Tales from Gauchoville

by Jon Gorey

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I'm a son of the kingdom come Fat and foolish like anyone Who's born into the aristocracy Of the purple mountains and majesty At night I close my eyes Safe and sound asleep inside The distant drone of the war machine Lulls me into an American dream What does sorrow mean to me? Well it's something I've seen on my TV But I changed the channel and for what it's worth I've got a picture-perfect planet Earth At night I close my eyes Safe and sound asleep inside While on the news there's an old regime Waking up to the American dream I don't travel far from here But I've got some souvenirs Clothes I stole from a child's hands And the oil I dug in foreign lands For my SUV and my minivan Frankly dear, I don't give a damn If we spill the blood of broken men Who live to fight against what they can Sing of freedom as we dig the graves Kill my brother and I'll call him saved... At night I close my eyes Safe and sound asleep inside And not a desperate mother's screams Will wake me up from my American dream
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Ten thousand candles burn Just for a lesson learned Ten thousand hopes inside of me I try to see the true Like all good people do They say the truth will set you free Tonight I hold tight Afraid of what I might see How in the wake of our fears We leave a trail of tears Ten thousand candles burn For every cry we hear So many skins we've shed Denying lives we've led As if we leave the past behind But time like a circle turns Ghosts like the wind return The haunting histories of our times Tonight by candlelight I close my eyes that I might see How in the wake of our fears We leave a trail of tears Ten thousand candles burn For every cry we hear Inside a stranger's mind It seems myself I find Forgotten fears I recognize With careful steps I tread Upon the path ahead Ten thousand candles light the sky Tonight, impossible sunlight I let the rapture carry me
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released May 1, 2005

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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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