Sucker In The Promised Land

by Trembles of Fortune

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Murgleis One of the best Westcoast jazz pop-rock albums I've heard in a long time. The production is amazing for an independent release, the hooks are interesting, the lyrics clever in a Steely Dan-ish way and the little things (like the Motown-sounding lick on Soothe A Savage Soul and the Thomas Dolby styled synth washes on Before He Finds Out) really elevate this album into special territory. Early AOTY potential! Favorite track: Soothe A Savage Soul.
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1.
Money Back 04:29
This golden parade I bought a ticket to, and so did you But we never knew The invitations don't say This ball is a masquerade Now I'm wondering who played who You don't have to be so kind But if you wouldn't mind I think I want my money back I think I want my freedom back I think I want my money back I want it back, just give it back Now that I've been around I've seen the entire show, and now I know Why I had to go Once I finally learned all I could live without I walked right through that door I guess I should have seen the signs But if you wouldn't mind I think I want my money back I think I want my freedom back I think I want my innocence back My childhood back, just give it back I think I want my money back I think I want my freedom back I think I want my money back I want it back, just give it back And all this time I was promised I'd be somebody, be somebody, be somebody You got to be somebody, be somebody
2.
Downtown's burnin' I see the reflection on the waterline And everybody tells me it's all in my mind Enemy jets on my radar screen I think I need a benzodiazepine 'Cuz the wrong train keeps on runnin' right on time Right on time Church bells ringin', I hear the devil on my radio The nice man in the white coat tells me it's time to go, let's go 'Cuz all the little drummer boys and girls They don't see what I see in the world Well, I guess that every coalmine needs its canary... So you don't have to tell me twice I think I'll call it an early night Would the last one to leave the party turn out the lights Turn out the lights Turn out the lights
3.
She's drawing castles with colored pencils On sheets of typing paper spread across the kitchen floor This is her beautiful soul, this is her story being told But you never notice, you just shrug your shoulders again All that you've taken for granted, what the hell could you be thinking of? You shouldn't need me to tell you that that ain't love If you don't even know her at all If you don't even know her If you don't even know her at all If you don't, if you don't If you don't even know her at all If you don't even know her If you don't even know her at all Don't even know I'm sure you think that you've done nothing wrong But it won't be very long before she hurts you, she really hurts you She's just another box you check on your list of things to do But all the flowers and rings, they won't save you 'Cuz you don't even know her at all 'Cuz you don't even know her 'Cuz you don't even know her at all No you don't, no you don't No you don't even know her at all No you don't even know her No you don't even know her at all Couldn't see, couldn't see the day comin' The best of plans, the best of plans undone Very soon you'll be learning that lesson You've only just begun 'Cuz you don't even know You don't even know
4.
Feel the world crash down around you as she runs away But you know I know it's just another temporary heartbreak When will you ever learn that love don't work this way But you know I know it's just another temporary heartbreak You rush headlong into the sun Looking for your next sweet precious only one So you won't feel so alone But did you ever wonder if she's got dreams of her own (Chorus) It's just another temporary heartbreak It's just another temporary heartbreak It's just another temporary heartbreak You say you love too much But you don't really love at all Sing all the love songs you want But you're foolin' yourself, and you know that I'm not wrong (Chorus) Well, the pain shouldn't last too long But the loneliness lingers on 'Cuz you live in a fairy tale
5.
Slow me down Don't want to run my race too soon What I wouldn't give For another wasted afternoon Drinking in the basement, hiding in the trees Holding a star in our hands Slips like sand through my fingers Slips like sand We had summer suns and baseball fields Never hearing the turn of the wheel I know it's gone, but I must believe It's not some long forgotten dream So I drink to remember I close my eyes But I can't make out the scene Just watching the images flicker and fade And I know there is no sacred ground And I'm a man without a home Just some memories in a jewelry box That I take wherever I go We had summer suns and baseball fields Never hearing the turn of the wheel I know it's gone, but I must believe It's not some long forgotten dream So I drink to remember I drink to remember
6.
You might think I'm here for the show But I know secrets nobody knows, baby I think you'd better call up your situation I think you'd better say what it's all about I think you'd better plan for your relocation Before he finds out If you need me, you've got a friend This time we won't have to pretend, baby Just think of the future... I think you'd better call up your situation I think you'd better say what it's all about I think you'd better plan for your relocation Before he finds out Just think of the future Just think of the future Ah, let's drink to the future...
7.
