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by Jesse Brewster

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released 26 August 2014

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Jesse Brewster San Francisco

Coming off the critical success of his last album,Wrecking Ball at the Concert Hall, San Francisco singer-songwriter/ guitarist Jesse Brewster is taking a different approach this time: one single per month for 12 months, leading to the release of his new album.
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Track Name: Make or Break
Been driving for days on end taking longer than I planned
Gonna keep my foot to the floor ‘til I see the lights of the promise land
Got an IV drip of coffee and the radio is set to blast
Might not be the first to finish this race but I know I won’t be coming in last

Eyes on that dotted yellow line gonna find my way back home
I never been there before but I know it’s gonna called me it’s own

All night, bright lights, city slickin’ now it’s time we took our turn
1200 miles to get here baby gonna see how bright our star can burn
No regrets, can’t forget to place our bets on our number one chance to take
Living the high life or in the gutter, it’s gonna be make or break

I've been accused of lettin’ chances pass me by, but it ain’t gonna be like before
Got a hot batch of tracks and I won’t be comin’ back without a knock on opportunity’s door
Got 34 dollars and my West Coast strut, I’m steppin’ forward with a new attitude
Rollin’ 7’s and 11’s til the sun comes up until my fingers turnin’ black and blue

Eyes on that ever-elusive prize hope I know it when it comes
Holdin’ on tight to what I know and not forgettin’ where I’m from

All night, bright lights, city slickin’ now it’s time we took our turn
1200 miles to get here baby gonna see how bright our star can burn
No regrets, can’t forget to place our bets on our number one chance to take
Living the high life or in the gutter, it’s gonna be make or break
Living the high life or in the gutter, it’s gonna be make or break
Track Name: Circles
Left to my own devices I'm a danger to myself
Thoughts running round in circles in my brain
Don't get me wrong it's yielded songs and it helps to clear the haze
But I can't quite figure out how to turn it off

Now all these thoughts make me feel so lost
I just hope that you'll still be there when I call
I hope in time, if I can clear my mind
That I can be the man you always knew I was

A pill or three turn out the lights, settle into bed for one more night
Will it be another bloody battle in my head?
I do my best to separate, time to reflect or the sleepless fate
A warrior in a fight he'll never win

And all these thoughts make me feel so lost
Won't you point me to the place I need to go?
I pray I'll find a way to clear my mind
So I can have the strength to make it through the daylight

Hours feel like months or weeks
Am I awake still or having nightmares in my sleep?
The sun can't hide away forever
I pray because lord knows my soul's at stake
I pray because I know my soul's at stake

So all these thoughts make me feel so lost
I still hope that you'll still be there when I call
I know I'll find a way to clear my mind
So I can be the man you always knew I was
Track Name: Left to Lose
Are you gonna run away this time?
Will you take what’s yours and leave what’s mine?
You can never lose what you didn’t find to begin with
Is this the last of so many goodbyes?
Where we divide our friends and cut all ties?
How much is there to be saved?

Our time together slowing to a crawl
I’ll keep your picture tacked to the wall
I’m on my knees, not distraught just so confused
I know I’m still in love with you
Is there anything left to lose?

When we got the keys to our first place
Never short on charm just short on space
Not a fairy tale but it was enough
Remember when time was standing still?
Staring at the city with our feet on the window sill
We made a promise not to forget

And I remember through it all
Not a problem that we couldn’t solve
I used to believe, but now it seems that I have to choose
I know I’m still in love with you
Is there anything left to lose?

Left to lose
The way that you and I been living
Both of us with so many misgivings
How do we keep the light from burning out?

I used to believe, but now it seems that I have to choose
I know I’m still in love with you
Is there anything left to lose?
Track Name: Waiting for My Chance
Don’t wanna to make all those same old mistakes
Don’t wanna keep on givin’ so much more than I ever take
And it’s so hard every time I see you
Knockin’ on another man’s door

But I’ll stand idly by
Watching the other ones take their try
Just gonna sit here bidin’ my time
Waiting for my chance

You’ve been on my mind, since the day we met
Keep wantin’ to make my play for you
But I haven’t found the courage just yet
Be so hard to forgive myself if I didn’t step up to the plate

But I’ll stand idly by
Watching the other ones take their try
Just gonna sit here bidin’ my time
Waiting for my chance

Now I might crash and burn
Sputter and spin to the ground
But you’ll never know what the top is like
If you’re not willing to fall down

