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I Dreamt I Was The Buddha

  

I Dreamt I Was The Buddha

(Words & Music By Jamie DeFrates)


I dreamt I was the Buddha under the Bodhi tree

Shedding earthly matters in a struggle to be free

But like a gypsy moth I fly too close to the flame

I’ll never be the Buddha and I must take the blame


I’ll never be the Buddha under the Bodhi tree

Your fruit is too delicious, it tantalizes me

The kundalini rises and sets desire free

I’ll never be the Buddha with you here next to me


The burning desire, the raging fire

The fruit of the flower beckons me, beckons me

Forget these questions why, God how can I defy

My own human natures cry


I dreamt I was the Buddha under the Bodhi tree

No need for earthly matters absolutely free

But when I awoke your body was next to mine

And love was all around me, the feeling so divine


I’ll never be the Buddha under the Bodhi tree

With the warmth of your sweet body lying next to me

Inside the lotus flower is where I long to be

I’ll never be the Buddha but that’s alright with me



Paris Fancy Revisited

Words & Music By Jamie DeFrates


I had a gray flannel suit and paisley ties

Winged tipped cordovans and architects eyes

My American disguise, my American disguise

I had a sly ones manner and a Spanish trace

Portuguese dimples and an easy face

Chagrin and chaffing haste

Had a charley horse beneath my waist

That’s the yin and yang to ease the pace


I had a Paris fancy reading Hemingway

My thumb stuck out in a bummin' stray

Headed down the Champs-Elysee

I wanted my woman in the fields where the feast did lay

The fruit of the mother and a child on the way

Out away from the humdrum


Kickin’ up a high heeled race out against the rain

Just kickin’ up a high heeled race out against the rain


I had a Paris fancy from a Hemingway line

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein

The lost generation from another time

Drinks at the Ritz and the flowing wine

In the " City of Lights" in the summertime

This dream was mine.


Kickin’ up a high heeled race out against the rain

Just kickin’ up a high heeled race out against the rain


Looking back on my life I know now

That it too was 

A Moveable Feast.


  

You Can Have Your Way

(Words & Music By Jamie DeFrates)


She said, “I love you with all my being

I willed you into my life.

We’re mirrors for each other

Twin flames burning one light


And you can have your way

You can have your way

You can have your way

With me.”


He said, “The sun sets over your shoulders

The love shines in your eyes

The seasons pass with their colors

While your heart beats against mine


And you can have your way

You can have your way

You can have your way

With me.”


When the storms rage

The night falls

And the world crashes in

They hold on to each other

Until love comes again


She’s been there, he’s been there…all these years,

Always there!

And they still say, “you can have your way

You can have your way

You can have your way

With me.”



Lookin' 4 U

Words & Music By Jamie DeFrates


I spent my youth drifting along in a sea of doubt

I never really took the time to try and think it  all out

One more desperate desire seemed all I could fill

I took a look at myself and said, hey man,

This longing is making you ill


Looking for you…looking for you

Looking for you


Through decades of heartbreak I exploded like some kind of bomb

Just little pieces of shrapnel  all scattered  out on some lawn

Enemies once lovers now waving one last futile goodbye

Standing around with broken hearts and tears in our eyes


Looking for you…looking for you

Looking for you


How can I heal this wounded heart

That never stops yearning

Always lookin for a brand new start

Tell me what am I learning now

Now that there’s you…


It wasn’t until I gave up on love completely

That I found dreams can come true

And every time I see your face

I know I was looking for you


Looking for you…looking for you

Looking for you.


  

Iakovos, A Man of God

Words & Music by Jamie DeFrates


Iakovos was the Greek Archbishop

Of all America

He lived his life a man of peace

Though, he’d been born a slave,

He lived his life a man of peace

Though, he’d been born a slave.


Iakovos, Iakovos 

He was a man of God

He held strong to his beliefs

Of freedom, peace and love


Selma, Alabama 1965

He marched with Martin Luther King

The crowd was wild and the death threats flew

But they kept right on marching,

Into the history books

You can take a look.


Born Demetrios Coucouzis

On the Island of Imbros

Iakovos felt his calling

At an early age 

He was just 15 when he heard that call,

Of freedom, peace and love,

He was just 15 when he heard that call,

Of freedom, peace and love.


Iakovos, Iakovos 

He was a man of God

Iakovos, Iakovos 

He was a man of God.


  

Jesus & Superman

Words & Music By Jamie DeFrates


In many ways my life's been blessed

With the warmest love and tenderness

I've known failure and success

And somehow survived it all..


And I wanted to be Jesus and I wanted to be Superman

To save the sins of the world and be invincible  "Amen"

But I can only be the man I am


Inside me there's a raging fire

Dreams and visions are a flame

I’ve wanted more I must confess

But time erases blame


I’ve lived thru spring, summer and fall

And winter, too soon will end

The silver in my hair’s like snow

And there’s no need to pretend..


Oh and I wanted to be Jesus and I wanted to be Superman

To save the sins of the world and be invincible "Amen".


  

Trials of Tibet 

Words & Music By Jamie DeFrates


Jigme Norbu & Wangchuk

Walked a lot of miles

Step by step their story's told

Of Tibet and its trials

Ooo the trials of Tibet

Ooo the trials of Tibet


Jigme was the nephew

Of the Dalai Lama

He walked to get the message thru 

Across America

The Dalai Lama's exiled

Exiled from his homeland

Tibetan Monks set themselves on fire

To protest China's stand 

Ooo the trials of Tibet

Ooo the trials of Tibet


Jigme died on Valentine's Day

On a walk from St. Augustine

The road was dark, he looked the other way

The driver didn't see

His last step

Has become hallowed ground

Lay the roses.. down

Ooo the trials of Tibet 

Ooo the trials of Tibet


Jigme Norbu & his friend Wangchuk

Walked a lot of miles

Step by step their story unfolds

Of Tibet and its trials


Fullerton, Artist & Sculptor Extraordinaire

Words & Music By Jamie DeFrates


His sculpture soars into the sky

It's strength and beauty catch the eye

Concentric circles cast the light 

And reflect an inner glimpse of the man


From his vision to the plans

He molds the model with his hands

Until the metal is cast and signed

And its beauty made to stand the test of time


Fullerton, Paul Fullerton

Artist and sculptor extraordinaire

Visionary and dreamer with a flare


I met him years ago through a friend of mine

At his home in Micanopy, a lovely little town in Florida

Where somehow Paul found his muse

 Colors, light and energy sparked his fuse


Fullerton, Paul Fullerton

Artist and sculptor extraordinaire

Visionary and dreamer with a flare


His work would span his whole life

He was working on his last night

When he stumbled on his sculpture

And took that fatal fall


Oh the irony of that fall

Paul probably would have laughed about it all

But there was so much left undone

That could not be done by anyone but Paul


Fullerton, Paul Fullerton

Artist and sculptor extraordinaire

Visionary and dreamer with a flare.














CD Credits

Written, Produced & Arranged 

by:

Jamie DeFrates


Original Artwork & Inspiration 

by:

Eloise (Ellie) Romais


The  acoustic "Ram" bass on Trials of Tibet 

by:

Rusty Springfield


The gypsy viola on Trials of Tibet

by;

Janine Newfield


Vocals, Guitars, Pianos  & Orchestral Samples 

by :

Jamie DeFrates





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