Andrew  Diamond

Andrew Diamond

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
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Biography

Andrew grew up surrounded by music in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, originally a drummer; he did a short tour with the Itals before starting the backing band Solid Foundation. Solid Foundation has since backed artists such as: Everton Blender, Richie Spice, Norris Man, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifirca, Foundation, the Ethiopians and Prezident Brown. Andrew moved to Kingston in 2004 where he lived and worked for two years before returning to the US to reside in Washington DC.
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Andrew Diamond..s debut album, Diamond in the Rough, is available at CDbaby.com.
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The album mixes the sweetness of roots reggae with the toughness of machine driven dance hall. Andrew has included some of Jamaica..s great artists on the album including members of the Roots Radics', Burning Spear's and Damian Marley..s bands, and singers John Junior, Queen Ifrica, and Prezident Brown.
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Songs include: Special Guest, a do-over of one of Andrew's favorite Gregory Isaacs tunes. Run Around, a song that he did as a combination with Prezident Brown. Real Love, a tune that just busted out; it was written in a matter of minutes from hearing the rhythm, it is also a combination with Ochi Rios singer John Junior. Other tracks on the album include: Naturally, a slow and relentless groove featuring Dwight Pinckney and Flabba Holt of the Roots Radics band, Last Chance, with the Solid Foundation Band on the Real Rock Riddim, and, You..re Mine, an Al Campbell do-over that features lush harmonies by Jah Lu from the group Foundation.

Lyrics

My Radio

Written By: Andrew Seidel

My Radio

Do you remember the time?
People played instruments and singers knew key
Back when we listened to our radios
But now we sit and watch TV
Pull up a seat on the veranda
Tell me what is what
We’ll listen to some old-time tune until the sun starts coming up

I wanna listen to my radio
And hear some tune that sweet me
Have a dance with my favorite girl
Stay up late tonight
I wanna listen to my radio
And feel that old-time feeling
Tell the DJ to keep them playing
It’s what the people are asking for

I wanna hear from Peter, Bunny, and Bob
Joseph Hill come bring us Culture
Burning Spear with his walk foot song
Something we can sing a long
A tune to make you proud to play out loud
Don’t want anything nasty or rude
So when the music drifts out my window
It will put my neighbor in a good mood

I wanna listen to my radio
And hear some tunes that sweet me
Have a dance with my favorite girl
Stay up late tonight
I wanna listen to my radio
And feel that old-time feeling
Tell the DJ to keep them playing
‘Cause the people want some more

The guitar, bass, drum and piano can be used to change the world
So don’t ever underestimate the power of a song
Songs are hopes and songs are dreams, they help us along the way
A song is a friend with a story to tell, so take time and listen well

I wanna listen to my radio
And hear some tune that sweet me
Have a dance with my favorite girl
Stay up late tonight
I wanna listen to my radio
And feel that old-time feeling
Tell the DJ to keep them playing
It’s what the people are asking for

Puss and Dog War feat. Queen Ifrica

Written By: Andrew Seidel / Ventrice Morgan

Puss and Dog War

They behaving like animals
Queen Ifirca Andrew Diamond got to tell you dis
No more war

Puss and dog war, Dat mi tell you
Puss and dog war, A dat a gwan
Nah go reach far, No time at all
When puss and dog war, Dat mi seh

See sister Suzy down by the gully bank
What she a deal wit Andrew?
Everyday she get up an a cuss, cuss, cuss,
Dat no make no sense at all
She can’t live with her man and she can’t live without him,
Dat sound a way
Seems every night they fight an a fuss
It no make no sense

Check bredda Mikey, he drives a cab in Half Way Tree
You see some nights he sleeps out in the car
He can’t go in the house to even get a bite to eat
The only thing she’ll give him is pure war
Enough a dat

Puss and dog war, puss and dog war
Nah go reach far, when puss and dog war
Puss and dog war, puss and dog war
When puss and dog war, it nah go reach far

Andrew mek me tell dem something, yo
Inna di middle east me see a lot of war,
Mi see puss and mi see dog and mi see rat a war,
Mi see di elders a die from the shock of war
World leaders dey pon di attack a war
Tings nah go change if you nah got no love
Stop scorning di people from your up above
All dis fighting and dis killing, look it’s children blood you spilling
Life is worth more than a shilling yo, it’s Jah Jah oil you’re drilling
You’re responsible for dis catastrophy
Come stand face to face with reality
Instead of fighting for di end of poverty
You get up ana fight for the love of vanity

Puss and dog war, Dat mi telling you
Puss and dog war, A dat a gwan
Nah go reach far, No time at all
When puss and dog war, Dat we say

Puss and dog war, puss and dog war, It nah go reach too far
Nah go reach far, when puss and dog war
Puss and dog war, puss and dog war
When puss and dog war, it nah go reach far

Talk to dem again Andrew

A so it go from the very start of tings
Yuh a observer mon
I don’t know how we made it this far
A with the love of Jah yunno
With such confusion and a bag of bangarang
And dey really not fight fe nuttin yunno
It seems everyday it’s a puss and dog war
A dat a gwan

Puss and dog war, Hot in dis a giddeon
Puss and dog war, Too much rebellion
Nah go reach far, Start dere Rasta
When puss and dog war, Leggo di war ting
Puss and dog war, puss and dog war
When puss and dog war, it nah go reach far

Run Around feat. Prezident Brown

Written By: Andrew Seidel / Fitz Cotterell

Run Around

This girl seem to be a run around, all ‘bout over town, leggo bow ya

I cant’ take this, no I can’t take this,

No longa

I bring you love in the morning,
Morning noon and night
I bring you love in the afternoon,
Yeah, yeah
But when I check for you in the eveningtime
Way down in the evening time
I find you’re off with someone new

Girl I can’t take this any longer
Leggo bow ya
The way you, you run around on me
Girl I can’t take this any longer
Leggo bow ya
The way you, you run around on me

You told me this love would last forever,
You told me I was the only one for you,
Yow yow
When I meet my friend down on the corner,
Guess what mi friend told me
It seems you told him the same thing too
What?

Girl I can’t take this any longer
Leggo bow ya
The way you, you run around on me
Girl I can’t take this any longer
Leggo bow ya
The way you, you run around on me

Pack it up, pack it in, I man give in, Rasta no deh pon di idiot ting
Pack it up, pack it in, I man give in, she a move like she set pon spring, yow
So me haffe lay out mi cards pon di table
Tell he fe gwan out there is a jungle, galang go rumble, galang go jumble
Better not fumble, neither stumble, there is no return to the bingy man cradle, she unstable
Seems like she want a stabilizer bar, stronger than the one weh you use pon car
Pack it up, pack it in, I man give in, Rasta no deh pon di idiot ting
Pack it up, pack it in, I man give in, she a move like she set pon spring, set pon spring

I bring you love in the morning,
I bring you love in the afternoon,
Believe me I try to make it right
But when I check for you in the evening time
Where she gone star?
I find you’re off with someone new and I can’t take that

Girl I can’t take this any longer
Leggo bow ya
The way you, you run around on me
Run around and you run around
Girl I can’t take this any longer
Leggo bow ya
The way you, you run around on me
I can’t take it oh no

Girl I can’t take this any longer
No longer no longer
The way you, you run around on me
Girl I can’t take this any longer
No longer no longer
The way you, you run around on me

Discography

Diamond in the Rough

Set List

Smile
My Radio
Tenderly
Run Around
Naturally
Real Love
Puss and Dog War
You're Mine
Jungle Love Affair
Last Chance
Fire and Rain