Iowa Weather

by Dan Trilk

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Dan's debut solo release documents the life of a man before and after having a family and the journey from bachelordom to family man. Stripped down americana.

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released April 24, 2016

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Track Name: Mississippi Woman
Mississippi Woman
by Dan Trilk

I’ve been blessed
With a Mississippi woman
Her love flows
In a Mississippi way
Just like my grandpa
I got a Mississippi woman
Her love flows
Far beyond the gulf bay

She makes my coffee
Every early, early morning
And makes sure that I’m comfy
At the end of each day
She loves me
Although I’m scraggly and I’m scruffy
She’s my strawberry muffin, I’m her ol’ big bear

She knows what to say
When I fidget and I fumble
And knows what the hell I’m talking about
When I can’t get it out
She knows what to do
To keep my heart booming
Yeah, she got a way
To keep those flowers blooming

I’ve been blessed
With a Mississippi woman
Her love flows
In a Mississippi way
Just like my grandpa
I got a Mississippi woman
Her love flows
Far beyond the gulf bay
Track Name: I'm Gonna Drink
I’m Gonna Drink
by Dan Trilk

I woke up from a dream
Of a parallel existence
That was twenty times better than my own
So I spent the entire day
Trying to figure out a way
To pull some pretty colors from this gray

And through this simple test
I learned about momentum
And I’m quickly going where I’m going to

And now there’s no stopping
This aging man from rocking
And I know exactly what I’m gonna do

I’m gonna drink
I’m gonna stink
I’m gonna pass out in the garden of eden
I’m gonna laugh
I’m gonna cry
I’m gonna beat around this burning bush I’m needing

Instrumental

And now there’s no stopping
This aging man from rocking
And I know exactly what I’m gonna do

I’m gonna drink
I’m gonna stink
I’m gonna pass out in the garden of eden
I’m gonna laugh
I’m gonna cry
I’m gonna beat around this burning bush I’m needing
Track Name: Iowa Weather
Iowa Weather
by Dan Trilk

It’s been a long, cold winter, it’s been a crazy year
It’s goodbye in the morning, I’ll be staying here
You brewed a pot of coffee, set out my favorite mug
The burner is still warm, but it ain’t warm like a hug
Printed on that mug is “World’s Greatest Dad”’
And apart from missing you I’m happy and I’m glad
When you come home for supper I’ll already be gone
Guess you gotta make a dollar to keep a family strong

Oh, this life we have could always be better
But it’s best we remember things change like Iowa weather
And that sparkle in your eye is like the North Star
And I’ll always follow, no matter how far

Now I’m sorting the laundry, scraping food off the kitchen floor
Trying not to step on the kittens, making sure that the kids ain’t bored
And you, well you’re downtown working, trying to get it all done at best
Hoping for that dollar raise to help make up for what we lost out west

Oh, this life we have could always be better
But it’s best we remember things change like Iowa weather
And that sparkle in your eye is like the North Star
And I’ll always follow, no matter how far

Instrumental

And when the evening’s over I’ll slip into the house
Half trying not to wake you, I’ll kiss you on the mouth
But we got a baby sitter next Friday night I think
We’ll put on nice sweaters, probably have a drink
We’ll get caught up on some things, try to forget about all the rest
You tell me I’m handsome, I tell you you’re the best

Oh, this life we have could always be better
But it’s best we remember things change like Iowa weather
And that sparkle in your eye is like the North Star
And I’ll always follow, no matter how far
Oh, this life we have couldn’t be any better
But it’s best we remember things change like Iowa weather
And that sparkle in your eye is like the North Star
And I’ll always follow, no matter how far
Track Name: Self Made Man
Self Made Man
by Dan Trilk

I told myself , when I was twelve
That I’d never work a 9 to 5
And that I’d never wear uncomfortable ties
Now here I am, I’m a self made man
Well, I seldom have any money
But I can dazzle you with my hands

