Relentless Heart

by Pelican Johnny

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    1, W.S.O.T.T.
    2. Don't Tread On Me
    3. 15 Tiles
    4. 13 North & South
    5. Happy Tonight
    6. My Spirit's High
    7. I Ain't Gonna Kill You
    8. I'm Not Mad
    9. See Me Through
    10. The Moon Always Wins
    11. Goodbye Song
    12. 50 Nights (Relentless Heart)
    13. Where I Lay

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    1, W.S.O.T.T.
    2. Don't Tread On Me
    3. 15 Tiles
    4. 13 North & South
    5. Happy Tonight
    6. My Spirit's High
    7. I Ain't Gonna Kill You
    8. I'm Not Mad
    9. See Me Through
    10. The Moon Always Wins
    11. Goodbye Song
    12. 50 Nights (Relentless Heart)
    13. Where I Lay

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    1, W.S.O.T.T.
    2. Don't Tread On Me
    3. 15 Tiles
    4. 13 North & South
    5. Happy Tonight
    6. My Spirit's High
    7. I Ain't Gonna Kill You
    8. I'm Not Mad
    9. See Me Through
    10. The Moon Always Wins
    11. Goodbye Song
    12. 50 Nights (Relentless Heart)
    13. Where I Lay

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1.
W.S.O.T.T. 02:28
Pelican Johnny on the wrong side of the tracks...blahblahblah
2.
I got the call, gonna go down to Texas and play in a honky-tonk band First night Austin, then the next stop Houston Then heading on to Alabam' That's when it got so clear to me It's gonna be a long, long ride I thank my lucky stars I was not shot there in the dark and I made it to the Georgia line Don't tread on me, don't tread on others who are not like you Let's just do what we got paid here to do Don't tell me about your bigotries, your conspiracies Just get me back to Austin please So I can be free I don't wanna hear about your good ol' time religion when you smile and you lie through your teeth I don't wanna talk about guns all day long Just let me get some sleep here in my seat I know you could never do no wrong Even when you're driving off the road again I wonder who would be the good lord's scapegoat if he acted like you back then Don't tread on me, don't tread on others who are not like you Let's just do what we got paid here to do Don't tell me about your bigotries, your conspiracies Just get me back to Austin please So I can be free Won't you pay me my money And get me back to Austin please
3.
15 Tiles 04:27
I’m packing up the van tonight Even though mama told me to stay The rain’s coming down The bridge is out But I’m going up to PA In spite of hope I know There’ll be nobody waiting for me But down the road I go Because I need a change of scenery I wanna feel young Don’t wanna feel tired So I met a flight attendant At a Wayne County diner Two days later It was sunny and pretty We took a train ride up to New York City I counted fifteen tiles on her ceiling As I was laying in her bed But the guiltiness that your dealing As your voice is running through my head Says that I should have been with you instead I hate the way you drive But I hate the way she drives even worse Hanging on for dear life On the Jersey Turnpike This loneliness is a curse I’ve got another show up in Philly tonight Driving down the highway towards the big city lights The rock’n’roll has got me feeling so giddy I only wish that you could be here with me I counted fifteen tiles on her ceiling As I was laying in her bed But the guiltiness that your dealing As your voice is running through my head Says that I should have been with you instead It’s the journey that I take To make me feel like I did something right It’s not the money I don’t make That keeps me fighting and chasing the light
4.
On a narrow strip of land Between two coasts 13 runs north and south but somehow, it's just the end of the road My father was a prison guard I know I will be one too Like the people of the Kentucky coal mines There's just nothing else to do If I could save up, I'd be heading out But I've got nowhere to go 13 runs north and south but somehow, it's just the end of the road The neighbor is breaking into our house And he's pushing us around The sheriff don't give a good goddamn In this lawless town Keep it up man, just keep on pushing until you're making me explode 13 runs north and south but somehow, it's just the end of the road My best friend before he died was a wise & simple man He said "Son, don't you be like me. You better get out while you can" Still I do my best to forget that I've got something to lose I do my best to forget with some help from a bottle of booze Sometimes on the edge of town Where the marshes meet the street I can see way past this place To where I wanna be So I'll be saving up and I'll be heading out To where I don't know 13 runs north and south but somehow, it's just the end of the road
5.
