Live In Minneapolis (1994)

by Dan Frechette

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Recorded in Minneapolis on June 30, 1994. Dan had just graduated high school the night before. Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association hosted a "Canada Day, Eh?" concert featuring Dan, The Wyrd Sisters, and The New Meanies at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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released June 30, 1994

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

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Track Name: Mick Maguire
Mick Maguire

His name is Mick Maguire
rewarded for his crime
living in a madman's cage
living past his prime
but Mick he was no dweller of a guilty lovers life
he'd be singing for the inmates for the rest of his life

With his guitar strung upon him
he'd chant away his pain
singing songs about seeking out
what justice still remains
he was a poor girls lover
'til he turned her in one day
fearing that she'd left him
abandoned and betrayed.

Her mark was made in history
written on a stone
and Mick still sang about her
and how he felt alone
the trial it was so pitiless that Mick he lost control
and he got up on the table
and he bellowed from his soul
"I sing aloud
I sing aloud
these are the days to admit I'm proud
I know she's gone for I am lost
and lucky to ever find myself
"I sing aloud
I sing aloud
these are the days to admit I'm proud
I know she's gone for I am lost
and lucky to ever find myself"
Track Name: To Keep You Company
To Keep You Company (For Melanie)

Remember when we used to dance across the water?
and we never thought we'd ever fall through?
We've always known each other
even when we were strangers
we washed in each others tears when we were blue
I loved you

I'm glad I found you in a moment in a lifetime
and we kissed beneath the rising sun afraid it was too soon to tell
and every chance I had to say I loved you
were somehow lost in the disappearing breeze
I loved you.

I haven't come to visit your familiar tones of home
I drifted away not afraid to be alone
But I have written you 30 sad letters
to keep you company
and were written in stone

Just like this letter
which I sing to you now
You may not choose to sing along
you may not know how
but these words are yours
to keep you company
I love you.
Track Name: My New Song
My New Song

I'm sitting here waiting for the words to come
empty pages, coffee stains
it's nearly 12:30
and tonight I ain't too wordy
must be something I can say

I've got a dream
just a little fantasy
that I could sing you my brand new song tomorrow
it would mean everything to me

(chorus)
I'm waiting for the words to come
hoping that tonight they'll come along
and you'll wake up bright and early tomorrow
and I'll sing to you my new song

I've travelled to places where no man has prayed
I had nothing to lose and everything to gain
oh - searching for my new song
I've come through this life just a one man show
trading all my heroes for friendships with ghosts
searching for my new song

(chorus)
Track Name: Living In A Dream
Living In A Dream

It ain't all as bad as it seems
seeing things in a different way
how many years of shattered dreams
take a little bit of time to fade away

And everybody wants to be free
but somebody always has to wait
this time could you let me be free?
It gets lonely down here sitting in the shade.

(chorus) I'm living in a dream and maybe
I live in the night by myself
but when you're searching for a key in the dark
sometimes you get lost x2

Some dreams are lost in the breeze
that blows strong when the sky is grey
to get the answer I must beg on my knees
and turn my cheek the other way

And everybody wants to be free
but somebody always has to wait
this time could you let me be free?
It gets lonely down here sitting in the shade.
Track Name: Drifting Back From Somewhere
Drifting Back From Somewhere

I'm drifting back from somewhere
and it's hard to say goodbye
Everyone's so happy
because it's my turn to cry
they say I've got what it takes
and it's bound to take it all
this ain't nothing new to me
catch me when I fall
when I fall.

I'm drifting back from somewhere
voices echo in the breeze
they whisper, "you're not old, Dan -
you've just got old memories"
maybe soon I'll find out
what it's like to have been around
the same old streets and houses
tired of the same old town.
same old town.

I'm drfiting back from somewhere
and it's hard to say goodbye
I'm drifting back from somewhere
and it's hard to learn to cry
when there's nothing in your eyes
how I wish that I could fly away.
Track Name: Hoodoo County
Hoodoo County

I was seaching for a woman in the summer of love
too bad the ladies were hard to find
It was during that summer was approaching me
that we spoke for a while and she gazed into my mind

It's like swimming in a river being pushed downstream
strange looking visions painted in your mind
easy living ain't what it seems to be
when you're hanging around with the other kind.

(chorus)
It's been a long day in Hoodoo County
It's been a short night in voodoo calm
How can I persuade for you to join me? yeah!
Under the moonlight calm.

