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This album is called "Local Gold" and is a collection of local artist members of the WestCoastSongwriters. Theywere chosen because they won Best Song and or Best Performance at one of our monthly events in our San Rafael CA Venue The Belrose Theatre in 2011. This album is called "Local Gold" and when you hear these singer songwriters you'll know why we loved "mining it"
Enjoy the music .
Thanks for supporting your local talent !

West Coast Songwriters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization

Founded in 1979, WCS has grown into one of the most active music associations in the USA, offering more than 20 events per month. Whether your goal is personal expression or to make a living in the music industry, knowing how to write, or recognize a well crafted song is key to your success.

At WCS, members establish important relationships, both professionally and personally, that enhance and accelerate their development. Music ceases to be a solitary pursuit and becomes a shared endeavor through the focus, feedback, collaboration, contacts/networking and support that WCS provides.

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To Foster Creativity, Build Community and Provide Opportunity for Music

Career Development through Education and Connection.

•Ian Crombie, Executive Director

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released October 13, 2011

Produced by Robert L Crane & Mary E Jennings

It takes a village to produce an album. Special thanks to our many townsfolk without whom this album would not be possible.

Special thanks to James Heyser (Smilin James) owner of Lighthouse Recording Studio in San Anselmo who is our WCS San Rafael Studio Sponsor. He donated countless hours of studio time to help our Best Song and Best Performance Artists get their music recorded and mastered on this album title "Local Gold".

Marin County had no WCS venue since the Sweetwater in Mill Valley closed several years ago. Thank you Margie Belrose for hosting us in your beautiful historic Belrose Theatre,

We appreciate all that Kevin Petersen President of Noisyplanet.net does by awarding all the artists who win Best Song and Best Performance each month with a premium artist package to promote their music on Noisyplanet.net.

Of Course, there is no album without you, all of the talented singer songwriters who create and perform your songs on our stages each month. We love listening to your stories.

A special thanks to Ian Crombie of West Coast Songwriters and the board as well as all of other WCS Managers whom have helped to mentor me in my first year as the San Rafael Chapter Manager. A big thanks to the many judges who volunteer their time to come to our venues to provide support and creative input to our artists . We also appreciate the many Song screeners, sponsors and venues in the organization for providing such a wide variety of opportunities for the artist members. We appreciate the efforts of the many other unsung volunteers and supporters that make WCS the great organization it has become for assisting us with the "Local Gold " album project

The artist provides the music , WCS the stage and lighting and it is all framed and captured by the beautiful photographs of Mary E. Jennings Photography. We appreciate the many hours she puts into capturing the artists performing in her photos and donating them to our project.

Special Thanks to my wife and co-producer Mary E Jennings for her critical ear and great eye for details.

We have really enjoyed producing "Local Gold" our first album, and we are humbled by all the support we have received form such a talented group of people. Thanks to all for participating in this incredible project.

Robert Louis Crane and Mary E Jennings
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Track Name: Maria Mandrussow - Blackbird
Blackbird – by Maria Mandrussow

Blackbird spinning in the wind
Tell me what went wrong
Tell me what went right

I sit here, watching as you fly
You don't have to climb
Trade your wings for my eyes


Tell me, after all that you have seen
With your unclipped velvet wings
What land do you call home

And does the lone moon make you cry
Or do you watch it as you fly
And fill your heart with song


Blackbird, I don't mean to pry
But there's no pain in your eyes
And it makes me want to know

If my voice had wings of its own
Would you carry it when you go
And teach me how to fly
Track Name: Bobby Jo Valentine - Fly
Fly
By Bobby Jo Valentine

This is my room and it's robins' egg blue and it's got a few cracks in the ceiling
This is my street where the minute men meet and that says that I'll never be leaving
I'm 10 years old but I know how to smoke and the drinks are to cure the bad feelings
This is my home and the sticks and the stones are made up of the darkest of things

But in my dreams I can fly and I soar and my feet touch the sky
and it seems I can go anywhere if I try
and the world's not so dark when the clouds make it white
If there is no hope tell me why in my dreams I can fly

Here come the tears and I cover my ears and I swear I can hear my own heart beat
When they stop fighting and turn out the lights I pretend that I'm already sleeping
After the violence alone in the silence just me and the secret I'm keeping
My dad tells me I'm not worth anything and I've almost admitted defeat

But in my dreams I can fly and I soar and my feet touch the sky
and it seems I can go anywhere if I try
and the world's not so dark when the clouds make it white,
If there is no hope tell me why in my dreams I can fly , in my dreams I can fly

