Living Machine

by Joe Con

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...From the moment I met you, I could feel your embrace under my skin
I could not forget you, I had to see you again
And again and again and again...

...But if I told you I love you, what good would that do for me or you?
But you know that I want to, there's nothing that I'd rather do
Than lay out this table for two...

And freedom is something that's sweet when it comes
Out in the moonlight or under the sun
And loving you's something I'm able to do
Laying awake at this table for two

So look inside darling and you'll know who you are, a bright shining star
Come catch me I'm falling, fallen but never too far
And I'm with you wherever you are...

So when I say that I love you, you should know that I mean you're all that I need
You're the one that I run to, the one that I follow or lead, and I give you my word and my deed

That freedom is something that's sweet when it comes
Out in the moonlight or under the sun
And loving you's something I'm able to do
Laying awake at this table for two

Singing
Run child, run to the river
Cast your net and go catch me some dinner
Run child run to the river
Go down a sinner then come up a winner
Run child run to the river
Cast your net and go catch me some dinner
Run child run to the river just run to the river
Just run...

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released April 1, 2017

Performed by Joe Con
Written by S. Hobson for Word Made Fresh Music ASCAP
Additional vocals by Beth Burden and Jason Adams
Violin by Rachel Yanarella
Produced by Joe Con & Erik Nystrom
Engineered by Erik Nystrom @ The Elephant Rooms, Midway, KY

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Joe Con Los Angeles, California

From acoustic folk to electric blues, hyper literate hip hop to sweat drenched soul, Joe Con writes and performs original music in a variety of genres. . Fueled by a lifelong voracity for digesting the written word, the songwriter applies the same gift for articulation to his work whether he's penning a plaintive ballad, a rollicking blues, or a hip hop anthem. ... more

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Track Name: This I Know
Save me from the city take me to the town I know
Say you’re coming with me say you’re coming with me when I go
Sometimes life’s a highway sometimes it’s a country road
Someday you’ll go my way like you did so long ago

Won’t you come and get me take me from the ice and snow
Won’t you come and kiss me we can take it nice and slow
Promise not to miss me promise you’ll be with me when I go
Promise don’t forget me I’ll always keep you with me this I know

Take me from what has become of me
Place me up there in your company
Take me up as if it’s up to me
Pain is just the way you must make love to me

Save me from the city take me to the town I know
Say you’re coming with me say you’re coming with me when I go
Sometimes life’s a highway sometimes it’s a country road
Someday you’ll go my way like you did so long ago

Promise not to miss me promise you’ll be with me when I go
Promise don’t forget me I’ll always keep you with me this I know
Track Name: Sugar So Sweet
Here I come there I go in the middle we’re the best of friends
Easy come easy go but that ain’t how it’s always been
Look outside today and it’s a brand new day
And all that came before just fade away and I say that’s ok cus

Sugar you’re so sweet that I cannot tell a lie
You can have anything in this world
Sugar you’re so sweet that I can not deny
Sugar you be sweet and be my girl

It’s a phase it’s a craze it’s the riddle of a restless age
It’s alright it’s ok cus this is how we turn the page
Now look inside today and it’s a brand new day
And all that came before just fade away and I say that’s ok cus

Sugar you’re so sweet that I cannot tell a lie
You can have anything in this world
Sugar you’re so sweet that I can not deny
Sugar you be sweet and be my girl

GUITAR BRIDGE

Sugar you’re so sweet that I cannot tell a lie
You can have anything in this world
Sugar you’re so sweet that I can not deny
Sugar you be sweet and be my girl (2x)
Track Name: On Broken Wings
California won’t be home without you
Summer never seemed so far away
Then again that’s what I love about you
The more I try to leave the more you make me want to stay

All my lies keep coming true
And all my life I give to you

Remember all those nights we spent together
Trying to make believe we weren’t alone
Even though we know nothing lasts forever
Every time I see your face it always feels like coming home

All my lies keep coming true
And all my life I give to you

You can see connections with your eyes closed
But you can only guess at what they mean
Til you let your love take off your blindfold
Tell me how you plan to fly away on broken wings

