Tin Angel

by Dan Sullivan

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about

In the beginning of July I’d had my fill of the psycho-drama of Trump, the Zombie Republican Party and the entire American political system. So I did what I thought any reasonable person would do - I said to hell with it all and stopped paying attention to it. I tuned it all out and started working on a new album of songs.

By the end of the month I’d written and recorded in my spare bedroom a low-fi CD of 11 new songs and called it “Tin Angel.” I’m grateful to the software manufacturer Band-in-a-Box which allowed me to add musical accompaniment to the songs far beyond what I would have been able to add on my own.

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released August 6, 2017

© Dan Sullivan 2017

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Dan Sullivan Kalamazoo, Michigan

Some people like gardening, working on cars or woodworking. Others enjoy knitting, collecting stamps or coins. That kind of thing. I like writing songs.

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Track Name: Who Needs A Song
Who needs a song, they’re on sale today
One for a penny and 12 for a dime
They won’t last long at prices like these
I’m almost giving them away

I’ve got happy and sad songs, right and wrong songs
Songs full of truth and lies
Songs to make you smile or forget for awhile
And songs to bring a tear to your eye

Nobody listens to songs anymore
Everyone’s wearing headphones
Everyone’s staring at smartphone screens
Walking through this world all alone

I’ve got happy and sad songs, right and wrong songs
Songs full of truth and lies
Songs to make you smile or forget for awhile
And songs to bring a tear to your eye

I took these songs to Nashville once
I passed them all around
I thought I was the cat’s meow
But take a look at me now

I’ve got happy and sad songs, right and wrong songs
Songs full of truth and lies
Songs to make you smile or forget for awhile
And songs to bring a tear to your eye
Track Name: Tin Angel
Do you remember when you were a girl
You were gonna grow up and conquer the world
There wasn’t a mountain too high to climb
Or a dream that wouldn’t come true in time

Now you’re sitting on a doorstep
In the cruelest part of town
Hoping your Tin Angel
Brings what you need around

What happened to that little girl
In your grade school photograph
The one that we remember
Who ran and played and laughed

You used to paint and write songs
And you played the violin
Now you’re living hand to mouth
With anyone who’ll take you in

Do you remember when you were a girl
You were gonna grow up and conquer the world
There wasn’t a mountain too high to climb
Or a dream that wouldn’t come true in time

Now you’re sitting on a doorstep
In the cruelest part of town
Hoping your Tin Angel
Brings what you need around
Track Name: Where Do They Bury Dreams When They Die
Where do they bury dreams when they die
There must be some place beneath the blue sky
Where the sun always shines and a river rolls by
Where do they bury dreams when they die

Where do you go when you need to cry
We all need a place when tears fill our eyes
To get over the pain til it passes by
Where do you go when you need to cry

A dream breaks your heart
When it comes to an end
It’s almost feels like
You lost an old friend

Where do they bury dreams when they die
Where are the bodies that get left behind
They’re drawing chalk lines at the scene of the crime
Where do they bury dreams when they die
Track Name: Lily Of The Valley
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley
Come away with me
Leave these dark alleys
Lily of the Valley
You’re so young and pretty
Llly of the Valley
Get away from the city
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity

Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley
All your Dreams turn to dust
There’s no one left to trust
Lily of the Valley
You’re still young and pretty
Lily of the Valley
Get away from the city
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity

Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley
Tin angels never fly
Now they’re waving goodbye
Lily of the Valley
You’re still young and pretty
Lily of the Valley
Get away from the city
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity
Lily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pityLily of the Valley
Isn’t it a pity
Track Name: Crazy America
Crazy America

Flag pole sitting on the 4th of July
Grab yourself a slice of American Pie
You get one life to live and it ain’t no lie
There ain’t no Pie in the sky when you die

You might be a godless democrat
You might be a Grand Old Party fat cat
A hard working farmer in a John Deere hat
You might be this or you might be that

It doesn’t really matter where you come from
Someone’s gonna hate you in America
You might be a genius or you might be a bum
Or a call center worker down in India

