Slatetrain

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This may be Slatetrain's first official release but this album has been over a decade in the making.

It is the culmination of years of collecting great time tested songs

Slatetrain is a Singer, Songwriter, Drummer bringing the good vibes of reggae music.

It's his mission to make you want to move. Every track is a rhythmic journey and the instrumentation brings layers of dynamic keys, mellow horns and soaring melody.

The songs bring up feelings of great weather, chillin with friends, or nostalgia of summers past.

It's art from the heart.

The friendships from performing in local bands brought together the group of guys that made this record come alive.

Slate teamed up with long time friend Johnny Cosmic to produce the album.

Fluid Minds and Cosmic Haze member Frank Clayton brought the sound to new heights with his horns.

Mike DeGuzman, Fluid Minds keyboardist also touring with Passafire, threw down extra smooth keys.

Obie Call guitarist JP brought his catchy production and playing on the bonus tracks

Slatetrain was featured on KnowledgeBorn07's release 'The Meaning of it All'. KB07 came back to spit a verse and complete the circle of collaboration. Hear their alternate version of 'True Love'
knowledgeborn07.com/album/the-meaning-of-it-all-2

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released May 22, 2014

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Slatetrain - Lead Vocals, Drums, Percussion

Johnny Cosmic - Guitar, Bass, Keys, Backing Vocals

Frank Clayton - Saxophone, Bass, Keys

Mike DeGuzman - Keys

JP - Guitar, Bass, Beats
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Mixed and Mastered by Johnny Cosmic at Melody Sunrise Studio

Produced by Slatetrain and Johnny Cosmic
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'Bob Newhart' and 'Rocksteady' Produced and Mixed by JP
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Drum recording assisted by Joe Pierscionek
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Cover Art by Brett Whitacre
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slatetrainmusic.com

johnnycosmicmusic.com

melodysunrise.com

fluidmindsmusic.com

passafiretheband.com

knowledgeborn07.com

cosmichaze.com

www.brettwhitacre.net

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Track Name: Summer Soul
I can't wait, until it's May
When winters gone, we like the day
That's when we'll say, hooray,hooray,hooray

I can't wait till next we play
Rockin' out soon come the day
That's when we'll say, hooray, hooray, hooray

(Chorus)
I've got, a summer soul
We no like, no ice and snow, no no
We got summer souls
So let the good times roll

Winter's taking the life from me
And only summertime can set me free, yeah
When winter goes away, hooray, hooray, hooray

Winter's taking the life from me
And only summertime can set me free, yeah
When winter goes away, hooray, hooray, hooray
Yeah, hooray, hooray, hooray

(Chorus)
I've got, a summer soul
We no like, no ice and snow, no no
We got summer souls
So let the good times roll

Winter manifest depression
We can't sit through another session
When winter goes away, hooray, hooray, hooray

Sit back under the trees
Feeling the warm summer breeze, now
Summer's here to stay, hooray, hooray, hooray
Yeah, hooray, hooray, hooray

(Chorus)
I've got, a summer soul
We can't sit through no ice and snow no, no, no, no
We got summer souls
So let the good times roll
Yeah, let the good times roll
Yeah, let the good times roll
Yeah, yeah, let the good times roll
Yeah, let the good times roll, roll
Yeah, we gonna let them, roll
Track Name: Make A Move
Get up and dance and get up and dance and get up and dance and move. x3
Get up and dance and get up and dance and MOVE!

(Chorus)
The time is right for me to make a move
(The time is right, the time is right) (It's right)
The time is right for me to make a move
(The time is right, the time is right) (Make a move)
The time is right to get into the groove, yeah
(To get into the groove)
The time is right for me to dance and
(Move dance and move, I got to dance and move)

Dance and move, diggty, dan, dan, diggty,dan, dan, diggty,
dance and move
A, dance and move, diggty, dan, dan, diggty, dan, dan, diggty,
dance and move
Because the beat won't stop, it'll only get hot
The beat won't stop, it'll only get hot
The drum beats tight just like the bass line a droppin'
The drum beats tight just like the bass line a droppin'
I love my dancin' shoes
I love to ROMP, in my dancin' shoes
I dance and move, to chase away my blues
I dance and MOVE, in my dancin' shoes
Yeah

(Chorus)
The time is right for me to make a move
(The time is right, the time is right) (Move)
The time is right for me to make a move
(The time is right, the time is right) (Make a move, make a move)
The time is right to get into the groove, yeah
(To get into the groove)
The time is right for me to dance and
(Move,dance and move, I got to dance and move)

Cause when the rhythm HITS, it sends me into FITS
And I just cannot sit in my seat
I gotta HIT the dance floor, cause I feel it to my core
And I just can't stop movin' my feet
I got my, WHOLE B-town crew, in there dancin' shoes
And they WON"T stop there dancin' till there feet are bruised
I got my, WHOLE Rock-town crew, in there dancin' shoes
And they WON"T stop there dancin' till there feet are black and blue
I'm gonna dance until I dance through my shoes
Gotta keep dancin' until my feet are bruised
Until my feet are black and blue
I gotta do what the music makes me do

