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The Lonestar Hitchhiker - Vol 1

by Don DiLego

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"Lonestar Hitchhiker calls to mind a sense of the down-trodden romantic America that has laid in torpor since the Beat Generation. DiLego's surprisingly twangy voice brings a heartfelt realism to his incredibly diverse soundscapes and his songs demand to be listened to. With a rich sense of orchestration, the album is masterfully arranged in a way that is reminscent of “Smile”-era Beach Boys. The instrumentation is more than amazing, it remains wonderfully understated, highly befitting, and never distracting. If songwriting isn’t hard enough in keeping genuine and unique, then concept albums are down right next to impossible. Don DiLego manages both with great ease, making Lonestar Hitchhiker a true and significant masterpiece.” / NORTHEAST PERFORMER

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released September 4, 2001

Song Musician Instrument

"The Lonestar Hitchhiker" Don Piper Lap Steel
Imani Coppola Violin, Vocals
Don Banjo, Bass, Acoustic, Loop
Slide Guitar

"New Road" Marko Djordjevic Drums
Erik Olsen Bass
Stephen Hamilton Electric Guitar
Don Acoustic, Electric Guitar, Moog

"The Vegas Man!" Marko Djordjevic Drums
Stephen Hamilton Spaghetti Electric
Don Wah-Bass, Acoustic & Electric
Guitar, Pennywhistle, Accordian,
Organ

"Nicotine Prom Queen" Paul Garisto Drums
Erik Olsen Bass
Don Tack Piano, Acoustic & Electric, Bells, Timpany, Percussion

"Border Song" Erik Olsen Tremelo Guitar
Don Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass,
Lap Steel, Programming

"1933" Performed by Don Acoustic, Banjo Drum, Moog
Mr. Bruce Auto-Dope Tape System


"Ohio Fight Song" Marko Djordjevic Drums
Stephen Hamilton Electric Guitar
Erik Olsen Bass
Don Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Whistle

"Mister Goodwill" Marko Djordjevic Drums
Stephen Hamilton Electric Guitar
Erik Olsen Bass
Don Acoustic, Electric Guitar, Organ
Steve, Don The Voices of Tuesday Morning


"California" Marko Djordjevic Drums
Paul Frazier Bass
Stephen Hamilton Electric Guitar
Imani Coppolla Violin
Don Piano, Acoustic Guitar


"Texas Motel" Paul Garisto Drums
Erik Olsen Bass
Don Acoustic & Electric Guitars,
Ghost Piano


"Goodnight Aliens" Performed by Don Drums, Bass, Moog, Piano,
Mellotron, Guitars

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tags: rock New York

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Don DiLego New York, New York

NYC based singer-songwriter and sometimes producer who's new album Magnificent Ram A will be out May 2016 on Velvet Elk / One Little Indian.

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Track Name: New Road
there was a moment that i had
somehow found a drink in my hand
face to face with a blind man
who showed me the way
i bought a ticket at the gate
want to arrive before it's too late
but i'm a cool cool freak show
with a rhinestone ego
looking for a simple peace of mind
a new road to ride a new road
looking for a new road to ride
so i want to find out
what's on the other side
and write my name beside the door
i want to find out what i've been looking for
a new road to ride
i'm tired of all the shit i read
i want to find my own philosophy
a fairy tale that's locked inside a tragedy
but i'm a cool cool freak show
a once-drunk circus prophet
who's looking for a better peace of mind
a new road to ride a new road
looking for a new road to ride
so i want to find out
what's on the other side
and write my name beside the door
i want to find out what i've been looking for
a new road to ride
it feels like someone's in my head
turn around to find
there is no time to stare
i want to build a brand new road
but i'm not so sure i know where it goes
i see myself beside the road
looking for a way back home
drive away forget to wave
and lock the door so i don't escape
so i want to find out
what's on the other side
and write my name beside the door
i want to find out what i've been looking for
a new road to ride
looking for a new road to ride
looking for a new road to ride
looking for a new road to ride
looking for a new road
a new road to ride...
Track Name: The Lonestar Hitchhiker
Would you like to take a drive
Take me for a ride
Tool around the broken side of town
Turn left at the light
There it is on the right
The flypaper firetrap where I was born
Ramshackle photograph is about all I have
Reminding me of what I was before

Now I'm the Lonestar Hitchhiker of the United States
Iím the Lonestar Hitchhiker of the U. S. of A.

