goodnight, young novelist

by graydon james






In April 2009 Graydon James had a band, but no album. By August, he had an album but no band. He also had a two-week east coast tour booked, culminating in a CD release show in his home base of Toronto. The fledgling singer-songwriter, who released his debut solo EP in 2007, had spent the past three months arranging and recording his sophomore release: a harmony-driven, roots-based, hyphen-inducing double-album of 40 songs titled “goodnight, young novelist” that tackled heartache, small towns, Canadian fame, and dropkicks with equal aplomb. Now, looking down the double-barrel of a CD release tour, he needed a band to bring the recording to life.

Fortunately Graydon had deep roots in the music community, being a drummer for Toronto indie bands ranging from jazz to pop to roots rock to funk to mod beat and back again. Armed with a wish list of local musicians, and with barely a month to rehearse, Graydon assembled The Young Novelists and took to the road, performing in clubs from Peterborough to Vermont to Montreal to Halifax, often playing up to three hours of original music plumbed from the newly minted double-disc. The band forged their sound between the hammer of creativity and the anvil of the stage, rehearsing in the van, motel room, or around the campfire, and returned to perform to a capacity crowd at Toronto’s venerable Cameron House.

Since then the band has made numerous festival appearances, including the Winterfolk Festival (Toronto), Niagara In the Soil Festival (St. Catharines), Sound of Music Festival (Burlington) and North by Northeast Music Festival (Toronto). They recently won the Galaxie Rising Star Contest against the likes of Jill Barber and Madison Violet. They have also been busy garnering word-of-mouth buzz and critical praise from the media, including reviews on CBC’s The Hour Music Blog, NxEW, and Grayowl Point, and appearances on Canadian Spaces on Carleton Radio (CKCU 93.1FM) and Trent Radio (CFFF 92.7FM). Their track 'alyson, everything i know is wrong' was recently featured as 'track of the day' on CBC Radio 3. The infectiously energetic band has a tight sound, punctuated by warm four-part harmonies and salted with layers of bouncy piano, moody organ, romping bass, plucky banjo, heartfelt melodica, spry mandolin, and plaintive guitars, all centred by a deep-down roots-driving drum beat. They have been compared to The Traveling Wilburys for catchy roots hooks, The Band for heartfelt harmonies, and Wilco for intricate arrangements, but Graydon James & the Young Novelists have a sound all their own – and they thank you for listening.


released August 26, 2009

graydon james - bass, acoustic & electric guitar, handclaps, piano, keyboard, accordian, glockenspiel, vocals.
noel ditosto - electric & acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, trumpet.
myke mazzei - electric, acoustic & classical guitar, vocals.
laura spink - handclaps, vocals.

all songs produced & mixed by graydon james & laura spink, with much assistance from myke mazzei & little help from noel.
vocal arrangements by laura spink & graydon james.
mastering by shawn jurek
all songs copyright (C) 2009 graydon james. unauthorized duplication is encouraged.




the young novelists Toronto, Ontario

Exclaim! dubbed their first EP “unpretentious brilliance” and this Toronto-based folk-roots band has won critical acclaim ever since. Stephen Fearing described them as having “tight arrangements, great dynamics, and good songs with beautiful harmonies” and their live shows capture audiences with both barnstorming singalongs and heartbreaking folk ballads. ... more

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Track Name: older bros. never listen

verse: G riff
chorus: D B7 C G
bridge: (C G) x2 C Cm B7 A7 Am

hey brother mine we've got sad smiles in these old pics
i'm sure we're fine we just need girls to check our wrists

i'm telling you time is slipping away

oh brother mine you pulled up stakes & put them back
spent your last time paying off your heart attack
i'm growing up & making waves & looking smug
you're showing up & your grave is freshly dug


dear brother you've got to hold on
i miss you most when you are gone
i need your love so darling listen when i say...


hey brother mine we got so grey so damn fast
back in grade nine we didn't bear this heavy past
oh brother mine we're running tied for second last...

[ch] x2
Track Name: these small crimes

intro: (C G F) x3 C
verse: (F Fsus2) x3 C
pre-chorus: Am Em F
chorus: C G Am Em F C G G7

highschool & heartache, how much can you take?
now you know you'll never break down
everybody's leaving, summertime grieving
cause no one's going to the same town
oh these loaded words they will go off
& break these hearts so young
ain't it tough?

