Debra Lyn

A Cold Wind Blows

Debra Lyn - A Cold Wind Blows

Release Date: 2014 & 2016| Palette Records
Format: CD & Digital

For licensing info. Email: info@paletterecords.net

Part 1 is the beginning of the “A Cold Wind Blows” story and the title track for Debra’s Album.
“Oh do you know that I am waiting here … and a cold wind blows when he holds you near”

Part 2 of the continuing story . . .
“There’s always one heart bleeding … there’s always someone cheating …
there’s always one heart dreaming … there’s always one heart falling in love tonight.”

Part 3 of the continuing story . . .
“Even though you’ll never know, I’ll always miss the love I left behind.”

Part 4 of the continuing story . . .
“You’re not the man that I once knew who took my hand and promised to be true. You’re just a shadow in the dark of a lonely heart.”

Part 5 of the continuing story . . .
“The only way you’ll be truly gone is if I never wake up again.”

On March 17, 2014 Debra Lyn released her second solo studio album A COLD WIND BLOWS.

Over five years in the making, Debra Lyn’s A Cold Wind Blows is an invitation to experience the vast complexities and stark, simple truths that shape our most intimate relationships, define our deepest emotions, and ultimately determine who we are… and who we aren’t.

It is a vivid snapshot of a marriage rocked by infidelity and addiction, and a gut-wrenching journey into the heart of “a good wife” besieged by pain, anger, helplessness, hate and loss. And yet, astonishingly, this tale is not a tragedy.

Rather, it is a universal anthem of unwavering courage and uncommon strength — one where the battlefield isn’t joined by men and women, or husbands and wives. This war is utterly within, and ultimate victory or defeat boils down to one question: what does ‘till death do us part mean when the marriage dies, but the love goes on?

The answer is meticulously and masterfully revealed through each track on the wings of a cold wind; sometimes in potent gusts, sometimes in gentle breezes, and always with unforgettable impact.

In addition to Debra Lyn’s vocals which have been described as “haunting,” and “introspective,” the album features some of Nashville’s finest musicians (see credits for more info.)

“A Cold Wind Blows” was Produced, Arranged, Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by:

Jeff Silverman at Palette (MSP) music • studio • productions, Mount Juliet / Nashville, TN • www.palettemusic.net

“With Or Without You” Co-produced & Co-arranged by Tim Lorsch

This is the first full-length album released on Palette Records • www.paletterecords.net

Palette Records is a label created by artists – for the artists and was founded by Jeff Silverman and Debra Lyn in 2013 to promote “Art In Music.”

Musicians

Tim Lorsch (strings): Tim has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Lucinda Williams and Goose Creek Symphony. He has produced critically acclaimed records, played on thousands of recordings and has made contributions to Grammy and Emmy Award winning projects. Tim also co-wrote “With Or Without You” with Jeff and I. “A Cold Wind Blows” would not be complete without Tim’s emotional and poignant performances.

Matthew Burgess (percussion/drums): Matthew has worked with artists such as Willie Nelson, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Steel Magnolia and Jewel. From a standard drum set to a djembe to a tiny triangle, he brings a sensibility and attention to detail that is uniquely Matthew.

David Flint (acoustic guitars/bouzouki/resonator guitar). David has played with Highway 101, Billy Montana and is a sought after session musician. David’s meticulous parts are the bed upon which everything else has been layered and help to set the tone for the album.

Scott Vestal (banjo): Scott was the 1996 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year. He was also named 1998 Banjo Player of the Year by the “Bluegrass Now” magazine fan’s choice awards. Scott has performed with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, John Cowan, Tim O’Brien, Ricky Skaggs,Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush and many others. Scott’s banjo performance creates a “Newgrass” feeling for the song “Believe” and truly compliments the rest of the album.

