Americana

by Darren Lock

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    The album began with the idea to create music that elicited the imagination to conjure up the sweeping vistas of America. Then the word Americana got stuck in my head. Then as I started to create the music, I thought wouldn't it be nice to tell a story of a man who is in love with the American dream who gets a chance to trade in his life for another.

    And so something that was going to be instrumental became a modern-day concept album telling the story of Eddie Pilgrim: The Last of the Electric Horsemen. The music tells a story both thematically and narratively and puts the hero in a very Faustian conundrum, but where would the Devil reside? Why in Las Vegas, of course! And so the gamble is played out on the roulette table and a decision needs to be made.

    The music is eclectic: being painted instrumental, guitar driven pop to out-and-out progressive rock featuring a splash of faux mellotron to whet your whistle.

    The CD version of the album comes complete with a second disc, which is a DVD that contains a 5.1 surround sound mix in both DTS and Dolby Digital, plus the stereo mix and a commentary track from myself talking about the making of the album. There's also a discography track that features 60 minutes of music from my back catalogue and two bonus extra videos that didn't make the final edit. The DVD-ROM section of the disc contains a PDF of the book of the album and a free multimedia eBook that's compatible with the iPad.

    So for your money you get over three hours of original content and the electronic album sleeve that takes you through the story of Eddie Pilgrim and his fight against the things he desires.

    To see what it really looks like go here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KjxQIjDxDs

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The digital download version of the album comes with a download of the PDF sleeve notes that tells the story of Eddie Pilgrim as well as three video files of performances taken from the album and a bonus alternative mix of the title track which includes a spoken word poem.

To see what it really looks like go here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KjxQIjDxDs

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released May 16, 2013

Darren Lock - Guitars, basses, lap steel, drum editing & vocals.
All lyrics, music, story and sleeve design by Darren Lock.
Recorded between 19 February & 19 April 2013.

Photographs licensed by Dreamstime.
Audio samples licensed from Pro Sound Effects.
© 2013 Darren Lock & Little Lemon Records

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Track Name: Lost in the Big Country
Here
Here I am
Alone

In the Big Country
Afraid
In the Home of the Brave

I’m trapped
in the Land of the Free

In god
In god they trust
Their souls he’ll save

So this is where I’ll stay


And I’m walking
Walking down the highway
Hope and pray
That this is the right way
Stick out my thumb
Hitch a lift to somewhere
But I think that there’s
No where out of here

I’m alone
In the dust of the desert
The open skies
Signals that this is not the UK
And I’m on
that road to nowhere
I’m sure I’ve heard that
In a another song somewhere


So
Here I am

Alone
In the Big Country

Don’t know
How I got this far

Without plane
or a car

At home
Is where i should be
Not Lost

In the Big Country
Track Name: On the Road
On the road
The dot grows bigger
In the distance
It’s hard to figure
If this is fate
Or an illusion
The heat haze
Make it hard
To tell
Truth from confusion

“Need a ride” she says
I nod and I’m in
Before I even realise
We are off
Opposite direction
Hopefully heading
Towards civilisation

She doesn’t talk
Just drives the car
I thank her
And say
“I shouldn’t be here at all”

The hot breeze
On my face
As we cut through
The day
And I dream
The dream
Of my life
Far away

And I go into town
On a Friday night
I’m Texas Eddie
Ready to play
In my cowboy boots
And my ten-gallon hat
I sing karaoke
The tunes that I love

And I ride the bronco
I’m the last to survive
They call me
“The Electric Horseman”
The last of his kind
And I dream to be
In America
Track Name: Houston '77
I remember 1977
When I first touched down
In Houston, Texas
I thought I’d landed in heaven
Proud boy with his dad
First transatlantic trip
Smartly dressed as was the fashion
Six year old little man


Everything seemed so big
TV in the morning
Piggies in the blanket
For breakfast
Lost in the King Size bed
Red Apples in the barrel
In the foyer
Of the Ramada
And they were free and the size of your head

Swimming in the pool
Blue skies water cool
And then the trip
Of which
memories are made
To the Space Centre
at Kennedy
My spaceman dream come true
And dad I owed it to you

Houston we have a problem
Daddy’s going away
Never coming back again
Despite all that he has to say
A fresh start, new family
Hard time ahead for you
And no-one can dine on memories
Even if a dream comes true
Track Name: The Gamble
My name is not important
You’ve come here to play

Don’t look so surprised
You are here for the game

I can give you what you want
From gold to untold fame

When I look into your soul
Your sort is all the same



The game is really easy
You either win or you lose

So make your choice carefully
And be careful what you choose

If it lands on red
You’ve made your bed
In the land of opportunity

If it lands on black
I’m sending you back
To the heart of your family


So spin the wheel
To ink the deal

You don’t really have a choice

Roll the dice
Submit to vice

And don’t raise your voice


I like to see a player
Who takes this seriously

The fear in your eyes
Is really no surprise to me

You know what you must do
You know what you must do

And how much you can lose
Track Name: Play With Chance
Even though
The ball landed in red
I don’t accept my fate

My family at home
Is where I want to be
I’ll show you it’s not too late

I can play with chance
Show you how to dance
With the devil incarnate

So I’ll move the ball
Forget where it fall
And take my rightful place

With no further ado
Well I’ll bid you adieu
And you can send me right back home.
Track Name: The Long Goodbye
Oh son,
Look what you’ve done
Didn’t anyone tell you the truth?

You can’t fight fate
With the move of your hand
So for you it’s all too late

Because of your crime
And as you can’t escape what you desire
I’ll take you down in brimstone and fire

But my last words for you
Are you are the biggest fool
For not appreciating all you will lose

Say goodbye to your wife
Say goodbye to your kids
Say goodbye to your life
And all that you ever did

Say goodbye to the boys
Say goodbye to the club
Say goodbye to your parents
And all you’ve ever loved

Didn’t you learn your lesson
Did you think you could beat me
Didn’t you think it strange
That I should give your this opportunity?

This is the long goodbye
In case you couldn’t tell
I’m not keeping you in America
Oh fuck it!
I’m taking you straight down to Hell...