The Things You Keep

by Jon Gorey

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1.
Down for the festival some years ago Woke up at 2 a.m. to go see a show At Tipitina’s we drank on the lawn Pulled up onstage and then kicked out at dawn In New Orleans, New Orleans A friend of mine spent his New Year’s Eve In some girl’s arms above Bourbon Street And later on when the morning came He knew her story but not her name New Orleans, New Orleans, oh I’m sure Nobody’s loved you more Then the music stopped, the ocean swelled Our brothers, friends, and children trapped in hell And every rambling heart the world around Mourned as our beloved city drowned And so my dreams were broken in two The memory of her and the sight of you I had to be there, I had to go Was she gone forever? I just had to know My New Orleans, New Orleans, oh be sure I said a prayer for her Walking down the streets and boulevards Trees torn from their roots, abandoned cars But somewhere in the air, I heard the sound Of saxophones and trumpets underground Looking around at all the work to be done Enough to overcome most anyone But the man on the stoop of his gutted out home Humming a gospel song, was not alone The family next door they lost everything, too They picked up the pieces as they picked up the tune People kept singing, pulling through Music don’t die, and neither will you My New Orleans, New Orleans, oh be sure I’ve never loved you more
2.
04:51
I’ll tell you something you might as well know I wrote this song about you a long time ago And if you’re hearing it now, then I’ve said “I do” So help me God I avow to be faithful to you On and on and on, wherever we go On and on and on, forever I know On and on and on… You were all I had in mind All that I’d hoped for all of this time And I will give you all my life All that I have, all that is mine There’s summertime in your smile And a spark in your eye As you walked down the aisle In that dreamer’s disguise All the love in my heart, it burst in my soul Swear we’ll ne’er be apart as we grow to be old On and on and on, wherever we go On and on and on, forever I know On and on and on… You were all I had in mind All that I’d hoped for all of this time And I will give you all my life All that I have, all that is mine
3.
Every romance has its own creation myth Whether it’s a fairy tale or drunken kiss From country roads to city bars There’s a little of each in ours It wasn’t so much if, but when I’d find you Who would have known it then Would you have believed me if I said I don’t know how, but I’ve found everything I ever wanted Look at you now, it’s like I prayed to God and He responded With you Things were going good, maybe too good to last Suddenly it all just felt a little fast I wasn’t ready yet, it’s something I still regret How could I ever do such a thing to you? But you stuck it out with me Did you ever dream that we would be So happy now, here with everything we ever wanted Look at you now, it’s like I saw a star and wished upon it For you I wonder how it is that I could be so blessed All that I can figure is I’ve done my best I worry it’s not enough, or that I’ll run out of luck I don’t know what I’d do without you It’s hard to believe sometimes The life in the storybook is mine I don’t know how, but I’ve found everything I ever wanted Look at you now, it’s like I prayed to God and He responded With you…
4.
So here we are now Back where we started out For crying out loud It’s like we’ve outsmarted ourselves Walking in circles, looking for miracles Yet to be found You start to believe your doubts When your thoughts turn stormy And your mind runs aground Reach out for me, I won’t let you drown I’m not so naïve As to think we are Adam and Eve But I’m one who believes While you find it harder to concede That right there beside you There’s someone to guide you The best gifts we receive Sometimes we can’t conceive When your thoughts turn stormy And your mind runs aground Reach out for me, I won’t let you drown In the depths of your doubt Hold tight, I’ll pull you out And in the dark, I will hold your fragile heart I love you my dear I’ll always be near When your thoughts turn stormy And your mind runs aground Reach out for me, I won’t let you drown
5.
02:07
Just in time I changed my mind And I fell in love again That don’t undo what I put you through But means don’t make the end It’s too late to say I’m sorry For everything I’ve done But darling don’t you worry I’m as honest as they come So when I say I’ve changed my ways You know it’s genuine Long ago you probably know That I had a couple of flings I’ve been passed around this damn town Like a song people like to sing It’s too late to change that story But I’m writing a new one now Darling don’t you worry I’m all yours from here on out Those washed up scenester gossip queens Don’t know what they’re talking about It’s too late to say I’m sorry For everything I’ve said and done But darling don’t you worry I love you more than anyone So when I say to you I do You know, it’s genuine Yeah when I say to you, I do You know, it’s genuine.
6.
Every time I wake up lonely I remember what you told me "I won’t let you fall to pieces Never mind your second guesses." Feeling as the snow is, falling Drive away your life is calling Or follow me I’m going nowhere But I promise I’ll be there for You mean more than the world to me I’ll be sure it’ll always be Never fear, I am always here There’s nowhere else I want to be Than here with you beneath the stars With my forehead pressed to yours Laughing in your loving arms Making dreams we can’t afford We’ve all the riches of the poor And I don’t want for nothing more I can feel our time is coming Better days have just begun and Maybe one day we’ll be famous All the world will want to claim us Look at how the earth is turning Over and inside it’s burning Everyone knows what is missing Everyone just wants a kiss So come to bed and turn out the light Rest your head on my chest tonight Close your eyes, as the fire dies There’s nowhere else I’d want to be Than lying here beside you warm With my skin pressed up to yours Laughing in your loving arms Kicking clothes off to the floor We’ve all the riches of the poor And I don’t want for nothing more

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released December 6, 2011

All songs written by Jon Gorey, © 2006–2011.

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Will Dailey.
Recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Mass., and Wheelkick Studios in Newton, Mass.

Jon Gorey: Vocals, additional acoustic guitars
Will Dailey: Guitars, keyboards, additional vocals and percussion
Matt Pynn: Guitars
Matthew Edwards: Bass
Dave Brophy: Drums

Cover photo by Gina Favata; artist photo by Will Dailey.

Sincere thanks to everyone named above, especially Will, and to you.

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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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