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Deal With The Devil (The Dylanaires) (2011)

by Dan Frechette

Life Without Toys What they put out I buy the limits the sky I'm not happy yet. I get so damned depressed buying things I don't need drowning in maintenance. C- and I'm texting in the lineups surfing in the superstores logging onto nothing so bored of the outdoors what's life without toys? I got distractions and noise I've been sold to my boredom threshold and sometimes I believe what's life without toys? What's life without toys? Can't miss out on addiction no more restriction big business has won what's my life really done? my room just got stale in this technojail. C No mind of my own I download ringtones they send me applications to more complications until I'm rigged to fly just in case I might die they start me out young on the bottom rung with the ads of smiles sending me down the aisles working to pay for some illusion of play. C
Gentler Days 03:03
Gentler Days The brokenhearted lover had left alone his dreams only to suffer the fact he was free. His eyes were mistaken, he had few wounds to mend so he turned around and went back and broke his heart again. He worshipped the villains with women by their side - you could see the adulation that spread across his eyes. His moments were lucky but he hadn't much to say. He'd go home a lonely man despite all that he gave. C- If you turn back now - you'll never find your way - back to where you came from - the time of gentler days x 2 Desperately trying to keep out of sight - he packed all his possessions at the end of the night. His visions were blurred by the dusty days of time. He'd forgotten what true love was and how hard it was to find. C
Evil Devil Blues Kept my shoes tied baby and I hitched my heart out west. This evil seed within me was never gonna rest. I made it out to Tucson where the wild old spirits dwell This evil devil in me sent my spirit straight to hell. C - and the evil devil's in me and I don't want to go Evil devil's in me man and I got some place to go. x 2 I had to go down chasing my spirit straight to hell to find it amongst ruins where many a man had fell when I found my spirit it was in a woman's hands - with smoky eyes and passion burning in that promiseland C I took my spirit from her and she nailed me in a tomb where ghosts could ride the highway with their memories of gloom I pulled out my pistols and I fired in the air and felt no promise given for a fast way out of there C Soon the tomb was melting from the days of hell heat my spirit was a hanging with my pistols at my feet soon the spirit lifted me and my pistols were left behind I made my way to Tucson when that sun hit 99. C
Flower Power (All I Want Is You) You've got to be the girl when did you leave last year? What was on your mind? Are you the hurting kind? I hold you dear - I want you clear you're the girl. I'm something you'll wait for I was thinking of that today. C - All I ever want is the flower All I ever want is the power All I want is you (today) I'm a gentle giant in a field you left for the road I can see for miles and I see that you're always alone I hold you dear you're still in my heart you're the girl Come back somehow I was thinking of you today. C
Get On My Knees Today You've got to live by your own truth, babe, you know nobody would disagree Have faith in the lonesome road searching everywhere for peace Nobody can convince you that there's concrete in the rain There's love on earth for everyone and there's peace beside the pain. C- Gone are the visions of darkness and sin I let love teach me now there's no stopping Worlds have come and gone since life took you away There's a cold heart for everyone to warm The sun will come after the storm And I'm gonna get on my knees today. A drunken mirror won't tell you all you've been waiting for like some fight ain't gonna tell you who's gonna win this war because victory comes from deep within despite walls this world will build so let's just all call it peace and then we can head out for the hills C
Some Kind Of Phantom Well I'm a blighter - in a storm of rage and confusion Life is short but I know it's bigger than me Some kind of phantom perceived me as being happy. and he took and he took and now there's nothing left to take away from me Something is wrong I'm not getting my fair share of freedom watch me now wander aimlessly in the dark for the last couple years I've had much too much of nothing and I'm qualified but my friends won't let me take part C - Well I know it can't make a difference Tears can't make a difference tears can't make my life come back to me - oh yeah. I am sometimes afraid of the blood that pounds in my veins and the echoes it makes in the silence of the night some kind of phantom said only people experience pain but that's only because they're too tough to bother to cry. C
Deal With The Devil I made a deal with the devil wish I could take it back I was going too far in that direction seemed the going was getting black and the saddest thing of all is I lost you along the way and lost the things that I care about and these days I forget to pray these days I forget to pray. I can't find my way home when I'm out taking care of feelings and they leave me on uncertain roads everywhere's been sketchy dealings and the saddest thing of all is I lost you along the way I was the first to go because I was the last to stay Suddenly I can't turn back - and I'm running fast into a wall We hit a snag that day when I moved down the line it gets harder to be a dreamer with the bells ringing all the time good luck in your search for perfection and I will do the same there's a road stretched out there waiting and to leave it there's a crying shame
The Days Of Old Times In the days of old times in the stories I'm told they chopped wood to slow down the heart of the cold look at today in this world full of crime they would have been busy plowing the fields in the days of old times jail cells overflowing with boredom and rust strip mall heroes paving the upper crust time has changed the way of the hard working day ask any elder and here's what they say they worked in the fields and they kept mother nature in their hearts and their dreams while they worked this great land in the days of old times in the stories I'm told they dug their own graves looking for gold today's gold is running like a tap that will run dry and back to the days of glory and praise the days of old times.
Summer Full Of Snow I can no longer see the sun the same seems it's setting everytime that I come awake And then I see how little time there was to waste am I missing out - or am I on my way? I've been a demon while I've been a dream not being certain what my journey even means just making time with whatever fate passed me along just trying to do some right while all the while I did them wrong. c- can't help believing my voice of reason is a broken radio my heart is freezing 'tis the season for a summer full of snow. There are no rules I'll follow in my mind to keep from being bored so blindly all the time but you'll never know when you've made a day or saved a life memories can never hide the good light far behind C Chances are I've broken you this way and how I've wished for hearts to never fall astray it takes the romance from this long shot guessing game is it just a matter of time before it's yesterday? C
Mystery Woman It's plain and dark in blackwood in the middle of the night every man is weary - their blood as cold as ice A mystery woman - looking for a place to go a storm is a forming - yonder on down the shore doesn't matter where she goes fate is on her side listen for the silence to be pounding down your door She has no bread or butter but she isn't hungry yet every man is brokenhearted and weary towards what they can not get. A mystery woman looking for a place to hide a storm has already formed and it's coming from the shore doesn't matter where she goes fate is on her side listen for the silence to be pounding down your door She's gonna leave blackwood and go searching for true love because these men are weary and weary men do not love enough. A mystery woman is already heading home a storm is a dying - yonder on down the shore doesn't matter where she goes fate is on her side listen for the silence to be pounding down your door
Nobody Knows My Name I haunt these streets like an illusion life brings me nothing but confusion this is where she left me - this is where I cried this is where I fell out from the sky Nobody knows my name x 4 You laugh and you say look who is laughing now I knew laughter would do you good somehow I am fearless - I am gearless I have nowhere to go - but I won't let it slow me down C - Nobody knows my name Nobody knows my claim to fame The rain begins to fall I hear a hound dog bay the freezing wind picks up on another lonely day she'll kill me with her smile she left me with black eyes it's funny how love dies when love was just a lie. Nobody knows my name but the man in the sky.
TVZ Blues 04:25
TVZ Blues Take time it's a stepping stone on the way to a glory home and the world grows up and fades away and the time that you had is gone seems years since you were alone and the light in your eyes begins to fade C - sometimes it's a lonesome road sometimes you don't care no more for all the worlds waving goodbye I'll give my hand to you and I know that you'll pull me through but some days I feel I just wish I'd die Tried to care and do my time but frustration is a friend of mine with all the cowboys blowing out of town Staying here is trouble dear it's a world I've made of fear and I've watched as these clouds just burned me down C They say there's no "I" in team but I say there's an "I" in time and I'm sad behind old lonesome doors this island suits me fine I got holes in my life sometimes but those holes won't harm me anymore C