All my lies keep coming true
And all my life I give to you
Track Name: Table For Two
From the moment I met you
I could feel your embrace
under my skin
I could not forget you
had to see you again
and again and again and again

if I told you I love you
what good would that do
for me and you
you know that I want to
there's nothin' that I'd rather do
than lay out this table for two

and freedom is something that's sweet when it comes
under the moon or out in the sun
and loving you's something i'm able to do
laying awake at this table for two

so look inside darling
and know who you are
a bright shining star
catch me i'm falling
fallen but never too far
and i'm with you wherever you are

when I say that I love you
know what I mean
that you're all that I need
the one that I run to
the one that I follow and lead
I give you my word and my deed

and freedom is something that's sweet when it comes
under the moon or out in the sun
and loving you's something i'm able to do
laying awake at this table for two

run child run
run for the river
jump right in
and you'll be delivered
run child run
run for the river
cast your net
and go catch me some dinner

from the moment i met you
i could feel your embrace
under my skin
and i could not forget you
i had to see you again...
Track Name: Learn How To Listen
Learn how to listen to yourself
Learn how to listen don’t worry bout no one else
Learn how to listen for your health
You don’t learn how to listen better learn how to ask for help

Learn how to listen to your soul
Learn how to listen play that rock n roll
Learn how to listen diamonds out of coals
You don’t learn how to listen better learn how to fill the hole

Learn how to listen to your song
Learn how to listen don’t worry bout right or wrong
Learn how to listen before your gone
You don’t learn how to listen buddy I’m moving on

Learn how to listen to your heart
Learn how to listen learn how to play your part
Learn how to listen from the start
You don’t learn how to listen buddy that ain’t too smart
Track Name: Hey Mac
I got to balance all the parts of my body
With my big bad dreams and my thoughts so naughty
It seems to my feet this road is getting rocky
But no one's gonna stop me but me that's what you taught me

Hey Mac the answer that you're after ain't a secret
Seek it just to capture it forget it you can't keep it
Hey kid the question got you guessin' at the meaning
That ain't even worth the stressin' won't you leave it til you need it

I see the faces on all the human races
While they chasin' for the daily bread on a daily basis
I ain't sayin' i ain't cravin' an oasis
Only if you pay attention find it in the strangest places

***
and it's free free is what you've always longed to be
but how can you be free when your heart belongs to me
see our freedom is a case of symmetry
what was once you and me is we that's jubilee

I can feel it in the pit of my stomach so even if I gotta bleed i'm a get to the summit
and in a minute you critics fixin' to plummet into the dungeon y'all stick to fixin' the plumbin' my tongue twist slick rick lyrical drummin' quickly i'm comin to get ya with the wisdom I summon consider he who throws the pigeons a crumb and know the full spectrum of what we live to become

I got to separate the truth and the fiction
Take account of everything to prove that something's missin
If you ain’t ready shed your heavy inhibition
Intuition is the entrance free admission if you listen

HOOK
Track Name: The Road to Redemption
Did they teach you the game
Give you a name
Is it Abel or Cain
Born for pleasure or pain
Is the secret not plain
Ain’t they one and the same
Ain’t our freedom in chains
And our Eden in flames

Do you slave for your check
WIth your blood and your sweat
With a tie round your neck
That hangs like your debt
Do you sit at your desk
And pray under you breath
For relief from regret
While you wait for your death

Are you playing a game that can never be won
Doing a deed that cannot be undone
Are you caught in the fire while you reach for the sun
Is the road to redemption only begun

Don’t you work like a mule
Aren’t you brainwashed in school
To be used like a tool
In the hands of a fool
Does god seem so cruel
And the devil so cool
While they shoot cosmic pool
And you sit on your stool

Are you beat in your head
Deceived and misled
Do they cheat and mistreat you
And leave you for dead
Does it take more than bread
To keep a man fed
Don’t you feast on your dreams
When you sleep in your bed

Are you playing a game that can never be won
Doing a deed that cannot be undone
Are you caught in the fire while you reach for the sun
Is the road to redemption only begun

