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released January 6, 1995

THE KINGDOM is a musical about a sicko religious cult in Vermont. The songs have been recorded in varying production levels. Some 48-track. Some 4. Some less. I was lucky to have incredible singers on many of these tunes. Gary Cherone, Rebecca Parris, The Reverend Lee Mitchell, Julie Woods, Nancy Adams, Mark Baxter among them. The players include Jane + Mike Mangini, Phil Bynoe, Tom Shepard + others who's names I can't recall. Producers include Phil Green, Barry Marshall.
The story is dark. The book, cast, et al can be found here:

www.rickberlin.com/ambition/index.html

note: the songs were never released

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: Broken Heart
1. Broken Heart

The house we live in
The way we laugh
The sound and fury
The photograph

Your love comes in
And takes my breath away
And nothing’s really changed for me
Since that first day

And all the poetry
That I have read
And all the talking
Late at night in bed
Leads to a…

Broken heart
I’m giving you all away
I know that smile on your face
Is not for me.
But I’ll take a broken heart
I’ll take it any day
I know that love is all there is
You’re never that far away.

You read the paper
I’m on the phone
We hold hands in the car
You sing the song
Sometime I think it’s just the
Simple things
That hold our lives together
Since that first day

And all the dreaming
You and I have done
And all the victories
That we have won

Lead to a
CHORUS

I’m letting go of everything
I’m letting go of you
I’ll take a broken heart
Track Name: Gotta Be Good
Gotta Be Good

No matter what I do
I just wanna have fun
Wanna stay outside
Wanna run and run
And play with the trees
And dance with the sky
And just go crazy
So I don’t have to lie
And I know it’s bad
And I gotta be good
And I try so hard
To do what I should
When I’m fixing stuff
When I’m cleaning up
When I tie my shoes
When I fill my cup
I never get it right
It just comes out all wrong
When I hurry it up
It takes too long
Man, I gotta be good
I gotta be great
Or that ol’ Judge Flint’s
Gonna whup me at the stake!
Uh huh
That’s right
Stay cool
Be nice

I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad
I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad
I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad
I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad

What I gonna do if the sky is falling?
What I gonna do if the grass is green?
What I gonna do if the voice is calling?
What I gonna do if I wanna scream?

I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad
I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad
I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad
I gotta be good
But I wanna be bad
Un huh
That’s right
Stay cool
Be nice
Track Name: City Got A Broken Heart
3. City Got A Broken Heart

Why do we fight?
Why do we fight?
Why do we fight?
Why do we fight?
Why do we fight?

AY OH, AY OH, AY OH, AY OH…

Look at the children
Look at the buildings
Look at the fires burning
Look at the people crying

Why do we fight?
Why do we fight?
Why do we fight?
Why do we fight?

City got a broken heart
City got a broken heart
City got a broken heart
City got a broken heart

Look at the children
Look at the buildings
Look at the fires burning
Look at the people crying

What we gonna do?
Ah Ah AH! Etc
Track Name: I Love Myself
4. I Love Myself

I learned a secret
About the dark night
Of the soul
When I’m scared
And feeling lonely
I look in the mirror
And know

I said Hey! Hey!
I love myself
I love myself
Ha! Ha!
I love myself
I love myself

I said Hey! Hey!
I love myself
I love myself
Ha! Ha!
I love myself
Oooo!

The sun makes heaven
The moon brings rain
When my eyes are
Wide open
I feel no pain.
I say Hey! Hey!
I love myself
I love myself
Ha! Ha!
I love myself
I love myself
Hey! Hey!
I love myself
I love myself
Ha! Ha!
I love myself
Track Name: I Want To Be Loved
5. I Want To Be Loved

I reach for stars I hold em down
I paint the forest fly around
where nobody goes, & nobody knows
I got the magic in my hand
I'm makin silver out of sand
I'm a hundred years old
got a hole in my soul
& when the night comes pourin down
I ride my eagle into town
oh I just stare
I don't belong there

I'm still a boy, I'm chasin you
I have a dream I'm goin to
beware of my love
what I am made of
You think of me as just a kid
can't hear the voices in my head
oh what have I done?
I am scared of the sun

I want I want I want I want
to be loved

Do you believe I want to change?
I'm gonna leave my mountain range
I got you inside
Your face is all bright
Cuz all I really wana do
is spend one human night with you
with my Darkness behind
I will try to be kind
I want I want I want I want
To be loved
Track Name: Heaven n Hell
6. Heaven N Hell

Oh Lord
Show me the way
Keep Evil from me
Don’t lead me astray

Heaven n Hell
They gonna fight over you
Tear you apart
So you don’t know what to do

Get down on your knees
Tell your story
Let yourself go
Get the Glory!

