Steve Dan Mills

Steve Dan Mills

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Contemporary singer /songwriter / storyteller with songs written from the heart covering issues of love, humanity and redemption. The music of Steve Dan Mills is both passionate and sensitive and has been known to elicit tears and laughter from his audiences. Powerful vocals, guitar and harmonica.

Biography

Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder, lead singer / guitarist of the trailblazing band, Speed Limit 35 and also a member of the Calvary Blues Band. In the middle of January in 1979 Steve Dan Mills packed up his van in South Florida where he had been playing the lounge scene and moved to Nashville and began pitching his songs on Music Row. After five years of knocking on doors, he landed a staff-writer deal with legendary Combine Music Group where he wrote the hit “Dream on Texas Ladies” for Rex Allen Jr. He went on to score cuts by John Michael Montgomery, Mel MacDaniel, Neal Coty, Benita Hill and others. He also landed a song on the Maverick the movie soundtrack album.

In the mid 90’s, he abandoned his quest to write songs for the Nashville marketplace and began to write and perform songs from his own heartfelt experience as a solo act. He has performed at the London Folk Festival, Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and has shared the stage with such acts as John Hiatt, Michael McDonald,
and Steve Earle. He recently released a critically acclaimed album called “Inside Out Lookin’ In” .The title cut has been covered by guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel

Lyrics

Inside Out Lookin' In

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

INSIDE OUT LOOKIN’
IN STEVE DAN MILLS

Chorus:
I’M INSIDE OUT OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN
NO MATTER WHERE I GO I CAN’T ESCAPE MY SKIN
I CAN ACT COOL AND I CAN ACT PROUD
NO MATTER HOW I ACT I’M STILL ALONE IN A CROWD
INSIDE OUT ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN

I SIGNED UP WITH THE CUB SCOUTS
I WENT OUT FOR THE TEAM
I DRESSED THE DRESS AND TALKED THE TALK
OF THE PREPPIES, JOCKS AND FREAKS
BUT THAT SENSE OF TRUE BELONGING DID NOT BELONG TO ME
SO I FOUND MY PLACE IN THE FANTASY
OF HOW GREAT ONE DAY I’D BE
I WAS INSIDE OUT ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN

Repeat Chorus:

I TRIED TO BE IN LOVE
WHEN I WAS MUCH TOO YOUNG
I COULD NOT MATCH MY ACTIONS
WITH THE WORDS ON MY TONGUE
SO I WENT THROUGH SEVERAL VERSIONS OF MY COLD AND HOSTILE MOM
THEY ALL SWORE I WAS TOO DISTANT
AND IN THE DISTANCE THEY’D BE GONE
I WAS INSIDE OUT ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN

Repeat Chorus:

I FOUND THE GREAT EQUALIZER
SUBSTANCE QUICK AND WARM
IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE WONDER BOY
ELOQUENTLY ADORNED
BUT THAT WORD MODERATION
WAS FOR YEARS BEYOND MY SPEECH
NOW THERE’S A TIME BOMB OF EMOTION STUFFED INSIDE OF ME
AND I’M INSIDE OUT ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN

Repeat Chorus:

Copyright January 11, 2004

Where Is My Child Tonight

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

WHERE IS MY CHILD TONIGHT STEVE DAN MILLS

MY HEART IS POUNDING AND MY STOMACH’S IN KNOTS MY MIND IS RACING FASTER WITH EACH TICK OF THE CLOCK I BELIEVED HIM WHEN HE SWORE HE’D NEVER DO THAT STUFF AGAIN BUT NOW HIS BED IS SO EMPTY AND FOR DAYS THERE’S BEEN NO WORD FROM HIM
CHORUS: WHERE IS MY CHILD TONIGHT
IS HE OUT ON THE EDGE IS HE OUT OF HIS MIND
I’VE DONE EVERYTHING I KNOW TO DO WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT
WHERE IS MY CHILD TONIGHT
I DROVE THROUGH THE NEIBORHOOD AND I WALKED THOSE MEAN STREETS
I BEGGED THOSE USING BUDDIES FOR THE SECRETS THEY KEEP
AND I RAGED OUT AT THEIR SILENCE AND I ALMOST LOST CONTROL
NOW I QUESTION MY OWN SANITY AS I SEARCH DEEP WITHIN MY SOUL

