Justin Philip Brooks

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The first full length album from Texas singer/songwriter Justin Philip Brooks. Joined by the interweaving harmonies of Morgan Taylor and Tiffany Brooks, Justin explores personal tales of his Texas home, navigating this life, and the journey of being a husband and father.

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released August 25, 2017

Produced and engineered by
Jeromy Hernandez
Justin Philip Brooks

Additional production and engineering by
Shayne Green

Mixed by Chris Clayton

Cover photo by Casey Reid

vocals
Justin Philip Brooks, Tiffany Brooks, Morgan Taylor

acoustic & electric guitars/bass/banjo/Harmonica/organ
Justin Philip Brooks

drums/percussion
Thiago Oliveira

upright bass
Lou Harlas

lead electric guitars/bass/cello
Shayne Green

fiddle
Jason Fargason

pedal steel
Larry White

(c) 2017 Elgie street music (ASCAP). all rights reserved.

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Justin Philip Brooks Dallas, Texas

With a well-worn guitar and powerful vocal delivery, Justin brings the comfort of a Southeast Texas porch to his listener’s ears by artfully exploring the great traditions of folk, gospel, and country.

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Track Name: Cold Shoulder, Black Heart
Verse 1
Hey, baby, don’t you look good standing there by my window
I feel like I’m falling, if you love me, darling, then let it show
I try to please you, you change like the North wind blows
You don’t know me if you think I’ll let you go

Chorus
I will hold you close when you’re far away
and I’ll stay with you ’till they dig my grave
When your shoulder’s cold and your heart is black
I’ll be that homebound highway that brings you back

Verse 2
Let’s forget all the venomous words echoing from the slamming doors
Silence all the whispers, baby, I’m the one you’ve been looking for
You give me a feeling I have never felt before
Please don’t keep me waiting, I don’t want to fight anymore

Chorus
I will hold you close when you’re far away
and I’ll stay with you ’till they dig my grave
When your shoulder’s cold and your heart is black
I’ll be that homebound highway that brings you back

Bridge
There will be times when the weight of the world lies heavy on your back
I’ll be your rock when the stone that we built our house on starts to crack

Chorus
I will hold you close when you’re far away
and I’ll stay with you ’till they dig my grave
When your shoulder’s cold and your heart is black
I’ll be that homebound highway that brings you back

(c) 2016 Elgie Street Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Lone Star Lady
Verse 1
Lonely boy, make yourself complete
Go get yourself a girl down in north Mesquite
She’ll give you heaven, don’t you give her hell
She don’t need you for a thing, but she’ll treat you well

Verse 2
You don’t know, so now, you’ve been told
Don’t break a heart down in San Antone
She’ll stay by your side, no matter where you go
Defend her man like The Alamo

Chorus 1
Just be glad if your baby is a lone star lady
Make your heartbeat racy and your mind a bit hazy
Around the world you’ll never find nothing like a Texas girl

Verse 3
You don’t have the stomach
to toy with the love of ladies up in Lubbock
If you ever give her any reason to doubt
Like a preacher with a demon, she’ll cast you out

Chorus 1
Just be glad if your baby is a lone star lady
Make your heart a bit achy and your knees a bit shaky
Around the world you’ll never find nothing like a Texas girl

Verse 4
Don’t you trifle and don’t you mess
with them women down in Houston or up in Dallas
She’s probably packing heat in that $2,000 purse
Run, you better run, boy, it will only get worse

Chorus 3
Don’t you ever act shady to a lone star lady
Give her love and a little safety and a man that ain’t so lazy
Around the world you’ll never find nothing like a Texas girl
Track Name: This Old Town
Verse 1
She drinks the last of the red wine down
then she puts on a copy of Pet Sounds
and Brian Wilson sings her cares away
She carries a hope that she wrote down
in the paperback black book that she found
A closely­-guarded keepsake stowed away
Where to go? God only knows

Chorus
I’ll be a high-flying, death-defying, suspended escape act
In a stiff, straitjacket town where the future is smarter, but it’s scarred
I’ll invoke the great Houdini, don’t look away, ‘cause you won’t see me
slip out this locale by the smoke and mirrors of my car

Verse 2
The years run long and the dreams die hard
like forty years in the old train yard
where the tracks are strewn with the ends of cigarettes
Bound by collective consciousness
Some folks want more, but most want less
So fare-thee-well, before I reassess
Where to go? God only knows

