Agraria

by Dan Imhoff

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Agraria is Dan Imhoff's second album, featuring 9 original songs and a rocking interpretation of the traditional song "Cluck Old Hen."

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released June 15, 2013

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Dan Imhoff Healdsburg, California

Dan Imhoff is an American guitarist and songwriter who blends folk rock, blues, and jazz with memorable storytelling and lyrical melodies. He splits his time between northern California and Spain.

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Track Name: Compass
Washed away all the soil

He took a job in the town
A half-sized Bull dozer
She bags groceries
To fight off foreclosure

Chorus
Outro
Track Name: Make it Rain
Make it Rain

It’s been hot for forty days
Can’t see the mountains through the haze
Everything is turning brown
What is lost just can’t be found
Ashes ashes dust to dust
Ashes ashes dust to dust

Wash the car and hang my clothes
Set out books that I don’t own
Leave the paper drop the mail
Pull up anchor hoist my sail
Throw some salt and light a fire
Hope it’s not a funeral pyre

Chorus
Make it rain
Make it rain
Can’t you hear the sweet refrain
Thunder and lightning be thy name

Say a prayer and paint the fence
Promise total recompense
Break umbrellas shorten pants
Buy some cactus chant some chants
Bless the ground and kiss the sky
Dig a hole and bake a pie

Was it something we have done
The whole world’s on the run
Is there a reason is there a plan
Who exactly is in command
What you tell me tell me please
I’m begging you upon my knees

Chorus
Track Name: Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed

Won’t you take me with you
On that magic aeroplane
Up there in the clouds
With that gently falling rain
Gone like the wind
Troubles blown away
Won’t you take me with you
On that magic aeroplane

Won’t you take me with you
In that brand new automobile
Rolling along with the radio on
Behind that steering wheel
Down to the mystic harbor
Where the river meets the sea
Won’t you take me with you
In that brand new automobile

Chorus
I turned around to find
The fickle winds of time
Blowing me down the highway
Like a ragged tumbleweed
What of that young boy
All his hopes and dreams
Blowing along on the winds of time
Like a ragged tumbleweed

Won’t you take me with you
On that electric high speed train
Way out west where
The Rocky Mountains greet the plains
Free as a prairie breeze
Troubles blown away
Won’t you take me with you on that electric high-speed train

Chorus

What of that young boy
All his hopes and dreams
Blowing along on the winds of time
Like a ragged tumbleweed
Track Name: Mr. Jefferson
Mr. Jefferson

I see you standing on your hill
In your garden with your violin
I see you writing with your quill
A lightning bolt of inspiration

Clouds surrounding Monticello
Your young wife is quickly fading
You can hear the heavens bellow
Or is it the raging fires of Hades

I know you
I don’t know you
You’re a father to me
You’re not a father to me

Toss and turning in the dark
Lost in sparks of wild abandon
Troubled waters of the heart
There are no boots that you can stand in

Every generation
Has to learn to wage its war
Tear down the foundation
Of what was built there once before
Every generation has to write its declaration
You can never give up
Never give out
Never give in

Now there’s nothing more to sell
Your great white horse is in the meadow
Only history will tell
The price you paid for freedom

I know you
I don’t know you
You’re a father to me
You’re not a father to me
Mr. Jefferson
Mr. Jefferson
Track Name: Sweet Sonoma
Sweet Sonoma

I hear you calling Sonoma
I hear you calling me
I hear you calling Sonoma
I hear you calling me
From your rivers to your ocean
I hear you calling me

You’ve got the fruit on the vine
The food and the wine
You got that homegrown slow sense of time
So easy on the eyes
When I cross your county line
I can lose your mind
For a very long time
I hear you calling Sweet Sonoma
I hear you calling me
From your rivers to your ocean
I hear you calling me

You’ve got the most delicious peaches
Those cold sandy beaches
I take a seat at your movable feast
Those robin egg skies and those dark starry eyes
I can lose my mind for a very long time
I hear you calling Sweet Sonoma
I hear you calling me
From your rivers to your ocean
I hear you calling me
Track Name: My Father's Son
My Father’s Son

Your eyes between the lines of a book
I write my observations down
Your hands fixing something to cook
I tend the garden ground

