Return To Zero (2018)

by Dan Frechette

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Recorded November/December 2018 at The Shed in Bonny Doon, CA, except "Lord, There Is No Simple Highway" (home recording in Winnipeg, September 2000).

All songs by Dan Frechette. Copyright 2018.
Registered with SOCAN.

Recorded and Mixed by Dan Frechette.
Dan Frechette: Vocals, Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Lap Slide Guitar, Lap Resophonic Guitar, Bass, Drums and Percussion.

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released December 8, 2018

Album cover photo Garland Park mountain top looking north east by Laurel Thomsen.

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

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Track Name: People Watch To See You Fall
People Watch To See You Fall

You made your way your way
and made your world your own
sad to see how much pain you caused
just by being alone
there were tears and murder spilling
from every foe you'd make
You did this world a favor
when you gave everyone a break

(Chorus)
You had lots of potential
potential to quit
you can still come up like roses
when you don't give what you don't get
you can have all your medals
they'll all still hang there on your walls
when you ain't got nobody
people just watch to see you fall

These days I see you howling
out of tune for the moon
you ain't no highway diamond
you're just an old silver spoon
you were unkind to your woman
unkind to all your rich and poor
that left just the hellhounds
who were always at your door

(Chorus)
Track Name: Return To Zero
Return To Zero

Are you following the blind man
who put you with the strange crowd?
Nothing but a dreamer
squandering your only life.
Failing to be critical.
Standing on a gilded ocean.
Sinking to its vast floor.
Floor.

Are you following the blind man?
Being put on a high shelf?
Where now you fall you once danced
kicking at the hard floor.
Standing on a gilded ocean.
How do you do today?
Today?

Prince of the underworld,
who will die to make you king?
Smoke will fill your lonely life,
pain will touch your kindest words.
Being left out of romance.
Being left abandoned in a trance.
Sinking to the vast floor.
Floor.
Track Name: The Comfort Of Lies
The Comfort Of Lies

I see madness and rage and the fear in the face of my reflection
and I wonder sometimes why I bother to stand in its way.
I mean, looking at all of the things that I've left unaccomplished
If I weren't a child I could have anything my own way

But it's true when you're true to yourself you've got to be happy.
I prefer the comfort of lies any old day.

(chorus) oooh, everything's all right
well I'm here for a reason
ooooh, no need to get uptight, everything is all right
ooooh, everything's all right
well I'm here for a reason

Just wasting my time thinking of the fate of the nation.
What can I do when nobody knows what to expect?
Just a child of the wild, I can be king of the world now.
Making my way to the gold mine, oh yeah.

Well I may just be a poor boy
Gotta be happy.
I prefer the comfort of lies any old day.

(chorus)
Track Name: Without Trust
Without Trust

When you're with me I'm on fire
I have no doubt in my desire
you seem to doubt what's been so long
it hurts to see this going on.
You say I'm out to make you blue
I'm behaving so untrue,
but there's no doubt I'm here with you
what's with this heavy point of view?

(chorus)
Without trust you've got no love
you've got fear in skies above
you've got denial and trials of pain
instead of sunshine you've got rain
but that rain still makes flowers grow
the rain still makes rivers flow
but so little sunshine ain't enough
without trust you've got no love.

Just because I look around,
don't mean I'm out to let you down.
Just because I've been a fool,
don't mean I'm trying to be cruel.
Just be my one and only love
I hope I satisfy enough.
There must be places pain can hide
we can't see through what's left inside.

(chorus)
Track Name: Can I Be Your Preacher's Son?
Can I Be Your Preacher's Son?

Even the blazes blow cold and lonesome
Even the faintest darkness seems clear
I don't know whose side you've stepped onto
but I know I love you
whenever you're near.

