Prairie Road

by Sean E McGowan

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This collection of tunes was years in the making. From blues to country to folk, Sean's 2018 record is a personal look into the mind of a songwriter.

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released July 21, 2018

Produced by Tyler Fortier
All songs written by Sean Edward McGowan
2018 Sean McGowan Music (ASCAP)
Mastered by Thaddeus Moore at Lliquid Mastering

Sean McGowan: lead vocals, bass on Prairie Road

John Shipe: Nylon string guitar on Nashville Rain, electric guitar on Getaway Girl, electric guitar/slide on Prairie Road, electric guitar on This Time.

Milo Fultz: electric bass on Let's Pretend & This Time; upright bass on all other songs except Prairie Road, Nashville Rain, Getaway Girl & Dreamin' Blues.

Gary Thorsen: Pedal steel on Nashville Rain, Getaway Girl, OK Perfect, Let's Pretend, Welcome Home, Broad Daylight. Electric guitar on Getaway Girl & Let's Pretend.

Melissa Stark - co-lead vocal on Let's Pretend.

Merlin Showalter: drums on Getaway Girl, Days of You, Let's Pretend, This Time.

Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel: ukulele on Days of You.

Tyler Fortier: every other bell and whistle you can hear including footstomps, shakers, keys, Nashville guitar, tambourine and other percussion. See individual track for listings.

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Sean E McGowan Saint Petersburg, Florida

Native Oregonian singer/songwriter and actor now based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Track Name: Prairie Road
G C
Out beyond the edge of town Way past the plywood mill
Bm D7
I settled down my pack until I had my fill
G C
Of marigolds and chicken hawks and fenceposts in a row
Em Am G
Blackbirds sing the melody Out on the Prairie Road
G C
A Red haired country girl I knew once took me by the hand
Bm D
Her eyes the color of peridot she made me a better man
G C
Then she said she loved me and that's all I had to know
Em Am G
So I took her hand so gently and we walked down Prairie Road
G Em C Am
Prairie Road lads Prairie Road I sing my final love song
G Em C Am
Prairie Road Prairie Road I sing this final love song
D G
Out on the Prairie Road
G C
I built a house for the two of us splitting logs from the old Doug Fir
Bm D
In the morning I'd work the mill At night I'd come to her
G C
And a garden filled with lemongrass, butterfly's and marigolds
Em Am G
I loved that red haired country girl out on the prairie road

G Em C Am
Prairie Road lads Prairie Road I sing my final love song
G Em C Am
Prairie Road Prairie Road I sing this final love song
D G
Out on the Prairie Road
G C
It took a change of season now the mills are shut down
Bm D
I've spoke with all my friends there's no work here to be found
G C
The marigolds all faded away I guess I should have known
Em Am G
That red haired country girl left me on the Prairie Road
G Em C Am
Prairie Road lads Prairie Road I sing my final love song
G Em C Am
Prairie Road Prairie Road I sing this final love song
D G
Out on the Prairie Road
G C
Now pick up work is my specialty I'll do anything for pay
Bm D
Or a meal, a drink and bed At the end of the day
G C
Don't believe I'll settle down I have no hand to hold
Em Am G
I got to keep on moving Get off this Prairie Road

CHORUS
1st verse with no chorus
Track Name: Days Of You
VERSE
A A
You moved on down the road Took your heart and heavy load
G7 E A
Gone are the days of my youth
A
You say he left you flat I don't know all about that
G7 E A
Gone are the days of my youth
A A
I mourn the loss of you Though I guess I know the truth
G7 E A
Gone are the days of my youth

CHORUS
D7b5 A
Gone long ago I loved you way too much I know
D7b5 D E
Gone long gone I got to get back to where I belong

A
I'm not sure where you went I suppose that I overspent
Gone are the days of my youth

You say you close the door When the children ask for more and more
Gone are the days of my youth
A
Once we were the best of friends This was always meant to end
Gone are the days of my youth
CHORUS
D7b5 A
Gone long ago I loved you way too much I know
D7b5 D E
Gone long gone I got to get back to where I belong
A
What do you do at night? When the moon is shining bright
Gone are the days of my youth

I see your shining star Winking at me way up thar
Gone are the days of my youth
Track Name: Let's Pretend
C Dm DmMaj7
Let’s pretend, let’s pretend we’re in love
F Dm G7
Let’s pretend we don’t need nobody else, keep each other to ourselves
C
Let’s pretend we’re in love.

VERSE 1
E7 C Dm DmMaj7
When I first met you, I found the love of my life
F Dm G7
And if things we’re different somehow, I’d make you my wife.

