You Get What You Give

by Dave Keller

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One More Tear Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 Just when I thought I was over you Just when I thought I'd moved on Just when I thought my life was new And the past was long gone That's when I found myself cryin' And I didn't know why Looks like the past keeps creepin' back in And I can't let it die CHORUS 'Cause there's always one more tear There's always one more tear Every time I think it's gone, it keeps comin' on There's always one more tear VERSE 2 I remember all of the good times I can't get 'em outta my head Wish I could remember the bad times Baby instead That might make it easier To put you away But here I am Cryin' today CHORUS BRIDGE Always one more tear to cry Always one more tear up in my eye VERSE 3 Maybe one day I'll be over you Maybe one day I'll move on Maybe one day I'll be through And the past'll be long gone And I'll be done cryin' And I'll look to the sky I'll feel a drop of rain And I'll understand why CHORUS
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That Thing We Do Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 (DAVE + CARLY) I was always the last kid picked Sat on the bench all alone Watched all the other kids havin' fun While I sat there, kickin' a stone Never had a date on a Friday night With someone who cared Never made the party scene You could say it sure wasn't fair Never had a Valentine On Valentine's Day Never had a sweetheart With sweet things to say And I never had a lover Who could love me from the heart Never knew where to find one Never even knew where to start PRE-CHORUS I didn't have a clue 'Til I found you And you pulled me through CHORUS (With) that thing we do Just me and you You know it's true It's just that thing we do VERSE 2 Now if someone had told me I'd find a love like this I'd have told them they were lyin' That kinda thing just don't exist But you made me a believer And it only took one night You proved me wrong baby You feel so right PRE-CHORUS CHORUS VERSE 3 There's somethin' special 'bout the way we roll That I don't understand There's music in the way we work Maybe it's part of some master plan All I know is you're the one for me And I'm the one for you Your lovin' sets me free It's just that thing, it's just that thing… PRE-CHORUS CHORUS OUTRO SOLO
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You Get What You Give Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller CHORUS You get what you give The love that you live That's all that there is You get what you give VERSE 1 You keep talking, 'bout giving back But you put it off 'til tomorrow All the time, there are folks in need Havin' to beg, steal or borrow CHORUS VERSE 2 You say you ain't got nothing to give But a smile don't cost a dime The goodness you earn, just watch it return Comes back around, every time BRIDGE CHORUS/BREAKDOWN CHORUS/OUTRO
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The Evil That Men Do Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 I say this land is haunted Like a house up on a hill Look through its broken windows Feel the bitter chill All the years have come and gone There is no mercy still I know you feel it too The evil that men do VERSE 2 From the bodies in the rivers To the bodies in the trees To the bodies on the pavement Being crushed beneath the knees How can a country say it's free And live with this disease? I know you feel it too The evil that men do VERSE 3 Liberty and justice Are just words upon a page Until they reach each one of us This land will burn with rage Maybe it's a symptom Of this sad and selfish age I know you feel it too The evil that men do VERSE 4 To those of you who laugh it off To those who feel annoyed Someday when death comes callin' And you stare into the void The ghosts will all surround you And you'll recall George Floyd I know you feel it too The evil that men do VERSE 5 Some say that there's a heaven And I hope to God it's true With gates that swing wide open And not just for the few But no one's gonna save us It's up to me and you I know you feel it too The evil that men do SOLO VERSE 1 REPEATED
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Scratchin' At Your Door Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 Something's scratchin' at the door Wants to come in Wants a little more Of that sweet sweet sin Somethin' won't be still 'Til you speak its name You can feel the chill You can feel the shame It always wants a little more Something's scratchin' at your door VERSE 2 It keeps yankin' that chain Round and round And it won't give up 'Til it drags you down You can pretend That you just don't hear But it can smell All your pain and fear It always wants a little more Something's scratchin' at your door CHORUS You think maybe just this once You can let it in But it's never quite that simple It starts all over again Something's scratchin' at your door VERSE 3 So you batten that door With everything you got You can feel the pressure build You can feel it gettin' hot And your throat goes dry Like a desert in a drought And you know your time Is runnin' out It always wants a little more Something's scratchin' at your door CHORUS SOLO CHORUS OUTRO VOCALS OUTRO SOLO
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Your Kind Of Fool Words and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 I know the kind of lovers you like The kind that'll bend to your will The kind that'll give you everything Keep givin' 'til you get your fill So go ahead and ask me I'll give you every coin and jewel 'Cause baby I'm your kind of fool VERSE 2 I've seen you with all of those others The way that they call your name That peculiar mix of need and fear Their eyes betray their shame While you stand there high and mighty And still you look so cool 'Cause baby I'm your kind of fool BRIDGE Some fools are plain and simple Some are crazy mad All I know is this fool right here Sure has got it bad SOLO VERSE 3 So take me, and use me Do with me as you please A spoonful of your poison Will cure me of my disease Your eyes just like a shadow I'm drowning in their pool 'Cause baby I'm your kind of fool
