King Dream

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released August 24, 2018

All songs written by Jeremy Lyon
Produced by Graham Patzner, Jeremy Lyon, and Nino Moschella
Engineered by Nino Moschella at Bird & Egg in Richmond, CA
Additional overdubs engineered by Scott McDowell at Hyde St. Studios in San Francisco, CA
Mixed by Scott McDowell at Hyde St. Studio C
Mastered by Jonathan Kirchner

Jeremy Lyon: vocals, guitars, piano on tracks 6, 10, rhodes on track 1
Graham Patzner: piano, organ, wurlitzer, synths, violin, vocals, guitar, trumpet
Cody Rhodes: drums, percussion
Scott Padden: bass

Pat Monaco-Glynn: synths on tracks 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11
Lewis Patzner: cello on tracks 6, 11, trombone on tracks 3, 11
Caitlin Gowdey: vocals on tracks 3, 6, 11
Debbie Neigher: vocals on tracks 3, 11
Chelsea Coleman: vocals on tracks 3, 11
Tim Marcus: pedal Steel on tracks 6, 11
Greg Waters: saxophone on track 2
Steve Taylor: crumar on track 6

Album art: Jesse Cafiero
Album graphic design: Caitlin Gowdey

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King Dream Oakland, California

King Dream is a Bay Area psych-rock project from longtime songwriter and musician Jeremy Lyon. With roots planted in the golden era of California psychedelia, and a wry, playful energy that places him firmly in the 21st century, Lyon charts a path through timeless themes: disillusionment with oneself, with adulthood, with one’s country — and that there’s still plenty worthy of a love song. ... more

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Track Name: First World Problem Blues
This is the part where I say something smart
But nothing is coming out
I’ve been sitting at home feeling all alone
Not doing shit pretending I’m a poet
I should go back to school or at least read the news
I live the life I choose
But when it’s all said and done
It’s only first world problem blues

I wish I could write songs about meadows and birds
But I’m a city kid not talented in the smithing of words
I wish I’d put a copyright, on the phrase “I love you”
so every song on the radio would pay me a cent or two
But I didn’t get the business head or at least that’s what they said
I live the life I choose
But when it’s all said and done
It’s only first world problem blues

First world problem blues

I spent too much time with keyboards and mouses
When I should’ve been writing songs to get us out of our mom’s houses
I didn’t work hard enough
while wars are waged on the TV I’m drinking myself to sleep
Stay in bed til one pm thinking I got a problem
The days I’m losing track
Now I’m four years older
My heart is colder and black

First world problem blues

I got caught up in growing out my hair
Started a band thinking we were going somewhere
It all seems so foolish now
And yeah the times were good and we did what we could
But I can’t help feeling I could’ve done more
Did I put it all on the line Did I give all that was mine
Or was I holding back?
Now I’m four years older but my heart’s still colder and black

First world problem blues
Track Name: Hand In Hand
I’m a human being, not a machine
I can dream, and achieve anything

I cried every night this week
For a man I’d never met
Never shed so many tears
Since I don’t know when I forget
It’s the same old story
With a different setting
Theater school church or club
How many til enough’s enough
Beings, human beings

Your life bares the same
Currency as mine
I shed as many tears
Gay or straight black or white
Beings, human beings
We can dream, and achieve anything

All we want is to be free
Free to shape our reality
Free from the fear of being
But someone’s out there paying the price
What the hell do I know about sacrifice?

It doesn’t seem insane
To treat us all the same
We move closer day by day
In spite of what the naysayers nay
The pen trumps the gun
When we stand as one
Someday we’ll overcome
As we rewrite all our wrongs

All we want is to be free
Free to shape our reality
Free from the fear of being
But someone’s out there paying the price
What the hell do I know about sacrifice?

