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The San Carlos Sessions – Bobby & Leslie Sahlen

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Release Date: December 4, 2015
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About this album

The 5th fully original album by creative songwriting partners Bobby Sahlen & Johnny Starburst with powerful melodies and lyrics, in a unique blend of Americana, blues, folk, rock, jazz and country.\nIn this, their 5th album together, Bobby Sahlen and Johnny Starburst have focused their creative collaboration on this uniquely original collection of 16 songs seamlessly blending folk, rock, jazz, American, blues and country. In addition to timeless vocal performances by Bobby & Leslie, we are also very pleased to thank our friends Lorena Robles, Tana Threadgill, Jim Ferrie & Eric Holland for their outstanding vocal contributions as well as tremendous musicians Martin Young, Jason Roller, Dennis Wage, Scott Nuebert, John Willis and Lorena Robles for their outstanding performances. Enjoy!

Lyrics

Sister Senorita (feat. Lorena Robles)

Way back in time, what’s yours is mine, the Ferris wheel moves on
Contain the wind, bring youth again, anachronistic dawn
I’m seventeen when knowledge gleans the mysteries of the soul
Way back again when time begins to teach me how to know

(chorus)

Sister senorita sings her half scale melody
Promising the wonders of full scale fallacy
Vacation from the commonplace, escaping to the pure
Sister senorita comes a marching with the cure

One for papa, one for mamma one for Sally Mae
Share the vision overload come the light of day
Fate’s a monstrous undertow, both evil and divine
Getting with the program may not pass the rush through time

(chorus)

Sister senorita sings her half scale melody
Promising the wonders of full scale fallacy
Vacation from the commonplace, escaping to the pure
Sister senorita comes a marching with the cure

(bridge)

Hold me steady on my feet its life that’s rushing by
Never ready elegance a kiss but then goodbye

(chorus)

Sister senorita sings her half scale melody
Promising the wonders of full scale fallacy
Vacation from the commonplace, escaping to the pure
Sister senorita comes a marching with the cure

Playboy (feat. Eric Holland)

Got a bright and shiny rolls royce...Got a health spa in my crib
Tasty views across great oceans, getting laughs when I adlib
I'm a rapper, I'm outspoken, livin' way past hand to mouth
I’m a rock star and a poet, lots of fans from north to south

I'm the devil in the bedroom when my angels give it up
Got a lover who's too crazy when I'm not nuts enough
She's an actress and a model, an everlasting teen
I'm a playboy lost in heaven with a misfit for a queen

(chorus)

The bullet left her gun with a force she couldn't stop
She fell upon the floor, spewing spatter from the shot
Just barely 29 with a pain too much to bear
I’m a self deluded playboy living a nightmare

(bridge)

I'm hanging on for dear life as the moon wraps round the sun
A playboy thrown from heaven my nightmare has begun

(chorus)

The bullet left her gun with a force she couldn't stop
She fell upon the floor, spewing spatter from the shot
Just barely 29 with a pain too much to bear
I'm a self deluded playboy living a nightmare

I'm hanging on for dear life as the moon wraps round the sun
A playboy thrown from heaven my nightmare has begun

The Band Continues to Play

She was sittin' alone at a table for two...He was alone at the bar
He looked up and saw her, flashed his best smile, hopin' to take him so far
Well she had an ache and she needed a break when he came up to ask for her name
She said, "sit here beside me and buy me a drink
Cause I've always loved a good game"

(chorus)
She said ,"pour me tequila and tell me some lies
I've never cared much for the truth
I've heard them all at least once before and darlin' I'm long past my youth
Just say somethin' clever; swear it's forever; ease all the hurtin' away
Hold me tonight; make it allright while the band continues to play"

So they danced and he held her; told her he loved her; words she was longin' to hear
He looked in her eyes..Saw all her pain; the beginnin', he thought, of a tear
When the band finished playin' she kept on dancin' and whispered, "stay with me tonight
Cause the touch of your hands and the warmth of your body
Seems to make everything right "(chorus)

(bridge)

While the band continues to play; make my pain inside go away
Dance with me, hold me and tell me your lies; ease all the hurtin' away
Hold me tonight; make it allright while the band continues to play (chorus)

Deja Voodoo

Day break, earthquake
Couldn’t get much worse
Bad Dude, I'm screwed
Lord I must be cursed
Low pay, bad day,
Sniffing all around
All stuck, bad luck’s
The only thing I’ve found

(chorus)

Must be déjà vu doo
Evil spirit vibe
Resting on my shoulder
Here inside my tribe
Thought I had grown wiser
Aging gracefully
Must be déjà vu doo
Most apparently
Hear the door go knock-knock
Thugs out on my porch
Here to knock my block off
See the burning torch
Couldn’t take a joke-joke
Only borrowing
Stole the mobster's money
But is that such a sin?

