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MAELSTROM BEACH Song and Lyric Notes:

 

1. “CHEM CLOUD DAY”

LEAD VOCAL:  Cameron Michael Parkes

This is a remake of a song we wrote and recorded in 1984 called “WORKING GIRL” (pre-dating the movie by four years). This rewrite has a new verse. Look up! Look out! It’s a chem cloud date… as the bumper sticker say:  “Google Chem Clouds”

Smile and Say… It’s a Chem Cloud Dat!

I’m lyin’ in my bed…

Planes Flyin’ over head,

Morning, noon or night,

They’re hiding in plain sight…

What ever happened to my sky of blue?

I’m in a Chem Cloud daze.

It’s the mist that mystify’s.

It’s a rainbow haze

It’s the biggest top secret in teh skies.

So, Smile and say… It’s a Chem Cloud Day!

It’s coming to your town,

What’s up is raining down.

Unhappy trails appear,

Across the atmosphere.

What ever happened to my sky of blue?

Coast to coast etc…

I’m in a Chem Cloud Daze.

It’s the Mist that Mystify’s

It’s a Rainbow Haze

It’s the Biggest top secret in the skies.

So, smile and say… It’s a Chem Cloud Day!

Spray, Spray, Spray Away…

Who’s turning my blue skies to grey?

© 2008 Box O' Clox Music/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

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2 "COME BACK" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Charles Pett

This track originally appeared on "THE QUICKENING" CD. Here it is remixed and re-mastered.

 

3 (*) "DON'T THROW OUR LOVE AWAY" (Parkes-Pett-Dolan)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes

A rather unusual story behind this one.... As I was making my youngest daughter (11) a sandwich one afternoon I caught her humming a tune. When I asked her what it was she said she 'made it up'. I said, "What you're humming is a motif from the 3rd movement from Sibelius' 5th Symphony". I knew there was no way that she could have known this. I loaded up a CD of the Sibelius 5th and popped the headphones on her head. After the motif passed she took them off and declared, "Yup, that's it!". Later that night... the hypnotic chord progression from that portion of the symphony was going through my head in circles, keeping me awake. Just as I had fallen into a dream state, a melody flew in over the top of the chord progression. This kind of thing has happened to me before but normally I am unable wake myself in time to write something down. This time I was able to force myself up to jot down the chorus (lyrics and all). The very next night the verse came to me in a similar fashion. So, if the production has somewhat of a 'dreamy' quality about it, that's why.

Your touch is not the same…

And I’m the one to blame…

I don’t know what I’d do,

To live without you.

Oh, Please…

Don’t throw our love away.

Oh, Please….

Don’t throw our love away…

Don’t go, just say you’ll stay.

Don’t throw our love away.

Beneath the setting sun…

Your love is on the run…

That faraway look I see,

Isn’t seein’ through me.

Oh, Please…

Don’t thorw our love away.

Oh, Please…

Don’t throw our love away…

Don’t go, just say you’ll stay.

Don’t throw our love away.

I don’t know what I’d do,

To live without you…

Oh, Please…

Don’t throw our love away.

Oh Please….

Don’t throw our love away….

Don’t go, just say you’ll stay.

Don’t throw our love away.

Don’t throw our love away…

© 2008 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

4 (*) "THERE'S NOTHING LIKE LOVE" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Charles Pett - Cameron Michael Parkes

Yes, this track too originally appeared on "THE QUICKENING" CD. Here it is not only remixed and re-mastered, a vocal line has been added to the bridge. The are also new strings and other various things... Greg Hauge's initial production and arrangement on this song is brilliantly understated. (i.e. the short guitar figure leading into the chorus.

 

Everybody wants to tell me

What I should do today.

I guess they think that I’m all mixed up.

Passing by the open windows

And reaching deep inside.

Guess everyone could use some good luck.

There’s nothing like love…

She believes in my ways,

Sometiemes we get up

And we don’t other days…

There’s nothing like love…

When you’re married two souls

Don’t want to believe that love ebbs and it flows…

Living together,

Struggling everyday…

Taking whatever

Life throws our way…

I’ve been seeing things in black and white

Had my ups and downs.

It’s easy now to see what’s wrong and what’s

Wrong and What’s Right.

Passing by the open windows

And reaching deep inside

Close to you each day and each night

There’s nothing like love (etc..)

©  2004-2008 Box O' Clox Music/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)


 

5 (*) "ALL IS VANITY" (Parkes-Pett-Dolan)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes

Another version of this song entitled, "THE QUICKENING" was released in 2004. The tune was originally copyrighted in 1997 (prior to 911) when the original track was recorded using a 54+ string section. Some history on the original release can be found on our website. I was never happy with the 'chorus' melody. I've been writing, producing and arranging pop music since the mid 1970s' and I have never felt compelled to tinker on a track over a period of 13 years. This new, and final, version has not only a new melody for the chorus but the verses have been re-phrased as well.  Cameron says every pastor and priest everywhere should be reading this to their congregations now!

 

Light is dark and dark is light,

Right is wrong and wrong is right.

When did truth become a lie?

Can't you hear the angels cry?

God has a tear in his eye...

