Staying Gold

by J.R. Wyatt

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This is the debut full-length album from J.R. Wyatt, recorded in Nashville, TN.

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released July 15, 2016

J.R. Wyatt - Staying Gold
Produced by Alex Martin
Co-Produced by J.R. Wyatt
Engineered and Mixed by Alex Martin at Glen Echo Studios, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering
Photography by Miles Price
Inside Photography by Katie King
All songs written and performed by J.R. Wyatt
©℗ 2016 J.R.Wyatt (BMI)

J.R. Wyatt - Vocals/Guitar
John McNally - Guitar
Ken Perkerwicz - Bass
Matt Doctor - Drums
Adam "Ditch" Kurtz - Pedal Steel
Will Honaker - Organ/Piano
Lars Thorson - Violin on “Anyway”
Jo Cleary, Jonny Wagenman, Ken Perkerwicz - Strings on “Staying Gold”
Alex Martin - Electric Guitar on "Bulletproof"
Maddy Brown - Harmonies on "Wayfarer"

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Track Name: Settle Down, Son
Well she gave me her word, but who gives a damn
That don't mean nothing these days
Retire to an antique, a photo in a scrapbook
A thumbed through memory on a page

My mind seems to wander, tends to run away
A way to get through all the blame
Oh, the greenest kind of summertime
Through my windowpane

I'm told I'm angry inside
"That'll go away someday"
And, "That girl, she ain't the one"
"But, someday, you'll settle down, Son"

Flowers in a vase so you could think of me
A sentiment so you might stick around
'Cause all I've got for you is this empty voice
And a guitar that plays a lot of shitty sounds

But I'm too dumb to see the restlessness in me
Should I stay or should I go
How the hell should I know
I'm too young and naive, so quick to believe
And only fools are born to run
"That's why someday, you'll settle down, Son"

I carry you with me on my ever changing mind
My heart beat too fast this time
It's jumping the gun with a pace it can't keep
A mountain that I ain't prepared to climb
So pull me aside, tell me what I need to hear
To keep my head from coming undone
You say "Someday, you'll settled down"
"I pray, you'll settle down"
"Someday, you'll settle down, son"
Track Name: Deal and Hand
I'm a slave to the things I hate
I'm afraid of the pearly gates
To answer for my sins, and the things I knew were wrong
But I did 'em anyway, and I put 'em in my songs

I'm stranger than I've ever been before
Not certain who I feel like anymore
The doors ahead don't open, but the ones behind still close
Now I'm stuck inside this hallway and I don't know where it goes

And it's not that I wanna be someone else
I'm just tired of fighting with myself
The older that I get, the more I understand
I don't get to choose the deal, but I've gotta play the hand

I'm good at wasting time
And not making up my mind
The answers to my problems are the reasons why I'm scared
I don't know what I'm doing, and I'm painfully aware

I don't take many things too far
I'm afraid to show my scars
But tell me all your heartaches, love, and have another drink
If I don't tell you what I'm thinking, I'm afraid of what you'd think

And it's not that I wanna be someone else
I'm just tired of fighting with myself
The older that I get, the more I understand
I don't get to choose the deal, but I've gotta play the hand

And it's not that I wanna be someone else
I'm just tired of fighting with myself
The older that I get, the more I understand
I don't get to choose the deal, but I've gotta play the hand
I don't get to choose the deal, but I've gotta play the hand
No, I don't get to choose the deal, but I've gotta play the hand
Track Name: Wayfarer
Early to rise, woke with the dawn
I opened my eyes, and I knew she'd be gone
Gone like before, gone with my heart again

She came into town, ready to leave
Foolish was I with my heart on my sleeve
Reaching for her, but constantly out of reach

Wayfarer, pretty as night
Wayfarer, tell me more lies
Wayfarer, farewell, and goodbye

You ache for the love she can't seem to give
She belongs to the stars and escapes like the wind
She's just a mirage, a daughter of mystery

You can try to get near, but you'll never get close
You can run after her but you're chasing a ghost
Lord knows I've tried, Lord knows I loved her so

Wayfarer, pretty as night
Wayfarer, tell me more lies
Wayfarer, farewell, and goodbye

You can hold on, but she'll move on
You can hold on, but she'll move on

Wayfarer, traveller's queen
Wayfarer, sight to be seen
Wayfarer, gone just like a dream

Wayfarer, pretty as night
Wayfarer, tell me more lies
Wayfarer, farewell, and goodbye

Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye
Track Name: On the Skids
You say I'm a different breed, but I don't know what you mean
Don't try to wake me up while I'm having a dream
I wanna be alone, can you please run on home
And can you shut your mouth for me, 'cause every word is overblown

Can you please help me stand, 'cause if you don't I'll probably fall
And I'm not good to you with my face against a wall
And if you wanna know what I've been thinking of
Well, you'll be greatly disappointed, 'cause it sure as hell ain't love

Can't you see that I'm the one you need to hate
Can't you see that all you do is hesitate
To hate my guts, feel my pain, and know that destiny is not the same
As it was before, as it is no more
As you fall to the floor when you push me out the door

