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Influenced

by David Allen Slater

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Christine McHoes Just the beginning music of this song caught me and held me all throughout...From one song to the next, I couldn't stop listening. He's reminiscent of modern and cleaner styled Bob Dylan. Definitely worth the ear buds. :) Favorite track: Who's Gonna Catch My Heart.
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Influenced is the Original 2009 Debut from Singer/Songwriter, David Allen Slater. David produced the album himself over the space of four years as well as writing and performing all of the 15 original tracks. Download is available in MP3 320, FLAC, and more!

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released August 15, 2009

David Allen Slater - Guitar, Vocals, Drum Programming, Synth
Music & Lyrics by David Allen Slater / BMI
Sound Engineering, Production & Artwork by David Allen Slater
© Copyright 2009, David Allen Slater

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David Allen Slater Ringgold, Georgia

David Allen Slater is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, who successfully released his self-produced debut CD, Influenced, on August 15, 2009

David's music has been promoted by Windows7, Signal Radio FM, Acoustic Alternative Radio, Chicago's own The Edge On Air and Alternate Revolt Magazine & 42 guitar compilation CD's. He is currently working on a new CD.
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Track Name: Who's Gonna Catch My Heart
WHO'S GONNA CATCH MY HEART
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2009 by David Allen Slater
Written on May 10th and 11th 2009

(Verse 1)
AND I CAN GO ON LIVIN' THE WAY I'VE BEEN
BUT AFTER YOU I DON'T REALLY WANT TO ANYMORE
I'M SO DAMN STUBBORN SOMETIMES AND IT'S HARD TO QUIT
BUT YOU CAN'T BLAME ME FOR WANTING
JUST A LITTLE MORE

(Verse 2)
AND I REMEMBER THOSE NIGHTS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY
CRUISIN' DOWN THE STRIP LIKE WE WERE SOMETHING BIGGER THAN WE REALLY WERE
AND GOD YA KNOW I MUST HAVE PASSED YOU SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY
BUT YOU WERE PROBABLY GOING UPTOWN
WHILE I WAS HEADED DOWN THE OTHER WAY

(Chorus 1)
BUT LAST NIGHT I HELD AN ANGEL IN MY ARMS
AND SUDDENLY MY WHOLE WORLD CHANGED INTO SOMETHING SOFT AND WARM
AND AS SHE HELD ON TIGHT SHE MADE ME FEEL SO VERY TALL
BUT WHO'S GONNA CATCH MY HEART IF I DECIDE TO FALL
IN LOVE AGAIN

(Verse 3)
AND I'VE SPENT MOST OF MY YEARS LIVING ALL ALONE
YOU NEVER REALLY MISS THOSE THINGS WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR TASTE FOR THEM ANYWAY
BUT SOMETHING DEEP DOWN INSIDE HAS AWAKENED FROM THIS EMPTY DREAM
AND I FIND MYSELF SEARCHIN' FOR
YOU AGAIN

(Bridge)
IT SEEMS MY LIFE'S JUST BEEN A WHISPER
AND I MISSED OUT ON THE SCREAM
BUT LOOKIN' BACK I WOULDN'T CHANGE A SINGLE THING
EXCEPT FOR THE PART
WHERE I MISSED YOU ALONG THE WAY

(End Chorus)
'CAUSE LAST NIGHT I HELD AN ANGEL IN MY ARMS
AND SUDDENLY MY WHOLE WORLD CHANGED INTO SOMETHING SOFT AND WARM
AND AS SHE HELD ON TIGHT SHE MADE ME FEEL SO VERY TALL
BUT WHO'S GONNA CATCH MY HEART IF I DECIDE TO FALL
YEAH WHO'S GONNA CATCH MY HEART IF I DECIDE TO FALL
IN LOVE AGAIN
Track Name: Walls of Illusion
WALLS OF ILLUSION
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2009 by David Allen Slater
Written April 14th 2009 out of an idea conceived in 2008

WHEN I CAN'T FLY
FLY ANY FURTHER
OH I REACH FOR YOU
TO PULL ME OUT
OUT OF DESTRUCTION
TO SUNNY SKIES OF BLUE

AND OH WITHOUT A CLUE
I AM SO UNCERTAIN
YEAH JUST WHAT TO DO
BUT STILL I TRY
TO FILL THE SPACES
WITH MORE AND MORE OF YOU

