The Freedom Sessions

by Black Suit Devil

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Written while living near The Beaches in Toronto, The Freedom Sessions is an honest portrait into the mind of Toronto born Musician Andy Du Rego. With guitar in hand he delivers raspy vocals backed by beautiful haunting melodies with socially conscious lyricism that promotes awareness, unity, and peace.
Black Suit Devil’s debut brings together some of Toronto’s finest Musicians to help expand its sound.
Neil Cameron, a classically trained violinist, has been a part of BSD’s live shows for over two years lending his East Coast style to songs like “Carry On” & the second album single “Dreams”, a song meant to inspire hope in those young and old to reach for their dreams despite any obstacle or opposition. Wesley Collet Taylor on upright bass infuses the record with an element of jazz, as heard on the track “Bullets”, a tribute to the world’s great leaders in the peace through non-violence movements. John Brand, a multi-instrumentalist lending his Piano chops and Colin Riddoch, a young up-and-coming jazz drummer, both add their unique flair throughout The Freedom Sessions.
Featured on the album’s first single “Fumble”, written about the struggle to keep up in day-to-day life and cope with worldwide injustice, is veteran singer/songwriter Chris Staig who adds a southern country twang with his slide guitar and Ansley Simpson an accomplished Anishinaabe Artist whose voice adds a sense of comfort to the dark undertones of the song.
“Blind Man”, with its mystic tribal desert dance feel, is the lead off track featuring The Road Heavy’s Jules Cardoso’s fierce powerhouse vocals. Bringing an Eastern vibe to the album’s “Shackled” & “The Machine” is Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s Razak Pirani. Talented flautist Ross Pearson whose spontaneously intricate pieces were all recorded in a single-take, adds colour on songs such as “Devils & Dollar Signs”, “Shackled”,& “Stardust” (which was featured on CBC Searchlight).
The album was recorded and engineered by Anthony Sestito at Edadic Music. With his dedication and attention to detail he helped to capture Andy’s vision for the album and bring it to life.
The Freedom Sessions was specially mastered for Vinyl and CD by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering, who has mastered albums for artists such as The Sheepdogs, Matt Mays, Wintersleep, Broken Social Scene, Billy Talent.

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released October 6, 2017

All songs and lyrics written by : Andy Du Rego

2017 Black Suit Devil Music (Socan)

2017 Crazy Catman Records



*Except “ The Machine “ - Lyrics by Andy Du Rego

Music by: The Blues Emergency

(Restructured by: Andy Du Rego)



All songs Produced by : Andy Du Rego

Engineered and Mixed : Anthony Sestito

Vinyl Mastered By :

Recorded at : Edadic Music



Musicians :

Andy Du Rego - Acoustic Guitar , Vocals , Tambourine (7) , Shakers (7)

Neil Cameron - Violin (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9)

Wesley Collett Taylor - Upright Bass (1,2,4,5,7,8,9)

John Brand - Piano (1,2,4,5,7,8,9)

Colin Riddoch - Drums (1,2,4,5)

Razak Pirani - Tablas (7,9)

Ross Pearson - Flute (6,7,8)

Chris Staig - Slide Guitar (2)

Ansley Simpson - Vocals (2)

Jules Cardoso - Vocals (1)

Anthony Sestito - Drum Programming (9) , Church Bell (9)



Artwork :

Album Layout - Heart Wolven

Cover Painting - Harold Plienegger

Cover Font - Barry Lavender

BSD Logo Concept - Andy Du Rego

BSD Logo Design - Jason Companion

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Track Name: Blind Man
Blind Man


