Road Engine Dreams

Road Engine Dreams

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Our music is rooted from classic rock integrated with the more contemporary style of alternative rock. The sound has an edgy feel to it and the lyrics are true to the life experiences of the group.

Biography

Road Engine Dreams is not just another rock band. With their classic rock n’ roll style and heavy beat, they sound ready to tear a room apart. But behind the power chords there’s different kind of message: ambition. Music is the engine that propels this rugged band down a road where they can overcome adversity and realize their dreams.

Lead singer and guitarist Chris “Ace” Cardinal always felt a connection to the powerful sound of rock n’ roll. But he didn’t relate to the simple picture painted by the lyrics of the songs he heard on the radio. So he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play, then started writing songs that explored the life he experienced as a young man growing up in a tough neighborhood on Vancouver’s east side.

Soon Chris connected with Gabe “Scumby” McCormick – whose mad bass skills made him the perfect foundation for R.E.D’s developing sound. Buddy “Buddogg” Cardinal’s rhythm guitar and smooth backup vocals round out the front line of the band.
Solid in the back is the K’aajuu G’aaya – whose heavy beats radiate from the stage.

With a solid group of dedicated fans and regular appearances on local radio and the North American festival circuit, R.E.D. is poised to explode onto the mainstream music scene and take their message of strength and transcendence to the world at large.

Motivated by the crazy rush they get from a live show, R.E.D. plays every chance they get – so check out their web site at RoadEngineDreams.com for details on where and when to catch their next show.

Their self-titled debut CD- nominated for Best Rock Album in 2008 by the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards– recorded at Fortissimo Sound and engineered by Doug Fury – is available online at HMV.ca, indiepool.com, amazon.ca, mtracks.com, and iTunes.

Lyrics

Road Engine Dreams

Written By: Chris Cardinal, Buddy Cardinal, Gabe McCormick

standing up on stage before you listening to your loud praise
and only if all things were this way maybe someday
as i stand here and look out upon you wondering if you feel the way
we do inside
no you can't hide 'cause this is our way
our way
i turned the tables all around on what was down that road
consumed by violent memories of sometime ago
so i stuck my thumb out and didn't look back i had to let go to get
back on track
and i was afraid when i was alone
alone
it wasn't always easy wasn't always clean
so mean and dirty sometimes unseen we got to get out there and be
free
then this dream shapeshifted me so i rolled on the dice and my hands
were clean
i gained energy that you now feel
feel
i live a road engine dream
soon to be real you'll see
'cause it's you who set us free
to the road engine dream
i had a good time up until now
exchanging vibes with a dedicated crowd and whats going to happen
when it's time to leave
keep the dream alive your wheels always turning smoking down the
line steam engine burning
you're all free to live your dreams
dreams
i live a road engine dream
soon to be real you'll see
'cause it's you who set us free
to the road engine dreams
i live a road engine dream
soon to be real you'll see
'cause it's you who set us free
to the road engine dreams

Built 2 Break

Written By: Chris Cardinal

i'll take with me a memory of a time no longer here
on a course of forward motion as a shift in creation nears
take a look at what we've built where's the comprimise
the wall will crack and fade through time it's no suprise
lessons lived and learned in life are the ones we can't erase
through joy and pain along the way the shine will never fade
surrender my tears for the years and i'll take them as they are
voice the choice i've made i'm right here standing tall free from it
all
i found a way to move on it maybe right maybe wrong
some would say it may be one big mistake
i live to win not to lose expressin' my point of view
take a chance here's my hand don't be afraid
it'll be ok
so don't you run away
we're not built 2 break
who's to say they know for sure what lies up at road's end
few peer into the future while the rest they just pretend
i'll never live long enough to claim i know it all
my spirit's intact my prayer kept i will go on to life beyong
it's getting better with time we may grow old and then die
but that don't memories are meant to be thrown away
remember what you have learned so when your life takes a turn
it's not a change for the worst your soul's your strength
did you throw it away
are you afraid of change
are you built 2 break
visualize results that you want and not the one's that you fear
can't let go 'cause you won't while i'm standing right here
it's worth it to chase your dreams to fortify your beliefs
and thats how it is when you fly free
your feet are still on the ground but take a good look around
travel through sound and shine some down on me
i'm living life by the day no one will take it away and i sure as
hell ain't built 2 break
i'll always remain
i've planned to stay
'cause i've found my way

