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Bill's Solo CDs:  

"Blasted in the Basement" - 2007

  1. Bird on the Chimney
  2. My Own Train
  3. Dealer of Dreams
  4. Been With You
  5. Blasted in the Basement
  6. Blind Travelers
  7. Goodbye, You
  8. Hearts Are Only Human
  9. It's All Coming Back
  10. Don't Look Down

 

Newly written songs of Bill's.  Dedicated to the late Danny Pendleton, who played on many of the tracks.  Please click on song title for individual song lyrics; click here to see all LYRICS and CREDITS

 

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I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado - 2002

1.   Nobody Can Take My Dream From Me
2.   Readjustment Blues
3.   Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight
4.   Friends With You
5.   Take Me Home, Country Roads
6.   Please Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas
7.   She Won't Let Me Fly Away
8.   Dearest Esmeralda
9.   We Don't Live Here No More
10. The Potter's Wheel
11. Late Night Radio
12. I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado

 

New recordings of Danoff's songs originally recorded by John Denver, produced by Jon Carroll, Bill's partner from their Starland Vocal Band days.   Read the Liner Notes written by Bill.

 

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Souvenir - 1989

1. The Potter's Wheel
2. Donda Esta Rosa
3. Road Signs
4. Caipirniha
5. Commodore 64
6. Good As Gold
7. Rodeo Me
8. Not What We Promised to Be
9. If There'd Never Been an Ireland
10. Take Me Home, Country Roads
 
 

A collection of songs written by the co-writer of "Take Me Home, Country Roads", John Denver's most successful recording.  Founding member of the Starland Vocal Band and writer of the Grammy winning, "Afternoon Delight."

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"Blasted in the Basement" - 2007

Song Credits:

 

Bird on the Chimney             

© 1971 Cherry Lane Music

Words and music Bill Danoff

Old Tape:

Lead vocals:  Bill Danoff

Acoustic guitar:  Danny Pendleton

Pedal steel:  Danny Pendleton

Bass:  John Previti

Fiddle:  Mike Stein

Mandolin:  Mike Stein

New Tape

Drums: Jon Carroll

Background Vocals: Lucy Danoff, Jon Carroll

 

My Own Train

Words and music by Bill Danoff

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music

Lead vocal: Bill Danoff

Track and background vocals: Jon Carroll

 

Dealer of Dreams

Words and music by Bill Danoff

© 2007  Watch Your Head Music

Old Tape:

Lead vocal and acoustic guitar:  Bill Danoff

Pedal steel:  Danny Pendleton

Bass:  John Previti

Electric guitar:  Paul Bell

Synthesizer Horns:  Mitch Collins\

Drum programming:  Pete Ragusa

New Tape: 

Drums, Wurlitzer electric piano, background vocals:  Jon Carroll

Tenor sax solo:  Jim Horn

 

Been With You

Words and music Jon Carroll, Bill Danoff, Dexter Hodges

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music

Old Tape:

Lead vocal and acoustic guitars:  Bill Danoff

Pedal steel:  Danny Pendleton

Bass:  John Previti

Electric and classical guitar:  Paul Bell

Synthesizer:  Mitch Collins

New Tape:

Drums, percussion, Wurlitzer electric pianos, background vocals:  Jon Carroll

 

Blasted in the Basement

Words and music by Bill Danoff

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music

Lead vocal and acoustic guitars:  Bill Danoff

Track, horn arrangement and background vocals:  Jon Carroll

Baritone and tenor saxes:  Chris Watling

Trumpet:  Alan MacEwen

 

 

Blind Travelers      

Words and music by Bill Danoff

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music

Old Tape:

Lead vocal:  Emma Danoff

Harmony voice:  Maura Kennedy

Electric guitar:  Pete Kennedy

Acoustic guitar, midi instruments:  Bill Danoff

New Tape:

Vocal:  Bill Danoff

Bass:  Owen Danoff

Drums, acoustic and electric guitars, pianos and organ, background vocals:  Jon Carroll     

 

Goodbye, You

Words and music by Bill Danoff and Fred Koller

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music and Lucrative Music

Old Tape:

Lead vocal and acoustic guitar:  Bill Danoff

Electric guitar, background vocals: Jon Carroll

New Tape:

