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Tecopa (2017)

by Dan Frechette

I'd Be Leaving Tomorrow I was upset at the way that you swore after I'd leave you'd keep a coming back for more How am I expected to believe in your sorrow? You never cried when I told I'd be leaving tomorrow You'd turn away when I'd look you in the eye One look from me can't even ruin your pride How am I expected to believe in your sorrow? You never cried when I told I'd be leaving tomorrow If I told you baby it ain't over yet You play with love but you're too hard to get Please return all the stuff from me that you borrowed You never cried when I told you I'd be leaving tomorrow.
Know Me To Love Me (Chorus) You don’t need to know me to love me but you sure got to love me to know me You don’t need to know me to love me but you sure got to love me to know me Baby I play to win so keep me in I ain’t losing no more baby stay by my side til I can decide if I can’t stand loving you no more See that sun peeking through the clouds and know I want to kiss you now but you just keep your eyes on the sun might as well be alone rather than loving someone (Chorus) I’m going out on a limb here baby to find what you need from me to give you a chance to tell me what would make you feel alive and free but I know time goes on and love sure grows cold for many years I never dreamed I would get this old with someone by my side but it seems love has died and now I have to make a choice listen to the man rejoice. (Chorus)
Tecopa 05:02
Tecopa Riding out to Tecopa Where the water feeds my soul Standing naked by the mud spring mother nature drying in the sun She's on my mind these days Not sure where she's going She's in my heart Her love is all knowing. I was left behind haunted by my journey the stars had aligned the world around me turning I had to let go of the past for a future unknowing but time stands still in Tecopa where the sun's fire is always burning Haunted by my dreams memories from where I'm learning Time stands still in Tecopa The sun's fire is always burning I drive northward in the morning back to the past awaiting Could I turn these wheels forever away from embers fading? to return to this fire when the stars align until then Tecopa you've left me feeling fine.
I Wish I Were A Fish (Chorus) I just wish I were a fish and I could sing this gurgling thing no wings to fly in the dry old sky don’t worry about weather when we swim together So hot and dusty was the mountain road our bicycles were riding such a heavy load the sun was burning in our fiery eyes a friend then suggested much to my surprise (Chorus) It rained and rained for months on end now it won’t rain for months again we got we wanted but a little too soon now all we see is stars or the sun or the moon (Chorus) Out here we gotta pay just to stay alive and worry about the food and how to survive and now there’s somebody we don’t like at the top there’s only one way to make the whole thing stop. (Chorus)
Lover Only For A Day (Chorus) Is she a lover only for a day little girl? She's a lover only for a day! When her daddy comes home and she's no longer alone are her colors all gonna fade away? She's been beating on a drum and traveling with her thumb such a long long time she's got beckoning eyes and she'll try you on for size she can break your mind you can tell her what is real and she'll tell her how to feel she's a rainbow child and you best let her in and the blues ain't gonna win in this call of the wild (Chorus) Love goes hollow and regrets soon will follow it's the end of times you better be sure because she might be your savior if you're journeys even rhyme so don't hit play unless there's something there somehow calling your mind when the love is there you'll be showing you care without a reason why (Chorus)
Tears In The Room Feeling empty inside no one wants to take a ride everyone hides everything inside you can't talk unless you lie Do you know why I'm mad? You read my mind so bad I've been following the fads Trying to hate my dad. (Chorus) Tears in the room again maybe I can be someone maybe I'm beyond myself a stranger to the moon and sun Tears in the room again maybe I can be someone someday I play the game of sin there's no way I'll ever win my chances are too slim there's too much competition So here's the place I dwell in your cold apartment cell and I know you wish me well because you can foretell. (Chorus x2)
My New Song 02:58
My New Song I'm sitting here waiting for the words to come empty pages coffee stains well it's nearly two thirty and tonight I ain't too wordy there must be something new to say I've got a dream a little fantasy that I could sing you my brand new song tomorrow that 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 traveled 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 friendships for silver and ghosts oh searching for my new song (Chorus) I've been waiting here for the words to come The fated morning breaks I hope that you awaken soon because I can't wait to break into my new song my new song my new song.
Riverbed 02:29
Riverbed Floating on my riverbed turning down the sounds around me I’m happy in this sweet place there’s nowhere left to go but I’m on my own floating on my riverbed Waiting in the sand you can’t find this back home where fun began with someone you don’t even know when you’re on your own floating on a riverbed (Chorus) You can’t find me You can’t find me You can’t find me You can’t find me Answer is waiting someday I’ll find and I’m not sure I’ll stay here but I’ll be so happy I tried and someone comes along to take me to their riverbed (Chorus)
Toe The Line 04:55
Toe The Line Just dreaming of you and all the life we’ve been through toeing the line and doing fine I’d live it all again change a lover to a friend Toe the line doing fine Can’t say there’s been any time wasted I haven’t been lost or frustrated and I haven’t held my breath for a long long time for a foolish rhyme I can’t say love’s been unkind to me or the disease that’s down below the shadow knows Can’t say I haven’t tried on some other lovers clothes the shadow knows Something else is calling me all the time to go and find another state of mind and I haven’t held my breath for a long long time for a foolish rhyme (Bridge) The rainbows holding strong overhead If I ain’t living I might as well be dead and I haven’t held my breath for a long long time for a foolish rhyme I can’t say there’s a crime I ain’t bought with my mind doing time The things I’ve figured out without acting without doubt toe the line I’m looking at a heart that’s outdated and I’m looking at a love gone and faded and I haven’t held my breath for a long long time for a foolish rhyme
Cayuga Street Winter You will sometimes see stars as you walk in the dark without darkness no light inside to help you find the way below the fog and the clouds are these distant crowds who will make your life either easy or hard depending on with whom you play (Chorus) Where are these days going with no posterity showing where is the wine flowing everyday? missing out on the action of a million interactions i want to live and not alone i have to find my way Getting up to do the chores the sink is a thirsty whore sometimes I want to walk away when there's no time left to give when she's gone at last I dip back in the past consumed in the fields of melody where I must run to give. (Chorus)
I've Been Low Wasting time losing control I've been low Getting nowhere but getting old I've been low Can't say anything I want I've been low Everything comes back to haunt I've been low I shot my dream the old bitch died I've been low Nobody cared the whole world wide I've been low Ignored the world I never hit I've been low Found out the place I fit I've been low Double standard loose for rules I've been low Playing hard to get with nobody's fools I've been low Tell the world I quit the biz I've been low It wasn't mine the gold was his I've been low Tell the world I quit the biz I've been low It wasn't mine the gold was his I've been low
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 and 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 x2)
Nobody Knows But Me You only live on even if something's going wrong Wake up in a cold bed humming a lonely sad song Some want a pretty picture some want food and eyes to see some want to live another day but nobody knows but me (Chorus) Nobody knows nobody knows nobody knows but me some want comfort or to live another day nobody knows but me Even if the sun doesn't shine on you today doesn't mean someone isn't having bad days Some want a pretty picture some want food and eyes to see some only want to live another day but nobody knows but me (Chorus)
Everclear 03:40
Everclear Picking stones tossing dreams in rivers one by one when you're alone time can take it's course throughout the day wait to play with some other friends who never stayed who knows what course your life would take without lonely rooms? (Chorus) I've got only one more year stranded here I've got nothing left around here but my everclear. Take me home I want to see my old spot once again writing poems where no one needs to know what words I said when I was a kid they never seemed to listen much to nothing more than my small talk but the river heard me. (Chorus x2)


