The Source

by James Murrell

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about

I started on “The Source” in the early fall of 2009. I wanted to record the album with a full band and talked to many of my friends about playing on the album but they were not available at the time. Another opinion was for me to hire a band to play the music but at the time I could not afford it. So I decided to start working on the album by myself.

The original idea was to record the album on acoustic guitar, bass, & mandolin using overdubs and that the album was going to be all instrumental. At about this time I got in contact with an old girl friend of mine from High School. I loved her dearly when we were young. I went into the Navy right out of High School. The first time I came home on leave I found out she had a boyfriend. It broke my heart and I wrote the song “Goodbye Girl” but I never had played or sang it for her.

When she & I recently got in contact through email, I updated her about what I was doing and the online marketing I was doing for my music. I sent her a link so that she could hear my music. Most of the music I have done in the past has been instrumental Jazz & Fusion. She told me that she enjoyed the music but asked if I played any Rock and if I ever sing on any of my songs.

I have not sang in years in public. I had spent a large portion of my adult life developing my guitar playing and compositions. At the moment that I read that question I knew I had to record “Goodbye Girl” and that it had to be in the style that I would have played when I wrote the song. So I recorded “Goodbye Girl” that night and sent it to her. She liked it and it gave me some closure on our relationship.

After recording “Goodbye Girl” I felt like I had gone back to the source of my music and I started remembering little riffs and song ideas from back then. I updated those ideas and also wrote some new songs. I was completely inspired to go back to this well inside of me that I had covered over for so long. I have a band now that is playing these songs and covers of Pop/Rock songs that I haven’t played in years and, now I sing at every concert. This music is “The Source” of my musical being. I bare my soul with each song. I hope that you will enjoy the songs on “The Source”!

Peace & happiness,

James Murrell 08/13/2010
www.jamesmurrellgtr.com

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released August 13, 2010

All music composed, arranged, recorded, mixed, mastered, and performed by James Murrell.
All artwork by James Murrell.

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James Murrell Dayton, Ohio

I am a guitarist and composer from Ohio. I have been playing since 1979. I play many styles of music with influences from Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Pop, Blues, R&B, Folk, & World Music. I pray to bring peace & love to all those that hear my music.
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James Murrell
www.jamesmurrellgtr.com
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Track Name: Sundance
Instrumental
Track Name: Goodbye Girl
Goodbye girl

It’s been a long time
Since I’ve been around
I hate to say it
But I’m leavin’ town

Goodbye girl

I hear that train a rollin’
Coming down the tracks
And soon I’ll be goin’
Never coming back

Goodbye girl

All of my life
I’ve searched for you
Now it’s too late
I have to say to you

Goodbye girl

Now the train’s a leavin’
And my fate is bound
Don’t know where I’m goin’
But I’m leaving town

I love you
You know it’s true
I just wish
I could come home to you
And take you in my arms
Where you belong
Look into your eyes
Where my love is found

I need you
To tell me to
Stop running
And come home to you
And run into your arms
Where I belong
Taste your lips again
So our love is bound

Goodbye girl

Written by James Murrell
Track Name: Fire Dance
You can be anything
You can live
Out your dreams
If you want
You could become
All you want to be

Light dances in the flames
Like waves on the sea
Bringing light to dark night
And warmth that surrounds me

Fire in the sky
Rain down on me
Flames climb high at night
In my dreams

All you have to really do
Is look into your heart
And you’ll see that all you need
Is within your reach

I’ve seen flames dance in dreams
Walked the edge of extremes
And I know the flame will rise
And consume me

Fire in the sky
Rain down on me
Flames climb high at night
In my dreams

(Guitar Solo)

You can be anything
You can live
Out your dreams
If you want
You could become
All you want to be

I’ve seen flames dance in dreams
Walked the edge of extremes
And I know the flame will rise
And consume me

Fire in the sky
Rain down on me
Flames climb high at night
In my dreams

(Guitar Solo Ending)

Written by James Murrell
Track Name: Baby, I Don't Know Why
Baby, I don’t know why
You cry
Every night over me

Baby, don’t you understand
I’m your man
And that’s the way it should be

‘Cause deep in the night
When I’m holdin’ you tight
It all seems like a dream

I lose control
And I just don’t know
How I’m supposed to be

But I know
I love you
Yes I do

I, can’t explain
How this feeling inside me remains
But you touched my heart
And left me out of the dark

