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Lost In The Green (Remastered)

by David Elias (16/44.1 MQA)

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~~~~~ About "Lost in the Green" ~~~~~~

Vintage original coffeehouse folk from the dawn of digital DIY acoustic music (1995) -- "Brilliant. Essential."

"The acoustic guitar resonates a warm, wooden tone that soothingly blends with his naturally textured voice. It's Elias' soaring romantic melodies and heartfelt laments that make him one of the best kept secrets of the Barbary Coast. " - Eric Shea, Listen.com

"David Elias could sing the dictionary and we'd all be rapt in attention, hanging on each softly delivered syllable... Singer-songwriter of genuine sensitivity, David Elias presents 13 tracks shrouded in warmth, backed by acoustic guitar. These coffeehouse-style solo performances, with occasional fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica, exhibit a delicate beauty, demonstrating a depth of feeling, a sense of compassion and melancholy... Brilliant, Essential." - Les Reynolds

"This cd is a wonderful collection of David's earlier works that has struck a chord in my soul that I will forever be thankful to him for." - Al Wagner, guitar instructor, BC

"We (Bettina and I) heard David a couple of times and always loved his music. But "Lost in the Green" stands out. If I would ask to keep 10 of our records (some 800) this would be part of it. The magic of this records comes from a lot of feeling
which gets well transported to the listener." - Uwe Steinmueller

"David's 1996 CD, "Lost in the Green", is another folk gem - guitar and vocal, with occasional harmonica and fiddle. His voice, unassuming and passing wisdom in stride - his guitar, interestingly EQ'd in several different ways, all touched with his Travis dynamic touch and beautiful voicings......The opening track, "Time to Sleep Corrina", is another great example of Elias' choice of lyric in him profoundly poetic reflections, 'coriander through the weeds, dust sunflowers through the breeze, ragin waters seek to please - it's all for nothin now, catacombs and columbine, push the pedal, realign, fathers of our tidy time show all for nothin now.' Great record. " - Don Kimenker, Founder EarBuzz.com

"There's not a more wonderful sound in the world than a talented singer/songwriter and his guitar. Anyone who ever heard the late, great Townes Van Zandt knows that. David Elias' excellent "Lost in the Green" CD is a truly inspired display of singing, songwriting and guitar picking. The arrangements are spare, but I wouldn't have it any other way. David's very strong guitar work is accompanied by a haunting fiddle on some tracks that compares favorably with Johnny Cunningham's work on Bill Morrissey's incredible "Inside" CD. And the comparisons don't stop there. For my money, no one can turn a phrase better than Bill Morrissey. Well, maybe no one other than David Elias. " - Kent Newsome, Rancho Denada

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"Lost in the Green" is evidence of the very beginnings of Indie music. Recorded as multitrack and mixed by David in a spare bedroom, the songwriting and style here would become his signature approach to folk/acoustic/country/rock. These songs were written at the time that coffeehouse was just coming back into the mainstream on the west coast. At that time, David was performing these and other originals regularly at various venues in and around San Francisco.

It is the CD some have said they'd have on that desert island if they could only take a few tokens of their favorite music with them. It's simple and honest and inspired FAME reviewer Moshe B. to write: "We should all be listening to Elias". This original vintage coffeehouse style CD includes 2 cover songs by the late legendary muse Townes Van Zandt.

Legendary synth wizard and innovator Roger Powell (Todd Rundgren/Utopia, Meatloaf, Bowie) debuts on electric guitar on a track here ("Mainland").

Backing musicians include: Roger Powell, Calvin McElroy, Johnny Caulfield. Mastered by Gus Skinas, SuperAudioCenter.com

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released January 1, 1995

Words & Music by David Elias
"Nothin'" and "Dollar Bill Blues" Words & Music by Townes Van Zandt
Copyright 1995 David Elias, All Rights Reserved
Produced and Arranged by David Elias
Recorded and Mixed Tascam DA-88, 16/48 by David Elias
Mastered by Gus Skinas, www.superaudiocenter.com

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David Elias writes music and lyrics about living and dreaming and nature.

He has self- produced his own CDs and SACDs/DSD Downloads since 1995. Now pioneering MQA.

He takes photographs and uses them and his songs to make videos about nature and living and dreaming.

HD Videos since 2010 youtube.com/davideliasvideo

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Track Name: Time To Sleep Corrina (MQA)
Time To Sleep Corrina – © 1995 David Elias
(words and music by David Elias)

Coriander through the weeds
Dust sunflowers through the breeze
Raging water seeks to please
It’s all for nothin now
Catacombs and columbine
Push the pedal realign
Fathers of our tidy time
Show all for nothin now

Time to sleep Corrina
Those Swiss Alps are his cradle now
Years ago those boys were walkin
With high hopes and dreams
So profound
Keep the pace tomorrow
While quartz and crystals radiate
Through the mountain meadows follow
All those scenes we can
No longer recreate

Wings of strings and paper trails
Dominate the early view
All you know and all you need
And all you’re supposed to do
Come and walk with me awhile
While away those daily cares
Let the stream flow mile by mile
Through the broken past
And everywhere

