Antoine Diel

This page is to highlight the lyrics to original songs and a brief description regarding the writing of the songs.

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I Hear Mama Sing (Luna’s Song) (2013) Antoine Reynaldo Diel 

This song was written dedicated to my mother while she was struggling with illness and depression.  She was my first voice teacher and instilled in me a work ethic that strove for perfection, so in the process of writing this song (because it wasn't perfect yet) I did not share it with her.  Unfortunately, she passed away before the recording was completed.  Hopefully she hears it now.

 

VERSE:

LONG TIME AGO I WAS YOUNG AND SCARED OF MONSTERS AND MANY THINGS

AFRAID OF LIVING AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT MY SINS WOULD BRING

AFRAID OF PEOPLES’ KNOWING LOOKS, AND WHATEVER THEY MAY SAY

I ALWAYS LONGED FOR SOMETHING THAT WOULD TAKE MY GUILT AWAY

VERSE:

WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN A FAR OFF LAND SO FAR AWAY FROM HERE

DARK CLOUDS WOULD COME WITH WIND AND RAIN AND THUNDER CAUSING FEAR

WHEN I WAS YOUNG I CRIED AND PRAYED FOR FEAR WAS A REGULAR THING

BUT SOMEHOW NO MATTER HOW I FELT IT GOT BETTER WHEN I HEARD MAMA SING

CHORUS:

SHE’D SING ABOUT AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEETLY SHE WOULD SOUND

SHE’D SING OF LOST AND WOUNDED SOULS AND HOW THEY WERE HEALED AND FOUND

AND NOW THAT I AM ON MY OWN AND SINGING THIS REFRAIN

I CAN NOT HELP BUT WISH THAT I COULD HEAR MAMA SING AGAIN

PIANO SOLO 

VERSE:

AS WE GOT OLDER WE’VE COME SO FAR FROM WHERE WE WERE BEFORE

THE MONSTERS AND THOSE OTHER THINGS STILL LOOM OUTSIDE OUR DOOR

ON WINGS OF HOPE AND CLOUDS OF JOY I FINALLY FELT FREE

BUT THE FEAR I USED TO FEEL INSIDE IN MY MAMAS’ EYES I’D SEE

BRIDGE:

DON’T KNOW IF THE ANSWER LIES IN PRAYERS OR PILLS

HER VOICE ONCE POWERFUL IS NOW JUST SOFT AND STILL

IF ONLY A SONG COULD MAKE HER SMILE AND JOY TO STAY

AND DRIVE ALL THE MONSTERS AND THE BAD MEMORIES AWAY

CHORUS:

I WOULD SING TO HER OF AMAZING GRACE AND HOW THE LOST IS FOUND

I’D SING TO HER WITH ALL MY LOVE AND HOPE SHE FINDS JOY IN THE SOUND

AND EVEN THOUGH I’M FAR AWAY AND SING MY OWN REFRAIN

I CAN NOT HELP BUT WISH THAT I COULD HEAR MAMA SING AGAIN

I CAN NOT HELP BUT WISH THAT I COULD HEAR MAMA SING AGAIN

I CAN NOT HELP BUT WISH THAT I COULD SING WITH MY MAMA AGAIN

 

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Animal’s Testimony (2009) Antoine Reynaldo Diel

This song was originally written and performed while I was a member of the Los Angeles based band Vaud and the Villains.  The band was a New Orleans themed cabaret/musical show in where each member of the ensemble was given a character name almost like a play. This song was an effort to write a semi-autobiographical account of my character, The Animal, arc.  It was also an effort to incorporate different tempos and styles of music to tell the story of my character.

VERSE: 

WHEN I WAS JUST A YOUNG BOY MY MOMMA SAID TO ME

IN THIS WHOLE WORLD, MY SWEET CHILD

THERE'RE SOME THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD BE

LOVE YOUR MOMMA AND YOUR DADDY

TO YOUR WIFE ALWAYS BE TRUE

AND WHATEVER YOU DO IN LIFE DON'T LET THE DEVIL GET TO YOU

VERSE:

SO TO CHURCH I GOES ON SUNDAYS CUZ MY MOMMA TOLD ME SO

AND THE PREACHER MAN'S A PREACHIN'

SOME WORDS THAT I DON'T KNOW

"STOP YOUR DRINKIN' AND YOUR GAMBLIN'

STOP YOUR WOMANIZING' TOO

AND WHATEVER YOU DO IN LIFE DON'T LET THE DEVIL GET TO YOU"

INSTRUMENTAL (The Villains come to town)

VERSE: 

SO WHEN I BECAME A YOUNG MAN A REVIVAL SHOW CAME BY

AND THEY PLAYED THEIR MUSIC ALL NIGHT LONG

THAT MADE MY SPIRIT FLY

THE PEOPLE WERE YELLIN' AND SCREAMING' AND TAPPIN' THEIR FEET

THE MUSIC BROUGHT THEM SO MUCH JOY

THEY WERE DANCING IN THE STREETS

INSTRUMENTAL SOLOS

VERSE:

EVERYBODY WAS FEELIN' GOOD FEELIN' FINE

THE SPIRIT WAS REALLY HIGH

THEN ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE TENT BEGAN TO SING 'BY AND BY'

(ACAPELLA)

OH BYE AND BYE WHEN THE MORNIN COME

YOU KNOW ALL THE SAINTS OF GOD ARE GATHERIN' HOME

WE'LL TELL THE STORY OF HOW WE'VE OVERCOMED

AND WE'LL UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BY AND BY 

VERSE:

EVERY SINNER HAS A FUTURE EVERY SAINT HAS A PAST

AND I WONDERED IF THIS FEELING COULD EVER REALLY LAST

SO I RAN AWAY WITH THE SHOW AND WORLD I DID SEE

AND TO THIS DAY WHEN I SING

THE DEVIL STAYS AWAY FROM ME.