Union Pulse

Union Pulse

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Organic, original songs about the lives we lead, a long way from home: Union Pulse blends folk music with grunge, country, and pop rock into a rootsy blend of timeless Americana.

Biography

Union Pulse is an idiosyncratic icon at the intersection of Americana, roots rock, and alt-country. The band embodies singer-songwriter James Redding's soul bound lyrics and leg bending rhythm. An east coast transplant, James tours relentlessly with a revolving cast of musicians and releases a new record once every two years. In the last decade Redding has released four original albums plus a live EP, delivered over 600 performances throughout the lower 48 states, and collaborated with nearly sixty other musicians. Don't miss your chance to catch the latest from Union Pulse live in concert!

Lyrics

Do You Wanna Be Right..?

Written By: James Redding

i don't want to believe you
it would mean i was wrong
i don't want to be with you
i was better alone
well i guess i should ask me
now that i'm seeing clear
if it's only when lonely,
would i rather you're near?

do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy?
do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy?

politicians and kingsmen
all of that royal crew
find humility paid for
not a love that is true

do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy?
do you wanna be right, or do you wanna be happy?

Sera Says

Written By: James Redding

Sera says she was pretty yesterday
but why, she can�t explain
Sera says she woke the morning after
and it was gone again

Sera says it�s a little strange
she can�t describe the change

Sera says she leaves this afternoon
on the road to Illinois
Sera says she�s got no plans to marry
any other boys

Sera says she thinks of me
I�ll always keep that memory

Sera says that for awhile she didn�t want to live
and all she did was cry
I can�t find the words for what it means to me
that she never said goodbye

Sera says this morning someone died
and everyone�s quiet today
Sera says the grace of God will save us
and wash our sins away

In The Rain

Written By: James Redding

a wise young man once told me
it was there in my eyes
said he saw my troubles plain as day
but then resent and anger
said the timing was off
i don't wanna' let this wash away

i don't believe it's happening again
(no help that after all its 'only pain')
after years of chasing shadows
'round the bend
...just another lonely birthday, in the rain.

every lovely flower, i can hold for a day
--every time the wind blows, all is lost.
if all these stones i'm stepping
disappear under me
i'll be on the shore at any cost

i don't believe it's happening again
(no help that after all its 'only pain')
after years of chasing shadows
'round the bend
...just another lonely birthday, in the rain.

i'm not meant to be the one with a smile
instead i can see i'm not still a child;
the only, the one...she left me for dead!
a lonely, lost son...my heart and my head.

and i don't believe it's happening again
(no help that after all its 'only pain')
after years of chasing shadows
'round the bend
...just another lonely birthday, in the rain.

Between Love & Addiction

Written By: James Redding

it's a strong southbound wind carryin' me through
from a cold northern city back home to you
i've been waiting for hours to hear your sweet sigh
and the sunset is fading in the interstate sky

still a long way from happy even further from right

but i'll bet my last dollar that it's all for you tonight

i've been dreaming all morning, all day and all night, of this feeling
i can taste all the blood in my veins, and it's starting to race
like a beautiful brand new disease, and i don't think it's healing
it's a not-so-fine line buried somewhere inside the your sweet grace
between love and addiction.

it's been nearly ten years but i sustain
you got somethin' inside you that kills the pain
from a crease at your lips to a spark in your eye
you're the perfect escape and a beautiful lie

still a long road to freedom from a heart on a chain
like a flare on a highway in the twilight rain

i've been dreaming all morning, all day and all night, of this feeling
i can taste all the blood in my veins, and it's starting to race
like a beautiful brand new disease, and i don't think it's healing
it's a not-so-fine line buried somewhere inside the your sweet grace
between love and addiction.

i got a story to tell you about trust
more than jealous or greedy this is lust
when you tell me you love me i get weak
and it's all i can do just to part my ... lips and ... speak

if there's a god up in heaven you can save your own soul
from all your broken convictions...and your sad self-control

Last Thing That I See

Written By: James Redding

well i'm not much to pray monday to saturday
and most sundays, i just tend to rest
but here's one i need to send up to my only friend
might as well be my last request

oh god please take me now i don't suppose it matters how
just make it quick, i'll count 3,
and god bless this crazy girl with the prettiest eyes in the whole wide world
let her be the last thing that i see

twice now the morning sun has sparked my heart to gun
down every back road in my brain
this time i found her hand so i've got to make a stand
before my luck goes down the drain

sometimes i wonder why some people never cry
seems like my generation's way
we fall in love too fast, can't make these feelings last
tomorrow will soon be yesterday

i will not shed a tear in my domestic beer
if she don't call me back tonight
'cuz i know i'm on her mind and she knows she's on mine
but one last thing before first light

Discography

Live In Austin (EP) 2010
Between Love & Addiction (LP) 2009
Angel On A Wire (LP) 2007
I Hate You, You Always Do This (LP) 2005
Eine Kleine Rockmusik (LP) 2003

Set List

Set List:

+ Minimum: 30 minutes.
+ Ideal: 45 minutes - 2 hours.
+ Maximum: 4 hours.

+ 40 ORIGINAL SONGS (taken from original albums):
Eine Kleine Rockmusik, Maggie, In The Rain, Instead, Oil In Water, Circadia, I'll Wait, Time For Love, I Think I Forgot, Last Goodbye, Do You Wanna' Be Right...?, Princess, Excuses, Idiot, If I Drown, By The Light Of An Exit Sign, Up In Arms, Not Too Late, Dark Days, Walking Home Again, Fast Enough, Angel On A Wire, By The Way, From Up Here, Sera Says, Midnight Sun (Take It Easy), Diecast Aeroplane, Where I Came From, A Slowly Falling City, How Does That Help Me Tonight?, Okay Liza, I Left My Love, Better Days, You Won't Hear From Me Tonight, I Was Looking At Her But I Was Thinking Of You, I'm Not In Love, Over Before It Began, When Do You Leave For L.A., Between Love And Addiction, Last Thing That I See

+ over 15 unreleased original songs, including:
Switchboard, If Lucy Calls, You Can Kill The Paperboy, Back To New Orleans, I'm Sorry