Great Unknown lyrics

Lyrics to “The Great Unknown”:

On The Day I Leave This World

On the day I leave this world
The sun will still rise in the sky
Birds will take wing; dogs will chase squirrels
Somewhere a newborn babe will cry
Cause on the day I leave this world
This merry-go-round will keep on spinning
And I’m hoping what seems like the end
Will just be a new beginning
On the day I leave this world

On the day I leave this world
Somebody’s daughter will be getting married
That foolish boy; that long-legged girl
All the burdens they now carry
But on the day I leave this world
Our love will go on living
And for all the times I may have acted otherwise
I hope that I will be forgiven
On the day I leave this world

Everything comes to an end
Not just good things, bad things too
What’s left are seeds in the wind
On the day I leave this world

On the day I leave this world
I’ll leave some friends behind me
And my old pals will play guitars and sing
About how some ties are binding
On the day I leave this world

Cause on the day I leave this world
There will be no need to cry
The sun will still go down at Venice Beach
And I’ll try to wave goodbye
On the day I leave this world

©words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

Rebels Without Applause

Not everybody knows their names
I must confess that’s true
But I don’t know if that’s so bad
On account of the work they do
If they were rich and famous
It would not serve their cause
Telling the story of the Great Unknown
Rebels without applause

They have hearts of lions
They don’t give in to defeat
Their joy is like lightning flashed
Their sorrow is bone deep
Their aim is straight and true, my friend,
They do not double cross
Hats off to the Great Unknown
Rebels without applause

All of them are dreamers
Though they’ve been burned a time or two
Their minds are still wide open
To someone else’s point of view
They still don’t what they are told
They answer to a higher boss
Say a prayer for the Great Unknown
Rebels without applause

Sometimes they wish they hadn’t flown
So close to the sun
Sometimes they wish they could walk away
Before their work is done
But they are Keepers of the Flame
No matter what the cost
Give thanks for the Great Unknown
Rebels without applause
They’re the ones who shine a light
When everything seems lost
God bless the Great Unknown
Rebels without applause

©words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

Just A Memory

Your sister’s got herself a Facebook page
She shot me a message the other day
Just to say hello
And of course I started thinking about you
So I pulled some old photographs out of a drawer
There was Sam & Janey & Ned & George
And you and me
Back when our world was new
Everything changes
That’s a fact
Those days are gone
And they’re not coming back
Everything fades into history
Time baby moves so fast
Freight train rolling down a one way track
All that’s left is
Just a memory

We were hanging out at Round Bay Beach
All our dreams still within reach
And I was playing
That Epiphone guitar
Now years and years have come and gone
I turned our story into song
Even when wounds heal
They leave a scar
Everything changes
That’s a fact
I don’t waste time thinking about the things I lack
Or hanging on to the man I used to be
Time baby moves so fast
When did the past become the past?
When did you turn into
Just a memory?

Sam left Nora, we all saw that comin’
And Ned’s a Human Resources Director or somethin’
And Janey went crazy and ran off with a married priest
That was after she married George
Yeah he lives in Austin, comes to all our shows
He works with kids in trouble, kids in need
Everything changes
That’s a fact
Remember when he gave us all a heart attack
Driving into those courthouse steps at full speed
Time baby moves so fast
Some people manage to escape their past
And turn it into
Just a memory

I remember one night after the football game
For the first time in my life I didn’t have to explain
We lay on our backs starin’ up at that midnight sky
There were a million stars but all I saw was you
We swore forever we’d be true
My world was so full and so alive
Everything changes
That’s a fact
Those days are gone
And they’re not coming back
Everything fades into history
Time baby moves so fast
Sometimes the past doesn’t feel like it’s past
And you turned into
Just a memory

©words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

Drown

Well, he earned his reputation
As a man who can’t be saved
Every new addiction’s
One step closer to his grave
And I wish we could have helped him
Instead of watch him spiral down
But you just can’t throw a lifeline
To a man who wants to drown

He drags his best friends with him
He wrecks his family
He makes promise after promise
We all know he’ll never keep
He abandons his convictions
At Joey’s bar in Harbortowne
And you just can’t throw a lifeline
To a man who wants to drown

He’ll pull you in
He’ll pull you in
He used to be your friend
But he’ll pull you in

