Readers of Demolish know that I often mention how many great bands and or talented musicians who are from the Midwest and are insanely under rated or somehow managed to fly below the mainstream radar. David T. Chastain is no exception.
As a matter of fact, he may be the defacto reigning “king” of underground Metal guitar. Why underground? By choice! You see Dave decided to take things in his own hands and started Leviathan Records (his own indie record label based in Cincinnati) early on in his rather prolific career. In addition to creating + playing some of the best riffs in Metal, he also produces, writes and promotes the material!
I totally respect Dave for doing his own thing and for staying independent. This choice has given him [and the other bands on his roster] the freedom to create as they wish without any major label pressure. It seems he has always valued producing the music he wants over commercial success. Hats off…
My first taste of his guitar virtuosity was on the excellent début studio album called “Mystery of Illusion” released a couple of years ago on Shrapnel Records (Dave can easily hang with any of the other well-known “shredders” on that label —ed).
Although I was very aware of another Midwestern Metal project of his called C.J.S.S. The name “CJSS” comes from the [last] names of the band members: Chastain, Jinkens, Sharp, and Skimmerhorn respectively.
Having seen this band several times live in his hometown, I can certainly vouch for their kick-ass concerts and energetic performances. I would say between his two projects, he practically wrote the book on straight up American “Power” Metal. No gimmicks, no lipstick, no silly stage props, just straight up/well-crafted Metal songs delivered with impeccable musicianship by all members. These gents are the real-deal.
Welcome to the Midwest!
Join us as Demolish Mag. catches up with David as he is set to release his new instrumental project and candidly provides us with this simple, but intimate glimpse of his life.
You are based in Cincinnati, Ohio—is that where you are originally from? Can you tell us when you started playing guitar and or how long have you been playing?
I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia but I live in Cincinnati now. I’ve been playing for about 17 years now.
Did you ever have a “teacher” or take guitar lessons perhaps?
I am totally self-taught.
Some folks have music “in their blood” and were surrounded by music at an early age, did you come from a musical family?
My sister played piano a little, but it’s pretty much a non-musical family otherwise.
What made you want to pick up the guitar and start playing?
I was just drawn to the music and my friends had already started, so it was just the natural thing to do.
When did you play out for the first time, what was that like?
I had only been playing for about a week and we were playing all original material…we were pretty terrible. The place we played told us to quit playing and they would pay us!
Is there any particular musician or guitarist that has influenced your playing or style?
I’ve always enjoyed the guitar playing of Alan Holdsworth.
Who are some current guitar players that you admire?
Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen.
You have two different bands: C.J.S.S. and CHASTAIN, how in the world do you find the time to balance these projects?
Presently, most of my time is playing on the CHASTAIN project. In the past two years I spent most of my time on C.J.S.S. I go with whatever project has put out the latest LP.
What do you like to do in your “spare time”. Do you have any hobbies or anything you like to do? Tell us a bit about your personal life [outside of music] please?
Presently I am single with no time really for even a full-time girlfriend. I am really interested in sports and the daily happenings around the world. I like chess when I get the chance.
It seems many guitar players also play other instruments, do you play anything besides guitar and or have you ever tried?
I also play bass fairly well. I play keyboards and the flute adequately.
Being a “shredder” – do your hands/fingers ever get sore from playing so much?
The only time is when I play bass for long periods of time— such as recording.
When creating your music, how do you go about it as far as the song writing and or approach? Also do you write the music or lyrics first and how does your “mood” affect the writing process if at all?
The music always comes first. After that is created, I “feel” the mood of the song and try to create lyrics that match the mood of the music.
Do you write down your scores or guitar tablature?
No. I record them as I write.
You’re all over the fret board in your songs, is it ever a challenge to come up with new songs/riffs or even solos that you haven’t already played before and how do you avoid playing certain leads more than once since your compositions are so intricate and or “complex”?
It is not that hard to come up with new songs but it is a little more difficult to keep coming up with new solos that are totally fresh! There is no way to not repeat yourself to some degree. There are only so many notes and so many combinations. You just have to watch it as close as possible.
Many guitar players seem to rely on speed and not creativity [which make’s their solos sound very repetitive to me], your style has a lot of feel to it as opposed to just quickness, is speed important and how would you describe your style of playing?