Background vocals: Jon Carroll, Bill Danoff & Owen Danoff

Fiddles: Robert Spates

Drums, percussion: Jon Carroll

 

Hearts Are Only Human

Words and music Bill Danoff

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music

Old Tape:

Lead vocal and acoustic guitar:  Bill Danoff

Pedal steel:  Danny Pendleton

Mandolin, piano: John Jennings

Harmony voice:  Mary Chapin Carpenter

New Tape:

Drums, acoustic rhythm guitar, harmony vocal, electric piano: Jon Carroll

 

Itís All Cominí Back       

Words and music Bill Danoff

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music

Old Tape:

Original lead vocal: Tom Lepson

Harmony vocals:  Bill Danoff, Taffy Danoff and Margot Carroll

Bass:  Ron Newmeyer

Electric guitar:  Paul Bell

Drum programming:  Pete Ragusa

New Tape: 

Drums & percussion, piano & organ, vocals: Jon Carroll

 

Donít Look Down

Words and music by Bill Danoff and Doug James

© 2007 Watch Your Head Music and

Old Tape:

Lead vocal and acoustic guitars:  Bill Danoff

Pedal steel:  Danny Pendleton

Bass:  John Previti

Acoustic guitar:  Sean McGhee

New Tape:

Lead vocal:  Bill Danoff

Drums & percussion, acoustic guitar, electric piano, background vocals: Jon Carroll

 

Song Lyrics:

Been With You

 Words and music Jon Carroll, Bill Danoff, Dexter Hodges

 

It must show on my face

Soon as I walked in the place the talking stopped

And I was paranoid

Could be I imagined that

It must be me theyíre staring at

But Iím just who I am

Didnít think that Iíd look different but I do

Ďcause this smile wonít go away

Itís gonna be with me all day

They know Iíve been with you

 

The ghost of the night before is

standing there outside the door

just waiting

Itís a shadow, itís a dream

And I donít know what it means

But Iím thinking

Didnít think that Iíd feel different , but I do

Ďcause this picture still remains

Like kissing goodby at the train

I know Iíve been with you

 

The TV casts a strange blue glow

Theyíre watching  some real people show

I said ďWhatís cookiníĒ

The silence could have stopped a war

I hoped that thatís what it was for

They just kept looking

Didnít think that Iíd act different, but I do

And no matter what I say

She just turns and walks away

She knows Iíve been with you

She knows Iíve been with you

 

 

She knows Iíve been with you

been with you

 

And that ghost with his ghostly grin

Is standing by the door again

 

 

Blasted in the Basement

Words and music by Bill Danoff

 

They used to say when we were young that the atomic bomb

Would blow us all to smithereens

So they marched us to the basement in a nice straight line

And said to put your head between your knees

Well, I didnít know why it would work

But I did it anyway, it seems

Thatís what began these dreams

 

Getting blasted in the basement

Underneath the pavement

Someone tell me whatís goiní on

Someone turn the radio on

 

Well later on when I was twenty I found out

That there was plenty of the world for me to see

But it cost a lot of money and I didnít have me any

And I had to find a place to be

So I wound up in a basement with my honey and my guitar

And a set of sweaty string

And we spent the evenings

 

Getting blasted in the basement

Underneath the pavement

Someone turn the radio on

Blasted in the basement

Wonderiní where the days went

Someone tell me whatís goiní on, yeah

Someone turn the radio on

 

Well I finally got to see the world or

Some of it at least before they blow it all away

California, Carolina, Canada and China

And here I am today

Mostly makiní music in a studio below

The world I witness on the news

And if we win or tie or lose

Theyíre gonna find me

 

Blasted in the basement

Permanent erasement

Someone turn the radio on

Blasted in the basement

Wonderiní where the days went

Someone turn the radio on, yeah

Someone tell me whatís goiní on, yeah

Someone turn the radio on

 

 

My Own Train

Words and music by Bill Danoff

 

No picture in my frame

No car in my driveway

No driveway

No window in my pain          

Nowhere to hang the blame

Just highway

No goodmorniní words

No singiní of my birds

Just silence

Unless you count to road noises gratiní on my nerves

No violence

 

Waitiní at a crossroad for a train to pass,
The way the sun is I can see my image in the glass.

