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The Divine Game

by Orion Freeman

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(Verse 1) Reminiscing about the old days, the new day is come reminiscing about the old days, the new day is gone I can feel myself fallin I can hear myself callin out your name I’m left with visions of the sweetness in your eyes reminded of the time I became the sunrise But you chose to go and I’m forced to stay dawn’s turned to dusk and tomorrow’s the same it’s always the same, tomorrow’s the same (Chorus) Since we don’t got nothin good to talk about let’s just think about the old times and rock about in the same direction (Verse 2) I still remember the very first time that we met still I wonder what it takes for me to forget the ups and downs that we once had trade the heavens and the hell that comes with regret For a little something closer to my home a little something that reminds me I’m not alone Now the magic has returned to fill the air an example of a man who’s relinquished his fear I relinquish my fear, no more fear
(Verse 1) Woke up this mornin, got the blues again. My mind is full, spirit’s empty. It don’t make no sense. I got my throw back jersey on, my new designer jeans– I should be at least halfway to heaven according to them marketing schemes. But my dreams done turned to nightmares cause I forgot to replace the spiritual wealth I traded for a pocket full of change. I’ll let you in on a secret (people been crucified for less):It ain’t about the dollars but the love you invest (Chorus) The corporation– it’s starting to take hold When it stared out it was innocent now it’s out of control The corporation–monopoly ain’t just a game got us tradin away our futures for the minimum wage (Verse 2) I am lion! Hear me roar! If ya don’t like where things are headed, see your ass to the door. Cause there’s a thousand others behind you and there’ll be a thousand more of them half-witted worker bees who are willing to believe the story that I’m in it for their best interests, the betterment of society... But if they look to their own history then they would clearly see that my momma’s name is Materialism and my poppa’s name is Greed. So when you do the math you’re only left with Self-deficient seeds. (Verse 3) The corporation– raping a town near you... dippin their greedy paws in everything that you do. The corporation– it ain’t just a game got us tradin away our futures for the minimum wage The Corporation’s comin now....
Walk On By 03:40
(Verse 1) I was minding my own business all the way down in Memphis when this self-righteous kid thought he’d give me some lessons on how to be a real man like his homies Smith & Wesson the way the ignorance was raining you’d think it was Texas It’s time I take a step back get my head on straight cause I’m losin my perspective– you’re fallin out of my grace and I ain’t tryin to go to war in order to prove who’s king and I sure as hell ain’t willing to die (Chorus) Just walk on by I don't want none of that no good vibe in my life Just walk on by I'ma take the high road, leave your trouble behind Just walk on by (Verse 2) Ever since I met you I’ve been buttin my head wake up in the mornin on the side of the bed you fill my tank up with diesel when you know I take unleaded now this old boy’s about to break on down I said my love don’t sing and my sun don’t shine when you’re drownin out my heart and you’re coverin up my eyes do as your momma told ya– gotta learn to play nice or keep your motha_______ hands to yourself
Bitter/Sweet 04:17
(Chorus) Shugga gon be on my mind til my honey comes around Bittersweet woman won’t ya move to my beat cause you know just how I like to get down Hit up my baby for some chocolate cause I like to keep it rockin but she always gives me semi-sweet Must be love on the inside but I ain’t tryin to play Hide- And-Mother%*$#@-Go-Seek, yer just a bit bittersweet (Verse 1) Push and pull, silk and wool Ice cube within the fire Gotsta love the clouds above Til we roll off the other side (Verse 2) Butterflies, where’s and why’s wondering when you gon come Stupid is as stupid does We play a game that ain’t even fun (Bridge) This been goin on for too long When we started off it was exciting But now you’ve lost your sugar coat And now you just ain’t that sweet
Lovely Lady 04:35
(Verse 1) They were talkin about my lady Mesmerized by the way that she moves They say, “but that girl she don’t go nowhere without her back pocket full of blues.” She knows sometimes these times are hard They’re harder than a stone She says, “I’m just gonna go on and take what is mine until I can find a home.” (Chorus) Lovely, oh lovely lady won’t you stay with me tonight? When everything I’m doing feels like it's so wrong, you make me feel alright. (Verse 2) She spends sleepless days and nights wishing that she could feel warmth She says, “Every time I find a little shelter, in moves the next winter storm. It seems like an endless charade of broken hearts, salted wounds and unfulfilled dreams– I’m silenced by a stream of bitter tear drops; Why can’t things ever be more than they seem?” (Verse 3) So I say–– I even pray – that she finds some rest within her soul Good times they come and then they go, as the Lord watches it all with open arms.
(Verse 1) She said the only time you call me is when your sorry all apologies for what your silence said and the only time you muster any sincerity is when your tryin to drag me off to bed but I’m callin today to tell you that I’ve had it I’ve had it with your deceitful bedroom eyes and this time I’m standing firm-- chalk it up to a thousand lessons learned watch me dance the night away on a mountain of discarded lies (Chorus) Why can’t you just move on so that we could get along Play a game nobody wins, answerless questions, no good intent Why is this so frustrating? Got me waiting for that time to come when you say goodbye forever, see you on the dark side of the sun (Verse 2) You know I never ever meant to play you oh, and by the way I play myself with the precision of a dart I got a bull’s eye on the middle of my forehead but somehow it makes its way down to my heart So let’s leave the past in the past where it belongs and won’t you let me take it right down to the point you know I wanna take you home– let the music put us past the edge of the known don’t even care if we make it out the other side (Bridge) One day you gonna wake up and find that I’m gone along with the warmth that I wasted on your pillow for so long oh girl make up your mind take some action before its too late and you’re cryin on your pillow all alone for someone to put you back to sleep