It’s true what they say, ladies like the green
But them women, man they nothin’ but mean
I got a woman, love me for who I am
Now she gonna fly me to Paris
‘Cos I’m a self made man

Never really had a plan
I just kinda take it slow
Never really took the ball and ran
I just kinda went with the flow

Now I’m forty three and my band is hot
Sometimes I forget how good I got it
Yeah, often I’d rather walk the old straight line
Keep track of my money, keep track of my time
But I believe that I’ve been dealt a pretty good hand
So I’m putting it all in and calling
‘Cos I’m a self made man

Never really had a plan
I just kinda take it slow
Never really took the ball and ran
I just kinda went with the flow

I told myself , when I was twelve
That I’d never work a 9 to 5
And that I’d never wear uncomfortable ties
Now here I am, I’m a self made man
And now I got some money
Yeah I got a little money
You know I’m rolling in the money
And I can still dazzle you with my hands
Track Name: The Birds Are Singing Your Song
The Birds Are Singing Your Song
by Dan Trilk

When the days are relentless and long
And the sun is firmly fixed on all the flaws
When the outcome is coming out all wrong
The birds are singing your song

When you feel you got nothing to give
And you’re afraid of some inevitable fall
When you’re alive but you don’t know how to live
The birds are singing your song
The birds are singing your song

You don’t know why you cannot sleep
You will not cry, you will not weep
Let alone shed tears of joy

Instrumental / Whistling

The valley cradles green and gold
A little girl shouts to hear the echo
A butterfly is picked up by the wind
And the birds are singing your song
The birds are singing your song
The birds are singing

Instrumental / Whistling
Track Name: Nothin' To Cry About
Nothin’ To Cry About
by Dan Trilk

I got nothin’ to cry about
‘Cos I ain’t got no one to miss
There’s no future filled with worry and doubt
‘Cos I ain’t hurtin’ for nobodies kiss

And I got nothing to lie about
And I don’t have to be true
I leave my belongings all scattered about
‘Cos there’s no shoutin’ woman in a mood

I watched her from the bar for a while
Had a short talk with her ironical smile
With her ankles polished up like fresh fruit
I wanted her so bad, but it was moot

I got nothin’ to cry about
‘Cos I ain’t got no one to miss
There’s no future filled with worry and doubt
‘Cos I ain’t hurtin’ for nobodies kiss

Instrumental / yodel

Every single day I just work like a bee
And at night I drink and play my guitar
I don’t have time for no one but me
And besides, you can’t find a good woman at the bar

I got nothing to cry about
‘Cos I ain’t got nothin’ to lose
This rib cage is marked no ins or outs
Unless, of course you’re cigarettes and booze

And I got nothin’ to cry about
‘Cos I ain’t got no one to miss
There’s no future filled with worry and doubt
‘Cos I ain’t hurtin’ for nobodies kiss
No, I ain’t hurtin’ for nobodies kiss
Track Name: Dandelion
Dandelion
by Dan Trilk

Grow weed grow
Green and gold
It just might be
That the earth loves you the most
And any friend of mother nature is indeed a friend of mine
Dandelion, grow dandelion

I don’t care what Earl Jones says
I don’t want to have to keep up with the Jones’
They all busy killing them purty weeds
That grow to close to their fancy houses
Earl said “son, get yourself some herbicide.
You just gotta, gotta kill them dandelions!”

Green, green green
Green, green and more green
Have you ever seen
So much green?
Well I know what I’ve been told but I need a little gold
Dandelion, grow dandelion

Instr.

