Wurlitzer Classics (2000)

by Dan Frechette

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1.
Straight Through The Heart (chorus) You're straight through the heart of a man like me Straight through the heart of a man like me your arrow of chaos felt but unseen takes me away The bells of midnight toll and sound the hopeless voices rattle and hound the sea boats holler as the sea shore pounds take me away (Chorus) The ice on fire burns the floor indigo children laugh at the wars the ghosts request another shot of horror take me away (chorus)
2.
Drifting Back From Somewhere I'm drifting back from somewhere and it's hard to say goodbye everyone is so happy because it's my turn to cry they say I've got what it takes and it's bound to take it all this ain't nothing new to me catch me when I fall when I fall I'm drifting back from somewhere voices echo in the breeze they whisper you're not old Dan you've just got old memories maybe soon I'll find out what it's like to have been around the same old streets and houses tired of the same old town same old town I'm drifting back from somewhere and it's hard to say goodbye I'm drifting back from somewhere and it's hard to learn to cry when there's nothing in your eyes how I wish that I could fly away.
3.
Beale Street 03:01
Beale Street On Beale Street was where I found you you were looking for a stained glass window to hang in a chuch you go to I pointed you to a place where they sell stain glass they make but all you wanted to do was get to know me through and through. (chorus) Now you know me and now that you know me in 5 days or so we'll marry you know me and now that you know me and we'll sail on the love boat ferry. You say you've seen me in your dreams I can't say what that means but girl I hope that you've been seen in my dreams too. On Beale Street we walk today and our life is pretty plain we dream of eclipses of the sun and the moon we don't know what the future holds as much as what the future held but I know that a Beale Street house will be our home soon. Now you know me and now that you know me we're sailing on the love boat ferry you hold me and you unfold me and in five days or so we'll marry x2
4.
Nikki 03:17
Nikki You left your footprints in the sand you left your childhood on the road you never needed no one's hand you could find your way alone every word was like a puzzle you could take apart and see I could imagine all your life past and present and future dreams. You ran with all the nightmare gangs felt the chills to your bones you robbed yourself of virginity innocence was never shown you spoke in circles and echoes your vision crying to be seen I could imagine all your life past and present and future dreams. You could try your hand at kinship try to love life like it was try to understand life's hardships what was underneath its cuts but Nikki spoke with a wistful vengeance and Nikki'd grumble when she'd breathe I could imagine all her life past and present and future dreams. I could imagine all her life past and present and future dreams.
5.
Mount Pleasant Well there's too much to do you can't ration your time there's offers you can't refuse and lies you can't rhyme (chorus) When you're up on Mount Pleasant don't forget the rest of the world 'cause everything will come together just like a boy and a girl and life on Mount Pleasant will take you where you wanna go don't you know you can be naked? you don't need your dirty clothes on Mount Pleasant. You gotta jump for a boss who calls you by your last name and she looks like a darling when you're playing her game When you're up on Mount Pleasant you can run the scheme birthday boy in the bathtub living in a dream. and life on Mount Pleasant will take you where you wanna go and if it don't work out you'll be the last one to know on Mount Pleasant. People shoot you down and you stare at your shoes you don't need to rub shoulders with the guys with the blues. When you're up on Mount Pleasant you can speak your mind tell the doubters and the haters you ain't one of their kind Life on Mount Pleasant can take you where you want to go send the devils on their heels and they'll never go home to Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant.
6.
Crying In The Sun Why do you want to wait for me Crying in the sun? Why do you want to wait for me Am I the only one? I'm not in a state for talking I'm not in a state for walking. I can't help the way I feel Crying in your sun Feeling like I'm out of place some brat that I've become. It's only a state of the moment Soon I'll be ready for roaming. So many changes have come over us So many changes since where we started out. I know you'll want to leave me here crying in the sun but yet there's a smile you'll get waiting for me to come soon I will come when you call me soon I will come and all will be will soon I will come when you call me soon I will come and all will be will Why do you want to wait for me crying in the sun? Why do you want to wait for me am I the only one?
7.
Nobody's Been Dreaming Of Me I'd wandered so far and away from love my dreams had changed and my fear was enough to keep me on that road to keep me on that road Baby, you'll wait no longer now I have to love you I'll follow the sound of your heartbeat now of your heartbeat now (chorus) My lonely nights, wasting alone you can call me keep me on your phone reach out and touch me again and again with your dreams seems nobody's been dreaming of me. I know I'm stronger now I have gone wrong before and hurt so many people with my careless will to score. Keep me away from your indecision I'm not a banker I'm just a musician falling in your arms falling in your arms (chorus x2)
8.
The Lover's Story I'm so young I still don't know what to do How can I have mended and still broken you? you say I didn't fail but I know the truth Can we get into the lover's story? (chorus) I'm not strong I don't belong in the window I'm only sleeping alone Knowing you once could care. Your soft shadows haunt the air that I breathe I'll never leave you when you're busy leaving me So fake it a day at a time until you turn my way Can we get into the lover's story? (chorus x2)
9.
