"American Songbook" is a collection of brand new songs from guitarist/singer/songwriter and NJ native Kenny Dubman. Captured live and unplugged at Asbury Park's Wonder Bar, this new material packs a punch both musically and lyrically. Hard hitting rockers, relaxed groove ballads and songs about the reality of life's struggles all combine for a listening experience with a lot of heart and depth. Kenny's second album, "American Songbook" sees this artist taking a more define-able and identifiable direction with his songwriting....though traces of his 70's rock influences are still apparent. "Since all my writing is done on an acoustic guitar, I figured why not present these songs in their pure form, exactly as they came out of my head?", he says. "I wasn't 100% sure it was going to be the right choice until I cranked the entire disk in my car on a long drive....then I knew. There's a lot of raw energy and power, and I couldn't be happier with the end result". Check out "American Songbook", the latest release from a breakout songwriter that simply needs to be heard.

 

BOTTOM OF THE SLIDE

INTO YOUR OWN

WALKIN' AWAY

GET THE PICTURE

RED BLOOD

SHE FALLS HARD

OFF THE LEASH
(dedicated to Chris Cornell)

SIREN SONG

BELIEVER

 

Scroll down for lyrics

 

BOTTOM OF THE SLIDE

Lately we've been feelin'
More than our share of pain
The glue that holds us together
Lets go in too much rain
When the train you're ridin' on
Starts comin' off the track
Hit the ground runnin' hard
Don't ya ever look back

Sometimes the weight is more than we can carry
Sometimes our demons walk into the light
Slip out of your bonds of woe and worry
And I'll see you at the bottom of the slide

The ground comes up to meet you
But you know it ain't your turn
Pull the yellow handle baby
And let it crash and burn
Your trobles will release you
When you lay your burden down
Raise the rifle to your eye
And take the devil down

 

INTO YOUR OWN

He'll kill you just as simple as a gun
With suffering much longer, and pain that much stronger
If you knew better, you would turn and run
But there ain't no crystal ball, for lonely fools about to fall
He's always had a way to find the words
That lower your defenses, drop your guard and lose your senses
He's owned you heart and soul for far too long
Locked you up without a key
You are blind and you don't see through your pain

Isn't it time, to find your way home
Your peace will come, when your demons are gone
Have no fear, of being alone
Take your time, come into your own, into your own

You never knew that you could feel this free
Like a bird out of a cage, movin' on, you've turned the page
Sometimes love is just a ball and chain
That drags you down and holds you under
Tears you up and makes you wonder, what for?

Isn't it time, to find your way home
Your peace will come, when your demons are gone
Have no fear, of being alone
Take your time, come into your own, into your own

There's an angel on your shoulder, let her mend your broken heart
Let her pull the halves together, turn the page on a brand new start

Isn't it time, to find your way home
Your peace will come, when your demons are gone
Have no fear, of being alone
Take your time, come into your own, into your own

 

WALKIN' AWAY

I thought you were the bandage, turns out you're the wound
And these stitches ain't comin' out anytime soon
You are the anchor I can't seem to weigh
Please show me some mercy, by walkin' away

I'm runnin' on empty, since you came along
Everybody's talkin', they thought I was strong
But there's only so much sorrow, this poor heart can take
Please show me some mercy, by walkin' away

Won't somebody change my direction
Help me to saw through these chains
It's all on me, for staying so long
Heaven knows I'm to blame

Now your pillow is empty, but I ain't gonna cry
Cause outside my window, is a blue cloudless sky
I bask in my redemption, with each passin' day
I took back my freedom, by walkin' away
Yeah I took back my freedom, by walkin' way

 

GET THE PICTURE

Habits are hard to break, predictable and safe
But we both know this love affair, has seen better days
I don't really listen, and you don't really care
Walkin' away won't be so hard, if one of us would dare

When we gonna learn from our mistakes?
Hearts can only bend for so much time, before they break

So don't you get the picture, can't you see the lights have changed
And I can't see, wastin' no more time
Don't you point a finger, we both have ourselves to blame
Ain't no need, for any long goodbyes

The silence hangs between us, like a harbinger of doom
I can feel your discontent, when you walk into the room
The fire and the passion, that once set us ablaze
Blew out like a candle, in the wind and drivin' rain

When we gonna learn from our mistakes?
Hearts can only bend for so much time, before they break

So don't you get the picture, can't you see the lights have changed
And I can't see, wastin' no more time
Don't you point a finger, we both have ourselves to blame
Ain't no need, for any long goodbyes

 

RED BLOOD

part 1, white wind

In his word there is no honor, in his eye there is no soul
In his voice there is deception
He will mask his intentions, his true plan you will never know

400 years in the making, infecting westward by the day
Spitting fire just like lightning
Killing men, women, children
No one gets mercy from the storm

Shelter your own from the white wind
Leave it all, and run for your lives
There ain't gonna be no reparations, no not a dime

Some conform and some do battle
Tooth for tooth, eye for an eye
Hang the trophies from your saddles
You can burn all the wagons, a thousand more appear every day

Shelter your own from the white wind
Leave it all, and run for your lives
There ain't gonna be no reparations, no not a dime

To fight another day is futile
His numbers are too great and strong
With your backs against the ocean
You will take what he gives you, choking down your pride through it all

part 2, crystal ball

If we had a crystal ball, in 1492
We'd have burned your ships to the waterlines
And cut the hearts from all of you
But it didn't turn out that way, (so) in a government shack I'll stay
One son in the ground, and the other high on smack all day

