Radio Dial

by Jason Myles Goss

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released 17 June 2012
A Hopedale, MA native, Jason has been writing and recording since 2003 when he released his first full length album "Long Way Down." Since then, he's spent his time touring and releasing subsequent albums before settling down long enough to make "Radio Dial," in which he enlisted the help of friends Austin Nevins (guitars) and Sam Kassirer (keys), both members of Josh Ritter's Royal City Band, as well as David Dawda (bass) and Joel Arnow (drums).

Self-produced at Vanity Sound in Brooklyn, NY, Jason and engineer Myles Turney began by recording live to analog tape, giving the foundation of the album a scrappy, raw quality, evocative of roots-based albums like Lucinda Williams' "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road," or, the more modern day, Wilco’s “Sky Blue Sky.” Yet, the songs also contained big, melody-driven, pop ambitions in the vein of records like Counting Crows’ “August and Everything After,” or The Wallflowers’ “Bringing Down The Horse”— song-centric 90’s rock records that occupied Jason’s world when he was a teenager growing up in a small mill town. However, rather than grapple with these two divergent influences, Jason strove at the outset to make a record where they both could sit side by side at the same musical table. It was in that spirit that “Radio Dial,” Jason’s fourth album, was born.

Engineered and mixed by Myles Turney at Vanity Sound in Brooklyn, NY

Mastered by Alex DeTurk at Masterdisk in New York, NY

Produced by Jason Myles Goss

Jason Myles Goss – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Rhythm Guitar on “Home,” Tambourine on “Black Lights”

David Dawda – Electric Bass, Upright Bass

Austin Nevins – Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Lap Steel, Banjo, Baritone Ukulele, Omnichord, Glockenspiel

Sam Kassirer – Piano, Organ, Accordion, Fender Rhodes, Vibraphone

Joel Arnow – Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Vocals on “New York City”

Myles Turney – Vocals on “New York City”

Copyright 2012, Jeswaldo Sounds (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Banner Photo and Album Photography by Doug Seymour

Album Design by Jason Kenison

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Jason Myles Goss Brooklyn, New York

"Goss is a thinking person's songwriter. He puts out these thoughts in a voice that's fragile one moment and like a wounded bird falling from the sky the next."
- Valley Advocate (Western, MA)

Jason Myles Goss is a touring musician and songwriter who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has released 3 albums and is on the cusp of his highly-anticipated fourth release, Radio Dial, due out on June 17th 2012.
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Track Name: Into The Night
I was hiding out, inside your doorway on the day I was born
Trying to keep away from the morning light, oh I was tired and worn
How could I ever know, what kind of mysteries were meant for me
Or what was underneath, the bright lights I tried so hard to see

Forget the music and forget about the words
And leave the singing to the morning birds

Oh let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night
Oh let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night

I was right in line, with where I thought I was supposed to be
These things I thought were mine, turns out they never meant that much to me
Well, every morning bird becomes a vulture for the song he steals
For every joyful word, he'll strip the flesh from someone else's heels

We're all born with a tragic appetite
To crave the comfort of the dawn's first light

Oh Let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night
Oh let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night

I was underneath the covers, restless and run dry
When I was hit and torn asunder, something dark and full of wonder dragged me by my feet into the night

Let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night
Let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night

Let me go, let me go, let me go
Let me go, let me go, let me go
Let me go, let me go, let me go
Into the night

Let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night
Let me go, let me go, let me go, let me go into the night
Track Name: Heavy
It's always heavy, heavy
can't let it go
It's always heavy, heavy
feeling low
it's always heavy, every
where I go,
it's always heavy, heavy, heavy

Get your money 'cause you’re gonna need it
You sure look hungry boy you better eat it
I stay up half the night trying not to let you down

I'll send a letter when I'm good and ready
So save your accolades and cheap confetti
This ain't no dancing hall, its just another microphone

It's always heavy, heavy
can't let it go
It's always heavy, heavy
feeling low
it's always heavy, every
where I go,
it's always heavy, heavy, heavy

Sit by the window with your scotch and your soda
A ragamuffin traveling from Duluth Minnesota
Singing 'bout love and a darkness that you're never gonna lose

