Wurlitzer Classics (2000)

by Dan Frechette

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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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Track Name: Straight Through The Heart
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)
Track Name: Drifting Back From Somewhere
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.
Track Name: Beale Street
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
Track Name: Nikki
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.
Track Name: Mount Pleasant
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.
Track Name: Crying In The Sun
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?
Track Name: Nobody's Been Dreaming Of Me
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)
Track Name: The Lover's Story
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)
Track Name: Nothing To Lose But The Blues
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.
Track Name: I'm Hoping I Can Make It On My Own
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.
Track Name: I'm Certain I'm Right
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)
Track Name: Hello Goodbye Town
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.
Track Name: Growing Up To Be A Man
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)
Track Name: Going Out On My Own Again
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.
Track Name: Hard Times You Must've Had
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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