New American Gothic

by One Like Son

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Each song from the album "New American Gothic" was written and recorded in 1 week during the 52 Weeks Songwriting Project.

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released 13 January 2015

Unless otherwise noted, all songs were written and performed by Stephen Poff except for bass guitar by Clinton Kirby, Piano by Bryan Seagraves and Drums by Ryan Fennell.

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Track Name: New American Gothic
Becky’s got a crush on Johnny
ahhh
Johnny’s got his eye on Becky
ahhh
But will Becky’s dad approve
of Johnny’s new tattoo
Johnny’s got a ring for Becky
ahhh
Becky’s smile says yes to Johnny
ahhh
and now no one’s in their way
on the city steps today

Now we’re looking at the
new american gothic
ahhh
Love so sweet I think I
hear I the angels sing
ahhh
Love between the misfits and the preachers daughters
Love between the universe and me

Johnny’s working hard for Becky
ahhhh
Becky swears it’s hard but worth it
ahhh
and Becky’s got good news
cause they’ll soon be 1 plus 2

Becky’s dad’s a grandpa now
ahhhh
Little Johnny makes him smile
ahhh
Becky sheds a tear
for all the wasted years

Now we’re looking at the
new american gothic
ahhh
Love so sweet I think I
hear I the angels sing
ahhh
Love between the misfits and the preachers daughters
Love between the universe and me

Johnny's holds her hand
For this portrait where they stand

Now Johnny’s needing reading glasses
ahhhh
and Becky’s joints are not so perfect
ahhh
But Johnny's love endures
Even after all these years

Now we’re looking at the
new american gothic
ahhh
Love so sweet I think I
hear I the angels sing
ahhh
Love between the misfits and the preachers daughters
Love between the universe and me
Track Name: Nice Guys Finish Last
on the eve of my induction
to last half of my life
I’m searching for the answers
I won’t find

I don’t feel any wiser
than the day that I turned 5
I might be just a fool
but that’s alright

I’m not going back
Life moves way too fast
while we’re searching for the answers
we’ll likely never find
Nice guys finish last

well I’m getting old and weary
but I’m younger in my mind
and wonder how I got to be so blind

No one’s ever able
to tame the kid inside
he knows it’s not too late to go outside

I’m not going back
Life moves way too fast
while we’re searching for the answers
we’ll likely never find
Nice guys finish last

I’ve spent a lifetime wondering
where I’m supposed to be
the satellites are pointing
towards the open sea
but as I look inside
my heart is telling me
it’s right here in your arms

I’m not going back
Life moves way too fast
while we’re searching for the answers
we’ll likely never find
Nice guys finish last
Track Name: Little Valentine
I sit here watching
you sit there watching everyone but me
so you can’t see me smile
but I know something
you’re beautiful and I’m not so I leave
and I wave goodbye

but someday
you will be my
little valentine

You’ll think I’m crazy
but I’m the one who calls you two
and I’m the one who’s breathing on the line
And someday maybe
you’ll feel for me the way I feel for you
and you will be my little valentine

I’m walking you home
I’m twenty steps behind so you can’t know
how you’re safe and warm
I just can’t help it
I need to know you’re happier than me
I need to know you’re sheltered from the storm

Now you turn and smile at me
I don’t know what to do
you say you’ve seen me watching you
and now you’re watching me
Track Name: Hero Down
Sending love
Across the only pathways he has known
Safe in flight
Surrounded by the clouds that he calls home

But on the ground
The secret’s that he guarded has been found
Now they’re out
He wakes to find he’s helpless gagged and bound

Superman is going to die
We’re watching as his cape’s falling from the sky
The villains have been organized
Their singing as the heroes widow cries

Now there he lay
On satin pillows colored red and gold
Forever gone
We’ll never know just our future holds

Superman has gone and died
We watched him as his
cape's falling from the sky
The villains have been organized
Their singing as the heroes widow dies

And he's never coming back
No he'sever coming back
No he's never coming back
We’re losing the war
To the men in black