I can hide
I can deny
But I cannot run
I am my father’s son

Your best friend was a shooting star
My son bears his name
You gave me my first guitar
I never heard the world the same

I can hide
I can deny
But I cannot run
I am my father’s son

You made it to that luxury liner
It’s time to sail away
Pork chops in the dining hall
Balloons float by where the children play

I can hide
I can deny
But I cannot run
I am my father’s son
Track Name: Cluck Old Hen
Cluck Old Hen #4
Traditional, lyrics by Dan Imhoff


Cluck Old Hen cluck and sing
Ain’t laid nothing since way last spring
Cluck old hen Cluck and Squall
Ain’t laid nothing since way last fall

Sunrise breaks like a yolk at dawn
Huge big machines are coming on
One flew east and one flew west
One stayed home to set upon her nest

My little hen makes the rooster crow
All fluffed up she can put on a show
Red tail flying looking for a kill
She hides beside the wagon wheel

Chorus

My little hen she’s a rare breed
She only eats organic feed
No GMOs No Frankenstein
Monsanto ain’t no saint of mine

Chorus

Chicken in the oven chicken in the bucket
Millions and billions ground up into nuggets
Packed in a factory like canned sardines
My little hen she should be mighty pleased

All day long my hen roams free
In the evening she comes back to me
North winds blow kicking up the leaves
Scattered around like brilliant dreams
Track Name: Without You
Without You

Little bird at my window pane
She’s here and then she’s gone again
Like morning love in the thin mountain air
Like the failing rain so quickly washed away

Like Honey bee with its flower
Whiskey with its sour
Grains of sand counting the hours
I am helplessly out of my mind over you

Nothing is perfect
Nothing is free
Nothing ain’t nothing
If it’s sets your soul free

Like a beast with its burden
Like a priest whose belief is so certain
Like a thief hiding behind every curtain
I am helplessly out of my mind without you

If I was deaf dumb and blind
I’d climb mountains to find you
I’d turn over every leaf and every stone

Like a bone with its marrow
A wheel with its barrow
An archer taking aim with his arrow
I am helplessly out of my mind over you

I am deaf dumb and blind
Climbing mountains to find you
Going out of my mind
Track Name: Rooftop Girl
Rooftop Girl

Rooftop Girl wants to make the rooftops green
Rooftop Girl wants to make the Earth’s lungs clean
Rooftop Girl bowl of coffee and pencil in your hands
Rooftop Girl a world of potential at your command

Green roofs
Grass and flowers
Let them bloom on every tower
Green roofs
Grass and flowers
Let ‘em bloom from every tower R

Rooftop Girl seventeen stories high
Rooftop Girl your own climate in the sky
Rooftop Girl fruit trees and garden beds
Rooftop Girl honeybees buzzing on a window ledge

Chorus

Someday the concrete is gonna crumble
The plants are going to rise—ever so humble
Someday these facades are gonna tumble
Someday

Rooftop Girl turn on your radio
Rooftop Girl the ice is melting don’t you know
Rooftop Girl with your sunbeams and your curls
Rooftop Girl let those leaves and petals unfurl

Green roofs,
Grass and flowers
Let them bloom on every tower
Green roofs and solar power
Light your room and heat your shower
Green roofs
Grass and flowers
So much more than the question of the hour
Green roofs, Grass and flowers
Let them bloom
Track Name: Sweet Liberty
Sweet Liberty

Sweet Liberty
Won’t you take my hand
Sweet Liberty
I’ll die to defend this land
Sweet Liberty
Won’t you take my hand

Your purple mountain majesty
Above your fruited plain
I have to tell you honestly
I love it when you call my name
Sweet Liberty
Won’t you call my name

Sweet Liberty
Bullets fall like rain
Sweet Liberty
To be lost in your arms again
Sweet Liberty
Don’t let me die in vain

Your purple mountain majesty
Bombs bursting in thin air
I see you smiling down at me
And your flowing hair
Sweet Liberty
At the top of the stair

Sweet Liberty
Please lie by my side
Sweet Liberty
I’ve got a pain that I cannot hide
Sweet Liberty
Please lie by my side

I hear the wagon coming for me
Lay me in the blood soaked ground
My country tis of thee
I’m lost, will I be found
Sweet Liberty
Lay me in the cold cold ground

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