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about

What can you say about Dan Knudsen? Lots, actually. Here are several things, in no particular order.

ONE
When we're playing a show together, I love giving Dan a big introduction. It helps the crowd know how to love him.

TWO
Dan writes songs of such innocence that it defeats the cynacism that otherwise discolors my own art and worldview, and I don't think I am the only one that he gets to in that way.

THREE
Dan is the Portland YMCA's custodial ace.

FOUR
Dan is a man of faith. If you didn't know that already, you will know it after hearing this record.

FIVE
Without any doubt, Dan is a favorite among local musicians. Not cult favorite, either, but favorite.

SIX
Dan wrote the best song ever about sharks.

SEVEN
Dan would never hurt you.

EIGHT
"We Are Not Alone," the Dan song that my band covered [on this album], was the first song I ever heard Dan play. What a song, too.

NINE
Nobody, and I mean nobody, works harder pushing their music than Dan Knudsen. Ten seconds after you meet him he's trying to sell you a CD. If pimping had another name it might be Dan Knudsen, because Dan is all business, all the time.

TEN
You can see a Dan Knudsen show. He's always playing around Portland, at Strange Maine, or the late, great Granny's Burritos.

ELEVEN
If you've never heard Dan before, you have no idea what you're in for.

TWELVE
If you have purchased this record, Dan now considers you a fan. Congratulations.

THIRTEEN
Every year my band and I host Brucefest, a fundraising tribute to Springsteen around the Boss' birthday. Dan has played each one, dressing up like Bruce and slaying the crowds with his high lonesome take on My Hometown and Brilliant Disguise.

FOURTEEN
He's got a new album of original songs coming out in 2008.

FIFTEEN
The Dan Knudsen juggernaut will not be stopped. He's a hell of a guy, and a hell of a songwriter. But before I go, I do want to clear one thing up about our friend, Dan Knudsen. People ask me all the time. They stop me on the streets. They approach my table at restaurants, and pester me in waiting rooms. A fevered populace with just one burning question on their minds, they come up to me and say, "Hey, Wormwood, you know Dan Knudsen, right? Let me ask you, what's he keep in that fanny pack?"

Well, you know what? I'll tell you what he keeps in the fanny pack.

The magic.

That's where Dan keeps the magic.

Enjoy.

-Rick Wormwood

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released December 29, 2007

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Dan Knudsen is an American artist who’s musical style has been described as a combination of folk, gospel and outsider genres. Dan’s performances around the growing music city of Portland, ME have resulted in attracting a dedicated cult following, a full-length tribute album and an annual indoor festival called, “Dan-a-palooza” in honor of the artist and his music. ... more

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Track Name: Oscar Del Sebastien - Gently
Gently I'll hold her in my arms so strong
On a cool starry night it feels so right it can't be wrong
This tender romance is the most that we share
By showing how much we care
To her I just want to make love
She's the girl whom there's no one else above
I lie awake as she creeps down my stairs
I hear her footsteps echo through the air
Then she lays down beside me and cries joyful tears
I whisper softly to relieve all her fears

Gently the wind blows through tall grass and trees
On a warm sunny day we feel the passing breeze
The mother now cradles her children to her breast
Singing them happily to rest
We keep each other safe in our dreams
Almost every night that's how it seems
Just like the snow falling down on icy winter ground
She let her hair spill all around me
And now in the darkness of this hotel room
We sleep under the bright shining moon
Track Name: Garm & The Tritons - Somewhere On The Sea
For just a few days
We would like to stay
Across the ocean where a couple can be free
There's no telephone line
And the girl says she'll be mine
She's the lucky one for me

So baby, come with me
Let's sail away together
To an island of pleasure
Somewhere on the sea

There is no crew
Except for me and you
Outward bound on a voyage at the end of spring
There's no soul to disturb us
Don't be nervous
Let me play my guitar for you
A song that I like to sing

Now baby, come with me
Let's sail away together
On a ship of love and treasure
Somewhere on the sea

The gulls and the fish
Are playing as they wish
The canvas did miracles aboard this good old boat
Carried by the wind
We like the mood we're in
Through the roughest gale
We will stay afloat

Hey baby, come with me
Let's sail away together
On a journey to remember
Somewhere on the sea
Track Name: Dead Man's Clothes - Rain Falls Outside My Window
When the rain falls outside my window it drives me crazy
If the rain falls through a hole in my roof it will make me drown
When the rain falls in the darkness it makes me lazy
When the rain falls
Quite often it brings me down

I have some music toys and games that I could share and play with you
I have all day and night to be here and there to stay with you
I have a dance and a party that I could throw for you
I have some pictures that I could paint and draw for you

When the rain falls outside my window it drives me crazy
If the rain falls through a hole in my roof it will make me drown
When the rain falls in the darkness it makes me lazy
When the rain falls
Quite often it brings me down