That road to Vegas is
Littered with all my sins
Would you like a bite of my candy bar
If you don't have to be anywhere soon
We could head down towards Cancun
Straight ahead it isn't very far

Now I'm the Lonestar Hitchhiker of the United States
Iím the Lonestar Hitchhiker of the U. S. of A.

Treetops calling
Itís that time of year
Treetops calling
The only talk I hear

Now I'm the Lonestar Hitchhiker of the United States
Iím the Lonestar Hitchhiker of the U. S. of A.
Track Name: New Road
there was a moment that i had
somehow found a drink in my hand
face to face with a blind man
who showed me the way
i bought a ticket at the gate
want to arrive before it's too late
but i'm a cool cool freak show
with a rhinestone ego
looking for a simple peace of mind
a new road to ride a new road
looking for a new road to ride
so i want to find out
what's on the other side
and write my name beside the door
i want to find out what i've been looking for
a new road to ride
i'm tired of all the shit i read
i want to find my own philosophy
a fairy tale that's locked inside a tragedy
but i'm a cool cool freak show
a once-drunk circus prophet
who's looking for a better peace of mind
a new road to ride a new road
looking for a new road to ride
so i want to find out
what's on the other side
and write my name beside the door
i want to find out what i've been looking for
a new road to ride
it feels like someone's in my head
turn around to find
there is no time to stare
i want to build a brand new road
but i'm not so sure i know where it goes
i see myself beside the road
looking for a way back home
drive away forget to wave
and lock the door so i don't escape
so i want to find out
what's on the other side
and write my name beside the door
i want to find out what i've been looking for
a new road to ride
looking for a new road to ride
looking for a new road to ride
looking for a new road to ride
looking for a new road
a new road to ride...
Track Name: The Vegas Man!
it's vegas!
and it's keeping me awake at night
i'm blinded by my favorite lights
far away on the wild side of town
in vegas, vegas
i'm just not the same
so who's saving me?
who's saving me?
who's saving me cause...
it's for good, it's for bad, it's for the Vegas Man!
So welcome to vegas!
right now it's knocking on my neon door
i'm hoping for a little score
so maybe i'll be the one who you look for
in vegas, vegas, vegas
I am not myself
So who's saving me?
who's saving me?
who's saving me cause...
it's for good, it's for bad, it's for the Vegas Man!
and it's part of his vegas plans
so how come i'm not allowed
to speed up and ride on and curse like the sun
to stay alive right now
it's never what you think
in vegas, vegas, vegas, vegas
So who's saving me?
who's saving me?
who's saving me cause...
It's the good, it's the bad, it's just...
Vegas Man!
Track Name: Nicotine Prom Queen
Lemonade is the price you've paid for your lazy days
Staring up into the sun
Cigarettes in you summer dress what a mess
And it's a long, long way from home
So will we get high?
and what will we see?

We don't need signs
We don't need gas
We just need more lemonade
and you are the only reason
For me to be leave
My nicotine prom queen

Poster child for the silent screen
She's a day, she's a week
and the smoke seems to rise when she speaks
In case there's a reason to, I'll be leaving soon
And I’ll "thank you" for the ride

We don't need signs
We don't need gas
We just need more lemonade
and you are the only reason
My nicotine prom queen

So will we get high?
and what will we see?

We don't need signs
We don't need gas
We just need more lemonade
and you are the only reason
For me to believe
Cause you my nicotine prom queen
You my nicotine prom queen
You my nicotine prom queen
and I want to know her
Before the flash and shine is over
And we'll grow much older
until we get...to Boulder.
Track Name: Border Song
I thought the world
was letting me down
and leaving was just
the simplest thing I found
Only my thoughts came with me
On a bridge and convinced I was gone
I thought the world had left me behind

And it’s here that everything stirs
And everything hides

So I could forgive but I won't
Ignored the man I can't find
And I passed the place where my common sense died

I felt the world heaving a sigh
when I left my world for Mexico

And itís here where everything turned
And everything tried

So I could forgive but I won't
Ignored the man I can’t find
And I passed the place where my common sense died

So it’s here where everyone learned
That I might be fine

So I could forgive but I won't
Ignored the man I can't find
And I passed the place where my common sense died

