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released 10 June 2014

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Christopher Bell De Kalb, Illinois

Christopher Bell is not your average cellist. Using various pedals he layers and distorts his electric cello creating quirky, catchy indie pop music. Christopher is known both for his use of technology – which he uses to sample his cello live – and for his unique methods of touring – via canoe, bike and on foot. ... more

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Track Name: I Will Stand
sticks and stones
dishes thrown
fire and smoke
are never nice and neat

burning lunges
from acid tongues
fingers sewn
love is not this sweet

I won't surrender
I won't give in

I will Stand, I will stand, I will stand, I will stand
on my oh oh oh own oh oh oh own


winter day
spines drive away
but the cold cant stay
out of their bones

a man like me
filled with heat
takes a seat
to the outside

I will Stand, I will stand, I will stand, I will stand
on my oh oh oh own oh oh oh own

the ground it shakes, the ground it shakes me down
I wont crack, I wont break for you.
Track Name: Am I What I Think
what does it take to be great
is it hope, or money or fate
will you spend your nights
waiting for the light to break to break to break

what does it take to be great
is it torture, fear and pain
how much blood can one man shed just to make to make

Am I what I think or you say
Am I what I think or you say
at the end of the day at the end of the day

what does it take to be retained
past your grandkids given names
just dust and bones
lost and alone by a tomb to deface to deface

what does it take to be retained
out of the millions of graves
saintly or wicked
or is it fate, is it fate is it fate?

Am I what I think or you say
Am I what I think or you say
at the end of the day at the end of the day

just live for now for now 2x
Track Name: Connect The Dots
We were off with the gun,
pounding hearts, sweaty palms
by the first turn it was light and dust
covering the past with a subtle rust

You have a voice I could crawl inside
filled with warmth, ride the tides
soaking sun via telephone
hold on tight as the waves throw

with the distance you connect the dots
paint a picture with skeleton bones
pedestal on shakey ground
slightest breeze it comes crashing down .


I'm a sucker for layered shirts
sci fi movies and any dessert
you're the only one to crack my shell
but tape it up and never tell

its easy to forget the nature of things
that we're both pimples, scars and pains
losing keys, forgetting dates
forget alarm, sleep in late.


with the distance you connect the dots
paint a picture with skeleton bones
pedestal on shakey ground
slightest breeze it comes crashing down .
Track Name: You Can Call Me Al
A man walks down the street
He says, “Why am I soft in the middle now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard”
Bonedigger, bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know I don’t find this stuff
Amusing anymore

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long-lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me
You can call me Al

A man walks down the street
He says, “Why am I short of attention?
Got a short little span of attention
And, woe my nights are so long
Where’s my wife and family?
What if I die here?
Who’ll be my role model
Now that my role model is
Gone gone?”
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long -ost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me Al

A man walks down the street
It’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the third world
Maybe it’s his first time around
He doesn’t speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound, the sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages

He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says, “Amen!” and “Hallelujah!”

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long-lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me
You can call me Al
Call me

Na na na na …

If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
Track Name: I Dreamt
Lay down in the
thick green weeds
small grey wool suit
pressed and clean
hold my knife
til I see the whites of their eyes

lay down in the
sharp grass leaves
my stomach burns
muscles strain
grab him by the throat
hold him down


I dreamt it was summer
she was dancing in her dress
I dreamt of our children
the house was a mess

the carpet was crimson
like a cast of steel
that silently weighted down
the pace of my heels


will you whimper
give into my pride
will you scream out
or just silently die
I like to see some spirit left
in my kill

So Lay down in the
tall grass leaves
wait your turn
till you see
the fear in his eyes
stay still in the
tall grass leaves


I dreamt it was summer
she was dancing in her dress
I dreamt of our children
the house was a mess

the carpet was crimson
like a cast of steel
that silently weighted down
the pace of my heels
Track Name: Answers Come Closer
im up at night, tapping keys
biting lips unconsciously
til out drip all of my mistakes

rolling eyes, subtle sighs
failed attempt at compromise
stacking up like dusty little bricks

like a darkening of vision still
the walls imperceptibly built
til it comes to my knees


I'm lost, I'm hopeless, tired, boastless,
trampled, gutted, wishing answers came closer


I want to give you everything,
but I tangle up like jungle weeds
thorns twisting round my bones

my skin's a fragile tent at night
candles flickering so bright
trying to hold the dark at bay

with books and notes piled high
numbers, notes and measurements
all fail to meet their points.

