Long Way Down

by Jason Myles Goss

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This is Jason's debut album, recorded in pieces between 2000 and 2002.

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released May 1, 2003

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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: Movin' On
It's quarter past the hour here
And I can't even get a wink of sleep tonight
I just keep on thinking about all the chances that I let go
And all of the answers that I am somehow supposed to know

I've got to keep moving on
I've got to keep moving on
I've got to keep moving on

Because when I'm still I'm stone, standing on my own, back at the beginning
Standing way up high with my hands to the sky, frozen, can't you hear me singing
Babe, if I fall down, let it be the last round, I want to go down swinging, swinging home to you

Familiar faces smiling down, but their eyes are as cold as ice
And I'm still stuck here, playing the waiting game
It seems that lately, I have questions or complaints
I forget to realize we have the sinners to thank for the saints

I've got to keep moving on
I've got to keep moving on
I've got to keep moving on

Because when I'm still I'm stone, standing on my own, back at the beginning
Standing way up high with my hands to the sky, frozen, can't you hear me singing
Babe, if I fall down, let it be the last round, I want to go down swinging, swinging home to you
Track Name: Save Me
I have seen starlit nights collapse into both black and white with your smoke screens fading away
And I'm stringing roses she supposes that I miss her like a shipwrecked sailor misses the sails
The sun is rising I'm apologizing again for the whiskey and for seeming unkind
With the porch light blinking I can't stop thinking babe if you let your hair out of those braids maybe I could change my mind

It was March but it was snowing, we had no way of knowing that were tearing the lungs from these words as they rose
And, in between this hazy gray, what's left of roadside masquerades, I swear you had me when you kissed me by the door
Slip away sweet lullaby, blow that smoke right in my eyes, I'm blinded but still I rise like Caesar in the fray
And every time I see you leave, I stumble through each breath you breathe, it's a bittersweet mystery that I'm back here on my own

And I'm still waiting with my eyes closed
Track Name: (It's Been A) Long Way Down
Did you ever get lonely pretending that I was the one?
Did it go by quickly now that it's all said and done
I used to know a girl who smelled like candies when the wind would blow
Working eight to five just to stay alive trying to earn some money you know

It's been a long way down
It's been a long way down
It's been a long way down for someone like you

And like a house of cards I'd fold up whenever you wanted me to
I had my boys right by my side they helped me, picked me up and pulled me through
I'm glad we met, I've got no regrets and you can bet that I still dream of you
And though these aren't the last I'll say they might be the last words I'll sing for you

It's been a long way down
It's been a long way down
It's been a long way down for someone like me

With my head resting on your chest, hold on to the good say hell to the rest, is what I say
Well don't be scared don't look away I can't open my eyes to yesterday
Just give me your hand I'll help you along, they tell me we can make it if we be strong
And I just can't help thinking baby, maybe....


It's been a long way down
It's been a long way down
It's been a long way down for people like us
Track Name: Gracefully
Did you hear the sirens, driving through your mind, when they knock you down, when they knock you down
You're a backyard brawler, five inches taller, since you came around, since you came around
Man, I said I've got nothing but nickels and dreams
Working hard burning years away not as sad as it seems

Well you want to make a million kid step on the stage
Gotta be mad as jester but as wise as a sage

Try to beat us down phase us out with your music videos and your mega malls
Sign the checks, make the billboard charts, you can make us all dance but you still don't have the balls to let me bow out gracefully...gracefully

You've got your anger and your magazines and your cheap disguise, your cheap disguise
Did you learn to say 'Uncle' when they twist your arm, it's no surprise, it's no surprise
Can't you see I've got nothing but stitches and seams
Working hard earning years this way will make you run out of steam

Well you want to make a million kid step on the stage
Gotta be, strong as lighting but as brief as its rage

Try to beat us down phase us out with your music videos and your mega malls
Sign the checks, make the billboard charts, you can make us all dance but you still don't have the balls to let me bow out gracefully... gracefully
Track Name: 4 A.M.
Breaking through these chains
I lost myself inside your silhouette again, but I know that you don't care
That I strip myself right down to the very bone
Just can't be your friend
Be that boy you knew with all those silly dreams
It's 4 a.m. and all I'm thinking about is how you'll remember me

Oh we really had something good
But baby I'm scared because I don't know what to do anymore with you
And what remains unsaid, with all the blood we've bled
I guess it is goodbye, I guess we'll have to try, you and I
Oh you and I

Well I can't say I'm leaving, but I just can't stay here
Stop me from believing in all those promises I made
Oh to take back what's mine, untie me from your line

