CALIFORNIA DREAM

I was breathing in the burning fossil fuels in the downtown Los Angeles heat 

But the air tasted clean and the mountain views were sweeping me off of my feet

 

Ah when my phone started ringing, man, I couldn’t believe 

The feeling I got looking out at this city 

I answered the call put the world on hold 

Said I’m packing my bags I’ve found my new home 

I held on to my heart and reached out for the hills, I took it all in, I took it all in 

A relentless change was blowing in the wind and nothing can rein a change in 

The sun was arriving the very next day but the night was already there 

Two missed calls with a third on the way woke me up into a new nightmare

 

My daddy fought back his tears and I couldn’t believe

My cousin Shaun had died in his sleep

In less than an hour, I was back on a plane 

Finding out good and bad days all end the same way

 

So now when I write my demons down 

And start singing 'em gently or screaming 'em loud 

I trust in my heart and I follow my feet, I beat my own path and I run where it leads 

I cherish my life the omniscient scheme

I thank God for my California Dream

So now when I write my demons down 

And start singing 'em gently or screaming 'em loud 

I trust in my heart and I follow my feet, I beat my own path and I run where it leads 

I cherish my life the omniscient scheme

I thank God for my California Dream

I thank God for my California Dream

I thank God for my California Dream

 

TAKING ME BACK

My hands are stiff and tired

I can barely grip the wheel

But this open road is a reminder

That the holes in my heart that you made will be able to heal

I don’t want to be alone tonight but I can’t stay here with you

It hasn’t been easy to swallow all that truth

It hasn’t been easy

Taking me back from you

My suitcase is nothin' but dead weight

Full of memories that I can’t use

And it’s so strange to see them separate

From the person I thought I would always be holding onto

I don’t want to be alone tonight but I can’t stay here with you

It hasn’t been easy to swallow all that truth

It hasn’t been easy

Taking me back from you

If what you needed was more

I could’ve given you that if you had gave me a chance

But what is love good for?

If in the end its all taken and then forsaken

I had never seen an angel

Never seen one fall so fast and far from Grace

Did you forget the meaning of faithful?

Or did you know, but gave up anyway?

I don’t want to be alone tonight but I can’t stay here with you

It hasn’t been easy to swallow all that truth

It hasn’t been easy losing all my youth

It hasn’t been easy finding out who I’m gonna be without you

It hasn’t been easy

Taking me back from you

Taking me back from you

 

ASTRONAUT

Summer butterflies are flying by with nothing on their minds

In a daze I heard one say to try it out sometime

Well I've been down that road, it took me far from home

I don't know who I grew up to be I'm an astronaut but I'm lost at sea

And if nobody jotted down my history, would anybody remember me?

I confess i gave my best away and in return

My overrated safety net has only made it worse

But when the lights are low, I entertain my ghosts

I don't know who I grew up to be I'm an astronaut but I'm lost at sea

And if nobody jotted down my history, would anybody remember me?

If I lose control, at least I'll have my soul

I don't know who I grew up to be I'm an astronaut but I'm lost at sea

And if nobody jotted down my history, would anybody remember me?

Corporate jobs are broken clocks, they'll trap you like cement

But growing up too fast will break your back, you'll barely make the rent

So I set my pace real slow, and practice letting go

I don't know who I grew up to be I'm an astronaut but I'm lost at sea

And if nobody jotted down my history, would anybody remember me?

I don't know who I grew up to be I'm an astronaut but I'm lost at sea

And if nobody jotted down my history, would anybody remember me?

Would anybody remember me?

Would anybody remember me?

 

READY TO


Woke up in a basement stressed

Still reeking of booze and cigarettes

Pounding in my head

When did I become a silhouette?

In the mirror staring back at me

Transparent like the ghost of everything I gave up so easily

And now that guilt is killing me

But I got a beating heart

And I never wanna run away from shooting stars

Or be too cool for smoky bars

Just needed time to find my center

After all i’ve been through

I’m finally ready to

On the stage in an empty bar

Five dollars in change in the money jar

Therapy with this guitar and the remedy's the melody

Lookin' up there’s a friendly face

Sugar sweet like lonely lemonade

In her eyes I could see a trace of a dying dream

 

But I believe that a beating heart

Shouldn’t ever wanna run away from shooting stars

Or be too cool for smoky bars

Just needed time to find my center

After all I’ve been through

I’m finally ready to

 

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago

But the second best time is startin’ today

It's not too late I would know

 

I wish that I had started sooner

But since I can’t change the past

I might as well change the future 

I needed time

After all I’ve been through 

I'm finally ready to 

 

WHY OH WHY

 

The darkest days don’t come with a warning

The sun may rise but it won’t shine

And in the haze of a November morning

Thirteen died at Borderline

Why, oh why

Why, oh why

Why, oh why

A broken man got lost in his fury

And a community paid the ultimate price

So now how do i make any god damn sense of his story?

