This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart

by Jason Myles Goss

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released July 11, 2015

All songs written by Jason Myles Goss © 2014
℗ Jeswaldo Sounds (ASCAP)

Produced by Jason Myles Goss, Joel Arnow, and Myles Turney

Engineered and mixed by Myles Turney
Mastered by Alex DeTurk

Additional arranging on “When Youʼre Lonesome,” “Raised Right,” and “If You Keep Going Like Youʼre Going” by David Dawda

Recorded at Strange Weather in Brooklyn, NY
Additional recording at Cowboy Technical Services in Brooklyn, NY,
Big Blue in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, and Q Division in Somerville, MA

Jason Myles Goss – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar on “Joplin” and “Raised Right”

Paul Orbell – electric guitar, 12-string electric tenor guitar, baritone guitar, pedal steel, ukulele

Alan Markley – piano, organ, jupiter 6, fender rhodes, wurlitzer, mellotron, vibes, orchestral bells

David Dawda – electric bass

Joel Arnow – drums, percussion, bass guitar on “Iʼm Your Man”

Christian McNeill – additional vocals on “Things Are Getting Harder”

Traci Maynigo – additional vocals on “Iʼm Your Man”

Abbie Gardner – additional vocals on “When Youʼre Lonesome,” “This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart,” and “If You Keep Going Like Youʼre Going”

Album design by Sarah Gensert
Photography by Doug Seymour
Website by Jason Kenison

www.jasonmylesgoss.com

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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: Joplin
Would anyone come to find me if I just left home, if I just let go
Would I run through the dark blindly, with no hand to hold, so lost and so cold

It was a house that you thought you lived in
It was a life you could swear was yours
It was a town that you could not run from
It was the creaking of the hard wood floors

It was the violence and the fury
It was a haunted, hellish mind
It was a road stop in Missouri
It was all you left behind

Would anyone come to find me if I just left home, if I just let go
Would I run through the dark blindly, with no hand to hold, so lost and so cold

It was the blue light of a TV
It was trying to forget
It was the flashing of your memory
It was someone that you met

It was a parking lot in Joplin
It was sleeping in your car
It was three nights with no stopping
It was the ash of your cigar

Keep your head down
Hands where I can see them
Make no sudden moves

It was a caller at the station
It was a woman in Duquesne
It was a lapse in concentration
It was the sirens and the rain

It was a blow out on the freeway
It was your hand upon the gun
It was the final cries of morning
It was all the wrong you've done

Keep your head down
Keep your head down
Keep your head down
Track Name: Things Are Getting Harder
They say a man will cry for all he's let go
But I think most men cry for reasons they don't know
They hold their hands out straight towards that sky above
Pushing against the weight of all the dreams they dreamed of

Western Ohio, Midwest Pipe and Steel
My father drove a trailer truck, kept his hands upon the wheel
He would always take the hardest ones for that better wage and a chance for us
Caffeine pills, eight hundred miles, through that thick midnight dust

Every place I go things are getting harder
In every face I know things are getting harder
In the eyes of a criminal and in the heart of decent man
Things are getting harder man

I must have fallen asleep by the TVs blue light
I found my father at the kitchen table clutching his keys tight
He was wearing that uniform, he had his head hanging down
What he drove for all those years was finally going to drive him out of town

The older I get the less clear things seem to be
When all the things you need the most are the hardest things to see
How can you learn to live in darkness, how can you learn to live in the light
When it's the same thing that pulls you to your bed that keeps you up all night

Every place I go things are getting harder
In every face I know things are getting harder
In every empty-hearted promise, in every unforgiving hand
Things are getting harder man

Scrawl my name into that deep dark ground
Lay me under in the place where I'm found
I am lost, I am home

Every place I go things are getting harder
In every face I know things are getting harder
In every town and every city across a wicked and mighty land
Things are getting harder man

Things are getting harder man
Things are getting harder man
Track Name: This Town Is Only Going To Break Your Heart
This town is only going to break your heart
This window, this house, every crumbling part
Oh this town, this town, is going to break your heart

Morning will come looking for a fight
And your heart will flicker like a drugstore light

It was a lucky punch that caught you in the eye
It left you so much older now but left no reasons why

When I was young I thought about it always
When my game was done, would you find me in the hallways
of this house, on this street

This town is only going to break your heart
Growing up is the hardest part
Oh this town, this town, is going to break your heart

I took what was not given me, I've bloodied up my nose
I've fallen out of windows and I've dirtied up my clothes

And when my evening comes, and I'm gripped within it's throes
Will my mind still be restless from the debt that it owes

I'm older now and when I run my hands along your walls
They remind me how all the things I've left I've kept closest of all
closest of all

