Something Goin' On

by Dave Howland

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Divided 04:19
The big idea The grand solution All makes sense Way up here All so simple All so clear Feeling nothing Nothing near History has a bad habit Of getting stuck on repeat Try and try to escape Try to land on your feet So high, so far, to fall Back on Earth The ache returns The lying game Still the same Too many choices Too many voices Simplify, simplify History has a bad habit Of getting stuck on repeat Try and try to escape Try to land on your feet So high, so far, to fall Trust is thin And truth is illusion Get it together Find a way out Grab hold of my hand Grab hold of my hand Grab hold of my hand History has a bad habit Of getting stuck on repeat Try and try to escape Try to land on your feet So high, so far, to fall
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I Don't Mind 02:32
You can rest up on my shoulder Tell me all you cares You can roll me in the clover Take me anywhere When it's time to take that ride into the Great Beyond You can tell me that I told you so Should've used that magic wand Dorothy and Cinderella Got nothin' on you You cutting heat and crazy ways They kill me through and through But I don't mind No, I don't mind I don't mind If I do -- love you You an perch upon a boulder Tell me all your lies You can show me that it's over Cut me down to size When it's time to take that ride into the Great Beyond You can tell me that I told you so Should've used that magic wand Dorothy and Cinderella Got nothin' on you You cutting heat and crazy ways They kill me through and through But I don't mind No, I don't mind I don't mind If I do -- love you
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You can hear it when she talks You can see it when she walks You can feel it in the air You can feel it in her stare There's something goin' on There's something goin' on Something going on There's something goin' on And if I only knew I would make it up to you Is it something that I did? Is it something that I hid? Did something come to light? 'Cause something's not quite right There's something goin' on There's something goin' on Something going on There's something goin' on And if I only knew I would make it up to you
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Afterglow 03:44
A smiling face Reckless pace Manic one Too much fun Ended bad Crazy sad All of us to blame Afterglow Of long ago Afterglow That memories hold Afterglow Don't leave me yet Stay, with me Awhile Way out west She's the best Mountain higher Conjure fire Seven years Happy tears None of to blame Afterglow Of long ago Afterglow That memories hold Afterglow Don't leave me yet Stay, with me Awhile
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A knock at the door What is it for? Who could it be now? Lived here so long Done nothing wrong Step over here, please Down on your knees Sorry they say It’s better this way They’ll try to hunt you to the ground Trash your name kick you around You see it’s all been done before We shouldn’t stand for it no more Tell the with every breath that you take I won’t back down I won’t back down, no I won’t back down Immigration, hatred nations collide And the victims are swept aside Deportation, not liberation Yanked from their homes Definitely not a joy ride How can we be the land of the free If we are not embracing that we’re a melting pot? Accept our diversity It occurs to me Hear Malala and Ghandi: We were scared but our fear was not as strong as our courage We should take our country’s love and that we should nourish And if you’re asking me Yo, we should be change that we wanna see Bring us your tired Bring us your poor And tell Santa Claus We don’t do that no more Today’s a new story We’re losing our glory Cause who can you trust If the enemy’s us? They’ll try to hunt you to the ground Trash your name kick you around Fight back You see it’s all been done before For ages We shouldn’t stand for it no more We’re fed up Tell the with every breath that you take Tell em! I won’t back down I won’t back down, no no I won’t back down I won’t back down Stand up for the voiceless, the choice-less Who haven’t rejoiced since they were employed From San Fran to Illinois Blocking out the education School girls and school boys And the doorbell dings But it’s not freedom’s ring It’s the law coming to revoke Your everything This isn’t popular Shying away from foreigners Turning in history for centuries And is it settled now? Even more crucial that I won’t back down Hold your ground Yeah, I won’t back down And I won’t back down Let me spell it out like this: You’re a dreamer? Let’s dream together You’re a dreamer? Let’s dream forever Been here forever? We’re all together The home of the brave That’s you and me United, undivided That’s what it should be We’re all Americans And we won’t back down
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Move Along 04:10
Running out of things to say Running out of ways to pay Running out of sunny days Lord, I gotta change my ways Landlord yelling, "You get out or pay the rent" Bankman says, "Your plastic money has been spent" Lawman says, "This is no place to pitch a tent" So I, hit the road and ditched the map Time is up, ain't no looking back And with my hands upon the wheel This is not a drill This trip is real Gotta find me a new scene Things back there was getting mean Over here looks pretty fine Let's hop it's better this next time Landlord yelling, "You get out or pay the rent" Bankman says, "Your plastic money has been spent" Lawman says, "This is no place to pitch a tent" So I, hit the road and ditched the map Time is up, ain't no looking back And with my hands upon the wheel This is not a drill This trip is real Ain't no use crying when you're stuck Show some hustle Change your luck Gotta job it's looking up And a tool box for my truck Landlord yelling, "You get out or pay the rent" Bankman says, "Your plastic money has been spent" Lawman says, "This is no place to pitch a tent" So I, hit the road and ditched the map Time is up, ain't no looking back And with my hands upon the wheel This is not a drill This trip is real This trip is real This trip is real
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Passions 04:26
Have many friends who've come and gone And those who've been there all along On the ride There's a few out there I used to know In younger days When passions flowed What's come of them I still don't know Decades on, have we all grown? I dare not look them up and say, "Hey, how have you been?" Easy enough, but I am stuck in way back when I never wrote I never called I never said just what I know I loved you so Brothers, sisterscome and gone And those who've been there all along On the ride There's family I used to know For many years we argued so What's come of them I still don't know Decades on, have we all grown? I dare not look them up and say, "Hey, how have you been?" Easy enough, but I am stuck in way back when I never wrote I never called I never said just what I know I loved you so
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Berlin 03:31
It was a heady time The winter of '89 The city was restless Both sides of its ocean And the hammers and hammers and hammers and hammers they chipped away At the memories and memories and colors and poems that scarred their days Frozen for decades and decades and decades and built to stay Powers and powers and towers and killing kept them away Met up with a merry tribe And rambled around both sides Through a gash in the wall A soldier told us all And the hammers and hammers and hammers and hammers they chipped away At the memories and memories and colors and poems that scarred their days Frozen for decades and decades and decades and built to stay Powers and powers and towers and killing kept them away Berlin, Berlin What have you done now? Could it be somehow After all these years After all these years Right next to the gate Is where she met her fate With joy they all danced through The celebration grew And the hammers and hammers and hammers and hammers they chipped away At the memories and memories and colors and poems that scarred their days Frozen for decades and decades and decades and built to stay Powers and powers and towers and killing kept them away Berlin, Berlin What have you done now? After all these years
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I knew them well Those islands of granite at sea The photo asked Can you still recognize me? Postcards and songs Postcards and songs Postcards and songs You pulled the rug right out on me The curly girl Sung me a song on a tape Green-eyed girl Gave me a piece of her cake Postcards and songs Postcards and songs Postcards and songs You pulled the rug right out on me With you I find It's more than a matter of luck Life's been kind As long as we made it all up Postcards and songs Postcards and songs Postcards and songs You pulled the rug right out on me Right out on me
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No more picking on her No more picking on her Bite back your angry words Bite back your angry words What's the reason For this season Of destructive fear? Had enough Let's shake it up Need kindness over here Kindness over here No more picking on him No more picking on hm What you got to win? What you got to win? What's the reason For this season Of destructive fear? Had enough Let's shake it up Need kindness over here Kindness over here No more picking on them No more picking on them This has got to end This has got to end What's the reason For this season Of destructive fear? Had enough Let's shake it up Need kindness over here Kindness over here What's the reason For this season Of destructive fear? Had enough Let's shake it up Need kindness over here Kindness over here Kindness over here

