Roads From Ruin

by Jason Allen

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1.
GHOST ON MY TRAIL I hope what was said was soon forgot I know it ain't a lot But it was everything I'm not Came in from the cold with gold in my hands It was coloured like the sand I gave it back to the land - it wasn't mine What the hell's been going wrong? From where I stand it feels like this belongs I can't tell what's going on, no, no Hit the road that took me out of ruin Distracted by the view Everybody knew that One too many times it led me on Sold for a song When there was nothing going on, no, no, no What the hell's been going wrong? From where I stand it feels like this belongs I never knew the rules would change Guess nothing ever stays the same except The ghost on my trail, on my trail One thing left to do before I go I'm gonna tell you what I know There's nothing but a ghost on my trail What the hell's been going wrong? From where I stand it feels like this belongs I never knew the rules would change Guess nothing ever stays the same except The ghost on my trail, on my trail There's nothing but a ghost on my trail © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
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South On 37 02:54
SOUTH ON 37 Is that all you got 'cos I got less? We're good together I must confess This ain't no place for dressing to impress Now we know how it feels It's so good to be blessed So let go, we'll let go Here we go then let's get out of this place We've been here too long I can see it in your face Now we know we've gotta move on This road's gonna carry us on But we won't know where that is until we go We let go We're heading south on 37 again We got together like we first met We needed time to find the time to breathe Now we know how it feels It's so good to be free So let's go - you and me let's go We've got our minds on somewhere new I'll go there with you Is that all they got 'cos we got more? We took the time to discover what we're searching for With smiles on our faces and sun on our backs Now we know where we are It's so good to be back So let's go, we'll let go We've lost our minds in somewhere new I've been there with you We're heading south on 37 again © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
3.
ICEBERGS & LIFEBOATS She's sweetness and trouble, intrigue and danger Tied to the rails of her life roller coaster She's right by your side then she's out of your life Con trails in your blue sky She's cats eyes on a night drive Bitter-sweet aftertaste, scent on the breeze A trap door in a dark maze Temptation and tease She's there when she needs you Like icebergs and lifeboats He pretends to be interested, protecting his investment Listens to no-one, expects to be noticed He's driven by ego, confidently anxious A leader unfollowed - misguided and jealous They go together like icebergs and lifeboats She's always there - when he needs her, she's elsewhere He's always there - when she needs him, he won't care They're always there When they're needed She's never there, he never cares She's there when she needs him Like icebergs and lifeboats He's there when he needs her With fake smiles and false hope They go together Like icebergs and lifeboats She's sweetness and trouble Iceberg and lifeboat © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
4.
Entwined 03:04
ENTWINED I know I'm not coming back Suppose you'd better deal with that fact Years and miles between us now But the memories linger on somehow Trapped in time, entwined If the thought of me Becomes a thought of yours From time to time These former lives entwined I walk a long-deserted place Guided by the spirits that we raised They're ghosts Ever onwards, never back Facing forwards on the track In hope I go, solo If the thought of me Becomes a thought of yours From place to place These former lives entwined We know we're not coming back Suppose we'd better deal with that fact Hills and vales between us now But the memories still remain somehow Stopped in time, entwined If the thought of us Becomes a thought of yours Just let it slide These former lives untied I'm not a million miles away But I'm far enough to claim this place as mine In time, entwined © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
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DRINK & OVERTIME Relegated to the midweek graveyard shift He knows nothing good will come of it 'Cos the doubts will always find him So he gets healthy or he dies trying He knows he could've used some luck But the sum of his parts wasn't good enough Kissing strangers in the street Disembodied voices in silent stairwells Muttering farewells Single mum dragging on Number Ones Whilst arguing with randoms On the comments bit of a YouTube clip Her half-past-six will soon arrive He'll come and leave in record time Missing strangers never meet Disconnected choices in backstreet wine bars Muttering farewells His face was shaped by drink and overtime Peering through the window Of a downtown bus bound for the pound He knows he could've used some love But the sum of his fortune wasn't big enough Kissing strangers in the street Disembodied voices in silent stairwells Muttering farewells Faces shaped by drink and overtime Faces shaped by drink and overtime Drink and overtime Drink and overtime Drinking all the time Drinking all the time © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
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FORWARDS TO THE FUTURE Farewell hopeless dreamer I couldn't find your light Your curtains always closing Your days concealed by night I have found another reason In the endless march of time Forwards to the future That dream was never mine Farewell Miss Indecisive You didn't hear my call Riding on your high horse Be careful not to fall Control is yours now alone Do with it as you please Remember, those who helped you Can bring you to your knees Farewell hopeless dreamer I failed to find the fight Horizons make the distance That keeps me out of sight I have found a better reason In this ever-changing tide Forwards to the future The past ran out of time The passed was never mine © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
7.
Wanting More 03:19
WANTING MORE Turning heads for one last look A fleeting glimpse of a closing book Caught the last of everything Took the road that future brings Could've been a passing face Could've been the way that love Just left us wanting more Never was a one for staying fast Bound for trails beneath the last Somewhere in the dark of night I found the love and lost the fight Could've been a passing phase Could've been the way that love Just left us wanting more I hope you're feeling better now We should've stayed in touch somehow I'll see you when they call our names For now this isolation remains Could've been a passing phase Could've been the weight of love That pinned us to the floor Could've been the wait for love That left us wanting more Message to a former lover Let me know you got this, let me know you know this Message to a former lover Let me know you got this, let me know you care Tell me that you got this, let me know you're there Tell me that you got this, tell me that you care © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
