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Seriously

by Dan Israel

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Seriously 04:11
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How Do I? 03:21
How do I tell you how I feel? How do I show you that it's real? How do I thank you, for standing right by me? How do I love you, the way that you oughta be loved? How do I know that this is it? The only one that ever fit? How do I keep it from, simply imploding? How do I keep all, that's good from eroding? I wanna give you everything and I know you can't wait around, I know you've been wronged, I know love can sting, and I don't wanna let you down, I know that actions speak louder than words, and I know we've been here before, Guess I'm a bit scared of how much it can ache, but I know I feel this to the core, to the core... How do I tell you what I fear? How do I show you, I'm sincere? How do I say it, and sum it up neatly? How do I tell you, I love you completely? I wanna make you happy and free, and I wanna ease all of your pain, I know sometimes that a guy like me, is enough to drive anyone insane, Backwards and forwards, we've gone all around, together and then apart, I know it's a lot, but with all that I got, I'm gonna love you with all of my heart, all of my heart
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Drove So Far 03:40
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I Quit 03:11
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about

LYRICS

1. HAPPY FOR NOW

(verse)

Yes, I could beat myself up, today,

Think of the reasons that I don't make, the grade,

Yes, I could find some kind of failing, in everything that I do,



I know so well just how to bring myself, down,

I know the thoughts that change a smile to, a frown,

You know I tend to take the long way around, instead of just through



(chorus)

I'm gonna try to be happy, for now,

Even if I really don't, know how,

I'm gonna try to let the weight of, it all,

Not break me in two



(verse)

I am no stranger to the sad side, of things,

It don't take much to take the brightness, from my strings,

Most of the time I don't know if I should fight, or if I should flee



I know you're telling me the glass is, half-full,

But I don't know if I should push or, should pull,

I keep forgetting what I did to become, what I want to be



(chorus)

I'm gonna try to be happy, for now,

Even if I really never, knew how,

I can't keep carrying the weight of, the sun,

You know I wanted you to know you're, the one



I’m gonna try to be happy, for now

Even if I really don’t, know how

I’m gonna try to let the weight of, it all,

Not break me in two..



(bridge)

Gotta throw this sad story, overboard,

Gotta teach the blues how to be ignored,

Gotta reach for better things,

Not just look with dread, on what tomorrow brings....




2. Seriously


(chorus)

I seriously, don't, know, what I should do,

I seriously, don't, know, what it's all coming to



(verse)

Should I write another song, that nobody hears, and can't sing along?

Should I try to find my bliss, maybe I, just need a kiss, from you



(chorus)

I seriously, don't, know, where this is going,

You think it, can't get, worse, but the tide ain't slowing,



How much more of this, should we take?

You make us bend, we might just break,

Stupid is, as stupid does, but most of all, stupid's dangerous....



(bridge)

Looking back, on the times gone by,

It didn’t seem so dark and gray,

Lately I, been looking, up into the sky,

Saying, “can’t take this bad news everyday…ay…ay”



(chorus)

I seriously, don't, know, what advice to give,

Sometimes can't figure out, myself, how I should live



I know I said, work hard and try,

But sometimes life, just makes you cry,

It ain't an easy, load to bear,

So much ain't, the least bit fair....



(scream)

I seriously don’t know

I seriously don’t know

(superscream)

I seriously don’t know

I seriously don’t know



3. How Do I?



(chorus)

How do I tell you how I feel?

How do I show you that it's real?

How do I thank you, for standing right by me?

How do I love you, the way that you oughta be loved?


How do I know that this is it?

The only one that ever fit?

How do I keep it from, simply imploding?

How do I keep all, that's good from eroding?


(bridge)

I wanna give you everything and I know you can't wait around,

I know you've been wronged, I know love can sting, and I don't wanna let you down,

I know that actions speak louder than words, and I know we've been here before,

Guess I'm a bit scared of how much it can ache, but I know I feel this to the core, to the core...


(chorus)

How do I tell you what I fear?

How do I show you, I'm sincere?

How do I say it, and sum it up neatly?

How do I tell you, I love you completely?


(bridge)

I wanna make you happy and free, and I wanna ease all of your pain,

I know sometimes that a guy like me, is enough to drive anyone insane,

Backwards and forwards, we've gone all around, together and then apart,

I know it's a lot, but with all that I got, I'm gonna love you with all of my heart, all of my heart





4.


