Daydreamer

by Damond Moodie

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released March 16, 2006

Damond Moodie acoustic guitar, lead vocals and background vocals on all tracks

The Band (tracks #3, 5, 8, 9, & 12):
Lead, rhythm and slide guitars– Dave Ernst
Lead and rhythm guitars– Brian Hill
Electric bass – Kevin Lofton
Keyboards and backing vocals – Michael Meyers
Drums and backing vocals – Maurice Miles

Additional Musicians:
Bronkar Lee: djembe and shakers on track #2, Beat box on tracks #1 & 6
Theresa Wong: cello on track #4
Angela Hsu: violins on track #4
Kent Blodgett: Piano, keys, and ride cymbal on track #4, Rhodes on tracks #11 &13, Electric guitar on track #11, and sound design on track #1
ProTools editing and transfer for track #1: Scott Thekstrum
String arrangement on track #4: Kent Blodgett


Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, & 12 Co-produced by Damond Moodie & Dave Bell completely in the analog domain

Tracks 1, 4, 7, 11, & 13 Co-produced by Damond Moodie & Kent Blodgett in the digital world

All music and lyrics by Damond Moodie BMI 2006, except “California” music and lyrics by Joni Mitchell. Copyright 1975 Joni Mitchell Publishing Corp. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing 8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, & 12 engineered and mixed by Dave Bell at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts Emeryville, CA

Tracks 1, 4, 7, 11, & 13 engineered and mixed by Kent Blodgett at The Carnival Studios Oakland, CA

Mastered by George Borden at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts Emeryville, CA

Photography: Dean Whitbeck
CD design: Andrew U’Ren
Logo design: Jack Eastgate

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Damond Moodie Oakland, California

Based in Oakland, CA, Damond Moodie writes, records and performs soulful folk songs for the Bay Area wide. Armed with a funky percussive acoustic guitar and a clear, big sky voice over the urban cityscape, his intention is to sing passionate stories of depth and grace, to you. ... more

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Track Name: Brand New Consciousness (Intro)
As I tread down the gritty smog-filled avenues,
Dusk prepares me for the birth of vision.
Distractions loom in corners, like vultures that stake a claim
On the remains of my peace.
My pondering builds conviction, which opens eyes,
And stokes the fires of aspiration.
Colors emit life; the crackle of future fixations reheats my senses.
In a trance my thoughts flutter and flirt with bliss.
Overcome obstacles that narrow the scope.
I swim deeper, asking reality and fantasy to fuse.
A brand new consciousness, where all possibilities multiply,
A blessing from God, thank the heavens
For dexterity and clarity of the mind.
I am floating in chambers that heal all schisms,
A shelter from the madness that swallows optimism.
Bobbing and weaving pervasive sounds,
That steer my attention away from revelation.
I need a clear space where I can stretch out,
To throw off the shackles of convention and doubt
Believe that I will live to see the sun come up, and make my dreams blaze.
Track Name: Daydreamer
Chorus:
Daydreamer
Who’s gonna light your dreams afire?
Daydreamer
Better watch your step while you walk the high wire.

You've got no reason to fear the ledge.
Keep your back pressed against the wall,
Take a deep breath and soar above the sky.
Believe you've got a chance

Chorus

You got a good mind to leave the fractured pavement behind.
Won't miss the crushed glass in the street
Or the random buckshot thunder
So sick of the urban wildlife sounds that stab into your dreams
What does it mean, when there's a knock at your front door?

Your dream signals urgency
And your eye sees the spark
Stumble as the sun goes down
Daydreamer – don’t let it bring you down

You've got no reason to fear the ledge.
Believe you've got a chance

Chorus x 2
Track Name: The Blues
Everything’s going right,
you’re firing on all cylinders in your life
You’re able to laugh a lot
and you celebrate the victories – mighty and small
But don’t you know that everyone gets the blues
I know you know that everyone…gets the blues

Chorus 1:
You could be a millionaire and still feel broke to the bone
You could be a superstar and still feel oh so alone

You love your family
even though you argue, fuss and fight sometimes
Your home brings tranquility
and you love all he things you’ve gotta do to make your ends meet
But don’t you know that everyone gets the blues
I know you know that everyone… gets the blues

Chorus 2:
You could be a millionaire and still feel broke to the bone
You could be a superstar and still feel oh so alone
You could have a million things and still have no piece of mind
The blues get everyone - you can’t hide, ‘cause they know just where to find

