The Years

by Danny Medakovic

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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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Track Name: Second Hand Heart
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
Track Name: King of the Jungle
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
Track Name: Deja Vu
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)
Track Name: Carpe Diem
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?
Track Name: Shake Hands with the Devil
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)
Track Name: The Years
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
Track Name: One Drop
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
Track Name: I'm a Machine
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?
Track Name: The Girl Effect
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
Track Name: October
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.
Track Name: To the Top of the Mountain
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
Track Name: Porcelain Rose
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
Track Name: This Ain't Hollywood
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
Track Name: To the Sea
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
Track Name: Trial and Error
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
Track Name: Sailing
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
Track Name: Blue September Day (Bonus Track)
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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