There In The Dark Streets (2008)

by Dan Frechette

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Thrills For Everyone But Not For Me I'm still waiting for a river to float me home I'm still waiting on a lover to call my name I'm still waiting on old friends to ring my phone I'm still waiting for the world to take this blame (Chorus) I'm still looking at their fists and rolled up carpets hand me downs of chains of misery still trying to get some honest thrills from living it's thrills for everyone but not for me Still waiting for my old man to return still waiting on going blind to all I see still waiting on a hole where I don't hide still waiting on what fate won't let me be (Chorus)
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The Ghost Nobody Sees I can't wait to be the ghost nobody sees hopefully someone will murder me and I can float along and let the good world let me be I can't wait to be the ghost nobody sees. And to not be heard, or felt, or in disguise and to not feel my wrath shot back from all their eyes and to not frustrate those who are walking along the breeze I can't wait to be the ghost nobody sees. To spare you of the hell my presence is don't even let me start about the 'biz let's just say it's part of my disease I can't wait to be the ghost nobody sees. I want to love but but I'm told I'm too far gone Everyone else seems to know where I've gone wrong But they'd rather tell each other than call me I can't wait to be the ghost nobody sees. I won't blame a soul, and I'll just blame me These clouds are mine you're cursing it's plain to see there's just one thing I wish to set them free I can't wait to be the ghost nobody sees. Maybe someone will bother to call on me when I become the ghost that ain't nobody sees.
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The Voice Nobody Hears There's a voice in this old heart that has been tearing me apart it has shouted, sworn and lied and turned me to tears. There's nowhere I can go Without knowing what I know and there's no way to stop the voice nobody hears. Oh, it cries, "I miss you dearly". It shouts for hearts I've used It tells me stop denying all the problems I've refused and it just won't go away and I can't go on this way There's just no way to stop the voice nobody hears. Understand me when I'm down I just don't want to be around Showing this world a face that's beaten, torn, and blue and those who live and carry on I wish there'd be a happy song I could have my heart sing away their whole night through. All my hope is gone to the winds of fate gone wrong and there ain't no way to stifle all my fears I just wish to comfort those who didn't live the life I chose there's no way to stop the voice nobody hears. There's just no way to stop the voice nobody hears.
4.
Won't You Come And Visit My Grave? I prayed to God for my whole life I had two sons, daughters and a wife I fed them, cared for them and bid goodbye from my deathbed where I died I was turned into dust and buried here beneath the crust I ain't seen my family for days Won't you please visit my grave? (chorus) Why don't you come and visit my grave? My heart's been laid to rest my soul's been saved I'm hoping you will come to me Thank me for the friend I've been It's not sad or angry here I'm just buried and in fear Only one thing I do crave Won't you please visit my grave? My mother Malo is buried by our souls in heaven weave and fly there ain't no calling, no pain, no fear many prayers have sent us here and below we see our legacies moving on from memories just remember what I gave Won't you please visit my grave? (chorus)
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Slice Of Nowhere (chorus) Here I am just dig my little slice of nowhere break out the bottle to try to drown the silence out looking back at all the doubts that I had when I was sober and looking down at things that I used to find far out. (chorus) Ain't no good fighting a losing battle. Cooling my heels while the moss covers my toes Looking out at old man winters steely eyes and fixing for my second overdose I think I'm gonna write an old love letter that I'll find again when I'm cleaning out my room and by then maybe I'll be older and better and I'll lick that stamp and send it to her groom. (chorus) Soon the winter gets hard for the travelling and the walls send cabin fever down my spine and I'm stuck to the floor with jam and peanut butter singing monotone some good old stone John Prine. And I'm just thinking maybe one last stab at river and I'll run around the block a couple times but there ain't a knife enough to pick this splinter out from all the heart that once was mine. (chorus)
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Standing Next To The Nowhere Sign Sorry, baby, if I'm all worn out most days I just drive you crazy never knowing what I really want just trying to get through the day, you see? I can't be counted on I've been running trying to find time to be a poet in a one horse town standing next to the nowhere sign. Things got funny to me in the life I left behind Couldn't trust my company I was proud the day I resigned and there were threats and pointed words from people who were never on my side just standing around making me bleed I bet they would have cheered if I'd died. 'Cause I've got no company except you and a few I miss old friends keep drifting by can't tell them why I'm down like this I'm sworn to secrecy and to have a lot on my mind all the good times are making me sad if they think they've got me they're blind. Baby, just take care of me Someday I'll be out from under the weather my heart will be set free and I know I'm going to treat you better just bear with me through the trails while the greed gets down to the wire you'll see how much music costs when life is being run by liars.
