Waking The Wild Dawn (2018)

by Dan Frechette



released November 7, 2018

All instruments by Dan Frechette except Violin and harmony vocals on "Butterfly" by Laurel Thomsen.

All songs by Dan Frechette Copyright 2018 SOCAN.

Album cover photo at Roaring Camp Marshall's Office in Felton, California by Laurel Thomsen.


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Dan Frechette California

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

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Track Name: Love Is Stronger Than Fear
Love Is Stronger Than Fear

Old worn heart broke out of a bad dream
took a cold hard look at all the roads and the grand schemes

Oh - Love Is stronger than fear
love is a song that you’ll hear
Love is stronger than fear
whether far whether near

You can fight against luck not seeing good you’re shown
like lovers pointing fingers when the garden’s overgrown


(bridge) He could be standing in his own way
his capacity to dream stolen by pain
how could this crime punish the innocent and free
how the law made an outlaw out of you and me

To release the fear and let the love rage
whoever read a storybook without turning a page?


He had no money and a credit card
he had a girl who was riding him hard
took some hell to go as low as he’d go
intentions were changed and the life blood flowed

So he appreciated whatever he could
and paid it forward to the greater good

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: A Happy Song
A Happy Song

Count yourself blessed
These times ain't a test
What's real feels the best
Your hunger's at rest
There's no more hearts to claim
No more roads to choose
No more paths to fame
No more lessons to refuse

You've gone on so long
Why not sing a grateful song?
You've missed out so long
Why not sing a happy song?

You live in the mountains
In the nest of these redwood lands
You have friends and admirers
giving you helping hands
Inside there's a fire
No friend or foe could quell
No sense ending desire
but of the consequence it could spell


Closed eyes are unknowing
Unanswered questions are left burning
Turned backs are unmoving
Given hearts not returning


Now you'll find your way
Just living it day by day
No more hearts to choose
knowing the one you still could lose
Give up desire
passions can change
to a new kind of fire
that doesn't estrange

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: Every Second We're Together
Every Second We're Together

You won't hold me to a dream
that's leading us down an empty stream
I'm feeling strange can't let you be
there's nothing but this mess of me

And I won't meet your needs
every second we're together
and I won't cut you to see you bleed
so please don't bring the stormy weather

There's a million ways to live
there's million more ways to give
it can't just be ABC
I'll let you fly and I'll set you free


So many people hide
the corpse of soul that's forever gone and died
If you meet me half the way
chances are the soul we are will stay.

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: Monterey Sun
Monterey Sun

Monterey Sun
til the fog starts rolling in
feel like I’m going from hell to heaven in one sweet day
Monterey Sun
things will either get better or they’re just gonna die
I’m hanging don’t ask me way
I’m gonna stay

I still have friends
some of them want to hang out soon
it just comes down to picking an afternoon
when everyone’s free
I’m laying low and there ain’t nowhere else I’d rather know
I’d just be stuck in the rain and snow
and dreaming of here


I’m about to chew some bitter pill
while I’m walking against my will
on heaven’s doorstep
I’d love to carry on
sitting around singing song after song
but I take this heaven now as it comes

Track Name: Song Long Gone
Song Long Gone

I haven't heard this song since I loved you last
and I'm not supposed to care because we're all in the past
and I've moved on with a new love on my arm
and there's no need to worry
no need for alarm
I don't like the song as much as you did
It doesn't make me care about who you've been with
It's just a song long gone ain't heard it for so long
there's beauty and power in finding a new song

The ancient times when I held your hand and
cared about you tried to believe in plans
I regret how it died how you decide to hide
while I'm out living life with no questions inside
you were in a trance compromised circumstance
when it came time to run I had long drawn a blank
there were beautiful worlds left for us to discover
and no way we could see it when we were still lovers

And all I'd want from you is a smile and a call
some way to destroy your deadly cold wall
you're still alive but to me you don't bleed
a faded figment friendship that we used to be
I've rambled through the lands you've called home the past five years
My heart is sadness regret and old unshed tears
no light on this mistress of fears
you're just a mystery that I long through the years
Track Name: Butterfly