And the blues wake me in the morning
His memories won't echo my dreams
to be beside you holding sincerely
every piece of your heart eventually

(Bridge)
I want an answer before the sunrise
I want a companion before the moonrise
Just somebody who can eclipse me
meet me halfway up in the sky
(Solo)
(Bridge)

Even the blazes blow cold and lonesome
Even the faintest darkness seems clear
I don't know whose side you've stepped onto
but I know I love you
whenever you're near.
but I know I love you
whenever you're near.
Track Name: Poor Boy
Poor Boy

Poor boy ain't got no clue
ain't nothing special he can do
but he can pick that cotten bale or go, man, go
and he can pack a mean six gun
and funnel enough liquor on the run
to keep his good gal waiting back home.

And he don't wait for no heat
to put him in retreat.
He'd be the first to tell you he's alone
on that old coyote trail
where picking cotton never fails
to hide you and send the proceeds back home.

Poor boy he's got no choice
but to whisper in a voice
that tells you he's been up to no good
with his cotton bale well round
and his head pointing to the ground
listening for the heat hooves in the woods..
and he don't wait for no heat
to put him in retreat
he'll grab his 20 cents like a poor boy should
and he's off the other way
way on south to Mobile Bay
where he'd only sail away if he could.

Poor boy ain't got no clue
ain't nothing special he can do
but he can pick a rotten bale or go, man, go
and he can pack a mean six gun
and funnel enough liquor on the run
to keep his good gal waiting back home.
to keep his good gal waiting back home.
to keep his good gal waiting back home.
Track Name: Home On A Banjo Roll
Home On A Banjo Roll

(Chorus)
I'm counting down the days until I'm home
I'll be home
Filling up my soul
Pulling up the Uncle Sam
to get on home
I'll be home
on a banjo roll.

I grew up with the mustangs in the fields
This survival-instinct-city-life ain't real

(Chorus)

She's sweeter than candy and loving to my heart
I can't tell good luck and back luck apart

(Chorus)

I wish I had more because I ain't got a lot
I'm tired of feeling cold floors through my socks

(Chorus)
(Solo)

When the feeling's gone you're just living a lie
I'll soon be paving this highway goodbye

(Chorus)
Track Name: Running On Octaves
Running On Octaves

She's got a beautiful vibe
(Running on Octaves, Running on Octaves)
She no longer needs to hide
(Running on Octaves, Running on Octaves)
Her spirit never lets me be
She's the ocean I am free
to be anything I want to be
and my heart is running a wide melody
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)

She's showed me where she'd like to go
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
from the highest peak to the warmest lows
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
I'm hoping we can make the world a better place
put away this poker face
while we take the spotlight off disgrace
Running on Octaves.

(Bridge)
There's nowhere I would rather be
Than singing harmony in key
With someone melting misery
with all these songs still left in me

She's got a beautiful vibe
(Running on Octaves, Running on Octaves)
She no longer needs to hide
(Running on Octaves, Running on Octaves)
Her spirit never lets me be
She's the ocean I am free
to be anything I want to be
and my heart is running a wide melody
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
(Running on Octaves, Running up Octaves)
(Running up Octaves, Running on Octaves)
Track Name: I'll Change
I'll Change

I'll change
for you
Because it's worth the pain
I'm saving you
I'll change
yes I will
for you

(chorus)
I fear that love won't be what it was
I fear what will become of this love.

I know
if I'm
easy to love again
I'll have
to thank
you for then

(chorus)

Astray
I'll go
If you find someone who won't hurt you
I hear
them all
concerned for you.

(chorus)
Track Name: Lord, There Is No Simple Highway
Lord, There Is No Simple Highway.

(chorus)
Lord, there is no simple highway
nor no land of make believe
make the best you can of your road
let good God show you the way.

There ain't no rhyme or reason
there's just a call you have to heed
there's no walls to guide your troubles
down the highway you've been freed.

There's no rules, no regulations
nothing you can't understand
there's no business in you living
without the grace of good God's hand.

(chorus)

You may fall and you may stumble
as you rise as high as might
may you make your way through misfortune
there is no wrong
there is no right.

(chorus)

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