VERSE 2
C Dm DmMaj7
Yes, I keep on lovin’ you, hoping one day you’ll see.
F Dm G7
That our time together, was more than make believe.

BRIDGE
Em7b7 A7
I miss the heartache of you in my life
Dm G7
I miss the troubling times, the drama and the strife.
C Dm DmMaj7
See I just can’t be alone, while you’re out on the run.
F G7 C
So let’s pretend we’re together, let’s pretend we’re in love.

CHORUS then BREAK over CHORUS

VERSE 3
E7 C Dm DmMaj7
Just because you love somebody else, and you have that ring on your hand.
F Dm G7
It don’t mean we can’t think of each other, as woman and man.

VERSE 4 C Dm DmMaj7
Let the others say what they will, you and I know it’s true
F Dm C
When I’m somebody else, I’m thinking of you.
Track Name: This Time
I hear the rain on the window I feel the same when you're too low
Em G G7
With Your tears on my heart
C/G Am
The night grows long and Sleep don't come
Em G F
With your tears on my heart
CHORUS
F C
This could be the start of a sad song
F C F
Or we can make it work out for a long, long time
F C
It's certainly the start of a love song
Bb F C
This time I aint getting' it wrong
C/G DC Am
Driving down the road to cross another bridge
C/G
I carry your load through cloudy nights of mist
Em G
With your tears on my heart
C/G Am
I dream your dream both day and night
Em G
Every one bigger than the last
CHORUS
BRIDGE
Am Bm C Bdim Bbm
All these roads have led to you
C/G D/A Am
I feel your rain in my eyes
And though you drive away you always return to my side
Em G G7
You've crossed the bridge into my heart
CHORUS
Track Name: Broad Daylight
G C G
You came to me in a dream last night
Em D
We walked among the people in the broad daylight
G C G
You took my arm in the bright of day
Em D G
It was a perfect moment Completely okay
G C G
So we walked to that place I can never recall
Em D
That cafe by the river where you sit by the wall
G C G
With the sun shining through, lighting up your smile
G Em D G
I leaned over and I kissed you for a long, long while

C Am
Then the movie was over just like that
C G
We didn't stay for the credits we didn't look back
C Am
Cuz it had happened before you in my dreams
Em D D7
It was no surprise I wrote you into that scene.







G C G
That's why I called you Today on the phone
Em D
Caught you sitting by the lake Sitting mostly alone
G C G
To tell you my dream and what we did last night
Em D G
And to tell you I love you in the broad daylight


C Am
Then the movie was over just like that
C G
We went on with your lives we didn't look back
C Am
You've seen that movie before me in my dream
Em D D7
It was no surprise I was in your scene
G C G
That's why I called you Today on the phone
Em D
Caught you sitting by the water, Sitting mostly alone
G C G
To tell you my dream and what we did last night
Em D G
And to tell you I love you in the broad daylight
Track Name: Getaway Girl
GETAWAY GIRL by Sean McGowan 9/21/15

VERSE
C C
Fall Came early Just like summer
C C
So Peggy left town Not an ordinary bummer
F C
She had to getaway She had to getaway
C C
She was crossed Once too often
There was just no way to soften his blows

PRECHORUS
F C
She had to getaway She had to getaway
G C
She had to go Right now

CHORUS
F C G C C7
She's a getaway girl She's a getaway girl She's gotta go Go right now
F C G C
She's a getaway girl She's gotta go She's leaving town Right now

VERSE
C C
She stopped talking a few weeks ago It was way too much to go with the flow
F C
She had to getaway She had to getaway
C
Her old man brought it on himself His iron hand was a living hell

PRECHORUS -- CHORUS -- SOLO over CHORUS

C
Holed up In God knows where It ain't right It just aint fair
F C
She had to getaway She had to getaway
C
She left home And all that cash There came a point She had to make a dash

PRECHORUS -- CHORUS -- SOLO over CHORUS
Track Name: OK Perfect
D G D G
Let's make plans for the holiday I forget which one is this?
D G A G
Grab the gear from the closet We'll go catch us a fish.
A G D G A D
Ohhhh Kay Perfect Ohhh Kay Perfect

D G D G
Do you Remember that house on the water With that giant fireplace
D G D G
Pull over at that country store We have some time to waste
A G D G A D
Ohhh Kay Perfect Ohhh Kay Perfect

D G D G
Play me that song you just worked out What do you think of these lines?
D G A G
You can play it at that gig downtown See if you like playing it live
A G D G A D
Ohhh Kay Perfect Ohhh Kay Perfect

F#m G
Distance has no measurement
F#m G
Apart is not alone
A Em A
Time is set by dark and light
Em A Bm A7
Dreams ain't set in stone

D G
So let's crack open one of those beers
D G
And talk about ideas
D G
Let's Forget about all those years
D G
And find our panacea
Track Name: Nashville Rain
C G
Pulling In from out of town I'm just a stranger here
G C
Looking for a place to play and trying to forget those tears
F
So I find myself a corner And open up my case
C G C
Strap this guitar on again Sing my songs to this place songs like

PRECHORUS
Am Em F
She won't hear me She doesn't wanna know me now
C G C
What do I have left? Is this my final bow?