I have some breaths and steps that I could take with you
I have some moves and grooves that I could make with you

When the rain falls outside my window it drives me crazy
If the rain falls through a hole in my roof it will make me drown
When the rain falls in the darkness it makes me lazy
When the rain falls
Quite often it brings me down
When the rain falls
Most of the time it brings me down
When the rain falls
It usually brings me down
Track Name: Glade Swope - Heart Of Country & Western
Oklahoma, Montana
Horses of black white and brown
New Mexico, Colorado
The sheriffs guard their towns

See the people
Feel the splendor and spirit
Of the American west
There's nothing in the world you've ever seen like the land I love the best

The heart of country and western is beating like an Indian drum
I hear the words howdy handsome cowboy rolling off every pretty cowgirl's tongue
The marshals and outlaws fought with guns but the heart of country and western
Is still beating like an Indian drum

Arizona, Nevada
Gamblers and 49'ers
Kansas, Texas
Great chiefs and gold miners

Hear the stories
Listen to the legends
Of the old Wild West
There's nothing in the world you've ever heard like the tales I love the best

The heart of country and western is beating like an Indian drum
I hear the words howdy good-looking stranger rolling off every cute cowgirl's tongue
The marshals and outlaws fought with guns but the heart of country and western
Is still beating like an Indian drum

The heart of country and western
Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson
Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton
The heart of country and western
It's only country and western but I like it
Long live country and western
Country and western ain't noise pollution
The heart of country and western
Track Name: Jason Lambert - Rocking On The Railroad
Chuggin' right along on the iron track
My baby and I don't know when we'll be back
Listen to the conductor and the engineer
Blowin' that whistle so we all can hear

I keep on rockin' on the railroad
It's carryin' a heavy load
You got me rockin' on the railroad
Just watch this train explode

I caught a ride heading for the east coast
Giving myself the thrill I love the most
The stack puffs smoke
The engine goes choo-choo
This is the life
Trackin' with you

I keep on rockin' on the railroad
It's carryin' a heavy load
You got me rockin' on the railroad
Just watch this train explode

Passing through Maine I hear the captain's horn blow
From New Hampshire to Vermont 'round and 'round the wheels go
Sittin' by a window the views are nice
I've been rockin' on the railroad in paradise
Today and tonight

I keep on rockin' on the railroad
It's carryin' a heavy load
You got me rockin' on the railroad
Just watch this train explode

I keep on rockin' on the railroad
It's carryin' a heavy load
You got me rockin' on the railroad
Just watch this train explode

Rockin' on
Rockin'
Track Name: Rick Wormwood & The Rumbling Proletariat - We Are Not Alone
Other worlds in other times
Other lands beneath other skies
Unexplained mysteries
Spinning all through the galaxies

Unsolved cases of the final frontier
Cosmic forces shall draw us near
There are more planets that could be called home
In the universe we are not alone

Peeping up through telescopes
Scientists tell us there's still hope
Astronauts take long far trips
Into space aboard shuttles and starships

Seeking out new life forms and cities
Picking up new technology
Listening for messages from E.T.'s phone
In the universe we are not alone

Humans and animals and plants
Species high and low advanced
I want to believe the truth is out there
It's no lie; everyone's supposed to care

And if our time here on this earth
Should ever come to an end
There must be some place else where we can start it all over again

Humans and animals and plants
Species high and low advanced
Under different stars we’ve grown
In the universe we are not alone

Humans and animals and plants
Species high and low advanced
Second chances are still unknown
In the universe we are not alone

Humans and animals and plants
Species high and low advanced
God rules on his holy throne
In the universe we are not alone
We are not alone
We are not alone
We are not alone
Track Name: Id M Theftable - Beaches And Zoos
If every state in the USA
Was just like Flor-i-day
There would be beaches like Day-toe-nay
Where we could take walks together
Two sets of footprints in the sand
Two silhouettes in the sunset holding hands
Two lovers walking up and down the strand
From June to September

We'll take some trips to beaches and zoos
Just the two of us, me and you
Among the creatures of the earth, sea and sky
At the beaches and zoos
We'll have fun if we try

In this world of fun that's brand new
The animals are missing me and you
What kinds are they; I wish we had some clues
At the zoo
We'll see our favorite people and best friends
On days we hate to see come to an end
But we can always go back again
Just to see what's new

We're going down to beaches and zoos
I'll tell you what we are going to do
I'll take you down to paradise
At the beaches and zoos
Good times feel so nice
Track Name: Jesse Frayne - Somewhere In The Mountains
For just a few hours
We'll see pretty trees and flowers
Up and down the Rockies
Where a couple can be happy
There's no crowd of people around
Just listen to nature's lovely sounds
The day is gorgeous and I think it's going to be
Snappy