Randy Kohrs (dobro/banjo): Randy recorded, produced and performed on the 2008 Grammy Winning CD, “The Bluegrass Diaries” by Jim Lauderdale. Randy is a sought after session musician and has played on over 500 CDs including projects by Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall, Sara Evans, The Wreckers & Little Big Town. “I’ll Always Miss the Love I Left Behind” is a remix from Debra’s previous release on her “I Can’t Remember To Forget You” album. This new version is much more acoustic based and brings Randy’s dobro performance front and center where he can be truly be appreciated.

Jeff Taylor (accordion): Jeff’s great performance on “Drunken Fool” creates the tongue and cheek barroom atmosphere for this song. Jeff plays regularly as a member of the Nashville based band, the Time Jumpers, which is a virtual who’s who of session musicians including artist, Vince Gill. He’s appeared many times on the Grand Ole Opry backing numerous artists. Jeff has recorded with Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Amy Grant, George Strait, The Chieftains, Martina McBride, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs. He was a featured artist on the Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder “Instrumentals” CD that won a Grammy in 2007 for Best Bluegrass Album.

Steve Stokes (fiddle): Steve has toured with Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins. “So Long Since September” is the second remix from Debra’s “I Can’t Remember To Forget You’ album. This new version features Steve’s Celtic style fiddle performance matched by David Flint on acoustic guitar. This will leave you wanting to hear more!

Tyler Reese (acoustic guitar). Tyler’s bluesy guitar playing is featured on Debra’s song “Till I’m Gone” and brings an interesting and new flavor / twist to a few other tracks on the album.

Dave Francis (upright bass, acoustic guitar) on “With Or Without You”

Jenny Johnson (background vocals) on “With Or Without You.”

Jeff Silverman / Palette (MSP) music • studio • productions: Jeff played bass, additional acoustic guitars and percussion. Jeff’s nearly 40 years of experience in the music industry has included working on Emmy and Grammy-nominated projects. He has also produced, mixed, mastered, co-written, edited and performed on a number of gold, platinum and award-winning projects for artists such as Rick Springfield and Michael Peterson. Jeff is co producer and co-writer of the recently released “From The Vault (A Collection of works by Rick Springfield & Jeff Silverman)”. He has also been a staff songwriter at Motown/LA and is the owner operator of Palette (MSP).

Video
The “A Cold Wind Blows” video was directed, photographed and edited by Jace Smith. Jace is an award-winning cinematographer who has worked with Guns ‘n Roses, Paula Abdul, Toto, Alice Cooper, Great White, to name just a few.

Lisa Rains plays the part of the “other woman.”

Joel Cowan, Jr. is the “cheatin’ husband.”

Photography

Photos of Debra Lyn are by: Jenny Johnson, J Willowtree Photography

A very special thank you . . .
to all of the musicians who gave so much of themselves and shared their talents.
to Jace, Lisa and Joel – for bringing “A Cold Wind Blows” to “life.”
to Jenny for the wonderful photos.
to Aeone for listening and being so supportive.
to our friends (some of whom we haven’t yet officially met, but are very supportive on facebook and on-line), and to our family.

Stacy's Music Row The CD received a four star rating from Stacy.

A Cold Wind Blows, meaning both the title song and 10 selections that follow, details the different phases of relationships. Debra Lyn achieves this with vocal performances so compelling that listeners have a blueprint, courtesy of one of the more pleasing and clear voices of experience; a singer whose songwriting pen adds an ink-filled flourish consistent with the creative license of imagination.

Debra Lyn’s second studio album, over five years in the making, is yet another collaboration between the singer and her husband, Jeff Silverman. Debra’s co-writer on 6 of these 11 songs (including With or Without You, with a theme of expected, impending loss that Lyn and Silverman co-wrote with the song’s co-producer and co-arranger, Tim Lorsch), Jeff also produced mixed and engineered these songs.

Debra’s measured, eerily uncanny approach to her performance of the title song, introduces the recurring characters in these songs through the lens, and familiar country-music theme, of marital intimacy turned triangular in scope.

One Heart underscores the no-holds-barred morality play theme of these songs, paying particular attention to the fallout from an adulterous relationship from the perspective of each of the parties it touches.

