Live At Strange Maine

by Dan Knudsen

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released March 31, 2006

Dan Knudsen: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, & Ukulele
Chris Livengood: Keyboard & Drums
Adam Schutzman: Musical Saw
Glade Swope: Bongos
Cal Clark: Tamborine
Chris DiRocco: Electric Guitar
Jepthah Hardison: Kazoo

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Dan Knudsen Portland

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: Sunsong
Good morning sunrise
Up above the mountains high
Like a candle in the sky
Where hawks and eagles fly

Good morning sunrise
There's warmth on my shoulders
Your light streams along the water
It slowly fades and gets colder

You hear my love and me as we think our early morning thoughts
You hear my love and me as we pray our early morning prayers

Good afternoon sunshine
My lovers in her place
With a pretty smiling face
She longs for my embrace

Good afternoon sunshine
I miss you when things turn grey
Your beauty just slips away
On a cloudy and rainy day

You hear my love and me as we say our afternoon words
You see my love and me as we do our afternoon deeds

Good evening sunset
You're the salt of this world we run
You give friendliness to everyone
Until the day is done

Good evening sundown
The earth says goodbye
I don't let you pass me by
Once I see you I know why

You see my love and me as we read our late night books
You see my love and me as we watch our late night movies

La-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-dum
Ba-da-da, da-de-da, de-da-do
Track Name: Heart of Country and 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: Jesus Is The King
Mary's boy child is in the manger on the hay sleeping
Down his way the moon and stars in the sky are brightly smiling and shining
The baby was born today children joyfully run and sing
To our lord and savior
A mighty powerful king

Jesus is the king
Jesus
When the angels spread their wings
Jesus
Jesus is the destroyer
Jesus is the king

Shepards and wise men came from afar to visit and meet him in the stall
Long ago now and hard to recall
The good news he would bring

For our sake under Pontius Pilate
He was crucified
And for our sins he died
The holy heavenly king

Jesus is the king
Jesus
The son of god the maker of all things
Jesus
Jesus is the conqueror
Jesus is the king

The sky is threatening
As it darkens and freezes
In exultation we sing
As our belief in him increases
Respect and obey your king
The great amazing Jesus

Jesus
Jesus

Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
Jesus

He got himself nailed upon the wood of the cross
Suffered death to redeem our loss
On the third day Jesus rose again
His kingdom has no end let the people scream AMEN!

Jesus
Jesus is the king
Jesus
The son of god the maker of all things
Jesus
Jesus is the adventurer
Jesus is the king
When the archangels spread their wings
Jesus
Jesus is a super hero
Jesus
Taking that Mephistophiles down to zero
Jesus is the warrior
Jesus is the king
When the angels spread their wings

Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
Track Name: I Always Thought
I always thought
That your love was just for me
I always thought
That your love would set me free
But now you say you don't want me anymore

Since you've got someone else
I guess I won't be hangin' around
You're telling me it's over
And there's another man you've found
Since you called me up and told me about it
I've been happy for you

All by myself I fall apart
Because you broke my heart
Who else am I supposed to blame?
Whenever I meet someone new to lift me back up
I'll forget about you
Still then my life won't be the same

I always thought
That our love would last forever
I always thought
We would stay right here close together
No longer lovers we'll just be friends

I sure hope by now you've gotten over me
If that's how it has to be
I didn't think I'd be replaced so soon
As long as it must be this way
Don't worry I can take the news o.k.
I had to prepare myself to hear the words from you
Even though I knew

I always thought
That our love was no mistake
I always thought
But you would never make my poor heart ache
Go ahead and leave me baby
I wish you the best
Track Name: Ministers of Faith
I feel the spirit moving through and opening up my heart
I pray to the lord please let the living water give my life a start
For I'm a Christian man
Jesus is my best friend
The bible says he'll return when this world ends
To the gospel and of ministers of faith

We go to mass in church and sing hymns of glory and praise
The preachers lift their hands and the choir's voices raise
We kneel and bow in prayer
Our service to god we share
Under his reign of love and care
In the sacred world with ministers of faith

The bread and wine are Jesus body and blood
He will be with us when we pass through fires and floods
He's ringing heaven's bells
Casting heroic spells
Throwing all the demons and lost souls into the burning hell
With the wicked foes of ministers of faith

Ooh sing hallelujah ooh
Ooh shout hallelujah ooh

Ahh-haaah-ah-haaaa-ahhhh!