Staying afloat beside a boat In the Gulf of Mexico With no work to think about today Many times when I’m feeling down I just turn this head around And the good times are on their way It’s not right, it’s never right But we’re all happy, deep down inside When I’m singing a song with my friends Because I can, then I know I’m happy tonight Late at night with my friends Hide and seek will never end No one will be leaving here ‘till two No booze or drugs are needed Especially when the music’s bleeding A melody the whole night through It’s not right, it’s never right But we’re all happy, deep down inside When I’m singing a song with my friends Because I can, then I know I’m happy tonight Walking with a girl who’s pretty Down the sidewalk of the city It makes me feel like a lucky guy She’ll be there when times are wrong And help me sing this special song On a big beach under a bright blue sky It’s not right, it’s never right But we’re all happy, deep down inside When I’m singing a song with my friends Because I can, then I know I’m happy tonight
6.
Oh no, I’ve ran my mouth Someone else wants to kick my ass again And I do care But who are they to ruin my day When you’re around, things are going my way And you know, you make me smile My spirit’s high and I know why ‘Cause she’s providing A reason to look the other way Looks like I’ve scratched my guitar My glasses are gone and my ego is scarred pretty bad And I do care But when you’re in my car It helps me to know where my priorities are And it’s you on the top of my list My spirit’s high and I know why ‘Cause she’s providing A reason to look the other way We'll be heading west to the country But that’s another day Right now the busy river city Will soon be calling my name But let’s walk in the park Sneak around after dark Come on baby, let’s enjoy today My spirit’s high and I know why ‘Cause she’s providing A reason to look the other way
7.
Traveling through this bumpy lifelong journey There are folks who will take and act unkind They will try and get to you No matter what you might do There's a jerk in sheep's clothing all the time Gossip fiends tell everyone around them Fairy tales about things I haven't done I try and take the higher road But it goes so goddamn slow So I sing this song and helps me to carry on I ain't gonna kill you but I'd be happy if you died Straight up your ass would be the place for this web of lies I've never met someone like you who treats me like you do I ain't gonna kill you but I'd be happy if you died Supremacy is an oxymoron Especially when it's assumed by shits like you Intelligence you can't tolerate A poor substitute for hate Hitler is dead and you should be too I ain't gonna kill you but I'd be happy if you died Straight up your ass would be the place for this foolish pride I've never met someone like you who treats me like you do I ain't gonna kill you but I'd be happy if you died
8.
I'm Not Mad 03:35
Seven o’clock in the morning But I’ve been up since way before I’ve been awake, yeah man I know Head straight for the shower Last refuge before the end of the hour Into the day I go And so I’m satisfied I won’t be obliged To say Maybe the reason why I am pacified today I’m not mad because I’m not allowed to be mad And so, a smile on my face Anything else would just go to waste It’s the only way, yeah man I know Don't bother to try and fight When you can’t look forward to the things you like Don’t even try, yeah man I know And so I’m satisfied I won’t be obliged To say Maybe the reason why I am pacified today I’m not mad because I’m not allowed to be mad
9.
Well, I guess I’m too damn lazy to wipe this shaving cream off my face ‘cause I’ve not nothing better to do I’m naked but in socks, standing in a lonely place There’s just me so there’s plenty of room The surface of my face is so smooth But it doesn’t matter none because I can’t rub it on you So I sit back down and roll around, burning rubber in my chair Phony smile brings empty stares I didn’t have the balls to try to fix this mess There’s something I ain’t never ever gonna get I’m waiting and saving, not hurrying up and taking my chance to share And I wish I could by now But I don’t think I know how You’ve been saying I’m faking and there’s no use waiting for me to change But I know you’ll endure it ‘til the end, to see me through Early in the morn she’s working hard Serving cups of coffee to those yuppies in a car When right across town I’m sleeping sound, I got pillow marks on my face Sharing thoughts but worlds away I didn’t have the balls to try to fix this mess There’s something I ain’t never ever gonna get I’m waiting and saving, not hurrying up and taking my chance to share And I wish I could by now But I don’t think I know how You’ve been saying I’m faking and there’s no use waiting for me to change But I know you’ll endure it ‘til the end, to see me through
10.
Somewhere in the dark of night There’s a spirit roaming free, roaming free Struggling through her sorrow plight She’s crying out a sea, crying out a sea Time, it grows We fight our fearsome foes Shouting orders to the wind She’s lost her only friend And the moon always wins When I lay down my head She will remember me, remember me When you’re waiting on the road She’s telling you to go, telling you to go Time, it grows We fight our fearsome foes Shouting orders to the wind She’s lost her only friend It’s time for me to go She’s taking me away, taking me away I draw one last breath And we fade into the night, into the night, into the night Time, it grows We fight our fearsome foes Shouting orders to the wind She’s lost her only friend And the moon always wins
