Right Side Of Zero (1996)

by Darryl Purpose

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This album is dedicated to Helen Dunham MacEachron.

Liner notes:
i met Darryl Purpose in the late 80's, on the cross country Great Peace March For Global Nuclear Disarmament. Darryl was a member of the Peace March band, Collective Vision.
One day I was reading some promotional material about CV which briefly described all the musicians and what they had been doing in the world before peace walking. Most of the bios contained details of social activism and college education; all Darryl's said was that he played blackjack. Though I didn't know him well then, I teased him about it. "Only job I've ever had." he admitted matter of factly. Years later, listening to the song, "Right Side Of Zero," I understood the acceptance, and strangely, the the loss contained in that simple reply.
"If you don't know where halfway is, how can you know if you're young or old." The gambler's life has scant milestones by which to navigate. (Though I suppose this kind of reflection could haunt anyone) But Darryl's way is not to build edifices to melancholy, because, like the poet and troubadour know, life is lived in the imagination, and imagination is one thing we do control.
Darryl's songs have a way of touching the soul of things. From the stark vulnerability of "Where You Can Find Me" and "I Can't Tell You" to the visionary hopefulness of "Don't Tear Down" and "Victory In The Struggle", the music always plucks some common chord as it kindle's the heart.
Let these songs seep lightly into your own imagination and befriend you there.
~Marc Polonsky

From Earnest Ackerman:
Darryl Purpose is good at what he does. He was once recognized as one of the world's top blackjack players. As a peace marcher, he crossed the U.S. over nine months, then continued on to Russia for a historic walk across the Russian heartland, which culminated in the first-ever, outdoor stadium rock concert in the former Soviet Union, featuring bonnie Raitt, Santana, James Taylor, and Darryl's band, Collective Vision.

In 1996, he returned to music full time and released his first CD. Right Side of Zero spent a few months on Gavins Americana chars and the title track was used in the feature film Deadly Bet.

In his first few years of touring solo, Darryl has earned a lot of attention. In September '97, he won first place in the Sisters (OR) Folk Festival Songwriter Contest and he was invited to be a judge at Sisters in 1998. He also judged the Napa Valley Songwriter Showcase in 1997 after winning that event in 1996. He released his second CD Same River Twice in November of 1997 to great reviews. In January 1998, he won the National Songwriting Competition in Florida with his ballad Mr Schwinn. Later that year, he took first place in the Rose Garden Coffeehouse songwriter competition.

From CDBaby:
Darryl Purpose has led a diverse and interesting life. Lured as a teenager to the world of casino gambling, Purpose went from betting dollars on the graveyard shifts in downtown Las Vegas, to being one of the best blackjack players in the world by his mid twenties. In his late twenties, Purpose left Blackjack to walk across the country (L.A. to DC) with the 'Great Peace March.' Writing and playing music as a member of the 'house band' of the GPM-his first performing experience- was a watershed event for Purpose, leaving him with a permanent thirst for the connection possible through music. This led to another march in the (then) Soviet Union and the first-ever, outdoor stadium rock concert there, featuring Bonnie Raitt, Santana, James Taylor, and Darryl's band, Collective Vision.

Purpose moved into music fulltime in 1996. A thousand shows, and 20,000 CD's later, Purpose has "finally realized his calling as a dramatist for the dispossessed, a chronicler of those Americans who, by choice or by chance, live on the heart's back streets, rising up through the crooked lines like leaves of grass" writes Michael Tisserand in the liner notes from his album A Crooked Line .

It is this knack for telling stories that makes the songs of Darryl Purpose stand out. He says, "It emerged when I started doing live shows. I discovered that I could tell a gambling story or a story about the Peace March, and people would react. Then the stories started seeping into the songs.". From unrequited love in a bicycle repair shop in Mr. Schwinn to spurned to ramblings of a disaffected Angelino in "A Crooked Line," we recognize that the often dark characters presented in those story songs live all around us.

