Dana Countryman's "Girlville​!​"

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Songwriter/Producer Dana Countryman has written and recorded three albums of his particular brand of "retro-pop" over the past three years, but his “Girlville” album is a little different. Having studied the work of the classic Brill Building songwriters, Countryman decided to challenge himself to write brand new songs that sound like they would have fit in with the "girl group" hits of the early '60s.

With the help of two collaborators, Frank M. Young and Frank Buttgereit, Countryman wrote 19 songs from the point of view of a 16-year-old girl, living back in the early '60s. The job of bringing the songs of Girlville to life went to carefully selected female lead vocalists including Lisa Mychols, Molly Felder, Kathy Hettel, Tricia Countryman, Julie Johnson Sand, Andrea Perrey, Kelly Harland, and Lisa Jenio.

As on his previous albums, Countryman plays most of the instruments himself, but he also calls in his favorite instrumental soloists, which for this album include Klaatu's Dee Long on lead guitar. Listeners can expect the new tunes to remind them of artists such as Lesley Gore, The Crystals, The Ronettes, The Cookies, Shelly Fabares, and The Angels, to name just a handful.

Alan Haber of Pure Pop Radio says, "Dana Countryman's Girlville is one of the freshest, most absorbing, fun albums I've heard in a very long time! I think more than a few feet will be tapping to these great songs. This is quite simply a fantastic album!"

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released January 13, 2017

Recorded at Electric Danaland, Everett, WA. Legal services by Neil Sussman, attorney-at-law. Thanks to Stephanie Ferguson (www.leadsheetstation.com). • Artwork by Paul Fricke, www.bluemoonstudios.com
Mastered by Rick Fisher at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, Sept. 2016

Please visit www.danacountrymansgirlville.com • Publicity and contact: publicity@sterlingswanpress.com
Join Dana on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/danacountrymanmusic

From Dana: "This album is dedicated to my wife, Tricia, who not only sings beautifully, but has put up with me for over 26 years!”

All songs ©2017 Friends Romans Music BMI, except ∆ = ©2017 Friends Romans Music / Eubie’s Tunes BMI,
and Ø = ©2017 Friends Romans Music / Eubie’s Tunes BMI / GEMA

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Track Name: Girlville
GIRLVILLE
w&m by Dana Countryman

There’s a meeting tonight,
And our friends will be here in a minute
There’s a sign on the door, that reads
“Sorry, no boyfriends allowed”
We will play our records and dish the dirt,
And gab the night away
And when all of us girls get together:
GIRLVILLE

It can happen anywhere,
Even in the girls restroom
Anyplace that we meet,
That’s the place that we’ll talk about boys
If you need a shoulder to cry on,
There’s a friend who really cares
And we’re gonna be good friends forever:
GIRLVILLE

© 2016 Friends Romans Music BMI
Track Name: It's Not Your Fault
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT
w&m by Dana Countryman

Well, there he goes, a-walkin’ down the street
(It’s not your fault, that he’s awfully cute)
a-boppin’ and groovin’ to the rock ’n’ roll beat
(It’s not your fault, the boy’s in love with you)
(Does he treat you good?)
Yes, he does
(Like a boyfriend should?)
Yes, he does
(Does he like to dance?)
Oh, I don’t know,
I only know that I love him so

When he takes me to a movie, where the lights are low
(It’s not your fault, that he’s awfully sweet)
I’ll bet you know why we’re sitting in the last row
(It’s not your fault, if your lips should meet)
(Does he hold you tight?)
Yes, he does
(Kiss with all his might?)
Yes, he does
(Is his family nice?)
Oh, I don’t know,
I only know that I love him so

When the moon is winkin’ down from up above,
and ev’ry star is shinin’ bright
It’s easy for a boy and girl to fall in love,
and steal a kiss in the night

