Carol Williams

Carol Williams

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Carol Williams is the sax player with actor Gary Sinise, whose classic-rock group Lieutenant Dan Band has performed worldwide since early 2004. Her solo project is collaboration of sounds that include folk-rock, with straight voice that is reminisent of a blend of Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones.

Biography

Carol Williams is the sax player with actor Gary Sinise, whose classic-rock group Lieutenant Dan Band has performed worldwide since early 2004.
With tours to Asia, Europe, and many cities in the US, they have also played extensively as USO performers at US military bases, at fundraisers for causes such as the Viet Nam Veterans Art Museum,
Gary’s “Operation Iraqi Children”
as well as his Steppenwolf Theater.

Originally from Chicago, Carol Williams grew up in the Midwest, played keyboards, flute, and sang in rock/top-40 bands before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. After traveling with show bands on the East Coast, she spent seven years the US Army band program as a sax player, during which she also played locally in Chicago with original-music jazz/fusion bands.

One of those groups, Kimotion, is the big-band creation of her composer-guitarist husband Kimo Williams, well-known on the music scene in Chicago. Carols’ tenor sax can be heard on two of his CDs, War Stories and Tracking.

With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
in 1987 to do performances and recordings
she began her direction as a singer-songwriter.
With two albums of solo material (Carol Williams and Small-Town Girl), she has a third pending completion in 2006, recorded with Danny Gottlieb (drummer with Pat Metheny).

Her 5-piece band includes several well-known jazz/rock musicians from Chicago, including Dave Onderdonk on guitar.

Lyrics

Jesus on a Chain

Written By: Carol Williams cc 2005

Jesus on a Chain
he’s going to cruise the avenue to pick up girls
his car will burn a tank of gas into the air
he brought along a lot of beer to help get lucky
and he’s got Jesus on the dashboard of his car
he’s got Jesus on a chain around his neck
he’s got Jesus on the dashboard of his car
he’s got Jesus on a chain around his neck, he must be all right
a lot of what you see if you watch MTV
is about the girls you could get lucky with
the guys have guns they like to wave while they are dancing
and they’ve got Jesus tattooed all across their skin
they’ve got Jesus on a chain around their neck
they’ve got Jesus tattooed all across their skin
they’ve got Jesus on a chain around their neck, they must be all right.

Let’s go dig more gold out of the mountain
mine all the silver out of the streams
melt the metal for one more crucifix
We can weave more miles of platinum chain
blast the quarry for the precious stone
sell another 14-karat Christ

he’s got a war started you just cannot believe
he’s got his finger on the button for the bomb
he’s spending billions we could use to solve our problems
he’s got a cross pinned to the collar of his suit
he’s got Jesus on a chain around his neck
he’s got a cross pinned to the collar of his suit
he put Jesus on a chain around our flag, we must be all right
they voted him to be the king of all their souls
he gets to write the rules for all the mortal sins
he tells the women what they can and what they can’t do
and he’s got Jesus on a crown upon his head
he’s got Jesus on a chain around his neck
he’s got Jesus on a crown upon his head
he’s got Jesus on a chain around his neck, he must be all right.

Let’s go dig more gold out of the mountain
mine all the silver out of the streams
melt the metal for one more crucifix.
We can weave more miles of platinum chain
blast the quarry for the precious stone
sell another 14-karat Christ.

New York City Lullaby

Written By: Carol Williams

New York City Lullaby

Honey you can go to sleep now
All the trucks we heard go by
Are in New Jersey now.

Honey you can go to sleep now
You won’t have to wait in line
Or get there on time.
Try to dream that you are sleeping
That the cars you hear are waves
Breaking on the sidewalk shore.

Honey you can go to sleep now
It’s only me beside you
And we’re not a crowd.
Try to dream that you are sleeping
That the cars you hear are waves
Breaking on the sidewalk shore.

Honey, you can go to sleep now:
Don’t worry about tomorrow—
It’s already here.

Before the sun wakes up,
Before the hour starts rushing
Try to go to sleep.

That Song About Life

Written By: Carol Williams

that song about life

My baby comes to me and it’s late at night and she says,
“Mom, I just can’t get to sleep. I try to close my eyes but I stay awake
and think of all the bad things there are in life.
I don’t want to grow up, I’ll be all alone,
I’ll be stuck with some stupid boring job.”

She says, “Everybody else has a place in this world,
they’re already paired off into teams.
What difference does my life make if I can’t do something great:
What else could the point of all this pain?
You live, and then it’s over: what’s the use?
It’s never going to be different for me.”

She lays her head in my lap while I try to describe
the lies that most people live.
They cluster together not because they belong, but because
they are afraid to be alone.
Anyone can smile for the camera, and make us think
they’re living the life we all want.

She goes off to bed with a kiss and a hug,
and I wonder does she get those dark thoughts from me?
Or is that the way the world really is, and she already sees through the facade?
I want her to know you can feel lonely
even when you are loved.

It hurts to be one of those people who question
everything they read between the lines.
So full of doubt, so full of fear,
they would never guess that what sets them apart
is that they’re smart enough to see how life should really be
before they’re strong enough to live it on their own.

Discography

"Carol Williams" 1991.
"Small Gown Girl" 1998.
"Category Authorities" 2006.

Set List

Set time 45min to 2 hours long.