(chorus)

Must be déjà vu doo
Evil spirit vibe
Resting on my shoulder
Here inside my tribe
Thought I had grown wiser
Aging gracefully
Must be déjà vu doo
Most apparently
(instrumental break)
Day break, earthquake
Couldn’t get much worse
Bad Dude, I'm screwed
Lord I must be cursed
Low pay, bad day,
Sniffing all around
All stuck, bad luck’s
The only thing I’ve found
(chorus)

Must be déjà vu doo
Evil spirit vibe
Resting on my shoulder
Here inside my tribe
Thought I had grown wiser
Aging gracefully
Must be déjà vu doo
Most apparently
Must be déjà vu doo
Evil spirit vibe

Thank God for the Dreamers (feat. Lorena Robles)

Here's to the dreamers surprisers and sleepers
Heart broken losers, finders and keepers
Here's to the spirit that never says die
Here's to the will that keeps us alive

(chorus)

Thank God for the dreamers who never give in
Who never stop trying to win in the end
How else can we ever get through our worst days
Thank God for dreamers to show us the way

Here's to the humble the pious and pure
All those who stumble while seeking a cure
The long shots that no one ever thought had a prayer
May their ships come in sailing proudly on air!

(bridge)

Here's to the hope that keeps dreams in view
Providing the fuel to see our way through
Back up on our feet when disaster surrounds
Finding a way to turn frowns upside down

(chorus)
Thank God for the dreamers who never give in
Who never stop trying to win in the end
How else can we ever get through our worst days
Thank God for dreamers to show us the way

Big Shot (feat. Tana Threadgill)

She caught him red handed
With a young one half his age
And when she nailed him big time
It turned another page
In a storybook romance
That had the tell-tale signs
Of a match once made in heaven
That’s now outlived its prime

(chorus)

Took a big shot to his ego and it knocked him to the floor
No moves left for him to make, she's showin' him the door
Her blood is really steaming; red anger in her eyes
He's lost all his mojo somewhere in his alibis

He never saw it coming
Didn’t see this was the end
His prestige now has vanished
Flexibility won’t bend
He’s down upon up on his knees
Begging for another chance
But everything worth saving’s now’s
Been pierced without a lance

(chorus)

Took a big shot to his ego and it knocked him to the floor
No moves left for him to make, she's showin' him the door
Her blood is really steaming; red anger in her eyes
He's lost all his mojo somewhere in his alibis

(instrumental break)

(chorus)

Took a big shot to his ego and it knocked him to the floor
No moves left for him to make, she's showin' him the door
Her blood is really steaming; red anger in her eyes
He's lost all his mojo somewhere in his alibis

Where There's Smoke (feat. Jim Ferrie)

Do I smell smoke, or is it desire?
This ain’t no joke, we could start a fire!
Rubbing sticks together, flame starts soon
Let’s light this wick & then sleep till noon
Where there’s smoke….There’s fire

(chorus)

Mama always told me, “where there’s smoke there’s fire”
I’ve been chasing you so long, aching with desire
Now this fire is burning…can’t quench the yearning
Where there’s smoke….There’s fire!

Kindling wood’s… right next to me
Ya think we should? It could set us free!
You think we might, I think we may
Let’s heat the night till the break of day
Where there’s smoke….There’s fire!

(chorus)

Mama always told me, “where there’s smoke there’s fire”
I’ve been chasing you so long, aching with desire
Now this fire is burning…can’t quench the yearning
Where there’s smoke….There’s fire!

(chorus)

Mama always told me, “where there’s smoke there’s fire”
I’ve been chasing you so long, aching with desire
Now this fire is burning…can’t quench the yearning
Where there’s smoke….There’s fire!

Finders Keepers (feat. Eric Holland)

If winners take the spoils
And the losers eat the cake*
And the meek inherit nothing
While the wealthy feast on steak
Will the promise of forever
Really live beyond this life
Or will none of us remember
After dying in the night?