A miracle is going to catch up to me
if it comes any closer just chase it away
While I'm waiting for a change in the scenery
I'm going to save my mind for another day.

(chorus)

You can pick up your remains and leave me be
Because I find it hard to stare in your eyes
Or we can wait a bit but still feel free
Now I know how it feels when the sparrow flies
and I know how it feels when the sparrow cries
and I know how it feels when the sparrow dies.
Track Name: Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time

I have waited in the darkness to see your sunlight shine
remembing the tender touch you often left behind
but no matter where you're going
who you are or who you'll be
you'll know in your tomorrows
yesterday there was me
oh you'll see it in your mirror
in your eyes and in your smile
our lives touched together
once upon a time.

When it's time for going and for following your dreams
you can look back to yesterday's smiling memories
and whenever the dark corridor seems hazy, hard, and long
you can listen through the evening
and hear me sing your song
you can look back from tomorrow
and see me wave goodbye
our lives touiched together once upon a time.
Track Name: Mystery Woman
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
Track Name: Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Where are you?
Take me home, Elizabeth!
Bring me back to my hometown
Where the time went so slow
and the days felt like years

I love you.
Your face is in my mind, Elizabeth
all the time -
all the times I'm not with you
and I find myself laughing
everytime you appear

Oh - Elizabeth
Oh!

Where are you?
Take me home, Elizabeth!
Bring me back
to my hometown
I don't trust my shoes
Frozen in the soil
Frozen with fear

Oh - Elizabeth
Oh!

I love you.
Your face is in my mind, Elizabeth
all the time -
all the times I'm not with you
and I find myself laughing
everytime you appear

Oh - Elizabeth
Oh!
Track Name: Clearwater Park
Clearwater Park

A blind man feels
and a deaf man sees
and a poor man praying for his meal
prays alone
his hands in his pockets
his world full of wreck
and now he's walking away from the life that he now knows
and he's going to escape
and run downtown
to clearwater park
from there

(chorus)
Oh Clearwater Park
is waiting for me
I'm tired of thinking there's nowhere to be
At Clearwater Park
there's something to see
it's an oasis of space in the
desert of the concrete juncle

The park wind breathes
with the essence of comfort
there ain't no one around playing tricks with his soul
his love for the place
is like his love for fantasy
it's taking him away from the life he now knows
and he's going to escape
and run downtown
to Clearwater Park
from there

(chorus)
Track Name: Into The Unknown
Into The Unknown

There's someone who I'll love
with a heart that grows
we'll grow old together
into the unknown
we'll make many memories
we'll share many woes
as we walk together
into the unknown
into the unknown

(chorus)
Someday I will find my own true love
she will be bright as the sun with love

There's someone whom I'll love
maybe many years from now
When I hear her calling
I'll follow the sound
maybe she will find me
or maybe I already know
with whom it is I'll travel
Into the unknown
Into the unknown.

(chorus)

and we'll go Into the unknown
Into the unknown
Into the unknown
Into the unknown.
Track Name: Something I Wrote This Morning
Something I Wrote This Morning

All the singers sound the same on this grimy eve
there's Cleopatra in a wet suit
and Hitler with his dream
no one seems to care if they win or lose
they've got something to offer
and nothing to prove.

There's Jeremy, and Craig and Glen lined up for the show
they've got a couple hundred dollars but they left it at home
three free tickets and a meal on me
but don't come back next time expecting a treat

The stage is hot and foggy and the smoke fills my eyes
I'm watching the bluesman singing about his gal
she left him in a hurry and she never even visited
when he was along in someone else's prison

Crowd of people come to me telling me "good luck"
after I found out I'm drafted to next up
stomach isn't nervous I've got a good crowd to groove
as I mounted the stage and introduced my tune.

My father used to sing and he was better than me
saying "son, don't bother trying because it's plain to see
it's a hard thing to do and you should do it right
dont' stand on that little stage and make a fool of me tonight"
who hoo

Well the crowd is going crazy and I'm starting to sweat
I turn up my little guitar and I blow the place to bits
the song is close to over and it seems it just began
the clock is ticking late when I bring on the band.

The drummer man is hefty
the bass man looks tired
everyone is ready
the soundman is wired
we pound out a beat about as fast as we can
who cares about the chairs
when the room just wants to dance?

All the singers sound the same on this grimy eve
Cleopatra did her thing and Hitler tapped his feet
a year past midnight and the crowd is cooling down
as we pack up our possessions and we leave for the next town.

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