STRANGER IN A STRANGE BAND

by ROAR ELECTRA

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1.
MAD, MAD ROMANCE Well the dance floor is full And the lights are low And the smoke fills the room One now, is searching for a soul She sees the other, low and lonely Blue and pink collar It’s a mad, mad romance Well the trumpets are loud And the bass is playing low He just wants to dance, yeah… And she says, “That I’ll pass” The silent tears, as she runs away He stands there dyin’ Suddenly afraid… It’s a decade of dues That she has paid On the concrete paradise Oh, yeah It’s a mad, mad, mad romance It’s a mad, mad, mad romance
2.
Hey! Hey! 03:56
HEY! HEY! Well, people! You people gather ‘round, I sing And you better listen close While I sing, sing the truth The Lord is here to stay And I sing: The pain is gonna go away The pain is gonna go away Well, sister You better teach your children well You better teach ‘em right from wrong ‘Cause I sing the truth, yeah The Lord is here to stay And I sing: The pain is gonna go away The pain is gonna go away The Lord is gonna stay And I sing The pain is gonna go away The pain is gonna go away And now I step, I step to the microphone And now I have, just one more thing to say to you The Lord is here to stay And we sing: The pain is gonna go away The pain is gonna go away Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
3.
Moonrise 08:28
Instrumental
4.
WHEN THE BELL RINGS There is no sign of Humankind I seem to be someplace, Home is nowhere Then the bus picks up Johnny And takes him to the school, school yard haven When the Bell Rings… I’m six years old and I can’t believe it Teacher Angel, she sings knowledge to me I got my lunch, and a pencil too A little dodge ball, time to go When the Bell Rings… She goes to school in Austin town Learns the rules, suffer fools Deans List, the honor roll Her ticket wrote, but she knows – Oh, no no When the Bell Rings… Teach your heart, and show the soul Little Johnny, he’s first to know Kid’s all think she’s tough but posed Nothing’s gonna stop the learnin’ When the Bell Rings… If I could just stay here…
5.
Rio San Juan 04:50
RIO SAN JUAN Drivin’ on 40, on old Route 66 Destiny searching, just hit or miss And my friend Nate King Cole had it right He said, “just get your kicks” While we drove, through the night Friends of mine, by my side And I see the Rio San Juan Foothills shine in the desert night And a million stars, always a awesome, pleasant sight And the mesa I see (And I think) Hippie’s delight Over there, Monument Valley; Beauty all around, always astounds In a little hurry, now she’s gone from my sight …I see her, the Rio San Juan
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INSTRUMENTAL
7.
LETTERS TO HEIDI I’m captured in a Marvelous time Years are like minutes When your love fills my heart I write letters to you Letters To Heidi One more day on the road No place to call home Weeks an eternity Without you to drive me wild Letters To Heidi I love you, I want you I can’t breath without you near No peace of mind Driving alone down that dark country road And I cry my heart out Letters to Heidi Before I had the keys to your love I couldn’t unlock my fears Love letters fly, fly like a dove Our heart’s rhythm fill the page Letters to Heidi I close my eyes, and think of sweet things I said I sing songs without words My heart stops and flutters I know you’re waiting for me I love you so much… I close my eyes, and think of sweet things in bed I sing songs without words My heart stops and flutters I know you’re waiting for me… Letters to Heidi
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The Charmer 03:58
THE CHARMER The son of Vietnam One whose thunder did return The voices of the past Try to keep from getting burned But love is never lost And he prayed to live another Dawn… And he went to the West They say its God’s Country And he survived nature’s test Hard living is soul’s foundry… He loved the girls and let them cry He didn’t care if he lived or died And they called him The Charmer A Buckeye ‘till the very, very end A few old flames and many, many friends And sons and daughters will defend Life’s currency is finally spent… Final meeting upon the mountain Charmer’s heart, an eternal fountain And they called him The Charmer
9.
TOMORROW NEVER DIES Darling, I'm killed. I'm in a puddle on the floor Waiting for you to return Oh what a thrill Fascination's galore. How you tease How you leave me to burn It's so deadly, my dear The power of having you near Until that day Until the world falls away Until you say there'll be no more good-byes See it in your eyes Tomorrow never dies Darling, you won It's no fun Martinis, girls, and guns It's murder on our love affair But you bet your life Every night While you're chasing the morning light You're not the only spy out there It's so deadly, my dear The power of wanting you near Until that day Until the world falls away Until you say there'll be no more good-byes See it in your eyes Until that day....
10.
Instrumental

