Songwriting Challenges 2013

by Dolores Dagenais

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Instead of concentrating on a specific album perse
I'll be taking on lots of songwriting 'challenges' this year.
So I'll be adding to this album through out 2013.

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released February 1, 2013

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Dolores Dagenais Pictou, Nova Scotia

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Track Name: Left Socks & Lost Albums
I heard that song again
I don't remember when
but I had that record
and I wore it out

Somewhere it dissapeared
like left socks and younger years
like conversation over beer
at closing time

there is a hole in the world (there is a hole in my world)
that thoughts fall through
there is a tear in time
that takes things too

and I knew all the words
I know that sounds absurd
but I had that record
and I loved it all

somehow it got lost
like first love and left socks
somewhere there is a box
that overflows

there is a hole in my mind (there is a hole in my mind)
that things fall through
there is a tear in time
that takes memories too

you know I can't recall
the album cover much at all
I had it tacked up on my wall
for awhile

after that it starts to fade
like left socks and yesterdays
oh yes that was one I played
until the needle frayed

there is a hole in my world (there is a hole in my world)
that thoughts time falls through
there is a tear in time
and it holds you too

I heard that song again
I don't remember when
but I had that record
and I wore it out



Copyright D.Dagenais February 1, 2013
Track Name: Dear Davey Jones
Dear Davey Jones Copyright D.Dagenais February 20, 2013

They left Tuesday” she said
to fish The Gully
where the ocean floor drops off the map
It’s been almost a week
and all these search teams
have begun throwing up their hands

But I still have hope
So I wrote this note
And sealed it up in a blue bottle
Dear Davey Jones
Let him come home
What’s one more or less on the bottom?

When the weather turned foul
off Sable Isle
at first I was sure they‘d be in
There were hours then days
The authorities say
That chances are now very slim

But I still have hope
So I wrote this note
And set it out on the grey waves
Dear Davey Jones
Let him come home
What’s one more or less in your grave?

All of the young men with pride in their eyes
At least we can say they lived how they died
Not knowing fear like young cavaliers
But the ocean is nobody’s bride

They left Tuesday she said
On the deck of Miss Ally
Somewhere they dropped off the map
It’s been more than a week
and the last search team
Tells me they’re not coming back

But I still have hope
So I wrote this note
And tied it up in a white string
Dear Davey Jones
Let him come home
To you he means not a damn thing

(Bridge)





Copyright D.Dagenais February 20, 2013
Track Name: Canadian Hero (No Regrets)
There was a man who walked across this land
a black guitar strapped up on his back
he lived among the cockroaches and snakes
who said "compromise yourself, that's what it takes"

(Chorus)
He said
"No No No, I'll take my boots out and I'll stomp them
No No No, I'll write these songs just cause I want them
and when this thing stops beating in my chest
I'll have no regrets, no regrets

He was every crazy uncle he could be
he part of everybody's family
he live among the vermin and the rats
who said "jump the ship, down south is where it's at."

(chorus)

A Canadian hero from Moosejaw to Toronto
A Canadian hero Yellowknife to Oromocto
from Sudbury to Sable Isle
from Gander, Newfoundland to Yukon wild
this rythmn in his boot
is still a little part of me and you

(chorus)

He was the better part of us
the one that doesn't bend that you can trust
that says a lot for never giving up
your values and your pride and things you love

Bridge
Chorus
Track Name: Fukushima Butterfly
Fukushima Butterfly

She had just turned 30 when she got the diagnosis
And started on the Chemo and the radiation doses
The radio played love songs but not for her

Then her chestnut hair fell out upon her pillow
She cried a little while then she let it all go
She always did mean to try platinum blond

Brave isn’t something that you’re born with
It’s something that you learn
It’s not the absence of fear
It’s how you turn it into light
She can still take flight
Fukushima butterfly

When she turned 33 she knew they’d have to take the rest
The doctor shook his head and said that it was for the best
Her lover played his love songs – just for her

When she was half way healed she didn’t want to make it
But stickered on a smile and decided just to fake it
And love pulled her through
Through the worst

(Chorus)

Now she’s 44 and it looks as though she’s whipped it
And all of the scans are clear if the future still is cryptic
Her husband still plays love songs – just for her

And her hair is back though it’s got a little silver
She doesn’t mind it cause it somehow seems to suit her
Though she’s sometimes tempted by platinum blond.