I think feel is very important. I think that I have shown that I can play as fast as anyone but I think I add a little more depth than most. I played some blues when I started off and I think that comes thru with my string bends. I really enjoy a lot of different styles of music and I think that comes thru in my sound.
You have just released your latest solo LP, which is an instrumental album entitled “Instrumental Variations”. Can you tell us about this release and was this something you’ve always wanted to do?
No, originally, this was to be my first release with Mike Varney [Shrapnel Records] about four years ago, but we did “Mystery of Illusion” (85’) instead.
Two of these songs were actually supposed to be on that LP.
You played [and even produced] everything—except the drums tracks, which were handled by Ken Mary correct? Tell us about how you selected Ken for the job.
I think Ken is one of the top drummers in the world! We get along well and we work very well together. We also think along the same lines about most things.
It must be a real challenge to create and all-instrumental LP, are there any specific scales or notes that you like to use for creating certain moods?
Yes, all scales create their own “moods”. Most of my stuff is based around the minor scales (and all their variations), which create a “mystical” sound.
Which do you prefer—creating instrumental projects and or albums that feature vocals?
I enjoy both equally and hope to continue to do both in the future.
Your next release will be from your band C.J.S.S. correct? Can you please tell us more about this LP and how is this release going to be different from earlier C.J.S.S. material?
Actually, we are preparing a new CHASTAIN LP.
C.J.S.S. is “on hold”. The new CHASTAIN will be more vocally oriented. I think Leather is the greatest and I want to showcase her a little more. Also with the release of the instrumental album I don’t feel I have to prove myself with a lot of guitar solos. The LP will still be very heavy but just a bit more Leather and a little less me.
Leather and Dave
Do you have plans of touring to support this album?
The CHASTAIN band toured the U.S. over the summer and fall. We will probably do the same next year.
I’ve heard [or read] that you do not like to tour and prefer to stay at home and work in your own studio…
I enjoy playing but I prefer recording because you can usually get a perfect performance on tape. I don’t like travelling in a tour bus all day long when I could be home practicing and writing. I do enjoy the actual playing but not all the torture that goes with it.
Maybe by playing more live gigs or touring abroad you might be able to broaden your fan base. I am sure there are many fans that might get to see you live who would then pick up the album from that experience or vice versa.
Yes it definitely helps sell records. I try to find a middle ground.
You have a local (Ohio) following, I wonder why you haven’t been snapped up by any larger record labels yet? Obviously you have the talent and with each new release, your audience grows that much more—does that bother you in any way?
I am talking to major labels all the time. I just haven’t seen a deal I can’t refuse. I am doing very well on independents and am doing better than a lot of people on majors.
Plus I have the total freedom to do what I want.
Is it true that you hold the attendance record at Bogart’s (Cincinnati) night club? That must feel good as there are some pretty big bands that also play there.
Yes – we have the top five crowds at Bogart’s. We play there once a month and this has been going on for three years and we still draw very big crowds! It makes us very happy plus we make very good money when we play there, which helps support our other dates.
C.J.S.S. at Bogart’s
Describe a typical live show for someone who has never attended such and do you ever get stage fright before you go on?
I never get stage fright.
We just put on a very high energy show where the music is the most important thing.
What goes through your mind right before you hit the stage?
I just make sure that my road crew has all of my equipment set the way it is supposed to go.
Being the only guitarist in the band, does it ever prove difficult to be able to play the songs live just as they were recorded in the studio, or is that a non-issue for you?
Certain songs can’t be done live the same way as in the studio. I think the live songs have much greater energy. I think solos are usually better on record (at least to me).
Tell us about one of your best-ever shows?
I don’t really have a favorite show. Most Bogart’s shows are enjoyable.
You are considered somewhat of a “guitar hero” overseas, are there any plans to tour there and promote your music?
No, not at present.
Your records are released via Roadrunner Records, hopefully they are behind your projects with regards to promo/press?
Yes, both Roadrunner and Black Dragon are very good.
What’s the main difference between C.J.S.S. and CHASTAIN albums? Is it ever frustrating being a full-time member/founder with two bands?
CHASTAIN is heavier and more mystical sounding, where C.J.S.S is a little more aggressive and commercial. It does get confusing for some people.
How would you decide what route to take if one of the bands were signed by a major label, would you stop one of the acts possibly?
