The initial lyrics for Always Headed Out were largely based on Dalton’s thoughts about his experiences with Cheri, whom he had first met in 1972 when first introduced to Chas (drummer Mike Fones thought Dalton would work well with Chas for new group they were putting together, so had him over to their apartment). Chas added most of the second verse. Melody and chording emerged during work in the studio in July 2010 (Dalton bringing in a demo either before or after that, which Chas used to learn the vocal). Chas sings the lead vocal, plays drums, and adds a second lead guitar part (with echo delay) on a Turser JT-134 guitar (very similar to the Gibson ES-135) in the instrumental break. Chas and Dalton play the two harmonic electric guitar parts which introduce the song. Dalton plays electric rhythm guitar on a 1959 Gretch (Chas is holding the Gretch in the pics above) through a Fender Twin amplifier and lead guitar on a 1955 Les Paul throughout with echo delay, as well as bass guitar. The instrumental break in the song features a lead by Dalton, then Chas, then Dalton and Chas trading measures with echo delay off for a raw one-take improvised musical conversation, coming out of the improvisation with simultaneous harmonic leads by both into a final chorus.
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mp3 track "Always Headed Out"
The lyrics for Always Headed Out:
- Verse I:
- Your head is always on my shoulder
- Even when we're miles apart
- A travelling man is always headed out
- I see you on the balcony (with your friends)
- I stand and beckon with my hand
- Your eyes light up a travelling girl is always-- moving on
- Yes we savor the peaks
- Made all the higher in the climb from the valley is it deja vu
- --this thing me and you?
- (and) If the world is illusion
- Still we're living-- in a real tale
- Ragged Ann and Andy-- in the tornado
- Verse II:
- Your scent remains upon my skin
- Your honey kisses on my lips
- Your taste it always makes me--catch my breath
- I think of beauty and your perfect form
- We come as one-- a single heart
- Our passion always guides us--like our Northern Star
The first portion of this double song track (cross fades Reflections into Beginnings)
features Chas' superb vocal range in melody and harmony, Chas’ great work on drums,
acoustic guitar and Gretch electric guitar---and his heartfelt lyrics. Dalton contributed musical
composition (with Chas), lead guitar (JT300 Turser Strat into Cubase VST chorus effects to give a simulated
Leslie organ speaker guitar sound), string synthesizer and bass guitar parts.
The second portion was based on an instrumental prototype, Beginnings, Dalton had composed some
years prior. In a recording session in February of 2009, Chas and Dalton produced a version of this instrumental, with ideas that
they had been talking about recently in their minds, i.e., the mystic idea that there is a music of humanity, one of the body, another of the soul, another in the connection between them (paraphrasing Underhill). Later Chas suggested the fade, which now seems to evoke feelings of the sea, arriving safely at shore. On the Beginnings portion, Chas plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals, bass, bongos, and maracas. Dalton plays electric slide guitar, acoustic guitar, and djenga drum.
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mp3 track "Reflections"
The lyrics for Reflections:
- Pieces of my life come back to me
- Like an interwoven tapestry
- Sometimes happy, sometimes so sad
- All things considered, the good outweighs the bad
- The answer to it all is knocking at the door
- My ship sails on--
- The storm is over.
- So many memories are now so clear,
- I thought I lost them, but now they're near
- It's a wonder how I've made it this far--
- So hard to figure the meaning of it all...
- The answer to it all is knocking at the door...
- Our ship sails on--
- The storm is over.