So hide inside your office because head's gonna roll
Your boss is screaming diamonds, shaking fists full of gold
And you trying not to fight it but this place has got your back against the ropes

Well I'm shouting loud out the window
Won't you dark clouds please leave me alone

It's always heavy, heavy
can't let it go
It's always heavy, heavy
feeling low
it's always heavy, every
where I go,
it's always heavy, heavy, heavy
Track Name: Lion's Mouth
I'm just a footman stealing across your lawn
Looking in the windows trying to see just where you've gone
I've come from down the road, but the road is long
Now I'm back on that road wondering where I went wrong

A flash full of color and a violent cloud of dust
Capillaries breaking out of fear and out of lust
You can see everything in a man's eyes if you must
Two oil-soaked rags just dying to combust

Can you see the sky aglow
Hear the rumbling of the ground below
Oh once you've grabbed a lion by his mouth
It's hard to let him go

Dreaming of the streets of the town where I was born
Of the factory fires and cries of labor reform
Men made of war with a thousand faces forlorn
A white-knuckle winter and a family trying to keep warm

I'm marching for the violence and I'm marching for the love
I take the road to your window, your the face i've been dreaming of
Ten thousand ways this world can be unkind
Ten thousand roads that will lead you back to mine

Can you see the moon hanging low
Feel the turning in your guts sharp and slow
Oh once you've grabbed a lion by his mouth
It's hard to let him go
It's hard to let him go

Copyright 2012, Jeswaldo Sounds (ASCAP)
Track Name: Red Letter Man
I came way too far, from miles and miles
Coming back to find what's real and wild
Won't you show me something that I already know

And like a fool I've tried to blur the lines
Every garden tries to fight back the vines
I'm a red letter man, trying to be more than I am
won't you turn and see me

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh
Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh

When you call me out, like a counterfeit man
You'll see my red-letter heart break in my red-letter hand
But I still remember how it first made me feel
If it can't be taken from you than you know it was never real

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh
Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh

In that garden, bright, did I forget you?
Tonight, I'm trying to find where I left you
You were gone...

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh
Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh

Did I forget you tonight
Track Name: Keep Your Love With Me
Windshield wipers to and fro
Waltzing with the radio
And, as gently as the rain, you pull me in

You always were my darkest dove
Frightened by just what it loved
Where you're flying to, Ill never know

How I think about you now
While you're sleeping safe and sound

Because when I'm far away from here
Please remember this my dear
I will always keep your love with me

Once was lost, now lost and grown
There's no bravery in being alone
Somehow you found me in the dark

I remember years ago
You showed me all I'll ever know
How I was your one and only love

How I dream about you now
While I'm driving all around

Because when I'm far away from here
Please remember this my dear
I will always keep your love with me

I will always keep your love with me
Track Name: Home
I saw your picture on a radio dial
You were so young, you were so free and wild
You had a habit of just letting go
A special gravity I'll never know

I was staring out the window on the passenger side
I was dreaming of you dancing with your arms out wide
I've got nothing in my pockets I've got nothing to hide
Now honey I'm gonna love you 'til the day that I die

You kissed me once and now I'll never go
I was just a kid without a thing to show
I was so nervous when you took my hand
The city streets were ringing out like a marching band

I was sick when you met me and you never asked why
Felt like I'd been walking through a storm without a place to dry
You took me in your arms and you never let me go
Now honey I'm going to love you every way that I know

You were the voice and you were the sound
And I was raised in a factory town
And all I wanted was to always be true
To say what I mean and to do what I do

I wish nothing in the world could ever take this away
You know lately I've been learning I ain't got time to wait
So I'll be leaving soon but I'll never be far
Because my heart is where my home is, and home is what you are
Track Name: Come Back To Me
come back to me
come back to me
come back to me

I was calling on the telephone
I was trying but there was no one home
It was getting dark you were so all alone
were you waiting for someone to arrive

Boys like us from towns like these
Have to struggle against a mighty breeze
Blessed and cursed to see what no one sees
That these streets are where your heart will always be

come back to me
come back to me
come back to me

There's a meanness in this world you know
It hides in places where it should never grow
It beats you quickly but it kills you slow
and leaves you with nothing you can hold


