Turning Tides

by Chris Ronald

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released July 16, 2011

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Chris Ronald Vancouver, British Columbia

Originally from England now living in Vancouver, Canada, Chris Ronald's music has been described as a melding of British roots and North American folk. His vocal and songwriting talents have won him countless performances and a passionately loyal following. Ronald's third and most recent (2014) album, Timeline, was produced by award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis. ... more

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Track Name: Sunshine
Sunshine on the horizon
I’ve been waiting so long for you to show
I saw you in all your glory
Deliver colour into my world
And you’ve gotta know just how that feels

My heroes, they lie before me
I try to imagine what lies ahead
And I see you in all my stories
Bringing colour into my world
And you’ve gotta know just how that feels

Chorus:
And I’ve never known a thing so fine
Let it rain I’ll pay no mind
You will always be my sunshine
I think about you all the time
Leave my cloudy days behind
You will always be my sunshine
You will always be my sunshine

So warm me with every sunbeam
Give me the power to carry on
And I promise I’ll be there for you
Returning colour into your world
And you’ve gotta know just how that feels
Track Name: Evergreen
So many times I gazed at you
You stood so proud in my window view
And you remind me of when I was young
When days were short and nights were long

And you were my favourite climbing frame
You were a shelter you protected me from the rain
And you saw me through my childhood
I couldn’t reach the top but my brother could

Chorus:
And you’re my evergreen
You’ll be ever green in me
And when I see one just like you
I dream of my evergreen

And a bird used to stand upon your crown
The sound of his voice could be heard for miles around
I’d be in bed but it would still be light
And the words to his song wishing me goodnight
Track Name: Sweatshop Blues
She can take this place no more
She is looking toward the door
Who will help her to escape the factory floor?

She can’t feel her fingertips
As commands fly from his lips
And my lord, she can ill-afford any slips.

And besides, where does it all go?
For her wages to be so low
It must be poor the country for whom she sews

She is only 10 years old
I said she is only 10 years old
She’s not schooling, simply doing as she’s told
Track Name: Simple Things
Care for love
Keep it warm, keep it true, keep it near
Free your mind
Till it flies, till it’s yours, till it’s clear

Chorus:
Only the simple things in life
Stay with you until the day you die
Nourishing your very soul
Filling each and every hole
Putting you at rest deep inside

Live in peace
Let it fight, let it win, let it last
And give new life
See it grow, see it bloom, see it pass
Track Name: Big Day
There is a time believe me
When you know everything’s alright
There is a place believe me
Where all your cares are out of sight

There is a road I’m certain
That always leads you to your door
And there will be signs along the way
They’re gonna make you feel so sure

Like passengers on a fast train
We know where we’re going now
And we will keep on running
Some way, some how

There is a man I’m certain
He’s gonna sweep you off your feet
And there is a woman I’m sure
She’s gonna make you feel complete

Like lovers on their big day
Now everything is clear
And it was meant to be this way
Right now, right here

And we will be there right behind you
I don’t think you need me to remind you
The stage is yours on this big day
So every year and each December
Another date for us to remember
The stage is yours on this big day
Track Name: Please Don't Come For Me Now
I have worked so hard to get this
And there’s so much I don’t want to miss
Please don’t come for me now

If you’re thinking of darkening my door
When my future has so much in store
Please don’t come for me
Please don’t come for me
Please don’t come for me now

I am happy under the sun
My crusade has only just begun
Please don’t come for me now

May the forces that be hear my words
I am asking for tides to be turned
Please don’t come for me
Please don’t come for me
Please don’t come for me now

What about the time my life was an empty shell
You didn’t come for me then
When I was far behind and things didn’t work out so well
You didn’t come for me
You didn’t come for me
Please don’t come for me now
Track Name: So Long
She steps out in the dead of night
With her case packed tight
She is closing a door
Seven years, how she loves him still
But she feels so ill
She can’t take anymore
So long

A heavy heart and an empty soul
Where there once was gold
Only dust now remains
But she is strong, stronger than the man
Who once took her hand
And control of the reigns

Chorus:
So long waiting for this day
So long that is what she says
As she recalls an old familiar frame of mind
So long now it comes to this
So long waiting for that kiss
That would tell her everything would be alright
So long

He comes home to an empty bed
And he hangs his head
As he sits on the side
Seven years, how he loves her so
How was he to know
She couldn’t take anymore
Track Name: Home to Roost
You amaze me
I do the same as you

I’m driving home
The shortest way I know
And I’m coming home to you
That’s what I do

The sun is low
Buildings bathe in gold
And I’m thinking about you
That’s what I do

When the day becomes my own
And the crows are flying home to roost
That’s what I do

Behind the shield
I’m dosing at the wheel
And I’m dreaming about you
That’s what I do

And through the sky
I watch the way you fly
And I wish I were you
That’s what I do
Track Name: Let Her Go
So many things you miss
When you lose your love
To feel that emptiness
And think the things you’d rather not think of

So many things to share
Of body and of mind
And it hurts when no one’s there
And you just can’t seem to let yourself unwind

Chorus:
You need her hand to hold
You need her hair to stroke
But I have to say my friend
You need to let her go
And I think you know

I know it’s hard to try and be yourself
Your heart just gets in the way
I should know I’ve seen it so many times
But I’m telling you, you can make it though
Track Name: Sailing from Nanaimo
Well we rambled through the forest
And we stumbled through the caves
We combed across the beaches
And stood upon the waves
And I’m as happy as a school boy
And brighter than the day
And I’m sailing from Nanaimo come what may

Well we went from top to bottom
And we went from side to side
And I think that this long island
Has nothing left to hide
And I’m as happy as a school boy
And brighter than the day
And I’m sailing from Nanaimo come what may

And no one else can make me feel the way you do
And I would surely like to stay
But I’ll be back again before the year is though
You’re just another ferry ride away

May autumn bring you colour
May winter bring you flame
May springtime bring you flowers
And summer never wane
‘Cause I’m as happy as a school boy
And brighter than the day
And I’m sailing from Nanaimo come what may
I’m leaving from Nanaimo in just one day
Track Name: Best Place on Earth
Breathe the air
Breathe the clean air
For you don’t know what it’s worth
Take a ride
Take a long ride
This is the best place on earth

Chorus:
I bring you here ‘cause you mean the world to me
I bring you here ‘cause you mean the world to me

Feel the rain
Feel the cold rain
Wake you from your slumber
Find a place
Find a new place
Escape the wing you’re under
Track Name: Sunshine (Lullaby)
Sunshine on the horizon
I’ve been waiting so long for you to show
I saw you in all your glory
Deliver colour into my world
And you’ve gotta know just how that feels

My heroes, they lie before me
I try to imagine what lies ahead
And I see you in all my stories
Bringing colour into my world
And you’ve gotta know just how that feels

Chorus:
And I’ve never known a thing so fine
Let it rain I’ll pay no mind
You will always be my sunshine
I think about you all the time
Leave my cloudy days behind
You will always be my sunshine
You will always be my sunshine

So warm me with every sunbeam
Give me the power to carry on
And I promise I’ll be there for you
Returning colour into your world
And you’ve gotta know just how that feels