Heaven n Hell
Come on what do you want?
To die in the gutter
Or to raise yourself up?

Get down on your knees
Sing your heart out
Truth make you free
Let me hear you shout it

I went down to the barn
The hay was sweet and warm
I lay down in the hay
And I shut the door
A boy he sit beside me
He play with my dress
I close both my eyes
And he did the rest

Heaven n Hell
They gonna fight over you
Tear you apart
So you don’t know what to do

Get down on your knees
Sing your heart out
Truth will set you free
Let me hear you shout it

My Daddy lost his money
In a card game come home drinking
I get so mad I lose my head
I guess I wasn’t thinking
I bust my Daddy in the face
Poor Mama she was screaming
Tell me am I crazy Lord
What is this pain I’m feeling?

Heaven n Hell
They gonna fight over you
Tear you apart
So you don’t know what to do
Heaven n Hell
Come on what do you want?
To die in the gutter
Or to raise yourself up?

Heaven
Oh oh Heaven…etc.

SPOKEN
So today let us all praise the brothers and sisters who have come forward, in humility, to share their sins and ask forgiveness. This is a small, clean, new world we have built – all the way up here in the country. A good world. A free world. Safe from the scourges of the city life. Save from the sabotage of the streets. So my friends, my beloved, we have left all that behind. And today, today, here before God…

Heaven n Hell
They gonna fight over you
Tear you apart
So you don’t know what to do
Kept my little girl at home
I never gave her nothing
She never catch a movie
Or a dance or get a boyfriend
Yesterday she run off
Get a bus to Cincinnati
Lost her out of jealousy
I hate how she’s so pretty

Heaven
Oh oh Heaven…etc.
SPOKEN
My friends. Do not be disturbed in your regard for the truth. When what you disclose is the heart of the matter, the heat of the moment, the height of perfection.
And it is here, here that we rise above the temptation of the flesh, the preoccupation with passion. Rise above and choose…
…in our Righteousness, in out Godliness, in the discipline of action and the action of discipline, choose God, choose the Kingdom and the Glory and Heaven down here on earth!

Heaven n Hell
They gonna fight over you
Tear you apart
So you don’t know what to do
Heaven n Hell
Come on what do you want?
To die in the gutter
Or to raise yourself up?
Track Name: Talk To Me
7. Talk To Me

I’m right here
And I can’t stop
Looking at you

I want you talking to me
Don’t want you looking at him

Why don’t you talk to me?

I want you talking to me
Don’t want you looking at him

Why don’t you talk to me?

All I wanna do is ask you
If you feel the same as I do

I’m right here
And I can’t stop looking at you
I just wanna dance

I’m right here
And I can’t stop looking at you
I just wanna dance

I want you talking to me
Don’t want you looking at him
Why don’t you talk to me?

I want you talking to me
Don’t want you looking at him
Why don’t you talk to me?
All I wanna do is ask you
If you feel the same as I do

Come a little closer, baby
So I don’t have to say it
Come a little closer, baby
So I don’t have to say it

I’m right here
I’m right here with you
With you

I’m right here
Right here
And I can’t stop
Can’t stop
Looking at you
I can’t stop looking at you

I just wanna dance
I’m right here
And I can’t stop
Looking at you
I just wanna dance
I want you talking to me
Don’t want you looking at him
Why don’t you talk to me?
I just wanna dance

I want you talking to me
Don’t want you looking at him

I just wanna dance
I want you talking to me
Track Name: There's A Reason For It
There’s A Reason For It

There’s a reason for it
Oh oh oh
There’s an answer
There’s a reason for it
Oh oh oh
There’s an answer

Take a left
Take a left
Take a right
Take a right turn
Do the backstroke
Do do do do
What did you learn?

Take a left
Take a left
Take a right
Take a right turn
Do the backstroke
Do do do do
What did you learn?

There’s a reason for it
Oh oh oh
There’s an answer

There’s a reason for it
Oh oh oh
There’s an answer

Take a left
Take a left
Take a right
Take a right turn
Do the backstroke
Do do do do

Take a left
Take a left
Take a right
Take a right turn
Do the backstroke
Do do do do
What did you learn?

