TUNING IN/TUNING OUT

  ©R. Mason/B. Mason Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

Do you remember that time at Jon and Nancy’s?

We were all still young and free and wild

We took a ride to find a book of smiles inside

Just a mile past Alan’s barn

 

Who am I…

I’m tuning in to listen to your beating heart

Who you are…

If you can hear me squeeze my hand

Where we are…

I want to filter out the static and the dark

Give me a sign you understand

 

So I stepped out of your car and the sky exploded

Blasted by a billion zillion stars

And you said, “Bet ya don’t see that much in the city”

And we just looked at the stars…

For what seemed a long time…

But was probably just a minute

 

Who am I…

I’m tuning in to listen to your beating heart

Who you are…

If you can hear me squeeze my hand

Where we are…

I want to filter out the static and the dark

Give me a sign you understand 

 

Who am I…

I’m tuning in to listen to your beating heart

Who you are…

If you can hear me squeeze my hand

Where we are…

I’m tuning out the news that everyone is dead

Give me a sign you understand

 

I’m tuning in, you’re tuning out

 

Ruby Bird vocals, harmonica / Billy Carl Mancini vocals, guitars, drums,

conga, percussion / Rick Calcagni 4 & 6 string basses

 

 

 

GREEN WALLS

©B. Mason Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

I don’t want to live here

I don’t want to stay

Why did you bring me here

To the house on the hill

 

I want to go back home

Where the steps are wide

With my secret place waiting

And the ceilings are high

 

I remember the smiling lines

When we knew just who we were

A faded, yellow dream of mine is all that I have now

Lock me up inside the green walls

Let me feel your never ending love

 

I’m gonna walk out now

Through the rain and the cold

Cause anything’s better

Than the things I don’t know

 

There’s too many people

And I don’t know their names

Coming at me with pitchforks

Like the devil’s own pain

 

I remember the smiling lines

When we knew just who we were

A faded, yellow dream of mine is all that I have now

Lock me up inside the green walls

Let me near your never ending love

 

Wrap me up inside the green walls

Shimmering in never ending love

 

Lock me up inside the green walls…

Wrap me up inside the green walls…

 

Billy Carl Mancini vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Hofner bass / 

Ruby Bird vocals, accordion / Larry Harvey  drums 

 

 

 

(I WANT MY OWN) BRIAN EPSTEIN

©B. Mason Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

I want my own Brian Epstein

Someone who will keep me in line

Like the tracks on the B&M line

To get me to my home

 

I want my own Brian Epstein

Someone to look after me

Someone who’ll be there for me

Whenever I’m alone

 

When the alarm clock rings I will roll back to my slumber

When the telephone rings I will leave it for another

Time to catch the midtown but I don’t recall the number

Time to meet an old friend, what’s her name, did I once love her?

 

Lately I feel so out of control

It’s a feeling that nobody knows

I can’t tell you, it doesn’t make sense

I thought I’d be somewhere besides this (by now)

 

I could write a story but I couldn’t be a reader

I could get religion but I wouldn’t hear the preacher

I could be a hippie but someone would steal my reefer

Find a girl to marry but I prob’ly couldn’t keep her

 

Oh oh oh

I want my own Brian Epstein

I need him to keep me in line

He might be a girl, it might be a boy, might be the Lord, 

Might be this noise, might be this song, just string me along…

I want my I want my…. 

I want my own Brian Epstein to keep me in line

 

Billy Carl Mancini vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, piano, Korg CX3 / 

Ruby Bird vocals, accordion, keys, melodica / John Bridge bass / 

Larry Harvey drums

 

 

 

DIDN’T LAST LONG DID IT?

©R. Mason  Bonk Zone Music ASCAP


A few seconds ago that sky was red 

Now the dark is settling in

Oh didn’t last long, did it?

 

Sweet birdsong it fills the sky

Then a yellow feather fly

Oh didn’t last long

 

A few months ago the market was high

Now it’s on an endless slide

Oh didn’t last long, did it?

 

Now dollar, euro, yen and pound

Make the world go round and round

Said that war wouldn’t last long

Oh but they was wrong

 

Blue butterfly lights on a rose

And the summer comes and goes

Oh didn’t last long, did it?

 

Your baby child as sweet as can be

Turn around he’s 23.

Oh didn’t last long, did it?

 

Once upon a time you’re a gleam in your daddy’s eye

Now the dark is settling in

Oh didn’t last long, didn’t last long, didn’t last long,

Did it?

