Just Keep Goin'

by Collin Daniels

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  • The last couple of years have been tumultuous for Collin Daniels. At the start, his punk rock band embarked on their third US tour. It was their biggest success to date, with the group playing the best live shows of their career and crowds growing in every town. However, the band members were unable to agree on a future direction for the band and decided to call it quits. At the same time, Daniels' long-term relationship with his artist girlfriend ended.

    The dual loss took its toll on Daniels. But true to his never-say-die punk spirit, he put his belongings in storage, traded in his Brooklyn apartment for a used tango red Honda Civic, and hit the road with little other than his guitar and a bunch of songs.

    From New York to San Francisco, Daniels played self-promoted solo shows, sometimes even showing up unannounced at an open mic night, persuading the organizers to let him play a few more songs than the two or three normally allowed. Daniels gained strength and courage in his abilities as a solo songwriter and performer as music-lovers across the U.S. praised his live performances. Finally, in Northern California, after weeks of wearing the many hats of driver, booking agent, tour manager and performer, Daniels packed his guitar away in the trunk of his car and spent the rest of the trip breathing in the sights and sounds of America.

    Returning to his adopted home of New York City, brimming with inspiration from the trip, Daniels delved deep into his own emotional well, and hooked up in the studio with an impressive group of his musical friends from throughout the northeast.

    The result, his debut solo LP Just Keep Goin', showcases the broad range of his influences and abilities, from stripped-down, bare-all folk, to sincere-yet-undeniably catchy pop, to gritty, dirty punk. On these eight tracks, Daniels weaves a unique musical tapestry of the heart, soul and mind, and establishes himself as an important voice all on his own.
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This album is lovingly dedicated to Joann Frank of Covington, Kentucky, who graced me and so many others with her light and joy in her time here. She now lights the way for us from her new home of peace, love and hope.

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released 17 April 2012

Collin Daniels - Music*, Lyrics*, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar (*Except Track (1), Music by Collin Daniels & Scott Holcomb; Track (6), Lyrics by Collin Daniels & Corynne Wilder); Scott Holcomb - Acoustic Guitar (1,3), Electric Guitar (1,2,4,5,6,7), Back-up Vocals (1); Julia Pyzik - Back-up Vocals (2,3); Clara Kebabian - Violin (1); Lawrence Ochs - Lap Steel Guitar (1); Martin Newman - Electric Guitar (1), Bass (6,7); Matt Kaskela - Bass (1,2,4); Vin Commisso - Drums (1,2,4); Mickey Vershbow - Drums (6,7); Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at House Of Love, Brooklyn, NY; Instrumental Tracks for Track (5) Recorded at M3 Produktions, Woodside, NY; All tracks except (5) Recorded & Engineered by Ian Love; Track (5) Recorded & Engineered by Matt Kaskela & Ian Love; All Tracks Mixed by Collin Daniels & Ian Love; All Mastering by Ian Love; HUGE thanks to Corynne Wilder for Her Generous Assistance; Produced by Collin Daniels & Ian Love; ©2012 Collin Daniels Music, All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Hey Colleen
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

---LYRICS---

Got a new place, but it don’t feel like home
Memories piled high, but I feel all alone
Tonight I just can’t go back yet
Stop by that bar and light a cigarette
I go inside and look around
Lookin’ for some pretty place to drown
Order a drink, but it doesn’t help
Won’t kill this feeling in myself

My life is a mixture of glory and ruins
And I don’t know what the hell I’m doin’
All I know is I can’t leave
As long as you’re standing next to me

Hey, Colleen, don’t go home
And leave me standing here alone
Just stay and smoke your cigarette
We’ll talk ‘til we got nothing left
I feel like I could never die
Looking so deep into your eyes
Let’s keep this night alive and free
And not let it go, hey, Colleen

An hour or two, I lose track
Couple conversations in the back
No point in stayin’, walk out the door
Oh, what the hell, I’ll smoke one more
Then it happens, then it starts
Big lurchin’ feelin’ in my heart
A misty voice asks for a light
And for the first time I look in your eyes

My life is a mixture of glory and ruins
And I don’t know what the hell I’m doin’
All I know is I can’t leave
As long as you’re standing next to me

Hey, Colleen, don’t go home
And leave me standing here alone
Just stay and smoke your cigarette
We’ll talk ‘til we got nothing left
I feel like I could never die
Looking so deep into your eyes
Let’s keep this night alive and free
And not let it go, hey, Colleen

