Lucky Guy

by Long Tall Jefferson

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1.
Yonder is a mountain Yonder is the sea I'm down by the river That will carry you to me I feel the day come closer Soon you will be here Soon I'll see my troubles And my worries disappear I dream of you, my darling Each night of the year I dream you're lying next to me And whisper in my ear Tell me that you need me Just like I need you That you'll love me when it rains And when the skies are blue When I wake up Time to break up Such a doggone shame Every morning I let her go and it's Driving me insane I would climb this mountain I would build a shrine I would give my life To make you come to me in time And I'd swim every ocean Time and time again I'd do all it takes To bring this yearning to an end So, tell me what you're asking Tell me what's your claim I am at your mercy, darling This is not a game Please send me a message Please gimme a sign I'm beggin' on my knees Release this poor heart of mine Can't you hear me Call you near me Come and ease my pain I'm on the brink And I start to think That all my love's in vain Come to me, come here close Come to me, I need you most Come to me, step inside Stay with me tonight Come to me, come here for good Come to me, just like you should Come to me, stay inside We will be ALRIGHT Or I will keep on waitin' Till my days are done Waitin' as we go In endless circles 'round the sun And, no, it won't be easy Yes, it will be tough 'Cause all is never all And good is never good enough
2.
Stay a little longer, baby Don't you leave just now Stay a little longer, baby Take your time I don't wanna turn this upside down Coming a long way being friends But there's a certain magic every time when you're around Makes me think that we might take a chance Stay a little longer, baby Don't you leave just now Stay a little longer, baby Take your time Tell me if I'm thinking out too loud Opening up undiscovered ground That I know we both could live so easily without Then again there's so much to be found Think of all the laughs we'd have the world on a string Think of all the times we danced until the morning Let's just try Stay a little longer, baby Don't you leave just now Stay a little longer, baby Let's just try
3.
I must have had my head in dreams while the times have changed It feels like I lost my part while the world was rearranged Every morning I lie in bed there's so much empty space There's something missing, something big that I just can't replace Baby baby, where've you gone I miss you bad, I feel alone Baby baby, where've you gone I'm begging you now, please come home Where have all the wise words gone I used to have in store And those jokes fall back on me from the walls since you don't laugh anymore When I come home late at night there's noone else to talk And it breaks my heart I turn around go for another walk I used to play tricks on you I had an ace in the hole when we were playing cards And all this time I thought you knew That the unmasked joker was the King of Hearts Baby baby, where've you gone I miss you bad, I feel alone Baby baby, where've you gone I'm begging you now, please come home Some friends have called me on the phone they think I'm going insane Sending postcards to myself and sign them with your name They say I should take a break go on holidays But I know your ghost would haunt my soul in any goddamn place Baby baby, where've you gone I miss you bad, I feel alone Baby baby, where've you gone I'm begging you now, please come home
4.
03:15
New Year's Eve in bed with a song in my head Everybody's out and having fun Up here I'm the only one Restless soul caught in frozen bones I would love to leave but I'm not allowed The classic fear of missing out Scenes of the past year are flashing by Randomly across my inner eye A hundred different faces talk to me and all the while I trade those first world problems for a smile I'm a lucky guy Full moon high up in the sky Has been lighting up the rooftops and the trees For a million centuries Looking out all over town Somehow I still can't seem to understand Just how a year comes to an end How's it even possible we're living here On this rocky thing wrapped in an atmosphere I should stop to think and start to take it all in stride Leave those first world problems far behind I'm a lucky guy
5.
03:19
Trying to get a hold of your life on polaroid Everything in bits and bytes gets you annoyed Silly old typewriter is your best friend The sun will shine brighter in your homeland You're such a good dreamer Yes you are, yes you are Such a good dreamer Yes you are Even though I hardly know your name I must say sometimes I think I'm the same Been holding out here for such a long time To balance ain't easy Now you can go so go now, give it a try There's noone to please here You're such a good dreamer Yes you are, yes you are Such a good dreamer Yes you are
6.
I look on open fields, hear the engine's sound The rattle of the wheels that carry me around For miles and miles on rails I'm rolling Outside the window pane, towns are passing by They all look the same in the grey morning twilight When everyone's at home still sleeping And I know to move on is to leave behind As a new day comes to open up the blinds But with all my restless body, soul & mind I belong with you & the universe I left before you woke, didn't make a sound Didn't leave a note cause the words could not be found I'm sorry I couldn't give a reason Now I'm sure you think I'm wrong, you think I was meant to stay But how could I hold on when the feeling's gone away You'll be fine though now it don't seem easy When the evening comes I will be very far In a town that's closer to the Northern Star And I will sing this song in a dark and noisy bar But I'll sing for you & the universe
