March of Tracks

by Jesse Brewster

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1.
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
2.
03:30
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
3.
03:44
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?
4.
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
5.
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)
6.
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?
7.
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
8.
03:34
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
9.
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10.
03:21
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
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14.
02:46
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

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released August 26, 2014

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Jesse Brewster San Francisco

Songwriter, singer and guitarist Jesse Brewster has been bringing his blend of rock, Americana and folk to audiences in the Bay Area and across the US for the last 15 yrs. Whether performing solo or with his cast of some of the best players on the West Coast at his side, Brewster captivates audiences with his dynamic original songs. His music has been featured on KFOG, CNN and NPR. ... more

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