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In this section I showcase several songs that I wrote the lyrics with Steven Vactor. He and I have traveled down some of the same roads and have had some similar life experiences. Steven without a doubt is one of most gifted and muti-talented creative people I personally know. I'm honored and grateful we had this time together to created these memorable songs.

Dreamer

I been walkin’ after midnite 

I been searchin’ for my angel in white I’m just a dreamer; I’m just a dreamer 

I dream about everything, everything, everything 

I been searchin’ for my angel in white I’m just a dreamer, I dream about everything, everything 

 

Darkness, darkness be my pillow 

Won’t you look beyond me 

See my shadow  

I just a dreamer 

I dream about everything (repeat line) 

 

Once upon a time 

Lord knows I had a dream 

Once upon a time  

Lord knows I had a dream 

 

When I sleep at nite 

I see stars shinin’ bright 

Don’t wake me 

Cause I don’t wanna see 

I’m just a dreamer 

I dreamed about everything (repeat line) 

 

Once upon a time  

Lord knows I had a dream 

Once upon a time 

Lord knows I had a dream 

 

Ain’t no angel 

Gonna rescue me 

She’s gonna look me 

In my eyes 

She’s gonna tell me 

What she sees 

 

I’m just a dreamer 

I dreamed everything  

 

Adlib Out


© 1993 Rodney L. Washington & Steven Vactor 


Description: Steven and I wrote the lyric songwriting back story to this song while sitting around reminiscing about our experience in Granby, CO. at the first "Gathering Of The Tribes" event held by Rainbow People in 1972. The music production and producing credits belong to Steven Vactor. 



Mama's Goin' Crazy

Mama’s goin’ crazy 

Cause she can’t pay the bills 

She don’t know 

Where she gets her next meal 

 

Papa stays out 

He don’t come home at nite 

She don’t know 

If he’s alright 

 

Don’t you worry 

Don’t you cry 

You’re the strength of our heart 

And the reason why 

 

Mama’s stays home 

And she cleans all the clothes 

We take it for granted 

And that’s how it goes 

 

She’s not bitchin’ 

But she wants to run away 

She goes to church 

Every Sunday 

 

Don’t you worry 

Don’t you cry 

You’re the strength of our hearts 

And the reason why 

Mama’s goin’ crazy 

Cause she can’t pay the bills 

She don’t know 

Where they get their next meal 

 

Papa stays out 

He don’t come home at nite 

She don’t know  

If he’s alright 

 

Don’t you worry  

Don’t you cry 

You’re the strength of my heart 

And the reason why 

 

Repeat Verses 

 

Adlib Out


© 1994 Rodney L. Washington & Steven Vactor


Description: Steven Vactor and I have known each other all our lives and have traveled across the country together. Growing up in Washington, PA we encountered and observed some of the same social, economical, and racial experiences. One of these experiences was seeing single parent mothers struggling to maintain households while raising their children. We wrote the lyric songwriting story line to this song while reminiscing and reflecting on how it was when we grew up there. The music production and producing credits belong to Steven Vactor.



 

I Wanna Know

She clipped my wings 

And now I don’t fly 

Everything she told me 

Was a whole bunch of lies 

 

I wake up  

In the middle of the nite 

Wonderin’ if everything 

Is gonna be alright 

 

I wanna know 

Where she goes 

I wanna know, know, know, know 

Where she goes 

 

I’m so tired of bein’ alone 

But my love is so strong 

I just wanna cry 

Instead of sayin’ good bye 

Because I’m tired of so many lies 

 

I wanna know 

Where she goes 

In the middle of the nite 

I wanna know, I wanna know 

Where she goes 

 

She clipped my wings 

And now I don’t fly 


Everything she told me 

Was a whole bunch of lies 

 

I wake up 

In the middle of the nite 

Wonderin’ if everything  

Was gonna be alright 

 

Adlib Out 


© 1 Rodney L. Washington & Steven Vactor 1990


Description: Steven Vactor and I wrote the lyric songwriting back story to this song sitting around drinking beers. We started by talking about some of the female relationships that we had and in some cases how we had been played by being mesmerized by the attraction. LOL We came to the conclusion that week men can't handle strong women and vice versa. The musical production and production credits belong to Steven Vactor.