The Chance for Change

by Aaron Blyth

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This album represents the greatest period of change in my life to date. It journals the end of my time living in San Diego, the end of a bumpy relationship, my first foray into world travel, settling in a new city and finding the love of my life! These songs are all incredibly personal to me and I've put everything into bringing them to you all. The variety of styles that I've put into one album reflects my love for different types of music and is a nod to some of my favorite albums that have been able to mix genres. I hope you like it!

This album would not have been possible without the 163 amazing contributors to my Kickstarter campaign and I will be forever grateful for their support.

Much love and Aloha!
-AB

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released 04 April 2014

All songs written by Aaron Blyth except “Weather Man” written by Aaron Blyth and Robin Applewood
Produced by Aaron Blyth and Adam Rossi
Recorded and Mixed by Adam Rossi at AR | Audio, San Francisco
Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx, San Francisco
Copyright ©Aaron Blyth Music 2014

Aaron Blyth
- Acoustic guitar, vocals
Tom Gears
- Upright bass
Brian Schwartz
- Drums, percussion
Adam Rossi
- Piano, RT3, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Crickets
Robin Applewood
- Electric guitar on “Heart Is Strong”; “Careless Heart”; Guitar and vocals on “Weather Man”
Kerry Wing
- Electric guitar on “Tarimbang”; “Get Down Honey”
Dylan Brock
- Electric guitar on “Lost; Banjo on “All Played Out”
Anthony “Ant” Anderson
- Trumpet on “Get Down Honey”; “Tarimbang”; “Certain Kind Of Sunday”
Dustin Smurthwaite
- Trombone on “Get Down Honey”; “Tarimbang”; “Certain Kind Of Sunday”
Jimmy Dewrance
- Harmonica on “All Played Out”
Tim Marcus
- Pedal steel guitar on “Old Boat Hull”
Eileen Retzloff
- Vocals on “Believe”


My absolute gratitude to every one of the 163 wonderful Kickstarter backers who supported my project and made this album possible and to all the amazing musicians who helped breathe life into my songs. Mahalo Nui Loa! To Eileen for your unwavering love and support, you are my strength. Forever grateful to all my families, friends and fans everywhere for your inspiration, for showing up and for listening. A.B.

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Aaron Blyth San Francisco, California

San Francisco singer/ songwriter Aaron Blyth is a little bit of everything. Raised on the beaches of Hawaii and in the Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, his music is as diverse and eclectic as his background. Pulling from strong influences of Folk, Rock, Blues and Funk, this singer/songwriter blends his favorite flavors into a uniquely energetic sound that is lyrically deep and sonically simple. ... more

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Track Name: All Played Out
~All Played Out~
You can’t ignore what’s happening just open up your eyes
Does it make you happy maybe it does. For me it’s all a surprise
No joking no more venting. Oooh such sensitivity.
To who’s your heart been rented baby, since you’ve evicted me

- chorus-
You gotta play it out before you lay it down
Yeah you gotta feel your way on through
I can’t explain what it means to me darlin
You’re gonna find out what...what it means to you

Welcome in what comes to you. Forget what slips on by
If you don’t it’s gonna eat at you and I hate to see you cry cry cry
You’ll be coming back around again someday I know for sure
If you just open up to change
Don’t ask me why it took you so long girl, for your life to rearrange

-chorus-

It don’t help to get defensive, ain’t tryin’ to put your life on trial
But you keep building up these fences, it starts to look like a denial
I try to speak your language, maybe talk a little sense to you
But frustration turns to anguish when I realize we are through

-chorus-
Track Name: Careless Heart
~Careless Heart~
I see you standing by the side of the road and I see it’s snowing
About a mile outside of town
I ask you if I could get you to where well you was going
Not a word not a sound
You got in didn’t say nothin, just held my hand, I kept on driving
Seemed like you could use a friend
I think we drove for months but it felt like days then it was over
Not too much thought in how it’d end

Girl you’ve been careless with my heart and it feels like cruelty
You shoulda cared less from the start so as not to fool me

A few months now have come and gone and I don’t feel like moving
Hindsights lookin’ pretty clear
That’s some kind of power trip you’re on, what point you tryin’ to prove kid
It’s gettin’ kind of hard for me to hear
What’s that you say, did I hear you right, I hear you say that you were missin’ me
It’s just too hard for you to call
But with your new man looking on well you went and you tried to kiss me
Without a thought of him at all

Girl you’ve been careless with my heart and it feels like cruelty
You shoulda cared less from the start so as not to fool me
I can own up to my part in this here ruined romance
I just tried to save your heart from that burning burning burning burning slow dance
Yeah, burning slow dance