Comes from you
Comes from me
Comes from you
Comes from me…etc.
And it comes from you
And it comes from me
And it comes from you
And it comes from me
And it comes from you
And it comes from me
And it comes from you… And it comes from me
Track Name: Why We Dream
9. Why We Dream

Well we’re 2 of a kind
trying to figure life out
Sometimes we dance,
sometimes we disagree
Time after time,
wondering why it’s
all been worth it
Cuz when you boil it down
the best that we’ve had
are dreams

The heroes in life,
they still take chances
on the merry-go-round they
reach for the golden ring

During the war,
day after day
the bombs fell
Night after night
houses were turned to sand
What did it take
for them to keep on going?
Building the walls
starting all over again

CHORUS

You gotta be still
for just one minute
Look in my eyes &
remember why we dream

We promised ourselves

I think I’m outa my mind
I’m certain this time
that we’re both insane
Standing in sunlight
believing in whitelight
when it’s pouring rain

The heroes in life....etc
Track Name: Reign Of Terror
10. Reign Of Terror

There’s a rumor going round
About a house up on the hill
Where the two of them been living
All those years
How a fight broke out
And all the lights were on
And fear replaced the love
They held so dear

Reign of Terror
All fire and smoke
And the tears come tearing down
Could of killed each other
If they had enough rope
But they say it was true love
That brought ‘em back around

They say that he began it
He was seeing a local girl
She overheard his phone call
From upstairs
She lit the bed on fire
She used a cigarette
She said she’d rather die
He said a prayer

Reign of Terror
All fire and smoke
And the tears come tearing down
Could of killed each other
If they had enough rope
But they say it was true love
That brought ‘em back around

Reign of Terror
All fire and smoke
And the tears come tearing down
Could of killed each other
If they had enough rope
But they say it was true love
That brought ‘em back around
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Ah ah ah
Track Name: Blow Myself Up
11. Blow Myself Up

If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d die
If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d cry
If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d cry
If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d die

Look at all them crazy people
Taking him to heart
Acting like he’s God or something
Stabbing in the dark

If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d cry
If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d die

Took my trees and
Took my sugar
And I drink it all away
Oh that bastard’ll bite the bullet
He will have to pay

If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d die
If I was him
I’d blow myself up
If I was him I’d cry…
Track Name: Broken Promises
12. Broken Promises

All I want is just to Make you happy, baby
All I want is just to Make your dreams come true

I am a prisoner and I
Sometimes I wanna take my life
But someone else is holding onto me
Sometimes it’s hard To even dream

Broken promises And broken dreams
Nothing in this crazy world Is ever what it seems
And all I get For all this sweat
Is just a broken heart

Are people really Heartless and cruel
I know they don’t teach you that In school
But if you learn To play their game
You become like them And act the same

CHORUS

This crazy world is tearing us Apart
They never let you finish What you start
You and me Can put this back together
Come on babe

We are all prisoners inside
It’s just the good we always hide
So come along you can be free
You are only what
You believe

CHORUS
Broken promises
And broken dreams
Broken promises
And broken dreams
Track Name: Do You Still Love Me?
14. Do You Still Love Me?

do you
still love me?
i really need t know
do you
still want me...around?
or is it better
that i go?

thought of writing you a letter
thought of giving you a call

do you
still like me?
do you think i'm funny
or strangely slow
t pick up the pieces
of a broken heart
the way i used to
not so long ago

maybe i've become a coward
cuz i don't want you to say no

sitting in the kitchen with our lives inside my head
my heart is so damn full it's gonna break
i'll never understand how something beautiful as the sun
get's stuck behind a cloud
+ leave ya standin'
in the rain

CHORUS
Track Name: All In This Together
9. All In This Together

Don’t hate me cuz Im different
Don’t diss me cuz I’m old
Don’ fight with me over nothing
If I’m hot or if I’m cold
Don’t hate me - I got no money
Don’t give up on me - I’m stuck
My color is my blindness
It’s stronger than a crutch

There’s something goin’ on
Ya feel it in your bones
What’s up for you is up for me
+ the planet’s getting smaller
everyday
Wr all in this together baby
Wr all in the same boat
Wr all in this together babe
Or we’re going up in smoke

Don’t blame it on yr Daddy
Or the Mom you never had
Or the trials or the silence
or the darkness in this land
Cuz I believe in silver lining
I believe in having dreams
I believe in you + me my friend
We can balance on this beam

CHORUS

A rock into a pond they say a tiny ripple grows + rises like a tidal wave revolution only knows No matter how you cut it or agree to disagree this place belongs to all of us like the roots that ground the trees