Writing songs, righting wrongs

by Dave Jacquet

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released September 10, 2013

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Dave Jacquet Maine

Originally a horns player, Dave came to the guitar via the piano. Dave plays weekly live shows in Southern Maine and runs such websites as ThreeChordGuitar.com, SongwritingCircle.com and GuitarVideoReviews.com among others.

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Track Name: Writing songs, righting wrongs
I'm writing songs
I'm righting wrongs
I'm writing all night
About getting right
About love at first sight

I'm writing a tune
About Johnny and June
When love begun
No shade from the sun
How your heart was won
When you found the One

I'm writing words
That my heart referred
Break from the herd
From the absurd
Free as a bird

I'm writing rhymes
About happier times
Bout being in her arms
And falling for her charms
And ignoring all alarms

I'm writing prose
Bout where time goes

When your love's by your side
and there's no need to hide
cause you won't be denied
Let love be your guide

I'm writing words
That my heart referred
Break from the herd
From the absurd
Free as a bird
Track Name: Love me this guitar
Well I sure love this guitar
She never let me down
She knows I'll never be a star
She never makes me frown

I take her to the bar
Yeah I take her downtown
Like me she has many a scar
Like me she's still around

She's here when I pour my sorrows
Tells me there's always tomorrow
And when she's alive in my hands
I know we'll always be best friends

Well I sure love this guitar
On the nights that I could drown
When I drink whiskey by the jar
And my soul is all brown

She knows she won't be too far
When you're wearing your wedding gown
And when you slam the door on the car
And take your love to town

Well I sure love me this guitar
I'm flat on the ground
I'm happy she made me her star
When she got me at the lost and found
Track Name: Fresh new strings
They showed me the apple, I took a big ole bite
Walked to the chapel, the day was clear and bright
Can you hear the angels singing in the sky
Oh I can hear the angels but can they hear me cry?


There's a poison in my gut it's growing every day
The doctors want to cut but they only know their way
I still wanna dance and sing until I'm out of breath
You know you gotta take a stance even when you smell like death


Come on show me the way to the shore
Give me another day to hear the ocean roar
Oh help me my brother and spread my wings
Hand me a guitar with fresh new strings


There's a gun in the drawer, they call it "the fresh start"
But when you close that door there's no change of heart
Would I meet my maker or would I roast in hell?
Should I be a risk taker or wait for the final bell?
Track Name: Makes her no neverminds
There's a boat lost at sea
I think our love's on it
Drifting away, you see
But she don't care one bit

With water on all sides
And an emptiness within
She won't fight the tides
Or for the cleansing of her sins

It's like we never were
She'll leave it all behind
It was all just a blur
Makes her no never mind
Makes her no never mind

There's a coffin on the ground
And a pile of dirt nearby
Soon they'll lower it down
But her eyes are clear and dry

The priest reads from the Book
Words of solace for the heart
She just gives him a look
We've never been so far apart

Bm
Well I can't live like that
G
Pretend that Love is dead
Bm
My heart beat is not flat
A
My love's still bleeding red
Track Name: Those who wake up
Those who wake up are the nightmare of those still asleep
Those who wake up are not afraid that the price is too steep
They think, they research and sometimes they're wrong
One thing they don't do is blindly belong
They know that if they keep using their brain
They've got nothing to lose and everything to gain


Those who wake up are the nightmare of those still asleep
Those who wake up don't have to live their lives like sheep
They value the process of using their mind
They're never afraid to be left behind
They know that truth lives in their thoughts
And in the willingness to connect all the dots


So think for yourself
Put your old ways on a shelf
Yeah think, don't be scared
Don't live your life unprepared


Those who wake up are the nightmare of those still asleep
Those who wake up don't wanna live a life on the cheap
They got books to read, ideas to refute
But they don't have a need to just follow suit
They don't wanna be told how to think
They're free to change their mind every time they blink
Track Name: One love is all we need
A
One love is all we need
F

