DIAMONDS FOR THE QUEEN (2011)

by Bob Westfall Moonlight Poet

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about

Ah yes, Diamonds For The Queen.
The Queen that is soon to wed another man.
Alas, the heart doth feel a pang.
But it doth matter not, for I be not the marrying kind.
- Roberto De La Hoya, circa 1592

This is an album I recorded in my parents' basement in the suburbs of Vancouver, during breaks between university semesters in 2011. It is a natural and organic recording; no auto tune, no click tracks, no quantization, no major editing, etc. All songs were played in a free hand style and most were sung as they were played. Old school style. The way I like it.

The Queen is Jae Hyeon, and the album is forever dedicated to her spirit.

Life around the time of this recording was a wild and exciting time; my room mate was regularly using my spatula to clean his cat's litter box, and I didn't even know it. We are still good friends! Life is a strange and beautiful occurrence.

credits

released September 1, 2011

All songs written by and copyright (c) Bob Westfall 2011

Jae Hyeon Choi: Harmony vocal track 1
Brandon Williams: Drums tracks 1, 2, 6, 10
Jim Ferguson: Drums tracks 8,9,12. Congas & djembe
Lou Hoover: Drums tracks 3 & 13
Kevin Raphael: Drums track 11
Bill Haggerty: Drums track 14
Jack Lavin: Harmonica track 9
Marco Del Rio: Penny Whistle track 5 & 7, Oboe track 4.
Ainsley Reid: Harmony vocal tracks 3,4,6
Andrea Cave: Violin tracks 1,11,14
Andrea Matchullis: Harmony vocal track 11
Vahid Jafari: Tar track 10
Bob Westfall: vocals, guitars, harmonica, bass, piano, keyboards, and everything else that everybody else didn't play.

Mastered by Neil Lambertsen at The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver.

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Track Name: Walkin' Down The Road
WALKING DOWN THE ROAD
I'm walking down the road
I'm walking down the road
Where I'm going, I don't know
I'm just walking down the road

Maybe I'll go to Mexico
Maybe I'll go to Idaho
It's pretty in June in Saskatoon
Way up through Alaska too

I'm walking down the road
I'm walking down the road
Where I'm going, I don't know
I'm just walking down the road

Guitars, harmonicas
Living the life I wanna, 'cause
9 to 5's monotonous
Traveling life is all or bust

Got no troubles, go no cares
I'm free and clear as mountain air
Life's a dream, if you dare
Close your eyes, it'll take you there

18-wheelers pass me by
Some stop to offer rides
Driver says, "Supposed to rain"
That's when I smile and say

I'm walking down the road
I'm walking down the road
Where I'm going, I don't know
I'm just walking down the road

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Doesn't It Feel Good To Be A Free Man?
DOESN'T IT FEEL GOOD TO BE A FREE MAN?
I can see who I wanna see
I can be who I wanna be
Doesn't it feel good to be a free man?

I can go where I wanna go
I can know what I wanna know
Doesn't it feel good to be a free man?

Free, free as the breeze on a sweet summer's eve
I'm free to do as I please, no need to breath uneasy

Think what I wanna think
Drink when I wanna drink
Doesn't it feel good to be a free man?

I can do what I wanna do
I can screw who I wanna screw
Doesn't it feel good to be a free man?

I can say what I wanna say
Play what I wanna play
Doesn't it feel good to be a free man?

I can see who I wanna see
I can be who I wanna be
Doesn't it feel good to be a free man?

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Children Of God
CHILDREN OF GOD
What's going on?
It feels like my conscience is trying to tell me to stay
That patience is a virtue, to wait won't hurt you at all
Is this fate standing proud and tall?
Or my own blind faith with its back to the wall?

Children of God, if that's all we are
Never stray too far from the brightest star

What's going on?
The legs of an angel lead to the savior, I know
But is this how it's supposed to be?
Ten temptations testing me and my soul
It feels like forever is too long
To leave behind what'll miss me when I'm gone

Children of God, if that's all we are
Never stray too far from the brightest star

What if I leave you naked?
Out of touch with what once was sacred
Nothing left but the law of the flesh
And the will to un-break it
An ancient book and a vision of the fall
Your own blind faith with its back to the wall

Children of God, if that's all we are
Never stray too far from the brightest star
Children of God, if that's all we are
Never stray too far from the brightest star

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Sunny Side Of The Moon
SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOON
Out in the middle of nowhere
Flowers circle the sun
Leaves of many colors breed
Life when crimson runs
Oh, the mountains and the wide open plains
Steal you away in a silent parade
And leave you with nothing to say

Summer's come and spirit's high
This is what it's all about
Floating on a river of rose petal tea
In a boat with the bottom falling out
Up, up, and away
Into the great unknown
You're an abandoned balloon on a journey
To the sunny side of the moon

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Wings
WINGS
Everybody's growing wings and flying away
They are leaving, but I'll remain
I will sing this sad song soft and slow
To bring you down before you go
Old friends become ghosts
When you cannot love yourself
And you'll find you starve when you try too hard
To love someone else

Will I ever be happy?
Why should I try if I am just waiting around to die?
There's no reason for a man to carry on
When the one he loves has left and gone
Old friends become ghosts
When you cannot love yourself
And you'll find you starve when you try too hard
To love someone else

