Helluva Highway: The Dave Howard Songbook

by Various Artists

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You want my love. I want to give it to you. You say my name like it means something to you. I risk it all for you. I get a mixed reaction. You can have it all or steal some fraction. We all need love. What are you afraid of? You want love. What do you think I’m made of? It takes time to tell someone how you feel. When our eyes meet, then you know that it’s real. Deep inside you know the magnet is strong. Let it take you and to me you will be drawn.
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You say, you found the road to Heaven but you don't fly You say, it's inner peace that get's you high You say that you don't need emotion, I wonder why Is it just too hard for you to cry? What you need to do Is change your point of view Turn it upside down and hold on tight Turn it upside down, know wrong or right Turn it upside down, I think you'll find On the other side, it's upside down On the other side, it's upside down See the storm around us raging, and you'll stay dry As if the laws of nature don't apply We see that nothing lasts forever and good things die Still it seems to come as a surprise What you need to do Is change your point of view Turn it upside down and hold on tight Turn it upside down, know wrong or right Turn it upside down, I think you'll find On the other side, it's upside down On the other side, it's upside down What you need to do Is change your point of view Turn it upside down, turn it upside down Turn it upside down and hold on tight Turn it upside down, know wrong or right Turn it upside down, I think you'll find On the other side, it's upside down On the other side, it's upside down On the other side, it's upside down
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While you were out, had a bad dream. When I woke up, it really happened to me. I had some trouble putting it down on a page. All the words getting thrown around as the storms inside me rage.. I braved the Rain and the Thunder. Stopped on the bridge long enough to watch the water going under. And once I reached the other side, I never thought of going back again. I was given a scarlet letter, made the victim of fear and superstition. I was sent outside, and as I left I could hear the din of machines being destroyed by wind and sea.. How much time has passed us by, while we were trying to write those epic stanzas? When all the metaphors bled for me there on the page, what was there left to imagine?
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Standing at the river’s edge looking down. White noise, white water crashing. Run me over these falls, I’ll ride the cyclone.. Let the whirlpool take me.. . It’s like trying to jump onto a moving train. Not knowing if you’ll find your way back again. Trying to hold onto the weathervane. Like facing right into the wind. Clean me, clean my insides. Outside in, I’m opening myself. Clean me, clean my insides. Old secrets inside my cell. Come out swinging at the sound of the bell. Fight to the finish has only begun. Referee kneeling over me, counting to ten. Bookmaker screaming, “Stay down, stay down.”
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It’s a Helluva Highway, where I’ve been. Ain’t no rules of the road. Just keep on movin’. It’s a Helluva Highway, the road I’m on. And in a blink of the twinkle in your eye I’ll be gone. My momma named me Atchison Topeka, but my friends call me Santa Fe And I been runnin’ like a cat on fire ever since I saw the light of day. Never stop anyplace long enough to let my motor cool down. When the sun comes up I’ll be packing my bags and movin’ to another town. Broke more hearts than Elvis. Burned more bridges than the Viet Cong. But I ain’t tryin’ to hurt nobody. I’m just tryin’ to move along. Got gypsy blood runnin’ through my veins. I’ve tried but I can’t keep still. I’ve lived my life like a runaway train, and I guess I always will.
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Midnight on the boulevard Homeless people livin' hard Hustler playin' the card that he's been dealt Church bells ring at dawn Progress marches on Winter will soon be gone and the ice will melt Blades of grass break through concrete Bitter tears begin to taste sweet I feel empty and yet so complete Happy is the new Down Gambler with the ace of spades Suicide with a razor blade A rich man has got it made and I don't mind A civil war that never ends A horse thief makes amends Search on the net for a long lost friend Happy is the new Down And I just can't be seen in black And I just can't make it back Happy is the new Down
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It's already fall and I still recall How you looked at me With eyes soft and grey You were longing to say We were meant to be The summer was hot But the cooler it got You got harder to find With leaves turning brown The rain coming down Makes me feel like I felt When you left me behind (Chorus) Summer can't come to soon I want to be in love again I want to be in love again I want to be in love again The cold and the frost Like the love that we lost Shouldn't last too long Spring will come through Like I wanted you to I was there all along But I'm not afraid Of mistakes that I made Cause' I'd do it again even if it's wrong
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You say it’s hard to know when love is real. I say I know exactly how you feel. What works for me is simple as a song. It’ll all make sense to you before too long. If your feet don’t hardly touch the ground. If you feel your heart start to pound. If you hear a strange knocking sound. Answer the door - it’s love. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. Or if you know just what you’re looking for. I believe that old cliché is true. When you stop searching, love will come to you. Love, when it finds you, you will know. You will feel it start to grow. Until the signs begin to show. Oh...
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I've been very fortunate as a songwriter. I never had the biggest fan base. I never drew crowds at clubs. I never got any love from the big publishing houses or labels. Still, I'm the luckiest guy in town because other artists, people I love and respect, have given me the privelege of collaborating with them and recording my songs. When I was just starting out in San Diego's exploding acoustic scene in 1990, I was a homeless addict with a minimum wage job in a small coffeehouse. With the help of a loving God and people who cared enough to reach out, I was able to overcome alot of adversity and make a decent life for myself and my family. Not everyone has the strength, the support or the environment in which to recover from life's trials. MusicCares is an organization that helps musicians who are in crisis to deal with medical, emotional, physical and financial disaster. The artists who performed and donated recordings of these songs did so not to honor me but to help me honor the work of MusiCares and the creative souls they help. Buy this CD or pay for a download. All proceeds will go to MusiCares. Your donations make miracles happen and save lives. Thanks. DH www.grammy.org/musicares

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released April 12, 2015

Cathryn Beeks
Peter Bolland
A.J. Croce
Gregory Page
Jeff Berkley
John Katchur
Jeff Clark
Spud Davenport
A.J. Croce
Sven-Erik Seaholm
Carolann Ames
Loam

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Dave Howard San Diego, California

Dave Howard was active in the San Diego music scene from 1990 - 2018.
A multi-year nominee for the San Diego Music Awards, Howard's songwriting and stage chops caught the attention of his peers and coffeehouse patrons. This allowed him to collaborate and hang with the emerging artists of the time. Dave has released acoustic, garage rock (The Shamey Jays) and ambient electronic music (Upaya) ... more

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