Revelations (2018)

by Dan Frechette

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Recording notes:

This album was recorded with a Tascam 2488 neo and vocals and guitar were recorded simultaneously with a C3000 AKG on vocals (with bass roll off on) and an Apex 191 microphone on the guitar. Bass was plugged directly to the console. Banjo was recorded with both mics on and a bit of bleed from having the monitors on. Monitors were left on during the final mixdown of tracks 1 and 2. This was done deliberately to give a more lively feeling to the recording.

Percussion was a flat brush used on a Dharmbuka Turkish drum to my right and an egg shaker held in my hand holding a brush playing on a tambourine. Sometimes I held an incense holder and hit the edge of the egg shaker or my steel music stand. I sat on a bass woofer meinl Cajon and am using a Pearl bass drum pedal with two moose hide leather slippers on the hammer. Makes for a nice fat sound. Cajon is close miked with Apex 191 and the rest is picked up by the AKG.

I decided to produce an album more based on rhythm than anything else. There were opportunities to record more overdubs and make it more "dressed up" than it really needs. Less reverb, more intimate, less lead guitar. Simple!

I also decided on this album to do minimal takes and not fester the spirit of the songs, many of these songs have been on my mind for 10-15 years and have not yet been recorded. Special thanks to Sarah Cruse for the blessing of your inspiration that gave me the boost to make this CD.

This album is dedicated to the memory of Evelyne Schirm (1981-2013).

Thanks to you, the listener, for enjoying the music and especially for your support! In life, nothing is free, so why should music made my independent musicians be?

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released February 14, 2018

Written, produced, recorded and mixed by Dan Frechette.
All songs copyright Dan Frechette /registered with SOCAN.
Recorded and mixed at The Shed in Bonny Doon on February 13-14, 2018.
Dan Frechette (all instruments) - vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, banjo, bass, percussion.

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Track Name: Revelations
Revelations

Tell me where you left your soul?
You need to keep free from change
You've been raking your lies over the coals
watching mother nature turning strange

(Chorus)
Flood, famine and fires a burning
Poor teaching and the rich ain't learning
I'm watching Revelations come to life
Dig the oil from the bottomless pit
Locust drivers never quit
Revelations tell me it's a time for strife

Now I can see the day
when leaders forced it all astray
I'd say it had to do with political greed
Only the strongest country could afford to plant that seed

(Chorus)

So tell me what are we to do?
If it were up to me I'd leave it up to you
We can run circles on and on
keep turning messages into songs.

(Chorus)
Track Name: Green Eyed Red Haired Lady
Green Eyed Red Haired Lady

I hope my love won't ever be
a green eyed red haired lady
she'd be much too sweet for me
a green eyed red haired lady
I hope she doesn't break my heart
this green eyed red haired lady
I'm broke enough I'm torn apart
a green eyed red haired lady

The sad wind blows as she says goodbye
Red haired funky lady
I never got a chance to try
a red haired funky lady
October spills no dreams on me
but of a red haired funky lady

She's happy in the world she knows
a red haired green eyed lady
Nowhere does her sorrow go
a red haired green eyed lady
She spins around and finds her joy
with every single girl and boy
a red haired green eyed lady

Nowhere does my spirit fly
It stays there where I found my high
with a red haired green eyed lady

My dreams came true so there I'll stay
with a green eyed red haired lady
my dream will awake someday
she's a green eyed red haired lady
She's happy in the world she knows
a red haired green eyed lady
Nowhere does her sorrow go
a red haired green eyed lady
Track Name: Emotion On My Mind
Emotion On My Mind

I've had enough of you
bringing me to these places
I've had enough of these people
joking around with sad faces

(Chorus)
Give me a reason to care when you cry
give me a reason to fall when you fight
I'm tired of you I've got emotion on my mind

Sea of fire in the night
long before the storm
we stood around and wondered
whatever became of you
so we gathered all our thoughts
and left what's left behind
waited till the wind died down
to go out searching for you.

I've had enough of you
bringing me to these places
I've had enough of these people
joking around with sad faces

(Chorus)
Track Name: Hero In My Neighborhood
Hero In My Neighborhood

These lonesome hours do a hero no good
I can't get out to make this sad world fair
I see them on the TV
The heroes of today
Picking up after mother nature - and I say

(Chorus)
If there's gonna be a hero in my neighborhood
let it be me
Roosevelt Sykes could play those 88's but now he's dead down in New Orleans
I can't play with a broken heart
but God knows I try
Show me where to be and I'll be there.

You can judge a painting by how she hangs
but let's get it straight I've been hanging as of late
and it don't make me a better man
I wish I could call up a hospital or some kind of charity
but there's nothing for me to be doing here evidently

(Chorus)
Track Name: Walk In Heaven
Walk In Heaven

No one talks to strangers in this city no one knows
I’ve been running up a treadmill dealing with the blows
and the angel in me fallen but the devils don’t seem to care
but I’ll still walk in heaven even though I’m never there

I’m living in the silence of noisy pointless city
there’s beauty in the alley and there’s anger in the pretty
you never see the truth until you start getting scared
but I’ll still walk in heaven even though I’m never there

The woods have claimed another who ditched their limousines
and I’m standing in an alley shooting up another scheme
to a lonely next door neighbour whose fix is in the air
but I’ll still walk in heaven even though I’m never there

