Daniel Dye Featuring the Miller Road Band

by Daniel Dye and the MRB

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"Daniel Dye featuring the Miller Road Band" is Dye’s debut album. Daniel Dye, an Ohio native, spent the better part of the last decade writing songs as he made his way around the world. After returning to Ohio, he began jamming with the Miller siblings (who also just happen to be his nephews and niece), bringing their sensibilities as young musicians to his own music. Over time, sing-a-longs at family reunions began growing into something more serious. The Millers, classically trained in the cello, viola, and violin, added a more sophisticated sound to Dye’s raw guitar and harmonica. The banjo and mandolin were soon mixed in and the band was officially formed.

The style of a song or band is often hard to define. Dye has been influenced by Folk, Bluegrass, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Country, and Gospel and this album is a combination of these genres. Buckeye Music Magazine wrote “the Americana/Roots/Folk sound of the band takes you back into time; a time before synthesizers and wah wah petals.” Ultimately the hope is that the music itself, no matter how it’s defined, will ring real and true.

This 14 song album features the MRB on about half of the album, while the other half is Dye alone, as he still performs as a solo artist. After his travels and living in Germany, China, and Poland, Dye is carving out a life in Ohio just a few miles from where he was raised. He still finds that songs about home are easier to write when you’re far away and songs about being far away are easier to write when you’re home.

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released December 30, 2010

Daniel Dye // Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica
Andrew Miller//Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Carrie Miller//Vocals, Violin
Thomas Miller//Cello

"Daniel Dye Featuring the Miller Road Band" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Brain Child Audio Recording, Bellefontaine, OH

All songs written by Daniel Dye

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Daniel Dye writes "powerful short stories through simply beautiful lyrics" (WYSO Public Radio) and this "extraordinary singer-songwriter" and the classically-trained Miller Road Band have an "Americana/Folk/Roots" sound that "takes you back in time" (Buckeye Music Magazine) ... more

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Track Name: I'm Gonna Let You Go
A ship gets tossed about in the wind and the waves
And buildings come crashing down when the earth decides to shake
That’s how it is with you that’s the way it’s always been
So now I’m moving on before disaster strikes again

I’m gonna let you go
But you know I love you so
But the devil’s got a hold of you
I’m afraid he’ll get a hold of me too
So I’m gonna let you go
You know I love you so

I would jump from a speeding train if I know it’s gonna derail
And I would jump from a falling plane just hope my parachute sets sail
That’s how it is with you that’s the way it’s always been
So now I’m jumping from your arms before disaster strikes again

I’m gonna let you go
But you know I love you so
But the devil’s got a hold of you
I’m afraid he’ll get a hold of me too
So I’m gonna let you go
You know I love you so

I always thought you’d bring me up but you only take me down
You send this world into a violent spin when it used to simply go round
That’s how it is with you that’s the way it’s always been
So now I’m moving on before disaster strikes again

I’m gonna let you go
But you know I love you so
But the devil’s got a hold of you
I’m afraid he’ll get a hold of me too
So I’m gonna let you go
You know I love you so
Track Name: Only Goes So Far
Go on and cry but it’s too late now, my heart ran dry long ago
Yes you can try but I’m not there
Because your tears they only go so far...

Yes you can talk but I won’t listen, cause you never walked in another’s shoes
And every thought of you makes me cold
Now your words they only go so far...

Back at the start you know you had me, my heart was in your hands
But it came apart with your lies
And your smile it only goes so far...

Every time I’d give you’d only take more, and I let you live but you shut me down
We should have settled this back then
And my love it only goes so far...
Track Name: The Devil's Drink
I left my mama when I was a boy
I left my mama with tears of joy
Oh she used to be an angel then she started drinking gin
She turned into a devil and blamed me for her sins
And the last time I saw her she was lying on the floor
With a bottle by her side I couldn’t take her anymore

And I said train, train, train, take me away
From the devil’s drink and I’ll be OK
Train, train, train, take me fast as you can
From the devil’s drink to the promised land

I met a preachin’ man way up in Illinois
We formed a band called the “Dixie Boys”
He could play the fiddle like you’ve never seen
But when he’d get to drinking he would turn real mean
When a fool in the crowd took the Lord’s name in vain
The devil took the Lord’s defense that fool will never be the same