& half the time we're lost
where are the lines we've crossed?
can't you help this

now we'll confess, these small crimes that made this mess
& the little spot i keep inside my heart
just in case you decide these small crimes that we confide
can be chalked up to youth & we can start again.


have you played my serenade?
bet you haven't heard it in a few years
all we did was never admit
& bring each other to tears

& half the time we knew
& half we had no clue
what could happen...

[instr. chorus] x2
Track Name: coming down

verse: (G C C G) x3 Gdim
chorus: (Em D C G) x3 B
outro: C G D Am

it's either coming down or not coming at all
i guess i'd really like to know
for all this common ground we never seem to talk
& that may be the final blow
i've got a brother now & yeah, i'm still in charge
but someday he will steal the show
i haven't packed my things but i'm ready to...

go along, whatever you say: we're not the same as others
no, i'm wrong everyday ignoring our older brothers
we won't know 'til it's too late & fate decides it

it's such a simple word, the only one you know
that got you into all this mess
& if you haven't heard your band is still around
they're different but the same, i guess
the little saboteur inside your broken heart
is the only one who's saying yes
you better take your time before you decide to...


it comes down, i know, i know...

(repeat 1st line of 1st verse)
Track Name: for the record

verse: G6 G x3 Em Em/F# G
chorus: Em C G x2
outro: Em C G D

for the record this is gonna hurt
i shed a tear for you at work
surrounded by people i didn't wanna tell
oh i hid it well.
i wanna risk it but i don't wanna fail
launch the boat with the broken sail
watch it sink beneath the

waves...anyways, what is beneath?
it'll stay the same just out of reach.

come clean with the wisdom of a year
you'll find love but you won't find it here
just a heart that'll never be enough
shy as you are you do not know your worth
your tears are the salt on the face of the earth
& i'm the only thing you should

[ch]'s a shame
to look into these blue eyes.

for the record you're the last word x2
this old memory you inside me

this is gonna hurt
this is gonna hurt (end on [C])
Track Name: how to replace what is gone

intro: [G F] x2 G F C
verse: C F
chorus: G F C
bridge: Dm F C Dm G C

i remember my home, i remember my youth
i remember the way you could suss out the truth
& you were the first man that i'd ever known
& i was the son that moved out on my own
oh i never said thank you but i thought you heard
we are taciturn men with emotions interred
i remember my mother that night on the phone
your hearts were both broken -- fresh as a bone

& help me, cause i can't take this
tell me i don't gotta take anymore

the roadside attractions, the bedside detail
& teenage contempt is a working man's jail
you taught me the tricks but still i was all thumbs
but i saw you smile when i played the drums

& help me, cause i can't take this
oh tell me how to replace what is gone

& i won't let you down, i won't disappoint you
& someday i will find you, someday i will join you
& nothing short of heartache ever made me cry
& nothing short of leaving made me say goodbye

all these common feelings crowd our
tender hearts our mended parts will
always be a million cracks we
can't relax we want you back...

[repeat last chorus]
Track Name: country kids

verse: D# Cm Bb Cm Bb Cm Bb G#
pre-chorus: G# B C#
chorus: (G# C#) x3 D# (G# C#) x3 D#

country kids, we party like we mean it
not cool because we want it / & harder to redeem it
country kids, we're getting dared to try it
we're drinking up our courage / & sparking up a riot.

this 2nd hand remorse, the drug you try to score
an earthquake of a girl could rock you to the core
but she's in love with him, & he's in love with cars
you've made a lot of plans, but nothing's worked so far

can you take what you're given / & have what you're taking
can we be forgiven? / this heart that you're breaking
is all that's left living / inside me, making me hurt so bad.

someone else could break you like a habit
oh man, i think we've had it / your folks are coming home
take my word, you'll see i'm not the only
one of the lonely / who's never been alone.

a summer in the fields & college in the fall
your older brother knows a guy down at the mall
who can totally hook us up with all his mother's pills
well no one knows us yet, but pretty soon they will
the hearts we're gonna fill, the blood we're gonna spill