Chorus
I’ll be a high-flying, death-defying, suspended escape act
In a stiff, straitjacket town where the future is smarter, but it’s scarred
I’ll invoke the great Houdini, don’t look away, ‘cause you won’t see me
slip out this locale by the smoke and mirrors of my car

Bridge:
This old town looks best miles away in silhouette
It played hard to get, it don’t forgive, so I’ll forget
I’m sure it will find other ways to carry on
and will shed no tears when it comprehends I’m gone

Verse 3
We’ve got nowhere but home to go
and the same five friends that never show
and coffee guy who we think knows our name
Contingency under stars aglow
If we never try, we’ll never know
These wanderin’ bones don’t have much more to take

Chorus 2
We’ll be a high-flying, death-­defying, suspended escape act
In a stiff, straightjacket town where the future is smarter, but it’s scarred
We’ll invoke the great Houdini, don’t look away, we’re doomed but then we
slip out this locale by the smoke and mirrors of my car

(c) 2016 Elgie Street Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Specter
Verse 1
You're like a specter
floating through my halls
and I don't know what to do
You're like a specter i can see right through
the ghost of the former you

Verse 2
I don't expect her
to come around here
no more like she used to
With all these conjectures and nameless fears
I don't know who I'm talking to

Chorus 1
Come back to life for me
I'll lay mine down for you

Verse 3
I'm just a talker to a spirit walker
I have trouble getting through
The darkness surrounds
but a light can be found
If you change your point of view

Chorus 2
Come back to life for me
I'll lay mine down for you

(c) 2016 Elgie Street Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Candle On The Shore
Hurricane a brewin on the bay

Hurricane a brewin on the bay

If you want to see the light of day

Listen close, hear what I say
Make your way for the candle on the shore

Look for that light and the stripes of black and white
Look for that light and the stripes of black and white
Quick now, run with all your might

That light’s gonna save your life tonight
Make your way for the candle on the shore

There’s a keeper-­man, who goes by JPB
There’s a keeper-­man, who goes by JPB
He’ll take you in, ‘cause he well knows
that storm from fifteen years ago
Knock on that door of the candle on the shore

Sixty souls in the stairwell, two by two

Sixy souls in the stairwell, two by two

Fifteen years ago we stayed alive

when we numbered a hundred twenty five
Safe from that storm in the candle on the shore

It shook and swayed in the wind like a giant reed

It shook and swayed in the wind like a giant reed
Keeper­-man do the best he can

barring wind-­blown doors, turning lamps by hand
As it rained and poured on the candle on the shore

I step outside when the wind and rain subside
I step outside when the wind and rain subside
Will ne’er forget what I seen
that August 1915
Wasn’t nothing left, but the candle on the shore
But thank God for the candle on the shore
Always look for the candle on the shore
Track Name: Thank You And Goodnight
Verse 1
Bring your ax, your nails, and wood
and let’s rebuild what was misunderstood
Please don’t ask, I know you should
But let’s pretend I gave all that I could

Chorus 1
And as the lonely fears sharpen their blades
I prepare for the sting of my life
So let’s not waste time on broken promises made
In the dark I see a light
Thank you and goodnight

Verse 2
We dig our trench, and fire our guns
but when the smoke clears nobody has won
Let us wave our flags of white
and reconcile under the dawns morning light

Chorus 2
The armies of doubt will try to wage their war
Here they come, we’re in their line of sight
But we’ve come this far, farther than ever before
In the dark I see a light
Thank you and goodnight
Track Name: Neches River
Chorus:
Oh, Neches River
Take me home, take me home
Oh, muddy waters
Baptize my soul
Take me home

Verse 1:
The click and the clack of the railroad track
Brings the memories back of the Santa Fe freight line racing by
Bring me back where the gold is black
with the glow from the refinery smoke stack in a sulfur sky

Pre-Chorus:
Where e'er I roam
Neches River bring me home

Chorus:
Oh, Neches River
Take me home, take me home
Oh, muddy waters
Baptize my soul
Take me home

Verse 2:
I long for the brown, tar-filled Gulf shores
And the downtown clock that runs no more from the hurricane

Pre-Chorus:
Where e'er I roam
Neches River bring me home

Chorus:
Oh, Neches River
Take me home, take me home
Oh, muddy waters
Baptize my soul
Take me home

(c) 2016 Elgie Street Music. All rights reserved.

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