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Don't Worry Don't Work Anymore Add it to the list of the things going wrong Everywhere I'm going it's the same old song People running everywhere to keep up the pace Paying for the man it's a low down disgrace Buying everything because it's the way to go Pressure everywhere for the sweat not to show and if people ain't got money then they ain't good for sure Don't worry don't work anymore I'm running a business even though it's no good Stuck in this grind like anybody would can't get ahead or keep up anymore everything changes and I don't know what for Been out looking for a way out of this without punching a wall or slitting my wrists and I think of a mountain with a valley of mists Don't worry don't work anymore Everybody wants to party to forget all their blues But any more laughter I just might blow a fuse Regrets are never missing and reality sucks watch my back while I'm making the bucks Don't roll out a carpet just to hide my dirty floor Don't worry don't work anymore.
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Humane Society Blues Hi, my name is Sadie, won't you take me home? Hi, my name is Sadie, won't you take me home? This concrete kennel ain't no treat I'm alone in here they took me off the street. Hi, my name is Sadie, won't you take me home? Hi, I'm Dusty, won't you take me home? Hi, I'm Dusty, won't you take me home? I'm the runt of the litter and I've got no balls they neutered me because I was climbing walls. Hi, I'm Dusty, won't you take me home? Hi, I'm Rosa, won't you take me home? Hi, I'm Rosa, won't you take me home? I've been trying to eat this dry food some but I'm sniffing your wafer, won't you spill me a crumb? Hi, I'm Rosa, won't you take me home? Hi, my name's Candy, won't you take me home? Hi, my name's Candy, won't you take me home? I've got no fur, but I cuddle lots I've got no teeth, but I can catch slapshots. Hi, my name's Candy, won't you take me home? My name's Whiskey, won't you take me home? Hi, I'm Whiskey, won't you take me home? All I do here is bark, but I'm lots of fun all the others are bores, baby, I'm the one. Hi, my name's Candy, won't you take me home? My name is Cinnamon, won't you take me home? My name is Cinnamon, won't you take me home? I got my chin on my paws and I seem pretty sad but after riding to your house I won't be feeling so bad. My name is Cinnamon, won't you take me home? Hi, my name's Mitch, won't you take me home? Hi, my name's Mitch, won't you take me home? I'm ugly and fat and a mean bulldog I like chewing on the shoes that you use to walk. Hi, my name's Mitch, won't you take me home?
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Soft Places To Fall I feel so strange and you've got to let me go hey I can't stand the pain where the darkness overflows (chorus) and we've got soft places to fall i had you until today there's no way I'm gonna bring you down again this way you've got your heroes living down your street I've got my two ears between my retreat (Chorus) my family is too judgemental my friends just want the scoop you've got your soft places to fall til today I had you (Bridge) Sometimes you don't want to hear what life is saying to you but reaching out isn't anything very easy to do you don't to worry about me I'm gonna land on my feet by walking alone in the wildnerness with the screaming wind and sleet (Chorus) We won't be cozy by the fire there's some good in being alone no point leaning on somebody whose got so many broken bones
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I Just Want To Tell You I just want to tell you I love you more than dry roots love the rain I love you more than any games we play love you in a most mysterious way I just want to tell you life's been a drain on all the things that we dreamed it seems that evil burned us with its steam we ain't been fighting because our consciences are clean (chorus) Stand up - you know you want a friend Stand up - say it will never end Stand up - I just want to tell you that I'm waiting here forever want to tell you that I'm staying here forever I want to tell you ain't meaning to be a fool to you you've got better things that you know you can do trust me I try but sometimes I can't make it through I want to tell you you mean too much to me it scares me so to lose you to running I'd be ready to go too hard to face the pain in there and grow. (chorus)
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You've Taught Me How To Dance I have walked so down and lonesome on the breeze. For your heart I've felt beyond my means. I've almost learned the dances through and through you've taught me how to dance I'll dance with you. You've shown me all the joy beyond the soul you've taken me from prisons to paroles you've paid the band and bought my dancing shoes. you've taught me how to dance I'll dance with you. It's so easy the way you make me breathe It's so easy I'll never want to leave. There's tango, gypsy, modern, punk, new wave calypso, jazz, and rhythm and the rave but there's just one kind of dance that I ever knew you've taught me how to dance I'll dance with you. It's so easy the way you make me breathe It's so easy I'll never want to leave. There's a world I'll hold forever in my mind when the chips are down I'm down there most the time because the jukebox there it plays are sacred tune you've taught me how to dance I'll dance with you.
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Parades Are Raining It's frustrating running around trying to get your feet off of the ground by the time you realise you're up in the air people calling you down saying, "what you doing up there?" (chorus) All it takes, my friends, is one cruel/unhappy soul To leave the rocks for you and take (home) the roll All it takes, my friends, is one cruel soul but parades are raining on the tricks they pull. Try to walk the walk down an easy line don't get frazzled I ain't got the time don't you go walking talking me down I ain't got business with no man in town. (chorus) Now I'm out looking for some place I can go and I'm flying fast and I ain't crawling slow it's better to regret the things you do, you know than it is to regret all of the things that you don't. (chorus)
