Grand Canyon Sundown

Grand Canyon Sundown

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We are an eclectic blend of American roots music ranging from Pink Floyd to The Band and up into Wilco. A Rock and Roll slash jam band feel topped with heartfelt lyrics, three part harmonies, Harmonica, and an occasional Violin.

Biography

Grand Canyon Sundown is as much about a feeling or a moment in time as it is the name of this band.
Grand Canyon Sundown is a group of friends that have been playing their music around fires, amongst friends, festivals, barrooms, coffee shops for at least 10 years now. The many voices of this band Will take you from emotion to emotion with a sense of grace you will forever remember.
Grand Canyon Sundown’s deep rooted songwriting is directly intertwined with the various emotions we all feel in this life. Its members, Paul Cruz, Seamus Steele, Jason Postelnek, Dave Farrell, and Junior Torres are engaged in a musical quest to be in that moment as they bring their songs to life. One will hear in this band a rich musical heritage of influences like The Band, Pink Floyd, The Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Neil Young and so many more. Despite the wealth of influences that have their signatures all over these songs, Grand Canyon Sundown maintain a fresh, original sound.

Lyrics

So Far Away

Written By: Paul Cruz

This train’s rolling down the road
Says felling bad is all I’ve ever had
Through the canyons and the fields
Towns and people love all gone bad
I hear Chicago calling me now
St Louis I’ll never be sent free

I can feel the rails underneath me now
Passing dreams left on the ground
Fly away oh fly away oh fly
So far away

This old guitars my only friend now
Coming through for every song I sing
I miss the rolling hills of home now
The sounds of spring dancing in my soul
It seems to me it’s been so long now
These old eyes are feeling the miles

I can feel the rails underneath me now
Passing dreams left on the ground
Fly away oh fly away oh fly
So far away

The nighttimes got a hold of me
And I don’t know if I’ll ever be set free oh babe
I wish you still loved me

I can feel the rails underneath me now
Passing dreams left on the ground
Fly away oh fly away oh fly
So far away

And though I’ve come to spend my days
In this ocean of thoughts I call home
In this ocean of thoughts I call home
In this ocean of thoughts I call home

Violent Seas

Written By: Jason Postelnek

I climbed on the shore trying to catch my breath,
I left the violent seas behind me.
Our sun and other suns provided me a way
To ease my worried mind.
Just like the moonlight dripping on your soul,
Just like a newborn child,
I live in the dreams of a thousand ones like you.
Won’t you help me stay alive.

I don’t know where I’m standing…

You say you want to build a life,
Say you want to do it right.
All you want is a little time to spend,
To build your paradise.
Work hard all your life, saving every dime.
You might run out of time to spend it.
It doesn’t matter what you have or what you have to lose.
Is it going to help you to find meaning in your life.

Can you see what we’re building here?
Can you see where we are?

You don’t like the way the world spins on dangerous wheels.
What are you going to do to change it?
Run into the night following your dreams,
Remembering why it is we came here.
Look unto the sun, look inside yourself;
I know you’re going to find the answer.
So fly away in Love’s free reign, embrace the full-moon sky.
I know you’re going to find meaning in your life.

I don’t know where I’m standing.
I don’t know where we are.
Can you see what we are building here?
Can you see where we are?

I climbed up on the shore trying to catch my breath;
I left the violent seas behind me.

River Roll

Written By: Paul Cruz

The river rolls all through these bones
It rolls strong and wide like a slow moving train
I never thought I’d see that lonely river roll

The way that lonely river rolls today

The wind blows strong all through her aging bones
She struggles to breathe just like you and me
The veins of our land can cleanse our cluttered souls

All we can do is let the river roll

River roll, take me to some far off distant land
River roll, drown me for the rock I think I am
River roll, where dead friends tears will nourish our dried up land
River roll

Sail these Seas

Written By: Paul Cruz

I can feel you behind me
I can see your reflection in the wind
Doubt and fear
They’ve come back to haunt me again
No it’s just you, the bottle that helps me pretend
I guess you know I’ll see you again

Friend look around you
A fistful of lies they have thrown
Tattered and torn
Are the holes in the clothes that I’ve worn
But within
A child of the lies about sin
And we found ourselves
Walking so far from home again

And I’ll sail these seas tonight
Wrapped in the arms of the night
But I want to know why
There’s no land in sight

So pass me that bottle tonight
Here’s to the one’s with the wind in their words
That have kept me up through the night

Watering eyes
As I stumble back towards home again
And the whispers around are pulling out, in, and down
The person that was me
Has got up and left me
And the music has lost all its sound

And I’ll sail these seas tonight
Wrapped in the arms of the night
But I want to know why
There’s no land in sight

So pass me that bottle tonight
Here’s to the ones with the wind in their words
That have kept me up through the night

Here’s to the ones with the wind in their words
That have kept me up through the night

Beneath the Surface

Written By: Paul Cruz

I know you’ve seen my face; I know you’ve touched my skin
I know you know so much more is going on beneath the surface

I see a new day rising
Shining down on you and me
I see a new day rising
Shining down on you and me

Out where hope gives way to fear and faith’s just not enough
I found you and me we have a purpose

I see a new day rising
Shining down on you and me
I see a new day rising
Shining down on you and me

I see a new day rising
Shining down on you and me
I see a new day rising
Coming down to set us free

Goodnight Sweet World

Written By: Jason Postelnek

Come sit by the fire and I’ll sing you a song
Your dreamland awaits you the day has grown old
You shine so much love light on a world so dark
Where fear of each other is breaking our hearts

So goodnight goodnight goodnight sweet world
Pray that tomorrow we’ll spin one more whirl
Though we may suffer the same cruel fate
At least we’ll die knowing we never lost faith

Rise up in the morning just to see a new day
But lingering sorrow still carries their weight
True love or true hate choose what you may
Gonna reap what you sow on judgment day

So goodnight goodnight goodnight sweet world
Pray that tomorrow we’ll spin one more whirl
Though we may suffer the same cruel fate
At least we’ll die knowing we never lost faith

So goodnight goodnight goodnight sweet world
Pray that tomorrow we’ll spin one more whirl
Though we may suffer the same cruel fate
At least we’ll die knowing we never lost faith

Though we may suffer the same cruel fate
At least we’ll die knowing we never lost faith

If we may suffer the same cruel fate
At least we’ll die knowing we never lost faith

Discography

Grand Canyon Sundown

Set List

Set One

Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles
So Far Away
In My Dreams
One Way Street
I’ll Be Here
The Muffler
Fly Tonight
Fire In the Sky
The Weight - The Band
Rescue Blues - Ryan Adams
Long Time Coming
Mary Ingles

Acoustic Set

Blue and Lonesome
Catfish John
Drifting too far from the shore
Find the Cost of Freedom

Set Two

The Weight – The Band
Band of Gypsies
Paradise
Fearless – Pink Floyd
Simple Times
Violent Seas
Sail These Seas
Beneath the Surface
I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan
Soul Shakedown – Bob Marley
River Roll
Goodnight Sweet World
Sweet Carolina - Ryan Adams
Hand Me Down Dress
Eyes of the World - The Dead
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon and Willie
Folsom Prison Blues - Cash