Bridge:
Your weak point, your soft spot, your Achilles heel
Anxiety, and insecurity, they know just how to kill
Your mood and your groove, you don’t know why you feel this way,
it happens to everyone

Chorus 2

Because everyone, everyone gets the blues.
Track Name: Misery (Nothin's Changed)
So you like the big toys, they fill some of the void
Scattered love along the shore, and now you’re painted bored
Misery is tangible, and buzzing around your neck
You sit behind the wheel, pursue your own wreck

And my heart goes out to your situation
Believe me when I say I hope you
Find what you’re looking for
But

Chorus:
Nothin’s Changed, Nothin’s Changed
Misery is you style
Nothin’s Changed, Nothin’s Changed
Nothin’s Changed, Nothin’s Changed
Sadness is your smile
Nothin’s Changed, Nothin’s Changed

Hide behind your anger, in perverted ways
Blow a kiss to danger, there are no lines, it’s all OK
Guess you were mistreated, so the gloom just follows you
You feel the need to be needed, but you suck the joy from the room

And my heart goes out to your limitations
Believe me when I ask God to bless the child who’s full of scorn

Chorus

I want to help, but this bridge is burning
Please get some help, cause my back is turning
And my heart goes out to you
Believe me when I say I wish there was more that I could do

Chorus
Track Name: Stolen Community
You’ve got a choice – you could leave or stand your ground
Asphalt killed the grass and the mud was all they found
And they’re scraping their soles, ‘cause apathy is the stain on the rug

And you remember – trying to find a foothold in city life
Shed suburban skin; and avert your eyes to the knife fights
And they’re beating back your dreams, ‘cause they all remain smug
They’re squatting in your dream, ‘cause poverty is the hole you dug

Chorus:
Well you can take me back; take me back into your arms.
Or you can give me up; give me up. Sound the alarms
Where will I go so I finally feel free?
The poison is spreading, killing my community

The everyday drama – a black cavity that eats away at pleasantries
Threats and profanity, they permeate the air that we breathe
And they’re knocking down the targets that shine a little bit too bright
And they’ve made you a target; the bird of peace has flown tonight

Chorus x 2
Track Name: All I Need
You came to me just like a daydream
Time stopped, sharp turn, see the face of destiny
I’ve often wondered if I’d find the other piece to my soul
I’ve played the fool so many times before
But…

Chorus:
You are all I need
It’s like a wave of emotion
You are all I need
I know, it sounds sentimental
The stars must have all aligned
Because you are all I need

Five years have passed, now we are family
Some days, so long, doubt each other’s company
Yet, even when the tide is rising fast,
And we may not stay afloat
We can find the laughter in the simplest thing

Chorus

You are all that I need
Without you I couldn’t take the bittersweet
No sun, no shine
The stars would all go out on me
And I couldn’t take the blustery winter
I would just blow away, without you

Chorus
The stars will all shine bright
Shinning down on you and me
‘Cause you are all that I need
Track Name: Thanks To The Lord
Chorus: x 2
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart
I will tell of all thy wonderful deeds
I will be glad and rejoice in thee
I will sing the praises to thy name
Oh Most High!

Bridge:
And in the course of every single day
The Lord helps me in a very special way
Unique, like a snowflake, won’t happen again
He does this for all his children

Chorus

Bridge

He does this for all his children
And we are all are his children x2
Track Name: Blessed
Somewhere between the sand and the sea
Sun kissed breath and your sweet company
You realize it’s more than dumb luck
that brought you here

‘cause you are blessed
You know that you are
Blessed
Lit up like a star
You’ve had a gift and a glow
Since the day of your birth
You’ve been befriended by the universe

Somewhere between the rock and the wall
Cold hard pressure, imminent fall
You get the feeling from deep within
Overcome your fears

Chorus

Just a child down here on earth
And you’ve seen your share of the worst

Blessed don’t mean you get your way
Every single day now
Situations still arise
To bring down your high
But you don’t live on luck alone – no no no oh oh
Find a way to feed your faith
And fight through the storm

Chorus
Befriended by the universe x 5
Chorus
Track Name: Messed Up (Once Again)
I hold my head in my hands
Trying to hide from the thought
that I let you down
once again
You exemplify the word ‘kind’
But I take what you give
and act
As if I’m blind
Now as my tracks begin to show
my foot prints been getting’ a little too close
To the edge on the stairs to your charity
I wrestle with choices to keep my heart clean
‘cause