With his distinctive baritone voice, a smoothly proficient finger-style guitar technique which has earned him an endorsement with Taylor Guitars and a sense of drama and storytelling in his lyrics and music, Purpose delivers a charismatic performance that captures coffeehouse and theater audiences alike, including a huge supply of interesting stories from his activities as a peace activist, professional gambler and modern troubadour.

credits

released January 1, 1996

produced by Kevin Fisher
painting by Marion Lane
artwork design by Pi Design - Sharene Santos

Engineered and recorded by Rob Strickland and Bob Lazo
Tracks 3,8,&11 engineered and recorded by Marty Rifkin
Mastered by Hank Linderman and Doug Doyle at Digital Brothers

- Darryl: acoustic guitar, lead vocals, harmony vocals, bass, electric guitar
- Kevin Fisher: harmony vocals, keyboards, bass, electric guitar, percussion, and other ear candy
- Brenda Peltier: harmony vocals on "Right Side Of Zero" and "I Can't Tell You"
- Mark Josephs: harmonica
- Daryl S: violin, viola choir on "Where You Can Find Me"
- Marty Rifken: lap steel, bass, electric guitar
- Bruce Miller: electric guitar on "Don't Tear Down" and "Miss You"
- Claudia Russell: harmony vocals on "Don't Tear Down" and "Miss You"
- Roman Morykit: fretless bass
-Jeff Gross: percussion
- Rob Strickland: piano, keyboards
- Tricia Sikes: harmony vocals on 'Where You Can Find Me"

Thank you to Rebecca (White) Harrison

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Darryl Purpose Nederland, Colorado

Darryl went to Las Vegas at 19 and became a professional gambler, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'. He is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Since 1996, he has toured extensively and released 8 albums of original music.
Darryl's last two albums spent weeks at #1 on the RMR radio charts. Next Time Around and Still The Birds
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Track Name: Rootwing
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Track Name: The Island Song
CHORUS:
You were swimming to the island
Telling those sharks to get out of your way
Telling the ocean to keep still
Until you come back to Hana Bay

And the locals said that you couldn't do it
And the coast guard said you wouldn't be found alive
And the whole damn beach looking for that crazy girl
Who thumbs her nose at the laws of the tide

CHORUS:
You were swimming to the island
Telling those sharks to get out of your way
Telling the ocean to keep still
Until you come back to Hana Bay


I remember sleeping on the beach that night
I held you tight and safe under the stars
As if I could hold you there with all my might
That I might keep you, keep you from harm

CHORUS:
You were swimming to the island
Telling those sharks to get out of your way
Telling the ocean to keep still
Until you come back to Hana Bay

BRIDGE:
Now we swam so hard and wild
That night to the great unknown
I had to stop for fear, ah but you just kept on goin

CHORUS:
You were swimming to the island
Telling those sharks to get out of your way
Telling the ocean to keep still
Until you come back to Hana Bay
Until you come back to Hana Bay
til you come back, til you come back, til you come back...
Track Name: Paint The Sky
Blue is forever, Red is for blood
Take me to heaven, Teach me to love
Teach me to honor what I can't conceive
Yellow is virtue, Orange is belief

CHORUS:
I want to paint the sky
I want to laugh with the moon
I want to dance with the angels
And I could never tell you why
I want to paint the sky

Purple is courage, Green is the lie
Time loses everything, Everything dies
But all that dies rises in billows of grey
And after come rainbows to color the day

CHORUS:
I want to paint the sky
I want to laugh with the moon
I want to dance with the angels
And I could never tell you why
I want to paint the sky

BRIDGE:
All these colors in my life
Sometimes fade to black and white
But they always leave a trace
So I can find them just in case, just in case...

CHORUS:
I want to paint the sky
I want to laugh with the moon
I want to dance with the angels
And I could never tell you why
I want to paint the sky
Track Name: Sleep
So sleep is the closest thing to love
Maybe we can dream clearer than we think
If we can stand it we can hear each others secrets
When I see you in my head, while we're sharing the bed

CHORUS:
Sleep is the master of my body
Sleep is the mind of my mind
Sleep is the singer of my breath
Sleep is all I leave behind

Something warm and liquid flows
The molasses of your body flowing into me
Now I can taste it and I know what you're doing
When you turn out the light, and die into night

CHORUS:
Sleep is the master of my body
Sleep is the mind of my mind
Sleep is the singer of my breath
Sleep is all I leave behind

Must be a scary way to feel
Always losing myself, as if you're someone else
Carry on inside you like a whirlpool in our blood sea
Flecks of red are seeping through the lining of our sleeping
Track Name: Right Side Of Zero
Springtime sunrise on a warm desert morning
I'll be your honey, you can be my hero
It's been a while since the cards smiled now one fine day
I'll be heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero

There's a break even point I know
Just where it is so hard to tell
But if you don't know where even is
How can you know if you're doing well

Before you disappear when I count to ten
I'll be your honey you can be my hero
Til then I'll be counting on you to tell me when
I'm heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero

There's a break even point I know
And I will find it 'fore I get old
But if you don't know where halfway is
How can you know if you're young or old

There's a dirty little war down south and it's covered like a baseball game
And you hear about the players like you hear about your sporting heroes
But this is life, this aint no game and I think we should leave people to their own ways
And head on down the road on the Right Side Of Zero

