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Coyote In A Graveyard
soundtrack SONGS
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It's Your Shadow
It's Your Shadow -    (instrumental version)
Coyote In A Graveyard
Coyote In A Graveyard -
   (instrumental version)
Jealous Guy
Mother Mary
Other Girls
Out Of My Mind
Out Of Touch
She's Not Coming Home

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Cassingle Box 1989
1989 Cassingle
"It's Your Shadow"


Coyote In A Graveyard screenplay

Artist:   American Zen
Author:   The Hippy Coyote
Project Format:   mp3 song downloads, screenplay, stage show
Price:   $8.88 album, 0.88 song, 12.88 screenplay
Publisher-Editor-Producer:  Richard Del Connor
Book Publisher:   Shaolin Communications
Release Date:   

Coyote self-portraitWritten originally for UCLA Film School project, then performed in Los Angeles nightclubs, this "long-form music video" became newsworthy when Michael J. Fox joined the band onstage in 1985.

MCA Records became interested in the soundtrack and New World Pictures requested the rock opera be rewritten by Richard Del Connor as a movie screenplay.

The soundtrack was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, California. Overdubs were completed at Soundlabs Recording Studio.

Steven Spielberg got a copy of the screenplay from a tennis partner and requested a copy be submitted to him in 1991, but Coyote moved to Utah and was unable to find an agent in Utah who would submit the screenplay to Kathleen Kennedy and Steven due to a homosexual love affair between the head nurse and her patient, Elaine. This lesbian love triangle with another patient named, Thumper, was considered too risque by HBO Pictures also in 1989.

Original 1989 Cassingle box unfoldedThe screenplay, songs, and lyrics were all written by Richard Del Connor / The Hippy Coyote. Steven offered his pirate ship used in the movie, HOOK, for the pirate scenes during the song, "Elaine."

The cassingle, "IT'S YOUR SHADOW," was released by Shaolin Records in 1989 to college radio. The A-Side contains the two songs from the rock opera soundtrack, "It's Your Shadow," and "Coyote In A Graveyard." The B-Side contains the same two songs remixed as instrumentals. This was the first and probably only single release of this type in music history. The two songs that charted the highest in college radio were the instrumental version of "It's Your Shadow," and the rock opera version of "Coyote In A Graveyard," with lead vocals.


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