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DISC 1 - THE HITS

Part Of The Plan
The Power Of Gold
Heart Hotels
Longer
Hard To Say
Leader Of The Band
Same Old Lang Syne
Run For The Roses
Make Love Stay
Missing You
The Language Of Love
Believe In Me
Lonely In Love
Rhythm Of The Rain
Magic Every Moment
Don't Lose Heart

Part Of The Plan
(Dan Fogelberg)
Souvenirs ~ 1974

Well I have these moments all steady and strong
Feeling so holy and humble
The next thing I know I'm all worried and weak
Feel myself starting to crumble
The meanings get lost and the teachings get tossed
And you don't know what you're gonna to do next
You wait for the sun but it never quite comes
Some kind of message comes through to you
Some kind of message comes through
And it says to you...

(Chorus)
Love when you can
Cry when you have to
Be who you must
That's a part of the plan
Await your arrival with simple survival
One day we'll all understand
One day we'll all understand
One day we'll all understand

I had a woman who gave me her soul
I wasn't ready to take it
Her heart was so fragile and heavy to hold
I was afraid I might break it
Your conscience awakes and you see your mistakes
And you wish someone would buy your confession
The days miss their mark and the night gets so dark
Some kind of message comes through to you
Some kind of message shoots through --
And it says to you...

(Chorus)

There is no Eden or Heavenly gates
You're gonna make it to one day
All of the answers you seek can be found
In the dreams that you dream on the way

The Power Of Gold
(Dan Fogelberg)
Twin Sons Of Different Mothers ~ 1978


The story is told of the power of gold
And its lure on the unsuspecting
It glitters and shines, it badgers and blinds
It constantly needs protecting
Balance the cost of the soul you lost
With the dreams you lightly sold
Are you under the power of gold

The letters and calls got you climbing the walls
And everyone wants a favor
They beg to remind you of times left behind you
You know the past is a loser
The face you're wearing is different now
And the days run hot and cold
Are you under the power of gold

You're a creature of habit, sprung like a rabbit
Scared of a fear you can't name
Your own paranoia is looming before you
Nobody thinks that it's a game
Balance the cost of the soul you lost
With the dreams you lightly sold
Then tell me that you're free of the power of gold

The women are lovely, the wine is superb
But there's something about the song that disturbs you
(The women are lovely, the wine is superb but there's something about the song that disturbs you)
The women are lovely, the wine is superb
But there's something about the song that disturbs you
(The women are lovely, the wine is superb but there's something about the song that disturbs you)
The women are lovely, the wine is superb
But there's something about the song

Heart Hotels
(Dan Fogelberg)
Phoenix ~ 1979

Well there's too many windows in this old hotel
And rooms filled with reckless pride
And the walls have grown sturdy
And the halls have worn well
But there is nobody living in inside
Nobody living inside

Gonna pull in the shutters on this heart of mine
Roll up the carpets and pull in the blinds
And retreat to the chambers that I left behind
In hopes there still may be love left to find
Still may be love left to find

Seek inspiration in daily affairs
Now your soul is in trouble and requires repairs
And the voices you hear at the top of the stairs
Are only echoes of unanswered prayers
Echoes of unanswered prayers

(Repeat First Verse)


Longer
(Dan Fogelberg)
Phoenix ~ 1979

Longer than there've been fishes in the ocean
Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there've been stars up in the heavens
I've been in love with you

Stronger than any mountain cathedral
Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval
I am in love with you

I'll bring fire in the winters
You'll send showers in the springs
We'll fly through the falls and summers
With love on our wings

Through the years as the fire starts to mellow
Burning lines in the book of our lives
Though the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow
I'll be in love with you
I'll be in love with you

(Repeat First Verse)
I am in love with you


Hard To Say
(Dan Fogelberg)
The Innocent Age ~ 1981

Lucky at love, well maybe so
There's still a lot of things you'll never know
Like why each time the sky begins to snow you cry
You're faithful to her in your careless way
And so you miss her when she's far away
But every time you think you've got it straight you fall

You face the future with a weary past
Those dreams you banked upon are fading fast
You know you love her but it may not last you fear
It's never easy and it's never clear
Who's to navigate and who's to steer
And so you flounder drifting ever near the rocks

