Lessons Learned, Vol 1

by Just Dave Band

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1.
It’s Only Life. Music/lyrics: D. Bernal I’ve been through hell It’s the only way I know to get to the light I’ve loved and lost But you gotta do the wrong before you know the right If my life’s a song, I got a whole lot more to learn before it starts to rhyme. I’ve been bright-eyed and bushy-tailed And system failed and course derailed And can still say I’ve have a good time ‘Cause it’s only life And it’s the only one we got, So don’t let it go. Some live & all die And if we don’t take a shot We may never know. And if you’re not standing by my side At the end of this (lonely) ride I can’t say I never tried. Cuz it’s only… life. I’ve heard the “no’s” And I’m sure there’ll be a hundred more Before I get a “yes” For every wrong turn A man can make I’m sure that I have made it (doin’ my best) And every chance a heart can take And every which way a heart can break I’m positive I’ve felt it all, I guess. Let’s do this dance Let’s take this chance That we’ll be hand in hand until the end And if down the line You change your mind We’ll both know we did not pretend… my friend. The days go by And true love’s waitin there for those who want it For every lost love When the heartache’s healed a lesson learned upon it Though we may get hurt It’s a chance any potential lover knows But what we can gain’ll outweigh the loss It’s worth the pain, at any cost To both let down our guards and say “here it goes”
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Shine a Light shine a light shine a light rock me through the night love me like a hurricane roll me ‘til you ease my pain soon everything gonna be alright when my darkest hour comes long before the break of dawn midnight lamp is slowly dying you won't leave me alone you never leave me alone i was driving blind and you shined a light now i know just where i'm going i was seeing double but i ain’t causin’ touble i got a buzz that’s still growing i'm gonna change the way i talk change the way i look and the way i walk when you look at me the way you do i wanna be a better fool i wanna be a better fool
3.
California Wildfire. Music n lyrics: D. Bernal I’ve seen it a thousand times Love’s rollercoaster ups and downs Red hot and then up in smoke Back and forth and Round and round I never thought it’d be the same with you and I Your burning touch calls out to me, for another night The sea of flames is rising, there’s no way I can fight. Like a California wildfire Fueled by a warm desert wind You bring a climate for disaster Each time I let you back in Time after time I see the warnings The rains dry up and you return And like a California wildfire… … you breeze in and I get burned. Like the light of a thousand suns Your body burned inside my mind Who’s to say if I’ve found the one But had to leave her behind Just the thought of you and that you’re coming back Warms me up and I forget about our troubled past The firestorm is raging, but maybe this time it’ll last. A wall of flamin’ ash is fallin’ from the sky The scars I carry are my fire danger sign But I’ll sit and burn for you, and never question why.
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Burn it Down 06:42
Burn it Down Blanton/Stachela/Bernal The wind’s blowing high in the trees The moonlight shining on me All in all it’s such a peaceful scene But they can take it away. There’s a man, crying “let me out” Another child’s gotta go without When you speak, do your lips make a sound? What is it that makes you afraid? If a man can be fed with a loaf and a fish Ain’t no reason why I won’t be getting my wish I want peace, I want freedom The right to be me But most of all… I just wanna believe. HEY! Oh, I just wanna believe… For those who will take back their rights To you who thought, your hands were tied Step out your chains, and into the light The door is open wide. If a man can be fed with a loaf and a fish Ain’t no reason why I won’t be getting my wish I want peace, I want freedom The right to be me But most of all… I just wanna believe. Oh, I just wanna believe… yeah. When the man tries to build up a wall… burn it down To keep us away from us all... burn it down He’s high now, but soon he will fall… And I'll be around… … to burn it down.
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My Old Crummy Life. Lyrics/music: D. Bernal Some Days I get to missing her… Feel like kissing her When I know I’m better off with what I’ve found It seems strange, because life was so rough then But I miss the struggle The feeling we may not make it out. Makin’ every dollar Last as long as a dollar could… (In our hands it did) We could almost stretch it… To the next check And every now and then we would. I don’t miss the pain I don’t miss the broke But I miss how close we were When both of them combined Wonder to this day After carrying such a heavy load
 Why we left it all behind And I miss… my old crummy life. (I recall) that night, When you said “take me out, just like couples do To a fancy dinner, and a show.” I put the card down on some three-dollar wine From Ralph’s on Riverside And peeled the label so you wouldn’t know The speakers up on a milk crate The traffic louder than the radio While we were dancing, I think we burned the rice But I wouldn’t trade that dinner for all the caviar in world… After all of the trips and falls Baby we could always find a way to work it out. (Yeah, we’d work it out) And often times I’d fantasize Of another life without you Now all my thoughts are about you… So here we are together You in your veil, I’m in my tie And though it may be years til we meet again There may be hope in death Where it was lost in life.

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released May 6, 2011

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Just Dave Band Los Angeles, California

Hi, Just Dave here. OK, here's the deal, here at Just Dave Band we don't have 'fans', only friends who like to hear our music. I work hard on stage, I crack jokes, I put my life stories into my tunes, and try to support a family playing and selling my original music. (and I try to keep the guys in my band busy, too!)
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