 

Ruby Bird vocals, accordion / Billy Carl Mancini 1974 Guild D35 acoustic / 

Glenn Williams ukulele / Cliff Tetle clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, 

tenor sax / Ken Steiner upright bass / Larry Dersch drums

 

 

 

NORTHRIDGE

©B. Mason Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

I met you in a little town

Your smiles coverin’ up my frown

Your eyes runnin’ up and down

Whether you knew it or not

 

Come with me to Northridge

Come with me to Northridge

It’s the place of my birth

 

I can’t believe what I’ve done to myself

You tried hard still I died inside

Believe me when I say to you

I’ll still be strong though I’ve cried

 

I feel like a hundred men

Thinkin’ ‘bout where I been

But inside of me I’ve got this locked

What can I do but talk

 

The leaves they’re falling in my head

The rain it’s falling like I said

When will all the wind stop blowin’

When will I be free to get where I’m goin’

 

Ruby Bird vocals / Billy Carl Mancini vocals, 1974 Guild D35

acoustic, 1988 Fender Strat / Sven Larson electric upright bass / 

Eric Michael Kelley conga, triangle, claves, shakers

 

 

 

BECAUSE IT’S DECEMBER

©B. Mason  Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

A winter day

The sky is standing still

The snow is grey

I think I need a pill

(Na na na…..)  I’m sliding down the hill

(Na na na…..)  I’ll climb back to the top

 

Because it’s December

I see your crooked smile

Because it’s December

The Savior is a child

Because it’s December

The sun is cold as ice

And now I remember

The headlights burning bright

 

I think I’ll stay 

Like hibernating bears

Inside a cave

And dream away despair

The children’s cheery smiles

Will keep me for a while

 

The sky is standing still

I think I’ve caught a chill

But memories we share

Will wash away despair

 

Billy Carl Mancini vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Hofner bass / 

Ruby Bird vocals, accordion, sleigh bells, glockenspiel, tambourine, bells / 

Larry Harvey  drums 

 

 

 

TRUTH

©R. Mason Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

The polar ice is melting, the Amazon still burns

And some still aren’t convinced we’re past the point of no return

And we just keep on doing like we haven’t got a clue

But Truth it has a funny way of catching up with you

 

Yeah Truth will set you free, oh yeah

Don’t want anyone to worry ‘bout me I know that

Truth will set you free

Truth will set you, Truth will set you free

 

The pale horse is riding on a continent in pain

And children go to slaughter by a government insane

And we can look out yonder, enjoy the pleasant view

But Truth it has a funny way of catching up with you

 

Now you might say to your friend “I don’t believe at all

That God is waiting in the wings to make the final call”

But it doesn’t matter what we might think is true

Cause in the end the Truth is gonna find its way to you

 

Ruby Bird vocals, accordion, melodica / Billy Carl Mancini guitars, second bass /

Tim Casey organ / Steve Gilligan first bass / Lenny Shea drums /

Backing chorus: Sal Baglio, Ruby Bird, Steve Gilligan, Madeleine Hall, 

Billy Carl Mancini, Lenny Shea, Ramona Silver, with additional backing vocals

by Madeleine Hall

 

 

 

BRIDGE 51

©B. Mason  Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

I’m riding just for the sake of today

I’ve seen some trouble along the way

Some people give up the journey too soon

Old roots can make a new flower bloom

 

On Bridge 51 there is a long way to fall

On Bridge 51 I’ll steer away from the siren’s call

 

I’m so glad I’ve got you to show me the way

Without you I’d probably lose my way

New highways will always be where we belong

It’s wide open, just like we’re twenty-one

 

On Bridge 51 there is a long way to fall

On Bridge 51 I’ll steer away from the setting sun

Bridge 51 I can see further than where I’ve gone

Bridge 51 I’m rolling over the horizon

 

Ruby Bird vocals, accordion / Billy Carl Mancini vocals, 1974 Guild

D35 guitar, 1988 Fender Strat, tonette / John Bridge bass / 

Larry Harvey drums, claves, shakers, Antiguan seed pod, finger cymbals

 

 

WRITTEN IN THE STARS

©B. Mason Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

I don’t care if no one wants us

I don’t care what people think about us

As long as we’re together

We’ll be happy to the letter

It’s not important we’ve got no money in the bank

We’ve got no one to thank for that but ourselves

 

What if we grow old and grey

Like everyone around us said we would

Our parent’s warnings crashing all around us

Like so much driftwood

Well at least we’ll have the memories of a lifetime

Never having to think twice I’m sure of that

 

Well I wonder if it’s all been planned 

By a greater power than me

If we live or die, if we’re rich or poor

Is it written in the stars?

Well if that’s the case and we can’t erase

The things that are to be

Then I won’t ask why, I won’t ask for more

Than what’s written in the stars

 

Time will tell us if we’ve done wrong

We may live to hear the swan song

Ringing in our ears forever

Long beyond the twelfth of never

On the other hand we might just get it right

But either way the guiding light will be our love

 

Billy Carl Mancini vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Hofner bass, 

Dominica, suitcase, plywood, dehumidifier / Ruby Bird vocals, accordion, 

piano, tambourine / Larry Harvey drums, shaker, cabasa

 

 

 

RAINDROPS  

©B. Mason Bonk Zone Music ASCAP

 

In my room the shades are all drawn low

Tapping little fingers on my window

 

Oh I want to feel the raindrops on my face

Yes I need to feel the raindrops on my face

 

When the sun is up and the sky is blue 

And your love is all around

It’s surrounding me, it’s distracting me

Like a hallway full of sound

 

Still I want to feel the raindrops on my face

And I want to be transported into space

Like some reckless meteor that’s lost its place

And your love will cushion me against the fall

 

Billy Carl Mancini vocals, guitars, bass, glockenspiel 

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