(Chorus)
It's hard to say where love went wrong
It's hard to say just when (It's so hard to say)
It's hard to walk away from love
It may never come again

You do your best to keep your hand in play
And try to keep those lonesome blues at bay
You think you're winning but
It's hard to say sometimes

(Chorus)

Lucky at love, well maybe so
There's still a lot of things you'll never know
Like why each time the sky begins to snow you cry
You cry...oh you still have to cry


Leader Of The Band
(Dan Fogelberg)
Greetings From The West ~ 1991

An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay
A quiet man of music denied a simpler fate
He tried to be a soldier once, but his music wouldn't wait
He earned his love through discipline-- a thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand

(Chorus)
The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band

My brothers' lives were different for they heard another call
One went to Chicago and the other to St Paul
And I'm in Colorado when I'm not in some hotel
Living out this life I've chose and have come to know so well

I thank you for the music and your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go
I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough
And, papa, I don't think I said 'I love you' near enough

(Chorus)
I am a living legacy to the leader of the band

Same Old Lang Syne
(Dan Fogelberg)
The Innocent Age ~ 1981

Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve
I stole behind her in the frozen foods
And I touched her on the sleeve
She didn't recognize the face at first
But then her eyes flew open wide
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse
And we laughed until we cried

We took her groceries to the checkout stand
The food was totalled up and bagged
We stood there lost in our embarrassment
As the conversation dragged
We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn't find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car
We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how

She said she'd married her an architect
Who kept her warm and safe and dry
She would have liked to say she loved the man
But she didn't like to lie
I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasn't sure if I saw doubt or gratitude
She said she saw me in the record stores
And that I must be doing well
I said the audience was heavenly but the traveling was hell
We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how
We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to time
Reliving in our eloquence, another 'auld lang syne'

The beer was empty and our tongues were tired
And running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out and I watched her drive away
Just for a moment I was back at school
And felt that old familiar pain
And as I turned to make my way back home
The snow turned in to rain...

Run For The Roses
(Dan Fogelberg)
The Innocent Age ~ 1981

Born in the valley and raised in the trees
Of Western Kentucky on wobbly knees
With mama beside you to help you along
You'll soon be a-growing up strong
All the long, lazy mornings in pastures of green
The sun on your withers, the wind in your mane
Could never prepare you for what lies ahead
The run for the roses so red

(Chorus)
And it's run for the roses as fast as you can
Your fate is delivered, your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined in the dance
It's high time you joined in the dance

From sire to sire, it's born in the blood
The fire of a mare and the strength of a stud
It's breeding and it's training and it's something unknown
That drives you and carries you home

(Chorus)

Make Love Stay
(Dan Fogelberg)
Greatest Hits ~ 1982

Now that we love
Now that the lonely nights are over
How do we make love stay
Now that we know
The fire can burn bright or merely smolder
How do we keep it from dying away

Elusive as dreams barely remembered in the morning
Love like a phantom flies
But held in the heart it pales like the empty smile adorning
A statue with sightless eyes

(Chorus)
Moments fleet taste sweet within the rapture
When precious flesh is greedily consumed
But mystery is a thing not easily captured
And once deceased not easily exhumed

Now that we love
Now that the lonely nights are over
How do we make love stay

(Chorus)

Now that we love
Look at the moonless night and tell me
How do we make love stay

Missing You
(Dan Fogelberg)
Greatest Hits ~ 1982

Hard days I'm traveling alone for too long
Ooo, I'm missing you
I'm always somewhere that I never belong
Ooo, I'm missing you
I'm moving so fast now it doesn't seem true
Ooo, I'm missing you
I'm getting closer but I don't know what to
Ooo, I'm missing you

(Chorus)
Oh, if I had you beside me
Then I just might sleep through the night
Your love is the promise that guides me
All of the days of my life

This life I'm living's gettin' so hard to feel
Ooo, I'm missing you
The days are empty and the nights are unreal
Ooo, I'm missing you

(Chorus)
All of the days of my life

Hard days I'm traveling alone for too long
Ooo, I'm missing you
I'm always somewhere that I never belong
Ooo, I'm missing you

