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Driving by Candlelight

by Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen

Like their previous three albums, Dan and Laurel ponder contemporary subject matter with vintage sensibility, featuring diverse guitar styles, dynamic violin and viola arrangements, well matched vocal harmonies, and nods to a range of Roots genres.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. The Lucky One
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2. American Refugee
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3. Morning Time Lovers Waltz
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4. The Druid and the Fawn / The Landlord's Brother / Petting Zoo
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5. When You Come My Way
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6. Jester
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7. The Seeds That You Won't Sow
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8. Back from Heaven
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9. To Keep You Company
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10. The Crow Flies High
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11. Ragtime Baby
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12. Mandolino Waltz
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13. New York City Sundance
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Album Notes
Produced by Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen.
Engineering, recording, and mixing by Justin Mayer, Bear Creek Recording Studio, Bonny Doon, CA.
Mastering by Jamie Sitar, Outta Town Sound, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Photography by Jim MacKenzie.
Graphic design by Mike Latchislaw.
Manufacturing by Dan Shnier, Ironstone Technologies, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Dan Frechette - lead and harmony vocals, six and twelve string acoustic guitars, harmonica,
lap slide guitar, ukulele, banjo ukulele, autoharp.
Laurel Thomsen - lead and harmony vocals, violin, viola.
Jimmy Norris - drums and percussion.
Stan Poplin - double bass
Tim Osmond - banjo on “The Seeds That You Won’t Sow.”
Justin Mayer - mellotron on “Back From Heaven.”
Shanti - dove coo on “Ragtime Baby.”

All guitar arrangements created by Dan Frechette.
All violin/viola arrangements created by Laurel Thomsen.
All songs ℗ and © 2018 by Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen, SOCAN/ASCAP.

This album was recorded in June 2018 with the generous help of 128 Kickstarter supporters and would not be possible without the loyal fans and friends who attend house concerts and other venues. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us as we create and share our music through recordings and live performances.

Special thanks to our family, friends, and fans, especially Ken and Anna Thomsen, Agnes Frechette, Rich and Connie Hamon, Mari Lynch, Rachel Goodman and Steve Coulter, Sahra Baker, Ina and Piet Visser, Shannon and Will Warto, Tania Elizabeth, Jim Hutzler, Michelle Murillo, Johnny and June Coha, Chris Pouls, Martin Dehmler, Alison Yakel, Vincent Lowe, Toby Gray, Aimee Bolter Campbell, Paul Logan, Jeff King, John Weier, Darin and Tracy Wright, Patrick Casey, Paula DeLorenzo, Jon and Jessie Roberts, Kathy Sund, Mark and Joan Giles, Dale Jones, Helen Russo, Mark Foster, Denison Golden, John Willson, and Anders and Tina Andreassen.

1. The Lucky One (Dan Frechette)

After all his life’s work was ploughed into the dirt
He began to drift to times when his every whim would flirt
With the impossible, the dream, of knowing there's a way
To look upon the moon and the stars, and the dawning of the day

(chorus) You can follow him and hope you'll be the lucky one
In your forefathers footsteps, the lucky one
And hope whenever there's a chance that you can repay
The debt their inspiration left to help you find your way

He didn't have to show you the trail he blazed for you
Making his mistakes and never knowing what to do
Mansions never graced his hills but hot sweat graced his brow
He used to look upon this world the way that you do now

In his time of dying he only asks that you're freed
Of treachery and doubt and never knowing what you need
Everywhere you go in life I'm sure he's made the turn
And looked upon these times and all the things you never learn

2. American Refugee (lyrics and melody by Laurel Thomsen, music by Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen)

Dark highways stretch for miles
Through towns that are all gone
Ghosts howl through the cracks
Where our lives once had grown
And fear has a name
Clings tight to his mama's side
A hungry child
In a world that's broken

(chorus) We're all drinking from the same cup
Fighting all the way up
A dream held tight in effigy
I'm an American refugee
America the beautiful
America the grand
America the sand
Slipping right from your hand
Slipping right from your hand

We've traded on our dreams
Health, happiness, and homes
But corruption makes the rounds
Stacking money on every roll
There are monkeys writin' rules
Building prisons for our kids
Squeezing dry our dreamers
Cashing in their bets

May the road rise up to meet you
But faith not make you blind
To all the gifts that silence brings
To all that comes of making noise
And if you find yourself alone
Driving by candlelight
Open your doors and gather
We’re all in this together

We’re all together
We’re driving by candlelight
All together
Where our lives once had grown
We’re all together
We’re driving by candlelight
All together
We’re all together
All together

3. Morning Time Lovers Waltz (Dan Frechette)

Morning time lovers awoke ‘neath the dawn
Beautiful music crept down through the trees
Maybe someday I will write a true song
About a young morning time lover and me

You were a stranger when nothing was pretty
You sang of devils who played with your mind
When I first saw you, you put on a sad smile
’Til your beauty touched me these streets were not mine

My longing was matched by someone who loved me
I sat down yesterday, wrote a new song
This is to you my sweet morning time lover
Morning time lovers awoke ‘neath the dawn

4. The Druid Set (instrumental, with melodies by Laurel Thomsen and arrangement by Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen)

5. When You Come My Way (Dan Frechette)

When you come my way, baby, you’ll never be alone
You'll never wake in the night, and be on your own
You won't cry the blues, for things that sad lovers do
I won't make you cry, and that is why I want to be near you

Your heart shines golden, baby, your eyes burn my dreams
I go through these days knowing, what a gift true love means
And I'm open to waiting, I want you to call my name

