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by Jon Gorey

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released July 14, 2000

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Jon Gorey Boston, Massachusetts

Singer/songwriter Jon Gorey has performed in bars, clubs, and cafes all over the world, from Seattle to Stockholm, including packed full-band shows in New York and his hometown of Boston. Some say his 2004 anthem ‘The Scarlet Letter,’ which was played on local radio and at Boston-area bars, helped the historically heartbreaking Red Sox win their first World Series title in 86 years. ... more

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Track Name: Groove On In Here
It makes me laugh, the people I meet
It makes me smile, the people on the street
Cuz this one here, well I don't know
Just who he thinks he's talking to
A walking obscenity
But in between his rants and raves
He strikes a chord, paints a phrase or two
I'm afraid he's making sense to me
I want to fly, I want to soar
I want to feel, I want to feel it more
It makes me laugh, the things I see
All the crazy things that happen to me
Here I am alone and stuck
While this guy gets it in his truck
Struggling for what it means
The jumping jacks, the in-betweens
And why I care so much
I want to fly, I want to soar
I want to feel, I want to feel it more
It makes me laugh, the wind in my face
It makes me feel like I am of this place
Feel the life and breath the air
Take it with you everywhere
Take it forth to share
Call it what you like and then
Do with it as you see fit my friend
And we can turn the groove on in here.
I want to fly, I want to soar
I want to feel, I want to feel it more
Track Name: Streetcorner Song
There's a smiling man singing loud as he can
On the corner of the street
His hands are cold and he's growing old
But he still taps his feet.
He's playing a song he's known so long
It brings him back in time.
He knows some of the words but he's not so sure
So he just makes it rhyme.
His eyes have seen the hardest times
His mother ran away and left him behind
Still he knows how to make you smile
If you just stop and listen for a while
He says, "I've seen it all before
Everybody always wanting more.
Some people wish their lives away
I'm happy where I am today."
A passer-by in a suit and tie
Comes and asks him why he sings
He says, "You got no home and you're all alone
You've barely got anything."
The man just laughs, says,
"What I have is a world of simplicity.
The sun is high and I feel alright
And God'll take care of me.
Don't see no reason for wasting time
Worrying my soul away for another dime
This world around us all can make you want to smile
If you just stop and live it for a while."
He says, "I've seen it all before
Everybody always wanting more.
Some people wish their lives away
I'm happy where I am today."
Track Name: Slow
Walk around with a smile on my face
Things to see in every place
I take it all at an easy pace
I take it slow
Other people laugh and stare at me
Say what you doing up in that tree?
I tell 'em up here there's more to see
I take it slow
All I know is that I take it slow
Seems to me to be the way to go
Can't say anything for you I know
But I take it slow
Watch the world through a window pane
Cluttered hearts pumping cluttered veins
Then they do it all over again
I take it slow
Floatin way up here in the clouds
I'm high above all the shouting crowds
I watch them all as they run about
I take it slow
All I know is that I take it slow
Seems to me to be the way to go
Can't say anything for you I know
But I take it slow
Sitting here where the sun goes down
I get a better view of what's around
See my friends here that I just found
They take it slow
Mr. Butterfly, fly by me
Tell me all the things you see
What's it like to be so free
You take it slow
All I know is that I take it slow
Seems to me to be the way to go
Can't say anything for you I know
But I take it slow
Track Name: San Sebastian
It's early morning here in San Sebastian
Buenas dias as they say it here
By now I should have been in Barcelona
I lost my way but then I found it here
I've got no money but at least I'm working
Playing songs they don't understand
It doesn't matter cuz the tide keeps coming
I sit and watch all of the fishermen
Hey, hey hey - That's the sound of a happy man
That's the sound of your heart saying here I am.
The sun is smiling here in San Sebastian
Hace sol como dicen aqui.
There's a statue up upon the mountain
He watches everything the eye can see
I've got no money but at least I'm working
Playing songs they may have heard before
It doesn't matter cuz there's people watching
It's just a couple but they want some more
Hey, hey hey - That's the sound of a happy man
That's the sound of your heart saying here I am.
I found something here in San Sebastian
Buena suerte por mi corazon.
I don't know just where the dawn will find me
But now I don't feel I'm that far from home
I've got no money but at least I's working
Pretty soon now I'll be on my way
Solamente quiero decir gracias
Por la felicidad que encontre
Hey, hey hey - That's the sound of a happy man
That's the sound of your heart saying here I am.
Track Name: Over You
Driving to see you
I was thinking how some things had changed
At the door of your apartment
I started feeling something strange
Over you, I'm over you by now
So many days I loved you true
But I'm over you.
The look in your eyes
When I finally met you at the sea
Couldn't disguise how you weren't
so happy to see me.
Over you, I'm over you my love
I'd love to say my love was true
But I'm over you.
But then again there's a feeling I get
One night, so right, that I might never get
Over you, am I over you my love
I'd love to say my love was through
But I'm not over you.
Thinking about you
It seems more like a dream that was
And any reflection is only there
Well, just because
I'm over you, I'm over you my love
So many days I loved you true
But I'm over you.
But then again there's a feeling I get
One night, so right, that I might never get
Over you, am I over you my love
I'd love to say my love was through
But I'm not over you.
Track Name: Autumn's Fortune
Tonight the sky is autumn's fortune
And all my thoughts drift to the ocean
Calling on my soul to guide me
Bring me back to you
Lost I'll follow any angel
Heart in hand and head entangled
Walking under moonlit wonder
Calling after you
Oh my Lord I'm falling
Oh my God it's true
Oh my Lord I'm falling
Take me back to you
Every step in your direction
Leads me to some new reflection
But each new answer hides a cancer
Where will I find you?
Words of old now bound in leather
Forecast of inclement weather
High invention, resurrection
Lift me up to you
Oh my Lord I'm falling
Oh my God it's true
Oh my Lord I'm falling
Take me back to you
Oh my Lord, I'm a desperate man
Somewhere in this place
I will find your face
I'm so close, you said so
I sat 'neath an Oxford Street light
You were shaking, shining so bright
It all comes back like God before me
Brings me back to you
Track Name: Stormy Night
She sits in the sand with her knees to her chest
And watches the lightning cross the bay
Alone with herself and alone in the dark
She wonders how long she can live this way
She feels the storm draw near
And cries a lonely tear
That melts into the sand