You were leaning on that street light
Asking me if we would turn out alright

This town is only going to break your heart
You will find at the end, you'll be back at the start
Oh this town, this town, is going to break your heart

This town, this town, is going to break your heart
Track Name: I'm Your Man
Take my picture, pick me up and spin me around
I won't let you down

Those steam pipes hissing, we were dancing in the kitchen
We were young and wishing that we would never be found

And I have this feeling, and it's wild and real and
I'm the only one for you and you're the only one for me

Cafes and laundromats, maybe never own a Cadillac
Though I ain't got much use for that as long as you are here holding my hand

Scream it out, hell yes, you're my woman, i'm your man
You're my woman, i'm your man

Sing it loud and sing it strong, like it's a tambourine you bang upon
Oh I've been reading your letters, waiting on this china town bus

Locked in the jaws of a hurricane, I saw you stand up and face the rain
Oh I'll be leaving I'll be back again, new york city, new york city

I'll take that highway ride, my heart is beating
It keeps repeating, don't give up, don't give up, don't give up

Now I'm walking on these streets alone, so familiar once so unknown
I call you up on the telephone because they shut down all the trains coming from Queens

Scream it out, hell yes, you're my woman, i'm your man
You're my woman, i'm your man

As soon as I met you I was on the right track
As soon as I met you I was on the right track
As soon as I met you I was on the right track
As soon as I met you, as soon as I met you
Track Name: If You Keep Going Like You're Going
The neighbors keep at it all through the night
Budweiser tallboys and a mother daughter fight
Another crash of a mirror or a shattering light
With no sign of any kind of surrender in sight

The trucks and the sirens always keep you awake
No matter how much red wine or melatonin that you take
Oh this blanket is heavy yet you shiver and shake
And you tear at the air like your soul is at stake

If you keep going like you're going
You ain't going to last much longer

If you keep going like you're going
You ain't going to last much longer now

I was stranded in Youngstown with the ice and the sand
Knee deep in this loneliness that grows in a man
I try to carry it on the back of what a boy's dream demands
On this motel bed with my head in my hands

I have this dream I'm a prisoner in a war that I've fought
They bring me out in shackles on the day I've been caught
I tip my hat towards the firing squad as they line up their shot
With the wild wind taking in the last breath I've got

If you keep going like you're going
You ain't going to last much longer

If you keep going like you're going
You ain't going to last much longer now

And I hope you will love me for a long time darling
I'm following you home on the only road I know

In the winter I would hold you when the radiator broke
I'd see your breath in the darkness when you'd laugh at my jokes
We'd pretend we were famous, hanging with all kinds of folks
And we'd smile all the while neither one of us spoke

If you keep going like you're going
You ain't going to last much longer

If you keep going like you're going
You ain't going to last much longer now
Track Name: Set Me Free
There's a world outside that I never knew
Far from the streets and what I thought was true
Everything you run from will catch up to you
There's a world outside

Shell of a factory in the center of town
Smell of the oil and the squish of the ground
I followed the train tracks hoping to be found
I was just a kid, I was just a kid

Dad had enough when I tattooed up my arms
I got busted for fighting, pulling fire alarms
Now I work as a cashier at the Cumberland Farms
But I'll get out of it, I'll get out of it

I hit that straightaway at seventy five
Out past the grave stones on Fitzgerald drive
I never fit in and I never knew why
I tried to never see, what would become of me

The wind is blowing and the sun is low
These streets are burning in the afterglow
They'll grab your ankles and they won't let go
They'll keep you safe inside, oh safe inside

Oh teacher won't you leave my brother alone
It's hard enough with all the problems at home
His step-mom's a drunk she disconnected the phone
And now I'm all he's got, I'm all he's got

Set me free
Set me free

I am the axles coming loose from the train
The preacher kneeling in the mud and the rain
The sound of your voice and the scream of your name
I am the kitchen light when your parents fight

Percoset mothers in their Revlon disguise
Dead-in-the-water look still in their eyes
With penciled eyebrows of permanent surprise
How in the world were they once little girls

Sins of the father will be carried upon
Down to the river and down to the pond
New ones will come after the old ones are gone
Will you carry them, can you carry them

We keep the brightest things so deep in the dark
They map the corners of our curious heart
They make us whole and then they tear us apart
Is that called growing up or is that giving in

Set me free
Set me free

Set me free
Set me free

I've been sober since you last came to town
Back before they shut the factory down
We're getting older, i'm glad to see you around
I've got a little girl, I plan to make her proud

The years have gone and all I see
Is the shell of a man that I was trying to be
Was I walking these streets or were they walking me
Did they pull me in to their water deep

We ran so fast into the undertow
We filled our lungs with what we found below
That same old story that we all will know
One that never changes, it never changes