Women talk to wizards or men with lots of money
men will laugh with other men about what they don’t find funny
yet nobody is meant to be some drifters souvenir
and I’ll still walk in heaven even though I’m never there

I’m living in the silence of noisy pointless city
there’s beauty in the alley and there’s anger in the pretty
you never see the truth until you start getting scared
but I’ll still walk in heaven even though I’m never there

(Chorus chords solo)
Track Name: Flying
Flying

I love eternity
It makes my heart say
somewhere I miss you so

and everyday
there's an answer to how we play
our thoughts become our souls

(Chorus)
and you know you've got me flying
and the love in me ain't dying
and love will find us trying all night long
and you know you've got me flying
and the love in me ain't dying
and love will find us trying all night long

There's decisions in sadness
and heavens in madness
wherever mysteries go
but I can see you clearer
the more we become nearer
to the life we'd like to know

(Chorus)
(Chorus)
Track Name: Making Time By Flying
Making Time By Flying

I give my life to travel
down roads of life I'm meant to go
connecting with the music
and the sweet-hearted of the longest road I know

(Chorus)
Making time by flying
slowing down to take the train
there ain't no use in hiding
from what might never be again

Everyone we meet
we believe it may be the last time
Everywhere we go
we savor this cold, heat, rain and snow

(Chorus)

Never knowing the next corner
or what circumstance might tie us down
there's laughter in the wilderness
and in daily paradises found

(Chorus)

I wish to carry you sweetly
through the melodies of rain
through the mists of mere survival
and the laid back gravy train

(Chorus)

The nights of no denying
and the days of quick refuel
well the more we learned from rolling
the less we needed school

(Chorus)
Track Name: You Know You're Loved
You Know You're Loved

Skip the chapter boy
God only knows you're never gonna miss her
So stop dreaming of the chore
it's time to blow a couple bucks.

She's nothing really
it's just the box she comes in
Give life a grin and go on
She's nothing really
it's just the box she comes in
Give life a grin and go on

(chorus)
You know you're loved
the pleasure's been received on your end
yes it has
you know you're loved
when the pleasure's been received on your end
yes it has
You know you're loved
because the pleasure has been received on your end yes it has.

Skip the chapter boy
I don't think it was the wrong thing to do
you'll go on to other bedsides
maybe chaos will bring you peace of mind.

She's nothing really
it's just the box she comes in
Give life a grin and go on
She's nothing really
it's just the box she comes in
Give life a grin and go on

(chorus)
Track Name: I'm A Stray
I'm A Stray

I'm giving up taking risks with your warnings
I'm going so far away
Leaving the tools with rusty edges
clear from rain and decay

(Chorus)
I'm a stray from staying and praying
things won't work out I guess
and don't keep me from leaving
keep me from regret

I was breaking rules I was making
hiding what I was fighting in my life
but the heart remains heavy
will someone please realize?

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Never ever ask me why I keep questioning the shadows
Never ever ask me why I find no certainty
Never ever ask me why I keep questioning the shadows
Never ever ask me why I find no certainty
Track Name: Nothing Without Your Love
Nothing Without Your Love

Do you love the sunset on your own?
Or with my poems or my hand to hold
Do you miss the chances that we took so freely?

I'm here in this hole and I'm wasting away
My hands are tied and I can not pray
There ain't no hell that's worse than this selfish greed

(Chorus)
Because I'm nothing without your love
Because I'm nothing without your love

You're having fun living high in your town
while I bury our blankets under the ground
and the past, it doesn't speak to me so clearly

The day you went was the day that you came
You showed me your curse and I showed you my chains
Maybe it still can work if we're together

(Chorus)

Tell me the chains that you caught won't fall
I'm waiting
Tell me the chains that you caught won't fall
I'm waiting

(Chorus)

Do you love the sunset on your own?
Or with my poems or my hand to hold
Do you miss the chances that we took so freely?

(Chorus)
Track Name: Hobo's Cousin
Hobo's Cousin

Dancing to a moonlit song
Our breath is plain to see
With drunken hearts we heed no one
there's no place left to be

(Chorus)
And Hobo's cousin drinks more than he doesn't
and everybody's feeling no pain
even the rising sun
won't break up the fun
when people live for every song you play

How are you tonight my friends?
I can't recall your names
But love's a feeling up near the ceiling
where no head is hung in shame

(Chorus)

Na na na....

Wishing there were a hundred here
while the night is young
But they start small and gather late
Until the song is sung

(Chorus)

At dawn my lover comes to me
and tells me of her dreams
while I tell the crowd to shout aloud
and trip through these refrains

(Chorus)

Na na na...
Track Name: Friend Oh Sweet Friend Of Mine
Friend Oh Sweet Friend Of Mine

Friend oh sweet friend of mine
Friend you'll always be
When there's hardships in the darkness
on the path to clarity
Friend Oh Sweet Friend Of Mine
our time will never pass
we'll someday speak of memories
as the journey that did last

(Chorus)
And in the end we saw the path as it was meant to be
Friend Oh Sweet Friend Of Mine
the valley holds the sea

There's no longer need to wander
there's no longer need to roam
Friend Oh Sweet Friend Of Mine
you're the only love I've known
no matter the past before us
or what the path may be
you'll find me always by your side
in steadfast sincerity

(Chorus)

I'll show you all the meadows
I will follow you on the trails
I will seek to find hereafter
in the edges of the tales
and in the skies of wonder
will the heavens call your name
and shatter me to oblivion
a love to never tame

(Chorus)

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