Things I Meant To Say

from by Dan Franklin

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Come with me to a delusional man's cluttered home. See the pictures on his wall of this week's starlet. See the cut up scandal rags piled high in the trash bin. Hear him regretting the things I didn't do and the things I meant to say.


THINGS I MEANT TO SAY (Jackness/Franklin)

Oh – as I was cutting your pictures from a magazine,
I swear that you were meant to be my everything.
You’re smiling. Pictures in a magazine.

Not like the last time, ‘cause first impressions never last.
No, no one knows the stories in a stranger’s
Photographs. First impressions never last.

The joke ain’t that funny when it’s at your expense.
And if I had a nickel for each time that things would stop making sense,
I’d buy myself an ocean and just float away.
It’s not that I’m crazy – I think I could maybe be okay,
If I could just hold you and stop thinking about
The things I meant to say.

Bouncing around my mind like a hand grenade without a pin
Sweating bullets, taking shots, and wonderin’
Where you’ve been. Hand grenade without a pin.

Baby don’t make a scene. I can see right through those tabloid tears
And the childish games you’ve played with me for all these years
It’s getting weird. I can see right through your tabloid tears


Sunset cuts the blinds in ribbons, painted all the walls.
Shadows tattooed another name I’d never call

BGV: you can’t. You can’t see me, but I know you can hear me.


BGV: Tell you all these things one day. All of the things that I meant to say.


from The Best Ride Of Your Life, released September 23, 2015
THINGS I MEANT TO SAY (Jackness/Franklin)
Drums – Jeff Muzerolle
Bass – Mike Hill
Guitars, Tambourine, Castanets – Dan Franklin
Piano – Patrick Copeland
Violins – Suemy Gonzalez, Lauren Baba, Leah Zeger
Trumpet – Matt Fronke
Tenor Sax – Jason Freese
Trombone – Ryan Dragonn
BGVs – Fletcher Sheridan, Josh Disan, Nathan Shrake, Rudy Cardenas



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Dan Franklin Corona, California

Dan Franklin is a Los Angeles based singer/producer/songwriter/composer/multi- instrumentalist.

As a multi-instrumental performer, he’s spanned every genre, playing with everyone from Slash to Leann Rimes on every stage from Disneyland to the Grand ‘Ole Opry. In addition to playing well with others, Dan also plays in the duo ‘Dan and Leland’.
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