The Years

by Danny Medakovic

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1.
Second Hand Heart Time doesn’t heal all the wounds Your smile just hides them from view I don’t need to know what went on The story’s as plain as the scar is long If you ever feel like letting me in Well you know I’ve never been through this before And I’m not sure what I can do But I’m getting tired of finding you crying on the floor Was I too late to rescue you? Or is it something in me that makes you blue? If I’ve said it ten times before Then I’ve said it ten hundred more And I only know three good words But they seem to float by unheard If you ever feel like letting me in Well you know I’ve never been through this before And I’m not sure what I can do But I’m getting tired of finding you crying on the floor Was I too late to rescue you? Or is it something in me that makes you blue? So come on come on now You’re precious wasting time The past is dragging you down now While I’m holding out a line And I got to know if I’m too late to rescue you Or is it something in me that makes you blue? Time doesn’t heal all the wounds Your smile just hides them from view It’s time to let go of the pain Your second hand heart can be whole again
2.
King of the Jungle All the river beds are dry No time to stop and wonder why Circle of vultures is getting lower in the sky Well the drought it never passed, first went the flowers and then the grass Then the leaves on the trees ‘til there was nothing left eat Gone are the days when all the fat antelope would graze And I would roar with joy, ‘cause I was the King of the Jungle What can you do but quench your thirst on the morning dew? And hope one day you’ll come roaring back as the King of the Jungle We’re all bound here to this earth, gravity hugs us to her girth Meanwhile in the village, gone is the laughter and the mirth The ones who walked upon two feet always took more than they could eat Their brains got too big – they thought they knew what they were doing Gone are the days when all the fat antelope would graze And I would roar with joy, ‘cause I was the King of the Jungle What can you do but quench your thirst on the morning dew? And hope one day you’ll come roaring back as the King of the Jungle Now I stand here on this hill, the world around is deathly still And I lay me down one last time as the King of the Jungle And I lay me down one last time as the King of the Jungle Long live the King of the Jungle
3.
Deja Vu 05:43
Déjà Vu Midnight, snowflakes coming down Moonlight, casting my shadow on the ground But it don’t look like me Cause I have wings and I’’m born to be free Glass breaks, and cuts me from my dream And someone rushes past, and somebody screams, “there’s poison in my food! Why is someone poisoning me?” Oh déjà vu, looks like history’s catching up with you Oh déjà vu, don’t get too comfortable, cause somebody’s stealing the chair From right under you, from right under you Well day breaks and millions of feet hit the floor And they’re marching off to work, and they’re marching off to war The enemy is hard to see as he smiles and opens the door Oh déjà vu, looks like history’s catching up with you Oh déjà vu, don’t get too comfortable, cause somebody’s stealing the chair From right under you, from right under you From right under you (repeat)
4.
Carpe Diem 03:35
Carpe Diem I try to seize the day, but my grip is weak, and the day is sleek like an Eel with a feel for my intentions I try to bend with the wind, but in the end I’m a stone on a moonscape, alone and firm in the firmament Sunshine is the cure for all, and then comes fall And damn it all I’m in love with the world I see a tapestry of a million trees Where the roots run deep to the roots of me, don’t it bring you to your knees? In spite of everything, and with a broken wing, I can still sing from where I'm grounded- and I’m grounded I hold the hearts of those who need me most, and that’s okay, ‘Cause I’m a honey bee and they’re my wildflowers Sunshine is the cure for all, and then comes fall And damn it all I’m in love with the world I see a tapestry of a million trees Where the roots run deep to the roots of me, don’t it bring me to my knees? Repeat chorus but end with: And it brings me to my knees Repeat chorus but end with: And don’t it bring you to your knees?
5.
