Ten

 

Track Listing & Lyrics

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Star (Unreleased Demo 2004)

by John Wesley

I swore, I’ never be one of those
Numb, vindictive, chained to a ghost
Chant a worn out Mantra
Today’s the day, I let go
Some bricks keep comin’ back
No matter where you throw em…

I stare up into the sky
Pray for little light chase away the night…

Hey Star, how about little light to show me where you are
Hey Star, a little mercy here would go pretty far
Hey Star, is this the year, the year of letting go
Hey Star

Losing’s a part of living
Something we all go through
At least that’s what you tell yourself
when it’s happening to you

I Read in some book
It takes about year to let go
Yet some of us keep hangin’ on
To our unbreakable ropes

I stare up into the sky
Pray for little light to take away night…

Hey Star, how about little light to show me where you are
Hey Star, how bout a little light to illuminate these scars
Hey Star, This is my year

Flyboy

by John Wesley

Mama their eyes burn
Holes right through me when I walk by them
How do I offend?

They make me wanna hide
Sometimes I turn my head away and try
Yet I cannot disappear

She said they don’t know you
They don’t shine the way that you do
This world ain’t good enough for the likes of you
You got to get away

You got to fly boy, find your powers and a cape
You got to make your escape, and get away

These years have not been kind
Each new day brings a struggle of a different kind
But hell I don’t mind
A busy man looks through me
His money’d eyes blind to what he will not see
He don’t know the secrets I keep
Well I am happier than he,

‘Cause I’m gonna fly boy, gonna find powers and a cape
I’m gonna make my escape, gonna get outta here

I know about it, I know about it. The world has lost all its dreams
I know about it. The world won’t let us breathe. Won’t set us free

Each day we run this race
Consumed by self we miss the brave face
Or we look away

But not me. I’m gonna rise above this caste you made for me
Gonna be everything you dream but will never be. I’m gonna fly…

‘Cause I am Flyboy, got my powers and a cape
Gonna make my escape, gonna get outta here

Velvet Dreams

by John Wesley

I must guard this precious heart
I must close these jaded eyes
My small world has come apart
Under the weight of our demise

The words you say, the way you move
The lies you tell, the bones you bruise
Cannot be mended, cannot be healed
I am the soul that no longer feels

You must leave, you must go
I am better here alone
I have nothing left to steal
I am the soul that no longer feels
You must leave, you must go
I am better here alone
I am better here

A velvet veil covered your head
White like the satin on our bed
These vows were never meant to be so mean
This is not my velvet dream

You must leave, you must go
I am better here alone
I have nothing left to steal
I am the soul that no longer heals
You must leave, you must go
I am better here alone
Be this hell or in between
These are not my velvet dreams
These are not my dreams

A Well Placed Hole

by John Wesley

Come on down pour yourself another pint of courage
While I sit around and wait for you to find your claws
I would never be the one to have discouraged
Such a fine attempt at the art of climbing walls

Who would ever thought I’d be the one to finally lose you
I never made you out to be an easy mark
A simple re-defining of the meaning of lucid
A simple matter of the slow extinction of my spark

One look, one blow
One heart, run low

one more…well placed hole…

You’re a woman of the kind likes to cut men slowly
So I never really felt it till you cut my soul
Now I’m like a gun that’s been cocked and loaded
Contemplating the logistics of a well placed hole

One look, one blow
One heart, run low

one more…well placed hole…

Did you really ever thing that I would finally do it
Did you really think you meant so much
I’d lose control
I’ve got a little hint for you my star-crossed lover
Come back around here if you’re looking for a well placed hole

Waiting for the Sun (Live)

by John Wesley

Well here we are boy
and I’m through dreaming
all these colors I’ve been flying
have lost the will to keep me high
and I’m not amused…

So I said hey you’re no a star
so are you through screaming
cause all this paranoia’s got you
hiding in the dark
and I can’t see you…

Well shine the light
and you can come on in
can’t you see I’m on a mission
you can stay if you are wishin’
but I’m waiting…

see my daddy hit the doorway
when I was just a kid
said he’d gone to find the sunshine
and bring it back for me
and I’m waiting
waiting for the sun to shine

Do you see my scars
it’s dark and they’re glowing
all these tiny little punctures
are a doorway to the sun
a doorway to the sun
think I’ll have another one

I know he’s in here
I can feel him lookin’ for me
I hear him laughin’ like he did
like he did when I was young
daddy’s bringin’ me the sun
and I’m waiting
waiting for the sun to shine

