The Best Of Dan Knudsen, Volume II (2005​-​2010)

by Dan Knudsen

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released April 11, 2010

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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: 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: 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: Outer Space
Blast your lasers, swing your light sabers
Protect and serve this great planet
Alien invasion, human race annihilation
Man fears it 'cuz he doesn't understand it

AMEN!

Blast off into outer space
Take off to a higher place

Earth's finest pilots fly their star fighters
Aiming above and beyond in the star force
Electric energy and magnetic activity
Sometimes throw the squadrons of ships off course

HUH!

Blast off into outer space
Make a jump into hyperspace

Evil robots programmed to kill
Could start a war in outer space
Knowledge denied, information classified
Regarding visitors from outer space
Government lies, fire in the skies
Covered up in outer space
Outer space, outer space

-synthesizer solo-

Shrieking fire spitters, brain-sucking critters
Meteors hurled by giant bugs, worms and slugs
Cyborgs and androids, comets and asteroids
Armageddon is about to strike with a storm of rocks

Blast off into outer space
Take off to a higher place
Blast off into outer space
Make a jump into hyperspace

Do or do not, there is no try
As you wish in outer space
The force is with you, live long and prosper
Make it so in outer space
Stations are built, destinies are fulfilled
For future travel in outer space

Outer space, outer space
Massive vessels in outer space
Outer space, outer space
Whoopin' E.T.'s ass in outer space
Generations lost in outer space
By your command in outer space
Track Name: Creatures of The Sand
At night and in the early morning
The desert is shaken
Stores and trailers are ransacked and violently wrecked
There's no money taken
It goes on for several hours ‘til the hottest part of the day
Then the dunes are suddenly silent, after we've fallen victims of prey

Whoa-oo-whoah, yeah-a-ah

We're only appetizers for multi-legged freaks
They are the worst nightmares come true for science geeks
By these lethal monsters a number of persons have been killed
Survivors wander in shock up and down the hills

Giant insects and arachnids
Are the greatest enemies of beast and man
But our cyanide gas and flames will stop them
These radioactive creatures of the sand

Just recently they developed from the blast of atomic bombs
It will take a bomber squadron to wipe them out with napalm bombs
They'll need an infantry regiment to mop up after them
Some have enough toxic acid to kill twenty beasts and men

Mutant insects and arachnids
Are the biggest enemies of beast and man
But our bullets and dynamite will stop them
These dangerous creatures of the sand

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh....

At night and in the early morning a sand storm has struck
Killer beetles, wasps, mosquitoes, dragonflies and mantises crawl and fly amuck
In the heat of the afternoon they nest underground
But you can still hear their buzzing and whistling sounds

Monstrous insects and arachnids
Are the baddest enemies of beast and man
But our grenades and missiles will stop them
These deadly creatures of the sand

LOOK OUT!
They're laying eggs and breeding
LOOK OUT!
They're hungry and it's time for feeding
LOOK OUT!
The bugs are coming BACK, BACK!
LOOK OUT!
They are tarantulas of brown and scorps and ants of red and black LOOK OUT!
Track Name: Born in The U.K.
He's an international super spy
But not an agent for the FBI
He works for the British secret service
Saving the world is his one and only purpose

He was born in the U.K.
He has a partner with the CIA
But he does his job the English way
He was born in the U.K.

He had to stop this madman big and old
From robbing fort Knox’s supply of gold
Only he could be so bold
He had no heart and his blood was cold

He was born in the U.K.
He has a partner with the CIA
But he does his job the English way
He was born in the U.K.

He has a nephew in Afghanistan
Fighting off Al-quida and the Taliban
They're on the run through Pakistan
Hiding out in Iraq and Iran

He was born in the U.K.
He has a partner with the CIA
But he does his job the English way
He was born in the U.K.

Toxic waste dumpers get caught by the EPA
Just like drug dealers get arrested by the DEA
Several decades of trotting the globe
Millions of intriguing cases to probe

He was born in the U.K.
He has a partner with the CIA
But he does his job the English way
He was born in the U.K.
He was born in the U.K.
He was born in the U.K.
Track Name: In the Shape of the Cross
It was a patch that the nun wore
On the front side of her habit
In the shape of the cross
In the shape of the cross
There were rapes and murders to avenge
And choose between justice and revenge
In the shape of the cross
In the shape of the cross

I wasn't sure if I agreed or disagreed
With the promise she was laying down
But I understood where she was coming from
With the words she was spreading around

Once you commit a crime you have to pay and do time
Guilty and punished by imprisonment and a fine
But if the clothes from the scene don't fit you
Your lawyer may tell the judge and court they must acquit you

