Gold Town

by John Vanek

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1.
03:26
I hitched up my pony Right outside the bar Just a spit and sawdust place But I’d come this far Took a drive down the Kenny Road Off the beaten track I cut myself loose Cut myself some slack In my gold town In my gold town mama In my gold town In my gold town Your daughter’s in college Your son has long left school You’re an empty nest now But everything is cool Got yourself a bookstore Got yourself a bar Got yourself half a brain So pick up your guitar In your gold town In your gold town mama In your gold town In your gold town Oh people telling you Keep your feet on the ground But this time I know I’m going to stick around In my gold town In my gold town mama In my gold town In my gold town No need to do too much When there’s nothing much to do Just ride with your energy Don’t need a point-of-view Far away from the fumes Far away from the city lights Here on the wild Atlantic way You can see the stars at night In your gold town In your gold town mama In your gold town In your gold town
2.
Sitting in the bistro Listening to the radio Reflecting on things Picking up ideas You bitched about the piped music You said they always get it wrong Always making poor choices For the background songs Then you got a job in retail You did not care about the detail Putting clothes on a steel rail It was your secret love Oh it was your secret love Hoping things will crystallise Hoping the scales will fall from your eyes Hoping you can final take off that silly disguise Sitting in the bistro Listening to the radio And in the room The women come and go
3.
I don’t control a thing She does all the running I said I don’t control a thing She does all the running She is going to seek you out She is going to seek you out There’s no two ways about it She is going to seek you out If you want to fly with it She will probably push you away You better let her get on with it You better not stand in her way She is going to seek you out She is going to seek you out There’s no two ways about it She is going to seek you out I see you in the other room I can hear you sing I can see those pale white hands Doing some useful thing She is going to seek you out She is going to seek you out There’s not two ways about it She is going to seek you out
4.
04:28
Johnny went down to Euston To take a train up north Didn’t know where he was going But he knew he had to head on out He’s into hard work And following a path He’s streets ahead of the rest He’s got the last laughs He’s on a carousel You never can tell He’s on a carousel You never can tell Susie’s got a memory Like you would not believe Other things people don’t notice on the streets She can always see She’s got a magnetic mind She’s got powers of recall Other people don’t get it But Susie can see through it all She’s on a carousel You never can tell She’s on a carousel You never can tell Sylvie came over from Italy To work here in the sticks She’s into marine biology And statistics They told her she was crazy They told her she was wrong But she’s doing what she loves She’s singing her own song She’s on a carousel You never can tell She’s on a carousel You never can tell Henry looks wild He’s got big crazy hair He still plays in a couple of bands Here and there When he was a boy of seventeen He wanted to go to London to have it made But his daddy said: ‘No son’ You gotta stay behind and learn a trade He’s on a carousel You never can tell He’s on a carousel You never can tell They’re on my carousel Oh you never can tell They’re on a carousel You never can tell
5.
03:32
Where the slipstream blows The slipstream blows Where the slipstream blows The slipstream blows Blowing across the cities Blowing across the fields By the time it is through All will be revealed Where the slipstream blows The slipstream blows Get up in the morning Put on your checkered shirt Take a walk In the clean old country dirt You head up to the tracks It’ll be two hours before your’e back Where the slipstream blows The slipstream blows Look at the people Caught up in their scenes All I want to do Is stay here and plant some seeds I love to watch them grow In the sun and the rain and the snow This is where life begins Where the slipstream blows The slipstream blows

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Gold Town is an EP showcase of original songs. Gold Town features slide guitar, fiddle. vocals and keyboards. Gold Town tracks are also discussed on my podcast 'The Language of Songs' available on iTunes and through the Facebook group 'The Language of Songs'

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released June 3, 2018

Rory at the Studio Room for mixing and co-production, Jacqueline McKay for fiddle playing,

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John Vanek is a singer-songwriter, slide guitarist and keyboard player. He is also a London underground busker.

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