Did you forsake your kin
To run with the wind
Did you fall for your sin
And then call it your friend
Did you follow it in
When you met with your end
And then shake off your dead skin
And rise up again

Did you count yourself blessed
To be stuck in your mess
To be spirit in flesh
On an eternal quest
Did you better your best
Did you feather your nest
On the wings of forever
Hope the answer is yes

Or you’re playing a game that can never be won
Doing a deed that cannot be undone
Are you caught in the fire while you reach for the sun
Is the road to redemption only begun

Are you madly in love
With god up above
Does desire like a wildfire
Burn in your blood
Are you stuck in the mud
Or swept up in the flood
And when push comes to shove
Will you fly like a dove

Did they teach you the game
Give you a name
Is it Abel or Cain
Born for pleasure or pain
Is the secret not plain
Ain’t they one and the same
Ain’t our freedom in chains
And our eden in flames

Are we playing a game that can never be won
Doing a deed that cannot be undone
Are we caught in the fire while we reach for the sun
Is the road to redemption only begun
Track Name: Trials & Tribulations
Nothing new I could say to you
If you don’t already know how to let yourself go
Much ado just to make it come true
And we’re all caught slow in the undertow now
Out to the sea let it carry me
If I go far from the shore never see me no more
Just let it be it’ll set us both free
And we can’t say no to the undertow

In my trials and tribulations
All my life Ive been chasin’
All these smiles on all these faces
So long, so long
In my trials and tribulations
I’ve been wild and I’ve been waitin’
How long for my destination
Hold on, hold on

In the daze of a mental maze
I was seeing stars looking hard for the simple way
Sick of living large in a cage all the world’s a stage
Where we bare scars through the bars for the players’ play
So I took a handful of seed tryin’ to grow a tree
Hoping that my kingdom will come all I need is one
And it ain’t hard to believe when you’re looking at me
That we’ve already won and the deed is done

In my trials and tribulations
I’ve been high I’ve been wasted
These eyes have been awakened
So long, so long
I’ve been tested by temptation
Will I die before I make it
Hold on, hold on

Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Track Name: This Is How It Ends
Dm C C/Em Am
Cold hands and a warm heart / Used to fit me like a glove
Am >>> (Am sus.) Am >>> (Am sus.)
But now my fist’s just a bit too snug / And love ain’t what i wanna be a victim of
G Am
No more, no no no no no more

Dm C C/Em Am
It won’t end if we don’t start / Quit wishing on the Stars
Am >>> (Am sus.) Am >>> (Am sus.)
Up above better listen up / All your kisses and your hugs ain’t big enough
G Am G D
No more, no no no no no more, no more no no no no more

Am G Em
If I never saw you again / This is how it ends
Csus Dsus
It’s so hard to pretend / I got your scars on my skin But I don’t mind
Am G Em
If I never saw you again / How would I begin
Csus Dsus
To say what could have been / And now we’re out of time
G G/Em Em (x4)
Cus this is how it ends

Big dreams in a small town / Left a sleepy neighborhood
Made good just as quick as I could / Flipped the script in Hollywood like you knew i would

For sure, for sure

Switched the scenes all around / Wings lift me off the ground
Been lost been found been up and down / But now your king don’t need your crown

No more, no more / No more, no more

HOOK

I promise to wait as long as it takes / A promise ain’t a promise if it’s gone in a day
So promise to stay even while you’re away / I promise to break every promise i make
Track Name: Until I Return
I’m ten thousand miles from the smile on your face
And I’m wonderin’ how I could leave you alone
But I know before long I’ll be leavin’ this place
And I’ll pack up my suitcase and head on back home

I’m walkin’ around with my head full of photos
I’ll drink in this city ‘til it fills up my eyes
And in the dark hours when the long minutes go slow
I’ll remember mi cielo is Spanish for sky

(Chorus)
Remember Maria that though we are parted
My love is a candle that constantly burns
And if you desire the fire we’ve started
Then tend it with tear drops until I return

Promises and hearts can both easily be broken
You think you’ll forgive what you’ll never forget
I send you my song that is soft and unspoken
But faithful like strong winds for guiding home ships