(Verse 1) Hey Mister, are you a star? I bet you live large– six car garage Tell me what you say– if I play my cards right you think maybe you could make me one too? Cause I noticed you had a big shiny ring a Barbie doll on your arm, a black Lincoln limousine Don’t answer to no one in your mansion in the hills you must be the happiest man alive Hey princess I love your hair love the way that you smile, love the clothes that you wear Remember that time we exchanged that stare? well, I think that I may be in love Cause I can’t live without you— don’t know how I can go on we were meant to be together–– we got the same favorite song I’ve known you’re the one for me all along all them other women never meant a thing (Chorus) I need to find another way cause I’ve had about enough of today maybe I’ll just float away I think I’ll live tomorrow so I don’t have to live today (Verse 2) I remember back in the day when the times were easy rollin ‘round town lookin for the next good feelin full of aspirations– keep my dreams to the ceiling tell my momma that I’m gonna be a star With my name up in lights, shining across the night face up on the billboard 20 stories high dreaming of the possibilities makes me feel so alive but that’s all tomorrow– today ain’t so hot (Bridge) Ten years disappeared when I woke up they were gone, and in their place was the memory that said you can’t trade now for all that’s to be or else you ain’t really livin at all, all (Refrain) If you ain't livin for the moment you ain't really livin
Someday 04:43
(Chorus) Someday, a good thing gonna come my way Someday, my innocence was lost but I’ll find it again Someday, walkin through the valley in the shadow of pain Someday, I’m gonna find my way back home (Verse 1) I’m walkin down the road with with my trusted ole gun I got my finger on the trigger, I’m about to pull it for fun I said livin this life ain’t easy His finger points to freedom, mine points to death I ask him for the secret and he just nodded his head and said You just got to take it easy I got an angel singin on my shoulder, the devil stuck in my side the only way to soothe the burn is her sweet lullabies she said the pain is just here to teach us So feel the love, feel the hate, when you get to the root it’s all the same Divine Game it just depends on how you see it (Verse 2) Another day, another dollar that I’m behind another day’s another sentence in the cage of my mind I said there’s gotta be a better way to see things Next thing I know I’m hearin voices, I think I’m trippin again but then the voices turned into the ink that flows through my pen they said all you gotta do is release it all (Verse 3) She said you’re a good man I said that’s all I ever wanted to be but why’s it so hard People come and say sir how you doin today but why’s it so hard to say fine Somedays people come and say how you doin today I say I’m alive
(Verse 1) Where we’re going the song I’m singing keeps going til we’ve found love Where we’re going clouded vistas turn golden their tears become love And all of them changes remind us to face it the time has come (Verse 2) Where we’re going our children fall asleep knowin that they are not alone And that our spirit keeps growin, like a tree we keep reachin to heed freedom’s call And nothin’s all that important, yet underneath each moment we can find God And so we find out that when we slow down we know who we are (Verse 3) Where we’re going where we been become tokens of where we come from And where we’re going once again cause we know that the day will surely come When we find what we’ve been looking for all the time we’ve been lost (Bridge) But what’s the cost of all this silliness? Do it this way— no, it goes like this The things we trade just to be right (Verse 4) Where we’re going mouths are fed when they open the streets are no one’s home Where we’re going rules are made to be broken anytime they don’t have our best interest in mind (Outro) What I find to be reality is less concrete and more a dream with all the playfulness of a child So if I fall asleep before we meet promise me just this one thing: you’ll remind me where I was going where I’m going
(Verse 1) Now I lay me down to sleep I pray to the lord my dreams to keep Wish upon a star so bright I wish that I would, I hope that I might (Chorus) Let me out Let me out of this gold colored cage Let me out before I suffocate Let me out of this million mile maze Let me out before I go insane (Verse 2) Surfing electronic waves Pretty little thing in my bed with me Chocolate caramel pecan delight I can’t find mine, can I bum a light? I’m alone in the finest cage my time can buy (Verse 3) The sun’s almost down, another day gone The tide’s creepin in to take what must go The flowers all know it’s time to bloom Spring is here now but a cold winter looms All the leaves on the trees will be silent soon Are you waitin on me or am I waitin on you?
Without You 08:49
(Verse 1) Though I try to find comfort in my life without you I always seem to sleepwalk through a dream without you Over and over I try to appreciate the things that you do run circles around myself trying to find my own self without you I can’t picture myself without you (Verse 2) Still I try to find comfort in my life without you I always seem to be sleepwalking through a dream without you Over and over again I stumble and try to pretend that I know everything about me and everything about you but the song that replays each and every day is brand new I can’t picture myself without you (Poem) I've peaked- but not on paper though i feel just as high The cloud in the sky hovers- unchanged Bitter white blankets the masses of specs below Do they know?? Hard to say in this rugged way as light shows its gleaming face once more peaking through the nothingness How many others chose this path of uncertainty? (Outro) Still I try to find comfort in my life without you
It's Alright 05:14
(Verse 1) Yeah I was lost, somehow blown off course Far from home without a guiding star But still it’s alright I was broke down, so damn confused Painter of landscapes without a view But still it’s alright Then in came the rain, night swallowed the day Noah’s Ark wouldn’t have helped a thing But still it’s alright Then out came the sun, like a heaven-white dove That sang a song that needed to be sung She said it’s alright (Chorus 1) It’s alright I was a witness when insanity opened a business And set up shop on my front lawn But still it’s alright Then I trailed behind me, selling itself at a loss From Philadelphia clear to California But still it’s alright I tried to eat or sleep or fuck away My tendency to let loneliness lay with me All day and night I was consumed by a two-dimensional view Of how I was perceived through the eyes Of you—and you—and you (Verse 3) I closed my eyes, envisioning what would be If we transmuted fear into belief And it was alright I had visions of Gandhi and Martin Luther King I finally understood what Jesus was saying He said, “It’s alright.” Then all the tortured, bruised and battered souls Appeared in the clouds as if to let me know They were alright Saying in spite of confusion, in spite of the pain Our dearly beloved have gathered here today to sing “It’s alright!”


