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"Born to Be Free" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. “We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. CHORUS BORN, BABY BORN, BABY BORN TO BE. BORN, BABY BORN, BABY BORN TO BE. BORN, BABY BORN, BABY BORN TO BE. BORN, BABY BORN, YOU WERE BORN TO BE FREE. VERSE Make your choice: fight or flight. The middle of the road is no longer right. How could you know you were a slave? Did you know you could be so brave? REPEAT CHORUS 2x BRIDGE Today is the day of your birth. Your sweet soul reached out to the Earth. And we celebrate the day. Yes we celebrate today. REPEAT CHORUS 2x
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"Elevate My Soul" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. VERSE Never meant to step on the cracks Test your faith, burden your back. Sometimes it’s so hard living the authentic life. Trying not to burn through bread, Baby’s crying needs to be fed. We took a lot of risk coming out here for an authentic life. CHORUS ELEVATE MY SOUL (4x) VERSE Baby grabs my guitar pick, puts in the soundhole, laughs at her trick. She’s gonna be a big sister soon in this authentic life. Mama and me workin’ it out. Gotta stick together move thru the doubts. Juggling dollars and art for an authentic life. REPEAT CHORUS BRIDGE You lift me up when I see your face. Fears melt away in a pool of grace. VERSE OUTRO Feels like we’re getting on track, Finally made it through the attacks. It’s takes a lot patience to lead and authentic life.
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Colors 03:50
"Colors" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. VERSE Waking up, feeling blue. Had enough of this old skool. Open up say “Ahhh,” my tongue is yellow – I am curious mellow And my eyes are bloodshot red. CHORUS COLORS BLEEDING OVER ‘CROSS THE LINES RELAX INTO IT AND YOU’LL FEEL JUST FINE. VERSE Peel an orange, go outside. Oh, it hurts – so good to be alive. Open up say “Ahhh,” the ever-green – Let’s take a ride in my machine Into the violet night CHORUS BRIDGE VERSE Do you need to win the war? Have you had enough? Do you want more? Fly the flag, say “Ahh”, the fireworks do not compare To the victory when you feel the love everywhere. CHORUS (2x) OUTRO
4.
The Drifter 04:00
"The Drifter" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. VERSE Get back up, remember your name. You’re not the kid with the ten-gallon shame. Not quite found your infinite bliss. Just the smell of alcohol, blood and piss. CHORUS ALL ALONE UNDER THE OVER-PASSING SKIES SO HEAVY THE LOAD. HEART AND SOUL IS ALL I HAVE TODAY TO GIVE. VERSE And the indian paintbrush falls Beside the road – nature calls. Hope these shoes can take the miles today I know there’s bread ahead and a place to stay. REPEAT CHORUS BRIDGE What is goin’ on? Is this the dusk, or the dawn? This suffering must end. 1/2 VERSE I see a rainbow on up ahead. There’s still some faith and hope in this hard, old head. REPEAT CHORUS OUTRO = VERSE/INTRO
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"Dawn of an Age" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. INTRO VERSE I am your man with a fair-trade plan. Just feel the sand Slippin’ through your hands. If it’s up to me We’ll be dancing to the beat of eternity Rising up through our bodies. CHORUS HERE WE ARE AT THE DAWN OF AN AGE. RAGE AND SUFFERING GONNA MELT AWAY LIKE TEARS IN THE RAIN (note: this verse from the Mayan “The Songs of Dzitbalché”) VERSE Already, already. We are here in the woods, At the edge of a pool. Take off your clothes Become as you were when you got here. REPEAT CHORUS BRIDGE REPEAT CHORUS OUTRO
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"Fear of the Unknown" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. VERSE I fell in love With a lonely girl. Precious as a dove In a damp and dirty world. Death from above. Bombs rained down from the sky I gave her my gloves and held her close And we started to cry. CHORUS FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN (3x) VERSE Tripping over the line. Another child was on the way. The incessant daily grind, Finding places we could stay. REPEAT CHORUS BRIDGE Don’t’ worry child, there’s Nothing in the dark. Nothing in the dark. VERSE The sun is starting to shine. Ice is melting away. I pray you will be mine Until the end of days. REPEAT CHORUS
7.
Americronica 04:37
"Americronica" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. VERSE Get down and feel your feet under the ground. Fly high and feel your head above the sky CHORUS AMERICRONICA (6x) VERSE Go deep and let your senses rise from sleep. Just cruise and love yourself inside the blues. REPEAT CHORUS BRIDGE You feel the change is comin… You feel the love is comin… REPEAT 1st VERSE REPEATCHORUS REPEAT BRIDGE
8.
"Celebrate Your Woman, Celebrate Your Man" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. VERSE (male) She’s my sweet salvation She’s my honeycomb. I try to be the gentle Bear who don’t get stung. VERSE (male/female) When it’s good, it’s so good. Love is such a breeze. But when the sword hangs over us We’ll be damned if we fall to our knees PRE-CHORUS And then we look into each other’s eyes We hold each other and realize, “you got to…” CHORUS CELEBRATE YOUR WOMAN, CELEBRATE YOUR MAN EVEN WHEN YOU DRIVE EACH OTHER CRAZY GET BACK TO WHERE YOU BEGAN VERSE (female) He’s my sweet salvation. He’s my foundation. I give him love and lift him up When the work is done REPEAT PRE-CHORUS REPEAT CHORUS
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Oxygen Mask 04:07
"Oxygen Mask” words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. INTRO VERSE Are we descending? Seems like something’s gone terribly wrong Long ago we gave up our celestial birthright Trading wings in for our songs. PRE-CHORUS Should the cabin have a sudden pressure loss Stay calm and listen for instructions from the crew Pull the mask securely down first upon your face So you can then assist the ones who need you. VERSE You said you felt like we were cruising Safe and secure in our puddle-jumping interludes But my dream was pushing body past its old designs Beyond the fuel addiction moods REPEAT PRE-CHORUS CHORUS BREATHE DEEP, YOU ARE RECEIVING ALL THE LOVE THE UNIVERSE HAS GOT TO GIVE HEART BEATS TO THE FEELING OF WALKING LIGHTLY WHERE YOU LIVE SOLO VERSE In the infinite hereafter There is only present love But in these moments when we fear we’ve lost control Pull the mask down from above (from within). REPEAT CHORUS (2x)
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"Good Night My Children" words and music by Chris Knudson ©Tathata Music (ASCAP) • All rights reserved. VERSE Goodnight my children. I love you. Goodnight my children. Sweet dreams ‘til the morning dew. Goodnight my children. Keep strong and true. Goodnight my children. I love you.