Shake Hands with the Devil Shake hands with the devil, Sometimes you got to make a deal Though the souls you save won’t include your own, And your wounds may never heal And the road you walk’s paved with flesh and bone, Turn around and find yourself alone A peace keeping man with a gun in your hand, Is this where you make your last stand? Romeo - how could you know The world would turn its back on you? I guess they don’t give a damn about any Africans Who don’t have diamonds, oil or gold. Diamonds, oil or gold And the United Nations just took a vacation, saying, “Boys there’s nothing here to save” So pull out all your men and let these Africans Fill eight-hundred-thousand graves Romeo - how could you know The world would turn its back on you? I guess they don’t give a damn about any Africans Who don’t have diamonds, oil or gold. Diamonds, oil or gold (repeat)
6.
The Years 03:08
The Years The years are going faster now And I, I’m moving slower than before I wish that I could take away all your pain But shit keeps appearing like a baby at your door You can plan for the worst case, but the Best case is you just get lucky Sometimes you just got to reach for the pills Or run for the hills and just say “fuck it” The years are going faster now And I, I’m moving slower than before I wish that I could take away all your pain But shit keeps appearing like a baby at your door One day we’re all busy living and the Next day we’re all busy dying No one gives a shit about the chicken and the egg because they’re Both gonna end up frying, despite your crying So please take better care, you’re falling into disrepair You’ve only got one heart, one brain, one liver So please give her a break The years are going faster now And I, I’m moving slower than before I wish that I could take away all your pain But shit keeps appearing like a baby at your door
7.
One Drop 03:57
One Drop Leads to Another I woke up for the first time in many years No whiskey no wine and my head is perfectly clear Nothing is broken and no one is mad, How’d I ever let things get so bad? One drop leads to another babe But I can choose a better day If one drop leads to another babe Then I will drink in the love I fell into a bottle looking for a good vibration But Mr. Jim says that it’s all about isolation I had friends to spare, but none of them cared, And when the money was gone they vanished into thin air One drop leads to another babe But I can choose a better day If one drop leads to another babe Then I will drink in the love One drop leads to another babe But I can choose a better day If one drop leads to another babe Then I will drink in the love
8.
I’m a Machine 18 wheels on the road. One big monkey on my back Take a lot of pills, to keep me going on the long haul, Take a lot of pills to get to sleep again I’m a machine, driving a machine, Lord, how did I get this way? I’m a machine, driving a machine, Lord, how did I get this way? I’ve got girls, from here to Portland, Oregon, Seen a lot of action in this old cab. But there’s no love lost, ‘cause there’s no love to be found - Out on the highway, every stop’s a station of the cross I’m a machine, driving a machine, Lord, how did I get this way? I’m a machine, driving a machine, Lord, how did I get this way? I used to have a reason to get behind the wheel, I used to have a reason, for every mile I’d drive But somewhere in the blur of the white lines on the highway There’s a hidden message that I just can’t seem to read. I’m a machine, driving a machine, Lord, how did I get this way? I’m a machine, driving a machine, Lord, how did I get this way? Lord, how did I get this way? Lord, how did I get this way?
9.
The Girl Effect Wobbly legs, face gone pale, Blood is fizzing like ginger ale Sweaty palms and stomach flips. At the sight of those swaying hips The girl effect - is in full force From honeymoon, right through divorce Hurricane’s were named for girls of course Brother enjoy the ride, while you’re caught up inside The girl effect, the girl effect is in full force Guys like us don’t stand a chance. The gravity of new romance Will take you down and hold you there, Lost in a world of curves and tangled hair The girl effect - is in full force From honeymoon, right through divorce Hurricane’s were named for girls of course Brother enjoy the ride, while you’re caught up inside The girl effect, the girl effect is in full force Just one look at that pretty mouth Can cause the blood to flow down south If some folks speak of a weaker sex, Then they don’t know about the girl effect The girl effect - is in full force From honeymoon, right through divorce Hurricane’s were named for girls of course Sister enjoy the ride, while you’re caught up inside The girl effect, the girl effect is in full force The girl effect, the girl effect is in full force
10.
October 03:35