An Ordinary Man

by John Wesley

How easily forgotten
how easily replaced
your loved ones become…
We are the wreckage strewn behind you
love’s own casualties
from the battle that you won

You could not wait
to fly your flag
you could not wait
to raise you man in victory

I know you hate
to be mistaken
for the woman
of just an ordinary man…
To be the lover
of an ordinary man

I’m down on my knees
I’m crawling across the floor to you
I’m holding out my hand
God I do not understand
why I’m down on my knees

Now I’m troubled by your silence
I’m troubled that you no longer dare
to lay with me under the night stars
or walk unhindered on your own two legs
you could not wait
to lose your new freedom
you could not wait
to carry your new chains
I know you hate
to keep him waiting
so you’d better
drag yourself back to him again

I wanna feel alive
I wanna feel awake
to make these night stars go away
I wanna feel alive
I wanna feel awake
I wanna feel anything and
everything
this world will let me taste

I wanna see you cry
I wanna see you break
I wanna see you crash into the walls
of your own infamy

Into the Night

by John Wesley

I don’t mind if you pry, it’s just me
It’s the one thing I protect so well
this is my story

I don’t care where you go or who you tell
cause it’s my life and my lines
and have no fear we’re not forgotten here

One step to the light to see
one foot on the edge that’s me
one long trail into the night
all over this battle field

Sometimes you crawl
sometimes you kneel
one long trail into the night
one long trail into the night

What you sell
is not who you are
it’s what you do

Who I am
I protect so well
keep away from you

I don’t care where you go
or who you tell
because into the night we go on and on
this is my story
oh this is my story

One step to the light to see
one foot on the edge, that’s me
one long trail into the night

Wrench

by John Wesley

I got something to say
I’ve been looking your way
I get the feeling I could use anything, lose everything
Just to make you stay

Never knowin’ I could feel
You come and break my seal
Don’t ya know that I could lose everything, use anything
Just to make you real

Got you all in my mind
Got you under my skin
Don’t ya know that I would use everything, prove anything
Just to let you in

Now I’m startin’ to sweat
I’m shakin’ inside
I’m willing to break anything, take anything
Just to watch you ride

You are my wrench
You’ve got my pride
You got all the tools to break me loose inside

You are my wrench
You got my soul
You got all the tools to make me lose control

Wrench…

I’ve never fallen so hard
I’ve never sunk so low
Never knew this could break a part of me, be the start of me
Come and make it so

We got nothing to lose
I got nothing to hide
Got a feelin’ you’re just the woman to dig a tunnel through
Open me inside

Thirteen Days

by John Wesley

I was a child,
life in your arms you hold me
the fire in your eyes stopped the bleeding
the love in your heart kept me breathing

I feel I’m dying again.
I’ve got nothing but hatred for my lover and friend
the lion in your eyes watches me screaming
the cold in your heart keeps my blood freezing

Thirteen days, before you left me here staring
thirteen days, before you tried to stop caring

Stare into the dark
the emptiness of hell comes to enfold me
take a long look at your sweet creation
did you get a thrill to watch my heart breaking

Thirteen days, before you left me here standing alone
thirteen days, before you left me to die on a phone

I cannot pretend, can’t find an end
oh, how I miss you
I was your lover and you were my friend
I pray to God I never see you again

Thirteen days, before you left me here waiting to hold you
Thirteen days, before you forgot what I told you
Thirteen days, that you gave to me only to take from me
Thirteen days, before you left me here breaking

Showing Happy to the World

by John Wesley

Look into the sky, you can’t erase what’s in your eyes
Look into the sun, you cannot face what you’ve become
Through the shopping malls, you blend into the human walls
Your eyes search the faces, as you move within the places
That you once moved with her, that you once knew with her

When you were arm in arm showing happy to the world
You were arm in arm showing happy to the world
arm in arm showing happy to the world
is no one happy in this world

Grateful for breath, more than once you’ve cheated death
Crushed till you scream, you can’t awaken from this dream
This I will pray for you, this I will promise you
For every lover that’s gone, another comes along

And you will move in her, as if you always knew in her

You will be
Arm in arm showing happy to the world
Arm in arm showing happy to the world
Arm in arm showing happy to the world
you will be happy in this world


 
Ten is a compilation CD which celebrates John Wesley’s 10 great years of music. The CD is also a fantastic way to introduce new fans to Wes’ music. Ten includes past studio tracks, a bonus live electric track of Waiting for the Sun to Shine and the demo of Star from the 2005 release, Shiver.