Barry and Michelle Patterson

Barry and Michelle Patterson

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

This singer-songwriter duo has been writing, recording and performing together for 16 years. Eclectic, acoustic, Americana. Thinking man's lyrics for a listening audience. Guitars, accordian, harmonium and piano. Stunning vocals on an inventive bed.

Biography

Barry and Michelle Patterson have been writing and performing Folk, Alt-Country, Rock and Gospel full time since 1996 and have produced five recordings including their latest effort, "Long, Straight Uphill Climb." In addition to selling over 10,000 units as independent artists, their songs have been recorded by over 30 other performers. They are frequently employed in the studio; Michelle as a vocalist and Barry as an engineer/producer. Barry was nominated for a "Best Worship Album" Dove Award for producing Ten Shekel Shirts "Much" and has also been awarded an ASCAP award for emerging producers. They are touring quarterly and currently playing 50-75 dates a year. They are based in Florissant, Colorado.

Lyrics

Smoke

Written By: Barry & Michelle Patterson

OH WHEN I’M WITH YOU
I SOMETIMES FORGET
JUST WHERE YOU HAVE COME FROM
YOU WEAR NO SIGNS OF IT
BUT I STILL RECALL THE STORIES
FOR I HAVE HEARD THEM TOLD
HOW YOU WORE THE HEAVY CLOAK OF GRIEF
WHEN YOU WERE FAR FROM OLD

TRAGEDY OF TRAGEDIES
TO THINK YOU WERE BETRAYED
AND ALL THE INNOCENCE IN YOU
TANGLED UP AND FRAYED
LIKE SALT ON ANY WOUND IT WAS
TO BE THE ONE TO STAND
IN FOR YOUR FATHER ALL THOSE YEARS
AS IF YOU WERE A MAN

YEAH, THAT’S THE WAY IT HAPPENED
AND NOW YOU’D NEVER TELL
NO SMELL OF SMOKE GOT ON YOU
WHEN YOU WALTZED RIGHT OUT OF HELL
OR WAS IT YOU WERE LIFTED
BY A HAND YOU DIDN’T SEE
AND THE EYES THAT WITNESSED ALL THAT HURT
SAW YOU LOVING ME

THE BITTER PILL OF ROMANCE
WAS A TRAITOR TO THE CORE
IF YOU NEVER HAVE BEEN TRULY LOVED
BY ANYONE BEFORE
AND PAIN IT IS A CIRCLE
AND TIME WILL BRING IT ROUND
YEAH, BUT YOU DID LEARN TO WALK IN IT
WHEN IT WOULD DRAG YOU DOWN

YEAH THAT’S THE WAY IT HAPPENED
AND NOW YOU’D NEVER TELL
NO SMELL OF SMOKE GOT ON YOU
WHEN YOU WALTZED RIGHT OUT OF HELL
OR WAS IT YOU WERE LIFTED BY A HAND YOU DIDN’T SEE
AND THE EYES THAT WITNESSED ALL THAT HURT
SAW YOU LOVING ME
OH AND BROKENNESS IS FUNNY
HOW IT TENDERIZES YOU
BEFORE YOU MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES
YOU LET IT PASS ON THROUGH.

NOW I’M A BENEFACTOR
CAUSE I GOT NOTHING BUT YOUR LOVE
AND I’M GLAD I CAN’T REMEMBER
WHAT IT WAS YOU ROSE ABOVE
I SOMETIMES FORGET
I SOMETIMES FORGET

Green

Written By: Michelle Patterson

when the rain falls so hard
so many days
you see
water pool at your feet
wash you away
and you
feel the grey moving in
into the air that you’re breathing

when the rain falls so long
like a deluge
and you
see the clouds in your mind
weeping on you
and you
feel the mud sinking in
into your heart a depression
what can come of this
what can come of this

When the deep calling to
all of the deep
is like
all your heart hanging on
somebody’s sleeve
and you
use the ways that you know
you can be safe
an umbrella

this is not Providence
you to be safe
if you’re dying there on the vine
wasting away
you were
made for more color than
you have conveyed
a beginning
what can come of this
what can come of this
nothing can be done
nothing can be undone
until you are....green

Abyss

Written By: Barry & Michelle Patterson, Ben Pasley


Clarity is leaving me, have I been put away
My circumstance could be the chance
for You to show the way