Track Name: bsmnt

verse: E A7 D7
chorus: G# A E E x2 G# A E C#m F#m /G# A B7

can we go? is it too early for you?
down in the hole they're sparking up your tune
oh the word is...the cops rolled in just as we left
your parents noticed the basement was a fucking mess
& you arranged it so you could sleep in until noon

the evil eye, the mellow flood / the clock is ticking, bad blood
& the explosion was a dud / & you pulled a muscle cause
you won't say you're sorry

no more excuses out of you
you can't stay & talk about the view
you can find me out with autumn on the deck
that reminds me she makes me nervous what the heck
is going through your head? something by the who

the hell am i? the desperate love / the future told, the stars above
& the explosion was a dud / & you pulled a muscle cause
you won't say you're sorry

[inst. over verse]
the cops rolled in just as we left
your parents noticed & you prayed for sudden death
& you arranged it so you could sleep in until noon

[repeat 1st chorus]

whoa, c'mon rock out
Track Name: love, i will find you

verse: E A
chorus: E B A

lately i've been holding on
to nothing for far too long
& i'm afraid if i let go
i'll lose the only thing i know
somehow i have got this wrong
they tied me up when i was young
when i got free i looked for you
i know my heart, but where are you, where are you?

love, i will find you someday x3

i have tried without success
the hurt i know defined me best
but will you change me & reshape me too
take these empty parts that still need you


i can dream & you can dream
& if we dream, oh there we'll meet
don't be scared i feel you breathing
this heart's beating, this heart's beating
feel this heart beat x4


(hold E)
Track Name: all the stars come down

verse: (Em C G Bm Am) x4 A7
chorus: D D G A

hey modern world there's a time & a place
to remind me i'm a thorn in your side
i'm a thorn & if this talk is a waste of time
well, i am sworn to defend i am sworn
to tell you all your modern war is a waste
i will warn you that you need a warning
don't be so sure

there's an open road
i have walked upon
take a heavy load
share it with the dawn
& you will know...

dig for a dime & you'll find that the devil's only
in the way that you say no way
& never mind that the earth is holy
it's a prayer for us all & beware
when you decide – don't fake the smile
next door it's worldwide – my inch your mile
comfort & suicide...comfort & suicide

there's an open road
we will all walk down
paved with the gold
from every crown
& you will know... [verse instr. once]

& the stars fall down
all the stars come down x2
Track Name: & give yourself a second chance

verse: G D G C Em Em Am C
chorus: D G D Am x2 C
outro: G D Am C

stop living alone, the crown & the throne
& give yourself a second chance to
step out of your skin, show up and give in
the only thing you said you can't do

no one needed me less
i'm a sucker i guess, for the obvious
& no one needed me less
you were such a success turning no into yes

so give yourself a second chance to
correct the mistakes, reveal all the fakes
& tell them what you think they can do
indulge me for years, cause you talk i'm all ears
so tell me i'm the only man who

(so tell me i'm the only man who) x2
(you loved...the only man who) x4
you loved.

so tell me i'm the only man who.
Track Name: ain't it amazing

verse: C (riff) (Am /B)
chorus: F C G E F C Dm G
bridge: (F G# C C7) x2 F G# C /B Am (F G G#) x3

ain't it amazing
the great big deal the double-cross
& the heart string
the precious thing you thought you'd lost

i'm not the best at love
i'm sure you can tell & i'm sorry as hell oh...
i'm not the best at love
but i'm trying to be

ain't it a comfort
hound dog eyes on a great white shark
so borrow my shirt
& wrap it tight on your tattered heart


see what's going on behind you
is there no one trying to find you
if you're forgetful well i'm here to remind you
when the best part's supposed to come
when the best part's supposed to come
oh the best part's yet to come

Track Name: you take it away from me

verse: C Csus4 C Csus2 C
chorus: Am Am/G F G7 C
bridge: (E Am) x3 (Am C) x2 Am F G# G C

check, make sure i'm alright
breaking hearts to the left & the right
take your time you can take all night
to forget about me.

lie, it's all the rage
if you stay still nothing will change
i'm your man but the feeling is strange
all you do is doubt me.

(you don't even want it
& you take it away from me) x2

talk, nothing's coming out
deciding this love is within or without
& me, i'm just hiding out
so call when you're free.


..away from me now
every word is not a vow
& the problem is in
how you're understood
the tone is wrong if it's something good
i need you something fierce
it appears that maybe i could.

check, make sure i'm alright
breaking hearts to the left & the right
take your time, you can take all night
to forget about me.