Forget about race or creed
G A
Open your heart and plant that seed

One love to end all wars
Forget about settling scores
Open your heart, see how love soars

F A
Feel the love pour from your soul
Regain the joys your hatred stole
Your heart is not a lump of coal
F G A
Let your love be in control

One love for all to share
Forget about despair
Open your heart and say a prayer

One love is who we are
Forget about your scar
Open your heart, send your love far

F A
Feel the love pour from your soul
Regain the joys your hatred stole
Your heart is not a lump of coal
F G A
Let your love be in control

G F A
One love is all we need
Forget about race and creed
Open your heart and plant that seed
F G A
Open your heart and plant that seed

F A
Feel the love pour from your soul
Regain the joys your hatred stole
Your heart is not a lump of coal
F G A
Let your love be in control



I did that once a bunch of times

It makes no never mind
Track Name: Left it all behind
D A
Driving cross country in a Cadillac
Bm G
The top is down and there's no turning back
8-track tapes and a full tank of gas
Dreaming of whiskey in a heavy shot glass

Headed for Lansing, be there by morning
The boy in blue only gave me a warning
He said watch that speed keep it under the limit
I actually obeyed but just for a minute

D E
Cause I left it all behind
G D
My life, my love my peace of mind
D E
I left a note, unsigned
G A D
When I left it all behind

I can feel the blood dying in my veins
I can feel the tightening of the chains
But I gotta drive just another mile
Drive away from her smile

It's big and bold and full of life
Who knows, she coulda been my wife
But some things aren't meant to be
Some things aren't meant for me

D E
Cause I left it all behind
G D
My life, my love my peace of mind
D E
I left a note, unsigned
G A D
When I left it all behind
Track Name: Raised middle finger kinda day
A E
It's a raised middle finger kinda day
F#m D E

I guess they can't all go my way
I'm gonna tell my boss all the things I know I shouldn't say
Then I'm gonna go home, grab a guitar and play

I'm gonna play me a Waylon song
like there's nothing wrong
If you wanna play along
We'll be twice as strong

It's been a raised middle finger kinda week
I never knew my life could be so bleak
I don't own a boat, but if I did it'd spring a leak
I guess I'm just tired of turning the other cheek

I'm gonna play me a Waylon song
like there's nothing wrong
If you wanna play along
We'll be twice as strong

It's a raised middle finger kinda year
So i might as well have me another beer
The good news is that I have nothing left to fear
So the end of the hard times is near

I'm gonna play me a Waylon song
like there's nothing wrong
If you wanna play along
We'll be twice as strong





My firneship with him will last until I die. And if he outlives me, I hope he'll still think of me as a good friend.
Track Name: Never alone
There are trips you take and there are trips that take you
The bigger the lie, the more it's true
Nothing in the trunk, nothing to my name
But a vague memory sprinkled with your shame


Sleepy dreamless nights spent in the backseat
Curled up with my thought of escaping the heat
Looking at the stars and wondering which one
Will be the last one I see when it's all said and done


But I'm never alone
My guilt is my friend and it sits on my throne


Up early the next day, the road is calling
When you face your destiny there's no stalling
It's all about salvation about redeeming my soul
As I keep on driving clear cross the dust bowl


I see a lot of people but I don't meet anyone
I'm just driving down the road till I run out of sun
Mile after mile, town after town
Just keeping my head straight and the hammer down


But I'm never alone
My guilt is my friend and it sits on my throne



Haven't had a drink in a month of Sundays
Trying to stay clear from my own evil ways
A day will come again when I can sip a few
But for now I have a lease on life to renew


Born again this morning I'll be dead by sunset
All covered in sin and a cold, cold sweat
One more day of driving in my stolen Cadillac
And I'll close my eyes on this world of black.


But I'm never alone
My guilt is my friend and it sits on my throne



The preacher tipped me back and the river took me in
I am clear of all guilt, i am clean of all sin
I might stick around and make a few friends
Yeah I might stick around and make my amends


But I'm never alone
The Lord is my friend and He sits on my throne