Born Fancy

by The Fancy Dan Band

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The Fancy Dan Band's debut album, Born Fancy, was recorded over 3 days in the summer of 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. Cheyenne Medders engineered the recording session at The Court Studio. Despite the whirlwind road trip and recording session, the album was actually conceived in 2005 and took years of family planning before it was ready to be born in early 2009.

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released February 27, 2009

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Track Name: Wake Up Fancy
Wake up Fancy wake up Fancy Dan
Get yourself up out of bed put a guitar in your hand
Don't you know you gotta get going gotta get them juices flowing right on through
Cause time keeps a-wasting and you got some chasing to do
You could use something to do
Remember when your daddy said now son it's time to get cranking
Put your boots on get a job there's money to be making
He knew what he was saying got used to obeying that's for sure
Since there's always more to be done you gotta use your feet to run right out the door
That's what they're there for

For years you been sleeping sleeping away the day
So much time up in your mind with nothing more to say
You gotta lift your heavy head and eat your daily bread before it molds
Cause it's time to make a new plan since you got too good of a hand just to fold
Now you know you been told
See you been playing and having too much fun
You've enjoyed playing but them playing days are done
Put your toys back in the box go fetch yourself some socks make sure they're clean
Cause you ain't gonna go no place if you keep that pretty face from being seen
Lord knows it should be seen

Do you hear that bell ringing well it ain't gonna stop
That bell's gonna keep ringing whether you want it to or not
So I guess you better get started gotta mend that broken heart and make it tick
Cause it's there for a reason and this could be the season to get fixed
You should try it just for kicks
C'mon now wake up Fancy wake up Fancy Dan
Get yourself up out of bed put a guitar in your hand
Don't you know you gotta get going gotta get them juices flowing righton through
Cause time keeps a-wasting and you got some chasing to do
You could use something to do
Track Name: What You Do
When you're walking you know what you do
When you're walking you know what you do
And when you're talking you know what you do
My jaws a-dropping when you do what you do
My eyes are popping, the traffic's stopping
I can't stop watching all the things that you do

I sure do love to watch the way you move
I sure do love to watch the way you move
I can't but help to love the way you move
You really know just how to use that groove
I'm goin crazy, will you have my baby
You do amaze me with the way you move

I can't believe I know the way you love
I can't believe I know the way you love
Girl you know you're all I'm dreaming of
I can't forget about the way you love
My mind's been blown, I'm not alone
And I've been stoned by the way you love

You know I'm falling when you do what you do
You know I'm falling when you do what you do
I'm even bawling from those things that you do
Well I keep calling for those things that you do
I'm on my knees, say honey please
You part them seas with the things that you do

Girl you know you really use them curves
Girl you know you really use them curves
Girl you know that no man deserves
Just the thought of it is so absurd
What about those lips, and those hips
My mind's eclipsed when you use those curves

When you're shaking you know what you do
When you're shaking you know what you do
And when we making you know what you do
Ain't no use faking all those things that you do
You got me going and you're a-knowing
No need for slowing all the things that you do

When you're walking you know what you do
When you're walking you know what you do
And when you're talking you know what you do
My jaws a-dropping when you do what you do
My eyes are popping, the traffic's stopping
I can't stop watching all the things that you do
Track Name: So Long
Well she's the best but I forget a-sometimes I lose my head
It's been so long since I even slept
The things I’ll do to act like a fool I guess it's something I learned in school
It's been so long since I broke the rules
But I got out a little proud she kept her voice a little loud
It was so long ago I heard her sound

And it goes on for her not for me
When I was lost she kindly said to leave it be
And now it's gone to find a way in the sea
And I was wronged but now it's time for me to leave and go away

A life of sin will do you in until you can't even begin
It's been so long since I did what I did
It was like a dream it was nothing mean but it was worse than it seemed
It was so long ago she was my queen
But I knew it wasn't true at least not enough for you
It was so long ago I knew what to do

And it goes on for her not for me
When I was lost she kindly said to leave it be
And now it's gone to find a way in the sea
And I was wronged but now it's time for me to leave and go away

I climbed a fence to pay the rent until I went where I been sent
It was so long ago I did what I meant
It gets so hot it comes a lot they say it's worse than being shot
It was so long ago I was sent to rot
Track Name: What Was I Thinking
One in the morning and I don't need anymore
I got enough in me with my feet on the floor
and I tried, well I tried
You said you might meet me when you finish your chores
and I been up waiting and I done this before
all the time, everytime

What was I thinking what was I drinking
My eyes stopped blinking when my ship started sinking
What was I thinking when I ever started with you

Here comes a couple and they making me ill
back from the opera didn't get their fill
of the night, it ain't right
I'm just a simple guy with one or two thoughts
and you're so complicated with everything that you got
in your life, what a life

What was I thinking what was I drinking
My eyes stopped blinking when my ship started sinking
What was I thinking when I ever started with you

I even went and got myself a new pair of jeans
and now you'll never see em cause you're nothing but mean
and so cold, freezing cold
I had my haircut and I bought a new comb
but I'd a-been better off a-stayin at home
on my own, all alone

