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Truth or Dare

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1.
Drop 03:00
She walked in the room, you could have heard a pin drop I can’t remember the last time I held my breath She sat up at the bar and she ordered a tall one She didn’t put it down until the very last drop   (Chorus) She looked at me, I felt my heart stop I could not take my eyes off of her Is there a price to pay, I’d lay it down in hopes...that you would stay   Don’t think she ever paid for a drink that night I know it’s true cause I bought her a couple of rounds Now it’s one am, many have tried to take a seat next to her She looked at me and I’m still holding my breath She walked my way but kept on walking   (Chorus) She looked at me, I felt my heart drop I could not take my eyes off of her Is there a price to pay, I’d lay it down in hopes She looked at me, I felt my heart drop I could not take my eyes off of her Is there a price to pay, I’d lay it down in hopes…that you would stay   She walked into the room, you could have heard a pin drop.
2.
Do No Harm 04:01
You take her hands, Your words are kind, But the smile it never reaches your eyes. You touch her body, Stake your claim, But beneath the tender words it’s all lies. You cut her open, Broke her bones, Drug her up and left her for dead. You convince yourself That it's all her fault,  And you walk away shaking your head. You've got killer hands  and a killer smile,  Countin’ up another notch. How many bodies have you left behind, How many times you've gotten away? Not on my watch. You make it so easy, The stories you tell: The woman didn’t have what it takes. And nobody guesses, Nobody knows, ‘Cause surgeons bury their mistakes. You've got killer hands  and a killer smile,  Just another life that you lost. How many bodies have you left behind, How many times you've gotten away? Not on my watch. I know what you do, I see who you are. This time I caught you in the act. Well, to your surprise The patient lived, And now for once the crime is a fact. You’ve got blood on your hands And blood in your eyes Now you’re thinking something’s wrong with your scotch. How many bodies have you left behind? This time you’re not getting away! Not on my watch. Not on my watch. Not on my watch. Not on my watch.
3.
Last night as we said goodbye, we played a little game, You said a word, I answered, and you tossed it back again. You said truth, I asked dare? You said truth, and ask with care. Alright, the truth, then: do you dare? Then tonight under the raindrops as we listened to the sound, While lightning laced the sky and thunder rolled around, I said truth, you asked dare? I said truth, and ask with care. And you said truth -- (Chorus) Do you dare be the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread? Will you let your old heart lead the way And maybe lose your head? Will you leave those tattered dreams behind, Or fall in love instead? Do you dare? Do you dare? (Bridge) But I’m bad at this, been here before, do you really want this too? Been dragged from heart to heart, it breaks each time, yet here I am with you. So tonight as we walked hand in hand, we played a little game, You said the words. I answered, and you softly said my name, I said truth, you asked dare, I said truth, and ask with care, Alright the truth -- (Chorus) Do we dare be the fools who rush right in Where angels fear to tread? Can we let our old hearts lead the way, And maybe lose our heads? Can we keep those tattered dreams alive,  And fall in love again? Do we dare? Do we dare? Well, I do.
4.
The Dragon 03:55
When we heard the news of a coming storm, We were a thousand miles away. We were headed home anyway. Put the pedal to the metal, Raced home to find you. As we watched the news of the coming storm We were still too far away. So we drove faster anyway, Put the pedal to the metal, Raced home to get you. (Chorus) They told us stay away, Leave this place, Get out now, run away, But we had to race Into the mouth of the dragon. Into the mouth of the dragon. When we brought the news of the coming storm You told us you would stay But we begged you anyway Put the pedal to the metal, We tried to move you. (Chorus) They told us stay away, Leave this place, Get out now, run away, But we had to race Into the mouth of the dragon. Into the mouth of the dragon. (Bridge) The dragon, she's the fury The dragon, she's the wind The dragon, she's the tidal wave That drowns the best of men. The dragon, she's the unexpected rage from Neptune's den.  She will crush you in her flight Then she’ll tear you up again. Then when the news of the coming storm Finally hit home And love won the day We put the pedal to the metal. (Chorus) They told us to get away, Leave this place, While you still can, run away, Get away from the dragon. Outrun the mouth of the dragon. Outrun the mouth of the dragon.
5.
TV 03:38
My mind is turned off, I can’t seem to think Eyes wide open, I can’t blink I turn my head to make a sound Turn my head, I can’t turn around My face has gone blank to a pale white stare When I finally turn you off, you really don’t care (Chorus) What I’m thinking, how I’m feeling, and I’m falling... You think for me and you lead me astray False information night and day Turn my head to make a sound Turn my head, I turn around My mind has gone off to an empty space Too far from truth without a trace (Chorus) What I’m thinking, how I’m feeling, and I’m falling. What I’m thinking, how I’m feeling, and I’m falling... (Bridge) Hey, I can’t turn away Hey, I watch you every day My mind is turned off, I can’t seem to think Eyes wide open, I can’t blink Turn my head to make a sound Turn my head, I turn around. (Chorus) What I’m thinking, how I’m feeling, and I’m falling... I'm falling I'm falling Falling Falling...