Grow weed grow
Yellow and gold
Feed a bee
Feed you and me
Like the tooth of a lion filled with calcium and iron
Dandelion, grow dandelion

Stoop way down low
Give a white one a little blow
Spread the seed
Follow my lead
Oh, the joy and happiness
Rolling hills of golden bliss
Dandelion, grow dandelion
Well I know what I’ve been told but I need a little gold
Dandelion, grow dandelion
Track Name: Oh Momma
Oh Momma
by Dan Trilk

Praise the sky I’ve got my momma’s eyes
Praise the earth I’ve got my momma’s heart
I don’t mind telling everyone
I will always be my momma’s son

Oh Momma, oh momma
Hold me in your arms again

Oh Lord, dry my momma’s tears
And let her know these are happy years
Momma, I feel your love each day
Even though you’re many miles away

Oh Momma, oh Momma
Tell me of the love that never end
Oh Momma, oh Momma
Hold me in your arms again

Instrumental

Oh Momma, oh Momma
Hold me in your arms again
Oh Momma, oh momma
Hold me in your arms again

Praise the sky I’ve got my momma’s eyes
Praise the earth I’ve got my momma’s heart
Momma, you are lighting the way
Once a mom always a mom they say
Track Name: Missing The Best Part
Missing The Best Part
by Dan Trilk

Oh, Lord, I’m bored of beating myself black and blue
I’m bored lord, Stiff board, I’m bored cut me in two
You should know lord, there’s something more than what I’m turning to
Bored Lord ,Stiff board, let me bend your ear for a few

Salt over my shoulder, don’t let me get colder
Won’t you cook me up alive?!
Go on and taste it, I won’t see it wasted
Can you get to the flavor inside?
Get to the flavor inside

I’m starting to find there’s a notch in my mind
And a piece of my heart that’s new
As if I didn’t know I was starting to grow
Into a creature that could get you
Overwhelmed by the mess, I crumbled I guess
At idiosyncrasies
There’s more to you than what I knew
I’ve been missing the best part
Missing the best part

No more salt over my shoulder, don’t let me get colder
Won’t you cook me up alive?!
Go on and taste it, I won’t see it wasted
Can you get to the flavor inside?
Get to the flavor inside

Instrumental / Whistling

No more salt over my shoulder, don’t let me get colder
Won’t you cook me up alive?!
Go on and taste it, I won’t see it wasted
Can you get to the flavor inside?
Get to the flavor inside

I’m through tryin’ to scope, tryin’ to scope out your heart
I’m through tryin’ to scoop, tryin’ to scoop out my own heart
Track Name: Second Wind
Second Wind
by Dan Trilk

Here comes that second wind
Make it stronger than the first
Time to begin again or things are gonna get worse
Yes, and it could get a whole lot worse

The days of four leaf clovers are over
Pin a pinecone to your shirt
Here comes that second wind
It’s always stronger than the first

Autumn will come around
And blow through every weary town
It’s shouting in your ear but you don’t like to hear
Autumn will surely come around

The days of four leaf clovers are over
Pin a pinecone to your shirt
Here comes that second wind
It’s always stronger than the first

Instrumental

A train will catch up to you
One that you ain’t waiting for
I hope you know what to do when you hear that voice singing
“Welcome all and all aboard!”

Bring on that second wind
Make it stronger than the first
Time to begin again or things are gonna get worse
Yes, and it could get a whole lot worse

The days of four leaf clovers are over
Pin a pinecone to your shirt
Here comes that second wind
It’s always stronger than the first
It’s always stronger than the first
Track Name: The Corn Song
The Corn Song
by Dan Trilk & Doug Darnell

I close my eyes and I see corn
Rows and rows and rows of corn
I open them and I see you
Oh, what am I gonna do?
When we make love I think of corn
I kiss your lips they taste like corn
Into your eyes of blue I gaze
And then my thoughts return to maze

It’s corn or you!
What am I gonna do?

The only thing that I adore
Is rows and rows and rows of corn
I think of you and I get bored
I want another ear of corn

Instrumental

Creamed or scalloped, cold or warm
I like rows and rows of corn
The only reason I was born
Was to sell and purchase corn

It’s corn or you!
What am I gonna do?

When I go out to the store
I buy many forms of corn
On the cob or in a can
I eat corn I am a man
I close my eyes and I see corn
Rows and rows and rows of corn
I open them and I see you
Oh, what am I gonna do?

It’s corn or you!
What am I gonna do? 6X