Life Without Home (2000)

by Dan Frechette

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released October 1, 2000

All songs Copyright Dan Frechette (unless otherwise noted) and registered with SOCAN.

Album Title - Life Without Home
Corolla Trunk Records.

1. When I Was A Boy (2:45)
2. New Years Day 1980 (4:10)
3. The Hobo Song (4:10)
4. Life Without Home (2:16)
5. Take Me Home, I Am Your Road (2:55)
6. The Crack In Your Voice (3:21)
7. Mr Man (4:22)
8. Legend In Her Mind (3:04)
9. Your Smile is Your Wealth (3:43)
10. You Don't See It (4:06)
11. In Your Life (3:23)
12. Closing Door Blues (2:07)

Recorded October 2000 in the Abbott Clinic Buiding third floor apartment in Winnipeg on a Yamaha MD-8 Track home studio.

Dan Frechette - Vocal and harmony vocals, Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, bass, electric guitars, percussion.

Grant Siemens - banjo on #3,4,12

Bill Western - pedal steel guitar on 3,4,12

Shelley Marshall - accordion on #5

Maria Mango - harmony vocal on #4

All songs copyright Dan Frechette 2000/Socan.

Photography by Robin Anron.

Cover design by Michelle Jarrett.

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Track Name: When I Was A Boy
When I Was A Boy

When I was a boy
I had many heroes
Never met them all
but I knew them by heart
Well I read their books
I even looked like them
and my folks they say one day
I'm going to live like them

First there was Simon
Then came Dylan
I read Sandburg
I sang Cohen
And I knew them
But they never knew me
I was just another fan
With just another dream.

I'll make you proud, ma
I'll make you proud, pa
Just give me a little time
and I'll meet those heroes and I'll
Be on the big screen
A poet who's books you'll read
a singer whose songs you'll sing
Man, I'll be everything.

Now I'm 29
And I've put those days behind
Those were just big dreams
Insecurites
But I still read their books
And I still look like them
and my folks they say one day
I'm gonna live like them.
Track Name: New Years 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: The Hobo Song
The Hobo Song

Sundown on the park
strolling through the city dark
I saw a local hobo on the bench
his beard his only souvenir of neglect to find his pocket mirror
his clothes were ripped and torn and full of stench
But something in his eyes told me
something went strange
something told me he was going home

(chorus) - now he's always flying high on that big old ship in the sky
flying to the heaven he don't know
I wonder if you passed him by and heard him say he was going to die
if he didn't get a dollar for the show.

he played a beat up lap guitar and he never made it very far
people laughed while he played for his meals
today I see his guitar gone - something he would never pawn
I wonder if that thief got a good deal
something in his eyes told me something had gone strange
something told me not to pass him by

(chorus)

Today I see him lying there in the park that never cared
who could care when they're too scared to know?
I called the ambulance it's true it wasn't really hard to do
I went somewhere nobody would dare to go
Because something in his eyes told me something had gone strange
something told me not to pass him by

(chorus)
Track Name: Life Without Home
Life Without Home

They say come on home where the weather is fine
Where the good old stories still are alive
and the old man always has a new tale to tell
without it I'd be living in hell

(Chorus) Life without home would be a mighty dead road
I pulled out my harp and I couldn't even blow
I know you sing like you dance in the sun
But you've got your roots and I've gotta run.

Mama and Papa don't see that I'm grown
I've made a million memories digging your gold
I ain't saying we don't talk about the past
But I'd like to tell you something new when I get back

(chorus)

I'm tired of rolling the same old cigarettes
making bets on that race track long out west
I'm going home more often now I guess
my folks must be thinking I'm a worn out mess

(chorus)
Track Name: Take Me Home, I Am Your Road
Take Me Home, I Am Your Road

You can show me what you've got
You cave in and away
I stand in you like a lover
but undercover I show you the way

(Chorus)
Because I'm a dream you'll seldom conjure
I'm your object of no desire
There's no time left to be alone
Take me home, I am your road

Lift me up and bring me down
hold my faith and turn me around
make me sing like no one could
make me sing like no one should

