Dragonfly

by Arthur Lee Land

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    Arthur Lee Land combines diverse influences to create a fresh new musical vibe: Afrograss Folk Rock. Arthur's new 13-song CD Dragonfly is produced by Grammy Award Nominated songwriter and producer Wendy Waldman (Save The Best For Last, John Cowan, New Grass Revival) and features songs co-written with his wife and lyricist Carol Lee. This all-acoustic album gives birth to a new genre, layering West African percussion under some of the finest bluegrass/acoustic musicianship around -- all tastefully encapsulated into infectious original songwriting.

    This music just makes you feel good, it's a joyful sound that can transform a dark mood.

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released April 21, 2005

MUSICIANS on Dragonfly CD
Arthur Lee Land: Lead vocals and all guitars/background vocals on tracks 7&8 and talking drum on tracks 1,3,6&14
Joe Craven: fiddle/mandolin/percussion
Mark Diamond: acoustic bass
Scott Babcock: drums/percussion
Michael Travis: djembe/congas on tracks: 1,3,6,9&14
Herb Pederson: banjo on tracks 1,3,6&14
Greg Leisz: dobro on track 3
Garrett Viggers: hammered dulcimer on tracks 11&13
Wendy Waldman: background vocals on all tracks except 5,7&8
Kenny Edwards: background vocals on tracks 1,2,6,7,8,12&14

Produced by Wendy Waldman. Recorded & mixed by Michael Boshears at The Long House, Encino CA, March-October 2004. Travis percussion overdubs by Sandy Sicca at Flabbey Road Studios, Boulder CO. Mastered by David Glasser at Air Show Mastering, Boulder CO.

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“How come my heart feels cracked open.” There’s no wonder why Arthur Lee Land’s 4th album Cracked Open, offers an exciting invitation for the musically adventurous to discover a boundless, transcendent world. Arthur’s groundbreaking style is driven by the integration of sophisticated musical, emotional and spiritual juxtapositions. It’s been said; “Every one of these songs sticks to your soul” ... more

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Track Name: In The Perfect Groove
When the anger bites through and you do what you do
Your mind’s in a fury no time you just hurry to get
to get where you’re going you’ve already been
telling your epic to all who’ll listen

The hurt’s in the leaving all the crying and grieving
leaves you hungry and freaked your nerves are all tweeked
Spiraling down your body must ground
No time will be found if you’re not around

There’s no need to be rushed along with the rush
pushed around by the push crushed down by the crush
When you are current the current is strong
Every atom that you move is in the perfect groove

I saw when you landed your energy expanded
The voice that I knew poured out love and truth
With nowhere to go in your presence we stood,
The room filled with colors as your eyes flowered

There’s no need to be rushed along with the rush
pushed around by the push crushed down by the crush
When you are current the current is strong
Every atom that you move is in the perfect groove
Track Name: Song That You Sing
Shadows rolled into the night,
Shooting stars and trailing light
I found you singing over crescent bay,
A snapshot taken in a souls eye way,

Tide washed low, The full moon grew,
The night revealed the light inside of you,
You saw our past, Egypt, Greece & Cherokee,
Often common and poor, Sometimes royalty

The song that you sing that you sang that you sung,
Skated through my heart, Through my mind onto my tongue,
The love that you gave that I got on this run filters,
Through these pores like rays from the sun

Falling stars light ignited the dawn,
Ruby red grapefruit colored morn,
I found you crying into emerald bay,
The blues melted into greens and sailed away

Barefoot, Red dirt, Slammin’ screen doors,
Birthday cakes and heartaches and creakin’ wooden floors,
The day turns the hours into weeks into years,
Undone by happiness, Revealed by these tears

The song that you sing that you sang that you sung,
Skated through my heart, Through my mind onto my tongue,
The love that you gave that I got on this run filters,
Through these pores like rays from the sun
Track Name: Dragonfly
I first saw you passing by,
The sunlight struck your face so bright,
Hold me dragonfly, Hold me starry sky

Once before on the hills of green,
The war of winter came between,
Hold me celestine, Hold me harvest queen

Your eyes shining the firey light,
Passed you by then wandering through the night,
Hold me butterfly, Hold me sweet July

Traveling on now first winters chill,
Forests fallen on Indian hill,
Hold me indigo, Hold me Navajo

I did know you, I was untrue,
Died that summer, Northbound train it flew,
Hold me solitude, Hold me Waterloo

Heard you singing, Voice rang clear,
Through the valley, First pioneers,
Hold me keep me near, Hold me yesteryear

Heart is yearning, Red rocks sweet sage,
Journey on now, Turn the page,
Hold me dragonfly, Hold me starry sky
Track Name: Come Back Home
Hey girl, When you coming home?
You’ve been surfing the edge of the earth for so long,
All I see is we’ve got mountains to climb,
I promise I’ve got your back, So you can let soul shine

The daylight comes, When the dark clouds go, You keep
drifting on, When the trade winds blow

Life is so simple when the skies are clear,
2 feet on the ground your life’s a mirror,
Your daydreaming’s taken you away from here
Come back home to love, As big as you can dare!