CHORUS: WHERE IS MY CHILD TONIGHT IS SHE OUT ON THE EDGE IS SHE OUT OF HER MIND I’VE DONE EVERYTHING I KNOW TO DO AND I’M DYIN’ OF FRIGHT WHERE IS MY CHILD TONIGHT I BOTH WISH AND I WISH NOT TO HEAR THE RING OF THAT PHONE WITH THE NEWS THAT HE’S ALRIGHT OR THE NEWS THAT SHE’S GONE I AM SO POWERLESS TO CHANGE THEM AND I KNOW NOW THAT IT’S TRUE I CAN’T MAKE IT ALL BY MYSELF OH LORD WON’T YOU SHOW ME WHAT TO DO
CHORUS: WHERE ARE OUR CHILDREN TONIGHT
ARE THEY OUT ON THE EDGE ARE THEY OUT OF THEIR MINDS
WE’VE DONE EVERYTHING WE KNOW TO DO LORD SHOW US THE LIGHT WHERE ARE OUR CHILDREN TONIGHT
COPYRIGHT@STEVE DAN MILLS MUSIC JUNE 11, 2004

Almost Home

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

Almost Home Steve Dan Mills

Three long years in a makeshift manger
Until two strangers came for me
they drove me down that lonesome highway
To the driveway of my dreams

Chorus
I can jump real high I can smile real bright
i'll show you every trick I know
Like hold my breath all night "til you make up your mind
I'm a child almost home

I can work real hard i will earn my keep
I will be real quiet I" ll be real neat
I will tow the line I will stay on task
You'll be sorry if you send me back

Repeat Chorus

These trial weekends they split my nerve ends
Judge and jury watchin' me
They always find me slightly guilty
Slightly short of what they need

Repeat Chorus:

Nobody ever wants top ho;ld me
They always load me full of lies
Like 'we will call and we will write
We'll come back for you when the time is right'

Repeat Chorus

That's the way my childhood went
Boarded windows barbed wire fence
But now the shoe has shifted and I'm being gifted
There's an orphan Child knockin' on my door

Repeat Chorus with and "he says"

You can breathe now you are home
We can breathe now we are home
You and I are finally home

Glory Bound

Written By: Steve Dan Mills


GLORY BOUND STEVE DAN MILLS

WE WERE YOUNG AND RESTLESS TIME WAS STANDING STILL
WE WERE PARCHED AND BREATHLESS WE COULD NOT GET OUR FILL
WE WERE LIVING FOR THAT SUMMER TO HEAR THE BELL FREEDOM’S SWEET SOUND
WE HIT THE HIGHWAY RUNNIN’ YOU AND I WERE GLORY BOUND

WE’D BEEN LONG TERM SHADOW DANCERS ALWAYS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKIN’ IN
LONG TERM SHADOW DANCERS HIGH UPON THE STRENGTH OF OUR OWN WIND
ALIVE WE’D NOT BE TAKEN BY THE LONG ARM OF THAT DEAD END FACTORY TOWN
THOSE FOLKS WERE ALL MISTAKEN YOU AND I WERE GLORY BOUND

CHORUS:
HIGH ABOVE THE CROWD WE WERE GLORY BOUND
WE RODE THAT RAINBOW ‘TIL THE GOLD TURNED BROWN
BUT JUST DOWN THE ROAD WE’D BUY THAT TOWN
BUT UNTIL THEN WE WERE GLORY BOUND

WE GREW WIRED AND WRECKLESS TIME WAS SLIPPIN’ BY
WE WORE PRIDE LIKE A NECKLACE TRYIN’ TO KEEP THE LIE ALIVE
THEN WE FINALLY SCORED ONE DARK NIGHT AND SLIPPED BACK TO THAT QUIET BORDER TOWN
WE WERE SURE THAT WE’D SEE DAYLIGHT YOU AND I WERE GLORY BOUND

CHORUS:
HIGH ABOVE THE CROWD WE WERE GLORY BOUND
WE RODE THAT RAINBOW ‘TIL THE GOLD TURNED BROWN
BUT JUST DOWN THE ROAD WE’D BUY THAT TOWN
BUT UNTIL THEN WE WERE GLORY BOUND

WE RACED THE ROAD TO RENO TO MEET OUR MAN WAITIN’ IN THE PARK
WE TRADED TWENTY KILOS FOR A SUITCASE FULL OF MONEY IN THE DARK
WHEN WE LIT A MATCH TO COUNT IT SPOTLIGHTS STARTED SHINING ALL AROUND
SLAMMED TO THE GROUND THEY CUFFED US YOU AND I WERE GLORY BOUND

