Hello Goodbye Town (2012)

by Dan Frechette

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Back In Canada Stranger wore a frown and faded dress She was troubled beyond anyone's guess She flagged me down to hitch a ride Back To Canada As we rode on she told me tales How as a child she would walk the rails Out near Calgary with her friends from the farms Back in Canada She said in Canada, the sky's a little colder there The wind plays rough but she still plays fair This town is alright but I long to see the morning light Back In Canada She said she'd spent her life in a dream Going places her folks had never been But now she's coming home to paradise unknown Back In Canada She said in Canada the winters are bittersweet the summers can sweep you off your feet this town is alright but I long to see the morning light Back in Canada. So I rode her up to Fort St. John Furthest north I've ever gone I took the number of the one friend I've now got Back in Canada Back In Canada Na Na Na Na Na Na.
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Smoke And Mirrors Our country was a sacred place before they laid that plan to waste and leader after leader told their lies Why did we let it go this far? Until they told us who we are and our allies turned away with their goodbyes. Have our memory banks been robbed? When you read your eyes are mobbed by anything you'll understand as clear. Take a fresh good look outside my friend when the sun is shinging look again and all the road will look like smoke and mirrors. (Chorus) - High time goodbyes to blind eyed war pride. My side your side. My my bye bye. Kiss your growing family bye and turn around until you die because the world is always in arms of dirty war They'll use your blood to sanitize the image of the final prize but why is blood the dollar of the poor? I hope you get your swivel chair and you can look around for air shackled to your silly dream career and take a fresh good look outside my friend and when the sun is shining look again and all the world will look like smoke and mirrors. With these tall tales you disagree but have you looked around to see? The cancer of this world is growing fast. Nobody lives without the time and ordinary life is a crime like a ripped up sail hanging from a mast. It's cruel to be kind when you can see some mastermind on TV grinning ear to ear. Take a fresh good look outside my friend and when the sun is shining look again and all the world will look like smoke and mirrors. (Chorus).
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My Canada 03:50
My Canada This heaven is my Canada so proud so wide I've seen marshes, woodlands, rockies, fields and rising tides Seen a lot of worlds I've known go to waste now in my time But I will not be blind to the crimes against my country. As I go through this old world so far from here The horizons, lakes, and futures never seem as clear as the rapture of the hinterland I hold so dear I will not be blind to crimes against my country. To keep this land preserved, protected from tyranny Govenments and policy raise fears in me I hope someday to simply see my children grow In this place that I call Canada my life and home. It's not too hard to imagine papers being signed By the stiff suits we'll elect because the saints resign And the bulldozers beating all the very fields That our forebears served for many years for many yields And the woods and fields all gone to fire and condmenation Wetlands, marshes gone to fire and excavations and the youth in suits who grow to learn to love the crimes but I will not be blind to the crimes against my country. This heaven is my Canada so proud so wide I've seen marshes, woodlands, rockies, fields and rising tides Seen a lot of worlds I've known go to waste now in my time But I will not be blind to the crimes against my country.
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Hello Goodbye Town I tried living in a hello goodbye town Where the strays and the crazed and the amazed would stay and go Where the runaways would meet with the hoboes to dwell over home. I tried living in a runaway town. I tried a working in a hello goodbye town Where the ramblers and gamblers would heckle and laugh at my labor Where the men and the women and their children had all seen the slammer. I tried working in a layabout town. I tried loving in a hello goodbye town Where the women were haggard and laggard and staggered and swaggered and they swore and they tore out your door around four in the morning I tried loving in a dangerous town I could not breathe in a hello goodbye town where the smoke would blow and slowly choke me crying where the dust would rust and bust my lungs a coughing I tried breathing in a gas mask town. I tried staying in a hello goodbye town where the rivers and the timbers and the drifters would meet with the mountains where the whispers and the whimpers and their echoes would meet with the darkness I tried staying in a hotel town And I finally said goodbye to this town.
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Who Will Take My Place? If they shoot me down to shut me down Who will take my place? If they bring an army into this town Who will take my place? if they rule this land and silence me when I'm laid out with injury When my words won't matter anymore Who will take my place? Rebellion you are not my own Who will take my place? There are flowers painted on these stones Who will take my place? When the silence of oppression dies overheard beyond the battle cries will be the words of final compromise Who will take my place? When the dogs of war are on the land Who will take my place? When you forfeit life to take a stand Who will take my place? When the dreamers fear the simplest thoughts When the bloodshed takes all that you've got When this world is just an empty, creaking floor Who will take my place?
