Impressions (2019)

by Dan Frechette

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I've joked around onstage that someday I will make an album of my "impressions" doing "covers" of my songs. Well, here it is! Enjoy!

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released January 12, 2019

All songs writtten by Dan Frechette. Copyright 2019.

Recorded November 2018 to January 2019 at The Shed in Bonny Doon, CA.

Cover photo by Tony from Ag RXN Photography.

Dan Frechette - Acoustic and electric 6 and 12 string guitar, vocals, harmonica, percussion, drums, bass, banjo, lap slide guitar.

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"...one of the best songwriters we've heard in a long time." - SingOut Magazine.

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Track Name: Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash

He was the man in black and he changed the way the song of the country was sang and played
and everywhere I go now on my birthday there's another wet eye or a tear on the way
it don't feel right to see everyone torn
but Johnny Cash died on the day that I was born.

I go to the bar to have a little fun
and it's great to hear Folsom being so well sung
my birthday song is "I Still Miss Someone"
because when I try to be happy
I make everybody run.
My welcome there has been well worn
'cause Johnny Cash died on the day that I was born.

Nobody wants to party
on the day that JC died
Nobody from Mel to Marty
cares to see me satisfied.

I try to blow my candle and say my thing
and there ain't no cake and I broke my strings
playing Cash songs for the good it could bring
to the rockabilly heroes and the bachelors of swing
I'm waiting for the day to pass when they mourn
but Johnny Cash died on the day I was born.
Track Name: Old Roots
Old Roots

There's a darkness in the sky when the docks no longer show
and there ain't no tears that will ever be seen where the riverman does come and go
and I see goodbyes now everywhere in the sadness in the wind
Watching the life rolling on
and seeing the roots start digging in

(chorus)
Old roots dig deeper when you can't move on
and the rain sends the roots growing down so deep
seems there's a sun shining on the tree of life
and the miner of the roots never sleeps
can't you find another path
when the old goodbyes have come and gone?
There ain't no way I'm looking back
unless there's new ground that I'm standing on.

I'm showing no fear to the outside
as I watch things falling down
the sky, the rain, your love, your life
I see the twists of fate coming around
I don't wait for wintertime to wear my coat up to my chin
I see no need being lonesome in this old box that I'm stranded in.

(chorus)
Track Name: Love Has So Many Faces (You Don't See It)
Love Has So Many Faces/(You Don't See It)

If I could get my hands on you
sweet heaven would sing me a song
I keep sleeping home alone
and my luck keeps dragging on
well your eyes keep me up all night
they're stranded on my mind
I want to get to know you
one kiss at a time

(chorus) but you don't see
you don't see it
you don't know
you don't feel it
you don't come - you don't suffer
you don't fall like the rain
Love has so many faces and I wonder what my place is.
Before you get to love me a few hearts have got to break.

There's distant tympani thunder everytime my words get confused
now there goes my heart again it beats so hard I feel abused
your body like a religion is ringing through my mind
I keep thinking what won't happen and I complain all the time

(chorus)

so let's set the world on fire because the passion there ain't wrong
you drive me out of bed, girl, I can't sleep at home alone
I can't wait forever - I can't break my heart like that
So why not call me in off your worn out welcome mat?

(chorus)
Track Name: My Bride And I
My Bride and I

Echo of blue water I’ll never leave your side
Your ocean sky my blanket your starlight as my guide
Drift along this weightless whale so festooned in the sea
And my bride and I, my ship, my sail, my dream dreaming of thee

For many nights and moonlights I’ve waited on ‘ere shore
For the sea to come to rescue me from loneliness and war
The broken hearts cast aside as ships were floating free
And My bride and I, my ship, my sail, my dream dreaming of thee.