(Chorus)
The time is right for me to make a move
(The time is right, the time is right) (That's right)
The time is right for me to make a move
(The time is right, the time is right) (Make a move)
The time is right to get into the groove, yeah
(To get into the groove)
The time is right for me to dance and move

[Johnny Cosmic]

(Move)

We gotta make a move

Baby, baby wanna reach the highest peak
Yeah when we dancin' cheek to cheek
Rub a Dubbin' so sweet
Make a move and my knees get weak

Go with the ebb and the flow
The sound takes you where it wants to go
Oh and you know there's no use in saying no, no
Let the loving take a hold you
Let the loving take a hold of me too
Track Name: Invisible
Blind to you x4

Blind to you, cause you can't see me (To you)
Blind to you, so you don't know me (To you)
Blind to you, cause you can't see me (To you)
Blind to you, so you don't know me
Blind to you

(Chorus)
I'm invisible (To you, to you)x3
I'm invisible, to you

Blind to you, but you're in my heart (To You)
Blind to you, but you're in my heart (To You)
Blind to you, but you're in my heart (To You)
Blind to you, but you're in my heart
Blind to you

(Chorus)
I'm invisible (To you, to you)x3
I'm invisible, to you

The yearning
The burning
The wanting (The wanting)
I love you

(Chorus)
I'm invisible (To you, to you)x3
I'm invisible, to you
Oh, to you
Hey, I'm invisible to you
Oh, I'm invisible to you
Oh, I'm invisible to you
I'm invisible, to you x4
Track Name: No Money Happy
Ooh, I want the things in life money can't buy
Ooh, waat aat ooh, I want the things in life money can't buy,
money can't buy, money can't buy

I'm not a man of money, I'm not a man of things
But a man of happiness, and what happiness brings
Livin' a life with music, livin' a life with friends
Tryin' to do what I have to, so happiness never ends

Love from a woman, a very special woman
Might just bring some happiness, to me
Knowing someone, so good
That you know they would never let you down, yeah

(Chorus)
You don't need money, to be happy
All you need to have, is the right people around
To make you smile, to make you merry
The ones you want to stay for a while, yeah

Ooh, I want the things in life money can't buy
Ooh, waat aat ooh, I want the things in life money can't buy,
money can't buy, money can't buy

Respect and honesty, can both be got for free
And so can love and trust, and sensuality
Livin' a life with people can be tricky yes indeed
But if you choose your friends wisely, in happiness you can succeed

Cause I'm not a man of money, I'm not a man of things
But a man of happiness, and what happiness brings
Livin' a life with music, livin' a life with friends
Tryin' to do what I have to, so happiness never ends

(Chorus)
You don't need money, to be happy
All you need to have, is the right people around
To make you smile, to make you merry
The ones you want to stay for a while

You don't need money, to be happy
All you need to have, is the right people around
To make you smile, to make you merry
The ones you want to stay for awhile

No money, no money, no money,
the best things in life are for free
No money, no money, no money,
the best things in life are for free
No money, no money, no money, no money happy
No money, no money, no money, no money happy
Track Name: Aint Gonna Wait
Let's take it from the start
This one's about a girl that broke my heart
I tried so hard, to make her mine
But I guess it just wasn't mine time
I tried so hard, but it was in vain
To bad, my lonely heart only feels the pain
She packed her bags, and spilt from this town
And I ain't going to wait around

(Chorus)
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you baby
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you baby
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around here feeling blue

Well things they coulda worked out for us
But she just couldn't help but make a fuss
She said, not now, maybe later
But that's a kind of love to which my heart cannot cater
Cause if she don't know now, she never will
So don't call me when your lonely, and you've had your fill
Bcause I won't be home, and not cause I'm sore
It's just cause I ain't waiting 'round no more

(Chorus)
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you baby
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you baby
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around here feeling blue

No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you baby
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around on you baby
No I Ain't (No I ain't)
Gonna wait (Gonna wait)
Around here feeling blue, no more

No I ain't, gonna wait
Track Name: How To Get Out
Gotta find a way, livin' in these times
To keep your piece of mind and live freely
People strugglin', every single day
When life in these times should be easy
The world you know is a fragile place
Cannot exceed it's own boundaries
A soul you know is a fragile thing
Cannot exceed it's own boundaries

(Chorus)
Livin' in confusion
Not knowing where to go
Stuck in limbo
Not knowing, how to get out , how to get out

So much frustration, living in these times
It's hard to know what's wrong and what's right
My breathern and I, keep hope alive
With love and the positive vibes
Hope is the one thing that keeps us alive
Living in these hopeless times
Music's the one thing that gives us the power
Living in these powerless times

(Chorus)
Livin' in confusion
Not knowing where to go
Stuck in limbo
Not knowing, how to get out , how to get out

