A Quick Walk With Me (2007)

by Dan Frechette

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Down Today 02:10
1. Down Today. Landscape sure is pretty when no one needs a cure but I got a trouble gamblin and a woman that ain't sure down today and low down all night long Things been up and down they been up and down the bend I can't baby sit no feelings but I sure can be a friend down today and low down all night long people who confuse me and just want to bring me down can just go on forever without me hanging around down today and low down all night long wonder why I never fit into this crowd because I'm still waiting to say "look who's laughing now" down today and low down all night long You can't mold me into something that you know I just ain't some people say I'm crazy - some say that I'm a saint down today and low down all night long Get out your dictionairies and look beside my name - there ain't no definition any smart ass ever claimed down today and low down all night long down today and low down all night long
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2. Train a Comin Train a comin down the track I wish I had my baby back Train a comin skies turned black listen to the whistle of her big smokestack workin for a dollar a day diggin with the rhythm of that drivin train hear the iron horse clickety clack I wish I had my baby back wish I had my baby back. Wish I heard my baby say you can keep me happy with your dollar a day I won't leave if you won't stay I'll stand by my man anyway I told her I'd move down the line looking for a shovel just to ease my mind and I can dig my life away cause I know how to work but I ain't learned to play standing there digging for a dollar a day. I look back at setting suns thinking back to all I'd done I see her sad face riding high and there ain't a day that I don't die Nowhere can my baby be that ain't the place I'm meant to be there ain't nothing sadder than the whistle stack singing I wish I had my baby back I wish I had my baby back Train a coming down the track I wish I had my baby back
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3. Countin the Miles She's got a hole in her heart that keeps growing out everyday and the money's rolling in but inside it ain't turning that way she's got dreams to be destiny's child but there ain't no fun in diggin when you're running wild and there's a soft cold promise that is whispered at the end of the day. She's got two fat children and she just can't afford to eat. and there's a catwalk waiting everytime that she hits the street. and the whistles ain't paying her spiritual bills and she's living on wits and empty thrills and there ain't a future coming there's a past chained onto her feet and she's counting the miles - counting the miles wearing down the edges of her wheels counting the miles - and the bigger her pride is the better and the worse that she feels. She's got two stops to go and then she's back on her own drowning her trouble and looking to be solid gone and the man ain't sent her no cheque she's been getting good at saying "hey what the heck there ain't a grease money who is gonna take me on no more." she's gonna get straight cause there just ain't no other way there's just hell on earth for the people who just don't pay she's got a busted down 89 cherokee and she's bought a little gas and she says to me "honey you know I'm sick of just running away".
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4. Deal With It Tomorrow I'm homing in on a scrap it seems all my patience is gone She's gonna let me go and I'm tying one on Everyday I see her and she sings me the blues I can't stand to imagine anyone In my shoes if she's driving, I'm drinking - turn out the light and deal with it tomorrow like we did last night. She's hellbound to perfection getting low on my cash she knows how to style me when I'm letting her crash lights go red and I run right through she's drunk on my rye and I'm singing the blues well I think she assumes I ain't burning too bright deal with it tomorrow like we did last night. Sometimes I wonder if I've had enough whipped in a world of her conditional love she lives on a treadmill of thrills and chills adds fun to the mix of this world of ills there's nothing like living on the edge of a fight Deal With it tomorrow like we did last night.
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5. Time To Drift On I been all around this world low down and dimed a dozened pushed from town to town made into what I wasn't and it's time to drift on baby meet you on the other shore put your new heart on cause you can't love with the old one anymore. I been looking for money I've been looking for fame and old friends are drifting by that I just can't name Missing nobody is just the cry of the lonesome having nobody to wait on you to toe the line Your heart beats colder and the colder you get is the harder you walk when you're falling behind. Things just ain't the same as they were when I was a child keeping up to the machine just trying to survive.
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6. Heartbeat Without Blood Remember who you are remember what you know remember there's a new world waiting everywhere you want to go remember how it feels to be left out in the cold remember all the people you didn't want to get to know Don't wait for life to happen another day don't let your wheels spin in the mud there's always places to go people to meet what's a heartbeat without blood? Dreamers disappearing everytime we age watching people turn to hatred they can rely on rage let the children love freely let the children dream we can learn a lot from children cause nothings changed but you and me
