Shouting Into the Wind

by Dann Morr & The Dashing Bastard Sideshow

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Dann Morr, songwriter and sideman, steps out with his debut album Shouting Into the Wind, a collection of indie rock gems that deftly incorporates the best parts of his long tenure in the Chicago music scene. Produced by Mike Hagler (OK Go, Wilco, Billy Bragg) and Morr, the 10-track album was recorded in Chicago at Kingsize Sound Labs and released on Squirrel Trap Records.

Since the 1990s Dann Morr has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the folk-rock group Wells-next-the-Sea, indie-rock/power-pop outfits Analog Radio, and High Energy Physics, as well as bassist and backing vocalist for a number of other Windy City artists including The Cheetles, Mooner, Kerosene Stars, Kevin Lee, Phil Angotti, and Tom Daily.

“My original plan for this album was to find a home for orphan songs that had fallen by the wayside over the last few years… songs that were performed by my previous bands, but never properly recorded or never released,” Morr explains. “Although, once we started recording together, I was inspired to write some new material for this amazing line up of musicians- which we dubbed The Dashing Bastard Sideshow.”

Intricately woven guitar lines lounge atop a raucous rhythm section and each track covers distinct territory, from the power-pop crunch of “Jaded” to the rockabilly twang of “I Remember You”, with Morr moving from grit-throat rocker to sly crooner. The end result is that Shouting Into the Wind is an exploration of songs that show where Dann Morr comes from and where he is going.

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released September 23, 2014

Dann Morr – vocals, bass, electric & acoustic guitars, and piano


Larry Beers – drums and percussion

James Coffey – electric & acoustic guitars and vocals

Mike Hagler – synthesizer and organ

Lee Ketch – electric guitar and bass

Tom Slater – piano, electric piano, organ, and vocals

produced by Mike Hagler and Dann Morr
recorded, mixed, and mastered at Kingsize Sound Labs (Chicago, IL)

all songs written by Dann Morr
except 1, 2, 4, & 8 written by Dann Morr & Jaime Vazquez
published by Wanna Ride Bikes? (ASCAP)

art direction by Sara Millsap

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Dann Morr Chicago, Illinois

Dann Morr is a Chicago-based songwriter and musician. Since the 1990s he has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist for his own bands as well as bassist and backing vocalist for a number of other Windy City artists.

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Track Name: Jaded
Better. I'm doing better.
The air is fine. I've lost my mind.
I'm managing. The memory's finally faded.

Remember. I can't remember.
How I fell. Don't wish to dwell.
I tell myself I'm nothing but elated.

I climbed this mountain on my own.
You seem so small when I look down.
Every scar feels like some kind of trophy.
But trust me, this ain't no prize.

Never. Well I never.
Lost as much. Was out of touch.
I came back And only slightly jaded

I climbed this mountain on my own.
You seem so small when I look down.
Every scar feels like some kind of trophy.
But trust me, this ain't no prize.
Track Name: The Right Way
You write novels in the second person
And can't think of anything worse than being told what to do
You don't like it when I am forthcoming
And there ain't no bigger drag than to get stuck next to you.

You talk love but say you've never been in it
And no matter the subject you know your beliefs to be true
Your leather cuff doesn't make you tough
You just try too hard for someone with nothing to prove

So you say
There's only so much I can take
I cant let this go another day
I'll think it over but I think it's the right way

You own the rights to a new kind of sadness
And if anyone takes up your hobby you tell them you're thru
You live by a code that's unspoken
And someday you'll reap that reward that's so long overdue.

So you say
There's only so much I can take
I can’t let this go another day
I'll think it over but I think it's time I
Had my say
There is no more I can take
I won’t let this go another day
Now think it over ‘cause I think it's the right way
Track Name: I Remember You
I held my breath as the train pulled in the station. How strange to be back home.
This is the first time you won't be waiting on the platform when I arrive
For the whole ride I thought I reconciled my feelings now that you're gone
But as I stand here on my own with bag in hand I only feel deprived.

I close my eyes, keep the earth beneath my feet
The warmth of the sun takes the chill out of the breeze
For a moment everything at peace
And I remember you.

This is the same path we used to take together on autumn days
We'd walk in silence no need for conversation, lost in our minds
I like to think that if I walk this path alone I will feel you near
I'll pretend you only wandered out of sight or you're close behind.

I close my eyes, keep the earth beneath my feet
The warmth of the sun takes the chill out of the breeze
For a moment everything at peace
And I remember you.