(chorus)

Finders keepers, losers weepers
Selfishness abounds
I smell trouble in the rubble
Of this truth that I have found
Holy smoker, legal toker
Take another look
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Mind games are afoot

If my brother is my keeper
And my enemy my friend
Will the distant dance for freedom
Ever reach its final end?
Will the naysayers find wisdom
The soothsayers the will
To launch a road for humans
To use the worlds’ best skills

(chorus)

Finders keepers, losers weepers
Selfishness abounds
I smell trouble in the rubble
Of this truth that I have found
Holy smoker, legal toker
Take another look
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Mind games are afoot

(bridge)

Shaker, shaker, premiere baker
Share cake with us
Mother Nature help us fakers
Live today or bust

(chorus)

Finders keepers, losers weepers
Selfishness abounds
I smell trouble in the rubble
Of this truth that I have found
Holy smoker, legal toker
Take another look
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Mind games are afoot
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Mind games are afoot

Let Me Breathe

When you've built your fancy towers
And you've squandered our good health
When you've testified in irony
Turned your back on who we are
I'll be gasping for the truth
Till the moon don't seem so far

(Chorus)

Let me breathe
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
And I'll be free
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
And then you'll see

When you suffocate the innocent
And abolish brotherhood
Turn the screws on Mother Nature
Worship evil over good
Praise the concept of intolerance
Embrace past times over now
Like a fish swims out of water
I will inhale somehow

(Chorus)

Let me breathe
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
And I'll be free
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
And then you'll see

Break
Bridge:
I will not die
I will survive
We will not die
We will survive

(Chorus)

Let me breathe
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
And I'll be free
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
Let me breathe
And then you'll see

Half a Life Ago

You're the one I can't forget from half a life ago
You're the memory I still see when lights are turned down low
I know my heart won't let it rest
you were the first, the last, the best
I didn't know that I'd been blessesd
Half a llife ago

(CHORUS)

Half a life ago is such a long time
Yet it only seems like yesterday
But half a life ago was just the wrong time
For commitments that I'd love to keep today
I'll never get a second chance at happiness I know
Beause you found another love half a life ago

I see you in old photographs from half a life ago
I see your face in every crowd no matter where i go
I image of you haunts me still
And I guess it always will
'Cause you're the one I can't forget
From half a life ago

Just a Little Magic (feat. Lorena Robles)

Mix in a little magic
Add a pinch of resting dreams
Throw your sweetest kiss inside
The wonder in between
With all your waking hours and
With all your best laid vibes
Tilt your head and stroke the promise
Of how miracles survive!

(chorus)

It’s just a little magic in the midst of summertime
With the fireflies performing in their lightest pantomime
I can see you dancing cartwheels I can hear your August prayer
I will always be here for you, I’m not going anywhere

You’re my joy, you’re my festival
Of everything that’s right
When you whisper in my ear
It turns darkness into light
When I feel your baited breath
And when you’re ready to be held
I will know I must surrender to
The best you have to tell

(chorus)

It’s just a little magic in the midst of summertime
With the fireflies performing in their lightest pantomime
I can see you dancing cartwheels I can hear your August prayer
I will always be here for you, I’m not going anywhere

(instrumental break)

(bridge)

You came walking in the moonlight
With a halo round your head
Just a momentary saunter
From the galaxies you lead
Had I known all this stargazing
Could have brought such inner peace
I’d of dove inside this freedom
Long before my heart could beat

(chorus)

It’s just a little magic in the midst of summertime
With the fireflies performing in their lightest pantomime
I can see you dancing cartwheels I can hear your August prayer
I will always be here for you, I’m not going anywhere

Polaroid Kickstand (feat. Tana Threadgill)

This grass won't smoke itself tonight, so let's roll up our sleeves
The census taker's talking making everyone believe
The motion of the footsteps reaching where it needs to go
Evolution of the planet finally joining with the flow

(chorus)

It's a Polaroid kickstand taking pictures of tomorrow
An effervescent promise of the souls we've only borrowed
It's a story of past yesteryears, a kodachrome delight
So let's all roll another one to get us through the night
Weed gets you through the bad times when money's disappeared
Life moves on so perfectly let’s all stand up and cheer!
But money cannot get you thru the times you got no weed
So recognize priorities and plant yourself some seeds

(chorus)

It's a Polaroid kickstand taking pictures of tomorrow
An effervescent promise of the souls we've only borrowed
It's a story of past yesteryears, a kodachrome delight
So let's all roll another one to get us through the night

(bridge)

Mother nature does her best to help us to relax
Don't panic, it's organic; just giving you the facts
No need for you to worry; no need to get upset
Go organic, take a toke, chill out and do not fret!

