Take Me AS I Am - Chistopher Cross

Take Me As I Am

2017 - Christopher Cross Records

 

 

 

 

"Take Me As I Am" is a unique offering from Christopher Cross, a hybrid of sorts – the songs are instrumentals with choruses to create the lyrical landscape. This is not quite a “guitar” album, but it leaves the listener with no question about his expertise on the subject. Two very special songs are “Roberta," dedicated to Christopher’s mentor, Joni Mitchell, and “Truth” with a lyric by Rob Meurer, one of the last songs Rob wrote before his tragic passing. This song is sung as a duet with Gigi Worth, a name that will be familiar to Christopher’s fans. Gigi and Rob were also very close, which makes her performance on this track all the more meaningful. The album closes with a song in memory of Rob called "Alvah," (Rob’s middle name), which features beautiful string arrangements by Chris Walden. In Christopher’s words, “It was a blessing to work with all these talented folks in the making of this album which holds so many bittersweet emotions for me. I didn't expect to make another one, but, as Rob reminded me once, it's what we do.” Enjoy!

 

Take Me As I Am

Roberta (for Joni Mitchell)

Down to the Wire

Baby It's All You

Old Days

River of Tears

Truth

Like Minded Saviors

Alvah (in memory of Rob Meurer

 

PERSONNEL:

Drums – Keith Carlock

Bass – Will Lee

Sax – Andy Suzuki

Keyboards – Eddy Hobizal

Vocals on “Down to The Wire” – Erin Ivey

Vocals on “Baby It’s All You” – Kim Parent,

Marcia Ramirez, and Britt Savage

Vocals on “Truth” – Gigi Worth

 

 

Lyrics

(Downloadable version)

 

HAILA

 

Haila

So elusive and sublime

Need you more than ever

Here in this place and time

 

Haila

So alluring and divine

Lift us to the ether

Truth is so crystalline

 

Haila

So please mend our hearts and minds

Lift us to the ether

Love is so crystalline

 

 

TAKE ME AS I AM

 

Faith will you absolve me

Or hold me to fire

For all for all the fools I’ve been

Could you abide me

Trust this lonely squire

And take me as I am

 

Faith will you trust me

Forgive this naked liar

For all my wayward sins

Could you embrace me

And find it in your heart

To take me as I am

 

 

ROBERTA

 

She is the sun

She is the seed and water

She’s the shaman

Don Juan’s reckless daughter

 

The gift of purpose

A path to call my own

All these gifts

From my muse

Roberta, Roberta

 

 

DOWN TO THE WIRE

 

It comes down to the wire

(down to the wire)

It comes down to the wire

(down to the wire)

Always comes down to the wire

(down to the wire)

 

I’m so tired of living on that wire

 

 

BABY IT’S ALL YOU

 

Bébé, t’es tout pour moi

 

Baby, it’s all you

Yea, it’s all you

 

Lost in the dance

We give into desire

 

Babe, I’m on fire

 

 

OLD DAYS

 

Old days

Old ways

Things are not the same

 

Time frays

My mind strays

The evanesce of the flame

 

Slow fade

Love conveyed

Bittersweet memories

Amends made

Grateful praise

A voice amongst the trees

 

Old days

Things are not the same

Old ways

Things are not the same

 

 

RIVER OF TEARS

 

All those knights

In all those years

Rusted away in a river of tears

Now you lock yourself in fortress of fear

And never see the sun

 

But I’ll love you like there’s no tomorrow

I will beg, steal and borrow

That is what I’ll do for you, baby

I’ll do for you, baby

 

 

TRUTH

 

We scratch and fight to learn

Where in this heaven our truth is

But will the years all burn

Before we look we look where our youth is

 

The dove is not distressed

For the truth of why or when

Her truth is food and rest

So she can fly again

 

Embarrassed now by all that hair

Young and foolish we declare

Didn’t know what the game was

Still our aim was true

 

We took the world and made a fuss

But now the world has taken us

We are beaten but we’re learning what to do

 

The truth

 

We knew it in our youth

 

 

LIKE MINDED SAVIORS

 

Calling out to all my neighbors

Rise and save our wonderland

You and I like minded saviors

Raise your voice we’ll take a stand

 

Calling out to all my neighbors

Rise and save this promised land

You and I like minded saviors

Voices strong we’ll make our stand

 

Calling out

 

 

ALVAH (IN MEMORY OF ROB MEURER)

 

Hey my friend

Guess you’re in the wind

Finding open places

Where your soul can roam

 

We miss you so

But we know you know

Your light will shine forever

Here at home

 

Hey my friend

Guess you’re in the wind

Finding open places

Where your soul can roam

 

I miss you so

But I know you know

Your light will shine forever

Here at home

 

Hey my friend

Guess you’re in the wind

Finding open places

Where your soul can roam

 

I miss you so

But I know you know

Your light will shine forever

Here for me at home

 

 

All songs except “Truth” written by Christopher Cross

Maraju Music (ASCAP) © 2017; “Roberta” © 2016

 

“Truth” written by Christopher Cross and Rob Meurer

Maraju Music (ASCAP) and Malaprop Music (ASCAP) © 2017

 

 

 

Take Me AS I Am - Chistopher Cross