A Town Called Hope

by Bradley Duer

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2 hard years of work. Hope you enjoy.

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released January 22, 2014

Engineering/Mixing/Mastering: Trevor Clark
Producer: Trevor Clark, Bradley Duer
Executive Producer: Collin Brophy

Vocals and acoustic guitars: Bradley Duer
Bass: Collin Brophy
Electric guitars: Jon Swain
Drums: Costin Ritter
Saxophones: Quincy Sanders
Violin/Viola: Derek Reeves

Female vocals on I Want Your Love, Night After Night, Shame On Us Both: Lexi Pifer
Drums on Boy, I Feel Alive: Doug Watkins
Percussion on Tuesday Nights: William Brown

Special Thanks: Robin and Gary Good, Daniel Combs, Paige Swary, Nathaniel Bryan, Nicole Williard, Kayliegh Watson, Matt Riefler, Keith Turner

Recorded and Mastered at the University of St. Francis

All songs written by Bradley Duer
All Rights Reserved
® & © 2014 by Bradley Duer

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Track Name: Boy, I Feel Alive
Well my heart is heavy but I won't let it bring me down
I'm gonna lay everything back out there in hopes it will be found again
And surround myself with everyone I love
And actually live the life I always hear that everyone's been dreaming of
For I have discovered my smile

It's in every tree that's blowing in the wind while all the squirrels
play hide'n'seek
Stopping to smell the bakery walking home from work
And getting a great night's sleep
It's a whole new world when you're looking through thankful eyes
Where every moment is a treasure and every day to come a wonderful surprise
Cuz I've finally shut my closed mind
Oh and boy do I feel alive

And all the oppressors in all the universe will never even come close
to breaking my pride

And the only thing that will ever stand in your way
Is your own mind trying to hide what's right there in front of you

And a wise man spoke of true happiness coming from within your soul

He said take your cup and fill it up with love
It's everywhere

And when it's full, raise it high, and sing it with me
Boy, I feel alive
Track Name: The Only One We Ever Need
It's fairly the way you move your body that makes me lose control
And those seductive eyes you're giving me as soon as we're alone
But you take my breath away every day, every hour, right now yeah
And I can't wait to get a taste of you

Oh your whisper sends shivers up my spine
I want your fingers to intertwine with mine
But baby can we take it slow, there's no need for the twist and shout
Cuz when the right time comes, I will turn you inside out

One day you're gonna wake up lying next to me
and our fidelity will last eternally
Let's sweat to build it tight, do it right, spend the time,
make a love so sweet
To be the only one we ever need

Damn girl, that hip sway is driving me crazy
It's making it so hard I can't get my head straight
I just want to tear you apart
It's taking every ounce I've left to keep restrained

Patience ain't my stronghold but you're worth compromise
Just as long as when our dating's done and we choose the one
It is I who is right between those thighs

One day you're gonna wake up lying next to me
and our fidelity will last eternally
Let's sweat to build it tight, do it right, spend the time,
make a love so sweet
To be the only one we ever need
Track Name: Eyes Ignite
I know you have a boyfriend, but I know that this is real
Although it's not what I believe in, your heart I'm going to steal

I don't know where you are going, I can't even say where you'll be in a year
But there's one thing I'm for certain, I'll wait for you my dear

When our eyes meet, mine ignite
I'm overflowing with desire
I'm longing for the days when your lips graze with mine and
I can carry you away

You might be the most astounding sight that I've ever seen
Your snow white smile turns me bashful but I can't stop staring

I know I only met you, but that's how quickly it can breach
I'm a hurricane of passion headed straight for your beach

When our eyes meet mine ignite
I'm overflowing with desire
I'm longing for the days when your lips graze with mine and
I can carry you away
Track Name: Tuesday Nights
If I told you that I was still in love with you, would you run away?
Cuz every time I try to open up myself to you I pray
It won't be the same as all the times before. As all the times before

So I shut my hole and listen of the boy you're falling for
And how he makes your heart beat fiercer than a storm
Can only fake a smile, pretend I want to hear more
But please stop speaking

Cuz inside the smoke is growing thick, my walls are caving in
It's getting hard to breath, It feels like someone kicked me in the chest
Will it ever end or must I merely yield to asphyxiation?

