Charming Hala

by Charming Hala

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03:26
2.
03:56
3.
03:45
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04:52
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03:55
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06:45

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released December 10, 2010

Track Listing:
1. Callous 3:26 Russo
2. City Lights 3:56 Russo
3. Coldstream 3:45 Russo
4. A Love Too High 4:18 Russo
5. Too Late 4:52 Russo
6. How Is The Weather? 3:42 Russo
7. Closer 3:55 Russo
8. She’s Wearing Flowers 3:07 Russo
9. Step Into My Heart 4:12 Russo/Williams
10. She Keeps Me Hanging On 3:05 Russo
11. Fireflies 6:45 Russo
Credits:
All songs written by:
Don Russo except “Step Into My Heart” by Don Russo and Shane Williams.

All songs produced by:
Don Russo, Nate Boykin and Kenny McWilliams.

All Songs recorded by:
Kenny McWilliams @ Archer Avenue Studio Columbia, SC
www.archeravenuestudio.com

*except “How’s The Weather?” recorded at USC Music Studio by Tommy Carnes and Archer Avenue Studio

Mastered by:
Dave Harris @ Studio B, Charlotte, NC
www.studiobmastering.com

Mixed by:
Kenny McWilliams @ Archer Avenue Studio

Artwork by:
Benjamin James Moody
bjmphotography.cleanfolio.com

All guitars: Don Russo except Kenny McWilliams on “Callous”
Bass Guitar: Jason Mauer on tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and Kenny McWilliams on Tracks 3, 4, and 9
Drums: Tony Lee on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and Josh Kean on tracks 5 and 8
All vocals: Don Russo except Nate Boykin on “City Lights” And Elise Shafer on “Fireflies”
Keys: Aaron Robertson
String Quartet (track 11): Nicole Neely, Karen Thompson, Audrey Harris, Idris Chandler

THANK YOUS
My brother Jason McCoy who let me watch his band as a kid and it inspired me. Andy Mauritz for teaching me some basics as a neighbor and alongside my brother made me believe I actually had talent and could do it. I thank Marty Nashleanas, Robert Newton, and Jim Mings for teaching me guitar and inspiring me to be better. Thank You to my parents and family for supporting me, buying equipment, and believing in me. Thank You to the love of my life Hala for being the inspiration to most of my record, inspiring our name, and sticking with me and believing in me. Brian Scott for supporting my music and making this album possible. Thank you God for the gift of music and the talents you bestow upon us.
Thanks for all of you who are an integral part of my music and career: Tony Lee, Josh Kean, Jason Mauer, Scott Wallace, Mike Mills, Jeremy Sakovich, Jesse Isley, Aaron Robertson, Nate Boykin, Dave Harris and Studio B Mastering, Kenny McWilliams and Archer Avenue Studio, Elise Shafer, Karen Thompson, Nicole Neely, Audrey Harris, Idris Chandler, The Free Times, Otis Taylor and The State, Randy Borawski and WXRY, Shane Williams, Tommy Carnes, Missy Reitmeier, Sean and Keith Rankin and to any I forgot thank you!!

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Track Name: Callous
There’s dust upon my heart
And the ink in my pen in dry
My melody used to be so loud
My melody used to be so loud

I am callous…

Settle in for another lonely walk
As I fall into a moonless sky
My melody used to be so loud
My melody used to be so loud

I am callous…

I’m callous…

My melody used to be so loud…
Track Name: City Lights
They can’t see
Who we are
We share our laughs in the dark
Pick it up
Throw a star
Five points through the heart

Then a stranger picks me up
I am strange to myself

One more time in the city lights
People don’t understand
One more time in the city lights
Who I really am
One more time in the city lights
No I’m not alone
I am home
I am home
I am home

I’m beneath
Gravity
They’re going down one by one
I’m asleep
Off the street
Twenty miles from my home
Then a stranger picks me up
I am strange to myself

One more time in the city lights
People don’t understand
One more time in the city lights
Who I really am
One more time in the city lights
No I’m not alone
I am home
I am home
I am home
Track Name: Cold Stream
Going up to Nursery Rd.
Past the tire and the goal post
To Vince’s home
I got food, I got a bed
I smoked up in the attic
And laid down low

In a Cold stream
Cold stream

I saw Jade everyday
She would always seem to say
Lose that girl
You could lose that boy too
It would be just me and you
But she would say no

Cold stream
Cold stream
Cold stream
It was a cold stream

Seattle and LA
Who would’ve thought that it would take us
So far away
Phoenix and Green Bay
But we will always come back to

The cold stream
Cold stream
Cold stream
To the cold stream
We packed up into the van
To the rocks behind the dam
So we could swim
Sometimes we’d lose our clothes
Until the siren blowed
And we all ran

The cold stream
Cold stream
Cold stream
To the cold stream…
Track Name: A Love Too High
You never saw the plane
Come crashing into your side
Until the fire and the flames
And the smoke surrounded you
A love too high for you to just jump out
A love too high to doubt

You are
Stronger than you think you are
You are
A lion Heart
You are
A hero in the dark
You are
Mine

You never knew
The damage that was below
The empty rooms
The dead load
With doors open
And windows unshut
They ran rampant
With a death touch

You are
Stronger than you think you are
You are
A lion Heart
You are
A hero in the dark
You are
Mine
They say you can never mend it
But you see an arc behind the clouds
Set your eyes upon its ending
Don’t look back and please
Don’t look down

You are
Stronger than you think you are
You are
A lion Heart
You are
A hero in the dark
You are
Mine
Track Name: Too Late
I pushed you too hard
I think I bruised your heart
When I left you
Sitting alone by the phone
These thoughts are running through your mind
Your heart’s racing through the time
How could I leave you alone?

Got wrapped up in myself again
I got so wrapped up and now I’m stuck
I shoveled my love behind my friends
And I fell into a hole that I was digging up

Well is too late for me to say I’m sorry?
Is it too late for me to make amends?
Well is too late for me to say I’m sorry?
She said sorry’s never gonna be good enough for me.

I’m talking to your back
You’re just not talking back
And now I’m sleeping
On the couch all alone
These thoughts are running through my mind
My heart’s racing through the time
I’ve never felt so alone

I sent out a boomerang
But I didn’t take the time to see what I threw
And when it came back I felt twice the pain
Cause I didn’t just hurt myself
I hurt you
How could I do that to you?


Well is too late for me to say I’m sorry?
Is it too late for me to make amends?
Well is too late for me to say I’m sorry?
She said sorry’s never gonna be good enough for me.

She said,
“Show me the things that I can’t hear
The little things that have disappeared
I need more than just a line
I need a little time”

Now it’s too late for me to say I’m sorry?
Now it’s too late for me to make amends?
Now it’s too late for me to say I’m sorry?
She said sorry’s never gonna be good enough for me.