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7. Ashes in The Sands. Forty years since this journey has begun we've seen many dreams and pretty setting suns there's no turning back the years have made us one and the minutes melt into the melting hours. and as I see you softly reach for me. there's a hero in your eyes I still can see although time has been your enemy there are clockbells shining in their tallest towers there'll be your ashes in the sands of my hourglass there will be rain with your blue eyes in my songs there will be laughter and tears in your photographs but there will be no goodbyes until you're gone. Sacred nights when you still can reach for me I hold on to whispers of your melody. we're waltzing through the greatest mystery and I hope the fiddler makes it to the morn there's someone inside you that pain will never hide the dream is gone the dreamer never died and as I watch you wash away with the tide I kiss the joys of knowing you were born.
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8. Ramblers, Gamblers, and Bums Billy was a friend of mine he took me to the city he made me feel so good inside he was always laughing with me and I had no friends for years on end until Billy came a walking when he first met me in a slow boxcar and then we got to talking I said "you know boy it seems everyone just wants to get paid or laid and it ain't about the friends you got but how much money you made" and he set me straight said he couldn't relate and said "boy it's the other way around- it's all about friends Danny Boy and you got a good one now." And we were riders into the night we were strangers but only in the light and until on an old guitar lady luck strummed we were ramblers, gamblers, and bums. We rambled up and down the west coast line and served ourselves well he always got a couple dollars for a good song he could sell and I was his foil and his ham boy and that's just what I did and when we got out to tulsa town he asked me just to come on in a house he bought in his gambling days was busted up and beat but for a time it was all we had from being picked up off the street and there was odd jobs and pockets to rob but little did we know within a year we'd be changing gears when with that wind we'd go. chorus. Billy I miss the rambling life being free wherever I go I got some folks up in Pistol River who take me in off the northwest coast the weather's getting darker and there ain't too much light left to see It's hard to outshine darkness I won't let it catch up to me Billy I will look you up when I get out to the coast sorry I can't stay here long but good friends let good friends go looking hard into the future to bring me new memories until I find you again billy boy we'll be just spirits in the breeze.
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9. I Always Dream. I always dream of taking her places showing her the mountains walking by the sea. And I always wish for a deck of aces and I'll take anything good fortune hands to me. I see her smiling softly at my bad joke. I hear her laughter echo in my mind I'll feel the wheels take me where I miss her long shadows pass before my lonely eyes She's the ocean I've always wanted she's the meaning to the long story I told she's the caress that I want in my longing she's the greatest hand that I know that I can hold.
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10. Dance And Play I love it baby when you dance and play I love the sun shining everyday See the mean world slipping away and I'm gonna love you baby I hear the train coming down the track she's an old fashioned mama with a big smokestack and a man shovels coal just to keep her warm you know we're going places when the sky gets storming We'll hop the train when the rain comes down we'll give the engineer his holy crown "take us away, captain" we'll say ain't no place heavy that we're gonna stay You bring your guitar and I'll bring my drum we'll be a dancing on the caboose I'll hug you baby so you don't trip and fall I'll hold you tight keep you on the ball.
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11. Restless River. You say you've never been too far from home take a quick walk with me to where the restless river goes I've got a thing or two to make you blue and it's reflections on the world that I thought I knew. I've seen corruption of the highest kind they'll sell mother nature for another axe to grind. for another fiscal week of peace of mind and blind progess is just another tie that binds. I'm walking away from these traps I'm in Technological adventures I don't want to be left in because evolution is just looking back cause where we been is someplace not far away from the dark old rusted track. Blinded people who will shoot the bull about the things they own and the slates they run full and all you can do is keep up the race because deep down inside you feel you have no place. there's mass murders when they globalise entire cultures killed by corporate supplies and all you can do is sit and moan your prescription ran out you're on your own.
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12. Hurricane Heart. She likes dusty stars and sweet hellos I like hearing music I don't know She likes golden sunsets soft embrace I like having new light on my face she likes talking poetry and life I like cutting bullshit with my knife she likes back massages shiny crowns I like how it feels when we get down. She likes murder mystery theatre plays I like walking round on rainy days she likes sweetened tea and apple pie i like wondering how I'm gonna die she likes money and talking with her friends I like when all the chatterboxing ends she likes to think I love her when she smiles I like driving miles and miles and miles "If you've got a hurricane heart try to see new light on your face and give music to the world keep your mind on the new life look up and ahead and never give into the ghosts that hold you down with chains of guilt and disappointment" She likes talking poetry and life I like cutting bullshit with my knife she likes back massages shiny crowns I like how it feels when we get down she likes dusty stars and sweet hellos and I like hearing music I don't know.