How I want to be the one you hug with all your might
Instead of playing cards with him on Tuesday nights
And hearing all about how he fucked you from behind
I feel he's testing me

I keep my cool but avoid the high fives
Just disguise a sigh and ask him for a light
The nicotine helps me bite my tongue but never seems to hide
How much of an asshole he can be

And inside the fire is burning bright
I'm forced to hold this lie for any chance to keep you in my life
Should this be the end or will we be again
Or am I only quartered as just another friend?
Track Name: A Town Called Hope
I wake up in a town called "Hope" and there's no signs of life
Houses full of sullen woes and not a ray of sunshine in sight

At the center there's a sign in the dry, cloddy soil
It says "Keep the faith alive and hope will save us all in time"

It's so sad to think that all these dreams were had
In vain they bleed and in a new direction head
It's so much easier to run, just leave it broken with a population of none

I'm walking down the road now, I see a white picket fence
The swing set on the porch takes me back to when I was a kid

I think I might just make my home here, there's a calmness all about
And as I reach to open the door to my brand new house, the sun comes out

It's so sad to think that all these dreams were had
In vain they bleed and in a new direction head
It's so much easier to run, just leave it broken with a population of none

It's so sad to think that all these dreams were had
I'll try to keep the expectations that were set
Finish what you had all begun
Start it over with a population of one

There's no hope left in us
There's no soul left in us
Just half-hearted people with irrelevant lives
Hosting shallow minds and superficial smiles
There's no hope left in us
There's no hope left in me
Track Name: I Want Your Love
I want your love baby
Give me your heart today
And don't give me none of your maybes
Cuz I want your love to take me away

I've got some baggage and I'm well aware of the tears you hide
But what I feel can only be described as magic
So I'll lay it on the line
I'm here to make you mine

I want your love baby
Give me your heart lady
And don't give me none of your nay say
Cuz I want your love in the worst way
Track Name: Love Is Crazy
Nothing I say can bring back those feelings
Although I've changed, you will never want me
Every day these thoughts continue haunting
But you've moved on and my love still remains

Thousands of memories, they plague my daily life
Right down to the mattress I turn in every night
Your voice still envelopes, still floods every room
And I can't take a breath without thinking of you
And it's so, so pathetic
oh it's so, so, so obsessive

And it's all my fault, I let you slip away
You made it clear to keep out of your space
This whole thing is too surreal but even make believe won't help my sorrows heal
I lied, I tried every shit trick that I could to persuade you to stay
I lost my head and started seeing you with eyes of dread disdain
I guess that's why they say "love is crazy"

I don't even leave the house anymore for fear of running into you
It would be too much
I've been told about how you spend all your time with your new love
And the possibility of seeing that, and the envy it would cause
Would definitely make me throw up and want to end it all
And it's so, so hopeless
But I can't help it

And it's all my fault, I let you slip away
You made it clear to keep out of your space
This whole thing is too surreal but even make believe won't help my sorrows heal
I lied, I tried every shit trick that I could to persuade you to stay
But in the end it seems that all I did was just push you away
I guess that's why they say "love is crazy"

And to no particular divinity, sometimes I pray
That one day you will find me on your course and take another look at me
And see that I should be the champion of your heart
My soul is yours to take
Oh I guess that's why they say "love is crazy"
Track Name: Night After Night
Night after night I'm always working so much harder
than all these other artists who only do it for the industry
Filling up on glory and fame and fortune, it's bullshit
You're pushing a product, forgotten what it means to write a melody
Music is the very root of my soul, home away from home
It's all I've ever known, but it makes me sick
When I flip on the radio, another dumb ass song about how many girls you fucked at a party or how many telephones you have ringing off the hook because you have so many friends
And how much money you spent at the club on drinks last weekend
I'm tired of all this lame ass fuzz being plugged into our heads
Dr. Suess probably could've wrote better rhymes than half this shit when he was ten

