Down That Road

by Patrick Dunn

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This album was recorded and mixed over two separate four-day sessions at Dirt Floor Studios in Chester, CT. Thanks for listening!

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released 31 December 2007

Patrick Dunn: acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, harmonica, banjo, Fender Rhodes, Univox, and vocals

Eric Lichter: acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, banjo, Hammond C-3, Wurlitzer, drums, mandolin, slide guitar, ARP string ensemble, and background vocals

Ed Iaruso: pedal steel guitar on tracks 1, 4, and 7

Produced by Eric Lichter with Patrick Dunn
Mixed by Eric Lichter
Mastered by Mike Burke at Fader VU

Photography: Richie Moriarty
Layout and design: Patrick Dunn

All songs written by Patrick Dunn. Copyright 2007 Sunday Long Run Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

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Patrick Dunn Brooklyn, New York

Patrick Dunn is a product of New York, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New York, California, and New York (Brooklyn, currently). His songs trace the American landscape with a connection to its long line of storytellers. In this tradition, we find the old soul, the rambler, the traveling singer and songwriter finding his place in the ever-growing timeline of honest music. ... more

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Track Name: I Don't Want to Lose This Time
I'm at the edge of a hard sun rising
Keep me close and don't surprise me at all
It's gonna burn through the water
It's gonna burn through the seas
And I know

I've never looked for an easy way out
And though I'm scared that I might let you down
I promise that I won't hold out
Because, baby, I know
I don't want to lose this time

Well my days and nights are breaking open like thieves
And life's no holy rose; it's more like turning leaves
And I know
It's gonna get cold too fast
It's gonna break my heart real slow

I've never looked for an easy way out
And though I'm scared that I might let you down
I promise that I won't hold out
Because, baby, I know
I don't want to lose this time

Oh there's nothing worse than letting go
Before you ever get a chance to really know...

I've never looked for an easy way out
And though I'm scared that I might let you down
I promise that I won't hold out
Because, baby, I know
I don't want to lose this time
Track Name: When the Voices Call Us Home
How could I forget the look of your hands
Accepting the creases of a tightly folded flag
Presented on a day we were meant to grieve
One thing in your life you were meant to brag

Maybe there's a road that runs down to the edge
Of a light that we cannot put out
And maybe down that road we are all meant to go
When we hear the voices call us home

Now as I recall the smell of flowers in a stale room;
I lost my strength with the tears down your face
And on that hillside with grass and gravel under feet
I learned how a queen could save us all with her grace

Maybe there's a road that runs down to the edge
Of a light that we cannot put out
And maybe down that road we are all meant to go
When we hear the voices call us home

And of the years that have passed since
I am recently convinced
I'm allowed what you have

So are these acts of faith right
Does it transcend the light
Are you together now?

It was two years that passed as you waited for him
To call your name from the top of the stairs
And if I sit alone at night I can still hear the sounds
That remind me of you being there

Maybe there's a road that runs down to the edge
Of a light that we cannot put out
And maybe down that road we are all meant to go
When we hear the voices call us home
Track Name: America
How can there be no lie?
How can we be alright?
How do we see if we can't keep our heads up high?

How can there be no war
In a preemptive time?
How do we keep our heads without losing our minds?

Are we enough
America
All my love to thee
My land, native country
It hurts to change or stay the same
It hurts to change or stay the same

How do we close our eyes?
How do we let them die?
What is a patriot that can't ask why?

How do we live our lives?
How do we raise a child?
How do we keep out pride, and not ask why?

Are we enough
America
All my love to thee
My land, native country
It hurts to change or stay the same
It hurts to change or stay the same
Track Name: Taylor Jane
There's nothing I can say that I haven't already used
Because it all falls short, honey, when I'm talking to you
I know it's hard to have faith in me
But I'm already here, so you best believe
I could be hurt just as easily

How do I explain?
Words aren't enough
How do I explain?
Oh, Taylor Jane

I want to take you down to the river that runs straight through me
I want to hold you close as you realize just what I mean
The symbol of something ingrained and deep
Put your feet in the water and move through me
Name it for you because it's all of me

How do I explain?
Words aren't enough
How do I explain?
Oh, Taylor Jane

I never fully understood love until my lips touched your skin
Through all those broken down moonlight tears reflecting you as I let you in
You take me over as I watch you sleep
Please pull me under and hold me in deep
You've no idea how much this means to me

How do I explain?
Words aren't enough
How do I explain?
Oh, Taylor Jane
Track Name: You Better Get Far
Boy’s passed out on the floor again
Baby can’t figure what’s wrong with him
The money he had can’t do no harm
‘Cause whatever he had went into his arm
Oh, this can’t go on

Half an hour later she hears the doorbell ring
Inbetween the orders of the basement king
She thinks about leaving as the latch does slide
Without another thought she goes, kicks the night
Oh, this can’t go on

Baby stay up, don’t you go to bed
Because soon he’s gonna find out what you did
You got no money but you took his car
Whatever’s in the tank babe, you better get far