Indecision’s gets me so tongue-tied
But I refuse to go on living with everything locked up inside
I’m so afraid I’ll stay here paralyzed
By my own doubts and fears

So I’ll stand idly by
Watching the other ones take their try
Just gonna sit here bidin’ my time
Waiting for my chance
Track Name: Rest of My Life
Wandering in circles on this never ending chase
Trying to find my way and see what sense that I can make
Will I be searching for someone for the rest of my life

Came close a couple times although I never said “I do”
Dodging bullets and just longing for the day that I’d find you
Got to have you here by my side, for the rest of my life

Destiny waits and takes you by surprise
Feels like forever or passes you by
Fate is a journey on which our dreams we lay
Pain is a certainty, but what a small price to pay

Perfect is a hollow search that never knows an end
We wait with expectations, forever hoping heaven sends
All the answers to our prayers, for the rest of our lives

The truth is so much simpler, you hope you’ll know when love is true
All the joy and the excitement and every day is all brand new
Growing closer as years pass by, for the rest of our lives

(chorus)

The future’s anything but certain, and our souls bare the scars
Pushing forward every day, in a world that’s cold and hard
But I know what’s in store for me, for the rest of my life

(chorus)
Track Name: World Closing In
Eerily enough, I find myself alone again
In this tiny room
Betrayed by a friend, abandoned by a lover
With the world closing in

But you, never listened to the doubters
Steadfast and secure
You helped me to believe again

If it’s lonely at the top, there’s no doubt that it’s lonelier
At the bottom looking up
Before you came along, the only solace was my solitude
And the pain I grew to love

But now, you’ve opened up my eyes
Sifted through the muck
And held me to my word

It’s getting quiet in my head
Voices fade and distorted
I take a breath

I can’t believe looking back, all the pain and the worry
That I put so many through
Now the voices are gone, I hope I won’t be tempted
To get lost inside my head

But still, the memory keeps on haunting
Will I ever be free
Or a just slave to mind?
Track Name: Can't Keep a Good Man Down
I been kicked in the teeth and left for dead
Been a piñata for a gang of thugs
I been stripped of my dignity more times than I can count
Been a romantic deprived of love

I’ve seen the bottom of the barrel never known the top
Treading water deep down in a well
I seen the bad side of good and the worse side of pain
I got a timeshare on the edge of hell

But ain’t no stoppin’ me
Can’t keep a good man down

I traded nickels for my dollars, turned my happiness to sorrows
Every deal I ever made was raw
I got a nasty way of losing everything
Worst kind of gambler that you ever saw

My odds are never gettin’ even, got nobody that believes in
Any dream that I dare to chase
I put my best foot forward and it keeps coming back
Cause failure’s staring me in the face

But ain’t no stoppin’ me
Can’t keep a good man down
Track Name: Lady Luck
Lady Luck come dance with me tonight
It’s been far too long I've been left here on my own
I need you to take my hand and just lead me to loaded deck
Might be the only way I’ll ever know the taste of victory

If it weren’t for misfortune I’d have no fortune at all
Lady Luck please stay with me tonight

Can’t remember when my hopes were dashed
Floated away like driftwood on the sea
Help me cast a wider net so I can rope in all these opportunities that are fleeting
Be my compass point me north, get me off this southern current

If it weren’t for misdirection I’d have no direction at all
I need you by my side so you can be there when I fall
Lady Luck please stay with me tonight

I know, there’s far more deserving men than me
It’s alright if you go
I’ll stay here in my obscurity

If it weren’t for misfortune I’d have no fortune at all
I need you by my side so you can be there when I fall
Lady Luck please stay with me tonight
Track Name: Far Cry from Home (instr.)
(instrumental)
Track Name: Chesapeake
I can’t recall a time when
You weren’t standing there front and center in my mind
Home of my forefathers or was it three
That shaped your shores for 300 some-odd years
And as I’ve traveled wide, and ventured far
I can always feel your currents gently pulling me back

Oh Chesapeake
You’re coursing through my veins
Sure as winters bring the rain
Ohh Chesapeake
It’s been so many years It feels like only yesterday
Loyal and ready by your weathered docks
Our old skipjack’s rarin’ for the deep

A noisy raft of waterfowl take to the air
That for longer than man have called this bay their home
Come and gone with the seasons like the ice and snow
A cycle that’s repeated a thousand times

