That Old Open Road (2021)

by Dan Frechette

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Wake Up On The Run Been not traveling Been just staying here at home wake up in the morning wonder where the day has gone Sun already setting looks like the day already done Sad to see time drifting by I really gotta wake up on the run Make something quick to eat dress myself make my bed try to remember to do something proud before I'm dead Every day is a winner no matter where you come or go the day has got us living we choose to shrink or grow Someday we will be free and life will be what it should be just hiding out in limboland so these demons won't catch me Sun already setting looks like the day already done Sad to see time drifting by I really gotta wake up on the run
2.
North Of North Dakota I'm from north of North Dakota If anybody knows or cares I'm from north of North Dakota If anybody knows or cares They say "Why Not?" in Minot and the rapids are grand up there If you go to Fargo you still got far to go If you go to Fargo you still got far to go we're talking past the snow and bug line three more hours on the road You know where I'm from is the land of never-ending skies it never leaves you when you go that's where my spirit lies I'm from north of North Dakota If anybody knows or cares They say "Why Not?" in Minot and the rapids are grand up there Canada has a feeling you just don't get nowhere now Canada has a feeling you just don't get nowhere now I sure love everywhere I go but I gotta get back there somehow I'm from north of North Dakota If anybody knows or cares I'm from north of North Dakota If anybody knows or cares They say "Why Not?" in Minot and the rapids are grand up there
3.
No Fear No Lies No Pain Though I must part I do love you I know life is settling down but with my old spirit needing refuel to roll this show out of town so goodbye to staying out of trouble look ahead at what we've both got to gain but for now just call me farewell no fear no lies no pain Dirty old blues has got me lowdown searching for some newfound joy I remember how to have fun with every single girl or boy so goodbye to staying out of trouble life has become too mundane but for now just call me farewell no fear no lies no pain It's about time I got straight with you told you what's ever on my mind life seems to always get complicated why can't it turn to simpler times? if you let the wheel go when driving you bound to drive yourself insane but for now call me farewell no fear no lies no pain
4.
Prison House Blues I ain't gonna listen to what you say I'm just gonna watch what you do I ain't gonna listen to what you say I'm just gonna watch what you say You can have everything you ever wanted but still have nothing inside of you You can have everything you ever wanted but still have nothing inside of you Gone is gone you still live on it's the death of a fire when the storm comes strong Gone is gone you still live on it's the death of a fire when the storm comes strong I'm gonna do a deed that ain't no crime I'm gonna change this world a ukulele at a time I'm gonna do a deed that ain't no crime I'm gonna change this world a ukulele at a time Today's pain is tomorrow's strong pain is the glue that will make you belong criminalize greed because greed's a crime why must everything be a blessing in disguise? criminalize greed because greed's a crime why must everything be a blessing in disguise? Remember how the people used to clap and sing? Someday again we will do anything saying a prayer for some simpler times the lost years will be over while we're still in our primes saying a prayer for some simpler times the lost years will be over while we're still in our primes Everybody's talking because things ain't fair we're all dying but bless those unaware Everybody's talking because things ain't fair we're all dying but bless those unaware Got the heat up and my heat off the floor bring on the long winter I can do this some more Got the heat up with my heat off the floor bring on the long winter I can do this some more I ain't gonna listen to what you say I'm just gonna watch what you do
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What's Been Left Behind He's running away from the sun Something dark on this lonesome ground life is what's been left behind and not what's coming around He's saving his broken mind from thinking things too real to stand He's going away from being kind He'll never own his own land Changing gears and breaking in his strength knowing life turns and twists on the fly has a plan to escape the howl of the mockingbirds in the daylight sky He's served his time of strife not knowing the meaning to his life only certain he will live through dreams never knowing if the path is right Changing gears and breaking in his strength knowing life turns and twists on the fly has a plan to escape the howl of the mockingbirds in the daylight sky He's saving his broken mind from thinking things too real to stand He's going away from being kind He'll never own his own land
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Pebble Beach 03:42
Pebble Beach You can fly you can catch a train go out walking and shouting your name run out to the Pebble Beach learn a lesson that you want to teach take pride in your time alive while you're waiting for a reason to survive there ain't a sad song you ain't sung since the tolling of the bells you rung You don't need my attention ma'am don't even need to know who I am Just cast your heart real wide find out who ain't on your side life's too short to form a lasting bond if it's some stranger that you don't want good to know what you don't want to do it kind of helps you to pick and choose You don't want to be my pride stay close be by your side don't change after someone says well I'm trouble when I don't confess don't sleep too deep to dream don't lose what you can't keep I just want to love who you are or hold you close and let you go real far I'll admit I'm a fool for you Just don't want to see what time will do don't want to see things turn around watch my sunrise while your sun goes down on the other end of the world from me because I let you get that far and free but in the end I hope you're satisfied even if it means some good love died You can fly you can catch a train go out walking and shouting your name run out to the Pebble Beach learn a lesson that you want to teach take pride in your time alive while you're waiting for a reason to survive there ain't a sad song you ain't sung since the tolling of the bells you rung
