Down Goes The Day (Rough Diamonds)

by Chris Taylor

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Dylan Fischer Chris Taylor's first full length solo album Down Goes The Day came out 15 years ago. It was a good solid album album that shows his breadth as a songwriter from dark (Down Goes The Day) to traditional singer/songwriter acoustic (Seahorse) to rock (Deep Reasons Why) and beyond. Today he released the rough mixes from the recording session for that album that is actually every bit as good as the official release.
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Down Goes The Day was officially released in 1998. Recorded in Nashville, TN with some of the finest session players in town. All music and lyrics written by Chris Taylor except Deep Reasons Why music by Eddie Morales and lyrics by Chris Taylor.

Down Goes The Day (Rough Diamonds) is first takes and out takes of how this album started off. The first 3 days of scat vocals, one takers, alternate lyric ideas and basic tracks.

Rough Diamonds was never really mixed properly and only now mastered by Bruce Neher... but this is all part of it's charm.

"We sat in Sunset Blvd. studios with producer Steve Dady and assorted session players listening to the demo versions and live versions of the tracks... They took notes and made their charts before picking up their instruments. I sang these scratch vocals... or guide vocals so they would know their place in the arrangement... This is what you will hear on this record. I was a bit insecure being surrounded by such talent... a bit intimidated by the producer and his close group of friends... I was the outsider... but it was MY record!"

"I talked to the band about tones and textures I was looking for on these songs. I wanted the space age epic rock of Jesus Is Alive to sound more like the vibe earth of Natalie Merchant's "Carnival". I wanted to play this Indian flute on the moody monster "Learn To Pray" - which is a song of doubt and faith... it's a darker shade of faith. Please don't mistake these songs as cliche CCM radio hits."

One of my favorite singers on the face of this earth is Riki Michele and I was honored to have her sing on Down Goes The Day and Seahorse... I wish she was hotter in the mix and I wish she sang on more of the songs... maybe one day I can work with her again..."

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released January 18, 2013

Jerry McPherson - Guitars/effects (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw)
Steve Brewster - drums/percussion
Mark Hill - bass guitar
Blair Masters - keyboards
Riki Michele - vocals
Chris Rodriguez - background vocals
Chris Harris - background vocals
David Davidson - violin
Matt Slocum - cello and tremelo guitar

Photography: Allen Clark
Art Design: Paul Soupiset
Additional Artwork: Chris Taylor
Rough Mixes by: Steve Dady
Mastered by Bruce Neher at Disc & Dat

Recorded at Sunset Blvd Studios 1998
Nashville, TN
Engineered by Steve Dady

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Track Name: Father Wisdom (Jesus is Alive)
Em
walking down the street … in search of your own soul
G
taking chances … on who you get to know
C Em
you talk about the Light – but you know – I just can’t see it in your eyes
Em
you send your message … by what you do and say
G
you think we’re fooled by these… religious games you play?
C
No one is impressed… now that you feel …
Em
You’ve got God on you’re side

CHORUS:
G
father wisdom … you’re welcome in here
C
it’s just me … wishing you were near
D Em
send your spirit … out well has run dry (RUN DRY, RUN DRY)
G
father mercy … teach us how to love
C
for all the empty ones … who feel like giving up
D Em – Em
so we we’ll know … Jesus is alive

Em
speaking in tongues … in the atmosphere of light
G
are all things connected … in between wrong & right?
C
You’ve been singing gypsy songs …
Em
I’ve been lighting candles in the night
Em
you flirt with soul … in the cafes where you eat
G
I’m trying to connect/one x one/with the people on the street
C
with nothing to win – nothing to lose
Em
some of us just hide

REPEAT CHORUS

Em
spiritual poets … play on cheap guitars
G
are we too slow to catch on to the prophets in the bars?
C Em
following God’s footprints … till the sand hits the tide
Em
street corner preachers … carry out their plans
G
with venom in their mouth & a bible in their hands
C Em
yelling about heaven & hell – heaven and hell … no love in their eyes

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Knocking On Your Door (Learn To Pray)
learn to pray in the desert with the devil on your heals
learn to pray in the closet no matter how it feels
learn to pray in the alleys & the cities & the streets hey hey

learn to pray in your make up and your dressing gown
learn to pray when you’re thinking their ain’t nobody around
learn to pray in the chaos of another wasted day hey hey

C
I’ve been knocking on the door… I’ve been knocking
D
I’ve been knocking on the door
C
I’ve been knocking on the door… I’ve been knocking
D Em – G – F# Em – F# - G
I’ve been knocking on the door

learn to pray for the answers… no matter what you find
learn to pray for the lost and the broken and the blind
learn to pray to the father, to the spirit and the son hey hey

learn to pray in your weakness, learn to pray when you’re strong
learn to pray when they erase … the line of right and wrong
learn to pray down the barrel of another loaded gun