From the Champs-Elyseès to that old Eiffel Tower
See the giver of life in the river of sin
I’m waitin’ for spring time to show me its flowers
So I can go home and see Maria again

(Chorus)

There’s times that I’m happy with the friends that I’ve found
When I’m out on the street filled with music and charm
But every day night comes to close the cafes down
And sleep’s not the same without you in my arms

I saw a girl’s eyes they were cold as the weather
She was gray as a storm cloud that circles the sea
I’m fallin’ apart please come put me together
Please leave San Francisco for Paris and me

(Chorus)
Track Name: All Gold Don't Shine
The first time I seen her
I was a believer
She made old eyes see
Knew I had to reach her
Knew I couldn’t keep her
Knew she had to fly home free

But that was old and this is new
And that was her and this is you
And nothing you could ever do
Could keep me back from loving you

I really wanna make you mine
I’m inclined to waste my time
Chasing treasure that I’ll never find
If this is real love show me a sign
I really wanna make you mine
I’m inclined to lose my mind
Chasing treasure that I’ll never find
All Gold Don’t Shine

The second time I had her
Nothing else mattered
She became all that I craved
I was captured
A slave to the master
Another chapter trapped on the page

But that was then and this is now
And that was when and this is how
We let it in and let it out
And if you ever had a doubt

HOOK

The last time I left her
I Couldn’t take the pressure
You know when the weight of the world
Is coming down to get ya
Wish I never met ya
Now you’ll be somebody’s girl

But that’s alright I’m OK
It’s only dying anyway
As long as I can find a way
To shine unto a brighter day
Track Name: I Want Her
I want her I need her I love her so
I want her I need her but in the end I know

She calls me I answer we say hello
We fall free like dancers until it’s time to go

I want her I need her I love her so
I want her I need her but in the end I know

She leads me I follow we both go slow
She feeds me I swallow but that’s the way we grow

I want her I need her I love her so
I want her I need her but in the end I know
Track Name: Irish Whiskey
May I walk beside you
The wind did whisper to the sea
See I cannot deny you
When you give your kiss to me

Early august i came to you
Crossed the pond on holiday
Worthy of the name I prayed to you
To take my tired blues away

You gave me Irish whiskey
And raised my spirits by the pint
I believe you did assist me
Like a ship out in the night
I see the light
I see the light
I see the light

All day long i’m taking pictures
Painting postcards in my mind
Like a letter undelivered
Why is home so hard to find

Til you give me irish whiskey
And raise my spirits by the pint
I believe angels assist me
Like a ship out in the night
A ship out in the night
I see the light
I see the light
I see the light
I’m not alone
I’m coming home
I see the light

May I walk beside you
The wind did whisper to the sea
See I cannot deny you
When you give your kiss to me

You give me irish whiskey
And raise my spirits by the pint
I believe angels assist me
Like a ship out in the night
A ship out in the night
I see the light
I see the light
I see the light
Track Name: Living Machine
She wakes up to the chapel bells where the children look for shells
beyond the sand the ocean swells with pride
Inspiration comes in waves it pulls the pen across the page
and she’s the actor on the stage of life

Dripping with dreams that i wipe from my eyes
Lifting the screen on the light in the skies
A living machine who must die for the prize
I reckon we’ll see in the bye and the bye

the prisoner who broke his chains climbed the wall and jumped a train
and slowly drove himself insane with wine
he won’t try to intervene and come between your wildest dreams
who’ve come to crown you as the queen of time

the second son you never had the one your mother wanted bad
the one who looks just like his dad the one who was blind
he makes his home inside your heart and waits alone inside the dark
so patient for the light to start to shine
(Hook)

life’s a game we get to play we find the rules out on the way some we break and some obey and some are a crime
some of us are much too much all of us are just enough and everyone of us is divine
(Hook)

the writer takes a cup of tea and pours his water carefully
contemplates infinity and finds
The answer that you’re looking for Isn’t on some distant shore
It waits behind a hidden door inside
(Hook)