Into the Great Unknown

by Bradford Loomis

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    Into the Great Unknown takes Bradford’s trademark soulful Roots/Americana sound and digs deep to an uncharted depth. He crafts passionately hopeful melodies to carry you through the gritty conditions of Southern slavery in Get on That Train. Stampede uses a haunting refrain and soaring strings to paint desperately beautiful imagery. See You On the Other Side and Dead Man’s Dance employ powerful intricate melodies that will get your feet stomping.
    In depth, breadth, feel and composition, Into the Great Unknown is a bolder more daring leap for this songwriter whose original debut was just a foreshadow of his extraordinary talent.

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released 18 May 2013

Bradford Loomis - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Brianne Holland - Accordion, Piano
Jon Skaggs - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Strings
Justin Glasco - Bass, Percussion
Steve Miller - Guitar, Resonator, Lap steel, Mandolin, Banjo, Baritone Guitar
Produced by Jon Skaggs
All Songs written by Bradford Loomis
End of This Chain Co-written with Jon Skaggs

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Bradford Loomis Seattle, Washington

Brad marries grit and melody to dig to the roots of American folklore and speak of the raw reality of the human condition with soul, passion, and hope. Brad’s stories span a lifetime of relatable emotions, be it the bitterness of loss, the deep longing of regret, the enduring hope of love, or the elation of joy. ... more

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Track Name: See You On the Other Side
O my sisters won’t you come with me, I’m going down to the river Lord let the Ghost wash over me
O my brothers won’t you come with me, I’m going down to the river Lord put this weary soul at ease

I will see you on the other side and love there will be darkness before I see the light
Though I may be fearful on that my final day, I know you’ll be waiting to help me find my way

All of my kin who have died and gone before rest now in peace upon that distant shore
I know that my time will come someday, but I rest assured in the midst of grace

I am Barabbas the man whom they set free my Lord carried the weight of brutal pardoning
I will not cast this mercy aside I know I’ll meet my maker on the other side


Chorus

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
And lo above the Earth on that final fateful day, I’ll fly away

Chorus

O my sisters won’t you come with me, I’m going down to the river Lord let the Ghost wash over me
O my brothers won’t you come with me, I’m going down to the river Lord put this weary soul at ease
O my mother won’t you come with me, I’m going down to the river Lord let the Ghost wash over me
O my father won’t you come with me, I’m going down to the river Lord put this weary soul at ease

Chorus x2



© 2012 Bradford Loomis
Track Name: Get On That Train
The suns still rising in the summer sky, but I’ll be sweating in this field till the day that I die
They done tore my flesh down to my bones, took my brother right from our home
And worked my poor little mama into the ground

Moses said let my people go, but I ain’t seen nothing to give me hope, oh no
All of God’s children in a foreign land, Pharaoh ruling with an iron hand
And there ain’t no freedom that can be found

Did you ever hear that thunderin’ sound, did you ever hear that thunderin’ sound
Did you ever hear that thunderin’ sound, means the train is coming to take you home


Did you ever hear that whistle blow, like a trumpet sound calling you to go
You ain’t gonna follow the river shore or set out underneath the drinking gourd
Your chariot awaits you better get on board


It was then I heard it clear as day, it was then I heard him callin’ my name
It was then I heard ol’ St. Peter callin’ my name, I’m gonna get on that train to the promised land

Chorus

Chorus


© 2010 Bradford Loomis
Track Name: My Love
I can still remember the day we met
you were captivating with just one glance
I could see a light in your eyes so wild
and it spoke of a love that would never die

Underneath the stars when your hand found mine
I knew right then for the very first time
A love like this could set us free
It was clear so quickly you were made for me

O My, O My, O My, O My (repeat)

In all this time since the day you left
I’ve been patiently waiting ‘cause I can’t forget
For a heart that’s haunted by the Holy Ghost
I love you too much to ever let you go

O My, O My, O My, O My (repeat x2)

I’ll be waiting until you believe in my love

O My, O My, O My, O My (repeat)
© 2010 Bradford Loomis
Track Name: Stampede
O my God there’s a man with a gun
Waiting outside for me
He’s been wanting to cleanse me of my sins
Lord have mercy on me
If they only knew the man that I have been
None would stand in defense of me
For this blood on my hands is not my own
There’s no righteousness in me

Total slaughter, total slaughter, I wouldn’t leave a single man alive

O my Lord how desperate I’ve become
I’m just praying for release
Though the fires of Hell and Damnation
Are surely what I’ll see

Total slaughter, total slaughter, if I were you, I’d leave no man alive

You were led to the slaughter
By your sons and your daughters
But you wouldn’t leave a single man behind

Total slaughter, total slaughter, I wouldn’t leave a single man alive

© Bradford Loomis 2010
Track Name: Dead Man's Dance
O my love, when my days are done, and my bones have been put to rest
When my graven stone has found its home, may you not be bereft
Don’t waste your prayers on a wretch like me
My hearts been giv’n to wandering
All the things I’ve done since the war begun, I could never be free

Wait my beleaguered love brings hope don’t set that stone
Though you feel meager, your heart may roam but mine will be your home
Wake, O you sleeper there is still hope roll away that stone
Wake, O you sleeper there is still hope roll away that stone

Come on up, rise on up, get out of that grave my Lazarus
Come on up, rise on up, get out of that grave sweet Lazarus

Go on get up Lazarus go on get out the grave
Oh you ain’t never seen nothing like a dead man dance (Repeat x 3)



Chorus

© Bradford Pierson Loomis 2012
Track Name: End of This Chain
I was raised in a poor mans town, the blood of my father painted the ground
The fear of a man was all I knew, I'm drawn in the sights of an aim that's true (^)
We've been living in a funeral pyre that we've built ourselves just to set it on fire
Fire set it on fire set it on fire

I ain't had nothin but anger and shame It's building up now like a runaway train
Set my mind once to try to get free left me hanging from a tupelo tree
Cut a man down and cage his heart, all you've done is set him on fire
Fire set him on fire, set him on fire

Oohs x2

I've spent 10,000 days on the end of this chain, ain't getting nowhere but closer to the grave
I've lived all of my life like a man on the run, hiding in a hole till kingdom come

Oohs x3

I've spent 10,000 days on the end of this chain, ain't getting nowhere but closer to the grave
I've lived all of my life like a man on the run, hiding in a hole till kingdom come

Ain't no map gonna be my guide, just a sign pointing to Hell on both sides.
I can't live even one more day, howling like a dog at the end of this chain
End of this chain, end of this chain, mmmmm

© 2012 Bradford Loomis
Track Name: Picking Up the Pieces
So you came across their picture that used to hang up on your wall
The one you took down when the burial mound was new
And the candle they kept burning for you so long ago
Ain’t held a flame since and your convinced it was you

And you remember when the sand ran out on the hope you had found so sure
They put their white flag out cause you weren’t worth fighting for
Ooo
But I won’t let you down

You’re waiting on a revival, but they buried Lazurus
You’ve nowhere left to turn cause the bridges have all burned to dust
So you’re left with speculation, you know forgiveness is significant
But for a heart on the mend you just can’t pretend that’s enough

Chorus

The hardest part of love, is when the one you love’s given up
But I won’t let you down
When all that you have left is heartache and regret
I won’t let you down

I won’t let you down


© 2010 Bradford Loomis