Another Way To Say Goodbye

by Lucas Dawson

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Reviews for 'Another Way to Say Goodbye':
“5 out of 5… a truly impressive record… a great album” - Altcountry.nl
“One of the 10 best records of 2010″ - Altcountry.nl
“best compared with masterpieces like ‘Blood on the Tracks (Bob Dylan) and Berlin (Lou Reed)…one of the most impressive albums in a long time…intense and breathtaking” – Rootstime.be
“Album of the Month” – Le Cri du Coyote
“a gem of an album… deserves widespread attention” - GoodNoise Radio
“Never has heartbreak sounded so palpable…it’s like you’re trespassing and reading the liner notes to someone’s soul, that you’ve suddenly crossed over into a heartbreak that’s too real not to be your own” – Nine Bullets
“8 out of 10″ - Wasteofmind.de
“4 out of 6… incredibly naked lyrics and vocals” - Nöjesguiden

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released January 7, 2010

Lucas Dawson – Vocals, Bass
Nicke Grundberg – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Martin Insulander – Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Accordion
Richard Insulander – Drums

Additional Musicians
Emily Brown – Vocals on ’Goodbye’, backing vocals on ’We Were Too Young’
Sven Elander – Trumpet
Magnus Axelsson – Saxophone
Ulf Höglund – Backing vocals on ’I’m Giving Up’

All Music and Lyrics written by Lucas Dawson
Horns on ’Goodbye’ arranged by Sven Elander
Produced by Martin Insulander, Richard Insulander and Lucas Dawson.
Recorded by Ulf Höglund, Martin Insulander and Richard Insulander.
Mixed by Richard Insulander and Martin Insulander.
Mastered by Henrik Sunbring at Helter Skelter.
Design and Layout by Per Gullberg.
Photography by Hanna Ljungqvist.

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Reviews:

“5 out of 5… a truly impressive record… a great album...One of the 10 best records of 2010” - Altcountry.nl

“best compared with masterpieces like ‘Blood on the Tracks' and 'Berlin'…one of the most impressive albums in a long time” – Rootstime.be

“Album of the Month” – Le Cri du Coyote

“a gem of an album” - GoodNoise Radio

“Never has heartbreak sounded so palpable” – Nine Bullets
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Track Name: Four Catastrophic Years
Four Catastrophic Years

Excuse me Ma'am, I believe this fell out of your purse / I'll be damned. Of all the street corners in this world / Is that really you? Well how many years can it have been? / You look so damn fine, but then again girl, you always did // Do you remember the year of the fire? / We climbed out on the rooftop as the flames grew higher / I took you by the hand as we crept along the ledge / You kissed me on the lips as we leapt from the edge // I heard you got married and had yourself some kids / In all these years that was something that I never did / Guess I'm still waiting on the right woman to come along / But you and I both know that the right woman has already come and gone // Do you remember the year of the flood? / Do you remember the brilliance of our love? / Shining down like a star from above going supernova / We both knew what was happening to us but by then it was all over // Do you remember the year of the storm? / Do you remember the night we lost it all? / I remember that telephone call that broke your heart / The ground rushed out from under and from that moment on we were freefalling apart // Do you think that you might like to go out with me and get a drink? / No, of course you're right, after all what would your husband think? / It sure was nice to see you again maybe some other time / Don't you worry about me darling, I'm alright, just got something caught in my eye // Do you remember the year of the quake? / The rattling of our hearts as the earth began to shake and tremble / God knows, girl, how hard I did pray, until it hurt / I guess the good Lord didn't quite see things our way and we just crumbled back into the dirt.
Track Name: I'm So Miserable
I'm So Miserable