October Well hello again dear October, I’ve missed you my friend, has it really been a year Since you last painted over The lines on the finely cut grass? As I grow another year older, The leaves turn another shade bolder And the night’s uncaringly colder, As we’re touched by that first blush of fall Summer is finally over, And winter’s around the corner And though everything looks like it’s dying, It’s perfectly exciting Throw a football and grab a sweater, Light a fire – nothing is better Drink a whiskey or a strong tea, Walk outside and breathe in deeply Breathe in deeply, Breathe in deeply, Life can be heavy So just let it fall Now my birthday cake is waiting But I’m outside hesitating ‘Cause there are spaces at the table And I know that I’m not able To blow a candle and wish them all back And things only work like that in fables 'Cause life is heavy, life is heavy, so breathe in deeply Breathe in deeply, Breathe in deeply, Life can be heavy So just let it fall Just let it fall.
11.
The Top of the Mountain Far fetcher, ship wrecker, Scavenger of lost souls Muscles tired from carrying a torch That burnt out long ago Alchemist, Bruce Lee fist, Living in a gorilla mist Fly by wire, fly by night, Therapy by throttle twist All roads end where the rivers all begin You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain Rain or shine you can’t choose the time You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain Politics, straws and bricks, Burning down your house of sticks Malatov, or brotherly love, You can’t win the game when you don’t know it’s fixed All roads end where the rivers all begin You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain Rain or shine you can’t choose the time You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain Dragonfly, hurricane, I was carried by a million butterflies To the edge of a map where a one hand clap Say the truth don’t come with a side of fries All roads end where the rivers all begin You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain Rain or shine you can’t choose the time You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain All roads end where the rivers all begin You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain Rain or shine you can’t choose the time You got to walk or crawl to the top of the mountain
12.
Porcelain Rose Endless days of golden sunshine Warm waves crashing on the sand And the garden, always in bloom Porcelain Rose and Bird of Paradise too Sylvie came from California Moved here with her only son Bill left them years ago, she said it’s time to go Where we can start again Looks like the rain is coming down at last Looks like the rain is coming down at last Looks like the rain is coming down at last Bought a house in Costa Rica 15 minutes from the beach Their troubles out of reach, and it looked like they Had finally got away Looks like the rain is coming down at last Looks like the rain is coming down at last Looks like the rain is coming down at last One day out at Avellanas Rip-tide dragged them from the bay A surfer saved the boy – that’s all that he could do And Sylvie slipped away Looks like the rain is coming down at last Looks like the rain is coming down at last Looks like the rain is coming down at last Looks like the rain is coming down at last Endless days of golden sunshine Warm waves crashing on the sand And the garden, always in bloom, Porcelain Rose and Bird of Paradise too
13.
This Ain't Hollywood I said ''hey bartender, how's about another pint?" She looks into my eyes and says, "You had enough for tonight!" It's only ten P.M. - I'm falling off my stool again That bouncer looks like a hooligan And I just smile like the fool I am Well this ain't Hollywood, we're too poor and the winter's no good But I like my neighbourhood and my neighbours like me About midnight, I'm runnin' 'round like a chicken tryin' to take flight To some kinda country band, I gotta dance 'cause I'm too drunk to stand Hey - there's a girl on bass! And some dude on the drums But them guys up front look like a bunch of bums Well this ain't Hollywood, we're too poor and the winter's no good But I like my neighbourhood and my neighbours like me Well this ain't Hollywood, we're too poor and the winter's no good But I like my neighbourhood and my neighbours like me Well I like this music - I think it's called ‘easy listening’ ‘Cause you can leave for a toke or a piss and know you're not missing anything Two A.M., I stumble out to the Poutine Machine to get a bucket of fries Smothered in cheese and chili beans Well this ain't Hollywood, we're too poor and the winter's no good But I like my neighbourhood and my neighbours like me Well this ain't Hollywood, we're too poor and the winter's no good But I like my neighbourhood and my neighbours like me But I like my neighbourhood - and it tolerates me
14.
To the Sea 04:03
