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by Dan Frechette

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Earliest recordings of Dan starting from January 1990 to December 1993. Early Dan recordings feature a "drum kit" comprised of a leather suitcase (bass drum), ice cream pail (snare), and a butter knife on a kitchen chair leg.

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released December 31, 1993

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Dan Frechette California

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

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Track Name: Slave Blues
Slave Blues (January 1990)

Scrubbing time hogwash
yeah, the pigs will be squeaking clean x2
when the sundown train rushes through
that ain't nothing I haven't seen

Yeah, the steam engineer is just a shovelin'
he's gonna get us to New Orleans.
Won't take him too long to learn
to watch them coal stones burn.
he'll get his dollar worth of pennies
and give just a nickel in return.

Yeah well the story is neverending
'til the fat lady sings
you know I get tired of giving
all you people all my things.
you put a bruise on my backbone
and man does it ever sting.
Track Name: Man On The Street
Man On The Street

Let me tell you a story
about a man on the street
he didn't feel sorry
because his clothes weren't clean
he never talked to strangers
and kept his eyes on the ground
he was aware of any danger
and he kept what he found.

(chorus)
When the sun didn't shine
he was in his room
when he seemed out of place
he played a tune
and when the man felt down
he played the blues
oh yeah

He got what he wanted
and he wondered what he got
when the food was rotten
he made sure he threw it out
when he bought something
he said, "keep the change".
and he worked for nothing
or low wage.

(chorus)

When he saw a thief
he knocked him on the chin
and he brought him to the chief
and the reward was his
he wasn't no old cheat
but he sure was mean
he was a man on the street
and his clothes weren't clean.

(chorus)
Track Name: Forever Crooked Road
Forever Crooked Road

Wake up in the night clouds in your eyes
and every sullen man seems old and wasted
now and then we all get that urge to try
but you mustn't take the chance and then you waste it

So there you are
sitting in the dark
and your looking at a wall whose paint has faded
so you feel tears welling up in you but you're too old to cry
and you're looking for some reason to get excited.

(chorus)
And the sun will appear
when you're searching for some warmth
while you're living in a fear
that you'll break before the dawn.

Look up at the sky at the pouring rain
and there's nothing left to do except try to face it
once you've realised your longing pain
to get every wish fulfilled that you've awaited

So walk on slow down the forever crooked road
it's just to show where you've been headed
don't shy away once you've reached your goals
because people will kiss the ground on which you've treaded.

(chorus)
Track Name: Hoodoo County
Hoodoo County

I was searching for a woman in the summer of love
too bad the ladies were hard to find
It was during that summer was approaching me
that we spoke for a while and she gazed into my mind

It's like swimming in a river being pushed upstream
strange looking visions painted in your mind
easy living ain't what it seems to be
when I'm hanging around with the other kind.

(chorus)
It's been a long day in hoodoo county
it's been a short night in voodoo calm
how can I persuade for you to join me, yeah?
Under the moonlit calm?

A miracle is going to catch up to me
if it comes any closer just chase it away
while I'm waiting for a change in the scenery
I'm going to save my conscience for another day.

(chorus)

You can pick up your remains and leave me be
Because I find it hard to stare in your eyes
or we can wait a bit but still feel free
now I know how it feels when the sparrow flies
and I know how it feels when the sparrow cries
and I know how it feels when the sparrow dies.
Track Name: Here Comes The Storm
Here Comes The Storm

I'm lost in the dark and the moon is too dim
seems just like another night to be waiting for the dawn
I'm alone in a death ridden world
it's sheer confusion
I long to stay and wait out for the dawn

(chorus)
But it can not wait for me
I'm overcome with the glare
and I look towards the horizon - it's rising
and it can not wait for me
and I cry out in despair
I look towards the horizon - it's rising
behind them clouds - here comes the storm.

I've fallen asleep - but all the darkness remains
silence cuts so deep but it never hurts to try to dull the blades
to just stay a while and wait
to overcome my fate
and wait here for the dawn.

(chorus)

My secrets are safe because I keep them all in mind
I don't just let them out and tell them to this world
simply because it's just me and the ground that's so cold
it's just my patience standing there all alone
it's just my life being discarded in a hole.