The debut full length record by Orion Freeman

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released July 1, 2014

Orion Freeman – Vocals, Guitars, Harmonies, Electric Bass (2), Kazoo, Gong
Bryn Davies – Acoustic Upright Bass
Kevin Raczka – Drums
Luke Notary – Percussion, Drums (2)
Nikhil Yerawadekar – Keys (Hammond C3 Organ, Wurlitzer, Casio, Pump Organ)

Seth Paris – Alto & Tenor Saxes, Clarinets
Ric Becker -- Trombone
Nadav Nirenberg -- Trombone, Sousaphone
Sam Hoyt -- Trumpet
Nathan Koci -- French Horn

Hannah Min – 1st Violin
Sarah Franklin – 2nd Violin
Elise Frawley – Viola
Aminda Asher – Cello

Jeff Selby -- Harmonies
Ginger Coyle – Harmonies, Fender Rhodes (8)

Additional Playas:
Kwesi K – Harmonies (9,12)
Emily Lewis – Harmonies (10,11)
Rameses – Beatbox (3)
Bob Beach – Harmonica (3)
Andrew Green – Banjo (2)
Stu Fuchs – Ukulele (5), Slide Resonator Guitar (8)
Jacob Jeffries – Melodica (5)
Morgan Price – Alto Sax (4)
David Steinberg – Tenor Sax (4)
Jeff Walton – Tenor Sax (4)
Jonah Parzen-Johnson -- Baritone Sax (4)
Bell Ananda Hennessey – Baby Gigglez (12)


Lyrics and Music by Orion Freeman

String & Horn Arrangements by Seth Paris

Co-Produced by Seth Paris and Orion Freeman

Recorded by Seth Paris @ Seaside Lounge Recording Studios in Brooklyn, NY

Additional Recording by Randy Weaver @ Breakout Recording in Palmyra, NJ | Todd Mecaughey @ Cambridge Sound Studios in Philly, PA | Orion Freeman @ The Nest in Doylestown, PA & The Void in Rosemont, PA

Mixed & Mastered by Jim Salamone @ Cambridge Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA

Additional Mixing by Todd Mecaughey and Orion Freeman

Collage Album Art by Derek Gores
Original Cover Photo by Kwesi K

Executive Producer: Harrison Crecraft


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Orion Freeman Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Orion Freeman is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing seeker from the woods just beyond the mortar and bricks of Philadelphia. His souled-out, reggae-infused, flamenco-tinged, bluesy folk-rock aspires to move: your shoes; your heart; the cobwebs, so as to allow your soul to shine...

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