Superman has gone and died
We watched him as his
cape's falling from the sky
The villains have been organized
Their singing as the heroes widow dies
Track Name: 'Til It's Over
In the weeks since we first saw them
walking t’ward our neighborhood
through the flowers we’d just planted
to the ground our neighbors stood
I now know what they wanted
And now I understand
the end had just been started
the end of modern man

But we’re in this thing together
and there’s nothing we can do
so we’ll run until it’s over
til it’s only me and you
I will hold your hand forever
I will kiss your dirty face
til we run into the ocean
Til we leave this bitter place

as I slowly raise my rifle
with a monster in my sights
and I’m counting over thirty
but my bullets total nine
so we run across the river
and into the trees we climb
I laugh to keep from crying
cause we’re running out of time

But we’re in this thing together
and there’s nothing we can do
so we’ll run until it’s over
til it’s only me and you
I will hold your hand forever
I will kiss your dirty face
til we run into the ocean
Til we leave this bitter place

If we Just lie still
If we breathe just right
They won't hear our hearts
Beat together tonight
Just one last kiss
Then we'll close our eyes
And we'll dream we're somewhere safe
In our arms tonight

But we’re in this thing together
and there’s nothing we can do
so we’ll run until it’s over
til it’s only me and you
I will hold your hand forever
I will kiss your dirty face
til we run into the ocean
Til we leave this bitter place
Track Name: Punk Rock Prom Queen
I remember when I saw you
I remember how you smelled
you were dressed up in lovely shade of white

I asked you if you’d kiss me
it was awkward but so right
your turned and put your lips on top of mine

run with me and hide
we’ll disappear into the night
where we can’t hear their whispers over ours

let’s fall into each others arms
and kiss away the blood and scars
tonight

your hair was tinted purple
your eyes were rimmed in black
The Nancy to my Sid and you were mine.
my gorgeous punk rock prom queen
you were stunning you were fine
I felt so lucky I felt so alive

run with me and hide
we’ll disappear into the night
where we can’t hear their whispers over ours

let’s fall into each others arms
and kiss away the blood and scars
tonight

I promise to be true to you
in good times and in bad
for richer or for poorer
you’re so rad
from this life and into the next
until the very end
I’ll always be right here to hold your hand
Track Name: What Momma Knew
on an evening in the summer I was born
I was rocking to Led Zeppelin and the Stones
My mom was singing sweet sweet lullabies
while the nurses tuned in to rock 105
What Momma never knew
was that rock and roll was made for me and you

on an evening in the summer I turned three
My life would change when I did finally see
the Wookies and the falcon and the droids
when princess Leia’s planet got destroyed
and Momma never knew
the the force was strong with me and strong with you

the summers go so fast
and the good times never last
and the memories come and go
but Momma always knew
cause she told me I would find someone like you

I fell in love with you at seventeen
a geeky rock and roller in blue jeans
I’m never sure our friends could understand
the day we wed in the presence of my band
and Momma never knew
that our love would hold together just like glue

Now I’m edging up towards forty I’m the same
I writing geeky songs I’ve got no shame
and even if my hair should turn to grey
the kid inside my heart is here to stay
and like Momma always said
you can close your eyes and live inside your head

the summers go so fast
and the good times never last
and the memories come and go
but Momma always knew
cause she told me I would find someone like you
Track Name: Before the Walk Home
counting down the minutes
til we punch the clock again
my brain had ceased to function
til I got your text and then
time stood still my heart beat fast
now nothing really matters
cause I’ll see your face tonight

I’ll meet you at the show
Tonight
and wherever you may roam
Tonight
and when it’s time to go
I’ll walk you safely home

you texted OMG
you made me ROFTL
I didn’t have an answer so
I texted LOL
I’m wishing I could hear your voice
but I guess I’ll have to wait
until I see your face tonight

You cast your spell
I’m rendered useless
you don’t understand
one more kiss
just one more time
let’s not forget tonight

Tonight
I’ll meet you at the show
Tonight
and wherever you may roam
Tonight
and when it’s time to go
I’ll walk you safely home
Track Name: Falling From My Arms
You lay beside me but we seem so far apart
I didn’t know the words I said would break your heart
I turn to tell you that you're beautiful to me
but my pride gets in the way.