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LONDON NEVER CALLED I recall you never called me Find a fault that won't appal me Pass the blame when we're both guilty Raise the stakes and then disappoint me Gratitude? Check Attitude wrecked the boat But I couldn't turn around if I wanted to I can't stop I've come too far out It's too late to turn it all 'round So I keep pushing, hold my course It's hope that still drives me on And I couldn't turn around if I wanted to No I couldn't turn around if I wanted to This is what I do now London never called London never called London never called Ignore the critics, negative cynics I'm the one that has to do this Tread the path, individual path Forsake the cage of normality That's not for me, I'm doing no harm That's not for me, I raise no alarms This is what I do now Lend an ear, I'm speaking truth I'd say I'm lost, don't know what to do It's been so long since I last owned a map Now all I can do is find that track And it's no-one else's fault, I'm on my own © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
9.
Only Stars 04:09
ONLY STARS We'll drive this car 'til we can't turn back 'Til there's nowhere left for us to track Those city lights burned half as bright For half as long and twice the price Demons in the trunk tied to the wheel Sinking the ride in the river deep, then we kneel Praying for peace and release From whatever it was we made Only stars ever saw this, out in the dark we ignored it Spoke the last we ever did The trails ran out when love ended Last of the luggage on the road The gas ran out some time ago Secrets blowing in the wind But we can't rewind the past back in Only stars ever saw this, out in the dark we ignored it In wilderness we call to arms Still silent, but we're hoping for alarms Most of this baggage we'll unload Our luck ran out three towns ago Memories drifting in the dust But we can't deny this wanderlust Only stars ever saw this, out in the dark we ignored it Spoke the last we ever did The trails ran out when love ended Only stars ever saw this, out in the dark we ignored it In wilderness we call to arms Still silent, but we're hoping for alarms Now we're only stars, only stars © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
10.
How It Works 03:58
HOW IT WORKS Better keep a cool head, don't be fooled 'Cos The Man In Black won't bring you the gold You should've kept your mouth shut but you called for help Ain't nobody gonna save you, better do it yourself 'Cos your time's not coming back Better know your time's not coming back It disappears - that's how it works They're gonna get their own back and make you pay Did you need it anyway, if it goes to waste? So you settled for the cheap thrill, the undersell But it made your heart break Talk it through, deal with it yourself 'Cos your time's not coming back Better know your time's not coming back It disappears - that's how it works So did you catch a brief glimpse when you dropped your guard? When you bolted for the front door and made it out to the yard You could've made a clean start but you stalled the car Now you're heading for the hills With an empty hand and not much more, no, no One too many white lies but they called you out Now you're not making sense, no, no, no 'Cos your time's not coming back Better know your time's not coming back It disappears - that's how it works So you could've kept a cool head and helped yourself If you're gonna get your own back You'd better make it hell 'Cos you should've kept a cool head © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
11.
NEVER BE THE SAME It should've been part of the plans, if they'd been kept Maps drawn in the shifting sands Where the breeze always takes effect Bogged down in history - unintentional man of mystery Still there for all to see, hidden in the dark with anxiety Born to get a job but it wouldn't pay Selling off the soul for a rainy day Piece by piecemeal wasting away For no particular sake or place Don't be fooled, it'll change again There's a riot going on down Memory Lane The ghosts are in the street tonight, calling out beneath the lights Hear them shout familiar names But it'll never be the same, never be the same again No, it'll never be the same, never be the same again It won't help to talk it through 'Cos no-one ever grew out of awkward phases Still living in the past, never at the races What's a man to do? Supposed to leave, but never left Tripped up on the backward step Made a run and made a mess Where to now? Feel free to guess The ghosts are in the street again, calling out beneath the rain Hear them shout familiar names But it'll never be the same, never be the same again No, it'll never be the same, never be the same again You could've been King of the World, but you got caught With both hands 'round the neck of time And you still say it's not your fault © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.
12.
WE WILL ALWAYS BE YOUNG Love Let's tell them all we broke up Put a screen of smoke up Shake them off our trail Just you and me alone In the secret place Forever in that summer day Sleeping in the haze We will always be young Both of us loaded with soul It all comes down to moments Awake and here we are So what do we do? You tell me Time and place will call us A signal through the air Suppose I really need you Guess I'm already there And so are you We leap then we look That's what we do We will always be young That's what we do We will always be young That's what we do We will always be young That's what we do We leap then we look Always be young © Copyright 2017 Jason Allen. All Rights Reserved.

about

"During the first six months of 2017, Lady Inspiration found me with time on my hands. I wrote a batch of 30 new musical ideas and reams of lyrics.

I picked a dozen of these new songs and spent the summer recording, arranging and mixing. Working in daylight made a welcome change.

My previous effort (Fieldwork, 2015) was made using only acoustic guitars. This time around I decided to concentrate on electric guitars. Completed in October 2017, the resultant album is called Roads From Ruin."

All songs written, performed, produced and mixed by Jason Allen.

Written January to June 2017. Recorded July to October 2017.

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released October 26, 2017

Jason Allen:
Vocals, harmony vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
slide guitar, bass guitar, drums, cajon, percussion,
ebow, lap steel, keyboards, programming, harmonica, lyrics.

Thank you to friends and family near and far.
We will always be young.

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Jason Allen England, UK

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Somerset, England. Jason has written and self-recorded multiple solo albums and EPs, the most recent of which (June 2021) is Natural Courses.

More information can be found at www.jasonallen.co.uk
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