Swim the River is a song of determination to preserve (what’s left of) a relationship, while Closer to Goodbye is the acceptance of what might be the inevitable “other side” of that same coin (i.e., an acceptance, if not an embracing, of the truth as reality sets in).

Believe, “an introspective view on depression,” escapes a maudlin denouement, courtesy of the musical offer of a credible lifeline.

Drunken Fool is an otherwise self-explanatory assessment and resulting ultimatum that segues into If I Never Wake Up Again, another example of the other side of the same coin in which the protagonist weighs her alcohol-infused “choices.”

I’ll Always Miss The Love I Left Behind (remix) is a wistful consideration of what might have been, while So Long Since September (also a remix) is a song of separation resolved (apparently) by a happy ending.

The album’s finale, Till I’m Gone, paints a picture of a woman strong enough to leave a relationship to which only she appears committed, but not without the anguish of a woman still in love with a man unable to value her as she now must (learn to) value herself.

These songs will resonate with those who appreciate Debra Lyn’s artistry and the sentiments of these lyrics, especially if they identify with the situations portrayed in these songs.

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Lyrics

A Cold Wind Blows

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC

“Oh do you know that I am waiting here … and a cold wind blows when he holds you near”

The first song on the CD and the beginning of the story that sets the tone, introduces the reoccurring characters and leaves you wondering at the end, what really is going to happen. The video gives you a view of this story of a lovers’ triangle and leaves the story open to different layers of interpretation. Through all of the turmoil created by an unfaithful husband, she somehow finds her strength to continue on. No matter what the eventual resolution is to the triangle, everyone suffers.

When the moon is high the night will fine
Hiding in your arms the man I call mine
Oh do you know that I am waiting here
And a cold wind blows when he holds you near

When the morning comes he’s home before dawn
Like nothing’s wrong I will hold on
Oh do you know that I am waiting here
And a cold wind blows when he holds you near

You think that I’m a fool and I don’t know
But, unlike you – mine is his home
So you should know that I am waiting here
A cold wind will blow when he holds me near
Yes, you should know that I am waiting here
A cold wind will blow when he holds me near

When he holds me near
A cold wind blows
A cold wind blows

One Heart

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn & Jeff Silverman
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC; Palette Songs/SESAC

“There’s always one heart bleeding … there’s always someone cheating … there’s always one heart dreaming … there’s always one heart falling in love tonight.”

“One Heart” in the context of this continuing story, shows the internal struggle that the woman feels clearly seeing the relationship that she now has, but also remembering the relationship that once was. She is no stranger to the emotions of love, hate, confusion and disappointment that seem to plague her every moment. Even while she holds her husband’s memory in her heart with love and sadness, she continues to wrestle with her emotions. She feels that he is leaving even though “no words have been spoken,” yet she still holds the hope that for every heart that is bleeding, one is falling in love.

I know that you’re leaving
As sure as my heart’s beating
There’s nothing I can say
To stop this helpless feeling
Maybe I could be that someone you
have been dreaming of if I just knew
I would do whatever I could do

Chorus:
There’s always one heart bleeding
There’s always someone cheating
There’s always somebody, somebody cryin’ all night
There’s always one heart dreaming
There’s always someone believing
There’s always one heart falling in love tonight

No words have been spoken
You avoid the conversation
I can’t keep believing
That I will end up winning
I don’t wanna be here all alone
Wondering what went wrong and why you’re gone
The one you leave behind when you move on

Bridge:
You know I can’t fix this by myself
I don’t know what’s wrong or how to help
If my love could be enough
To hold you tight when things get tough

I know that you’re leaving
As sure as my heart’s beating
There’s nothing I can say
To stop this helpless feeling

Swim The River

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC

“I will give anything – take all that’s mine. Change what I am my hair, my clothes, my life – don’t say goodbye.”

The ongoing theme where she knows something’s on his mind. She doesn’t know what it is or what the future holds, but the one thing she is sure of is that she is determined and will give everything to keep him by her side. She’s committed and she’s strong and will do whatever she can to keep their relationship together.

