Into The Bright Lights

by Chris Trapper

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    Immediate download of 7-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

    I decided to release this in the "PAY WHAT YOU CAN" model, as an offering for those fans who may be under the economic tide, and for those of you who are swimming, all proceeds for this recording will pool into my next recording budget, tour support, and my ongoing struggle with doughnut addiction.

    Many thanks for your continued support,
    Chris Trapper [July, 2010]

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Into The Bright Lights [EP]

The conversation went something like this...

Jason (producer Jason Meeker) :So Chris, have you been writing new songs?

Chris: Yeah, I have a handful

Jason: Why don't we record a few together?

Chris: Because Jason, you're an electronica producer.

Jason: So what!

And since "so what?" has been the goal post that I've been kicking my musical career through over the years, it had a ring to me to try something different, so producer Jason Meeker and I embarked on this, the "Into the bright lights" EP; 7 songs that in which an acoustic singer-songwriter meets electronica / cinematic / '80's inspired production.

Now before anyone thinks I'm going the direction of Wham!, this particular producer has known my music for many years, so we worked within certain parameters, but I think the recording is it's most interesting when it peaks outside the usual singer / songwriter framework.

Chris Trapper
July, 2010


released July 10, 2010

All songs written by Chris Trapper
Always Gone Music (SESAC)

Produced by Jason Meeker

Mastered by Brad Young

Additional Musicians:
Jason Meeker, Scot Fitzsimmons, Kristen Cifelli



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Chris Trapper Boston, Massachusetts

CHRIS TRAPPER began his career as the front man for late–90’s alternative rock band THE PUSH STARS (Capitol Records). The New York Times calls Chris' songwriting “classic pop perfection”

As a modern day singer–songwriter, Chris is most known for his song THIS TIME, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for AUGUST RUSH (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers – Warner Bros Pictures)
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Track Name: Family Tree
1. Family Tree

A broken window peek into my memory
until I see my family
I feel so wasted, like my dreams are cast to sea
Until I find my family tree

And I say, hey won't you fly a little closer next to me?
We can sail up here forever, where our spirits can be free
It moves a little slow on the road, and it's smoggy down there too
So just soar up here beside me, I guarantee you'll like the view

I swear I left my best self in all the places that I've been
Until you say you knew me when
I was just a little something who said "I'm flying out of town"
I was kicking dust up on the ground
Track Name: The Game Is Done
2. The Game is done

My grandfather was a fighter, I'd always hear my mother say
And all my toughness I learned from him, but I'd rather walk away
To be the king of the sick street is never what I thought I'd be
But it is what it is and this crown is stuck on me, stuck on me

All the ghosts walk around here with black circles 'neath their eyes
When the sun comes up if you look quick you'll see them run to hide
Beneath the broken cathedrals or another shattered house
On the street in the town buried deep beneath the clouds

The city can't take anymore
The savior versus satan...even score

The game is over
Nobody won
The game is done

So if you come in the daytime it's a street that hides it's scars
All the money passed, cold cash, hand to hand, underarm to underarm
Something's stopping the traffic and the sky is turning red
As the cops look away, cause the mayor just turns his head
Track Name: Into The Bright Lights
3. Into the bright lights

Up and away we set off
Secretly scared we'd get lost
Up in the clouds, over the town
Beyond the wall

Some of us knew we might fall
Under the weight of it all
And though we'd been warned of the oncoming storms
Still we stood tall

Soar from the moonlight
Straight to the sunrise
This will be our time
To free-fall and nosedive
Out of the black night
Into the bright lights
With the whole world in our sight
Like a miniature paradise

My shadow is cast on the ground
But I'm flying too fast to look down
At the rooftops and trees, and my family
Waving at me
Track Name: Heartaches On Parade
4. Heartaches on parade

You might think you saw a shining rocket in the sky
It was my pride, was my pride
But it wasn't in me to save the city, and yes, I guess I lied
But at least I tried, least I tried

I am caught within your kryptonite
I lost my senses, lost my might
So I might take a lonesome holiday
I sold my shirt and pawned my cape
And headed back to outer space
And realized I never should have stayed

Heartaches on parade

So a circle gathered on the sidewalk as word spread through the town
A man is down, on the ground
But I couldn't take it on the pavement, as fodder for the crowd
So I snuck out,
I snuck out
Track Name: From The Balcony
5. From the balcony

Where does the music come from?
It could be right in front of you
With so many seats to choose from
You sit where you always do

'til you won't someday

No more crying from the balcony
Go find your front row seat
Don't be a stranger to the symphony
Feel your real heartbeat

Where does peace of mind come from?
It could be right in front of you
With so many paths to choose from
You walk the way you always do

'til you won't someday

No more crying from the balcony
Onto an empty street
Throw over everything you used to be
'til you feel your feet
Track Name: Already Gone
6. Already Gone

Hey, she is already gone
So far gone

Summer stock apology
written in my basement
Knew for sure I'd find you there
But much to my amazement

Checked the closet, checked the drawers
Everything was empty
She couldn't wait one minute more
With nothing left to give me

So I keep talking recklessly
She pretends she's listening
'til she suggests I take a trip
Bottomless pit fishing
Track Name: Black Sky Blue
7. Black Sky Blue

If I was a king would you wait for me
To step off my arrogant chair
'cause what I have learned is everything burns
And suddenly nobody's there

It's a case that leaves no clues
It's dangerous how I dream of you
Since you turned my black sky blue
Black sky blue

If I wore the hat of a hard working man
With old worn out leather for skin
Oh, could you trace the lines on my face
And still find some beauty within

It don't matter where you go
It just matters where you stay
I would never claim to know
All the secret cards you hold

If I washed up on your private beach
Would you bring me blankets for clothes
Or would you be embarrassed to see
The somebody nobody knows?