Riders

by Alma Desnuda

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Riders was recorded at Ameraycan Studios in Hollywood, CA and Manifest Music, Santa Monica, CA.

Copyright Alma Desnuda 2011

All songs composed and arranged by Alma Desnuda.

Additional arrangements by Adam W. Berg.

Alma Desnuda gives permission to individuals to share this music with other individuals for non-commercial purposes.

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released August 11, 2011

Produced by Adam W. Berg
Co-Produced by Alma Desnuda

Executive Musical Director: Tony Glaser
Assistant Engineer/Editor: David Burris
Recording Assistant : Josh Minyard

Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering - Hollywood , CA

All Additional Vocal Production/Coach: Tara J. King

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Alma Desnuda San Francisco, California

We are best friends living our passion - making music and living in a way that is congruent with our most genuine sense of self. We call this: naked soul.

Alma Desnuda is California Acoustic Soul, rootsy, folky, funky rock from the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Track Name: By The Tree
I see so much suffering in the faces of those
I encounter street side
Light bulb dim eye sockets sunken in
My heart grows soft in my chest.

I’ve been through valleys where the children had no clothes
Slept on boats heard the prayer call rising
Seeking people who are not afraid to show love
Who can undress their soul.
Are you one?

Silent wounds we tend to late in the night
Thoughts we think but never speak
We’ve all got shadows why hide them away?
It’s okay to feel pain.

The time when our humanity comes alive
Is when we stop being something we’re not
Watch the children play you’ll get what I mean
Take a seat by the tree
And you’ll see.

Don’t say no
Just say yeah
Don’t say no
Just say yeah.

In light of all that life has shown me thus far
A 9 to 5 is hard to go for
And every time I try to numb down my brain
I’m awakened once more.

We live as though life will forever go on
But one day we’ll take our last breath
I long to know I’ve lived each day seeing this
When my eyes close for good.

When I’m gone.
Track Name: Signposts
Upon a hill one moonlit night
Riders from the future came with tales of the fight
Dormant now within the signs
There from the beginning.

To the city marked with paper gods’ glory
No weapons wielded except a true story
The Riders sang to lift the veil
From Ganges to the masses.

They said, “Come ye people gather round
Danger is upon you lest you stand up to the crown
You see they prey upon your apathy
Subduing all your senses.”

Shouts of “treason” “black magic” “heresy”
The mob cried for blood and a burial at sea
Shouting, “Oh make them walk the plank
The kingdom won’t be broken.”

Ah and I told you all
Ah and I told you

Planets turned many moons have since passed
No one could be saved once the banks all collapsed
The signposts that they never saw
Were there from the beginning
Yes the signposts that you never see
Are there from the beginning.
Track Name: Two Days Three Nights
Well it’s been two days and three long nights
Situations come and everybody’s fly
“Hey girl with the long hair
I must be moving on
I’ll see you when I come on through again.”

Two days three long nights
Playing under lights that’s the story of my life
It’s always such good times
But I do not feel the same
Each night I leave the scene with all my friends.

Well it’s been two days and three long nights
We’ve been playing lots of music now a sunrise on the 5
Straight down the west side
California hang your head high
You see I'm coming home again.

Oh to be free
Whatever that means
On the road I see
Two days and three long nights.

California hang your head high
You see I’m coming home again my love
Oh it’s the same song but I sing it for you over again
My love
Track Name: Adelaide
Let me write a letter now to the one I love, oh Adelaide
It’s late at night and I seek the comfort of your touch
Oh Adelaide

Will time take you too?
I feel you slippin from my hands
What else can i do to be true?

That day we sat upon the hill i knew that You’d love me until the end of time
But you said love was not enough to keep our ship afloat
God how i hope that you are wrong

Oh and when I die
You know i want you by my side
Oh when i come home I want you there

If it were true that just by writing songs for you that all would be okay
You know that’s all i’d do
And if it turns out that we’re just not meant to be
It won’t be because i wasn’t true to me

So let me sign this letter now to the one i love,
Oh adelaide
Until we meet again my love my love i send to you
Until the end of time
Track Name: So Good
Across the mountains is a sacred place.
Where the rules are broken but nobody pays
To the wind we blow away
All the things that people say
In the trees that flow and sway
Lives the love that we betrayed.

How good was that?
So good

The love that binds us spans all space and time
And what defines us
Are these here stars aligned

You're in time
For so long
Just in time
For so long

How good was that?
So good

Playing music with my friends
Not feeling like I have to pretend
So good

Getting up after being knocked down
The whole time without a frown
So good

Chicken wings and collard greens
The simple things, man, you know what I mean
So good

Kicking back with my girl
Enjoying life in our own world
So good
Track Name: Grandma's Day
I can make my grandma’s day
Just by picking up the phone and calling to her
Though my grandpa’s passed away
I still feel his love echo in my veins

Oh my words they are like vessels sailing meaning to your ears
Once they dock inside your mind the effect remains unclear
Hearing this may conjure images or magic fantasies
But my intention is to bring you closer right here next to me
Stay with me

There are so many things I can share with you
Stay with me
We can travel through the world sail the seven seas

Silence lives behind these words
But the voices in our head won’t leave us alone
And when I listen I am heard
The voices of our ancestors are saying “please slow down.”

In the future we think we will know it all and understand
So we push the present to the past as quickly as we can
Hearing this may conjure images or magic fantasies
But my intention is to bring you closer right here next to me
Stay with me

There are so many things I can share with you
Stay with me
We can travel through the world sail the seven seas
Track Name: East Blew West feat. Tara J. King
Alma A-L-M-A, A-L-M-A
Alma A-L-M-A, A-L-M-A

It’s cold in the morning
The clouds they move telling me to groove
My soul is on fire
As the sun it sets when the east blew west.
Gotta free my mind

When the east blew west all confusion collapsed
Leaving nothing behind but the soil to grasp
Planting new seeds evolving archetypes
Everybody stayed up late talking in kitchens at night.