I know something’s on your mind
You’d tell me, but can’t find the time
You won’t look me in the eye
Don’t leave this way, give me one more day

Chorus:

And I will swim the river against the tide
Sail the ocean till I’m by your side
I will give anything, take all that’s mine
Change what I am, my hair, my clothes, my life
Don’t say goodbye

Say anything that’s on your mind
I’ll understand, you know I’ll try
You still care – don’t deny it
Don’t leave this way, give me one more day

Chorus:

Closer To Goodbye

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn & Jeff Silverman
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC; Palette Songs/SESAC

“Tomorrow when we see the morning light, you’ll go your way and I’ll go mine. This pretending’s not only killing time, it hurts my heart, my body and my mind.”

“Closer To Goodbye” brings you into the sadness of an impending break up. It is a struggle to reconcile in her mind a relationship that was “perfect” and now barely exists. Despite her desire to start over, she realizes that each day brings them one step closer to goodbye. The bridge states how much she REALLY wants to find a way to fix this, but even though (chorus) every night, she wants to have him near, it’s only in her dreams. Things keep getting worse, and worse and her hope keeps getting darker leaving her struggling with love, loss, commitment and heartbreak.

I can see the sorrow in your eyes
and I know that you and I realize
There’s not a day – not a single day goes by
When I don’t want to try and make things right

But too much time has already gone by
Too many fights without a reason why
Further apart with every little lie
One step closer to goodbye

Chorus:
Oh but every single night I want to hold you tight
Only in my dreams will I see you smilin’
But, you’re in another room, down the hall
We don’t even talk at all
One day closer to goodbye

Tomorrow when we see the morning light
You’ll go your way and I’ll go mine
This pretending’s not only killing time
It hurts my heart, my body and my mind

Chorus:

Bridge:
How I wish that we could change
Find our way back to the start
Try to figure out just what
Led us down this path into the dark

Chorus:
Oh but every single night I want to hold you tight
Only in my dreams will I see you smilin’
But, you’re in another room, down the hall
We don’t even talk at all
And every single night I want to hold you tight
Only in my dreams will I see you smilin’
But, you’re in another room, down the hall
We don’t even talk at all
One day closer, one step closer, one day closer to goodbye
One day closer to goodbye
One step, one day closer to goodbye

Believe

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn & Jeff Silverman
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC; Palette Songs/SESAC

“You believe you’re the sinner who’s been waiting for the cure. Illusive is the answer when you need to know for sure.”

How many times have you heard the saying, “Like Father, like son?” or “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?” Sometimes people fall into the lifestyle they know. In the case of “Believe,” he realizes that he is not good for her, but because of his past, his upbringing, he feels that he is not worthy of her and even though he wants to – he cannot change. In short, he’s waiting for the cure or someone who will save him from himself. It’s a very introspective view on depression. He may be alone sitting on the cliff or she may be there with him. There’s a few lines at the end of the song that says she’ll throw him a lifeline, but at the same time, she could use one herself. She has always had to be the strong one and knows that that she will survive and help him… believe. It could be in God, could be in her, the relationship again. Lots of, as you might say, layers to the interpretation if you want to look deeper.

Starin’ ‘cross the water as the sun sets
Waves they crash beneath on rocks below
Sometimes you just want to get your feet wet
not dive into the deep end you don’t know
Mmmmmm

Stars shine one by one but you won’t see them
Unless you turn your eyes up to the sky
Waiting for a sign
For the sun to shine
Someone you can love and you believe in

Chorus:
You believe you’re the sinner
Who’s been waiting for a cure
Illusive is the answer
when you need to know for sure
trust is the beginning
when you look into my eyes
inside you’ll find the reason
it’s a truth you’ll recognize
(if you believe)

People come and go but you don’t see them
Feeling like a tiny spec of sand
Searching through the dark to find a reason
Nothing seems to work out like you plan
Mmmmmm

