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The World Is Outside
Place Names
The World Is Outside
Soft Landing
In A Barrel At Sea
Identical Snowflakes
Birds, Beasts & Flowers
Half Acre
Pacific Street
St. Charlene
I'm Talking With My Mouth
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Jackson
Living Without You
(Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Valentine's Day
Live, Unreleased, and Other Miscellaneous Tracks
A-Hunting We Will Go (Early Version)
Carry Me Home (Early Version)
The Fire Thief (Early Version)
Gently Down The Stream (Instrumental)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Hymn #1 (Instrumental)
No Hiding Place
Peace At Last
The Present (Burying Songs Cycle Version)
Somewhere
Strays (Early Version)

The World Is Outside

Place Names
(Dan Messe/Steve Curtis)

Left the key in the door
Left the window open wide
Left my home wanting more
Than I ever found inside

Far from the water
Nothing safe or the same
There's a voice that is calling
That is calling my name

From the old ruin signs
Still dividing open land
To the cold trembling pines
That are rising where I stand

Clear down to Jackson
East until Edgar Bay
There's a voice that remembers
That remembers the way

Should I travel up to heaven
Take my measure lying down
I'll still dream of that road
Setting out from my hometown

Oh Cynthiana
No place I'd rather claim
There's a voice that is calling
That is calling your name

The World Is Outside
(Dan Messe/Gary Maurer)
Originally released as a free download on April 16, 2022 at Hem's website

After all the ways to feel the world forgot you
I am calling out to let you know it's not too late
I know you well
I know you well

Used to be the way I saw the world was outside
You and me and everything I know about my love
I know you well
I know you well

It's you and me
And the world is on the outside

Soft Landing
(Dan Messe/Steve Curtis)

I’m falling down and you’re still standing
We keep defying lift to drag
You rise to meet me in the morning
Here you are - your hand inside my hand

The sea is breaking on a sandbar
The rising and falling feels like breath
A plane has touched down in the harbor -
It comes together where it comes to rest

Now as I descend...here you are again

Who knows how long we shall be lifted
The runway stretches to the sea
Where wings are cast about like driftwood
Where you’re breathing softly next to me

Your hand inside my hand...softly as we land

Now as I descend...here you are again

A hand inside a hand...softly as we land

In A Barrel At Sea
(Dan Messe)
Original version (same lyric) a "Funnel Cloud" bonus track

Lost in the hold
And torn from the chain
Out in the road in the pouring rain
And I'm rolling down on the great Ohio
And lighting out in a barrel at sea
Let the storms keep rising wherever I go
As long as you're here with me

And we're rolling down on the great Ohio
And lighting out in a barrel at sea
Let the storms keep rising wherever I go
As long as you're here with me
As long as you're here with me

Identical Snowflakes
(Dan Messe)
Originally available December 2011 as a single

A Snowflake fell and came to see
His crystal bones and filigree.
He said, “Every snowflake’s different but they’re not like me!”
He blew out of the blizzard on his own...

And came to rest beside a cloud
Where he met a Snowflake just as proud.
“The sky must be a mirror!” they both said out loud.
“This cumulus has no room for us
Let’s cut out from the crowd.”

“Won’t you fall in love with me?
You’re the closest thing to Heaven that I’ll ever see.
We were cut from the same paper that was folded long ago,
So let all the other Snowflakes turn to snow.”

They fell in love. They fell all night
Above the rooftops, strung with light.
“As long as were together things will turn out right.”
They held each other closer as the ground came into sight.