What was I thinking what was I drinking
My eyes stopped blinking when my ship started sinking
What was I thinking when I ever started with you
What was I doing who was I fooling
Why was I drooling when I shoulda been cooling
What was I doing when I ever started with you
Track Name: Away From Here
Ain’t no question about it you know you’re on my mind
I been wondering about you and how you’re spending your time
Ain’t no simple way around it I still wish you were mine
I been staying up late cause I can’t sleep when I’m crying
I want to do something useful but there ain’t no point in trying
Because my head is a mess and my brain’s an egg that I’m frying
When I look at the TV there’s nothing I want to see
So I put on a record and then I’m counting to three
But when I hear the needle dropping it’s stabbing me

I take a walk outside to get a breath of fresh air
It don’t seem to be working nature’s got nothing to share
I’m telling a tree my story but he don’t seem to care
I hear some bird singing sad songs it’s that time of year
He got dread in his voice cause winter’s getting near
Well I wish I could join him and fly away from here
Track Name: By The Shore
All the people like to think so
They got a hell of a lot to prove
Yet their feet can hardly move
They'll confuse you and abuse you
Well I'll be leaving them behind right by the shore
In the meantime it might seem fine
While they're standing on that spirit til she's gone boy she's gone
Til you're tired uninspired
Better leave it all behind right by the shore

By the shore right by the shore
Better learn to start swimming let the devil keep on fishing
Well the water it's like a daughter
You gotta leave the rest behind right by the shore

In the morning there’s a warning
Better open up your ears boy you gotta shed your fears
In the nighttime that's the right time
Ripe for leaving it all behind right by the shore
Well it seems so I believe so
There's a whole lot more than this but you gotta turn your wrist
Leave it open here's to hoping
and to leaving it all behind right by the shore

By the shore right by the shore
There's so many ways to turn let the water heal your burn
It'll soothe you and will move you
Just to leave it all behind right by the shore

All the prophets filled their pockets
They were spilling out their heads til the people all got fed
They moved on up and gone
They had to leave it all behind right by the shore
Yeah the river it's a sliver
But it's deeper than you think boy you gotta take a drink
And to realize what it feels like
Just to leave it all behind right by the shore

By the shore right by the shore
You don't need a boat or fin you just gotta get right in
Well it's better when it's wetter
You gotta leave it all behind right by the shore
Track Name: Use Me
All you red-headed women and you yellow brown and black
From what I can tell there's not one thing that you lack
I like all your colors you sure do make things bright
So why don't we paint the town tonight
You're like a pretty picture but I love the way you move
So move this way honey we'll find something to do
See I could use just a little of your touch
That don't seem to be asking for too much

Call me when you want me do with me what you like
And when you're through tell me to take a hike
Cause I could keep you busy I could fill your time
And the best part is it won't cost you a dime
Yeah I got a lot to offer I got a lot to give
And I could show you a brand new way to live
See no one's ever used up any of my skills
And I could work for you better than a pill

I don't come up with no stories I sure don't tell no lies
You can tell I mean it just by looking into my eyes
I see you and you're pretty it's so hard to look away
If you were wearing rags you'd still be making my day
But I'll bet you clean up real nice fancy as can be
But I'm sorry to say you'll never be fancy as me
See I could be just what you're looking for
And if I'm not you can show me to the door

It don't hurt to try me what do you got to lose
Cause I might have something you could use
I just might have something you could use
Track Name: Best Frown Around
She got one of the best frowns around but she doesn't even know
She leaves her roots down in the ground and she keeps her branches low
Well I don't know if I'd miss her if she never swung my way
But as it stands now I got plans until my dying day
She got one of the meanest stares around and believe me I should know
If I don't do what I'm supposed to then those eyes will tell me so
And boy I've never seen colder not once in my whole life
For when she sees then I will freeze but she'll always be my wife

She got one of the cruelest tongues around and boy she likes to talk
She throws her words hard at you man they'll hit you like a rock
I guess I should be used to it I've heard it all before
But what she brings well it still sings and it bruises to the core
She got one of the tightest grips around and she'll crush you in her hands
Just when you try to get away she'll snatch you back again
And she moves rather quickly a lot quicker than you think
And she'll have fun when you jump the gun then she'll catch you on the brink

She got one of the best frowns around but she doesn't even know
She leaves her roots down in the ground and she keeps her branches low
Well I don't know if I'd miss her if she never swung my way
But as it stands now I got plans until my dying day
Track Name: Sore Heart
Well you walked in and sat right down there with a friend who only frowned
And all I could do was stare at you
I could have looked the other way and never took the time of day
It would have been the smarter thing to do
You said hello and you blinked your eyes that's all it took I could have died
I didn't hear whatever else you said

I got a sore heart and my brain's been torn apart
And my gut's been trampled on for weeks
There's not much left from this here theft
I'm not real sure of what else I got

We played the box and we danced a bit and I was lost but didn't quit
And you invited me to take the lead
It got so easy to spin you round there like a breeze blowing off the ground
So I settled up my tab and put on my coat
We drove so fast to look for home and we went past where I had grown
But I'd forgotten who I used to be

