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All Directions

by The Donnis Trio

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A collection of 14 original songs that features a host of old favorites, including full band versions of Nothing Better Than Your Love and April 21 as well as brand new tracks like Tip of the Tongue, and Gorgeous Mess. All Directions also features an array of guest musicians including a Horn Section, Strings, and Brehon Law's Ned Giblin on Mandolin.

'The music and performance is impeccable in character and style. It immediately stirs a sense of nostalgia and draws listeners in as if it was something we'd heard many times before." - Astra Kelly, KPRI 102.1 FM

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released 20 February 2007

Produced by Nate Donnis & Phil Woodring

The Donnis Trio:
Nate Donnis / Guitars, Vocals
Denis Sluka / Bass
Phil Woodring / Drums, Keyboards

Additional Musicians:
Ned Giblin / Mandolin
Chris Williams / Tenor Saxophone
Bob Conrad / Trumpet
Ted McGrath / Trombone
Tony Rogers / Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

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Track Name: Nothing Better than your love
i lay in bed in the dark of the night
your legs wrapped around me and tight
i see you in your head calling for me
i see you in the light calm and lonely
i want to touch you, but i can't get enough
you come to me like a goddess above
you put your lips to the wine in the glass
and move your hips to the song in the background
your hair falls over your grin
fingers walking up to my chin

i could never leave you
i could never leave you
i could never leave you now
there's nothing better than your love

summer night and we walk down the street
down the path to the sand of the beach
our feet step to the curve of the tide line
eyes raised to the glow of the moonlight
curious looks... around you a glow
that permeates you out from your soul
you show me a dance
that you learned in the ballet
and take me back to your past in a story
your hair shines in from the light
i pull you into me tight

five o'clock on a train to a show
six stops before we can go
you catch me looking at a girl in the aisle
you let go of my hand and you smile
darting looks and suspicions arise
you search for the truth in my eyes
we go back and forth in a quarrel
the train stops we arrive at the forum
i reach out for your hand
but you won't understand

in the sheets of the moonlight
in the dark of my room
in the sail of the sunrise
i come back to you
in the train we are boarding
to the steps of our shoes
to the moment of leaving
i come back to you
Track Name: Tip of the Tongue
it was a summer night and i was sleeping
the moon was out, my head was beaming
i looked at my dreams like they were gold
amazing feelings draw within me
all my conflicts slip beneath me
like the spirit of a song
or like the feeling of a lover in your arms

but ever since that night and after
the dreams i had i can't recapture
and it brings me down so low
the more i search the less i find
the more i look the more i'm blind
like a melody so young
hanging on the tip of the tongue

if i wait long enough now
will you come to me
will you come to me
so far away, but right beside me
will you come to me
will you follow me home

when we first met we were so young
we played out past the setting sun
in a world of make believe
wooden forts and magic beans
silly thoughts and silly dreams
how we said we'd never change
but somehow life got in the way

but way back then and even now
i still love you i don't know how
you got magic in your eyes
and underneath our conversation
in our thoughts our contemplations
there's a feeling left unsung
hanging on the tip of the tongue
Track Name: Walk on in
well i caught her at a glance
at the friday club
in the circling colored lights
streaming from above
we were clockwork, but strangers still
holding back like fools
when there's fifteen open doors

walk on in, don't stay away
you got no reason to hesitate
walk on in, don't stay away
there's nothing here between us
but a little space

well i saw her to the street
where she was waiting for a ride
in the swirling winter storm
falling from the sky
we were answers, to questions still
holding back like fools
when the moment comes alive

some wait so long for a miracle to come
some wait so long in silly fears
but i can't believe

well i caught her at the second
she was turning away
my insides froze everything i had to say
overcome, overrun, overlaid with doubts
stop thinking, look at the smile on her face
Track Name: No other place
i get out of work twenty minutes early
and i take off my shoes
down to the beach in an absent minded hurry
to an ocean of blue
and the birds flying low
there's no other place you want to go
but here

she tries to talk about everything that bugs her
and it brings out a sigh
‘cause she knows there's no reason to be bothered
under a glorious sky
and in the light sea breeze
there's no other place she wants to be
but here

’cause when the sun beats down your face
and the moon stares out from space
there's nothing else, nothing to worry

he tries to cope but the weight of it’s too heavy
and he hides in the shade
but she knows and she drags him to get ready
before the sun fades away
and in the light sea breeze
there's no other place they want to be
but here
Track Name: Not Guilty
don't believe anything they say to you
don't believe any words they say are true
‘cause all are lies, some day you’re gonna go and see
’cause all are lies, some day you’re gonna believe

all these things going round in you head today
it’s no wonder you feel this way
all this confusion, bred by a great illusion
you see all these people got lots to say
with their secret agendas and debts to pay
in all of god's truth, i say this to you

how many years have we been in love together
sunshine and stormy weather
and no one knows like you and me
can't you see, can't you see
we got history and honesty
so when strangers sell their lines
don't let them change your mind
Track Name: Bound to find my way
i've been sulking in uncertainty for days
tampering with ideas to get me out of this place
and i dwell upon well thought out options
that leave me more uncertain than before

