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Jon Allen - Sweet Defeat

JON ALLEN – Sweet Defeat CD

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Jon Allen, acclaimed singer-songwriter from England made an impression in 2012 with the US release of ‘Sweet Defeat.’ Produced by Tristan Longworth, ‘Sweet Defeat’ is backed by the same raw emotional intensity that has become so distinctive of Jon Allen, frequently drawing comparisons to a young Rod Stewart. Showing an impressive air of confidence and maturity in his songwriting, the album tells about love in all stages — from the initial attraction and passion to heartbreak and loss of hope. Americana, folk, and blues influenced, ‘Sweet Defeat’ seamlessly transitions from solo acoustic, finger picked songs to upbeat and instantly memorable band anthems.

Jon Allen’s critical acclaim continued to grow in England with rave reviews, an appearance on Later With Jools Holland, and five singles playlisted on BBC Radio 2. Equally talented as a vocalist and guitarist, Jon’s songwriting skills have provided the perfect soundtrack for hit prime-time TV shows such as “Homeland,” “Bones,” and “Goodwin Files,” along with Hollywood blockbusters “The Oranges” and “Safe Haven.”

  • Joanna

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      From the dying arms of twilight, lets run into the night
      Lets fly like straight shot arrows across the sky
      From the ashes of an old life, lets catch the newborn flames
      Hold it close and never let it die

      Go with me Joanna, go with me in time
      A pair of chancers on an open road
      We'll train our feet to follow the footprints of our dreams
      Put your hand in my hand and let's go

      Lets sail upon the evening now the wind is getting high
      Lets step outside and drink in the air like wine
      This time we'll make a clean break they'll be no looking back
      We'll leave these streets of sorrow far behind

      Go with me Joanna , go with me in time
      Lets get away before we get too old
      We'll cut across the border, into unclaimed land
      Put your hand in my hand and let's go

      Somewhere there's a place to go
      Where all we have is all we need

      Maybe there's a reason that lies beyond these walls
      Maybe there's a meaning to be found
      Because I cant escape this feeling , this vision in my mind
      Of the day we put down roots in virgin ground

      Go with me Joanna , go with me in time
      I'll take you where the wild flowers grow
      We'll ride on through the darkness , and get there with the dawn
      Put your hand in my hand --------- and let's go

  • Stealing Away

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      The dawn light is only
      A broken beginning
      And down in the courtyard
      The toll bell keeps ringing
      While she lies there sleeping
      The secret is creeping
      I should be stealing away

      Now the cool morning’s cut me
      And I’m trying not to feel it
      But if she were to wake
      Don’t think I could conceal it
      For the minutes are hanging
      And the autumn lights passing
      And I should be stealing away

      Oh Sweet illusion
      You’ve fooled beggars and kings
      I’ve danced in your moonlight
      Sang to your song
      But I can’t keep a hold of your wings

      Our empire has fallen
      Our dream has retreated
      The lines we held on to
      Are all but defeated
      The last post’s abandoned
      Where love was once standing
      And I should be stealing away

      Oh Sweet illusion
      You’ve fooled beggars and kings
      I’ve danced in your moonlight
      Sang to your song
      But I can’t keep a hold of your wings

      I don’t want to wait
      For the moment you rise
      Just to show you
      That far away look in my eyes
      I’ll tell you no lie
      I won’t kiss you goodbye
      I’ll just be stealing away

  • Time to Cry

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      I didn’t know what love was till I let it slip away
      I didn’t know the night until I lost the day
      I didn’t know the question till I was asking myself why
      Now I know it’s my time to cry

      I had all the heavens and the stars at my command
      I held love like a rare bird helpless it in my hands
      Oh but I was cruel and like a fool I let it die
      Now I know it’s my time to cry

      Time to cry, time to cry
      Now that it’s all over
      It’s my time to cry

      They say all’s fair in love, who am I to disagree
      I lived by the sword that now is cutting me
      There’s no getting round it, it’s one eye for an eye
      Now I know it’s my time to cry

      Time to cry, time to cry
      Now that it’s all over
      It’s my time to cry

      Wish I could find the words to make you change your mind
      Wish I could feel the warmth of your lips one more time
      But you’re gone forever and the river has run dry
      Now I know it’s my time to cry

      Time to cry, time to cry
      Now that it’s all over
      It’s my time to cry

      Time to cry, time to cry
      Now that it’s all over
      It’s my time to cry

  • Broken Town

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      Billboards change selling cigarettes
      Burned out lamps get replaced
      But this old town can never forget
      Every street here knows your face

