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The '59 Sound Sessions

by The Gaslight Anthem

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Well, I wonder which song they're gonna play when we go. I hope it's something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow. When we float out into the ether, into the Everlasting Arms, I hope we don't hear Marley's chains we forged in life. 'Cause the chains I been hearing now for most of my life, The chains I been hearing now for most of my life. Did you hear the fifty-nine Sound coming through on grandmother's radio? Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls? Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song one last time? And I wonder were you scared when the metal hit the glass? See, I was playing a show down the road When your spirit left your body. And they told me on the front lawn. I'm sorry I couldn't go, But I still know the song and the words and her name and the reasons. And I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang I know 'cause we were kids and we used to hang Did you hear the fifty-nine sound coming through on grandmother's radio? Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls? Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song one last time? Young boys, young girls, Young boys, young girls, Young boys, young girls, Young boys, young girls, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night, Ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night, Did you hear the fifty-nine sound coming through on grandfather's radio? Did you hear the rattling chains in the hospital walls? Did you hear the old gospel choir when they came to carry you over? Did you hear your favorite song one last time? Young boys, young girls, Young boys, young girls.
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You can run on for a long time Run on for a long time Run on for a long time Sooner or later God'll cut you down Sooner or later God'll cut you down Go tell that long tongue liar Go and tell that midnight rider Tell the rambler, The gambler, The back biter Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down Well my goodness gracious let me tell you the news My head's been wet with the midnight dew I've been down on bended knee talkin' to the man from Galilee He spoke to me in the voice so sweet I thought I heard the shuffle of the angel's feet He called my name and my heart stood still When he said, "John go do My will!" Go tell that long tongue liar Go and tell that midnight rider Tell the rambler, The gambler, The back biter Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down You can run on for a long time Run on for a long time Run on for a long time Sooner or later God'll cut you down Sooner or later God'll cut you down Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand Workin' in the dark against your fellow man But as sure as God made black and white What's down in the dark will be brought to the light You can run on for a long time Run on for a long time Run on for a long time Sooner or later God'll cut you down Sooner or later God'll cut you down Go tell that long tongue liar Go and tell that midnight rider Tell the rambler, The gambler, The back biter Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down
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Not tonight, not tonight Honey I, am on fire I can't feel a single thing but the weight of the wires Crackin' electric light Remember baby, we were a stone And we would sleep where we're fallin' We would fight about it (fight about it) We'd fight about it (fight about it) Then we laughed about it (laughed about it) And we'd ride on, ride on Ferris wheel lights on I'd never felt so strange Standin' in the Jersey rain Thinkin' about what an old man said Maybe I should call me an ambulance I never felt so strange Standin' in the poundin' rain Thinkin' about what my mother once said Maybe I should call me an ambulance Not tonight, not tonight Honey I, am on fire If we don't come through, they're gonna bury us alive In this great abyss Of just what might have been Where we can take a seat at the bar with the other broken heroes Where they talk about it (talk about it) Just talk about it (talk about it) And do nothin' 'bout it (nothin' 'bout it) Right on, right on Ferris wheel lights on I'd never felt so strange Standin' in the Jersey rain Thinkin' about what an old man said Maybe I should call me an ambulance I'd never felt so strange Standin' in the poundin' rain Thinkin' about what my mother once said Maybe I should call me an ambulance I'd never felt so strange Standin' in the Jersey rain Thinkin' about what Wagin' Matty said Maybe I should call me an ambulance Maybe I should call me an ambulance I'd never felt so strange Standin' in the Jersey rain Thinkin' about what an old man said Maybe I should call me an ambulance I'd never felt so strange Standin' in the poundin' rain Thinkin' about what my mama always said Maybe I should call me an ambulance Carnival lights Fourth of July Boardwalk talks In the dead of night Always made you smile Always made you smile Always made you smile
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Like Miles Davis, I've been swayed by the cool There's just something 'bout the summertime, there's just something 'bout the moon So I laid a kiss on a stone, tossed it upside your window by the roof Before you change your mind, Miles, bring in the cool Honey, put on your red dress and your diamond-soled shoes Climb on out from that window, climb on out of your room 'Cause I never had a good thing and I always had the blues But I heard that you always kinda wondered, Miles, strike up the cool Don't wait too long to come home My, how the years and our youth passed on Don't wait too long to come home I will leave the front light on And the night is our own Don't wait too long Like poor Mr. Pitiful, I can't turn you loose You move like a dream I had, I woke up sweating in my room But your mama's got plans and your daddy's aim is true She never understood that it ain't no good, papa never heard the cool So now I've got up my nerve and found me a stone With a flick of the wrist and a turn of the key, you'll just fall in my arms And don't wait too long to come home My, how the years and our youth passed on Don't wait too long to come home I will leave the front light on And the night is our own Don't wait too long So why don't you sing to me on this long drive home And let the sound of your voice sway sweet and slow As we go down, down, down from our youth to the ground Down, down, down from our youth to the ground We might always be blue Jackson Don't wait too long to come home My, how the years and our youth passed on Don't wait too long to come home I will leave the front light on No, don't wait too long to come home My, how the years and our youth passed on Don't wait too long to come home I will leave the front light on As we go down, down, down from our youth to the ground Down, down, down from our youth to the ground Down, down, down from our youth to the ground Down, down, down, down, down
