Chris Del Priore

Chris Del Priore

BandRockAdult Contemporary

Any style I feel like

Biography

Chris Del Priore is the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the long running San Diego band Mesa Blue. Chris started his music career as a solo artist in Florida in the early 80’s, playing light rock and country tunes. In 1985, after graduating from the University of Florida with an engineering degree, he moved to San Diego to work for a large defense contractor. Chris managed to keep his music interests alive in spite of his day gig demands.
After a short cover band stint, followed by a short original music venture playing with Carlos Olmeda and Jeff Stasny in The Ryebabies, Chris decided it was time to get more serious with music and began writing his own. Mesa Blue was formed as a trio with Jeff Stasny on drums and Omar Ramirez on bass, with Chris leading the charge. They recorded CDs in 1995, 1999, and 2004. Chris has often referred to his style as southwestern jazz.
The band plays regularly now but only about 2 or 3 shows a month. Chris loves to mix many styles of music, including latin jazz, modern jazz, light rock, and blues. He also likes to mix covers with his originals, covering artists such as John Mayer, Steely Dan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and many others.”.

Lyrics

Minute Man

Written By: Chris Del Prire

In the towns along the border
And in all the store café’s
There is talk of much disorder
Civil Union in disarray

On the back roads they will travel
On the hot sand they will stray
From the wall that separates them from their pray, each day

High time for the minutemen
Out west from the Rio Grande
Going south just as far as they can, because they can
Right time for the Minutemen
Giving up just to take a stand
If you will say hi to the Minuteman

And they know their lives in danger
Only rights they can defend
The weapons they can carry
May kill them in the end

There’s a reason they keep fighting
There’s a need they can fulfill
And the cause is for the better life of Americans, by Americans

Looking Down The Road

Written By: Chris Del Priore

I see brick, I see stone, I see rainbows that color my home
All I want, all I need, what I dream will turn out to be
What I see, in my world
I see faith, I see hope, I see all that is good for us all
Light to save, wind and rain, treasures that lie beyond this world
Will they fall, unto all

As I’m looking down the road, As I’m looking down the road
My road, is covered with unknown

I fear old, I fear pain, I keep thinking of how things will end
Who’ll be my friend, my godsend, my soulmate, share my name
Fill my heart and my veins
Where I’ll be, who I’ll see, if I only can do as I please
Take you with, give you more, there’s so much there to explore
And all that I want to look for

As I’m looking down the road, As I’m looking down the road
My road, is covered with unknown

Who will leave, who I’ll need, will they be there waiting for me
We will all, get along, and never be all alone
Can we live, in this world

As I’m looking down the road, As I’m looking down the road
My road, is covered with unknown

I see brick, I see stone, I see rainbows that color my home
What I see, in my world

Not The Guilty One

Written By: Chris Del Priore

You can take away my pride and dignity
Wish me to fall to my knees
But I will be stronger than ever
I will know more than you know

You can make me out to be the foolish liar
Rip me of all my desire
But I will not bend to your questions
I will defend to the end

Trust in me, I shall be seen
And just take my word, I’m not the guilty one
Cause I believe, justice frees
What I know is the truth, I’m not the one

You can talk about and deride my reputation
Anticipate my hesitation
But I’ve always reached to good angels
I know that their looking over me

You can sit down and keep me in your sight
Restrict my position and right
But I will stand up to your pressure
I will not give in to you

Trust in me, I shall redeem
Just take my word, I’m not the guilty one
Cause I believe, justice frees
What I know is the truth, I’m not the one

With His Eyes

Written By: Chris Del Priore

Where has he been
What has he seen
Did he live like he wanted to live
Who did he know
What did he read
And remember what happened for real
Old and tired, but full of life inside
How I would love to see the world with his eyes

Where was he born
What did he give
Did he have a sweet lady by him
Who will he leave
How do they see him
Do they value his dreams and beliefs
Drawn and wise, a face of strength and pride
How I would love to see the world with his eyes

With his eyes, with his eyes

I hope that I will be there, strong and satisfied
Like the ones I’ve come to find, and keep in mind

Where has he gone
It’s like he’s still here
The ghost of a stranger in time
A voice in the night
A hand in my ways
A teacher of times in his day
Drawn and wise, a face of strength and pride
How I would love to see the world with his eyes

With his eyes, with his eyes, eyes
eyes, eyes, eyes, eyes

Light Up This Town

Written By: Chris Del Priore

Turn on a fire, pull away the blinds
Listen to the night, it’s time to light up this town
Take out the candles, turn em up high
A storms passing by, it’s time to light up this night

There’s a time for what we need
There’s an open door, give a little more
Help someone who needs

And when I walk outside, I’m gonna give out a smile
Stand in the crowd, and light up this town
Stare at the moon, push away the clouds
The stars will come out, and light up this night

Here’s a time for coming around
Take my hand, come with me
Shout it out loud

There’s a time for what we need
There’s an open door, give a little more
Help someone who needs
Here’s a time for coming around
Take my hand, run with me
Shout it out loud
Sing with me, dance with me
Laugh it out now
There’s a mandolin, a tambourine
Some winds to fill it out
There’s a new romance, a second chance
And more to go around
There’s a little one, with an older one
A memory to be found
There’s a tapestry, a nativity
An a Christmas tree

To light up this town, to light up this town,
To light up this town, light up this town

Discography

Looking Down The Road - Mesa Blue
Cactus Jazz - Mesa Blue
Once During a Blue Moon - Mesa Blue