Sun City

by Lucas Jack

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released 23 March 2013

Produced by Mack Damon, Hollywood Studio

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Channeling and reinventing the tradition of great piano rock – Billy Joel, Elton John, Leon Russell, Bruce Hornsby, and Marc Cohn - Lucas Jack is a singer-songwriter-pianist telling finely-hewn stories of the modern American experience with his powerful tenor voice and inspired musicianship. He currently lives, writes, and performs in and around Texas. ... more

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Track Name: You Belong to the City Now
more and more it's a cameo
you phone it in, like we ought to know
you were beautiful, when you were young
in and out of conditioned air
there's nothing wrong, but there's nothing staring
back at you, when the morning comes

oh you live alone and you sleep around
you settle up never settle down
for anyone, like that's a plan
you try to blend with the younger scene
you change your hair and you change your drink
you’re starting back, back where you began

just stay alive another day
another way to blow it all on the town
you pour it out and you watch it burn
you live it up ‘til it’s way too late to live it down
oh you belong to the city now

all the things that you’ve got to do
you get ‘em done in shiny shoes
just to take a cab, around the block
there's a man to watch your door
there's girl to sweep your floor
everything, yeah that’s all you’ve got

but you stay alive another day
another way to blow it all on the town
you pour it out and you watch it burn
you live it up ‘til it’s way too late to live it down
oh you belong to the city now

you tried to escape, but she's just too strong
and you waited too long

you stay alive another day
oh another way to blow it all on the town
you pour it out just to watch it burn
you live it up ‘til it’s way too late to live it down
oh you belong to the city now
Track Name: Don't Get Carried Away (Curtis)
don't get carried away on a plane
don't get caught in a miracle maze
‘cause there's no magic in me, if I had it you'd see by now, but I'm grounded
Curt’s got nothing to do with his time
and love’s got nothing to do with his wife
one more family tree, on a planet of concrete, it's crowded

one step take a break
turn around and run away
everybody's doing it now
no one's dares to figure it out

but soon enough you find the stuff that everybody’s got

soon those curtains are way out of style
and all those tools are only building a pile
the Christmas travel is hell but you handle it with me, whiskey
her parts are worn enough to make her ashamed
but you’re not hardcore enough to make her behave
‘cause she’s in love with a man, on the cover he’s tan and he’s risky

one step take a break
turn around run away
everybody's doing it now
but no one's dares to figure it out, oh oh

because it's hard to start, and it's hard to stop
but soon enough you find stuff that everybody's got

oh it's hard to start, and it's hard to stop,
but soon enough you find stuff like everybody
soon enough you find stuff that everybody’s got

there's no magic in me, if I had it you'd see, but I'm grounded
Track Name: Paralyzed
Paralyzed in the pouring rain
right outside my own front gate
I’m leaving today, it’s what I always say
but I never seem to go
once again I just push on through
up the stairs to my two bedrooms
we live in the city where we all assume
that it passes for a home
but her dad still reminds me we don’t own

once a month with our t-shirts on
that’s how far our love is gone
our friends all tell us we should both move on
but we’re tangled up too tight
we’re paralyzed in our separate ways
we both got kids of our own these days
and they’re making it harder to walk away
but we’re both long gone inside
now how’d we get so old at 35?

oh give me some kind of love that I can hold
‘cause promises they don’t seem to keep
oh give me some kind of love that makes me know
that it’s strong enough to hold me

watching our weight and watching TV
checking our phones that never do ring
‘cause everybody’s waiting for the next big thing
but nothing’s big enough
if you work hard they tell you god will see
but I don’t see a goddamn thing
he wound the wheels and then he walked away
when he taught us how to love
and he wants something better out of us

oh give me some kind of love that I can hold
‘cause promises they don’t seem to keep
oh give me some kind of love that makes me know
that it’s strong enough to hold me

so we drink wine and try to go back
to way back when we loved like that
but when it’s gone it won’t come back
no matter what you try
but we both give it one last shot
the spark is there, but the fire’s not
we’d be just fine if we could just get hot
‘cause we’ve been frozen quite a while
and I’m begging her on our freezing bathroom tiles

oh give me some kind of love that I can hold
‘cause promises, they don’t seem to keep
oh give me some kind of love that makes me know
that it’s strong enough to hold me
is it strong enough?
Track Name: Sun City
Sun City take me back
I know that you can and that's a fact
‘cause you told me so
just dig deep and let me in
I know that it's been, a couple weeks
but streaks get broke