Time to sleep Corrina
Those Swiss Alps are his cradle now
Years ago those boys were walkin
With high hopes and dreams
So profound
Keep the pace tomorrow
While quartz and crystals radiate
Through the mountain meadows follow
All those scenes we can
No longer recreate
Track Name: Lost In The Green (MQA)
Lost In The Green
by David Elias

Lost in the green
Follow the magic stones
Winter comes tomorrow
Solstice all alone
Strangers never knew you
Friends become the same

Lost in the green
Follow signatures in the sky
Winter comes tomorrow
Quietly
Families in the fields
Hollow in the wind

And all those one way conversations
Repeat yourself one time or two
Freedom of speech has limitations
Forget the words and you'll be through

Lost in the green
Follow the river stones
Winter comes tomorrow
Solstice all alone
Strangers never knew you
Friends become the same

And all those one way conversations
Repeat yourself one time or two
Freedom of speech has limitations
Forget the words and you'll be through
Track Name: Eternal Youth (MQA)
Eternal Youth
Words and Music by David Elias

I cannot condemn you nor can I deny
I cannot defend you nor can I rely
I cannot confirm you nor will I reply
I may well not learn to weather with this tide
I may not weather with this tide

What may well not concern you
It may before too long
The world may overturn you
And kill you when you’re strong
Those truths you could confide in
They dissipate with years
And hide with youth and beauty
Congregated fears
Nothing but congregated fears

Here we are again in the land of the heartbroken
Here we stand again, the land of the heartbroken
In my eye I see the land of the heartbroken
This time it is me

There you go again to the land of the heartbroken
Up the icy stairs
In the single truth in the land of the heartbroken
Eternal youth

What may well not concern you
It may before too long
The world may overturn you
And kill you when you’re strong
Those truths you could confide in
They dissipate with years
And hide with youth and beauty
Congregated fears
Nothing but congregated fears
Track Name: Light As A Rail (MQA)
and you roll all around
and you're all on your own
light come up from the ground
falling down on its own
down on its own

and you spell upside down
and you walk with a step
walk yourself on downtown
never missing a step
missing a step

light as a rail
full as a sail
light as a rail
full as a sail

and you played all alone
roll a step kick a stone
with the rail in a way
warming up autumn days
warm autumn days

light as a rail
light as a sail
light as a rail
full as a sail
Track Name: Season Of The Fall (MQA)
Season Of The Fall
David Elias © 1995

4/4 “D/B” is X20021
“A7sus” is X02030

Intro
D D/C# | D/B | A7sus | A |
D D/C# | D/B | A7sus | A |


D D/C#
I am an old man

D/B A7sus A
I am the writing on the wall

D D/C#
I’ve seen a few but they will

D/B A7sus A
Say that I have seen it all

G D
Not a lot of confidence

G A
Even less of self-esteem

D D/C# D/B
That is my means of transportation

A D
Hey, or I can’t move at all

D D/C# | D/B | A7sus | A |


I am a witness of the future
I’m a remnant of the past
I roll in oceans
I will always sing
The song that fails to last
Bones and bakeries
And all that lies in between
These things will shape the weight
of presence
With the first stone that is cast

I am a mirror
I am the side of some old barn
I cannot hear you
I am far farther than long gone
Patience and practicals
May never have been
That is the means of emulation
In the season of the fall

- Solo -
D D/C# | D/B | A7sus | A |
D D/C# | D/B | A7sus | A |

Bridge
G D
It’s not time for that reality
G D
It’s not time for some old charm
G D
In the end a near fatality
Em A A7
Broken minds and broken hearts


D D/C# D/B
I am a picture of the answer
A7sus A
I’m a means unto the end

D D/C# D/B
I am the slowest of all dancers
A7sus A
And I dance without a friend

G
So don’t pause for those
D
Concessions
G A A7
If you know what I mean
D D/C# D/B
As I make my way this warm day
A D
On my stroll across the green
D/C# D/B
I will be making my own way
A A7 D
On my stroll across the green

- Solo -
D D/C# | D/B | A7sus | A |
Repeat…
Track Name: Stone House On Blueberry Hill (MQA)
Stone House On Blueberry Hill
words and music by David Elias

Em
Well the wire was strung higher than
D Em
anyone there could have known
D
And the kinder the reminder the less
Em
chance they'd make it back home
There was smoke, there was fog
There were blueberries wild on the hill
There was silence there was humming
Pacing and drums without will

C D Bm A Em
C D Bm A C D Em Bm B7

There's a signal in the campfire and nobody knows what it means
There's a young man who looks old and tired
With eyes that won't say anything
There's a soldier, there's a farmer
A stone house burned black from within
There are friendships that have parted
And brothers who are missing their kin

C D Bm A Em
C D Bm A C D Em Bm B7

There's a buckle made of silver
A leather purse empty of coins
And a bottle to deliver some freedom wherever you're going
I was there
I was watching
From an island of trees they were ash
I was empty
I was lonesome
I had questions and no one to ask
There's a blue ridge in the Blue Ridge
And a history of wanderers there
If you're lost in those mountains
Remember to look for me there

C D Bm A Em
C D Bm A C D Em Bm B7

Em Em D Em
Em Em D Em
Em Em D Em
Em Em D Em

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