Paradise did bloom happiness took root
Like Dorothy giving all the boozy wizards the boot
And from the California bay to NYC
Alma D and Tara King were still rocking the streets
When the east blew west.

It’s cold in the morning
The clouds they move telling me to groove
My soul is on fire
As the sun it sets when the east blew west.

Alma A-L-M-A, A-L-M-A
Alma A-L-M-A, A-L-M-A
Naked soul
Track Name: Riders
Don’t wait for them to give you that all confirming nod
And pat you on the back and say, “Man, real nice job”
It’s you who has the power, responsibility
To make love or make war drop bombs or make peace

Don’t you give away your authority
But oh god how they’ll try
A thousand times to lull you to sleep
This is why we are riding

We stake our claim on music bet it all and roll the dice
For all we know we may only have just this one sweet life
So we won’t rest all cozy curled up in our beds
No we’ll ride til the sun rises and sets in the west

Don’t you give away your authority
Or else you’ll hear your soul it’s screaming

"Aaaahhhh!”

We’re the Riders, we’re the Riders
We’re the Riders, we’re the Riders
Track Name: Por Qué Sangre
Busco un lugar dónde puedo verte
Sin el humo de los pensamientos
Dónde puedo ser con mi alma desnuda
No tengo que ser como la muñeca yo detesto la muñeca

¿Por qué tanta sangre está en la calle?
¿Por qué tanta sangre está en la calle?

Busco un lugar dónde puedo verte
Sin el humo de los pensamientos
Dónde puedo ser con mi alma desnuda
No tengo que ser como la muñeca yo detesto la muñeca

Me voy por la tierra dónde nací de la tierra
Me voy por la tierra dónde nací de la tierra

Por qué tanta sangre está en la calle?
Por qué tanta sangre está en la calle?

Sola pura vida yo te prometo yo me voy por mi propio sendero
Sola pura vida yo te prometo yo me voy por mi propio sendero

-- ENGLISH TRANSLATION --
I’m looking for a place where I can see you
Without the smoke of thoughts
Where I can be with my naked soul
I don’t have to be like the puppet
I hate the puppet

Why is there so much blood in the street?
Why is there so much blood in the street?

Without the smoke of thoughts
Where I can be with my naked soul
I don’t have to be like the puppet
I hate the puppet

I’m going to the land where I was born of the land
I’m going to the land where I was born of the land

Why is there so much blood in the street?
Why is there so much blood in the street?

There is only pure life I promise you I will walk my own path
There is only pure life I promise you I will walk my own path

Zapatista!
Track Name: Fill The Circle
Fill the circle surrender to the light
Breach the ocean build a bridge bring us together
We the people defend our right to stand and unite
Viva la revolución.

Bound and broken defeated and attacked
The cost of fortune is slavery from our possessions
Call me crazy coincidences just don’t exist
What I don’t know will soon unfold.

That’s why we gotta put down all our flags
It’s hard to make amends with all the guns in our hands
Each one of us is here to fulfill this dream
evolve humanity.

Sons and daughters of Mother Nature’s seed
Come together let’s manifest a day that’s better
Seek compassion soon we’ll find the right direction
Evolve your heart evolve my mind.

That’s why we gotta put down all our flags
It’s hard to make amends with all the guns in our hands
Each one of us is here to fulfill this dream
evolve humanity.
Track Name: Lonesome Self
Go by your lonesome self
Into the lonesome night
Where you are free
Take only what you need
Your faith words your deeds
They’ll always guide you true

And when the darkness calls
Recall the yellow light
From lamps that we’ve lit for you
Though you may not believe
Those lights are burning bright for you

Go on surrender
To the dark and gray
There you will find the light within
The light within

Without the dark of night
Stars would not shine bright
No moon would caress you
There on the other side
The light is burning bright for you

Go on surrender
To the dark and gray
There you will find the light within

This lonesome self
Is a part of unfolding great mystery
This is all
This is all
Part of the path
Track Name: Hold On
Hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on.

I heard my father say,
“Do what you love it’ll be okay.”
What he didn’t say,
“Sometimes your tears will pave the way.”

Hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on

Round and round and round
I’m spinning round this can’t go on
No I cannot take it more

Someone pull me back
I’m getting closer to the edge
Down there my redemption lies

Hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on

I heard my father say,
“Do what you love it’ll be okay.”
Track Name: Colette
Her name’s Colette
She drives a pink Corvette
When she jumps in the swimming pool
She doesn’t even get wet

Colette in your pink Corvette
I heard you just ran a marathon
But you didn’t even break a sweat
You got me singing

Ba ba ba ba ee oh ba boo dah ba doo do dah ba do do do

Her name was Becky
She had some bright blue eyes
And every darn face she made she looked plum surprised

Her name was Becky
With those bright blue eyes
And if you catch this girl man you got yourself quite a prize
So you know we had to sing to her

Ba ba ba ba ee oh ba boo dah ba doo do dah ba do do do

All in good time my Clementine
You say, “Two plus two makes four,” but I say, “Nine.”
All in good time it’s Valentines
You say, “You better get your act together cause it’s July.”
Come on boys

Ba ba ba ba ee oh ba boo dah ba doo do dah ba do do do

I am your man
I ain’t no big trash can
So don’t dump on me
Don’t dump on me
I am your man I ain’t no big trash can
So don’t dump on me
No don’t dump on me
Or when I leave you’ll hear my singing

Ba ba ba ba ee oh ba boo dah ba doo do dah ba do do do