Dreamboats & Lemonade

by THE YEARNING

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After their previous singles and mini-LP’s, we have been anxiously awaiting the full-length debut from Joe Moore and the rest of THE YEARNING. Their sweet melodies, dreamy arrangements, and passion for the sounds of the fifties, had us so excited, with our hands glued to the needle on the record player, waiting for the right moment to submerge ourselves in the grooves of their first full-length. That moment has finally arrived.

“Dreamboats & Lemonade” plays again with the two sides of love (as their two previous 10”’s did) - the sweeter side and the more bitter side, each represented by the concepts that give the album it’s name and preside over their respective sides of the record. And what better feeling to represent these two facets than the nostalgic melancholy that cradles the small resentments but sugar-coats painful memories. This feeling is the star of this delicious album, which moves between Phil Spector’s wall and Burt Bacharach’s elegance, and doesn’t hide its love for a very specific era and style of understanding pop, decorated with reverb that fades out like Christmas lights.

The album –accompanied by numerous collaborators who make up the THE YEARNING ORCHESTRA, and who share space with wind instruments, strings, electric guitars, and the already known voices of Maddie Dobie (lead vocals) and Alicia Rendle-Woodhouse (backing vocals)– is another emotional journey full of curious and attractive stops. There’s that fun craziness that is “Dance With Me”, the homage to Morricone’s spaghetti-western on the impressive “Marry Me In The Morning” (there is no shortage of horse-galloping sounds), or that delicious version of Françoise Hardy that is “Never Learn To Cry”.

But let’s start at the beginning, with that delicious doo-wop, “Dreamboat”, that opens the album with the boy of your dreams who floats us into unimaginable seas of crystalline water and Hawaiian breezes, with THE VELVELETTES accompanying us on such an incredible journey. The girl groups pop up everywhere, and on “If I Can’t Have You” it’s THE RONETTES and that recognizable drum roll, but also the delicacy and subtlety of CAMERA OBSCURA. “Dance With Me” is a small homage to Sandy Posey, a song full of sweetness and an invitation to dance all night long with the guy of your dreams. The Françoise Hardy thing is no coincidence, because “Chasing Shadows” says goodbye to that unmistakable aroma of chanson, of Mediterranean pop made in sepia tones, without a doubt one of Joe Moore’s best songs. “It’s You That I Want” has the touch of qualité of Henry Mancini and Burt Bacharach thinking about Lesley Gore or Dusty Springfield. “Lemonade” has a vivacious urgency somewhere between the BEACH BOYS at their most Christmas-y and THE SHIRELLES. “How Will I Know?” brings us back to the doo-wop but once again fits in those arrangements somewhere between Bacharach and Brian Wilson, offering us a sunny autumn within its playful arrangements. “Every Time I Fall In Love” makes a special mix of swing, country, and folk, with echoes of the beginnings of rock‘n‘roll, while “Tomorrow Night” shows us again the best of the fifties sound, and lets us imagine that prom in a high school gymnasium decorated in pastel tones. To wrap things up, “When I Was Your Baby” leaves the saddest, most bitter taste, the unavoidable unease you feel when you reach the end of an album that has woken so many feelings in you, that has explained with music what nobody can express in words.

“Dreamboats & Lemonade” is passion for pop, the purest homage to its beginnings, its birth, and all those feelings that fostered its golden years. Joe Moore is a genius and he has written a masterpiece that doesn’t have a single unnecessary second, one of those albums destined to stay with us and act as a sound track to our most unforgettable moments.

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released June 30, 2014

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Track Name: Dreamboat
Dreamboat, sail across the ocean
Your love, sets my heart in motion
Dreamboat, drift away with me

Dreamboat, take me to your island
On the shore, we’ll sleep under the stars and
Dreamboat, drift away with me

Dreamboat, take me in your arms, dear
I’m yours, I surrender to your charms, dear
Kiss me, and keep me for the rest of your life, oh

Dreamboat, take me to your island
On the shore, we’ll sleep under the stars and
Dreamboat, drift away with me

Dreamboat, take me in your arms, dear
I’m yours, I surrender to your charms, dear
Kiss me, and keep me for the rest of your life, oh

Dreamboat, sail across the ocean
Your love, sets my heart in motion
Dreamboat, drift away with me
Drift away with me
Drift away with me
Drift away with me
Track Name: If I Can't Have You
If I can’t see you tomorrow
Then I can’t see you again
‘Cause I know I could never give you up if I wanted to
So I’ll just keep on seeing him, if I can’t have you

If I can’t kiss you on Friday
Then I can’t kiss you tonight
‘Cause I know if I kissed you I would always stay untrue
So I’ll just keep on seeing him, if I can’t have you

If I can’t have you forever
Then I can’t see you tonight
‘Cause I know I could never let you go to someone new
So I’ll just keep on seeing him, if I can’t have you
So I’ll just keep on seeing him, if I can’t have you
So I’ll just keep on seeing him, if I can’t have you
If I can’t have you
If I can’t have you
If I can’t have you
Track Name: Dance With Me
Dance with me, move a little closer
Let the music take you where you want to
If you dance with me

Dance with me, twist a little faster
Let the rhythm take you where you want to
If you dance with me

Dance away the heartbreak
Dance away the blues
Make a little spin in those dancing shoes
Track Name: Chasing Shadows
Take a look around
Tell me what you see
Is it what you want?
Are you happy, free?
Can you really say
What you have is real?
When you’re not in love
Tell me how you feel

Have I lost your love?
Am I not enough?
'Cause there's no fire
Without a spark
Every year goes by
Every time I try
It feels like I’m
Chasing shadows in the dark