It's 4 a.m. and all I am thinking about is how you'll remember me
Track Name: Some Sunny Day
From somewhere there's a power and it flows through me like rain
And sometimes what you're told is best feels like a ball and chain
Is it better to lose solid ground for a glimpse of paradise
It seems that love is not only blind but it's as cold as ice, that's how I feel today

Wait a minute man, can't you see I've gotta stick around
Well something is breathing in the air can't you feel it pound
Am I the only one who sees windows in your outstretched hands
I'm placing all my faith in something I can't understand.
I got to catch that morning train

Some sunny day we're gonna dance 'til we stomp big holes in the ground
And some sunny day we're gonna dance 'til the street lights fall down
And some sunny day we're gonna groove to the rhythms of a juke box sound
And some sunny day we're gonna drink 'til we flood the streets of this town

Staying true to yourself is like building the pyramids
Won't you come around when the sun goes down that's where it is
Pocket change for a driving range on a rainy day
We'll hold fast as friends laughing like we all used to say

Some sunny day we're gonna dance 'til we stomp big holes in the ground
And some sunny day we're gonna dance 'til the street lights fall down
And some sunny day we're gonna groove to the rhythms of a juke box sound
And some sunny day we're gonna drink 'til we flood the streets of this town
Track Name: Seven Shells
Just want to hold you tight, and never let you go
Let me see your eyes tonight, so I'll always know
Just want to see you dance, in the midnight air
It's just the little, little things you do, like the way you fix your hair, standing there, looking so beautiful

Like a flash of lighting, over Indian skies
Well it's midnight and it's raining, but I can't seem to close my eyes
Cause I miss you so much baby, it feels like there's gravel in my heart
There's so much I have to say to you, but I don't know where to start, this being apart oh babe it's breaking me down, because I need you
I just want to hold you in my arms tonight

Because I've got seven shells that say I love you
Seven shells that say I care
Seven shells that say I'm thinking of you
I reach out for you but I know that you won't be there
Track Name: For You
Sitting on the staircase, watching the room spin around
Well I've been dragging my feet in the mud, sinking low to the ground
It's been a long time since I sang the blues to you
And I don't know what just what I'm gonna do

Gotta prove yourself to the world, or your pride will steal away
Well I'm sorry, I'm not going to be play those games today
Gotta prove yourself to the world, or your pride will steal away
Well I'm sorry, I'm not going to be play those games today

Well I'm saving all my love for you darling
Well I'm saving all my love for you girl
Well I'm saving all my love for you
Cause it's hard some times when you're so far away

I write you letters telling you that I am fine
But I can't wait to see you walk out that door like you did the last time
It's been a long time since I sang the blues to you
And I don't know just what I'm gonna do, so I'll say this to you

Well I'm saving all my love for you darling
Well I'm saving all my love for you girl
Well I'm saving all my love for you
Cause it's hard some times when you're so far away
Track Name: If Wishes Were Horses
It's been a long time since you've been great
Just hold your hair back, walking like a ghost, you hold yourself up high, you know I can relate
So speak your sweet nothings with those cat-like eyes
You're selling your soul by telling those lies you know
It's like nothing's real

What are you going to do when you just start wishing he'd come around
You ain't fooling nobody, I know you're breaking glass you just hide the sound
When all you've got are those pennies in your pocket
You put yourself inside that cage and then lock it on you
It seems ridiculous to me

When all you want is a wishing well baby but all you'll settle for is a heavy ball and chain
Got to speak before you yell, stand aside and wish it well
It's all your ready for, it's all your ready for

Less ain't more why can't you see that holding back is blasphemy
And of all the words of mice and men the saddest are it could of been
Well if wishes were horses, then beggars would ride
If you don't like the rain then just don't go out side

When all you want is a wishing well baby but all you'll settle for is a heavy ball and chain
Got to speak before you yell, stand aside and wish it well
It's all your ready for, it's all your ready for
Track Name: Little Wisdom
If you ever want to stop on by, I'll just be here waiting around
Trying hard just to keep my patience when all this waiting is just getting me down

Picked off all your broken arrows, with wounded wings baby I can't fly
Twist all of your dreams into bouquets of flowers that live on a mountain side

Did you happen to see me there, I was just waiting for my ride my home
Shooting holes into the darkness, I think I'm a hero when I'm all alone

That's alright, baby we can drive away
See it all fade away
We will spread our wings beyond this town
Watch the wind go down, and write our names in the ground

Don't obligate yourself to anything
It's all just a game and we travel on
Like the rain that trickles down the gutter pipe
It has not purpose but to water the line

You try to make friends with everybody
But you end up giving yourself away
You keep making promises for tomrrow
But tomorrow keeps on becoming today

That's alright, baby we can drive away
See it all fade away
We will spread our wings beyond this town
Watch the wind go down, and write our names in the ground