New York Medley


Part 1: “I’m in New York”


I'm in New York away, Lower East Side today,

I'm in New York again, by and by,

Don't know about my life, I wasn't satisfied,

I tried to live that dream, but it wouldn't fly


I'm in New York again, last time I don't know when,

I hopped the plane and escaped from the great white north,

Managed to get some supplies, Airbn'b bourbon on ice,

Sitting back on my single bed with my travel guitar,

Listening to the people and the cars,

Later I'll go out walking, maybe stop into some bars


5.


Part 2 “Taking the Fall” (


(verse)

Sitting in New York City, on the Lower East Side/Chinatown today,

I left Minnesota this morning, had to clear my head and get out of my way,

This has been the winter of, everyone's discontent,

But change and spring are here and I can feel I'm getting closer to the end

(chorus)

Taking the fall, I'm just gonna take it all,

Taking the fall, again,


(verse)

I've been lost and lonely, been confused as I have ever really been,

Been looking for someone to understand me, to endure being my friend,

Sitting on my island, I was hoping a passing ship might slow down to see,

But maybe it's better if they go right by and travel out to sea


(chorus)

Taking the fall, I'm just gonna take it all,

Taking the fall, again,

Taking the fall, I’m just gonna take it all, taking the fall, again, taking the fall, again…







6. Set Each Other Free


(chorus)

Guess we're back in this place again, I still wanted, to be your friend,

It's never lining up perfectly, how we gonna set each other free?

How we gonna set each other free?


I don't know what is the way ahead, let's go back to the things we said,

Don't feel like any way to be, how we gonna set each other free,

How we gonna set each other free?


(verse)

I hurt so bad, 'cause I can't fulfill, all your dreams, I'm a bitter pill,

Can barely swallow and it's hard to breathe,

Wish I knew how we should proceed, wish I knew how we should proceed***


(chorus)

Mornings come and the evenings go, wish I knew what the happy ones know,

I'm never quite where I'm supposed to be, if you want, you can cry to me,

If you want, you can cry to me....


(verse)

It's a lot to get to even out, working only with a shadowy doubt,

Guess we gotta take it by degrees, if we wanna put our minds at ease,

if we wanna put our minds at ease***


(solo)

(Bridge)

Maybe we can make it work, we can make it good,

Maybe the road up ahead can bend,

I never felt this good, I guess that's why I'm scared,

Maybe it doesn't have to end...


(chorus)

Guess we're back in this place again, we can only do what we can,

what we can, whatever's meant to be, maybe we can set each other free, maybe we can…



7. Drove So Far





(chorus)

I drove so far baby, tried to climb so high, just wanted to lose myself, thought I might as well try,

If you never knew me better, baby, it would be alright, 'cause you got the best I had to offer, night after night,



(bridge)

In the end I resolved nothing, but I kept moving on,

In the end I'm just living, breathing, before my time is all gone



(chorus)

Saw mountains, hills, and valleys, deserts, rivers, and stones,

I drove that endless highway, found myself still alone,

Saw some clouds that cast big shadows, the Columbia gorge,

Beautiful sky going on forever to the blue ocean shore



(Bridge)

In the end there's no right answer, everybody's unsure,

The best-laid plans foil the planner, no one has the cure,

No one has the cure



(B section/Coda)
After all the sunny days, sunny days, come around the bend,

After all the sunny days, sunny days, will I lose the plot again?

After all the sunny days, sunny days, come around the bend,

After all the sunny days, sunny days, will I lose the plot again? Will I lose the plot again? Will I lose the plot again?



8. TAKE OFF AGAIN


(verse)

Running all my days, a mouse trapped in a maze, I flee when it gets complicated,

Spinning all my tales, while I'm chasing them, don't need to be congratulated


(chorus)

I just hit the road, had to lose this load, I need things to end, so I can take off again


(verse)

Let's review the tape, feel like there's no escape, I yearn to be celebrated,

But they when they do, I get embarrassed too,

Leave them exasperated


(chorus)

I just hit the road, I can't break the code, some rules I can't bend, so I take off again


(bridge)

Always, I want something that I can't, articulate, spinning, into nothing, wandering must be my fate


(solo over chorus)


I can't pass the test, I'm in need of rest, I don't need to be berated,

Know I tried my best, it was as you guessed, confusion's always reinstated...