I could live with either CHASTAIN or C.J.S.S. and an instrumental project.
What are some of your favorite songs or compositions?
That is a very difficult question. I like different songs for different reasons. I can’t really give an answer to that question.
What project of yours has been the most successful in terms of sales?
The new instrumental album is the most successful. Every record outsells the previous LP, which is good news.
There was song on your 85’ demo called “The More I Get” that did not make it on any albums. That was a personal favorite, will that ever resurface one day…hopefully?
I think that song is too commercial. I know one record company who love’s that song though. Also Fred Coury [drummer] of Cinderella loves the song.
What’s your definition of a “good” song? What does it need?
Since you produce your own music, would you ever like to produce any other bands or projects in the future? Can you tell us about your progression as a guitarist since your release of “Mystery of Illusion”?
Yes, in 1988 I hope to introduce some other acts.
I think I am a better player now. I can do many more things with the guitar .
Have you ever thought about making a video for a song—if so, in what way would you like to represent the band for fans to be able to understand what your all about?
Basically a live video.
A “real” video is very expensive to make. C.J.S.S. did a very good live video that was supposed to be for sale but it got tied up in litigation.
I’ve been to several of your shows recently and noticed you were playing some B.C. Rich guitars live, do you endorse their products? If so, how are they customized for you or do you play them stock? What other guitars do you play?
I did until recently. I have gone back to my Kramer. I just play that guitar better than any guitar. My B.C. Rich’s were customized to some degree.
Is there any type of advice you could give to younger musicians who are just starting out?
- Learn music theory
- don’t copy anyone else
- Try to create your own songs
For the many guitarists reading [and aspiring guitarists], would you care to divulge info about your pickups, the strings you use and what tremolo system you prefer? What about other gear, such as amps, effects etc.?
- I use DiMarzio pickups and strings.
- I use a Floyd Rose tremolo.
- I also use Marshall cabinets,
- Lab Series amps and many other devices.
Do you use the same equipment in the studio to record with? What about guitar synthesizers, do you think they will ever appear on your future recordings?
I don’t think so. I play real synths when I have to.
What are your future goals and or what do you see yourself doing in five years?
Only instrumental LP’s and being more involved with the business and production side of the music business. I still will be playing forever!
Thank you for allowing us to interview you – we really appreciate your time. Is there anything else you would like to add or say to the Demolish readers before we go?
Please spread the word on CHASTAIN!!
*David T. Chastain is a man of little words no doubt. I wanted to bring it to your attention that this was not a live recorded interview. Dave was cool enough to answer these questions via a typewriter! So that is why his answers were very “to the point”.
This also shows the integrity of the man. Not very many musicians of his caliber would even speak to an unknown editor at an unknown Metal ‘zine, much less [manually] type answers to over fifty questions!
He has released about 50 recordings under multiple names, including:
David T. Chastain
Georgia Blues Dawgs
The Cincinnati Improvisational Group
Ruud Cooty and Southern Gentlemen
(accompanied by female vocalist Leather Leone)
In more recent years, David has worked as a record producer at his own company, Leviathan Records. His label specializes in discovering and promoting new talents, specializing in guitarists and bands. He also runs Diginet Music, a company specializing in rare, unreleased or out-of-print music.
By Jon Asher
While Heavy MTL fest. happened several few weeks ago, the ear-piercing/ ringing of guitars, the battering of drums and anthemic chants from fans are still resonating in my head!
Unfortunately, I was only able to attend [day two] Sunday part of the weekend fest that took place last July 23 – 24th in Canada. Thankfully, my good friend and rock goddess Brandy Rose—the savior of the day, was there to hook me up to experience the fest and check off a few bands from my “bucket list.”
I arrived at around 3pm, enough time to catch Annihilator, which was a great band to kick off my day with. I’m a fan of Annihilator, but not an uber-fan. They played an energetic and crowd engaging set and when they played “King of The Kill” the place went nuts! I stuck around and watched them for a bit but one of my buddies is in a band called Slaves On Dope, who were playing the Budweiser stage at the same time [in replacement of The Sword due to border issues]. I was super stoked to see their set as I missed them the Saturday before unfortunately.
