Dan Dyer

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Recorded in Austin, TX at Church House Studios, Produced by David Boyle, Released by Fat Caddy Records.

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released 26 August 2008
Dan Dyer :: vocals, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, piano, keys, background vocals
David Boyle :: bass, percussion, piano, keys, programming

Also featuring:
Stephen Bruton (guitar)
Suzanna Choffel (background vox, percussion)
Kyle Ellison (guitar)
Lisa Jenkins (background vox)
Harmoni Kelley (bass)
Jonny Moeller (guitar)
El John Nelson (drums, percussion)
Scrappy Judd Newcombe (guitar)
George Reiff (bass)
Craig Robinson (keys)
Willie Sampson (drums)
Michael Simmons (background vox)
Nina Singh (drums)
John Vogelsang (bass)
Dustin Welch (banjo)
Billy White (guitar)
Members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir

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DAN dYER Austin

Soul-folk singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, raised in East TX on Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder & Merle Haggard. Dyer’s voice and live show intensity are raw and hot, yet soulful and sensitive, drawing from a wealth of classic soul, blues, folk, and R&B legends. His songs are dynamic, melodic, and intelligently seductive, and range from gospel-tinged ballads to classic strummed folk tales. ... more

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Track Name: Love Chain
a love chain
is about to pull me in
to the misery
and i can't swim
for a long time
i been feeling fine
tryin to keep it straight
trying to toe the line
but a love chain
is about to pull me in
to the misery
and i can't swim

had a woman
and i worked her hard
kept her up at night
then i torched her heart
but a flame's a flame
and she kept me warm
so i made a frame
and i caught her soul
her lovesick eyes
got a hold of me
the more they stare
the deeper that they see

had a woman
she was just eighteen
had a pageant smile
and a sinful skin
with no inhibitions
or religious schemes
just a thirst for love
and a lust for me
so i made my way
through her virgin maze
and when i emerged
it must've been ten days
Track Name: I Walk On Guilded Splinters
some people think they jive me
but I know they must be crazy
don't see their misfortune
i guess they're just too lazy
je suis le grand zombie
my yellow belt of choissen
ain't afraid of no tomcat
fill my brains with poison

walk through the fire
fly through the smoke
see my enemy
at the end of their rope
i walk on pins and needles
just to see what they can do
i walk on guilded splinters
with the King of the Zulu

come to me, come get it, come come
walking on guilded splinters
come to me, come get it, come come
walking on guilded splinters
‘ti Alberta

i roll out my coffin
drink poison in my chalice
pride begins to fade
and you all feel my malice
put gris-gris on your doorstep
and soon you be in the gutter
melt your heart like butter,
and I can make you stutter

come to me, come get it, come come
walking on guilded splinters
come to me, come get it, come come
walking on guilded splinters
‘ti Alberta
Track Name: Play On Little Children
play on little children
build your sandcastles high
paint the sky brilliant
and watch the clouds go by

as long as we live
there will always be war
man wants a little
then a little becomes a little more
you don't have to waste
your time on impossible dreams
man must destroy man
at least that's the way it seems

so play on little children
build your sandcastles high
paint the sky brilliant
and watch the clouds go by

walking down these blood streets
it's a sordid and surreal scene
there will always be hate
there will always be extremes
well i hope you will live
at least as free as i have
but i don't have too much hope
in the future, or what little is left

so play on little children
build your sandcastles high
paint the sky brilliant
watch the clouds go by

well i'm not old enough
to die before it begins
but sometimes i wish i was
because it's gonna be a hard life
Track Name: Stop For A Second
stop for a second
think for a moment
there's a second silhouette
in the third floor apartment
if you only had time
you would write her a letter
but your standin outside
with your face gettin redder

stop for a second
think for a moment
does she have another brother
otherwise this is her lover
well you never should've left outside in the rain
with a wet cigarette
and a dying flame

you held onto me
and made a mountain of a man
i said i'll love you always
and ringed diamonds round your skin
but when i had to leave
you said you had other plans

the November leaves
turnaround from green to red
elements that feed
apparitions in my head
i said i'd love you always
but i've only grown obsessed

for one time in my life
i wish i would've played this one right
but some women like to toy with out hearts
like a ball of string
and we just keep on unraveling
Track Name: Who I Am
lost in you
i feel at home
buried in your
flesh and bone
a breathing lava
living sea
sublunary
symphony