I've got to get out
I've got to get out

(Chorus)
Livin' in confusion
Not knowing where to go
Stuck in limbo
Not knowing how to get out,
how to get out (I've got to get out)
Track Name: True Love (ft. KnowledgeBorn07)
(Chorus)
True love, (True love), only comes, once in a lifetime
Don't let it pass you by,
(Don't let it pass you by),
cause you can never have it again

True love, (True love), only comes, once in a lifetime
Don't let it pass you by,
cause you can never have it again

If you love someone, (Love someone),
you got to set them free, (Set them free)
If they come back to you, (Come back to you),
huh, that shit was ment to be, (Meant to be)
Oh, I realised, (I realised),
that true love to me, (True love to me)
Was finding someone, (Finding Someone),
who is my lover and your best friend,
lover and my best friend

(Chorus)
True love, (True love), only comes, once in a lifetime
Don't let it pass you by,
(Don't let it pass you by),
cause you can never have it again

True love, (True love), only comes, once in a lifetime
Don't let it pass you by,
cause you can never have it again

You gotta let them go
And search your soul
It'll hurt at first
But then you'll know
If it's true love or infatuation
Don't ever rush it
You must be patient
Learn it from the ancient
Wisemen who prayed in
The valley of the lustful
Babylonic heathen cavemen
Who treat their women like
Some objects man I'm sayin
You see it in the projects
How women are degrated
You see in a photo
And television stations
In the suburbs all the parents
Divorced or separated
The youth they know no better
need to change up their mind state
and teach them all some morals
before the whole world is deflated
True love is the goal
But clean soul before you chase it
And once you let it go
If it comes back to you that's sayin
The love you give is stronger than the rest who all just play and
You might have met your match
So let down your wall embrace it

(Chorus)
True love, (True love), only comes, once in a lifetime
Don't let it pass you by,
(Don't let it pass you by),
cause you can never have it again

True love, (True love), only comes, once in a lifetime
Don't let it pass you by,
cause you can never have it again

The sun will rise, the sun will set
And I'll be dreaming of when we first met
And how I loved you, I really love you x2
No matter what'cha do, I really love you
Track Name: Bob Newhart's Prescription
Your such, thee attention getter,
you think that there is no one,
who is better then you
And you don't,
care if it's good or bad attention that you get,
just a long as your the center of it

(Chorus)
Mmm, but it's not always about you
It's not always about you
Can't cha see
It's not always about you
It's not always about you
Your such a tragity

I've got,
to come to grips with the fact that everything,
is an act with you
And I hate,
to burst your bubble, but
everyone thinks that your more trouble than
you are worth

(Chorus)
Mmm, it's not always about you
It's not always about you
Can't cha see
It's not always about you
It's not always about you
When it's about me, it's about me

Oh, cause I can't please everybody all of the time
Sometimes I gotta please myself
Sometimes I gotta please myself
Bob Newharts prescription
Just stop it

I can't,
believe a word that you say,
cause everything sounds like lies to me
And I don't,
need someone like you around,
cause your just a waste of my time

(Chorus)
Mmm, it's not always about you
It's not always about you
Can't cha see
It's not always about you
It's not always about you
It's about everybody

Oh, cause I can't please everybody all of the time
Sometimes I gotta please myself
Sometimes I gotta please myself
Bob Newharts prescription
You gotta stop it stop it
Track Name: Rocksteady
Better get ready
Come do rock steady, ooh
You got to do this new dance
Hope you're ready
You got to do it just like uncle Freddy
If you don't know
Just shake your head, rock your bodyline
Shake your shoulders, ev'rything in time
Then see

Oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-ooh
You got to shake your shoulders
Better get ready
Just to do rock steady, yeah
You got to do this new dance
Just like Freddy
You got to do it just like uncle Freddy
If you don't know it
Shake your head, rock your bodyline
Shake them shoulders, ev'ry thing in time
Then see

Oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-ooh
You got to shake your shoulders
Now you're ready
Let's do rock steady, yeah
You got to do this new dance
Now that you're ready
You got to do it just like uncle Freddy
Now that you know it
Shake your head, rock your bodyline
Shake your shoulders, ev'rything is fine
Now see
Oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-ooh
Ev'ryone, oh dance
Track Name: Lord Deliver Us
Let the naked be clothed
Let the blind be led
Let the hungry be fed
And the aged be protected

Lord, deliver us
Lord, deliver us
Lord, deliver us
Cause with all the things that men have learnt
To make things that go around the world
Still can't help us, still can't help us
Still can't help us

Look here now
Children go out to school
Smarter than your father
Don't be a fool
Let the people be led
Take care of them instead

Lord, deliver us
Lord, deliver us
Lord, deliver us
Cause with all the things that men have earnt
To make things that frighten the world
Still can't help us, still can't help us
Still can't help us

Look here now
Children go out to school, yah
Be smarter than your father
Don't be a fool
Let the blind be led
I beg, take care of them instead

Lord, deliver us
Lord, deliver us
Lord, deliver us