Hey, Colleen, hey, Colleen
Hey, Colleen, hey, Colleen
Hey, Colleen

Hey, Colleen, don’t go home
And leave me standing here alone
Just stay and smoke your cigarette
We’ll talk ‘til we got nothing left
I feel like I could never die
Looking so deep into your eyes
Let’s keep this night alive and free
And not let it go, hey, Colleen

Hey, Colleen, hey, Colleen
Hey, Colleen, hey, Colleen
Hey, Colleen, hey, Colleen
Track Name: The Door
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

---LYRICS---

We were so close to just right
A friendship real and true
From the start something was off
I ignored it because I liked you
Always thought it would get better
But it just kept on the same way
The weeks and months, they ticked by
Great friends who might be more someday

There’s a door deep in your heart
You’re not even sure where it is
But I know it is locked up tight
And no one can get in

One day I found I was unhappy
Finally had to bring it up
Had a hope that you could face it then
Take a leap for our love
You just smiled and you told me
You didn’t know what I was talkin’ about
Right then my heart it broke open
And years of pain spilled out

There’s a door deep in your heart
You’re not even sure where it is
But I know it is locked up tight
And no one can get in

There’s days I miss you so much
(I know you do)
I can’t help but cry
(I hate to see you cry)
The sadness it just comes
(I miss you too)
Every time I wonder why
(Baby, I’m sorry)
Why, why, why
(I don’t know why)

Open that door deep in your heart
Look until you find where it is
Yeah open up that door
So someone can get in

God damn, that door deep in your heart
You didn’t even know it was there
I couldn’t get past that door
‘Cause you were so scared
Track Name: Home of Love
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

---LYRICS---

When you crinkle your brow and
Your lips curl up and
Your eyes burn like a thousand stars
You take my hand, I feel your blood flowing
Like my love flows for you
I waited so long and I worked so hard
To become a man who can stand on his own
Then you showed up at the perfect time
And our two hearts made a home

Cause we’re two spirits in love
Walking side-by-side, separate but together
Yes we’re two spirits in love, walking hand in hand
Two people making one
Home of love, home of love
Home of love, home of love

I wanted to write a song
That didn’t use stereotypes
Or the cliches that you find in the fairy tales
But when you boil it all down
And get to the essence
There’s somethin in those stories
That I think is true
‘Cause in this crazy world
Happily ever after only lasts five minutes
With most people you meet
And I’m stayin’ in the moment
So damn grateful for the present but
If I got a long time with you
That would be all right with me

Because we’re two spirits in love
Walking side-by-side, separate but together
Yes we’re two spirits in love
Walking hand in hand
Two people making one
Home of love, home of love
Home of love, home of love

And you have your own journey
That I’m still learning about
But I’m so glad we found each other
So we can figure out
Who we’re supposed to be
It changes every day
In the most wonderful, surprising way
We are slowly building, we are gently building
We are carefully building
Our passion together is building

A home of love, home of love
Home of love, home of love
Home of love, home of love
Home of love, home of love
Track Name: Make the Escape
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

---LYRICS---

It’s a trap, well it’s a sham
You’re in the cage then the door slams
They’ll grab you then they’ll put you to sleep
‘Til you don’t make a peep
Yeah it’s tough on the outside
Yeah it’s easier to run and hide
Yeah it’s easier to play along
And sing that same old song

You gotta get out
Get out, hunt for any door
You gotta break out
Break out, search until you’re sore

You’ll buy whatever they sell
Do whatever they tell you
You’ll kill who they tell you to kill
Keep quiet when they tell you to be still
But they are not your friends
Trust me it’s a dead end
Because on the line is control
To see who owns your soul

You gotta get out
Get out, hunt for any door
You gotta break out
Break out, search until you’re sore
You gotta get out
Get out, hunt for any door
You gotta break out
Break out, search until you’re sore

Yes I know that you might be scared
(Don’t be scared)
But you can get out of there
(Get out of there)
You can break out of that cage
(Break that cage)
Refuse the call that the liars made
Yes I know that you might be scared
But you can get out of there
You can break out of that cage
Refuse the call that the liars made

You gotta get out
Get out, hunt for any door
You gotta break out
Break out, search until you’re sore
You gotta get out
Get out, hunt for any door
You gotta break out
Break out, search until you’re sore
‘Til you’re sore, 'til you’re sore
‘Til you’re sore
Track Name: 3,000 Angels
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

--- LYRICS ---

What do you do when you wake up one day
And the word you know ends right before your eyes
Everything that made sense before
Is gone away and you can’t even cry

