Live @ eTown

by dave tamkin

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I opened a show at eTown in Boulder, Colorado this last May. Without a doubt it was one of my best on-stage experiences in years. eTown’s sound engineer and light man were on point, I was surrounded by friends, my Colorado family and an audience that was truly gracious throughout my set. I left the stage feeling like I had found my home again.

A few weeks later I was told that eTown records the audio to all the shows. I kindly asked for a copy of my set and found a few tracks that I’m proud to share with you.

Around this same time I came across some artwork from my friend Jim Olson who lives in Chicago. I loved his digital picture of a girl and her dog, relaxed while traveling wherever the wind carried them over an endless sea. I hope to feel this way with music as I, once again, climb on board the adventurous journey it provides.

Jim Olson is a graphic designer born and raised in Chicago. Illustrating from an early age, he moved into any creative field he could including song writing, cooking, and design. Recently he has begun his foray back into fine art for personal enjoyment. This resurgence has stoked the fire and provided a platform to apply what he has learned to create current works.

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released October 1, 2018

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dave tamkin Boulder, Colorado

Chicago Singer/Songwriter, Dave Tamkin, currently resides in Boulder, CO. He has created his own unique style of rhythmic- acoustic rock that's based around a fresh musical vision. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone. ... more

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Track Name: Bleeding Orange
Bleeding Orange
I was given wings as young as I can imagine
Crossing streets, running down alleys
Building dreams with wire strings and napkins
Driving through the night to find my love

Every morning fighting for some reason
I’m still making it up as I go
When will my heart age to match my reflection
Will it find a beat of its own

Butterflies, Butterflies, I can hear them scream
Windshield, crime scene, running down this dream
Wildflowers growing, bleeding orange
I learned to fly just to find my way home

Can you hear me all the way from Gainsville
Breaking out from my cage inside
I’m leaving with more questions than answers
I shot from the hip forty times

Butterflies, Butterflies, I can hear them scream
Windshield, crime scene, running down this dream
Wildflowers growing, bleeding orange
I learned to fly just to find my way home

As stage lights scream for attention
The voice of thousands sound like one
History will meet me in the morning
Generations sing my story
Track Name: Demons and You
Demons and You
Come up, she said
I’m feeling broken
My head, she holds it
You found yourself back here again
Don’t do it, I said
Please put it down
On the ground, it’s too heavy
To find yourself up in the clouds

The truth is everybody knows
Nobody cares
It’s not what you advertise they remember
It’s the truth in the love in the eyes that you stare

I’ll fix it, the darkness
Love to give you
Tomorrow, I won’t lose
To the war between the demons and you
Walk away, she said
I’m not turning
Around, we’ll go
Until you feel love here alone
Track Name: Fly Me
Fly Me
Fly me
Fly You
Around the world up to
Found me lost you
Around again up to
Where I won’t make mistakes to lead me here again

Fly me
Fly you
This is not something I want
For you from me
Your eyes speak so differently
All I said was that your heart belongs to me
Here we go again

I’m not going to fight for us anymore
I’m not going to die for us anymore
I’m not going to waste the sand on us anymore
I’m going to fly

Fly me
Fly you
All these years add up to
Missing you missing me
Two hearts never felt so weak
In my knees I felt your dink
So much better than the taste that flies beneath.
Fly Me
Track Name: Drift
Drift
For the day
Where we can take this slow
Underneath the mezzanine
Drift away into your eyes
Until you go walking West
It’s said it’s the best
Not easy to do
To give up on you

For the moment
Is where we’re at
Not moving anywhere
Happy at last
I’ll take another day
Lock it up to hide away
Can we agree
Not to say the things we say

Drift, drift away
Your flavor lingers
In owning your way
Tell me what’s left
How to hold on to
One more real day
Wasted, wasted with you

Holding down the East
I let you go I’m thinking
Drink you up in dreams
You fell through me completely
Staring to the West
Your weight upon my chest
Can we agree
You were made for me

Drift, drift away
Your flavor lingers
In owning your way
Tell me what’s left
How to hold on to
One more real day
Wasted, wasted with you

Holding down the West
Your taste upon my lips
Can we agree
You were made for me
Track Name: Mary
Mary

Looking for answers in some burnt grass
Nothing left of that home
A broken women, when her love was lost
Never liked to sing alone

Found a silver dollar made in 45’
Next to a ring made of gold
I thought it would be enough to get her through this
Not fifty miles from the road

Oh Mary we heard you cry
Oh Mary when times were low
Oh Mary there is nothing left here
We can still hear you singing from the road

I saw smoke paint the sky for miles
My shoes weighed heavy from the hurt
All the nights away from the one I loved
Only to come home to dirt

Oh Mary we heard you cry
Oh Mary when times were low
Oh Mary there is nothing left here

I never meant to be gone for so long
Leave behind an empty bed
I can still hear the singing
The voices that danced in her head

Oh Mary we heard you cry
Oh Mary when times were low
Oh Mary there is nothing left here
Can still hear you singing from the road
Oh Mary it’s time to go
Track Name: Tuesday
TUESDAY

I'm taking this day, this chance to find away
I'll drive around, the extension of this town
To find a place to write it all down

In my car again, my 85 Grand Prix
My one true friend, her wheels round the bend
Hello, she said. But I'm not turning back again

I'm leaving it all behind
For me and this dream to unwind

Across the street, where I marked myself
A girl just tuned, from a car horn at the light
Is this town that small that every call is for attention?

I'm leaving it all behind
For me and this dream to unwind
I'm leaving it all behind
To find a little peace of mind

In this town four blocks long
I sit here in these thought
Blue pen once again
Tuesday around 3:oop.m.

I will reach for a smoke, one more seven minute stretch
Chicago style dish, I won't be stopping in
this bar for one more old style and a shot for the ride

I'm leaving it all behind
For me and this dream to unwind
I'm leaving it all behind.
To find a little peace of mind
Track Name: Thoughts Up Here
Thoughts Up Here
Thoughts up here
Dreams disappear
Where the hell have you been
Can’t see anything
The blur all around
I don’t belong here

I’m up all night
She’s next to me
Her legs over mine

Up the next morning
Sheets over my head
The sun breaks the window
Acting like nothing happened
Smiling faces hiding in the night

Goodnight
I’ll wait for fever
Goodnight
I’ll hold you next time

Thoughts up here
Dreams disappear
Where the hell have you been
Can’t see anything
The blur all around
No, I don’t belong here

She says it’s in my kiss
No I think it’s in hers
All I think about is how she pushed me to one side

Dancing to the light
Shouldn’t let her inside
Around in circles again

Up the next morning
Sheets over my head
The sun breaks the window
Acting like nothing happened
Smiling faces hiding in the night

Goodnight
I’ll wait for fever
Goodnight
I’ll hold you next time

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