11.
Goodbye Song 02:40
Oh why, Oh why Most beautiful girl in the world Oh why, Oh why Must you let me down again I've been thinking and singing about all your reasons They have nothing to do with your heart So I’m saying goodbye to this girl Good bye, Good bye Most terrible girl in the world Good bye, Good bye You won't see me 'round again I've been thinking and singing about all your reasons They have nothing to do with your heart So I’m saying goodbye to this girl When it all came tumbling down And you thought I’d be around Well I'm changing my story now And I'm cutting my losses now Gonna put my guns in the ground For good Don’t cry, don’t cry Most beautiful girl in the world Don’t cry, don’t cry Better things are still ahead I've been thinking and singing about all your reasons They have nothing to do with your heart So I’m saying goodbye to this girl This girl Well I'm changing my story now And I'm cutting my losses now Gonna put my guns in the ground For good
12.
I grab my bike and I head out into the fog My conscience would kill me if I stayed Alone, so I called - do you still care at all? I’m reaching out for help on my birthday “Don’t try and fight” is what they tell me But I can’t keep it all inside Lay down to rest this memory today I’m hoping that this soul will survive I’ve spent been fifty nights crying That pretty ghost won’t let me get no sleep A relentless heart will never stop from trying To get back what's been taken from me To get back my sanity In the cool autumn air when I combed up my hair And I was looking like the day when we first met I plead and I beg to take me back again A night ensued I won’t soon forget On that very last night when you held me And I fell asleep squeezing you tight Please don’t tell me that this is the end Let me down easy if you can I’ve spent been fifty nights crying That pretty ghost won’t let me get no sleep A relentless heart will never stop from trying To get back what's been taken from me To get back my sanity I’ve got a missed connection with myself Chances blown and a controversy made I can’t seem to help myself Gone too far and now it’s too late Please don’t let today be too late Seven months and a million letters later I’m looking back to see how far I’ve come Driving five states now to make myself feel better I’ve sought and found a little bit of fun But don’t get me wrong, something’s missing Like a child who’s been taken from his home An endless soundtrack that keeps me coming back To the one I love: this heart will never roam I’ve spent been fifty nights crying That pretty ghost won’t let me get no sleep A relentless heart will never stop from trying To get back what's been taken from me To get back my sanity
13.
Where I Lay 03:39
I started out on the wrong side of the tracks so I followed them tracks and I ain't looking back until I see the smoke of the textile mills I know some folks, got a place to stay Jan sells the hooch, thats a place to play And I'm never too far from escape by the rails It don't matter where I lay When I lay my body down As long as I hear that train whistle sound It don't matter where I sleep If I hear that whistle weep I can remember the days spent on those Richmond streets Burlesque show on a Friday night The drunks will drink and the edge boys will fight And the broken hearts, they will go unnoticed My bicycle's locked next to yours Lets get out of here and ride to the shores of the James River and sing away our blues It don't matter where I lay When I lay my body down As long as I hear that train whistle sound It don't matter where I sleep If I hear that whistle weep I can remember the days spent on those Richmond streets Follow the river down I think about the years I let others down I hope they don't remember me this way I stand on a rock and I look around I'm thankful for the happiness that I've found I won't fuck it up this time or at least I'll try It don't matter where I lay When I lay my body down As long as I hear that train whistle sound It don't matter where I sleep If I hear that whistle weep I can remember the days spent on those Richmond streets

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released June 16, 2018

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Pelican Johnny Austin, Texas

Hailing from the Atlantic coast of Virginia, Pelican Johnny, is a one-man-band and bandleader currently based in Austin, Texas who has previously spent his musical career playing drums and guitar (recording and touring) in a diverse array of bands from around the country. Now, as a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he employs the same raw energy in his brand of folk-punk Americana. ... more

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