Will Never Die

by The Sam Chase

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The second studio album for The Sam Chase.

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released May 31, 2013

Sam Chase- Vocals, Guitar
Ari Daly- Vocals
Jon Leyden- Bass, Vocals
Jack Carr- Drums, Mandolin, Vocals
Devon McClive- Cello
Doug Pet- Saxophone
Justine Leichtling- Violin
Benjamin Corey- Banjo
Ben Juodvalkis- Piano, Accordion, