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Footnote is the new album by Cloud Eleven. Guess you could say it's another dose of mid-fi, bedroom-psych-pop. I did everything myself on this one, only because I could. Footnote doesn't sound like a big studio production because it's not. It sounds like it was recorded at home in a spare bedroom with minimal acoustics, and that suits me fine.

Cloud Eleven rarely perform live in concert.

Cloud Eleven don't have hit records or a fan club.

Cloud Eleven doesn't rock, and probably doesn't even roll.

Cloud Eleven aren't hip or cool.

Cloud Eleven doesn't make beats, but some of the lyrics do rhyme.

Cloud Eleven have never been a buzz band of the month.

Cloud Eleven records can't be found in most record stores, and rarely ever sell out of their first pressings.

Cloud Eleven will most likely be remembered as a Footnote in musical history, and that's okay.

I don't view the things above as negative, because Cloud Eleven is what it is. 

Cloud Eleven is my life's work and it's who I am as an artist.

I make music for myself first, and if other people dig it, that's great.

So, if you enjoy music that is gentle, melodic, poetic, psychedelic with a dash of melancholy and lots of harmonies, Footnote might be your thing. 

Footnote is my thing, and I stand by it. The way I see it, Cloud Eleven rules!

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rick, age 13, on pismo beach

CREDITS:

all songs written, produced, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered (in one considerably long breath!) by rick gallego

 

a few random percussion elements were performed by ‘virtual’ nelson bragg

 

thank you to ben eshbach, who tutored me on perfecting the cello articulations

 

all songs published by mood ring music (bmi) © 2019

 

www.cloudeleven.com

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design and layout by steve stanley at now designs, los angeles, ca

 

big love to family, friends, felines and fans…you make it all worthwhile

 

 

 

special gratitude to todd rundgren, who lighted the way to my own musical existence all those years ago

“if you have a pair of headphones…”

FOOTNOTE LYRICS:

1. ON PISMO BEACH

Cream-colored dreams, red sunrise

It's not what it seems, no long goodbyes

 

The world is turning, it’s time to go home

Be ever humble...

 

On Pismo Beach   On Pismo Beach

Let your life flow, one with the sea

 

Fair-weathered friends won’t help you

Blow cosmic winds, obscure my view

 

The sky is crying, rain down tears of joy

Be ever blissful...

 

On Pismo Beach  On Pismo Beach

Let your life flow, one with the sea

 

Poetic, psychedelic

Cool ocean breeze

You’re never far or out of reach

You can be found

 

On Pismo Beach   On Pismo Beach

Let your love flow, one with the sea

On Pismo Beach  On Pismo Beach

On Pismo Beach 

Let your life flow, one with the sea

2. AURAL ILLUSION

Aural Illusion

Aural Illusion

 

What you hear is what you get

It’s an aural illusion

Take a seat there’s so much to learn here

 

Your mind tells you you’re hearing things

Draw your own conclusion

Close your eyes there’s nothing to see here

 

But there’s something to hear

And it’s magic to my ears

Yeah there’s something so clear

It’ll bring you close to tears

 

Aural Illusion

Aural Illusion

 

Take a trip through inner space

It’s an aural illusion

Free your mind there’s so much to feel here

 

If your style is visual

Find your own solution

Move along there’s nothing to see here

 

But there’s something to hear

And it’s magic to my ears

Yeah there’s something sure to please

It can bring you to your knees

 

If you can believe that music is love

Then you’ll understand the meaning of

 

Aural Illusion

Aural Illusion

 

What you hear is what you get

3. SOLAR FIELDS​

Lay by my side

In the solar fields

Your arms open wide

In the solar fields

 

With the sun on your face

You will never be afraid

In the bright glowing light

You can’t fail

You can always confide

In the solar fields

Let your conscience be your guide

In the solar fields

 

With the sun on your face

You will never fade away

In the bright glowing light

You won't fail

 

Lay down your pride

In the solar fields

Let your conscience be your guide

In the solar fields

The solar fields

The solar fields

Solar fields

4. BOUND TO FOLLOW​

Take me down the road

I’m bound to follow

Take me down the road

I’m bound to follow

You say you have an easy day tomorrow

So take me down the road

I’m bound to follow

 

Take me all the way

We can leave today

 

Take me down the road

I’m bound to follow

Take me down the road

I’m bound to follow

You say you have an easy day tomorrow

So take me down the road

I’m bound to follow

 

Take me all the way

We can leave today

Time to explore

Open up the door

Take me down the road (Follow)

Take me down the road (Follow)

5. FOR WEAL AND FOR WOE

For weal and for woe

For weal and for woe

Above and below

For weal and for woe

The hills and the plains

We all know their names

Our lives ebb and flow

For weal and for woe

 

Gone are the days that came before

Weal and woe

For weal and for woe

For weal and for woe

For weal and for woe

6. L.A. COUNTY    

Long dark hair and tempting amber eyes

She broke through the mist like moonlit skies

 

I picked her up in L.A. County

She was born in L.A. County

On the outskirts of L.A. County

She will spend her life there

 

Windswept days and stone cold nights I’ve seen

She came to me as if in a dream

 

I’m going back to L.A. County

She is waiting in L.A. County

On the outskirts of L.A. County

We will live our lives here

 

I picked her up in L.A. County  (on the run)

Hitchin' a ride in L.A. County  (desert sun)

On the outskirts of L.A. County

We will spend our lives here

 

Gonna stay in L.A. County  (all our days)

Settle down in L.A. County  (find our way)

On the outskirts of L.A. County

We will live our lives here

 

L.A. County

L.A. County

L.A.