6.
Harmony 03:51
Alone for years, I was content. Done with tears, all sorrow spent. A solo voice, a single song, A lonely choice, but never wrong. Slow and sweet, another note, Voices meet, and gently float, The quiet sound, it calls to me, Sing with me in harmony. (Chorus) Sing me a lullaby, sing me to sleep, Sing me a sad song, make me weep. Bring me a sweet song, make my heart leap, Sing with me Will you sing with me? Our voices met, our hearts as one, Our souls a duet, and sorrow undone. Then you drifted away, lost to the wind, And I faced the days without you again. (Bridge) But I'd rather have made music with you Than anyone else I’d ever meet, And though I sing alone once again, The road we shared was long and sweet. (Chorus) Sing me a lullaby, sing me to sleep, Sing me a sad song, make me weep. Bring me a sweet song, make my heart leap, You sang with me Oh, and you sang with me. Oh! I'll sing you a lullaby, as you go to sleep, Sing you a sad song, while I weep. I’ll sing you a song, as you sink through the deep, You sang with me, Oh, and you sang with me.
7.
I Believe 04:03
Like a lighthouse that burns for miles and miles, I can still see you Like a fire that burns with a steel blue flame, I can still feel you (Chorus) In my mind, you’re the perfect part of me Hold on tight...I told you I’d take you for a little ride In my dreams, you’re the one that I could see I believe in you and me Like the wind that blows on the back of sails, you will always push me Like an anchor that digs into the earth, you always held me (Chorus) In my mind, you’re the perfect part of me Hold on tight...I told you I’d take you for a little ride In my dreams, you’re the one that I could see I believe in you and me Like the ocean waves beat upon the sand, we will always be Like the moon that shines into the night, you will always see (Chorus) In my mind, you’re the perfect part of me Hold on tight...I told you I’d take you for a little ride In my dreams, you’re the one that I could see I believe in you and me. In my mind, you’re the perfect part of me Hold on tight...I told you I’d take you for a little ride In my dreams, you’re the one that I could see I believe in you and me.
8.
How do you say goodbye? When do you let go? When do you stop fighting not to let your sorrow show? Where do I begin? How do I write this song? How do I make music for you  — the words come out all wrong? You played by your own rules, Always on your own, The world went this way, you went that, It's how your life has gone. I remember you, Always out of place, The solemn girl who faced it all with humor and grace. (Bridge) And did you know How many caged hearts you set free? It always took you by surprise, All the love you could never see. We told you we loved you, But you never believed it. I hope you can see it now. (Chorus) How do we say goodbye? How do we say farewell? Who's gonna tell us the tales  we hoped you would tell? How do we say goodbye? How does the heart let go? Where are the words to stop the rain in my soul? Time's a thief. You were gone too soon. The spirit moved you; And now you’re over the moon... (Bridge) You must have known You had to be home by Christmas Eve, 'Cause in the morning you were gone. Did you know you were gonna leave? I held your hand, I told you I loved you, And we said goodnight, Now how do I say goodbye? (Chorus) How do I let you go? How do I say farewell? Who’s gonna tell you the tales still left to tell? How do I say goodbye...
9.
My Old Man 02:35
Hey my old man, how’ve you been? Are you still looking for your friend? Have you seen his ghost, has he been around? He will be found.   Hey my old man, where you going? Could you find the time, time’s folding Well you’re far from home and feel alone, wanna to go home. (Chorus) People say we're like the funny clowns beneath the big top And I agree we’ve had the best time of our lives Don’t be forgotten You won’t be forgotten Don’t be forgotten You are home Hey my old man, remember me, I loved your life, it was so free You will always be my greatest dream, My greatest dream.   (Chorus) People say we're like the funny clowns beneath the big top And I agree we’ve had the best time of our lives Don’t be forgotten You won’t be forgotten Don’t be forgotten You are home
10.
Ain't It Sad 03:03
Did you come along talkin’ fancy, Take your wine and take your dancin’? I’ve played the game many times myself. All the schemes and all the plans Aren’t so hard to understand; Wind ‘em up and leave them on a shelf. Well I'll lie to you if you’ll lie to me, ‘Cause anything’s better than the truth, The ostrich hides its head in the sand. While we waste our lives in covering, A part of us is smothering; It’s easier to run than make a stand. You say there’s a part of you inside You naturally just have to hide; I don’t know but I’d just be confused. We pay for love with so much pain, We pay for sunshine with the rain; Ain’t it sad how we pay our dues. (Bridge) But if I’m right, We are all light, And I’m a mirror for my brother. Can’t you see, We reflect each other. I don’t have to lie, You don’t have to cry, We really don’t have to act at all. I know there’s a light in me, And it shines so bright in you; Can’t you see the shadows on the wall? Well, every child leaves a spark, Every fire lights the dark; We live our lives exactly as we choose. And the moral of the story is That life is so much more than this; I wish that we could win and never lose. Ain’t it sad how we pay our dues. And the moral of the story is That life is so much more than this; I wish that we could win and never lose. Ain’t it sad how we pay our dues.

about

Three years in the making. Stories of love, life, loss from an epic period in the lives of its makers.