I remember you my friend
I remember you
I remember you my friend
I remember you
Track Name: My Last Cash
There's a lesson I learned I have to learn again
You'll tell me it's all okay, but then
I look in your eyes and know that's not so.

Affection comes back with a jolt and a flash
I'll tell you it doesn't fade, and well, that's
All you get from me, at least without a drink.

I always spent my love like my last cash.
I couldn't tell you how it all went so fast.

I should have taken time to ask you how you were.
Or maybe you told me, I can't be sure.
You can have me now, for all that it's worth

I always spent my love like my last cash.
I couldn't tell you how it all went so fast.
All I want is to kill some time with you now.
All I want is to kill some time with you now
Track Name: How Far I've Run
I have a notecard in my pocket to tell me what day it is
I keep my journal close at hand
I use it to record the little things that add up to a life
I hope you understand

I check my notes
Put your face with a name
Remind myself this is New York not LA

I know it's not an easy task confabulations cloud my mind
Yet you stay by my side
It's a waste of time to compare self to what I used to be
Fill in all the lost time

I check my notes
Put your face with a name
Remind myself this is New York not LA

I used to fear there'd come a day I'd turn around and be 80
Missing years of my life
Now I have one request of you and it would mean the world to me
If we could cross that finish line

So don't tell me how far I've run
Don't tell me how far I've run
Track Name: It Sounds Like Summer
It sounds like summer
It sounds like summer when you sing
It sounds like summer
And nothing matters, not a single thing

When freezing rain falls from the sky
and my SAD lamp is on all the time
I still feel fine
I don't care how grey it may be
It sounds like summer every time you sing to me

It sounds like summer
It sounds like summer when you sing
It sounds like summer
And nothing matters, not a single thing

I close my eyes and the sun shines all around
and I'm cruising the PCH with the radio up and the windows down

It sounds like summer
It sounds like summer when you sing
It sounds like summer
Track Name: The Ghost of Your Voice
The ghost of your voice rings but it's hollow
the echo is all that remains.
It floats on the air I barely can follow
quietly quickly it fades

I stumble and fall as I call thru the valley
I'm closer while chasing your name

The pillar of doubt casts a long shadow.
Which one of us lost their way?
The sun starts to wane. Will you be here tomorrow?
There's little light left in the day.

I stumble and fall as I call thru the valley
I'm closer while chasing your name
The farther I travel the more of a gamble
I make our direction's the same.

The ghost of your voice rings but it's hollow
the echo is all that remains.
Track Name: You Are Well Enough Alone
Hey, dear. We don't know where you are tonight
Where you're sleeping. The company you're keeping
You want it that way. And thats all right

So take love anyway you can get it
As long as you don't regret it
Its far more pleasant than it sounds
To make love anyway you can get it

Hey, dear. We won't give up without a fight
This song is all we've got to get out of your tight spot
You want it that way. And thats all right

So take love anyway you can get it
If its not from us don't sweat it
Its far more pleasant than it sounds
To make love anyway you can get it

You are well enough alone And that's why I'm leaving

Hey, dear. Keep warm where you are tonight
Where you're healing all the hearts you're stealing
You need it that way. And thats all right

So take love anyway you can get it
As long as you don't regret it
Just pick yourself up off the ground
And make love anyway you can get it
Track Name: Drive Around
When we get to your doorstep
You tell me what a nice time you had
We kiss good night at your doorstep
You look at me and pretend you're not sad

You stand for so long with your hand on the door
But you don't make a move to go
We both stare at a spot on the floor
And we don't say what we both know

Oh no
After tonight it won't be the same
You're ready to go
Your bags are packed and you leave tomorrow

We've been together for so long
If we're apart I won't know what to do
And tho I knew this would happen someday
That day came too soon

Now it's late
But we want to kill some time before we say goodnight
Let's climb in the car
We'll drive around all night and say goodbye tomorrow
Tonight we'll drive around
Track Name: Isabel Knows
Isabel knows what you'e thinking
but she won't tell me what's on your mind
She knows what I can only imagine
all the things that you have inside all the time

I listen to the phone ring
Come on and answer
She knows it's me calling
She knows what I'm after
Oh I wanna know what Isabel knows

Isabel knows what you'e thinking
but she won't tell me what's on your mind
She knows what I can only imagine
all the things that you have to hide all the time

I drive around her block
Over and over
I hope I might see her
I'm only getting older
Oh I wanna know what Isabel knows

Isabel sees things that I can't see
Isabel can be with you in your dreams
Isabel I wanna go there too
Isabel I wanna be with you

I hear the phone ringing
Over and over
I hope it's her calling
I hope she's coming over
Oh I wanna know what Isabel knows