(chorus)
I just hit the road, can't do as I'm told, I just need a friend, I gotta take off again,

Take off again

Take off again





9. I QUIT


(chorus)

I quit, I quit, I've had just about enough of this shit,

I'm done, it's no fun, I can't take any more life on the run,


(Bridge)

I'm gonna lose, myself like lightning,

And I don't care, what they'll be writing,

I've read the tea leaves, the Tarot cards, and all the clues,

I'm gonna roll, I've got a notion, I'll disappear, in an explosion,

I'm at the point, to ditch this joint, I gotta choose


(chorus)

I'm out, no doubt, it's enough to eke a living out,

No way, call it a day, there ain't a whole lot more I can say,


(bridge)

I can't ingest, more of this potion,

I'm gonna sail, across the ocean, so wish me luck, it's just too much,

for me to keep,

I'm gonna roll, on down the highway, can't find a way, to do it my way,

To paraphrase, too many days, it got too steep


(coda)

I'm gonna head, to the horizon, for a time,

I'm gonna lose, these heavy blues, see the sun shine,

I'm gonna ditch, this broken city, I’ve made the call,

Yeah it’s been tough, but I did enough, after all,

Yeah it’s been tough, but I did enough, after all


10. The Hang of It


(verse)

Hey, I’m getting out of the house, I’ve been crazy as a loon, I’ve been quiet as a mouse

Yeah, been going mad for a while, but I don’t care anymore if I was ever in style, no I don’t care anymore if I was ever in style


Hey, I’m going down to the lake and I don’t care anymore if it’s a terrible mistake,

Yeah, I’m gonna stare at the sky, and I don’t care anymore about my piece of the pie, no I don’t care anymore if I can ever decide


(chorus)
There ain’t one grand solution,

There ain’t no perfect fit,

It’s just the normal confusion,

And it ain’t so bad, once you get

the hang of it (once you get, once you get the hang of it, once you get, once you get the hang of it)


(verse)

Hey, I’m going downtown, won’t get myself jailed, I’m just delivering sound, yeah, I’m going down to the sea, and I don’t care anymore, who they expect me to be, no I don’t care anymore, who they expect me to be


(chorus)

I’ll never be that person, that role will never fit, there’s still a whole lot worse and, it ain’t so bad, once you get the hang of it (once you get, once you get the hang of it, once you get, once you get the hang of it)

(bridge)

Hey, going out past the lines,

Get away, from my cynical mind,

Go play, whatever song I feel,

Pray, that I’m gonna make it real,
That I’m gonna make it real, today…


(verse)

Hey, I’m going to the bank, gonna take a little money, gonna fill up my tank,

Yeah, I ain’t ever gonna quit, no I can’t stop now, just got the hang of it, no I can’t stop now, just got the hang of it (once you get, once you get the hang of it) - you got to keep on - (once you get, once you get the hang of it) - you got to keep on-on-on (once you get, once you get the hang of it) - HANG ON!

credits

released October 22, 2022

Basic tracks recorded at Sparta Sound by Rich Mattson - Additional recording at It's a Secret in Minneapolis by David J. Russ - Mixed at Sparta Sound by Rich Mattson - Mastered by Tom Garneau

THE BAND:

Dan Israel - acoustic and electric rhythm guitars (and a few leads), vocals, some rudimentary piano

David J. Russ - drums, vocals, and percussion - and orchestration on "How Do I?"

Mike Lane - bass,, vocals, keys on the bridge to "Take Off Again"

Steve Brantseg - lead and rhythm electric guitars

THE GUESTS:

Rich Mattson - various and sundry guitar/bass/keys/percussion contributions, harmonica on "I'm in New York"

Peter J. Sands - organ and piano

John Eller - piano on "Happy for Now"

Katie Gearty - harmony vocals on "Set Each Other Free"

Colleen Martin-Oake - harmony vocals on "Taking the Fall"

"The Hang of It" - Recorded/mixed/produced by Jon Herchert at Suburban Serenade, a Deck production - Dan Israel - rhythm guitar and vocals - Jon Herchert - lead guitars, bass, and harmony vocals - Ashleigh Still - harmony vocals - John Fields - drums

Cover art by Laura Bennett - Design by Jon Hunt - Photo by Steven Cohen - Special thanks and love to Eden Mollow - www.danisraelmusic.com

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Dan Israel Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dan Israel is a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis music scene. He was the first guest on 89.3 The Current’s “Local Show” & has been called “the hardest working singer-songwriter in Minnesota.” He won Song of the Year (for “Come to Me”) in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards & Songwriter of the Year in the 2006 MMA’s. He received a 4-star review from the UK’s “Uncut” mag for his 2007 album "Turning." ... more

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