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1.

DIAMOND CORE (David Stockdale)

tossing and turning, middle of the night
I slip from dream to “reality”, switch on the light
silence is ticking, drops in the sea
prodding, mocking, preaching, reminding me

my diamond core, where is it?
that can’t be scarred, won’t be split
that shines in the mud, blends with the sky
is it so hard to find?

I follow my heartbeat to a room, an open door
children frantically running round my diamond core
suddenly heads turn, they all stop to look at me
then step aside, revealing my centerpiece

diamond core, perfect fit
can’t be scarred, won’t be split
shines in the mud, blends with the sky
strengthens this desire to go higher

water is rising, wet overflow
invading rooms where we used to go

diamond core, perfect fit
can’t be scarred, won’t be split
shines in the mud, blends with the sky
your diamond core inside

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Marco “Bear” Orsi


2.

CO-DEPENDENCY (David Stockdale)

camera aimed, Dad’s late
the battle’s never won, time gets the blame
it’ll be a portrait of mother and son

she wipes his shoes, straightens his tie
picks off the lint while whispering her lies
tugs at fragmented identity
boy says, “please! no co-dependency!”

out for a spin, fast car, no destination
wandering, it’s a train without a station
joint goes around, windows rolled down
cool night air, radio’s on
bigger and better things are up his sleeve
man says, “please! no co-dependency!”

break in the news, the price is right
back in a moment, she steps out of sight
“maybe I need you more than you need me”
woman says, “please! no co...”
man says, “please! no co...”
child says, “please! no co-dependency!”
no co-dependency

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
tenor sax: Gianni “Big John” Azzali
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Marco “Bear” Orsi


3.

LIGHT TOUCH (David Stockdale)

you lay your shame and lies brick by brick
the wall gets tall, the silence thick
sweet release to fight false despair
has now become your air

truth and reason, set them free
you have to want to, it needs to be
comes the morning, a will to find
the mystery behind

running I leap and bound, flap my arms
my feet lift off the ground
so gently falls the crutch
the light touch is the right touch

brush of leg, scent of skin
lips to lips, the night turns right side in
so gently comes the rush
the light touch is the right touch

hardcore purpose and heavy hand
stone cold cars, asphalt land
you pound your fists, pay so much
but oh! the light touch

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
soprano sax: Gianni “Big John” Azzali
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Fabio Villaggi


4.

THE PARADOX (David Stockdale)

you’re dynamite, but you don’t blow
wrong is right when she’s go no time
or if he doesn’t care to know
no good love without a fight

it’s a paradox, there’s no doubt
paradox is what it’s all about

bombs for peace, love conditioned ties
lots of money to keep them poor
history to repeat the lies
power to the village fool

it’s a paradox, without a doubt
paradox is what it’s all about

already wet where it rains
something familiar looks so strange
to stay the same, everything must change
it’s just a paradox

one hand clap, Navajo
if all that’s left is right
than is it right or left we go?
love thyself, not too much

it’s just a paradox, without a doubt
paradox is what it’s all about

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Marco “Bear” Orsi


5.

YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE (David Stockdale)

there’s no easy place for this woman
with hard times written on her face
it’s a long, a life-long lonely race
and there’s gonna be some hell to pay

it’s a heavy load
she’s been double-crossed
somewhere down the road
burned by lies and left to face the cold
morning light, sleepless soul

tell me, this way, how can anything begin?
it’s you, you have to believe in
just you, and not him

it’s a jealous town on this non-stop
one man merry-go-round
circus park, little girl
outskirts of town
heart on a tightrope looking down

tell me, this way, how can anything begin?
it’s you, you have to believe in
just you, and not him

guitars & voice: David Stockdale
tenor sax: Gianni “Big John” Azzali
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Marco “Bear” Orsi


6.

A HARDER FRIENDSHIP (David Stockdale)

lady’s got a ring, can’t let go
I saw it catch the light
our timing wasn’t right
sometimes you never know
please don’t start, let’s resist
because we can only go so far
ours will be a harder kind of friendship

when you need a love, can’t be found
when you least expect it
thought you’d wrecked it
it rolls back around
I could feel the spark, an ironic twist
that we can only go so far
ours is just a harder kind of friendship

holding back the touch, words don’t match
all the energy of you pulling me
every glance I catch is a fire you start
honey, please resist because
we can only go so far
ours must be a harder kind of friendship

can you hear my heart beat?

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Marco “Bear” Orsi
percussion: Michael Stockdale


7.

STRANGE COINCIDENCE (David Stockdale)

saw her on the freeway, riding like me
running from the world, I was trying to see
how far I could drive, how long it would be
before I started missing

pulled into a truck stop, there she was again
hips against the car door, eyes closed to the wind
giant sky above, in a sea of grain
I walked her way

matter in motion, intersection of planes
wind off the ocean
could it be such a strange coincidence?

hot and smoky tavern
fingers, strings and frets
playing in the corner while B-girls hustle bets
sax man in the front row asks me who I am
and we begin to jam

matter in motion, intersection of planes
wind off the ocean
could it be such a strange coincidence?

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
soprano sax: Gianni “Big John” Azzali
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Fabio Villaggi


8.

I'M CURIOUS (David Stockdale)

signatures on the elevator certification seal
some guy I never noticed signs seven times
then someone muscles in on his deal
fired or resigned? did he make a fuss?
I’m curious

austere facade, cold and bare
attracts me just like bait
can’t tell priests by the clothes they wear
I wonder what’s behind that gate
garden of delight? does it ever rust?
I’m curious

stumblin’ around Dublin, hello town!
something to learn in Melbourne
love will turn your world around

they say this old city isn’t pretty
never nothing new
to paraphrase JFK it’s what you can do for it
not what it can do for you
stop complaining, organize!
I’m curious, and alive

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Fabio Villaggi


9.

CARBURATE (David Stockdale)

they’re hauling ‘em in for the race tonight
boyish grins, bad ass appetites
V-8 custom patches sewn on their jeans
stock car chassis and race car dreams

wanna carburate down at the speedway?

they’ll take to the track, hear the crowd shout
wave to the fans as they weave in and out
put ‘er to the floor as the green flag flies
come off the backstretch like rolling dice

wanna carburate down at the speedway?

spin out, head on, Chevrolet
sparks fly, tow truck is on the way
fist fight in the pits, kissing in the lot
it’s what you are more than what you’ve got

loudspeaker voice, folks from the farm
bleach blond baby in the big man’s arms
kids in line at concession stands
teenage couples holding hands

they’re packin’ ‘em up for the race tonight
blankets, popcorn bags, beer on ice
waiting for when that green flag flies
cars kick in and the noise is nice

wanna carburate down at the speedway?

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
tenor sax: Gianni “Big John” Azzali
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Marco “Bear” Orsi


10.

NEW LAND (David Stockdale)

spirit high, one day she awakes
now they deny the harder path she takes

she explains couples in terms of three
it is simple, subtle: “us, you and me”

a better understanding for anything it’s worth
taking off and landing, travelling this Earth
not to waste the moment, water, sky and sand

welcome to the new land!

energy is burning in the smallest leaf
atoms that are turning, like the ones in me

words inside a letter, music on a string
treating people better than they’re used to being
not to waste the talent, water, sky and sand

welcome to the new land!

guitars & voices: David Stockdale
bass: Lorenzo Poli
drums: Fabio Villaggi


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