(chorus)
Track Name: Kari's Gonna Tell Your Mama
Kari's Gonna Tell Your Mama

Well I thought nothing would happen
I've got nothing to say
I'm looking for some answers
to a problem I had yesterday

(chorus)
Well It's you
and it's true
Kari's gonna tell your mama x3
and I'm in enough trouble anyway/and I don't even get my say.

Oh yeah - should I apologize?
you know how I feel when I look into your eyes

(chorus)

So if I did something that I wouldn't do
I know I'd have to pay the price
you despise everything that I do
and I wouldn't do it twice.

(chorus)
Track Name: Walk On Me
Walk On Me

I saw my ex-love yesterday morning
but you should have seen her last night
I saw she lost her conscience
and told her guilt to take a ride
she's been telling everybody
that her man is good as gone.

Well I say she got the whole world laughing
but she just about made me cry x2
I guess they were all kidding me
I guess they were looking for a fight.

But now if some people want to walk on me
I'll have to shine their shoes for them
because they have their girl right by their side
I'll have to shine their shoes for them.
Well they have their girl right by their side
and my lonely future is looking grim.
Track Name: Gardeners' Brook
Gardeners' Brook

Later last night I jumped into a gardeners' brook
my feet were aching from the fire
I had just declared that I was much too tired to look
while everyone else around me wasn't tired

They stared into the distance as the boats were coming in
and the stars were dimming from the coming dawn
they saw all but chaos as the rays were calmly beating
and they left for they had many clothes to pawn

Later tonight I'll jump into a gardeners' brook
and watch the others scan the sky
and if I do declare that them others are bound to be crooks
please let somebody be my guide

Yonder on highway 10
I'll be walking in a storm
I'll be pierced by the rain
I'll be pierced by the thorns
since my baby left
I've been all alone
but I need her sometimes to ease my lonely mind.

Later last night I jumped into a gardeners' brook
my feet were aching from the fire
Later last night I jumped into a gardeners' brook
my feet were aching from the fire
Later last night I jumped into a gardeners' brook
my feet were aching from the fire
Track Name: In The Real World
In The Real World

Sometimes it's like my every flame is drowning
in an ocean of darkness
an ocean of existence
alone I stand conquered in the shades of yesterday.

My eyes have seen memories
my eyes have seen too much
of too many lovers making the least out of love
in the real world it seems
love is just a dream anyway.

(chorus)
Oh I've been hunting to shine
in the real world
when the world is to real
we've got to learn to reveal where we hide. x2

There's many tongues a tolling
preaching out of turn
among the estranged the cool and the burnt
but desperation finds no answers no matter what we say
I know that someday I'll awake to face
the streets of confusion all barren and grey
because the millions of lives will be finding their ways in the real world

(chorus)
Track Name: Pale Afternoon
Pale Afternoon

Dark feelings in his heart
dark feelings in his soul
He's only living in his past
but he's living all alone
like a girl without a rose
and a man without a fear
he has taken many blows
and has shed many a tear

Although he feels that he's been torn
between his life and his past to dwell
he's had many a lesson to learn
and many a story to tell.

Although she may have gone away
it's like her echo never fades
he will get over her soon
on a pale afternoon
beneath a stony mountain limb
cries a man without a clue
for now he's run out of trust
with everybody's point of view
Track Name: Clearwater Park
Clearwater Park

A blind man feels
and a deaf man sees
and a poor man praying for his meal
prays alone
his hands in his pockets
his world full of wreck
and now he's walking away from the life that he now knows
and he's going to escape
and run downtown
to clearwater park
from there

(chorus)
Oh Clearwater Park
is waiting for me
I'm tired of thinking there's nowhere to be
At Clearwater Park
there's something to see
it's an oasis of space in the
desert of the concrete juncle

The park wind breathes
with the essence of comfort
there ain't no one around playing tricks with his soul
his love for the place
is like his love for fantasy
it's taking him away from the life he now knows
and he's going to escape
and run downtown
to Clearwater Park
from there

(chorus)
Track Name: This Life Is For Me
This Life Is For Me

When I left home I was kind of scared
scared I wouldn't find my way out there
Oh yeah
Daddy told me, "take life one step at a time.
Don't rush in your might lose your mind
and you better take care now."

I know what I want
I want it all
I need an offer to take
and a number to call
until then
Well, this life is for me, yeah!

(chorus)
Ah - this life is for me, yeah!
Ah - this life is for me, yeah!
Right!