There’s a man in the bathroom cooking up a scheme
There’s a girl on a cell phone with low self-esteem
A kid on the front porch eating ice cream
I must be living the American dream

The newspaper boy hasn’t been around
He’s looking for the truth in the lost and found
We all get our news on Facebook now
What will we do when the internet goes down

There’s plenty of jobs in the dream selling business
Where a dream comes true every five minutes
If you don’t play now you’re never gonna win it
So step right up and get your lottery tickets

There’s a guy on Facebook he brands himself
He’s a marketing genius from click bait hell
He doesn’t really care if your buy or sell
Just click the link and everything is swell

You got a low-paying job you hope it will last
A bi-weekly paycheck that’s gone in a flash
The dreams you grew up with are fading fast
But the hedge fund manager is raking in the cash

Get a Wall St. job and its just like stealing
There’s never been a better time for double dealing
The market is down you got debt to the ceiling
And a heroin habit so how are you feeling

We got a war on terror we’re all scared to death
There’s a man in a shed cooking up the meth
Everybody else is holding their breath
The Yankees are trailing in the bottom of the tenth

The president’s men are down on their knees
The telephone men are shooting the breeze
Eric Prince is stealing everything he sees
In a few more years we’ll be speaking Chinese

We used to be known as the melting pot
But at Ellis Island all the boats have been stopped
They’re rounding up Mexicans they’re calling the cops
And the President is downtown blowing his top

Yeah its Crazy in America all day long
We’re close to the edge so you better hang on
They’re selling life insurance made in Hong Kong
It’s quite a bit cheaper but it won't last as long

They’re gonna build a wall and put it on the border
And man it with marines, sailors and soldiers
They’ll make it so tall you can’t climb over
It’s gonna be taller than the White cliffs of Dover

Yeah its crazy in America living the dream
Where around every corner there’s someone with a scheme
Where nothing in the world is quite what it seems
If you ever been to Vegas you know what I mean
Track Name: The Preacher
The sky was dark and menacing
And in the gathering gloom
The Preacher was mending fences
The storm would be here soon

What’s lacking can’t be numbered
Nor the crooked made straight,
Then the sky began to rumble
As a pilgrim approached the gate

“I have travelled many years and miles”
The Pilgrim did declare
“I’ve searched the world for wisdom
I have looked everywhere”

“I have sailed across many Seas
And I’ve covered endless ground
Do you know of The Preacher
And where he can be found?”

A Hawk flew by as the Preacher spoke
And the Rain began to fall
“Time and death in the end
Are the enemies of all

“For life itself is meaningless
All must end the same
In the darkness of Eternity
And the silence of the grave

"Seek ye not the Preacher
His wisdom to commend
He’ll tell you that the wise man
And the fool share the same end

"It is better to be wise in the world
But the righteous have no claim
To any more than the sinner
Their end is all the same"

The Pilgrim eyed the Preacher
And sadly he did say
“I see you have no answers
So I’ll be on my way

"For I must find the Preacher
And take his words to heart”
Then lightning flashed across the sky
And the Pilgrim did depart
Track Name: Caribbean Dream
Way down in Havana where the gamblers used to go
And the Caribbean winds in the evening softly blow
I was on shore leave in the merchant marine
She was waiting tables looking like a gypsy queen

Ooh Lala how she loved me
Ooh Lala how she loved me

She wore a ruby necklace and a rose in her hair
I was drowning in her eyes, I didn’t have a prayer
She slipped me the key to a room just down the street
And later that night she slipped between the sheets

Ooh Lala how she loved me
Ooh Lala how she loved me

But everything in this world
Isn’t always what it seems
One of these days you might find yourself
Waking from a dream

I remember every kiss til we fell asleep at dawn
Later when I woke that morning she was already gone
I thought it might have been a dream and all in my head
’Til I saw that red rose laying on the bed