Now I’m as happy as a girl can be
(It’s not your fault he’s all that you’ve dreamed of)
Because he just said he wants to marry me
(It’s not your fault if you fall in love)
(Did he give you a ring?)
Yes, he did
(Is he your everything?)
Yes, he is
(When will the wedding be?)
Oh, I don’t know,
I only know that I love him so

When he smiles at me
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT
And puts his arm around me
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT
Oh, when he kisses me
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT
If I should fall in love
IT’S NOT MY FAULT

© 2016 Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: I've Run All Out Of Tears (To Cry Over You)
I’VE RUN ALL OUT OF TEARS (TO CRY OVER YOU)
w&m by Dana Countryman

The photograph of you and me
is torn in half, now it’s history
What good’s a photograph that’s torn in two?
Now, I’ve never cried like this before,
but there’s no use crying anymore
I’VE RUN ALL OUT OF TEARS TO CRY OVER YOU

The promises you made to me
were only lies, now it’s plain to see
And all this time, you’ve played me for a fool
Things you gave to me, I’ve thrown away
I’m all cried out, and it’s sad to say
I’VE RUN ALL OUT OF TEARS TO CRY OVER YOU

It’s no use to think about the happy times that we once knew
There’s a boy somewhere, and he’s gonna care for me the way I cared for you

Your new love’s got a lot to learn
I guess it’s somebody else’s turn
She’s gonna find out you just can’t be true
Now the time has come to say goodbye
My heart is broken, but I won’t cry
I’VE RUN ALL OUT OF TEARS TO CRY OVER YOU
I’VE RUN ALL OUT OF TEARS TO CRY OVER YOU

Now, I’ve never cried like this before,
but there’s no use crying anymore
I’VE RUN ALL OUT OF TEARS TO CRY OVER YOU

©2016 Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: My Heart Belongs To One Boy
MY HEART BELONGS TO ONE BOY ∆
w&m by Dana Countryman and Frank M. Young

My heart belongs to One Boy
Oh, I’m in heaven with his hand in mine
I get a shiver up and down my spine,
oh, every time we kiss
My heart belongs to One Boy
The kind of boy who’ll open doors for you
He sends me flowers when I’m feeling blue
That’s just the way he is
For the rest of my life,
I want to the be the wife of this One Boy

I used to lie awake and dream about that one boy
The kind of boy who would make me smile
just by walkin’ in the room
When other boys aren’t always what they seem
I’ve found the perfect guy, and he’s not a dream
I’m in his arms, and my lonely nights are all through

My heart belongs to One Boy
Oh, I’m in heaven with his hand in mine
I get a shiver up and down my spine,
oh, every time we kiss
For the rest of my life,
I want to the be the wife of this One Boy

When those other girls see us on the street,
they’ll wish they had a guy who was half as sweet
He’s got that something that’s so hard to find
But they can’t have him ‘cause he’s mine, all mine

I know a girl at school who’s never found that One Boy
She met a guy, and she fell in love,
but he broke her heart one day
I’ve had that kind of heartache once before,
but I’m never gonna go there anymore
I found a guy, and I know he’s here to stay

My heart belongs to One Boy
Oh, I’m in heaven with his hand in mine
I get a shiver up and down my spine,
oh, every time we kiss
My heart belongs to One Boy
The kind of boy who’ll open doors for you
He sends me flowers when I’m feeling blue
That’s just the way he is
For the rest of my life,
I want to the be the wife of this One Boy

My heart belongs to One Boy

©2016 Friends Romans Music/Eubie’s Tunes BMI
Track Name: How Do You Know When You Love A Boy?
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU LOVE A BOY?
Dana Countryman

Boom Shang-a-lang, a-lang
Sha la, la-la la
How do you know when you love a boy?
Boom Shang-a-lang, a-lang
Sha la, la-la la
How do you know when you love a boy?