L.A. County

7. SKYWRITING          

Sat down to write a song, here it goes

I’ll pull notes right out of the clear blue sky

I suppose

 

I’ll search the stars above and below

Wonderin’ where I will find inspiration

Words don’t flow

 

But I’ll try to do my best

Hope my muse will do the rest

It’s like magic when songs appear, I confess

 

Guess I’m just Skywriting, yeah I’m just Skywriting

Out of thin air, precious and rare  

 

I am a vehicle on this cosmic ride

Beamed down from heaven or some strange place

Deep inside

 

Music rings vapor trails ‘round my soul

How else can I explain how it feels to be whole

 

And I’ll try to do my best

Ask my muse to do the rest

It’s like magic when songs appear, I feel blessed

 

Ohh Skywriting, yeah I’m just Skywriting

Out of thin air, precious and rare  

 

Ohh Skywriting, Ohh Skywriting

Out of thin air, precious and rare   

 

Skywriting Skywriting (From the stars above, to the ground below)

Skywriting Skywriting (Music in my heart, music in my soul)

8. YOUR MIND’S EYE    

You find yourself

Inside your mind

 

You find yourself

Inside a dream, a dream

 

You can journey through your life

You can see through your mind's eye

Your mind’s eye

 

You find yourself

Inside a cloud

 

You find yourself

Within a dream, a dream

 

You will journey through your life

You will see through your mind's eye

Your mind’s eye

 

You find yourself inside a cloud

You find yourself within

A dream

A dream

A dream

9. KINGSVILLE

Don’t go down to Kingsville

You never know what you’ll find there

If you’re going

Heed the path you take

 

Roads creep into Kingsville

Yet they lead you nowhere

If you’re going

Don’t you lose your way this time

 

Oh, I wish you well though it’s unclear

Why you would go

Lest you cannot find what you want here

It’s only a short walk to Kingsville, Kingsville

If you’re going

Heed the path you take

And I wish you well but it’s unclear

Why you would leave

If you cannot find what you want here

It’s only a short walk to Kingsville

 

Oh, I wish you well though it’s unclear

Why you would go

Lest you cannot find what you need here

It’s only a short walk

It’s only a short walk to Kingsville, Kingsville

 

It’s only a short walk

It’s only a short walk to Kingsville, Kingsville

10. SAME SKY

Walking under the same sky

With you on the other side of the world

Walking under the same blue sky

As you

 

Walking under the same sky

With you in another part of the world

Walking under the same blue sky

As you

 

But I can’t see you

I can’t see you

I wish that I could hold you

But I can’t even see you right now

 

Walking under the same moon

The light shining down on us through the dark

Walking under the same bright moon

As you

 

But I can’t see you

I can’t see you

I wish that I could feel you

But I can’t even see you right now

 

Walking under the same sky

With you in another part of the world

Walking under the same blue sky

As you

 

But I can’t see you

I can’t see you

I wish that I could be with you

But I can’t even see you

 

Right now, Right now

11. ONE BIG HIDEAWAY    

I lay in bed

And watch the world spin round and round

Voices in my head

They make an eerie sound

 

My home is one big hideaway

My room is one big hideaway

I feel safe with the lights down low

 

Time ticks away

Don’t have the strength to go outside

So here I’ll lay

The covers pulled up high

 

My bed is one big hideaway

My drugs are one big hideaway

I feel safe with the curtains drawn

 

I miss my brothers

Cousin and mother, but I’m still

Bugged at my ol' man

I know he never meant to hurt me

It isn’t what the voices tell me

I know it wasn’t his plan

 

My home is one big hideaway

My room is one big hideaway

My bed is one big hideaway

My drugs are one big hideaway

I feel safe in the TV glow

12. FOOTNOTE                

Just passing through

On my way to obscurity

Songs reappear

That no one will ever hear

Memories fade, then they disappear

 

And I’m content to be

I won’t pretend I’m anything, but a

Footnote in history

 

There once was a time

When I had my day in the sun

Bells they would ring

Like songs no one else can sing

This I know, reveals everything

 

Now I’m content to be

I won’t pretend I’m anything, but a

Footnote

Yeah I was meant to be

I don’t believe I’m anything, but a

Footnote, Footnote in musical history

 

A Footnote, Footnote

(Fifteen minutes to go until the end of the show)

A Footnote, Footnote

(Fifteen minutes to go until the end of the show)

A Footnote, A Footnote

(Fifteen minutes to go until the end of the show)