Standing on the edge
Trying to look ahead
You can’t see beyond the light that’s dimming

Chorus:

You think you’re sinking
I’ll throw you a life line
Just keep on swimming
Everything’s alright

With Or Without You

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn, Jeff Silverman, Tim Lorsch
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC; Palette Songs/SESAC; Rita Carol Music/SESAC

“How can I live without you, how can I live with only just the memories…”

“With or Without You” is one of the final chapters in the story that finds him lying unconscious in a hospital bed without much hope of recovery. As she sits by his side, she realizes that despite everything – all the sorrow and pain, she knows that she really does not want to live without him and wonders if she even can.

Verse 1:
Did I ever give you enough?
Did I ever tell what you mean to me?
Did I ever show my smile from that place – where I
hide?

B verse:
We breathe as one on one tonight
Our thoughts are all in line
Tomorrow’s yet another life
When you say goodbye

Chorus:
Can I Live Without You
How can I live – with only just the memories
I watch you dream – and cry myself to sleep thinking
I’m with or without you…

Verse 2:
How can I give you more than my love
How can I keep you safe here in my arms
How can I hold you close and keep with me forevermore

B verse:
You travel down this road alone
I’m right here by your side
Someone may come to take you home
Till then, we’ll find a place to hide

Chorus:

Drunken Fool

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn & Jeff Silverman
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC; Palette Songs/SESAC

“You’re not the man that I once knew who took my hand and promised to be true. You’re just a shadow in the dark of a lonely heart.”

“Drunken Fool” seems a bit more tongue in cheek, but is unfortunately a situation that many people can relate to. People suffer from substance abuse every day and in turn their families and loved ones also share in their suffering, hence the existence of AA and Al-Anon. It’s an out of control situation with him being an absolute idiot, cheating right in front of not only her, but a bar full of people that also think the guy is a major jerk. As he battles his addiction in his “home away from home,” she takes his keys and makes it very clear that she’s tired of living this life. In the end she is the one saying that she doesn’t care anymore if he stays or leaves. The choice is his. And this immediately segues to “If I Never Wake Up Again.”

Well you made your choice and I took your keys
You’re at your home away from home away from me
I know that you don’t care if I stay or leave
I’m tired of talkin’ through your bottle of JD

Chorus:
You’re a drunken fool
And you get mean and you get cruel
I’ve lost so much I have no more to loose
‘cause you’re a drunken fool

So you make the choice – me or the whiskey
Is this really how you want your life to be
There’s not a word from you I can still believe
There’s nothing you can do to make this right with me

Chorus:

So listen to your friends – ‘cause misery loves company
Your life’s your own and what you do ain’t up to me
You know that I don’t care if you stay or leave
You know that what you choose will make the choice for me

Chorus:

Bridge:
You’re not the man that I once knew
who took my hand and promised to be true
You’re just a shadow in the dark of a lonely heart

If I Never Wake Up Again

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC

“The only way you’ll be truly gone is if I never wake up again.”

The barroom clears, leaving our “good wife” alone in the dark to contemplate her life, her marriage and her future. She sees no light at the end of a very long tunnel and her choice at that moment is to drown her own sorrows in a bottle of tequila.

I’ve got a bottle of tequila and a handful of salt
The first one I’ll drink to you
The second will help to ease my mind
By the fifth I won’t remember your name
And I may dance on the tables
Dance cross the floor
I might even forget why I came
But, the only way you’ll be truly gone
Is if I never wake up again

I'll Always Miss The Love I Left Behind (Remix)

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn & Jeff Silverman
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC; Palette Music/BMI

“Even though you’ll never know, I’ll always miss the love I left behind.”
This song comes as the next day “hangover” reflective state of mind that she is in. At this point, she is exhausted of being continually beat up emotionally. While looking through an old class yearbook, she remembers an old love from high school. The grass is always greener when you’re looking back and wondering what might have been. Maybe she made the right choice or maybe she never should have let her first love go. Sometimes we glamorize the past too much and this song, even though more to the lyric than what I’m describing, feels like one of the many emotions that a failing marriage or someone that has a challenged love, might be going through or thinking. The fact remains – you can never go back.

