TAKE ALL NIGHT

by Shades of Day

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“You failed at life/You’ll get ‘em next time/There’s a second chance for every one.”

The opening lyrics for “One Flashing Light,” the first song on Take All Night, the long-awaited second record by Ojai’s Shades of Day, are reflective of those moments on the artist’s path when self-doubt threatens to derail hope. It’s an experience that’s familiar to anyone who ever pursued a dream — when, despite all evidence of impending doom, you forge ahead, clinging to every scrap of encouragement you ever received, every inspirational cliché you ever heard.

From the bright lights of the big city and the boulevard of broken dreams to the kindness of strangers, the exhilaration of new love and the realities of business, Take All Night is a glimpse into the heart of the young musician trying to follow his bliss without sacrificing his soul. Musically lighter but thematically heavier than the first record, there is tremendous potential here for crossover into the pop and/or country markets....

- Michel Cicero VC REPORTER

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released November 13, 2010

Produced by Michael Dumas and Shades of Day
Mixed* by Michael Dumas @ Audio International Ojai CA
Business Side mixed by Scott Peets @ DFX Audio Burbank CA
Waiting for a Train mixed by Anthony Falcone @ Anthony Falcone Music Studios - Hollywood CA
Mastered by Gene Grimaldi @ Oasis Mastering - Burbank CA
Organ and Keys - Rami Jaffee
Lap and Steel - Doug Pettibone
Additional Vocal Backups and Arrangement - George Merrill
Lyrics and Songs* by B Willing James
Music and Arrangement by Shades of Day
*Fear written by Shades of Day
*Everything to Everyone written by B Willing James and Jenni Alpert
*Sidewalk Sun written by B Willing James and Camp O'Neill

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Track Name: One Flashing Light
you failed at life
you'll get 'em next time
there's a second chance for every one

you yell at the streets
no one sees it like me
and your story doesn't make the news

You live in a land of lonely
scared and alone
you're only
one flashing light in the city tonight
one in a million
you let them cut your hair

you stare at the walls
so plain and tall
you hear scratchin at the door

you crawl inside
your covers and you hide
you wish they'd just go away...

you live in a land of lonely
scared and alone
you're only
one flashing light in the city tonight
one in a million
you let them cut your hair

you promised when you came
you'd never let the fear inside

you live in a land of lonely
scared and alone you're only
one flashing light in the city tonight
one in a million you let them cut your hair
Track Name: Take All Night
I had a bad suspicion
that you two would appear
shoulder to shoulder
whispering in my ear
the red coat screams injustice
the white robe plays the fool
but when those voices come together
they're playin by their own rules

I'm all in pieces
I like your style
Let's roam the boulevard
I'll get you home bout 9
In the morning
cuz I think it's gonna take all night
to get to know you

Still my ears are burning
from the battle far inside
your ponytail of lighting
whips my head round right
my right is a red flag waving
my left is Apollo Truth
when those voices come together
they're playing by their own rules

I'm all in pieces
I like your style
Let's roam the boulevard
I'll get you home bout 9
In the morning
cuz I think it's gonna take all night
to get to know you
Track Name: Love Parade
You roll in like a thundercloud
waving your arms all around
I seen you downtown
whipping it up like cream

flirtation butterfly
you're eyes look superfine
wanna love you longtime
can I be next in line?

if you are warm I'll take you home
even if my eyes are saying no no no
I am alive when I feel it grow
oh no..
it's happening again..

You're what I'm thinking of
when you're walkin on the stairs above
i felt a push of love
staring at the way you move
cranberry lemonade
orgasmic love parade
i'll call you names for days
we always get our way

if you are warm I'll take you home
even if my eyes are saying no no no
I am alive when I feel it grow
oh no..
it's happening again..

cranberry lemonade
orgasmic love parade
i'll call you names for days
we always get our way..

if you are warm I'll take you home
even if my eyes are saying no no no
I am alive when I feel it grow
oh no..
it's happening again..
Track Name: Everything to Everyone
You pull up on the e brake
your face is red as the curb
and you think
how easy, to cry
but you won't let em see you break

just spend a day with me
I know it's hard to be
everything everyone wants
just fall right into me
my love will guide you
you're everything I ever wanted to be

it's never been this hard
there just ain't enough time
barely makin sense
will it ever be easy

just spend a day with me
I know it's hard to be
everything everyone wants
just fall right into me
my love will guide you
you're everything I ever wanted to be

you got an angel's heart
turn it on
you gotta take a chance
and be strong

just spend a day with me
I know it's hard to be
everything everyone wants
just fall right into me
my love will guide you
you're everything I ever wanted to be
Track Name: Sidewalk Sun
Hey black shirt and torn jeans
why is your head hung hung low?
are you looking for a shiny new quarter
in the sidewalk sun?