I’m still robbing the empty nest
scraping by with scraps just like you said
you knew I would
but cave in and open up
help me dig out of another rut
I'm such a fool
‘cause Sun City sometime¬s I need you

there for me, somehow in between
everywhere I’ve been, right when the passion dies
Sun City, save me tonight

I’ve tried singing a different song
but everywhere I turn it turns out wrong
and all too soon
oh rock bottom, here I come
washing up upon your shores and once
once again, it's true
Sun City sometimes I need you

there for me, somehow in between
everywhere I've been, right when the passion dies
Sun City, save me tonight

the best is yet to come down crashing, upon the plans that never happen
when all the passion dies, Sun City you come within sight

spinning wheels, when I need to feel like I’m in control, but I know you’ll always be

there for me, somehow in between
everywhere I've been, right when the passion dies
oh Sun City, save me tonight

rock bottom, here I come, washing up upon your shores and once, once again, it's true
Sun City, sometimes I need you, I need you right now
Track Name: Where We Are (We Belong)
fell in love, but it, it all fell through
when the time came to
make decisions
giving up should be easier to do
but it's so hard to lose
all you've given

everybody's got their secret to success
but in the end you just end up with what is left

oh it crumbles like the sand
when it's slipping through your hands
you can fight or you can dance
to this song
when it leaves you in the dark
and it sends you back to start
oh we all just play our parts
where we are, we belong

town to town, living, day by day
getting, paid to play
for the people
life was good, but it, it got too hard
we were falling apart
and losing pieces

the hometown hero was the last man left alive
going down in flames with just the fire in our eyes

oh it crumbles like the sand
when it's slipping through your hands
you can fight or you can dance
to this song
when it leaves you in the dark
and it sends you back to start
oh we all just play our parts
where we are, we belong

touch and go, when we, started out
but it, it turned around
by the ocean
on the road, in that, big white van
making, all kinds of plans
without knowin’

that everything we'd ever find we would lose
but we'd keep looking, we'd keep looking so confused
don't ever ask yourself the reason that it's gone
it's not the answer it's the question that you got wrong

oh it crumbles like the sand
when it's slipping through your hands
you can fight or you can dance
to this song
when it leaves you in the dark
and it sends you back to start
Oh we all just play our parts
where we are

oh it crumbles like the sand
when it's slipping through your hands
and you can fight or you can dance
to that song
oh when it leaves you in the dark
and when it sends you back to start
oh we all just play our parts
where we are, we belong
where we are, we belong
where we are, we belong
Track Name: Jennifer
Jennifer are you there? can you come downstairs?
I've been wandering around in the darkness
I know I should of called, but I just sort of came
I don't even know how to start this

sometimes we all lose touch
sometimes we all lose
sometimes we all use a crutch
can I lean on you, for love?
can I lean on you?

I know I let you down, and you don't need me now
and I've got no excuses to sell you
my big money dreams, were foolish now it seems
I just need a place that's familiar

sometimes we all lose touch
sometimes we all lose
sometimes we all use a crutch
can I lean on you for love?
can I lean on you?

I know it's kind of strange, but we nothing’s got to change
you don't have to try to forgive me
but if there comes a time, when you get tired of trying
maybe you will need to be with me

sometimes we all lose touch
sometimes we all lose
and sometimes we all use a crutch
can I lean on you for love?
can I lean on you, my friend?
can I lean on you, again?
Track Name: Go
woke up in the sky
10 in the morning, 10 in the night
but why does it matter when you're all out of school?

just idiot kids
love is a summer, love is a sin
they’re chasing a feeling that they’re learning to lose
when it's time to

go, go, just go, when it’s time

they’re paying the rent
can't save a dollar, can't save a cent
they’ll never be happy without buying the proof

they’re skipping dessert
working the magic, working the skirt
they’re making it heavy while the making is new
until it's time to

go, go, just go, until it’s time

there's no way out of anything, and baby there’s no way in
just wake up on your wheel and you run, run, run, run ‘til it ends

the bingo is on
both on a mission, Boca Raton
the sunset’s coming but they’re playing it cool
until it’s time to

go, go, just go, until it’s time to
go, go, just go, until it’s time to
go, go, just go, until it’s time to
go, just go, you gotta go, until it, ‘til it’s to go
Track Name: Our Turn Now
maybe when the light, floods the empty stage
maybe then we'll get to see the progress that we made
for all those strong opinions, thirsty and naïve
we had all the answers when we weren't allowed to leave
But then we did, and we got this, far

so come on with adventure, we're never going to die
if you can't get to everything at least you get to try
now 20 years are missing, from the pages of my book
sometimes living for that moment wasn’t living like we should
sometimes we loved, and sometimes we took, it back