Cause I thought the world was letting me down
Track Name: Ohio Fight Song
Here at my home
is what I know, is what I am
There's a man inside
Who lost his mind
Around the same time that I lost mine

His television is on fire
So he's waiting for the world

I'M AMAZED AT THE WAY THAT WE ALL
CAN COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN
SO EVERYTHING REMAINS THE SAME

He's a sacred mind
a waste of time
in trouble again
Watches his only vice
A tragic ward
a Holy slice of his innocence

His television has retired
So he's waiting for the world

I'M AMAZED AT THE WAY THAT WE ALL
CAN COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN
SO EVERYTHING REMAINS THE SAME

I want to be like the one sitting next to me
Wish there were more of me so I could try
Won't be afraid of the new Revolution
The few resolutions that I've made won't fly

So he's waiting for the world

I'M AMAZED AT THE WAY THAT WE ALL
CAN COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN
SO EVERYTHING REMAINS THE SAME
TO AMAZE AND ARRANGE YOUR STAY
JUSTIFY EVERYTHING
BUT EVERYTHING JUST STAYS THE SAME
Track Name: Mister Goodwill
Mister Goodwill lived uninspired by the way he was
he liked the buzz of his neighborhood
People always said he was one step from losing his cool
he left his one good intention far behind he said

I don't belong here and I don't know where I am
I don't belong here I thought I'd found me

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT I WANT TO BE NOW
IT SEEMS A LONG WAY FROM EVERYTHING ELSE
I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT I WANT TO BE NOW
BUT I KNOW ITS A LONG WAY FROM GOING HOME

Mister Goodwill stumbled out and claimed that he was Jesus
did not know everything but he knew some
He told us where to go for a better understanding
He even said he was a lot like me
And then he said

I don't belong here and I don't know where I am
I don't belong here I guess I'm not me

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT I WANT TO BE NOW
IT SEEMS A LONG WAY FROM EVERYTHING ELSE
I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT I WANT TO BE NOW
BUT I KNOW ITS A LONG WAY FROM GOING HOME

On Tuesday morning he claimed to hear voices going ooooh....

I don't belong here and I don't know where I am
I'm all alone but I don't mind it at all

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT I WANT TO BE NOW
IT SEEMS A LONG WAY FROM EVERYTHING ELSE
I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT I WANT TO BE NOW
BUT I KNOW ITS A LONG WAY FROM GOING HOME

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT I WANT TO BE NOW
BUT I KNOW MISTER GOODWILL IS GOING HOME
Track Name: California
she's awake now
and I want to be buried in her thigh
a white-hot sun
in the memphis sky
and all I have to say is
I could be like superman
rescuing you sideways plan
whatever you want
that's what i am

Everybody wants to be in california
everybody wants to find the perfect wave
no one's ever been that close to california
and we all want to go

she's a portrait
and i want to see her canvas full of
yellowing shies, governing my skin
"so look" she says "you're not about to leave"
but all i have to say
is I could be like superman
wrestling those star-crazed fans
whatever you want
that's what i am

Everybody wants to be in california
everybody wants to find the perfect wave
no one's ever been that close to california
and we all want to go

Her secrets are slowly escaping me
and i felt like it was my time to go

I'm tuning up my radio
as the static hums along
and the albaquerque dj makes me feel like I belong
so i'll stick around, stick around here
stick around, stick around here
stick around, stick around here

Everybody wants to be in california
everybody wants to find the perfect wave
no one's ever been that close to california
and we all want to go
yeah we all want to go
Track Name: Texas Motel
I was steering my car
Through a fog in the dark
When my lights began to flutter and wane
So i veered from the road
And caught a glimmer of hope
From a sign that read the texas motel

Welcome home
So where were you when we wanted to go?
You always ride alone
Not much the same
Look around, there's nothing from before
Just read the writing on the wall...
"Here lies the Texas Motel"

I'm waltzing with ghosts
Who became american owned
In the year nineteen-thirty-and-three
This once was the space
Where the seeker of a new place
Could join in the reveller's haze

Welcome home
So where were you when we wanted to go?
You always ride alone
Not much the same
Look around, there's nothing from before
Just read the writing on the wall...
"Here lies the Texas Motel"

The key to the room
To the time, to the few
Will remain at the Texas Motel

Welcome home
So where were you when we wanted to go?
You always ride alone
Not much the same
Look around, there's nothing from before
Just read the writing on the wall...