I got a sore heart and my brain's been torn apart
And my gut's been trampled on for weeks
There's not much left from this here theft
When you took the most there was to take

You had me hooked right from the start but then you took my only heart
And left me wishing for what I gave away
And it's too late to get it back if I had a crate filled up with cash
I never could buy back all that you stole
If you stop to think of all you lose, I'd rather drink than have to choose
The things you keep and the things that are for sale
Track Name: Poor Rich Man
Rich man can always take a cab ride, rich man he doesn't like to walk
Rich man got one hell of a bad side, when a rich man gotta walk a couple blocks
Rich man buys coffee every morning, rich man eats several meals a day
For rich man food's never ever boring and a rich man will throw what's left away
Rich man don't care about no ticket, rich man can always pay the fee
Rich man never tell no cop to stick it, cause a rich man never needs to disagree

Well we're all going down to that same part of town
Cause that same part of town is where we're bound
Though some may get there first, but it could be a whole lot worse
And you don't need to drive a hearse to get around

Rich man can always make an appointment, rich man will get the pills he needs
Rich man gets all the proper ointments, cause a rich man's got friends with PhD's
Rich man never pawned his daddy's wristwatch, rich man never taken nothing back
Rich man never worn his way through his socks cause a rich man never buys from off the rack
Rich man takes all kinds of vacation, rich man goes when he wants to go
Rich man gets his ticket at the station cause a rich man has never been told no

Well we're all going down to that same part of town
Cause that same part of town is where we're bound
Though some may get there first, but it could be a whole lot worse
And you don't need to drive a hearse to get around

Rich man got plenty of entertainment, rich man goes out night after night
Rich man he sure don't got to be patient, cause a rich man is always treated right
Rich man drinks scotch, champagne, and fine wine, rich man don't like the taste of beer
Rich man has happy hour at any time and a rich man buys bottles by the year
Rich man can always send her flowers, rich man can send em everyday
Rich man spends money every hour, but a rich man can't think of what to say

Well we're all going down to that same part of town
Cause that same part of town is where we're bound
Though some may get there first, but it could be a whole lot worse
And you don't need to drive a hearse to get around
Track Name: Let It Go
Ain't gonna take it with me when I go
That's the only thing that I'll ever know
And I'll be waiting on the tips of my toes
For a sign at any time
I've been waiting on a chance to repair
It seems to me to be more than fair
A little something just to prove you're there
Using space and taking place

You're gonna have to learn to do what you can
Find what it takes that's gonna make you a man
And you'll find out you gotta lend out your hand
Let it stretch and play some fetch
You gotta read the writing on the wall
And not pretend you never saw it at all
Ain't no use sitting there a-trying to stall
It's your time so write a rhyme

I know I don't need to remind you
when it all comes down somebody will find you
but we're not there yet it's not even behind you
so find something to lose

We're all waiting to be put to use
Moving, wiggling like we're way to loose
Someone needs to come and pull that tooth
Take it out and let it shout
To take a step you gotta move your feet
And stop looking for what's in your reach
And soon enough you'll have something to teach
Let it go let it go

Let it go gotta get your ear to listen close (let it go)
gonna wanna try to make the most (let it go)
gonna need to wash your hands with soap (let it go)
gonna wanna untie that rope (let it go)
gotta give yourself the room to grow (let it go)
gonna have to never need to know (let it go)
let it go let it go
Track Name: I Wanna Be Born
I wanna be born I wanna be born I wanna be born this time
I wanna be born I wanna be born I don't wanna be feeling fine
I wanna be born I wanna be born in line
Well I wanna be born I don't wanna be wasting time
I said it before I said it before I said it before one night
I said it before I said it before I said it before the light
I said it before I said it before alright
Well I said it before but I gotta put up more of a fight

It's gonna be cold it's gonna be cold it's gonna be cold this I know
It's gonna be cold it's gonna be cold it's gonna be cold it'll show
It's gonna be cold it's gonna be cold and much more
Well it's gonna be cold and it's gonna get old so let's go
I'll whistle my way I'll whistle my way I'll whistle my way around
I'll whistle my way I'll whistle my way I'll whistle my way downtown
I'll whistle my way I'll whistle my way in the ground
Well I'll whistle my way but I won't whistle away the sound

I was pushing real hard just trying to get out
Couldn't sit tight I was ready to shout
I finally broke through as I opened my eyes
Took a look around and to my surprise
I knew I was born I was glad to be born
Here I go
I started making sense and finding my way
Trying to figure out how to fill up my day
But all that thinking never did me no good
I only realized how to do what I could
But I wasn't born I forgot to be born
Like before
But then one day I just gave it all up
Something in the water coming out of my cup
I drank it all down and decided right there
To find what I got and remember to share
And go and get born and try to stay born
Like I know
So if anybody asks just tell them I'm gone
I gotta keep moving I been sitting too long
You can find me right down that road up ahead
And I'll be making sure I'm doing what I said
And keep being born and always be born
Here I go

And I'll be singing I wanna be born I wanna be born I wanna be born this time
I wanna be born I wanna be born I don't wanna be feeling fine
I wanna be born I wanna be born in line
Well I wanna be born I don't wanna be wasting time