about

"ROAR ELECTRA - Stranger in a Strange Band" is a complete reimagining of my favorite songs from previous albums that I produced over two decades. This new album was recorded, mixed, and mastered during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. I will never forget how my friends from all over the world worked together to make "Stranger in a Strange Band" possible. I am awestruck by the results and humbled by the musician's performances on this new album.
Peace & Love, Mike


All music by Mike Dawson © ℗ 2021 Beechers Brook Publishing (ASCAP)
Except as note in individual track information

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released August 2, 2021

Produced by Mike Dawson and Taylor Tatsch
Mixed by Taylor Tatsch at AudioStyles, Dripping Springs, Texas
Engineered by Taylor Tatsch (AudioStyles)
Engineered by Tye Robison (January Sound - Dallas)
Mastered by Todd Pipes
Photography by James Bland
Cover and Design by BJ McDonald

KUDOS: Annie Benjamin, Mitch Paliga, Taylor Tatsch, Chris Bell

1. Mad, Mad Romance (featuring Claudia Melton)
2. Hey! Hey! (featuring Claudia Melton)
3. Moonrise (Instrumental)
4. When the Bell Rings (featuring Angela McArthur)
5. Rio San Juan (featuring Angela McArthur)
6. Willy and Molly (Instrumental - Mitch Paliga)
7. Letters to Heidi (featuring Damon K. Clark)
8. The Charmer (featuring Damon K. Clark)
9. Tomorrow Never Dies (featuring Annie Benjamin)
10. Beyond the Sunset (Instrumental)

PRODUCED BY MIKE DAWSON AND TAYLOR TATSCH

Mike Dawson - Songwriter (all tracks), Steinway Piano, Rhodes, Organ, Synthesizer, Guitars, Engineer

Taylor Tatsch - Guitars, Organ, Engineer (all tracks), Mix (all tracks)
Tye Robison - Engineer (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10), Drums (track 10)
Chris Bell - Engineer (track 7)
Todd Pipes - Mastering Engineer
BJ McDonald - Art Director

Claudia Melton - Lead Vocals (tracks 1, 2)
Angela McArthur - Lead Vocals (tracks 4, 5)
Damon K. Clark - Lead Vocals (tracks 7, 8)
Annie Benjamin - Lead Vocals, Flute (tracks 6, 9)

Mitch Paliga - Soprano, Tenor Saxophones (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Steve Howard - Trumpet (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Lee Schloss - Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophones (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Larry Spencer - Trumpet, Flugelhorn (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Kim Corbet - Trombone (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Kay-ta Matsuno - Guitars (tracks 5, 6, 7)
Chris Schaff - Drums (tracks 1, 2, 8)
Raul Valdes - Drums (tracks 5, 6, 9)
Jeff Sorenson - Drums (tracks 3, 4, 7)
Greg Dugan - Congas, Timbales, Percussion (tracks 5, 6)
Jamal Mohamed - Doumbek, Water Bowl (tracks 3, 5, 6)
Carlos “Fifo” Rengifo - Bass (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
Rick Read - Bass, Chapman Stick (tracks 3, 4)
Greg Rochford - Bass guitar (track 8)
Kirk Powers - Bass guitar (track 10)
Rich Glass - Bass (track 9)
Mike Davison - Guitar, Synthesizer (tracks 3, 4)
Brek Lancaster - Guitars (track 1)
Niklas Schönbeck - Guitars (track 9)
Jeff Elliott - Violins (track 9)

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

Rick Rooney - Engineer (track 9)
Joey Lomas - Assistant Engineer (tracks 7, 8)
David Bell - Assistant Engineer (tracks 5, 6)

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