Oh Chesapeake
You’re coursing through my veins
Sure as winters bring the rain
Ohh Chesapeake
It’s been so many years
It feels like only yesterday

No prose so eloquent or rhyme so sweet
Can shine a light on all the secrets you keep
No high flying plane or satellite
Can describe the beauty of your moonlit nights

Oh Chesapeake
You’re coursing through my veins
Sure as winters bring the rain
Ohh Chesapeake, Ohh Chesapeake
It’s been so many years
It feels like only yesterday
Track Name: Innocent Sinners
We checked our consciences at the front door
Grabbed our bags and stepped inside
Never thought about the ramifications
Just there to have a good time

13 and bored on our summer vacation
Left out in the morning, “don’t come back ‘til suppertime”
Mercury soared as the streetlights came on
Then Kelsey and John came through with that cheap booze in a box

Pour the wine for the innocent sinners
Never meant to cause no strife
Seeking refuge in the house of the father
‘Cause he won’t judge us in this life

Nowhere to go outside of St. Luke’s on the West side
Just looking for a place that we could all call our own
Between the pews popped the corks and got our fill
Under the glow of the stained glass from the setting sun

Light a candle for the innocent sinners
Never knowing wrong from right
Taking refuge in the house of the father
On that sweaty southern night

We checked our consciences at the front door
Just pleading blissful ignorance
Never thought about the ramifications
But actions lead to consequence

Froze in our tracks at the voice of Father Murphy
Between the fear and the shame I can’t decide which is worse
We fled the scene though we knew he saw our faces
Yes there would be hell to pay but at least not tonight

Have forgiveness for the innocent sinners
Trust ain’t given, must be earned
Sacrilege in the house of the father
Hope in hell our souls won’t burn
Track Name: One More Moment
It’s hanging right in front of me clear as day
Spelled out in big letters black and bold
Saying you’re a fool you’re fool yeah
For getting roped into the ring once again
Like some brightly dressed rodeo clown
Ridin’ high cracks your spine when you hit the ground

For the moment, I’ll put everything on the line
One more moment in the peaceful calm of another morning with you
Anytime, anytime, anytime, every time

I made a promise, made a pact
I’d turn my head and I would never look back
Never leave myself alone in the dark no
For the sharp horns you bare will always find their mark
To you my weaknesses stick out like sore thumbs
And I’m so good at hiding them from everyone but you

For the moment, I’ll put all my fears aside
One more moment in the peaceful calm of another morning with you
Anytime, anytime, anytime, every time

Pulling back pulling when you gonna just leave me alone?
Little highs always fight never right inescapable lows
It’s insane put the blame anywhere but right here on the inside
I give in let you win it’s a sin to keep living this lie

But the moment, I put everything on the line
One more moment in this peaceful calm of another morning with you
Anytime
Anytime
Every time
Not this time
Track Name: Cowboys and Loneliness (instr.)
(instrumental)
Track Name: Accomplice
Hey little thing now don’t you weep
I know you got a secret that you wanna to keep
But I’m a pretty good listener or so I been told
So lean in close and let it on out
Angst and pain I know a thing or two about
If you need advice or just an open ear

When the sky turns gray
Always know when to walk away
And when to stay and fight for what you believe
When the time comes you’ll know
Then you’ll pack all your stuff and go
And if you’re looking for an accomplice, consider me

When the sun’s offered up its last rays of light
We can hatch us a plan and hit the road tonight
And outrun our worries like we was Bo and Luke
Doesn’t have to be to Canada or Mexico
We can head up into Oregon or Idaho
And carve us out a little slice of paradise

I think it’s high time you learned
What you leave behind or the bridges you burn
Can’t hold a candle to following your heart
We’ll look fondly back on this time
Running away together was the perfect crime
And one that I would happily repeat

Sometimes the writing on the wall is burning so bright
There’s no room to argue or put up a fight
The hand of fate is forcing you to act
And when you’re good and ready to make that move
Look over your shoulder find me next to you
A ready, willing and able accessory

They’ll all wonder where we’ve gone
And they might judge us for moving on
But I suspect neither of us will give a damn
And the road will twist and turn
But we’ll be staring straight ahead with the lessons we’ve learned
And when and where to put our markers down

So hey little thing now don’t you weep
I know that little secret that you’re trying to keep
And if you looking for an accomplice, consider me