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Hitting The Hard Road Straight (2008)

by Dan Frechette

I'M BURNING BRIDGES IN THIS TOWN You helped me find meaning in everything I been revealing I'm burning bridges in this town No need to be worried about a hatchet I found buried I'm burning bridges in this town This town ain't good for me no more I'm feeling like a stray I'm drowing out my troubles I thought my fire had gone away No one wants to hear someone who is always feeling down so I'm burning bridges in this town Had too much talk about me He said she said she said he said I'm burning bridges in this town No use playing hide and go seek when no one gave a damn about me I'm burning bridges in this town Chorus You won't miss me when I'm gone All you did was tag along I'm burning bridges in this town TNT and a trampoline a blowtorch and some kerosene I'm burning bridges in this town
THE SUNSHINE GONE I'll make you happy for the rest of my life no regrets will haunt you - no pain nor strife I'll be there in the morning through the darkest nights Through the clouds and the sunshine gone When the roses fade and are replaced with years and the smiles are strained and the words aren't clear in the light of the day we'll see the truth in the mirror I'll be coming your way in the sunshine gone And I'm hoping the same for me my dear it's been this way from far and near and it ain't gonna change and I know you won't mind laughing together through the sunshine gone Through the storms we'll survive and the battles will scar and the times will be simple just like they've been so far once again we'll be free and the romance will pine and I'll be waiting for you through the sunshine gone
TOO OLD TO TAKE A BOW How quickly expectations change - when time goes by and the order is rearranged you can't get away with fooling around anymore Mikey he used to take up my songs sing em out to a world gone wrong but these days his dreams are stepping out the door Now I'm supposed to know it all and try to teach you how to hit the wall you can get anything you want kid just try to remember everything you did when you're looking back too old to take a bow time hit us like a wrecking crew find out hardly any souls are true and you can deal with the pain with the scene you choose what do I know - I'm way down this list I never even had to bother with this - being asked the answers to the chords in the blues
I BELIEVE YOUR LIES I found what I'm looking for there's a heartache behind everything in store I'll be true to the blues you choose and I won't be the one who leaves and cries This is much to good to be true the promises will all turn blue and you be my consolation prize and I believe your lies I believe your lies - well they tell me who I can hold on to I believe your lies - they give me some faith in humankind I believe your lies - they make me strong and help me pull through the days I'm running blind - I believe your lies You're there to set me free - to help me be all I can be grow and go where I ain't been so blindly believing lies you tell me of the thick and thin but this ain't no mousetrap I'm stuck in my heart is in quicksand watch me sinking I believe your lies
WALL STREET HONEYMOON I've been hit hard by the company they don't care that I'm down on my luck and I'm sworn to secrecy - defamation ain't good for a buck it ain't enough to bail out wall street you've got to bail out main street too and if you give anybody even half a chance you can see what good they'll do but we're all running on nothing and if our prayers are ignored again you're gonna see us fight and it's a fight we're gonna win good luck to the world we built that just can't see the light and there won't be no wall street honeymoon tonight You put rules in order so that the system kills the poor their blood quenches the greedy fools but that system ain't no more there's bound to be uprising we can't be held down long and we won't pay into your slaveships because the dream has all gone wrong and we won't vote with our dollar or tolerate the greed you might because there won't be no wall street honeymoon tonight. Don't let the evil justify that you fed your family take your vacation pay and see this land for free it's phony and it's plastic and the values are all wrong there's a world of silence out there and they've all been down so long Good luck to the politician trying to save face good luck to the banker man who helped you lose your place good luck to the world we built that just won't see the light and there won't be no wall street honeymoon tonight
EVIL THOUGHTS He's thinking evil thoughts and you'll never know where he's going he's thinking evil thoughts and it's looking like the black crow's crowing So stung by jealousy a hero misunderstood even angels from hell will see his intentions are no good He's thinking evil thoughts and gathering stones from somewhere he's thinking evil thoughts and appearing without a care he never found a friend in the days when life turned cruel so he had no love to lend or to take when the night's turned cool ignored by six gun rebels laughed at by beautiful eyes scorned at by the law and the devils why wouldn't you realise? it's the last of a thousand battles final glory for a fading life waking up in his cage he rattles all the bars and he packs his knife
Bitter Years 04:13
BITTER YEARS I get tired of walking sometimes there's glory in my soul I get tired of talking and I ain't been laying low I'm out there with the wicked and there's no sense being too wise because shit is gonna happen even to the nicest guys Let go of all these bitter years I got no time now to be hiding under fears Ain't no one losing sleep like I do nobody really cares what the other guy is going through I was stunted by the memories old baggage wearing me down The past and future of a wannabe ain't ever gonna gain no ground Now all I think about is nothing just try to dig what comes my way I can't count on no forevers or wait for life to make my day
PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN If you want to leave me I wouldn't blame you if you tried seems it's been forever since I been goodbyed but think back to what I told you when the flames began to burn I'm past the point of no return Long days are passing when we can't see the light imagining life without your love don't get me through the night so I'll go on believing that this fool will never learn and I'm past the point of no return In restless days I wondered from shore to lonely shore couldn't seem to find you but I always found the door wishing that you were near me but with regret I find it's those reckless days I cherish - when I had nothing on my mind And now it seems I wander while the walls are closing in I don't want to have to climb back from wherever I have been So I'll just dream of heaven while the devil takes his turn and I'm past the point of no return
BUST OUT THE BAILEY'S Bust out the bailey's Hand him a jack mickey he won't leave till the last drop is gone hide all the china there ain't no use in trying to shut him down when he won't last too long Roll out a carpet set him up in a bed lay him on his stomach put a bucket near his head throw some ice down his T-shirt slap him in the face just because his paycheque didn't bounce doesn't mean that he owns this place Someone hold him up while he's emptying his bladder and don't play him no country music it might just make him madder and don't tell him no funny jokes he might vomit in your ear but we should celebrate the drunkest night of his career I took my hottie for gelati on a Saturday night he was the first to mention that her clothes were on too tight
HITTING THE HARD ROAD STRAIGHT It's a mistake in give and take to only give what you are given and never more being a fake or being awake the smoke and flame can lead you to the shore If the more that you're learning the less you feel you know like every step you're taking you're stubbing your damn toes If you're rolling from hell livin and dodging all the bait step out from your damage and step up to the plate because life won't catch you drifting when you're driven to be hitting the hard road straight Life's a puzzle every piece takes muscle and the more you stray the more you pay a price cause where you've been has been wearing thin and you just don't want to hear no one's advice Some folks lie some folks cry some folks try to pass through any way they can you either deal or you go by feel you either write your name in stone or in the sand All lyrics copyright 2008 Dan Frechette/all rights reserved.
GOING OUT ON MY OWN Catch you tomorrow when I wake up and I'll be on my way I'm gonna travel to the end of the world where everyone feels the same When I'm leaving please don't call my name and tell me I am not to go away Cause I don't want to be afraid Going out on my own again I'm going where the song and dance man breaks the silence with his song I'm going where the laughter and smiles know where to belong Catch you tomorrow when I'm going leaving your world behind But I'll remember how you helped me kick my shoes off for a while When I'm leaving please don't call my name and tell me you will see me on my way cause I don't want to feel ashamed going out on my own again
THE OTHER SIDE I took all my shortcomings and I made them into something by seeing a bright future in the baddest of times and some places I was fired other places still desired it doesn't even matter when there's no one on your side and now wide is the future tall is the saddle and fast is the big horse this pain of mine will ride on good are the people who will help me through disaster I have seen the wreckage and I'm out the other side those bills were there for paying I was leaving they were staying there was nothing much I wanted but escaping with some pride and the preacher told me "son, just remember who you are" I have seen the wreckage and I'm out the other side There's places we can go to be alone in nature and heal from the silence when we reach the other side Take away all longing from you see the morning light in plain view the valley and the mountain are both on the other side
LIFE WITHOUT TOYS What they put out I buy the limits the sky I'm not happy yet I get so damn depressed buying things I don't need drowing in maintenance 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've got distractions and noise I've been sold to my boredom threshold and sometimes I believe it - what's life without toys? what's life without toys? I 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 my techno jail - 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
THE DARK HIGHWAY How many times before I crash must I ride this dark highway? darkness everywhere I see and how many eyes must I meet in the open prairie skyway with not a care about me? It's true that I've been hiding from where I've been and where I'm going and I don't ask anybody how they're doing - There's been no drinks bought for me because I steer near the walls and behind my eyes are lies and disillusions It's true that I'm immune to the carnival and the social hurricane that blows and burns all around me I'm here in this skin looking in thinking of neitzsche saying "my friends, but what are friends?" nobody's found me Watching people I've known for years leave me alone while I stay home or on the road while they become such great companions It breaks my heart because I'm here leaning on this bitter tear and I'm but a raincloud to the great depths of their canyons.


released April 18, 2008

All Songs copyright & published by Dan Frechette/SOCAN 2008.

All instruments arranged, performed, recorded, and mixed by Dan Frechette.

(Harmonica, 12 & 6 string acoustic guitar, fiddle, electric guitar, ukulele, banjo-ukulele, mandolin,
upright bass (courtesy of Gilles Fournier), sandpaper blocks & shakers, banjitar, clawhammer banjo, and dobro).


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