My Reckless Heart

by Joe Brook

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released April 20, 2010

Joe Brook and Friends

"My Reckless Heart" produced by Dan Schlegel & Joe Brook
Engineered by Dan Schlegel
Mixed by Dan Schlegel & Joe Brook
Mastered by Jonathan Boulay

Devil’s Disguise
Joe Brook–Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Vocals
Dan Schlegel–Percussion

Pillbox Blues
Joe Brook–Guitar, Vocals
John Velasquez –Guitar
Kyle Zantos–Banjo
Shayne Stronks–Upright Bass
Dan Schlegel–Drums

Blue Collar Blues
Joe Brook–Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Dayna Coogan–Vocals
John Velasquez –Guitar
Martin De Guzman–Drums

Look What You’ve Done
Joe Brook–Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Vocals
Patrick Salway–Guitar
Dan Schlegel–Drums

People’s Parade
Joe Brook–Guitar, Piano, Bass, Harmonica, Vocals
Dan Schlegel–Percussion

Wanted
Joe Brook–Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Dayna Coogan–Vocals
Joe Kosta--Vocals
Kyle Zantos–Banjo
Shayne Stronks–Upright Bass
Dan Schlegel–Drums

Bible Town
Joe Brook–Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vocals
Martin De Guzman–Drums

Carbon Canyon Choir: Joe Brook, Dan Schlegel, Joe Kosta, Pi De Leon, Sylvie Ha, Austin Boal, Lauren Menor, Greego Landicho, Ryan Brook, Craig Hamblin, Wills Schlegel, Cameron Miller & Lauren Roerick

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Joe Brook and Friends is a collaboration of Joe Brook and a close knit group of friends who have essentially been creating music together since 2001.

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Track Name: Devil's Disguise
lately i don't hurry where i go.
I’ve been watching my steps and taking it slow.
and whistling a song i don't know.

the clouds moved past the sun and darkened the day.
and all the children stopped their playing.
and all the workers stopped their working.

and they saw such a sight ‘fore their eyes.
the devil in a rich man's disguise.
he said i'll set you free from this design.
you can come work for me 9 to 5 (with overtime).

the poor girl stood with tears streaming down her face.
she won't live another day in disgrace.
worn from life's unsteady pace.
so she vanished from here without a trace.

in her letter she wrote, "I'm a woman, I’m not a girl.
you know you can't be both in this world.
so I’m packin’ my bags, heading for the end of the earth."

and she'll see such a site 'fore her eyes.
the devil in a rich man's disguise.
and he'll mold you till you fit his design.
so you can come get your paychecks 9 to 5 (no pay for overtime).

The drugs don't do, don't do a damn thing for me.
i still wake up each and every morning
and battle my demons at the sink.
Just combing my hair, brushing my teeth.

and I polish my shoes, as black as the bottom of my soul.
it was pure and white before i fell down in this hole.
but its into the fire I must go.

and I’ll see such a sight ‘fore my eyes.
some self righteous bigot in a rich man's disguise.
he has the cure for my lack of design.
just give up my life 9 to 5.
Track Name: Pillbox Blues
I’m gonna buy a shotgun
And shoot a man down dead.
I said I’m gonna buy a shotgun
And a Pillbox full of lead.
It’s been cold in California
I’ve got nothing else to do.
So with one eye closed, staring down the barrel
Here’s looking at you.

I’m gonna buy a camera
And I’ll tell you what I’ll do.
I said I’m gonna buy a camera
And take some pictures of you.
Cause you’re a pretty little songbird,
I’m a boy with a guitar.
And I’ll keep strumming one for you kid
If you don’t get to straying too far.

So I’m gonna hop a freight train
And ride the rails to Tennessee
I’m gonna hop a freight train
And oh the sights I’ll see.
I caught out down in Colton.
The Bull put my wrists in cuffs.
He said boy you just got lucky cause its winter
And the rails are rough.

And I’m gonna buy a sports car
Parade it up and down the streets.
I’m gonna buy a sports car
And put you in the passenger seat.
Cause you know respect it don’t come easy if you’ve got nothing
Nothing you could lose.
So fill your wallet and buy a mansion
And maybe some will finally be due.

And you’ll get whats coming to you
Ya you will.
Track Name: Blue Collar Blues
Hey Mr. business man, Mr. business man will you lend me your ear
and tell me sir just what have you won here?
your life's marked by the sales you make in the fiscal year.
you just live to work.

