The Dream Alive

by Vocal Few

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released October 30, 2015

Produced and engineered by Matt MacDonald
Recorded in a garage in Everett, WA
Mixed by Brett Baird
Mastered by Troy Glessner (Spectre Mastering)

Cello on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 by Brian Chan
additional BGV's on The Corner Dwellers, Time, and You've Been Written by Torry Anderson
additional BGV's on Time by Jason Craig

Vocal Few is:

Matt MacDonald: Vocals, Guitars, Percussion, Keys
Kristie MacDonald: Vocals, Piano

Album thanks: Our deepest gratitude to our family and friends, who support and encourage our music dreams. A special thanks to those who generously watched our kids throughout the process, giving us the freedom and time to connect and create this album. If you bought this record, we are so grateful for your financial support. Without you, we can’t do this. Thank you.


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Vocal Few Seattle, Washington

Matt & Kristie MacDonald make pop/folk songs that tell stories of travel & change & dreams & struggles. Life's a trip. A roadtrip.

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Track Name: The Corner Dwellers
standing under an overpass in the rain
looks like we’ve been stranded once again 
and there is not a lonelier sound that the wheels on the ground above 

the cars pass by and so does a normal life
and why are we left behind?
as our dreams die
we got so much more in common with the corner dwellers

sitting next to a brand new friend of mine, shares his fifth of jim with me,
got a twinkle in his eye
beats the hell out of everyones cold stare, looking but not really there,
but we catch the unprepared, sometimes

It’s him and me, invisible ghosts of the street
every grin we share is like a prayer committed to the song we sing
and it goes

give me hope
I’ve got nowhere else to go
I don’t know
if I can wake another day
in the cold
on my own
give me hope
Track Name: Time
doing the best we can
watching the second hand
sometimes spins like a fan
sometimes it stops

days blur into weekends
where does it go and then
it seems like we’re working with
a broken clock

time, it is not on our side 
the days are steps we take
against a fate we can't deny
if in the end we fade into the night
then why should I serve time?

remember who we have been
looking at our children
how did they get here,
where do they go so fast?

if our lives get boiled down
to who, what, when, where and how
then nothing outside of now
can ever last

doing the best we can
years start and then they end
blink and it’s gone again
we’ve come so far

when we’re seven decades in
will we still be holding hands
watching our grandchildren?
I hope we are

time it is not on our side
at last we drift, black ash across the waves into the night
in death I am set free from serving time
so why did I?
Track Name: Take Me Back Again
I felt you in the morning
when the sun started to shine
from the corner of my window came the warmth of light divine
so I shook off my hangover, grabbed a coffee and a pen
It felt like hell, the pain I held, so I traded it for heaven

and you took me back again

you didn’t ask what did I learn
you saw my every foolish turn
you didn't warn me I might burn
no you just love me
when you take me back again

I've been doing this a lot now, I forget you in the night
when the business of celebrating keeps me from the quiet
and I hold you at arms length there, so I can do whatever I please
but the love I feel each morning serves to bring me to my knees

when you take me back again

I been spending all my daytime trying to do everything right
I take captive every thought out of respect for mornings light
but when evening rolls around I get taking back what's mine
The lines are blurred, again I serve myself, into the night

what did I give you to deserve you
what did I do to be worth anything to you
nothing in me is good, I never stay true
will you ever take me back enough for me stay new?
Track Name: The Dream Alive
go for a drive in the car
thinking how we’ve come so far
oh, got a long way to go
will we ever weather the storm
we're cold, when will we ever get warm?

never had enough money to pay the rent
and if we ever got lucky, we would spend every last cent
and we would say

why don’t we just live today
tomorrow’s too far away
we want a reason to say one day
that we did our best to keep the dream alive

in the place that we are
cruising cross the country by car
oh, got a long way to go
pack up all the kids in the van
maybe we could fly to japan, oh

why don’t we just live today
tomorrow’s too far away
we want our daughters to say one day
that we did our best to keep the dream alive
Track Name: You've Been Written
I was an unbridled mustang
you stopped me dead with your stare
when I dismissed all your saddle busting
how quick was your whip in the air

I was a boy who was lonely
only after you left made aware
with no hesitation or cold feet
we married 
the very next year

I write everything down that I like
and you’ve been written into the songs of my life

I was a penniless orphan
in a mansion that made me despair
rich with affirming emotions 
but bankrupt of love I could share
you were a boy who was reckless
and I was the girl to repair
but time spent apart seemed to make us
face ourselves instead

I write everything down that I like
and you’ve been written into the songs of my life
and I like the songs that we write

the pages filled, recording wars and victories that we’ve been given
like altars built, preserving all our history, yes we’ve been written
in the melodies you gave to me
Track Name: Blue
you used to light up like a spark
now you’re blue, treading water in the dark
calm like the company of strangers in an elevator
hoping the doors will open soon
but that’s just you when you are blue I wish you’d
give me your pain
I’ll bear it faithfully
I’ll give you my name
and let you get close to me
so don’t be ashamed
love is supposed to be
the thing that remains
but everything changes when you bleed blue
I used to scale your city walls
I looked away, and you built them far too tall
numb like a world war veteran coming home to greet his family
hoping they never find the truth
but thats just you when you are blue but you can

come on and give me your pain
we are one in the same
we’re both blue

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