I'm willing to do anything, it takes to treat you kind
To be your sweet lover, it’s worth it this time
When you smiled to me, when you caught my eye
When you come my way, baby, you'll never be alone
When you come my way, baby, you'll never be alone

6. Jester (lyrics and melody by Laurel Thomsen, music by Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen)

There's no room for the jester
In the house upon the hill
He wanders through our dreams
Not quite what he seems
Shadows paint pictures
Across a frozen land
Clocks tick tock
Where beauty never stands

(chorus) Slow down, slow down, Sally
Fess up, fess up, Freddie
Back down, back down, Billy
It's too late when you're dead

The jester's counting hours
In all the streets below
He tries to get a rise
Trying to surprise
Couples take to marching
They’re gathering more things
So many tied together
But only by their rings

There's no room for the jester
In the house upon the hill
His picture's fading fast
In storybooks of the past
To the edge of time we're rovin'
We might fall right off the end
Exploding like a dream
The joy we forgot to spend

7.  The Seeds That You Won't Sow (Dan Frechette)

(chorus) Love in the rain
Walk in the world
Laugh in the wind
All you boys and you girls
Time is rolling on
No matter how you blow
No answers you may find
From the seeds that you won't sow

You're on your own again, with a little bit of time
You'll spend it on addiction, some downhill road you'll climb
Just sitting by your lonesome, connected to the world
A future of regrets all you boys and you girls

Think back to those years, before this came along
You used to cook together, and sing all your songs
But now you share your links, and nobody's getting on
There's another hour been wasted, and another path foregone

8. Back From Heaven (Dan Frechette)
Summer lies
Summarize the chances we've been taking, all this time
Angels fly
There ain't no way a devil can be sailing, off the ground
Off the ground

(chorus) So smile, there's nothing here to do but just be sailing now
We've made it back from heaven, it's all good somehow
No more chances wasted, say goodbye

She relates
Pulls strings from all the vampires she has chosen, her battleground
He relates
Tries to fit her stories and he aches, for common ground
For common ground

Doubts behind smiles, broken hearts, torn desires
Amber sunsets, stars, and open spirits, finding fire
Finding fire

9. To Keep You Company (Dan Frechette)

Remember when we used to walk upon the water?
And we never thought we'd ever fall through?
We always knew each other, even when we were strangers
We washed in each others’ tears when we were blue
I loved you

I'm glad I found you, in a moment, in a lifetime
And we kissed ‘neath the rising sun, afraid it was too soon to tell
And every chance I had to say I loved you
Was somehow lost in the disappearing breeze
I loved you

I haven't come to visit your familiar tones of home
I drifted away, unafraid to be alone
But I have written you thirty sad letters
To keep you company, and were written in stone

Just like this letter, which I sing to you now
You may not choose to sing along, you may not know how
But these words are yours
To keep you company
I love you

10. The Crow Flies High (lyrics and melody by Laurel Thomsen, music by Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen)

Storm clouds rage beyond the land
Where people rise to take a stand
But what will come of all their pleas
With wisdom scattered in the weeds
Forgotten beauties, remaining seeds

(chorus) The crow flies high
Beyond the sky
Spirits stand
Reach out their hands

(And who am I
When all will die
And only land
Will weep with sand)

Our hearts break for the ones who've gone
We come to sing their final songs
But what is death to a soul now free?
To live beyond the memories
Remember who we forgot to be

In quiet corners, bright lights shine
Whispers call us to align
The prayers stream in from every side
In fertile soil to reside
In rapture all our hearts collide

11. Ragtime Baby (Dan Frechette)

(chorus) Ragtime baby won't you sing for me
Ragtime baby won't you sing for me
I've been blue and busted out on bluegrass street

Ragtime woman I'm cooked and solid gone
Ragtime woman left me here to sing a song
She's gotta hit me with progress, hit me with a bill
When I pull out my money she'll go straight for the kill

I got twenty years on the kids you'll kiss for free
I got open holes in the legs of my old blue jeans
I can't go on, living like this
Adding to the list of every day of fun I've missed

She'll pull my lucky card and we'll hit the town
There's hard times whether or not you're settled down
Better to be sane, better to be free
Don't need no tedious company

12. Mandolino Waltz (Dan Frechette)

Confusion has made a mystery of me
Nowhere I go do I feel free
Seems now and then, when I meet you again, I can’t think of what to say
It makes no sense to love you when you’re taking my senses away

(chorus) And I look to the ocean the horizon has no faults
When I’m in your horizon let’s dance the mandolino waltz
This poor boy’s in love with you
He can’t do somersaults
But I can ask you, “Kind miss, could I steal a kiss
as we dance the Mandolino waltz?”

I sit down to have a smoke, collect my memories
But nothing comes to mind but this old Spanish melody
Where do you go when you’re floating on conversation?
I wish I could find that place in my imagination

You don’t know how much I wish I could give you a laugh
How can I kiss you when I ain’t made it past a paragraph?
You’re quickly losing interest to that old man across the room
He’s told you about love, he wants to be my doom

13. New York City Sundance (Dan Frechette)

It's a New York City Sundance
I was breathing all the air
It's about time I got the world out of my hair
The Gods they must be crazy
Because I've been sending it to the sun
This feeling that I'd hoped someday to become someone

(chorus) But you can call me friend
But it better feel that way
‘Cause I'm young inside
And I'm living no lies
Loving something with my faith

My peace is all that I have
I’ve been steering clear from the dark
And I was watching the wheels on fire while I lit my spark
And everywhere I was hungry
And everywhere I was free
I was inside paying homage to the outsider in me

I saw this whole world dying as I watched that Sundance crying on the field
It's a New York City Sundance
It's a New York City morning
It's a New York City Sundance
Watch the wheels slowing down



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