[ch] x2
Track Name: tell me there's a light

verse: C Em x3 F G
chorus: C Em F F x2 C Em F Dm Dm G G

long lost highway / come back someday
say what you want to say / when you're back
rain fall curtains / we were best friends
i'm not certain / you'll come back.

tell me there's a light,
shining out for us tonight
tell me there's a light
for you...for you & i

i am submerged / there's an ocean on the earth
& it's heavy & it hurts / & it takes its toll
so give back an ocean / i know you've been broken
& all that's unspoken / & still i stole
your heart...

[ch] x2
Track Name: every night it's a different lie

verse: [G G B C] x2 G G Em C G (D G)
chorus: Am F C G Am F C D7
bridge: [C B7 Em A7] x2 Am D

go to work or you run and hide
hey son do you need a ride?
every night it's a different lie
there's a girl who ties your tongue
he's overrated, you're unsung
you broke the ladder rung by rung

in the land of the shy you could be king & everything
you're looking for in yourself is somewhere else

you'll build a life but you'll need a hand
& i know that you owe all your friends
& they understand someday you'll be in demand

you're making lists your empty fists
will hold until you're old and grey
but that's okay you didn't wanna be
in that band, anyway

you made the grade & you played it down
now play your part & leave this town
hey son can you keep it down?


go to work or you run & hide
hey son do you need a ride?
(every night it's a different lie) x3
Track Name: believe what i wanna believe

verse: C D# G B7 C D# G G7
chorus: (Am D) x3 D7 G G/F# Em Am D D7
outro: Cm G G/F# Em Am D D7 G

look at me again & i'll look down
because i am down & i'm lonely
oh, you could be lonely
& who am i kidding this time?

don't walk away
i know what they'll say
cause they'd never let you wander away
oh, they'd never let you

go over my head
that's where you belong anyway, or instead
but you'd better let me believe what i wanna
believe what i wanna believe.
& leave when i wanna believe, what i wanna believe.

they'd never let you go...
Track Name: goodnight, city

verse: G Bm Em C D G
chorus: Em B7 C G Em B7 Em Em
bridge:[G G7 C Cm] x3 [D# Bb C] x3 D

the streetcar is alight
it couldn't happen more than twice
& the cellphone crew is out full force
well everyone has their price
late night st. jamestown cemetery
is the only safe place to walk
& down on bay street all the angry youth
are armed to the teeth with rocks.

it's high time we tucked you in / & called it a day
goodnight, city, now all your sins / are safely tucked away

it's a matter of time
before this produce will sour
& a twelve-year old is buying smokes
every hour on the hour
the door to the coffeeshop
is held by a shaking homeless man
& there's a deal on a stereo
in the back, in the back of a van.


don't you care what we think?
won't you help me to take
a step back from the brink?
cause i'm scared it will break
don't you know how to take care
of everything that needs a home
her crazy talk is really a poem
she makes them up so she won't be alone

Track Name: what kind of man

verse/chorus: G C x3 Em D
pre-chorus: Am C G Bm C Cm
outro: G Gaug C Cm

don't you decide
or make up your mind
the sun's left behind
when the earth rolls on
& i recognize
all the words still inside
the tears in your eyes
so i'll be gone tonight

put your heart in my hand
what kind of man waits 'til the end?
to let it begin & we will suffer again
what kind of man (x2)
what kind of man...

a love-like disease
the antitheses
& if i say please
will you forget?
the light of belief
reveals stark relief
i'm not just a thief
not yet...not yet


what kind of man?..
Track Name: truth will do us in again

verse: [B B G#m F# G#m] E
pre-chorus: D# E
chorus: B D# B E B D# G#m F#
outro: (in ¾) B E G

can you believe the way we look?
how far we got & how long it took?
you made my autobiography
something to read i turn a page
i see your name, you're at an age
you know all my geography
with little looks -- no innocence
we're all prepared but no defense
cause once you start
you're the change of heart

i'm on my knee to clean the mud
you touched my head & made a flood
the bitter pill that did the good

we both knew what truth could do
& truth will do us in again
yeah we knew what truth could do
& truth will do us in again

these hearts will break & never mend
the blood will pump but where does it end?
we've been growing up alone
oh little girls are undefended
& little boys can't stop pretending
their hearts are stone & their tears go unknown

our history for goodness sake
written in tears on our heartache
i want to sing but my voice will break