Wasn't quite this hard, when their momma was around
But she drank herself in to a hole in the ground
Like her daddy before, who tried to run away
But they found him face down, in the old storm drain

Crystal ball, crystal ball
Does it ever get better, this is more than I can take
Crystal ball, is there hope at all?
The Elders are turning in their graves

Now you're gonna cash in, on the gambling they said
Double down on the black, just don't bet on red
But that's like....putting a band aid on a hand grenade wound
I'm goin' down with the ship, while sealed in a tomb

Crystal ball, crystal ball
Does it ever get better, this is more than I can take
Crystal ball, is there hope at all?
The Elders are turning in their graves

We all long for a better life
The American dream, so far outta reach
Sometimes I dream that the Elders take my hand, as if to say....
Hold on

I don't think that I can take, another turn of the screw
Sure, I've thought of checkin' out, but what would my boy do?
Besides I wonder what my old man would say
If I couldn't hang tough, through another day

Crystal ball, crystal ball
Does it ever get better, this is more than I can take
Crystal ball, there's no hope at all
The Elders are turning in their graves

 

SHE FALLS HARD

She falls hard, she gives it all, you can see it in her face
She's runnin' down on empty half the time
She falls hard, she's an open book, go and tear out a page
Drop her at the end of the line

Love her and leave her again
One more bad turn, for a tired old soul, to start again....

....in the arms of a child, she knows she can keep him for a while
She never knew, how her whole life would change
Painted by a little boy's smile

Love her and leave her again
Time will fly by in the blink of an eye, don't ya let it by

Some will stumble on the answers, and some will never know
Cast your love in all directions, keep a handful for your own
Live a life of no illusion, and look out for yourself
There's time to give and time to gather, keep a flame up on the shelf

She'll be allright, she's on the mend, she guards her heart today
She learned to stop the bleeding after all
To take it slow, to hold it close, not to give it all away
She keeps it safe inside behind the walls

Love her and keep her this time
Sometimes a rainbow awaits, at the end of the line

Some will stumble on the answers, and some will never know
Cast your love in all directions, keep a handful for your own

 

OFF THE LEASH
(dedicated to Chris Cornell)

Curled up and waiting, for the sun to shine again
You were doing so well for a while
Didn't think you'd see our old friend, this soon again
Now it's a chore, to force a smile

But surely this could never happen
To someone like you, or someone like me?

That black dog, is off the leash again
Runnin' through those old familiar streets again
Now you're lookin' for the pills to knock it back again, one more time

Out in the crossfire, got the lead under your skin
The road back home is long and wide
Look over your shoulder, see the storm clouds movin' in
Rolling across the great divide

But surely this could never happen
To someone like you, or someone like me?

That black dog, is off the leash again
Runnin' through those old familiar streets again
Now you're lookin' for a shelter from the rain again, one more time

Were you lost in a haze, did ya fall on black days, with no one to lean on
Did your demons haunt you at night, did you long for the light
Trying in vain, to bury your pain

Your peace of mind, did it slip away again,
Lost in the faces of the crowd?
So ya silenced the voices, brought the aching to an end
The only way that you knew how

But surely this could never happen
To someone like you, did you set yourself free?

That black dog, is off the leash again
Runnin' through those old familiar streets again
Now the devil's on the loose inside your head again, one more time​

 

SIREN SONG

I'm pointing the anchors at the new sunrise
The deck is rolling under my feet
I'm runnin' full steam in the wrong direction
Still goin' after a long dead dream
I tried to surrender to the lights and the walls
Your pictures hung all over my cell
But the call from the deep pulled me right back over
And I don't know if it's heaven or hell

Diamonds shinin' on the wheelhouse walls
Breakers wash away the pain from my soul
Losin' ground every time I set sail
One step ahead of the coffin and the nail

With the glass half full and the nets half empty
Your voice comes over the satellite phone
Our little girls don't know me, I'm missing in action
Lost at sea, can't find my way home

Diamonds shinin' on the wheelhouse walls
Breakers wash away the pain from my soul
Losin' ground every time I set sail
One step ahead of the coffin and the nail

What does the future hold for me
Storm warnings as far as I can see
Step in and take the wheel
I've been on this watch for too long

Repeat chorus

 

BELIEVER

Tell me that you're not a believer
Step right up I'll give you a sign
Some have painted me a deceiver
Keeping all my faithful in line

If you are a misfit or outcast
Everything you're hearing is true
Hand over your earthly possessions
We'll provide the heaven for you

'Til we see that you believe
We'll pray for your soul, pray for your soul

You won't have to fear for survival
Check your free will at the door
Righteousness is in the bible
Reason doesn't count anymore

Surrender yourself without condition
We'll take you down a path that's divine
Fall in line and follow the piper
At ease while we reprogram your mind

'Til we see that you believe
We'll pray for your soul, pray for your soul
Delivering you from a world
That's out of control, out of control

Now it's time to meet your creator
Cast your earthly worries aside
Drinking of the blood of your savior
Feel the heavy lids of your eyes

Lay down, hold hands with your children
Don't think of this as a goodbye
His power and His glory await you
In a Kingdom where His love with shine

'Til we see that you believe
We'll pray for your soul, pray for your soul
Delivering you from a world
That's out of control, out of control