 

In the home of the brave

In the land of the free

It's the dawning of the age of insanity.

From the spacious skies,

From sea to shining sea

Kingdoms rise to fall

And all is vanity... all is vanity ... all is vanity.

 

A bad moon's rising in the East,

People gather 'round the one eyed beast.

Flying demons full of rage

Force history to turn a page...

Force history to turn a page...

In the home of the brave

In the land of the free

It's the dawning of the age of insanity.

From the spacious skies,

Purple mountain's majesty

Kingdoms rise to fall

And all is vanity... all is vanity ... all is vanity.

Stars may tumble from the sky,

It's appointed once for man to die.

Somewhere lies an empty tomb.

The second coming's coming soon....

The Prince Of Peace is coming soon

All is vanity....

© 1997 - 2008 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)  

 

6 "MAKE MY BURDEN LIGHT" (Parkes-Pett)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes

Written in Atlanta, which helps to explain it's obvious Southern elements. This track seems to cry out for a big gospel choir performing a call-and-response. If some gospel artist out there ever covers this song I have a choir arrangement layin' around here somewhere.

So weary,

World weary,

Lord, Help me to fight the good fight.

Heart’s heavy,

So heavy…

Lord, Make my burden light.

Until that day when all troubles cease

Keep me humble Lord,

Keep my soul at peace.

So weary,

World weary…

Lord, help me to fight the good fight.

Heart’s heave,

So heavy…

Lord, make my burden light.

There’s just so much these two arms can do,

What I can’t carry,

Lord I give to You.

So weary,

World weary…

Lord, help me to fight the good fight.

heart’s heavy,

So heavy….

Make my burden light

Lord, make my burden light…

Lord, make my burden light…….

©  2008 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

7 "NO EXIT" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Charles Pett

It clocks in at just a little over 2:00, but has a lot to say. Not one note wasted.

 

Born in this world of sin and woe,

Six feet above and six feet below.

And through it all, in every way

I miss you darlin….Everyday.

Out of the fire, into the pan

Burn if you will, hide if you can.

Just rest assured, there’s no doubt

There is no exit, there’s no way out

Fate rolls over me

This world can bring you to your knees.

There’ always someone you’ve go to please,

This never changes…

Born in this world of sin and woe,

When will it end? Nobody knows.

Through it all, in every way

I miss you darlin’....Everyday. Everyday!!

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

8 "CALIPHORNIA" (Parkes-Pett)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes

The origin for this one dates back to 1982. It's a tonge-in-cheek attempt to shatter the 'California Myth' created in the 1960s' by the Beach Boys , Jan & Dean et al in under 3 minutes. The lyrics actually are more relevant today than when they were originally written. This is one of those songs that somehow just happens... it was written and recorded within a 3-hour period. Wayne Erwin (of Rockin' Foo and The Monkees' session man fame) played the guitars on the 1982 demo, which can be heard here. Rather than re-record the song from scratch I just superimposed some new elements onto the demo from 1982.

 

CALIPHORNIA!

CALIPHORNIA!

HOT SUMMER BEACH AND FREEWAY HEAT...

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

ON THE BOARDWALK IN VENICE, STRANGE PEOPLE TO MEET...

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

HANGIN' AT THE MALL OR CRUSIN' DOWN THE STREET...

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

A DAY WITHOUT THE SMOG JUST IS INCOMPLETE.

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

HOME OF L.A.

HOME OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY,

CALIFOR-NI-YA!

CALIPHORNIA!

IT'S A SHAKEY PLACE..

CALIPHORNIA!

IT'S THE EARTHQUAKE STATE!

THE WEATHER'S ALWAYS WARM FOR THE HOLLYWOOD HIP.

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

FOR CHECKIN' OUT THE CLUBS ON THE SUNSET STRIP.

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

IF YOU LIVE IN 'ANY-TOWN' I'LL GIVE YOU A TIP.

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

DON'T COME TO CALIFORNIA, IT AIN'T WORTH THE TRIP!

(Caliphornia Lifestyle..)

HOME OF THE BIG SCREEN..

HOME OF BROKEN DREAMS..

WEIRD, WEIRD SCENES.

CALIPHORNIA!

IT'S THE HOME OF THE SUN

CALIPHORNIA!

THERE'S ROOM FOR EVERY ONE!

CALIPHORNIA!

CALIPHORNIA!

 © 1982-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

9 "STRAIGHT FACED" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Charles Pett

 

Called up my baby, wanted to see.

Where ya been baby till quarter to three?

And she lied straight faced.

Oh, she lied to me.

Called up my doctor, asked him to see

If there’s a pill that would be good for me

And he lied straight faced

Oh, he lied to me.

When my baby’s not at home

There’s somewhere else she’d rather be.

I can’t believe she’s not with me…

Called up an old friend, asked him to see

Is there a place that would be good for me?

And he lied straight faced

Oh, he lied to me.

lie, lie, lie…

And she lied straight faced,

Oh, she lied to me.

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

10 "DON'T YOU WORRY" (Parkes-Pett-Dolan)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes RAP: L "Deez" Dolan

Yes, it's a 2 chord song (G#m and Em) to be exact). A number for and about the "Midnight Highway".