He tried a 12 step program
He tripped on number four
He couldn’t face the mirror
So he closes every door
The friend we all remember
Isn’t really in him now
And you just can’t throw a lifeline
To a man who wants to drown
You just can’t throw a lifeline
To a man who wants to drown
©words and music by Jim Patton, Sherry Brokus (ASCAP), & Jeff Talmadge (Tot Ziens Music BMI)

I’m Alright Now

I got a little drunked up
Down at the Anchor Inn
When the switchblade flashed
I thought I’d reached the end
But I’m alright now
Baby I’m okay
I did my best Houdini
And I got away
I’m alright now
I’m alright

I took Dead Man’s Curve
At 110
Beneath a hurricane sky
Inside a skeleton wind
But I’m alright now
Let me make that plain
I’m as good as gold
I’m as right as rain
I’m alright now
I’m alright

I’ve been betrayed
But I survived
I’ve been left for dead
But I’m still alive
Yeah I’m alright now
Let me make that clear
It’s been a long hard climb
But I’m finally here
Yeah I’m alright now
I feel brand new
I’m alright now
I’m hoping you are too

©2012 words and music by Jim Patton

Happy Anniversary

Would’ve written you an letter
But I couldn’t find your current address
Just moved to a new apartment
Everything’s still a mess
I know you told me not to call you
But that was such a long time ago
I’m glad your husband didn’t answer
Be sure to tell him hello

Remember what today is?

Happy anniversary
Happy anniversary
Happy anniversary to us

Yeah I see your name in the paper
Every once in a while
Helping out some drug abuser
& I can’t help but smile
Wasn’t it you who was with us
That Saturday night?
At that crazy Lithuanian party,
You were high as a kite
And the cops came in
But I won’t let on about your past
Whatever happened,
We probably grew up too fast

Happy anniversary
Happy anniversary
Happy anniversary to us

You’re probably thinkin’ I’ve been drinkin’
Well I haven’t, not much
You’re probably wondering why I bothered
To get back in touch
I just called you to say
I hope you’re doing ok
Don’t read too much
Into anything that I say
But I still remember
When every song that I wrote
Was for you
And I want you to know
Every word that I said
Still rings true

Happy anniversary
Happy anniversary
Happy anniversary to us
Happy anniversary to us

©words and music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

Crystal City

You can run from Crystal City
Make a new life by the sea
You can hide out on the boardwalk
I’ll be there eventually
You can’t disappear forever
I won’t let go that easily
You can run from Crystal City
But you can’t run away from me

You can run off with your lover
I’ll be with you in your bed
Baby when you least expect it
You will see my face instead
Or you’ll reach out in the darkness
Before you remember it’s not me
You can run from Crystal City
But you can’t run away from me

Keep an eye out your back window
Put a chain around your heart
Keep your phone number unlisted
Sweetheart that’s the easy part
You can change the locks on everything
I already have the key
You can run from Crystal City
But you can’t run away from me

©words and music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

I’ll Never Be Satisfied

I got a dollar in my pocket
Got a beer in my hand
Got a couple close friends
Got a rock ‘n roll band
That would satisfy most men
I know it’s true
But I’ll never be satisfied
Cause I ain’t got you

I got a ’95 Toyota
Hardly ever been broke
A warm bed to sleep in,
I ain’t hooked on dope
I got a steady job
And an occasional girlfriend too
But I’ll never be satisfied
Cause I ain’t got you

I got everything
That a man could need
I got a stereo
I got a Gene Clark CD
I got a place to go
When I need something to eat
Because Evangeline’s
Is right down the street

We used to hang out there
Once upon a time
When we still harmonized
When our thoughts would rhyme
When our roads were one
And our love was new
Now I’ll never be satisfied
Cause I ain’t got you

I got everything
That a man could need
I got a stereo
A Little Pink CD
I got a place to go
When I need something to eat
Because Evangeline’s
Is right down the street

We used to hang out there
Once upon a time
When we still harmonized
When our thoughts would rhyme
When our roads were one
And our love was new
Now I’ll never be satisfied
Cause I ain’t got you
I’ll never be satisfied
Cause I ain’t got you
I’ll never be satisfied

©words and music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

Glen Oak Blues

Your mama was a manipulator
Your daddy was a world class hater
Of black people, brown people, yellow people, Indians, Jews
And I don’t know how you came out of that mess
Why you’re not just like ‘em is anybody’s guess
But somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues
The nuns at school were petty tyrants
Your lovers filled with senseless violence
Your bosses nearly always hit on you
Still you grew up straight and you grew up true
In spite of everything they tried to do to you
Somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