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK

There's a break even point I know
Just where it is so hard to tell
But if you don't know where even is
How can you know if you're doing well

Springtime sunrise on a warm desert morning
I'll be your honey, you can be my hero
It's been a while since the cards smiled now one fine day
I'll be heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero
Heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero
Heading down the road on the right side, on the right side, on the right side
Heading down the road on the Right Side Of Zero
Track Name: I Will Run
They say that one man's voice, is like a feather in the wind
That rises, falls, and trembles, and bears no weight within
But I feel the weight a thousand voices strong
And with a million more of those who care
The song of justice rises in the air

CHORUS
I Will Run, til I can run no more
And I will walk, and let my spirit soar
And when I can walk no more
I will stand on freedom's shore
And I will sing, til I can sing no more

They say that time can disappear like smoke into the air
And the tomorrows we so carefully plan
unwind and twist and turn and tear
But it's today that should hold our attention fast
And it's the love we leave in others eyes
That make our lifetimes last and last

CHORUS
I Will Run, til I can run no more
And I will walk, and let my spirit soar
And when I can walk no more
I will stand on freedom's shore
And I will sing, til I can sing no more

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Don't Tear Down
CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found

There's such a small space between conform and crazy
I try to live there but sometimes the lines get hazy
It's so easy to get caught up working for a living
Watching CNN while they're rooting for the home team
Then the billboard woman looms over the horizon
I keep my eyes straight ahead but my eyes are on her
As I think to myself, 'wasn't there something more important? what was it?'

CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found


I got this friend she works downtown, but she doesn't mind the traffic
Well she stays downtown I guess that's why she don't mind it
And she cares for others and she thinks for herself
And sometimes I wish she'd take better care of herself
But she's trying to save the world and thinks she knows how to do it
Sees something wrong want's to get down to it
Now she's angry at the world but you know, who can blame her
I get angry too, and I think that's why I like her

CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found

I did a lot of traveling in 1991
The year that American morality hit bottom
They are dancing in the streets with blood on their breath
Praying to the war god, celebrating death

CHORUS:
Don't Tear Down, Don't Tear Down
No matter what's coming I know you'll hold your ground
Don't Tear Down these truths you've found

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: I Can't Tell You
Some things are better left unsaid
Some things stay locked inside my head
I say I love you like a friend
I see you when the loving ends
I help you through your latest tragedy

I've hid my desire
Now I feel so inspired
To tell you all I cannot say

CHORUS:
I can't tell you that I want you
But I think you know it's true
After all your men have come and gone
Who loves you more than me?
I Can't Tell You

When words don't work the way we know
The language of the heart still goes
I'll try to show you all I mean
Not just a part in some grand scheme
We can be anything we want to be

But now I cannot say
Letters you'll read some day
Will tell you all I cannot now

CHORUS:
I can't tell you that I want you
But I think you know it's true
After all your men have come and gone
Who loves you more than me?
I Can't Tell You
Track Name: Where You Can Find Me
CHORUS:
I don't know all the places I've been
And I've forgotten things that I have done
And I can only imagine what I see
But I know where I'll be... Where You Can Find Me

I don't miss you, yes I do
And I don't love you more than I do, I do

CHORUS:
I don't know all the places I've been
And I've forgotten things that I have done
And I can only imagine what I see
But I know where I'll be... Where You Can Find Me

So I looked 'round my place for things you left
Sang that broken angels lullaby
Sometime I want to see what gives
When pieces of angels fly... so high, so high

CHORUS:
I don't know all the places I've been
And I've forgotten things that I have done
And I can only imagine what I see
But I know where I'll be... Where You Can Find Me

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: Old Rock & Roll Song (Karen's Song)
You make me think of an old rock and roll song
You make me think of that old heart and soul song
That we used to play on the piano as kids
And you got your piano today
You couldn't play it but that didn't count
Cause couldn't just wasn't your way

I know you feel my love now
And I'll always feel yours too
And when it's my time to go
I know you'll help me through
You'll always be a part of me
I'll always be with you

Ooh, your heart is whole now
Ooh, you're in control now

Since this life is all we know that we have
And in some way that must be good
I wanted you to live forever
And I thought that you would
You wanted to be beautiful
And you were, you looked younger than me
And just like me you changed your name now
And got a little more free
Now that freedom's bigger still
With lessons yet to glean

You're an old rock and roll song, that lingers on
And colors every dream

You make me think of an old rock and roll song
You make me think of that old heart and soul song
Track Name: Rootwing Reprise
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