Asbury Park

by Dean Harlem

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03:32
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3.
04:31
4.
03:48
5.
04:05

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released July 16, 2019

Dean Harlem- Vocals, Guitar (Tracks 1-5)
Lindsay O’Neill- Vocals (Track 5)
Jake Davis- Lap Steel (Tracks 2 & 4)
Scott Heron- Guitar (Track 1), Bass (Track 2)
Tim Cackett- Bass (Track 1 & 4), Mandolin (Track 2)
Nick Ferrero- Guitar (Track 1)
John “Hal” Halstead- Bass (Track 3 & 5)
Dan Beller McKenna- Pedal Steel (Tracks 3 & 5)

All songs written by Dean Harlem
Recorded and Mixed at The Noise Floor in Dover, NH
Mastered by Ryan Stack

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Track Name: Asbury Park
Asbury Park

Asbury Park in the broken light of a new day
The suns coming up from under the ocean
Horizon line where the water meets the heaven
I’m driving fast just to see it

The boardwalk is empty in the morning before the people come
Got one hand on the wheel got one hand on my heart
‘Cause I need to know I need to know theres something more something real
In this life that we live I need something to believe

Will you come see me if I drove there all night long
Will you believe me if I sang you one last song
I’m gonna drive away the dark
On the streets of Asbury Park

I’ve said goodbye a thousand times before
But it looks like I’ll be coming back for more
Its my home its my burden its my love its my chains
I’m driving fast to the sea just to wash away the pain
Track Name: Never Should Apologize
Never Should Apologize

I don’t know where it’s going
I don't know how its gonna end
But I want you
And I wish that I could say
That I never felt this way
That I never made someone cry before

And I know you should never ever apologize
For what is in your heart
And I know you should never ever apologize
For feeling the way you do

Maybe theres other boys out there
Who all say that they care
Who am I to think they don’t
And I know you are free
To do exactly as you please
I don’t want to change a thing about you

So baby here I am
I’m showing you my hand
I’m just a simple man
But I’m not afraid to feel
All the things that we conceal
I’m gonna give them all away to you
Track Name: Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom

I’m running on empty I’m nearly broke
But just like daddy said its the life you chose
I’ll never settle I wont give in
I’m gonna climb my way back to my feet again

Spent my last twenty dollars on a tank of gas
Got a car full of speakers and guitars packed
At the show they paid me in free beer
Now I’m all alone and standing here

But I’m gonna find a way out of this hole
I’ve done it now a dozen times or more
The hard times don’t kill you
They'll just tear down your soul
Rock bottom, c’mon lets go

My parents were born in a foreign land
when they came here had to start again
I left them when I turned eighteen
Now I’m out here chasing their dream

Now I may be on the losing side
And I’ll be fighting my whole life
But if there one thing I believe
It’s that someday my song will set me free
Track Name: Battles
Battles

The road salt shines like diamonds
On ninety five
The new jersey turnpike
Is a sea of red taillights
Fare well darling
I’m glad you got out
From this wasteland
From this dying town

We were never lovers
Were we ever friends
Or were we just lost souls
Crossing paths again
We met when we were just kids
I remember the day
You were crying on the hill
Playing run away

Are you still running from your demons
Or are you gunning for your dreams
Everybody pays a price it seems

We’re all fighting our own battles
But not the ones we choose
You better keep that fire burning inside of you

Refinery lights shine
Like a palace made of stars
Glowing in the night
As we drive to another bar
The highway is on fire
Humming low and deep
It used to keep me up at night
Now it helps me sleep
Track Name: If Only I
If Only I

If only I could have held myself
Watched you pass like a distant dream
If only I could appreciate 
You as you passed me by
If only I could go back to where I laid my eyes on you
Then I would keep myself from falling in love with you

Because here we are
Both of us blue and unsatisfied 
And all we’ve got to share
Are the tears we cried
So let the waters rise
Let them wash over you
Theres some things in this world 
You cannot undue

If only I could have just said no
Let you go on your merry way
If only I could have had the strength 
To simply walk away
If only I could have seen all the damage we could do 
Then I would keep myself from falling in love with you

Because here we are
Both of us blue and unsatisfied 
And all we’ve got to share
Are the tears we cried
So let the waters rise
Let them wash over you
Theres some things in this world 
You cannot undue

If only i could go back to where I laid my eyes on you
Then I would keep myself from falling in love with you

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