This is my room and it's robins' egg blue and it's got a few cracks in the ceiling
This is my home and the sticks and the stones are made up of the darkest of things
After the violence alone in the silence just me and the secret I'm keeping
My dad tells me I'm not worth anything and I've almost admitted it but

In my dreams I can fly and I soar and my feet touch the sky
and it seems I can go anywhere if I try
and the world's not so dark when the clouds make it white
If there's no hope tell me why in my dreams I can fly
and my feet touch the sky and it seems I can go anywhere if I try
and the world's not so dark when the clouds make it white
If there's no hope tell me why in my dreams I can fly
If there is no hope tell me why in my dreams I can fly
If there is no hope tell me why in my dreams I can fly
Track Name: Justin Wells - Here We Go Again
Here We Go Again
by Justin Wells

I feel you coming on
I wonder what you’ll look like this time
Before I ever meet you, I invite you home
Where I take the couch, and you take my mind

It breaks my heart when you go
It breaks my heart when you come back home
Here we go again

So why do you wear the disguise?
The elaborate wig, the unique pair of eyes
Because I always know which one is you
Nobody else makes time slow down quite like you do

I am so happy when you go
I am so happy when you come back home
Here we go again

So now you’re here. We both know the drill
You pour the glass. I swallow the pill
We get all dressed up, and you call a cab
And then we go dancing, across that minefield again

It kills me when you go
It kills me when you come back home
Here we go again
Track Name: Brett Fenex - Just Like Me
Just Like Me

By Brett Fenex

I am a cloud coming out of the blue
You are the sun in the sky
I feel the warmth when I'm closer to you
I see the light in your eyes

Anyone could see
You could be just like me

I've been a wandering for many a mile
Making my way back to you
Don't need a preacher to walk down the aisle
Just let me know love is true

Anyone could see
You could be just like me

Trying to laugh
Like a rudderless raft
On the rising sea
Just like me

You moved a mountain and parted the sea
I drank an ocean of tears
I begged the wind to return you to me
Ran till the trail disappeared


I have been wandering for many a mile
And left a long trail of tears
So many faces and barely a smile


I wish that people could all get along
This is a good time to start
Here by your side is where I belong
I feel the love in your heart


©2008 Brett Fenex
Track Name: James Riddle - Dream Avenue
This lonely life is a river .... dammed
I’m not going where I wanted to
I dream at night I’m another man
And I’m walking hand in hand with you

I know the past is gone away
And I know we weren’t meant to stay
on Dream Avenue

I see the photographs that we made
And I know that they’re supposed to fade
And how I want them to

But let me let you know my plan
I’ll do everything I can
And only hope you’ll understand
Why I’ll do everything I can
Not to see you again

This lonely life is a river .... dammed
I’m not going where I wanted to
I dream at night I’m another man
And I’m walking hand in hand with you
Track Name: Davin Bogan - Unsilt
Unsilt (you have to choose)
Words and music Davin Bogan – Copyright 2011

when you take as long as you often do
people move on, you’ve forced them to choose.
if you wait until the end of the night,
you’ve missed the whole crowd, there’s no more surprise

now I know what you’re bound to say :
“in my own time, is my way”
I hate to break the news,
regrettably, you have to choose.

when you speak the words, that you often have,
some people take heed, the best that they can.
you suck it up, keep your chin down
seek out a smile and reach for the crowd.

now I know what you’re bound to say :
“in my own time, is my way”
I hate to break the news,
regrettably, you have to choose.

that’s just salting up a wound
can’t we keep it right here, in this groove

when you make the point, that you often do
people believe, what you want them to
so you prop it up, gritting your teeth
ruminate hard, revising your speech

now I know what you’re bound to say :
“in my own time, is my way”
I hate to break the news,
regrettably, you have to choose.
Track Name: Robert Louis Crane - Searching
 Searching ,

Sometimes I see face in the crowd
gives me a notion,  
Don’t know how or why it stirs up so much emotion
And why the laughter of a child one minute
makes me smile
and then in the next ,
brings a tear to my eyes…...

I’ve been searching for those missing pieces
I’ve been looking for those things I can’t find 
and this pain I feel   I hope to soon be releasing ,
when I find you,  my long lost piece of mine 
                                  
I’ve been searching high and low
I’ve been quietly waiting for you
I’ve been afraid of what I might find 
I’ve been hiding my Feelings yes it’s true ,  
There is a little tear in my heart
all the doctors say ain't nothing wrong
I’s a heartache that's been with me far too long

I’ve been searching for those missing pieces  
I’ve been looking for those things I can’t find 
 and this pain I feel I hope to soon be releasing ,
when I find you,  when I find you,  
when I find you  my long lost piece of mine    
 
Track Name: Lauren Coberly - The Struggle
The Struggle
Words and music by Lauren Coberly