Scenery behind me lookiní at a map

Me without a railway makiní my own track

 

O, Iím my own train now

Goiní by my own ghost town

Where once lived love, mysteriously gone

The shadow and the sun.

 

Stopped behind a three-way on the freeway

Puts your life in delay

Someone elseís troubles in someone elseís traffic in your day

Gives you time to notice signs you never would have looked at before

Like that spot never got painted in the corner goiní out the back door.

 

Iím my own train now

Goiní by mountains of clouds

On time, whenever,

Put the hammer down

Trains donít turn around

Donít wait at that station

This train donít turn around.

 

Goiní by, bye-bye

 

 

Bird on the Chimney 

Words and music Bill Danoff

 

Bird on the Chimney and heatís on the rise

Flappiní to keep the smoke from his eyes

He should be perchiní in that clump of trees

But for the cold of the Winter,

The fireplace is warmer

Iím lonesome, come back to me please.

 

Snow petals falliní to cover the grass

Tryiní so hard to each be the last

Floatiní like feathers along on the breeze,

Until the wind blows away

And the snowís left to stay

O Iím lonesome, come back to me please.

 

Iím hungry for more than a forgotten meal

I need you

I pretend I donít feel all the pain, but itís real

And I do.

 

Willows are weepiní icicle tears

Not really sure if the Spring will appear

Sunshines, like memories, come by to tease

Then go and hide in the clouds and the willows cry louder

Iím lonesome, come back to me please

Iím lonesome, come back to me please.

 

 

Dealer of Dreams

Words and music by Bill Danoff

 

How I got to Reno doesnít matter to the story of this song

But I loved the cowboy attitude and cheap saloons

And so I hung around

The desert in the daytime, an occasional casino

Every night

Cause I love the peace and quiet and for danger Iím attracted to the lights

 

They got a river called the Truckee, rhymes with who you feel like when you get divorced

And a bridge where they throw wedding rings down from and cry a few tears of remorse

But the air is clean and simple there, itís easy to believe in what you see

Thatís why I thought I was mistaken when I felt her daring eyes

Staring at me

 

She took all my money and drove me to drink

Said ďBetter luck next time,Ē and gave me a wink

Sheís a Dealer of Dreams

 

She threw the cards across the table like the money didnít matter just the style

And I canít afford to gamble but I come there every night to see her smile

Be careful what you wish for, sometimes it never rains it pours it seems

Like a losing Blackjack player falling in love with the dealer of his dreams

 

She took all my money and drove me to drink

Said ďBetter luck next time,Ē and gave me a wink

Sheís a Dealer of Dreams

 

 

Iím not saying Iím an angel but I canít believe Iím dying here like this

Itís got so I look forward to a push when all I wanted was a kiss

 

(Alternative next lines)

 

a.)   They say winning isnít everything, I tell myself and lose back every dime

 

b.)   Iíll say this for her sheís faithful, which If she were my woman would be fine

 

So/But as it is if you see someoneís hands out begging you for change they might be mine

 

She took all my money and drove me to drink

Said ďBetter luck next time,Ē and gave me a wink

Sheís a Dealer of Dreams

 

She took all my money and drove me to drink

Said ďBetter luck next time,Ē and gave me a wink

Sheís a Dealer of Dreams

 

Blind Travelers

Words and music by Bill Danoff

 

It is fate that finds us here today

On our own together on our way

Let us share our stories of people that we knew

And tales of joy and danger

In the lands that weíve been through

 

We are blind travelers

Going where we want to go

We are blind travelers

Learning what we need to know

How to cross mighty rivers

Where to find hope in lifeís storms

We are blind travelers moving on

 

Life goes on if skies are blue or gray

The world turns to face the sun each day

The road is never easy, but it can be less hard

Every step a challenge

Every triumph a reward

 

We are blind travelers

Going where we want to go

We are blind travelers

Learning what we need to know

How to cross mighty rivers

Where to find hope in lifeís storms

We are blind travelers moving on

 

May you live a long time

May you do what you will

And free like the river

Go where you feel

Seeing is believing and Iíve seen dreams come true

May the spirit of dreams go on with you

 

We are blind travelers

Going where we want to go

We are blind travelers

Learning what we need to know

How to cross mighty rivers

Where to find hope in lifeís storms

We are blind travelers moving on

 

 

Goodbye, You

Words and music by Bill Danoff and Fred Koller

 