TRUTH OR DARE is a story in the form of an album, taking the listener through finding love, running into a storm to rescue a loved one, the decline and passing of parents, and the beginning of new possibilities.

Truth or Dare encompasses several interwoven story arcs, with Hurricane Florence as the backdrop.

During this fateful time, Rebekkah met her partner, Michael. In an act of solidarity and support, mind-blowing so early in their relationship, Michael drove with Rebekkah into the path of Hurricane Florence to get her mother out of danger, and all three were chased upland with the storm on their heels.

Rebekkah had recently moved to coastal North Carolina to help her mother, following a botched surgery, and it turned out to be the last year of her mother's life. She passed away on Christmas morning of 2018.

Rebekkah lost her father to cancer less than a year later, and Chris lost his much-admired grandfather shortly thereafter. Threaded among these stories of loss are the love stories between Rebekkah and Michael, and between Chris and his wife, Kim.

THE GUITAR: 1995 FENDER TELECASTER ("FLORENCE")

There is a guitar you’ll hear through all of the tracks on the album. She, too, is a survivor of Hurricane Florence and the devastating flooding along coastal North Carolina. Chris tells her story:

“Six months after the storm, a neighbor, Dr. Dunn, came by my restaurant (Silos) and said he had some guitars that had been forgotten and left under the stairs (in the town of Oriental, many houses are on stilts). The guitars had been submerged in saltwater for weeks. Dr. Dunn, figuring they were ruined, said to hang them up in the restaurant as decoration, so I did.

“After a year of the guitars drying out on the wall, I wanted to see if I could fix any of them. It turns out that one of the guitars was a very special Fender Telecaster, a Johnny Greenwood setup. So I got together with a friend and took the guitar completely apart, sanded, sanded, and sanded some more, and found the beautiful natural wood underneath the lacquer and paint (the guitar had been pure black before it drowned). I located the exact electronics and pickups to go in it, assembled it all and plugged it in. WOW! What a great sound. I’ve played many styles of guitars throughout 30 years of playing and the tone of this guitar was incredible.

“When we had our first recording session in Asheville NC, I brought a 1990 Les Paul, 1964 Gibson SG, 1972 Fender Stratocaster, and the 1995 Fender Telecaster (of course I call her Florence), to record Truth or Dare. I used Florence for every song we recorded. The tone was just amazing -- there must be something about the saltwater that runs through the wood now. I don’t know but it just sounded great!”

credits

released March 29, 2021

All songs recorded at White Horse Black Mountain / RadHaus.Studio, Black Mountain, NC, and Hollow Reed Studio, Asheville, NC.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
℗ 2021 RadHaus Studio Publishing (ASCAP, BMI)
Producer: Bob Hinkle
Executive Producer: Rebekkah Hilgraves
Studio engineers: Claire Hoke, Chris Rosser, Rebekkah Hilgraves, Lonnie Park
Mix engineer: Lonnie Park, with special thanks to Vanessa Silberman and Chris Rosser for getting us started.
Mastering engineers: Lonnie Park and Luis "LFF" Flores (audiophile edition)
Photography by Jessica Wharton-Vasquez
Cover and liner art by Marcus Archer and Rebekkah Hilgraves
Vocals, synths, lyrics, music: Rebekkah Hilgraves
Vocals, guitars, lyrics, music: Chris Daniels
Backing vocals: Rebekkah Hilgraves, Chris Daniels, Lonnie Park
Bass: Michael Filippone, Lonnie Park (“Harmony”)
Drums: James Kylen
Percussion: James Kylen, Lonnie Park
Piano: Chris Rosser (“The Dragon”, Lonnie Park)
Keyboards: Lonnie Park
Do No Harm:
- Alex Bradley, trumpet
- Justice Mann, trombone
- Ben Colvin, tenor sax
- Joseph Herbst, alto sax
- Joseph Herbst, horn arrangement
Harmony:
- Paul McIntire, violin
- Franklin Keel, cello
- Rebekkah Hilgraves, string and choral arrangement

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Blind Phoenix is an American Roots / Indie rock band led by singer/songwriters Chris Daniels and Rebekkah Hilgraves.

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