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Ten Miles to Bliss

from Versicle by Val Holler

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Tuning: Open G. A western stomp about a caowboy-alien romance. Brad Albetta liked this song from the Val Holler Band EP, so he and Chris rerecorded it. William Burroughs is heard speaking at the beginning, and there is a sample of Gram Parsons saying during a live show "Thank you, thank you very much" in the bridge section.

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"Ten Miles to Bliss"
words and music by Chris Knudson
©Tathata Music (ASCAP)

Well, allright. Gonna stop my ride in the middle of the road - lay down look up at the stars
Hell, allright. Seems there's plenty of space for the entire human race and a pickle or two on Mars.
Well, OK. You know there's nothing wrong and I wont be long looking up at the Milky Sweet and Sour
Hell, OK. She said I see it in your eye - there's a will to fly and a turtle-dove loving kind of power.

Feel its time… Lay down your guns and butter philosophy
Know its time… Ten miles to bliss, across the border of a kiss.

Well, allright. So she's showing me how to milk a sacred cow on a moony Sunday farm
Hell, allright. But I'm a little bit confused about these Martian blues and their innocence to harm.
Well, OK. Should I dare to do Rogers and Astaire with a legless alien girl
Hell, OK. Guess Ill stay for a while, learn the miracle mile, come back and give the Earth a twirl.

Feel its time… Lay down your guns and butter philosophy
Know its time… Ten miles to bliss, across the border of a kiss.

Well, allright. So I heard it was bad, some were filthy, some were had. Some were up to their knees in shit
Hell, allright. But with a little space magic, well heal the tragic - turn dust into silver sand.
Well, OK. Stirred up a little faith from the wren to the wraith to embrace a loverly skit
Hell, OK. So you see my little spry, there's a time for lullaby, and there's a time to strike up the band.

Feel its time… Lay down your guns and butter philosophy
Know its time… Ten miles to bliss, across the border of a kiss.

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from Versicle, released December 8, 1998

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Val Holler New York, New York

Val Holler is the artist name for singer/songwriter Chris Knudson primarily from the mid-1990s to early 2000s, while based in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany. It was a result of Chris being born with a phonetically challenging last name (he pronounces the "K" in Knudson), and finding a musical identity that mixes Scandinavian lore (Valhalla) and southern "hollerin'." ... more

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