Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY


















save it for a rainy day. put it under the covers.
tie it with a ribbon and cast it to the wind.
put it in a bottle and toss it out to sea.
wrap in a present and put it under an old oak tree.
tear it from its tether and say a silent prayer.
burn it in a bonfire and watch the smoke evaporate.
take it to the river and fling it in the current deep.
save it for a rainy day. put it where the heart lies.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FOR JOHN AND PAUL














THINGS WE SAID TODAY


WALRUS GUMBOOT

MORE AND MORE



















DREAMWALKER


OCTOBER


IT'S JUST LIFE


DREAMTHEME

Thursday, November 4, 2010

DREAMLAND

In 2005 I wrote, directed and produced an indie film called
DREAMLAND. It told the story of an amusement park in
Greenville, SC that was open from the 1920's to the 1940's.
It was owned and operated by the Floyd Family. This special
place meant alot to members of "The Greatest Generation"
who spent their youth there during the Great Depression
and World War II. The story of DREAMLAND is one of
love, hope and devotion. I also wrote and recorded a
song cycle based on the DREAMLAND story. It is a story
worthy of such heartfelt efforts.

Here is the Dreamland Film split into 4 parts.







Tuesday, November 2, 2010

DEMOS
















2 NEW SONGS (INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS)
"DEMOS FOR THE BAND." ALL INSTRUMENTS
BY WM. BATES. HOPE TO RECORD THESE
SOON WITH DAYS I KNEW.

SEE YOU ON THE FLIP
LET THE CURTAIN CLOSE


SEE YOU ON THE FLIP, TIME TO RUN
GRIP THE WHEEL, WALK IN THE SUN
TURN LEFT AT THE CORNER
SEEING STARS
NO MORE BARS
FORGET THE SCARS
SEE YOU ON THE FLIP

LIVING IN THE MOMENT, IT'S ALL I GOT
FROM 0 TO 60 IN 3 SECONDS TOP
HIGHWAY IS GLISTENING
DIAMOND IN THE SAND
GIVE ME A HAND
IT'S AT YOUR COMMAND
SEE YOU ON THE FLIP

IF YOU'RE THE KING OF NOTHING, YOUR RAIN WILL STING
AND ALL YOUR PRAYERS WON'T MEAN A THING
YOUR ONLY SERVANT
IS YOUR OWN IGNORANCE
DON'T SIT ON THE FENCE
MAKE SOME CHANGE WITH YOUR SENSE
SEE YOU ON THE FLIP

SEE YOU ON THE FLIP, IT'S RAGING OUTSIDE
YOU GOT NOWHERE TO RUN, NOWHERE TO HIDE
TURN LEFT AT THE CORNER
SEEING GHOSTS
MAKE THE MOST
SKIP THE ROAST
SEE YOU ON THE FLIP

SEE YOU ON THE FLIP
WORDS AND MUSIC BY WM.BATES
T21MUSIC2010


WITH ALL MY HEART, I GIVE UNTO YOU
ALL I AM AND EVER WILL BE
WITH ALL MY SOUL, I WILL BE TRUE
NO TORTURED COURSE IN FRONT OF ME

STORMS MAY COME AND GO
LET THE MYSTERY RIVER FLOW
LET THE CURTAIN CLOSE
LET THE CURTAIN CLOSE

IN THE FOREST DEEP
WHERE THE ANGELS SLEEP
LET THE CURTAIN CLOSE
LET THE CURTAIN CLOSE

UP ON A HILL, SEE THE VALLEY BELOW
HOW IT SHINES IN THE GHOSTLY GLOW
THINGS MAY LOOK SO BAD TODAY
BUT IT'S NOT ALWAYS GONNA BE THAT WAY

REPEAT CHORUS

LOVE IS LIKE A WILL-O-WISP
IT'S A PHANTOM, FIRM IN YOUR GRIP
HOLD IT CLOSE, DON'T LET GO
LET IT BURN THEN LET IT GROW

REPEAT CHORUS

LET THE CURTAIN CLOSE
WORDS AND MUSIC BY WM.BATES
T21MUSIC2010