Nothing To Lose But The Blues I want to sing until the blues come out no more a song that nobody can ignore we used to rock and roll -we used to get along you made my life into some old country song. I tried to love but trying never wins the more you want seems the less you gonna get so keep the hard times coming - I'm paying all my dues and I've got nothing to lose but the blues I want to lose the blues that nobody can find i'm sadhearted and losing all the time I had a lot to laugh about but now the joke's on me yesterday made a big fool out of me. tomorrow's bound to be another day another layer to cover up the wound. if I could only build me a time machine that machine would have steered clear of you. Now your pride is sinking so fast - and your happy faces make my sad face last so keep the hard times coming - I'm paying all my dues and now I've got nothing to lose but the blues.
10.
I'm Hoping I Can Make It On My Own Memories don't mean as much as they once did I can't see them in the making anymore I'm trying to be set free from a life that isn't me and I know I won't be lonesome when I go Because when my heart is lonely and there's too much love around me I can't complain because I should feel at home It's when I feel it don't matter if my cards were dealt and scattered I'd still feel the pain that a good hand knows i'm hoping I can make it on my own. Every brand new day all I pray for is escape I must admit I'm very insecure you ask me what is wrong and why don't I sing along I can answer when I'm longing for the door because my life is intact and the people slap my back you can't understand why I'm begging you to leave can you take me, by the way, to a world so far away? where nothing is the same but you and me? that's lots to ask so leave it up to me. I can't be involved with a life I'm trying to rob with situations much to real to stand I'm playing guessing games I must answer to my own name who am I and what's the master plan? I don't want to leave my world and never be let back I only want to change around the tune If you leave me I do doubt that I can go without my dancing partner to my personal blues that's lots to ask I'll leave it up to you.
11.
I'm Certain I'm Right I won't wait because the fire is gone Don't need someone to lean on She's got nothing on me today I'm losing out in a brand new way (chorus) My heart's broken I'm telling you Something with my standard I know it's true I will regret walking out the door but I'm certain I'm right it's ok I light a candle and turn off the day She knew me too well to care She had no handle on the grudges I held on her Now I'm aching and I know she will for sure because I'm certain I'm drifiting away (chorus x2)
12.
Hello Goodbye Town I tried living in a hello goodbye town Where the strays and the crazed and the amazed would stay and go Where the runaways would meet with the hoboes to dwell over home. I tried living in a runaway town. I tried a working in a hello goodbye town Where the ramblers and gamblers would heckle and laugh at my labor Where the men and the women and their children had all seen the slammer. I tried working in a layabout town. I tried loving in a hello goodbye town Where the women were haggard and laggard and staggered and swaggered and they swore and they tore out your door around four in the morning I tried loving in a dangerous town I could not breathe in a hello goodbye town where the smoke would blow and slowly choke me crying where the dust would rust and bust my lungs a coughing I tried breathing in a gas mask town. I tried staying in a hello goodbye town where the rivers and the timbers and the drifters would meet with the mountains where the whispers and the whimpers and their echoes would meet with the darkness I tried staying in a hotel town And I finally said goodbye to this town.
13.
Growing Up To Be A Man I'm following life's road I'm coming around the bend I feel I've gone too far I'm growing up to be a man I didn't want this change You'll never see me the same I hope you will pretend I'm gonna need a friend I'm gonna have to be fighter I'm gonna have to try to score I'm gonna have to break down rules that won't be built no more I might hurt so many people but that's the way I'll be and I won't make excuses Only enemies (chorus) I'm growing - growing up to be a man - yes I am I'm growing - growing up to be a man - yes I am yes I am I'm pulling my weight now I'm not a little boy I used to be the trophy mama's little toy but now I'm just as lonely as the drunkard on a train I'm heading for disaster and I won't feel the pain (chorus)
14.
Going Out On My Own Again Catch you tomorrow when I'm going And I'll be on my way I'm going to travel to the end of the world Where everyone feels the same (Chorus) When I'm leaving please don't call my name And tell me not to go on my way Because I don't want to feel afraid Going out on my own again I'm going where the song and dance man Breaks the silence with his song I'm going where the laughter and smiles Know where to belong (Chorus) Catch you tomorrow when I'm going Leaving your world behind But I'll remember how you helped me Kick my shoes off for a while. When I'm leaving won't you call my name and tell me you will see me on my way Because I don't want to feel ashamed Going out on my own Going out on my own Going out on my own again.
15.
Hard Times You Must've Had Hard times you must've had I can see how hard you're worn you worked from town to town long before i was born. Chasing down your highway all your life in your sack down to your next dirty job a life you don't want back Damn making a living how did you leave your home? were you tired of being told what to do? or did you have itchy heels to roam how did you wind up my father? how did you even survive? sleeping in the cold cold ditches hard times you must have had.

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released September 20, 2000

Cover photo by Angela Browne, taken 3rd story bedroom at 229 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg.

All songs written by Dan Frechette (SOCAN)

Recorded in September 2000 in Winnipeg. Tracks with Wurlitzer recorded at Mike Webster's 4 track cassette home studio.
Dan Frechette - Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, classical guitar, wurlitzer organ, electric guitar, slide guitar, bass, percussion and lead/harmony vocals.
Alana Levandoski - harmony on "Nothing To Lose But The Blues"
Dan Livingstone - lead acoustic guitar on "Nothing To Lose But The Blues"
Maria Mango - harmony on "Beale Street"
Patches - bass guitar on "Beale Street"

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