7.
04:22
You used to come over for tea But in fact you came over for me Oh my, those days are long gone When I took you with me upstairs The floor of my bedroom is where I played you my favourite songs Yes it's true, I guess you knew just what it meant to me Given that I could never win your heart with bravery But I knew just how to make you feel free A childhood on cemetery walls We'd stay out 'till my mother called And come home with dirt in our hair And the church bells high over our heads Together we'd go see the dead That was our take on truth or dare And all I'm left with now are hazy photographs In yellow raincoats walking down the garden path Your hair was golden my brown eyes were holding on to you I just hope that you're fine Oh, I wish that I could tell you once again tonight Some things that went down later on they were not right But here's to you, forever on my mind
8.
Checking in, baggage drop Under my skin it's building up A premonition, a superstition I don't wanna fly, I don't get to hide today Stand in line, take a shot Boarding time, buckle up Safety instructions while I'm watching The pattern of the stripes all changing in the light on the runway Speeding up, we're taking off It's just a job, such a bluff! Prepare for commotion way over the ocean All the others sleep I'm straight up in my seat awake It's dawning on me The itch in my guts This plane is made off Broken spare parts Tell me, Love Love, how long Can we go on On like this?
9.
03:31
It's Friday night, everyone's going out The whole city's full of sound You hardly dare to go outside But everybody's got to go tonight There's ice-cream stands, there's people all around You know every face in town You say Hello but walk away You know what they were gonna say Let's go see the fireworks So beautiful up on the hillside You wish you had a place to be alone A seat upon a wall of stones To rest from your life on the run And glimpse into the setting sun Yes you have felt this way before A state of mind so insecure As if the devil was in your throat The devil knows what this is for And in your brain must be a hole The more you think the less you know In a few weeks you will be long gone You'll be long gone, long gone And here they come the fireworks In bloom up in the deep blue city sky
10.
The times will not get easier just 'cause you know they're gonna last Once the days went by so slowly now the weeks are rushing past You run behind the time it's such an everyday malaise You hope it's not gonna stay this way, you hope it's just a phase Sometimes you feel it in the morning when the percolator steams You've paved your way to boredom when you sacrificed your dreams For some nine to five distraction and a bigger salary Always on the go, always on the leave Come the day you find yourself with an invisible disease Smothered by a bunch of self-fulfilling prophecies And you need someone who knows you well, you need someone who cares And you run to your lover and your lover says: Hey Darling, where've you been so long? And you say: Oh, honey, I love you so but I think there's something wrong I feel my heart is being choked and my good spirits are all gone And she pats your back and strokes your hair and takes you in her arms And says: Oh don't you worry, baby, it's just a false alarm Come the day you wake from a stabbing pain within your heart You think: This is the end! Or is it just the start? And you need someone to help you now, you need someone who cares And you run to the doctor and the doctor says: Hey Darling, where've you been so long? And you say: I think I had a heart attack, Doc, will I soon be gone? And he sends you through the X-ray and he says: There's nothing wrong! But how can you trust a doctor when you know so well yourself Another state of mind defines another state of health, yeah yeah (Fade out)
11.
When the rain comes I'll be standing there I'll have the waters Flush me anywhere When the rain comes There'll be nothing left of me When the clouds burst When the sirens call I will leave from here Once and for all When the clouds burst I will drift towards the sea Tell the ones who want to track me down I'll never put my feet on solid ground I have spent my life Only looking for A little peace of mind I want nothing more I have spent my life Waiting endlessly But I can see a place When I close my eyes Call it nowhereland Call it paradise I can see a place Where I can really feel free When the time has come to give up I will let the waters do the job

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released September 7, 2018

All songs written by LTJ
Produced by Timo Keller & LTJ
Recorded & Mixed by Timo Keller at Studio Vom Dach
Mastered by Rob Viso at Sonic Courtyard Mastering
Pictures taken by Claude Barrault at Turba, Lugano
Artwork & Layout by Bureau Mia

Special thanks to Timo, Rob, Luki, Mario, Adi, Mich, Fabian, Nik, Brigham, Mia, Carlotta & Elise, Chris & Noa, Tobi, Marquito, Fab, Chregi & the whole Red Brick Chapel collective, Stefan, Ma & Pa, Caro.

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Long Tall Jefferson

The restless songwriter & storyteller LONG TALL JEFFERSON has been permanently on tour for the last two years, played over 200 shows across Europe and captivated his audience with ambiguous stories.

He has shared the stage with acts like Big Thief, Noah Gunderson or Margaret Glaspy and has been invited to festivals like Moon & Stars, Blue Balls, Gurtenfestival (CH), Wood (UK) or Génériq (FR).
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