Track Name: alyson, everything i know is wrong

verse: G Am C C
chorus: Bm G D G Bm Bm G G D D C

alyson, if you aren't the one
then everything i know is wrong

put your foot down there's always a few
i could be overcome & so could you
we're grown but we're still young
you're one in a million
& i am a million to one


[instr. verse]

[repeat 1st chorus]
alyson, the damage is done
now every chance i had is gone
Track Name: emma, keep my stuff (safe)

chorus: F C E Am F C E E7
verse: [Am G F E] x3 C F C E

emma, another guy has got your number
& he'll probably call you up, & you'll go out with him

your dreidle broke & it was all my fault
but you took the blame & stood up for me
& when your mom left, you turned to me & said:
"i think you're cool." well no one ever thought
i was cool until you
suddenly changed like a musical robot.
you talked like this, & rubbed it in
& what's wrong with me saying "i love you" in a letter?
i used to feel like hell, but i like you in that sweater


there's nothing like pasta on a tuesday
it completes me the way you never could even if you tried
oh but sometimes i wish you were like pasta on a tuesday:
[you'd fill me up, yeah,] x3, fuller than religion

[chorus] x2
Track Name: she's that girl

verse: A D A D C#7
chorus: F#m E A B7
outro: [A D] x4 A D Dm

she cleverly leaves a sign where you'll find it
she's a doll, she's a dream, yeah she's alright
she carefully speaks her mind, she's so shy now
she hides with all her might, but she's my girl every night

she's everyone's best friend
it starts with the heart, but it won't end
she's that girl, yeah

she suddenly is on your mind all the time, now
the girl you knew has turned into the girl you need
she comes between the good & bad & what you had now
she's a heart so bittersweet, she's a love you can't defeat

she's everything in the world
that means anything, yeah she's that girl
she's that girl, yeah

[solo over outro]

she's that girl, yeah...
she's that girl, yeah yeah
Track Name: dropkick me right in the chest

verse: A7 G7 F#m7 D7 F#m7 G7
chorus: A7 C#7 F#m (D D7)
bridge: A7 Bm7 C#m7 D7 C#m7 Bm7

tried to dropkick me right in the chest
you did your best to bring the pain
so i thought i should write
but i'll never write or right the wrongs
so i wrote a song or at least made one up

don't you see that you're crazy?
& i'm not thinking maybe
it's a surefire odds-on bet
do me a favour & just...

forget all the plants in the yard
it's too hard to love them all
that i want is a spaceship
& a trip to the moon back in time
when the surface was clean
no one means to mess it up

don't you see that you're needed?
& i don't dare repeat it
it's in the letter i never wrote
oh i never wrote

BR. [inst](x4)

[repeat first CH.]

forget. (just forget) (x3)
Track Name: it's been a long time

verse: [A9sus4 A] x3 E
pre-chorus: [D E F#m A] x2 D E
chorus: A Bm C#m E

make good on your word or suffer the same
i think you parked down at fairview to sully my name
you can't know the heartache of canadian fame
you think your hand's on the pulse but you're only touching a vein

& making a scene is my only skill
i'm falling like leaves i'm crawling uphill
when i began this life of crime
i needed your heart & you needed mine
oh it's been...yeah it's been a long time

(it's been a long time) x3

the arms crossed, the young girl & my autograph
the long talk, it's all verbs & nobody laughs
oh the tide turns & who's on about making a comeback?
no no i'm not all that you need, i'm all that you lack

[repeat pre-chorus]
[repeat chorus]

[instr. verse & half pre-chorus]

when i began this life of crime
i needed your heart & you needed mine
& it's been...yeah it's been a long time

[chorus] x2
Track Name: it seems to happen all the time

verse: [G (G D)] x2 Am C G (G D)
chorus: [Em (/F# G) C D] x2 Am C G D
bridge: [Bm C G D] x2 Bm C G G
outro: G D

waiting long distance heart
playing all of the parts
& i'm so lonely i'm ashamed
i've got to fail to learn so will
i only learn to fail, & still
i find i'm taking all the blame
a consequence of staying the same

& if i wait, & if i hope / am i giving myself rope
with which to hang my little head / or get my heart tied up instead
(it seems to happen all the time) x2

your little look in a photograph
i'm tangled up with my better half
& i'm a thief to my common sense
but which is worse, the do or die
the love i lost when i didn't try
your lips could pull me off the fence
maybe we could be good parents


i could hold you for a night / & when we walk we walk in time
swinging hands i know aren't mine / talking about our next time
we get to spend / (hoping this one never ends) x2

waiting long distance heart
it's my turn so i should start
i'll show you everything inside
& say i wish that you were mine
(it seems to happen all the time) x2
but this doesn't happen all the time

