AL BASILE: WORDS & MUSIc



Royal Blue Persuasion



Just kids when we got here so long ago

Our lives were gonna change, they told us so

As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

They started bending you and bending me

Puttin' us through to that Royal Blue persuasion

We were the ones who were born to praise

those stalwart sons of other days

We started in running that lifelong race

to become the ones who could take their place

Still so new to that Royal Blue persuasion

Day after day pickin' up that pace

Doubt in the heart, grin on the face

Keep hittin' that wall, we all had to get tough

You might be good, never good enough

Till we knew that Royal Blue persuasion

We've all had lives since we left this hill

but what we got here, we carry with us still

Full grown at last, the past forgiven

There's nobody better, but you better stay driven

Right on through to that Royal Blue persuasion

We're gonna keep busy around the hive

Not for self alone, long as we're alive

It's what you give, not what you been given

That's the real end and business of living

Ain't it true, that's Royal Blue persuasion

Now Fortune finds us back here today

Lost a lotta good men along the way

We were just kids then, now we're agin'

But we made it through to this occasion

Still a crew of that Royal Blue persuasion


       Al Basile grew up in a park in Haverhill,             Massachusetts. He graduated from Phillips       Academy  in 1966, and in 1970 he was the first to receive a Master’s Degree from the Brown University Writing Program. He began his musical career as a cornet player with Roomful of Blues in 1973, and has worked with the Duke Robillard Band as a songwriter and recording member since 1990, appearing on twelve CDs and a DVD; his songs have been used in films and television and covered by such artists as Ruth Brown. He has nine solo blues and roots CDs out under his own name, the last four having reached the top 15 on the Living Blues airplay charts in their year of release. They have all been produced by Robillard and feature his guitar playing and many former Roomful members: guest artists have included the Blind Boys of Alabama, jazz great Scott Hamilton, and the late Sista Monica Parker. He has been nominated four times, in 2010, 2012, 2013, ad 2014, for a Blues Music Award as best horn player. While hundreds of his songs have been published since the Sixties, his poetry and fiction has begun to be published in recent years. He taught full time at the Providence Country Day School in East Providence, RI from 1980-2005 and since then has concentrated on his  writing, performing, and recording.

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