“Won’t you fall in love with me?
You’re the closest thing to Heaven that I’ll ever see.
We were cut from the same paper that was folded long ago,
So before we hit the ground and turn to snow,
Won’t you melt into my arms before we go.”
Birds, Beasts & Flowers

Half Acre
(Dan Messe)

I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
And folded in this scrap of paper
Is the land I grew in

Think of every town you've lived in
Every room you lay your head
And what is it that you remember

Do you carry every sadness with you
Every hour your heart was broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with you

A man is walking on the highway
A woman stares out at the sea
And light is only now just breaking

So we carry every sadness with us
Every hour our hearts were broken
Every night the fear and darkness
Lay down with us

But I am holding half an acre
Torn from the map of Michigan
I am carrying this scrap of paper

That can crack the darkest sky wide open
Every burden taken from me
Every night my heart unfolding
My home

Pacific Street
(Dan Messe)

Let's go out walking, I know where to meet
The corner of Pacific Street
Because I feel restless and I can't sleep
I need to show you something

See where we stood
There are oceans in our neighborhood
And for leaving things they're just as good

Well I don't know you except in the way
A traveler knows a traveler
The way a station can tempt you to stay
And spend some time inside it

Stay where we are
We'll wash up at the corner bar
Because leaving things is just too hard for me

Stay where we are
Washed up in some corner bar
But I swear I've never been this far before
I swear I've never been this far before
No I swear I've never been so far before

St. Charlene
(Dan Messe)

Traded my last favor
For a map of St. Charlene
All these ghosts and angels
Friends and strangers
Ask me where I've been

The engine seemed to tremble
When I drove through our old town
And I found the house
Where we used to live
When I tried my key
I don't know what I thought I'd find
I tried to remember
What I thought I thought I left behind

The rooms were all deserted
Though the landlord kept them well
They were swept and shuttered
Paint that covered our familiar smells
I looked around our kitchen
And I climbed the narrow stairs
And I called your name
Just so I could hear it
And I swear these rooms
Were where we once used to make love
Now they're just a space

And there's no trace left of us

I spent another five days
On the banks of St. Charlene
After my car was fixed
I made some extra cash for gasoline.
I left without remembering
The reason I had come
But I knew then that I needed to leave
If I'm sad at least I know
That nothing's what it was
And I'm out of place

Cuz there's no trace left of us
There was no trace left of us
Now there's no trace left of us

I'm Talking With My Mouth

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
(Mack David/Al Hoffman/Jerry Livingston)

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
(Elvis Costello)

Oh I used to be disgusted
And now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
You know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
But when they told me ’bout their side of the bargain,
That’s when I knew that I could not refuse.
And I won’t get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

I was watching while you’re dancing away.
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway.
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it.

Oh, I know that she’s disgusted
Cause she’s feeling so abused.
She gets tired of the lust,
But it’s so hard to refuse.
How can you say that I’m too old,
When the angels have stolen my red shoes.

Oh, I said I’m so happy, I could die.
She said drop dead, then left with another guy.
That’s what you get if you go chasing after vengeance.
Ever since you got me punctured this has been my sentence.
Oh I used to be disgusted
And now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
You know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
Angels wanna wear my red shoes.
Angels wanna wear my red shoes.

Jackson
(Jerry Lieber/Billy Edd-Wheeler)

We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout,
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.
I'm goin' to Jackson, I'm gonna mess around,
Yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson,
Look out Jackson town.

Well, go on down to Jackson; go ahead and wreck your health.
Go play your hand you big-talkin' man, make a big fool of yourself,
Yeah, go to Jackson; go comb your hair!
Honey, I'm gonna snowball Jackson.
See if I care.

When I breeze into that city, people gonna stoop and bow.
All them women gonna make me, teach 'em what they don't know how,
I'm goin' to Jackson, you turn-a loose-a my coat.
'Cos I'm goin' to Jackson.
"Goodbye," that's all she wrote.

But they'll laugh at you in Jackson, and I'll be dancin' on a Pony Keg.
They'll lead you 'round town like a scalded hound,
With your tail tucked between your legs,
Yeah, go to Jackson, you big-talkin' man.
And I'll be waitin' in Jackson, behind my Jaypan Fan,

Well now, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper Sprout,
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went.
I'm goin' to Jackson, and that's a fact.
Yeah, we're goin' to Jackson, ain't never comin' back.

