Daryl Wayne Dasher
04/23/2013
Daryl W. Dasher

Story

I consider this to be the center piece for the "Great Big Sky" album, tying all the crazy side stories together into one simplistic yell.  The lyrics act almost as a "last will and testament" for the main character.  Me in some ways I suppose, but don't we all have a similar yearning for simplicity and nature?  Most of us anyway. ;) 

You can probably tell I was listening to a lot of Bluegrass when I wrote this one.  I'm pretty sure I "borrowed" the opening lick from Tony Rice.  Shhhhh...

 

Lyrics

Mountains of Montana

(C) 2012, Hike the Stone Music

Words and Music by: Daryl W. Dasher

 

I’m going back to the mountains of Montana

Back where my heart has never left

Back to the mountains of Montana

If I don’t go my soul will never rest

 

I don’t want to live in no flatlands

I’d done my share of that when I was a child

I’ve done my time in the South in the city, man ole man

I’d rather take my chances on the wild

 

Don’t bury me my friends in no graveyard

Don’t you lay me down in some forgotten tomb

Spread half my ashes down in Yellowstone

And toss the rest up high in the Beartooth Mountains

Daryl Wayne Dasher
(C) 2009 Hike The Stone, BMI (Daryl W. Dasher)

Story

In this original mix I recorded the needle drop of my record player onto one of my favorite childhood records - KISS' Ace Frehley solo album from 1977 (the year I was born).  The drum loop comes off of the track "New York Groove".

 

Lyrics

 

Hello Sky! (C) 2010, Hike the Stone Music Words and Music by: Daryl W. Dasher 
I don’t know the reason for The way that I’ve been acting I guess I’ve just been hungry for A little reaction From the one that I hold closer than A baby holds its mama when it’s scared  I wish I could explain away Things I do, things I say The way I skate in circles around Every situation I can’t bare So ‘till I’m there  Hello sky!  Welcome rain Welcome anything that I could never change Goodbye friends, you’ve sure been good to me But until I learn to change my ways Deserve the things that come my way I’d rather find a hole and climb inside I’ll keep on trying 
Now I don’t need a reason for The things that I’ve been after Like a little more hope A lot more laughter  I can tell you now the things I do  Aren’t hurting anybody if myself  I wish I could just melt away Things that glue, things that stay And set my wings a sailin’ O’r waters I was sure would never dry But one more time  Freedom like the blood That rushes steady through my veins
I can’t live without it
And without it we are so mundane

Hello Sky!

(C) 2010, Hike the Stone Music

Words and Music by: Daryl W. Dasher

I don’t know the reason for The way that I’ve been acting

I guess I’ve just been hungry for

A little reaction From the one that I hold closer than

A baby holds its mama when it’s scared  

 

I wish I could explain away

Things I do, things I say

The way I skate in circles around

Every situation I can’t bare

So ‘till I’m there  

 

Hello sky!  Welcome rain

Welcome anything that I could never change

Goodbye friends, you’ve sure been good to me

But until I learn to change my ways

Deserve the things that come my way

I’d rather find a hole and climb inside

I’ll keep on trying 

 

Now I don’t need a reason for

The things that I’ve been after

Like a little more hope A lot more laughter  

I can tell you now the things I do  

Aren’t hurting anybody if myself  

I wish I could just melt away

Things that glue, things that stay

And set my wings a sailin’

O’r waters I was sure would never dry

But one more time  

 

Freedom like the blood

That rushes steady through my veins

I can’t live without it

And without it we are so mundane

Daryl Wayne Dasher
(C) 2009 Hike The Stone, BMI (Daryl W. Dasher)

Story

In 2010 I discovered the wonder of "House Concerts" when I was invited to attend a performance by Larry Jon Wilson at the Hillbilly Haiku House Concerts series in Lebanon, TN.  I was introduced to Larry Jon Wilson's music in the documentary called "Heartworn Highways".  I was instantly taken by his songwriting and his unique style.  

This house concert experience was life altering.  I was so inspired by Larry Jon's show that I wrote this song that night after the show.  I was blessed to have had that experience and on top of that, my good friend Christopher Todd Davis (who got me Larry's albums to start with) and I got to hang out and have some great conversation with LJW that night.  A few weeks later we lost Larry Jon Wilson.  His music and spirit lives on in so many of us and the world is a better place because of him.

The ascending acoustic guitar lick in this song is in tribute to Larry.  He would have said I "Wilsonized" it!

Lyrics

What Does It Mean?

© 2011 Hike the Stone, BMI

Words and Music by: Daryl W. Dasher

 

What does it mean, what does it mean?

What does it mean to be in love?

What does it look like and how can you tell?

What does it mean to be in love?