-whistle-

The devil sends his dragons to Bethlehem, the little town
King David's knights fight to slay them and the dungeons and castles go tumbling down
Swinging magic swords at will
The beasts take only one hit to kill
Satan and his son Lucifers' evil powers are weaker still
Then the forces of good in ministers of faith

An old sick priest woke up this morning walked out and then he saw
A vision of an angel appeared to show the way to heaven's door
He was good throughout his life
Saved from criminals’, axes, claw hammers and knives
He shall die and live again free of strife
In the eternal parish for ministers of faith
Ministers of faith
Ministers of faith

Ooh sing hallelujah ooh
Ooh shout hallelujah ooh

Ahh-haaah-ah-haaaa-ahhhh!

-whistle-

Ahh-haaah-ah-haaaa-ahhhh!

-whistle-

Ministers of faith
Ministers of faith
Track Name: Rainfalls 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Keep This Garden Growing
On this day
We can plant our little seeds
Yes we may
Dig some dirt and pull the weeds
The summer is coming in
So now let us begin
Make sure we have the tools and equipment we need

We must keep this garden growing
Where the blossom vines are showing from the field

It's the time
To get this job done
We will find
Ways to make this work more fun
Many days will pass
But they will go by fast
Although the season has just begun

We must keep this garden growing
Where a blue river is flowing through the woods

The birds keep soaring high and low
The squirrels keep climbing up the branches
The bees keep buzzing over the green meadow
The farmers keep slaving on their ranches

While there still are flowers
I would like to smell them
As long as there are fruits and vegetables dairy meat and poultry
I'd love to taste them

In the end
Everyone thanks the lord once again
We all have our reward
The plants grew very tall
Soon the leaves will fall
And be raked into the bushes to be stored

We must keep this garden growing
Where the whole worlds been and going to be saved
Track Name: 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: Grass, Grain, & Appleseeds
Everyday I thank the lord
For the blessings of my life
All the power god gave me
To go on living

I'm still searching for the girlfriend
Who will come and be my wife
To each other we'll be respectful
And forgiving

I still have my old family
But I don't yet have a new one
Many old friends are gone
But new ones have come

Just a singer lookin' for a band
I always wanted to get into one
I'm the guitar man and the entertainer
Travelin' to the rhythm of different strums

Now I must admit my life's been interesting but not easy
Still I try to enjoy it and have some laughs and fun
As we gather to sit around the table
Each of us should be willing and able
To tell stories about our days of our lives that are far from done

For the sun and rain the grass and grain
And the grace of the apple seed
Before any meal we sing the praise we feel
When there are hungry mouths to feed
The food is great
The service is good
We earn our riches by thrift not by greed

I should cherish my church and home
Be true to my work and school
Try to make my dreams happen
To get the job done I count on myself

I learn from all of the mistakes I make
And follow all the rules
It takes a big strong powerful man to ask for help
Although my life is wonderful
Sometimes it gets me down
Do to the everyday problems that plague us all
Changes and choices can be beautiful
Challenges are all around
They can either be people, places and things great
Or actions small

Now I must admit my life's been interesting but not easy
Still I try to enjoy it and have some laughs and fun
As we gather to sit around the table
Each of us should be willing and able
To tell stories about our days in our lives that are far from done

For the sun and rain the grass and grain
And the grace of the apple seed
Before any meal we sing the praise we feel
When there are hungry mouths to feed
The food is great
The service is good
We save our riches by thrift never by greed
Track Name: 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: F.O.L.K. In The U.S.A.
Sometimes you imagine that you would like to be a folk singing and songwriting star
Take some time to learn and practice playing the acoustic guitar

F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A.
F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A.
F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A. oh yeah
Folk music in the U.S.A.

I don't advise that you go into it for fortune and fame
It doesn't pay very well but the fans will get to know your name
Just let them hear any songs they want
At the coffeehouses, bars and restaurants

F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A.
F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A.
F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A. oh yeah
Folk music in the U.S.A.

You think you're gonna to be the next Bob Dylan
Another Jimmy Buffet or Tom Paxton
Modeling yourself after John Denver
Jim Croce, Don McLean or James Taylor

F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A.
F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A.
F.O.L.K. in the U.S.A. oh yeah
Folk rockin' in the U.S.A.

Let there be folk

Folk on the radio and TV