The Best Of Dan Knudsen (2000​-​2004)

by Dan Knudsen

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This album highlights classics from my first two studio albums and also features two previously unreleased tracks (Jesus Is The King, Moving To Mars).

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released April 23, 2004

Dan Knudsen: Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin, & Banjo

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Rockin' 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: 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: 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: 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: Moving to Mars
Within the next century
Life on this earth
Could be threatened by low energy and high pollution
There's a law against planting trees on mars
To make the atmosphere inhabitable so we can start an evolution
If the Martians were to invade us
They wouldn't last for long
They wouldn't survive
They'd be stopped by earth's bacteria
They laid waste to none of our cities
They never took over our planet
They just threw it into a growing feeling of mass hysteria

On a mission to the red planet
We're moving to mars
Commercial space liners will be cruising through the stars
Bringing in lots of people and machines could cause the land many scars

Movin' to mars on a mission
Movin' to mars the red planet

Millions of years ago there might have been life on mars
There might have been such a thing as a real race of little green men
Then came the meteor showers and the drought of the canals
The barren planet was doomed and the world came to an end
If it all begins again could earthlings and Martians coexist
Could there be any peace between the worlds
Someday we may have the right stuff to take ourselves to mars and back
Anytime that blood-red globe is unfurled

On a mission to the red planet
We're moving to mars
Commercial space liners will be cruising through the stars
On the rockets and ships were gonna travel and fly real far
Movin' to mars
On a mission to the red planet
We're moving to mars
Commercial space liners will be cruising through the stars
Its a prophecy for this millennium to colonize the moon and mars

Movin' to mars on a mission
Movin' to mars the red planet
Movin' to mars
Movin' to mars do do do