      I go back to every haunt
      Every day it’s the same
      Night draws in and I’m alone
      Just the ghost of you remains

      Now I used to hurt
      Now I feel no pain
      Now my captive heart
      Is free of your chains
      Now I used to care but doesn’t it show
      Now you just someone that I used to know

      I believe in this broken town
      Though my hands have been burned
      I reach out like a beaten child
      Who’s love can’t be unlearned

      Now I used to hurt
      Now I feel no pain
      Now my captive heart
      Is free of your chains
      Now I used to care but doesn’t it show
      Now you just someone that I used to know

      Close my eyes against the rain
      Turn my back to the wind

  • Lucky I Guess

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      Been eaten up, chewed on and spat out cold
      Short changed, underpaid and oversold
      Some people say I’ve been the victim of my own success
      I can’t explain it; I’m just lucky I Guess

      I played the game for what it was got hung out to dry
      They threw me to the lions just for a telling a lie
      The way some people talk you would have thought I could have hung for less
      Oh but don’t blame me boy, I’m just lucky I guess

      Shipwreck me and I’ll build a boat
      Throw me overboard and I swear that I’ll float
      There’s nothing you can do to me I haven’t done to myself

      I’ve lived down in the trenches with the pimps and thieves
      I’ve wadded through the mud till it was up to my knees
      I’ve seen things to make the laughing cavalier depressed
      The way I see it, I’m just lucky I guess

      I’ve met every sweet talking judge in this town
      They never love you more than when they’re sending you down
      Now I’m just another number doing time with the rest
      Me and my friends, We’re just lucky I guess

      I ain’t gonna cry no tears anymore
      There’s nothing you can show me I ain’t seen before
      Down in the briar patch was where I was born and bred

      Been advertised as this weeks great white hope
      Been strung along and always given just enough rope
      I’ve done what I was told, I’ve done my best to please
      Now when people see me, they don’t even lie to me

  • Think of You

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      Something ‘bout the blackbirds song
      Reminds me of your loving
      Something in my past long gone
      Makes me think of you

      Something ‘bout the crescent moon
      Hanging in the heavens
      Like a lighthouse in the gloom
      Makes me think of you

      In my mind I cross the great divide
      I can see salvation in yours eyes

      Though our love has lost its way
      And oceans lie between us
      Some part of my heart still stays
      Makes me think of you

      Like a splinter in the hand of time
      All the while you never left my mind

      I might be in some far off place
      Where no one else can find me
      When kindness in a strangers face
      Makes me think of you

  • Sweet Defeat

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      Well I was busy going nowhere
      Hanging out in no mans land
      When you showed me the silver
      There in bad lucks ugly hand

      You’ve got the sweetest disposition
      And a heart that’s open wide
      I know that you’re the woman
      Who’s gonna keep me satisfied

      Sweet defeat
      I’m lying helpless at your feet
      And so it’s goodbye to the street
      I’m so pleased to meet you sweet defeat

      Well I’d given up believing
      That I’d ever end up here
      But now I’m happy on the high wire
      With your voice ringing in my ears

      I wanna call you up Sundays
      When I’ve nothing much to say
      I want hold on to you darling
      Throw everything else I got away

      Sweet defeat
      I’m lying helpless at your feet
      And so it’s goodbye to the street
      I’m so pleased to meet you sweet defeat

      You’re like the morning breeze a’ blowin’
      Right through this weary soul
      You give me a feeling
      From my head down to my toes

      Sweet defeat
      I’m lying helpless at your feet
      And so it’s goodbye to the street
      I’m so pleased to meet you sweet defeat

  • Love's Made a Fool Out of Me

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      I’ve been here before
      Standing out in the rain
      At the mercy of heartache and pain
      Loves made a fool of me

      I guess I was wrong
      To think my luck could change
      But once again I’ve been burnt by the flame
      Love’s made a fool out of me

      Every night I’m dreaming
      What could never be
      But I keep on believing
      They’ll come a day, you’ll belong to me

      A Heart can deceive
      Sell you a dream just to make you believe
      Now I got nothing but my misery
      Love’s made a fool out me

      Every night I’m dreaming
      What could never be
      But I keep on believing
      They’ll come a day, you’ll belong to me

      But I know my heart
      Will always lead me astray
      So I’ll pretend that I’ve locked it away
      Where no one else can see
      Love’s made a fool out of me
      Love’s made a fool out of me

  • Here Tonight

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      If you were here tonight
      I wouldn’t feel so lonely
      I wouldn’t need the morning light
      I’d be alright if you were here tonight