Boy wakes up with his face in the trash
First thought’s getting back to his stash
He notices the keys missing from the drawer
The windows shake as he breaks the floor
He says, “Oh, this can’t go on”

Baby stay up, don’t you go to bed
Because soon he’s gonna find out what you did
You got no money but you took his car
Whatever’s in the tank babe, you better get far

Baby said, “It’s gonna take a bottle of gin
to get me back into the right with him”
Baby said, “It’s gonna take a lot of sin
to get me back into the right with him”

Baby said, “I’m gonna be alright this time”
She said, “I don’t even think of him anymore”

She’s got nothing to do, nowhere to hide
She says, “He’s not in my mind these days”

Baby’s lost all her sins
She says, “I don’t need no more fucking gin anyway”
Track Name: As This Sets In
I guess that I didn’t realize
That I wasn’t coming home
I guess that it didn’t hit me
Until I said goodnight over the phone

It’s not the same when you’re not near me
In those arms, I was so safe
Now that I am back here on Long Island
As this set in, I am still awake

I should take something to help me sleep
Lord knows I can’t do it on my own
With you all the way up there in Boston
I’ve forgot just how to be alone

It’s not the same when you’re not near me
In those arms, I was so safe
Now that I am back here on Long Island
As this set in, I am still awake

Oh, baby do you think that this will pass
All I know is that you and I are gonna last

So when you go and decide to call me
Tell me everything you want
Just know that I am slowly dying
Because I am not where you are

It’s not the same when you’re not near me
In those arms, I was so safe
Now that I am back here on Long Island
As this set in, I am still awake
Track Name: 48 Hours
It seems to me that the last 48 hours
Have got me wound up tight into a ball
And everything that will lie down between us
Splits this bed just like a wall

I haven't stopped to breathe since we got started
It's been so long since I've felt anything at all
But now I think you might be more than just something
Because I can't imagine leaving you alone

With a word, the wall it does come falling
And we are in each other's arms
Laughing about how we were like children
As we throw the awkward pauses to the floor

I haven't stopped to breathe since we got started
It's been so long since I've felt anything at all
But now I think you might be more than just something
Because I can't imagine leaving you alone

Now you're sleeping alone in that bedroom
Where I made my confessions to you
And I am writing alone in an airport
This plane's delayed, I just want to come on home to you

I haven't stopped to breathe since we got started
It's been so long since I've felt anything at all
But now I think you might be more than just something
Because I can't imagine leaving you alone
Track Name: Ourselves Alone
Be with me now, protect me now
On this, your day oh Lord
Forgive me now, forgive me now
Today I raise my sword

Call me back to Your arms
Call me back at Your feet
This battle's been sown
And now, ourselves alone

We all go down, I follow them down
Down to the Post
Screaming out, Screaming out
In the language of Nationalist ghosts

Call me back to Your arms
Call me back at Your feet
This battle's been sown
And now, ourselves alone

I left my wife, I left m son at home
For his freedom, for his freedom
Ourselves alone

They call us out, they call us out
With shards in the wall
Can't stop now, I won't stop now
To die in the gaol

Call me back to Your arms
Call me back at Your feet
This battle's been sown
And now, ourselves alone
Track Name: Lady In Red
Lady in red, tell me where did you go
I’m not the one you thought you would know
Dreamer of dreams, through a veil you would sing
I ain’t a savior and I ain’t no king

Shadows: your likeness and a world underneath
Dirty: your hands and a gold halo wreath
My self-reflections all covered in sin
I ain’t fit for no Magdalene

Now you’re coming down the river with a liar and a thief
Laughing like a child ‘cause you got a new belief
But you’ll wake up in the morning with what you had the night before
Empty as a coma nothing less and nothing more

Now they’re calling out names like “servant” and “whore”
Laughing like devils at the site of your sores
But they can’t see how you spend the night in prayer
At the end off the world, girl, you’ll be there
Track Name: Elizabeth
I bet she saw him when she was just seventeen
A neighbor or a doctor or something in between
And when he asked for her hand, he was down on a knee
I bet John was the type of man to give her just what she’d need

Oh, Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Now, I bet the light shone for him in her eyes
And he’d sit in the corner while she’d sing the children lullabies
After he was gone, the money was sure to get tight
With a house and kids, but no husband in her bed at night

Oh, Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Forty years alone is a long time

Down in Philadelphia he was a man of influence
So when they’d see his widow they’d always invite her in
But all of those folks came and went on through the years
And poor Mrs. Mifflin, she already lost her tears

Oh, Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Forty years alone is a long time

She kept the name that her husband gave
When he was just a young man
And sometimes at night she swore she heard his voice
Saying, “Baby, I love you still”

Now, she ended up living alone more than he was alive
But she always considered herself to be his wife
So when she saw that her life was giving in
She thought of the churchyard where she’d lie down next to him

Oh, Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Forty years alone is a long time

She kept the name that her husband gave
When he was just a young man
And sometimes at night she swore she heard his voice
Saying, “Baby, I love you still”