And I said train, train, train, take me away
From the devil’s drink and I’ll be OK
Train, train, train, take me fast as you can
From the devil’s drink to the promised land

I found a girl in Oklahoma and she could dance real good
And the way she was smiling at me I slowly understood
We got to talking and found love’s embrace
But the closer she got I smelled the sulfur on her face
My lips they started tingling and my throat turned real dry
I jumped on the train left the devil alone to cry

And I said train, train, train, take me away
From the devil’s drink and I’ll be OK
Train, train, train, take me fast as you can
From the devil’s drink to the promised land

Well that devil’s drink it follows me wherever I go
From the plains of Minnesota to the banks of the Ohio
But a hobo’s life ain’t bad there’s much worse you can do
It’s hard to sleep at night but you always make it through
I’m gonna find a small town that’s pure and that’s dry
A place where I can settle a place where I can die!

And I said train, train, train, take me away
From the devil’s drink and I’ll be OK
Train, train, train, take me fast as you can
From the devil’s drink to the promised land
Track Name: Geraldine
Geraldine they found you today, now I know they’re coming my way
Geraldine life was a sweet, sweet dream until you ran around and ruined everything

You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
Geraldine

Geraldine it was the perfect plan I told them you ran off with another man
Geraldine they kindly let me be, ‘cause they knew what you were and thought that they knew me

You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
Geraldine

Geraldine now I understand I should have buried you deeper in the sand
But who could’ve known the river would flood and they’d find your body washed up on the mud

You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
Geraldine

Geraldine they’ve gathered ‘round the door, Geraldine they’ve got me on the floor
My hands are tied and they’re taking me away asking me what just I’ve got to say

You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
Geraldine

Geraldine you’ve brought us to this place, daylight’s gone they’ve covering my face
They tell me I’m paying all my dues and in a moment I’ll be somewhere with you

You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
You’ve brought us down, down, down, down, down
Geraldine
Track Name: Ohio
When you’re born somewhere the land runs through your veins
And Ohio is the place where I was raised
With empty railroad tracks and wide open roads
And lazy evenings watching muddy rivers flow

I miss you Ohio, Ohio
I didn’t stay but your memory carries on
Ohio I’ll be back someday I hope it won’t be long
Ohio, Ohio

Now I live in a valley between mountains of concrete and glass
And I’m lost in a sea of lonely faces drifting past
And a bitter wind blows and I’ve never felt so cold
And grey snow on the ground makes me feel so old

I miss you Ohio, Ohio
I didn’t stay but your memory carries on
Ohio I’ll be back someday I hope it won’t be long
Ohio, Ohio

And now I know that Spring is coming soon
And when I close my eyes I can see your flowers bloom
And warm midnight walks where you always see the sky
But when I think of you I swear I will not cry

I miss you Ohio, Ohio
I didn’t stay but your memory carries on
Ohio I’ll be back someday I hope it won’t be long
Ohio, Ohio
Track Name: Whenever I Hear A Banjo
We used to play on warm summer nights, after the sun went down
We had a stage in the back of the barn, if you were there you would’ve heard the sound
Of fiddles, guitars, and mandolins, the music carried through the trees
The only thing missing was a banjo’s ring, and a woman’s harmony

Now whenever I hear the sound of a banjo in a song tears fill my eyes
’Cause your voice rings as clear as it did back then, even that very first time

When you came in with a banjo by your side, it was the prettiest thing we had ever seen
And your voice melted every heart there that night, but somehow you chose me
And we lived a life together with its ups and downs, and music every summer night
No one else could play or sing quite like you, you always were a beautiful sight

Now whenever I hear the sound of a banjo in a song tears fill my eyes
’Cause your voice rings as clear as it did back then, even that very first time

I know this world is still a beautiful place, but it’s not the way it used to be
Because now my hands are old and broken down, and time with you is just a memory
I still take walks on warm summer nights, after the sun goes down
And tall grass grows where our barn once stood, but if I listen close I can hear the sound…..of a banjo in the night

Now whenever I hear the sound of a banjo in a song tears fill my eyes
’Cause your voice rings as clear as it did back then, even that very first time
Track Name: All These Years
It doesn’t make you human even if you cry
And it doesn’t mean you’re honest even if you never lie
And it doesn’t make you righteous even though you shine
And it doesn’t make me crazy and I haven’t lost my mind