Here we are, kids behind the curtain
here we are, putting on the show
Memorize, all the lines we worked on
and get ‘em right, when the lights go down
‘cause it's out turn now

going broke for nothing, rolling in the scene
we borrowed every dollar just to buy into that dream
stacking up the walls with diplomas to the roof
we’ve still got the answers we're just looking for the proof
to make a case, but that might take, some time

Here we are, kids behind the curtain
here we are, putting on the show
memorize, all the lines we worked on
and get ‘em right when the lights go down
‘cause it's out turn now

now we got little babies, dancing at our feet
and soon it’s time we told them all the things we might believe
oh is that grace amazing, are you lost until you’re found?
if we’re not going to heaven where the hell are we headed now
you give ‘em all your love, but is it enough? I don’t know

but here we are, kids behind the curtain
here we are, putting on the show
so memorize, all the lines we worked on
get ‘em right when the lights go down
‘cause it's our turn now
‘cause it’s our turn
Track Name: Headlights
you wake up worried, life is running late
but it's too early, to hurry up and wait
I can tell when you need room to breathe
I can help you like you’re helping me

when I need courage to pull the bandage off
and I just curse it hanging on my cross
looking down on a path that I can’t choose
pull me down and knock the future loose

we're two headlights
winding through the night
burning so much brighter side by side
trying to make this love, love right

in the morning right before the sun
puts the darkness back under it's thumb
I get sleepless and I know you can tell
when I can't keep this story to myself

‘cause I’m your sailor and baby you’re my sea
and we can weather every storm we meet
take the long road looking for the truth
right or wrong I'll keep shining next to you

we're two headlights
winding through the night
burning so much brighter side by side
trying to make this love, love right

When we're shining, time is all I want,
to keep on driving, forever on and on and on and on…

we're two headlights
winding through the night
burning so much brighter by your side
we can leave it all behind, yeah

we’re two headlights
just burning through this life
and mile by mile
we can make this love, love right
Track Name: Hope
there's a distance in her eyes
every time she starts to lie
and she's far away tonight

and she always offers hope
that she wraps around your throat
like a hangman selling rope

the war is only words you never say
the score you keep just counting down the days

keep singing with the chorus in the bar
to blacken out the dark
and keep on coming back just as you are

on a lonely stretch of time
make a call and say goodbye
just to feel a broken smile

there's a body in your arms
there's a message in the stars
but the meaning fell apart

the war is only words you never say
the score you keep just counting down the days

keep singing with the chorus in the bar
to blacken out the dark
and keep on coming back just as you are

she takes the floor and starts in with her story
the one that changes always by design
the jailer's going to get you in the morning
and you hit your knees
and beg and plead
and buy a little time

to keep singing with the chorus in the bar
to blacken out the dark
and keep on coming back just as you are

and she always offers hope
that she wraps around your throat
like a hangman selling rope
Track Name: We Come Out At Night
put on your makeup and take off your dress
lay down beside me and hide from the loneliness
one in million men we both know I'm not
but will you try to pretend that I'm all you've got

my mother died in her home my father he died at work
and we said we'd never become what we always we were
destined to stay in this town while the world around us flew
farther and farther away like a lost balloon

but still we come out at night, reaching for somebody's love
counting our tokens and hoping that we've found enough
but still we’ve got mouths to feed, so everyone back to your post
‘cause the day is breaking and we can't afford, to go broke
we’re going broke

there’s a path worn from bed to the door and out to my car in the street
I’m trying not to fall through the cracks so I drag my feet
and the coffee that lights up my day is stronger than it supposed to be
, that warm, true, reliable taste of erasing dreams

but still we come out at night, reaching for somebody's love
counting our tokens and hoping that we've found enough
but still we’ve got mouths to feed, so everyone back to your post
‘cause the day is breaking and we can't afford to go broke

all the years gone, together alone, all of our problems the same
can't we give up on getting it right, or trying to give it a name

no still we come out at night, reaching for somebody's love
counting our tokens and hoping that we've found enough
oh still we’ve got mouths to feed, so everyone back to your post
‘cause the day is breaking and we can't afford to go broke
we’re going broke

so just put on your makeup and take off your dress
lay down beside me and hide from the loneliness
Track Name: The Deal With It
I've got a father just like everybody should
if they want to make it good
I've got a mother who won’t ever let me go
and I know
she never could

and there’s a line in all the sand that you walk
that you should never cross
but where the line is drawn is anybody's guess
just do your best
to connect the dots

