Another Ghost

by Jason Myles Goss

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Recorded in an old barn in Massachusetts, Another Ghost is a collection of songs fashioned together from the remnants of small-town anywhere. Born and raised in a quiet mill town, this is a world that Jason knows all too well, one full of streetlights, wishing wells, backyard brawlers, and busted-up roads. Influenced by late-night highway drives and the crackle of AM radio, this album deals with holding on to those things that are most important, memories that we relive time and time again, which revisit us like ghosts.

Moving between love ballads, dashboard elegies, and wild-eyed pub waltzes, Jason's writing here evokes the grace and economy of David Gray and his voice reverberates with the earnestness of Ray Lamontagne, moving tastefully between the plaintive and the bold, the sweet and the soulful, the ragged testimonial and the bittersweet lullaby.

With the help of friends Zack Hickman (Josh Ritter,Tarbox
Ramblers, Jake Armerding) on upright bass, accordion, lap
steel, and harmonica; Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Erin Mckeown) on piano and Hammond organ; and Jack Shanahan (Jack & Present Co.) on drums, Another Ghost was self - released in April, 2005

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released April 17, 2005

Copyright 2005, Jeswaldo Sounds (ASCAP)

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Jason Myles Goss Brooklyn, New York

Jason releases his fifth album entitled, This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart, a gutsy and earnest collection of songs which pull together many of Jason's disparate musical influences. It is an album about the towns we love, the towns that shape who we are, and about kids growing up to have kids of their own. It's about learning to carry for them what our parents tried to carry for us. ... more

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Track Name: Twilight Serenade
So here's to you, like brothers tonight
Tried and true, fading in the twilight
I can hear you breathing, see your picture on the wall
I would give you my wings. If they'd help you at all

This city's growing cold, from the needle it heats.
There's howling wind rushing through these Chicago streets
Oh and you were dreaming of Alice, but you got wrapped in her chains
And even midnight is burning, alive tonight, like the blood in your veins

And this is my Twilight Serenade
This is my Twilight Serenade
and I'm singing for you
I'm singing for you

This crumbling moon, dressed in black and white
Well it fades away, hiding, from you ghost tonight
And you said, "hey man don't follow, "
Oh but I was already there
You were walking on tight rope
But you were too young to care

And this is my Twilight Serenade
This is my Twilight Serenade
and I'm singing for you
I'm singing for you

And I'm singing for you
Track Name: Too Young To Lose
Busted up road, like a firecracker ready to go
Sing it out loud, from the city to the streets below
If you would believe that I can make it if I try
With you tonight, with you tonight...

Because we're too young to lose
Give me wings, baby just like a train
We're too young to lose
Well, every heartache is just a prayer for the vain
And my heart's on my sleeve
And all these highway signs are just fairy tales breathing in me
And I know that I can make it last
And I'm praying...
I'm singing, Hey Hey Hey

Down these avenues, gonna drive until the meter reads red
Singing the blues, let this radio burn this engine ahead
If you would believe that I can fake it if I try
With you tonight, with you tonight

Because we're too young to lose
Give me wings, baby just like a train
We're too young to lose
Well, every heartache is just a prayer for the vain
And my heart's on my sleeve
And all these boulevards are burning through the darkness of dawn
And I'm staring at the lights on the dash
And I'm praying
And I'm praying
I'm praying
I'm praying
Track Name: Far From Home
Way to be kid, you did like they did
You hid yourself behind those fancy clothes
You always stop when you hit those walls
You jump back because you're not happy being out alone

Throwing stones at the factory windows
There's a wind hanging heavy and it's swinging you around
Just be yourself boy but watch what you say
Because it's towns like this that don't miss a chance to talk you down

I used to feel so strong
The years went slow while the days grew longer
The ground's so low I can hardly see
So I'll just fly, ride so high
Get the dust out my eyes and let me see the light
Shining far from home

My head is clear, but my heart is aching
Just sing from the rooftops 'til your voice grows hoarse
Just stand composed but I swear I feel my hands they're shaking
I'm looking for a city I can call my own

I used to feel so strong
The years went slow while the days grew longer
The ground's so low I can hardly see
So I'll just fly, ride so high
Get the dust out my eyes and let me see the light
Get the dust out my eyes and let me see the light
Shining far from home
Track Name: Mother To The Moon
Oh my lady, sweet lady, ring them bells for me
Because i am waiting to see you again from across the sea
Ooh you were a mother to the moon
But I am the light a million miles away

Rosemary is in the window and she's counting the stars
And like Orion with his arrow and his bow i am reaching eastward trying to find you where you are
Ooh I'm not the only one for you
And like a boat with no oars i am standing on these shores for you

Like a blanket of city lights your eyes shine like the fourth of July
And there's a diya in your window babe, but the fire don't know which way to fly
Ooh and through the street cars of this train
I saw a light it was dying as Orion slowly faded away

Oh my lady, sweet lady, ring them bells for me
Because I'm still waiting beneath the darkness for you to set me free
Ooh and in the morning I'll be gone
But every night with the moon I'll be the light in your room 'til dawn
Track Name: This One's Gotta Little Blues In It (for ya)
This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya
This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya
This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya

Ever wish the streets were filled with music
Ever get tired of just waiting around
Ever had someone mean so much to you that they start
to drag you down

This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya
This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya
This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya

Ever want to do battle with the ocean
Stand up after each wave knocks you down
Keep on clapping those hands like a drowning man
And say 'God dammit, I won't be pushed around"

Ain't it funny how it all seems A O.K.
But in the end it's like planting roses on a winter day
It taste like sugar but it burns you to the bone
I don't need your pity, I've got plenty enough of my own

This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya
This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya
This one's gotta little blues in it, for ya
Track Name: Dancing Scarlet
Window light, a lover's lament
Scale these walls, damn that cement
'Cause I'm trying to keep your eyes from burning me

You're so tired, but it's never enough
City girls always acting so tough
And I'm sinking, spinning from the way you're turning me

You don't know the first thing about being in love
It's hidden in the smoke rings that you blow up above

And I'm Dancing Scarlet through the night
Dancing 'til I get it right
But I can't let you go, and I can't let you go

Satellites of silver and gold
Cheap wine by the side of the road
And I'm running wherever those street lights will carry me

You shine just like a diamond in the pouring rain
Whispering through the rails like a ghost off a speeding train

And I'm Dancing Scarlet through the night
Dancing 'til I get it right
But I can't let you go, I can't let you go
No I can't let you go
I can't let you go
No I can't let you go
I can't let you go
Track Name: Burning Daylight
Burning daylight, he says he's alright
I swear to God I never left home
Sunday morning, he's always on him, and I don't know why he keeps wasting his time on me

Where do you go when your river runs dry
Chasing those ghosts was the most you tried (to stay alive)
And I'm not gonna bend or burn away
So stand right here my friend on these lonesome days

Black as midnight, broken brake lights, I know you never thought I would believe
That day is dawning, grace is falling, and I can see the smoke and the dust clouds rising high

You try and you break me but still I rise (I've got too much pride)
I'm running on empty but I can't hide these tired eyes
And I'm not gonna bend or burn away
So stand right here my friend on these lonesome days

Say what you gonna do boy
Oh when they try to drag you down
Where do you go boy when they steal away like shadows that drive you miles and miles from home

Where do you go when your river runs dry
Chasing those ghosts was the most you tried (to stay alive)
And I'm not gonna bend or burn away
So stand right here my friend on these lonesome days
Track Name: Take Me Away
He only drinks Bourbon when it's raining
Gives a toast to the ghost of Rimbaud
And she ain't got nothing that will capture his heart
And like a soldier, in the wind, through the doorway he goes

Girls on the street dressed in neon
Damn son is that all you got?
Well I'm dreaming of church bells and carnival shows
And God knows it ain't easy when you run out of bridges to burn

So take me away
So take me away
Whiskey

Hey man, do you know where I am?
Singing 'hey child, stay where you are'
Well I know these ain't no prison walls
But I'm stuck inside these bars
And I don't know where I'm going, our how long I'll be there

So take me away
So take me away
Whiskey
Track Name: Shake 'Em Down
Well I've got this megaphone
But I can't sleep at all
And it's ten below in Montreal
And I'm slack-jawed and stuck outside

Well I've got these orange peels and this stack of dimes
And these staircase blues that are gonna blow your mind
I'm a straight shooter
Man I like your shoes

Get ready boy 'cause it's coming round
I can't even feel my feet now touching the ground
And I'm wondering child how long it's gonna take to shake 'em down

Well I've got this sledge hammer
So I can break these stones
I've got cheap cologne, so I won't be standing along
What's a matter, can I shake your hand

I've got these slot machines
But only nickels and dimes
Can I have a minute, babe, of your time?
No, you hurt me with the things you say

Get ready boy 'cause it's coming round
I can't even feel my feet now touching the ground
And I'm wondering child how long it's gonna take to shake them down
Track Name: Irish Eyes
With her dancing shoes on, like some furious dawn
She slips through the faces in the crowd
Three sheets to the wind, I've been whiskey'd, I've been ginned
And I'm breaking out, I'm screaming so loud

Well she's wounded, but her hair is on fire
And she sings like an angel in the choir
Can't see roses without seeing the briars
So I had to let her go

And she left me with those Irish Eyes
Oh she left me with those Irish Eyes

There's one thing that I remember when I was staring down the line
All you sweethearts are just criminals in disguise
And all the local boys, they're all screaming, like they're the last living souls alive
And I'm stumbling through the door like a fool tonight

Well this heart's full of whiskey and blues
And she spins in those dancing shoes
If I can't win, I'm gonna play like I can't lose
So she had to let me go

And she left me with those Irish Eyes
Oh she left me with those Irish Eyes
She left me with those Irish Eyes
She left me with those Irish Eyes
Track Name: Final Hour
Final hour, final day
Final flower, final rain
Another lover, waiting on another who ain't never coming home
Another woman, another ghost to me

Final hour, final day
Another battle, lost along the way
Another preacher, saying all that you ever knew is not real
The final spark before the darkness breaks

Final hour, final day
Final words that I could never say
Final love that they can never take away
Flesh and bone, another stone, hanging over me