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© 2018 Dave Howland. All songs written by Dave Howland. Album produced by Chris Magruder & Dave Howland. Recorded at Thundering Sky Studios, South Berwick, Maine. Freestyle rap lyrics on “Bring Us Your Tired” written and performed by Colette Haines. Cover art painted by Christy Hegarty. Musician photos by Elise Sullivan, Dave Howland & Lucas Schroeder. Picture of Dave on back cover by Elise Sullivan. Visit us at davehowlandmusic.com. Thanks for listening!

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released August 31, 2018

ACOUSTIC GUITAR & LEAD VOCALS: Dave Howland
DRUMS: Dave Mattacks
BASS: Kent Allyn
LEAD GUITARS: Jason Crigler, Dave Gerard & Dan Walker
BACKING VOCALS: Karen Larson, Yamica & Pete Peterson, Colette Haines, Evy Ashburner & Cam Howland
KEYS: Dave Mattacks and Kent Allyn
SAXOPHONE: Charlie Jennison, Mark LaForce & Dave Howland

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Dave Howland Highland Park, New Jersey

Dave Howland has been telling stories and creating melodies most of his life – using a reporter’s notebook and a saxophone. Equipped now with an acoustic guitar, he's recording his first collection of original songs with a talented extended family of New England musicians. ... more

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