Behind closed doors

The deals are made

They play with our lives

Like it’s all just a game

And when they want

When they crave

They can take it all away

When man plays God

Nothing stands in his way

He takes what he wants

It’s the power he craves

One by one

Surrender and obey

Or be branded enemy

Until one power

Controls everything

You’re entrapped

You’re enslaved



Blind Man

Open your eyes

Blind man

They stole your life

Blind man

Stand up and fight

Blind Man

We’re running out of time



There goes the blind man

He’s at it again

Punching the clock

And waiting for death

Climbing up mountains

Fighting for a spot on the hill

Look at the blind man

Out in the mud

Killing his brother

Killing his son

Killing just to help them

Build up these walls



I get so tired

Of seeing

All this wrong

I get so tired

Of living in this world

Tell me father

Tell me

Where’s the love?
Track Name: Fumble
Fumble


Roll me a joint

And pop a bottle

I worry about today

Because it leads to tomorrow

Life’s long road

The miles

The dead ends

I’ve found some peace

In good times

With good friends



All these Lies

We’re made to swallow

All these rules

We break

We follow

Time moves on

You blink

You Fumble

My buzz kicks in

I fly Away



We’re living in dreams

Creating nightmares

Possessions we seek

The chains that bound them

Blinded minds

Tortured souls

The rich die rich

The poor die poor



All these lies

We chase

but what for?

All these truths

We choose to ignore

Hear their cries

We blinked

We fumbled

In time they’ll win

We’ll fade away



Roll me a joint

And pop a bottle
Track Name: Dreams
Dreams


Boy don’t give up on those dreams

Misery loves company

They’ll tear you down

They’ll tear you down

Your mind is your worst enemy

Impossible is the wall

You’ve convinced yourself is real

Standing so tall

Casting a shadow of fear

On your heart

Boy quit wasting your time

You only live once

So make the best of this life

Reach in your soul

And set it free to live on

Because life is a gift

So precious and true

We all take for granted

When we’re young

We’re like fools

But time it moves on

Time is a bitch

Time is the taxman

You can’t run from it



Son don’t let your fears do you in

You must find your voice deep within

And dream on



Boy you’re never to old

You’re only as young

As your heart

As your soul

Sing those words true

And the doors will open for you

Because it’s better to have failed

Knowing you gave it all

Than to live with the weight

Of regret like a stone

So heavy and big

It crushes you thin

And tears out your heart

Like your first lover did



Son don’t let your fears do you in

You must find your voice deep within

And dream on
Track Name: Carry On
Carry On


Long walks through city streets

Midnight wine on Toronto’s beach

What a pretty face

The cutest toes I’ve seen

Concert halls and midnight brawls

Pizza slices hurled at walls

Man those kittie cats

They do the darnedest things



Piggyback ride

Down to the square

Laughing we were on our way

Out to find those hippies

with golden rings

Walked through hell

Hand in hand

Heaven must be called Marseille

Left some songs for Jim

Before we walked away

Singing



I love you baby

A love so pure and true

You’re always on my mind

I love you baby

One heart shared for two

Forever until the end of time



Just promise me when I’m gone

You will keep me in your heart

But please carry on



Don’t you cry for me

When I’m dead and gone

Just play my music

At my final curtain call

Spread my ashes

Out towards the setting sun

And carry on

Please Carry on

Find someone to love



Road trips down to N.Y.C.

Midnight riding through Catskill trees

Felt like ’69 via 2014

We’ll travel this world near and far

Home is always where you are

May our gypsy souls

Run forever free
Track Name: Bullets
Bullets


Hey there Martin

They called you king

You saw passed the black and white

And into the hearts of the common man

You built your armies with no guns

And stood up to Uncle Sam

Moved mountains with those words you sang

Walking that fine line

For freedom

Opening the minds

Of the blind

Facing an evil

Much bigger than the walls

They use to cast the shadows

That keep us in the dark

We run around in circles

Lost and torn apart



All of my heroes

Are gone

All of my heroes

Took a bullet in the name of love

All of my heroes

Are gone



We thank you for your courage

For seeing through the lies

Our hearts will be your final

Resting place

until the day

that we die



Gandhi he was a rich man

Who gave up everything

To stand ground for the poor man

He built his armies with no guns

And stood up to the oppressor’s stance

And moved mountains with those words he sang



He walked that fine line

For freedom

Opening the minds

Of the blind

Facing an evil

Much bigger than the walls

They use to cast the shadows

That keep us in the dark

We run around in circles

Lost and torn apart



All of my heroes

Are gone

All of my heroes

Took a bullet in the name of love

All of my heroes

Are gone



We thank you for your courage

For seeing through the lies

Our hearts will be your final

Resting place

until the day

that we die



They Fear the man

Who keeps love in his heart

And the will to seek the truth

They fear the man

Whose words are more powerful than any gun



They fear the man who shines

A light on to the dark

Leading us to freedom

Because together we are strong
Track Name: Devils & Dollar Signs
Devil & Dollar Signs


Marching in a straight line

A weight of fear fills their hearts

The desert sun shining on them

They think about their lives back home

And the years that have passed them on

Wondering why they’re even fighting.