( Chorus)
All of the days of my life
All of the days of my life

The Language Of Love
(Dan Fogelberg)
Windows And Walls ~ 1984

She says no when she means yes
And what she wants you know that I can't guess
When we want more you know we ask for less
Such is the language of love
I say leave when I mean stay
But she don't see and so she moves away
What we really want you know we rarely say
Such is the language of love

It's tooth for tooth and eye for eye
We hide our hearts and then we won't say why
It's truth for truth and lie for lie
Such is the language of love
One cries foul and will not speak
The other claims a little victory
And all the time you know we fail to see
This is the language of love

(Chorus)
When a love begins to wander no one ever knows
But we feel it deep inside us
Long before it shows
Long before it shows

We hem and haw, we balk and bluff
Our words don't ever seem to say enough
But a simple smile and tender touch
Speaks the true language of love

(Chorus)

She says no when she means yes
And what she wants you know that I can't guess
When we want more you know we ask for less
Such is the language of love
Such is the language of love

Believe In Me
(Dan Fogelberg)
Windows And Walls ~ 1984

If I could ever say it right and reach your hostage heart
Despite the doubts you harbor then you might come to believe in me
The life I lead is not the kind that gives a woman peace of mind
I only hope someday you'll find that you can believe in me

Those other loves that came before mean nothing to me anymore
But you can never be quite sure and will not believe in me

(Chorus)
Too many hearts have been broken failing to trust what they feel
But trust isn't something that's spoken
And love's never wrong when it's real
If I could only do one thing
Then I would try to write and sing a song
That ends your questioning and makes you believe in me

(Chorus)
And makes you believe in me
Oh, you can believe in me

Lonely In Love
(Dan Fogelberg)
Exiles ~ 1987

Some say that love is its own, love is its own reward
But I can't help but believe there's got to be more
A man needs a woman to have and to hold
To love him in body as well as in soul
I need your desire, where did the fire go
I keep trying to sleep but sleep won't be mine tonight
There's so much sorrow inside and baby I don't know why
I give you your freedom, I give you my love
I give all I have every time that we touch
I don't know baby, maybe I give too much

(Chorus)
Now I'm lonely in love
Why must I be lonely in love
I'm so lonely in love
Baby why must I be lonely
Why must I be lonely in love

I know that love carries no, she carries no guarantees
But still I can't seem to find a reason that I can believe in
You said to be patient and give you some room
You said you had changes you need to work through
But the longer I wait the farther I feel from you

(Chorus)

I'm so lonely in love
Why must I be lonely in love with ya darlin
I'm so lonely in love
Baby you're my one and only
Why do you keep me lonely in love

Rhythm Of The Rain
(
John Gummoe )
Greetings From The West ~ 1991

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Tellin' me just what a fool I've been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again
Now the only girl I've ever loved has gone away
Looking for a brand new start
Little does she know that when she left that day
Along with her she took my heart

Rain please tell me now does that seem fair
For her to steal my heart away when she don't care
I can't love another when my heart's somewhere far away
Oh listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Tellin' me just what a fool I've been
Oh I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again

Oh the only girl I've ever loved has gone away
Looking for a brand new start
Little does she know that when she left that day
Along with her she took my heart
Rain won't you tell her that I love her so
Please ask the sun to set her heart aglow
And rain in her heart
Let the love we knew start to grow, whoa...

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Tellin' me just what a fool I've been
Oh I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again
Ooooo...now-now-now-now

When the rain comes they run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead When the rain comes....

Magic Every Moment
(Dan Fogelberg)
River Of Souls ~ 1993

I awoke this morning to a shattering sound
And I went downstairs and found these shards of glass strewn all around
There upon the floor I found this poor broken dove
And it made me realize how very fragile is this life that we so love

I came back up to bed and I held you so tight
And I prayed up to the Father, oh I prayed with all my might
That He'd always keep you with me, that He'd always keep you safe
And when I went dowstairs I found that dove had somehow up and flown away

(Chorus)
There's a magic every moment
There's a miracles each day
There's a magic every moment
Oh won't you let the music play
Oh won't you let the music play

On a high and windy island I was gazing out to sea
When a long forgotten feeling came and took control of me
It was then the clouds burst open and the sun came pouring through
When it hit those dancing waters in an instant all eternity I knew