Never Going Down

Written By: Chris Cardinal

sometime things seem a little to hot to handle
live to fight another day and be ready to battle
stand your ground look around
who's ready to mess
stare your fate in the face and does it have a name
don't touch the flames
never goin' down
just stay away
never goin' down
just stay away
sometimes life seems to be a little bit of a gamble
accept the risk and stack those chips while your able
stand your ground look around
who's ready to mess
stare your fate in the face and does it have a name
don't touch the flames
coming down like like rain
it's ice cold
on the road one way
we're on the roll
never take us down
we're aimin' high
never goin' down
we'll never die
sometime things seem a little to hot to handle
live to fight another day and be ready to battle
stand your ground look around
who's ready to mess
stare your fate in the face and does it have a name
don't touch the flames
coming down like like rain
it's ice cold
on the road one way
we're on the roll
never take us down
we're aimin' high
never goin' down
we'll never die
never goin' down
never goin' down

Time

Written By: Chris Cardinal

times drawn me here to a place where all's so peaceful
roused by the the sound of the soul and it feels surreal
hold my hands up and i see the world awaken
oh baby what news our prayer sends
you know i didn't really want to leave while there's so much to be
done
together we'll rise and set to worship the coming sun
watch the sands fall a subtle withdrawal from the past
a change for the coming days and can we make it last
what we see to believe isn't always what it seems
everytime i try recall those times i'm alone just trying to find you
on the shoreline of your soul and far from home
don't wash away what i want to hold onto
memories obscured yet fate insures divine light will cure a troubled
mind
tracing back the days and return to the ways
of a pure heart filled with love and pride
and only will then will we see what we have when we try
babe look at this life that you now lead
and though it it don't include me i see you with him and you're
finally happy
at least your heart won't bleed needlessly i pray you'll forgive me
and for what they've done to you they'll be sorry
if this is just a dream let it carry us to where it all began
the last thing i want to do is leave and to never return again
watch the sands fall a subtle withdrawal from the past
a change for the coming days and can we make it last
what we see to believe isn't always what it seems
everytime i try recall those times i'm alone just trying to find you
on the shoreline of your soul and far from home
don't wash away what i want to hold onto
memories obscured yet fate insures divine light will cure a troubled
mind
tracing back the days and return to the ways
of a pure heart filled with love and pride
and only will then will we see what we have when we try
take it all in stride

Home

Written By: Chris Cardinal

hey baby haven't seen you lately oh yeah
hey lady you're so far from me again
help me i'm trying to find my way back home
tell me there's something wrong so i must go alone
hey baby haven't seen you lately oh yeah
hey lady you're so far from me again
help me i'm trying to find my way back home
tell me there's something wrong so i must go alone
tell me there's got to be another way
tell me we can't stand and be afraid
help me i'm trying to find my way back home
tell me there's something wrong so i must go alone
help me i'm trying to find my way back home
tell me there's something wrong so i must go alone
tell me there's got to be another way
tell me we can't stand and be afraid
what a grand escape

Be Stronger

Written By: Buddy Cardinal

Travellin through this portal of time,
Patiently waitin in line,
For that one break in someone elses mistake,
it’s time to move up in your life,
you gotta work hard, you get what you paid for,
ya might as well learn that now,
there’s no free lunch on this side of life,
everyone earns there bite.

( chorus)
Be stronger than any other n tolerant,
Be stronger than any other n tolerant,

(verse2)
The sky’s the limit n ya gotta dream big,
Make sure you fall through with your plans,
If the shit doesn’t work get back at it again,
Cause soon it falls into your hands,
The game is called heart you gotta have it to win,
Look deep n you’ll see it within,
We all gotta try cause this is borrowed time,
Leave our legacy in this life,

(chorus)
Be stronger than any other n tolerant,
Be stronger than any other n tolerant,

Did you look within did you find yourself?
Did you overcome the game?
Did you prevail against the odds?
Or quit n just get slain?
Whatever it is you gotta keep in mind,
You’re all victims of time,
To do what you want n not what you can,
Cause this is your life at hand…

Rising Nation

Written By: Chris Cardinal

our time is running down when does it end
enjoy yourself for now don't let it all go to your head
we're struggling everyday of our lives
in search of truth and trying to kiss all our problems goodbye
it's another day caught in the grind are you feeling low
you're all dressed up and you got nowhere to go
the clock is always ticking and my time is always slipping
restless souls are in hunger of a new beginning
distorted visions are trying to change your mind
you've become a victim of cultural genocide inside
my arrow's aimed high and i'm willing to try and break free
of your assimilation cause and your social laws above me
we've got to turn the tide now 'cause if we don't it'll only get
worse
taking everything in stride because
i've seen it all before at the top of the world
we're caught up in a race with machines giving chase
taking away our innocence
i never knew it could get this bad
this heartland of ours has been changed
i see the pain on your face
can you tell me what the hell happened to the pride we had
the healing's going to take a little time
the weight on your shoulders can be left behind
ride the storm out and realize you've awaken
we have to learn to share a love that binds
a nation progressively on the rise
no one to be left out or in doubt
you will be strengthened
god help these people believe in themselves
guide them to the teachers and healers who mean them well
a heartbeat of nations flowing through our veins
erase disgrace and look towards the days of change
great spirit help us be as strong as we once were
we've been down but not for too long 'cause
we'll stand tall forever strong at the top of the world
at the top of the world
at the top of the world

