Lyrics and Thoughts: Music Is The Ride Album

Everything Is Changing

Everything Is Changing

 

 Words and Music

by Richard Schulman

 

Everything is changing,

Moving so fast

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

 

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

Life is rearranging,

Nothing like the past

Everyone is struggling,

Sensitive, unsure

Fog and fantasy make you insecure

 

It's gonna work out

You just don't see it yet

A time of endings

New directions set

 

Everything feels

Like it's falling apart

A punch to the stomach

Your most sensitive spot

Exciting things are happening

All over the world

There's a fog on your head,

Your mind, your soul

 

Your secret power

Your sweet desire

You want to go higher

 

How did this happen

Illusions of the mind

Are there ghosts from your past 

You need to unwind

 

It's gonna work out

You just don't see it yet

A time of endings

New directions set

 

Everything's revealed

Where you were lost

Where you ran away

What was the cost

Everything's confusing

Doesn't make sense

What you have been losing

Sitting on a fence.

 

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

Everything is changing, 

Moving so fast

 

Dr Dreamwalker here. . . I wrote this song several years ago never realizing how apropos it would be for today. I once wrote, "In a dream it all seems real, Wake it swiftly goes away. We resist all and any changes. Everything changes anyway." This was written at a time in my life when I had to come to terms with extreme changes I was resisting, had a resulting ego death, and things improved markedly. A tough go, no doubt, but I wouldn't give it back. Extreme changes have been pushed on all of us and we have to figure out how to respond. 

The Chinese pictogram for crisis has two pictures, danger and opportunity. We are in crisis and have to deal with it, but there is opportunity for positive change. If we can approach this time lovingly we have a chance. Anger and conflict will destroy us. 

Recording this song was a blast. I got to use my Rickenbacker 12 string to give it a little 60s jangle. I used a Fender Stratocaster in the background and a Gretsch Tennessee Rose to give it those Who-like blasts. We used both a six string and 12 string acoustics to give the song a full sound, which is seen throughout the album. Debbie's harmonies and background vocals are so much fun as is Tony's lead. I wanted it to sound like a 60s song and I think we made it. 

As you go through the album you'll notice that the songs have many different flavors of sound. Patrick and I chose different combinations of both acoustic and electric guitars for the background and Tony used several different guitars for his leads. I loved experimenting with the sounds and finding the guitars that expressed the feeling behind the song.

 

 

 

 

Don't Give Me A Second Thought (Let Me Be Your First)

Don't Give Me A Second Thought

(Let Me Be Your First)

 

Words and Music

by Debbie Stern and Steve Frey 

 

If you’re needing  

Somebody to talk to 

You’re tired to talking to the wall 

Pick up the phone, 

You can reach me at home 

It’s never too late to call 

 

If you’re worn and torn 

Like a worn-out shoe 

Your bubbles  

Getting ready to burst 

Don’t give me a second thought 

Baby let me be your first 

 

Please don’t change your mind, 

When things are getting worse 

Don’t give me a second thought, 

Baby let me be your first 

 

You know I can understand you 

When no one takes the time to 

Listen to your problems 

Please know that I’m there 

Please know that I care 

 

If you’re wanting somebody 

To hold you 

I’d like to rock your cares away 

Hold on tight, 

I’ll make you feel alright 

And look forward to a better day 

 

Please don’t change your mind, 

When things are getting worse 

Don’t give me a second thought, 

Baby let me be your first 

 

You know I can understand you 

When no one takes the time to 

Listen to your problems 

Please know that I’m there 

Please know that I care

 

 

We tend to second doubt our decisions in life. I have always been taught to make your decisions, trust your intuition and move ahead Don't look back. When it comes to relationships, and you feel comfortable around the person you love, this song is saying, 

"Allow me to be your number one persons to go to in times of trouble and in times of joy. 

We always want to share our thoughts and be around people we love. So do not doubt that little voice in you head saying..."call, reach out" Allow that person to share your life and your thoughts. Don't second guess yourself...go with your first thought!

Debbie Stern

 

This song is so bright and upbeat I just love it. Debbie orchestrated the background vocals and Dave Ross and I did the singing round at the end. It sounds a little like a Beatles song to me, and that's pretty high praise.

Dr Dreamwalker

The Outsider

The Man In Black Staring at me. The Outsider

The Man In Black Staring at me. The Outsider

The Outsider 

 

Words and Music

by Richard Schulman

 

I’m the outsider,

A stranger wherever I go 

All faces become the same

No one knows

Or remembers my name 

 

The secret password

Promising wisdom and light 

War, depression, revolutions,

Religious insight 

A surface sideshow

Don’t trust appearances 

Issues, emotions, desires,

Myth, magic and pyramids 

 

I’m the outsider, 

A stranger wherever I go  

All faces become the same 

No one knows 

Or remembers my name 

 

The tip of an iceberg

Mostly hidden below 

Holding precious knowledge

All would like to know 

Humans without hope

No one to hear their pleas 

Stockpiled bombs, toxic waste

The next unknown disease 

 

They are scared want to run and hide 

A truth they are unprepared

To take inside 

They are scared want to run and hide 

A truth they are unprepared

To take inside 

 

Power and purpose, icons and images 

Secrets and plans,

Designed to be out of their hands 

Who killed JFK?,      

Who made coronavirus? 

Relics from the past

What is fact? Fiction?  Don’t ask 

 

I’m the outsider, 

A stranger wherever I go  

All faces become the same 

No one knows 

Or remembers my name 

No one knows

Or remembers my name

 

The Outsider is my sci-fi western, sort of Johnny Cash meets the X-Files. You are not supposed to have favorite songs like you are not supposed to like one child better than another, but this one is special to me. It started with the idea that Jesus was off planet and came around to check things out and no one recognized him. Considering it was written in 2014 the idea of "the next unknown disease" has a chilling clairvoyant effect, and it was simple to slightly rewrite to "who made coronavirus?" in the last verse. Conspiracy theory? Looking back, perhaps not so much theory anymore. Daniel Polyak, our Heartbeat was really on this one, thank you brother, Debbie Stern's background vocals and harmonies were different and exactly what the song needed, and somehow Tony Sheppard bridges the gap between the country western and sci-fi in his amazing guitar.

I Think I Think Too Much

 I Think I Think Too Much 

 

Words and Music 

by Debbie Stern and Steve Frey

 

I get the urge 

To give you a call sometimes 

To see if I still feel those butterflies 

But then I think, 

I must be out of my mind 

To think that you’ll still love me 

 

I hear a knock 

But nobody’s at my door 

It’s just the wind, 

Colder than ever before 

The thought of you 

And all that you mean to me 

It is true, 

That you don’t want me

 

I think  

I think too much about you 

Your memory walks right in 

And throws a party 

At night when I get home, 

I turn your memory on 

And think too much about you 

 

Oh, I could swear 

That you’re in my room at night 

I reach out  

To kiss your lips goodnight 

But it’s a game,  

Just a trick that I use 

To ease the pain  

Of being without you 

 

I think 

I think too much about you 

Your memory walks right in 

And throws a party 

At night when I get home, 

I turn your memory on 

And think too much about you 

 

Thoughts of you 

Keep playing on my mind… 

A broken heart  

Skipping out of time 

I need to turn you off 

And get on without you 

 

I think  

I think too much about you 

Your memory walks right in 

And throws a party 

At night when I get home, 

I turn your memory on 

And think too much about you

 

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? You end up hearing it in your dreams. HINT: Try reading a book before bed instead of music! When you love someone, their soul resonates in your heart. You can feel their presence even when they are not with you.

Good To See You Gone