Spanish moss in a cypress tree

Oyster shells beneath our feet

Arm in arm in the heart of town

Hand in hand up the neutral ground

Streetcar rolliní down the avenue

Itís one French kiss and a goodbye, you

 

Goodbye, you and I wonít be long

Iíll be back and then Iíll be gone

Itís one French kiss and and I love you

I love the way you goodbye, you

 

Seems my bas are always packed

If Iím not goiní Iím cominí back

Old man river got a hold on me

Headiní up the water to Tennessee

Tonight Iíll call brom Baton Rouge

To hear you whisper ďGoodbye,youĒ

 

Goodbye, you and I wonít be long

Iíll be back and then Iíll be gone

Itís one French kiss and and I love you

I love the way you goodbye, you

 

Goodbye, you and I wonít be long

Iíll be back and then Iíll be gone

Itís one French kiss and and I love you

I love the way you goodbye, you

 

 

Itís All Cominí Back 

Words and music Bill Danoff

 

Itís the feeling I remember

From the first time being a stranger

On a hilltop

Such a long, long way from my home

 

Itís a new friend

Itís the love light

And itís happening again tonight

Itís all coming back

Iím feeling that feeling again

 

Itís cominí Back

Itís all cominí back

Itís cominí back

Itís cominí all back

Like a Class Reunion

Cominí together again

 

Itís a wonder

Itís a power

Donít the years go by like theyíre hours

Here we are now

Making those new memories

 

Itís cominí Back

Itís all cominí back

Itís cominí back

Itís cominí all back

Back where we started

Cominí together again

 

Oh we had our hopes and we had our dreams

And we lived on love and desire

Then a Hard Rain came and the Times they changed

From innocence into fire

Higher and higher

Itís cominí Back

Itís all cominí back

Itís cominí back

Itís cominí all back

Somehow we made it

Cominí together again

 

Itís the music

Itís the moonlight

Everything is gonna be all right

Itís the danciní

And I feel like danciní again

 

Itís cominí Back

Itís all cominí back

Itís cominí back

Itís cominí all back

Keeps getting better

Cominí together again

 

Itís cominí Back

Itís all cominí back

Itís cominí back

Itís cominí all back

I remember

Weíre cominí together again

 

Itís cominí Back

Itís all cominí back

Itís cominí back

Itís cominí all back

Like a Class Reunion

Cominí together again

 

 

Donít Look Down

Words and music by Bill Danoff and Doug James

 

Iíve never been one who likes to ride on airplanes

And buildings of more than four floors seem to sway

But lying here in your arms the world looks so far down below

I feel something that I never thought Iíd say

 

Donít look down

Ďcause up is all that matters

Donít look down

Weíll both be mad as hatters

If we see how high we are we might get scared and stop

Letís find ourselves a friendly star

And make love at the top

And just donít look down

Donít be afraid of falling

Ďcause Iíll be there

To catch you if you do

And, baby, even if you fall

I know that it wonít hurt at all

Ďcause Iíve already fallen

Fallen in love with you

 

Even the longest road must lead to somewhere

Even the widest ocean has a shore

Even the sky must finally end in heaven

Baby, why donít we spread our wings and soar

 

And just

Donít be afraid of falling

Ďcause Iíll be there

To catch you if you do

And, baby, even if you fall

I know that it wonít hurt at all

Ďcause Iíve already fallen,

Fallen in love

Already fallen, fallen in love

Iíve already fallen

Fallen in love with you

 

 

Hearts Are Only Human

 words and music Bill Danoff

 

My bed is sad

My pillowís fightiní mad

When the sun comes up Iím lying wide awake

My dreams are bad

A new life frightens me

But itís losing you thatís more than I can take

 

Hearts are only human

They make mistakes sometimes

And loneliness punishes love crimes

Forgiving isnít easy

It takes a special skill

Forgettingís hard

But I hope that your heart will.

 

I canít erase the hurt Iíve done to you    

Itís imprinted on the pages of our past

But I canít face the dayís that we were due     

Wonít they ever build a love thatís made to last

 

Hearts are only human

They make mistakes sometimes

And loneliness punishes love crimes

Forgiving isnít easy

It takes a special skill

Forgetingís hard

But I hope that your heart will.

 

 

 

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