They hear that old familiar sound

Like thunder from above

They turn around and run for cover

A hopeless stare in a brother’s eye

As he struggles to hold on

His baby’s smile is all he ponders



Mother lies awake as she stares at the walls

Father says soon you’ll see him

Little does he know that his son is almost gone

He’s twenty three and barely breathing.



Smoke and mirrors

Sell those stories that you forged

Enemies

Fairy tales

Rivers of gold

Green colours bleed through

Red white and blue

Those stars shine

But only for the few

The damage we do

It’s time to face the truth



And say

Goodbye to all wars

And all the grieving

Say goodbye to all those

Devils & Dollar signs

Hello my mother

Wipe those tears from your eyes

And tell a father

His boy’s alive



Marching down Main Street

With their signs held to the skies

The city sun shining on them

They think about their young ones

And a time that will pass them by

Worried for their survival



They see the earth

dying right before their eyes

The reaper bears a suit and tie

Incorporating all that’s keeping us alive

Force every man to pay the price



Smoke and mirrors

Sell those stories that you forged

Hazy skies

Blackened waters

Poison soils

Green colours bleed through

Red white and blue

Those stars shine

But only for the few

The damage we do

It’s time to face the truth



And say goodbye to all the greed

And all pollution

Say goodbye to all those devils and dollar signs

Hello Mother Earth

Are you feeling alright

And give our young ones

A chance at life



Give our young ones

A chance at life
Track Name: Shackled
Shackled


Reaching for the stars

Shackled at my feet

Hoping that someone

Would come rescue me

They say pray to your God

I’m left bleeding at the knees

Holding out my hand

For something to eat



I can see them smiling

Back at me

I can hear them laughing

As they deceive

I can see them smiling

Back at me

From behind those dollar signs

If only man weren’t so blind



War in the schools

War in the streets

War is the fruit

They force us to eat

War on T.V.

War on silver screens

War is in our minds

War is make-believe
Track Name: Stardust
Stardust *



Don’t you cry

Wipe those tears

Tomorrow will be better

I promise you dear

It was my time

It was our fate

From stardust to flesh and back

We’re reborn again

And in due time

I’ll see you again

Although I’ll look different

The heart that’s inside

Will love you the same

My friend

You are built strong

Stronger than most

I’m thankful I had

The one last chance

To hear the sound of your voice



Calling me back home

The love in you so strong



And if there ever comes a time

Where you forget that sound

Just put an ear to those trees

And listen for the breeze



That’s life

Leading you to me



We are stardust

Through the ripples of time

In search of meaning

For a heart that keeps beating

Way past it’s own life



From time to time

The planets do align

Stars shining glimmers

Of light on the face

Of true beauty

The treasures of life



No matter how short the time

Or unfair as it may seem

Be strong

And always believe



That Life

Will again

Lead you to me
Track Name: The Machine
The Machine


Born into it

We are cast as the shepherd or sheep

Learn their game quick

Or be forced to defend on your knees

Climbing mountains as they lie

to blind and deceive

Watch the gears turn

Grinding years off your life as it’s grease



Open your mind

So that your eyes can see

We’re all slaves trapped inside

Their machine



Buried in debt upon debt

‘Till we can’t even breath

A nation oppressed by a Ponzi

Monetary Scheme

The victor’s all smiles

As the pawns are all left there to bleed

Shackled by life’s illusion

The American dream



They hold us down

So that they could live free

We’re all slaves trapped inside

Their Machine



We spend all of our lives

Chasing the lies

That they feed us

From the day we are born

Our minds they take hold

To deceive us

We’re all prisoners of war

They make enemies of us all

To tear down

Our hearts

Our souls

We must learn to break free

From a life filled with greed

And embrace

All humanity



And love

Every living thing

Because we’re all one

We’re the same

A world so beautiful

So precious to me

Will these fools ever see

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