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Dan Raza

by Dan Raza

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leedesty Love the range and ambition of this debut album. Dan's is a hugely talented singer songwriter. His music stirs and stays in you. My favourite is the sweet , floating opener "40 miles" which has echoes of Nick Drake. Favorite track: 40 Miles.
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1.
40 Miles 04:28
40 Miles I’ve been lonesome Ive been aching Ive been yearning To scratch this itch And leave this town Sweet momma now And in the moonlight The wild cats howl And ive run so long That ive forgotten Where im bound Sweet momma now 40 miles from home 40 miles from home 40 miles from home 40 miles from home And I’d have waited And kept my word its true And id have wandered Across this earth To get to you Sweet momma now 40 miles from home 40 miles from home 40 miles from home 40 miles from home Flute: Frank Mead Drums: Jim Russell Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Bass, Piano and Xylophone: Charlie Hart
2.
On We Go 03:42
On We Go Going out for a while Feel the air upon my cheeks Cause the men who enter this room They don’t look nothing like me This don’t make sense to me It ain’t the way its supposed to be And on we go Through the rain and snow Like two blind mules far from home And on we go Through the rain and snow Like two lame mules far from home Photo held up by a nail Hangs upon a bedroom wall They say behind every picture lies a tale This aint no exception to the rule This don’t make sense to me It ain’t the way its supposed to be And on we go Through the rain and snow Like two blind mules far from home And on we go Through the rain and snow Like two lame mules far from home Your stepchild walked out of the shadows You know he’s trying to prove you wrong And he’s got eyes like the gallows And he sings a wounded song This don’t make sense to me It ain’t the way its supposed to be And on we go Through the rain and snow Like two blind mules far from home And on we go Through the rain and snow Like two lame mules far from home Kora: Mosi Conde Organ: Geraint Watkins Drums: Roy Dodds Bass Charlie Hart Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza
3.
Dark Side Of The Road And the night Falls soft and silent Close the door Keep out the cold And say you’ll stay With me this evening As the days go dancing on Walk with me Across the river Walk with me Be mine alone ‘Cos it gets hard To be with you my darling On the dark side of the road And the boats sail Cross the water Shadows move Across the shore And while we’re standing Here together Lays a wreath Upon the door Walk with me Across the river Walk with me Be mine alone ‘Cos it gets hard To be with you my darling On the dark side of the road ‘Cos it gets hard To be with you my darling On the dark side of the road On the dark side of the road Drums: Jim Russell Oboe: Leo Greyer Bass, Piano, Accordion and Fiddle: Charlie Hart Fiddle: Barbara Bartz
4.
Leaving Without You These are the days That we will remember These are the nights We wont have again And these are the moments We think last forever As frail as the dust As its blown by the wind Sometimes I watch them From out of my window Lovers walking Together entwined And I catch a glimpse Of their conversations And it takes me away To a far away time Leaving leaving without you Grieving grieving without you Leaving leaving without you Its gonna be hard I stumbled upon A key when I was travelling But that was many moons ago And who knows where These stars will take you And who knows where We still have to go Leaving leaving without you Grieving grieving without you Leaving leaving without you Its gonna be hard You’re a bird thats been injured But you’re still alive, babe And you’ve still got wings And you can still fly Life is for living And its about moving You can all do the stopping You want when you die Leaving leaving without you Grieving grieving without you Leaving leaving without you Its gonna be hard Leaving leaving without you Grieving grieving without you Leaving leaving without you Its gonna be hard Drums: Roy Dodds Bass, Accordion and Piano: Charlie Hart Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Backing Vocals: Steve Simpson Sax: Frank Mead
5.
Cool Dark Night Through the days of wine and rain The hours sigh and slip away I thought I heard her call my name But I was only dreaming In the cool dark night In the city of dreams Make me feel alright Wanna dance all night In the cool dark night This is where we used to go This is where we used to know This is where we used to go When we were full of dreams In the cool dark night In the city of dreams Make me feel alright Gonna dance all night In the cool dark night My fingers fall upon the frets My eyes get hazy and wet Everywhere I look tonight I see familiar faces In the cool dark night In the city of dreams Make me feel alright Wanna dance all night In the cool, in the cool dark night Drums: Jim Russell Bass, Accordion, Mandolin and Fiddle: Charlie Hart Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Backing Vocals: Maria Rivington Whistle: Frank Mead Fiddle: Barbara Bartz
6.
No-One Shed A Tear They pistol-whipped him twice and pushed him onto the chair Tied tape around his mouth and his arms Went through his drawers and emptied his wallet Then they set fire to the barn He never opened his eyes to see what was left Of the place he built up with his hands And as their footsteps faded he meditated On the life he’d lived as a man Hey, hey, hey, now its too late To get caught on the other side To be chained on the wrong side of life To get caught on the other side of time The first one to find him was his eldest son Tipped his head back and swore on revenge The first one to touch him was his ageing wife And she wondered where all this would end Theres no fruit in the trees and no rain in the clouds And the soil rejects all of your love From where you stand you see all this burnt land And the barren mistress above Hey, hey, hey, now its too late To get caught on the other side To be chained on the wrong side of life To get caught on the other side of time If we’re born to die, what do we die to do Except shed some light in the dark You say what does it matter, if you cant take it with you Not the body, nor the mind, nor the heart They threw his body in the stream and they watched from the bank As it twisted and then disappeared No stone was cut and no words were spoke And no-one shed a tear Hey, hey, hey, now its too late To get caught on the other side To be chained on the wrong side of life To get caught on the other side of time Other side of life Other side of time Other side of life Drums: Les Morgan Bass and Accordion: Charlie Hart Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Guitar: Martin Brown Pedal Steel: BJ Cole
