American Dream

by Sons Of New York

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1.
AMERICAN DREAM written by Roger Campo / ASCAP I’ve been working on My American dream Trying to figure out How to make it real And if I should believe Yeah well I’ll be working on My American dream Trying to figure out How to make it real And if I should believe I seen people on the job Yeah people working hard Oh But these people Ain’t getting very far No they’re up against something something they can’t see Systems rigged and corrupted By power and greed Oh but they’ll keep working on Their American dream, Trying to figure out, How to make it real, and if they should believe Yeah well they’ll keep working on Their American dream, Trying to figure out, How to make it real, and if they should believe Should we believe In this dream at any cost Are we chasing - A promise that’s Already lost Hold on - Hold strong - I got many mouths to feed Hold on – Hold strong - They’re all counting on me Hold on – Hold strong - Till I get the job done Hold on – Hold strong - Until then I’ll keep on My American dream Trying to figure out, How to make it real And if I should believe Yeah, well I’ll be working on, My American dream Trying to figure out, How to make it real And if I should believe Yeah, well I’ll be working on, My American dream Trying to figure out, How to make it real And if I should believe Yeah trying to figure how to make it real and if I should believe
2.
I DON’T KNOW NOTHING - Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP I used to think, I had it all, figured out I used to think I knew what love was all about I used to think, the love I knew before Was the only kind of love life had in store But then you came along your love proved me wrong And much to my surprise You made me realize I don’t know nothing Nothing about love No I don’t know nothing Nothing about love You can be a rich man - Buy your woman diamond rings You can be a tough guy – you can take on anything You can have a doctorate in Love - read every book that there’s ever been And I can sing love songs – but it wouldn’t mean a damn thing Cause when you came along Your love proved me wrong And much to my surprise You made me realize I don’t know nothing Nothing about love No I don’t know nothing Nothing about love No I don’t know a damn thing Your love’ll make my heart sing Each kiss can make my head spin And feel like I’m falling in love all over again I don’t know nothing Nothing about love No I don’t know nothing Nothing about love I don’t know nothing – I don’t know a damn thing Nothing about love I don’t know nothing Nothing about love I used to think, I had it all, figured out I used to think I knew what love was all about
3.
Magic Hour 05:20
MAGIC HOUR – Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP When the sun has set - Before the light is gone There’s an hour – That’s thirty minutes long Past the light of day - Before the dark of night There’s a moment - When the whole world feels right Meet me in the magic hour Let your hair down in the soft light Meet me in the magic hour Let me hold you all through the night Though these days are long - And the road is hard And we’ve come so many miles - But we didn’t get far Know the night brings mercy - Yes there’s mercy to be found We’ll find refuge, When the sun goes down Meet me in the magic hour Let your hair down in the soft light Meet me in the magic hour Let me hold you all through the night The light is fading - But you know my love is strong My heart is calling - Please don’t let her go Come take my hand - Cause you take my away We’ll slow dance - And let the music play The night is calling Oh baby can you meet me Meet me in the magic hour Let your hair down in the soft light Meet me in the magic hour Let me hold you all through the night Let me hold you all through the night Let me hold you all through the night
4.
SOMETHING SOFT - Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP Hard day Hard Life Harsh, harsh words Hard wife I don’t want to argue – no, I don’t want to fight Can’t we find a way – to call a truce tonight One night we can let our– let our troubles go One night we can keep the world - locked outside the door Tonight - I just want to find – Something Soft Don’t you know tonight – I just want to know – love is real Don’t you know tonight – I just want to find – Something Soft In a hard world In a hard world Something Soft - baby in hard world Did you lie When you kissed me When you whisper in my ear When you say that you love me When you shed, when you shed All those tears I don’t want to argue – no, I don’t want to fight Can’t we find a way – to call a truce tonight One night we can let our – let our troubles go One night we can keep the world - locked outside the door Tonight - I just want to find – Something Soft Don’t you know tonight – I just want to know – love is real Don’t you know tonight – I just want to find – Something Soft In a hard world, In a hard world Something Soft - baby in hard world In a hard world This world can make you doubt Even the love you know Don’t let it um touch your heart Don’t let it um near your soul Tonight – I just want to find – something soft Tonight – I just want to know – love is real Don’t you know tonight – I just want to find – Something Soft In a hard world In a hard world Oh in a hard world In a hard world Something Soft - baby in hard world