Hey why, you keep holding it in?
On the surface everything seems so serene,
Under the turquoise blue lagoon,
The long war over your past lies in ruin

The volcano sank, Leaving this coral reef,
Sunlight come filter out, your shipwrecked grief

Life is so simple when the skies are clear,
2 feet on the ground your life’s a mirror,
Your daydreaming’s taken you away from here
Come back home to love, As big as you can dare!

We’re standing here, On the edge of the world,
When paradise sank, It left you diving for pearls

Life is so simple when the skies are clear,
2 feet on the ground your life’s a mirror,
Your daydreaming’s taken you away from here
Come back home to love, As big as you can dare!
Track Name: Sugar's Sweet
Children, Listen,
To what I have to say,
Love runs free, Love runs deep,
Or it will melt away

Honey, Listen,
When the feelin’s runnin’ strong,
Show loves face, Spread your arms,
Or things might go all wrong

I have been there,
I have been down,
Love’s brought me crawlin’,
Love’s sunk my heart,
6 feet beneath this ground

No man can disagree,
That her sugar runs so sweet,
We’re gonna plant the family tree,
My darling Rosemarie and me,
Sugar runs so sweet

Brother, Listen,
To what she has to say,
Use your heart, Not your head,
If you want her to stay

Sister, Listen,
To what is runnin’ through,
Bite your tongue, Say kind words,
What do his actions do?

I have been there,
I’ve been around,
Love’s brought me dancing,
Love’s flung my heart,
8 miles above this ground

No man can disagree,
That her sugar runs so sweet,
We’re gonna plant the family tree,
My darling Rosemarie and me,
Sugar runs so sweet
Track Name: Roots
Sinking into chocolate brown earth,
Nourish me, I said nourish me,
Cause I’m here to stay,
No wind can blow me,
I said blow me away

The leaves are falling,
Winter shadows graying,
I’m setting down,
Setting down these roots,

I’m setting down these roots x3

Now I’m brought down to my knees,
Seeing only God can I please,
Garden spider’s spun her web,
Left it empty,
Is she dead?

I’ve been wandering these lands,
In my gypsy caravan
waiting, I said waiting,
For the lightning to strike,

I’m setting down these roots x3

Sinking into chocolate brown earth,
Nourish me, I said nourish me,
Cause I’m here to stay,
No wind can blow me,
I said blow me away

The leaves are falling,
Winter shadows graying,
I’m setting down,
Setting down these roots,

I’m setting down these roots x3
Track Name: She Dreams
She slept in the mountains,
She rode great canyon waves,
Made love beneath sequoias,
Got lost in glacier caves

She walked the painted desert,
Heard whispers on the sand,
She saw majestic cities,
Wonders shaped by God’s own hand

She dreams,
Dreams of the sea,
She dreams,
She said she dreamed of me

She left me once in Juneau,
Sailed away on pristine sound,
Three months of endless summer,
Sweet connect in Morgantown

Her heart’s as endless as a river,
Deep and swift and wildly green,
Unpredictable and clever,
Current flowing through so free

She dreams,
Dreams of the sea,
She dreams,
Dreams of the sea
A candle lit sky,
And I don’t know why,
She said she dreamed of me

Some midnight’s she calls me,
To praise the rising dawn,
Harvest moon is falling,
Singing her spirit song

She swims the shores of Kauai,
Climbs steep Yosemite,
Eagle flies monument valley,
And brings her back home to me,

She dreams,
Dreams of the sea,
She dreams,
She said she dreamed of me
Track Name: Golden Hearted Goddess
Golden hearted goddess, You are my sacred love
and through fully loving you,
I experience the depths of god’s ocean in your loving gaze

Golden hearted goddess, You are my teacher and my lover,
My life partner and earth mother,
My best friend and spiritual brother

I honor you for everything you are,
I honor you for the lessons of the heart,
I honor you for your vision and your strength,
I honor you for your love

Golden hearted goddess, I ask for your forgiveness,
for the times that I am blind,
Unkind and unrefined, When my anger spills out of my troubled mind

Golden hearted goddess, I acknowledge all your sadness and pain,
For the times you were not recognized or seen,
For all the many precious gifts you bring

I honor you for everything you are,
I honor you for the lessons of the heart,
I honor you for your vision and your strength,
I honor you for your love

