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The Dreamers Machine

by James Carrington

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After song placements in film & TV like “Smallville", “ER”, “Side Order of Life”, “The Evidence”, and the Werner Herzog movie "Rescue Dawn" (starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn), the release of James Carrington's debut album is a long time dream come true for him.

Produced by Hollywood film composer Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean), the album features legendary talents Michael Landau (Joni Mitchell/James Taylor), Luis Conte (Madonna), Tom Coster (Santana), Abe Laboriel (Stevie Wonder), Abe Laboriel Jr (Paul McCartney) and engineer/co-producer James Guthrie (Pink Floyd). The music was recorded in London, Paris and Los Angeles with strings at Abbey Road, London.

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released 03 May 2012

James Carrington: Guitars, Piano, Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr.: Drums
Abe Laboriel: Bass
Michael Landau: Guitars
Tom Coster: Hammond B3
Luis Conte: Percussion
Caroline Dale: Solo Cello
James Guthrie: Guitars, Bass, Percussion
Blair Mackichan: Piano
Klaus Badelt: Piano, Keyboards
The London Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Andy Brown

All songs written by James Carrington
Published by Cheeky Music except Lights written by James Carrington & Klaus Badelt, KB Publishing (GEMA) & Cheeky Music. Dreamers Machine written by James Carrington & Sacha Skarbek, Cheeky Music/Universal Music Publishing. Save the Day written by James Carrington & Blair Mackichan, Cheeky Music/Universal Music Publishing. Stop the World written by James Carrington & James Simmonds. String arrangements by Klaus Badelt.

Co-produced & mixed by James Guthrie

Recorded by Mike Terry, Steve McLaughlin & Klaus Badelt
Mastered by James Guthrie and Joel Plante
Assistant Engineer: Joel Plante
Recorded at EMI Abbey Road (London), Swinghouse (Hollywood, CA), Henson (Los Angeles, CA), Theme Park (Santa Monica, CA) and HLC (Paris), and das boot recording (Lake Tahoe, UT)

Produced and arranged by Klaus Badelt

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Track Name: Ache
Isn’t it strange the way things can change
The life that you lead turned on its head
Suddenly someone means more than you felt before
Her house and its yard turns into home

I’m sorry, but I meant to say
many things along the way
so this ones for you

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache for you?

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache/and I hope its not too late
Have I told you I ache/Can I hold you and ache for you?

The time that it took writing words for my book
seems to have broken in half
The gate that I shut last time I got hurt
seems to have opened itself

Oh the world it’s spinning now, it’s trying to catch me up
and tell me to appreciate the here and now

I’m sorry, but I meant to say
many things along the way
so this ones for you

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache for you?

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache/and I hope its not too late
Have I told you I ache/Can I hold you and ache for you?
Track Name: Jonas
Jonas was always a stranger
He came from a family of two
He lived with his mother and hard drinking brother
They stuck to each other like glue

Jonas spent most of the time on his own wondering why he was here
He asked all the questions he thought would explain
The meaning behind all the fear

(Jonas come back now)

Jonas was always excited by silence
He craved for the voices to stop
Sitting upstairs in a room full of pictures
His memory filled up the gaps

Clearing his mind was his favorite past time
And he practiced for hours on end
Learning to cope while he climbed up that slope
Was the only way that he could mend

Oh can’t you see for yourself what the circumstances can do
Oh and you cry out at night cos its nothing to do with you

Jonas come back now
You’ve been sidetracked now
But it’s alright
You’ll be alright
Yes it’s alright, you’ll be alright now

Running and hiding and just not deciding it’s sad but it’s wonderful too
Learning to cope while you climb up that slope
is the only way forward for you

Oh can’t you see for yourself what the circumstances can do
Oh and you cry out at night cos its nothing to do with you
Oh can’t you see for yourself what the circumstances can do
Oh and you cry out at night cos its nothing to do with you

Jonas come back now
You’ve been sidetracked now
Jonas come back now
You’ve been sidetracked now

But it’s alright
You’ll be alright
Yes it’s alright
You’ll be alright now

Jonas come back now
Jonas come back now
Jonas come back now, Jonas come back now
Track Name: Lights
Follow the moment, why don’t you ease yourself back
Listen to silence, sometimes the quiets not sad
Living for no-one turning the pages alone
Soak up the silence, sometimes the quiets your home

You’re still hoping for the light to shine, shine, shine
Shine, shine, shine

Cos lights are for living and breathing inside
So light up your life and hold on for the ride
Lights are for living and revealing
Lights help the side of you that’s feeling

Gather momentum, use all the strength from your breath
Hanging the lantern, opens your heart more or less
Shadows surround you, pockets of light take their guard
Silence within you, steadies the beat of your heart.