She was deliciously vicious no sort of confidence issues
and if you granted her wishes, grew even more superstitious
Hey I’mma tell you what is this so just sit down in your britches
Try real hard not to fidget I’ll tell you if you just listen
Step one: to break out of prison first you must have a vision
And see the way that she living got too much take in her givin’
Ain’t helping no one for certain she’s servin’ words that are hurtin’
So if you learn from the first one be sure to curb what you thirst for
Forget them curves that are hurtful and kick that bird to the curb
Get the girl you deserve a careless heart isn’t worth it, no
no nah nah no
Track Name: Get Down Honey
~Get Down Honey~
You’re my get down honey well there’s something you should know
I ain’t got too much money, but I got alotta soul
I know it might sound funny but when I get on a roll
Be my get down honey and we’ll see how far we go
And we’ll see how far we go
Yeah gonna see how far we go

Fear will get you running and the faster that you go
The further from it you’re coming and the less you have to know
Let me tell you something, when times are getting low
Be my get down honey and we’ll see how far we go
Gonna see how far we go
Yeah gonna see how far we go
Yeah see how far we go

Unblock these thoughts that are holding me down
Just talk through it it’s not quite as hard as it sounds
And relate and create and reach up for the sky
Debate, deflate the negativity I
Won’t place my faith in the path of the storm
Born with this trait and it’s been keepin’ warm
‘Til now I found all I needed to know
Then you came around, we started gettin’ low

Days, they’ll soon get sunny a little farther up the road
What you’re takin’ from me I’ll get back when you lighten up your load
We’ve had good times a plenty but baby I still gotta know
Will you get down with me honey and we’ll see how far we go
Yeah gonna see how far we go
Yeah gonna see how far we go
Yeah see how far we go
Track Name: Certain Kind of Sunday
~Certain Kind Of Sunday~
Certain kind of Sunday settles the mood
At first you’re feeling one way then you change your whole attitude
It hits you at sunrise, you wake me at dawn
Before I open my eyes, we pick a place to go and we’re gone
Yeah we’re gone

No need to worry I’m feelin fine fine fine
Never in a hurry. Why? To rush around is just a waste of time
The future looks blurry, ain’t no lookin’ behind
Wonder, can I love her enough to meet her at the halfway line
Halfway line

Sittin’ on the runway, I’m coming to see you
I know that someday soon these little visits will be through
Cruisin’ down the highway, passing all the cars
Now you’re moving my way, we’ll find a place and we’ll call it ours
Yeah it’s ours Oh it’s ours
Yeah it’s ours Oh it’s ours

Whoa oh oh oh oh oh Whoa oh oh oh Whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh

Certain kind of Sunday settles the mood
At first you’re feeling one way then you change your whole attitude
Track Name: Old Boat Hull
~Old Boat Hull~
There’s an old boat hull at the top of a mountain
By the side of the road it sits alone
My mind races full of the possibles and outcomes like
“How’d it there?” and how to get it home
There’s something so strange about its like a fish out of water
Is there something you’d change about my pace
It’s that periodic doubt that I’m not doin’ what I ought to
I’m sayin’ this is how I choose to run the race

-chorus-

I’mma do it it my own time and it’s gonna be better
Everything will be mine and I’m gonna share
I’ll be writin’ all my own lines and I’mma write you a letter
Let you know that what you said it got me there

Further down this road there’s a teepee made of tin
In a big green field it sits alone
Now who do you suppose, oh what kind of indian
Would have a teepee made of tin for a home
I guess we hold on to these strings so much longer than we ought to
And we resort to strange to fit the norm
Just remember all them things that transformation’s brought you
It’s the chance for change that keeps my fire warm
It’s the chance for change that keeps my fire warm

-chorus- x3
Track Name: Tarimbang (Far End of the World)
~Tarimbang (Far End Of The World)~
Oceans flat in Tarimbang don’t see no waves
So I just sit and sing yeah whoa oh whoa oh
On this porch of bamboo and grass, up on stilts
Don’t know long its gonna last for no oh no oh
Coconuts, pigs in ruts, motorbikes and grass roofed huts
Feral dogs, carved out logs that we float upon. At least I don’t see no smog
No oh no oh hey hey

I’m at the far end of the world, so far from where I’ve come whoa oh ooo oh
Old ladies and little girls work so hard, so hard to get it done
At the far end of the world
Whoa oh whoa oh at the far end of the world
Whoa oh whoa oh at the far end of the world

Take a break from my everyday, unplug my life so I can hear the trees sway
Mosquito nets and wild pets, we hedge our bets with the mohawks that we shave
A village wife, a rusty knife, oh this simple life, so very hard to beat yeah
Where ‘wet’ is ‘clean’ the sun gets mean and no sunscreen goin’ protect you from the heat yeah
It’s so hot, it’s so hot, it’s so hot, it’s so hot, yeah yeah yeah