(Chorus)
Track Name: The Crack In Your Voice
The Crack In Your Voice

You say your life is better than it ever was before
and there isn't a lover who could ever give you anything more
Strange is the sound of the crack in your voice
I'm almost ashamed of myself and the tricks you can pull
Strange is the sound of the crack in your voice
I'm running out your door

The strangers in your life romance you and disappear
Like stale rooms blurred by gin you don't comfort me
Strange is the feeling of the crack in your voice
I long to take your longing for granted - like I am taken by you
Strange is the feeling of the crack in your voice
I'm running out your door.
Track Name: Mr. Man
Mr. Man

(chorus) There is no measure for time in heaven
There are no thundering skies in heaven
and all the laws are lies here in heaven
only the distant light does shine in heaven

It takes a lot to give what you don't want to keep
hey hey hey Mr. Man?
and it takes a lot of mouth to talk well - too afraid to take a stand
But you know sometime way on down the road
you'll wish you'd never been born
and with all that lack of loving
it'd be tough not to be destroyed oh no?

(chorus)

You took a lot of punishment through all your years
hey hey hey Mr. Man?
and you thought you would be someone but you wondered if you'd get a chance
when all your friends had all kinds of success
while you drove your busted up truck
and they laughed at your for nothing
boy they sure did push their luck oh no?

Nobody loses their mind in heaven
there are no places to hide in heaven
there is no room for crimes in heaven
nobody loses their life in heaven.
Track Name: Legend In Her Mind
Legend In Her Mind

Once upon a time I met a girl who was a legend in her mind.
She never followed trends. She knows to be a legend you don't follow nobodies kind.
She stuck her nose in the air and walked past all the crazy people who gave her the time of day
She never wanted friends she didn't need them telling her to try and be just like them.

She grew up strange her folks bought her everything from horses to diamond rings
They sent her to reform school taught her not to chew gum or to lose her precious cool.

Once upon a time I met a girl who was a legend in her mind
She snobbed all the poor kids never talked to anyone her parents said didn't fit in
When she got into a punch up people'd go congratulate the person who knocked her out
She was a cheerleading, horse riding, ballet princess mistress with a black mark on her world.

She grew up strange her folks brought her to judo lessons training her how to fight
but she liked to be beat up, messed up, knocked up so she never stood up for her right.

Once upon a time I met a girl who was a legend in her mind
She never shut up. She said her life story and I had no chance to say mine
She never liked me because my daddy is a painter and he likes what he does
She used to say to me, "the reason I'm so mean is simply because

I grew up strange I'm 23 years old and I'm still living at home.
I've got an illegitimate child and mommy and daddy tell me they don't want me in their life."
Track Name: Your Smile Is Your Wealth
Your Smile Is Your Wealth

In the morning
Sun is on your face
in the evening
gone is your embrace

(Chorus) Hey, wear the rain on your brow
be beautiful
take life sweetly
don't be like them
express yourself
your smile is your wealth

I have followed me
Found me under your feet
I will lift you until the stars retreat

(Chorus)

I have met you
when my life has been unfair
I will let you
think of me and I'll be there.

(Chorus)
Track Name: You Don't See It
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: In Your Life
In Your Life

In your life you'll meet a lot of people
some are nice - some
Some will guide you through scenes of good and bad
some will sit back and watch

(chorus)
most will cherish you while you're still by their side
but I won't forget the one whom I love in the meantime.

In your life you'll see some different places
your friends will come and go
some will follow you without hesitation
and some won't see you to their door

(chorus)

when the time comes to find some new love
I'll go and see you on your way
you'll pack your cold gun just for some strange fun
but I know that we all make mistakes

In your life you'll meet a lot of people
some are nice - some
Some will guide you through scenes of good and bad
some will sit back and watch

(chorus)
Track Name: Closing Door Blues
Closing Door Blues

(chorus) There is no way I'm coming back here
to go through these games no more
you'll never see me or be able to reach me
I'm not standing in your closing door anymore.

Like a captain in stormy weather
who ordered his sailors to leave
I've been shorebound all alone now
with blue above and beneath
it's killing me.

(chorus)

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