Track Name: make it feel alright

V: Em A B
CH: [C7 Cm7 G] x3 A Am B

don't cry disappointment
keep my own appointment
i've been late before
& you showed me the door
now i'm walking heart in hand
cause you don't understand
i tried to make you see
but you won't look at me

girl i think we just need one more chance
to fix the broken heart of this romance
put on that little number let's go dance
all night & we...we'll make it feel alright

baby the night is long
i need just one more song
& i will take you home
it's hard to be alone
precious every day
i'll love you every way
like a good boy should
oh please let me be good


[solo over verse]

[chorus – repeat last line x3]
Track Name: little halo

verse: [Em (Em Am)] x2 F# Am
chorus: G (C Em) D (D B7)
bridge: [C D (Em D) C] x2 Cm

she's a bullet in that dress
i'm a magnet i must confess
this deed best be done quick.
oh youth disregard me
see what you can charge me
with when we are in the thick

i know it's a little halo
i think it's enough though
to show me where the tears go
keep them in your own vault
i guess it's my fault
i guess it's my fault...

test our mettle it's been tried
impure or proven bonafide
but still we're double-crossed
oh, we are patient
when the time went
with us in it, not lost.


right past the day my voice will break
i'm sad to say the toll it takes...
i'm sad to say that

[chorus] x2
Track Name: portrait of a young man

verse: [A B] x2 A B D A
pre-chorus: A Dm
chorus: [A C#] x3 C B

i am muddy waters / i'm broken down i'm told
i am muddy waters & i am slow
i am muddy waters / don't wait till i'm alone
i get fed up don't disappoint me
just watch the show

let's take a minute
just to calm down
we'll walk the streets
of my innocent hometown
don't question why do you have
questions anyhow?

i am muddy waters / that started out so pure
i am wasting away & there's no cure
avoid me i am an optimist / that started out so pure

(are you positive? i'm sure) x3

let's take a moment
just to calm down
i'm sick and tired
of my innocent hometown
don't worry why do you have
worries anyhow?

[solo over A B D A)

i am muddy waters / i'm breaking down right now

(are you positive? i'm sure) x3
(i'm sure) x6
Track Name: only in-between

verse: Em Em G (Dsus4 D)
chorus: C G Am Em
bridge: B Em C B

they'll suss you out
& what have you proved
you're a naive kid
& twice removed
well cry me a river & call the shots
you're tripping on all the names you dropped
hey yeah.

there's no after
there's only in between
& there's no other
left to make the scene

complain complain
& what do you get?
they all know your name
& say they'll never forget
you took your chance & what have you shown?
you're fifteen minutes older & twice unknown
twice unknown...

[solo over verse]

BR. (instr.)

[repeat second verse]
[chorus] x2

(hey yeah...hey yeah...) x4
Track Name: all the days

verse: E G#m A E F#m E F#m E
chorus: A E G# C#m B
bridge: (F#m A E E) x3 (B F#m A E) x3

it's a long way home & i've had my fill
i will fight my way down magnetic hill
& i'll feel it pull on my iron will
& the broken heart that is broken still

all the days between then & now
had to pass somehow
& when you squeeze my hand tears come out

take two hearts & draw a line
what's mine is yours & yours is mine
if you share a space then you will collide
with the only truth you used to hide


the crying shame that i can't name
besides our fame,
is that i can't feel the same
the moon is just a stone
& the light that we all blame
you'll never face alone.

if you share a space then you will collide
& these hearts are home & these hands are tied...