they're all hoping for a shot at the big time
they're all hoping for a chance to be real
but every moment’s got to matter
no matter how it feels
oh that's just the deal with it

at the doorway stands man that we call John,
and there's always something wrong…with John
with all answers trapped inside all his pain
I guess we're stayin’
until it's gone

but the coolness of the night is burning off
and another day is lost
swallowed up beneath the tears of yesterday
they won't wait
no and they won't stop

they're all hoping for a shot at the big time
they're all hoping for a chance to be real
but every moment’s got to matter
no matter how it feels
oh that's just the deal with it

all my sweetest memories fade inside a photograph
and I would die a thousand times to bring that moment back,
just bring it back

but the coolness of the night is burning off
and another day is lost
swallowed up beneath the tears of yesterday
oh they won't wait
no and they won't stop

‘cause they're all hoping for a shot at the big time
they're all hoping for a chance to be real
and every moment’s got to matter
no matter how it feels
oh that's just the deal and I deal with it
Track Name: Who You Said You'd Be
I don’t want to, I don’t need to, I don’t have to waste my time
on another conversation, that could never change my mind
but you’re pressing me with questions, to explain the way I feel
I don’t want to I don’t need to, but if you insist I will

I’ve got a hundred different reasons, but I haven’t got the time
to tell you all the ways that we went wrong

I’m stuck here waiting while you’re wasting all my time with all your friends
what I thought was gonna change was just the preview of the end
I can’t stand here in our kitchen where I‘d dance to make you laugh
without thinking of the love I gave that you never gave me back


you told me you’d hear me, even when I didn’t speak
you’d pick up the pieces when I’m broken on my knees
someone to hold me when I’m hard to reach
let me remind you of who, you said you’d be, to me

you neglect me with your silence, and you reject me with your words
so I’m leaving you this evening, in your lonely little world

if its true you could not see, all the writing on the wall
then it’s proof you can’t see anything at all
now you’re not the person that you promised me you’d be all along
and that’s who I want

‘cause you told me you’d hear me, even when I didn’t speak
you’d pick up the pieces when I’m broken on my knees
someone to hold me when I’m hard to reach
let me remind you of who, you said you’d be, to me

you told me you’d hear me, even when I didn’t speak
you’d pick up the pieces when I’m broken on my knees
someone to hold me when I’m hard to reach
let me remind you of who, you said you’d be
let me remind you of all I really need
oh let me remind you of who, you said you’d be, to me
Track Name: One More Whiskey
growing old is hard
especially when you're young
I know it's just the start
I know it's just begun
can't find the fountain of youth
but I found a bar with a booth
and from there, I say a prayer
I’ve found the truth
the trick is, slippin’
one more whiskey through that noose

learning to love is hard
it's so much to invest
I know I've broken her heart
and I can't control what's next
and with a lump in my throat
I read the words that she wrote
and right there when no one can bear
to see the truth
the trick is, slippin’
one more whiskey through her noose

now moving up is hard
oh climbing the dollar trees
I thought I was a big star
but it turns out I was just a leaf
and that tie around my neck
was just a lie I could not accept
now this song is playing on
as living proof
the trick is, slippin’
one more whiskey through that noose


growing old is hard
especially when I'm so damn young
I think it's the hardest part
it's so far from done
can't find the fountain of youth
but I found a bar with a booth
and from there I say a prayer
I've found the truth
the trick is, slippin’
one more whiskey through that noose, oh oh
one more whiskey through that noose
Track Name: The End
through the breeze, I can hear you, whisper in the night
when I see, the fire dancing, I can see your eyes
the desert sun, gives me visions, of your distant home
the road is long, the fire's fading, will I burn alone?

‘cause all this time that I've been searching
it leaves me more and more uncertain
about the end

just lay me down, take away the voices
and wrap me up in your arms
break me free, take away my choices
and drive me home
but please, please don't
let me go too far, too far

sailing on the crystal river, running through your dreams
if I drown, will you wake up? will you wait for me?
‘cause I have doubts, that you need me, but you say you do
when I shout, into the madness, will you make it true?

‘cause all this time that I've been searching
it leaves me more and more uncertain
about the end

just lay me down, take away the voices
and wrap me up in your arms
break me free, take away my choices
drive me home
but please, oh please don't
let me go too far

will you stay even when I'm getting old?
are we getting closer baby or are we getting cold?

just lay me down, take away the voices
and wrap me up in your arms
break me free, and take away my choices
drive me home
but baby please oh please don't
let me go too far

‘cause all this time that I've been searching
it leaves me more and more uncertain
about the end