There's so much we take for granted--there's so much we never say
We get caught up in the motion of just a living day to day
We are fettered to the future, we are prisoners of the past
And we never seem to notice 'til our lives have finally
Slipped right through our grasp

(Chorus)

You can see forever in a single drop of dew
You can see that same forever if you look down deep inside of you
There's a spark of the creator in every living thing
He respects me when I work but He so loves me when I sing

(Repeat Chorus Twice)


Don't Lose Heart
(Dan Fogelberg)
Previously Unreleased

This life is heartless and it's rarely just
Full of sad betrayals and misplaced trust
And it can suck your spirit just as dry as dust
And steel your soul if you let it
Ooh every life contains its sorrows and pains
Its stormy weather and its rough terrains
You watch me wrestle with my length of chain
And smile so bravely as you tell me

(Chorus)
Don't lose heart, don't lose heart
Though it feels like yours will fall apart
Just remember when the road gets dark
I will always be beside you

Well, I spend my life pursuing fortune and fame
Chasing rainbows in a shadow game
And I'm not sure what I've lost is worth the gain
Or why my soul remains so restless
You've seen me stumble, Lord, you've seen me fall
You shared my triumphs and you've seen me crawl
When I think that I could lose it all
You give me courage and you tell me

(Chorus)

When the road gets rocky and the ride gets rough
And the best you got to give ain't good enough
There will always be a place inside my love
Where you can find shelter, where you can find shelter
Ooh every life contains its sorrows and pains
Its stormy weather and its rough terrains
You watch me wrestle with my length of chain
And smile so bravely as you tell me

Don't lose heart, oh don't lose heart
Though it feels like yours will fall apart
Just remember when the road gets dark
I will always be beside you
Well, I will always be beside, beside you

 

Released June 1997 by Legacy/Epic Records. All songs were previously released on other albums except for "Don't Lose Heart" (© Sacred Circle Music -ASCAP) , "Hearts And Crafts" (© EMI April Music/Hickory Grove Music - ASCAP) , "Mountains To The Sea" (© Sacred Circle Music -ASCAP) , "Democracy" (© Sacred Circle Music -ASCAP) and "Song For A Carpenter"(© EMI April Music/Hickory Grove Music - ASCAP). These compositions written by Dan Fogelberg.

DON'T LOSE HEART
(Recorded December 1996)

  • Dan Fogelberg - vocals
  • Carlos Vega - drums, percussion
  • Peter Asher - percussion
  • Jimmy Johnson - bass
  • Bob Mann - guitar
  • Jim Cox - keyboards
  • Valerie Carter, Kate Markowitz, Arnold McCuller - background vocals

Programming by Marc Mann
Strings arranged and conducted by David Campbell
Production coordination - Ivy Skoff

HEARTS AND CRAFTS
(B-side to the single "Same Old Lang Syne". Released December 1980)

  • Dan Fogelberg - all instruments and vocals

Produced by Dan Fogelberg with Marty Lewis
Recorded at Northstar, Boulder CO; Rudy Records, Hollywood CA; Wally Heider Studio, L.A.; Sunset Sound, L.A.; Record Plant, Sausalito CA; Caribou Ranch, Nederland CO

MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA
(Recorded 1991)

  • Dan Fogelberg - guitar, piano, keyboards, cymbals, vocals

Produced by Dan Fogelberg
Recorded at Mountain Bird Studios, Colorado

DEMOCRACY
(Recorded 1993)

  • Dan Fogelberg - electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, vocals
  • Russ Kunkel - drums
  • Mike Porcaro - bass
  • Mike Hanna - piano

Producted by Dan Fogelberg
Recorded at Mountain Bird Studios, Colorado; Sunset Sound, L.A.

SONG FOR A CARPENTER
(Recorded 1983)

  • Dan Fogelberg - acoustic guitar, autoharp, vocals
  • Russ Kunkel - drums
  • Norbert Putnam - bass
  • The Chieftains - Paddy Moloney - Uilleann pipes, tin whistles; Martin Fay and Sean Keane - fiddles; Derek Bell - Celtic harp; Kevin Conneff - Bodhran



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