Everybody's growing wings and flying away
They are leaving, but I'll remain

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Howling At The Moon
HOWLIN' AT THE MOON
Chaotic box called the mind
Tricked me and locked me inside
Choked me and stripped the spirits from my eyes
Only silence hears the cries

Before too long I'll be hearing voices
And making irrational choices
Hallucinating and hearing noises
Mumbling sounds like words disjointed

Spend the day staring at the sky
Never stopped to wonder why
I can't decide if I'm alive
Inside of deaths disguise

Tomorrow may come a little too soon
Shadows of night, a melancholy tune
Sleeping through dawn, dying at noon
Six feet below, howling at the moon

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: My Oh My (How The Time Does Fly)
MY OH MY
My oh my, how the time does fly
Why oh why must tears be cried?
You are a hazy half moon
In the night's starry sky

You and you, and me and me
Two and two does not make three
Just go, walk on down the road
Your love has set you free

Seems to me this happens every time I open my eyes
Love is blind, but only for a while
And then it see. And then it leaves.

My oh my, how the time does fly
You are a hazy half moon
In the night's starry sky

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Ah Love
AH, LOVE
Ah love, you never know the way it'll go
It'll lift you up or drag you down
The long and lonely road

Ah love, you gotta play to win
You gotta take a chance and lay your luck on the line
You gotta throw it all in

If we could see the future inside a crystal ball
We'd calculate every step and never have the privilege to fall

Ah love, I've put down my shield
My heart yearns for everything true
Now before you I kneel

Take me in and teach me how to do no wrong
Let love release me into a better song
Life is mine to live and I want to live it right
When my soul is heaven, pure will be the light
Pure will be the light.

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Yellow Skinned Woman Blues
YELLOW SKINNED WOMAN BLUES
Prisoner in the basement room
Prisoner in the basement room
Waitin' on a yellow skinned woman to turn blue.

Come on telephone, don't ring on me now
Come on telephone, baby don't ring on me now
My conscience couldn't take it
She'd surely break down

Freedom is just one woman away
Freedom is just one woman away
Baby I need your lovin' to break these chains

Prisoner in the basement room
Prisoner in the basement room
Waitin' on a yellow skinned woman to turn blue.

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Freedom Within Social Responsibility
FREEDOM WITHIN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Well, I'm broke. I got no money
But it don't matter, it's just money
I may die tomorrow or I may die today
Why would I wanna go to work anyway?
I've been lost and I've been won
Loneliness is the cost of gettin' things done
I've got a friend who just signed her life away
She found security in a ball and chain

There's a cigarette dangling from the mouth
Of a withered and frail Fijian woman
Her fingers are thin and her lips are blue
Look into her eyes and she'll analyse you
There's tough times all around
There's money, fags, and joints on the ground
There's a balcony to jump off if you feel the need to do it
If you think about the future and say, "screw it."

Everybody's got the dollar sign disease
Think about a million bucks and get weak in the knees
But I'm just a hypocrite, guilty as charged
The purest form of freedom can be found behind bars
Punch the clock and buy some time
With mushroom tea and Japanese plum wine
Maybe we can wake up in a dream
Where nothing is exactly what it seems
Maybe we can wake up in a dream
Where nothing is what it seems

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: I Can't Promise You Eternity
I CAN'T PROMISE YOU ETERNITY
You gotta do what you gotta do
Sometimes it hurts
You gotta do what you gotta do
Before it gets worse
This ain't nothing new
This ain't nothing new to me
This ain't nothing new
It's only new to you

You gotta do what you gotta do
Once the sights are set
You gotta do what you gotta do
Move on but never forget
This ain't nothing new
This ain't nothing new to me
This ain't nothing new
It's only new to you

Every bridge burned is a heavy lesson learned
Don't build your world around me
I can't promise you eternity

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: Here Comes 2012
HERE COMES 2012
Take that bible off the shelf
Here comes 2012, here comes 2012, here comes 2012
Take that bible off the shelf
Here comes 2012
2012, 2012, 2012...

There's nothin' more to say
Get on your knees and pray
On your knees and pray, on your knees and pray
There's nothing more to say
Get on your knees and pray. Pray, pray, pray...

Repent or you will go
To desolation row, desolation row, desolation row
Repent or you will go
To desolation row
Repent or go down below

There's no postcard to send from the end
No postcard to send from the end
There's no postcard to send from the end
It's the end, my friend, the end.

Take that bible off the shelf
Here comes 2012
Here comes 2012, Here comes 2012
Take that bible off the shelf
Here comes 2012, 2012, 2012, 2012..

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: When I Get Home
WHEN I GET HOME
When I get home
I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow
Though my heart may explode along the way
When I get home
I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow

I smell your skin in the wind
I feel you in everything I touch
I never thought that being apart
Would cause me to miss you this much

When I get home
I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow
Though my heart may explode along the way
When I get home
I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow

Guitars play on a sunny summer day
Foreign eyes glance me way
I can't help but look away
Lover, I'm not ashamed to say

When I get home
I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow
Though my heart may explode along the way
When I get home
I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow

(c) Bob Westfall 2011
Track Name: To The Queen
TO THE QUEEN
I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love
With you, and you love me too

You're the one, you're the one, you're the one
For me, and I'm the one you need

Our souls intertwine like grapes on a vine
Sweet and fine, like soft sunshine

When we kiss, when we kiss, when we kiss
We kiss the world away, and that's the way we'll stay
That's how we'll stay

(c) Bob Westfall 2011

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