I keep my cuts within an eighth of an inch
I take my lumps and learned to never flinch
Still cry for mama when I'm in a pinch
Will I ever learn how to live alone

A shadow's shadow is back to the light
I have trouble sleeping almost every night
Too scared of losing everything in sight
I'm holding on but the holding won't do

come back to me
come back to me
come back to me

And like a dream I saw you in the fog, you were dying
And your mouth was dropped open, you were calm, you were crying

And I was with you, at the bottom of the well of your heart
And as it all fell away from your eyes, I heard you say

come back to me
come back to me
come back to me
Track Name: Chocolate Croissant
Two dollar fifty for a chocolate croissant
I've got no money but its all I want
I got to get one before they're gone
Two dollar fifty for a chocolate croissant

Because walking by this bakery
Has a way of making me
want to love you, just a little bit more

These streets are crowded with music halls
With rock-n-rollers in bathroom stalls
It looks like a warehouse of Lou Reed dolls
Complete with accessories and minus the balls

'Cause its not how bad you want it, babe
Its just sad the way you flaunt it, hey
to make them love you, just a little bit more

Now everyone can see you up there, selling everything you love
You eat your soul to feed your belly, I need chocolate and the jelly, that's what stars are made of

Oh Its all sugar baby don't you know
Oh sugar sugar makes the good things grow
And every stage is just a shop window
And this one's fresh out of the oven, desperate for your loving

Oh honey honey
Sugar sugar, honey honey
Sugar sugar, money money
Track Name: Dark Dark Winter
It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me
It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me

It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me
It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me

Empty faces, empty windows
Shattered glass inside a hairpin dream
The way the sunlight hits your bed post
The way your dress remembers every seam

You are the mightiest of wind blows
Driving hard into the pit of man's heart
Taking everything a man knows
And you won't let it go until you've blown it apart

It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me
It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me

It's a dark dark feeling that I feel coming over me
It's a dark dark feeling that I feel coming over me

Bad example, bad decisions
Cross your heart for every working-class kid
Haunted by old ghosts and visions
Who will have to answer for the things that he did

You are the rifle and the front line,
Blood and marrow in your country's flag
The bright flashes of a dark mind
Flesh and memory you never knew you had

It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me
It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me

It's a dark dark heaven that I hear calling to me
It's a dark dark heaven that I hear calling out to me

Hello old crow, how are you so
Jet black against the sky
I hope to know one day and show
You just how black am I

It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me
It's a dark dark winter that I fear is coming for me

It's coming for me
It's coming for me
Track Name: Bows And Arrows
I know that winter here is a very different season
You walk the streets and breathe a cold and blinding light
I sent a letter, I called you out, I shouted treason
And your best defenses will be busted through tonight

I read the news where you accused us all of libel
As if you were the only one who never made it out alive
You took a swing and your hand swelled up like a Bible
Your right cross it crashed through a stack of 45s

Bows and arrows
The bright ones won’t be bright for long
No the bright ones won’t be bright for long

Inside your head you hear a battle charge its raging
You come to me with platitudes, I’ll send you home with more
Now every mother’s got a boy that she is proud of
He’ll put on that uniform and leave her waving at the door

Bows and arrows
The bright ones won’t be bright for long
No the bright ones won’t be bright for long

And I hope that one day I’ll know
How to smile as I walk through the coals
How to feel just like you feel
Stand just where you stand
Dying of thirst with a mouth full of sand
I’d know

Well i've got a little more time to find out where you’re hiding
And I’ll be jumping through your hoops while you’re still sleeping in your bed
You know you are too cowardly for fighting
So you better hope for your sake you stay one step ahead

Bows and arrows
The bright ones won’t be bright for long
No the bright ones won’t be bright for long
Track Name: Black Lights
All I see are black lights
Rushing through like headlights
The screaming of the crowd tonight
Pulls me in just to let me go

All I have are bad nights
Wrapping knuckles, taping hands tight
The calm after a fist fight
Is the hollowest sound I know

I was born in the gutter from a mother just seventeen
No father or a brother in a world so hard and mean
I learned to fight before I learned to read
I could throw my hands with a devilish speed
And someday momma, you'll see, I'm going to be somebody

