Western & Atlantic EP [Bonus Version]

by Don DiLego

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about

The Secret Society & White Star Bands.
Honestly I could not have assembled a more talented group of lifers.  People who inspire my faith in this art, time and time again.  I do not think I could give you a song by song breakdown of who played exactly what.  We set up a room full of instruments, mics and amps, and literally jumped between them from song to song.  The only rule I had was that no one got to hear the song before we recorded them.  I would strum the song through once, and the band would jump over to whatever instruments felt right.  It was a liberating departure from my usual painstaking and laborious efforts in dissecting and re-dissecting my songs.  So what you hear, with a few exceptions for an overdubbed string or harmony part, is what was recorded on that day, sans click tracks.  Chicago and Television Sun, re-envisioned for the Secret Society Session, have been in my catalog for some time.  So I felt their original spirit needed to be captured as well, which I did in Charlottesville at White Star Sound.  You can find them tacked at the back end of the EP.  All of these songs were begun under the guise of another album, Magnificent Ram A, whose birth is soon to follow.  I am thankful to these wonderful musicians and friends, along with my Kickstarter brethren who helped get the ball rolling.  Thanks also to Little Sue and Bree Sharp for their beautiful voices.  Lastly but of no small note, the artwork of Javier Pinon which graces the cover, has been a great inspiration for the theme of the new music here and to come.  Javier was quite kind in his lending of these images to my music.  Thanks also to Amanda at AIC Entertainment for her unbending support, and to the tireless staff of Velvet Elk Records.  - Don, May 2012

credits

released 03 July 2012
Produced and mixed by Don DiLego

Tracks 2 and 3 recorded at White Star Sound, Charlottesville, VA.  
Tracks 1 and 4 - 7 recorded live in one room at Secret Society Studios, Portland, OR
Additional tracking at the Trench in Portland and Velvet Elk Studios.
All songs written by Don DiLego | Velvet Elk Music | ASCAP
Lonely Couples by DiLego/Kanafani/Pisano, and Here Comes a Regular by Paul Westerberg | Warner/Chappell.
Secret Society Sessions engineered by Gregg Williams.  
White Star Sessions or . . . "where the chickens attacked," engineered by Don.  
Mastering by John McCaig at Panic Studios, Seattle.  
All rights reserved.

On the Secret Society Sessions
Gregg Williams | drums,
Erik Olsen | bass & guitar
Marwan Kanafani | guitar & miscellaneous
Colin Killalea | guitar & organ
Lex Browning | fiddle
Luke Cissell | strings
Paul Brainard | pedal steel
Little Sue | vocals on Here Comes a Regular and the Holiday
Bree Sharp | vocals on Midnight Train
Anything Else | Don  

Carry On recorded live in the Society Ballroom by Don & Colin when no one was looking.

One the White Star Sessions
Paul Garisto | drums
Johnny Pisano | bass on Chicago
Erik Olsen | bass on Television Sun
Additional guitars | Riley McMahon
Anything Else | Don


Special Thank You's to:
Dave & Joanne Warren
David Latham
Irene Turner
Jordan Sharp
KT Carney
Melissa Mattison
Richard D'Albert
Sarah & Buzz Heller-Koenig
Seth King
Stacey Bakula
Tom Baker
Matt Cantor

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Track Name: Midnight Train
And I’m riding on a midnight train
To cover my sins, and carry all their weight away
And I’m driving in a haunted car, not getting very far
The devil’s in my head again

The stars are gonna fall
And the lights are gonna bend, just to shake your fate
The nights are gonna break, with a devil to face
And you’re smilin’

Now I’m riding in a horseless race
The bridle and the reins, are wresting all my strength away
So come on, and tell me what to do
Feel desperate when I lose – and arguing my soul
Won’t save me from you

The stars are gonna fall
And the lights are gonna bend, just to shake your faith
The nights are gonna come, with the devil to face
And you’re smilin’

And I’m waiting on a midnight train
To cover all my sins, and bury my heart away
So I’m thinking up broken war
Does it matter anymore
If all I ever do, is say I love you?

