A Cowboy Losing His Dog (2019)

by Dan Frechette



released January 4, 2019

All songs written by Dan Frechette. All songs Copyright 2018 and registered with SOCAN.

Recorded and mixed at The Shed in Bonny Doon, CA.

Dan Frechette - vocals, acoustic six and 12 string guitar, harmonica, drums, percussion, electric guitar and bass, lap slide guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and xylophone.

Album cover by Michelle Magdalena Maddox, March 2013.

Thanks to Randall Lamb, Cisco Jim, my friends and my many ex-girlfriends for the inspiration.


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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: Demons In The Dark
Demons In The Dark

I don't care much for your soul
I'm surprised that I still care
After all this spite and bull
and we're still left standing there.

Playing with the demons in the dark
Playing with the demons takes the pain
out of the cold and down to the spark
cutting through this guessing game again.

You don't know now where you're going
but you'll miss me when I'm gone
in his sunshine you were glowing
and all your lies played out so long.


You think I'm crazy staying lonesome
with my standards flying high.
I gotta find someone more wholesome
for that last piece of shepherds pie.

You've got to tell me who you're fooling
I don't believe these worlds you paint.
I'll be watching what you're doing
you've lied before you'll lie again.

Track Name: The New Oasis
The New Oasis

There's a road that has been worn down
where an old road has been lost
down by the steel mill train line
and the wheels have paid the cost
thousands on their full tanks
rolling to the seeds
of a new wheatfield in a new nowhere
rolling where the new wind leads.

Unknown eyes and unknown faces
unknown town and worn down places
who are they who the wind replaces?
when the bossman burns down the new oasis.

Memory serves no culprit well
as he leans on down the road
sees the vagrants who he hired one time
with busted backs and heavy loads
some may wonder if he sleeps
when the wind brings storms they prayed to drown
his fortress filled with new recruits
the rain for years keeps bleeding down.

Track Name: A Cowboy Losing His Dog
A Cowboy Losing His Dog - written by Dan Frechette

Where ever you've been
He’s been by your side
He’ll fetch you new songs
bring a tear to your eyes
But when you don’t hear
his wolf howl no more
or hear his bark across the fog
Whether he’s off into the wind
or dead on the road

(Chorus) There’s no sadder chord
There's no sadder chord
There's no sadder chord
than a cowboy losing his dog

He’s your friend for life
no matter where she’ll be
Where she’s gone for the ages
is a mystery
But that food bowl is full
and you don’t know what for
there’s no bark through the fog
Because she’s off into the wind
or dead on the road

There’s no sadder chord
There's no sadder chord
There's no sadder chord
than a cowboy losing his dog

It’s a minor chord across all the keys
the only chords that give your heart a squeeze
And you know the sound of an epilogue
when there’s no sadder chord than a cowboy losing his dog

She’s gone but you know
there’s another to love
now that she’s gone
to dog heaven above
and a sad song can always
be turned around
by changing the chords
so a new pup wolf howl
a new friend for life
to go for a walk

there’s no happier chord
There's no happier chord
there's no happier chord
than a cowboy’s new puppy dog

Track Name: Glad Hellos And Sad Goodbyes
Glad Hellos And Sad Goodbyes

There's a storm cast in the sea
and there's no end to circumstances
watch the waves go wild and free
and see the storm clouds as she dances
and know that you were meant to be
as free as waves that cover oceans
and know that memory serves well
memories that touch our emotions

When you fly to a new dream
anytime your old dream dies
when your life is genuine
there's glad hellos and sad goodbyes

When you call me I will come
to the edge of the rippling waters
with the storm clouds moving in
with my fellow sons and daughters
just remember I am here
my nest is always here to hold you
and if you should fly away
just know that's what the winds of change had told you.

Track Name: Down To The Dimes
Down To The Dimes

I've made my heart up
I won't be playing with fire anymore
this dangerous passion has always been coming
in and out of my door.
I can't wait to tell her
there's so many dreamers I've told she's mine.
Since she got your back up
and she was the one who
held me to the crime.