Oh baby, come with me
Let's take a hike together
Through the wilderness near Denver
Somewhere in the mountains

Wearing our boots
And dressed in army green suits
Here we go along the bushes
Picking wild berries
There are no planes or choppers in the sky
No lions, tigers or bears, oh my
We can eat and rest and play
In the lane of apples, grapes and cherries

Well baby come with me
Let's take a hike together
In the land of never never
Somewhere in the mountains

On our mountain bikes
We can ride all we like
Side by side as we take to the mountain highway
I had a good time with her alone
Now we're heading back home
Her way seems to be the same as my way

Say baby come with me
Let's take a hike together
From October to December
Somewhere in the mountains
Track Name: Giraffe Attack - I Won't Hurt You
I don’t push you around
I don’t slap you on the butt
I never punch you in the stomach
I never belt you in the gut

Love should not hurt
Or have any violence or threats
So I control myself
No matter how mad at you I get

You don’t want me to touch you
I understand
It's your own body
To myself I'll keep my hands
Whenever you need privacy
I'll promise not to invade
It's alright girl don't be afraid

Baby I won't hurt you
Cuz, it's the last thing I would ever wanna to do
Baby I won't hurt you
I don't have the heart to
So baby I won't hurt you
Whoa I won't hurt you

Well I know that some men are such cowardly abusers
They call themselves lovers when they're really liars and losers
I'm not one of those jerks
Cuz I'm nice and not mean
When girls say no to guys
That's what they really mean

You don't want me to touch you
I understand
It's your own body
To myself I'll keep my hands
If you ever need privacy
I'll promise not to invade
It's alright girl don't be afraid

Baby, I won't hurt you
Cuz it's the last thing I would ever wanna to do
Baby I won't hurt you
I don't have the heart to
So baby I won't hurt you
Whoa I won't hurt you

You're an innocent woman
And I respect you
Aren't you glad I learned to give you that
So let me be your guardian
And protect you

Cuz you and I are alright girl
Don't be afraid
Oh yeah

Now I assure you
Baby, I won't hurt you
Cuz it's the last thing I would ever wanna to do
Baby I won't hurt you
I don't have the heart to
So baby
Take it from me
Baby I won't hurt you
Cuz it's the last thing I would ever wanna to do
Baby I won't hurt you
I don't have the heart to
So baby I won't hurt you
Your face will never be black or blue
Aren't you glad, aren't you glad
That’s not the way I treat you
no-n-n-no-n-no
I won't hurt you
I won't hurt you
Uh-a-aha-ah-oh yeah
Track Name: Lunden And Frank - The Cavern And The Temple
I'll be leaving soon
This cavern of doom
The light of my torch is growing dim
It's too cold and dark
I'm set to go on my mark
Before the snakes and spiders bite
And the scorpions sting
There's a room where the rats run all over the ground
There's a space in the air where the bats fly around
I was lucky to get out of there
With not much time left to spare
Surely I would have tasted pretty good
So I set up my camp
In the forest foggy and damp
And I slept in my tent until dawn
Then I wandered out of the woods

There's an evil cult here
In this temple of fear
I've got the priest and his guards coming after me
Out here a man needs a good pair of Wrangler jeans
At the college I teach archaeology
For my protection I carry a whip
That I crack holding in a tight grip
They thirst for blood like the gators in the mud
To fight them it takes courage and daring
They chase me too far in the mining cars
But I managed to escape with the sacred
Jewels and stones glaring
Track Name: Keith Dover - The Sharks Are Gone
They are the most feared and hated
Monsters of the deep and wide
Stalking the four oceans and seven seas
Oh lord, it feels so good
Knowing the sharks are gone

If you really wanna go out and surf, swim or dive buddy
Don't get too far away from shore
Listen to the lifeguards
Watching the bay and patrolling the beach
There's a danger that lurks at the bottom of the dark waters
I won't be in it if I stay on top
It's too far beneath
I'm out of range of their snapping jaws and sharp teeth
And circling fins
I shouldn't even be able to see their tails spin
The sharks are down
Chasing the whales around

If I don't bother them
They won't bother me
As long as I stay close to the surface
In the waves and foam
I can frolic like a dolphin or a porpoise

The sharks are down
Chasing the seals around
The sharks are down
Chasing the eels around

I guess I'll leave you in the sand and on the rocks
You can go fishing, drive your truck or bounce your ball
You're looking at a pro
I'm well trained and skilled in aquatic safety
This I say to you my fine young friend and pal
If you ever seek or have adventures under sea
In your scuba gear you better make sure the sharks are not here
You may find me petting an octopus
But you'll never catch me feeding crabs
I know how to handle myself
With a harpoon or spear I'm a real good stab
I'm not frightened or scared for anything I'm ready and prepared
I've been on vacation
Keeping out of hazardous situations