and each day seems longer than before
and i find myself thinking if i could have done more
and this world puts me into perspective
and leaves me more certain than before

and all of these questions
recycled suggestions
they seem to be leading me astray
but one of these days i'm bound to find my way

i skim through the sunday times again
section d always leads me back where i am
and phone calls and interviews later
leave me more uncertain than before

i sit back again and think a while
the answer's quite clear but i fall in denial
and my love puts me into perspective
and leaves me more certain than before
Track Name: Gorgeous Mess
one night in the darkness at the plaza hotel
she confessed the love she could never tell
in the moment, a culminated desire
a kiss of water in a burning fire
and i know i shouldn't, but i can't hold back
i know i shouldn't let it take this track
attracted to a gorgeous mess

one slip of control, brazen and bold
now i can't forget what i cannot own
every morning, every night its the same
holding on giving breath to a tiny flame

you can try to cover up
you can try to play it off
you can choose to lock it up
but soon it finds a new way out

one week since we spoke
you sink what you float,
you speak but you choke
with a message dry and cold
say you’re sorry, say it never can be
say it’s best just left as a memory

she can make you hurt, she can make you sting
she can make you love, she can make you sing

then i see you, you come back
changing up your tune
like it wasn't ever anything
like it wasn't ever true
then i see you, you’re crying
you’re so hard to understand
you keep leading me ‘round in circles
and changing all your plans
Track Name: A chance with you
wait, before you go and pass me by
stay a little longer
i haven't met you yet tonight
well your light blond hair reminds me
how much i feel alive
your light blond hair reminds me
what i dreamt the other night

yes, what i would do
yes, what i would do
if i only had a chance with you

so busy and so relaxed
a radiating smile, a delicate laugh
well i can see you in the corner of my view
looking over at you, flirting with your eyes
well i can see you in the corner of my view
looking over at you, waiting for the right time
Track Name: April 21
i met you down at mcgiblin’s pub
the only girl i could really love
i saw you the second you walked in the door
something about you i've never seen before
something about the way your hair falls in your face
and the walk of your confidence follows your grace

i want to be with you
yeah, i want to be with you

I talked to you by the fire pit lights
i asked your name, you asked my sign
we talk about work
we talk about life
but all i can see is your eyes tonight
something about the way your body moves to the band
i want to get a little closer girl, i hope you understand

i met you down at mcgiblins pub
the only girl i could really love
we dance to the irish mandolins
i buy you a cosmopolitan
something about the way your body moves to the band
i want to get a little closer girl, i hope you understand
Track Name: Live to be Happy
go on and get yourself a beer
open up your windows, let the sun come near
‘cause everything's not as bad as you might think
’cause everything's not as bad
don't let it turn you around

go on and stay another round
drop your excuses, turn your thoughts around
‘cause everything's not as bad as you might think
’cause everything's not as bad
don't let it turn you around

you know you gotta let go
‘cause life ain't so serious
look around and listen to everything you’re missing
‘cause i don't believe what we came here for
is to stand and worry of what our future holds
i don't believe it’s what we came here for
we live to be happy

go on relax a little more
it’s not worth fighting, its not worth the war
‘cause everything's not as bad as you might think
’cause everything's not as bad
don't let it turn you

i know you might be thinking
how much you got to do
i know you might be thinking
of all the things you've got to prove
Track Name: Going Home
flying over buildings, a rise in altitude
a flight attendant smile, a can of apple juice
a cloud reflecting sunshine on a busy afternoon
a resonant emotion, a memory of you
going home

falling over sleeping, let it take me now
a distant spark of laughter, resonating sounds
a crystal dream caressing and leading me away
lost in all direction, hurtling through space
going home

and it feels like a warm light falling over me
going home
Track Name: Pills and Coffee
well you stay up all night
pills and coffee
you keep pushing yourself just to get ahead
and you knock so loud, but nothing will answer
just a waste of time, but you won't admit

you’re just trying too hard

like a verse that’s lost and no words to find it
like a teenage kid that just can't fit in
and the struggle’s long, your patience gone
just a slap in the face when the day is done

you’re just trying too hard
Track Name: Grateful
another morning, another gorgeous day
the sun is rising, it burns the fog away
and opens up the sky
and the air smells so good
through the garden and the maple trees

oh lord i am so grateful
oh lord i am so grateful
to be alive

another evening, another kiss goodnight
your eyes are smiling
we hold each other tight
under a universe of lights
and i feel all my love
in everything i give to you
and it feels so good inside

to see the setting sun
across the ocean waves
another day
to ride the open fields
and come home to my love
another day
Track Name: Carry On
carry on girl
don't let it fly up in your face
don't let your instincts get replaced
there's more work to be done

carry on girl
don't let their thoughts get in your way
don't let them tell you what to say
you've got an immaculate mind

try to get some rest, let yourself relax
you've got a long day before you now

carry on girl
don't let them weigh you to the ground
don't let yourself get turned around
some things are better off unsaid

and if you keep holding on, just let go
and if the panic swells, just let go
all directions you possess are your own
all directions you possess are your own
they are your own