Copyright March 20/2013 D. Dagenais
Track Name: Bad Champagne
VERSE 1
I watched you sparkle, heard you pop
friends warned me but I couldn't stop
lost in your eyes, drunk on your smile
you controlled me for awhile

CHORUS
You were bad champagne
I soaked you in like rain
better to abstain
you were bad champagne

VERSE 2
You were hostile, you were vile
you turned bitter just like bile
I tried to drown, I tried to drink
Tried everything not to think

CHORUS 1X

Now you're dried out and wanting more
I've lost the taste for what you pour
so here's the bottom of the glass
I can say goodbye at last

CHORUS 2X'S

You were bad champagne
You were bad champagne
Track Name: Money On the Girl
MONEY ON THE GIRL (copyright D.Dagenais May 28, 2013)

Old Pictou Harbour will never be the same
from the "Great Dory Challenge"
that was issued on that day
Brent took the red boat
and Pam took the green
who would stay up longest that was
what was to be seen

My money’s on the girl
Though she’s never rowed a boat
Cause when the waves
Overturn them all
He’s got the oars
But she’s got the floats

The whole town turned out
To make sure they didn’t drowned
When the deed was over
They bought everyone a round
Brent made a toast
And Pam a few more
She thought it would be nice
If we would help her off the floor

My money’s on the girl
Though her boat has started leaking
When the waves
Overturn them all
He’s got the oars
But she’s got the beacons

The moral of this story is plain as you can see
Don’t swim beside a mermaid
If you’re cast off at sea
Cause the sailors and the rescue men
Will all be following
To save that little tail
That can probably out swim them

My money’s on the girl
Oh she’s sly and she’s coy
And when the waves overturn them all
He’s got the oars
But she’s got the buoys

My money’s on the girl
Though she’s never rowed a boat
when the waves
Overturn them all
He’s got the oars
But she’s got the floats
Track Name: One Man Per Train (Corporate Games)
One Man Per Train (Corporate Games)

All for the want of a brake man how many lives were lost?
All for the bottom line figure
All for cutting the cost
This is supposed to be
A regulated industry
Well that depends on whose pocket you’re in
One man per train it doesn’t matter what danger they’re in

Oh the job of the brakeman was to secure all the stops
But they put him out to pasture
When the technology caught up
The thing about technology
Is it can fail as easily
And it doesn’t have that ‘gut thing’ to go on
One man per train it doesn’t matter what danger they’re in

All of this progress advances; all of these changes come round
‘Til its Russian Roulette with the chances
And lives in these little towns
If it’s not through our back yard
We can cut the corners, work them hard
Chew them up and grind them down
One man per train it doesn’t matter what danger they’re in

All for the want of a brakeman city blocks lie in ruin
The corporate clowns point their fingers
And say he didn’t know what he was doing
The difference between them and us
They’ll throw the guy under the bus
Before the wrecks even cooling
One man per train it doesn’t matter what danger they’re in

Everyone from that town has my sympathy, that engineer has my pity
These corporate games are not friendly
These corporate games are not pretty
We’re the only ones that loose
Cause they’re the ones that make the rules
And the rules only work in their favour
One man per train it doesn’t matter what danger we’re in.
Track Name: If You Dig It
If You Dig It (copyright D.Dagenais July 23, 2013)

I don’t look like Harrison Ford
I’ve never owned a pistol or a whip
I haven’t spent much time
Running for my life
But I have spent weeks down in a pit

It’s not Hollywood and it’s not glamorous
We don’t get Oscars or sidewalk stars for this
The rewards come in sherds a million little bits
But it’s all still treasure if you dig it.