He was a playground king, heir to the fair position He needed something deeper than a street sound Down beneath the underground Biding his time, waiting for the sunshine Worked by whispers and candlelight All for the glory of God and the first edition All for the glory of God and the first edition It's about time To feel the rhythm you're feelin' It's about time To get on with what you know It's about time To deal, deal, deal with the real It's about time, time, time To steal back your soul We all gathered round for the second coming All the bishops and knights were close at hand When we stepped off the plane in Vegas, he was seven stories high The last sweet sixteenth note was his last goodbye All for the glory of God and the first edition All for the glory of God and the first edition
8.
Sheena Never 04:13
So carefully thrown together Moves from the movies, a couple of shots for the stage fright No one knows about the shoplifted earrings Brown eyes can make it if you play it right Well, the secret is trying just a little too hard Just the way all the other girls are Feels a little like going to war But it's this or stay home with the dirty dishes Daddy doesn't know and Mama doesn't know What the bright lights do What the good girls don't We're the voices in your head And we hope for the best, we hope for the best for you But you've gotta work it out We'll keep your secrets till you're dead Still we hope for the best, we hope for the best for you But you've gotta work it out Sheena Never Always such a high-stakes situation Dance like everybody's watching, it's the measure of your sacrifice A front row seat to your bespoke complication 'Cuz God knows you're a veteran of thirty-five Well, the secret is going just a little too far Just the way you think all the other girls are Feels familiar, like selling your soul But it's this or stay home with your worn-down conscience Daddy doesn't know and Mama doesn't know What the bright lights do What the good girls don't We're the voices in your head And we hope for the best, we hope for the best for you But you've gotta work it out We'll keep your secrets till you're dead Still we hope for the best, we hope for the best for you But you've gotta work it out Sheena Never
9.
I live my life in my worried mind Smoking cigarettes to mark the time Another year of rainy days without you I hear the voices echoing into the night What if I was wrong and you were right I'm so tired and I've lost my way I stumble on through another day How can I soothe a savage soul? How will I live when the crooked road becomes my home? Welcome home I don't know where to hang my coat I don't know where to sing my song Another aimless year alone without you I toss and I turn but it does me no good I never seem to do what I know I should A man in the shadows is a ghost in the light Help me make it through another night Any escape is a precious sight For the loneliest cages are the ones we build for ourselves How can I soothe a savage soul? How will I live when the crooked road becomes my home? How can I soothe a savage soul? How will I live when the crooked road becomes my home? No welcome home
10.
Give a softer answer Turn away from your anger There is no getting even And there is nothing at all to fear Don't let your jealousy eat you inside Throw away your poisoned pride 'Cuz it's up to you what you make of your life You can build your empire But it's nothing if you don't have kindness You can have all you want But it's still nothing if you don't have kindness Still you settle your scores You want more, and still more, but I tell you for sure Show the love every moment you can 'Cuz kindness never killed anybody Rise above, there's healing in your hands And kindness never killed anybody Show the love, show the love Show the love every moment you can 'Cuz kindness never killed anybody
11.
Well, your people make your world go round How may we help you, O big man among us And your feet don't condescend to the ground As you slide on down and mingle with the cannon fodder And the makers of kings let you do anything you want It may be all that it appears, but in a couple of years It's back down to Earth with the little people So you broke up with your girl today There'll be three others for the big man among us I saw fawning copy and free cocaine Ain't gonna hear the wave crashing with your stereo headphones on And the little people you love to thank As they march in your parade Their love is for real, but it's no long-term deal... They love you Yeah, they love you And you know 'cuz they say love, say love, say love Yeah, they want you And your autograph But in a couple of years It's back down to Earth with the little people When you look back on the madding crowds That used to tremble at the big man among us Try not to be too ashamed 'Cuz it's a human thing to get high on a stranger's kiss They loved you Yeah, they loved you For a moment, for a one-night stand Now it's only blank nostalgia Just a memory of a sucker in the promised land

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Sucker in the Promised Land is the second album from Trembles of Fortune - it's the follow-up to the 2018 self-titled debut, featuring 11 new songs. The album release date is March 11, 2020.

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released March 11, 2020

Geoff Thevenot - guitar, keyboards, bass, vocals
John O'Reilly - drums, percussion
Gerald Bailey - trumpet
Stoney Goldstein - trumpet
Tommy Hayes - saxophone
Andrew Zelm - trombone

Lead vocal recording and album mixing: John Hegner, Starbell Hatchery
Mastering: Tom Brick, Absolute Audio
Cover concept and art: Devan Gill


Music and lyrics by Geoff Thevenot. Copyright 2020, all rights reserved.

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Trembles of Fortune Elgin, Illinois

Trembles of Fortune is the working name of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Geoff Thevenot. The T of F style is a mix of jazzy 70s rock and soul and cerebral 80s pop - influences include (among others) Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Boz Scaggs and Joe Jackson. ... more

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