Live In Minneapolis (1994)

by Dan Frechette

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1.
Mick Maguire 02:34
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"
2.
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.
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My New Song 02:29
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)
4.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
9.
Elizabeth 02:29
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!
10.
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)
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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.
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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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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

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