C
I’ve been knocking on the door… I’ve been knocking
D
I’ve been knocking on the door
C
I’ve been knocking on the door… I’ve been knocking
D D
I’ve been knocking on the door

C D
learn to pray in the desert with the devil on your heals
C
learn to pray in the closet no matter how it feels
D
learn to pray in the desert when you’re running out of time
Em –G-C
learn to pray when you think you’re running out of your mind
Em G C
running out of your mind… mind… mind

Em G C
you’ve gotta learn to walk, you’ve gotta learn to fly
Em
you’ve gotta learn to crawl, you’ve gotta learn to say
G C
I wanna learn to live, I wanna learn to love
Em
Learn to ask … Learn to pray
Track Name: Already Forgotten The Name
I’ve walked a thousand miles … by candle light
a thousand different faces … every night
and my arms are tired … and my eyes are blind
and I cannot remember … who I’ve left behind
and here I am now … climbing to fame
and I’ve already forgotten … the name

I believed in you … since we first met
I kept us going … with no regrets
but I took another look at my face in the mirror
and these clothes I’m wearing out … don’t fit no more
and here I am now … dodging the blame
and I’ve already forgotten … the name

when I go walking … I laugh till I cry
you still amaze me though I can’t say why
but around every corner … there’s a shoulder cold
and people will use you up … and break you to the bone
and here I am now … pretending I’m one and the same
and I’ve already forgotten … the name


C F
I thought I needed a rescue … just like I did before
C F
but somehow I made it … to your front door
Am G-C
so can I come in … and just lay down
Am G-C
are you the same person I used to hang around



Am G-C
well here I am now … are you glad I came?
Am C-G
Here I am now … I’ve come to stake my claim
E Am F (BREAK)
here I am now … the WHOLE town is in flames
Em G C – F C – F C – F - C
and I’ve already forgotten … the name
Track Name: Another Witness
ANOTHER WITNESS

Am-G-D-G VERSE CHORDS
how does the morning … rise up with such beauty in the face of the night?
could be what I’ve been missing … what I’ve neglected my entire life
and why does that feeling … come and go with every blow of the wind
can I hold onto … and will I ever … catch it again

E-E- D- A
I’m another … I’m another … I’m another witness
from another … from another … from another time C D
(if you could only) see the things that I’ve been seeing… you’d testify

Am-G-D-G VERSE CHORDS
I feel a connection … a deep connection to the things you have made
they con turn me and toss me … kick me and cross me I won’t be afraid
how does the spirit … get our attention in the face of the day
and why does he keep calling … even though we have fallen and faded away?

E-E- D- A
I’m another … I’m another … I’m another witness
from another … from another … from another time C D C D
(if you could only) see the things that I’ve been seeing- you’d testify- testify

Em G
my one and only … testimony
D A
I’m ready to walk this road alone
Em G
my one and only … come and hold me
D A---- Em – G – D- A REPEAT OUTRO
not ready to walk this road alone
Track Name: Down Goes The Day
I’m dropping out said the thin man to his lady
I’m moving on said the lady to her man
Time uses up the vision and the headline
Old stories never make the front page again

Bleak hot night in the downtown of your senses
Your dreams they only mock you to your face
Prayers to you were always so expensive
Like money that you lose and can’t replace

The fire of anger – it burns only the angry
And I smell smoke comin’ from that house
Only a miracle could keep you with us
And only pride could keep you out

Everyone… is stuck on tomorrow
While today slips away
And if you want to take tomorrow
Oh… you gotta take today

Broken down alleys… trash can vallys
Yesterday’s rush – tomorrow’s blush
No matter how you try… all you do is sigh
Wish I’d never gone around that detour

I wanna feel something special
One hundred times over
Open up my eyes Lord, open up my eyes
You cannot hold it in your hands man
It’s gotta come from the inside

Ain’t in the voices coming from all sides
Ain’t on your doorstep wrapped in a paper
You cannot find it in a ticket stub
You cannot find it in a night club
You cannot find it in a dollar bill
Or even under your window sill

The day you were born you were looking for hope
You looked everywhere but the end of your rope
The day you were born you were looking for hope
You looked everywhere but the end of your rope

If you think you’re too old, too blind, too dumb
Down goes the day along with the sun…

Down… goes the day
Down… goes the day
Track Name: Seahorse
E – F#7 E E7-E
left the light on so you could find your key;
E – F#7 E E7-E
i waited ‘til two then i waited until three;
E – F#7 E E7-E
if it’s about forgiveness i will forgive you;
E F#7 A2 - ASUS
but the price of bearing your heart don’t come so cheap

F#7 –A E
is it me you’re looking for?
(the same question that you’ve heard before);
F#7 –A E
is it me you’re looking for?
(another love song flies out the door);
F#7
round and round the story goes;
A2 ASUS-A ASUS-A
like a seahorse on the ocean floor;