Drive ways, barber shops, daughters and sons
nickel and dimes, sleeping pills, TV reruns
The summer breeze, first kiss, the quiet sound
The police, the troubled kids, the college bound

All the wrong you've ever done and all of the right
A dark and blissful heartache that visits you each night
There's a world outside that you always knew
Will you carry it for them, like they carried it for you

Set me free
Set me free
Track Name: Raised Right
I'm another one that wasn't raised right
You see me walking in the middle of the night
Head against the wall under a gas station light
Oh, just another one that wasn't raised right

They said my mother was a special case
She drank wine and never cleaned up the place
Oh daddy if I ever see your face
Oh, you're just another one, you're just another son

I'll steal your money man, I'll steal your money man
Oh, how could you ever really understand

Never invited but I never cared
Parents would whisper and the policemen stared
Like I was never welcome anywhere
Oh, another smoking gun, another cross to bear

They say she snagged herself a jealous man
She stayed in bed and chased her wine with Percodan
Oblivion or an iron hand
How can you choose one, how can you choose one

I asked for love you left me out in the cold
How could I ever have been so bold

I'm another one that wasn't raised right
I'm another one that wasn't raised right
You walk though any town on any given night
you'll find so many that were never raised right

I'm another one that wasn't raised right
I'm another one that wasn't raised right
I'm another one that wasn't raised right
I'm another one that wasn't raised right

Nobody's child, an American plight
Fast food futures and a parking lot fight
My parents yelling over which one is right
Brush me under the rug, brush me under the rug
Track Name: When You're Lonesome
Come around come around come around
Come around come around come around
And see me when you're lonesome
And see me when you're lonesome

Arms out wide in a hurricane
Smile so bright in the wind and rain
You felt so fine and you felt so free
As dark as far as your eyes could see

The cameras flash when you hit that ring
In every wounded heart there's a beautiful thing
You felt so lost and you felt so low
You were feeling like there was nowhere to go

Come around come around come around
Come around come around come around
And see me when you're lonesome
And see me when you're lonesome

Its 2 A.M. and there's no one around
In the park at night in your hometown
You know every street and every traffic stop
All the high school bullies are now small town cops

You fell in love with the saddest parts
You wrote your name in red and you called it art
And when you're hanging on by the thinnest thread
In the parking lot with an aching head

Come around come around come around
Come around come around come around
And see me when you're lonesome
And see me when you're lonesome

It's just like you to fall like that
It's just like you to fall like that
It's just like you to fall like that
It's just like you to go down like that
It's just like you to plummet all the way on down

Come around come around come around
Come around come around come around
And see me when you're lonesome
And see me when you're lonesome

See me when you're lonesome
See me when you're lonesome
Track Name: Roanoke Hearts
You took a book of matches
From the corner bar
You said it's getting late
I walked you to your car

You held your coat so heavy
I didn't know how to ask
If I could take you out dancing
If I could be your man

We danced like it was prom night
Danced under cardboard stars
A far cry from those gym lights
Inside these city bars

And I knew right then
Swaying in your arms
That I would never leave you lonesome
I would never do you harm

You and I both have Roanoke hearts
That were ransacked and abandoned and left alone at the start
I know you're tired of being lonely
Of living like a stranger here
Oh won't you be my one and only
I promise we won't disappear

I lay awake at night
I can hear you sleeping
And in that morning light
I feel the darkness creeping

I have a worrisome mind
It makes it hard to be free
I know one day this world will try
To take you away from me

And from this heart of a young man
To that heart grown old
And from the flesh of a young land
And to it's blood gone cold

You and I both have Roanoke hearts
That were ransacked and abandoned and left alone in the dark
I know you're tired of being lonely
Stuck on the shoreline feeling lost
Oh won't you be my one and only
I'll pay the ransom, pay the cost

We were too young when we left home
We were too young when we left home
We were too young when we left home
We were young

You took a book of matches
From that bar window
Oh maybe we were meant to be
More than we were meant to know
Track Name: For All It Is Worth
When your sky shatters deeply in the silence of your room
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

When your joyful heart grows weary and it hardens like a stone
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

When you're feeling like you lost it and don't know how to get it back
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

And when fear and trepidation stop you frozen in your tracks
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

When they press you for the answer but it's the question you like best
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

When you shrink and shrug your shoulders to all the handsome and well dressed
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

When your head is full of troubles and you don't' know how to let them go
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

And when you're locked inside the cross hairs, and you're still reeling from the blow
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

I came into this world kicking and screaming
And that is how I plan to leave

And when you're banging on a door that never seems to ever open
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

And when your love is wearing thin, when you're starving, and when you're broken
Keep on fighting for all it is worth

Keep on fighting for all it is worth
Keep on fighting for all it is worth