The Land Of California

by Down West

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Stepped outside in lonely cold To stop a warming world Sat alone. A paper sign A swine-resistant pearl A single voice above the din Of smoking engines laughing Hoping that somebody else Would only pause And join the cause It’s all I’m asking Come along We’re a billion strong Call out all And make it better It’s all I’m asking Come along We’re a billion strong Call out all And make it better Walked along, a single-minded Sea of human purpose And not alone, another sign A swell beneath the surface So raise your voice above the din Of politicians crying Time for everybody else To only pause And join the cause It’s all I’m asking Come along We’re a billion strong Call out all And make it better It’s all I’m asking Come along We’re a billion strong Call out all And make it better It’s all I’m asking Come along We’re a billion strong Call out all And make it better It’s all I’m asking Come along We’re a billion strong Call out all
2.
Desert World 05:48
Water jug and kicking dust Backpack holding everything I own Under sun and mystery Understanding nothing but my home Running for the one I love Running out of all the things I need Think of all the times we had Thinking that I got some mouths to feed It’s a desert world It’s a desert world Got to get to family Got to get away from enemies Never been away so long So long as I can keep my sanity Holding on to memory Keeping track of trails in the night Separation desperately Hear me howling at the cold moonlight It’s a desert world It’s a desert world Yeah yeah Oh Hanging on and digging in Holding out for opportunity Cactus, snake, tarantula Cheering section underneath my feet No more drops of sweat to give White man’s warning baked into my brain Past and present pioneers Lead me on with footprints and remains It’s a desert world It’s a desert world Yeah Yeah Oh It’s a desert world Yeah Yeah Oh It’s a desert world It’s a desert world It’s a desert world
3.
Time flies so fast Before you know it You won’t believe The time we’re wasting Even now Your thoughts collide into your past A dream is bursting Come back and choose your silence Choose to take her hand She is all you’re wanting for She is all you’re wanting for Keep out of All the tiny factions Keeping you apart From open heart And gentle mind You can’t remember all the I.O.U.’s And promises Come back and choose To let it out and let her in She is all you’re wanting for She is all you’re wanting for I found you once in desperation I found you laying out your cause Time flies so fast Before you know it You won’t believe The time we’re wasting Even now She is all you’re wanting for She is all you’re wanting for She is all you’re wanting for She is all you’re wanting for
4.
Streets are lined with broken minds Just trying to get a break Where have all the flowers gone They’re planted on our graves All your money, all your money Ain’t no good to anyone Ain’t it funny, ain’t it funny how A piggy bank ain’t nothing ’til it’s broke Overflowing, spill it out into the world For everyone Where're you going, step into the bigger world With everyone All your money, yeah People standing up to find A trap door underneath They’re not asking for the world Just need a little peace All your money, all your money Makes you lie and cheat and steal Ain’t it funny, all the money never Lets you feel a single thing that’s real Overflowing, spill it out into the world For everyone Where're you going, step into the bigger world With everyone All your money, yeah All your money, yeah All your money Ain't it fun to see The numbers adding up We'll be coming for the money And you're never gonna miss it When it's gone Overflowing, spill it out into the world For everyone Where're you going, step into the bigger world With everyone
5.
The Point 05:07
Echoes in the grass The future calling This may be the last You’ll ever hear Lifetime moving on The silent dancer Offerings withdrawn From everyone People, places, things Beside the point now Everybody pushing on Til it’s over Everybody pushing on Til it’s over Sorry siren sings A different song But you know some things Best left alone Batman’s cold cave got Nothing on you Burning hot sunlight Is coming due Keeping up with kings Is not the point now Everybody pushing on Til it’s over Everybody pushing on Til it’s over Echoes in the grass The future calling This may be the last You’ll ever hear Lifetime moving on The silent dancer Offerings withdrawn From everyone People, places, things Beside the point now Everybody pushing on Til it’s over Everybody pushing on Til it’s over, yeah Everybody pushing on Til it’s over
6.
Early rising City sleeping Shifting hours Patience fleeting Supervisors call Routine free-for-all It’s a hard time For a good life But it’s a good time For a hard fight Understaffing Buses filling Flesh is weaker Spirit willing Undermining all Catch the bouncing ball It’s a hard time For a good life But it’s a good time For a hard fight It’s a hard time For a good life But it’s a good time For a hard fight It’s a hard time For a good life It’s a good time For a hard fight It’s a hard time For a good life But it’s a good time To fight It’s a hard time For a good life But it’s a good time For a hard fight Oh
7.
I can’t be there when you call I know you won’t mind at all Running down my dates to keep Miles to go before I sleep I’m the ghost of present time I’ll be happy down the line I’m the ghost of present time Live a life that’s never mine Alone Slip out through the kitchen door Don’t rely on me no more Love you all, you know I do Don’t see why I’m losing you I’m the ghost of present time I’ll be happy down the line I’m the ghost of present time Live a life that’s never mine Alone I’m the ghost of present time I’ll be happy down the line I’m the ghost of present time Live a life that’s never mine Alone
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Horoscope 02:36
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So Lonely 04:44
10.
Time and places making your life Done my time Just lighting my fire Lighting my fire You still running from a tragedy I still run But just imagine me now Imagine me now If you land in California You will find your way back home In the land of California You will find your way back home Come so far just to start again Find your way To a family shield A family shield Nothing but sun hanging over your head Ride the wave Of a brand new deal A brand new deal If you land in California You will find your way back home In the land of California You will find your way back home You still running from a tragedy I still run But just imagine me now Imagine me now If you land in California You will find your way back home In the land of California You will find your way back home If you land in California You will find your way back home In the land of California You will find your way back home Yeah California Whoa, whoa whoa California Yeah, yeah, yeah California Whoa, whoa whoa California Yeah, yeah, yeah

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Down West explores personal and political themes in their debut album. From climate change, immigration and income disparity to losing track of yourself and true love, this California band is truly a product of their environment.

A cajon instead of a drum set, harmonica where a guitar solo might be, and latin bass lines all set Down West apart in the alternative folk world. Every song has its surprise sounds and a catchy hook.

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released September 25, 2020

Steve Stanard: Vocals, guitars, harmonica and sounds
Theo Waddell: Cajon and percussion
Michael Marquez: Bass

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Down West Los Angeles, California

DOWN WEST is a psychedelic folk rock trio. Featuring songwriter Steve Stanard on guitar and harmonica, Theo Waddell on cajon, drums, and percussion, and Michael Marquez on bass, it’s the kind of indie music that could only be grown in Southern California.

Down West will release their first ever full-length album in September 2020.
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