Ooh Lala how she loved me
Ooh Lala how she loved me
Track Name: Nobody Knows
Nobody knows where Lily went
And nobody seems to care
The most anyone will say about her
Is she just disappeared
And if you ask about her
You’ll likely get blank stares
Cause nobody knows where Lily went
And nobody seems to care

How can somebody live in a town like this for 15 years
And everybody acts as if she was never here
Ain’t no wonder why anyone would go
Chasing dreams that disappear with the wind down dusty dirtpacked roads

They don’t remember Lily
At the corner Stop ’N Go
Don’t ask how long she’s been gone
Cause nobody knows
Don’t ask where she was headed
Or why she decided to go
Cause all that you’ll find out here
Is nobody knows

How can somebody live in a town like this for 15 years
And everybody acts as if she was never here
Ain’t no wonder why anyone would go
Chasing dreams that disappear with the wind down dusty dirtpacked roads roads

Nobody knows where Lily went
And nobody seems to care
Track Name: The Way To Heaven
Does anybody know the way to Heaven
I haven’t seen a sign on the highway
I can’t find it on a map or any smart-phone-app
But I’m still hoping to win my wings one day

They say its hard for a rich man to get to Heaven
Well, I ain’t got a dollar to my name
They say Jesus hung around with sinners
Well I’ve done plenty of sinning in my day

Does anybody know the way to Heaven
I haven’t seen a sign on the highway
I can’t find it on a map or any smart-phone-app
But I’m still hoping to win my wings one day

They say Jesus talked a lot while he was with us
He said love your neighbor and your enemy too
People remember the first half of that parable
But the second part, well that’s a little bit harder to do

Does anybody know the way to Heaven
I haven’t seen a sign on the highway
I can’t find it on a map or any smart-phone-app
But I’m still hoping to win my wings one day

You know your preacher ain’t gonna get you to heaven
I wouldn’t believe a word of what he says
So I’ll just keep on talking to My Savior Jesus
And listen real good with my heart instead

Does anybody know the way to Heaven
I haven’t seen a sign on the highway
I can’t find it on a map or any smart-phone-app
But I’m still hoping to win my wings one day
Track Name: Summer Song
Watching you sailing in the sun
Your hair blowing in the wind
Tonight we'll wish upon a star
That summer will never end

Sailing a catamaran
Down by Monterey
And if the clouds come by again
Tomorrow’s another day
And as the sun goes down
And the moon comes up
It feels just like a dream
What could be better tonight
Than only you and me

Spending all day on the beach
With a beautiful sky above
We couldn’t pick a better place
Than this to fall in love

Sailing a catamaran
Down by Monterey
And if the clouds come by again
Tomorrow’s another day
And as the sun goes down
And the moon comes up
It feels just like a dream
What could be better tonight
Than only you and me

Sipping drinks as the sun goes down
Moonlight on the sea
Watching the stars in the sky tonight
In a nighttime Summer breeze

Sailing a catamaran
Down by Monterey
And if the clouds come by again
Tomorrow’s another day
And as the sun goes down
And the moon comes up
It feels just like a dream
What could be better tonight
Than only you and me
Track Name: Old Violin
He was sweeping the pawn shop floor
It was almost closing time
When the bell above the door rang
And she came in

She was worn and tired looking
Like she’d seen much better days
“What would you take,” she asked
For that Old Violin

He could see she’d been a beauty
Back in her younger days
But time and trouble
Take their toll on all

And this is where the dreams end up
When the good times fade away
In pawn shop windows
Or hanging on the wall

But dreams are hard to kill
They don’t die easily
They can almost be forgotten
And still come back in your sleep

The shopkeeper looked at the Old Violin
Hanging on the wall
Took it down
And then he scratched his chin

Maybe he saw a dream was hiding
Behind her sad, blue eyes
For he tore the ticket
Off that Old Violin

“Why don’t you just take it
And we’ll call it a loan
Pay me back
Whenever you can”

She thanked him for his kindness
And when she walked out the door
She left with more
Than that Old Violin

But dreams are hard to kill
They don’t die easily
They can almost be forgotten
And still come back in your sleep