Just Begun

by Forest Sun

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" ... stripped-back, slightly twangy evocative Americana set that is a delight from start to end." Maverick Magazine (UK)

"Americana singer/songwriter Forest Sun has been making quality albums for more than a decade, yet I’d never had the pleasure of hearing him do his thing until “Just Begun” came across my desk a couple of months back. After several spins of the 12-track gem, I sought out Sun’s earlier work. I’m guessing you’ll do the same after “Just Begun” washes over you. Highlights abound, with Sun shinning brightest on the title track, “The Sky is Smiling,” “Just My Size,” Take That Wander,” “Like Water in the Desert,” It’s Good to See You,” “El Coyote” and “Long Day.” With his mellow vibe and ear-pleasing baritone, Sun is the real deal. Sorry it took me so long to realize that." Jeffrey Sisk, Daily News in Pittsburgh

"Just Begun, title of the disc, is also the affirmation of a great man who has not finished to surprise and enchant us." SP - Le Cri du Coyote (France)

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released November 10, 2016

All songs recorded at WaveLab Studios, Tucson, AZ.
Produced by Forest Sun and Craig Schumacher.
Engineered and Mixed by Chris Schultz and Craig Schumacher
Jared Tyler and Jesse Aycock recorded at Blue Alleluia Studios, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Engineered by Jared Tyler.
Mastered by J.J.Golden at Golden Mastering
Winston Watson-Drums, Shaker
Fen Ikner- Bass, Vibraphone, Vocals
Michael Santander –Cello
Ingrid Serban – Vocals, Accordions, Water drum, Bowed Vibraphone, Marxophone
Jacob Valenzuela-Trumpet
Jesse Aycock – Lap steel, Pedal Steel, Vocals
Jared Tyler – Dobro, Mandolin, Vocals
Chris Schulze – Shakers, Happy Apple
Craig Schumacher – Harmonica, Organ
Forest Sun – Vocals, Acoustic, Resonator and Electric Guitars, Piano, Toy Piano
All Songs written by Forest Sun copyright 2012 forestsunmusic BMI
All Rights Reserved
Cd Layout and Design by Ryan Lopez
Many thanks to all who make the music happen! Huge gratitude to Ingrid, Nathan, Wavelab, JJ, all the musicians listed above, and YOU for supporting the music!
www.forestsun.com

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San Francisco Bay Area troubadour and award winning songwriter, Forest Sun has regaled audiences around the globe with his wealth of songs and stories, all sung and told with back porch ease and bonhomie. Sun's music has been compared to everyone from Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers and John Mayer to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, but his unique style is entirely his own.
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Track Name: Just Begun
Just Begun

Flying in the face of the setting sun

Feel like I have just begun

Anything can happen and I hope it will

We could die tomorrow and the world would still

Go on, on and on.

Staring at the sky I feel so small

We’re spinning through space on a little blue ball

Every time I think that I know what’s true

Something else changes my point of view

Go on, on and on.

I used to be lot wiser some years ago

Till I found out all that I don’t know

For everyone who’s leaving someone remains

Takes a whole lot to make a little change

Go on, on and on.
Track Name: The Sky is Smiling
Chasing sunbeams through the pasture,

Climbing fences with muddy shoes.

Hear the wind crying or is it laughter

I guess it’s up to me to choose.

Starlings and ravens in the persimmon tree

Black branches stretched towards the sky

The sky is smiling and so am I.

Rest for a while where the tree roots meet the ground

With the sound of water down below

Sing a song of evening as the sun is sinking down

Till the stars tell me it’s time to go.

The road stretches onward

Through rolling green hills

My feet don’t need to ask why

The sky is smiling and so am I.
Track Name: Nostalgic Bells
I’ve been to heaven, and I’ve been to hell

I’ve been to Los Angeles and come under the spell

Of the sadness and the glory and the nostalgic bells

That only ring for the departed after they have fell.

And I’ve seen trouble, and I’ve known time

I’ve met a rich man who didn’t have a dime

I’ve seen the stars in the desert

Felt the moonlight shine

From the bottom of the ocean and the back of my mind

If I hold on to tightly I can’t let go and fly

If I don’t hold on at all I might just fall down and die

If I could just get it right, maybe I wouldn’t feel

Like copy of a copy that I’m to dumb to steal

If my body was the center of the phantom wheel

I’d never want for attention, maybe then I’d feel real.

If I had all the sex and money, would that be what I wanted?

If I’d just talk to my ghosts, would I still feel haunted?

If there never was a wrong choice,

Would I know what to choose?

If the only way of winning was to let myself lose?

If I take my meaning I’ll give me a lie

I can’t answer my question if all I ask is why
Track Name: Just My Size
Just My Size

I can tell you and me we’re gonna fit just fine

Come on baby, your lovin’s just my size,

Come on baby, your lovin’s just my size.

Won’t you take me along for a ride?

You’re a warm sandy beach

I’m an ocean wave coming at high tide.

Come on baby, your lovin’s just my size,

Come on baby, your lovin’s just my size.

Won’t you take me along for a ride?

