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Release Date: April 26, 2017
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About this album

It doesn’t get more quintessentially Northern Italian Village than Roberto Actis’ (aka Adrenax) home town of Villamiroglio in the Province of Alessandria in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 22 miles east of Turin and about 28 miles northwest of Alessandria. With a population of under 400 people and an area of 3.7 square miles, there’s a closeness of community here that is truly unique. From the early age of 7, Roberto began playing guitar and showed a natural talent for singing and creating music, but didn’t more seriously begin to apply himself until age 12. Roberto has been playing, singing, composing music and performing since his early teens. He’s been performing professionally since 1989 all around Europe as well as on cruise ships, disco clubs, night clubs, piano bars, dance clubs, concerts and wherever the musical muse would take him. Recently Roberto and Starburst Records hooked up and created a truly unique fusion of the sensibilities of Italian and American cultures resulting in a collaborative album of 10 great songs. Straight from Northern Italy to the center of your heart, we are pleased and proud to present to you….Adrenax!

Lyrics

Morning in the Afterlife

I carved a hole into a tree
And whispered secrets there
Then sealed it up with wet cement
So no one else could hear
I took a train through centuries
Beyond this place and time
To find the memories I’ve lost
Way past where man can climb
(chorus)
Its morning in the afterlife
The gods are still asleep
Now finally the mysteries
Reveal all that I seek
It’s waking dreams and wanderlust
Where answers come to meet
Its morning in the afterlife
The gods are still asleep
I traced the tears of happenstance
Where mankind finally ends
Too delicate a fragile state
To separate true friends
(chorus)
Its morning in the afterlife
The gods are still asleep
Now finally the mysteries
Reveal all that I seek
(bridge)
So rest ye weary bones my friend
No worries here will last
I’ve come to shake the gods awake
I’m never going back
(chorus)
Its morning in the afterlife
The gods are still asleep
Now finally the mysteries
Reveal all that I seek
It’s waking dreams and wanderlust
Where answers come to meet
Its morning in the afterlife
The gods are still asleep

Our Secret

The promise so long forgotten
We barely remember its name
Two sides of a coin never minted
All gussied up in its shame
We know where once was commitment
Burns a funeral pyre
The bond we entered so freely
Desperately longs to expire
(chorus)
It’s as if it never happened - as if we never met
The way you’re looking right through me is no longer our secret
You claim to want forgiveness
Where no sorrow exists
I'm fighting to remember
Just how long it's been like this
We will never find redemption
With a penlight in a cave
Till one of us steps forward
With a torch beside this grave
(chorus)
It’s as if it never happened - as if we never met
The way you’re looking right through me is no longer our secret
(bridge)
So kneel down here right beside me
Where did we leave those vows
My hands are shaking on this torchlight
We’ll get it lit somehow
(chorus)
It’s as if it never happened - as if we never met
The way you’re looking right through me is no longer our secret

Fellini's

Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to Fellini’s….where all your dreams come true!!
Russian Czars with Chinese maids
Pushing dangerous spiked Kool-Aid
Roller skating dancing bears
Trained to sneak up unawares
Pregnant moms in thong bikinis
Leading throngs with teeny weenies
Homeless sporting mansion houses
Human fire hydrant spouses
Carry trays of odds and ends
With double meanings that transcend

CHORUS
CARNIVAL BARKERS CALLING YOUR NAME
TONIGHT YOUR LIFE WON’T BE THE SAME
MYSTERIOUS FREAKS HAVING THEIR WAY
FELLINI’S THE PLACE FOR FUN AND PLAY

(Brief instrumental interlude)

Hobos rich in bubble baths
Brandish gums with vicious wrath
Screaming babes in Mozart wigs
Just one of their many gigs
Men with afros playing taps
Wearing graduation caps
Turtle plastered mustard cakes
Brandishing disgusted fakes
Exchanging sex behind closed doors
Fluffing blankets washing whores

(REPEAT CHORUS)

BRIDGE
High waisted midgets wearing red shorts
Bright purple widgets sequined with quartz
Rag tag assortment of purple blue haze
Whispering visions through chemical gaze
(REPEAT CHORUS)

Save the World

WHEN SHE WAS JUST A TINY TOT UPON HER GRAND-PÈRE’S KNEE
ARCH ANGELS CAME TO VISIT SINGING,"WAIT, SOME DAY YOU'LL SEE
SHE'LL BECOME A SAVIOR; A HERO STANDING TALL
CONQUERING PURE EVIL; SHE WILL OVERCOME IT ALL"

