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Ray Galindo & Friends / Blog

60 reasons why I do not play covers

1. I know how to write my own songs 2. I do not work for ground control, and I have never met Major Tom 3. I do not ask dumb questions like, “Have you ever seen the rain?” 4. I have never picked up a Sweet Hitchhiker 5. I have never felt like a Free Bird, and Alabama is not my sweet home 6. Alice Cooper might still be eighteen, but I am not 7. I can not thank God I’m a country boy because I am a city boy 8. I have never been able to kiss the sky, nor do I care to 9. I am not Iron Man 10. The answer is not blowin’ in the wind 11. Sunshine on my shoulders does not make me happy; It makes me sweaty and uncomfortable 12. I have never been in a white room with black curtains at any station 13. I will not confess to shooting the sheriff when I did not 14. Yes, I'm lonely, but I do not wanna die 15. I have never been to the USSR, so I can not honestly say that I am back there 16. I have never seen smoke on the water or fire in the sky 17. I do not know anyone who has ever bought a stairway to Heaven 18. I will not tell you that you know I can dance when I know that I can not 19. I do not just wanna make love to you; I would rather have a more meaningful relationship 20. I can not honestly tell you that I know what it sounds like when doves cry 21. I have never seen purple rain 22. Mississippi is not ruled by a queen, and she would not know what I mean anyway 23. I am not a voodoo child 24. No, I do not want you to go ahead and give me a breakdown 25. I am never glad all over 26. The judge does not want to hear, "Well she was just 17, and you know what I mean!" 27. I would not like to be in an octopus's garden 28. I am not learning to fly, and I am not planning to 29. My papa was not a Rolling Stone...He didn't even play an instrument 30. Honesty is not a lonely word; it has me for company 31. I was not around when Jesus Christ had his moment of doubt and faith 32. I am not Jumpin' Jack Flash 33. Maybe I am not amazed at the way you're with me all the time because you're not 34. I will not wake Maggie up because I think I have something to say to her 35. I have never worked on Maggie's farm or anyone else's farm 36. I do not know anyone named Mandy 37. I am not bad to the bone 38. I do not snort whiskey or drink cocaine 39. I have not been through a million girls, loved them, and left them alone 40. I do not want or need a whole lotta love... Just a little bit will do 41. My angel is not a centerfold 42. I am not knockin' on Heaven's door...at least not anytime soon I hope 43. I been up and I been down, but I've never been to Dallas, Texas or Hollywood 44. I am not a teenaged Frankenstein 45. I am not an astronaut, so I will not see you on the dark side of the moon 46. I am not comfortably numb 47. I have never given my phone number to anyone named Rikki 48. I am not a rocket man 49. I would not see a doctor who would tell me to put the lime in the coconut 50. I can live even if living is without you 51. I am not sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun 52. I was not born to be wild 53. I am not PROUD to be an American. I just happened to be born here 54. I do not have any babies named Bebopalula 55. I do not want everybody to come together right now over me 56. I am not truckin' 57. I don't think I love you; I know I do 58. It is not my responsibilty to tell you to get back to where you once belonged. I do not work for Immigration. 59. I've never been to Baton Rouge, and I never hung out with Bobby McGee 60. Everyone has already heard these songs, but they have not heard mine.

When We Begin Again

When we begin again, this is how it will be... No more nights lonely! When we begin again, honey, I will try to bring a smile back into your eyes. When we start again, life will be bright and then you'll see how you inspire me When we begin again! When we begin again, we will fly away... Fly away where we'll be alone... When we begin again! When we start again, life will be bright and then you'll see how you inspire me... When we begin again! (When we start again) (When we start again) I'm gonna love ya till the end! Ray Galindo: Vocals, Guitar, Bass John Shea: Guitar Matt Cerrato: Drums Produced by Ray Galindo & John Shea

For You

For you...I'd reach into the heavens pull the moon down to the Earth if I had to It's true...I'd gather all the stars and planets grind them into jewels for you I'd see it through for you If I could take the lakes and rivers turn them into tears for you I'd carry on my shoulders islands to the tops of mountains if I knew that you would see me through It took some time and time to time we'd sometimes take some time alone Once we find that we're alone we've been alone too long I long...I long for you Yeah You I know you don't believe me all these things I'm telling you are true It's true...I'm here for you I'd do it all for you Mm mm mm mm For you

Not So Long Ago

I will remember funny little things about you every night before I close my eyes. Longing to love you, but I know that in the end we'll only leave each other crying. We were such good friends not so long ago It was simple then Oh if we could go to not so long ago.

