
and your sister came to town
all your friends can see you walking
down the alley of the aisle
soda pop and wine for me
always late
grinning bout your fantasy
that I believe in fate
Track Name: Come What May
let them fade
and see me once again
how easy is the rhyme
what they wear
the lover and the anger
and the bender of the right
night festival
effigy catch light
come what may I won't let them bring you down
come what may dancing in the pouring rain
come what may they won't let you wear your crown
come what may come what may
out in the bay
water shines
let love grow
into evening
hammer falls
touches something black
solid grain
making it completed
come what may I won't let them bring you down
come what may dancing in the pouring rain
come what may they won't let you wear your crown
come what may come what may
Track Name: Pure Of Heart
you type letters on a humming scribe
and you look to me for your thoughts
but I won't subscribe to yours
cause your mind and your body's condition is poor
now who is pure
who is pure
tell me who's seen the dark side
beyond the things that we see
if you're pure of heart lay your cards on the table
baby and see if you can play with me
when I was fighting just to stay alive
you only thought of yourself
and how in public you might look a fool
if I'm associated with you
now who is pure
who is pure
tell me who's seen the dark side
beyond the things that we see
if you're pure of heart lay your cards on the table babe
and see if you can play with me
Track Name: Saturn
hello to all that's new
my love is here with you too
come out the raven empty
to fill up nothing within you
dust of Saturn form our spirits
from within its ring
out the forest you can hear it
growing secrets sing
hello to days not come
my love sees all that you've done
kneel down the grace of honey
all men and women one
dust of Saturn form our spirits
from within your wrist
out the skin your blood needs freedom
beyond where you exist
dust of Saturn form our spirits
from within its ring
out the forest you can hear it
growing secrets sing
Track Name: The Whole
the past has wondered for so long when you would say goodbye
it trapped you in a corner where it couldn't keep you dry
it soaked you til you shivered down and thought you lost your hold
you found out that your vision's just a fragment of the whole
the cheating ones are not to blame for finding ways to move
that make us truthful-hearted people always poised to lose
it's in their type of D.N.A. and it's coded in their kin
but they don't see what's passing by by making sure to win
and the next day comes at last
and the sign reads it came to pass
each turning of the paper brings the next day of your life
forget about how long it may be what's its width and heighth
and did I ever tell you how your song unlocked my soul
and helped me see each phase of mine's a fragment of the whole
Track Name: Brethren
you like this but you can't speak to me
you like this but you can't touch my hand
you like this yet still you compete with me
you like this and I don't understand
where have all my brethren run
you told us we were family
it takes a tall man to reach those rungs
this is no fun
this is insanity
you like this - the meaning has changed
you like this - it's just a scheme
you like this - trapped and hanging within that frame
you like this but this just likes to steal your dreams
where have all my brethren run
you told us we were family
it takes a tall man to reach those rungs
this is no fun
this is insanity
what have all those actions done
you were only just-a-sittin there
providing proof of your vanity
this is no fun
this is insanity
Track Name: Dead End St.
ooh what's come over you
you're trying to close your mind to what you know is true
ooh I can't talk to you
take a look at yourself that's what you need to do
I never could have known you
I never had the chance
you couldn't listen to the music
but you still tried to dance
you're taking the short way
and the easy route
if you think I'm a dead end street how come you just found your way out
take your troubles to the river and throw em in
I can't have em round my happy home again
you need something but you don't need a friend
you just need a fresh fool to look at you pretend
now you're driving yourself mad about people living lies
but I can see one living when I look into your eyes
go on and find another angel so you can drag em down
another set of skin to steal from some other town
one day coming when you see me running round
there'll be nothing for me to say
stuck here treading there's no traction to be found
somehow I'll find my way
this year fading from the present track of time
slow train moving cross the dustbins of your mind
you're not stopping you just can't see the signs
Track Name: Green Light Two Light Blue
how did we get here
seems like we found our way
to leave the atmosphere
where you and I both gravitate
in and out but we're not trying
we're not too bland to chase
things around
cause when the time comes it stares in your face
look at me and tell
I'm waiting for commands and I can grant your wishes
there's nothing I won't sing to you
nothing I won't do
waiting for your green light
shine down from up down all around
waiting for your green light
as you reflect upon this vessel where you float with me tonight
when's the moment when you'll meet me
here halfway in-between
I would give myself completely
would you do the same as me
in and out but we're not human
two light blue
connected by the rhythms no one listens to
look at me and tell
I'm waiting for commands and I can grant your wishes
there's nothing I won't sing to you
nothing I won't do
waiting for your green light
shine down from up down all around
waiting for your green light
as you reflect upon this vessel where you float with me tonight
Track Name: Haven't Got The Time
speak my mind that's what you say you want me to do
but you are afraid if my mind just don't agree with you
I'm gonna keep on tryin
and I'll let you sit around here cryin but not me babe
cause I haven't got the time
sing my songs that's what you say you want me to do
but you are afraid if my song ain't about you
I'm gonna keep on singin
and you can sit there with your little head ringin but not me babe
cause I haven't got the time
fade away that's what you say you want me to do
but you are afraid when I just don't fade away from you
I'll still just keep shinin
and you can sit there complainin and whinin but not me babe
I haven't got the time