about

1. Down Today. (Capo 2 G) A Harmonica
(G) Landscape sure is pretty
when no one needs a cure
but I (D)got a trouble gamblin
and a woman that ain't (G) sure (Em)
down (C.) today and (D) low down all night (G)long

(G)Things been up and down
they been up and down the bend
I can't (D) baby sit no feelings
but I sure can be a (G) friend (Em)
down (C.)today and (D) low down all night (G) long

(G)people who confuse me and just want to bring me down
can (D) just go on forever without me hanging (G)around (Em)
down (C.) today and (D) low down all night (G)long

(G)wonder why I never fit into this crowd
be(D)cause I'm still waiting to say "look who's laughing (G) now" (Em) down to(C.)day and (D) low down all night (G)long

You can't (G)mold me into something that you know I just ain't some (D)people say I'm crazy - some say that I'm a (G)saint down (C.)today and (D)low down all night long (G)

(G) Get out your dictionairies and look beside my name - there (D)ain't no definition any smart ass ever (G) claimed (Em)
down (C.) today and (D)low down all night (G)long (Em)
down (C.) today and (D) low down all night (G)long

2. Train a Comin - Key Of A Harmonica
(A)Train a comin (E)down the (A)track
I (A)wish I had my (E)baby (A)back
(A)Train a comin (E)skies turned (A)black
(A)listen to the whistle of her (E) big smoke(A)stack

(D)workin for a (G)dollar a (D)day
(A)diggin with the rhythm of that (E)drivin (A) train
(D)hear the iron horse (G)clickety (D)clack
I (A)wish I had my (E)baby (A)back
(A)wish I had my (E) baby (A)back.

(A)Wish I heard my (E)baby (A)say
you can (A)keep me happy with your (E)dollar a (A)day
(A)I won't leave if (E)you won't (A)stay
I'll (A)stand by my man (E)any(A)way (A7)
I (D)told her I'd move (G)down the (D)line
(A)looking for a shovel just to (E)ease my (A)mind
and (D)I can dig my (G)life a(D)way
cause I (A)know how to work but I (E)ain't learned to (A)play
(A)standing there digging for a (E)dollar a (A)day.

D G D A E A D G D A E A A E A

(A)I look back at (E)setting (A)suns
(A)thinking back to (E)all I'd (A)done
(A)I see her sad face (E) riding (A) high
and there (A)ain't a day that (E)I don't die(A) A7
(D)Nowhere can my (G)baby (D)be
that (A)ain't the place (E)I'm meant to (A)be
there (D)ain't nothing sadder than the (G)whistle (D)stack singing I (A)wish I had my (E)baby (A)back
I (A)wish I had my (E)baby (A)back
(A)Train a coming (E)down the (A)track I (A)wish I had my (E)baby (A)back

3. Countin the Miles – Capo 2 Drop D Tuning

She's (D7) got a hole in her heart that keeps growing out everyday and the money's rolling in but inside it ain't turning that way she's got (G)dreams to be destiny's child
but there (D7)ain't no fun in diggin when you're running wild
and there's a (C.)soft cold promise that is (G) whispered at the end of the (D7)day.

She's got (D7)two fat children and she just can't afford to eat.
and there's a catwalk waiting everytime that she hits the street. and the (G)whistles ain't paying her spiritual bills
and she's (D7)living on wits and empty thrills
and there (C.)ain't a future coming there's a (G)past chained onto her (D)feet

and she's (G)counting the miles - counting the miles wearing (F)down the edges of her (D7)wheels
(G)counting the miles - and the bigger her pride
is the (F)better and the worse that she (D7)feels.

She's (D7)got two stops to go and then she's back on her own drowning her trouble and looking to be solid gone
and the (G)man ain't sent her no cheque
she's been (D7) getting good at saying "hey what the heck
there (C.)ain't a grease money who is (G)gonna take me on no (D7) more."
(D7)she's gonna get straight cause there just ain't no other way there's just hell on earth for the people who just don't pay she's got a busted down 89 cherokee
and she's (G)bought a little gas and she says to me
"(C.)honey you know I'm sick and (G)tired of just running a(D7)way".