CHORUS:
HIGH ABOVE THE CROWD WE WERE GLORY BOUND
WE RODE THAT RAINBOW ‘TIL THE GOLD TURNED BROWN
BUT JUST DOWN THE ROAD WE’D BUY THAT TOWN
BUT UNTIL THEN WE WERE GLORY BOUND

@COPYRIGHT STEVE DAN MILLS MUSIC AUGUST 5, 1996

Bootleg Hill

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

BOOTLEG HILL STEVE DAN MILLS

THEY'VE COME TO CALL IT WHITE LIGHTNIN' AND IT'LL STRIKE YOU BLIND
BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR DARKNESS YOU'LL THINK YOU'VE SEEN THE LIGHT
THEY HAUL IT CLEAR ACROSS THE COUNTY SO YOU CAN DRINK YOUR FILL
AND WATCH EACH OTHER'S SUN SET OUT ON BOOTLEG HILL

IT'S A FAMILY TRADITION THEY PASS IT DOWN THE LINE
THE CHILDREN GIVE IT THE TASTE TEST EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT
YOU'LL SEE 'EM REVIN' UP THEIR ENGINES YOU'LL SEE 'EM DRESSED TO KILL
YOU'LL SEE 'EM SEND THEIR OWN COUSINS OFF TO BOOTLEG HILL

I LOST MY WILL ON BOOTLEG HILL
MY SPIRIT RIDES ON THE OTHER SIDE
MY MAMA CRIES FROM THAT BLACK DEVILLE
THAT RIDES THROUGH THE WASTELAND BACK FROM BOOTLEG HILL

THE SHERIFF SWEARS TO THE PEOPLE HE'LL KEEP THE COUNTY DRY
BUT IF YOU WATCH THE WAY HIS MOUTH MOVES HE TALKS OUT EITHER SIDE
YOU'LL SEE HIM ROUNDIN' UP THOSE OUTLAWS YOU'LL SEE HIM POCKET THOSE R
YOU'LL SEE HIM LEADIN' THE PROCESSION BACK FROM BOOTLEG HILL

I LOST MY WILL ON BOOTLEG HILL
MY SPIRIT RIDES ON THE OTHER SIDE
MY MAMA CRIES FROM THAT BLACK DEVILLE
THAT RIDES THROUGH THE WASTELAND BACK FROM BOOTLEG HILL

COPYRIGHT NOVEMBER 20,1991 STEVE DAN MILLS MUSIC

Heaven In The Here And Now

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

HEAVEN IN THE HERE AND NOW STEVE DAN MILLS

IN MY YOUTH THE GOSPEL TRUTH WAS DRIVEN THROUGH MY BRAIN
SOMEWHERE BEYOND LIFE'S SUNSET I WOULD CATCH THAT GOSPEL TRAIN
SOMEWHERE BEYOND MY HUMANESS I WOULD NOT BE DENIED
IF I GREASED THE PALM OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND BLINDLY WALKED HIS LINE

IN MY TEENS A BLUE EYED DREAM CAME WALKING DOWN MY STREET
SOMEHOW WITHIN THAT MOMENT I COULD GLIMPSE ETERNITY
SOMEHOW WITHIN MY HUMANESS I WOULD NOT BE DENIED
SO I TURNED MY BACK ON RIGHTEOUSNESS AND RAN THROUGH PARADISE

I BELIEVE IN ECSTASY CLOSE AT HAND NOT FAR FROM ME
HEAVEN'S NO DAMN MYSTERY THE VOICE OF LOVE IS WHISPERING
FAR BELOW THESE CLOUDS GLORY BE THE SOUND
HEAVEN IN THE HERE AND NOW

LATE AT NIGHT A CEASELESS FIGHT BEGAN TO ROB MY SLEEP
SOMEWHERE BENEATH YOUTH'S PRINCIPLES MY LIFE SUNK AT MY FEET
SOMEHOW THAT BATTLE COOLED A WHILE WHEN THE WATER TURNED TO WINE
SO I TURNED MY BACK ON CONSCIOUSNESS AND CRAWLED THROUGH PARADISE

I BELIEVE IN ECSTASY CLOSE AT HAND NOT FAR FROM ME
HEAVEN'S NO DAMN MYSTERY THE VOICE OF LOVE IS WHISPERING
FAR BELOW THESE CLOUDS GLORY BE THE SOUND
HEAVEN IN THE HERE AND NOW

IN MY AGE THAT BATTLE RAGED AND BEAT ME TO MY KNEES
SOMEHOW IN THAT POSITION I COULD HEAR TRUTH TALK TO ME
IT SAID HEAVEN'S DEEP INSIDE OF YOU AND YOU WON'T BE DENIED
IF YOU ASK FOR YOUR DELIVERANCE AND TRUST IN THE REPLY

