The Balladeer

by Paul Stride

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“The Balladeer” is the début solo album for Canadian based multi-instrumentalist Paul Stride, and features 9 tracks showcasing Paul’s eclectic writing and performance abilities. His music has been described as somewhere to the right of The Fray, to the left of Collective Soul, with laid back vibes- to upbeat rock- to soft ballads. Listen and decide for yourself as he would like to hear what you think.

Paul plays all the instruments on "The Balladeer" except saxophone in the song “She’s Not in Love (with me)”.

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released October 15, 2009

All songs and scoring written by Paul Stride (SOCAN). Produced by Paul Stride with editing by Paul Stride and Phil Hill. Recorded in Paul’s home studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland Canada. Mixed and Mastered by Phil Hill at fixyourmix.com. All instruments and Vox by Paul Stride with the exception of the sax solo on “She’s Not in Love” by Andy Najera (saxtracksonline.com).

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“The Balladeer” is the début solo album for Canadian based multi-instrumentalist Paul Stride, and features 9 tracks showcasing Paul’s eclectic writing and performance abilities. Paul plays all the instruments on "The Balladeer" except saxophone in the song “She’s Not in Love (with me)”. ... more

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Track Name: All Of You
On the street I’m cruising tonight
Lost in unknown Places
Losing sleep am I winning the fight
Love without the traces
This show I’ve staged my creed
I know what I need is

All of you and not just a little bit
(More just a little bit more)
All of you and not just a little bit
Here the love won’t walk away

I go again
Spend my time on fences
The more I think about where I’ve been
Putting my dreams on chances
This love is worth living
And you tell me to start by giving
Track Name: She's Not In Love (With Me)
I kept it in disguise
Don’t wanna hear the silent lies
A scene from the past an open door
Did she long for something nice
A feeling spent without the price
She felt beginners luck once more

How could I tell her
She had this hold on me
Sooner or later
Had to face reality
She’s not in love with me

Walking on love’s high wire
These are the days of strong desire
With nothing to hang on but my pride
If she’s really using me
And not just my delusioned plea
Then there is nothing to decide
Track Name: Summer
The temperature is up
A coffee in my cup
It’s a perfect get-away
I see you sitting there
Life without a care
There’s no place I’d rather be
Ooh, I love the way
You love the way you touch me
I love your softest little touch

In the heat of the summer time
In the heat of the summer time
Oh yah

We’re driving up the coast
The road I like the most
Cali’s got the number one
The wind blows through your hair
Makes me wanna stare
Feeling great under the sun
Ooh, I love the way
You love the way you love me
I love your softest little touch
Track Name: Looking For A Reason
There you go
Saying I’m to blame again
For all the things that’s missing in your life
I don’t know
If we are at an end
Or trying till we finally get it right

If you’re
Looking for a reason left to stay
If I ever thought you could
Reflecting what I would
Love is more than the sum of what you say
Start living like we care
Or end it this way

There are times
When we can tell ourselves
Problems just belong to someone else
It’s a lie
Confusing what we’ve built
Perfecting what we throw back on the shelf

Can’t you see that our love is slipping away

If you’re
Looking for a reason here to stay
If I ever thought you could
Reflecting that I should
Love is more than the sum of what we say
Start living like we care
Or end it this way
Track Name: Take My Heart
I never thought it would be this way
Love came around but it didn’t stay
Can’t buy if you can’t pay
This time you’re gonna save me
From another lonely night
Hard climb we’re gonna make it
When you promise me

Take my heart
And say we’ll last forever
From the start
I knew we’d be together
Just take my heart

One simple word just comes to mind
Knew it before but I couldn’t find
Those cold days are behind
This time you came and saved me
From another lonely plight
Hard climb we’re gonna make it
When you promise me
Track Name: Come Back To Me
How many times must I try to find
The right words to say
And how many lies must I live inside
To make it through each day

Come back to me
I’m saying
I need you more than I did before
Come back to me
I’m praying
I need to hold you once more

When all these things
Are said and done
How can love really be sure
But what if I spend
My life without you
When I’ve learned to love you much more
Track Name: Open My Eyes
What is so hard to find
Questions in my mind
Or answers redefined?
Confusion everywhere
An in congruent stare
And stigma doesn’t care

Open my eyes to the morning sun
Open my eyes if I come undone
Open my eyes when I need to see
Open my eyes if it’s killing me

They say that I must change
My thinking rearrange
Those memories estrange
Another touch of will
An inconvenient bill
For climbing up that hill
Track Name: Mystery Lady
Mystery Lady
People say that love is always blind
And leave the past behind
Seems like lately
Just a little sight will change their mind
And the only thing that helps me cope
Is living for that one small hope
This time

And can it be that I would see
The world from different eyes
How could I know I need you so
It’s all a big surprise
I’ve got to realize in time I know
You’ll be here with me

Mystery Lady
People say that love is very strange
And why do people change
Yes it’s crazy I know
It’s sometimes all we have to ever show
In a world of imitations
And desperate situations will it grow?

And can it be that I will see
The world from different eyes
How will I know I need you so
It’s all a big surprise
I’m gonna realize in time I know
You’ll be here with me
Track Name: Open My Eyes (Full Version)
What is so hard to find
Questions in my mind
Or answers redefined?
Confusion everywhere
An in congruent stare
And stigma doesn’t care

Open my eyes to the morning sun
Open my eyes if I come undone
Open my eyes when I need to see
Open my eyes if it’s killing me

They say that I must change
My thinking rearrange
Those memories estrange
Another touch of will
An inconvenient bill
For climbing up that hill