New Dawn

Price you pay
And why I wrote the song

I‘m not saying …

I’ll do anything to make a sale.

Burt Silver’s Campaign Commercial

But sometimes you’ve gotta be willing to go out on a limb, especially when you’re a struggling artist. And by struggling, I mean struggling to find an audience. And don’t get me wrong, I love performing at campfire events. The problem is they’re usually campfires I start, and sometimes I’m the only one there. The last election cycle I was approached by a politician named Burt Silver who asked if I’d write his theme song. At first I was unsure, but being an artist down on my luck, I really didn’t have a choice. And before I feature that song — called New Dawn — I thought to post a campaign commercial by Burt. The thing that really won me over about Burt was his problem solving skills. He may not be your ordinary politician, but when the cards are down and the stakes are high, he’s not afraid to bluff with a pair of twos. I respect that. Burt and I really bonded at the late night diner after a big night of poker earnings and that’s when we struck our deal. It was as big an advance as I’d seen my whole life. To think, it was just another night of gambling earnings for him. It sort of blew me away. “It’s a new dawn with Burt Silver,” is all I could think when we finally left the diner. And I mean literally — a thin sliver of the sun was starting to rise up out of the East. A new dawn alright. A new dawn indeed.

Darkest hour

New Dawn

Words and Music by Bobby Angel

Cards were bad and in a hole, had a low pair and was about to fold, Didn’t expect to be down so far in the game with younger faces all around whispering the same, But against my better judgement stayed in, doubled down and called his bluff I was going for the win. Whatever happened before now, it’s a thing of the past. And I gotta admit it came as a complete surprise, unexpected.

It was a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, we just had to stay up all night to see it.

The darkest hour was coming on strong, everything I did wrong piling on. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I got a train coming at me on a collision course. No path ahead or way to retreat, I was a gonner in the tunnel of my final defeat Lights flashed in my eyes before I finally realized, not a train at all, just the best thing I ever saw.

It was a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, we just had to stay up all night to see it.

Did my best but now I wonder why I even bothered to try. So I’ll be on my way, Just wasn’t in the cards at the end of the day, hit the trail out of town, hung my head with dread and stared at the ground. It was the darkest hour yet, the farthest from the sunset and then what came next was completely unexpected.

It was a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, we just had to stay up all night to see it.

Barbarians knocking at the door Horsemen I’m counting four, Iagos whispering in my ear and the grim reaper is drawing near Vultures are perched on the roof, dear lord I don’t need any more proof. Fell to my knees to pray when I saw that golden ray and staggered to my feet in complete disbelief.

It was a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, a new dawn at last, we just had to stay up all night to see it.