Chuck Richards

Chuck Richards

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Chuck Richards' music falls into several related genres, including Americana/acoustic/alternative folk-country /rock. Chuck Richards' music can be quiet and intimate, or up-beat and quirky. Each song he writes is a painting, depicting a moment, a situation, or an emotion. Each song is a story.

Biography

Chuck Richards, a native Californian, plays acoustic guitar, sings and writes songs of love, loss and a myriad experiences, all filtered through his unique and timely perspective. Chuck grew up in Los Angeles, where he played, recorded and performed with several bands and artists, including the late Jeff Buckley. After playing bass for a rhythm and blues band in Portland, Oregon for severals years, Chuck Richards began writing songs and playing coffee houses and other small venues. Chuck Richards' music falls into an Americana roots/folk rock genre. His songwriting emerges from a plethora of influences, ranging from Cat Stevens and Nick Drake to more contemporary artists such as Elliot Smith, Glen Phillips and Jeff Tweedy. Each song he writes is a painting, depicting a moment, a situation, or an emotion. Each song is a story. Chuck Richards' music can be quiet and intimate, or up-beat and quirky, but it is always honest, heart-felt, and inspired. In 2006, Chuck Richards released his debut album, Lost in the Sound, with the help of friends, Christopher Hoffee (Truckee Brothers, Atom Orr), and Cindy Lee Berryhill. Now he is back in the studio, recording a second full length album. Chuck's first album, Lost in the Sound, has met with glowing reviews and is available at itunes, CDBaby, Lou's Records, M-Theory, and Buffalo Brothers. Chuck currently resides in San Diego, California where he can be seen performing at a variety of local venues.

Lyrics

Lost in the Sound

Written By: Chuck Richards

Time’s up, I couldn’t make it
Couldn’t stop the walls from caving in
And falling in on you
So I give up, couldn’t take it
Time to find another way, another thing to do

But keep your opinions to yourself
They don’t mean a thing to me
I got more than I need
From the voices in my head
Telling me to turn away
Telling me to hold my ground
And I don’t know what to say
I’m just lost in the sound

Wind up, holding on to nothing
Disguised as something that you need
Find out, now you’re something
You never dreamed that you would be

But keep your opinions to yourself
They don’t mean a thing to me
I got more than I need
From the voices in my head
Telling me to turn away
Telling me to hold my ground
And I don’t know what to say
I’m just lost in the sound

Lined up, for the attention
The validation for how you feel
Drink up, yeah have another
Sometimes I think that that’s the only way you deal

But keep your opinions to yourself
They don’t mean a thing to me
I got more than I need
From the voices in my head
Telling me to turn away
Telling me to hold my ground
And I don’t know what to say
I’m just lost in the sound

Becoming Myself

Written By: Chuck Richards

I’m becoming myself again
Not the man I use to be
Perhaps the man I might’ve been
If you’d been here with me

Well I’ve done my time
And I’ve made my return
Still stand at the back of the line
Guess I’ve still got my lessons to learn

And I’ll take it
Won’t fake it
And I won’t lie down
Take what I’m given
As long as I’m livin’
But I still wish you were hangin’ around

Things I thought I’d left behind
Are coming back to me
And things I thought I’d never find
Have all come to be

It took a while to settle down
It took longer to see
And in the end all that I’ve found
Is it still comes down to me

And I’ll take it
Won’t fake it
And I won’t lie down
Take what I’m given
As long as I’m livin’
But I still wish you were hangin’ around

Its nice to feel at home again
But not the home it use to be
Perhaps the home it might have been
If you’d been here with me

But that time has come and gone
But still I sometimes recall
The way that you smiled
And showed that you cared
And the way you started to fall
Started to fall away

And I’ll take it
Won’t fake it
And I won’t lie down
Take what I’m given
As long as I’m livin’
But I still wish you were hangin’ around

When I'm Not With You

Written By: Chuck Richards

I've given some thought to all this
I've decided that nothing and everythings true
We're all buying and prying our way to the end
We're all living our lives, but dying them to
And I'm trying to find some meaning
Apurpose in all that we do
But the jury's still out
And verdict no doubt
Will be hard found or hard to construe

And I'm no one nobody knew
And I'm no one with nothing to do
I feel like I'm bound for the lost and found
'cause I'm nowhere if I'm not with you

And I call you but you turn away
What's the difference when I've got nothing to say
Still I'm waiting for someone to hear
Someone to tell me there's nothing to fear

And I'm no one nobody knew
And I'm no one with nothing to do
I feel like I'm bound for the lost and found
'cause I'm nowhere if I'm not with you

World still turning
And we're ever yearning for something to make it all stop
Something to come fill us up
But there's never enough

Now sleep is enveloping me
All the bad dreams will come
But I'll let them be
'cause it's harder to be awake
To live in a dream or a world that's all fake

And I'm no one nobody knew
And I'm no one with nothing to do
I feel like I'm bound for the lost and found
'cause I'm nowhere if I'm not with you

Discography

Lost in the Sound - Debut Album (EP) 2006

Set List

Approx. 120 minutes of all original material
Chuck's material ranges from soft and intimate to up-beat and quirky, but remains in the adult contemporary, alternative folk genre.