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Vagabond Heart Mountain To the vagabond heart mountain Cool June chill, edges of dusk The mosquitoes crying around while we play guitars and busk Singing songs our mothers taught us when Daddy sang at home back when the lines were fishing lines and nothing was in stone Back when the past was close behind and horizons felt so far when there was time to bide wasn't grown enough to drive a car and living meant playing outside long past curfew and a friend was just some kid who rode those bikes with you. And the trees were something you could climb and swinging meant the swings not listening was your only crime and you wore dandelion rings and money was just on some other tree that took too long to grow and you could play with your family because they were the only life you'd know To the vagabond heart mountain I will wander in the dark 'til the dawn shines on the one I'll forever call sweetheart and together may we face the days of shadows, wind, and rain chase the sunrise around the westward bend and let the child back in again let the child back in again.
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Drove Past Dawn It was 49th year passing through this old town line and gin was all he'd take to ease his mind the children gone away and the wife was led astray and he drove past dawn and silently he'd pray. She was a rose clad sweetheart in the spring of 73 and together they had babies one, two, three and soon the market crashed and he tried to gamble the money back and there was no way to change that day gone black and there was no way to change that day gone black and as those children grew inside somehow they knew their folks just weren't cut out for eternity so they made their sadness known by acting out and tempers blown and everyday was anger, fire, and stone and everyday was anger, fire, and stone and when the children left before they were out of school she'd felt restless in the wake of life so cruel she'd met a man in town when he was coming around he somehow knew that he was heartache bound. when the message finally came a letter bore his name and her possessions were nowhere to be found he knew she's jumped the train he'd never hear from her again and there was no soul around to speak his name and there was no soul around to speak his name It was 49th year passing through this old town line and gin was all he'd take to ease his mind the children gone away and the wife was led astray and he drove past dawn and silently he'd pray.
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Welcome To The Corporation There's a silent killer our money has fed with its very own police force rising in the west with the guns and the power to shield the government nation welcome, welcome to the corporation from the east comes the people, hungry and gambling they've only known war, their hearts and trembling they have nothing to lose when they build bombs in frustration welcome, welcome to the corporation to the south to the south the communist scene turning their backs on the global machine their politics the folly of the leaders of the nations welcome, welcome to the corporation to the north drift the natives in their dreams of booze and haze American spirits visions certain to amaze they have babies to build numbers, a revolution of creation welcome, welcome to the corporation The CEO's play God, science becomes power never looking with any foresight at the invention of the hour a blue eyed, blonde haired genius world with microchip relations welcome, welcome to the corporation Oppenheimer, Einstein - were they the saints? Who made the advances that we all fear today? The nature of the grave is soon to be changing welcome, welcome to the corporation The consumers pay the rents for the residences of greed our dollar turns the wheels of shops selling something new to need the local organic foodstore has a fundraiser against district regulations welcome, welcome to the corporation. A jigsaw puzzle called mother earth scattered to the ground and our hands are tied to treadmills until vacation comes around and by then we'll just sit and drink and praise our blissful stations welcome, welcome to the corporation.
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Some Folks 04:07
Some Folks Some folks just run you down just because you ain't been around some folks always act the same pretty friendly they forgot your name some folks have stories inside but the fancy storyteller died some folks been forced to crawl 'cause they look good down there that's all (Chorus) God tied on his boots the day after he finished all the suits and that's when he got down in the dirt to make the folks who live to hurt some folks will see you eye to eye when it's time to say goodbye they don't really want you to know them none they'd rather look out at the setting sun. Some folks think it's cruel to be kind because it's phony when you're burning blind some folks got you by the tail ain't goin nowhere things are getting stale some folks do the best they can though they can't do what they want again some folks repeat themselves read the same book on the same shelf. (chorus) Hand them down their walking cane The masses damaged by the corporate brains it'd be easy to end the drug war but you can't end this war on the poor really politicians don't lie they got your money and you don't know why the worst that could happen ain't how you died but how you lived through the roller coaster ride. (chorus)
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The Fiddling Gypsy I wanted to meet with the fiddling gypsy with the long brown wavy hair big brown eyes and the velvet touch and the mystery in the air the mystery in the air She's loved two or three cowboys who stole her heart away now she's just this friend of mine and friends we'll have to stay friends we'll have to stay There's worlds of dreamers running to make their mountains gold and all I want is a fiddling gypsy before I do grow old before I do grow old. The cowboys can come knocking and she won't change her mind there's a beautiful woman on the roadside by an abandoned highway sign by an abandoned highway sign. She's five foot two and curvy and she has a heart to save she's got mine in her pocket and one foot in the grave. one foot in the grave. There's bound to be some trouble when the cold night comes around when she's off courting somebody she's bound to freeze me down she's bound to freeze me down.
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released February 24, 2012

Dan Frechette - Vocals, Drums, 6 and 12 string guitars, electric guitar, dobro, fretless bass, mandolin, ukulele, harmony vocals, harmonica, banjo.

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