about

Chris Knudson returns with another "Kanude" release 9 years after his 2008 eponymous debut. Since that time, he has released a record of electro-gospel covers and originals "Kingdom" in 2013, a Christmas single "Best Christmas Ever" in 2015, sprinkled in with some music videos and a placement of the song "Wheels" in HBO's "True Blood" series by KCRW luminary and music supervisor Gary Calamar. Performing sporadically, he has moved across the country with his wife and kids more than a few times: from Houston to Los Angeles, to Northern Virginia, to Austin, Texas, to Coastal Virginia, to the Mendocino Coast of Northern California, and most recently, to Portland, Oregon and Richmond, Virginia.

Recording sessions commenced at Shirk Studios, Chicago, Illinois Nov 30 and Dec 1, 2014 with Chris producing: Matt Johnson (St. Vincent, Jeff Buckley) on a house Slingerland drum kit and Bryan Doherty on a Fender Jazz bass, while Chris performed scratch vocals playing a Wulitzer 200A electric piano or Fender Strat and owner/engineer Stephen Shirk engineered to 2-inch and Pro Tools. Vocals, guitars and additional keys were overdubbed December 8 and 9, 2014 at The Treehouse Houston, by Grammy-winning recording engineer Steve Christensen (Khruangbin, Steve Earle, Robert Ellis). Additional instruments were recorded at a home studio in Virginia by Chris in August-September 2016. Track 10 is a live vocal and guitar recording by Chris from November 2014 on computer microphone which will be used as a coda for the album.

The album was mixed by Steve Christensen at The Treehouse, Houston, Texas February-March 2017, and mastered by Chris Longwood at Studio Dede Air, Tokyo, Japan in April 2017. Album art and design by Mike Frost (SLFMP) April 2017 in Houston, Texas.

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released June 30, 2017

Credits:
Chris Knudson - Lead and Background Vocals, Electric Guitars, Keys, Overdubs Recording Engineer, Producer
Matt Johnson - Drums
Bryan Doherty - Bass
Kevin McCullough - Additional guitar, track 8
Stephen Shirk - Recording Engineer (Basics)
Steve Christensen - Overdubs Recording Engineer and Mix Engineer
Chris Longwood - Mastering Engineer
Mike Frost (SLFEMP) - Album Art Design
Mack McDaniel - Associate Producer
Jack Adams - Associate Producer

©2017 Lightstone Records / Tathata Music (ASCAP).

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Kanude Austin, Texas

Kanude is the artist name for singer/songwriter Chris Knudson (who pronounces the "K" in his last name) primarily from the mid-2000s to the present, while based in Texas, California, Oregon and Virginia. File under: rock, americana, plant medicine, americronica. It has nothing to do with a small boat with paddles, but entirely something to do with an old Scandinavian English king... perhaps. ... more

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