A lost boy of a kid, completely off the grid
Falling over just for exercise and living on the skids
I'm headed for the hills, try to catch me if you will
'Cause I'm addicted to the chase, and I'm searching for a thrill

Babe I hate what I have, and I want what's not mine
And I've broken many things, but breaking hearts is not my crime
I'm a derailed train, that's my blood on the tracks
I'll smile while I limp away, and never look back

Can't you see that I'm the one you need to hate
Can't you see that all you do is hesitate
To hate my guts, feel my pain, and know that destiny is not the same
As it was before, as it is no more
As you fall to the floor when you push me out the door

Can't you see that I'm the one you need to hate
Can't you see that all you do is hesitate
To hate my guts, feel my pain, and know that destiny is not the same
As it was before, as it is no more
As you fall to the floor when you push me out the door
Track Name: Bitter End
Shed some light on me, 'cause I'm in the dark
Living out dreams while the car was in park
Give and take punches painted with blood
It gets to the point where it almost feels good

Walking forever down an old dusty beach
I love you's turned into a figure of speech
Write you a letter to send you to knees
Yelled on paper so loud that I broke all the keys

Messing around, have I figured it out
Hold fast, my dear friends
Till the bitter end

Word travels fast and I hear you're in town
If you feel like calling, I'll be around
Relive nights where the carpet got stained with red wine
A permanent scar of a happier time

Watch all the good ones walking away
I'd rather not leave, but I don't wanna stay
I could go through the motions, but it doesn't feel right
I make my mistakes 'neath the cover of night

Messing around, have I figured it out
Hold fast, my dear friends
Till the bitter end
Track Name: Bulletproof
Tonight was like any other night
Drank myself low and went down with a fight
It kills me to know what you've become
I can forgive, but the damage is done
And you took from me all that I had to give

Everyone tells me to leave the past behind
Get up, dust yourself off, and you'll be just fine
But sooner or later it comes down to facing the truth
I may be strong, but I ain't bulletproof

You run around spreading wild fire
Watching me burn just to quench your desires
You expect to to forgive or ignore
The things that you do cut me right to the core
I pretend they don't, but I'm just blowing smoke

I thought I was doing alright till you came back around
Falling out of your love was a long way down
A broken heart can only take so much abuse
I may be strong, but I ain't bulletproof

What did I do to deserve such a cruel goodbye
It gets to the point where there's no point in asking why

Since you left me I'm a bit more defensible
But that doesn't mean that this heart is invincible
If you wanted to take me down, pull the trigger and shoot
'Cause I may be strong, but I ain't bulletproof
I may be strong, but I ain't bulletproof
Track Name: Drunk in California
On borrowed time, and I think I'm gonna run out
Stay too long, you start feeling like a burnout
And I can't live up, but I didn't wanna let you down
I knew I shouldn't leave, but I didn't wanna stick around

I finally found the urge to run away
I'm sorry but I've got a sun to chase
And I know I should have stayed to be there for ya
But I'll be getting drunk in California

I'm sick and tired of waiting for a fear to pass
While my time grows short and I'm aging in my photographs
Everything's the same, but nothing's like it used to be
Just seems like this place finally got the best of me

I'm overdue to make a few mistakes
I've got time to kill and promises to break
And I know I should have stayed to be there for ya
But I'll be getting drunk in California

I'm waiting for the day, when my feat, they hit the ground
'Cause you said I'd find a way, and they swore I'd settle down

I know that it ain't fair but nothing is
Before I break, well, something's gotta give
And I know I should have stayed to be there for ya
But I'll be getting drunk in California
Track Name: Anyway
Leaves are falling, Winter's coming
She reminds me with her chill
Still don't know if you're staying or you're running
And sometimes, I don't think I ever will

You remind me that I'm homesick
And I'm lucky that I am
Once I kissed you on your doorstep
I came back a different man

So if you want it, here's forever
Let's not wait another day
'Cause through the times it seemed like never
Well you stuck around and loved me anyway

Your heart was worn and weathered
When I found it on the floor
So let me put you back together
In hopes that you'll forget about before

Didn't know which way to turn to
To give it all, or just give up
'Cause all I have to give is everything I am
I just hope that I'm enough

So if you want it, here's forever
I won't wait another day
'Cause through the times it seemed like never
Well you stuck around and loved me anyway

Through the times when I said never
Well you stuck around and loved me anyway
Track Name: Staying Gold
A day will come, my boy, when you'll find the urge to pack your things and leave
You'll go to turn and quickly learn that things ain't what they led you to believe

You'll do some things to save some face
You'll find that you might lose your faith
But don't ever let it go
'Cause when all the glitter's gone
It ain't easy staying gold

And once you're gone it won't take long to notice almost nothing's black and white
You'll run around, settle down, and wonder if it's really worth the fight

You'll search for truth and question fate
Sometimes you might give into hate
But don't let it take control
'Cause when all the glitter's gone
It ain't easy staying gold

It may seem like the sky is falling
But don't you run away

You'll fall in love, you'll fall apart
You'll find this life will break your heart
But don't let it break your soul
'Cause when all the glitter's gone
It ain't easy staying gold

It ain't easy staying gold
It ain't easy staying gold