This is Failing, This is Beautiful

by Chris Cresswell

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There is a line in the song, This is Failing, This is Beautiful:

'You and me
we lost the plot somehow
but I believe
there's beauty in the now'

This EP is about celebrating that beauty. From the memory of an old New York character to the celebration of an engagement to the intimate details of a lazy Sunday morning, each of these songs captures a brief moment in time. It is a celebration of the small joys and pains of the everyday.

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released August 16, 2014

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ebow Guitar, Drum Programming, Vocals: Chris Cresswell
Drums (Track 3, 4); Harmonica (Track 5): Billy Miskimmin
Vocals (Track 5): Breann Bourelle

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Chris Cresswell New York, New York

Originally from Cazenovia, NY, Chris Cresswell (b. 1988) is a young composer who is gaining recognition for his work in a wide variety of music genres. Praised for his idiosyncratic sense of sonority, Cresswell’s music frequently explores the timbral possibilities in acoustic, electro-acoustic, and electronic works. ... more

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Track Name: This is Failing, This is Beautiful
Going down to the East River
Watch the skyline bleed the sunset dry
Walking home under the Triboro
Dreaming of the day when we would fly

Chorus:
This is failing, this is failing,
this is beautiful
This is failing, this is failing,
this is beautiful, tonight

Hanging out a MacDougal's Bar
You're up so you'll buy the next round
We'll complain about the cost of beer
and the price of rent in this damned town

Chorus:
This is failing, this is failing,
this is beautiful
This is failing, this is failing,
this is beautiful, tonight

You and me
we lost the plot somehow
But I believe
there's beauty in the now
Track Name: A Burlesque Dancer in Brooklyn
I knew a burlesque dancer in Brooklyn
She worked north of forty-nine
If she could afford her pills she took them
But she was always a good friend of mine

Chorus:
I wonder what she's doing now
If she's on the same road I found
She was someone to talk
someone who always hung around
I wonder what she's doing now

It was a rain soaked Sunday evening
The pavement glistened like her skin
I took her home and I made her coffee
She finally let me in

Chorus:
I wonder what she's doing now
If she's on the same road I found
She was someone to talk
someone who always hung around
I wonder what she's doing now
Track Name: Say Yes Tonight
We were seventeen
You looked beautiful in that blue dress
I rented a limousine
I was amazed that you'd say yes

That was almost ten years ago
We're still hanging on

So say yes tonight
One more time
We can take on forever
Say yes tonight
One more time
We can take on forever, this time

The sight of your crooked smile
Half seen through sleepy eyes
Waking up next to you
and the smell of the sunrise

That was almost ten years ago
We're still hanging on

So say yes tonight
One more time
We can take on forever
Say yes tonight
One more time
We can take on forever, this time
Track Name: Lazy Sunday Morning
The leaves of the maple tree
playing peek-a-boo with the sun
The rustle of the breeze
and the morning has begun
We're keeping our blinds closed
We're not letting light in
In our cocoon of blankets
We've nothing to begin

Chorus:
It's a lazy Sunday morning
Let's put some records on
It's a lazy Sunday morning
Let's put some coffee on

My tired, crusty eyes
Your tangled, matted hair
Our naked limbs akimbo
The hormones in the air
I pull you closer
Put my head against your chest
Lose myself inside of you
Finding happiness

Chorus:
It's a lazy Sunday morning
Let's put some records on
It's a lazy Sunday morning
Let's put some coffee on
Track Name: Time is a Rolling Train (featuring Breann Bourelle, Billy Miskimmin)
You can take your time
but don't walk too slow
You don't know what you will find
but you know you have to go

Forgiveness can be hard to take
and I'm learning slow
But they were all my own mistakes
You're the only one who knows

Chorus:
Time is a rolling train
and I
I can't even explain
where I
Where I'm going, anymore

The dirt roads that we once knew
Used to follow the tracks
But the highway paved its own way through
and there's no turning back

The decisions that we've made
and the consequence that follows
Someday they both will fade
though that victory is hollow

Chorus:
Time is a rolling train
and I
I can't even explain
where I
Where I'm going, anymore