Right Side Of Zero (1996)

by Darryl Purpose

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Rootwing 02:27
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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...
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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
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Sleep 05:25
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
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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
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I Will Run 03:40
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
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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
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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
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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
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Miss Yoo 03:55
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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
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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 blackjack player, 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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