Jason Rockman of SOD [Slaves On Dope] is one hell of a front man and I truly enjoyed his stage presence/attitude of: “fu** you, I’m going to do what I want and let’s all have a good time,” which was clearly evident by the crowd’s reaction and the sick moshing that was going on. The highlight of their set was when they finished with their track “Pushing Me”. They had Drew—the vocalist of local Montreal metallers Averys Descent and Matt Bailie vocalist of The Catalyst [who were also playing HVY MTL that day], join up on stage to bring a triple vocal threat! The crowd went nuts…and when all three of them told the crowd to “separate and get ready for a wall of death”—I ran for cover, as this was one long f***in’ wall of death and the bodies were flying!
After that “near-death experience”, I decided to chill out until the Anthrax set, which I have to say, was awesome to watch, but a bit disappointing. I think I hyped myself a bit too much for it. Vocalist, Joey Belladonna personally looked like a space cadet on stage and I even caught glimpses of the band trying to get him to chill-out a few times and let him know the songs were done.
The band that I wanted to see the most [and check off my bucket list], was Motörhead! I was so looking forward to seeing them live. I have a few of their albums and I watched the recent Lemmy documentary. I told myself I had to see this influential band before it’s too late.
They say Lemmy is a god, and holy fu** does he live up to this status right from the get go. When Lemmy walked up to the microphone and said: “We’re Motörhead, and we play fu**in’ rock n roll!”…from that moment on—it was nonstop [heavy] head-banging hour. I would love to be able to tell ya’ their exact set list, but things got a bit “hazy” with the high heat and booze! One major high light of their set though, was drummer Mikkey Dee’s ten minute solo. Just incredible!
After Motorhead’s set, I just wanted to leave the fest—I was good for the rest of the night! But I stuck around as I was kind of curious to see the headliners KISS perform.
I do like some of their tracks, but I’m not that crazy for them. I would like to thank them for giving us 2 hours of comedy and pure “cheesiness.” Obviously it’s time for these old timers to retire perhaps.
Paul Stanley cannot sing anymore and went “off-key” several times and the rest of the band was just boring to watch. I kind of understand now why they have so many pyrotechnics going off around them during the show.
At the end of the day, I would say that this year’s Heavy MTL 2011 festival was an awesome time, but not my personal favorite. I still think the first one—back in 2008, was the best. One complaint I have about Heavy MTL 2011 is that their usage of three stages was just dumb and greedy. Why pit fans against one other and have bands they want to see playing at the same time(s)? Two stages were fine, but three is just overboard!
Saturday, Jul 23
Sunday, Jul 24
Jon Asher is a music publicist at Asher Media Relations in the Montreal, Canada Area. Jon is known for being a regular fixture on the Montreal music scene and founded AMR in September 2007 to aid Indie artists in celebrating their music to the world.
Coming from a musician’s life himself and being a McGill graduate in public relations, Jon had his epiphany. That he would help out the struggling artists and help them gain the attention they need to support their music. Asher’s previous endeavours have included former operator of F.A.M.E (Freedom Artist Management & Entertainment), working at CJAD 800AM as an intern in the promotions department, media relations co-ordinator for the TNC Theatre & recently guest lecturing at McGill University on Music Publicity for the public relations program.
Now this is something I did not expect to see. I accidentally ran into the website for their distro company this morning and was quite surprised to see this. I guess every band is coming out of the wood work and releasing material and touring. Not to sound negative – I think that’s great, but I am just wondering how many peeps out there were anxiously awaiting their “return”…as the site claimed.
I know this infamous band has released some decent material over the years, but I would suspect it’s their live “show” that is the main attraction here —especially since that includes the very fine and bizarrely interesting front woman GEN.
Originating in Orlando, Florida, the band was founded by lead singer Gen while attending pre-med. school. The Genitorturers made their début and progressed in the early 90′s Florida “hardcore” music scene, with other contemporary bands such as Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids (who would also become a success in later years).
According to the band’s official biography, “What emerged would be a band that would go beyond shaking up the house that ‘Mickey’ built and extend to paving the way and breaking ground for performance based music artists thereafter worldwide”. I tend to agree, to some extent.