The sharks are down
Chasing the fish around
Oh lord it feels so good
Knowing the sharks are gone
It's like a poem
Knowing the sharks are gone
Track Name: Metal Chariot - I've Got To Save You
On a dragon over the mystic mountains of ancient medieval England
I'm a Danish knight flying the storm out in a time of myth and legend
A beautiful princess was kidnapped
She's being held in a haunted palace
Against her will locked in chains hard to break in a cell of disorder and malice

Baby I've got to save you
I'm coming to your rescue
In this creepy place I'll not leave you
Baby I've got to save you

Now the crops have withered and the elders have died
The animals and children are ill
This land is under the curse of an evil wizard
It is him who I must fight to kill

The wizard carries a magic staff he wears a black robe and a helmet with horns
He frightens the dwarves and elves and alarms the fairies and unicorns
When I finally invade his fortress
I destroy him and his goblins and ghouls
With my elfish lance and mythral shield
To face me they had to be fools

Baby I've got to save you
Now that I've come to your rescue
In this scary place I won't leave you
Baby I've got to save you

Baby I've got to save you
Now that I'm here at your rescue
In this spooky place I won't leave you
Baby I've got to save you
Track Name: Bass Box - Go North Little Child
You put yourself in the greatest danger
Accepting a ride from a stranger
When he tells you his candy lies
He doesn't need your respect or help
Just lookout for yourself
Don't take a chance 'cuz you won't like the surprise

Go north little boy
Go north little boy
When evil goes south
Go north little boy
Go north little boy
When evil goes south

It's too hard to tell if he's bad or good
If he's there to do you harm or good
You just never know
If he comes to your door don't let him in
Keep him out of your house don't let him win
Just pick up the phone and call for help

And go north little girl
Go north little girl
When violence goes south
Go north little girl
Go north little girl
When violence goes south

Though you may look small on the outside
You can still feel great on the inside
You know you're brave and strong
It's o.k. to say no if you don't want to be touched
Talk about it with someone you trust
If it feels so wrong

Go north little child
Go north little child
When crime goes south
Go north little child
Go north little child
It's the only way out
It's the only way out
Track Name: The Love Of Your Pets
He licks from the heart
He barks to say hello
You can be quite sure he'll follow where you go
He's good at playing catch without a mitt
Just tell him go fetch when you throw a stick

You've got the love of a dog
Take him for a walk or jog
You've got the love of a dog
He's your hound dog
The love of a dog
The love of a dog
Owwwwooohhh!

She can feel your love
When you stroke her fur
Hear her say meow
And listen to her purr
When she rolls on her back
All over the floor
Just rub her tummy and she'll do it some more

You've got the love of a cat
Pick her up off the mat
You've got the love of a cat
Give her head a pat
You've got the love of a cat
The love of a cat
Reaaarrrrowww!

He gets into the cheese
And he makes a mess
But don't bother chasing him
He's perfectly harmless
He runs so fast
He's really full of speed
He can't slow down until he gets what he needs

You've got the love of a mouse
In your house
You've got the love of a mouse
Playing games with your spouse
The love of a mouse
The love of a mouse
Squeek, squeek, squeek!

Parrots talk
Canaries sing
Minor birds can say almost anything
Listen to the chatter of a parakeet
Hear the finch go chirp and tweet

You've got the love of a bird
In case you haven't heard
You've got the love of a bird
Take my word
You've got the love of a bird
The love of a bird
Cheep, cheep, cheep!

You've got the love of your pets
The love of your pets
Since the day you and they first met
Track Name: Can't Stop The Cops
(siren noise)

They work at all times
To make your town a safe place to live
It's not how they die that makes them heroes
It's how they live

You better know what's right or wrong
'Cuz they're gonna see any wrong you do
If you're suspected of running a red light
They're gonna chase after you
Here come the boys in blue

Arresting and shooting the bad guys
And putting them in jail
The prisoner's lives are changed forever
Now they've gone stale

You can't stop the cops
Officers of law enforcement
You can't stop the cops
Protectors of the innocent citizens and civilians
FREEZE!
POLICE!

So if you're out on the street
Look behind you 'cuz that's where they will be
Stepping up into the line of fire
And over the call of duty
Weakening the killers and other criminals
To such degrees
Guarding our cities, villages, states and counties

You can't stop the cops
Highway patrolmen and sheriff's deputies
You can't stop the cops
Public defenders of our communities
FREEZE!
POLICE!

Their sirens are turned off
Their shotguns are sawed off
They're gonna bust some shots off
And dust some crooks off

You can't stop the cops

You can't stop the cops
Officers of law enforcement
You can't stop the cops
Protectors of the innocent citizens and civilians

You can't stop the cops
State troopers and sheriff's deputies
You can't stop the cops
Public defenders of our communities