 

Woke up this morning with this wondering in my brain

‘Round and ‘round in circles like the track of a toy train

And in between each lap the same face it did appear

Waving like a flag all of my joys and all my fears

 

What does it mean, what does it mean?

What does it mean to be in love?

What does it take and when will it give?

What does it mean to be in love?

 

Emotions, potions, oceans filled with creatures big and small

Laughing, crying, dying, trying hard to get along

Clustered flustered folks who falter riding the same fence

And binding it together a single word that makes no sense, so

 

What does it mean, what does it mean?

What does it mean to be in love?

Why does it hurt and how does it heal?

What does it mean to be in love?

 

So what makes it stand and why must we fall?

What does it mean to be in love?

Daryl Wayne Dasher
(C) 2009 Hike The Stone, BMI (Daryl W. Dasher)

Story

I wrote this song one fuzzy morning in 2006.  I had been dreaming about a song and when I woke up, the drum line was still playing in my head.  I grabbed a glass of water and picked up my ole' guitar.  The drummer playing in my head was clearly Richie Albright (Waylon's original drummer).  There wasn't anything else to it until I started playing and this song basically wrote itself write then and there.  It was by the grace of God that two years later I would finally get to record it for what started out to be a project called "Spirit of the Outlaws".  As only the Universe would dictate - guess who the drummer was?  Richie Albright.  

Lyrics

 

Yesterdays
© 2007 Hike The Stone Music, BMI
Words & Music by Daryl Dasher
Yesterday, I wish it didn’t happen
But it did and now I’ll pay
And I’ll keep paying for all I’ve done Lord
Until all of my yesterdays are over
I don’t know
What’s become of my conscience
I don’t know what’s become of my life
I can just hope I get a few more tomorrows
To make everything all right
But tonight I’ve got this brand new roll of smoke
This bottle I can hide in
And when I’m through I’ll use it to dig myself this grave
That I will die in, but then again
Yesterday, I swear I didn’t mean to
Wake up there on the kitchen floor
And yesterday I swear I didn’t mean to hurt you
Bet I’ve said things before
I’ll think it over once again
I’ve got to get over this once again
And I’ll think it over once again 

Yesterdays

© 2007 Hike The Stone Music, BMI.  Words & Music by Daryl Dasher


Yesterday, I wish it didn’t happen

But it did and now I’ll pay

I’ll keep paying for all I’ve done Lord

Until all of my yesterdays are over

I don’t knowWhat’s become of my conscience

I don’t know what’s become of my life

I can just hope I get a few more tomorrows

To make everything all right


But tonight I’ve got this brand new roll of smoke

This bottle I can hide in

And when I’m through I’ll use it to dig myself this grave

That I will die in, but then again

Yesterday, I swear I didn’t mean to

Wake up there on the kitchen floor

And yesterday I swear I didn’t mean to hurt you

But I’ve said things before


I’ll think it over once again

I’ve got to get over this once again

But I’ll think it over once again 

 

Daryl Wayne Dasher
(C) 2009 Hike The Stone, BMI (Daryl W. Dasher)

Story

This was my first attempt to try and touch upon my mixed feelings about war and other social issues.  I think of it as the Folk song from the "Long Road Now" record.  It was also recorded by Mellow Down Easy on the "Cosmisutra" album (Dual Tone Records, 2009).  I particularly like the intro in this version.  I borrowed a fantastic sounding classical style (nylon string) acoustic Eugene Moles had left lying around in the studio for this.  Thanks Eugene! ;)

Lyrics

 

Long Road Now
Words & Music by Daryl Dasher
© 2009 Hike the Stone Music, BMI
If two wrongs could make it right
Would it be well worth the fight?
Couldn’t two fools just get along?
It’s a long road now, a long road now
Could hunger really end hunger?
Could war really end war?
Wouldn’t we just ask for more
Further down the road? Further down the road
Hard times lead to immoralities 
I’ll find peace inside of me
All signs may lead us towards a better road
Maybe sunshine to end rain
Maybe time can heal the shame
Wouldn’t it be sad if it were all in vein?
Further down the road?  Further down the road
It’s a long road now, a long road now.

Long Road Now

 Words & Music by Daryl W. Dasher © 2009 Hike the Stone Music, BMI

If two wrongs could make it right

Would it be well worth the fight?

Couldn’t two fools just get along?

It’s a long road now, a long road now


Could hunger really end hunger?

Could war really end war?

Wouldn’t we just ask for more

Further down the road? Further down the road


Hard times lead to immoralities 

I’ll find peace inside of me

All signs may lead us towards a better road


Maybe sunshine to end rain

Maybe time can heal the shame

Wouldn’t it be sad if it were all in vain?

Further down the road?  Further down the road


It’s a long road now, a long road now.

Soldier

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Daryl Wayne Dasher
04/23/2013
Daryl W. Dasher