Justin Philip Brooks

by Justin Philip Brooks

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1.
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)
2.
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
3.
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)
4.
Specter 04:59
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)
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Neches River 03:39
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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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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