Once you commit a crime
There were stains left on the floors
Too tough and stubborn to wash off
Appearing in the color red
Probably from blood that was shed
And there were prisoners on death row
In the jail where the guards took them slow
In the electric chair they would fry
Even if they were too young to die

Once you commit a crime you have to pay and serve time
God is good when he asks you not to hate or be unkind
If you seek treatment and rehabilitation
There's a chance you could go straight after incarceration

All is won at such a cost
Although you're still grieving a tragic loss
But you never know just what mistakes and sins can be forgiven by God
Our great high boss
In the shape of the cross
In the shape of the cross

It was a gesture that the nun made
With her hand in front of her face and chest
In the name of the father and son
And the holy spirit three in one
Then they strapped him to a gurney
Prepared the chemicals for his execution
And they stuck the needle in his arm
Killed by lethal injection he bought the farm

Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh
I wasn't sure if I agreed or disagreed
With the promise she was laying down
But I understood where she was coming from
With the words she was spreading around

Once you commit a crime you have to pay big time
Open your eyes to see right from wrong don't be blind
When you're thrown into a cell for detention
The only road to walk is the one to redemption

All is won at such a cost
Although you're still grieving an unfortunate loss
But you never know just what sinners can redeem themselves and be saved through Christ on the cross
In the shape of the cross
In the shape of the cross
In the shape of the cross
In the shape of the cross
Track Name: The Emperor Lucifer
The streets are filled with alarm and fright
And with the horror of all saint's eve
The antichrist is coming again
For the sinners and those who don't believe
We call him by the prince of darkness
And we call him by the serpent
He makes no apologies or gives no reasons
For his sins he'll never confess or repent
He poses as a diabolic sorcerer
He is there the emperor Lucifer

The company of heaven shall enjoy watching
As the underworld expires
For thousands of years a war has raged on
Between werewolves and vampires
Like an animal and most criminals
He is a fear detector
Of all that is evil, cruel, perverse and sick
He is the mad protector
He unleashes a wrath so sinister
He is there the emperor Lucifer

In a jungle full of apes, wolves and dinosaurs
He runs along the blackening rainbow
Barbarians and Vikings attack his strongholds
With catapults and crossbows
But his witches and warlocks have grown in power
This is where they've made their homes
With vipers and roaches and moles and blobs
And giants made of stone
He's disguised as a satanic sorcerer
He is there the emperor Lucifer
Track Name: Life on the Line
You know I care so much about you
I don't know what I'd do without you
I must tell you I'd be pretty lonely
And when this whole world gets too much
And you need someone to talk to and touch
I'll be there to listen and let you hold me
I'm your angel and miracle I will watch over you
You found the lover who can come on in and cover you

I put my life on the line for you
So let me go wherever you go
Anything you do let me do it too
I promise that everything I say is true
I put my life on the line for you

It is you I must safeguard
Now that I'm your bodyguard
If you should ever need personal protection
I will keep you safe and secure
When danger's a disease I'll be the cure
Whatever goes wrong I'll be ready to make the right correction
Oh allow me to give you shelter from the wind, snow, and rain
If it falls too hard and blows you down
I will help you get back up again

CHORUS

INTERLUDE

CHORUS

Whoa yeah I put my life on the line for you
Track Name: As You Lie Down
Tonight this evening is peaceful, cool, and calm
Relaxed at home you're out of the way of harm
You're in my tender custody and care
Would you like to hug and hold your doll or teddy bear?

The sun is down the moon is beaming bright
Moths are flying around the porch light
The toads are croaking as the crickets sing
Fireflies are glittering and swarming

So count your blessings and your sheep
As you lie
As you lie down to sleep

Colors of the day fade to black
Everyone under ten should hit the sack
I know sometimes you feel scared
Monsters are only in your mind it's just you who's there

Dream of playful ghosts in the fog
Out in the pond the lillypads teem with frogs
Imagine friendly aliens and UFOs
Hovering curiously in the shadows

So get under the covers deep
As you lie
As you lie down to sleep

Now it's time for me to tuck you into bed
Can I just rub and pat your back and head?
Is it alright if I sing you this lullaby?
I'll cuddle and comfort you if you start to cry

It's okay if you want to weep

But you can make anything at all
Out of those reflections on your wall
Lots of good things can happen in the dark
Focus on them and you'll be happy as a lark

As you lie down to sleep
Pray the good Lord God's watch will keep
You'll be just fine until you awake
All will still be well as the morning breaks

Until your alarm clock goes beep
As you lie
As you lie down
As you lie down to sleep