After all these years, all these years, all these years with you
(repeat)

Now the fire inside is growing cold
And your words and you promises have lost their hold
Your cries roll in and your cries roll out
And the faith that I had has changed to doubt

After all these years, all these years, all these years with you
(repeat)

You keep asking me to come back someday
At the same time you push me, push me away
You seem to wonder at the things I do
But no one should understand better than you

After all these years, all these years, all these years with you
(repeat)
Track Name: Saints and Sinners
The pope flew up to London town
And all the people gathered ‘round
He listened as they cursed his name
While others said there should be no blame
Was it worth it all that took him there
To the sea of signs and fists in the air

And the saints and the sinners stand side by side
Both knowing they are right, they are right
And the saints and the sinners do they realize, realize
There’s a story in those eyes, in those eyes

Now the loafing hero sang his heart
Exposing all his fractured parts
But the people wanted songs they’ve heard before
So he’d give them one, and they’d beg for more
So the only ones who ever heard
Were the few who listened to every word

And the saints and the sinners stand side by side
Both knowing they are right, they are right
And the saints and the sinners do they realize, realize
There’s a story in those eyes, in those eyes

And yet still we open up our souls
When we know that passions can be cruel
And when I told you that I loved you so
I thought your love for me might show
So I’m praying that it’s worth it all
And I’m climbing as I hit this wall

And the saints and the sinners stand side by side
Both knowing they are right, they are right
And the saints and the sinners do they realize, realize
There’s a story in those eyes, in those eyes
Track Name: Coming For You
Our ship is sailing in the morning
Planes are flying overhead
We’ll be on you without warning
And soon you’ll find that you’ll be dead

They say we’ve come here for tomorrow
And without tomorrow where would we be
And the cause will rise above the sorrow
But dyin’ friends are all I see

And we’ll be coming for you one way or the other
We’re coming for you one way or the other
We’re coming for you one way or the other
One way or the other

And I’ve seen strong men slowly crumble
Quiet men scream as they hit the ground
Proud men break and quickly humbled
And big men fall without a sound

And we’ll be coming for you one way or the other
We’re coming for you one way or the other
We’re coming for you one way or the other
One way or the other

I see lights flashing in the morning
Feel bullets flying overhead
Once again they’re on us without warning
At least I know that I’m not dead

And we’ll be coming home one way or the other
We’ll be coming home one way or the other
Oh we’ll be coming home one way or the other
One way or the other
Track Name: Sun Will Rise
The days they are long now and the nights they are cruel
But I know the sun will rise
And my hands they are trembling and my feet they are slow
But I know the sun will rise

It will rise in the morning it will rise in the dawn
The sun will bring victory and the light will come
(Repeat)

My sleep is restless and dark thoughts they creep in
But I know the sun will rise
My bones they are aching and I’m weak in the limbs
But I knowe the sun will rise

It will rise in the morning it will rise in the dawn
The sun will bring victory and the light will come
(Repeat)

No one said life was easy nor’ is it in vain
And the sun will rise
It’s the end of all struggle and the end of all pain
When the sun will rise

It will rise in the morning it will rise in the dawn
The sun will bring victory and the light will come
(Repeat)

So you’ll find me waiting for the time that will be
When the sun will rise
So when I go missing just know that I’m free
When the sun will rise

It will rise in the morning it will rise in the dawn
The sun will bring victory and the light will come
(Repeat)
Track Name: Lullaby
Tonight it’s cold and clear and the stars are shining bright and yet all he sees
Is an empty road because he’s been driving blind, haunted by her memory
He’d find her in a bar, sitting all alone and she doesn’t know
That he’s been dying since he said goodbye, since he let her go

And there's a lullaby, lullaby on a lonely night
And the world has gone to bed
And nobody knows that they’re giving up the fight
That they’re giving up the fight tonight

It’s cold and clear and the stars are shining bright, he should be going home
Because the sun will come and he could see its light, but he keeps driving on
And now the bar is empty except for her, and she doesn’t know
That they’ve all gone and the tender should have closed hours ago