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The Hurting Comes Free I've been for so long at a white cold wall and wondering where can my baby be? She's gone on a long - long and tall and it's easy because the hurting comes free Hurt comes free like the hillbilly moon way up on high Hurt comes free when you know that you're too young to die She's gone for a long - long and tall and it's easy because the hurting comes free He met her long before I knew her name and they had hard rains until now I wish I could say the right flow of words to keep her by me somehow So I've been hanging all alone by a white cold wall and wondering where can my baby be? She's gone on a long - long and tall and it's easy because the hurting comes free I wish warm colors would paint over the lies and the mysteries we built through the years but that's all that can be said for the ties that bind is when heaven gives way to the fears She knows he asks one thing from her my darling who has strayed far from me and in return he smiles and so as if it were for me because the hurting comes free Hurt comes free like the hillbilly moon way up on high Hurt comes free when you know that you're too young to die She's gone for a long - long and tall and it's easy because the hurting comes free
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That Old Open Road Busting down that old open road You got the way! You got the way! Ain't gonna be lonesome no more You got the way! You got the way! Gonna show them whose the boss We got the way! We got the way! Gonna show them lines we've crossed We got the way! We got the way! Keep that road unraveling before our eyes until we see the sea tide rise Time will tell who's more satisfied ain't got no money but we got the way! We got the way! We got the way! Gonna tell them we got the way! We got the way! We got the way! Gonna tell them that we got the way! Ain't no factory to go to everyday Got the old open road we got the way! Not an ugly one room shack in a town where ain't no one smiling around Busting down that old open road You got the way! You got the way! Ain't gonna be lonesome no more You got the way! You got the way!
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She Is On My Mind She is on my mind but may never believe in me I've been burned enough to see fire becomes a friend She is on my mind I'm always by her side someday I will catch her eye but someday does not say when I run away without her I am anything but with her I am everything she is on my mind She is on my mind I try to reach out for her but she's afraid our future isn't worth the faith If I were on her mind then we could be lovers but I'm just a dreamer and dreamers always wait I run away without her I am anything but with her I am everything she is on my mind I run away without her I am anything but with her I am everything she is on my mind
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Nasty Dungeon Hey Hey I'm sitting in a nasty dungeon trying to get my own way Girl you know I'm tired of playing you these songs I want to get out of here babe before Sunday goes dark Hey Hey I'm sitting in a nasty dungeon trying to get my own way I used to love this place because it was the only place I'd been But now just to leave this behind would be the least of my dreams Hey Hey I'm sitting in a nasty dungeon trying to get my own way Hey Hey I'm sitting in a nasty dungeon trying to get my own way Hey Hey I'm sitting in a nasty dungeon trying to get my own way I'm sitting in a nasty dungeon trying to get my own way
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Life Goes On 04:32
Life Goes On When the day turns into darkness the night surrenders to the calm across this city I wander aimless but I'll be busting out by dawn it happens to the best of us but you don't seem to understand if you get lost along the way you find another road to take to get back home (Chorus) Life goes on and on Life goes on and on Life goes on and do you understand my soul? or are you dancing with my soul? Day to day I'm just another survivor it feels so good to be alone you say I need to vent my anger fading since I've been gone away so long Life goes on and on sometime I'll get back home Life goes on and on Life goes on and do you understand my soul? or are you dancing with my soul? Every night I fall in love I fall in love again Life goes on and on Sometime I'll get back home Life goes on and on Time rolls on and on Dust to dust to ashes to ashes that's the way love goes Sometimes your secrets follow you through the ages It'll make you feel unknown I'll pick up the pieces of my broken promises and hope someone will lend a hand but still I try to bust a smile to you, to anyone who comes around and understands Life goes on when you want it to Life goes on the way you want it to Life goes on Well you can make it through Life goes on memories are fading
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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 middle of the concrete jungle 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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released January 3, 2021

All songs (copyright 2021) words and music by Dan Frechette, except "Life Goes On" music and lyrics by Dan Frechette/Jim Huff.

Recorded and mixed on January 2, 2021 in Steve's Office (at 59 degrees) in Bonny Doon, CA.

Dan Frechette - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica.

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