Well, my little sister met a boy,
They dated once or twice
And she asked me how to know if it was love
This was my advice

When you love a boy,
there’s no one else
who matters more to you
When you love a boy,
a single kiss
can change your point of view
When he says he loves you,
that's when you know
all your lonely nights are through
And you'll love a boy
like I do

Boom Shang-a-lang, a-lang
Sha la, la-la la
How do you know when you love a boy?
Boom Shang-a-lang, a-lang
Sha la, la-la la
How do you know when you love a boy?

Well, my little sister
looked up to me,
and she asked me with a sigh,
"Sister, how will I know
when I fall in love?"
This was my reply

When you fall in love,
you dream of him
and never want to part
When you fall in love,
there's no one else
You know it from the start
When the moment comes,
you will look in his eyes,
and you'll know with all your heart
And you'll fall in love
just like me

Boom Shang-a-lang, a-lang
Sha la, la-la la
That's how you know when you love a boy
Boom Shang-a-lang, a-lang
Sha la, la-la la
That's how you know when you fall in love

©2016 Friends Romans Music
Track Name: I'm In Love With George Harrison
I’M IN LOVE WITH GEORGE HARRISON
w&m by Dana Countryman

I’m in love with a boy who lives across the sea
And though we’ve never met,
he’s just the boy for me
Oh, yeah
I’m in love with George Harrison

I’d never dream of John
I’d never go for Paul
And Ringo doesn’t do a thing for me at all
Oh, no
I’m in love with George Harrison

Someday he'll call me on the telephone
He'll say he loves me, and just me alone
He read my letters, like I knew he would
He’ll be exactly like I knew he’d be
We’ll be so happy, just George and me

So, I’m waiting for the day
until I get his call
And ‘till I do, I’ll kiss
his picture on my wall
Oh, yeah
In my heart there is only one
That’s why
I’m in love with George Harrison

I lie awake and think of him each night
I know he’s thinking of me, too

So, I’m counting down the days
until I get his call
And ‘till I do, I’ll kiss
his picture on my wall
Oh, yeah
In my heart there is only one
That’s why I’m in love with George Harrison
Oh, yeah
I’m in love with George Harrison

©2016 Friends Romans Music BMI
Track Name: Bom Sh'Bom Sh'Bom
BOM SH’BOM BOM
w&m by Dana Countryman

Well, I saw him walkin’ across the room
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
My pulse went wild, and my heart went “boom”
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
He walked across the room (Bom Sh’Bom)
My heart went “boom, boom, boom” (Bom Sh’Bom)
You know I can’t explain how me made me swoon
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)

Well, my mama said, “You’re too young to date”
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
I told her, “Mama, I just can’t wait!”
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
I’m not too young to date (Bom Sh’Bom)
You know, my love can’t wait (Bom Sh’Bom)
I know I’ll die if I don’t see that boy soon
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)

He walked across the room (Bom Sh’Bom)
My heart went “boom, boom, boom” (Bom Sh’Bom)
You know I can’t explain how me made me swoon
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)

Now, I’m as proud as a girl can be
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
‘cause he walks me home
with his arm ‘round me
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
I’m proud as I can be (Bom Sh’Bom)
He put his arm ‘round me, (Bom Sh’Bom)
Now he kisses me by the light of the moon

(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)
(Bom Sh’Bom Sh’ Bom, Boom Boom)

© 2016 Friends Romans Music BMI
Track Name: Pretty Good Sign
PRETTY GOOD SIGN ∆
music by Frank M. Young
words by Frank M. Young and Dana Countryman

He used to pass me in the hall, as if I wasn’t there
And ev’ry time I smiled at him, he didn’t seem to care
He used to only hang out with the guys
and then he walked right up, to my surprise,
and asked if he could walk me home, I said it’d be okay

And that’s a Pretty Good Sign
Yeah, that’s a Pretty Good Sign
He just slipped his hand in mine
and that’s a Pretty Good Sign

