Tales from Gauchoville

by Jon Gorey

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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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Track Name: New American Dream
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
Track Name: Ten Thousand Candles
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