With every breath I take,
I breathe you into my soul,
And surrender to our love

Golden hearted goddess, The space you hold within yourself,
Is the space you hold for others to experience,
When standing in your presence everyday

I honor you for everything you are,
I honor you for the lessons of the heart,
I honor you for your courage and your strength,
I honor you for your love,
Golden hearted, goddess
Track Name: Constant As The Sun
It’s a bright Saturday morning in our tree-house way up high,
The sun dances in our window through the leaves,
Blown by an Indian summer breeze,
You dream music in the night and wake up with a song,
And all around us is the beauty of the colors you paint all day long

You reign down on me like a queen in the palace of the thunderstorm,
But my love is always constant as the sun,
Through all the nasty weather and the changes we’ve been through,
My love is constant as the sun...
My love is constant as the sun

We walk hand in hand in the garden of Venus,
Seeds and shells and flowers,
Spring from the sea, Birthing eternity,
I hear your sweet voice calling me, Brightening my world,
I turn around only to see, The dark side of the little girl

You reign down on me like a queen in the palace of the thunderstorm,
But my love is always constant as the sun,
Through all the nasty weather and the changes we’ve been through,
My love is constant as the sun...
My love is constant as the sun

Constant as the sun my love is constant as the sun,
And she said “Thank you for your unending love”...
Steady and rhythmic even in my coming and going,
Constantly reminding me of my own divinity,
Thank you for choosing me....

You reign down on me like a queen in the palace of the thunderstorm,
But my love is always constant as the sun,
Through all the nasty weather and the changes we’ve been through,
My love is constant as the sun...
My love is constant as the sun
Track Name: Grace
And when we arrived,
We were greeted with oceans blue,
Tangerine light and Joni too,

You know that girl could sing it...
mmm she sang,
You know that girl could sing...
ooh how she sang

And when we arrived,
The young girls danced with,
Hand made dresses thru the trees
Velvet green passages,
And yellow honey bees

I hear her calling as she pulls us,
On spring stormy nights,
Silent solitude, Then startled,
Cause she’s so near....

And when she arrived...She was beautiful x2

And when we arrived,
We pitched our tents and,
Waited thru the long night,
Until the skies...Ripened, Sprinkling grace

I feel her magic underfoot,
In the rich dark earth,
Where are you, How long must you wait

And when she arrived... She was beautiful x2
Track Name: Heart With Wings
It’s been a long journey my friend,
A tear for me a tear for you,
Now your journey is through,
You’ve stepped into a circle of light,
A step for me a step for you,
My heart beats with gratitude

It’s a lonely road we all must ride,
We learn to live and learn to die,
We feel pain and hurt inside,
But most of all the love,
It gives us wings to fly

Here to you whose heart has wings,
Free to fly and free to sing,
Here to you whose heart has wings,
Free to fly and free to sing

I’m calling across the divide,
A wave goodbye, A wave hello,
Now it’s time to let go,
Our fears are falling away,
The pain is gone, The love will stay,
You become young again.

It’s a joyful ride this journey home,
We carry all the love we’ve known,
We never have to walk alone,
With you, I close my eyes,
And we have wings to fly.
Track Name: Willing
Sparkling fountains of light,
Shine upon all who see,
All who know,
The road goes far,

Patchwork quilts,
Warm our nights,
Sunrise fushia mornings,

Into this day
I give my life
Into this life
I came willing!!!!

Gathering wildflowers at night,
Impressed upon my heart,
It is you who see’s,
the road goes far,

Mosaic pathways,
Light our days,
Moonlit gardens grow,
Do you hear the stars???

Into this day
I give my life,
Into this life
I came willing!!!!

I came willing
I came willing
I came willing
Track Name: Serenity
Shining,
Bright and steady,
Can you grace me?

So much beauty,
flowing,
Through my heart.

Dancing,
Your grace it wakes me,
To finish,
What I must start.

Within me,
Lies a rainbow,
Arcing to your shores

Serenity,
I ask for nothing more
Track Name: In The Perfect Groove (Jam Mix)
When the anger bites through and you do what you do
Your mind’s in a fury no time you just hurry to get
to get where you’re going you’ve already been
telling your epic to all who’ll listen

The hurt’s in the leaving all the crying and grieving
leaves you hungry and freaked your nerves are all tweeked
Spiraling down your body must ground
No time will be found if you’re not around

There’s no need to be rushed along with the rush
pushed around by the push crushed down by the crush
When you are current the current is strong
Every atom that you move is in the perfect groove

I saw when you landed your energy expanded
The voice that I knew poured out love and truth
With nowhere to go in your presence we stood,
The room filled with colors as your eyes flowered

There’s no need to be rushed along with the rush
pushed around by the push crushed down by the crush
When you are current the current is strong
Every atom that you move is in the perfect groove