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The Lost And The Found They say love is a trembling happiness they say love is a dance of forgiveness it ain't having your kicks while running all around There ain't no beat in a heartache you can shout out all the laughter you can fake you can take your time while this world gains ground. (chorus) Just try standing tall in the shadows there ain't no pain in the gain of just hanging around take another stroll through the pathos dig this probation lane before the kid gets crowned for just hanging in the lost and the found. There's your world just reeling in confusion with drama queens and the kings of illusion seems they pay your way so they can take you down dreamers kid you with the world that they all know while the jaded charm you with a faded glow hope you make it to the picket line safe and sound (chorus) Someday you're gonna have patience like looking for meaning in a radio station what's a challenge without limitations? what's a riddle without frustration? (chorus)
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There In The Dark Streets One thing I know for sure in these black and blue days I feel your love so strong and nothing can take your place you've treated me beautifully like an angel with great care and I turn away and see there's no one else standing there (Chorus) There through all the music and the silence of the dusk there through the broken hearts and the dark streets low on luck there is where you'll always be when you need me someday too I'll be the one to come and pull you through I ain't gonna let you down when you're tired of running around can't see the beauty and the way time wears you down I'll be there holding you because you held onto me and that's the secret to the way things ought to be (Chorusx2)
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Heaven Without Soul - capo 4 D Little Girl little Girl I can read the air and there is something on your mind I've been trying to be the best thing you did find silence is walking out the door Maybe you'll find that it was all worth it somewhere down the line leaving home for a new life you can find where you still looking for dusty roads? And I still believe that I can't bring you all the pretty flowers you need and you still love me as if those flowers never grow and there are two places we call home And I still believe these days were made for the strongest to get through and there ain't no days I won't make the most of you can't have a heaven without soul. No matter how we hide Gotta face the problems somewhere down the line face the problems that the losers never find never seem to make peace with their souls and we're on a train better not catch the steel wheels against the rocks again sometime between the dream and the love that remains is a heart left burning like the coal (Chorus)
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Baby, I Can't Make It Anymore Remember days you feel so free Remember nights you followed me On those cold days you tried to go Baby, I can't make it anymore. Can't we try to make room for the blues? There ain't no reasons left to lose. I'm making changes 'cause I know Baby, I can't make it anymore. We've got some growing up to do I've seen the darkness, so have you And still the world around us grows even when we've got nothing to show. You tried to love me anyway I'll make it up to you someday And I'll stand true rich or poor Baby, I can't make it anymore. We've got some growing up to do I've seen the darkness, so have you And still the world around us grows though we've got nothing to show. Remember days you feel so free Remember nights you followed me On those cold days you tried to go Baby, I can't make it anymore. On those cold days you tried to go Baby, I can't make it anymore.
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For Things To Go This Way Everyone else is growing up and getting lame while I'm up all night long shouting your name I've got good vibes I've got bad times I must have been cruel in a former life for things to go this way Don't care to be your runaround but there's no other way I have my fun watching you have yours and hope you feel the same I don't want to babysit your feelings now or the jealousy from the responsible crowd I'd rather run off with your money than be stuck here caring my whole life away.
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While We Get To Live Been fighting their prison of power and fear watching the damage in the smoke of the mirror seeing no light come from this heart of mine just living day to day looking for a sign (Chorus) somewhere across this world is where we belong there must be danger in a future so wrong I can't believe it how we justify while we get to live they get to die while we get to live who gets to die? We can't afford it there's just fools who can't see how many people live in misery because one starves while another one eats and all these rules and regulations (Chorus) Kid even if you pay you'll never be free ain't nobody really cares what happens to me just another face in this raging sea let's make some money for this company (Chorus)

about

All these songs were written and recorded during a very challenging time in my life. RIP Jules Frechette (1941-2007). Along with a lot of other upheaval, it made for a fruitful songwriting time. There's some good stuff here, all these years later long after the feelings of loss have been felt in their fullness. The songwriting I did in the winter of 2007-spring 2008 is a style that only exists here from this particular time frame. As I am not able to revisit these songs any more I have decided to release these rough home demos as is. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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released December 31, 2008

All songs lyrics and music by Dan Frechette. Copyright 2008. All songs registered with SOCAN.

Recorded at home in Winnipeg on Zoom H4 recording unit.

Dan Frechette - Vocals, Guitar.
Guitars: 1964 Gibson B-25-12 (Factory Left handed)
2007 Martin D-28 Marquis
2004 Gibson J-45
2008 Martin 00-18V

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