Whiskey Weather

Ooo it's gettin' chilly It's gettin so cold outside Sittin' home on Friday night reading my TV Guide Ooo it's thirty below I want to have a party yea yea Callin' on you baby It's whiskey weather tonight It's whiskey weather tonight I couldn't resist I had to call you So many days I've lived without you I couldn't wait I had to see you So many nights I've dreamed of you I never thought that I could love you...I do It's whiskey weather tonight It's whiskey weather tonight Ray Galindo: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards Peter May: Bass Sasha Alexander: Drums

Do It Later

What could be so important that it must be done right now? Be here in the moment...we'll just do it later. See the space around you, everything's going so fast Everything is changing...I'm sure we'll get to it later. Rivers go where they're flowing with no thought of reaching the end Winds don't know where they're blowing They just get to us later. Shakti goes on creating...Shiva keeps on dancing They say a day is as a hundred thousand years in the realm of Brahma If it's the way they say I've got plenty of time today to start tomorrow Squares triangles and circles going nowhere at all Just like this song Guess I'll see you later. Ray Galindo: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Harmonica, Tambourine John Shea: Backing Vocals KK: Backing Vocals The Tamboura and Tablas are sampled. Produced by Ray Galindo and John Shea

Loralima

Loralima sunny sky Loralima you are why I hear this song When your day is long I will be strong for you Loralima breath of air How you send me everywhere When the day's too long You have to be so strong We'll just sing this song of you Loralima Loralima Loralima I will sing this song of you Loralima Loralima I hear a song When my day is long I will sing this song of you Ray Galindo: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards Produced by Ray Galindo & John Shea

Gone Too Long

I been gone a long long time I been gone a long long time Chasing them big city ways Tryin' to expand my mind Guess I should be gettin' home Supper will be gettin' cold I been gone a long long time I found a woman what done me wrong Eggs and bacon all day long She had them big city ways Left me cryin' fore too long Guess I should be gettin' home All my kinfolk gettin' old I been gone a long long time yeah I been gone gone gone gone gone gone Gone too long Gonna leave the city far behind Memories sweet and unkind Lawd why did I leave my home Musta needed to unwind Guess I should be gettin' home City life is much too cold Leave the city far behind I been gone gone gone gone gone gone Gone too long Leave the city far behind! City life is much too cold! Gone too long gone too long Lawdy lawdy I been gone too long Gone too long gone too long Lawdy lawdy I been gone too long Ray Galindo: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, harmonica John Shea: Drums, Harmonica Produced by Ray Galindo & John Shea

God Save The Gun

Howard Cosell: John Lennon outside of his apartment building on the west side of New York City The most famous perhaps of all of The Beatles Shot twice in the back Rushed to Roosevelt Hospital Dead on arrival Gun gun gun gun Does everybody have a gun? Everyone should have one for recreation Let's see if you can hit the sun Let's see if you're a champion Let's blow ourselves to Kingdom Come On Christmas Day I got a gun It must have cost a million What shall I do with my new gun? Don't wanna aim at just anyone With my new toy I can be someone Assassin tries to kill King Kong Go ahead and ban the bomb But please God Save The Gun!

Robert F. Kennedy announces Dr. King assassination

Can we live without the gun? People say it's such great fun In order to form a more perfect Union Everyone must have a gun Does everybody have a gun? Everyone should have one for recreation On Christmas Day I got a gun A brand new shiny new one! What shall I do with my new gun? Don't wanna aim at just anyone With my new toy, I can be someone Assassin tries to kill King Kong Go ahead and ban the bomb But please God Save The Gun!

What shall I do with my new gun? Don't wanna aim at just anyone. God Save The Gun! God Save The Gun! Columbine newscast God Save The Gun! Ray Galindo: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, harmonica Matt Cerrato: Drums Produced by Ray Galindo & John Shea

City Of My Heritage

I realize that I'm walking on sensitive ground I've been living for far too long in this unfamiliar town Where smiles are few and far between, I spend my time alone Good time for reflection, but now I'm going home. I know I'll see old faces I hope that they'll forgive And I'll make me some brand new friends who'll live and just let live Well I'm on the train...yes I'm on the train Destination home And I'll live again...yes I'll love again You know my grandma's picture is hangin' in Town Hall The city of my heritage is where I'll rise and fall So listen to me my old friends Listen to my call The city of my heritage is where I'll rise and fall Well I'm on the train...yes I'm on the train Destination home And I'll live again...yes I'll love again Ray Galindo: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, harmonica Matt Cerrato: Drums Produced by Ray Galindo & John Shea Mastered at Paul Hayes Studio Tampa, Florida 2011