Freedom

Written By: Chris Cardinal

your dreams are lying just of hand and you know you're going to have
to wait
everyday we all make a stand just to see that day
with a whilwind of emotion trailing your thoughts you'll only need a
little time
to give what you got is your best to the front lines
caught up in the times of the worlds modern day doom
what do you do when you feel that everyone's against you
division rules the land and what for my freedom won't be sealed
no way out on the edge of what is good and evil
sometimes you tried a little to hard and you're getting tired way to
fast
all that's pure is sliding into extinction
i warned you before but you chose not to listen to me
who ever tried to tame the flames of your burning desires
it's a hell of a race if you win well then you move on higher
it's a hell of a chase and it's coming on down to the wire
there's always a conflict this is what you're faced with
do you really know what your choice is
walking down the road get up to move on and give all that you got to
stand tall
against all the odds pushed for too long and it's all that you got
to realize
your answer's in the skies
your freedom never burned so bright
burned so bright
to others the night sounds quiet
to you it's like a deafening silence
you're unconciously losing control
breathing a little heavier
i take a look around to see where i'm at
and all i know is this place is far from home
the scenery is always changing like it's drifting on from better to
worse
whatever force is there is trying to take my soul away
when it's time to fight i try and do what's right this time
led by the light in the sky where the fire's alive
my drive's so high i'll shine inside
i just don't want to die young
i want to live on remembered for all i've done so when it's time to
leave here
baby don't shed no tears and learn to release your fears
i'll always be near here
it's a beaten road i'm almost home and i know i'm not alone
i've always been a free soul
free to roam

Shotgun Love

Written By: Chris Cardinal

it's been awhile since i seen you baby you know i'm on the run
i'm going to try to get back to you so throw away your mama's gun
she says she has a fuckin' reason to hate me and i've done nothing
wrong
i won't stand and take this shit another bit so baby lets roll on
i can feel her sights on me i know she will take aim
while she's telling me to stay away she's telling you you'll never
see me again
well that's too bad
i kissed you once love you twice before i get out of sight from her

shotgun love
shotgun love
shotgun love
shotgun love

it's been awhile since i seen you baby you know i'm on the run
i'm going to try to get back to you so throw away your papa's gun
he says he has a fuckin' reason to hate me and i've done nothing
wrong
i won't stand and take this shit another bit so baby lets roll on
i can feel his sights on me i know he will take aim
while he's telling me to stay away he's telling you you'll never see
me again
well that's too bad
i kissed you once love you twice before i get out of sight from his

shotgun love
shotgun love
shotgun love
shotgun love

crazy times crazy places she's got nothing to lose
you can't say you never seen this coming
heads we win tails you lose with your soul stripper blues
i can feel their sights on me i know they will take aim
while they're telling me to stay away they're telling you you'll
never see me again
well that's too bad
i kissed you once love you twice before i get out of sight from
their

shotgun love
shotgun love
shotgun love
shotgun love

Wings O' Fire

Written By: Chris Cardinal

i've been caught in time a complicated maze
all i've known unwinding to truth beyond the worlds craze
and if i were a messenger would you label me insane
breaking through this silence because this is what i have to say
watch out for distractions coming at you at will
no i'm not trying to scare you just trying to help you build
determine our own future and can't we all make our own
and as it all draws nearer see the unseen seeds we've sewn
come to me my sweet child i've seen you undresed in beauty before me
spread you wings and rise up into higher skies
and how can i ever answer you when you say you found love in the
bomb
i guess you need more time to get things right child ain't that
right
you're feeling more than you see 'cause it burns inside you
rest your fate with me and you'll get there safely
do you believe in the red roads way or have you gone astray
this day's for you and everyone who came before you
true love will never die 'cause it grows on the rise
to take you up on higher in life
and all this time i should have realized it takes true strength
to come up from below and rise

Discography

Self titled full length debut album " Road Engine Dreams"

Set List

The band has been promoting the songs on the record along with keeping it interesting including a song or two of new material. The sets are generally 10-12 songs long.