CHORUS
WHEN THE DEVIL CAME A KNOCKING, SHE FOUND THE STRENGTH TO WIN
WITH SATAN'S MONSTERS MOCKING SHE STOOD UP TO BEGIN
TO TURN BADNESS INTO GOODNESS, SHE BECAME THE HOLY CURE
WHEN THE DEVIL CAME A KNOCKING, SHE SAVED THE WORLD AND MORE

SHE WAS SINKING INTO QUICKSAND, SHE WAS FALLING INTO GRACE
STUMBLING THROUGH FOREVER SHREDDING EVIL WITH NO TRACE
SHE WAS WALKING INTO HEADLINES, SHE WAS HALFWAY TO BEYOND
SWALLOWING MOMENTUM FROM ETERNITY TILL DAWN

CHORUS
WHEN THE DEVIL CAME A KNOCKING, SHE FOUND THE STRENGTH TO WIN
WITH SATAN'S MONSTERS MOCKING SHE STOOD UP TO BEGIN
TO TURN BADNESS INTO GOODNESS, SHE BECAME THE HOLY CURE
WHEN THE DEVIL CAME A KNOCKING, SHE SAVED THE WORLD AND MORE

BREAK

BRIDGE
SOME SAY SHE WAS DEMENTED,THAT HER PASSION WASN'T RIGHT
BUT EVEN MORTAL ENEMIES WOULDN'T LET HER LEAVE THEIR SIGHT
HISTORY NOW HAS WRITTEN HOW SHE CHANGED THE DARK TO LIGHT
SHE'S A HERO FOR THE AGES BROUGHT HERE TO SET THINGS RIGHT

CHORUS
WHEN THE DEVIL CAME A KNOCKING, SHE FOUND THE STRENGTH TO WIN
WITH SATAN'S MONSTERS MOCKING SHE STOOD UP TO BEGIN
TO TURN BADNESS INTO GOODNESS, SHE BECAME THE HOLY CURE
WHEN THE DEVIL CAME A KNOCKING, SHE SAVED THE WORLD AND MORE

Suite of Lies

The warranty is over, owner’s manual has expired
This house must be condemned says the builder I just hired
It’s a renovation challenge it’s a re-habber’s delight
And when you see the roof you’ll be paralyzed with fright
(chorus)
Contractors in my bedroom building dreams while I’m asleep
The promise of forgiveness moving walls I dare not keep
Even sandmen need a respite when they’ve crucified their lives
I’ll be snoring way past breakfast in a hazmat suite of lies
There’s a spirit in the kitchen there’s an odd smell in the ducts
I keep waking in the daylight cause enough is not enough
There’s been meeting after meeting and this job keeps going on
They’ve found sewerage in the closet and the plumber’s been reborn
(bridge)
Electrician’s now gone fishing for connections in my life
But most of them have frayed and my current aint quite right
There’s a skylight in the attic letting only darkness in
There’s a coastal view on Sundays but it’s really just a whim
(chorus)
Contractors in my bedroom building dreams while I’m asleep
The promise of forgiveness moving walls I dare not keep
Even sandmen need a respite when they’ve crucified their lives
I’ll be snoring way past breakfast in a hazmat suite of lies

Solitary Promises

Cheerless sullen faces
Restless on the run
Even sizzling comets
Burn out from so much fun
Respecting memories
Floral lullabies
Careful words well spoken
Stirring moistened eyes
(chorus)
Solitary promises
Life defying dreams
Don’t you dare stop teasing me
With all your crazy schemes
Paparazzi poses
Longing for the past
Even aging rock stars
One day must breathe their last
Rabbit run perfection
Strapless life sublime
Living on a stage
For me was always fine
(chorus)
Solitary promises
Life defying dreams
Don’t you dare stop teasing me
With all your crazy schemes
Cheerless sullen faces
Restless on the run
Even sizzling comets
Burn out from so much fun
(chorus)
Solitary promises
Life defying dreams
Don’t you dare stop teasing me
With all your crazy schemes
Paparazzi poses
Longing for the past
Even aging rock stars
One day must breathe their last

Speaking Orange

She loves to speak in orange when the sunset’s kissed the beach and the lonely festival’s just bedding down
With a raspy smoky breath humming rum soaked melodies she’s my sequined protégé in evening gown
When she’s hollering my name there is nothing quite the same as the destiny that’s never reached full worth
I may never know the truth, yet my clearly fuzzy youth leaves a vacancy of memories giving birth

(chorus)
She is yellow in the morning turning blue in afternoon with a touch of lavender at suppertime
She comes running in to see me with a rainbow full of pure glee testifying to her soul still in its prime
Colors many colors painting stories of our lives painting roadmaps where we sometimes fear to go
I will write my will in orange to a dedicated homage to this hero bringing comfort from all foes