Well, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout'
And we've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went...

Living Without You
(Randy Newman)

The milk truck hauls the sun up
And the paper hits the door
The subway shakes my floor
And I think about you
Time to face the dawning gray
Of another lonely day
Baby, it's so hard
Living without you

It's so hard
Baby, it's so hard
Baby, it's so hard
Living without you

Ev'ryone's got something
And they're out tryin' to get some more
They got something to get up for
Well, I ain't about to
Nothing's gonna happen
Nothing's gonna change
Baby, it's so hard
Living without you

It's so hard
Baby, it's so hard
Baby, it's so hard
Living without you

Valentine's Day
(Bruce Springsteen)

I'm driving a big lazy car rushin' up the highway in the dark
I got one hand steady on the wheel and one hand's tremblin' over my heart
It's pounding baby like it's gonna bust right on through
And it ain't gonna stop till I'm alone again with you

A friend of mine became a father last night
When we spoke in his voice I could hear the light
Of the skies and the rivers the timberwolf in the pines
And that great jukebox out on Route 39
They say he travels fastest who travels alone
But tonight I miss my baby tonight I miss my home

Is it the sound of the leaves
left blown by the wayside
That's got me out here on this spooky old highway tonight
Is it the cry of the river
With the moonlight shining through
That ain't what scares me baby
What scares me is losing you

They say if you die in your dreams you really die in your bed
But honey last night I dreamed my eyes rolled straight back in my head
And God's light came shinin' on through
I woke up scared and breathin' and born anew
It wasn't the cold river bottom I felt rushing over me
It wasn't the bitterness of a dream that didn't come true
It wasn't the wind in the grey fields I felt moving through my arms
No no baby, baby it was you
No no baby, baby it was you
Baby it was you
Baby it was you

Live, Unreleased, and Other Miscellaneous Tracks

A-Hunting We Will Go (Early Version)
(Dan Messe/Steve Curtis)
Performed live before recording the album Eveningland

Overland
Through the rye
Gun in hand
Bird in sky
Calling out to the world below
A-hunting we will go

Every field
Ripe and fine
Every man
A friend of mine
Every trail that I name or know
A-hunting we will go

Throw some light on me
Tell me what you see
Every mystery grows like a vine
Reaching out to the sun in the sky
Repeating, receiving
forever and ever

Now the sun
Has not stirred
Rusted gun
Fallen bird
Side by side in the world below
A-hunting we will go

Carry Me Home (Early Version)
(Dan Messe)
Performed live before recording the album Eveningland

Poppy said something clever
Something clever, though he's old
Some lies like children, they last forever
Lies like family last until, til they're told

So me and Jessie, we left Ohio--
Left him bleeding on the valley floor
I felt so dirty I could hardly stand it--
Carrying Jessie on my back

She said, hold on, I know you'll bury him for me
Hold on, I know you'll bury him for me
Hold on, I know you'll carry me and carry me and
Carry me home

Hold on, I know you'll bury him for me
Hold on, I know you'll bury him for me
Hold on, I know you'll carry me and carry me and
Carry me home

Tell me nothing's wrong there
Tell me nothing's wrong there
Tell me nothing's wrong there

Nothing's wrong there
Nothing's wrong there
Nothing's wrong there

The Fire Thief (Early Version)
(Dan Messe)
Performed live before recording the album Eveningland

Wouldn't be the first time love made a fool of me
Wouldn't even care but now you're here to see
It comes as no surprise
Just leave the light on

Shadows start to bleed to lead us to the hall
The sun that's going down the bed will break the fall
They try to work it out
And they will take comfort now

Sometimes a heart can break and make its own relief
The way a cold dark night invites the fire thief
He wants to show us how
And we can take comfort now
We can take comfort now
We can take comfort now

Leave the light on...