E – F#7 E E7-E
short on hope but never hopeless;
E F#7 E E7-E
it’s just that aching feeling deep inside;
E – F#7 E E7-E
where every word you’ve said; comes back to haunt you;
E – F#7 A – Asus – A
in all the wrong places at all the wrong times;



F#7 –A E
is it me you’re looking for?
(the same question that you’ve heard before);
F#7 –A E
is it me you’re looking for?
(another love song flies out the door);

F#7
round and round the story goes;
A2 ASUS-A ASUS-A ASUS-A
like a seahorse on the ocean floor;


oh to be with you; i confess … is my every dream;

oh if i’m guilty of anything;

i have led you to my heart on a string;

and now i’m left here wondering:




F#7 –A E
is it me you’re looking for?
(the same question that you’ve heard before);
F#7 –A E
is it me you’re looking for?
(another love song flies out the door);
F#7
round and round the story goes;
A2 ASUS-A E – F#7 / E – F#7
like a seahorse on the ocean floor;
Track Name: Deep Reasons Why (It Just Is)
Deep Reasons Why

A E Bm D
I don’t know why these eyes… see the sun but want the moon
I don’t know why these lips… can’t speak what they need to say to you
A Bm D Dm
I can’t tell if I’m really breaking up or breaking out
A E Bm D
I don’t know why I’m feeling crushed … under this wall of doubt

CHORUS 1
A E F#m Bm-D-A (A-E-Bm-D) 2X
Deep reasons why … it just is

VERSE 2
A E Bm D
I don’t know why this treasure … I keep digging but I cannot find
I don’t know why this pleasure – leaves my soul blind
A Bm D Dm
I don’t know if my father … will give me a grace or play the judge
A E Bm D
I can’t tell if I’m praying too long … for too much

CHORUS 2
A E F#m Bm A E F#m Bm A E F#m
deep reasons why … deep reasons why … deep reasons why …
Bm-D-A (A-E-Bm-D)
it just is - let it go … let it go now… let it go … let it go now




BRIDGE (A – Amaj7 – A7 - A7sus)
I can’t tell… if the lie… will ruin the man or bring him to life
Can’t tell if the reasons… will mean anything
To the man… who dies

CHORUS 3
A E F#m Bm A E F#m Bm A E F#m
deep reasons why … deep reasons why … deep reasons why …
Bm-D-A (A-E-Bm-D)
it just is - let it go … let it go now… let it go … let it go now

End on A


cant stop the world from turning round
in these dizzy days … dizzy days
Track Name: What Do You Want From Me?
What Do You Want?


You chose the mountains to stand glorious
You chose the rain to fall from high
You chose our pleasure to have edges of pain
And you can see it in my eyes
You chose the light to come and go Lord
You walked in flesh among your own
You chose for us to follow your every move
By faith and faith alone

CHORUS

So what do you want… what do you want?
What could you want… from me? From me?

You chose the heartbeat as our lifeline
You left us things we don’t deserve
Still we manage to… deny you
And claim it’s nature we preserve

CHORUS

So what do you want… what do you want?
What could you want… from me? From me?


BRIDGE

From me… Me..
From me… me?

CHORUS

So what do you want… what do you want?
What could you want… from me? From me?

So what do you want… (tell me now)
What do you want? (tell me now)
What could you want… from me?
From me?
Track Name: Salt Of The Earth (Unedited)
SALT OF THE EARTH


I always find myself… stopping in my tracks
I cannot go forward… I will not go back
My life is a vapor… a mist in the wind
But it’s crazy how heavy… this burden within…

I know there’s a soul… but no one can find it
No one can draw it… shape or describe it
These days power and might… rule the land
Flesh and blood… only SEEM to take command

But your words love… make hard men poets
We stand in awe… of just what they show us
Of all the people… I thought God could use
Had no idea it would be the one… filling these shoes

What’s victory… without a little defeat?
And what is our faith… without what we can see?
Hand in hand we go… - spirit and flesh…
But something deep inside tells me… one of those won’t last

Time equals struggle… and no one wants this
We fight with our mouths… and scream with our fists
We come into life… on the day of our birth
Some hear the call to be the… salt of the earth

People I cry for… go about their day
They pay no attention… to the signs of the age
And I don’t know why… some people won’t see
And the ones who surrender… find hope on their knees


Every one wants something… when you finally arrive
But where were they when you were… barely alive?
They get so offended… when you refuse their help
You can’t trust anyone… sometimes even yourself

I’ve made the same statement… I’ve made all along
But you say this highway is only… big enough for one
Born into a new day… it’s my second birth
How long to remember… that I’m the salt of the earth?
I’d like to say… my faith knows no bounds
But my box is just bigger… or maybe it’s round
I wish I could tell you… these arms are strong
But now they’re letting go of what they… held for so long

And what will you say… of any of this worth?
Oh my dear love… to be the salt of the earth

Oh my dear love…
Oh my dear love…