Miles Upon Miles EP

by Christopher Battles

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CHRISTOPHER BATTLES, performing new music with a classic acoustic singer/songwriter sound.

Christopher Battles has been a professional singer/songwriter since 2009. A decade prior he began learning guitar and singing, during the same time period earning an all-state timpanist seat and principal musical roles in his native New York State. Putting contemporary music aside in 2006, Christopher chose to become a classically trained percussionist, jazz drummer, and music educator. He earned his Suma Cum Laude Bachelors of Music in 2010. A year before graduation however, his purpose had been reborn. Deeply enriched by his classical and jazz studies, singer/songwriter Christopher Battles has developed a unique sound that clearly distinguishes him from all others in the music industry.

In 2012 Christopher recorded and released his “Miles Upon Miles EP” while spending the 2011 - 2012 school year substitute teaching in New York City. Battles’ music captures the human experience which is translated through sound directly into the heart of his audiences. His songs are so perfectly arranged that they leave a profound impact on those who have the privilege of listening to his music. Each stroke of a chord is equally matched by his incredible vocals. This is a story of one man’s life and has taken the audience by the hand giving them a glimpse of who he truly is.

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released June 2, 2012

Music & Lyrics by Christopher Battles (BMI)
in association with Kobor Road Publishing, Inc.
Recorded and produced by Steven Hero Productions LLC
www.ChristopherBattlesMusic.com
© 2012 All Rights Reserved

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Christopher Battles Syracuse, New York

Acoustic singer/songwriter Christopher Battles is inspired by existential folk musicians of the Civil Rights Era, his jazz and classical studies, and the unplugged storytellers of the 90's.  With a humanistic heart and incisive mind, Christopher writes titles like "Miles Upon Miles," "The Road is Longer Yet," "Clown Parade," and "A Fighting Chance." ... more

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Track Name: Miles Upon Miles
I came to the coast to get away from it all,
but my head boxed me in
and spinning I began to fall.
Round and round like a cannon ball.

I rode across the land on a manmade machine.
I drove it with heart and integrity
miles upon miles against the wind.
Miles upon miles with my face a grin;
miles upon miles again the wind.

So I picked myself for day two;
chasing the sun to the West but how to win the wind knew.
On the other coast what did I find?
So much for leaving it all behind.
The wind, it knew me how to find. It knew me how to find.

I rode across the land on a manmade machine.
I drove it with heart and integrity
miles upon miles against the wind.
Miles upon miles with my face a grin;
miles upon miles again the wind.
Track Name: Sailing
Together in the end.
Like specks of dust in the wind.
Floating, settling someplace far from here.
And sailing out of sight and mind.
And sailing to the whims of you and me.

Like kite tails on the beach;
backdrop clouds of the sky.
Cut the tether and fly,
you and I.

When we’re just dust that’s just what we’ll do;
through the sky blue.
Landing now and then,
landing now for the view.
And sailing to the whims of me and you.

Like kite tails on the beach;
backdrop clouds of the sky.
Cut the tether and fly, you and I.

You and I.
Track Name: Clown Parade
Look out they’re coming.
It’s almost like a bad dream
but there’s no waking no more the light,
to wake morning from the night.

They’ve arrived
and now they’re marching in time.
They’ve arrived.
The Clown Parade.

With all of our love we’ve just one strike.
The slight of hand misdirects our life.
With our strength that we thought was out faith, so tall.
We find out that it can be bent after all
It’s bending, it’s bending... it’s bending.

They’re arrived
and now they’re coming inside.
They’re empty as that night.
They’re coming. Hide.

They’ve gotten inside.

If we live it ain’t gonna matter by then.
If we live it ain’t gonna matter.

They’ve got red roses, on their hearts to hide their eyes.
They’ve got red roses, on the ground to hide their lies.

They’ve arrived.
Now they’re coming inside.
There’s nothing sweeter than life.
Track Name: Footprints
check out these new boots I wear
they’re a little more than a dollar a pair
they have much for you if you seek
it’s about the years they spent outside
walking though the snow and ice outside
nothing matter how long they don't care
See I want to buy new shoes
but they’ve walked through black and blue
and they don’t fit any other feet
their footprints are to me
beneath the snowy earth and sea
like the years we seek they’re pieces of me

I said I’m alright
said I’m ok
I said I’m alright
I’m with you today

back to the story you say

check out these footprints I’ve laid
like the steps of snow they’ll melt away
but there’s some ice that may never fade
like the faces of the holy grail
all the love and hate and pain exhaled
someday it might wash all away
I won’t cause it today
I won’t cause it today
today is for watching snowflakes fall on their way
I’m saving this moment in time
saving for another time
when somehow it’s a better place

I said I’m alright
said I’m ok
I said I’m alright
I’m with you today
Track Name: Oh My God
Oh my god you are alright.
I was afraid I saw you the last time.
It was one of those things
that make you feel the beauty in just....
breath in, breath out, breath in

I did pray for a godless child.
This renegade that ran for miles.
You are alright now, you are okay
I’m sorry that we ended up this way.

Take take breath, a deep breath my best friend.
Thank god tonight is not tomorrow’s end.
A second chance is given but once my friend,
let’s never make that mistake again

I thought you might hear the last words I said
Where that “I cant stand all the things in my head;
and you know what I mean so I just wish you would leave me be.”

Oh my good you are alright.
I was afraid I saw you the last time.
You are alright now, you are okay,
I must admit I took knee to pray

I said please.
If you’re listening please.
My friend bleeds.
Life onto my hands.
I said please.

Please.

Oh my god you are alright
I was afraid I saw you for the last time
Oh my god okay
lets never end up like we did that day.
Oh my god you are alright
I thought that we’d run out of time.

Oh my good you are alright.
Track Name: Can I Love You Now
You see me here, does it do much for you? Do you care?
You know I’m here, and I know you kind of like the feeling of my stare.
I’m burning for the same thing that's on your mind,
so when you’re ready to begin lets light that fire.

Can I love you now?
Starting with some quite conversation.
Can I love you now?
Give in, give into temptation.

It’s almost enough that you know who I am.
And you give me the brush each time you walk by for another man.
I can count four steps it takes to turn every head in this place.
So why don't we let you count the things that I can do to you.

Can I love you now?
Starting with some quite conversation.
Can I love you now?
Give in, give into temptation.

I can feel you from across the room.
It’s enough to make me want to...
Let’s blow this room and I’ll share the plan of attack:
give me your heart and you wont want it back.

Can I love you now?
Starting with some quite conversation.
Can I love you now?
Give in, give into temptation.
No, I’m not counting down;
your time is all that you’re wasting.
Can’t I love you now?
Give into me.
Can’t I love you now?