I’ll sit here all night long
sing the same old songs
never looking back to see you
falling from my arms

the nights are longer
now that darling you’re not here
and now our distance can be measured in light years
I’m sending signals that you’ll probably never see
Please come back to me

I’ll sit here all night long
sing the same old songs
never looking back to see you
falling from my arms

and now you’re with some other guy
and all the things that he can buy
but does he know just how to make you smile
or does he make you cry

I’ll sit here all night long
sing the same old songs
never looking back to see you
falling from my arms
Track Name: Sister Mary (Got Her Gun)
do you have room can I get a ride
sister mary’s got her gun
I can’t turn back can we run the light
sister mary’s got her gun
I’m running around with a devil child
If I ever get away I’m gonna shut my mouth

Sister Mary’s mad as hell tonight
Bang bang went her gun
No one’s gonna get away tonight
bang bang turn and run

It’s not a good time for us to argue and fight
Sister mary’s got her gun
we can get together try to make this right
Sister mary’s got her gun
I’m running away from the devil child
and I’m never ever ever gonna run my mouth

Sister Mary’s mad as hell tonight
Bang bang went her gun
No one’s gonna get away tonight
bang bang turn and run

Bang bang
went her gun
bang bang
no more fun
bang bang
turn and run
no one’s safe cause she’s mad as hell tonight

I wanna turn and hug her tell her it’s all right
sister mary’s got her gun
but nothing I say’s gonna change her mind
sister mary’s got her gun
she’s turning her gun towards the devil child
she’s gonna shoot him dead gonna shut his mouth

Sister Mary’s mad as hell tonight
Bang bang went her gun
No one’s gonna get away tonight
bang bang turn and run
Sister Mary’s mad as hell tonight
bang bang turn and run
Sister Mary is mad tonight
Track Name: Gravity
no more lies
all opinions aside
can you see me
like I see you
here’s the truth
you should get this tattooed
on your forearm
right where you’ll read it

the stars and sky
spin around you at night
and the moon come close
the Satellites crash down
from the weight
of your gravity

have you heard
all my favorite words
all the songs that
I wrote about you
here’s one more
about how I adore
here’s the the thing I
feel about you

the stars and sky
spin around you at night
and the moon come close
the Satellites crash down
from the weight
of your gravity

when we’re old
and we turn grey
and we run out of days
I’ll look back
and I’ll look at all the ways
that I’ve loved you’re pretty face

the stars and sky
spin around you at night
and the moon come close
the Satellites crash down
from the weight
of your gravity
Track Name: Interstellar
strapped in for the ride
seconds dragging by
oh oh
waiting for the count
leaving earth behind
oh oh

feeling the pull of
gravity let me go
floating above the
cities we’ve built below

counting stars outside
feeling small inside
oh oh
I simply can’t describe
all I do is cry
oh oh

feeling the pull of
gravity let me go
floating above the
cities we’ve built below

holding my my breath
dancing on air tonight
Track Name: A Galaxy Far Away
a boy from the desert dreams
while the stars are filled with rebel screams
and the droids carry secret plans
and a message from the princess hands
His whole world changed today
when Ben suggests they fly fly far away
the pirate and his furry friend
lead them fast into the empire’s hands

Ben gets killed by the man in black
The princess and her friends attack
flying into the death stars core
the boy from the desert scores in episode IV

the boy from the desert fights
on the planet with covered up in ice
and gets religion from the man in green
learning patience in the force unseen
the pirate and his furry friend
with the princess and the droids in hand
Fly across universe again
And again into the empires hands

the boy fights hard with the man in black
who steals his hand in a fierce attack
and tells him son you’ll be coming back
but next time you will call me dad

the boy from the desert’s back
to help the pirate and his friends attack
the slug who held the princesses hand
and the man eating hole in the sand
They gathered on the forest moon
and their furry little friends approve
the pirate and his furry friend
lead them once more to the empires hands

The father and the son unite
while the battle rages on outside
the rebels find their way inside
and the father says before he dies, son you’ve won the war