I’ve never own a single hat that looked liked that
I’ve never met a Nazi villain
I spend my days cataloguing crap
And writing papers about ruins

It’s more academic than action oriented
But you don’t get shot at and no one really wants you dead
Rewards come in sherds a million little bits
But it’s all still treasure if you dig it

Indiana can save the planet
While I record the artifacts
Between the layers and the granite
Then back fill the holes
To save them for tomorrow
Cause they aren’t ours to keep
They’re only ours to borrow

I’ve never spent too much time in deathly peril
I’ve never run from a rolling rock
I spend time washing bits of pottery
Then carefully pack them in a box

It’s not the movies
It’s not Hollywood
We mostly don’t get famous
Even though maybe we should
Rewards come in sherds a million little bits
But it’s all still treasure if you dig it.
It’s all still treasure if you dig it.
Track Name: The Right to Breathe
THE RIGHT TO BREATHE
(Copyright D.Dagenais August 1, 2013)

How can you drink with poison in the water?
How can you breathe with smoke in the air?
How can you think about the almighty dollar?
When it’s choking your sons and daughters

Would you water your family tree?
From that pond full of poison
Would you let your children believe?
They have no right to breathe
They have no right to breathe

How can you see if you’re corrupted by the capital
With blindfold of bills and pay cheques
How you can’t swim where your own father taught you
It’s contaminated by your compromise

Would you trade your memories?
To buy things so easily forgotten
Would you let your children believe?
They have no right to breathe
They have no right to breathe

It’s up to you to make some changes
I will too cause no one is blameless
But you have more strength than you believe
Once you get up, off your knees

You can stand when you’re too frail to function
Just take my hand and my shoulder
It’s all right we can fix what we’ve broken
It’s is not over until it’s over
And we have the right to breathe
Track Name: The Secret to a Happy Life
The Secret to a Happy Life

“Love is the only thing that makes you happy in the end.” He said
As he counted out his grandkids on his fingers in his hospital bed
“The working and the saving, flags you’re flying, games you’re playing aren’t legit
The secret to a happy life is simply feeling love and giving it.”

“I’ve been around a lot of years; I’ve done some things I’d rather not repeat.”
As he drummed out a tune on the starched white hospital sheets
“The winning and the losing, plans you’re making, paths you’re choosing turn and shift
The secret to a happy life is simply feeling love and giving it.”

“So hold on to the faces that make your day
And watch well, all the words that you give away
‘Because you don’t know what will be held to the heart
So make them soft and never sharp”

“Love is the only thing that really matters when it’s said and done”
As the light fell across the bed like fragments from the setting sun
“When noise and confusion and disillusion makes you want to quit
The secret to a happy life is simply feeling love and giving it.”
The secret to a happy life is simply feeling love and giving it.

(Outtro – from The French Song by Harry Pease and Larry Vincent)
When the sun says good day to the mountains
And the night says hello to the dawn
I’m alone with my dreams on the hilltop
I can still hear his voice though he’s gone.
Track Name: Wrecking Ball
Sometimes it feels like a windowless room
you can't get out and you can't see through
the dark and the walls press in on you
until you're curled up in a corner

(chorus)
I wanna show you to the light
I wanna tell you it's all right
let me be your wrecking ball tonight
and I'll break through the walls

Sometimes you feel like a prisoner here
doing hard time 'til you disapear
the doubt and the shame whisper in your ear
you feel like you're forgotten
(chorus)

It's so hard when you're so weak
to stand up apon you feet
but you try to reach for me
and I promise I won't leave

Until you feel the sun on your face
until you're walking out of this place
if you stumble then I...I will embrace
you before you fall

(chorus)