Make a little wish
Wish upon a star
Do I share your dreams?
Tell me where you are
I could search the world
For a heart so true
But it’s not the same
When it’s without you
Track Name: Marry Me In The Morning
Last night, a stranger came riding
And threw down his hat on the bar
He told me his story with whiskey
And how he had travelled so far
And something about him engaged me
The sadness, the look in his eyes
Last night, a stranger came riding
And here’s what he said
‘Marry me, in the morning’


He asked me if I had a husband
I told him that I had no time
As his hand lingered long on my shoulder
I jumped as if that were a crime
But the way that he smiled when he whispered
Words only I could have heard
Brought out a love deep inside me
And here’s what he said
‘Marry me, in the morning’
‘Marry me, in the morning’

With barely a kiss he was gone now
Gun by his side as he turned
To fight in a war for his freedom
At sunrise to make his return
But as I looked outside this morning
He lay there, his face in the dirt
Last night, my stranger came riding
And here’s what he said
‘Marry me, in the morning’
‘Marry me, in the morning’
Track Name: It's You That I Want
It’s you that I want
It’s you that I need
Yes, you are the one
Who’s always around, when push comes to shove
Yes, it’s you that I want
It’s you that I want
It’s you that I want for love

It’s you that I like
It’s you that I choose
Yes, you are the one
‘Cause no one compares, their words aren’t enough
Yes, it’s you that I want
It’s you that I want
It’s you that I want for love

It’s been you since... I don’t know when
It’s been you that I long for each night
I’ve waited so long, to sing you this song
‘Cause it’s you that I dream of, when I turn out the light

‘Cause no one compares, when push comes to shove
Yes, it’s you that I want
It’s you that I want
It’s you that I want for love

It’s you that I want
It’s you that I need
It’s you that I want
It’s you that I need
Track Name: Lemonade
His love is sweeter than lemonade

I watch him walk along the bay
And take a boat out from the shore
As he sails I hear him play
The songs that make me love him more

And in the evening he’ll return
To the shore along the bay
And we’ll dance as fires burn
And the night falls on the day

His love is sweeter than lemonade
With little kisses like candy
He likes to tango to Doris Day
And sing along with Sandy
We calypso in the evening shade
And watch the sun go down on the sea
His love is sweeter than lemonade
And he belongs to me

I feel his eyes lock onto mine
As he takes me by the hand
And his lips they taste of wine
As we move across the sand

I see him high upon the hill
As I’m walking by the stream
But it’s a story unfulfilled
Because he’s only in my dream
Track Name: How Will I Know?
I’m looking for a sign to point me
In the direction of a true love guarantee
I’m searching for a star to light my way

Hey mama, this is so confusing
I think I’ve won but end up losing more
Please tell me there is something you can say?

I don’t know if he wants to kiss me
And when I’m gone is he gonna miss me?

How will I know if the boy’s in love with me?
How will I know if the boy’s in love with me?

So maybe there’s a hidden meaning
A give-away, a tell-tale feeling
A signal that he wants to be with me?

I’m moving but I’m getting nowhere
I need a lift to let me go there...

How will I know if the boy’s in love with me?
How will I know if the boy’s in love with me?
Track Name: Never Learn To Cry
You're living in a dream mist made of pink perfume
You hide behind the mask of Sunday afternoons
You'll never see the real world, never find out why
You live a life of feathers flying in a cloud
Your mind is like a jungle overgrown with flowers
You'll never see the real life, never learn to cry

You're floating through the lost world of other people's dreams
You see the world through diamonds made from plasticine
You never see the real things, never find out why
Your thoughts are bubbles bursting out of golden foam
You're sheltered from the sunlight by making love your home
You never see the real life, never learn to cry

You're living in a dream mist made of pink perfume
You hide behind the mask of Sunday afternoons
You'll never see the real life, never learn to cry

Never learn to cry
Never learn to cry
Track Name: Every Time I Fall In Love
Don’t tell me what you’re thinking
‘Cause I don’t want to know
You see this ship is sinking
I guess you told me so

So tell me how to change it
Turn the page and start anew
Well I try to rearrange it
But I haven’t got a clue

‘Cause every time I fall in love
It never seems to last
I hear him say it’s not enough
That I’m living in the past

So show me to the answers
‘Cause I end up getting lost
Love’s game is full of chances
But I always count the cost

I pray this time, he’ll be the one
The one who’ll never walk away
Track Name: Tomorrow Night
Ooh, ooh, tomorrow night
Ooh, ooh, tomorrow night

I don’t care if it rains or it pours
And I don’t care if the meeting’s a bore
And I don’t care if I’m not sleeping enough
Because tomorrow night I’m gonna give him my love

I don’t mind if I’m working till late
And I don’t mind if the bills have to wait
And I don’t mind if there’s no heaven above
Because tomorrow night I’m gonna give him my love

There’s nothing that I’d rather do
Than hanging out and being with you
And so tomorrow night I’m gonna give him my heart so true

I don’t care if I fall into debt
And I don’t care if my house goes to let
And I don’t care if boy the going gets tough
Because tomorrow night I’m gonna give him my love

There’s nothing that I’d rather do
Than hanging out and being with you
And so tomorrow night I’m gonna give him my heart so true

Ooh, ooh, tomorrow night
Ooh, ooh, tomorrow night
Track Name: When I Was Your Baby
We lived for the summer
Held hands in the rain
You told me you loved me
Again and again

Every moment we touched turned gold
And the nights never seemed so cold
When I was your baby

I listened to rumours
Believed all the lies
Ignored what you told me
The tears in your eyes

I couldn’t see through my foolish pride
All the loving you kept inside
When I was your baby

And I’ll never forget the days
I wish that I could go back to stay
When I was your baby
When I was your baby
When I was your baby
When I was your baby