And now
I love you
Yes I do

I, don’t know
If you can see it in me

But I know
I love you
Yes I do
Love you

Written by: James Murrell
Track Name: Tonight (Vocal)
There’s a lot I don’t know
Like why wars are waged by men
There’s a lot that makes no sense
Like watching my friends lose everything
I wish I could help them

Sometimes I can’t sleep at night
I wake up in a fright

And all the world’s asleep tonight
Please wake up before the end’s in sight

We could bring each other up
Give your brother a helping hand
Help with the needy and poor
You would like it if you gave it a chance
Together I know we can

And we could sleep tonight
Knowing we gave it a fight

But all the world’s asleep tonight
Please wake up before the end’s in sight

I wish this war would end
And all the soldiers come home again
I wish that we could help
Stop all the hate that’s destroying man
I wish this war had never been

And somewhere in the world tonight
Love could win over this fight

But all the world’s asleep tonight
Please wake up before the end’s in sight

Look around you my friends
Don’t look away just because you’re afraid
I need your help with this plan
Together we’ll do it, I know we can
Please come and take my hand

And we could win this fight
It’s our lives, and our right

And all the world’s asleep tonight
Please wake up before the end’s in sight
Tonight

Written by: James Murrell
Track Name: Peace For John Lennon
Instrumental
Track Name: Across The Sea
Sometimes I wish
That I could
Sail across the sea
Find a way
To get away
From reality

I would watch
The stars as
Waves crashed down on me
And search for
Lighted shores to
Harbor my safety

I know
I can’t escape
But someday
I’ll find my way

Lights fall
Down from dusk
Polaris I see
Poised in the northern sky
My compass
To guide me

I know I’ll find a way
In this lonely world
And if you believe in me
You could be my girl
Together we will sail the world
Just you and I

Sometimes I wish
That I could
Sail across the sea
Find a way
To get away
From reality

I would watch
The stars as
Waves crashed down on me
And search for
Lighted shores to
Harbor my safety

I know
I can’t escape
But someday
I’ll find my way

Lights fall
Down from dusk
Polaris I see
Poised in the northern sky
My compass
To guide me

Across The Sea

Written by: James Murrell
Track Name: Long Hot Night
Instrumental
Track Name: Your Sweet Lovin'
You say love is just a game
Fools play
And it’s always the same
A broken heart and lonely nights
No one
To hold you tight

You say you have no time
Workin’ hard
And you can’t spare a dime
No hope for lovin’ you
But I know
That ain’t true

Look in your heart
I know
You’ll find a way

‘Cause I love you
With all my heart
It tears me in two
When we’re apart
I need your sweet lovin’
To get through the day

And I need you
To be by my side
I’m feelin’ blue
‘Cause I need you tonight
I need your sweet lovin’
Every night and day

You say you have no time
Workin’ hard
And you can’t spare a dime
No hope for lovin’ you
But I know
That ain’t true

You say love is just a game
Fools play
And it’s always the same
A broken heart and lonely nights
No one
To hold you tight

Look in your heart
I know
You’ll find a way

‘Cause I need you
To be by my side
I’m feelin’ blue
‘Cause I need you tonight
I need your sweet lovin’
Every night and day

‘Cause I love you
With all my heart
It tears me in two
When we’re apart
I need your sweet lovin’
To get through the day

Written by: James Murrell
Track Name: Shadows
When shadows fall down on the earth
And moon shines it’s light on the ground
They move across the walls within
In hopes of being unbound

They know not of the state they’re in
Or why the world passes them by
And if you acknowledge them
They’ll never leave your side

Sometimes I wish I had not this vision
I could live my life in peace
But still they see that I can hear them
And so they still haunt my dreams

Night brings shadows in the mist
Past lives bound to this realm
And so I try to look away
The shadows that haunt my dreams

Written by: James Murrell
Track Name: Sunny Sky (Instumental)
Instrumental
Track Name: Nightfall
Instrumental
Track Name: Tonight (Instrumental)
Instrumental
Track Name: Sunny Sky (Vocal)
It’s sunny
All the birds
In the sky
Are singing a lovely tune
It’s funny
Whenever
You walk by
The dark clouds part from my view

Your so lovely
That my heart
Jumps for joy
And all the world
Seems so new
So maybe and if you
Want me to
I know I could
Fall for you

Oh can’t you see
That it’s just
You and me
And all the sunny skies turn dark
When I’m without you
Oh baby I can see
The one for you is me
And all the
Grey clouds
In the sky
Turn sunny when
You are near

So honey
Come and take my
Hand tonight
And you could be
By my side
No more lonely
And all the
Grey cloud will
Become clear blue
Sunny skies

Written by: James Murrell