Leland Karlton

Leland Karlton

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Lama is incredibly innovative music that births from The Beatles, George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix, and other countless influences that all soaked in soul.

Biography

Leland Karlton plays music with heart and soul, and every song is original and melodic... a very special thing in the contemporary musical world where most pop music greatly lacks true melody and originality. His influences include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tom Waits, P-Funk, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Ice T, amongst countless others.

Lyrics

Quebrado

Written By: Leland Karlton

I was looking to loose myself
when I found a room
in the Queen of Angels
Girl you know
that you stole my soul
and this kind of pain
made me want everything to end
Sit on top of the chateaus
in Hollywood
I thought you were my friend
It's just so sad to know
I could never
trust another soul again

I'm sick of the love
that breaks my heart
Sick of the love
and all this pain
I'm sick of the love
that breaks my heart
Sick of the love
the quebrado pain

We were living in Silverlake
we had our friends
but the trust was there to bend
Biz Markie wrote a song
where he said she said
"Oh, he's just a friend!"

I'm sick of the love
that breaks my heart
Sick of the love
and all this pain
Sick of the love
that breaks my heart
Sick of the love
the quebrado pain

Yellow Ribbon

Written By: Leland Karlton

I came to visit old America
people with hidden pain
white houses that looked the same
I looked to find my old home
yellow ribbons
everywhere i roamed
Virgins sit on top of Daddy's flag
for leaders that serve to brag
to pray and preach and brag

Telling us what's good
and what is bad
Telling us what's happy
and telling us what's mad
Telling us when to laugh
and telling when to be sad
Telling how to cheer
when we bomb the land
And pray up to the God
that they all should understand

I came to visit old America
people with hidden pain
white houses that looked the same
I looked to find my old home
yellow ribbons
everywhere i roamed
Some say "oil"
but we say "evil man"
so we bombed them to the ground
And then we took their land

Telling us what's good
and what is bad
Telling us what's happy
and telling us what's mad
Telling us when to laugh
and telling when to be sad
Telling how to cheer
when we bomb away their land
and pray up to that Jesus Christ
that they all should understand
Yellow Ribbons
for our perfect land
We're praising to the lord
that they all must understand
Bomb their fucking land!
Some say "oil"
We say "evil man"
We bombed them to the ground
and then we took their land
Because white is good
and black is bad
THEY ALL SHOULD UNDERSTAND!

Garden of Glass

Written By: Leland Karlton

Lovers kissing in the park,
as fireworks are blowing up the dark,
well you know
that it's
the 4th of July,
when you threw me out...
I moaned and I cried!

It hurts to know
that I'm a shimmer of your past,
we walked together
past a garden of glass,
the stripes you wore
are now my beautiful broken past,
you were the ocean...
I was Venice's broken glass.

I live in a town called Los Angeles,
where the air
smells just like broken dreams,
I drowned away into the ocean...
as I looked back to her as a Queen!

It hurts to know
you'll never hold me
like the past,
we walked together
past a garden of glass,
the stripes you wore
are now my beautiful broken past,
you were the ocean...
I was Venice's broken glass.

Discography

Scratch Your Poisoned Skin L.P. Self Released 1999
Britches E.P.~ Peter DiStefano Productions 2002
Swamp House L.P.~ Smokey Records, 2003
Songs For The Fall E.P.~ Smokey Records, 2004
*The Western Exterminator~Smokey Records,2006*

Set List

Salinas
Men Called Theives
Red Ants
Summer Camp
Golden Sand
Past And Gone
Maleena
Maggot Brain (a common istrumental P-Funk cover we play)

Our typical setlist time is 45 minutes