[ch] x2
Track Name: the day your love will pass me by

verse: E B7
chorus: A E B7 E A E A B7 E

save your smile for the boy
who will find the heart you thought you'd lost
& when your trial is truly done
there will be peace in love so tempest toss'd

& i'm not trying to be your saviour
though the thought may pass behind my eye
i'm looking forward to the day your
the day your love will pass me by

a railroad walk, a handheld talk
a heart that knows when to give in
a long sad look, an open book
a girl who knows she's wearing thin

& i can see that you need comfort
though i will never see you cry
i can't take all, but i'll take some hurt
the day your love will pass me by

[instr. verse]

we will learn to say goodbye
& live with all the damage done
& i'm no cure, but i can say
i've loved as much as anyone

[repeat first chorus]
Track Name: she's so heartbroken

verse: D A E C#7 D A E E7
pre-chorus: F#m D Bm G
chorus: (A D) x2 A D A Bm E
bridge: F#m F#m/G# A D C#7 Bm C#m D E

she's so heartbroken, she's on the wrong side of the ocean
whoa oh oh, you turn their heads they watch you shine
if there's a song i'll sing it
if there is love please bring it all back home

when we're back together hope we stay that way forever

cause i miss you / do you miss me too?
yeah i miss you / do you miss me too?
& i miss you more

we're friends because we try & every laugh is bonafide
shang dang do, you'd change your name & so would i
every boy you've kissed,
yeah everyone you know is just a friend of a friend

when we're back together looking forward to some sunnier weather


your big deal the foreign boy that you scored
cause you were bored, you were bored
& i kept clean

she's so heartbroken, she's coming back across the ocean

when we're back together hope we stay that way forever


(end on B)
Track Name: stuck in your ways (say goodnight)

verse: G A7 C7 G (end on Cm instead of G)
pre-chorus: Em C G G
chorus: B7 C G G7 (end G F Em C7)
outro: G G D# D

come out of your pretty head & say goodnight
the aftermath will bring you down without a fight
if you want it then you want it yeah you know what you want
but you'd better believe this will come back to

& your friends, oh you & your friends
you & your friends

you & your friends make me cry cause they won't try nothing
you & your friends are always right
dry your eyes let's not fight say goodnight

if no one's going to masturbate who will you imitate
crack open your brain-case, it's not too late
i'll get the door you get your coat & we're off
i'll call the papers, you call the


you & your friends make me cry you crucify nothing
you & your friends are always fight
dry your eyes let's not fight say goodnight

say goodnight x7
Track Name: we never get the heart we want

V: Am F C (/B)

brave & young when we spoke side by side
i kept the shirt that i wore when you cried
someday soon all the changes you deny
will show through despite what you do to hide

& then we will come around / our ship come in or run aground
the deadly sin the smallest sound / will begin...

we cannot regret & never get the heart we want
the ghost of a chance there's nowhere left for it to haunt

but i watch you with a loving eye
every day is blue & grey when you say goodbye

some goodbyes are just retreats / through my window to the street
i can watch you in defeat / & still say...

we don't give up yet & never get the heart we want
the ghost of a chance there's nowhere left for it to haunt

(solo over verse)

you don't know me like you should
all my faults come across as something good

but the truth is not entire / i'm not worth being a liar
i'm just smoke, i'm no fire / i'm no hope...

1st CH
2nd CH

there's nowhere left for it to haunt...
Track Name: damn all those critics

verse: g d c g
chorus: [(b7 em) x3] c g c g c d
bridge: [(d c g g7) x2] d c g a7 [(d7 d#7) x2] d c bm am g

take all the proof you've gathered so long
come down from the fence that you're sitting upon
these bloodshot sad eyes will witness the end
i wish we'd been better friends...
sing your goodbyes & name your disease
& when we both speak there'll be harmonies
you hit the highs, i'll hit the lows
& damn all those critics, who cares what they know

pull me back under / cause you've got my number
& sometimes i wonder / if you can explain
why you changed your name
but you're still the that i

can't live without & can't live within
you let it get under your skin
so go hit them highs, i've got the lows
& damn all those critics, who cares what they know

the balloon that you tied to your wrist
putting one more on the guest list
& i'm still sure i could never believe you would change
it's've taken the boy but the man complains


can't live without & can't live within
you let it get under your skin
so go hit them highs, i've got the lows
& (damn all those critics) x3
who cares what they know.
Track Name: i'm still waiting

verse: G (riff) C (riff)
chorus: Am D

part of me is alone now
time for me to be over you now
but i keep walking the same ground
keep mistaking the same small sound for
you...but i walked
down...the same old block
they changed the big box
we sat out back when we had that long talk

(verse instr.)

seems like lately i've been
someone else's long-lost best friend
& nothing ever happens
i keep hoping nothing will happen again

& i keep waiting for this to change
& i'm still waiting for this to change

G G/F# Em F#dim
G Gdim C Cm
D Em Am Cm
G Gdim F#dim Em D...)