Sonny had a cot in the office of his downtown gym
I swept up, cleaned the locker rooms, and did some work for him
But a champion man needs champion clothes
I stole a few cars to earn a few rolls
I boxed every shadow in the darkness of a midnight mirror

And all I saw were black lights
Rushing through like headlights
The screaming of the crowd tonight
Pulls me in just to let me go

And all I have are bad nights
Wrapping knuckles, taping hands tight
The calm after a fist fight
Is the hollowest sound I know

I was twenty one and zero, top seed in the welterweight class
I was staying out all night, sobering up during morning mass
I was hurling myself at a break-neck speed
Amphetamines and the Apostles' Creed
They ran my picture in the paper with a headline that read

Title bout scheduled on the eve of Independence Day
I came out in a fury, I was hell bent on putting him away
The static rush of a blood-lust crowd
I was fighting to loose, I was fighting too proud
The last thing I remember was dropping my left on down, and spinning around

Staring at those black lights
Cold and lonely as a moonlight
Oh the crowd is going wild tonight
I give them more than they will ever know

And all I have are bad nights
my lungs are breathing smoke and dynamite
Oh my heart is aching and my head ain't right
And that's the feeling that I can't let go

All I see are black lights
Rushing through like headlights
The screaming of the crowd tonight
Pulls me in just to let me go

And all I have are bad nights
Wrapping knuckles, taping hands tight
The calm after a fist fight
Is the hollowest sound I know

It's the hollowest sound I know
Track Name: Hospital Shirt
I know you think I look handsome in my hospital shirt
I got this tube in my arm but I swear it don't hurt
If they send me more flowers I'm 'a lose my cool
I may be bone-rail skinny but I ain't no fool

Well maybe love will never bring you what you wanted it to
I keep on looking in the mirror for a clearer view
I got a hand full of nothing that I'm throwing at the world
And it's a Hail Mary pass, its the hardest I've hurled

In a high speed chase I am a getaway car
And like the Sundance Kid I always push it too far
I'll turn the tables on these bastards in the blink of an eye
I may be stuck in this bed but I'm a stand-up guy

It don't get me down, stop your crying won't you mama
'Cause you know, I'm gonna be around
And you know nothing's gonna happen to me
'Cause there's never been a sun that ever faded down on the streets of L.A.
I'm not going to be the one, so so sick of this town anyway

Well this medicine's a bitch, it ain't no walk in the park
Hell, any more of this stuff I'll probably glow in the dark
You better move that wheel chair, I'm walking down this hall
If I have strength enough to stand, I have strength enough to fall

Every nerve in my body feels pale and cold
I used to fight to stay young, now I'm fighting to grow old
And I know your heart is heavy, 'cause it's you that I'm needing
I know, its hard to soldier though love when you're already bleeding

I'm an ace in the pocket of this devilish game
I'm the sound of the traffic and the nights full of pain
And like a bruised-up welterweight fighting like hell
I'm gonna take your best punches and be standing at the bell

I know you think I look handsome in my hospital shirt
Track Name: New York City
To the queen of the avenue, to every daughter of the dark
For the lost and the lonely kissing strangers in the park
You left your heart in this city
You traced your name with a mascara pen

With your wrecking ball hands and your wrecking ball mind
To every wreck waltzing slow in a place hard to find
Where the drinks are expensive
But the company is always cheap

For every basket case lost in the crowd
Who knew that loneliness could ever be so loud

Where every face is fleeced with the lost and deceased
Won't you sing me to sleep in New York City

You hide your secrets and your sadness in the corners of your mouth
And like a love seat on a sidewalk with its guts busted out,
You're just one more relic lost and forgotten at the bottom of the pile

You run from every shadow and you hide from every lamp
You're a gossip and a liar, You're a hero and a tramp
You're just one more ragged heart that never ever wants to grow old

For every poet, politician, and thief
Who leaves you hanging on by the skin of your teeth

Where every dream will die, and only children ask why
Won't you kiss me goodbye in New York City

You're a story we all hide in
Like a spark inside a diamond
Born out of pressure and heat
Down some dark and dirty street
You're a dream I never had
You're a love I'll never know

Don't the streets look bright across the river tonight
Won't you please hold me tight in New York City

In New York City