Sunday is sanctuary
Monday's too poor
Tuesday I'm working nights
and Wednesday's at the store
Thursday she's making dinner
Friday she's mine
Saturday just might be open
but down to the dimes.

I've made my heart up
there'll be no games with her heart anymore.
It's down to the wire
her love's my desire
no more revolving doors.
I can't be around you
you're cramping our style
this dream's history.
Quit calling my number
or soon I'll be changing
my message machine.

Track Name: Deprived (Nothing Really Wrong)
Deprived (When There’s Nothing Really Wrong)

They say to appreciate everything you got
Even when circumstances ain’t going so hot
you’re rarely on her mind
how can you be so unkind
when there’s nothing really wrong with the mystery you caught

she’s a little hesitant to give it away
sometimes you say you hold on for many a day
show a little thunder in your heart
tomorrow might be a brand new start
though there’s nothing really wrong
with this game she does play

Someday she’s gonna see you don’t mean any harm
you just want to live - and you’re tired of kicking it on the farm

someday she’ll look back far in time
and see the life she lost because she couldn’t spare a dime
day after day of the same old chore
there was no war in the dungeon of the poor
there was nothing really wrong with wasting all your prime
Track Name: What I Share
What I Share

You say you want a piece of me
take what you can from being with me
but you don't understand what can't be sold

it's the coldness inside
it comes out when it's trying to hide
you can't get far inside my soul

Being free is what I share
let me go I'm pretty fair

Trying to suffer to slow you down
and with my ever changing sound
behind the scenes I'm quite ideal
I can't know you if I'm real

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: Prison Rose
Prison Rose

I’m never fond of leaving
little things just make me go
like the way you say my name
I’m certain I’m right
There’s better ways to love a man
whose words won’t stop your pain

You have faith in your world
that I’ll find another girl
and your world will be happy when I go
But you cheated and you schemed
I forgave you but it seemed
the anger bloomed like a lonesome prison rose

Now that we’re soon to part
you make me feel I’ve made no mark
I never mattered to your life anyway
but those tears deep in your eyes
are the ones you’ll never cry
because a flood once washed your wishing well away.

Track Name: Rambling Shoes
Rambling Shoes

Saving up my money
getting away
snow in my eyes and my window panes.
There ain't no cure it seems here for these blues.
I gave my heart to you and your rambling shoes.

There's people you can't see calling you down.
There's voices you can't hear around this town.
There's a tear in every eye you can't refuse.
I gave my heart to you and your rambling shoes.

There ain't no way to believe things anymore.
I wonder who is sleeping at your door.
I been looking through your snowdrifts for the clues.
I gave my heart to you and your rambling shoes.

You have a way to make me doubt your lies.
Seems every word is leading to goodbyes.
Sometimes I wonder who I stand to lose.
I gave my heart to you and your rambling shoes.

Goodbye to the blue angel turned to dust.
Seems hearts just ain't the things that I should trust.
I'll give up on this past I didn't choose.
I gave my heart to you and your rambling shoes.
Track Name: Shakedown Blues
Shakedown Blues

I love living for a shakedown
walking a mile or more
just to see my little honey girl
pick her right up off the floor
have her as my bittersweet companion
take my hot rod for a ride
and drop her back around midnight
with a good feeling inside.

She got stoned around Shreveport
by a man without a name
now she's my bittersweet companion
we're gonna ride 'til the morning breaks
pick up on a country station
ride it for a country mile
and we'll swear on our mothers graves
everything is gonna be all right.

Just a little more whiskey and women
can write me up a little song
Just a little more whiskey and women
can get me to do no wrong.

My hot rod can't hold nothing
to this candlestick one night stand
she's my bittersweet companion
and she knows that I've got it bad
I'm gonna pluck her like a flower
play her like this song
and if she's feeling mighty
we gonna rock and roll all night long.


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