7.
Home, Again 06:49
Home, Again I've been thinking about my home That I left not long ago And how a man must wander From the one place that he’s known My home is in the shires Between the country and the town Though by the age of 18 I was London-bound A child of the ‘90s Taught to reach and plant and roam No soil could ever hold me The road signs were my home Nowhere towns are made of this Sweet refuge for the old The promise of a future here, child Aint one thats easy sold But take me to the woodlands On a clear, cool summer night When the sky above is closing And the cricket’s song is in flight I sometimes think I’ll see you And I know just what i'll say I wish we’d never parted I wish we could have stayed Sweethearts, oh Sweethearts Cos my home is in the shires Between the country and the town And it’s there that im returning Where im a stranger now Do you recall the last time Before the door was closed It must have been November And the moon lit up the road I had read the letter That wasn’t meant for me I felt cut off from my bloodline Shut out from my family They say roll on, buddy Roll on, buddy, there you go But how can I keep rolling When there’s nowhere left to go Sweetheart, oh Sweetheart Cos my home is in the shires Between the country and the town And it’s there that im returning Where im a stranger now The first thing that they’ll tell you Once you’ve left your youth behind Its the best days of your life, child From here its one long grind But if you want to hear the band play Or if you’ve just got time to kill Theres places open late Where you can get your fill So I walked up to the jukebox And I fed my usual fee I dreamt that we were dancing To the wild aura lee Sweetheart, oh Sweetheart Cos my home is in the shires Between the country and the town And it’s there that im returning Where im a stranger now Drums: Roy Dodds Bass, Piano and Foddle: Charlie Hart Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Backing Vocals: Christian Lewcock Pedal Steel: BJ Cole Fiddle: Barbara Bartz
8.
Step Away With Me I played out my heart in a foreign bar 45 minutes just voice and guitar But I cant say it meant anything to you And I cant beat the rain I cant beat the flood and I cant keep these feelings From out of my blood And I cant seem to break free from these blues Where the darkened state Gives away to a new world And the morning sky is still blue and grey We’d sing it all for the days of auld lang’s syne And curse the night that brings the day Hey baby im ready to go Down by the river so lay me down low Hey hey momma Step away with me And hey baby are we gonna ride Straight out of here like a Saturday night Hey sweet momma Step away with me Step away with me Step away with me What did you come for to call off the bets? Were you looking at me to write off your debt? Or was it just to say You’d changed your mind And I cant beat the rain I cant beat the flood and I cant keep these feelings From out of my blood And I cant seem to break free from these blues Where the darkened state Gives away to a new world And the morning sky is still blue and grey We’d sing it all for the days of auld lang’s syne And curse the night that brings the day Hey baby im ready to go Down by the river so lay me down low Hey hey momma Step away with me And hey baby are we gonna ride Straight out of here like a Saturday night Hey sweet momma Step away with me Step away with me Drums: Roy Dodds Bass and Piano: Charlie Hart Mandolin: Steve Simpson Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Backing Vocals: Christian Lewcock Organ: Geraint Watkins
9.
Rivertown 03:53
Rivertown Going back through Rivertown today Going back through Rivertown today Going back through Rivertown I think I left some friends along the way Think I left my sweetheart standing there Think I left my sweetheart standing there Think I left my sweetheart She was standing with a ribbon in her hair Going back through Rivertown today Going back through Rivertown today Going back through Rivertown I think I left some friends along the way Help me sweep the ashes from the floor Help me sweep the ashes from the floor Help me sweep the ashes Help me see the way I did before Going back through Rivertown today Going back through Rivertown today Going back through Rivertown I think I left some friends along the way I wont try to wake you when I leave I wont try to wake you when I leave I wont try to wake you I won’t try to drag you from your dreams Drums: Roy Dodds Bass and Organ: Charlie Hart Slide Guitar: Ed Deane Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Backing Vocals: Maria Rivington Low D Whistle: Frank Mead
10.
Can’t Go Back I returned to this soil November, three years ago But I don’t recall the bright lights Nor the icy winds and snows I arrived with my girl, Jenny A young rose who I loved so We settled down and I got working For this other man she used to know And do you sometimes think about me Darling when you’re on your own Do you sometimes dream of your old love Do you sometimes dream of home Days were fine while I was working But I missed the days when life was slow I held my tongue when I saw Jenny Saw her smile when the bright cash flowed Yeah days were good I made some money But I missed the way the old winds blow Then one night I came home early And I found Jenny packed and ready to go And do you sometimes think about me Darling when you’re on your own Do you sometimes dream of your old love Do you sometimes dream of home Now these days I count the fires Sometimes talk on the telephone But its a different voice im thinking of At night when im alone I want to go back to my hometown I want to go back to roam Where the ghosts of Jenny wander Not the the girl who once eloped And do you sometimes think about me Darling when you’re on your own Do you sometimes dream of your old love Do you sometimes dream of home Guitar and Vocals: Dan Raza Kora: Mosi Conde