Your daddy’s daddy used to beat him
So he beat you till you were fifteen
Your mom denied she ever saw a bruise
Both her folks were alcoholic,
Melancholic, hyperbolic,
But somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues
You grew up brave and you grew up strong
In spite of everyone that’d done you wrong
They offered you their chains but you refused
And I don’t know how you came out of that mess
Why you’re not just like ‘em is anybody’s guess
Somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

Somehow you turned out kind
With an open heart and a fearless mind
They offered you their chains but you refused
And I don’t know how you came out of that mess
Why you’re not just like ‘em is anybody’s guess
But somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues
Somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

© words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

Ordinary Life

You could never make me happy
My whole life I’ve never bent
There’s a great big world still out there
But I’ve yet to make a dent

An Ordinary Life
An Ordinary Life
The only thing that really scares me
Is an Ordinary Life

I swear heaven heard me talking
Every time I knelt to pray
Sometimes I even stopped to listen
But no wisdom came my way

An Ordinary Life
An Ordinary Life
The only thing I never prayed for
Is an Ordinary Life

Myself
I promised
I would never live a lie
I feel unworthy
But you just look at me and sigh

Tonight you’re in my arms and dreaming
That’s enough to make me smile
Those little dreams that seemed beneath me
Are looking bigger all the while

An Ordinary Life
An Ordinary Life
The only thing that really scares me
Is an Ordinary Life

An Ordinary Life
An Ordinary Life
The only thing I never prayed for
Is an Ordinary Life

© Eddie Walker (Unorthodox Music BMI)

After The Dance

After the dance is over
After your waltz in the sun
You stay out on the floor
And you ask for one more
After the dance is done

After the song has ended
The melody still lingers on
You can hear it so clear
Ringing right in your ear
After the dance is done

The ballplayer hangs on to play one last season
The old man still stumbles out on to the stage
And Pete still calls Nikki without any reason
In his eyes the girl hasn’t aged

After the dance is over
After your moment is gone
You stay out on the floor
And you ask for one more
After the dance is done

© words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On The Day I Leave This World

 

On the day I leave this world

The sun will still rise in the sky

Birds will take wing; dogs will chase squirrels

Somewhere a newborn babe will cry

Cause on the day I leave this world

This merry-go-round will keep on spinning

And I’m hoping what seems like the end

Will just be a new beginning

On the day I leave this world

 

On the day I leave this world

Somebody’s daughter will be getting married

That foolish boy; that long-legged girl

All the burdens they now carry

But on the day I leave this world

Our love will go on living

And for all the times I may have acted otherwise

I hope that I will be forgiven

On the day I leave this world

 

        Everything comes to an end

        Not just good things, bad things too

        What’s left are seeds in the wind

        On the day I leave this world

 

On the day I leave this world

I’ll leave some friends behind me

And my old pals will play guitars and sing

About how some ties are binding

On the day I leave this world

 

Cause on the day I leave this world

There will be no need to cry

The sun will still go down at Venice Beach

And I’ll try to wave goodbye

On the day I leave this world

 

©words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

Rebels Without Applause

 

Not everybody knows their names

I must confess that’s true

But I don’t know if that’s so bad

On account of the work they do

If they were rich and famous

It would not serve their cause

Telling the story of the Great Unknown

Rebels without applause

 

They have hearts of lions

They don’t give in to defeat

Their joy is like lightning flashed

Their sorrow is bone deep

Their aim is straight and true, my friend,

They do not double cross

Hats off to the Great Unknown

Rebels without applause

 

All of them are dreamers

Though they’ve been burned a time or two

Their minds are still wide open

To someone else’s point of view

They still don’t what they are told

They answer to a higher boss

Say a prayer for the Great Unknown

Rebels without applause

 

Sometimes they wish they hadn’t flown

So close to the sun

Sometimes they wish they could walk away

Before their work is done

But they are Keepers of the Flame

No matter what the cost

Give thanks for the Great Unknown

Rebels without applause

They’re the ones who shine a light

When everything seems lost

God bless the Great Unknown

Rebels without applause

 

©words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

Just A Memory

 

Your sister’s got herself a Facebook page

She shot me a message the other day

Just to say hello

And of course I started thinking about you

So I pulled some old photographs out of a drawer

There was Sam & Janey & Ned & George

And you and me

Back when our world was new

        Everything changes

        That’s a fact

        Those days are gone

        And they’re not coming back

        Everything fades into history

        Time baby moves so fast

Freight train rolling down a one way track

        All that’s left is

        Just a memory

 

We were hanging out at Round Bay Beach

All our dreams still within reach

And I was playing

That Epiphone guitar

Now years and years have come and gone

I turned our story into song

Even when wounds heal

They leave a scar

        Everything changes

        That’s a fact

I don’t waste time thinking about the things I lack

        Or hanging on to the man I used to be

        Time baby moves so fast

        When did the past become the past?

