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The '59 Sound

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released August 19, 2008

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Track Name: Great Expectations
Mary, this station is playing every sad song.
I remember like we were alive.
And I heard and sung them all from inside of these walls,
In this prison cell where we spent those nights.
And they burnt up the diner where I always used to find her.
Licking young boys blood from her claws.
And I learned about the blues from this kitten that I knew.
Her hair was raven and her heart was like a tomb.
My heart's like a wound.

I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife.
Everybody leaves and I'd expect as much from you.
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life.
Everybody leaves, so why, why wouldn't you?

Mary, I worried and stalled every night of my life.
Better safe than making the party.
And I never had a good time, I sat my bedside,
With papers and poetry about Estella.
Great Expectations, we had the Greatest Expectations.

I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife.
Everybody leaves and I'd expect as much from you.
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life.
Everybody leaves, so why, why wouldn't you?

It's funny how the night moves.
Humming a song from 1962.
We were always waiting...
Always waiting...
We were always waiting for something to happen.

I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife.
Everybody leaves and I'd expect as much from you.
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life.
Everybody leaves, so why, why wouldn't you?
Track Name: The '59 Sound
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.

Did you hear the '59 Sound coming through on Grandmama'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.

Did you hear the '59 Sound coming through on Grandmama'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, ain't supposed to die on a Saturday night.

Did you hear the '59 Sound coming through on Grandmama'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?
Track Name: Old White Lincoln
If I could write, I'd tell you how much I miss these nights.
Where we dig around the bones, try to find peace and patches for the holes.
I lit a cigarette on a parking meter.
Corner boys told her how I was dying to meet her.
Like a prayer I said, on a dead man's knee.
You drove up like a parade.

You and your high top sneakers and your sailor tattoos.
Your old '55 that you drove through the roof.
Of the sky, up above these indifferent stars.
Where you just kept coming apart, straight in my arms.

And I miss her sometimes.
Shaking like a leaf on the corner of life.
But I heard it's alright.
The radio spoke to a good friend of mine.
And I could feel it coming up as the nights getting warm.
Saw your summer dress hanging on the back of the lawn.
Like a dream I remember from an easier time.
With the top rolled down on a Saturday night.

You and your high top sneakers and your sailor tattoos.
Your old '55 that you drove through the roof.
Of the sky, up above these indifferent stars.
Where you just kept coming apart, straight in my arms.
Right in my arms.

And I always dreamed of Classic cars and movie screens.
Trying to find someway to be redeemed.
Baby darling, we will be, in the cold cold ground.

You and your high top sneakers and your sailor tattoos.
Your old '55 that you drove through the roof.
Of the sky, up above these indifferent stars.
Where you just kept coming apart, straight in my arms.
You fell straight in my arms.
Track Name: High Lonesome
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 powder on the bar
Was just this one night
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 were 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
Maybe you know the rest
Maybe you know the rest

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

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
Track Name: Film Noir
I'm all washed out by the side of the road.
Broken bones Matilda left a note and a rose.
Saying "Baby, honey child, I love you so long but you deserve much better than me"

So I'm just burning all around, all the miles on the road.
And I'm never going back, and I'm never going home.
I've been gone too long. I've been less right than wrong.
I've lost so much blood in the falling 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 burning away.
And all I remember, you burnt it away.

See for 10 long years I've been hustling around.
Tryin' to wash the sins and sweat from my brow.
Just trying to find a better life for me and my own.
Just some rest for these tired working fingers.

But nobody never gonna tell you the way.
You gotta figure it out boys & suffer the rain.
And the fools in the night, and the heat in the day.
When all you ever really wanted was 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 burning away.
And all I remember, you burnt it away.
Well don't you take it so hard and baby don't you cry.
Cross your hard heart and 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 your sugar and spice, and everything nice.
You got Monroe hips, your poison lips and eyes.
And your sugar and spice, and everything nice.
You got open wounds in a young boy's pride.
[2x]

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 burning away.
And all I had left, you burnt it away.
Well don't you take it so hard and baby don't you cry.
Cross your hard heart and 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.
Track Name: Miles Davis & The Cool
Like Miles Davis, I been swayed by the cool
There's just something about the summertime
There's just something about the moon
So I lay a kiss upon this stone
Toss it upside your window by the roof
Before you change your mind, Miles bring in the Cool.

Now honey, put on your red dress,
and your diamond soled shoes
Climb on down from that window,
climb on out of your room
Cause I never had a good thing,
and I always had the blues
And 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 pass on.
Don't wait too long to come home,
I will leave the front light on.
If the night is all wrong,
don't wait too long.