You know things ain’t right
And we know how hard we’ve tried
Maybe it’s time we say what we know
Gave it our best but it’s time to accept that it’s over

You ask for one more chance
Because you’ll change in this circumstance
But we can’t change the essence of us
History reveals though we try it’s too tough, but you keep asking

My heart says yes, but my head says no
I sit here struggling with which way to go
I want to believe but it’s hard for me
To see how things are going to change

Well, I’ve thought how I’ll miss you
It’s unclear how I’m going to do
I’ve built my worth and world around you
I feel so weak yet so strong, but just mainly confused

My heart says yes, but my head says no
I sit here struggling with which way to go
I want to believe but it’s hard for me
To see how things are going to change

Who knows what time could do
Who knows what we’ll each go through
I’m scared of fate which we can’t control
But we’ve got to let go

My heart says yes, but my head says no
I sit here struggling with which way to go
I want to believe but it’s hard for me
To see how things are going to change

I want to believe but it’s clear to see
Things just aren’t going to change
Track Name: Claudia Russell - Hey Hey
Hey Hey

By Claudia Russell


Summers almost over and the leaves are turning grey
A sign out on the drive in says “We’re closed until next May”
I wish that I could hold my breath and hang on to this day
The geese are flying over head, guess we’re all on our way
Hey Hey..

My 90 year old neighbor’s outside digging in the dirt
Planting bulbs like tiny diamonds deep down in the earth
Who knows if we’ll be here next year to see her hand work
But just to make the effort baby, therein lies the worth
Hey Hey…..

This world can spin as fast as an old 45 going 78
Don’t worry about the words, just hang on to your hat
Grab your dancing shoes and don’t look back

This world can spin so fast, the unexpected lands in your lap
It might be a forehead slap, or it just might make you grin
So gather up your courage and let it in.

The silver dollar moon is filling up the Autumn sky
I’m laying on the picnic table, thinking about goodbyes
Stars aren’t even coming out, but I know they’re allright
Cause faith and hope they carry me when things aren’t in plain sight
Hey, Hey….Hey, hey, hey…
Track Name: Maria Mandrussow - Spaces
Spaces - by Maria Mandrussow

Summer time
Makes everything
Better Or does it just
Cover the pain With the weather
And I don't want to change A thing here
From the tethered green shades
To the chipped mirrors

Cuz theres so many memories in this place
Every old feelin' in its space
And I could tare down the walls and build it again
But I don't have the money
And I'd miss the dents

Watching the skies With wandering eyes
On the rooftop We try to sleep
But its slanted and weak And we'd fall off
This roof wasn't made For gazers
But it helped me define
What I'm made of

And theres so many memories in this place
Every old feeling in its space
And I could tare down the walls and build it again
But I don't have the money
And I'd miss the dents

There’s a picture of us
Covered in dust
On the mantle
We're skinny and tan
With more sand in our hands
Than we can handle
And the sun bleached porch
Is sinkin' in
But I've never found the courage
To repaint it-again

Cuz theres so many memories in this place
Every old feeling in its space
And I could tare down the walls and build it again
But I don't have the money
And I'd miss the dents
Track Name: Christopher Smith - Sleeping With Clowns
Sleeping with Clowns

By Christopher Smith

Shes not home in the evening,
I know where she goes
She's Cruising the big top,
dolled up in up in her baggy clothes
She plasters on makeup, sips pink lemonade
as she shamelessly flirts, with the whole damn parade

By their lily white hands, she takes them to bed
she ruffles their ruffles,
and kisses their bald shiny heads
they drop their suspenders,
quick as counting to three
she's sleeping with clowns,
and she won't sleep with me

So paint me one big frown
I'm sleeping alone
she's sleeping with clowns

I've done everything, that a man should not do
Put on the red nose, laced up the gigantic shoes
she tells me she's sorry, she likes me ok
says I'm not unattractive, just not funny that way

When she lets her orange hair down,
it's never for me
It's always for clowns

She's done Binky and Blinky, and Cupcake and Pickels
in a red fire engine, with Dinky and Dimples
She's hooked up with Buttercup, Jingles and Jiffy
Wavy Gravy 10 times cause she's stuck in the 60s

So I packed up my trunk, I ain't sticking around
Gave my wigs to the Goodwill,
shipped my weeny dog off to the pound
Farewell old jalopy, I'm through driving you
now that all my dreams have backfired too
Cause I'm done doing this circus town
She's not doing me, she only does clowns
it kills me to see she's sleeping with clowns
Track Name: Robert Louis Crane - Dreams
“Dreams”
Music and Lyrics by Robert Louis Crane

there is an early morning dew
I start the coffee off to brew 
and as the night turns into day
that sunlight slips in through the shade 
I start my day with you
 