(chorus)

It's a Polaroid kickstand taking pictures of tomorrow
An effervescent promise of the souls we've only borrowed
It's a story of past yesteryears, a kodachrome delight
So let's all roll another one to get us through the night

One Last Ride (feat. Eric Holland)

I used to play with tops and yoyos, hide and seek with all my friends
Buildings forts from pillows from day’s start till the end
Then mama called us home for supper; papa’s home from work
Now reliving these good memories just seems to make it hurt

Life was so much simpler then when everybody knew
All our neighbors on our block and down the avenue
But now there’s only coldness all throughout the hood
It seems the use of fear has destroyed all that was good

(chorus)

Have we lost all promise? Have we lost all hope?
Is it violence that clamors as the only way to cope?
Is self destruction coming? A nation’s suicide?
Are we all just begging for one last mystery ride

My first grade teacher used to make us kneel and pray
Sister mary ellen said that god would show the way
To stay grounded, fully in the light
But now i’m lost and searching for how to make things right

(chorus)

Have we lost all promise? Have we lost all hope?
Is it violence that clamors as the only way to cope?
Is self destruction coming? A nation’s suicide?
Or are we all just begging for one last mystery ride

Bridge:

What would we have thought way back in the day?
Nobody predicted we’d lose the will to play
Never saw it coming; history repeats
The earth’s best promise kneeling in defeat

Empty Pockets

Empty pockets at the end of the day
Got no money for the bills I should pay
Once had it all but it soon got away from me
Can't you see?

Had a great job with an ira
A wife and a kid with one more on the way
And then my american dream became my nightmare
That's not fair

Bridge

Even tho' I had an phd
My company shipped my job overseas
The market fell, my bank collapsed
Now what's gonna happen to me?

Empty pockets, no ira
Now I'm livin at the ymca
My wife took my kid
When the bank took our house away

Break
Repeat bridge

Empty pockets with a pain in myhead
Empty pockets I'd be better off dead
Once had it all....Then came the fall
Empty pockets

Back to You

I was blind before I saw you
I was deaf and couldn't hear
Never felt the rushing water
Never sensed a drop of fear
Couldn't smell the taste of freedom
Couldn't live inside a tear
Till the promise of forever
Pressed its lips upon my ear

(chorus)

If Picasso had a paintbrush
If Shakespeare had a pen
If Mozart could write music
Sinatra sang again
If Lennon & McCartney
Knew a thing or three or two
Then my love has found its purpose
Always coming back to you

I remember all your kisses
I remember everything
All your silken premonitions
And the smoothness of your skin
With our souls twined up together
As we scurried down the path
All the special golden moments
That taught me love at last

(chorus)

If Picasso had a paintbrush
If Shakespeare had a pen
If Mozart could write music
Sinatra sang again
If Lennon & McCartney
Knew a thing or three or two
Then my love has found its purpose
Always coming back to you

(instrumental break)

(chorus)

If Picasso had a paintbrush
If Shakespeare had a pen
If Mozart could write music
Sinatra sang again
If Lennon & McCartney
Knew a thing or three or two
Then my love has found its purpose
Always coming back to you

Placed On Pause

Let's go down to the river, become martyrs here today
Worship way beyond redemption, trade some sins so we can play
On a mountain full of ammo, near a bridge we mustn’t close
We've a bold impassioned vision and we're ready to explode

(chorus)

I’m dying now, you said so
Rising to a higher cause
You’re lying now, I think so
But my judgment’s placed on pause

Count my wives, they are a-plenty, procreation run amuck
Off the grid we make our own rules, leaving nothing to pure luck
Got more lawyers on retainer, so we’ll never go to jail
We're a cult of our own making, come and listen to our tale

(chorus)

I’m dying now, you said so
Rising to a higher cause
You’re lying now, I think so
But my judgment’s placed on pause

(instrumental break)

(chorus)

I’m dying now, you said so
Rising to a higher cause
You’re lying now, I think so
But my judgment’s placed on pause

Under pretense of religion no taxes paid at all
We’re an island in a country where our brethren hear the call
Where the women and the children abrogate their every right
And the reason to be living is to journey toward the light

(chorus)

I am dying now, you said so
Rising to a higher cause
You’re lying now, I think so
But my judgment’s placed on pause
You’re lying now, I think so
But my judgment’s placed on pause