Once In A Blue Mood​.​.​.

by Chris Nelson

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This is a blues album. It may sound like rock, but it's a celebration of the blues in all forms. It's taken me close to two years to put this together, going over each and every note and sound to try to make the best album I can. I'm pretty happy with the results and I think you will be, too. also, it's totally free for the taking, so grab a copy for your I-pod, MP3 player, etc.

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released 15 September 2014

Rachel and Julie Nelson sing backing vocals on "Dirty Little Secret"
Stani Steinbock plays Kantele on "Dodecahedron

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Chris Nelson Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Chris Nelson has been playing music for over 25 years and has written a large volume of songs. His sound is described as "Dark Folk" which is basically a unique mixture of folk, rock, and blues. He currently plays live as an acoustic guitarist while playing all instruments on his recordings. ... more

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Track Name: Roll
There’s a lot of heavy traffic out of Santa Cruz
I’ve got three more hours of driving, not a minute to lose
Got a heavy load of cargo bound for San Berdoo

No time left to sightsee, I’ve got to move on
Keeping up with my schedule’s where I belong
And when I get to where I’m going, I won’t stay long

Roll, let the wheels roll
Roll, got to let ‘em roll

Now I’m headed for Dallas Texas out of San Berdoo
Another load drives my paycheck, it’s what I do
I’ve got three more days of driving ‘til I’m back at home with you

Roll, let the wheels roll
Roll, got to let ‘em roll
Track Name: Nobody
I'm walking down a side street
drifting through an urban beat
and you can't see me
Here, caught amongst the driftwood
sand dunes and firewood
as yet undetected
I see myself upon a shelf
must get in tune with myself
I'm a museum

Well I don't know just where I belong
but it sure feels good since you came along
and I don't mind if I'm wrong
'cause I'm nobody

I move through a shopping all
I'm not seen at all
I'm a reflection
I may as well evaporate
my soul can just dissipate
to oblivion
I've slipped so far beyond any help
must get in tune with myself
image projection

Well I don't know just where I belong
but it sure feels good since you came along
and I don't mind if I'm wrong
'cause I'm nobody

My life's become a mystery
my television talks to me
and I listen
Here in the depths of loneliness
the outrage only will progress
with this feeling
Forced to involuntary stealth
must get in tune with myself
'cause I'm still breathing


Well I don't know just where I belong
but it sure feels good since you came along
and I don't mind if I'm wrong
'cause I'm nobody
Track Name: All Alone
Someone fell down on stage
Someone else had too much to drink
What was that you did last night when you didn't stop to think?
Did you find yourself on YouTube? Are you now on the brink?
The Internet provides the missing link

We see you're at the grocery store, you came straight from the garage
Mapping out just where you've been in a tiny dot montage
Is anybody interested? Does anybody care?
Where you have posted on FourSquare?

We think that we're connected by computer or a phone
and people read our every word, no matter where they're from
We believe our cyber friendships are as solid as a stone,
but we've never really been so all alone

That's you harassing me and telling outright lies
Cyber-bullying rumor mill who no one ever denies
Does it make you feel important to slander my good name?
Well, what you do comes back to you all the same

We think that we're connected by computer or a phone
and people read our every word, no matter where they're from
We believe our cyber friendships are as solid as a stone,
but we've never really been so all alone

we've never really been so all alone

we've never really been so all alone

we've never really been so all alone
Track Name: Chains Of Gold
I’ve spent all my life working to try and get ahead
And when the work is over, I am sure I will be dead
It’s great to have a paycheck and a steady stream of bread
‘cause when I didn’t have one, I barely kept my family fed

So, wrap me up in chains of gold
Tell me how important it is to do what I’m told
All wrapped up in the quest for gold
I should have known better to think I’d break free of its hold

Transfers and promotions are the corporate way
The pathway to advancement is the way to get more pay
I say to my colleagues you need time enough to play,
But my words, they have no meaning, they can’t hear what I say

So, wrap me up in chains of gold
Tell me how important it is to do what I’m told
All wrapped up in the quest for gold
I should have known better to think I’d break free of its hold

My life’s almost over, I’m not sure what I’ve become
They say that work’s what makes the man, what is he when the work’s all done?
I want to find the purpose of this greatest gift
I’m stranded in the wilderness and I sure could use a lift!