Re-recording songs from the Dan Frechette Songbook at a relaxed Santa Cruz mountains pace over the past two months, I've decided to release this collection of all the songs as an album.

This album is sequenced in a fashion that brings the listener on a journey of deep self reflection. We possess immense power as individuals when we avoid fearing catharsis and what better way than to have those occasions be filled with melodies?

I'm a strong believer that a songwriter should be aware the chords they choose in their songs have the power to deeply effect a room. I'm honestly very disappointed in most songs I hear being released today which resort to the same four chords often heard... and all it says to me is the songwriters do not share my deep passion for exploring the many amazing possibilities of where the moods conjured by the chords in a song can go. I also find many artists today must be afraid to dig deep and bring their listeners with them. As one line on the album states, "without darkness no light inside to help you find the way."

There are many ways the music industry can go at this point. At this time CD players are not being manufactured. This may be the first of many more albums I offer to listeners or this may be my last. I made it as if it were my last. I hope you can hear that possibility in these recordings.

Thank you for listening. Every note and lyric I write/sing is for God. "Play for God."
Dan Frechette - December 11, 2017.


released December 11, 2017

All songs music and lyrics by Dan Frechette and registered with SOCAN. All songs Copyright Dan Frechette.

Recorded October-November 2017 at "The Shed" in Bonny Doon, CA. All instruments and songs by Dan Frechette. Produced, recorded and mixed by Dan Frechette.

Dan Frechette: Vocals, 6 and 12 string Acoustic and Electric guitar, percussion, bass, dobro, mandolin, ukulele, banjo.

Cover photo by Laurel Thomsen west of Tucson in Feb. 2016.

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