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So the ambulances came They took your pulse and packed up your things And the papers read Some boys forget what the heartache brings And the pounding in the street Was your heart in four-four time And the taste of defeat Was never too far from your mind And Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand I always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis And in my head there's all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else So gravity came And stole the temple that the schoolboys praised And the crowd shuffled in You're getting drinks for the same boys who once bought you everything And the powder on the bar was just this one time The patter on the bar was just this one night And only to get by And Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand I always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis And in my head there's all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else There was "Southern Accents" on the radio as I drove home And at night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet It's a pretty good song, baby you know the rest Baby, you know the rest And Maria came from Nashville with a suitcase in her hand Always kinda sorta wished I looked like Elvis And in my head there's all these classic cars and outlaw cowboy bands I always kinda sorta wished I was someone else When our boots they hit the ground They made a high and lonesome sound When our boots they hit the ground They made a high and lonesome sound When our boots they hit the ground They made a high and lonesome sound When our boots they hit the ground Down from the clouds They made a high and lonesome sound
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Help me sing All you weary strangers raise your voice In this chain gang chorus in our younger days My brothers, we were naive sailors Storms we'd all endure Oh the road, oh you who sing her praises of dust and bones The places that she takes us, the choice is ours We wanted much more than our fathers While our mothers said their prayers Now we're moving on up, to the east side We finally got a piece of the pie, of the pie Baby doll All you women of the travelers, your empty arms Your patient hearts in waiting, bless your hearts And your never ending patience I could not go on without you We're all the same All blue and bright white collars, we're all the same Our troubles and our sorrows and underneath Blood and bone and mixture Though we dance to different songs And your mama's alright, your daddy's alright They just seem a little bit weird Oh, surrender
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I'm all washed out by the side of the road Broken bones Matilda left a note and a rose Sayin', "Baby honey child, I've loved you so long But you deserve much better than me." So I'm just burnin' all around all the miles in the road And I'm never goin' back and I'm never goin' home I've been gone too long, I've been less right than wrong I lost so much blood in the fallin' out And I lit a fire that wouldn't go out Until it consumed the walls and roof of this house Until all I remember was burnin' away And all I remember, you burned it away See, for ten long years I've been hustlin' around Tryin' to wash the sins and the sweat from my brow Just tryin' to find a better life for me and my own Just some rest for these tired workin' fingers But nobody never gonna tell you the way You gotta figure it out boys and suffer the rain And the fools in the night and the heat of the day When all you ever really wanted was for someone to understand And I lit a fire that wouldn't go out Until it consumed the walls and roof of this house Until all I remember was burnin' away And all I remember, you burned it away Well, don't you take it so hard and baby, don't you cry You cross your hard heart and you hope to die Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied all the time Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied every night And you're sugar and spice and everything nice You got Monroe hips, your poisoned lips and knives And you're sugar and spice and everything nice You got open wounds in a young boy's pride And you're sugar and spice and everything nice You got Monroe hips, your poisoned lips and knives Sugar and spice, everything nice Open wounds in a young boy's pride And I lit a fire that wouldn't go out Until it consumed the walls and roof of this house Until all I remember was burnin' away And all that you left me, you burned it away Well, don't you take it so hard and baby, don't you cry You cross your hard heart and you hope to die Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied all the time Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied every night Time, time tickin' away Time, time tickin' away Time, time tickin' away Time, time tickin' away

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THE ’59 SOUND SESSIONS commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Gaslight Anthem's landmark album, THE '59 SOUND. Including never-before-heard versions of tracks off the main album, remastered for your listening pleasure.

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released June 15, 2018

Songs Written by Brian Fallon, Alex Levine, Alex Rosamilia, Benny Horowitz

Published by SONY ATV

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