I'm so miserable without you / It's all gone to hell back here / It's hard not to think about you / But I know why you had to leave / I'm so miserable without you / I've no way else to spend my time / I thought maybe I'd buy that puppy / That we talked about that time / It could sleep up on your pillow / It's body pressed next to mine / You know, the way you always used to / I guess it's worth a try // Come back to me / Please darling, won't you come back to me? // I'm so miserable without you / that I can't stand to go outside / Everything out there reminds me of you / And of all the reasons why / You're not by my side / No, you're somewhere across town / Having a ball with some other guy / No-one answers when I call and so I stopped on by / I think I heard you sigh / Was he inside? /
I guess it's lucky that I gave you back my key / Yeah, lucky old me / I'm so miserable without you / I've started drinking and getting in fights / You know I split my best friend's lip the other day / When he was only trying to be nice / And I'm so miserable without you / And these books won't do their job / Because no-one looks quite like you / And there's no-one else I want / And I'm so miserable without you / That I keep on getting ill / So I hope you've done your thinking now / And it won't be long until // You've come back to me / Please darling, won't you come back to me?
Track Name: What Am I To Do?
What Am I To Do?

It's funny how light can make you feel so sad / The very same light that once upon a time made you so glad / It's funny how light can make you feel so sad / I guess I don't really have the right to feel quite this bad // But I do, I'm still in love with you // I was standing on the railway platform, you know, the one across from the kindergarten / And I was sure that I had finally gone done lost my mind / All them kids they were playing in the snow and the sun, it was for shining / This mild blue winter light and I could feel myself take to crying / As the tears they did fall down my only thought, it was of you / All those things that you had said to me and all the things that I had failed to do / All the things that I'd feared so bad and how they all had come true // It's been a year, this fucking year. Has it been a year? // It's funny how light can break your heart / Sometimes it's just easier to lie there in the dark / It's funny how light can break you heart / I guess I always knew somehow darling that one day we'd have to part // Because of what I am. Honey, I'm just a man // Last night I got so drunk, darling I thought I would die / All in a bid to try and rid you from my mind / I was down in that bar where we used to go / I don't know what I was thinking, but maybe I was just hoping that darling you'd show / And we could take us a drink together, some kind of funny final farewell / I ain't been feeling too swell these days darling but this you could probably tell // If only you'd take my calls, you know I feel so small without you / I wish you'd take my calls, or give me back my balls // What am I to do?
Track Name: Burned That House Down
Burned That House Down

How many times am I gonna quit you? / How many times am I gonna shout out 'I'm cured'? / How many times am I gonna wake up in the morning with your sour taste in my mouth? / I still want you with my breakfast / I still want you with my lunch and dinner too / I want you two times in the evening. Darling, I wake up every night in a cold sweat about you / You were so splendid / It's no surprise to me how things ended / It's like I was compelled to disappoint you. / It's just one of them things that I do // You were the one that I could rely on / A pillow late at night that I could come home and cry upon / You were my ace in the hole in this house of cards I bet my life on / And now I've burned that house down // I thought this storm would blow over / Hell, I thought I'd learn to stand tall on my own / But you're the chip on my shoulder that I've craved ever since the day I was born / I'm so full of self-pity / You don't have to tell me that it's gotten out of control / I've been drinking since Tuesday, my head is on fire but my body's so cold / I just want to feel something / Tell myself you weren't nothing / God knows that I'm bluffing. Girl, you meant everything to me // You were the one that I could rely on / A pillow late at night that I could come home and cry upon /
You were my ace in the hole in this house of cards I bet my life on / And now I've burned that house down // My resolve is always strongest / The morning after it was weakest / The night-time is such a temptress for a born-again sinner like me.
Track Name: We Were Too Young
We Were Too Young

We were too young, ain't that what they usually say / When love goes astray and two lovers break / Each other's hearts and that old trouble starts / We were too young, we were too young to understand / What true love really needs, what unconditional really means / Too young to know just how it feels / to spend a lifetime on your knees / Begging, 'Darling please, don't you let my sick heart bleed' // Now we're too old and our love has grown too cold to start again / Now we're too old and our hearts have turned to stone once again // We were too young, we were so goddamned naive / We were too eager to believe that we alone had found the key / To some kind of eternity / And when the heavy weather came / Though our brave hearts they did swell / We did not together stand / And so divided we fell / Oh Lord how we fell.
Track Name: Ain't Life Cruel
Ain't Life Cruel