It wasn’t long before he asked to take me to the park,
we talked for hours and hours until it started getting dark
And as he walked me home, he held me tight
I knew this wasn’t just another night
He walked me to my door and kissed me in the pale moonlight

And that’s a Pretty Good Sign
Yeah, that’s a Pretty Good Sign
And suddenly, his lips met mine,
and that’s a Pretty Good Sign

It’s funny how we’re suddenly
becoming more than friends
I guess that’s how this whole thing works,
the way that love begins

And now we seem to be together nearly ev’ry day,
It’s obvious to me the love we have is here to stay
I like the thought of having him around
'Cause when he’s near, my heart begans to pound
And all at once he wants to talk about our wedding day

And that’s a Pretty Good Sign
Yeah, that’s a Pretty Good Sign
And wedding bells are gonna chime,
and that’s a Pretty Good Sign

That’s a Pretty Good Sign
That’s a Pretty Good Sign
That’s a Pretty Good Sign
He just slipped his hand in mine
And suddenly, his lips met mine
And wedding bells are gonna chime

©2016 Eubie’s Tunes / Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: Because I Love Him
BECAUSE I LOVE HIM
w&m by Dana Countryman

They say I'm young,
and maybe that's true,
but I'm not a baby
My parents love me,
but what do they know about being young?
‘Cause I'm old enough to know how I feel,
and if they should ask
how I know my love is real…

It's because I love him,
I dream only of him
And until forever
we'll be together
And I adore him
I live each day for him
There's no one above him,
because I love him

Someway, somehow,
I'll show them that
I'm not a little girl
I’m all grown up now
with dreams of my own
in this great big world
And the boy by my side -
well, he’s now a man
We'll build a new life,
as I proudly take his hand

Because I love him,
I dream only of him
And until forever
we'll be together
And I adore him
I live each day for him
There's no one above him.
because I love him

©2016 Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: Chemistry
CHEMISTRY
w&m by Dana Countryman

Another boring day, another lecture in Chemistry
I tried to stay awake, but I kept falling asleep
But little did I know before the class was over
everything would change
I never noticed him; the boy behind me in Chemistry

And then, the teacher said to choose a partner for Chemistry
And all other students found a partner, but me
That’s when the boy behind me tapped me on the shoulder,
and he smiled at me
And suddenly, I had a study partner in Chemistry

He always met me after school, about a quarter after three
We’d work on our assignments down at the library
And there, behind the shelves of books on Roman archaeology,
he pulled me close, and said he loved me and kissed me tenderly

And now we walk together, hand in hand, into Chemistry
And all other girls just smile and they wish they were me
There’s one more thing, I proudly wear his ring
We’re goin’ steady, now you see
And now we sit together, side by side
learning’ Chemistry

I never dreamed my fav’rite class would ever be Chemistry

©2016 Friends Romans Music BMI
Track Name: Jealous Girl
JEALOUS GIRL
w& m by Dana Countryman

Don’t wanna hear about all the girls you’ve kissed,
You tear my heart out each time you do
Can’t stand the thought of you with any girl but me,
it drives me crazy, baby,
I guess I’m just a jealous girl

You take my hand, and tell me I’m wonderful,
but then I see you flirt with the girls
I get so mad that I don’t wanna talk to you
I just can’t help it, baby,
I guess I’m just a jealous girl

Don’t wanna drive you away from me
It’s just that I’m devoted to you
Maybe it’s my insecurity
that makes me act the way that I do

I see you in the parking lot after school,
and there’s my best friend talking to you
I wanna scratch her eyes out, ‘cause I’m so upset
I can’t forgive her, baby,
I guess I’m just a jealous girl

I love you so much, baby, baby
Don’t wanna drive you away, baby
I love you so much, baby, baby
Don’t wanna drive you away, baby

©2016 Friends Romans Music BMI
Track Name: One Last Dance Together
ONE LAST DANCE TOGETHER
w& m by Dana Countryman