I know it’s probably been reported to death, but Mr. David Alexander Vincent (aka’ Evil D), who of course is best known as vocalist/bassist for Morbid Angel, is married to GEN and contributes as the bassist for Genitorturers. David also contributed guitar, vocals, keys and programming on the last CD Blackheart Revolution [which is their third full length release]. The new live line up will include new drummer Sean Davidson as well as the addition of guitarist Eric Griffin formerly of Wednesday 13/ Murderdolls & Filip Abbey formerly of Psyclon 9.
“We wanted to make a big rock record …we wanted something that shakes the walls, grabs you by the balls, and scares you a bit in the process!” - GEN
Someone recently told me that Demolish was officially “blacklisted” on their local public library computers and was blocked from unsuspecting kiddos viewing our material! I thought that was quite funny as I think our online magazine is pretty damn tame compared to what is out there these days. I guess the “stigma of Metal” or anything with true shock value still pervades most authorities and some public educational “systems’ mindsets —even in 2011.
Since we are already (un)officially banned in some parts of the world, I suspect creating a post about the Genitorturers is just going to further solidify their anti-Demolish position and the small town U.S.A. peeps who do not own a computer will not get to see these beautiful photos! What a shame.
I’ve been waiting to post my coveted black n’ white glossies that I received for review back in the day. That press kit sure made an impression when originally viewed for the first time. I mean, who would you rather look at, Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Betsy (Bitch) or GEN?! Doro was a looker but everything was pretty much “P.G.” compared to these fine shots [see below].
Fast-forward to 2011 and Gen & Co. appears to still have all their leather and misc. paraphernalia in order as the their latest North American tour dates are confirmed below! Genitorturers have also announced that Hanzel und Gretyl will be the support band.
Sexxy babes, hugs & plenty of schnitzel smackin’ fun are heading your way, so don your big boots and grab your advance tic’s now!
“Sexxx U 2 Death” North American Tour
+ special guests Hanzel und Gretyl
Feb 20 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Feb 21 Dallas, TX @ Trees
Feb 22 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Feb 23 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
Feb 24 Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Feb 25 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Feb 26 Hollywood, CA@ Bar Sinister
Feb 27 Oakland, CA@ Oakland Metro Operahouse
March 1 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
March 2 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
March 3 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
March 4 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
March 5 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
March 6 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
March 9 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
March 10 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
March 11 Toronto, ON @ The Courthouse
March 12 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
March 13 Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
March 14 Brooklyn, NY@ Club Europa
March 15 Allentown,PA@ Crocodile Rock
March 18 Atlanta GA @ Masquerade
March 19 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
Gen nineteen years ago!
*This is for all the librarians out there!
Love this commercial video spot for Kroneberg 1664 beer…Enjoy!
*In case your living under a rock, Motörhead has a new album out [The World is Yours] with several live shows planned. See you there!
The Wörld is Yours – 2011
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It’s Christmas time, so we’re bringing you a special post and a unique opportunity for all of you “axe-masters”, or “shredder wanna’-bees” out there in Metal land.
Demolish Magazine has teamed up with Guitar Master Class [a Swedish-based online instructional website and community] for a special holiday contest giveaway. That’s right, I said GIVEAWAY folks. Everyone knows the economy is in the dumps and funds are tight this year, so this will be perfect timing for some of you. So what’s the catch? No catch, it’s fist come, first serve.
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There are 5 full six month GMC memberships [valued @ $150 ea.] for our loyal readers! Just send us your name and email address and a short description of why you want to be the next Jimi Hendrix or Jeff Beck. That’s it. I will send the 5 lucky contest winners and they will setup your GMC accounts. When does this start? Well, if you are in fact reading this -then that means the contest has already started. Don’t put it off, NOW is the time to dust off that axe in the corner or time to plug-in that shiny new guitar your folks just bought you perhaps. So get rocking NOW!
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Guitar Master Class is a special place where you can improve your musical skills and meet people with the same interests. The main focus is on having fun while learning because we believe that your learning curve is most effective if you have fun at the same time. Guitar Master Class also strives to inspire students to find your own unique style. To help you become a great guitarist, we have collected a crew of skilled guitar instructors from all around the world, and they are around the site 24 – 7 to answer questions and give you feedback and support while practicing.
Guitar Master Class, often called GMC, was founded March 12th 2006 by Kristofer Dahl – a professional guitarist and instructor resident in Stockholm, Sweden. GMC is run by the Swedish company Rock My Web AB, owned by Kristofer Dahl and Maria Gasch. From the beginning, the Guitar Master Class website has been developed in close coöperation with Henrik Skotth Konsult AB.