Without an answer to my shadow I foretold the tombs
The hollow ghost broke open, the rising of typhoons
Whispers turned to storms anchors held onto debris
And my bride and I, my ship, my sail, the dream was lost on me

I died inside her breasts I kissed the last of air farewell
The morning sun was rising as she floated through the dell,
My love was sinking low but I thanked the Lord for thee
My bride and I, My ship, my sail, my dream dreaming of thee.
Track Name: Who Will Take My Place?
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?
Track Name: Stop
Stop

You ain't got nothing left
but your anger and your debt
There ain't nothing left in your life to live for

You ran out of money
You ran out of fun
You ran out of friends
who ran you out of town
There ain't nothing left in your life to live for

This here ain't no place to die
spend a couple years and hang around
When everything is back to dust
you'll laugh at all the times you felt so down

You're feeling mighty torn
There's something in your eye
You're too young to be born
and much too old to die
There ain't nothing in your life to live for.
Track Name: Have No Chains On Me
Have No Chains On Me

Sing a morning song
when the sun is high
when I know it's over
and I'm running out of time
All I ask of today
is to have no chains on me
Sha na na na na na
chains on me

Cold steel shadows
make me creep and scare
I'm gonna spend my life with you
believe me if you dare
All I ask of today
is to have no chains on me
Sha na na na na na
chains on me

I’m pretty good
I guess I deserve the chance
to romance any circumstances
and If I should
because I’m nobody’s bad news
I’m just a fool who sits and dances

You've caught me on the run
caught me in the cold
living my lies again
and never coming home
All I ask of today
is to have no chains on me
Sha na na na na na
chains on me
Track Name: The Freedom Of Choice
The Freedom Of Choice

I'm blown decayed inside let my heart feel the ride
I just died can I hide?
I'm grown but my bones feel small
within us all I know we're tall

(Chorus)
Give me the freedom of choice
I can use my own voice
Got a head and a shoulder to lean it on
And if the maid asks me
I'll say I'm trying for peace
she can clean up the blood on the floor

I'm hell my brother as well
he's got something of an appetite for raising it
and I know that if he doesn't show
I'll have to entertain on my own

(Chorus)

I'm dead I know that you said
It's better to bend with ones who don't tend
to shoot their mouth all over the house
their words can kill I'm so small

(Chorus)
(Chorus)
Track Name: Dry Rivers
Dry Rivers

You don't remember me
Like I remembered you
You're like you woudn't be seen
doing what you usually do

(Chorus)
If I were only so good
as to take you away
then we could watch the rivers run dry

The autumn night is cold
and it cracks through me
How much longer must I stand
Inside your endless dream

(Chorus)

Maybe I've reached out for you long enough, oh yeah
Maybe I've thrown all of our trust away
Maybe I've reached out for you long enough, oh yeah
Maybe I've thrown all of our trust away

You say we're bound by love
but maybe soon someday
I won't be around anymore
to keep playing these games

(Chorus)
Track Name: Older Soldiers
Older Soldiers

I was never born to suffer
against the grain of some crooked law
There's been talk in town that's been believed
I must ride with the wind tonight

I staggered into town a stranger
gazing through a veil of tears
using wisdom only gathered by word of mouth
gathered long over the years

(Chorus)
You can throw all the blame on me babe
I'm a martyr in my belief
but If you look out into my heart you'll fear I'm innocent
Older soldiers never die at all
They simply fade away
When every dreams been dreamt
they must awake to the blame.

So everything comes to a standstill
when the days are not my own
With a stubborn scowl painted on my face
I must ride with the wind tonight
I don't know what tomorrow brings
Life changes like the seasons
But with you by my side
with a trace of a smile
I know the times are bound to look up.

(Chorus)
Track Name: New Year's Day 1980
New Years Day 1980

She lived beneath a shadow in those years untouched by dreams
Her tattooes told grim tales of a girl who once braved the scene
She can't be my friend no more, this was the farthest she could fall
But she lived her life like she was going to die before she'd even lived at all

She grew up in boredom town with a stepfather he never knew
He was always out doing his drug jobs, breaking in his old pair of shoes
when she turned 16 in 1978 she'd heard the bandwagon call
and she lived her life like she was going to die before she'd even lived at all

She ran into vanity stuck-ups who let her run the show
soon she was singing for cocktails and dancing for middle aged crows
Her evenings were branded with fast lane ways, she came each time she was called
And she lived her life like she was going to die before she even lived at all.