You’re still hoping for the light to shine, shine, shine
Shine, shine, shine

Cos lights are for living and breathing inside
So light up your life and hold on for the ride
Lights are for living and revealing
Lights help the side of you that’s feeling

Cos lights are for living and breathing inside
So light up your life and hold on for the ride
Lights are for living and revealing
Lights help the side of you that’s feeling

You’re still hoping for the light to shine, shine, shine
Shine, shine, shine
Track Name: Stop The World
Living in daydreams
I am so tired
I lost all of my reasons
For all the things I desired

My life’s so crazy
I need some time out
Don’t let me turn myself inside out

Stop the world I wanna get off
Close the doors I’ve had enough
Bring me silence, peace of mind
All I wanna do is unwind

Sliding up stairways
Day after day
Walking through people
With nothing to say

My life’s so crazy
I need some time out
Don’t let me turn myself inside out

Stop the world I wanna get off
Close the doors I’ve had enough
Bring me silence, peace of mind
All I wanna do is unwind

Roll with the fast ones
Stop where you land
Nobody sees when you get through
Pick with the slow ones
But go with the no ones
Nobody tells you what to do

Bring out the storm clouds that you find
When you leave it all behind
Just for a moment
Just for a moment
Just for a moment

Stop the world I wanna get off
Close the doors I’ve had enough
Bring me silence, peace of mind
All I wanna do is unwind
Track Name: Me Oh My
The sanctuary that I left you in for the places that I hide
Makes the melancholy mood I’m in a harder one to ride

Me oh my oh my I’m missing you
You fill my world, you fill my head
Me oh my oh my I’m missing you
I miss my girl, I miss my bed

The piano that I play on every day only lets me play in minor keys
I wrote a song about you anyway, cos the piano sets me free
The comfort of your warm embrace is the feeling I long for
The skin I touch and celebrate, its what I’m waiting for

Me oh my oh my I’m missing you
You fill my world, you fill my head
Me oh my oh my I’m missing you
I miss my girl, I miss my bed

Me oh my oh my I’m missing you
You fill my world, you fill my head
Me oh my wish I was kissing you
I miss my girl, I miss my bed

Me oh my oh my I’m missing you
You fill my world, you fill my head
Me oh my oh wish I was kissing you
I miss my girl I miss my bed
Track Name: Save The Day
You sold out you gave in too easy
You’ve taken your chances with me

We’re crowded, surrounded on all sides bombarded
So is this goodbye?

Don’t turn away
Get it straight
We always wait until tomorrow comes

Lets work it out
Right here right now
I’m done with all the pain and sorrow
No this can’t wait until tomorrow
Lets save the day

Finally those words are spoken
All we’ve been meaning to say
You’re foolish, I’m stupid
We’ve found out some home truths
So is this goodbye?

Don’t turn away
Get it straight
We always wait until tomorrow comes

Lets work it out
Right here right now
Done with all the pain and sorrow
No this cant wait until tomorrow

You’re caught up in a spin
Right in this hurricane
Don’t you feel it pulling you back in?
Lets save the day

Don’t turn away
Get it straight
We always wait untll tomorrow comes

Lets work it out
Right here right now
Done with all the pain and sorrow
No this can’t wait until tomorrow
Lets save the day
Track Name: Paper Moons
Laughter, laughter loud inside my head
Getting closer, closer to welcoming my friends
So close now, it’s working somehow

But after the storm
When everybody’s gone
And only myself to turn to
That’s when it hurts
That’s when I revert
To writing your name on paper moons
Cos they move so clear like tears
And all they seem to say is why are you not here with me?

Lightness, brightness, pulling me to bed
Alright, sleep tight, the night is all but dead
So warm now, I made it somehow

But after the storm
When everybody’s gone
And only myself to turn to
That’s when it hurts
That’s when I revert
To writing your name on paper moons
Cos they move so clear like tears
And all they seem to say is why, are you not here with me?