Hey Mr. business man, Mr. business man are you a man at all
when your fortune cascades like a waterfall?
well sales are up this month, so you don't pay it any thought,
you just sell. and it sells.

and all the business men walk around with rainclouds o'er their heads,
No they don't mind the water, they're ready to get wet.
well i'd just as soon sink before i'd kick my legs to swim,
cause one day god's gonna wipe you from the earth.
tell me then sir, how much is your money worth?

is it worth life?
is it worth love?
is it worth freedom?
or peace?

Hey mr. president, mr. president do you hear the mother's cry?
or look into the eyes of the farm boys you ship off to die?
just teach 'em how to kill and let the fast bullets fly,
and scratch your head. now all hope is dead.

and all the business men walk around with rainclouds o'er their heads,
no they don't mind the water, ya they're ready to get wet.
well i'd just as soon sink before i'd kick my legs to swim,
cause one day god's gonna wipe you from the earth.
tell me then sir, how much is your money worth?

is it worth life?
is it worth love?
is it worth freedom?
is it worth OIL?
or peace?
Track Name: Look What You've Done
The Man on the corner says the world is gonna end
In a fiery storm that won’t stop burning till we’re dead.
And jesus is gonna come, he’s gonna save some souls.
Well you better change now or he won’t save yours

So you can save your compassion for someone of worth
Like the junkie in the gutter with his face down in the dirt.
Cause I don’t need your money, I don’t need your greed
I just need someone who believes in me.

Do you step off your pedestal
When you’re praying for those miracles?

Just look what you’ve done
With your heavy handed gavel and your fully loaded gun.
Just look what you’ve done

I was born red blood but I’m learning to bleed blue
As a man you’re only measured by the deeds that you do
Well I don’t need your pity to be cast on me
I just need your love, keeps the blues from me

Do you step off your pedestal
When you’re praying for those miracles?

Just look what you’ve done
With your heavy handed gavel and your fully loaded gun.
Just look what you’ve done.
Track Name: People's Parade
You’re a fool if you think I’m gonna be your cigarette
Light me up and snuff me out when you’ve had your fill of it.
I night on the streets ya you’re a real bad kid
You been walking around in town with that shit eating grin
So who’s that white lady I saw coming round you’re door?
I thought you told me she didn’t call you no more.
Now you’re half a man, half the living dead.
You can’t tell whats real or whats only in your head.

But the great white hype’s claiming lives tonight.
So take your number and get back in line

For the people’s parade.
I’m gonna end this sharade
I’m gonna take back that feeling I lack.
I’m gonna shoot down the sun,
Just give me my gun.
You’ve never lost love
Not till you will yourself to die.

Getting high in ’79 just to get your kicks
But you get what you pay for now here come the pits.
Its colder than hell when cocaine goes a pillagin’
Mama coca won’t you come and usher me in

To that people’s parade.
I’m gonna end this sharade
I’m gonna take back that feeling I lack.
I’m gonna shoot down the sun,
Just give me my gun.
You’ve never lost love
Not till you will yourself to die.
Track Name: Wanted
Wanted
I don't feel wanted.
You spit a good game
now you never come around.
but i need it.
oh lord, i need it.
but i ain't gonna take no chase
all across the town.
start selling all my secrets
trying to track you down.
So I left a note on the door, said
"call me when you want to be found."
She said be honest
just be honest.
You're a pretty young thing
and you're holding on to my heart.
so don't steal it,
no just leave it.
leave it by the door
when you depart.
and I'll call you when i feel
that longing start.
but if you leave right now
you can watch my life come apart.


so i'm leaving.
i'm leaving.
i gave you all your chances,
now i'm out that door.
cause i'm fiending,
you know i'm fiending.
that man gave me a taste
now I'm wanting more.
and lately loving you
feels like a chore.
and if i ain't gettin paid
then what's all this working for?
Track Name: Bible Town
I walked a block to the liquor store
I saw a neon light in the sky.
Blazing high like road flares
heading south bound on the five
I've got my drugs and I've got my poison
there's a dollar to my name.
but you're my girl and that keeps me sane.

a wise man he did tell me "son,
let you're burden down."
held underneath the water
i was certain i would drown.
now my smile's in my prescription
and my soul's in my paycheck.
now i think i drank too much cause i'm gettin sick.

It's not so hard in a bible town
the people they'd all agree.
with hands in each other's pockets
the virgin begins to bleed.
and i guess that town's not so different from me
i'm ignorant and i am cheap.
wash the blood from my hands
and keep my nose clean.

I sold my soul for that bag of gold
on that night so cold and black.
traded my guitar
for a noose around my neck.
and on that line i signed my name
just like a judge's death sentence.
I said you put me in this grave, now bury me in it.

You are my sunshine my only sunshine
you make me happy when skies are grey
you'll never know , dear, how much i love you.
so please don't take my sunshine away.