She'd told me once she was frightened of perverts armed with knives
cemetaries filled with old friends and nightclubs filled with life
And fear brings down some people like a roof without any walls
So she lived her life like she was going to die before she'd even lived at all

On New Years Day 1980, there's a letter near her bed
saying "I been watching myself dying every night without a prayer for me being said"
And her last words on her paper in her half-hearted pencil scrawl
"I've lived my life like I was going to die and I haven't even lived at all".
Track Name: Dust In The Wind
Dust In The Wind

I saw you standing outside of the gates
and sorry that I could not let you in
You started to cry and I started to laugh
and the tears were a flying like dust in the wind

As others gathered around the lady at the gate
They gazed through the bars to see what made her cry
They all turned their heads and I laughed as they wept
and why did they cry I do wonder why
the tears were flying like dust in the wind

They act without shame as if life is just a game
and everyone gets a chance to choose their own man
and if no one complains they'll all play the same game
and they'll all either win or they'll lose in the end

Like ragged old clowns they wear a big frown
they were destined to live and destined to die
My dreams have been born and not thrown out the door
and that is just why I laugh and they cry
and that is just why I live and they die
and the tears were a flying like dust in the wind.
Track Name: Heart Of Mine
Heart Of Mine

There ain't nothing in the world that I would rather do
Than be the happiest man who will ever be with you
To drift in the arms of a friend, lover or wife
To go to heaven with a smile on my face and love in my life

I'm hoping maybe that you'll see me through
Since the day we met and inside I knew
Lots of changes coming on this heart of mine
There's lots of changes coming on this heart of mine.

These kind words are all that I ask of you
Just a tear and a smile when the big old day is through.
Nowhere I'll go without you on my mind
I've been looking around this whole world for the meaningful kind

I'm going up to heaven with you in my heart
No matter where you'll go the seas will always part
Lots of changes coming on this heart of mine
There's lots of changes coming on this heart of mine.
Track Name: Beggar Beggar
Beggar, Beggar

Beggar beggar life for me
Is streets and death behind my dreams
I shall not love my fear of God
I shall not steal I shall not eat

Beggar beggar helpless few
Distant hope destroyed by truth.
My fellow man prays to a God
I thought I knew

(Chorus)
Shoulder shoulder leave my head
Leave me feeling starlight cold
I have no gold to save my soul
No desire for the news
Stranger stranger keep my bed
Do not write laws to steal my bags
Do what you do
Ignore the truth:
I am your friend behind these rags.

Doctor doctor heal the rich
keep them from the fate of me
Let us roll into the ditch
Let us feel this earth's disease.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Lost River Blues
Lost River Blues

Looking for a living and looking to be giving that's all that I want
With a six string shootout
Knock 'em all dead
that's all that really counts.
I'm singing and swinging and looking out at this mess I'm in
They're paying and cheering and I'm leaving and fearing I won't make it home again.

(chorus) I'm looking across lost river since I got these worn out blues
These simple shoes they may seem new to you
I've been looking across lost river since I got these beat up blues
These simple shoes may seem new to you but to me they're old news.

Give me a dollar and I'll give you a holler when the dollar runs out
My tales will be taller with the rope around my collar you'll know nothing about
somehow you'll be tempted to be suddenly befriended by my open hand
and I'll be gone as soon as I see you with a dollar again.

(chorus)

I been a gypsy looking like a son of a gun with a story to tell
I've been a sculpture soul with them chipping away with every ticket I sell.
I've been trying to catch a tail that was in my hands when I was on the skids.
Now I'm looking back hearing echoes wondering what I did.

(chorus)

Looking for a living and looking to be giving that's all that I want
With a six string shootout
Knock 'em all dead
that's all that really counts.

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