angled arms
spider hands
brush across
synthetic skin
sensorily
records my sins
and tells me
who i am

i am modern
modified
a sympathetic
suicide
yet something still
inside me breathes
shadows of
neuronic trees

lost in you
i feel at home
buried in your
flesh and bone
a salient soul
who understands
and tells me
who i am
Track Name: Love's A Game
love's a game that we both play
a hide and seek of hearts gone astray
blindfolds and subtle steers
in hopes we find a mark
in the end we're just reaching in the dark

are we bold enough to search each other out
through rules and ropes of steel meant to us down
the world can be a wondrous maze
where i hardly know the way
or a cage, the longer that i stay

when's the last time you ran full out
like the earth was on it's side
just short of falling down
where gravity can make you feel
like you could fall or fly
rushing forward with no questions why

well maybe i'm a sinner who lives with no remorse
or maybe i'm just simple, or undeterred by loss
our fate is a narrow line
where i sometimes make my way
or a cage, the longer that i stay
Track Name: Anne-Marie
anne-marie
why are you trippin?
i just don't understand

anne-marie
why are you trippin?
you must've found another man

one and one don't make three
two leaves don't make a tree
i said baby, if you want me
you'd better take the he up out of we
said girl, you know i tried
just to keep you satisfied
but you lied and i almost cried
but i guess i didn't care enough

(chorus)

the first time i didn't see
the second time brought me to my knees
the third time i said, "baby please
don't you make lock the door and throw away the key
but you just kept pushin on
with jimmy, tyrell, and john
and when i had to get my gun
you should've seen them suckas run

anne-marie, oh baby, you better don't
you say i wouldn't, girl don't think i won't
you said, baby you shouldn't
aww girl i shall
don't make me kick you out
and find some other gal

(chorus)
Track Name: Little Bird
little bird
caught in your cage again
it's a beautiful world
when you're not alone within

spread your wings
and you will fly
above the shadows
on the earth

rise and rise
till the world's a blur
and you can't make out a thing
and you'll be home again

little bird
this life is emptiness
and sometimes it's cruel
but you are above this mess

spread your wings
and you will fly
above the shadows
on the earth

rise and rise
till the world's a blur
and you can't make out a thing
and you'll be home again

hit the door
you don't need no more
this is your only chance to leave
and you'll be home again

(bridge)

rise and rise
till the world's a blur
and you can't make out a thing
and you'll be home again

go so far
you could kiss a star
and there is no gravity
and you'll be home again
Track Name: Sorry, Baby
i'm sorry, baby
sometimes my words rush out
like canaries from a cage

you're everything
that a man could want
don't know why i act so
senseless and depraved

there's a part of us
in both of us
that i don't trust
it makes us hurt the one's we love the most

and i have seen
the worst of things
and it grows like rings
inside a tree that's been beaten by the storm

i'm sorry, baby
that i haven't been around
when you needed me the most

well the road is a long one
and i can't count
how many lines i've crossed

so many nights
i was hypnotized
by halo's and headlights
and sometimes lost my sense of direction

we both have known
that i'll be gone
alone and alone
and i just wish i had you here beside me

i'm sorry, baby
Track Name: All
don't you ever quit
because the road's
getting too rough

don't you close your
eyes because you
think you've seen enough

there'll be harder times
but i know you'll
make it through

and i will be so
proud of whatever
you decide to do

women and men
will come and go
in both of your lives

and you will know
your time when
it arrives

may the world
be open and lead
you where you seek

and may you find
the courage when
it's cold and dark and bleak

may your winters
always warm
into spring

oh my children
take what i have given
i won't always be around
when you fall

what would i surrender
to be with you forever?
all
there'll be many
times when you will
question what to do

and there'll be many
Y's in the many paths
in front of you

and sometimes mistakes
will seem to cloud
all of your days

if you're like me
darkness may come
more than you want

and there will be
those who say you're
never going to win

then beg aboard
as your sails have
caught the wind

well may you put
everything
in its own place

and not be consumed
by the running
of the race

may you find
the strength to strive
somewhere within

oh my children
take what i have given
i won't always be around
when you fall

what would i surrender
to be with you forever?
all