I'm cutting you out, out of my heart, my weakest part. / I'm doing it the hard way. I'm doing it all wrong. / I'm doing it the only way that I know how. I want you out. / I'm burning all my photographs. I'm burning all of my clothes. / Burning all those notes that you wrote me, you know I kept all of those. / They say you love me. They say you need me. They say you might be home kinda late / But not to worry. Now what did that mean? Now what could that mean? // In light of what I know now / About that night you stayed out / And when you finally found your way back home you had no underwear on // You've been in there so long now. I let you grow in too deep. / Well, it was all based on the simple premise, darling / That my heart was the only heart that you would keep /
So now I'm taking up my sharpest blade. / You know I read somewhere that the first incision is made / Just below the pain / Yeah, I'm a mess of broken ribs and bruises / Just a patchwork-quilt chest filled with staples and sutures / Ok, I confess that I'm still a damn fool for you / At best I'm a poor loser, I guess. / Ain't life cruel. / While these wounds are healing now baby, I'm confined to this single bed / Trying to keep the source of possible infection from running rampant through my head / I'm feeling so much better now darling that I haven't thought of you for days / My heart can finally keep to its steady beat, that is until my mind strays / And then I want you. And then I need you. And then I can't see the scars that you left behind / Only your baby blues. Yeah, only they'll do. I guess I'm not over you // In spite of all that I've done / To cut you out and move on / A change of heart won't change the simple truth, that I'm still in love with you // Why won't you let me be your man anymore? / Why won't you please just take a chance anymore? / I only want to hold your hand, like before / Just let me show you that I can.
Track Name: I'm Giving Up
I'm Giving Up

I'm giving up, that's what I said / Can't see no reason to ever again set foot outside of this bed. /
I'm giving up drinking, I'm giving up on all of my friends / Giving up thinking about you, I'm just gonna lie here and wait for the end to come / However that may be, guess I'll just have to wait and see. / I'm gonna give up breathing, if only I can / So that you won't have to be there to tell me that I'm just not that much of a man anymore / I know that score, better than you / Better than you with your 'something to do' and your 'life goes on' / And your pragmatism and your 'best foot forward,' I hope you never hear this song / But if you do // I hope that I'm already gone. // I'm giving up seeing and hearing and feeling and all of that shit / 'Cause if there's one thing I've learned it's that nothing good ever came from it / And I'm giving up talking to everyone about all of my problems / Guess I've finally realised that, hell, maybe I just do not want to solve them / I'm gonna give up calling you in the middle of the night, you're right / You deserve every chance you can get to go on with the rest of your life / A life without me // I guess that's the life you need / Is that the life you need? // Well, I gave up smoking a little while ago / And I'm only telling you this 'cause I want you to know / That I'm able to do whatever it is that I put my mind to / What d'you think, you're the only one who can go out and find somebody new? / The fact that I'm still so alone just means I don't want to // All that I want is you / You're all that I ever want.
Track Name: Old Habits
Old Habits

I know that it's over but can't we do it just one more time? / Yeah I know that it's over, I just need to feel a body next to mine tonight / Oh tonight, I really need to feel alright // I know that I'm not allowed to stay all night / And I know that you're not supposed to smile / I just hope that you don't pay it too much mind / If I tell you that I love you as I come inside / Old habits die hard // Yeah, I remember every single word you said, after last time / Things get so complicated in your bed, so let's go back to mine instead / Please don't make me beg, it's the middle of the night / And none of your friends are around to see if you get it wrong or right / I know that I should go out and find someone new / That I can lay myself down beside and slip myself into / A warm, wet dream where you no longer exist / Get myself an hour or so of that utter emptiness // I know that she won't stay all night, and that's alright / No, I don't think the two of you are much alike / I just hope that she don't pay it too much mind / When I tell her that I love her as I come inside / Old habits die hard. // Please don't you remember what it was like lying in my arms? / Sweet bodily surrender as you wrapped me in your charms / Staring into your eyes, I've never felt so whole / With your taste upon my tongue and your fingers clutching at my soul / I love you. // Old habits die hard.
Track Name: I Hate You
I Hate You