I’m the big dipper you’re the Milky Way

Darling don’t be shy.

Come on baby, your lovin’s just my size,

Come on baby, your lovin’s just my size.

Won’t you take me along for a ride?

I can see galaxies sparkle in your eyes,

Come on baby, your lovin’s just my size,

Come on baby your lovin’s just my size

Won’t you take me along for a ride?
Track Name: Not Waiting
Not Waiting

What’s up lover look me in the eye

I’m a boat in the ocean baby when you cry.

When you smile it’s like the sunrise

If loving you is foolish I don’t want to be wise

We’re not waiting for the by and by.

I don’t know but I’ve been told

The streets in heaven are paved with gold

I don’t care what the streets made of

If I’ve got a heart full song and life full of love

I’m not waiting, for the sky

Don’t save your love for a rainy day

Don’t keep it in a drawer or hide it away

Don’t you mind what the people say,

You only get more when you give it away.

No use waiting, for on high

I’m not waiting for the sky

We’re not waiting for by and by.
Track Name: Take that Wander
Don’t push your smile against the sadness

Don’t throw your candle at the night

Don’t you know the morning sun still rises

Even when it’s out of sight

There’s nowhere you can go, there’s no one you can call

Where the tears won’t flow and the veil won’t fall.

Take that wander when you hear the call.

Raise that hammer and let it fall.

Take that wander, take that wander.

You’ve been walking in the outdoor

Is this the only song you know?

Can you see all that you came for?

Why don’t you climb up in the window?

Put the words to knowledge and it’s already gone

The night tries to explain why it’s waiting for the dawn

Take that wander when you hear the call.

Raise that hammer and let it fall.

Take that wander, take that wander.
Track Name: Like Water in the Desert
Like Water in the Desert

Like water in the desert

Or your hand upon the sun

Like a bird who’s lost it’s feathers

A hammer on your thumb.

I’ve given you my tattered tunes

And lifted up your veil

I’ve sat upon your amber throne

And lived to tell the tale.

This I know,

All creatures meet at the watering hole.

This I see, Me in you and you in me.

It rained again last Thursday

I came close to letting go,

The desert drank it all

When the cistern overflowed.

The sunlight held no promise

But I let fly anyway,

The wind blew close upon us

At the edge of the day.

Glad for the oasis.

Happy to stay a while.

Can you find where we misplaced us,

Or where you left your smile?
Track Name: Shooting the Moon
Shooting the Moon

All the lies that you bought and sold

Won’t fetch the price that you had hoped

Faith is believing what you know ain’t true

And truth can be deceiving, but it has faith in you.

What’s it costing you to keep holding on?

Are you learning the blues?

Or are you just playing along?

All your plans that didn’t go so well

Don’t give a damn that you fell

And heaven knows but she won’t tell

And I suppose, it’s just as well

Was it lost on you?

That last goodbye before it’s gone?

Are you still shooting the moon?

Or are you just proving me wrong?
Track Name: It’s Good to See You
It’s Good to See You

The doors unlocked, Come on in.

I ain’t seen you since I don’t know when.

You’ve got the same clear eyes,

Same mischievous grin

It’s good to see you, it’s good to see you again.

I’ll put the kettle on

You’ve got to stay for supper

Man, it’s been so long

How’s your mama? How’s your brother?

I heard you and June split up

Never thought that would end?

It’s good to see you, It’s good to see you again.

How’d we get this old? How did time go so fast?

Are we the same two souls that used to lay ‘round in the grass

Looking for four leaf clovers

And watching the tree tops bend?

It’s good to see you, It’s good to see you again.

And those stones that looked so colorful

When you pluck them from the sand

Always look so dull and lonely

When they’ve dried off in your hand.

Nothings like I thought it would be, nothing’s like I planned.

It’s good to see you, It’s good to see you,

It’s good to see you, It’s good to see you again.
Track Name: Untethered Heart
I remember when I used to pretend

That the future wouldn’t ever arrive

The beginning’s got to come before the end

Truth is always sharper then a lie

Take me down to the river

Wash my past in the water

Pull my soul from the desert

Take this heart off its tether

All the people that I used to call my friends

Where are they now?

Sometimes I’d think I’d like to make amends

But I don’t know how

Take me down to the river

Wash my past in the water

Pull my soul from the desert

Take this heart off its tether

Late at night when the stars come out

My dreams go dancing with my doubt

In the first rosy rays of dawn

They come stumbling arm in arm
Track Name: Long Day
It’s been a long day.

It’s been a long, long day

It’s been a long day.

It’s been a long, long day

I’d like to talk to someone

But I don’t know who to call.

I’m spinning down

And there’s nothing to break my fall

Feel like I’m sitting in an empty room

Whistling to myself this little tune

It’s been a long day, It’s been a long, long day

It’s been a long day, It’s been a long, long day

I need to go somewhere

But I don’t know where to go

I want to say yes

But all I find is no

Can’t take my eyes off the screen

Even when I sleep I can’t dream

It’s been a long day.

It’s been a long, long day

It’s been a long day, it’s been a long, long day.

© Forest Sun 2012