In the pit of time when its always a moment away
In the darkest sky when your mind often seems to melt away
In the pit of time when its always a moment away
In the pit of time when its always a moment away

But after the storm
When everybody’s gone
And only myself to turn to
That’s when it hurts
That’s when I revert
To writing your name on paper moons
Cos they move so clear like tears
And all they seem to say is why, are you not here with me?
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Track Name: Silver or Gold
Your sweet face always laughing in picture frames
Making love seem like a human game
I hang my head and burn for you

I see lights glowing brightly just below your eyes
Focused gently in between your smile
The one that I have grown to love so much

Silver or gold she said so gracefully
How does it go from here?
I don’t fear love anymore
I just wanted to be sure
You have opened up my door

Nervously I stand facing you with honesty
Letting go of my uncertainty
Its time to change my life for you

Growing bold wasn’t easy for a tender soul
Never knowing when to let go
Appreciate the one who shows me love

Silver or gold she said so gracefully
How does it go from here?
I don’t fear love anymore
I just wanted to be sure
You have opened up my door
Track Name: Dreamer's Machine
The sounds in my head
Feel like pictures instead
I need a guide
If they are my life
Then they must be right
That’s all I need to know
Treading on shells
And soothing the swell
Trying to be free

Changing our lives
Building for the same designs

Is this a dream
Or the dreamers machine?
Do we walk side by side my love?

We don’t have to fall
If we break through this wall
Come and walk by my side my love
Just let it in
The dreamers machine

The balance of trust
is what we need to adjust
To straighten things out

It’s not easy to be
The man that you see
If he doesn’t have time to himself
My hopes and fears
Have been there for years
They’re here to stay

Changing our lives
Building for the same designs

Is this a dream
Or the dreamers machine?
Do we walk side by side my love?

We don’t have to fall
If we break through this wall
Come and walk by my side my love
Just let it in
The dreamers machine

do we wait for a sign?
or do the signs only shine for those who go on
believing?

Is this a dream
Or the dreamers machine?
Do you walk by my side my love?

We don’t have to fall
If we break through this wall
Come and walk by my side my love

Is this a dream
Or the dreamers machine?
Do we walk side my side my love?

We don’t have to fall
If we break through this wall
Come and walk by my side my love

Is this a dream
Or the dreamers machine?
Do we walk side my side my love?

We don’t have to fall
If we break through this wall
Come and walk by my side my love

Is this a dream
Or the dreamers machine
Come and walk by my side my love
Track Name: Reach
There’s still a little sound I like to hear
There’s still a quiet voice inside my ear
When I feel blue instead of red
I’m scared of all the things I could have said

after all, it’s your drowning eyes I recall
and the way you use to sleep
when I sang your song

Cos when I reach for you
there’s no time for us
and when you reach for me
I can feel your touch
Cos life is lighter when your close
Cos you complete the best of me

There’s still a little love left in my heart
There’s still a piece you didn’t tear apart
When I think of all the skins we shed
Seems sad that we can’t comprehend the things we left

after all, it’s your lightest touch I recall
and the way you held your head
when I sang your song

Cos when I reach for you
there’s no time for us
and when you reach for me
I can feel your touch
Cos life is lighter when you’re close
Cos you complete the best of me

when I sing your song
when I sing your song
when I sing your song, when I sing your song
Track Name: Sorry
I’m sorry if I broke your heart
It wasn’t what I meant
I was a very different man

I just meant us to get along
I don’t know what went wrong
But now I know I miss you

Cos you were always trying your best
I just didn’t get the rest
There were times when I was so lost inside
I just should have stopped and cried

Cos honey when I think of you
All I want to do is hold you very close to me
Cos you were always trying to be
The person that I need
The person that was best for me

And now I think I let you go
And why I just might never know
So I guess I’ll always hope to see your face
Somewhere that we know

I’m sorry if I made you cry
I never meant to start
The war that we went fighting through
cos I know you just meant the best
And why I didn’t guess and see what you were trying to do

And now I’m stuck here on my own
A man just floating on his lonesome self
And if I could just turn back the light that you were shining

I’m sorry if I broke your heart
I didn’t mean to do the things that I know you fell through
Cos you were just the best thing
I ever could have wished and I miss you
Track Name: Ache (Acoustic)
Isn’t it strange the way things can change
The life that you lead turned on its head
Suddenly someone means more than you felt before
Her house and its yard turns into home

I’m sorry, but I meant to say
many things along the way
so this ones for you

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache for you?

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache/and I hope its not too late
Have I told you I ache/Can I hold you and ache for you?

The time that it took writing words for my book
seems to have broken in half
The gate that I shut last time I got hurt
seems to have opened itself

Oh the world it’s spinning now, it’s trying to catch me up
and tell me to appreciate the here and now

I’m sorry, but I meant to say
many things along the way
so this ones for you

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache for you?

Have I told you I ache
Have I told you I ache/and I hope its not too late
Have I told you I ache/Can I hold you and ache for you?