Radio Dial

by Jason Myles Goss

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James Brady JASON, JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU AND ALL OF BANDCAMP, WE SO ENJOYED YOU AT OUR HOUSE CONCERT ON 26 APR 14. NOT ONLY WAS YOUR MUSIC INCREDIBLE, BUT YOU AS A PERSON, BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY TO US ALL. IT WAS AN EVENING THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET. THANK YOU SO MUCH. -Jim Brady Favorite track: Home.
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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
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02:51
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
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03:39
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)
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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
5.
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
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03:13
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
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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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
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04:28
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
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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
13.
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

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released June 17, 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

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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