Daniel Dye Featuring the Miller Road Band

by Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band

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1.
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
2.
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...
3.
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
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04:07
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
5.
04:14
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
6.
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
7.
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)
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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)
11.
04:12
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
12.
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?
13.
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?
14.
03:47
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?

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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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