The Countryside Of Life (2004)

by Dan Frechette

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Prairie Pines Let me dream and you will be my sunrise on ol' prairie pines near elms and oaks where hummingbirds poke when dreamy dawn breaks you'll be mine. (chorus) Let me dream of you this morning and let me dance without a warning. I will pay you for this moment my sunrise high upon old prairie pines. The days are old and a treasure untold will greet me in the brand new morn I'm fired and I'm lost and these lands I've crossed are filling my days with scorn. (chorus) Times they do change lives rearrange the river flowing down the line but if there is no you what am I to do? my sunrise on old prairie pines (chorus)
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Manitoba Sweetfields Have you ever seen the skies in Manitoba? The deepest blue you'll ever care to know and in it you will find the price of heaven where farmers prayers are sent for crops to grow I used to see the skies of Manitoba turn dark and rain when fields were blowing dry Those easy times are gone as the summer dust blows on oh my Manitoba sweetfieds should never die. Hold on, you farmers these fields are wet from snow hold on, let's hope this year the bumper crop will grow These farms will remain in Manitoba and these sons of the pioneers whose hearts could read the sky no matter what the cost or the money that's been lost oh my Manitoba sweetfieds will never die. Have you ever seen the skies in Manitoba? The deepest blue you'll ever care to know and in it you will find the price of heaven where farmers prayers are sent for crops to grow. Those easy times are gone as the summer dust blows on oh my Manitoba sweetfieds should never die.
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Peg County Picker How sweet the sound of music my world and life are whole when I can feel the ringing tones that bless my merry soul and when folks stop to ask me where is this music from? I'm a 'Peg county picker and I'm not the only one. (chorus) I'm not the only one having so much fun I'm a 'Peg county picker and I'm not the only one. Grandpa played the guitar and Grandma played the spoons the other grandfolks taught my mama old 'Peg county tunes So I have come up through the ranks armed with a memory of the prettiest tunes you've ever heard this side of Carberry. (chorus) I'll keep serenading as the prairie girls go by and the hard edged weathered workers who light the city sky for this is where I'm born and raised and no man should leave his home until he's sung a prairie song to ease him as he roams. (chorus)
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Flower On My Road To Hell An hour and a half into nowhere the night sky shining on as I drive through the ruins singing for the songs thinking back to better days before I was around when Wilson Pickett ruled the jukebox and country girls were all around. Now I'm thinking back to yesterday how you said to me, "these days there's no future in the way things used to be." but I told you my darling you're a flower on my road to hell I'll carry you down with me and the secrets that I can't tell (chorus) You're my flower on my road to hell you're my shower raining on my wishing well and my song that made it to the top of my charts be strong, don't ever take the laughter from your heart. Some go on believing they'll never catch their train I'll always believe in someday it's a word I'm always saying someday we'll be together through the shadows and the walls through every kind of weather protect each other when thunder falls. (chorus)
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Tears In Bloom There's too many children running away from dreams who turn from love who embrace fear and who carry guns through their empty halls wishing a stranger harm. (chorus) Cry for America cry for the violent victim charmed by harm and praising the doom. Fall away Fall away the fear behind tears in bloom. There are so many children who pay a heavy price for we can't see from their point of view with what this world can teach must we cover eyes like dreamers of old used to do? (chorus) To join hands singing to make each other proud to live for years in peace and dreams to share our stories and play no part in teaching children what fear can mean. (chorus)
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Meeting In Oxford There's a white meeting in Oxford and I don't want to go Daddy said the old guard's there to take out so and so (Chorus) But I don't want to go I don't want to go There's a meeting there in Oxford and I don't want to go Politicians still endorse those crazy deeds they've done But If I had my way I would let everybody run (Chorus) Daddy said we can't give up we've got to see this through But I told daddy this is a thing I won't teach my kids to do (Chorus) These people you call monkeys have got burning in their souls They believe in the same same old things we do and I don't want to go (Chorus x2)
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The Countryside Of Life Life is an easy ride rambling round the countryside take a load off in your pickup truck it's been so long since your heart got stuck waiting for the wheels to turn and some good cash to burn rambling around the countryside of life. Easy streets a gravel road that turns and ends at the fishing hole if only they could see you now with all your dreams you could show them how you left the county with your unsung verse when you carried the devils curse rambling around the countryside of life. You made yourself hard to control always falling for the jelly roll after two years of breaking down you couldn't find a ride in from town a sweet angel took you in she planted seeds with her red rose grin and you rambled around the countryside of life. Life is an easy ride rambling round the countryside take a load off in your pickup truck it's been warm since your heart got stuck waiting for the wheels to turn and some good cash to burn rambling around the countryside of life.
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Laplant Road 04:15