Like Poor Mr. Pitiful, I can't turn you loose
You move like a dream I had, woke up sweating in my room
But your Mama's got plans, and your Daddy's aim is true
But she never understood that it ain't no good
and Papa never heard the Cool.

So now I got up my nerve, and found me a stone
With a flick of the wrist and a turn of the key you just fall in my arms

And don't wait too long to come home.
My how the years and our youth pass on.
Don't wait too long to come home,
I will leave the front light on.
If the night is all wrong,
you don't wait too long.

So why don't you sing to me on this long drive home
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!

So don't wait too long to come home.
My how the years and our youth pass on.
Don't wait too long to come home,
I will leave the front light on.
Oh don't wait too long to come home.
My how the years and our youth pass 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…
Track Name: The Patient Ferris Wheel
Not tonight, not tonight
Honey I, am on fire
I can't feel a single thing but the weight of the wires
Cracking electric line
Remember baby we were a stone
And we would sleep where we've fallin'

We would fight about it (fight about it!)
We would fight about it (fight about it!)
We laughed about it (laughed about it!)
And we ride on, ride on
Ferris wheel lights on!

I've never felt so strange
Standing in the Jersey rain
Thinking about what an old man said
Maybe I should call me an ambulance

I've never felt so strange
Standing in the pounding rain
Thinking about what my mother once said
Maybe I should call me an ambulance

N-n-not tonight, not tonight
Honey I, am on fire
If we don't go through, they gonna bury us alive
It is great, all of this
Or just what, might have been
Where we could 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!)
Do nothing 'bout it (nothing 'bout it!)
Ride on, ride on
Ferris wheel lights on!

I've never felt so strange
Standing in the Jersey rain
Thinking about what an old man said
Maybe I should call me an ambulance

I've never felt so strange
Standing in the pounding rain
Thinking about what my mother once said
Maybe I should call me an ambulance

I've never felt so strange
Standing in the Jersey rain
Thinking about what Wiggs and Matty said
Maybe I should call me an ambulance

Maybe I should call me an ambulance

I've never felt so strange
Standing in the Jersey rain
Thinking about what an old man said
Maybe I should call me an ambulance

I've never felt so strange
Standing in the pounding rain
Thinking about what my momma always said
Maybe I should call me an ambulance

Carnival lights!
4th of July!
Boardwalk talk!
In the dead of the night!
Always made you smile!
Always made you smile!
Always made you smile!
Track Name: Casanova, Baby!
Do you hear that whistle wail?
I think the end is coming in
Well I’m a whole lot worse for wear
But I’m determined to slip this skin
And I know your dying for a good time
I'm dying to breathe again
Oh my my, Virginia

We could run all night
And dance upon the architecture
So come and take my hand
I'll do the very best I can for ya
I still wanna be your man
I’m still these nervous feet and heart of stone
Forget this dead mans town, I’ll take you home

And you hear me late at night
Always picking at the pieces
Sometimes nothing comes out right
And nothing is relieving
And every soul mans song
Is a night I’d like to spend with you
Just twisting the night away

But it’s past quarter to three
And it’s past the midnight hour
Mustang Sally’s left the building
And we’re so much worse without her
If I could put down this ol’ hammer
I’d take you somewhere new
Oh my my, Virginia

We could run all night
And dance upon the architecture
So come and take my hand
I'll do the very best I can for ya
I still wanna be your man
I’m still these nervous feet and heart of stone
Forget this dead mans town, I’ll take you home

Oh my my, Virginia
We could run all night
And dance upon the architecture
Come and take my hand
I'll do the very best I can
And we could run all night
And dance upon the architecture
Come and take my hand
I'll do the very best I can for ya
I still wanna be your man
I’m still these nervous feet and heart of stone
Forget this dead mans town, I’ll take you home
Track Name: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
I haven't seen Sandy, angry Johnny, or Mary
I heard they got married
Mighta had a couple babies
And traded their memories
For Farview and Acres
And never play no pinball
or get out past the breakers

But not me, pretty baby
I still love Tom Petty songs
And driving old men crazy
and not while Little Eden is waiting
So you sing me slow songs
And I'll drive you crazy
Tonight

Yeah

But all I want is you to be alright and satisfied
Brothers and sisters know anytime or late at night
If you call I will answer, I'm open ears though tired eyes
But the world closed it's arms on us now

Can I get a witness pretty baby
I still love Tom Petty songs
And driving old men crazy
and not while Little Eden is waiting
So you sing me a slow song
And I'll drive you crazy
Tonight

Alright, alright
Alright, alright
All night, all night!