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God Is Love / Love Is Everything lyrics and music by Dave Keller CHORUS When push comes to shove Remember, God is LOVE LOVE is everything LOVE is everything Everything that we need Is right here indeed LOVE is everything LOVE is everything VERSE 1 We're born into this world With a mind that's free Arms open in friendship And we love so easily But it doesn't take long Before we feel the pain Judging each other, sister and brother Again and again, but... CHORUS VERSE 2 The table is waiting It's time for us to take our place All manner of goodness and sweetness And beautiful grace But it ain't easy to forgive Even harder to forget But if we want to truly live We've got to leap without a net SOLO CHORUS – BREAKDOWN CHORUS
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The Spark 04:49
The Spark Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 There's a fire that I've seen Right behind your eyes A kind of desperation in the flame Like you're tryin' to live Before you've got to die Tryin' to bring some honor to your name But you don't know how And you don't know why It's so damn hard to face another day But you won't give up No you can't give up I wanna reach out and say CHORUS That fire you feel It may flicker You may wander in the dark The hands of time move quicker But don't forget, please don't forget You are the spark VERSE 2 There are seas of sadness That swallow us whole Hills and valleys block our way Caves of loneliness Beyond our control Roads with tolls too high to pay But when the sun Is sinking And you find yourself alone I know What you're thinking It's time to find your way home
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Make It To Tomorrow Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 I don't recognize this place How did we end up here? Oh I miss your beautiful face I miss all your cheer Everywhere I turn Things look mighty strange Still that fire burns We just got to rearrange PRE-CHORUS Mmm I know we can make it CHORUS Make it to tomorrow Make it through the sorrow To a place in time We'll feel good and fine Make it to tomorrow VERSE 2 I just got to ask It's been on my mind Is that you behind that mask Your eyes look so kind I can tell you're frightened By the way you hold yourself You're wonderin' when this might end Nobody can tell PRE-CHORUS CHORUS BRIDGE Sometimes I dream We're in a small cafe And you are smiling back at me I reach to take your hand And it all falls away We keep on falling endlessly VERSE 3 Some sweet day When this loneliness has gone Oh, I pray Pray that we'll be strong Strong enough to hold each other With our battered hands Strong enough to heal this world I know you understand PRE-CHORUS CHORUS
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Land Of The Lonely Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller INTRO SOLO VERSE 1 I live on a street, with one streetlight Ain't much to see, any old night Just the darkness and the fog and the houses Of people like me VERSE 2 If you live long enough, there are things that you hear All the couples who fight, all the families in fear In the darkness and the fog and the houses Of people like me CHORUS If it weren't so sad it'd be funny You'd think you could solve it with money But you'd be wrong, it's an old song Livin' in the land of the lonely VERSE 3 Each house on the street's just like a book If you knew the truth, you'd be too scared to look In the darkness and the fog and the houses Of people like me VERSE 4 I sit it in my chair, I drink from my glass The memories flare, all the ghosts from my past In the darkness and the fog and the houses Of people like me CHORUS SOLO VERSE 1 REPEAT I live on a street, with one streetlight Ain't much to see, any old night Just the darkness and the fog and the houses Of people like me Just the darkness and the fog and the houses Of people like me
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The Kiss I Want Lyrics and Music by Dave Keller VERSE 1 That's the kiss I want The one I've been waiting for The one I've been dreaming 'bout That knocks me right on the floor The kiss that just blows my mind Just tears me up Like the finest wine It just fills my cup That's the kiss that I want That's the kiss that I want VERSE 2 That's the kiss I need That I missed for so long That made me cry When I heard our song The kiss I thought That I almost lost I'd search the world Pay any cost That's the kiss that I want That's the kiss that I want BRIDGE Oh kisses, they may come and they may go They may start off fast, and slip away slow But the kiss that lasts, is worth everything That's the kiss that makes me sing SOLO VERSE 3 That's the kiss I miss And I need it so I can't resist And I won't let go 'Cause it's you I feel Inside my heart And that kiss is where This feeling starts That's the kiss that I want (4X)
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I'm Gonna Let It Shine words by Toussaint St. Negritude music by Dave Keller I stand on the banks of tomorrow and my soul looks vast and wonders how in the world any other vision could ever be so fine. I stand on the banks of tomorrow and my soul looks vast and wonders to which flowing glory shall I rise divine I stand on the banks of tomorrow and my soul looks vast and wonders my feet may be bound by the shores of a current denial but with this little light of mine I can fly like a bird in the sky. I can fly like a bird in the sky. I stand on the banks of tomorrow wondering how in the world any other vision could ever be so fine.