(verse instr.)
i keep waiting for this to change
& i'm still waiting change.

(end on G)
Track Name: paper

verse: C F C (F Am) C F C (F F/E) Dm G Dm G
chorus: C Dm F G
bridge: E F C G

bet you thought that i forgot
but i'm not that kind of boy
i'm down the street & when we meet
you'll talk & i'll enjoy
everything you say, & hug you the next day
don't watch the clock, lift the lock
take your glasses off too late
hum your tune, show me the moon
but i will have to wait
to see it fill, i hear it's growing still

i hope that i remember to marry you when i get older

down to this, steal back the kiss
the one you stole in '98
i've got a crush & don't see you much
anticipation's the best state
i know what to do with my sunday afternoons


keep me in the loop when the lasso comes down
rumours fly the truth is starting to sound
good to me who needs second chances?
now that's settled please, let's go dancing

Track Name: hold on to all the secrets

verse: Bb F
chorus: [Dm Dm A Bb F F F7 F7] x2 Dm Dm A Bb F Gm7 Bb C F
bridge: [F C Dm A F A Bb Bb] x2 Bbm

hold on to all the secrets that you got
the scandal will be simpler when i get caught
& it's alright that it's all wrong
you'll hear your worst fears in a hand-me-down song &

it's dangerous to get to know me &
you are on the list, right below me
oh & you'll be safe unless you throw me
so behave & watch what you say

remind me how you won?
the mot juste, the antidote & the tip of my tongue
& i talked a blue streak
now you're blue, well what's new? another record-breaking week

[solo over verse]

(in my head the beautiful things i've said
should make you feel better but you feel worse instead.) x2

hold on to all the secrets that you got...
Track Name: saying something you heard before

verse: F Bb
chorus/intro: (Dm A Bb F) x3 C
post-chorus: Gm Gm Bb F F Am

oh those boys of summer they have gone for good
love lost gone like a river drowning your neighbourhood
moved out taking all you own & all the blame
you alone are allowed to sing his full name

saying something you heard before
always the one who isn't sure
saying something you heard before
& you've got a friend you're not sure how
& there is an end & it begins

now, it begins now / the songs are the same
but they don't sound the same / & there is an end
& it begins

god damn upset if i let you badmouth yourself
you do it for the me in you & the you in someone else

saying something you've known so long
i'll be the first to say i'm wrong
saying something you've known so long
& you've got a friend you're not sure how
& there is an end & it begins

[solo over chorus]

you're so accident-prone you'll fall like so many tears
something has been missing for years & years & years

[repeat 1st ch & post x2]

oh those boys of summer they have gone...for good
Track Name: andrew & autumn

chorus: F C Gm Gm F C Gm Bb
verse: Dm Bb F C
bridge: Bb C F Am Bb x2 Bbm

andrew & autumn are growing up
& making plans of their own
they've got weekends & best friends saving up
for a place to call home.

couple years since these hearts are good as new
still seeing stars that he saw with you
& she's the star in the film in the park
& they're laughing on the road in the dark

(they've got summer days always showing up
& they're never alone)

now you feel overwhelmed & understood
it feels new & familiar, yeah, as it should
promises made & you're not afraid cause every day is pretty good
& you always knew it would.

what you feel doesn't have a name
tomorrow you will feel the same
...but not the same.

[chorus] (instrumental w/solo)
[verse] (instrumental w/aaahs)

(they've got weekends & best friends & two hearts
& a place to call home)
Track Name: i'm not the only one

verse: Gm Bb C Gm (F)
chorus: Bb Dm Gm [D# Bb] F
bridge: C B7 (Em C G G) x?
outro: G G C

you could be another dirty secret
i don't need, but i've got to keep it
why me? am i the only one
make amends & take your friends for granted
they will spend their time on underhanded
schemes & then i'm not the only one

but you won't chance another try
the no i can'ts, the do or die
& you are only happy when you cry
you're bittersweet you only start
we're all six feet above your heart
& you are only happy when you cry
& maybe i'm a lie, but i had to make you happy didn't i?

but you can look down on everyone tall
& when you hit pound you'll find that nobody's called
oh you can look down on everyone tall
& when you hit pound you'll find that nobody's called

break the bank & thank them all as follows
truth the bitter pill that nobody can swallow
& you're empty still, the hollow you've become



i'm not the only one...