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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Smoke
Livin’ in my car in the Hollywood Hills
Workin’ as a waiter tryin’ to pay my bills
All day long I play my guitar
Writin’ songs in the back seat of my car
If I ever get outta here I ain’t comin back
Dreamin’ the dream in Shakespeare’s Cadillac
Recorded my songs hustlin’ every day
An A and R man says, “I like the way you play”
I grabbed that life line and didn’t let go
Now I’m drivin down Sunset’…I’m on the radio
Top down, hair blowin, don’t look back
I’m ridin’ smooth…in Shakespeare’s Cadillac
If I could go back and rewrite the script
There’s a lot of things I’d like to flip
One thing I’d never change when I look back
Is that sweet, sweet ride…In my Shake, Shake, Shake…Shakespeare’s Cadillac
Six months in my song hit number ten
I tried real hard to do it again
I barely cracked a hundred, I was yesterday’s news
I was playin’ rock and roll, but I was singin’ the blues
Went down a dark road, thought I’d never come back
I took a detour…in Shakespeare’s Cadillac
I dove into a bottle and I almost drowned
Jobs dried up, people stopped comin’ ‘round
I burned a lotta bridges, said a lotta things
Hard to walk among the people once you been the king
I finally drove down a cul de sac
Ran outta gas…in Shakespeare’s Cadillac
Now I play the one-hit wonder shows
I play a couple of tunes that people sorta know
I can still get laid, I still get paid
But I’m livin’ in a different world from the one I made
Drivin town to town…tryin’ to get back on track
It’s just me and the road and…Shakespeare’s Cadillac
The Story Behind “Shakespeare’s Cadillac”
About the Novel Parallel
Back Cover Copy
After briefly losing consciousness as the result of an automobile accident, Nick Sands feels lucky to be alive. A few hours later he’s not so sure. Before the accident he was a San Francisco lawyer on his way to a deposition in Los Angeles. After the accident, he’s a 40-something rock star scheduled to headline a 90’s nostalgia concert later that week in LA. People know him in this alternate world as Nick Sands, faded rock star. And while Nick remembers his “real” life, he also has all the memories of the rock star’s life.
Nick desperately wants to return to his life as a San Francisco lawyer because his girlfriend is about to give birth to their first child. He doesn’t know where to turn for help without sounding like a lunatic.
During his bizarre odyssey in the alternate world, Nick meets people like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, but they are not rock stars in the parallel world because they made different life choices. Nick is truly through the looking glass when he meets other eccentric characters, e.g., Rebecca, a UCLA parapsychologist specializing in “Parallel Reality Therapy,” and The Thin Man, a secretive tech genius and multi-billionaire who has devised a machine that projects virtual reality images created by the brain, simulating how the mind creates reality.
On his journey Nick receives assistance from many sources.
But nothing can prepare him for how that journey ends.
The book is due out in January 2022