 

Got no reservations, got no plans

Let’s make it - shake it while we can

No one to meet, No one to call

No clock to beat right off the wall

(Chorus)

Oh Baby… Don’t you worry

(Come on baby don’t be shy)

There's no hurry, it's alright

(I want to take you on a midnight ride)

Baby don’t you worry

(Come on baby don’t be shy)

There’s no hurry.

(Let’s find a place where we can hide)

It’s alright…

Grab your soul and come and dance

Let’s give romance another chance

Cause tomorrow’s coming fast

Gotta hit the road before it’s past

 

(Chorus)

(You’re on the air)

(Don’t worry baby) Baby, we are headed where the sun never sets there…. No more night, electric light save the nuclear power… No-one knows the hour...

(You’re on the air)

Baby, we’re a glimmer here, in his eyes just a tear… Mornin’ star is not too far… Don’t DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT, GOT THE FULL REPORT…SKIPPED TO THE END AND WE WIN…IT’S ALRIGHT, YEAH…

(Chorus)

(You’re on the air)

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

11 "MISS BLUE" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Charles Pett

 

Miss Blue......

She doesn't love me anymore.

I can tell by her eyes.

She gave me her fond farewell,

it's such an unhappy time..

Miss Blue, why did you leave me lonely?

Why did you shut me out?

Was it because of something I said?

(Miss Blue I’m so, so, sorry)

Miss Blue, why did you leave me cryin'?

Why can't we work it out?

And be just like we were..... before.

We were married early on

like so many are....

When we left Niagara Falls

we were falling for sure

we were falling for sure....

(chorus)

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

12 "FALLING OUT OF LOVE" (Parkes-Dolan-Pett)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes

Another one originally recorded in the early 80s' - actually a 'B' side to a single released on Zebra Records (which sold something like 1 copy world wide - some accomplishment that, even for us). This new version has a very subtle production.

 

I’m falling out of love

With you girl…

It’s the end of us.

Don’t say love

That you love me now

Because I’ve already moved you out.

I took your love,

And we flew.

But like a drug

I O.D’D on you.

© 1982-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

13 "THAT'S THE WAY IT GOES ON FOREVER" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes - Charles Pett

Included here as a foretaste of an album we plan to release in the future entitled "It's About Time"

 

Since you’ve been gone…

Had to stay far away clocks movin’ on

Everyday ticks away time takes long, so long

That’s the way it goes on forever, baggering time

I wish you mine (repeat)

But now you’re gone…

Had to stay far away clocks movin’ on

Everyday ticks away time takes so long, so long

That’s the way it goes on forever, baggering time

I wish you mine (repeat)

That’s the way it goes on forever, dying inside

I wish you mine (repeat)

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

14 "WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN" (Parkes-Pett)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes

Another one penned in the early 1980s'. Somewhat inspired by Brian Ferry / Roxy Music.

 

When the sun goes down

I’ll be wanting you

When the sun goes down

I’ll be haunting you

(Chorus)

When the sun goes down

And the world turns ‘round

And I’m suddenly found without you

If it wasn’t night and the sun was bright

I’d be feeling alright about you

But the sun goes down… (repeat)

When the sun comes up

Melts my cares away

When the sun comes up

It’s just another day

(chorus)

When the sun comes up

Melts my cares away

‘Till the sun goes down

It’s just another day

Then the sun goes down

And the world turns ‘round

And I’m suddenly found without you

If it wasn’t night and the sun was bright

I’d be feeling alright about you

But the sun goes down... (repeat)

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

15 "A LITTLE HAPPINESS" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Cameron Michael Parkes - Charles Pett

... appears at this point on the CD for a bit of lighthearted irony. Phil and Don time here. We've cut a few different versions of this one over the years (once as demo for a McDonald's commercial).

 

A little happiness in a big old world

Every boy and girl just wants a little happiness

Just a little happiness today.

A little friendly smile on a cloudy day

Wipe the tears away, Oh I’d even walk a mile

For just a friendly smile today

Everyone deserves it, a little kindness everday

Everyone has earned it in their own way…

A little happiness in the big old world

Every boy and girl just wants a little happiness

Just a little happiness today.

A little friendly smile on a cloudy day

Wipe the tears away, Oh I’d even walk a mile

For just a little friendly smile today…

Get Happy!

Just a little bit of happiness… (repeat)

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)

 

16 "DREAM" (Pett-Parkes)

LEAD VOCAL: Charles Pett - HARMONIES: Cameron Michael Parkes - Larry Dolan

Like life, it ends as it begins, it's what occurs in between that counts.

 

Dance… Come and dance

Open your heart,

Take a chance

We may only have one chance

So dance… Dance..

Dream… Come and Dream

It’s not as bad

As it seems.

You only have to dare

To dream… dream

Let’s waltz the night away

Until the break of day

Tango through the galaxy,

Untangle life’s mysteries

We may only have one chance…

So dream… Dream.

So dream… Dream.

© 2008-2014 Box O' Clox Music Publishing/Cinecam Music Publishing (ASCAP)