King Dream

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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
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04:31
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
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04:45
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
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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
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04:32
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
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03:59
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
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05:13
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
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04:34
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
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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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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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