So, wrap me up in chains of gold
Tell me how important it is to do what I’m told
All wrapped up in the quest for gold
I should have known better to think I’d break free of its hold
Track Name: Dirty Little Secret
Deep inside the corridors of your mind
Is where you keep it all locked up inside

Never let it see the light of day
Knowing you have something there to hide

Pressure’s on, holding back the tide
To keep the dam from bursting open wide

You can’t let a thing like that in the public eye
Imagine what will happen to your name!
No matter how you try to hide your dirty little secret
I can see it coming out again

Lie to me and everyone you see
Never let us know just who you are

Try to be something that you’re not
Push the fantasy way too far

Something changed, does anybody see
The monster you’ve got hidden in a jar?

Rectify the situation that you’ve made
Although the victims suffer out of view

Destiny will render what will be
There’s nothing more powerful than truth

You can try to sweep it under a rug
Some day your victims will all tell on you

You can’t let a thing like that in the public eye
Imagine what will happen to your name!
No matter how you try to hide your dirty little secret
I can see it coming out again
Track Name: Rainy Morning Blues
Lookin' out my window
Watch the rain comin' down
Lookin' out my window
Watch the rain comin' down
It may be good for the garden, but my soul's about to drown

Rain keeps on fallin, fallin' down upon the land
Rain keeps on a-fallin', fallin' down upon the land
If it keeps on rainin', the ground will turn to quicksand

How long will the rain keep comin' down?
it's been so long since the sun's been around

I need some sunshine to brighten up my day
I need some sunshine to brighten up my day
It don't look like we'll ever see it again

How long will the rain keep comin' down?
it's been so long since the sun's been around
Track Name: Winter Song
There’s a chill into the wind outside
The window that I’m looking towards the back yard

There’s a feeling of foreboding as my
Spirit starts to freeze—it is so hard

Emptiness and desolation are the landmarks overtaken by the snow

A desert blown and windswept and molded into strangeness as the wind blows

It’s cold outside – watching as the winds blow
Cold outside – Protected from the falling snow
Cold outside – and I’ve got nowhere I have to go

The winds keep on howling through the
Spaces in windows like monsters in the night

Inside I’m staying warm, keeping sheltered
From the storm and its deadly might

You never really know how fragile life can be
When you’re warm and dry

A picture-perfect moment taken in another
Context could cause you to die
Track Name: Love Is...
Running along in the rat race, working,
Strugglin’ to get what’s mine
Prayin’ and wishin’ for the day that everything will turn out fine
I’m coming home and I’m waiting for your love

Seems to me like I’m slipping sideways and getting nowhere fast
I feel like a stranger in an alien neighborhood, the good times are all past
I’m coming home and I’m ready for your love

Love is the thing that makes me a winner
Love is the flame when you’re cooking my dinner
Love is what helps me make it through the day
Love is the way your feeling shows
Lovin’ the way you’re folding my clothes
Love is what can’t keep me away

Stumbling along without a single notion of what I’m supposed to do
They have me feeling like a first-class loser, well that just can’t be true
I’m coming home and I’m waiting for your love

People like to think that I’m a slacker, ‘cause I don’t wanna kiss their ass
I want to spend my time in the slow lane
I won’t live in a house of glass
I’m coming home and I’m ready for your love

Love is the thing that makes me a winner
Love is the flame when you’re cooking my dinner
Love is what helps me make it through the day
Love is the way your feeling shows
Lovin’ the way you’re folding my clothes
Love is what can’t keep me away
Track Name: I Remain
Like the tree that’s leaning over once the storm has passed it by…that’s me

Watching in amazement as the grayness becomes easier to see

As my life has passed away, looking towards another day, the future I had planned would never be.