Chorus:
I messed up once again, baby I’m sorry
I messed up once again, sugar I love you
I messed up once again, honey I’m only human
I messed up once again, oh Lord please forgive me

I ain’t talking about making my sins disappear
And I know a broken heart needs time to heal
I bought this trouble, I’m ready to own my share
I’m gonna climb on up and ask you to say a little prayer
For me, ‘cause

Chorus

I ain’t talking ‘bout running around
Cause that’s a thing I could never do
Disrespect causes pain, no matter the source
The look on your face is the only clue
I need
To know that…

Chorus x 2
Track Name: California
Sitting in a park in Paris, France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won’t give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had
Still a lot of lands to see, but I wouldn’t want to stay here
It’s too old and cold and settled in its ways here
Oh but California
California I’m coming home
I’m gonna see the folks I dig
I’ll even kiss a Sunset pig
California I’m coming home.

Oh it gets so lonely
When you’re walking
And the streets are full of strangers
All the news of home you read
Just gives you the blues x2

So I bought me a ticket. I caught a plane to Spain
Went to a party down a red dirt road
There were lots of pretty people there
Reading Rolling Stone, Vibe, & Vogue
They said, “How long can you hang around?”
I said, “Maybe a week, maybe two, just as long as I can get down
“cause I’m already brown
Then I going home to California.”
California I’m coming home
I’m coming home
Oh will you take me as I am
Strung out on another woman
California I’m coming home.
Oh it gets so lonely
When you’re walking
And the streets are full of strangers
And all the news from home you read
More about the war and the bloody changes
Oh will you take me as I am?
Will you take me as I am?
Track Name: HalloAmericaWeen (Let's Roll)
The wind rips a path down Dilapidation Lane
The sky drips ink black, choking coal stain
Off in the distance, he arrives to great fanfare,
Oblivious to the stench, and the fear, and the stares.
He said, “We’re gonna sus out the evil, and hunt it like an animal; then we assume control.
Well, no man’s an island, but I’m damn sure a country, cause this is for the people - ”
“Let’s Roll”

So he gathered up his characters, sycophants, and specters
We all set out to canvas the countryside
It didn’t seem to matter that only the moon had seen it,
On his sources we would rely
Then out of the shadows, a howling emerged; the damage had taken its toll.
Blood ran in buckets, and death roamed freely, and we all said in unison-
“Let’s Roll”

Chorus:
Let’s Roll – the scariest saying I’ve ever known
Let’s Roll – the sound of a madman, sacrificing his own
Let’s Roll – with the villain’s cousin’s sister’s friend we pick the bone
Let’s Roll – I want my brothers and sisters to come on home

Marching at midnight, and kicking over gravestones;
the evil was gaining ground.
The cauldron started bubbling, and our future looked troubling, and our leader looked like a clown.
His forked tongue slithered and his crooked finger pointed, and we waited to see how much more absurd…
Who knows how it ended, cause we just pretended, we’d never uttered those terrible words-

Chorus x 2

Bring the soldiers of America home
so we can deal with the problems we got – right here
Track Name: Fishin' for Words v2.0
Connection – linked through the eyes
Uncanny – one of a kind
Inspiring – truly I’m blessed
Sometimes what flows internally you just can’t explain
Casting – into a stream
Conscious – more than you believe
Searching – for sounds to soothe
The warmth from your horizon it welcomes me

Sometimes
fishin’, fishin’
For the words

To tell you
Completely – you are in my hair
Love, love, love – a cynic’s nightmare
Trusting – so eloquently said
I look at you in silence and you understand

Chorus
To give you
The sovereign message of love
I wanna stimulate your mind, your body, and your soul
But when I reach down
To the depth of my reality
I am Fishin’

Girl, I wanna decorate my love
With the poetry so fair
I wanna show you how I feel
But the words ain’t there

Major guitar solo
Track Name: Shine On
The hour has appeared.
What’s happened to the years?
Seems we just began to taste the nectar from our toil.
But you’re movin on
So a piece of me will tag along
I’ll miss you, but I won’t be blue

Chorus:
‘cause God’s gonna shine on you
Shine on
God’s gonna shine on you
Shine on shine on

No time for regrets, and I can see your jaw is set
But the look in your eye is a mixed summer sky
Threatening to let it flow
Just let go
Chorus

The hour has appeared.
What’s happened to the years?
It doesn’t matter,
‘cause our sweetness will stay like new
If the love in your heart rings true
Then you know
Chorus