5.
SISTERS START YOUR OWN DAMN CHURCH Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP Men built the churches And men built the state Wrote the unwritten rules and laws that will subjugate Women as lesser than Lesser than men Ancient, archaic ways, tell me When will it end Oh, sisters start your own damn church You have more than proven the measure of your worth You don’t need a man to tell you How to live, In this world God made a woman The cradle of life to save men from the folly of war and strive With a body to nourish a body to bless And feed all man’s hungers Feed his soul with her flesh Oh, sisters start your own damn church You have more than proven the measure of your worth You don’t need a man to tell you How to live In this world Oh, sisters start your own damn church You have hidden secrets love compels you to unearth You don’t need a man to tell you How to give How to love You don’t need a man to tell you How to feed a hungry child You don’t need a man to tell you You should learn how to smile You don’t need a man to tell you How your own damn body works You don’t need a man to tell you How to worship his damn church (Repeat) Sisters start your own Oh, sisters start your own damn church You have more than proven the measure of your worth You don’t need a man to tell you How to live In this world Oh, sisters start your own damn church You have hidden secrets love compels you to unearth You don’t need a man to tell you How to give How to love Sisters start your own church, Sisters start your own school Sisters write your own laws, Sisters make your rules
6.
LOVE IS THE ANSWER – Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP I was feeling so empty and lost I drove all through the night In the depths of darkness I followed a burning light It led me to your door and your warm embrace and the simple truth that we all must face She said love Love is the answer She said love Love is the answer We’ve been down so many dark roads Haunted by dreams we left behind They’ll fill the graveyard of your soul Where broken dreams all go to die But tonight - Ain’t no funeral Your lips bring healing grace All my dreams are - Resurrected Each kiss restores my faith Because love Love is the answer Because love Love is the answer You can build a fortress And lock your heart away But hate can breed a darkness That will not heal your pain Because love Love is the answer She said love Love is the answer Because love Love is the answer Because love Love is the answer Because love Love is the answer Because love Love is the answer Because love Love is the answer Because love Love is the answer Don’t you know love Love is the answer Love’s the only answer Love is the answer
7.
JESUS WAS A PERSON OF COLOR - Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP You say you love god and country I know you love your guns too You say you love Jesus oh and he loves you But what kind of god would trigger the kind of hatred inside of you oh Jesus was a person of color not that blond hair, blue eyed image of the man Jesus was a person of color if he came back you would crucify him again You say you want to take back your country take us back to a dark place You say you’re fighting tyranny but it’s democracy you’re trying to erase the war on immigrants, the war on gays the war on women are the wars you wage you stand your ground on the lies you spin you would stop and frisk jesus if he came back again oh Jesus was a person of color not that blond hair, blue eyed image of the man Jesus was a person of color if he came back you would crucify him again If he came back and walked the earth today would you fear him and turn away Would you close your heart and close your mind would you miss the chance, to look into his eyes you would miss the chance to look into his eyes oh Jesus was a person of color not that blond hair, blue eyed image of the man Jesus was a person of color if he came back you would crucify him again
8.
Juliet 04:45
JULIET - Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP Oh Juliet You been working late Oh Juliet Now you gotta catch that train With a child in tow Facing it all alone You got three more hungry kids Waiting at home And it’s been a long time Since you seen your own mother Right now you’re missing her And your sister and your brothers They’re so far away But not far from your immigrant heart You can see their faces When the train comes to a stop you can see their faces on the people riding on the train oh, oh, oh mamma can you hear my heart calling Calling from a half world away I swear I saw your face in that woman’s She smiled in such a comforting way Sister did you send me this sweat child She’s got your curls and look in her eyes – That man reminds me so much of Hector I never got to tell him goodbye Even though it’s late The seven line is full Past Hunters Point it rises up As if released from gravity’s pull The train sails like a ship Sailing the sea of Queens Carried on the waves And hopes of immigrant dreams They’ve crossed so many oceans Left everything they loved behind Seeking sacred treasure Yeah the beauty and promise of a better life oh, oh, oh mamma can you hear my heart calling Calling from a half world away I swear I saw your face in that woman’s She smiled in such a comforting way Sister did you send me this sweat child She’s got your curls and look in her eyes – That man reminds me so much of Hector I never got to tell him goodbye I never got to tell him goodbye I never got to tell him goodbye