But there are those who still write with heart
And it's because of you I keep my pen hand strong
It's totally possible to change the world with a single song
So why not put all of your sweat and blood into every one
And get a little soul back into mainstream art

Too many times I put an album in to listen to and the only thing I notice
is that no track sounds much different than the rest
Most are just subpar at best, seems to me like they built a nest out of one or two hits, the other ten piss, so they don't miss dates set by executives
Who probably won't be listening to them anyways
So who gives a fuck what they might have to say? I don't
They only care about you getting them paid
And wouldn't know a thing of greatness if it came up and spit in their face

But there are those who still write with heart
And it's because of you I keep my pen hand strong
It's totally possible to change the world with a single song
So why not put all of your sweat and blood into every one
And get a little soul back into mainstream art

There's nothing better to me than sitting and sipping some coffee
On an early evening at a neighboring tea house
Watching some kid I don't know, at what I'd call barely a show
But he pours his heart and soul into every note he plays and every word he sings
People coming and going without even showing and interest to what his name is
But he isn't fazed at all, his eyes are closed, and he's standing twelve feet tall
I can feel the energy flowing and molding the room as he carols the songs he once wrote
If only every artist was in it for the craft, and not just the cash, the ass, or the stash
Spent a little more time on their rhymes instead of pushing up singles and hoping to make them songs dimes
Track Name: Miles Behind
Why is it that I just keep sitting here
When I have nothing to gain from the life I lead to the frequent dead end choices that I make
Why did't life come with a how-to-guide so I'd never start to stray
Or be miles behind when the road I'm taking gently starts to fade

And I'm so scared of change
Never been good at moving on
I don't do well at keeping with the crowds
And I'm so scared of change
But it's something I can't hide from
No, it's something I must meet with face to face

Is there a way to bribe the clock somehow
For to buy myself some time
Make the earth stand still for a minute while I fall back into line
And is it a crime to want to live my life in the shelter of disguise
Pretend everything will stay the same and slip into my mind

And I'm so scared of change
Never been good at moving on
I don't do well at keeping with the crowds
And I'm so scared of change
But it's something I can't hide from
No, it's something I must meet with face to face
Track Name: Cold, Blind and Stubborn
I won't change for you. Change, change, change

Don't waste your time in hoping to change my mind

I won't trade for you. Trade, trade, trade

I'm cold, blind and stubborn so don't ask twice
Track Name: Recluse
One thing that I always take for granted
Is anyone who ever loves me
Don't think that I only want to be a bastard
I just don't know how to let you love me
I force away all who get too close
Many times without a reason
I'm always good for a poor excuse
Which doesn't matter when you're a recluse

There are few that I call friends and that's okay with me
Since it always seems to end from stupidity anyways
I've been a hoarder all my life, at least as long as I remember
There's something about holding it all inside that makes me feel so much safer
So don't make me choose between me and you
When you can't understand the truth, that I'll forever be a recluse

I just like being alone
Track Name: Shame On Us Both
It has to rain in paradise sometimes
And that just may be why you came over tonight
Asking for forgiveness and claiming all your wrongs
But I've nothing to tell you for it's been so very long
And I, I'm sorry to say that for you and I it's over

You bat your eyes and tell me it's just a mistake
It's all so right, this moment, I'm starting to break
And we rush inside the house, find the couch, we're making out
Until your cell gives off a shout and then your mood turns right around
And you say "So sorry to race, but for you and I it's over"

And again I'm left here all alone
In pain to wonder who'd called your phone
You fooled me twice shame on us both
But fool me thrice, I should've known