Dead to the World

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A pair of film directors burn so many bridges that one of them is unable to get any work other than directing porn with actors and crew whose egos far exceed their talents. Influences: Steely Dan, George Benson, Smash Mouth


"Dead to the World"
Words and Music by D. R. Commander
Copyright ©2007 Twelve-Foot Hedgehog Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

He gets high on cigarettes and coffee,
Lennon and McCartney, Willie and Merle
Smokin' C's out back of Lucky Seven,
Film it at 11, dead to the world

Joey had the ladies in his freeze frame,
Playing at the wrong game, dishing out the wrong blame
Mikey took the cash and went to DC
Now he's on the TV looking for a new fame

Making movies all over the city,
Neon lights are pretty, but nights are long
Second crew in just as many days,
The cast is in a haze between right and wrong

Prada bags lined up along the floor,
The girls scream out for more, but the lead is out the door
Take the bottle out into the skyway,
My way or the highway, looking for a new score


Trailer park in the cover of the dark,
He tries to make his mark, but she just ran away
Filling reels from Burbank to La Jolla,
'98 Toyota hunting for prey

Steely Dan was playing on the hi-fi,
Something from Katy Lied going back to seven-five
She was living life just like her picture
No one's gonna miss her, looking for a new dive

She gets high on cigarettes and coffee,
Lennon and McCartney, denim and pearls
Smokin' J's out back of Lucky Seven,
Watch it at 11, dead to the world


from Seven Cities, released April 17, 2013
D. R. Commander (piano, electric piano, electronic drums/percussion, vocals)
Aaron Goldfarb (lead guitar)
G. Pat Harris (bass)
Akina Adderley (backing vocals)

Recorded by D. R. Commander at Spare Oom Studio, Austin, Texas
Produced by D. R. Commander
Mixed by Pat Manske at The Zone Recording Studio, Dripping Springs, Texas
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc., Austin, Texas




D. R. Commander Austin, Texas

A self-taught pianist, D. R. Commander's approach to the instrument is somewhat non-traditional and is influenced as much by Earl Scruggs and Mark Knopfler as by Bruce Hornsby and Jackson Browne. His songs paint pictures of far-off, beautiful places inhabited by people who are different on the surface but whose lives intertwine in the same universal quest. ... more

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