Chorus:
WHOA YOU'RE LEADING ME
OUT FROM THESE GATES OF CONFUSION
YEAH AND BREAKING DOWN
ALL THESE WALLS OF ILLUSION
AH AH AH WOAH OH
WHOA OH OH
OOOH YEAH
AND I'M SO GRATEFUL TO YOU

AND LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN I AM COLD AND HURTIN'
WITH NO ONE ELSE AROUND
TO MAKE A SOUND
EXCEPT FOR ME
BEHIND THESE CURTAINS

A STEADY FLOW OF WORDS
MIXED UP WITH EMOTIONS
YEAH I'M TAKING IT ALL DOWN
AND MAKING SOUNDS
THAT'LL CROSS
THE DEEPEST OCEANS

Ending Chorus:
WHOA YOU'RE LEADING ME
OUT FROM THESE GATES OF CONFUSION
YEAH AND BREAKING DOWN
ALL THESE WALLS OF ILLUSION
AH AH AH WOAH OH
WHOA OH OH
YEAH YOU'RE LEADING ME
OUT FROM THESE GATES OF CONFUSION
OOOH OOOH OOOH
WELL AND BREAKING DOWN
ALL THESE WALLS OF ILLUSION
AH AH AH WOAH OH
WHOA OH OH
OOOH YEAH
AND I'M SO GRATEFUL TO YOU
Track Name: Piece of Mind
PIECE OF MIND
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2009 by David Allen Slater
Written on April 30th, 2009

I CAN'T SLEEP
BUT I'M DREAMIN' STILL
OF THE THINGS THAT I CAN'T FIND...YET
THOUGHTS ARE RACING
AS I TOSS AND TURN
TRYING TO LEAVE THIS PAST BEHIND...YEAH
ANOTHER MINUTE GONE
THE HOURS ROLL ALONG
WILL I FIND PEACE BEFORE THE MORNING...LIGHT
THE RADIO IT PLAYS
AS PEOPLE TALK AWAY
FROM COAST TO COAST INTO THE NIGHT...YEAH

CHORUS:
AS I LAY HERE
ALL ALONE AND SILENT
I WANNA STAY HERE
AND WASH AWAY THE PAIN
FROM MY LIFE
THIS IS MY BATTLE
AND I'VE GOT TO FIGHT
TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT
FOR MY OWN
PIECE OF MIND
WHOA OH OH...OH OH...

SOFTLY WHISPERING
I CAN HEAR THE TRUTH
AS IT CLAWS IT'S WAY INSIDE...YEAH
REALIZING NOW
THIS PART I PLAYED WAS FATE
BUT IT WON'T HAUNT ME ANYMORE...NO

CHORUS:
AND AS I LAY HERE
ALL ALONE AND SILENT
I WANNA STAY HERE
AND WASH AWAY THE PAIN
FROM MY LIFE
THIS IS MY BATTLE
AND I'VE GOT TO FIGHT
TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT
FOR MY OWN
PIECE OF MIND
WHOA OH OH...OH OH..OH OH...
Track Name: Inside of Me
INSIDE OF ME
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
© David Allen Slater, 2008, All Rights Reserved

WE GO ROUND AND ROUND EACH NIGHT
NEVER REALLY SAYIN' WHAT WE TRULY MEAN
AS I GO ROUND AND ROUND INSIDE
SEEKIN' OUT THE LIGHT THAT FINALLY LETS YA SEE
INSIDE OF ME.....YEAH
SOMEHOW YOU OPENED UP MY HIDDEN DOOR
SOMEHOW YOU FOUND THE KEY TO IT ALL
AND NOW I'M WANTING EVEN EVERMORE
TO SHARE THE THINGS THAT I COULD NEVER SEE
INSIDE OF ME.....YEAH

Chorus:
TELL ME WHY
TELL ME HOW
WORDS CAN'T EXPRESS
EVEN NOW
BUT STILL I SEE....
OH WHOA OH OH OH

WE'VE BEEN SLOWLY DANCIN' ALL ALONG
AROUND THIS DEEP CONNECTION WE BOTH FEEL
AND WHILE YOU'RE ASKIN' FOR THE REASONS WHY
I'M FINDIN' YOU'RE THE CURE THAT MAKES IT HEAL
INSIDE OF ME.....YEAH

Bridge:
YOU'VE UNLOCKED THE DOOR NOW
AND THROWN AWAY THE KEY
PLEASE DON'T RUN AWAY FROM THE ANSWERS THAT YOU SEEK
INSIDE OF ME