Well my mom talked to yours this morning and I hear you’re doing fine
A new wife and a baby on your mind
I always thought that this would be the life for you and I
It was what I wanted and I let it pass me by
Sometimes I wish that I could turn back the hands of time

Chorus:
I need more than just a dream of what was possible
Doesn’t matter where I go I feel alone
all I have to hold are memories and I just can’t let go
Even though you’ll never know
I’ll always miss the love I left behind

All through high school and that last summer you were with me all the time
Until fall when I left you far behind
And in every conversation it would never cross my mind
That I took you for granted – how could I be so blind
What I would give if I could turn back the hands of time

Chorus:

I know I will be alright
I can almost sleep at night
Maybe time will heal this broken heart of mine
If I have the chance again
I will take fate by the hand
I won’t make the same mistake again

So Long Since September (Remix)

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC

“Outside a car door closes as he walks into the rain and he feels as though he’s never gone away. The key’s in the front door from where he left before he knew that no one in the world could take her place.”

Although he has left her, she has never given up hoping that he would return. He finally realizes that he cannot find anyone in the world like her and decides to come home one rainy night.

It’s been so long since September when she first found her dream
in a man she thought would be her everything
She believed him when he told her he’d be with her to stay
and let nothing in the world take him away
But the winter came between them and he was gone by May

Chorus:
And it’s been so long since September
So long since he’s held her
She knows deep in her heart he will always be a part
It’s been so, so long since September

Each night she lies and listens and hopes he’s coming home
‘cause she never will believe he’s really gone
And she all too often wonders if she’ll wake up alone
or if he’ll be there to hold her in his arms
Now it’s rainin’ out her window as she looks into the night

Chorus:

Outside a car door closes as he walks into the rain
and he feels as though he’s never gone away
The key’s in the front door from where he left before
he knew that no one in the world could take her place

Chorus:

Till I'm Gone

Words & Music by: Debra Lyn
Debra Lyn Music/SESAC

“What would it take to make you love me? I’ve asked myself a million times… you’ll never know what you have till I’m gone.”

She finally gains the courage and strength to leave him and not look back. Before she goes, she leaves a parting note to tell him that one day he will realize what he had – and maybe one day he’ll want her to come home.

What would it take to make you love me
I’ve asked myself a million times
What would I give to only have you hold me
What I would give to change your mind

I won’t explain to you why I’m leaving
I’ve cried myself to sleep too many nights
There’s nothing left, there’s nothing left here for me
There is nothing, nothing to call mine

Chorus:
But I can’t give my love if you won’t take it
I can’t stay here with you if you won’t try
Some things in your life I know you’ll never realize
You’ll never know what you have till I’m gone

I’ll leave a note by the phone
In case you have a change of heart
And maybe some day when you’re feeling all alone
Maybe one day you’ll want me to come home

Chorus:

Gimme Some Lovin’ ** BONUS TRACK

Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood, Spencer Davis
Universal – Songs of Polygram International INC
Kobalt Music Pub America | OBO F S Music LTD

Well, my temperature is rising, and my feet left the floor
Crazy people knocking ’cause they wanting some more
Let me in baby, I don’t know what you got
But you better take it easy this place is hot

And I’m so glad we made it, so glad we made it
You got to gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’ everyday

Well, I feel so good, everything is getting higher
You better take it easy ’cause the place is on fire
Been a hard day and I had so much to do
We made it baby, and it happened to you

And I’m so glad we made it, hey, hey, so glad we made it
You got to gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’ everyday

Well, I feel so good, everything is getting high
You better take it easy ’cause the place is on fire
Been a hard day and nothing went too good
Now I’m gonna relax honey everybody should

And I’m so glad we made it, hey, hey so glad we made it
You got to gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Gimme some lovin’, gimme, gimme some lovin’
Every day

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