9.
We Could Be Cowboys - Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP You said we could be cowboys Riding down Broadway Two Queens desperados Making our escape We could ride stolen horses Across the fifty ninth street bridge I could be the king of Egypt Or a Siamese prince They say that blood, is thicker than, Most anything Cause the same blood that runs through your brother’s heart runs through your own veins In the bright lights of Broadway I redeemed our name For a moment we could dream Of fortune and fame But you got lost in the illusion Tripped up by the lights Until the dream was a delusion That ruined the promise of the night And you rode into a darkness So distant and black Until you lost that part of you That you could never get back And they say that love is thicker than, Most anything Cause the same wound that run through your brother’s heart runs through your own veins Last night I dreamed, I found you on the street Your once powerful horse, lying at your feet All it’s beauty, and majesty was gone You drew a gun, and you put him down I gave you a hand up, onto my horse Your hand was swollen, blistered and coarse Your eyes were cold, distant and dark We slowly road my horse into, central park The city lights in all the windows Look like candles in a church And in this open air cathedral We blessed your horse’s last breath on this earth This cowboy life ain’t for the weak hearted Those still alive and those departed Cause the lonesome rider, who can’t make his peace Will forever haunt, these empty streets
10.
SONS OF NEW YORK – Written by Roger Campo / ASCAP Oh my brothers and sister, were born in the motherland I was the only one born American Born where the faces, are hungry but pretty Immigrant dreams of New York City We built this city - Built the towers that reach up to the sky We built the bridges and the tunnels - That give this city life Made from our blood and sweat - We made it from love, love Made from the dreams of all the daughters and sons of New York The generations of daughters and sons of New York Came here with nothing, ah hoping to find Find some work, a little house, a new life Save up some money, ah and send it back home Send for the wife and kids the great American poem We built this city - Built the towers that reach up to the sky We built the bridges and the tunnels - That give this city life Made from our blood and sweat - We made it from love, love Made from the dreams of all the daughters and sons of New York The generations of daughters and sons of New York Hecho con sueños de los hijos de Nueva York On that Tuesday that September in our darkest hour Of the desperate calls that came from the towers Not one call for revenge, Not one call for blood Just calls to the men and women and children that they love I may not make it but when I’m gone Know in your heart that my love will go on We built this city built the towers that reach up to the sky We built the bridges and the tunnels that give this city life Made from our blood and sweat we made it from love, love Made from the dreams of all the daughters and sons of New York The generations of daughters and sons of New York Hecho con sueños de los hijos de Nueva York

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This is singer songwriter Roger Campo's third album but first under the band name Sons Of New York. The music is a modern blend of Americana, Roots Rock and Soul, fused with contemporary and relevant lyrics. The album was produced by Bill Lefler, who has produced Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers, Matthew Mayfield and Peter Katz, to name a few. The entire album was recorded at Lefler’s Los Angeles studio, utilizing some of L.A.’s most talented musicians, including Philip Krohnengold (piano and organ) and Daniel Rhine (bass) from Sara Bareilles’s Band and Dave Eggar on strings. That cello solo at the beginning of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida is Dave.

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released October 1, 2019

Written by Roger Campo
Produced by Bill Lefler
Mixed by Ryan Lipman
Engineered by Ryan Lipman and Caleb Conner
Mastered by Hans DeKline

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Lead Vocals: Roger Campo
Piano & Organ: Philip Krohnengold
Bass: Daniel Rhine
Drums: Billy Lefler
Horns: The Double D Horns - Danny T Levin & Dave Moyer
Strings: Dave Eggers
Percussion & additional instruments: Billy Lefler
Backing Vocals: Robbyn Kirmsse
Shea Chambers
Michael Turner
Additional Backing Vocals: Kyler England

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