CHORUS
F C
Nashville Rain Paying them capital city dues tell me
Dm G C
What's so strange about Playing them Nashville city blues

SOLO OVER CHORUS

VERSE
C G
The sky opens up Everybody runs inside
G C
I just keep on playing my songs I got nowhere to hide
C F
When she left me hanging I had nowhere else to go
C G C
So I sing my songs out of doors Songs she'll never know

CHORUS (2)
Track Name: Welcome Home
I
Welcome Home
IV I
Through Streets down highways your feet have brought you near
iv iii IV
You've battled fear and overcome your doubts
I V
Without those troubled times you'd never have landed here
IV
I'm not about to lose you my dear
I
Welcome Home
I
Welcome Home
IV I
I left the light on in the kitchen for when you cannot sleep
vi iii IV iii IV
And something to prove with words in your head Turning in your bed
ii V7 I
Don't pick up the phone Just light up your Welcome Home
ii V
When you run out that door again
vi IV
Adventure awaits at every shore
ii V7
Take everything, everything in
IV
Then run here for more
I
Of your welcome home
IV V
Home is where your heart is
vi iii IV
This is something true
ii V7
You've paid and paid and paid those dues

IV V7
Even though you have more running to do
I
This is your welcome home
I
Welcome Home
IV I
From my front row seat You've never missed a beat
vi iii IV ii V7
Except those times you struggled to find your certainty
I
Welcome Home
IV V7
Start running to me
I
Your welcome home.
Track Name: Compromise
Am Am/Maj7 Am7 Am6
They say good is the enemy of great
F E A A7
If that is so I will contemplate
Am Am/Maj7 Am7 Am6
That like is the enemy of love
F E A A7
You better believe it when the going gets rough
D7 C#m Bm A Bm C#m
Because you're on your own You might think you're together
D7 C#m Bm E7
But you're on your own When you're trying to get better
Am Am/Maj7 Am7 Am6
What I have is good but with you I'm great
F E A
Perhaps for us though Darling It's too late
F#m Bm F#m
We've made our choices We've made our beds
Dm C#m D
We're hearing voices Rattle in our heads
D7 A Bm
The great mystery The grand what if
E7
Our long history Is no myth
Am Am/Maj7 Am7 Am6 F
So you can keep it that good cuz I'm going for great
F E A
Come ride this train with me honey It's a date
D7 C#m Bm A Bm C#m
But you're on your own - even tho It feels right together
D7 C#m Bm E7
Yeah you're on your own Did you get my letter?
Am Am/Maj7 Am7 Am6
Our great may never overtake our good
F E A E A
So if you would compromise yeah if you would compromise
Track Name: Country News
Voices carry across the fields Chickens dance in the dirt
Chain saw rips miles away Owl says just one word
This is the news out in the country
Trucks rumble by down that lonely road
It can't decide if it is really gonna rain
Cherry tree has no blossoms This whiskey aint easing my pain

This is the news This is the news out in the country
There aint no rules out in the country
Except the ones you make up as you go
This is the news out in the country

Poppies stay closed on a cloudy day
Peacock yells at the daylight moon
The wind sounds lonely in the countryside
Gonna be time for planting soon

This is the news This is the news out in the country
There aint no rules out in the country
Except the ones you make up as you go
This is the news out in the country

The pheasant calls out to no one A horse clears her throat
Talking to the crickets who chirp in the sun
A dog barks just to gloat
This is the news out in the country
You can hear the cat purr under the porch
The well went dry just the other day Uncle Joe ran it down
So we jumped in the creek with no other way
To clean up before we went to town

This is the news This is the news out in the country
There aint no rules out in the country
Most times you make it up as you go
This is the news out in the country
Track Name: Dreamin' Blues
V1
How do I love you
I’m dreaming about the way
How do I love you
I’m dreaming about the way
Keep dreaming about you darling
Every night and every day

V2
Woke up this morning
Had my dream about you
Woke up this morning
Had my dream about you
Pretty plain to me darling
I got those dreamin’ blues

V3
Tried to forget you
You keep coming back each night
Tried to forget you
You keep coming back to me each night
All this dreaming about you Darling
It just ain’t put me right

V2

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