Laplant Road I spent an autumn weekend in the sun picking songs righting wrongs. Thinking back to days Lloyd shared with Norman Blake Staying awake picking by the lake. (chorus) And the winters send that old sun down too soon and the dreamers wake in darkness by the moon when a day goes by it's only afternoon and the spirit to play it moves you more. We're on our way on an autumn day holiday to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in the cold and there's music in the heart of Laplant Road. We're on our way on an autumn day holiday to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in the cold and there's music in the heart of Laplant Road. Lloyd told me he liked to build guitars it wasn't hard he worked for hours and his two young sons could build those pickers too and the grass was blue and they filled his shoes. (chorus) Lloyd pulled out a beater but a dream a '33 D-18 he dusted off the top for St. Anne's Reel the dessert deal with the home-made meal. (chorus)
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He Was Ugly 04:24
He Was Ugly She's got a new life since she's been under the knife she won't tell nobody why she's been out of sight but that she's had a wonderful life he thought she wasn't good looking he spent his time chasing blondes he only loved her for her cooking she only loved him for his savings bonds she only loved him for his savings bonds (Chorus) he was ugly from a distance he was ugly as the day that she bought beauty product pollutants because of unkind words he did say and she went to see the surgeon and bought herself some dignity all for the perversion of his blindness to inner beauty his blindness to inner beauty She went out after healing and she found the men were pigs her heart had lost all feeling and soon she returned to her digs to find ugliness watching his TV startled by her face and her breasts the tables had turned now she had power to burn but she couldn't have cared any less she couldn't have cared any less (Chorus) She was prepared to love him forever but he couldn't believe her rack and he swiveled around in his Lazy Boy chair and he had a had himself a heart attack she cashed his Government bonds and moved to Upstate New York she hasn't thought back to her life from the shack she's popped far too many corks she's popped far too many corks (Chorus)
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Finding Freedom In the fields of black where the good boys climb making their meat for the man on time everyday a new stranger born in the wild only to grow a new society child working to find a home and a dream spent the 9 to 5 turning this little gold digger mean looking for a way away from the fools who make up the games and break down the rules. (chorus) Oh we're finding freedom in the free world we know it's free it ain't the world we paid for x2 When the good times roll and the good boys go home looking for mamas and babies and rocks and stones building up homes and breaking their bones getting old and taxing the loans look out for the corners and the back lanes where the gold hearts shudder and leave their blood stains and all you want is some peace for your life dimensions you choose minus the strife. (chorus) Should you just be tired and quit? and find yourself some place to sit? you fear who you'll be sitting with somebody busking a 10 cent riff who can take you on a soul trip so far away "thanks for the change, man have a nice day." In the fields of black where the good boys climb making their meat for the man on time everyday a new stranger born in the wild only to grow a new society child. (chorus
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Heart instead She's beautiful as morning when she dances she's a treat everywhere there's laughter in the eyes sweet Molly meets he tells the whole world of her and he grants her every dream at times she asks so much from him she makes him want to scream. (chorus) "Oh honey, everything is rosy but it's all gone to your head may love not go up to your head but to your heart instead." Her father thinks it's pity her mother thinks it's a joy her father's rich heredity for young love to enjoy but when they're done their dinners and the champagne's at its end he insists to hold her diamond hands drunkenly recommending (chorus) if you're ever down in trouble and you wonder why we're wed may love not got up to your head but to your heart instead. All alone young Molly goes shopping all day long he gives her all his money and he hasn't had a job he says something is missing and he isn't satisfied his mind is in the gutter because she won't provide she says (chorus) if you're ever down in trouble and you wonder why we're wed may love not got up to your head but to your heart instead.
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Ramble On, Gamble On I don't want to see you - gambling all our money - rolling dice and shuffling them old cards all night I don't want to see it when you win your million dollars and watch your common sense get out of sight. Seeing all the strangers romance you by the dozen and so and so knows so and so's dying second cousin. So if you want to stay here and gamble all our money, honey, funny you just looking for a fight. (Chorus) - Roll on, shuffle on, ramble on, gamble on, slow down, cool down. Would somebody please shoot out the lights? I had a friend who won lots of money and soon she took to running around Had a lot of friends treat her like a banker and the scandals just sent her out of town Police tried to arrest her for allowing miners access and then the calling came the next April for the taxes She spent more in one month than she did in her lifetime and even now I don't see her because she's gone. Chorus. x 2

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All songs written by Dan Frechette. Copyright 2004. All songs registered with SOCAN.

Dan Frechette - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Acoustic, Banjo, Resonator Guitar, Percussion.

Album cover photo by Haley Catton.

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released December 31, 2004

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