The Dixieland Album (2012)

by Dan Frechette

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These songs will someday feature dixieland style musicians (horns, piano, tuba, drums).

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released June 8, 2012

Recorded in June 2012. Dan Frechette on all instruments (bass, banjo ukulele, dobro, 12 string guitar, mandolin) and vocals. All songs by Dan Frechette. All songs Copyright Dan Frechette (unless otherwise noted) and registered with SOCAN.

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

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Track Name: A Gentleman's Gal
A Gentleman's Gal

You can lose a good gal in a minute
but you can have a lot of fun if you're with it
give her your bear at the fair if you win it
and you'll have yourself a gentleman's gal
if your gal's a slow operator
and she don't want no meat with her potater
don't go cussing and fussing just date her
then you'll have yourself a gentleman's gal.

(chorus)
She's delightful
so be very insightful
the scene can be frightful
for a bachelor falling in love
if there's a glimpse of trouble
must you turn to rubble
you can be the couple
everybody's dreaming of

If the line is tight you can tow it
if the grass is grown you can mow it
if the feeling is in the air you will know it
and you'll have yourself a gentleman's gal
so be careful with the stuff you're saying
it don't matter what the air is weighing
you'll get yourself a lot more than just a layin
if you have yourself a gentleman's gal.

(chorus)
Track Name: Grandpa Was A Spaceman
Grandpa Was A Spaceman

My grandpa was a spaceman
and a herb junkie
he didn't ride the rails
hoboing the big country
he didn't work hard in his prime
he was a suburban rebel kind
my grandpa worked a porn store
in Moose Jaw

My grandpa read of Huxley
and he hung out with whores
hells little angels
knocked on my granddaddy's door
and my daddy came to be
admidst chaos and treachery
rooting around for roaches
with my granddaddy.

When I was young
the teacher would call to me
and say, "Hey, son!
Tell the class - who's your granddaddy!"

My grandpa was a spaceman
and a herb junkie
he didn't ride the rails
hoboing the big country
he didn't work hard in his prime
he was a suburban rebel kind
my grandpa worked a porn store
in Moose Jaw
my grandpa worked a porn store
in Moose Jaw
Track Name: Don Juan Blues
Don Juan Blues

I don't know your name
everybody looks the same
and I've kept my distance
from this place
and tomorrow is gonna come
beating on its drum
and I'll follow tomorrow
yesterday will not stop me.

I've shot your heart
with an arrow full of love
and you watch me
like I'm your
truest saint
I may be a saint
but a true one I ain't
and I'll follow tomorrow
yesterday will not
stop me.

I don't know your name
everybody looks the same
and I've kept my distance
from this place
and tomorrow is gonna come
beating on its drum
and I'll follow tomorrow
yesterday will not stop me.
Track Name: The Dark Side Of Town
The Dark Side Of Town

I left old Bessie last year
she never laughed too much
you got me so turned on now darling
I can say I've had my turn of luck
Finally life is looking up
now that I'm fortune bound
I've stopped drinking
I've stopped sinking
down on the dark side of town.

You got me dancing the Charleston
since you laid your love on me
you caught me laughing
I caught you laughing
Just like a stranger to misery.
Instead of cracking a bottle
I've been cracking smiles all around.
Instead of croaking
I've been joking
that I was down on the dark side of town.

You bring out the best in me
in the morning, noon and night
you bring out the best in me baby
I'm doing everything right.

Now if old friends call me crazy
I just say that I'm crazy for you
they see me picking you daisies
instead of out having a few.
I'll treat you so good mama
You ain't ever gonna mess around
You won't be drinking
you won't be stinking up
all the dark side of town.
Track Name: I Can't Help But Miss You Wrong
I Can't Help But Miss You Wrong

I've been away so long
I can't help but miss you wrong
Remembering the hard times too much
Why can't I recall your touch?

(chorus) Forgetting the laughter that's been
and all of the beauty in between
maybe we should get along
I can't help but miss you wrong.

It's possible to miss someone who's treated
you badly and left you behind
but I can't help but miss you wrong, dear
everytime you cross my bitter mind.

(chorus)

I think back to arguments and hardships
and all of those times that you tried
to tolerate my endless individuality
and all of my hardened goodbyes

(chorus)

You fill my mind with worry
you fill my heart with regret
as long as you're someone I remember
you're someone I can't forget

(chorus)
Track Name: If We Make It Through The Wedding
If We Make It Through The Wedding

Here I sit thinking and drinking
in all the things we do and say
and how love wound us up here
and ended us up this way
I'm fighting when I'm hiding
and there ain't no exit sign
If we make it through the wedding
the divorce will go just fine

We've packed up all our things
too many times to say
and last year we were younger
and now we're old and gray
and talking gets downhearted
just about all the time
If we make it through the wedding
the divorce will go just fine

(chorus) If we make it through the wedding
the divorce will go just fine
we used to be young dreamers
but now we're old and blind
we used to be with used to be's
and now we're doing time
If we make it through the wedding
the divorce will go just fine

repeat chorus
Track Name: Six Old Pints Of Guiness
Six Old Pints Of Guiness

Hell, I ain't no backstreet boy
I'm working all the time
from Soho down to Brixton
bars are ringing down the line
there ain't a hard nosed drinker
who has ever beat me down
I've got a horseshoe up my arse
I'm the old clown of the town.

