Hit Play (2020)

by Dan Frechette

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released January 20, 2020

All songs written by Dan Frechette. Copyright 2020. All songs registered with SOCAN.

Recorded in January 2020 at The Shed in Bonny Doon, CA, except "This Concert Hurts Our Ass" recorded in Winnipeg in July 2013.

Dan Frechette - Vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, lap slide guitar, lap resonator guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, mandolin, percussion, bass, drums.

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"...one of the best songwriters we've heard in a long time." - SingOut Magazine.

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Track Name: Don't Stand In The Way Of Your Fate
Don't Stand In The Way Of Your Fate

In the twilight there’s angels who spin and they twist in the stars you see
they’re out there aware of the world down below and our destinies
there’s always a reason you’ll meet someone until you’re old and grey
there’s always a reason for someone to meet you
don’t stand in the way of your fate

should you decide to be centered so high above this rising storm
nothing could take you away from the angels so sweet and warm
there’s always a reason you’ll meet someone until you’re old and grey
there’s always a reason for someone to meet you
don’t stand in the way of your fate

You know you can be mine when you find me
well you know be another I’ll never see
you know I’m here to know you and what you need
Throw away the past
let all the mysteries we fear be free

My cold nights appear with windows wide open to your sweet charms
I’ll take you behind and kiss you with roses in these arms
there’s always a reason you’ll meet someone until you’re old and grey
there’s always a reason for someone to meet you
don’t stand in the way of your fate
Track Name: Little Miss Carousel
Little Miss Carousel

Little Miss Carousel
how do I catch a ride?
I've been living out here with nobody good by my side
Miss Carousel
maybe I'm too plain
but I'm good with my lips and my lovers remember my name

And they still want me back
because they can't say goodbye
their hearts are my victims
when I look in your eyes
and I can't be here
with all these wide open door
Carousel take me so I won't be lonely no more

All - All I want is your eyes
They take me on journeys and I'm traveling somewhere inside
if you agree to see me someday
I'll be dancing on tables and nothing will stand in my way

And they still want me back
because they can't say goodbye
their hearts are my victims
when I look in your eyes
and I can't be here
with all these wide open doors
Carousel take me so I won't be lonely no more

(Bridge) I'm in limbo baby please help me along
I'm in limbo baby please help me along

This time I'm running for a dream in the sun
With my carousel darling I wouldn't want anyone
my carousel queen oh we dance to the blues
and somehow it'll make up for all the hearts we refuse

And they still want us back
because they can't say goodbye
their hearts are our victims
when we look in each others eyes
and weI can't be here
with these wide open doors
Carousel take us so we won't be lonely no more
Track Name: Mystical
Mystical

I’m so far from the promise land
I’ve got nobody to take my hand
and nobody to understand what I’m really going through
I’m really on my own I see
there’s no one in this mess but me
and I don’t need to apologize for something I don’t need to prove

Sorry I’ve let you down I’m sorry to run you around
and spend all this time in indecision
suspended in anticipation
maybe it’s all a phase
but after awhile you’ll see how it plays
and there’s no denying it’s toxic
all this stagnation in our blues

(Chorus)
what we want is mystical
what we want is magical
what we all want is untouchable
yet there’s no need for proof
when mystical magic follows you

Follow me I’m heading out
without these chains of fear and doubt
I’ve waited 20 years too long
just to catch the tail end of this song
you can remain in my heart
that just needs another kickstart
and to follow you following me
is a dead end I don’t want to see

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Can’t go on and understand
when there’s nothing left unplanned
so much fear has left me on the land
I want the sky to take my hand

(Chorusx2)
Track Name: Let The People Feel Free
Let The People Feel Free

(Chorus)
Never buy what you can't sell
Never sell what you can't buy
You can forget but it's as easy to forgive
There's a million things that can go wrong
There's a million things that can go right
So let the people feel free
Let them live

I was driving around Big Sur Station
in the California wind
I just turned north to find some more
lost tourist blues
and my lawyer left me in limbo
like I don't mean a thing
and my baby keeps me wearing out my shoes

(Chorus)

Rubbernecking down the highway
Will just slow the scenery down
You gotta move until the rent
don't keep you down
She's the jewel in my crown of thorns
when I can't take this world no more
And she always keeps me glad to stick around.

(Chorus)
Track Name: I Can't Give Alone
I Can't Give Alone

I've been hauling cold along lonesome river
waiting for the day I can go back home
well, there ain't no life for me out in this wasteland
there ain't no reason for me to be alone.

(chorus)
She reminds me of what is good in living
She keeps me fed and warm when skies are grey
and there ain't no thrill like the thrill I get in giving
and I can't give alone
'cause hell, it just ain't the same.

I been wishing for a way out of this madness
this dream I had that just ain't coming true
well the fire me is drowning in realities
that keep on giving me bigger things to do

(chorus)

As I get older wondering at all the glitter
and that silly dream that ain't paying my way
and all the business people wasting their money
while I'm rolling down this stupid old highway.

