Diagnosed

Diagnosed

BandAlternativeRock

A variety of guitar styles and metaphoric lyrics with a funky, alternative rock feel. Strongly influenced lyrically and Instrumentally by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other influences include, Nirvana, Sublime, Foo Fighters, Train, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz.

Biography

Diagnosed is an indie musical project that was started in the winter of 2010 by 24-year-old, funk/alternative rock guitarist, Andrew Santora. Andrew currently plays lead guitar for a brand new ground floor band called Chester's Madhouse. Although Andrew's work with Chester's Madhouse takes up the majority of his music making time, he dedicates whatever spare time he has to creating and adding to his solo project "Diagnosed." Diagnosed's sound is very guitar driven as Andrew likes to layer many guitars in his mixes to create a wave of ringing harmonies and melodies. Andrew also records with various vocalists depending on the project. Much of the lyrics he writes have to do with love and the inner feelings that many of us contain regarding battles with oneself and or our human desire to escape reality and find our own personal freedoms, what ever they may be. Andrew hopes to one day make a career out of his musical creativity, possibly as a producer, lyricist, or songwriter, and looks forward to learning and bettering himself as much as possible along the way. Enjoy!

Lyrics

California

Written By: Andrew Santora

All day
Every day in the working grind I know
Baby I know
It’s where we dance in the bitter cold
And grow sick and old
It’s where we fit the mold
I need a place that can come for me
Take me away
Make me an absentee
Oh…
California let me warn ya, I’m on my way
I’m on my way
To the palm tree’s and the cool ocean breeze
I’ll take it day by day
But I’m on my way…
Dance
Romance an innate hypnotic trance,
That’s here to enhance.
Enhance a life that’s without a song
It’s felt so long and I don’t belong
Oh baby I’ve gotta get away…

Change up, from a small town and then
Arrange up, turn up a frown
All complications, I’ll set aside
My aspirations, I’ll share with pride
I’m movin up town, home by the beach
The yellowish brown sand under feet
I’ll live a lazy, but lovely life
And light a tiki, torch every night
Oh…
California let me warn ya, I’m on my way.
I’m on my way
To the palm tree’s and the cool ocean breeze,
I’ll take it day by day
But I’m on my way…
Oh…
Come lay with me by the beach baby
I love ya
It’s in the way that you sing to me
The whole thing to me
It’s what you bring to me
And then star gaze until the end
Oh…
California let me warn ya, I’m on my way
I’m on my way
To a life as free as a cool ocean breeze
I’ll take it day by day, but I’m on my way

Even Though You're Gone

Written By: Andrew Santora

You watched your veins drip dry
I watched you close your eyes
The things that you might be
Would die along side me
You always said you were strong so strong
But what you did was so weak so wrong
Just never though you’ d go out that way
Deplorable display
I’ve cried for miles through isles
Swept you away I misguide my denial
It’s you’re mystique that I’ve held for so long
And I can’t give it away
And even though I know you’re gone, you still collect in the cracks of my bones
And even though I know you’re gone, you still reside in the place I call home
Something’s happening now, a calm release of the shadows of sin
And even though I know you’re gone, I hear you’re screams to escape from within
Simplified
Long before death you died and
One bad day
Took your whole life away and
Mercury
Beneath your willow tree and
Deep inside
You let your poison ride
Set you free
You left an ocean inside of me
Flowerbed
Words that you said still ring in my head
I’m sorry…
I’m sorry…
And even though I know you’re gone, you still collect in the cracks of my bones
And even though I know you’re gone, you still reside in the place I call home
Something’s happening now, a calm release of the shadows of sin
And even though I know you’re gone, I hear you’re screams to escape from within
Smile down
Light up the shadows that keep me down
Sing to me
Open my eyes and really let me see
The world
Spins on it’s axis moving like molasses
Towards you
You come around with every morning dew

Breaking Dawn

Written By: Andrew Santora

Every night I lye awake and think about my yesterday
And as I lye I try to make sense of that day in some strange way
The things I want are crystal clear and seem much harder year by year
And let me say my biggest fear is that I’ve cheered my biggest cheer

Some day soon I may be gone, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn
Wish me well and sing my song, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn
And when you think about it baby oh, and when I think about it I don’t know
Some day soon I may be gone, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn

Already in the years gone by, the years when I felt oh so high
On love and me and all of life I dreamed of children and a wife
I played it all out day by day, success and peace of mind some day
And now a man I’ve learned to see the world will never mold to me

Some day soon I may be gone, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn
Wish me well and sing my song, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn
And when you think about it baby oh, and when I think about it I don’t know
Some day soon I may be gone, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn

I wont give up, I’m on my feet, and able to walk breath and eat
There’s substance to my heart for sure, and some day I will win my war

Some day soon I may be gone, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn
Wish me well and sing my song, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn
And when you think about it baby oh, and when I think about it I don’t know
Some day soon I may be gone, but don’t mourn me I’m breaking dawn

And now I lye hear wide awake and wonder how long life will take
I pray to some day learn to leap towards something that will help me sleep

Sweet Valentine

Written By: Andrew Santora

Well darling you
Bring out the best in me
I call you my baby
But you know you’re more than that
And there’s the way that your eyes show the ocean
And there’s that way that your hair smells of pine
On Christmas day as my own law of motion
Compels your sweet lips to kiss mine, yeah
Ohh….
You pull my heart close
An irregular dose,
of allure oh my sweet valentine
And we drift along great
On our toes to our fate
Through the puddles reflecting our climb
As night follows day
And I kneel while I pray
For your safety and health before mine
Well baby you
Ignite a light in me
You’re in line for a fine wine and dine
And we’ll sit in our chairs by the bay they’ll all stare as the stars up above realign.
For our love became true, you and me, me and boo, while I kneel and I ask for your hand
This valentines day, I might ask if I may, you’re an angel and will you be mine

Diagnosed

Written By: Andrew Santora

One Day
I took a look inside
I never thought there’d be something to see
In Me
But what I found in myself was amazing
This thing is larger than me or you darling
Oh please don’t think of yourself as amazing
The grass is greener now…
Oh I
I used to Cry
I used to cry all night, I’d howl at the moon
I used to wanna die
But what I found in myself was amazing
This thing is larger than me or you darling
Oh please don’t think of yourself as amazing
The grass is greener now…
Dim lit room and dirty guitars keeping me sane but making me crazy
I look up past the clouds through mars and that’s when it all gets hazy
Oh I
I used to sigh
I used to sigh all day I’d waste it away I used to wonder why
But what I found in myself was amazing
This thing is larger than me or you darling
Oh please don’t think of yourself as amazing
The grass is greener now
Dim lit room and dirty guitars keeping me sane but making me crazy
I look up past the clouds through mars and that’s when it all gets hazy
Dim lit room and dirty guitars keeping me sane but making me crazy
I look up past the clouds through mars and that’s when it all gets hazy
The way you looked that night
The way it felt so right
The way you’re lookin at me…
Dim lit room and dirty guitars keeping me sane but making me crazy
I look up past the clouds through mars and that’s when it all gets hazy
The way you looked that night
The way it felt so right
The way you’re lookin at me…
Dim lit room and dirty guitars keeping me sane but making me crazy
I look up past the clouds through mars and that’s when it all gets hazy
Dim lit room and dirty guitars keeping me sane but making me crazy
I look up past the clouds through mars and that’s when it all gets hazy

Sky

Written By: Andrew Santora

Reflections through the atmosphere touch down in early May
They warm my nose as tall grass grows then bounce back off the bay
My interlocking fingers support my heavy head
As dreams release they fill my field with roses white to red
I simple mind is crystal clear so think outside the box
A pretty little lady soon becomes a sexy fox
The stars align and sparkle down like neon fireflies
The funny thing’s a lack of wings wont stop me from reaching the sky
Oh.. Let the rain fall down and
Oh... They said they’d help me around and
Oh… One love to help me drown and
Oh… Fly towards the sky leave the ground
With me
The darkness draws before the dawn followed by eve of light
Bright lights go down we shake the crowd, we play with all our might
Big voice with bluesy undertones draws flags from shore to shore
Possessions say I’ve made it yeah but daring I want more
Oh.. Let the rain fall down and
Oh... They said they’d help me around and
Oh… One love to help me drown and
Oh… Fly towards the sky leave the ground
With me
….
Sore through the sky with me

Discography

Top 5 Winner of the Great American Song Contest in the Rock Category for "California."