I’m pressing into the painting called Your plan
Too close to the scene to understand
You’re painting just one color with Your hand

Maybe it will be……ok

Clarity is leaving me, I got turned around
Gravity erases me, I am falling down

A long, straight, uphill climb—
Where all the grief and pleasure intertwine

And la, la, let’s drink it down

Like a bottle of perfect wine

What will happen to this time

That makes me wanna lose my mind
And forces my surrender

Think About That

Written By: Barry & Michelle Patterson

You are nobody’s prisoner but mine
And nobody’s climbing these walls
I laid my hand on you
Everything I say is true
You are covered on every side

Think about that
You will have everything you need
Think about that

Skin

Written By: Barry Patterson

NEW LIFE BLOOMS IN THE SPRINGTIME
AFTER THE WINTER’S COME AND GONE
WHEN THE COLD HAS RUN IT’S COURSE NOW
A NEW SEASON RISES UP TO SING HER SONG
THOUGH THE GROUND IT MAY BE FROZEN STILL
THE SEED OF LIFE IS WAITING SO PATIENTLY
TO SEE A NEW SUNRISE AT DAWN
TO FEEL THE WARMTH OF TOMORROW’S BREEZE

I WANNA SHED MY SKIN
AND FEEL THE HEAT OF THE SUN’S LIGHT
AS THIS DARKNESS ENDS
I WILL SOAR INTO THE BLUE, BLUE SKY
GOTTA SHED MY SKIN
AND SAY GOODBYE, SAY GOODBYE
AS NEW LIFE BEGINS
I WILL FLY
I WILL FLY

WE BOTH KNOW MY HEART IS TENDER TO THE TOUCH
AND I’M AFRAID TO LET YOU IN
JESUS, I AIN’T RUNNIN’ ANYWHERE
‘TILL YOUR LOVE COMES TO TOUCH ME ONCE AGAIN
LORD I KNOW WE’VE GOT TOMORROW
BUT I NEED YOU SO BAD RIGHT NOW
DON’T WANT TO WAIT ‘TILL TOMORROW
LORD I NEED TO BE WITH YOU
NEED TO BE WITH YOU RIGHT NOW

Lounge Love

Written By: Barry & Michelle Patterson

LOVE IS A STORY THAT BEGINS WHERE IT ENDS
SAFE IN THE ARMS OF YOUR MOST FAITHFUL FRIEND
AND IF YOU ARE AN ISLAND
THEN HE’LL BE THE BOAT
THE TANGIBLE RESCUE THAT KEEPS YOU AFLOAT
AND THE ROCK BETWEEN THE SINKING AND THE SINKING AGAIN
THE MIRROR WHERE YOUR WEAKNESSES BECOME YOUR FRIENDS

LOVE IS A MOMENT THAT GOES ON FOR YEARS
THE CHOSEN REPETITION THAT SOMEHOW ENDEARS
AND IF YOU ARE PRISONER THEN HE HAS THE KEY
HE’S COMING IN A CLAMOR AND YOU WILL BE FREE
TO SAY ANYTHING YOU’RE THINKING YOU MIGHT NEED TO SAY
YOU WON’T HAVE TO WONDER OR BEG HIM TO STAY

Waltz

Written By: Barry & Michelle Patterson

long have i desired
the love of man
given without warrant
because of who I am
I imagine how my heart would beat
in impassioned hands
not because of what I did but who
I am

if you were devoted
it wouldn't be enough
anyone is loyal
anyone is tough
there is so much more than obligation
that could come from you
just because of who I am not what
I do

give me your heart
I am good to you
give me more than this
I deserve the love you give to
other people
other places
I want more than worship
I want love

One Piece

Written By: Michelle & Barry Patterson

I just want you in one piece, in one piece
I just need you here with me, here with me

You don’t have to worry about the way you look or any weight you gain
Mine is not the kind of love to calculate proportions of your frame

I know life has dealt you an especially uneven hand of late
It hurts me when I think about you bearing an extraordinary pain

hallelujah, we have each other
hallelujah

Discography

Birth, So High, Odds and Ends, Juniper Loop, Enter The Worship Circle 3 and Long Straight Uphill Climb.

Set List

Redemption
Rock & Roll
Green
Smoke
Balm of Gilead
Type
Lounge Love
Abyss
Weak
Stay

Sets are half to one hour. No covers.