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ALL money from album sales goes to groups working for racial justice and equity.

Duets with:

Trudy Lynn
Joe Louis Walker
Annika Chambers
Johnny Rawls
Annie Mack
Dawn Tyler Watson
Brother Bob White
Carly Harvey
Toussaint St. Negritude
Katie Henry
Chad Hollister

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released November 20, 2020

Produced by Dave Keller

Dave Keller: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, National steel guitar, harmonica

Ira Friedman: piano, organ
Alex Budney: bass
Jay Gleason: drums

Annika Chambers: vocals ("One More Tear", "The Evil That Men Do" - 3rd verse)
Carly Harvey: vocals ("That Thing We Do")
Annie Mack: vocals ("You Get What You Give", "The Evil That Men Do" - 4th verse)
Trudy Lynn: vocals ("Your Kind Of Fool", "The Evil That Men Do" - 2nd verse)
Johnny Rawls: vocals ("Land Of The Lonely", "The Evil That Men Do" - 5th verse), backing vocals ("You Get What You Give")
Joe Louis Walker: vocals ("Scratchin' At Your Door")
Dawn Tyler Watson: vocals ("God Is Love/Love Is Everything")
Chad Hollister: vocals, cajon,("Make It To Tomorrow"), backing vocals, handclaps ("You Get What You Give")
Brother Bob White: vocals, piano ("Precious Lord, Take My Hand")
Katie Henry: vocals ("The Kiss I Want")
Toussaint St. Negritude: vocals ("I'm Gonna Let It Shine")

Chris Robertson: electric slide guitar ("Scratchin' At Your Door" - rhythm guitar and outro solo)
Vince Allen: electric guitar (solo on ""God Is Love/Love Is Everything")
Larry Gann: drums ("Precious Lord, Take My Hand")

Mark Earley: tenor and bari saxes (incl. tenor solo on "God Is Love/Love Is Everything")
Mario Perrett: tenor sax
Tom Palance: trumpet
Garth Retallack: trombone ("That Thing We Do")

April Caspari: backing vocals, handclaps ("You Get What You Give", "Scratchin' At Your Door")
Katie Sterling: backing vocals, handclaps ("You Get What You Give")
Havvah Keller: backing vocals, handclaps ("You Get What You Give")
Idalee Keller: backing vocals, handclaps ("You Get What You Give")


Recorded by Roger Stauss, Sugarhouse Soundworks, LLC, Waitsfield, VT, July 21-24 & 28, and Sept. 14 & 17, 2020, sugarhousesound.rocks. Assisted by Eric Sigsbey and Eric Graham. Additional assistance from Ben Collette and Rob O’Dea.

Mixed by Ben Collette and mastered by Rob O’Dea, Tank Recording Studio, Burlington, VT, tankrecording.com

Additional recording August 2020, by Mark Earley (Earley Horn Works, Ipswich, MA), Ben Collette (Tank Recording Studio, Burlington, VT), Rock Romano (Red Shack Recording Studio, Houston, TX), Francois Thiffault (The Burrow, Montreal, QC), Matt Patrick (The Library Recording Studio, Minneapolis, MN), Scott Petito (NRS Recording Studio, Catskill, NY), Paul DesLauriers (Paul DesLauriers Boom Boom Room, W. Palm Beach, FL), David Gorozdos (Cabbage Run Records, Frederick, MD), Katie Henry (RootsGrow Studio, Vernon, NJ), and Chris Burns (CBP Music, Memphis, TN). “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” recorded June 2013 by Matthew Russo and Larry Gann (Awestruck Studios, Independence, MO).