I’m at the far end of the world, so far from where I’ve come whoa oh ooo oh
Old ladies and little girls, work so hard, so hard to get it done
Here I look in from way outside, I can’t be sure just what,
What it is in front of my eyes
I take a little of my pride and ship it back to where, back to where I feel alive
At the far end of the world
Whoa oh whoa oh at the far end of the world
Track Name: Lost
~Lost~
Well there’s nothing as important to fostering a love for you
Than feeling free to take a leap of faith
And to know no matter where I land you’re gonna brush me off and take my hand
Lead me to the light and somewhere safe
I can see it when you’re talking to me so nervous you can barely breathe
Trying not to say something wrong
There’s something you gotta understand leavin ain’t part the plan
I’m keepin you around where you belong

-chorus-

So tell me where the hell’d you find me I thought I was lost
I went halfway around the world to get that way
On to this little island we’ve been tossed
And I lost track of the year, my heart and the day

You don’t believe in big regrets don’t smoke those cigarettes
Maybe one or two from time to time
You like me for what I love, I love that you can’t get enough of
Hearing how your life connects to mine
It’s the innocence in your surprise when I look you in the eyes
…And forget what I was tryin’ to say
Maybe my train of thought just forgot to make a stop
I wouldn’t have it any other way

-chorus-

Oh tell me where the hell’d you find me I thought I was lost
I went halfway around the world to get that way
On to this little island we’ve been tossed
And I lost track of the year, my heart and the day

-chorus-
Track Name: Swamp Love
~Swamp Love~
Baby that’s the second time this year I’ve seen you turn and walk away
The colder that your shoulder gets now the more that I wanna stay
Spent a lifetime just thinkin ‘bout the love I almost had
Was it close to being good or was it almost close to sad

Girl I need your love right now
Baby please, your love, somehow

So hard to go on living when you’re so afraid to die
Try to stay in the moment when you’re just scared it’ll pass you by
If you’re holding on too tight to what you want don’t you know it’s gonna let you down
All that time you spent holding on you shoulda been busy lookin ‘round

Girl I need your love right now
Baby please, your love somehow
Girl I need you love, don’t tease your love
Baby please, you love right now
Track Name: Heart Is Strong
~Heart Is Strong~
Did you ever get something in time, right when you least expect it
Did you ever have to fight so hard to save something and find out you’ve wrecked it
If it’s more than you can handle just slow down and take some to reflect it
Have no fear you head is clear let your love for be infectious

-chorus-

When you’re lost, the night is long
And your dreams try to hide you from
And when you’re found your heart is strong
And it’s clear to see what your life is to become

When it’s right for you to go explore, cherish your time and stretch it
Go searching through the open doors find what you want and go fetch it
Because what it is you’re looking will stand in your way if you let it
You better know just what you fishing for be careful ‘cuz you just might catch it

-chorus- x2
Track Name: Weather Man
~Weather Man~
Home. Your body and mind it is home. The roof that we lie under, home
I tried to survive all alone by turning my back to my home
Grown cold by the world turning me old with no more than good thoughts to be sold
Sold to the man wanting fools gold and told the world’s his if he’s bold
Enough to take it at his will and litter with malls and with land-fills
Willing to use it and move on til one day you’ll see that it’s gone

-chorus-
Change your place, change your pace
Change your mood like weather can
If it will be then I guess we’ll see
If the world can weather man

Home is no place but where you rest your bones. Sticks cannot break them nor big stones
Words will be worse said with harsh tones. Can cut to the heart of what you love
Above and beyond what you’ll think of. There’s no need to be mean just to hide from
That feeling inside when you get close to something that gets you to home

-chorus-

Home. This home. Our home. Your home.
Home. Take care of this home. We’re sharing our home. Be fair to your home.
Home. This home. Our home. Come home.
Home.

-chorus-
Track Name: Believe
~Believe~
Figure out if you believe in me and I’ll try to do the same
Stick around long enough we’ll see if we can outlast the game
I’ll never let you be ashamed, I’ll never let you take the blame you’ll see
If you believe in me

If you get a taste of what you like I’ll cook that food for you
If you wanna go out some place nice, I’ll try to look good for you.
It’s the best I can do, I’ll look good for you baby
If you believe in me

If you ever needed me I’d fight, you know I would fight for you
In the meantime I think I’ll write, I’ll just write a song for you
‘Cause I belong to you, I’ll write a song for you Eileen
If you believe in me
I’ll write a song for you, ‘cause I belong to you Eileen
If you believe in me