I’m going out west where the sun don’t shine
wishing that my baby was a friend of mine
She’s looking real gentle and feeling kind of sad
I know I want to lover her and I feel so bad

She’s been busy and I been down
been living too deeply trying to gain ground
in the summer time the west runs dry
and I’ll tell her how I feel catch a butterfly

It ain’t fun being caught for the butterfly
so she’ll hang on and not know why
and she knows if she let’s go
I’ll remember the trail of the Alamo
and i’ll remember the way I’ll be running back home

In the evening I feel like my thoughts run on
and in the daytime running to chase a song
but the river is shouting and I can’t hear my mind
and I’m wishing that my baby was a friend of mine


I’m going out west where the sun don’t shine
wishing that my baby was a friend of mine
Track Name: Why You Flyin'?
Why You Flyin?

You got what you wanted
now what do you know?
Gotta stay at the top and let your moment show
It'll never pass this way again
maybe you'll be the friend that everybody wants to know
It's up to you
somebody's waiting for you to go

Where you going?
What is all this for?
Why you flyin?
There's no open doors.
Only dying can remind them what you living for

No one is wrong except those picking sides taking rides
Watch the drama and the jesters rolling in the tides
You'll be missed when the future subsides from your plans
And to replace you will be another we'll exalt like fools again

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: What Love Became
What Love Became

So much time has run on
we're running on time
to another broken rhyme
reading between lines
So you were meant to be
but maybe it's me
I've got to move on
stir up the song
stop slowing this down

Time will tell you it's cool
that we did what we had to do
the only things good are true and worth living through
Upon my windowpane
I will hang a shrine in your name
forever as I look out and away
from what love became

Looking back at places we'd been
what did that mean?
to not be alone
to see where we'd gone
I'm thinking ahead to the same
stuck in a moving frame
wondering where times could go
if we had the world on our own

Track Name: The Calm Ocean
The Calm Ocean

They took me sailing
Across the ocean
where otters play in the water
There were dolphins
and sweet reflections
friendship clouds and laughter

In morning mist
the calm ocean
reminded me of easy childhood
and dancing otters
so close by
you could almost touch them

Then we went
rinsed off our sand
and ate at a Mexican diner
I ate some cactus
we talked and answered
new friends bonding together
Track Name: Unsung Days
Unsung Days

As I kiss your old dreams goodbye
and look at the fear in your eyes
as you walk the plank of broken hearts
old news and fading goodbyes
Looking out at what we’ve become
across the mountain where we are going
when you’re through with me at least you’ll be singing
a brand new song

Don’t be looking at our unsung days
memories fading off in the distance
when no one is calling you home
no one is waiting for you anymore
like an old dog crawling through town
don’t let the rain get you down
time will heal pain you feel
while waking the wild dawn
with your heart aches in pawn

And there are old ties bent and withdrawn
think you know someone next day they’re gone
looking daylight straight in the face
and seeing nothing but things out of place
old ties getting chill by the hour
I used to laugh at the souls running away
out to the city looking for action
and killing their faith


I look forward to thin threads of light
and Woody Guthrie jamming trashed in the pasture
taking a whiff, braving a shift,
making his strings sing real
I don’t care what becomes of the nights
we’re both on our own in the city
thinking back to lives we left
may the future be our cause.

Track Name: A Future Together
A Future Together

Sweetheart like you needs
A young heart like mine
To hold you in sunsets
take your heart in time
I watch you wrap your hair
around my longing skin
while I dream of some kind of future
together we'll belong in.

I'll take you by sunrise because you awaken me
high numbers keep me counting all the things that you need
I've been a has-been wannabe
and my path wears thin
while I dream of some kind of future
together we can be in.

Don't shine your light on any other fool
Just know I'll get you when frustration is no longer my school
I'm gonna hit the hard road with my conscience made of tin
while I'm dreaming of a future together we'll belong in
while I'm dreaming of a future together we'll belong in
while I'm dreaming of the future together we'll belong in.

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