Rambling Dan and The Dylanaires.


released October 6, 2011

Album Title - Deal With The Devil
Artist Title - Rambling Dan and The Dylanaires

Recorded in January 2011 on Cunnington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Produced by Dan Frechette and Jeremy Rusu.

Engineered and Mastered by Jeremy Rusu.

All songs copyright 2011 by Dan Frechette and are registered with SOCAN.

Jeremy Rusu has been performing around Winnipeg since he was 7 years old. Working with seasoned bandleader Ron Paley in his big band Jeremy has been astounding musicians and audiences alike with his unparalelled talents as an arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist for as many years. I met Jeremy when he was 8 and have been friends with him ever since. He has proven to be the most intuitive and brilliantly gifted musician I have ever witnessed. I'llnever forget when a friend mashed his hands on a piano keyboard with the sustain pedal on and Jeremy was able just by ear to immediately name off all the notes that had been played. His talent shines through on this record and that is my intention. A great friend and a great artist in his own right, he may not be playing the music industry game but we'll gladly keep making high quality music to entertain you with. Enjoy!

Instrumentation - Dan Frechette - 6 and 12 string acoustic, electric rhythm guitar, lead vocals.

Jeremy Rusu - 6 string lead electric guitar, 12 string electric lead guitar, mandolin, keyboards and synth, backing vocals, bass guitar, drums.

Patti Lamoureux - fiddle on Evil Devil Blues
David Epp - lap steel on Mystery Woman.

We would like to thank David Epp and Jake Stead for their musical contributions to this project during the time they were in The Dylanaires. They inspired us to make this record everything it could be. In particular, Jeremy Rusu's electric lead guitar playing on this album is a tribute to David Epp's musicality, creativity and vision as a lead guitarist.
We'd also like to thank Tim Hortons for large ice-capps with cream. We'd like to thank Paul Suave for the generous use of his space, without you this album would not have been possible.

Track list and times - 49 minutes running total

1. Life Without Toys
2. Gentler Days
3. Evil Devil Blues
4. Flower Power (All I Want Is You)
5. Get On My Knees Today
6. Some Kind Of Phantom
7. Deal With The Devil
8. Days Of Old Times
9. Summer Full Of Snow
10. Mystery Woman
11. Nobody Knows My Name
12. T.V.Z Blues


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