Chorus:
TELL ME WHY
TELL ME HOW
WORDS CAN'T EXPRESS
OH EVEN NOW
BUT STILL I SEE....
SO CLEARLY NOW
OH YES I SEE....
BECAUSE OF THEE....
INSIDE OF ME....
OH WHOA WHOA WHOA
YOU LOOKED DOWN
INSIDE OF ME
Track Name: When I Was a Child
WHEN I WAS A CHILD
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2007 by David Allen Slater

WHEN I WAS A CHILD
MAN I FELT SO FREE
THE SKY WAS SO MUCH BLUER
A DEEPER GREEN WAS IN THEM TREES

CATCHIN' FIREFLIES ON A SUMMER NIGHT
YEAH MY LIFE WAS JUST SO FINE
WHEN I WAS A CHILD
I DREAMED THAT I COULD FLY

Chorus:
AND I CAN SEE THE LIGHT TODAY
SHININ' DOWN UPON MY FACE YEAH
MAKES THE PAIN GO AWAY
YOU SAY I'M JUST A FOOL TO CARE
OH BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME WELL, NO
EVEN THOUGH WE'RE JUST THE SAME

WHEN I WAS A CHILD
MAN I FELT SO TALL
YOU COULDN"T TELL ME NOTHIN'
NO SIR I KNEW IT ALL

DOIN' THINGS I KNEW I SHOULDN'T DO
SOME THINGS DON'T EVER CHANGE
WHEN I WAS A CHILD
I BET YOU KNEW MY NAME

End Chorus
AND I CAN SEE THE LIGHT TODAY
SHININ' DOWN UPON MY FACE YEAH
MAKES THE PAIN GO AWAY
YOU SAY I'M JUST A FOOL TO CARE
OH BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME WELL, NO
EVEN THOUGH WE'RE JUST THE SAME

AND I CAN SEE THE LIGHT TODAY
SHININ' DOWN UPON MY FACE YEAH
MAKES THE PAIN GO AWAY
YOU SAY I'M JUST A FOOL TO CARE
OH BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME WELL, NO
EVEN THOUGH WE'RE JUST THE SAME

(Spoken)
YEAH GET IT NOW...
Track Name: Run Away
RUN AWAY
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
© David Allen Slater, 2008, All Rights Reserved

I CAN'T SEE THE FUTURE
I ONLY SEE THE PAIN I CAUSED FOR YOU
WHY DON'T YOU SLIP AWAY
LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO

YOU SAY YOU UNDERSTAND ME
ACCEPTING WHO I AM AND WHO I USED TO BE
BUT I DON'T KNOW JUST WHY
WHY YOUR SO GOOD TO ME

CHORUS:
AND MAYBE YOUR THE ONE
BUT I CAN'T TELL ANYMORE
I USED TO FEEL SO DEEPLY
AND YOU'D JUST RUN AND RUN SOME MORE
OH RUN AWAY
YEAH RUN AWAY
OH RUN AWAY
WHY DO YOU RUN SO FAR AWAY

HOURS EVERLASTING
ENTWINING BOTH OUR HEARTS AND SHARING TIME
IT ALWAYS PASSED SO QUICKLY
IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

BOTH OF US SO HAPPY
WHAT CAN I DO TO SHOW YOU THE WAY
I SEE HIS LITTLE FEET ARE FLYING
FLYING OFF THE GROUND AGAIN TODAY

AND MAYBE YOUR THE ONE
BUT I CAN'T TELL ANYMORE
I USED TO FEEL SO DEEPLY
AND YOU'D JUST RUN AND RUN SOME MORE

END CHORUS:
OH RUN AWAY
YEAH RUN AWAY
OH RUN AWAY
WHY DO YOU RUN SO FAR AWAY
OH RUN AWAY
YEAH RUN AWAY
OH RUN AWAY
WHY DO YOU RUN SO FAR AWAY
Track Name: Back To You
BACK TO YOU
words and music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2009 by David Allen Slater
written between July 17th and July 18th 2009

I SENT A MESSAGE
INTO CYBERSPACE
INTENDED FOR ONE MEMBER
OF THE HUMAN RACE
I KNOW THE DESTINATION
OH SO VERY WELL
BUT SILENCE WHISPERS
IT'S OWN SONG OF FARETHEWELL

YOU ASK ME SOFTLY
BUT I ANSWERED HASTILY
AND NOW I AM PONDERING
THE WAY
TO FIND
THE DOOR
THAT TAKES ME BACK TO YOU

I CHOSE A PATH
THAT I FOUND DIFFICULT TO WALK
IT'S HARD TO UNDERSTAND
WHEN THERE'S NO TIME TO TALK
IF I COULD JUST EXPLAIN
MYSELF IN FRONT OF YOU
THEN I COULD SEPARATE
CONFUSION FROM THE TRUTH