Can’t dig in the rubble or save a single soul
Trapped in the sky or in the fire below
The hole in my heart is too big to measure
And this agony feels like it’ll live forever

Three thousand angels born in an hour
Dark clouds above the flames and paper rain
Can’t figure it out, even though we were in it
Didn’t know them at all
but I think they’re a part of me

A city creams and mourns its fallen pillars
Sea of anger wants more blood to spill
Well I’m not sure that’ll do all that much good, now
What becomes of victims who are turned to kill

Three thousand angels born in an hour
Dark clouds above the flames and paper rain
Can’t figure it out, even though we were in it
Didn’t know them at all
but I think they’re a part of me

Don’t try to explain it all away
Don’t tell me tomorrow will be a new day
Some mysteries don’t have an answer why
Like where the smoke goes when it leaves the sky

Sit here and look into my eyes
I don’t care anymore what’s the truth
and what were lies
I don’t need the man behind the podium today
Just take my hand and
tell me that you’ll stay with me, oh
Stay with me
Stay with me, oh

Three thousand angels born in an hour
Confusion rage and pain is all we feel
Couldn’t figure it out,
even though we were right there in it
I didn’t know them at all, but now I see
Now I see
Now I see
Now I see
Track Name: Burning Sand
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

--- LYRICS ---

Years gone behind that cold hard fence
Only way to make it all make sense
Did it trap you way deep inside
Was it protection or your lie
It’s time
It’s time

Waves and beams crash sweetly before your eyes
Splitting into pieces as your soul cries

Fractures cut through this web of sin
You will never be here again
Rip pull bend the metal of your chains
Gateway opens the last of your pain
It’s time
It’s time

Waves and beams crash sweetly before your eyes
Splitting into pieces as your soul cries
Sand burning into seas
Castle to the sky
Glass melting into stone
Your dream is your life

Trip down the alley into the ashes
Stifle the clocks to cushion the passage
When the echo comes to find you
Don’t forget what it reminds you
It’s time
It’s time

Waves and beams crash sweetly before your eyes
Splitting into pieces as your soul cries
Sand burning into seas
Castle to the sky
Glass melting into stone
Your dream is your life
Your dream is your life
Oh
Oh yeah, oh
Oh, oh, oh

Hands will remember
Fingers won’t let it slip
Wiser than the mind
They know where to grip
They know, oh
They know where to grip

Build a new tower from the ruins of the old
Lifted and reborn a new chapter to be told
It’s time
It’s time

Waves and beams crash sweetly before your eyes
Splitting into pieces as your soul cries
Sand burning into seas
Castle to the sky
Glass melting into stone
Your dream is your life
Your dream is your life
Your dream, rise
Rise, rise, rise
Track Name: Final Friend
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

--- LYRICS ---

You want to blow up the world
You’ve got to have the perfect girl
And dress her in your uniform
Living safe behind your walls
Making all the important calls
And never questioning it

I tried to help you
But you didn’t want me to
So I wash my hands of you and cry
Cry, cry

You’re different from the other boys
You can play with all of their sharp toys
And not get hurt at all
But can’t you see where it ends
You’re down to your final friend
And standing on the cliff alone

I tried to help you
But you didn’t want me to
So I wash my hands of you and cry
Cry, cry, cry, cry

Where will you go when there’s nothing left
And all that remains of your nest
Has been reduced to ash
Well I’m not the smartest man alive
But I saw you marching to the line
And I told you not to cross it

I tried to help you
But you didn’t want me to
So I wash my hands of you and cry, cry
I tried to help you
But you wouldn’t let me through
So now I leave you to die
Die, die
Oh, oh, oh
And it makes me cry
Cry, cry, cry
Track Name: When I Fall (Solo Acoustic Version)
©2012 Collin Daniels Music

--- LYRICS ---

Streetlight flashes and Heaven fades
The lonely man has nothing to say
The sun and the moon and stars above
And endless chasm filled with love

If the meaning of life is nothing at all
What will catch me when I fall

A lone wolf howls in the snowy night
Something doesn’t feel quite right
The flame a candle burning bright
A thousand years that made my life

If the meaning of life is nothing at all
What will catch me when I fall
If the meaning of life is nothing at all
What will catch me when I fall

Pain and sadness anger and rage
A billion people locked in a cage
The waterfall turns to ice
But I can’t see it with my eyes

If the meaning of life is nothing at all
What will catch me when I fall
If the meaning of life is nothing at all
What will catch me when I fall
What will catch me when I fall
What will catch me when I fall
What will catch me when I fall
What will catch me when I fall
When I fall