(chorus)
Track Name: It's Good To Be Back Home
It's Good To Be Back Home

I've been compromising the horizons
I've been driving on a non-stop subway
Gee man, it's good to be back home.
I got a house
I've got a car
I used to think I couldn't get too far
but gee man, it's good to be back home

I baked a cake
raked some leaves
cleaned out the basement and unclogged the eaves
gee man, it's good to be back home.
I found the stale stuff and threw it out
I cooked the grits that I bought down south
gee man, it's good to be back home.

(chorus)
I know coming home is just another day
there's nothing new but a stiff hairdo
and postcards I just kept 'cause they were pretty
I can't remember (enter city) anyway
Gee, why did I roam?
It's good to be back home.

"Friends" who tell me they've been neglected
all the politics I never suspected
Gee man, it's good to be back home.
I heard the rumor I was bored enough to start
I didn't think it'd ever break my heart.
oh gee man, it's good to be back home.

(chorus)

I'm getting vibes everywhere I go
what they're thinking I'm just never going to know
gee man, it's good to be back home.
Just to drive down the road I was born
crank the stereo and blow my horn
gee man, it's good to be back home.

(chorus)
Track Name: Two Hearts On The Loose
Two Hearts On The Loose

I felt your eyes when I said goodbye
It doesn't mean I'll never see your eyes again
and I gave you pain when I called out your name
it don't mean I won't ever call out your name again

(Chorus)
and we're lost and confused
lonely when unused
safe when abused
two hearts on the loose

You've seen me cry and shown me why I hide
and I will die trying
There will never be a way
I'm sorry to say but I love you
It's just the pathways are fleeting

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
This doesn't mean goodbye
I'm not too old to try
and the fire still burns inside me

Your son is beautiful
your timeless moon it still flows
and your sisters still call you out for the good times
heartbreak can't take away
all the love you made
it only helps to keep safe
memories you hold inside

(Chorus x2)

I felt your eyes when I said goodbye
It doesn't mean I'll never see your eyes again
Track Name: My Heart Will Die Next Time
My Heart Will Die Next Time

What I've done is try to live
and I can't stand the skin I'm in
the robots are at the top
and the losers get to win
and the world is in my way
to my brighter, brighter day
maybe my bright side ain't right
I could just give it all away.

And you hold my heart
in your hands to destroy
it's sad how my world
has become someone's toy
and your glance makes me dance
and your doubt it makes me shout
and when you're gone somewhere
I just can't do without.

(chorus)
I'm so good at making mistakes
but I just can't make any more
my heart will die next time
I'm out love's door
I'm so good at making mistakes
but I just can't make any more
my heart will die next time
I'm out love's door.

I'm trying to see
the future in these days
should I bother with heaven
when it's hell that always pays?
Should I be the loser
they all think I am?
Or should I laugh aloud
when I've outsmarted them?

(chorus x2)
Track Name: Just The Way That It Swings
Just The Way It Swings

Thunder raining in St. Petersburg
as the thousands start moving in
Gentrifying magic into another Austin
but that's just the way that it swings
it's just the way that it swings

Too many people can't shine anymore
when there's all those fools who want to go to war
we're on a ride that only we can change
and that's just the way that it swings
it's just the way that it swings

(Bridge)
Part of me wants to take a walk out in the rain
chances are I'll be alone again
nobody to bribe me into thinking
that it's just the way that it swings
it's just the way that it swings

Give me some freedom to live where I choose
Have enough money to live by my own rules
stay out of the rat race having to say
that it's just the way that it swings
it's just the way that it swings

(Bridge)
Track Name: Stick With Me Baby And Be Poor
Stick With Me Baby And Be Poor

Stick with me baby and be poor
I'll never pay your way like all those guys before
so if you want to steal away I'll be back on your feet someday
Stick with me baby and be poor

Don't forget that baby you're poor too
all those little pearls you wear they didn't come from you
when I hear all your little white lies
about who you gonna see when I'm gone this time
I'm gonna walk right out the door

(Bridge)
Because I'm far too pained to be waiting in the wings
and you can't be chained to a life we've been living on a tight shoe string
Stick with me baby 'til you're walking out the door
Stick with me baby and be poor

I know sometimes I ain't no use for you
there's lots of things baby you say you used to see and do
don't stop believing what's in store
I got you running a revolving door
Stick with me baby and be poor

(Bridge)
Track Name: This Concert Hurts Our Ass
This Concert Hurts Our Ass

We've been sitting here listening since he walked out on the stage
and this sensation we've been feeling can't all be tied down to age.
I wish that we could stand or dance but that's too much for class.
But man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man
This concert hurts my ass!

(Chorus)
Mr. Singer let us go for intermission!
Let us shake our legs, our torsos, and our rumps!
We've been stuck for much too long in this position!
These plastic chairs are turning into stumps!
Mr. Singer let us go for intermission!
Our bladders plump and we're holding back
some pretty nasty gas!
If your concert weren't so long
we'd have more heart to sing a long!
As we wait for this long song to end
This concert hurts our ass!

We've shifted our position 30 times
and leaned on our darlings on our sides
Our heads are starting to hurt
Our buttons undone under our shirts
We want to leave but we can't forsake our pride!
If we stood the audience would get distracted
and we'd stir up the whole room before we go.
And someone would probably say at intermission
how rude it was we left what we don't know!

(Chorus)

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