GEMS

by John Courage

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credits

released June 18, 2013

JCGP is:
Francesco Catania- Bass, backing vocals, synths, keys, guitar
Dan Ford- Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Jonathan Palmer- Vocals, guitar, keys, synth

with:
Ashley Allred- Flute on "Sound In The Air"
Bill Palmer- backing vocals, tambourine
Manuel Ramirez- saxophone on "Take My Body" and "It's Different"

all songs written by J. Palmer
Arranged by JCGP
Produced by J. Palmer & F. Catania

engineered by Bill Palmer
mixed by Bill Palmer, with Jonathan Palmer and Francesco Catania
at Frogville Studios, Santa Fe, NM

thank you to John Treadwell and Milly

mastered by John Greenham at Infrasonic Sound, Los Angeles

crystal skull by J.Palmer
Photo by Sara Sanger
Logo and layout by Michael Houghton

tight drums, groovy bass, vibey gems

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Track Name: A Light
They would pay to watch us suffer
Watch us fight until we bleed
But no one ever cheers when an underdog succeeds
I’m tired of our habits
and our dangerous little scheme
I’m drawing up a plan
and I’m breaking free

If we don’t draw blood then we just must have missed
Someone give ‘em a fight
Got a sword for a tongue and a pen for a knife
A light shining bright

Why do we hide in corners
Press our backs into the dark
hold tight to composure
a steady pressure on the heart
No one is going to get it
They will say we’ve changed
I want to see the world
You cannot hold me in place

If we don’t draw blood/.....
Track Name: Western Ways
Do what you want Be what you like
No one is wrong No one is right
Maybe we don’t have to choose a side
Sleep all day Live at night
I hope everything will be fine
It’s a lot of love to give for no return


Oh Mother help him down
From the highest cloud
Breaking From The Crowd
Hoping To Be Found
It’s getting hard to shake my western ways alone


I let go of my hold
For everything beyond control
why won’t heaven just swallow me whole?
Track Name: Take My Body
Took a good long look at my brother
Like I had not done in years
His face had changed along the way
Oh he don’t belong here
When a criminal like myself is walking in the street
And the judge just likes a tragedy
he’s one more casualty

They can take my body
They can’t take my mind

Saw my mother's face go wandering
At thought of her own child behind bars
A criminal like myself is walking in the street
and the judge just likes a tragedy
Here’s one more casualty

sax solo

He's one more tragedy
I ain't your casualty
Just one more tragedy

They can take my body
They can't take my mind
Track Name: Lone Wolf
I live on the fringe of a world I don’t believe in/
barely get by out to survive for a feeling/
I keep my cash in a box for no particular reason/ 
a bag’s always packed in case I feel like leaving/

And they won’t know the way I went/
crooked lines cover up my tracks/
just some fur stuck in the fence/
a lone wolf

I keep my head down when I’m walking around I won’t stick out/
but when I step outside of my little life and I stretch out/
I stop and stare for a while, close my eyes with a smile and I lay down/

And they won’t know the way I went/...

They found me asleep and they gave me leash that I live on/
I plan to break free but I’ll wait until my day comes
I plan to break free but I’ll wait until my day comes.
Track Name: Sound In The Air
When the sunlight is gone
The leaves in the tree go from green to gold
and fall with the breeze
The quivering line
She sends to me
Will carry hope until I am free

The consequence of an accident

It’s the sound in the air
It’s the sound in the air
It’s the wind in my hair
That says I am home

All the bridges we burn
For lonely nights trade
Will follow us for all of our days
Over the fence
A world awaits
Oh such a force keeps us in place

The consequence of an accident

It’s the sound in the air
It’s the sound in the air
It’s the wind in my hair that says I am home

The Consequence of an accident

It’s the sound in the air
It’s the sound in the air
That says I am home
It’s the touch of her voice
It’s the touch of her voice
Oh did I even have a choice
Or was I alone?
Track Name: Darkside
I should have known a long time ago
that I lost my love when I left my home
And the waiting was to hard to feel
the waiting made a lonely man steal
But the money came calling and you fell right in
Mama don’t like it when she sees your old friends
You can catch a sinner you can’t make him a saint
Maybe we were born to stay

On the Darkside/Of the road

I couldn’t tell through all of your lies
with your hollow truths and your backwards good byes
the waiting was too hard to feel
the waiting made a lonely man steal
But the money came calling and you fell right in
Mama don’t like it when she sees your old friends
You can catch a sinner you can’t make him a saint
Maybe we were born to stay
Track Name: Feel Like The Only
I stayed home shaved my face lookin’ at a mess that I made
I should stay calm have faith or just jump down the fire escape
Baby we can’t hang around cause everyone is freakin’ me out
Baby we can’t hang around cause everyone is freakin’ me out

I might’ve guessed you might agree
I knew someday you’d end up with me

I’m tired of saying the same thing over and over again (2x)
I feel like the only
I feel like the only one awake
I feel like the only
Feel like the only

Looked in the mirror turned away
I saw the ghost of yesterday
Cut my hair sold my bed
You can sleep when we’re dead
Baby we can’t hang around cause everyone is freakin’ me out (2x)
Track Name: It's Different
I heard you changed well I changed too
maybe now we can tell the truth
You would waste your life while others fight to live
You never could but you wish you did

It’s different
Different this time

Now you’re lashing out at your old friends
How everything went like it did
Say you’re gonna clean up just not tonight
It takes you down
Without a sound
Without a fight

It’s different
Different this time

You may never know if nobody told you so
If it’s holding you back
Let it go

It’s different
Different this time
Without a sound without a fight
Track Name: For A Life
I’m thinking of a picture from the night before I went down
We are free and we are smiling, cash was coming in by the pound/
But I take it all back/ all my riches and my cash/
every dollar that I never earned/

For a life, lived free/
Oh my sorrows, they carry me
I need someone I can believe

when They asked me about the body and said that you had told on me
Had a motive and a weapon and a dimebag they had planted on me
But I’d take it all back all my riches and my cash
Every dollar that I never earned

For a life, lived free/
Oh my sorrows, they carry me
I need someone I can believe
(I need someone to set me free)
Track Name: So Long Ago
I wasn’t cut out for the country
A Lonesome guilt weighed me down
So I moved to the city
To fade into a crowd

Soon they’ll call my number
upward to a flame
If we give up our resistance
When the last bit slips away

You don’t need to say sorry
I already know
I used to belong here
So Long Ago

I tried to live among the workers
the foreman picked me out
I was cast into the wild
Never to be found