I'm lost, I'm hopeless, tired, boastless,
trampled, gutted, wishing answers came closer
Track Name: The Cost Of Living
D / A / Bm / G / D / A / D / / /

(repeat)

D A
Bricks without straw 
Bm
working for Pharaoh 
G
much trabajo 
D
poco dinero 
A D
life is not short, it's long 

D A
There's no free lunch 
Bm
and prices rise 
G
earning less and less 
D
the harder I try 
A Bm G D
life is not short, it's lo - ng 
A D
life is not short, it's long 

(DRUMS AND BASS START)
D A
If you walk out the door 
Bm
you'd best be aware 
G D
it hurts to try, and it hurts to care 
A D
life is not short, it's long 

D A
Find the pot of gold 
Bm
as soon as you do 
G D
it moves far, far away from you 
A Bm G D
life is not short, it's lo - - ng 
A D
life is not short, it's long 
G D A
And it's all the cost of living 
G D A/C# Bm
so let's all sing this so - ng 
A/C# D G Bm A D
Life is not short it's very very very long 

Get as much as you can 
then give it away 
go into debt 
and somehow pay 
life is not short, it's long 

Pour it all in 
none for yourself 
most of it's covered in dust on the shelf
D A D
life is not short, it's long 
D A Bm G D
life is not short, it's lo - - ng 
A D
life is not short, it's long 

Take a deep breath 
you're gonna make it 
put on a smile 
it's okay if you fake it 
life is not short, it's long 

Make sure that you laugh 
cause you're gonna cry 
when you do your best, 
finish last, and sigh: 
"Life is not short, it's long, 
Life is not short, it's long." 

And it's all the cost of living 
so let's all sing this song 
life is not short it's very very very long 

And it's all the cost of living 
so let's all sing this song 
life is not short it's very very very long 

life is not short it's very very very long 

life is not short it's very 
very very 
very very 
very very 
very very 
long
Track Name: Fire In My Heart
The grass is cold and wet
tickling my toes
my voice is dim and dull
scraggily and tough

we were iron gray
patterned with the clock
buzzing little bees
always on watch

I can hear you breathe
choking on the dust
past the city streets
swallowed up by rust

you are sleek and lean
muscle, skin and bones
like nylon under sun
stretching tent poles

oh, theres a fire in my veins
oh, drums pounding in my heart/chest
oh, theres a fire in my veins
oh, drums pounding in my heart/chest

We're never going back

oh, theres a fire in my veins
oh, drums pounding in my heart/chest
oh, theres a fire in my veins
oh, drums pounding in my heart/chest
Track Name: Rock N Roll
ts a wonder you survived
tongue tripping over words still searching
for some clever turn of phrase
to make her laugh or hint how you feel

and you want, and easy answer
and you want, it to be ok

and when you're feeling small
you can sing along
to this song, to this song
And when you're inches from the ground
lift your voices loud.

when the sweat pours from your dreams
late at night, with your heart and a feather
turning back the scales of time
rusty gates, pretty face, chocking back words

and you want, and easy answer
and you want, it to be ok

and when you're feeling small
you can sing along
to this song, to this song
And when you're inches from the ground
lift your voices loud.

But Rock and roll, can't save your soul
rock n roll can't save your soul

and when you're feeling small
you can sing along
to this song, to this song
And when you're inches from the ground
lift your voices loud.