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
(Traditional)
Available on "Tetley Holiday Compilation" 2005 and 2006, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" compilation, and "A Winter's Night: The Best Of Nettwerk Christmas Albums" 2005 online edition

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles
Will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on our troubles
Will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Will be near to us once more

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself
A merry little Christmas now

No Hiding Place
(Dan Messe / Gary Maurer / Steve Curtis)
Available on the compilation album "For the Kids 3"

Eyes closed, counting some
Ready or not, here I come
From the curb to the aquarium
That I can see right through

Ain't no hiding place
That you can hide
That I can't trace
That's why I always
Find you.

Run to the rabbit hole
East to west and pole to pole
Where the Queen Anne's Lace and Marigold
Grow straight and true

Ain't no hiding place,
Marigold or Queen Anne's Lace
Where I won't always
Fiiiind you.

Now sit in the drummer's spot --
Quiet now so you don't get caught
Let the Hummingbird and old Dreadnaught
Do what they can do

But there ain't no hiding place,
Kettle drum or guitar case
Where I won't always
Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind you.

Peace At Last
(Dan Messe)
Available for Xmas 2006 as a free download, in 2007 on the Peace At Last EP, and in 2008 on the Merry Happy Christmas compilation

It's colder than hell this time of the year
The moon is bright, the night is clear
And I'm out on a road
The homes that I see
They're all safe and warm, but they're not for me
All I know is I want to be with you for Christmas
And I know that I want to be with you for Christmas

I'm passing the pines, the radio towers
I cross a line and I lose an hour
But all that I've lost is fading from view
These miles ahead they just lead to you
They lead to the day you let go of the past
Where there's joy inside and there's peace at last
And there's peace at last
All I know is I want to be with you for Christmas
And I know that I want to be with you for Christmas

Cuz it's colder than hell out on your own
But I'm moving fast, I'm almost home
Where there's peace at last
Where there's peace at last
Peace at last
Where there's peace at last
Peace at last

The Present (Burying Songs Cycle Version)
(Dan Messe)
Original, pre-Hem version briefly available at Hem's blog

When I saw him by the river
He just smiled and closed his eyes
He said you know that you've got to give her
One more chance - one more lie

I didn't see him for a while then
But I heard his name around
So I walked a hundred miles when
On that iron bridge it was him I found

He said you know that I have wandered
By these blood stains on my feet
For all the presents that I have squandered
On every false heart that I meet

But I can't take back what I gave them
No, I can't make right what I've made wrong
I can't pretend that I tried to save them
When they were drowning in my song

So I don't come here for a new scar
For to cover the things that I have done
No, I just come here to see how you are
Maybe see how I've become

Well he just lay there on that iron bridge
Kicking rust off and pulling it apart
He said hello there ain't you gonna give
One more present for your own false heart

Somewhere
(Leonard Bernstein/ Stephen Sondheim)
Released online only on the Peace At Last EP

There's a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us somewhere

There's a time for us
Someday a time for us
Time to gather with time to spare
Time to learn
Time to care

Someday, somewhere
We'll find a new way of living
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere

There's a place for us
A time and a place for us
Hold my hand, and we're halfway there
Hold my hand, and I'll take you there

Somehow, someday
Somewhere

Strays (Early Version)
(Dan Messe)
Performed live before recording the album Eveningland

In the summer of my wedding
As the corn burned in the field
Oh I lay down for my Baby
And let the sweet smoke stain my heels

Well I lay there til the midnight
As the dogs, they run through town
And I rose up just to listen
And I never lay back down

I could hear them from my bedroom
Through the black wood on my floor
I could call out, hear them scatter
Running blindly past my door

Then the morning, it came upon me
And I set my soul to search
From the tall grass down the main road
To the stained glass at the church

Lord my shepard help me pray
Though I left my heart to stray
Though I left my heart untrue
I can follow
I do
I do

I can name them in my dreaming
I can set my soul to rest
I can chain them to my body
Let them settle at my breast

Now see them coming to my wedding
Where I will teach them not to stray
Oh they'll carry my salvation
Oh they'll carry me away

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