hey green eyes and long hair
why is your smile turned down?
i can make you feel a whole lot better
don't you make a sound..

every night, every dream
every person that I see
come alive come alive
let me know you're real
you feel so real..

hey tattoos and blonde hair
lettin your make up run
you're waiting a red light crayon
cuz you called it love

hey short skirt and sad eyes
shy as a hummingbird
if you never find any good sunshine
baby don't let it hurt

every night, every dream
every person that I see
come alive come alive
let me know you're real
you feel so real..

let the pieces fall where they may
just pick em up and put em back together
it's gonna take little time to put them all away
so just pick em up and put em back together..

every night, every dream
every person that I see
come alive come alive
let me know you're real
Track Name: Hollow Man
I fought the wizard brain
long and hard
didn't matter that the wench came in
a little tardy
I don't have the weaponry, can't you see?
throw me some sort of spear
quick now the beast is near!
and then a hollow man told me
there's no medicine for a starving mind

…and there's no time
for wasting my
precious life
so don't move too fast
just let the moment last

I rang the prison bell
long and hard
couldn't imagine why the priest was there
high like a kite
I sing falsetto in the dungeon choir
he who loves me, stands above me!
and then a hollow man told me..
there's no medicine for a starving mind

..and there's no time
for wasting my precious life
so don't move too fast
just let the moment last

..in my constant coming down
I don't even watch my words
and I see them crushing you
you're being trampled
by the herd
well I should bleed for what I've done
took your honesty away
"it's a personal device"
says the hunter to his prey

then sadness told me a story
wicked, wordy and true
and then she showed me her body
and it made me think of you
it made me think of you
mmmmm

I'd be a slave if I believed the king
with fingers in my ears
I run till the coast is clear
I brave the elements across the land
this trail's all wet with slime
and his evil winking eye
I killed the hollow man slowly
stole his medicine
and cured my starving mind

..there's no time
for wasting my precious life
so don't move too fast
just let the moment
last.
Track Name: Fear
Will you fall on your face
die alone
or wither away in fear
or take the road that goes there
and piss off the edge of the world?

put another stoke on that fire sir
it hasn't yet killed us all
if you push for the best of the worst in us
you're responsible for making the call

i can't help but feel helpless here
i can't shake big alone
so wipe of that mist on your windows folks
and look out the front of your homes

Fear is everywhere
don't you let it define you you
don't you let it decide

a stranger's footsteps in the night
your heart beats in your throat
there's no one there when you look behind
but you can't see through the fog

where will you go who while you trust
it's everywhere you turn
there's always someone watching
waiting for you to burn

is your stomach in knots can't find a breath
and all you can do is scream
can you feel it taking over?

Fear is everywhere
don't you let it define you you
don't you let it decide
Track Name: Business Side of a Gun
here we go a tracking
across the great divide
searching for a story
that was legend far and wide

he was six foot seven
sharper than a tack
soon as he would fight you
he would slap you on the back
slap you on the back

you can't shake hands
with the business side of a gun
and you can't be friends
with the business side of a gun.. whoa-oo

his momma never never loved him
he musta been the devil's seed
named after daddy's whiskey
he was problems guaranteed
poor man looking desperate
hair trigger look in his eye
the beaten path was empty
but the promise never dies
the promise never dies

you can't shake hands
with the business side of a gun
and you can't be friends
with the business side of a gun
Track Name: Waiting For A Train
You might think I live out here
I'm just a vagabond
lost my mind a while back
don't know where I'm from
I must be on the alcohol
the powder or the weed
but I ain't lonely
I'm just waiting for a train

I follow sounds like beating drums
a poacher for a feast
passers by don't give a damn
content to let me be
people say I've given up
I'm worthless to the seams
but I ain't lonely
I'm just waiting for a train

When it comes
When it comes
When it comes
I won't even say goodbye
When it comes
When it comes
When it comes
I'm just waiting for a ride
a ride...

You might think he lives out here
he's just a vagabond
he lost his mind a while back
he don't know where he's from
he must be on the alcohol
the powder, or the weed
but he aint lonely
he's just waiting for his train

When it comes
When it comes
When it comes
I won't even say goodbye
When it comes
When it comes
When it comes
I'm just waiting for a ride
a ride...
Track Name: Life is Amazing
all the roads are closed today
and all the light has gone away
did you think that I was gone
run off to chase a song
babe my work is never done
I can't set the sun
and I cannot outrun..

the traps are being set for me
and I stumble on unwittingly
but I'm never down for long
find my way i ramble on
babe my work is never done
I can't set the sun
and I cannot outrun

can't you see?
life is amazing to me

a perfect life in harmony
makes sour notes
inaudibly
but the only words you'll hear
smolder out and disappear
babe this ain't the time to fear
there's nothing for us her
open your eyes, dear…

can't you see?
life is amazing to me