And there's a lullaby, lullaby on a lonely night
And the world has gone to bed
And nobody knows that they’re giving up the fight
That they’re giving up the fight tonight

Just to sleep in the night, just to sleep in the night
Just to lay down their heads and sleep at night
Then everything would be alright

And there's a lullaby, lullaby on a lonely night
And the world has gone to bed
And nobody knows that they’re giving up the fight
That they’re giving up the fight tonight

Now the lights are down and she should go home, but the jukebox plays their favorite song
It’s a lullaby, brings tears to her eyes and she knows everything’s gone wrong
And it’s cold and clear and the stars are shining bright, he listens to their favorite song
And the road it turns and he never slows, and he will never see the sun

And we’ve a lullaby, lullaby on a lonely night
And the world has gone to bed
And nobody knows that they’re giving up the fight
That they’re giving up the fight tonight
Track Name: Letter From Spain
Oh Mama you should see how they are falling at our feet
The lights here seem so bright and there’s more color in the streets
The crowd sings when we sing and moves to every beat
But at night I still dream of Ellie Jane
And the men who introduce us oh they say that we are stars
And were drinking better coffee and we’re smoking big cigars
But the moments when it’s quiet we remember what we are
And I think of the words of Ellie Jane

When you’ve got people all around
And they say they love your sound
And they ask you how it feels
To be a refuge and a thrill
When you’re walking down some street in Spain
Will you tell them what you did to Ellie Jane?

I’ve been trying to tell myself she latched on for the ride
And at times I believe this so I push her words aside
But the day that she left something inside me died
When no one knew me I was loved by Ellie Jane

When you’ve got people all around
And they say they love your sound
And they ask you how it feels
To be a refuge and a thrill
When you’re walking down some street in Spain
Will you tell them what you did to Ellie Jane?

And these cathedrals here are pretty but they make me feel so lost
I’m tired of seeing poor Jesus still hanging on that cross
Flames and incense in the air makes you question what you tossed
Oh those words of Ellie Jane
But I’ve been told to take this train just as far as it will go
So tonight we’ll bring them music oh tonight will be a show
And they’ll never see the sadness and they will never know
There was a time I only sang for Ellie Jane

When you’ve got people all around
And they say they love your sound
And they ask you how it feels
To be a refuge and a thrill
When you’re walking down some street in Spain
Will you tell them what you did to Ellie Jane?
Track Name: Is That You Jesus?
Is that you knocking at my door Jesus?
I can’t sleep any more Jesus
And I never meant to run
I meant to get things done

But will you take me as I am?
Take me as I am?

Is that you talking in my head Jesus?
I can’t remember all you said Jesus
And I hope you understand
I should have been a better man

But will you take me as I am?
Take me as I am?

The saints are marching one by one Jesus
Saying my time is almost gone Jesus
And my head is hanging low
But there’s nowhere else to go

But will you take me as I am?
Take me as I am?

It’s just you and me now Jesus
You’re the only one I see Jesus
And I don’t want to be alone
I just want to go on home

But will you take me as I am?
Take me as I am?

I don’t mean to cry Jesus
It’s a sweet by and by now Jesus
It’s been a long, long ride
Now the sky is open wide

But will you take me as I am?
Take me as I am?
Track Name: Eileen
I didn’t think you would break my heart, I didn’t think you could break my heart
I should have listened when they said we were doomed from the start
Oh those rumors would fly around, rumors would fly around
Oh but rumors always fly in this loud, dusty town

Now I’m singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?
Now I’m singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?

I always told them they were wrong I told them they were wrong
And no matter what they say that you and I were strong
Then you left me for a city man, you left me for a city man
With a 50 dollar haircut and a California tan

Now I’m singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?
Now I’m singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?

You got me drinking on Saturday nights, I’m drinking every Saturday night
And I get all lit up but I never ever see the light
They know your name at every bar in town, they know your name at every bar in town
'cause in the morning hours you start buying every round

And we're singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?
And we're singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?

Come Sunday morning and I’m in the pew, you’d find me kneeling in the pew
Asking for forgiveness for both me and you
I just go to hear the choir sing, I just gotta hear that choir sing
But when they raise their voices I only hear one thing

And they’re singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?
They're singing Eileen, Eileen, Eileen where are you now?