I BELIEVE IN ECSTASY CLOSE AT HAND NOT FAR FROM ME
HEAVEN'S NO DAMN MYSTERY IT'S DEEP INSIDE OF YOU AND ME
FAR BELOW THE CLOUDS GLORY BE THE SOUND
HEAVEN IN THE HERE AND NOW

COPYRIGHT JULY 21,1988
STEVE DAN MILLS MUSIC

Children In The War Zone

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

CHILDREN IN THE WAR ZONE STEVE DAN MILLS

CHILDREN IN THE WARZONE BABIES ON YOUR STREET
NEW AGE KAMAKAZIS' DANCIN' TO THE BEAT
THEY'RE SCREAMIN' OUT IN JACKSON THEY'RE BLEEDIN' IN ST. PETE
YOUNG NEW WORLD ASSASSINS ACTIN' OUT THEIR NEEDS

CHORUS:
HOW LONG 'TIL THE BLIND MAN SEES
HOW CLOSE MUST THE BULLETS BE

CHILDREN IN THE WAR ZONE SAY THEY ARE AFRAID
TURN THEIR BACKS FOR JUST A MINUTE THEY COULD BE LOOKIN' AT THEIR GRAVE
SO THEY NEED A QUICK SOLUTION WHEN THEIR LIFE IS ON THE LINE
THEY CAN'T CALL A TEACHER'S MEETING SO THEY PACK A FORTY-FIVE

CHORUS:HOW LONG 'TIL THE BLIND MAN SEES
HOW CLOSE MUST THE BULLETS BE
VIOLENCE ON THE TV VIOLENCE IN THE PRESS
VIOLENCE ON THE HOMEFRONT VIOLENCE IN THE SEX
HOW LONG HOW LONG HOW LONG

CHILDREN IN THE WAR ZONE TRIED TO TALK TO YOU AND ME
WE'VE BEEN UNAVAILABLE SO THEIR TALKIN' ON THE STREET
YEAH THEIR SCREAMIN' FOR ATTENTION THROUGH THE BARRELL OF A GUN
CHILDREN IN THE WAR ZONE WERN'T BORN HATIN' ANYONE

CHORUS:
HOW LONG 'TIL THE BLIND MAN SEES
HOW CLOSE MUST THE BULLETS BE
VIOLENCE ON THE TV VIOLENCE IN THE PRESS
VIOLENCE ON THE HOMEFRONT VIOLENCE IN THE SEX
HOW LONG HOW LONG HOW LONG ....

COPYRIGHT STEVE DAN MILLS MUSIC NOVEMBER 23,1993

Don't That Sound Like Life

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

DON’T THAT SOUND LIKE LIFE STEVE DAN MILLS

BORN TO PARENTS SOME KIND SOME MEAN
FRONT YARDS RANGE FROM BLACK TO GREEN
THROWN INTO A GAME CALLED DESTINY
DON’T THAT SOUND LIKE LIFE

SCHOOL BELL RINGS FIGHT FOR A SEAT
LUNCH MONEY STOLEN EVERY BODY MUST EAT
SO WE PICK A SIDE IN A GAME CALLED GREED
DON’T THAT SOUND LIKE LIFE

BABY RUNS OFF WITH THE SLICKER GUY
HURTS LIKE HELL BUT THEN BOYS DON’T CRY
INSTED WE PLAY A GAME CALLED WATCH ME RISE
DON’T THAT SOUND LI

Homeless All My Life

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

HOMELESS ALL MY LIFE STEVE DAN MILLS

FOUR WALLS SURROUNDED MY CHILDHOOD
THERE WASAFIRE IN THE PLACE EVERY NIGHT
AND IT BURNED IN THE FISTS OF MY PARENTS RAGE
AND IT BURNED IN THE BLACK OF MY EYES

I RAN OFF THE LAST TIME AT ELEVEN
THESE CITY STREETS BECAME MY NEW SCHOOL
l' VE BEEN TOO SCARED TO LAY DOWN WITH THOSE JOHNNIES
BUT l' VE BEEN WILLING TO WORK HERE FOR FOOD
SO WONT YOU LIFT YOUR GLASSES HIGH
l' VE KNOWN NO BETTER TIMES
IVE BEEN HOMELESS ALL MY LIFE