If this man is the face of evil then who am I?

Why, oh why

Why, oh why

Why, oh why

If God is real, then where do we find him?

If God is gone, then where do we go?

Where do we go?

 

Why, oh why, oh why

Why, oh why, oh why

Why, oh why, oh why

Do we keep on asking why?

Why, oh why

Why, oh why, oh why

I can't stop asking

Why, oh why, oh why

Tell me why

Why, oh why, oh why

Do we keep on asking why?

Why, oh why

 

COMING HOME

When the sunlight packs it things and calls it a day

And the moonlight finally shows its face

Everything that I’m overthinking melts away in a single instant

Like a bite of a champagne wedding cake

Cuz any minute now you’ll be stepping through that front door

You’re coming home to me after a long week

Been waiting all day to hear those lips speak

Sweet little nothings in my ear, and when you’re finally here

We’re gonna be rolling around on the top of the bed

Forgetting about all the things we said we’d do tomorrow

I’m so glad you’re coming home

I don’t have a steady job but

Every time I’ve slipped I got up

Ain’t a day I haven’t thought of what you mean to me

And I’m gonna fight to keep you stepping through that front door

You’re coming home to me after a long week

Been waiting all day to hear those lips speak

Sweet little nothings in my ear, and when you’re finally here

We’re gonna be rolling around on the top of the bed

Forgetting about all the things we said we’d do tomorrow

I’m so glad you’re coming home

It’s a modern world and a modern girl don’t need her man to save the day

What she needs is a little peace of mind knowing that you’re trying

Girl I’m giving it my best for you

I’m so glad you’re coming home

You’re coming home to me after a long week

Been waiting all day to hear those lips speak

Sweet little nothings in my ear, and when you’re finally here

We’re gonna be rolling around on the top of the bed

Forgetting about all the things we said we’d do tomorrow

I’m so glad you’re coming home

I’m so glad you’re coming home

I’m so glad you’re coming home

 

GIMME THE BREEZE

My body’s aching from hitting the pavement

Been driving a two-ton cage down every highway, never goin' my way

For what, a surviving wage?

I've been restless like a bird perched up in the tree

Hungry to take off and spread these wings

All I need is the wind to send me where I’m supposed to be

Gimme the breeze

Come on and set me free

Roll through my day

I’m ready to play

I wasted so many years dictated by fears of crashing into the ground

It can only be treason to live a life without meaning

And resist where your soul is bound

Something’s in the air tonight, can’t you hear freedom sing?

I feel like I can finally spread my wings

All I need is the wind to send me where I’m supposed to be

Gimme the breeze

Come on and set me free

Roll through my day

I’m ready to play

 

Fly me, fly me away

Fly me, fly me away

All I need is the wind to send me where I’m supposed to be

Gimme the breeze

Come on and set me free

Roll through my day

I’m ready to play

 

Gimme the breeze

Come on and set me free

Roll through my day

I’m ready to play

 

Roll through my day

I’m ready to play

Roll through my day

I’m ready to play

 

TOO MUCH ON MY MIND

What’s a man to do, my candle’s slowly burning and the wick feels like a fuse

My laundry list of chores reads like a CVS receipt

And I’m praying this guitar will make ends meet

I’ve got too much on my mind

I’ve got too much on my mind

And if that weren’t enough, my lady loves me madly, more than any woman should

I promise her the planet but I got no silver spoon

I hope she digs a motel honeymoon

I’ve got too much on my mind

I’ve got too much on my mind

I’ve got too much on my mind

I’ve got too much on my mind

Fogging up the glass where the light is meant to shine

Concealing that sweet feeling, what it means to be alive

If only crystal balls could take possession of my eyes

Then maybe I’d be alright

Or maybe I’ve got too much on my mind

I’m writing songs again, words from my own head,

AND I'M SINGING THEM FOR YOU

These are gonna be some of the best years of my life

So what’s the point of worrying all the time

Gotta hit the lows to reach the highs

I’ve got too much on my mind

I’ve got too much on my mind

I’ve got too much on my mind

I’ve got too much on my mind

 

All lyrics are copyright of Tom Sless, except:

Astronaut (© Tom Sless & Clifton Jennings Rhoad)

Ready To (© Tom Sless & Clifton Jennings Rhoad)

Thank you for singing along ☺︎

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