Dan Sheridan

Dan Sheridan

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Biography

The origins of Dan Sheridan’s melody driven, acoustic based rock can be traced back to the humble bars of Blacksburg, VA but truly came of age in the dynamic music scene of Austin, TX. Born and raised just outside of Washington DC, Dan studied violin and piano before taking up the acoustic guitar and falling in love with the craft of songwriting. Dan's debut solo effort "Last Chance to Do Nothing" was recorded near Berklee College of Music in Boston in late 1998. Dan’s latest release, "The Gravity of Habit" was recorded with Dan’s veteran group in Austin and completed upon his return to Washington DC. It is a return to the hook-driven, thoughtful, dissections of the things in life that move us. Whether describing emotion, introspection, or pouring over the thoughts within a single moment, each song invites one to take a deep look into its meaning or to simply enjoy the sound at its musical surface.

Lyrics

Harmonic

Written By: Dan Sheridan

Harmonic

The truth seeps
Beneath the coursing of my confidence
Between my actions
And the expectations I leave burning
Within the politics of daily life
The pull of my commitments
I feel the push towards the party line
Where compromise means failure

For all this I took my life and placed it on it’s side
Just for the outside chance I might be able
To free me

And now the truth is for the taking
And this quiet leaves me quite awake yet sleeping
Will I be trapped inside this ease of life
In the daily meditation
Of laziness and passiveness
Of the shedding of my burden

Still all the while I’m stuck within this temporary skin
It all comes down to that I might be able

To free me
When All my life is free
Always I must believe
It’s all left up to me
So take it

And in this the promised life
Dressed in robes of my making
Can I still conquer what I love
And still love what I have taken
But it’s clear what concerns me
We’re all the victims of our dreaming
still, when I give in to their influence
my soul is finally breathing

I can’t bear to stay within this ordinary skin
It all comes down to that I must be able

To free me
When all my life is free
Always I must believe it all comes down to me
Oh and I know
I can’t hold on to all you took from me
but always
I must believe its all comes down to me

Honest Reactions

Written By: Dan Sheridan

These honest reactions
Come between me and her once again
Despite my attraction
My patience is wearing thin
Come and see me come and see me, late tonight
I’ll leave the light on
We can dispense with all the rhetoric
And get to why you came,

And I’ll try not to think too much about it,
After all, you promised me the same.

These changes in comfort,
Are driving me toward a change,
Still my motives are suspect,
why leave this for no real gain?
Try and tell me, try and tell me, if you can
What is the difference?
If I act a little later, won’t the outcome be the same?

Besides I’m trying not to think too much about this,
After all, I told you what I’d say

You said we could let this go
You said “I can take it”
You promised you’d let me know
Before this, before this

Didn’t we agree this would go nowhere
Didn’t we agree?

These subtle retractions
Are robbing me of my daytime
I pushed you to nowhere
Still in charge of my dearest drive
Come and see me come and see me, I subtly say
no reason not to
We’ll soon tire of this bullshit, though I doubt today’s the day

After all I’m trying not to think too much about this,
I told you what I’d say

You said I could let this go
You said “I can take it”
You promised you’d let me know
Before this, before this

Try and tell me
Wait, this pause can last all night
Just join in and lie to me
I’m doing that myself
Try and tell me
How easy all of this will be
Just join in and lie to me

Chorus

Written By: Dan Sheridan

Chorus

William said, All the worlds a stage
He and she, Walk to the scene, unknowingly
We all have our relations, their major ones, for a year been done
Transitional finds, have passed the time, been left behind

We all look to conclusions, believe things meant to be or not meant to be
How easily will kill our choices
Within those tightened walls we seem to breath more comfortably, ironically
Still we close our eyes and beg for inspiration

She is ready
No forcing here
No forcing here
He is ready
No forcing here
No forcing here

These times when we’re empty
We only look to fill us up again
These times when we’re ready
We move beyond what we have been

All our preparations they guide our way from day to day
But when they turn to expectations
It’s the quickest way to lose our favorite game
Eyes wide open without knowing, They make their plays (play their games), subconsciously
It leads to the moment when we begin to watch (see)

She is ready
No forcing here
No forcing here
He is ready
No forcing here
No forcing here

These times when we’re empty
We only look to fill us up again
These times when we’re ready
We move beyond what we have been

A pause from our story, before the curtain rises
A glimpse of our meaning
The interest in our proceedings
This is not a conclusion
as the act without actors draws near
it's our audition for living
Our inescapable pleasure
Our inescapable fear.

She is ready
No forcing here
No forcing here
He is ready
No forcing here
No forcing here

These times when we’re empty
We only look to fill us up again
These times when we’re ready
We move beyond what we have been

Discography

The Gravity of Habit (2006)
Last Chance to Do Nothing (1998)

Set List

Over 50 original songs