(chorus)
Hell, this ain't no nursery boy
you're on your way all right
with six old pints of guiness
and you'll win us in the fight.
Hell, this ain't no nursery boy
you're on your way all right
with six old pints of guiness
and you'll win us in the fight.

Rags to riches bitches
are all up to keep us square
we're nothing but old cowboys
when they want us
we're nowhere
sometimes I hear a big jet soar
and I must have missed the flight
stranded in the shithole
with the drunken gang tonight

(chorus)

Give me a 1000 Euros
and I'll break the pub tonight
there ain't a broken heart
that I have never not done right
money don't buy nothing
but a cracked head in the morn
I been picking up the pieces
since the cruel day I was born.

(chorus)
Track Name: Baby Lemonade
Baby Lemonade

(chorus) Treat me right, baby, and maybe we can have it made
If life gives you lemons make a little lemonade
I can't stop the sunshine making shade
we're gonna take these lemons and make a little lemonade

Get me a glass to see through
and I'll get the last straw
You can squeeze the lemons baby
I'll make sure the ice don't thaw (chorus)

We can work together, baby,
one more time to get it right
there's definitely enough lemons
we can drink lemonade all night (chorus)

Old doctor told me lemonade
was good for my soul
been drinking lemonade so damn long
I'm starting to get on a roll. (chorus)

(chorus)
Track Name: Sure Fire Way Of Taking
Sure Fire Way Of Taking

I've got that sure fire way of taking 'til that
little heart of mine is breaking
I'm hard to take and shake and make myself get down.
I've got that old standby just waiting
for a new flirtation with my Satan
and I can't guarantee I won't run you around.

(chorus)
I've got that old campfire a swaying
and I'm drunk but I'm still playing
not caving in to the glare behind the dawn.
I'm gonna write her an old time love line
Sing it in a song a thousand time
and make up for the times I put her on.

Because she is just a dreamer
I'm just a coffee in need of creamer
and I'm bitterly just hoping to get by.
She's had many years going crazy
being treated just like a lady
and I'm hard to take on the ground
my money is tied.

(chorus)
Track Name: Life On The Run
Life On The Run

Let me tell you a story about my life on the run
I had to buy myself a mask and some bullets and a gun hey hey
whoo whoo whoo
I could use a couple dollars to ride me 'cross state lines too.

I had a donkey for a mama and a monkey for a pa
daddy picked the pockets and mama bucked them off
hey hey
whoo whoo whoo
who would have known I'd wind up to be a criminal too?

I beat up an old punker trying to sell me his stash I'd be high as a kite now but the heat came back
hey hey
high high high
Mr. Policeman understand this explanation of mine.

I had the three meals, the working and the schooling and the man
had the prison walls reflecting all the stupid things I did hey hey
high high high
I had no money but the taxman was treating me right.

When I got out of jail I had no choice but to rob
I'm a pretty smart guy who can't find a job hey hey
oh shucks
found myself a nice store put the man on the floor and ran off with a couple of bucks

There ain't much better than jail than the life on the run you get to have yourself some action get to have yourself some fun hey hey
whoo wee
I'm getting quite a kick out of wrecking people's lives, you see.
Track Name: Everyday I'm Everything All At Once
Everyday I Am Everything All At Once

Well, I'm happy and I'm sad
and I'm good and I'm bad
everyday I am everything all at once
I'm smart and I'm a fool
I'm a loser and I'm cool
everyday I am everything all at once
I admire and berate you
I comfort and frustrate you
everyday I am everything all at once.

If you like it
it is good
if you love it
it is bad
if you don't know
well, you should
and if you hate it
don't be mad

I love you and life goes on
the world will follow even though it's wrong
everyday I am everything all at once
Get it all figured out one day
and maybe then it'll go away
everyday I am everything all at once
I broke you and I made you
I ripped you off even when I paid you

Don't worry about tomorrow
who cares about today?
It's all going to revolve around you
Just hope the bad shit goes away

'Cause I'm happy and I'm sad
and I'm good and I'm bad
everyday I am everything all at once
I'm smart and I'm a fool
I'm a loser and I'm cool
everyday I am everything all at once
I admire and berate you
I comfort and frustrate you
everyday I am everything all at once
everyday I am everything all at once
everyday I am everything all at once
at once
at once
at once.

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