YOU ASK ME SOFTLY
BUT I ANSWERED HASTILY
AND NOW I AM PONDERING
THE WAY
TO FIND
THE DOOR
THAT TAKES ME BACK TO YOU
Track Name: Ain't Life Grand
AIN'T LIFE GRAND
words and music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2009 by David Allen Slater
Written overnight from July 10th to July 11th, 2009

ON A LITTLE PLOT OF LAND
UPON A HILL
THERE SAT A MAN WHO WAS SO STILL
HE WAS THINKIN' BOUT THE WAY IT USED TO BE
AND HOW EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
THEN SUDDENLY THE SKY OPENED UP
AND BEGAN TO RAIN
AND HE WAS GONE

OUTSIDE OF TOWN
LAYS A WEDDING BAND
ALL BY ITSELF WITHOUT A HAND
SEEMS HE LEFT IT THERE FOR HER TO FIND
BEFORE HE WALKED AWAY
THEN SUDDENLY THE SKY OPENED UP
AND BEGAN TO RAIN
AS SHE MOVED ON

SOMETIMES THIS WORLD IS A BITTER PLACE
AND SOMETIMES IT'S YOUR SAVING GRACE
YOU NEVER KNOW JUST WHAT IT HAS IN STORE
AND JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT IT MADE
A CLOUD ROLLS IN TO BRING THE RAIN
AND CHANGES ALL THE PLANS YOU HAD BEFORE
YEAH AIN'T LIFE GRAND

A BABY'S BORN
ON A WINTER'S DAY
JUST AS HIS MOMMA STARTS TO FADE AWAY
AND DADDY'S GONE ACROSS THE SEA
TO FIGHT A WAR FOR YOU AND ME
THEN SUDDENLY THE SKY OPENED UP
WITH A COLD, COLD RAIN
AND SHE WAS GONE

HE GETS THE CALL
ON A RADIO
WHILE HE'S STILL STATIONED SO FAR FROM HOME
AND ON THIS DAY YOUR SON WAS BORN
BUT GOD YOU KNOW THEY TRIED
THEN SUDDENLY THE SKY OPENED UP
AND BEGAN TO RAIN
AS THE WAR RAGED ON

SOMETIMES THIS WORLD IS A BITTER PLACE
AND SOMETIMES IT'S YOUR SAVING GRACE
YOU NEVER KNOW JUST WHAT IT HAS IN STORE
AND JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT IT MADE
A CLOUD ROLLS IN TO BRING THE RAIN
AND CHANGES ALL THE PLANS YOU HAD BEFORE
YEAH AIN'T LIFE GRAND
Track Name: To Be Alone
TO BE ALONE
words and music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2007 by David Allen Slater

IT WEIGHS ME DOWN JUST THINKIN' BOUT
YOU AND ME ALL THE TIME
AND IF THIS BROKEN HEART DON'T STOP BLEEDIN'
I THINK I'LL JUST LOSE MY MIND

I LOVED YOU SO INTENTLY
AND THEN YOU WALKED RIGHT OUT THAT DOOR
NOW I GOT HEAVY THINGS
HEAVY THINGS ON MY MIND

AND THE WORLD JUST KEEPS ON TURNIN'
AND THIS PAIN JUST KEEPS ON BURNIN'
A BIG OL' HOLE RIGHT INTO MY SOUL

YOU THINK BY NOW THAT I'D HAVE LEARNED
TO STAY AWAY FROM GIRLS LIKE YOU
BUT SOMETIMES IT'S JUST SO HARD
TO BE ALONE
YEAH YEAH SOMETIMES IT'S HARD
TO BE ALL ALONE

IT STARTED OUT SO SIMPLY
JUST HANGING OUT ALL THE TIME
TILL I WAS CAPTURED BY YOUR BEAUTY
TAKEN PRISONER BY YOUR SMILE

I FELL IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTY QUEEN
LIVING HIGH UPON THE HILL
BUT IT WAS NEVER NEVER MEANT TO BE
A SHAKY CUP IS SURE TO SPILL