We are part of a whole
I am because of you
This is bigger than us
This is something new
May take generations
But we’ll get there in the end
Rich poor gay or straight
Black or white hand in hand

Hand in hand
Track Name: Demon
Went through Salinas didn’t see what Steinbeck did
Went to Los Angeles sat in traffic
North to Seattle rain soaked through my skin
I got back home longing for the road again

Winds of Chicago swept me off my feet
Denver, Colorado, still getting over that weed
Drove all long I-80 Lady Liberty to the Golden Gate
Fast food and Jesus, all along the interstate

I spent four years on the run
Chased by my demons
It’s time to stay home
Turn around and face them head on
‘Til they’re gone

Drove into the desert with my best friend
Listened to records and tripped upon the land
Down in Goleta I gave a girl my heart
Learned how to love her like she’d planned it from the start

I spent four years on the run
Chased by my demons
It’s time to stay home
Turn around and face them head on
‘Til they’re gone
Track Name: Money + Power
Money and power
Your life doesn’t matter
Fame and fortune
Why settle for the latter

Fabricate consumer
One hand washes the other
Two kinds of citizens
Those who give orders and those who follow them
Track Name: My Love
It’s Tuesday and it’s two A.M.
Wanna drive up the the 101 to your lincoln log cabin
Curl up in your bed
Lay my weary head upon your breast
We’ll sing like Gillian and Dave Rawlings
By the warm fire that we made
Oh my love

Something ‘bout being here
Something ‘bout the way the time just disappears
And everything that I do
To lie beside you
Is this what you had planned
When you woke me that morning with your elderflower jam?
Oh my love

Let’s take the weekend, get out of town
I’ve been longing for that ocean sound
Recall the night when first we kissed
I had no idea my life could be like this
Now I can’t imagine any other way
You’re the reason why I stay
Oh my love

Did you really forget that letter that you sent?
Lost in time but etched in my mind
I see our potential in the pools of your eyes
Oh my love
Track Name: Domesticated
When did you get so, domesticated
When did joy become so overrated
You used to be so wild and free
I guess I got caught up, in all the bullshit
I got fucked around, and now everyone is over it
They’re better off on their own

All my life I’ve been wondering
What the hell was I thinking
But I guess that second guessing
Is the human condition

Know that it’s a false, reality
If I spoke my mind, I mean honestly
You would leave in a heartbeat

All my life I’ve been wondering
What the hell was I thinking
But I guess that second guessing
Is the human condition

All my life

You can do twelve rounds in the mirror in the ring
With your ego out cold but your body still standing
At the end of the day it’s just you and a pen
All alone in a room in your head
Pour over all that you’re told that you should
Mull over all of the times that you could
Nothing’s gonna change until you do
None of this is really news to you

All my life
Track Name: Patriot
The silver water serpent comes from the air
To beat the black snake with the slicked back hair
The same old story over four hundred years
A tale of broken promises death and tears
My God, what have we done

Turn the faucet on burst into flames
Infested tumors in your brains
Earthquakes rumbling from the underground
If a ghost town falls will it make a sound
Who cares, long as there’s profits on their shares

Leave, get out of this place
All you are is in my way

First they gave the black man Jesus
And when his children cried out “please save us”
They gave the white poor Jim Crow
And told them you’ll always be better than a Negro
Today they call it by a different name
If you’re a Muslim or a Mexican you can’t stay

Leave, get out of this place
All you are is in my way

Handshakes and land grabs
Backroom deals and backstabs
It ain’t a conspiracy just tricks of the trade
Signed sealed delivered with a shake and a wave
It’s not my fault just how the game is played
Track Name: Wire
Wire all wrapped up
Day after day living the same way
I can’t stop
And you don’t think that I
Wonder what it’s like to live life
On the other side

A taste of what was
But no longer is
If each moment’s full of the infinite
What are you holding on to?

Now there’s no relief
No joy in today and tomorrow
There’s only grief
I sought an easy way out
I thought I was better than this
But now I’m filled with doubt

A taste of what was
But no longer is
If each moment’s full of the infinite
What are you holding on to?

Show me don’t give it up
Love me don’t give us up
Don’t give it up don’t give it up
Track Name: All The Present Has Endowed
Open our hearts to being love
All that we want is to be loved
Open our eyes to up above
The seas and the skies are filled with love

I’m calling to the other side
Show your teeth

Tell me I’m all that I need
Tell me my mind is already freed

This is the moment
This is the now
This is all we have
All the present has endowed

All that is false is still real
In our conscious and all we feel

I’m calling to the other side
Show your teeth

This is the moment
This is the now
This is all we have
All the present has endowed
This is the show
So come down from the clouds
It’s not a rehearsal
We need you on the ground

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