And as the wind begins to blow her hair across her face
She dreams of different times, a different life, a different place
And as the rain begins to fall upon her from the sky
She thinks that maybe she
Could disappear into the night...

She gets to her feet leaves her shoes in the sand
Her tears turn to rage, and her walk to a run
She runs to be free of that treacherous man
Safe from the madness and all he's done
She slips into the night
Til there's nothing left in sight
She has nothing left to lose

And as the wind begins to blow her hair into her eyes
She steps into the waves, holds her hands up to the sky
And as the rain begins to fall upon her, soak her face
She's like a little girl, dancing in the crashing waves...

She turns herself around
Looks back at the town from where she came
As she says her last goodbye
She swears she'll never live that way again

And as the wind begins
To shake the world with all its might
She takes the ring he gave her
Throws it far into the tide
And as the rain begins to wash away the memories
She screams into the night, you'll never ever find me...

And as the breeze begins to gently blow across her face
She's in a different time
A different life, a different place
And when the sun comes up
It's different now, because she's alive
She found her life again
One windy, rainy, stormy night.
Track Name: Child
Child, you sing so cheerfully bright
Smiling, laughing in your delight
Ne'er seen I a more beautiful sight
My child so beautiful
Whisper and wait for the world to appear
Listen and watch so to fight all your fears
For soon your day in the sun it is here
Child so beautiful
Angel, guide my babe
Keep him close, keep him safe
Angel, beware, he's unprepared
For all that may lie in await.
Soon you will see all you want of the earth
Drunkards and wizards whose sorrowful mirth
Will lend to you visions of death and rebirth
My child, so beautiful
Take all your time and burn it away
Make it all rhyme but to mean what you say
Wander and lust for the coming of day
My child, so beautiful
Angel guide my babe
Keep him close, keep him safe
Angel beware, he's unprepared
For all that lie in await.
Cross as you may an arrogant stray
Take to your heart these words that I say
Do as you will and live come what may
My child so beautiful.
Track Name: 2:22
We were in a dream, we flew across the sea
And for the moment I could see through everything
Everyone was there, I slid down your hair
And I knew you would take me almost anywhere
And I said...
Here's looking at you
Are you looking for something to do?
Could I be with you, would you want me to?
Hey maybe it's you?
Hey baby are you the one who
I can talk to? Can I talk to you?
We left a crowded room, it came a bit too soon,
But there we were all underneath a waxing moon
I believed your eyes, you said you liked my smile
And I began to sleep but I woke up in style
And I said...
2:22 and I'm thinking of you
Are you thinking of somebody, too?
That you never knew, but you wanted to?
That's all right if you do,
I can see that you're something so new
In the light of the night, beside you.