Horns arranged by Mark Earley and Dave Keller

All songs by Dave Keller, Tastee Tone Publishing (BMI), except:
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by Thomas A. Dorsey, Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp. (BMI)
“I'm Gonna Let It Shine”, words by Toussaint St. Negritude, Star House Publishing (BMI), music by Dave Keller, Tastee Tone Publishing (BMI)


Photos by Laura Carbone, Colleen Budney, Eric Sigsbey, Chad Hollister, Mario Perrett, Jay Gleason, Jami Robertson, Ray Fredericks, Idalee Keller, and Dave Keller

Cover art and album design by Paul Grosso: paulgrossodesign.com

Media by Mark Pucci: markpuccimedia.com
Radio by Todd Glazer: toddglazer.com

Dedicated to the Black musicians who mentored and befriended me, sharing their gifts so kindly and selflessly: Nate Simmons, Reggie Taylor, Mighty Sam McClain, Fontella Bass, Robert Ward, Drink Small, Turner Foddrell, George Higgs, John Dee Holeman, Joe Moore, Brother Bob White, Johnny Rawls, and Darryl Carter.

In Memory of Zanny Preston Keller, 2004-2019.

All money from album sales goes to groups that are working for Racial Justice and Equity.


Thanks to God for bringing all these wonderful people together to do good through this music.

I will be forever grateful to all the amazing musicians who appear on this album. Thank you for stepping up to donate your time and talents to this project, and to the cause of racial justice and equity. I am honored by your presence here, and by your friendship. You all have made my songs shine, and I am beaming. Thank you. Extra gratitude and love to my awesome band: Ira Friedman, Alex Budney, and Jay Gleason.

This album would not exist without the generosity of Roger Stauss, Eric Sigsbey, Ben Collette, and Rob O'Dea, who donated studio time and their talents for this project. Thank you so much. Thanks also to all the other engineers who helped out.

Big thanks as always to Katie Sterling, Havvah Keller, and Idalee Keller. I love you guys. Love and gratitude to my mom Judi Keller, and my brothers Todd and Gregg.

Thank you to the following friends who helped out so generously: Bob Habian, Jenn Grace, Fred Mecke & Carol Doerflein, Steve Wisbaum, Paul Fassler, Harpo & Orah, John Wagner, Brett Fleming, Mark Schilling, Carrie Steele, Peter Santos, Hugo & Cynthia Liepmann, Roy Schiff & Elise Annes, Ray & Betsy Mazzoleni, Paul McMahon, Allan Nichols, Peter Jordan, Danra & Phil Whitcher (“Phanra”), Rick & Susan Lee, Nancy Bercaw, Annemarie Furey, Kenny Boy and Susanna Keefer, Mark Aichele, Rich Foster, Rebecca Brooklyn & Kent Eaton, Laura Carbone, Kate Rooney, Jaime Feliciano, Bob & Alison Stannard, The "Wows" (aka The Murphy Family), Chris Klug, Brett & Mila, Steve Eastman, Mark Leipert, and Danny & Kathi Coane.

Special thanks to Brett Hoffman, Gary Lotspeich, Peter Collins and the guys, Joe Moore, Andy Harris, Pete Boyle, Steve Krase, Antar Goodwin, Adrian 'Shawn' Gardner, and Barbara White-Tate.

Please visit the websites below to learn more about the artists on this album. Purchasing music directly from the artists themselves is a great way to show your support.

www.anniemackmusic.com
www.annikachambers.com
www.carlyharvey.com
www.chadmusic.com
www.dawntylerwatson.com
www.joelouiswalker.com
www.johnnyrawlsblues.com
www.katiehenrymusic.com
www.toussaintstnegritude.com
www.trudylynn.com


This album means an awful lot to me. At first, I just thought it would be a fun way to make music with my friends, and do some good during a time of great sadness and stress in the world. I had no idea that it would blossom into something so beautiful.

What you are about to listen to is the result of many, many people giving. Musicians giving their time and talents. Engineers and studio owners sharing their spaces and expertise. Artists, photographers, publicists, all pitching in. And a wonderful assortment of people from around the world, who gladly contributed money to help cover production costs beyond what we could get donated. And you too, by purchasing this album, are giving.

All of us working together to foster racial justice and equity. That’s what it’s going to take to create deep and lasting change. Thank you for being part of this.

And thank you for giving these songs your ears, your attention, and, I hope, your heart. Yes, we musicians dream of fame and fortune. But we care most about reaching hearts. So please accept this gift, from our hearts to yours, and pass it on in whatever form you can. The love that you live – that’s all that there is.

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Dave Keller Montpelier, Vermont

While showing the influence of his mentors (Johnny Rawls, Mighty Sam McClain, Ronnie Earl), Keller's individuality shines. Deep soul singing, fiery guitar work, meaningful songs with addictive choruses. Like a younger generation Robert Cray, Keller mixes the power of soul and blues, drawing the listener into his world, and leaving him or her richer for the experience. ... more

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