4. Deal With It Tomorrow

Intro – D A G E D A G E
I'm homing (E)in on a scrap it seems all my patience is gone She's gonna let me go and I'm tying one on
Every(A)day I see her and she sings me the blues
I (E)can't stand to imagine anyone In my shoes
if she's (B7)driving, I'm drinking - turn out the light and (E) deal with it tomorrow like we did last night.

She's (E)hellbound to perfection getting low on my cash she (E)knows how to style me when I'm letting her crash (A) lights go red and I run right through
she's (E)drunk on my rye and I'm singing the blues
well I (B7)think she assumes I ain't burning too bright (E)deal with it tomorrow like we did last night.

(A)Sometimes I wonder if I've had enough (E)whipped in a world of her conditional love
she (A)lives on a treadmill of thrills and chills (E)adds fun to the mix of this world of ills
there's (A)nothing like living on the edge of a fight (E)Deal With it tomorrow like we did last night.

5. Time To Drift On - Capo 2 Key Of A harmonica
(G)I been all around this (C.)world (G)
low down and dimed a (D)dozened
(G)pushed from town to (C.) town (G)made into what I (D)wasn't

(Em)and it's time to drift on (C.)ba(G)by
(Em)meet you on the other (C.)shore(D)
(G)put your new heart (B7) on
cause you can't (C.)love with the (D)old one no (G)more.

(G)I been looking for (C.)money
(G)I've been looking for (D)fame (G)and old friends are drifting (C.) by (G)that I just can't (D)name

Missing no(Em)body
(C.)is just the cry of the (Am)lonesome (C.)having no(Em)body
to (Am)wait on you to toe the (D)line Your heart beats (Em)colder(C.)
and the colder you (Am)get (F)
is the harder you (Em)walk
when you're falling be(D)hind.

(G)Things just ain't the (C.)same
(G)as they were when I was a (D)child (G)keeping up to the (C.)machine
(G)just trying to (D)survive.

6. Heartbeat Without Blood - key of E Harmonica

C#m E C#m A E

Remember who you (C#m) are (A)
remember what you (E)know (B)
remember there's a (C#m)new world waiting (A)everywhere you want to (E)go
remember how it (C#m)feels (A)
to be left out in the (E) cold (B)
remember all the (F#m)people (A)
you didn't want to get to (E)know

(Am)Don't wait for (C.) life to happen another (E) day
(Am)don't let your (C.)wheels spin in the (E)mud
(F) there's always (Am)places to go
(G)people to meet
(Dm)what's a heartbeat without (E) blood?

C#m A E C#m A E

Dreamers disa(C#m)ppearing (A)everytime we (E)age (B)
watching people turn to (C#m)hatred (A)they can rely on (E)rage
let the children love (C#m) freely (A) let the children (E)dream (B)
we can learn a lot from (F#m)children (A)
cause nothings changed but you and (E) me

C#m E C#m A E C#m A E B F#m Am E


7. Ashes in The Sands. (capo 3)
(D)Forty years since this (G)journey has (Bm)begun
we've seen (G)many dreams and (A)pretty setting (Bm)suns there's (A)no turning back the years have made us (Bm)one and the (Em)minutes melt (G)in(Gm)to the melting hou(D)rs.

and (D) as I see you (G)softly reach for (Bm)me.
there's a (Em)hero in your (A)eyes I still can (Bm)see
although (A)time has been your (Bm)enemy
there are (Em)clockbells shining (G) in their tallest to(Gm)wers (D)

there'll be your (A)ashes in the (Bm) sands of my (G)hour(D)glass there will be (A)rain with your (Bm)blue eyes in my (G)son(A)gs
there will be (A) laughter and (Bm)tears in your (G)photo(D)graphs but (Em)there (Em)will be no (G)goodbyes until you're (Gm)gone.(D)

D A

(D)Sacred nights when you (G)still can reach for (Bm)me
I hold (G)on to whispers (A)of your (Bm)melody.
we're (A)waltzing through the greatest (Bm)mystery
and (Em)I hope the fiddler (G)makes it to the (Gm)morn(D)
there's (D)someone inside you that(G)pain will never(Bm) hide the(G) dream is gone the (A)dreamer never (Bm)died
and (A)as I watch you wash away with the (Bm)tide I (Em)kiss the joys of (G)knowing you were (D)born.

credits

released October 24, 2007

All songs Copyright 2007 by Dan Frechette (SOCAN)

All instruments by Dan Frechette. Recorded, produced, and mixed by Dan Frechette.

vocals, harmonica, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, sandpaper blocks.
Recorded late September 2007.

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