Magic Guitar

by Dan Johnson

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I recorded this one live at the public library here in Richmond, VT.

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released April 20, 2016

mastered by Carl Blackwood at Warming Room Studios

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Dan Johnson Burlington, Vermont

low key folk music - three studio recordings, a few years worth of weird gigs, guitar bass pedal steel accordion and banjo... no pressure y'all...

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Track Name: Binghamton
Let's go down to Binghamton
When our work is done
Let's go down to Binghamton
And watch that setting sun

Save a place for me down at the bar
Down at the Union Hotel
Save a place for me down at the bar
Place that I know so well

Take that fiddle down off of the wall
Play for me a tune that I know
Take that fiddle down off of the wall
Play a tune for me before I go

Tell all my friends that I'll be there
Coming down old 81
Tell all my friends that I'll be there
And we sure have a lots of fun

Let's go down to Binghamton
When our work is done
Let's go down to Binghamton
And watch that setting sun
Track Name: Man of Constant Sorrow
I am a man of constant sorrow
I've seen trouble all my days
I left my home in Colorado
Where I was born and partly raised

Your mother says that I'm a drifter
My face you'll never see no more
But there's one promise that is given
I'll see you on God's golden shore

Through this open world I'm about to ramble
Through ice and snow, sleet and rain
I'm bound to ride that morning railroad
Perhaps I'll die upon that train

I'm going back to Colorado
The place that I started from
If I'd known how bad you'd treat me
Honey, I never would have come
Track Name: Magic Guitar
Down in Nagodoches the sun was sinking low
See that lonesome cowboy as he wanders to and fro
Just see that lonesome cowboy as he wanders to and fro

He stood before the pawn shop he looked inside the door
He seen that magic guitar it was setting on the floor
He seen that magic guitar just setting there on the floor

With birdies in many pretty colors
Little singing birdies just flying around so gay
Little singing birdies just flying around so gay

There's one thing them longhorns they always love to hear
To hear a singing cowboy when he's singing out so clear
To hear that singing cowboy when he's singing out so clear

There's one thing a cowboy he always longs to do
To play a magic guitar out underneath the moon
Just to play a magic guitar out underneath the moon

Down in Nagodoches the sun was sinking low
See that lonesome cowboy as he wanders to and fro
Just see that lonesome cowboy as he wanders to and fro
Track Name: Storms at my Door
Storm clouds rising ain't nowhere that I can hide
Storm clouds rising ain't nowhere that I can hide
Couldn't outrun it even if I tried

Dark side of the mountain sunshine wont find me here
Dark side of the mountain sunshine wont find me here
Living in these shadows the storm clouds getting clear

Rain's moving in and the shadows they fill my room
Sun's gone down and the storm clouds cover up the moon
The wind starts to whistle
Another lonesome night
Storms at my door

I fell in love with you it was in the bright sunshine
I fell in love with you it was in the bright sunshine
But the storm was coming and I was running out of time

Standing in my doorway I watch the rain pouring in the woods
Standing in my doorway I watch the rain pouring in the woods
Wash away these blues until I feel like I wish I could

Rain's moving in and the shadows they fill my room
Sun's gone down and the storm clouds cover up the moon
The wind starts to whistle
Another lonesome night
Storms at my door
Track Name: I Won't Hide You
I won't hide you
I won't divide you
I won't decide you can't do just what I decide that I do
But if you start feeling like standing by my side
I'll stand by you

I won't control you
Consume you contain you
Won't name you or blame you
Won't shame you for having a soul
But if you want to
I'll give you the best of what I have

I won't reject you
Infect you or correct you
Suspect you or let you go down
Honey you know i will be there for you

I won't possess you
Police you or dress you
Impress you just because I feel like I'm less than
I know than I'm more than
I was before I met you

I ain't no angel but I'll keep my promises
Until the devil comes to town
I'll leave you better than you were when I met you
I swear I will not let you down

I will not keep you
From seeing what's see through
About the parts of me though
I wish I could be free of the things
That are making me feel so transparent
Inside my mind

I will not tell you
Or sell you compel you to perform or conform
To the values that other people place
Upon the things they hold dear
That's not for you

I ain't no angel but I'll keep my promises
Until the devil comes to town
I'll leave you better than you were when I met you
I swear I will not let you down

I won't finish you
I won't diminish you or punish you
For anything you do
I just want to see you when you wake up
In the morning by the window
Track Name: Pennsylvania Line
I wish that I was free of all these troubles that I know
Same old troubles that I had so long ago
I had a loving momma she gave me a fine home
She's gone way up country and now I'm all alone

I wish I was in Frisco drinking red red wine
But I'm stuck here in a hotel on the Pennsylvania line
Greyhound leaves the station at a quarter after nine
Big wheel keeps on rolling going farther down the line

I've been around this country and I always paid my way
I been to Carolina I been down to Frisco bay
There's lots of open roads in the country way out west
The state of California is the place I love the best

I wish I was in Frisco drinking red red wine
But I'm stuck here in a hotel on the Pennsylvania line
Greyhound leaves the station at a quarter after nine
Big wheel keeps on rolling going farther down the line

Pour me a cup of coffee and set me up again
I'll play the cards once more although I know I'll never win
There's a tiny little window and the sun is peeking through
I can almost see my shadow when she turns from grey to blue

I wish I was in Frisco drinking red red wine
But I'm stuck here in a hotel on the Pennsylvania line
Greyhound leaves the station at a quarter after nine
Big wheel keeps on rolling going farther down the line
Track Name: Wild Rover
I've been a wild rover for many's the year
I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer
But now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more

I went in to an alehouse I used to frequent
And I told the landlady me money was spent
I asked her for credit, she answered me nay
Such custom as yours I can have any day

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more

I took up from my pocket ten shillings bright
And the landlady's eyes lit up with delight
She said we have whiskeys and wines all the best
And the words that I spoke they were only in jest

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more

I'll go home to my parents confess what I've done
And I'll ask them to pardon their prodigal son
And after they've caressed me as oft times before
I never will play the wild rover no more

And it's no, nay, never
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover
No never no more