The last song is playing,
couples are swaying
Your arm's around me at our Senior Prom
And as we dance by,
I see my best friend cry
She knows that you and I are breaking up

So let's have one last dance together,
and hold me close again
The love I thought would last forever
is coming to an end
Soon you’ll be going off to college,
and I'm not part of your plans
but before you go,
just one last dance together

Walks in the moon-mist
The park where we first kissed
The memories will linger through the years
Remember?
You said you'd leave me never
You carved our names together
That’s why I'm holding back the tears

So let's have one last dance together,
and kiss me one last time
The lips I thought you'd kiss forever,
I guess will not be mine
You say tomorrow you'll be leavin'
I won't see you again
But before you go,
just one last dance together

©2016 Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: Love 'Til The End Of Time
LOVE 'TIL THE END OF TIME
w&m by Dana Countryman

He isn’t like those other guys,
who’ll take your love and tell you lies
Whoa, but I just saw it in his eyes
there’s Love 'Til The End Of Time

Ev’ryone says we’re just too young,
and that we really should wait some
Whoa, but I know he’s the only one
I’ll Love 'Til The End Of Time

I’m gonna make him mine, all mine
Love him ‘til the end of time
I’ve waited for him all my life
Soon, he’ll ask me to be his wife

We’re gonna raise a family
Oh, how happy we’re gonna be
Whoa, a little boy for for him and me to
Love 'Til The End Of Time

©2016 Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: LIttle Shy Boy
LITTLE SHY BOY
w&m by Dana Countryman

I just walked by the cutest boy that I’ve ever seen,
with dreamy eyes and lips that need to be kissed
I try to catch his eye, but he doesn’t notice me
He’s much too shy, but he’s so hard to resist

Little Shy Boy,
aren’t you ever gonna notice me?
My little Shy Boy,
Don’t you know our love was meant to be?
I wish you’d try, boy,
and move in a little closer,
like I want you to…
But you’re a Shy Boy
What am I gonna do with you?

I whispered to my friend that I have a crush on him,
and she walked up, and told him just how I feel
I dream about his kiss - it’s only a fantasy
Oh, Little Shy Boy, won’t you make that kiss real?

Little Shy Boy,
aren’t you ever gonna notice me?
My little Shy Boy,
Don’t you know our love was meant to be?
I wish you’d try, boy,
and move in a little closer,
like I want you to…
But you’re a Shy Boy
What am I gonna do with you?

Little Shy Boy,
What am I gonna do with you?

© 2016 Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: Proud To Be His Girlfriend
PROUD TO BE HIS GIRLFRIEND
w&m by Dana Countryman

He treats me like a queen,
when we’re walking through a crowd
And with his arm around me,
well, he makes me feel so proud
It’s amazing out of this great big world,
that I’m the one he chose as his girl
I’m so proud,
Proud To Be His Girlfriend

When I’m upset, he knows it
and treats me tenderly
My friends at school all tell me
that they’re so jealous of me
He’s the kind of boy that the guys admire
He’s all I’ve wanted, my heart’s desire
I’m so proud,
Proud To Be His Girlfriend

How did I get so lucky?
How did this come to be?
Maybe the angels chose him
from all the boys
especially for me

Some girls might try to flirt with him
‘cause he’s such a doll
He doesn’t pay attention,
doesn’t notice them at all
He’s a handsome guy, yes, it’s plain to see
I’m glad he only has eyes for me
I’m so proud,
Proud To Be His Girlfriend

© 2016 Friends Romans Music, BMI
Track Name: Twist Party At Granny's House
TWIST PARTY AT GRANNY’S HOUSE
w&m by Dana Countryman

Don’t do it!
Stop Granny!
She’s doing the twist!