Silent, strained, yet I remain

Where is life taking me and how will I know when I get there?

All the things I once valued, anymore, I don’t really seem to care

What had once seemed so promising now feels so meaningless, I feel a change is coming in the air

Silent, strained, yet I remain
Track Name: Flying
Feeling the walls get closer a while
It seems every day I’m put on trial
Something new gets put in my file
Watching the future as if beguiles
I think I am in need of a smile
Go for a drive, but the traffic’s backed up for miles.

I wish I was flying—Miles above the ground
I wish I was flying—hardly hear a sound
I wish I was Flying—No trouble to be found
I wish I was flying—High above the world and looking down

Tired of having to play the game
Of tireless seeking of fortune and fame
Lost in time and can’t remember my name
Always remembered when someone’s to blame
Taken in stride, it’s always the same
Got to escape or the world will drive me insane

I wish I was flying—Miles above the ground
I wish I was flying—hardly hear a sound
I wish I was Flying—No trouble to be found
I wish I was flying—High above the world and looking down
Track Name: Treadmill
I'm movin' over yonder, headed for the golden hill
I'm movin' out this mornin', headin' for the golden hill,
but when I looked down, I was walkin' on a treadmill!

That sun is so hot, hot enough to cook my brains
That sun is so hot, hot enough to cook my brains
Won't get no relief until lit start to rain

Step by step, just movin' along
Not worried 'bout a think as you're singin' your song
Just when you think the trouble's all in the past,
you find you're goin' nowhere fast!

I was climbin' up a mountain, headin' up the steepest side
I was climbin' up a mountain, headed up the steepest side,
but when I looked up, I was on the downward slide

Step by step, just movin' along
Not worried 'bout a think as you're singin' your song
Just when you think the trouble's all in the past,
you find you're goin' nowhere fast!

Movin' out this mornin', headed for the golden hill
I'm movin' out thisi mornin', headin' for the golden hill,
but when I looked down, I was walkin' on a treadmill!
Track Name: Uh-Oh
Gotta be a part of the in-crowd
Following the latest trends
Surround yourself with people of influence
On who’s fortune you depend
Compromise your principles
Every means justifies the end
To tell the truth, I was never very popular
And I’d rather die than be their friend

Uh-oh, I’ve said too much
Uh-oh, I’ve offended you
Uh-oh, I should’ve stayed at home
Sometimes you try to avoid it
Sometimes it follows you
Sometimes it’s better left alone

They say no man is an island
And every dog will have its day
I’d rather be a peninsula
And live my life in my own way
I understand you can advise me
Once I agree to pay
Or I can continue on my own course
Upon this road, I choose to stay
Track Name: Takin' Over
How is it that history has become such a shield?
That to madness rationality must always yield?
Can’t you see the ghostly parade on their march of death?
It’s time for restitution to the ones who are left

Man’s bloody history spans from sea to shining sea
Taking what we wanted for ourselves and posterity
You think a man should have no rights just because he’s black?
Someone’s eyes are different, so intelligence they lack?

We’re takin’ over
We’re takin’ over
You haven’t won
This ain’t over
No, this ain’t over
It’s just begun


Keeping women prisoners, denying them their rights
Preventing them from driving or even wearing tights
What makes you want to kill child for ‘family honor’?
When you should be loving, setting praise upon her

Your people want their freedom and to run their own lives
But you see fit to answer them with guns and knives
The times may be a-changin’, better run while you still can
Taking all the people’s money and spending it on the lam

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We call ourselves democracy, the land of the free
Who has the right to suppress me economically?
The way to my future lies inside my 401K
But greedy hands have taken what I save for a rainy day

Now we all see just what’s been going on
You may still have the power, but not for very long
The truth is coming out in the new century
Unleashing the power that belongs to you and me

(chorus)