BUT THE WORLD JUST KEEPS ON TURNIN'
AND THIS PAIN JUST KEEPS ON BURNIN'
A BIG OL' HOLE RIGHT INTO MY SOUL

YOU THINK BY NOW THAT I'D HAVE LEARNED
TO STAY AWAY FROM GIRLS LIKE YOU
BUT SOMETIMES IT'S JUST SO HARD
TO BE ALONE
YEAH YEAH SOMETIMES IT'S HARD
TO BE ALONE
YOU KNOW IT'S JUST SO HARD
TO BE ALONE
Track Name: Right By My Side
RIGHT BY MY SIDE
words and music by David Allen Slater / BMI
copyright © 2009 by David Allen Slater
07/08/2009

(opening music - Right By My Side (Prelude))
Verse 1
MEET ME SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE
GET A GRIP AND HOLD ON TIGHT
SOMETIMES THIS WORLD'S A LITTLE SHAKY
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN AT NIGHT

SURFIN' LIFE HIGH ON EMOTION
WATCHIN' OUT FOR BETTER DAYS
I THREW A PEBBLE IN THE OCEAN
WATCHED THE RIPPLES TURN TO WAVES

Chorus
YEAH, BUT I OWE IT ALL TO YOU....GIRL...NOW
FOR BRINGING THIS OLD WORN OUT SOUL TO LIFE
AND I AIN'T WORRIED 'BOUT NO TROUBLES...NO..NO..
AS LONG AS I GOT YOU RIGHT BY MY SIDE

(musical break)
Verse 2
I KNOW YOUR TIRED OF ALL THIS HURTIN'
AND WISHIN' THINGS WOULD JUST GO RIGHT
YOU KNOW YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT MY SHOULDER
TO HELP YOU WITH THE FIGHT

TURN AROUND AND YOU WILL SEE ME
WAITING RIGHT HERE PATIENTLY
WITH DAISY CHAINS AND OPEN SPACES
OUT WHERE WE CAN BOTH RUN FREE

Chorus 2 and End
YEAH, BUT I OWE IT ALL TO YOU....GIRL...NOW
FOR BRINGING THIS OLD WORN OUT SOUL TO LIFE
AND I AIN'T WORRIED 'BOUT NO TROUBLES...NO..NO..
AS LONG AS I GOT YOU RIGHT BY MY SIDE......
YEAH YEAH
OOOOH OOOOH OOOOH
RIGHT HERE WITH ME BABY
EVERY SINGLE NIGHT
Track Name: Might Be Great
Might Be Great
Words and Music by David Allen Slater / BMI
Copyright © 2007 by David Allen Slater

Verse 1
SOMETHING INSIDE JUST EXPLODED NOW
AND I'M NOT ASLEEP NO MORE
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
WHEN YOU'RE LIVIN' THE LIFE YOU WERE MEANT FOR

THERE AIN'T NOTHIN' HOLDING YOU BACK BOY
ALL OF THE LIGHTS TURNED TO GREEN
WHAT THE HELL ARE YA WAITING FOR
YOU FINALLY LANDED A PART IN THE SCENE

CHORUS:
JUST DON'T RUSH ME TO GET IT ALL DONE
I LIKE TO DO THINGS AT MY OWN PACE
IF YOU'D JUST TAKE A STEP OR TWO BACK
IT MIGHT BE GREAT ONE DAY
MIGHT BE SO DAMN GREAT YEAH

Verse 2
YOU SAY THAT YOU'RE TIRED OF WAITING NOW
BUT I'M STILL HEADED FOR THE SUN
SOME THINGS TAKE A LITTLE LONGER NOW
IT'S SO HARD TO JUDGE WHEN YOUR OUT ON THE RUN

AND MAYBE FOR YOU IT'S SO EASY YEAH YEAH
BUT YOU'VE NEVER WALKED IN MY SHOES
TRUST ME THERE AIN'T NO COMPARISON
CUZ SOMETIMES TO WIN YOU JUST GOTTA LOSE

CHORUS:
JUST DON'T RUSH ME TO GET IT ALL DONE
I LIKE TO DO THINGS AT MY OWN PACE
IF YOU'D JUST TAKE A STEP OR TWO BACK
IT MIGHT BE GREAT ONE DAY
MIGHT BE SO DAMN GREAT YEAH

BRIDGE:
BUT I CAN'T SLEEP TONIGHT
WHY DO WE ALWAYS FUSS AND FIGHT
ABOUT THE SAME THINGS EVERYDAY?

CHORUS:
JUST DON'T RUSH ME TO GET IT ALL DONE
I LIKE TO DO THINGS AT MY OWN PACE
IF YOU'D JUST TAKE A STEP OR TWO BACK
IT MIGHT BE GREAT ONE DAY
MIGHT BE SO DAMN GREAT YEAH