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Produced by Charlie Hart

Engineered and mixed by Charlie Hart at Equator Studios, London between 2009 and 2011
Additional engineering on 'Dark Side on the Road' and 'On We Go' by Martin Nowinski at Audiomania and on 'Step Away With Me' and 'Home, Again' by Christian Lewcock

Mastered by Andy le Vien at RMS Studios, London

Photos taken by Paul Martin (except front cover by Chloe Crispford)
Design: OneFiftyNine. London

All songs written by Dan Raza

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released October 13, 2011

To all the musicians who came together with me for these songs: Steve Simpson, Geraint Watkins, BJ Cole, Frank Mead, Roy Dodds, Mosi Conde, Barbara Bartz, Leo Geyer, Charlie Hart, Jim Russell, Les Morgan, Martin Brown, Ed Deane, Christian Lewcock, Maria Rivington.

To Charlie Hart for bringing it all together and believing in me.

To my family for the always anything.
To the dice.

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Dan Raza London, UK

"The Real Deal"
- Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

“A writer who has matured into one of this country’s finest”
- Country Music Magazine

Dan Raza is one of the mainstays of the London singer-songwriter scene.

His song, ‘Every Little Dog’ was featured on Neil Young's Living With War website.

Dan also hosts radio show Spirit & Roots: www.mixcloud.com/dan-raza/
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