Get a big job and run high on luck
make a few deals
make a quick buck
yeah
and do it all over again
find a few friends
and maybe a wife
take the shoes out dancing on a Saturday night
yeah
Well this life is for me

(chorus)

Daydream of how it used to be
homecooked meals and living for free
just do what you want all the time
you might get silly might lose your mind.

When I left home I was kind of scared
scared that I wouldn't find my way out there

Well this life is for me, yeah
Well this life is for me, yeah
This life is for me, yeah
This life is for me, yeah
Track Name: Stop At Nothing
Stop At Nothing

I'm getting tired of dragging you home all the time
getting sick and tired of dragging you home all the time
but I would stop at nothing to be a slave to your kind
but I would stop at nothing 'til there ain't
nothing left to stop at at all.

Tired of asking for any love I can't afford
there ain't a penny in my pocket and I've taken what's left of yours
but I would stop at nothing to keep myself from getting poor
but I would stop at nothing 'til there ain't
nothing left to stop at at all.

Getting tired of getting tired
so tired I just can't keep awake
getting tired of watching you love
people who don't even know your name
but if I'd quit getting tired I'd stop at nothing to face to shame
if I'd quit getting tired I'd stop at nothing to fall asleep.
Track Name: Never Never Land
Never Never Land

Clouds blowing from the sun
tomorrow laughs today
cherish the freedom
from the well of salvation
in the 20th century
in the 20th century
in the 20th century.

My imaginary friends will live among us
wiping their feet down the dead dark street
searching for us like blind horses
for someone we can't meet
for someone we can't meet.

(chorus)
And you'll find there is no one to blame in never never land x2

There's few losses left to win
even heaven can't see my tears
childhood laughters
and adult disasters
you can pawn a joke for a fear
you can pawn a joke for a fear.

(chorus x 2)
Track Name: Girl With A Complex
Girl With A Complex

You look so cute in your birthday suit
don't cost much to look so cute, hey?
Hey hey
You take three hours just to comb your hair
and you look just fine when you get up out of the bed.
you keep saying you look so down and out
you seem to know what it's all about.

(chorus)
Are you afraid of being afraid?
You're doing pretty good for a girl with a complex
keep it up, baby!

I take you out for some brand new duds
and you spend half your time disatisfied in the change room stall
and that's not all.
The mirror is your constant companion
because you know it's not very demanding of you
and it's true.
you keep saying you look so down and out
you seem to know what it's all about.

(chorus)

But you know I could be wrong
But you know I could be wrong.

(chorus)
Track Name: Walking The Floor
Walking The Floor

That season is over now
the season of shedding tears in snow
I've fallen into patterns and I feel I will never go on

I've been walking along the floor here
half the night or more
nothing left to lose or do
just playing my personal war
playing my personal war

(chorus)
You may be losing your mind
but not as quickly as I
you may be losing your mind
because there's nothing left to find
and nothing left to hide
like I.

The votes were counted too fast
your friends said I was a loser
and you retraced your tracks
realised how young you were

I've been walking along the floor
it crossed my mind like a foot on a bridge
what the hell is wrong with me?
is there no one I can be with?

(chorus)
Track Name: Big Boots
Big Boots

It's getting mighty mighty hard
to get your big boots filled baby x2
could you do me a favor?
put on your boots for me again?

I don't usually beg for more
but since you took off in that big old car of ours
it's getting mighty mighty hard
to get your big boots filled baby
I'm begging you back
so your boots won't need be filled no more.

Your boots are still empty
and they're sitting on my rug x2
Ain't no one gonna stand in your shoes
'cause I'm a mighty fussy judge.
Track Name: Goodbye To You
Goodbye To You

Everytime I see your picture
I fall into my head
Can't help but think
Can't help but think
Can't help but think of how it came and went

(chorus)
And I really thought I knew you
and I think I thought you knew me too
and if I heard your point of view
I could say goodbye to you
but I can't let go.

I can't say goodbye to you now
it's what I'd call a waste of time to try
well I can't stay
well I can't stay
well I can't stay because I want to cry

(chorus)

You've thrown away all your tomorrows
and that's the way it's going to stay
and I can bet
I won't forget
not to hurt the ones I need today.

(chorus)

I can't let go
I can't let go
I can't let go.

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