I remember the day that you first said it / From the look in your eyes I could tell that you meant it / You said that you did so regret it / And I told you that I could forgive you but I could not forget it //
It was a year before the end, almost to the day / Or maybe that's just the way I see it now / A sign, an omen, call it a feeling of foreboding / But that's when I knew that you would leave me / That's when I knew that you would leave me behind // We'd just come back to town after a long drive and we were tired / As I was bringing in the bags I noticed something new flashing in your eyes / It was something cold and hard which you did not even try to disguise / I guess I should've backed on out of there but I am not a man inclined to hide / We'd been at each other's throats for days on end / Trying to keep a civil tongue in our heads whilst in the company of our friends / But in this here life there's only one thing on which you can depend / No matter how hard you try everything always goes to hell in the end // It was a year before the day that you walked away / Or maybe that's just the way I see it now / Call it hunch or insight, call it 20/20 hindsight / But that's when I knew that you would leave me / That's when I knew that you would leave me behind // I know that you never did use those words again / But I could always feel it flowing back and forth between us in every moment that we shared / Like a silent knife driven into my spine in every argument we had / I guess that was the one pussycat you shouldn't have let out of the bag / I hate you.
Track Name: Goodbye
Goodbye

We fell in love in secret on the backstreets of Camden Town / Stealing kisses from each other in the office when the boss was not around / We were making out in late night bars long after closing time / You handed me your heart on a silver platter, darling / So I reached deep within myself and I gave you mine / I was so glad when you said you'd move so I could go to school in my hometown / I didn't want to pressure you, you said you wanted to, you were feeling down / I worked so hard at that new school, I was always there both day and night but I never felt so alive / I know, I know, I know you felt so lonely but I thought you were on my side / Oh Darling, can't we give it just one more try? // No, the timing ain't right / You know it ain't time / Our love just ain't ripe for the picking darling / And I'm so sick and tired of this carousel ride with you // I couldn't speak a goddamn word of this strange new language in this cold new land that you'd taken us to / And I'd dreamt so much of building a new life for us but as usual nothing ever went as planned / I felt so friendless and shut out. In this world I had only you and you had too much to do / I did my best to fight it darling, but in the end I hated your friends and I hated your school and I hated myself 'cause I was losing you / Oh Darling, can't we give it one more try? // No, the timing ain't right / You know it ain't time / Our love just ain't ripe for the plucking darling / And I'm so fucking tired of waiting around on you // You promised me things would get better when you got that break and landed that great new job / But you were so focused on yourself that my love for you just couldn't keep up / I tried to focus on you too but every time I tried you were in a mood, you were like a child / I wanted you to share in my new life but every time I opened up my mouth I got criticised / I know I felt some bitterness when you wrecked my heart / I thought I'd die when I realised we'd never find our way back to the start / I said and did some stupid things that I'd take back if only I could / I'd do it all, do it all differently this time baby, if only you would / Give me one more try, don't let our love die, that's all I ask / I lay myself at your feet, I'm begging of you darling, please won't you take that chance? // No, the timing ain't right / You know it ain't time / Our love just ain't ripe for the picking darling / And I'm so sick and tired of this carousel ride with you / Yeah, I'm so fucking tired of waiting around on your heart / Darling, I'm so tired of saying goodbye to you / So this is the last time, goodbye / I really mean it this time, goodbye / I'm not kidding darling, goodbye / I can't believe we're doing this, goodbye.