There's a party tonight, say it's alright
Tell your poppa you'll be home when the good feeling dies

But not me, pretty baby
I still love Tom Petty songs
And driving old men crazy
and not while Little Eden is waiting
So you sing me a slow song darlin'
I'll drive you crazy
Tonight

Alright, alright
Alright, alright
Tonight! Honey!
All night, tonight
And I'll drive you crazy
Tonight
Track Name: Meet Me By The River's Edge
See I've been here for 28 years.
Pounding sweat beneath these wheels.
We tattooed lines beneath our skin.
No surrender, my Bobby Jean.
[2x]

We've been burned by all our fears.
Just from growing up around here.
Our father's factories marked our cars.
While Eden burned against the stars.

And Sally said, Sally said.
I can't take no more regret.
It cut us deep, into our souls.
Came and climbed into our bed.
And Sally said, Sally said.
Meet me by the River's edge.
We're going to wash these sins away.
Or else we won't come back again.

You know I had these ballroom dreams.
That, as a child, came to me.
I was a boy in Grandma's arms.
A mother's pride and a wounded heart.
And I was full with fiery wonder.
You wore Audrey Hepburn pearls.
You were the only one who understood me then and the only one who will.

And Sally said, Sally said.
I can't take no more regret.
It cut us deep, into our souls.
Came and climbed into our bed.
And Sally said, Sally said.
Meet me by the River's edge.
We're going to wash these sins away.
Or else we won't come back again.

And now I drive the 101 on the California night.
And I'm amazed at all the stars beneath that old Hollywood sign.
As the waltz the ballet on the boulevard to a place we never kept.
And I'm not sure if we belong here, if I ever really left, or If I can go home.

And Sally said, Sally said.
I can't take no more regret.
It cut us deep, into our souls.
Came and climbed into our bed.
And Sally said, Sally said.
Meet me by the River's edge.
We're going to wash these sins away.
Or else we won't come back again.

No retreat. No regrets.
Meet me by the river's edge.
Track Name: Here's Looking At You, Kid
You can tell Gail, if she calls,
that I'm famous now for all of these rock and roll songs.
And even if that's a lie, she should've given me a try.
When were kids on the field of the first day of school.
I would've been her fool.
And I would've sang out your name in those old high school halls.
You tell that to Gail, if she calls.

And you can tell Jane, if she writes,
that I'm drunk off all these stars and all these crazy Hollywood nights.
And that's total deceit, but she should've married me.
And tell her I spent every night of my youth on the floor,
bleeding out from all these wounds.
I would've gotten her a ride out of that town she despised.
You tell that to Janie, if she writes.

But boys will be boys and girls have those eyes
that can cut you to ribbons sometimes.
And all you can do is just wait by the moon
and bleed if it's what she says you ought a do.

You remind Anna, if she asks why,
that a thief stole my heart while she was making up her mind.
I heard she lives in Brooklyn with the cool,
goes crazy over that New York scene on 7th Avenue.
But I used to wait at the diner, a million nights without her,
praying she won't cancel again tonight.
And the waiter served my coffee with a consolation sigh.
You remind Anna, if she asks why.

Tell her it's alright.

And though it's hard to tell you this.
Oh it's hard to tell you this.
Here's looking at you, Kid.
Track Name: The Backseat
In the backseats of burned out cars.
In the disenchantment lane.
The ideal angels twist and turn and ask forgiveness for future mistakes.
But you and I we've been through this.
Maybe 100 times before.
Always hitching rides with strangers.
Papa warned us about before

But you know the summer always brought it.
That wild and reckless breeze.
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room for our knees.
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room to breathe.
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room to breathe.

And in the wild desert sun, we drove straight on through the night.
We rode the fever out of Boston.
Dreamed of California lights.
Come July, we'll ride the Ferris Wheel.
Go round and round and round.
And If you never let me go, well I will never let you down.

And you know the summer always brought it.
All those wild and reckless breezes.
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room for our knees.
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room to breathe.
And now the backseats we just try to find some room to breathe.

And these cowboys all go crazy in the heat.
Chasing the lights in all the girls
along the Santa Anna streets that they're just dying to meet.
It meant nothing to me.

You know the summer always brought it.
That wild and reckless breeze.
And in the backseats we just tried to find some room for our knees.