I had a dream about you last night
I held you close in the candle light
You whispered softly in my ear
and as I held you near
I kissed your neck and then you sighed

what I was wishing for
was someone to love me like you do
now I don’t have to wonder
you've made my dreams come true
 

I hold you in my arms each night
I’m loving you with all my might
I’ve told you many time it’s true 
since I found you
all my dreams have come true

what I was wishing for
was someone to love me like you do 
now I don’t Have to wonder ,
You've made my dreams come true 
You've made my dreams come true 
Hmmm       Hmmm        Hmmmm
Hmmm      Hmmm   Guitar ends
Track Name: Justin Wells - Worth It In The End
Worth It in the End
by Justin Wells

Like peeling an orange
Or taking a cold, cold swim
She’s always worth it in the end
Like rising before dawn
Like homemade bread
She’s always worth it in the end

Like icy water, a breathless swim
Your skin tingling in the end
Oh my baby
She’s always worth it in the end

Like sitting down and writing
To a long-lost friend
With paper and a pen
Like changing the oil
Like a garden that you tend
Don’t throw away what you can mend

Like getting off the interstate
And taking the road with all the bends
Oh my baby
She’s always worth it in the end

Like icy water, a breathless swim
Your skin tingling in the end
Oh my baby
Oh my baby
My pretty pretty baby
She’s always worth it in the end
Track Name: John Michael Miller - She Is Worth The Wait
SHE’S WORTH THE WAIT

I was sittin’ out front in my beat up truck
Waitin’ on her to hurry up
She was runnin’ late
She was two pair o’ jeans and three dresses in
Couldn’t decide what to meet me in
For our first date

Fingers tappin’ on the steerin’ wheel
Thinkin’ bout her’ll make time stand still

She’s got the stars in her eyes sunshine in her smile
And even though it might take awhile
She’s worth the wait
She’s makes my heart skip a beat when she looks at me
We were made for each other Oh it’s plain to see
She’s worth the wait
She’s worth the wait

I was standin’ up front of that small town church
Wonderin’ what was keeping her
We were runnin’ late
She was two pair o’ shoes and three hair-do’s in
Couldn’t decide what to meet me in
For our wedding day

Words can’t explain the way I feel
Thinkin’ bout her’ll make time stand still

She’s got the stars in her eyes sunshine in her smile
And even though it might take awhile
She’s worth the wait
She’s makes my heart skip a beat when she looks at me
We were made for each other Oh it’s plain to see
She’s worth the wait

A few years later and I’m pacin’ the floor
In the waiting room of the maternity ward
Eighteen hours and ten minutes in
I couldn’t wait for her life to begin

She’s got the stars in her eyes sunshine in her smile
And even though it took awhile
She’s worth the wait
She made my heart skip a beat when she looked up at me
We were made for each other Oh it’s plain to see
She’s worth the wait
She’s got the stars in her eyes sunshine in her smile
And even though it might take awhile
She’s worth the wait
She’s makes my heart skip a beat when she looks at me
We were made for each other Oh it’s plain to see
She’s worth the wait
She’s worth the wait
She’s worth the wait

Words and Music by John-Michael Miller ©2011
Track Name: David Luning - You and Me and The Devil In Between
You and Me and The Devil In Between
by David Luning

I was reaching out for you, you were reaching out for me
but only rarely would we ever hold hands
there would be nights when we'd drink liquor and make our way to bed
most mornings we'd awaken and regret the things that we had said

Well the flowers in the vase are all dead and brown
and dancing in the hallway is just a memory for us now , Oh Oh

Because there's you and me and the devil in between yes there's a devil in between you and me
and it's plain to see darling , we can never be there's a devil in between you and me, you and me

You wrote me letter once, explaining how you felt
Well it burned my eyes and it burned my throat cause it was the truth that I read
and I told I still loved you and you turned me and with a tear you simply said I know

Oh well the flowers in the vase are all dead and brown
and dancing in the hallway is just a memory for us now , oh oh

Because there's you and me and the devil in between
yes there's a devil in between you and me
and it's plain to see darling we can never be
there's a devil in between you and me , you and me

Oh oh oh, Oh oh, oh oh , Oh oh , Oh oh
Oh oh oh, Oh oh, Oh oh , Oh oh , Oh oh

We try and try we push and pull
Nothing we could say could make this devil fade away
We try and try we push and pull
Nothing we could say could make this devil fade away

Well the flowers in the vase are all dead and brown
and dancing in the hallway is just a memory for us now , oh oh

Because there's you and me and the devil in between
yes there's a devil in between you and me
you and me