The Barbary Coast EP

by dren mcdonald

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1.
Lily's Song 05:18
Goodnight Daddy Daddy, Say Goodnight The Moon is Shining So, I'm putting out... the light that's burning Brightly in my eyes Blue and Silver I, think that I might cry Goodnight Daddy It's time to say goodnight I've been so tired But don't put up a fight The stars are shining So high up in the sky They burn like candles I think that I might cry Lay your face near mine and say goodbye but you and I were born only to die Sleep my baby Sleep my babe and I will sing this moonlit lullaby You and I Were born Only to Die Sleep my baby We'll keep my baby the price can be so Steep my baby And let me sing this moonlit Lullabye
2.
when we were boys the ferris wheel was such a wild ride we locked the kids in cages till they paid to get outside but old st. paul he had it right all childhoods must end our pranks and toys got left behind that we might become men but oh the need to be amused, it cannot be outgrown slash the throat of those accused we men must have a carnival of our own a carnival a carnival a carnival of crime games of skill are twice the thrill when life is on the line when we were boys the funhouse sent shivers up our spine when we trapped the other kids and tied them up with twine but old saint paul he had it right, one day you'll lose your head we'll slap them motherfuckers down and throw them in the shed we find that need to be amused, it has not been outgrown I'll stake a claim upon the bruised adults must have a carnival of their own a carnival a carnival a carnival of crime Life's too short so have a snort while you still have the time cause where's the perk if it's all work and toil night and day and who could stand to be a man it ya never get to play!
3.
The little fish eats the tiny fish and the bigger fish eats the little fish and the shark, well he eats all the fish then the whale….he eats the shark everyone's a kind of fish it doesn't really matter which we all end up in the same place end up in the same place in the dark so drink all you can granger screw who you can granger watch the wheel and feel yourself alive cause ain't no eater that don't get eaten ain't no beater that don't get beaten someday I'm sure I'm certain to get mine until that day arrives well, I'll be fine so drink all you can granger screw who you can granger watch the wheel and feel yourself alive cause ain't no eater that don't get eaten ain't no beater that don't get beaten someday I'm sure I'm certain to get mine until that day arrives ...
4.
CARSON In the parlor house In the parlor house VICKY In the parlor house In the parlor house DEB In the parlor house the voices are sweet and the windows look out on a flowery street and the men, doff their hats and say "Thank you and please" VICKY And there's always hot water to wash! ALL And there's always hot water to wash CARSON In the parlor house In the parlor house we can call our own JANET In the parlor house In the parlor house where the seeds are sewn VICKY In the parlor house there's music all day and the talk in the parlor is witty and gay And the men, kiss your hand and say "Well how do you do?" JANET And they always leave a gift by the door ALL And they always leave a gift by the door CARSON In the parlor house In the parlor house we can call our own TRISTA In the parlor house In the parlor house where the seeds are sewn ALICE In the parlor house you've been there before Cause the men are the same once a girl shuts the door There's the hand in the hair and the knees on the floor There's a fist in a place where it's not been before And a fist in the face if you get up to pee and the hair and the scabs when you clean up the sheets There's the words that can burn through the hardest of hearts and the tearing that sours the sweetest of parts ALL But there must be a world where they're gentle and kind… But there must be a world where they're gentle and kind... Where they stroke your hair where they touch your face where they whisper your name, oh, there must be a place Where they stroke your hair where they touch your face where they whisper your name, oh, there must be a place ALL In the parlor house

about

This small collection of songs had humble beginnings as a demo created for the Berkeley Rep theater company. I was asked to create some songs based on a script for a potential musical theater piece to be performed there at Berkeley Rep (the same theater that commissioned the Green Day musical, American Idiot, and Passing Strange)

This was happening at the time of the big economic crash and we quickly realized that the scope of the musical might be larger than a budget may allow. I sat on these songs for a while (years), knowing that they were good but not knowing what to do with them. Revisiting them this year I realized that the performances I had recorded by many of the musicians that helped with the project were just too good to sit on anymore. So here are these 4 songs, with further reworking and remixing since I created them quickly some years ago. Originally released May 2012, remastered for this re-vamped BC site.

credits

released August 17, 2014

Dren McDonald: guitar, bass, banjo, hand percussion, all male vocals, mixing, production, sequencing etc

Karry Walker: lead vocals on "Lily's Song"

Loretta Lynch (Ari Fellows-Manion, Val Esway, Heather Davison) - vocals on "In The Parlour House"

Mike Flanagan: clarinet on Bassity's Song

Jason Ditzian: clarinet on Bassity's Song

Alexander Kort: upright bass and cello on Lily's Song

Chrissy Sullivan: backround vox on Carnival of Crime

Album art: Lorrie Murray

All songs/music copyright@ 2010 Dren McDonald
Lyrics by Dominic Orlando/Dren McDonald
(c)(p) nerdtracks 2012 ASCAP

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dren is currently making music/sounds for videogames & for his soul. Many of his games have been played by (literally) millions of people worldwide. Before games, he contributed to band music, touring/releasing albums with Giant Ant Farm and GrndNtlBrnds (Grand National Brands). He also founded and operated Vaccination Records Co for 10 yrs ... more

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