Old Ghosts

by Daniel Muenz

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A collection of simple, acoustic folk & folk-rock tunes. Just one man and his uke (plus occasionally some other stuff too). I'm still adding new songs to this album as I record them: last updated 2/22/2017.

For my father, may he rest.

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released August 22, 2014

All songs are originals except for "Dink's Song".

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Daniel Muenz Ann Arbor, Michigan

A folkie at heart, I'm drawn to simple melodies and to lyrics that tell a story. This whole thing's an experiment; I'm figuring out how to make music as I go.

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Track Name: Call Me Home
Bury me in the deepest valley
Let the devil call me home
Carry my bones down from the galley
Lay no wreaths upon my stone

And let me rest
Then let me go
And let me go (x3)

Tell your wives that I fought bravely
And I died in the name of love
Forgive me those times I couldn’t be
The friend you are deserving of

And hear my words
Then call my name
And call me home (x3)

Hear my words, and call my name (x4)

So raise a glass of salty water
Drink with me one last time
Follow me down till it gets hotter
Far from home, end of the line

And bind my feet
Then send me under
And cry your tears
For those I plundered
Along the way
Track Name: Three Years' Good Wind
Twenty-five years
Off to sea
Told my love
Not to wait for me

Ten years o’ storms
Carried me far
Wrecked my sails
And heaved me overboard

A giant whale
Tried to swallow me whole
But I offered one arm
To pay her toll

She filled my lungs
With three years’ good wind
Carried me far
To a place I’d never been

Accelerating apart
Each from each
Each from each
I washed up on a beach

Of a blood-dark isle
With men, the murderous kind
They bound my leg in chains
And threw me down the mines

Seven long years
Passed with pick and leash
Till I cut through foot and wall
And jumped into the breach

Tunneling through the rock
I came upon a lair
Giant toothy worms
Breathing sulfur air

They chewed off my head
Replaced it with a crown
Spent my final years
The Worm King underground

Accelerating apart
Each from each
Each from each
My body rests in peace
Track Name: When You're Gone
When you’re gone, gone, gone
When you’re gone, long gone
Dead and gone, dead and gone
Long gone, dead and gone

I’ll have no one to call my name
I’ll have no one to sing for again

But I have loved, loved, loved
I have loved, loved, loved
I have loved, loved, loved
I have loved

When babies laugh, old men cry
A dark wind blows, and trees collide
I hear your voice and the thunder of god
I feel your heart beneath the sod

I’ll have no one to call my name
I’ll have no one to sing for again

But I have loved, loved, loved
I have loved, loved, loved
I have loved, loved, loved
I have loved
Track Name: Cold, Dark & Low
Cold, dark and lonely
Cold, dark and low
Cold, dark and lonely

Where's my father?
Lost at sea
Where's my mother?
Died in my infancy

Take care of brother
Keep him from ignomee
You lords of squalor
Lay not a hand on me

And yes, Lord, I gamble
And yes, Lord, I've killed
But sorrow don't suit me
My dream, Lord, will be fulfilled

I must be fulfilled, Lord
I must be fulfilled
No more wand'ring
My dream, Lord, will be fulfilled

Cold, dark and lonely
Cold, dark and low
Cold, dark and lonely
Track Name: Old Ghosts
Well our bodies are old, but the night is young
We can dance like we’re demons till the early sun
Comes up and clears us old ghosts away

I crawled out from my waste bin
Drank a pool of spilled gin
Dusted off my new suit
And brand new shoes
Suspenders too
I got things to lose

She crawled out from her own bin
Sloughed off all the old skin
Found herself a new layer
Of underwear
Made of rodent hair
And she took off running down the street

You and I, you and I will dance
Dance, dance, dance, dance,...
Like a couple of kids
Like two gorgons’ heads
Like two birds on fire
Like old ghosts in love

We met up on the pavement
Cast aside bereavement
Found rhythm in the moonlight
And danced all night
Till the growing light
Burned our eyes

You and I, you and I will dance
Dance, dance, dance, dance,...
Like a couple of kids
Like two gorgons’ heads
Like two birds on fire
Like old ghosts in love
Track Name: One Dark Night
One dark night from the depths of hell
A little baby demon crawled up my well
He said, “walk”
And oh, Lord, I walked

I walked 40 miles till the land turned wild
I looked back around and saw that demon child
He said, “run”
And oh, Lord, did I run

I ran through the forest, and across a frozen sea
But that evil little baby kept a-following me
He said, “fly”
And oh, Lord, I did try

I built wings like a bird but they broke in the rain
I sang songs for the fairies but alas they never came
I called out to you for a hand from above
But all you gave was your love

One dark night from the depths of hell
A little baby demon crawled up my well
He said, “walk”
And oh, Lord, I walked
He said, “walk”
And oh, Lord, I walked
Track Name: Dink's Song
If I had wings, like Noah’s dove
I’d fly the river, to the one I love
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well

Well I had a girl, who was long and tall
She moved her body like a cannonball
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well

Show us a bird, flying high above
Life ain’t worth living without the one you love
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well

One of these days, and it won’t be long
Call my name and I’ll be gone
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well

Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well
Track Name: Kaiju
You been a mystery to me
I saw you rise from the sea
Wielding seven deadly weapons
And riding a pony

You don't belong
You don't belong to anyone

A demon fell from the sky
Its eyeballs glowing with fire
And a thousand million people
Disappeared in one night

It won't be long
You came along so we can all be free

The morning rose with a song
Of beating hearts kept too long
In tiny jars beneath the floorboards
Of our boarded-up homes

The night was long
At night we longed for endless days

We called to you and you came
Atop a pony aflame
And with seven deadly swords
The red-eyed demon was slain

You rode away
Back to the sea, so we can all be free
Track Name: Lives I've Lived
All the lives I've lived
In burnt out holes
Dug by winds
No Gods foretold
They call to me (x2)

All the men I've killed
And been killed by
The women I've loved
And lost to time
They call to me (x2)

Everything I own, flush it out to sea
Bottles and the pills, flush 'em out to sea
Voices in my head, flush 'em out to sea
Everything I love
The world I know

When the world ends
Let's begin
One last night
Of drinks with friends
They call to me (x4)
Track Name: Sing Me Sound Asleep
Bind the baby up in sheets
Bind her one, two, three
Bind that baby joyfully

Let’s go running in the street
Lead the way, I’ll follow you
You’ll go running, I’ll come too

Sing me sound asleep tonight
With stories of the sea
Let them all end peacefully
Track Name: The Wild Road
There's a holy holy heart in you
And there's even one in me
Though we cast our chains off long ago
We can only now be free

Have I lived a life of meaning?
I have not always been true
Yes I watered seeds in darkness
Though I did not see them through

Well there's a holiness inside your heart
And there's even some in me
Yet the seas between us broad have roared*
For a love that couldn't be

Could the fates return what was dear to me
Would I ask them to or go
Down the wild road where life must grow
And to the unknown lands below?

* This line courtesy of Robert Burns