To the Sea You can keep your freight trains Big noisy aeroplanes Flatbed trucks, I don’t give a damn Cause I’ve got a dream And it’s big, blue and green And it fills my soul and makes me long to be free And it carries me Yes it carries me Yes it carries me to the sea Oh the fish in the ocean Drinking in that magic potion With every wave and every swell Works its magic spell But me I’ve got four dirty walls Broken window pane Watch the water roll in every time it rains And it carries me Yes it carries me Yes it carries me to the sea I go down to the harbour Watch the ships rolling in Every one a miracle - how all that steel can swim All the way from Mexico And places I’ll never know Except in my dreams, in my dreams Oh they’ll carry me, they’ll carry me, Yes, they’ll carry me Yes, they’ll carry me to the Sea Oh to the sea x 4
15.
Trial and Error First try, total fail, It’s always harder than it seems Second try, had to bail Slow deconstruction of the dream Get back up, dust myself off And pick a new line down the hill Gaining speed, I leave the ground Just for a moment, what a thrill No one said that it’d be easy Well no one told me, I don’t know Trial and error baptism of fire Well that’s the only way to go That’s the only way to go It all started with a square wheel They pushed it hard and until it rolled They pushed until the corners wore down Then wrote their findings in a scroll No one said that it’d be easy Well no one told me, I don’t know Trial and error baptism of fire Well that’s the only way to go That’s the only way to go What about this thing called love? It’s never been perfected, we keep improvising It’ll make you whole or leave you lame And still we’re trying… One day someone slapped a hollow log One day someone strummed a vine Someone else took up a sad song They were happy though they never made a dime No one said that it’d be easy Well no one told me, I don’t know Trial and error baptism of fire Well that’s the only way to go That’s the only way to go That’s the only way to grow That’s the only way to go
16.
Sailing 02:15
Sailing As far as I can see There’s only you for me While others drift apart We hold on to each other’s hearts And though the storms may blow And send us to and fro We’ll always find our way And sail on for another day We’re sailing, sailing All the world’s our sea Sailing, sailing I’ll go anywhere while you’re with me And on our ship of blue We’ve brought on two more crew With little hands unfurled Their sails in this uncertain world We’re sailing, sailing All the world’s our sea Sailing, sailing I’ll go anywhere while you’re with me
17.
Blue September Day I can feel autumn closing in I've got goosebumps waiting Underneath my skin I think I can hear that north wind blow Soon there'll be school bus closings On the radio I'm laying here with my back to the ground Looks like the trees on fire all around Leaves falling down Cover me in red and gold On a blue September day There's corn husks blowing down the side of the road Past the watch dogs watching With their eyes closed A screen door slams A woman shifts An old man holds a letter in his fist And into the vacuum left by summer's retreat The schoolkids burst out into the street And heedless of the stillborn air They breathe new life into a blue September day

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16 original songs by Hamilton, ON, singer/songwriter Danny Medakovic.
“Danny Medakovic, once again, has done what he does best - and better than most. Wrapping some deeply tangible lyrics of personal evolution around his typically sublime phrasing, Danny gives you both what you want - and what you need. The usual cast of top-flight musicians make this record a treat to hear softly in the background or as a lesson in both word smithery and the human condition.” - Barbershop Podcast

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released November 7, 2019

Drums and bass recorded at Boxcar Studios by Sean Pearson and Matt Montour.
Additional engineering, Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Danny Medakovic.
Danny Medakovic: Lead vocals, guitars.
Alan Hinckley: Bass
Michael Scott: Drums
Mike Trebilcock: Arranged and sang background vocals.
Chris Altmann: Pedal Steel
Keyboards: Denis Keldie
Cello: Geoff Ball
Sax: Mark Volkov
Harmonica: Les Smith

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Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, Danny Medakovic has been gathering the respect of fellow musicians and music fans since moving to Hamilton, Ontario over 20 years ago. He has three full length albums out: Honeybucket (2002), Jolley Cut (2014) and The Years (2019). ... more

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