At the Twistin’ Party
down at Granny’s House last night, yeh yeh
all the kids were there,
they were twistin’ with all of of their might, uh huh huh
Granny was supervision’ all the bunch,
chillin’ and refillin’ the Hawaiian Punch
At the Twistin’ party,
down at Granny’s House last night

A-well, my best friend Betty
put a couple of records on, yeh yeh
That’s when my granny suddenly
began to twist along, uh huh huh
I was so embarrassed
that I thought I’d die
There she was a-twistin’
with my fav’rite guy
At the Twistin’ Party,
down at Granny’s House last night

Well, around and around and around,
just watch Granny go! Whoa, whoa!
All the kids were laughin’,
they were photographin’ her show
No, no no!
She was dancin’ on the table,
showin’ off her stuff
Shimmyin’ and shakin’ , granny, that’s enough!
At the Twistin’ Party,
down at Granny’s House last night

A-well, the kids were screamin’
like you’ve never heard before, yeh yeh
And before I knew it,
the police were knocking’ on the door, uh huh huh
She was on the table when they tried
to pull her down
She landed on a cop
and knocked him on the ground
At the Twistin’ Party,
down at Granny’s House last night

©2016 Friends Romans Music
Track Name: I'll Be Good For You
I’LL BE GOOD FOR YOU
w&m by Dana Countryman

I will love you endlessly
You can always count on me
No one but you
I will be true
I’ll be good for you

‘Till the very end of time
I will hold your hand in mine
Over the years,
though there’ll be tears
I’ll Be Good For You

Though you’ve gone far away from me,
though we’re oceans apart
Oh, my darling you’ll always be
now and forever right here in my heart

I’ll wait ev’ry day for you
Ev’ry night I’ll pray for you
Until we kiss
remember this
I’ll Be Good For You
I’ll Be Good For You

©2016 Friends Romans Music BMI
Track Name: Little Bitty Snowflake
LITTLE BITTY SNOWFLAKE Ø
Music by Frank Buttgereit
Words by Frank Buttgereit, Dana Countryman and Frank M. Young

Little Bitty Snowflake
falling from above,
Take away my sorrow
bring me my true love

Little Bitty Snowflake,
I watch you and I pray
Oh, please bring me a true love,
and send him right away
Little Bitty Snowflake,
please hear my simple plea
It’s such a lonely Christmas
Please bring a boy for me

All the girls have boyfriends,
ev’ryone but me
I wish I had a boyfriend
beneath my Christmas tree
Little Bitty Snowflake,
please hear my lonely prayer
I need someone beside me,
to love me and to care

I felt so lonely as I watched
the snow come driftin’ down,
I took a walk to see the Christmas lights
And there he was, a lonely boy,
as sweet as he could be
A million little snowflakes smiled,
as he walked home with me

And so, you brought my true love
I’m happy as can be
We’ll be together always,
and he’ll be good to me
So, thank you Little Snowflake,
My Christmas dream’s come true
Little Bitty Snowflake,
it’s all because of you

Thank you, Little Snowflake
I love you, Little Snowflake
Thank you, Little Snowflake
I love you, Little Snowflake
Thank you, Little Snowflake
I love you, Little Snowflake

©2016 Frank Buttgereit/GEMA, Friends/Romans Music, BMI/ Eubie’s Tunes, BMI
Track Name: Johnny Still Loves Me
JOHNNY STILL LOVES ME ∆
w&m by Dana Countryman and Frank Young

A very long, long time ago
I sang about a boy you’d know
And we’re still together after all of these years
He’s still an angel,
Johnny Still Loves Me

He’s still as sweet as he can be,
and ev’ry anniversary
he still brings me flowers,
as he whispers to me
that he adores me
Johnny Still Loves Me

When I was only seventeen,
I fell in love with John
One day we married, then I blinked
and all our kids had grown
Where has the time all gone?

And, even after all this time,
I love to feel his hand in mine
He kisses me, and I still get carried away
And I’m so glad that
Johnny Still Loves Me
Uh-hmm

He’s still an angel,
Johnny Still Loves Me

©2016 Friends Romans Music / Eubie’s Tunes BMI