Roar Electra

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Roar Electra. Now there’s an intriguing title, one that connotes ferocity and eclecticism. Those are two words that conjure up thoughts of strength and finesse, of arty intricacies tempered by no-nonsense musicianship. Those two words also happen to be the title of Mike Dawson’s eighth studio album.

Dawson, a respected Texas singer, songwriter, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, also named his current band Roar Electra, an intrepid gang of talented musicians. Roar Electra features co-producer Taylor Tatsch (guitar, bass, background vocals), Greg Dugan (drums, percussion), Stephen Page (violins), and Dawson on lead vocals, keyboards, and guitars. Roar Electra also sports guests Michael Markley and Rick Read.

To call Roar Electra ambitious is quite the understatement. Dawson penned all the tunes, some were written during the recording process while others span a decade of conception. Roar Electra bridges the gap separating rock from classical, its sophistication bested only by its unbridled passion. There’s even a four-movement classical-influenced suite “Poetry of Earth and Sky” that harks to Dawson’s love of science, space travel and atmospheric film and TV scores.

Produced by Dawson with assistance and plenty of creative ingenuity by Tatsch (Shadows of Jets, The Bright), Roar Electra helps Dawson come full circle.

“Roar Electra represents a return to my rock roots,” says Dawson. “I think these are the best songs I've ever written, and having Taylor Tatsch playing brilliantly in the studio has been inspiring. I even broke one of his guitars and he didn't kill me. Now that's exciting!”

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released November 22, 2016

ROAR ELECTRA
by Mike Dawson - Synthphonic Rock
Produced by Mike Dawson and Taylor Tatsch

“Writing music is in my DNA,” says Dawson. “I can’t stop writing music. It’s like commanding my heart to stop beating. Not going to happen. Playing my music for you is an honor beyond compare.”

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Roar Electra Texas

Mike Dawson continues the Texas tradition of inspired singer-songwriters. Dawson performs his music with his band Roar Electra. He mixes rock, jazz and world music and has produced eight albums via his Texas World Music label.

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Track Name: Bring Back the Blues
I.
Twenty years of payin’ dues
Drinking whiskey until half dead
One night stands, country tunes
Bring Back the Blues

I traveled far and wide
Looking for my true love
Time is short, no more clues
Bring Back the Blues

Bring Back, Bring Back the blues
Some are happy, some sad
We will fight the endless night

Bring Back the Blues

II.
Darlin’, I’m home at last
I’m sorry it took so long
I had to write this song
Bring Back the Blues

I saw you across the room
With my old friends
We kissed and danced to tunes
Bring Back the Blues


Bring Back, Bring Back the blues
Please believe, my love
We will dance till the very end

Bring Back, Bring Back the Blues
Some are happy, some sad
We will fight the endless night

Bring Back the Blues

III.
I kissed your heart and mind
You are love divine
Life is like a movie show
Bring Back the Blues

See you in a wedding dress
Only have eyes for you
Never thought I’d see this day
Bring Back the Blues

Bring Back the Blues
Track Name: Love and War
I.
It’s the end of war
Just a few left to mourn
Time to look for love
Time to live again

Chorus
Love and war, is all we have
Love and war, our only plan
Love and war, it’s not that easy
Love and war….

II.
Dreams of endless life
A lazy summer’s night
Listening to the radio
Makin’ love under shooting stars

Chorus
Love and war, is all we have
Love and war, our only plan
Love and war, what’s it’s for?
Love and war, it’s not that easy

Love and war, is all we have
Love and war, our only plan
Love and war, what’s it’s for?
Love and war…..

Bridge
A man once said, “Imagine all the people”
Winter’s dark will claim the sun
Love’s hot light will return
When the heart kills the devil
Love and war…..

SOLO

Chorus
Love and war, it’s all we have
Love and war, our only plan
Love and war, what’s it’s for?
Love and war…. Repeat chorus

Love and war (3x)
Track Name: Children's Story
I.
Daddy’s little darling gets tucked in
She’s picked a book for bedtime
It’s got pictures of dragons and wizards
…and a prince
Of course, a madman

Chorus
Time to read a Children’s Story

II.
Turn to chapter one
It says once upon a time
Then turn to chapter two
Curtains part, enter the evil one

Prechorus
Then she wakes up and goes to school
The fairy tale still alive inside

Chorus
Time to read, time to dream
Mama, will you read a children’s story to me?
Time to read, time to dream
Daddy, will you read one more story?

III.
But now she understands evil’s dark plan
The real world is full of lies
But back home there are unicorns and horses
And a prince to take her on that ride to Love….

Chorus
Time to read, time to dream
A little story
Time to read, time to dream
One more children’s story…
Track Name: Patriot
YEAH!

I.
Born red, white, and blue
And not much hope
I’m pig tight and bull strong
I love beer for breakfast
And girls from Texas…

Are you?
Are you a Patriot?
A Patriot
Are you a Patriot?

II.
Kick back, surf, and sand…..On Coco Beach
Live in a Russian sub, Moscow’s techno clubs
I live in Detroit, I live in Kandahar
I live in London, at your local pub
I live in ‘Frisco, in someone’s disco
I dig James Dean, and I love the country scene
Call me a Taoist, kids in Vietnam
The sands of Iwo Jima, are you my baby Tina?

I’m a patriot. Are you a patriot?
Are you a Patriot?

SOLO

I’m a patriot!
But are you a patriot of the World?

III.
My name’s Rodney King, things not what they seem
I wax and park your car, or maybe I’ll mow your yard
I’m in your karaoki bar, or might read the Bard
I live in outer space, or maybe I’m a flying ace
I could be a soccer fan, or live in Chicagoland
I’m a cop in Asia, sell CD’s in Malaysia

Are you a Patriot?

SOLO

I’m a Patriot!
Track Name: Behind Closed Doors
I.
Early morning kisses
We confess darkest wishes
A night of passion
Cries of delight

Chorus
Behind Closed Doors

II.
You make the tea while I pretend to read
We both are thinking just one more time
A touch of your hand is all it takes
The paper falls to the floor, and we laugh

Chorus
Behind Closed Doors

SOLO

III.
We’ve reached the last page in the book of love
Phone keeps singing but we ignore its ringing
I whisper soft pleas that you’ll never leave
Your smile is the reply, my heart flies

Chorus
Behind Closed Doors
Track Name: Robots in Traffic
I.
Mindless zombies, cyber sex
There’s an app for that
Downloads, uplinks, eyes on screen
They text for death

Chorus
Robots in Traffic

II.
Asimov, Clark, android brains
No plans for you
Photons and neutrons
Quantum porn
Just drones and kill zones

Chorus
Robots in Traffic

SOLO

Bridge

Attack, release, sustain for fame
Saturate, crossfade, circuits in flames
Now I see what you’re lookin’ for
I can’t believe you’re searching for more
Bits and bytes a diet nutritious
Modern vampires sticky and malicious
Now I see what you’re lookin’ for
I can’t believe you’re searching for more!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Chorus
Robots in Traffic
Track Name: Cousteau's Calypso
Instrumental / Cousteau's Calypso (Allegro)
Track Name: Blues for Sagan
Instrumental / Blues for Sagan (Adagio Expressivo)
Track Name: Kitty Hawk to Schiaparelli
Instrumental /
Kitty Hawk to Schiaparelli (Canzone Nello Stile Dei Pink Floyd)
Track Name: Feynman Dreams of Tuva
Instrumental / Feynman Dreams of Tuva (Quasi una Fantasia)