      If you were by my side
      I wouldn’t feel the cold wind
      The distance wouldn’t be too wide
      I’d be alright if you were by my side

      Stars go on shining
      But they’ve all lost their charm
      Though they keep on trying
      They don’t move me
      Cause you can’t be

      Here tonight
      Here tonight
      If you were only here tonight
      The day wouldn’t seem so far away

      Darling don’t get me wrong
      I’m getting by without you
      Most of the time I’m feeling strong
      I keep busy when the day is long

      But when I close the door
      The silence that surrounds me
      Always makes me need it more
      The feeling that I’ve been longing for

      Stars go on shining
      But they’ve all lost their charm
      Though they keep on trying
      They don’t move me
      Cause you can’t be

      Here tonight
      Here tonight
      If you were only here tonight
      The day wouldn’t seem so far away

      Here tonight
      Here tonight
      If you were only here tonight
      The day wouldn’t seem so far away

  • No One Gets Out of Here Alive

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      I don’t care who you are, if you’ve got a name
      Don’t you know I take every soul the same
      Just like Bonnie just like Clyde
      No one gets out of here alive

      So you’re young and pretty and you’re on parade
      But whatcha gonna do when that big band’s played
      Ain’t no use you making those eyes
      No one gets out of her alive

      You look at me and think that I’m the devil
      Don’t you know that I’m your only friend

      You can spend your days trying to chase the wind
      You can tell pretty lies but you just can’t win
      Cause just as sure as you arrived
      No one gets out of here alive

      Don’t you know that your folks once were just like you
      There was always grass greener back then too
      So baby don’t act so surprised
      No one gets out of here alive

      Can’t you see you’re staring down the barrel
      Can’t you see you’re running out of time

      So get a round and let the barman fill em’ up
      Cause one day that coin’s gonna find your cup
      Sure as the night and the black crow flies
      No one gets out of here alive

      Slow down baby where’da ya think you’re going
      Outside’s just the desert and the ghosts

      Nobody wants to make the best of what they’ve got
      Everyone’s holding out for the graveyard slot
      But they’ll be no encore, no reprise
      No one gets out of here alive

  • Last Orders

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      I’ll love you till the dance is over
      I’ll love you till the music dies
      Till they tear down the stars from the rafters
      Till they unhook the moon from the sky

      I’ll love you till my words unravel
      I’ll love you till the clocks unwind
      Till eternity’s calling last orders
      In that place on the outskirts of time

      The Jukebox is playing Love Me Tender
      The king is singing sweet and low
      In your arms I surrender
      I’d be a fool if I let you go

      I’ll love you till tin turns to silver
      I’ll love you till jade turns to gold
      Till every last rhyme has been written
      And even the new moon is old

      When loneliness comes to my window
      And sorrow is knocking at my door
      It don’t mean nothing to me
      Cause I don’t work for them anymore

      I’ll love you till death has no meaning
      I’ll love you till life is a dream
      Till all the cares ever we carried
      Are floating like feathers down stream

      I’ll love you till the river climbs the mountain
      I’ll love you till fish rule the land
      Till the mirror can’t see our reflection
      And the bells of goodbye never sound

  • When the Morning Comes (feat. Amy Smith)

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      When the wait of the night is upon you
      And you feel that the dawns gone astray
      When the stars have been blown out like candles
      And the fair-weather moon’s sailed away

      When hope like a friend says he’ll guide you
      But he leaves you alone in the dark
      With the wait of an empty promise
      That was stowing away in your hear

      Don’t waste your tears on the sadness
      They’re only clouds in your eyes
      Don’t look to far and you’ll find me
      And I’ll bring you piece of mind

      For the night is the day only sleeping
      And the moon will return as the sun
      I’ll be here while the wait is upon you
      I’ll be hear when the morning comes
      I’ll be hear when the morning comes

  • Sarah (feat. Mark Knopfler)

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      Well my Head is full of questions
      Laying heavy on my mind
      And I’ve been looking for an answer
      When there really was no answer there to find

      Now my heart feels like an ocean
      And I’m just looking for the shore
      I thought I knew where I was going
      But the truth is I can’t feel it anymore

      Oh Sarah I’ve walked through this misty morning
      Sarah I’ve walked down this lonesome road
      Sarah there is nothing I want from you
      Just to see you one more time and then I’ll go

      Maybe I’m just like this old road
      You may see my seasons change
      I might be wearing different colours
      But the place I always end up is the same

      Oh Sarah I’ve walked through this misty morning
      Sarah I’ve walked down this lonesome road
      Sarah there is nothing I want from you
      Just to see you one more time and then I’ll go

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