In the dusty afternoon when the sun has gone too soon and the hermit crabs have now all gone to sleep
We will spin the wheel of fortune, gloried in loss of caution anticipating losses we now keep
Do I dare to speak the color that I’m writing in full homage as I’m sipping on her rum soaked melody
She loves to speak in orange when the sunset’s kissed the beach and the lonely festival sits by the sea

(chorus)
She is yellow in the morning turning blue in afternoon with a touch of lavender at suppertime
She comes running in to see me with a rainbow full of pure glee testifying to her soul still in its prime
Colors many colors painting stories of our lives painting roadmaps where we sometimes fear to go
I will write my will in orange to a dedicated homage to this hero bringing comfort from all foes

(instrumental break)

(chorus)
She is yellow in the morning turning blue in afternoon with a touch of lavender at suppertime
She comes running in to see me with a rainbow full of pure glee testifying to her soul still in its prime
Colors many colors painting stories of our lives painting roadmaps where we sometimes fear to go
I will write my will in orange to a dedicated homage to this hero bringing comfort from all foes

Gone Missing

I had to lose my vision before I could find my sight

I lost my way on Tremont with thunder in the sky
Something had gone missing and I knew the reason why
Searching in the doorways, bruised and beaten down
I was lost and had gone missing on this journey to be found
(chorus)
I had to lose my vision before I could find my sight
It was flawed and it was tattered and it never fit quite right
Misplaced and long forgotten like an old book on the shelf
I had to lose my way before I came to find myself
I had lost my way before, but never quite like this
These stares of grave suspicion made my family seem quite miffed
There were steps too high for me to climb upon this winding path
I was lost and had gone missing in a storm of righteous wrath
(chorus)
I had to lose my vision before I could find my sight
It was flawed and it was tattered and it never fit quite right
Misplaced and long forgotten like an old book on the shelf
I had to lose my way before I came to find myself
(Instrumental break)
Bridge
If all the glass stained windows cast a rainbow shaft of light
All the monks and prophets couldn’t even set things right
Fallen angels find forgiveness when their sins become atoned
But the harshest judge of all is the one when I’m alone
(chorus)
I had to lose my vision before I could find my sight
It was flawed and it was tattered and it never fit quite right
Misplaced and long forgotten like an old book on the shelf
I had to lose my way before I came to find myself
I had to lose my vision before I could find my sight
It was flawed and it was tattered and it never fit quite right
Misplaced and long forgotten like an old book on the shelf
I had to lose my way before I came to find myself

The Elephant’s Repose

Tears upon a blue stained face
The clown’s victory parade
Passengers with no escape
Sins too often made
Mothers blessed with joy of life
Children cheering wild
Its seems the sudden avalanche
Made calls we’ve never dialed?

(chorus)
A party’s not a party till the elephant is tamed
True ignorance is slaughtered and prejudice is slain
The last thing I remember as the gates of hell were closed
Was the sound of hatred dying at the Elephant’s Repose

No doubt we saw a sudden change
The movement had begun
And yet we saw no blood at all
The war not fought was won

(chorus)
A party’s not a party till the elephant is tamed
True ignorance is slaughtered and prejudice is slain
The last thing I remember as the gates of hell were closed
Was the sound of hatred dying at the Elephant’s Repose

(bridge)
The word itself was spoken though it never reached an ear
The dance of true enlightenment by the blue stained balladeer

(chorus)
A party’s not a party till the elephant is tamed
True ignorance is slaughtered and prejudice is slain
The last thing I remember as the gates of hell were closed
Was the sound of hatred dying at the Elephant’s Repose

The Marionette’s Parade

Whose strings are these that lift my arms?
What of these dreams that work their charms?
With dancing meters and bright red clothes
We entertain on tippy toes
Look at this, look at me
I wish I knew just how to be
You shake my hand, I walk like this
You only see external bliss
CHORUS
OUR ACTING IS DESERVING ALL THE LOVE THAT'S IN YOUR HEARTS
ARE YOU CLAPPING CAUSE YOU'RE HAPPY JUST TO SEE THE WAY WE MARCH
WE ENTERTAIN AND SUSTAIN YOU AS WE FILL OUR LIFE'S CRUSADE
BUT YOU FAIL TO SEE OUR TEARS INSIDE THE MARIONETTE'S PARADE
I want so much to be so real
And feel those things that people feel
I need so much to have a heart
And not to live a world apart
Pull my strings make me sing
Make me do amazing things
Let me fly don't ask me why
I hide this sadness deep inside
CHORUS (in long version only)
BRIDGE
I'm happy when I'm on the stage
That's when I feel I got it made
So sad when I'm back on the shelf
And must deny my one true self
CHORUS