The stars are gonna fall
The walls are gonna sway, from the sudden weight
And further down the line, there’s an empty heart
And it bears your name
The stars are gonna fall
And the nights are gonna come, with a devil for you to face
There’s so much to lose, but you’re smilin’
Track Name: Chicago
Goodbye
Now I’m leaving these long lines
I’m headed for the daylight
It’s taken me a real long time

Take me for a ride
And cover up my eyes
Cause I want you to see
How blind that I can be

Chicago, you’re making me lonely again
But I know, that you never really loved me

Hello my only friend
What’s your name again?
You’ve got something in your shoes
I never thought you’d ever lose

Goodbye my home sweet state
I never really suffered about your fate
Cause the memories that came and went
Were never really meant for me

Chicago, you’re making me lonely again
But I know, that you never really loved me
Chicago, you’re making me lonely

But all I want to know
Is the miles and miles of road

And all I want to really do
Is fall in love with you
And all I want to really do
Is fall in love with you
Track Name: Television Sun
I see you in, the strangest light around
As the bombs begin, to bully out the sounds
So tell me it’s alright if I am faced
With loneliness and courage just the same
As I’m staring at the television sun

Stop signs and boulevards
Bright lights, movie stars
Out on the sidewalk that I am living on
Cocaine and caviar
The street lights are breathing hard
And the crowd shakes far beneath my feet

But it’s not who you are
It’s what you believe, it’s what you’re fighting for
And it’s not who you wish you were
It’s what you believe, and what you’re fighting for

I’ve seen you in the darkest part of town
When the stars begin to illuminate the ground
I’m hoping to recover from the fire
The courage that I thought I had acquired
So I ‘m staring in to the television sun

Stop signs and boulevards
Bright lights, movie stars
Out on the sidewalk that I am living on
Cocaine and caviar
The street lights are breathing hard
And the crowd stays far away from me

But it’s not who you are
I’s what you believe, it’s what you’re fighting for
And it’s not who you wish you were
It’s what you believe,and what you’re fighting for
It’s what you believe, it’s what you’re fighting for
It’s what you believe, it’s whats worth fighting for
Track Name: The Holiday
I WILL CHERISH ALL THE SCARS
THAT SAIL INTO MY ARMS
AND ANCHOR THEM CLOSE TO MY SOUL
SO SHOW ME THE HEART
THAT IS LONELY AND COLD
AND I WILL LOVE IT FOREVER

ALL THE MEMORIES, ARE SLOWLY, DRIFTING AWAY
BUT THE WORDS THAT ARE SPOKEN, THEY WILL ALWAYS REMAIN
AND THE STARS COME ALIVE, TO RESCUE MY SOUL
AND WE ALL WILL DREAM OF THE HOLIDAY

I HAVE SEEN IN THE LIGHT, OF THE LONELIEST STARS
A HOPE FOR THE LONELIEST SOULS
SO SHOW ME THE EYES, THAT JUDGE AND ARE BLIND
AND I WILL LOVE THEM FOREVER

ALL THE MEMORIES, ARE SLOWLY, DRIFTING AWAY
BUT THE WORDS THAT ARE SPOKEN, THEY WILL ALWAYS REMAIN
AND THE STARS COME ALIVE, TO RESCUE MY SOUL
AND WE ALL WILL DREAM OF THE HOLIDAY

AND WE ALL WILL DREAM OF THE HOLIDAY
AND WE ALL WILL DREAM OF THE HOLIDAY
AND WE ALL WILL DREAM OF THE HOLIDAY
Track Name: Lonely Couples
I’ve been watching, lonely couples
And I’ve been breathing, in all their troubles
Won’t you see, I can barely breathe
I can barely scream

So I’ve been painting in broken strokes
But I will wait for you, and hope
That you see, what’s blinding me

Where you gonna go when you’re alone?
Where you gonna go when you’re alone?
Will you find your way
To a better place, that you know

Where you gonna go when you’re alone?
Where you gonna go when you’re alone?
Will you find your way
To a better place
Will you make your way
where you can erase
What you know


So I’ve been watching, lonely couples
And I’ve been drinking in all their troubles
But I’m still hoping for something special

Oo oo, oo ooh, ooo oh...

Where you gonna go when you’re alone?
Where you gonna go when you’re alone?
Track Name: Carry On
I believe in the stones that we’ve thrown
It’s hard to say which of those we have lost in the road
But here’s where the story takes a turn

I have dreamt of the tallest wave
That carries over mountains and washes us away
But here’s where the story takes a turn

Oooooh, carry on, carry on
Oooooh, carry on, carry on
Oooooh, carry on, carry on