        When did you turn into

        Just a memory?

 

Sam left Nora, we all saw that comin’

And Ned’s a Human Resources Director or somethin’

And Janey went crazy and ran off with a married priest

That was after she married George

Yeah he lives in Austin, comes to all our shows

He works with kids in trouble, kids in need

        Everything changes

        That’s a fact

        Remember when he gave us all a heart attack

        Driving into those courthouse steps at full speed

        Time baby moves so fast 

        Some people manage to escape their past

        And turn it into

        Just a memory

 

I remember one night after the football game

For the first time in my life I didn’t have to explain

We lay on our backs starin’ up at that midnight sky

There were a million stars but all I saw was you

We swore forever we’d be true

My world was so full and so alive

        Everything changes

        That’s a fact

        Those days are gone

        And they’re not coming back

        Everything fades into history

        Time baby moves so fast

        Sometimes the past doesn’t feel like it’s past

        And you turned into

        Just a memory

 

©words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

Drown

 

Well, he earned his reputation

As a man who can’t be saved

Every new addiction’s

One step closer to his grave

And I wish we could have helped him

Instead of watch him spiral down

But you just can’t throw a lifeline

To a man who wants to drown

 

He drags his best friends with him

He wrecks his family

He makes promise after promise

We all know he’ll never keep

He abandons his convictions

At Joey’s bar in Harbortowne

And you just can’t throw a lifeline

To a man who wants to drown

 

        He’ll pull you in

        He’ll pull you in

He used to be your friend

But he’ll pull you in

 

He tried a 12 step program

He tripped on number four

He couldn’t face the mirror

So he closes every door

The friend we all remember

Isn’t really in him now

And you just can’t throw a lifeline

To a man who wants to drown

You just can’t throw a lifeline

To a man who wants to drown

 

 

©words and music by Jim Patton, Sherry Brokus (ASCAP), & Jeff Talmadge (Tot Ziens Music BMI)

 

 

I’m Alright Now

 

I got a little drunked up

Down at the Anchor Inn

When the switchblade flashed

I thought I’d reached the end

But I’m alright now

Baby I’m okay

I did my best Houdini

And I got away

I’m alright now

I’m alright

 

I took Dead Man’s Curve

At 110

Beneath a hurricane sky

Inside a skeleton wind

But I’m alright now

Let me make that plain

I’m as good as gold

I’m as right as rain

I’m alright now

I’m alright

 

I’ve been betrayed

But I survived

I’ve been left for dead

But I’m still alive

Yeah I’m alright now

Let me make that clear

It’s been a long hard climb

But I’m finally here

Yeah I’m alright now

I feel brand new

I’m alright now

I’m hoping you are too

 

©2012 words and music by Jim Patton

 

Happy Anniversary

 

Would’ve written you an letter

But I couldn’t find your current address

Just moved to a new apartment

Everything’s still a mess

I know you told me not to call you

But that was such a long time ago

I’m glad your husband didn’t answer

Be sure to tell him hello

 

Remember what today is?

 

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary to us

 

Yeah I see your name in the paper

Every once in a while

Helping out some drug abuser

& I can’t help but smile

Wasn’t it you who was with us

That Saturday night?

At that crazy Lithuanian party,

You were high as a kite

        And the cops came in

        But I won’t let on about your past

        Whatever happened,

        We probably grew up too fast

 

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary to us

 

You’re probably thinkin’ I’ve been drinkin’

Well I haven’t, not much

You’re probably wondering why I bothered

To get back in touch

I just called you to say

I hope you’re doing ok

Don’t read too much

Into anything that I say

        But I still remember

        When every song that I wrote

        Was for you

        And I want you to know

        Every word that I said

        Still rings true

 

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary to us

Happy anniversary to us

 

©words and music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

Crystal City

 

You can run from Crystal City

Make a new life by the sea

You can hide out on the boardwalk

I’ll be there eventually

You can’t disappear forever

I won’t let go that easily

You can run from Crystal City

But you can’t run away from me

 