SOMETIMES I'LL SEE A FACE l' VE KNOWN FOREVER

WE'LL TURN AWAY AND PRETEND WE'RE NOT STILL HERE
BUT LATE AT NIGHT WE'LL COME TOGETHER BY THE RIVER
AND FIGHT IT OUT FOR A SHOT OF EVERCLEAR

SO WONT YOU LlFT YOUR VISION HIGH
I' VE KNOWN NO BETTER TIMES
I' VE BEEN HOMELESS ALL MY LIFE

OH LORD THE STRAPS ON MY BOOTS HAVE BEEN STOLEN
BY THE KISS OF THAT WILD IRISH ROSE
AND THOUGH SHE LEAVES ME HERE SHAKIN' EVERY MORNING
SHE'S THE ONLY WARMTH l' VE EVER KNOWN AYE YAI YAI
I' VE BEEN HOMELESS ALL MY LIFE

FOUR WINDS SURROUND ME IN CHILDHOOD
THERE IS A FIRE 'NEATH THE BRIDGE EVERY NIGHT
AND IT BURNS IN THE THROATS OF WE THE PEOPLE
WHO THIRST TO FILL THIS COLD DARK PLACE INSIDE

SO WON'T YOU LOOK US IN THE EYE
WE' VE KNOWN NO BETTER TIMES
WE' VE BEEN HOMELESS ALL OUR LIVES

© OCTOBER 14, 1992 STEVE DAN MILLS MUSIC ASCAP

The Chosen Ones

Written By: Steve Dan Mills

THE CHOSEN ONES STEVE DAN MILLS

WE AR CHILDREN IN THE GARDEN
WE ARE PILGRIMS IN THE SUN
TRYING TO STRIKE A BARGAIN
TO HOLD ON TO EACH ONE

WE' VE GOT ONE EYE ON TOMORROW
ONE EYE ON THE PAST
WE ARE FROZEN IN OUR SORROW
AND WE ARE STIFLED BY LOVE'S TASK

YES AND WE HAVE LOVED FOR MONEY
WE HAVE LOVED FOR FAME
WE HAVE LOVED TO BLOW OUR MINDS
PAST KNOWING OUR OWN NAMES
BUT LIKE THE BIRD FLIES OVER THE OCEAN
'TIL THE SHORELINE SETS HIM FREE
WE HAVE SEARCHED FOR LOVE ALL OF OUR DAYS
NEVER KNOWING GIVING TO RECEIVE

CHORUS:
LET THE RIVER OF TIME WASH AWAY THE TEARS WE CRY
MAY THE LIGHT THAT BURNS WITHIN OUR HEARTS SHINE FOR ALL MANKIND
MAY OUR LOVE BE FREELY GIVEN TO THE SEARCHERS OF THE SUN
FOR THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO CHOOSE TO BE THE CHOSEN ONES

WE ARE OUT IN SAN FRANCISCO AND ON THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI
WE LINE THE STREETS OF MOSCOW WE ARE EVERY MAN THROUGHOUT ETERNITY
WE ARE THERE AMONGST THE WEALTHY AND IN THE MIDST OF POVERTY
WE AR DRIVEN BY THE ILLUSION THAT WEARE SEPARATE ENTITIES

CHORUS:
LET THE RIVER OF TIME WASH AWAY THE TEARS WE CRY
MAY THE LIGHT THAT BURNS WITHIN OUR HEARTS SHINE FOR ALL MANKIND
MAY OUR LOVE BE FREELY GIVEN TO THE SEARCHERS OF THE SUN
FOR THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO CHOOSE TO BE THE CHOSEN ONES

COPYRIGHT MUSIC CITY MUSIC 1981

Discography

CD's:
" Remembering Young Stephen" Millstream Records
" Inside Out Lookin' In" Millstream Records

Songs recorded by other artists:
1. "Dream On Texas Ladies"- Rex Allen Jr.
went to #18 on the Billboard charts.
2. "Love Is Goin' 'Round"- Mel MacDaniel on the "Stand Up" Album (Mercury)
3. "Dream On Texas Ladies" - John Michael Montgomery "Life's A Dance" Album- sold 4 million copies. (Atlantic)
4. "I Just Can't Slow Down" Neal Coty (Mercury)
5. "Sausalito In The Summertime" Benita Hill(Watermark)
6."Dream On Texas Ladies" - "Maverick" the movie soundtrack album.

Set List

I do 45 minute sets with a 15 minute break.
I vary my set list according to the mood of the audience. I draw from my 2 Cd's for my material plus any new songs I haven't recorded yet. I do almost exclusively original material.