The American Dream

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A woman moves to a Midwest city to find love, but failing this, she ends up in a loveless marriage just so she can avoid living alone. Influences: Waylon Jennings, Tori Amos, Bob Seger


"The American Dream"
Words and Music by D. R. Commander
Copyright ©2008 Twelve-Foot Hedgehog Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Lonely child in the dark staring out at the gray skyline
She hears the clock on the wall chiming half past nine
She took the train down from Madison hoping to meet her kind
She wants a house in the suburbs and 2.5,
Living on the edge of time

Far across the fields like the cover of a magazine
Filling up on cheap wine, burgers, and gasoline
Things never work out like they do on the silver screen
Was she running from herself, was she living the American dream?

She met him down at a bar on the corner of 17,
In the heart of the downtown social scene
She had the scent of desperation and nicotine
He was holding back fearing the world unseen,
Living in the in-between

She was never married to the prince in the Snow White scene,
But living all alone's not the loneliest you can be
She wanted all that his eyes reflected from the TV screen
They were living in silence and living the American dream


Lonely child in the dark staring out at the gray skyline
She sees the mark on the wall reading half past nine,
Living on the edge of time


from Seven Cities, released April 17, 2013
D. R. Commander (piano, electronic drums/percussion, vocals)
G. Pat Harris (upright bass)
Lloyd Maines (pedal steel guitar)

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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