You can run off with your lover

I’ll be with you in your bed

Baby when you least expect it

You will see my face instead

Or you’ll reach out in the darkness

Before you remember it’s not me

You can run from Crystal City

But you can’t run away from me

 

Keep an eye out your back window

Put a chain around your heart

Keep your phone number unlisted

Sweetheart that’s the easy part

You can change the locks on everything

I already have the key

You can run from Crystal City

But you can’t run away from me

 

©words and music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

 

I’ll Never Be Satisfied

 

I got a dollar in my pocket

Got a beer in my hand

Got a couple close friends

Got a rock ‘n roll band

That would satisfy most men

I know it’s true

But I’ll never be satisfied

Cause I ain’t got you

 

I got a ’95 Toyota

Hardly ever been broke

A warm bed to sleep in,

I ain’t hooked on dope

I got a steady job

And an occasional girlfriend too

But I’ll never be satisfied

Cause I ain’t got you

 

        I got everything

        That a man could need

        I got a stereo

        I got a Gene Clark CD

        I got a place to go

        When I need something to eat

        Because Evangeline’s

        Is right down the street

 

We used to hang out there

Once upon a time

When we still harmonized

When our thoughts would rhyme

When our roads were one

And our love was new

Now I’ll never be satisfied

Cause I ain’t got you

 

        I got everything

        That a man could need

        I got a stereo

        A Little Pink CD

        I got a place to go

        When I need something to eat

        Because Evangeline’s

        Is right down the street

 

We used to hang out there

Once upon a time

When we still harmonized

When our thoughts would rhyme

When our roads were one

And our love was new

Now I’ll never be satisfied

Cause I ain’t got you

I’ll never be satisfied

Cause I ain’t got you

I’ll never be satisfied

 

©words and music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

Glen Oak Blues

 

Your mama was a manipulator

Your daddy was a world class hater

Of black people, brown people, yellow people, Indians, Jews

And I don’t know how you came out of that mess

Why you’re not just like ‘em is anybody’s guess

But somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

The nuns at school were petty tyrants

Your lovers filled with senseless violence

Your bosses nearly always hit on you

Still you grew up straight and you grew up true

In spite of everything they tried to do to you

Somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

 

Your daddy’s daddy used to beat him

So he beat you till you were fifteen

Your mom denied she ever saw a bruise

Both her folks were alcoholic,

Melancholic, hyperbolic,

But somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues 

        You grew up brave and you grew up strong

        In spite of everyone that’d done you wrong

        They offered you their chains but you refused

And I don’t know how you came out of that mess

Why you’re not just like ‘em is anybody’s guess

Somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

       

Somehow you turned out kind

With an open heart and a fearless mind

        They offered you their chains but you refused

And I don’t know how you came out of that mess

Why you’re not just like ‘em is anybody’s guess

But somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

Somehow you escaped those Glen Oak Blues

 

© words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

Ordinary Life

 

You could never make me happy

My whole life I’ve never bent

There’s a great big world still out there

But I’ve yet to make a dent

 

An Ordinary Life

An Ordinary Life

The only thing that really scares me

Is an Ordinary Life

 

I swear heaven heard me talking

Every time I knelt to pray

Sometimes I even stopped to listen

But no wisdom came my way

 

An Ordinary Life

An Ordinary Life

The only thing I never prayed for

Is an Ordinary Life

 

        Myself

        I promised

        I would never live a lie

        I feel unworthy

        But you just look at me and sigh

 

Tonight you’re in my arms and dreaming

That’s enough to make me smile

Those little dreams that seemed beneath me

Are looking bigger all the while

 

An Ordinary Life

An Ordinary Life

The only thing that really scares me

Is an Ordinary Life

 

An Ordinary Life

An Ordinary Life

The only thing I never prayed for

Is an Ordinary Life

 

© Eddie Walker (Unorthodox Music BMI)

 

 

After The Dance

 

After the dance is over

After your waltz in the sun

You stay out on the floor

And you ask for one more

After the dance is done

 

After the song has ended

The melody still lingers on

You can hear it so clear

Ringing right in your ear

After the dance is done

 

        The ballplayer hangs on to play one last season

        The old man still stumbles out on to the stage

        And Pete still calls Nikki without any reason

        In his eyes the girl hasn’t aged

 

After the dance is over

After your moment is gone

You stay out on the floor

And you ask for one more

After the dance is done

 

© words & music by Jim Patton (ASCAP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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