GMC grew steadily in a short period, and today thousands of daily visitors and members take part of video lessons and the friendly GMC community. One of the first lessons ever was “Curious Coincidence“.
5 Questions with GMC founder: Kristofer Dahl
What is your date of birth?
“September 12th, 1981″
“Stockholm, Sweden” states Kristofer.
How long have you been playing guitar?
“Since 1998. I picked up the guitar at the age of 10 and I started practicing seriously at the age of 18. I took regular lessons during one year learning theory with Therion guitarist Kristian Niemann. Before deciding to professionally go for a music career I studied matheology, informatics, environmental care, political science and even sport fishing”.
Could you tell us a bit about your playing and some of your influences please.
“I am fascinated by Marty Friedman’s phrasing, vibrato and unusual note choice. I love Steve Morse’s musical approach to speed picking. Allan Holdsworth’s playing is from another planet and every aspect of his music is totally unique (to me!). Eric Johnson’s approach to perfectionism and tone is something I believe everyone can learn from. Yngwie was the guitarist who opened up my eyes to what was possible on the guitar, he also has a vibrato worth checking out”!
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I know this is a little over a month old, but I do not follow politics too much and when I stumbled across this one, I just had to chime in and pass it along. Why? Well, because I thinks it’s pretty ridiculous and cool at the same time! To put this into perspective I think James Marshall Hendrix (aka’ Jimi Hendrix) was the greatest guitarist [and one of the best song writers] to ever walk this earth. So when some hecklers tried to say Obama used some of Jimi’s song lyrics in a speech – like that would be a BAD thing anyway, and tried to condemn him for it —this just killed me!
Has President Obama been listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix lately? With just under two months to go before Election Day, Obama kicked off the fall campaign season Monday with an aggressive speech targeting Republicans. But it was an off-script moment in the speech that’s attracted the most attention, as Obama accused his GOP critics of talking about him “like a dog.”
“Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time —and they’re not always happy with me —they talk about me like a dog. That’s not in my prepared remarks, but it’s true,” Obama said during a speech at Wisconsin’s Laborfest on Monday.
Though Obama didn’t acknowledge it, the line was a exact quote from “Stone Free” the first song Hendrix wrote after moving to England in 1966. “They talk about me like a dog,” the song says. “Talkin’ about the clothes I wear. But they don’t realize they’re the ones who’s square.”
Enough politics – time to jam!
It’s unclear if Obama consciously or unconsciously cited the lyric. A White House Spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. But regardless of its source, Obama’s off-script message syncs with his overall frustration with Republicans, whom he has lambasted repeatedly as the “party of no.”
With polls showing Democrats still trailing badly as the midterm campaign enters its post-Labor Day upsurge, Obama stepped up that attack line Monday. In his remarks, he suggested that the GOP will always block bipartisanship, no matter the situation. “If I said the sky was blue, they’d say no,” he vented. “If I said fish live in the sea, they’d say no. They just think it’s better to score political points before an election than to solve problems.”
*Article excerpt from Yahoo News Blog.
Stone Free Lyrics
If I stay too long people try to pull me down
They talk about me like a dog
Talkin’ about the clothes I wear
But they don’t realise they’re the ones who’s square
And that’s why
You can’t hold me down
I don’t want to be tied down I gotta move
Stone free do what I please
Stone free to ride the breeze
Stone free, baby I can’t stay
I got to got to got to get away
Listen here baby
A woman here a woman there try to keep me in a plastic cage
But they don’t realise it’s so easy to break
Yeah but a sometimes I get a ha
Feel my heart kind a gettin’ hot
That’s when I got to move before I get caught
So dig this
And the is why, listen to me baby, you can’t hold me down
I don’t want to be tied down
I gotta move on
Stone free do what I please
Stone free to ride the breeze
Stone free I can’t stay
Got to got to got to get away
Tear me loose baby
Stone free to ride on the breeze
Stone free do what I please
Stone free I can’t stay
Stone free I got to I got to get away
Stone free go on down the highway
Stone free don’t try to hold me back baby
Stone free stone free
Stone free got to baby
Stone free got get on