The Ballad of Canoga Dan

from by David Nigel Lloyd

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THE BALLAD OF CANOGA DAN

The palm trees are swaying outside the shopping mall.
The dreams of summer fading, at last beyond recall.
There’s snow upon the mountains and rain upon the sea
and years to fall upon this song of who we chose to be.

So, I make a poor apostle with my mixed up metaphor.
But, then he’s not around to come knocking on my door
to show me where I’m wrong and lead us all in song
who dwell upon this Gothic desert sand
where he we called Canoga Dan did stand.

Summoned to Golgotha out on Route 66.
His faithful family Rambler as his wingéd crucifix. The ladies
sadly shake their tails. They’d seen the holes made by the nails.
To satisfy all disbelieving men,
Canoga Dan The Man will rise again.

You’re a better man than I, Canoga Dan!
Unlikely looking master with a master plan.
II miglior fabro. And how that cat could blow!
For the pure at heart he always will defend.
He’d do his all for them until the end.

words and music: David Nigel Lloyd

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from Dark Ages —remastered 2nd edition, released August 17, 1984
George Reich: Prophet 5.
Bill Ohanesian: birds recorded in Griffith Park.
DNL: guitar, vocals.

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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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