Back to roots

by Fernando Gonzalo

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mark_mayes I've been listening to Fernando Gonzalo's music for a few years now, and from the beginning I knew I loved his style. 'Last Trip Together' was the first song I heard, and loved the lyrics, the tender singing style and beautiful guitar playing. This album has some lovely instrumentals, as well as gorgeous self-penned songs - songs that have helped me through difficult times. There is great sincerity & warmth in Fernando's voice - and his playing is exceptional. These songs both heal and inspire. Favorite track: If you smile.
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Lee Lucas A fine collection of 10 well written songs from one man and his guitar make up this rather short album but brings one much pleasure to listen to. The album itself contains many of his more known songs, 6 of which were originally featured on his previous album The Last Searchers. Only here they are done as a solo performance instead of a duo, and it really brings out more of the raw bones of his fine songs.He really is going back to his roots.with this one and it's worthy of going back with him.
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Ballads for lovers, broken hearts and dreamers.

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released February 21, 2017

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Fernando Gonzalo Barcelona, Spain

Folk singer songwriter.

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Track Name: If you smile
If you smile, girl
The sun would shine my day
If you love me, girl
The moon would light my way
We would go for a ride
To the sky, you and I
We would sail across the seas
You and me
We would walk by this world
With your smile and my song
We would light our fire
With our love

If you smile girl
I'd hear the rolling waves
If you love me girl
The stars would fill the space
We would ride wild and free
On a horse you and me
We would run, run away
From here
We would fly, we would swim
We'd fulfill all our dreams
We would share our short life
With our love
Track Name: Winds of change
Standing on the corner at Post street
Ben is waiting for his day’s hot meal
Sitting on a chair quite uneasy
Sarah prays to get her job in mills

Unemployment lines getting longer
People starving at infirmaries
I can hear the calling
They are waiting for the change of winds

The crisis in which we’re involved in
Has to terminate one of these days
We have to blow together
And bring around the winds of change

Jimmy got a drop in his wages
Mortgage rates ain’t going down
Mary doesn’t sell anything now
She might have to close her clothing store

Building construction stood still
People striving to pay their bills
I can hear the calling
They are waiting for the change of winds

The crisis in which we’re involved in
Has to terminate one of these days
We have to blow together
And bring around the winds of change
Track Name: Back to North Carolina
Back to North Carolina
I'll pack my bags and go
Up to North Carolina
I'll fly away back home

Blue ridge mountains
Soon they will show
Covered up in snow

Back to North Carolina
I've been out there too long
Up to North Carolina
Desert and leave this war

Tell me brother
What are we fighting for?
and whose side is God on?

Back to North Carolina
My journey's been so tough
Up to North Carolina
I'll see you again, my love

Blue ridge mountains
Deep in my soul
Dear, here I go

Will I make it?
Will I get there?
Will I see her blue eyes?
Will I touch her hair, again?
Track Name: You're not mine anymore
I’m walking through these crowded streets alone
I’m talking but nobody seems to care
I’m searching for a soul that comes along
I’m asking for a love that has no end

All I’m thinking is about you girl
Where you went
And where you are
All I’m begging is for you to stay
By my side
Stay awhile

Cause I miss you more than I can stand
And you know I have my pride
I’m just looking for our secret place
Though I know that you’re not there
Cause I know that you are not mine anymore
Track Name: Back to roots
Johnny was a simple clerk
Worked for a big company
In a city full of smoke
Where no one cares about each other cares

He was bored, he was stressed
He wanted to fly anywhere
Though he was quite well paid
He was always yearning for a change

But what was he supposed to do
When all his life he's been a fool

Then he realised
What he had to do
Pack his bags and sell it all
Go back to his roots

To the country, there he went
Got a farm, tilled the earth
Cows and sheeps, hens and pigs
Working hard from dawn to dusk each day

There he found real good friends
And he met a lovely girl
And the last time that we met
This is what he got to say

So what are you supposed to do
When all your life you've been a fool

Then I realised
What I had to do
Pack my bags and sell it all
Go back to my roots
Track Name: Just for you and I
It's almost dark, a fog descends on the bluff
Sheep are going home, it's the end of the month
Farmers gather at the bar to drink whiskey and rye
Moon's shining high, just for you and I

Tom's in the shack, Jim's piling hay in the barn
Cows on their stalls, a mule paces back and forth
The chimneys's smoke swirls up in the sky
Embers in the hearth just for you and I

While the sun still cast a faint light in the west
And the wind brings the sound of a soft fiddle tune
Rest your head on my shoulder, close your eyes
And feel the love that was made just for you and I
Just for you and I

The light of the stars will show us the path
Our river will flow while we move along
Why don't we toast, celebrate we're alive
With a bottle of wine just for you and I

Now a dog barks, a horse comes trotting pass
Leaves tremble and fall, autumn strips the oaks
Raindrops drench the roads, roof will keep us dry
There's a bed just for us, just for you and I

While the sun still cast a faint light in the west
And the wind brings the sound of a soft fiddle tune
Rest your head on my shoulder, close your eyes
And feel the love that was made just for you and I
Just for you and I
Track Name: Last trip together
Memories of the days we were together
Come to mind more often nowadays
You were there, smiling, satisfied and in your best clothes
We were riding back to your hometown

Wheat farms, sunflowers, barley and rye
Shafts of sun shining through the clouds
Sparkles in your eyes, your hands are trembling while you speak
Telling me the stories of your youth

We were bound to make our last trip together
We were up to know each other even more
I learned then something that would last forever
Now I know what really matters in this world

Now that you’re gone
I sing you this song

Vultures flying round the wolf river canyon
All the way to the black lake there were pines
Poplar trees on the margin of the footpath, oaks on creeks
Churches that talk in tongues of ancient times

Still see you chatting with your friends and kin
Having fun till late on a shady yard
You were so happy then, so full of joy that you forgot
The illness that was going to be your end

We were bound to make our last trip together
We were up to know each other even more
I learned then something that would last forever
Now I know what really matters in this world

Now that you’re gone
I sing you this song
Thus you’ll be here
Forever more

We were bound to make our last trip together
We were up to know each other even more
I learned then something that would last forever
Now I know what really matters in this world

Now that you’re gone
I sing you this song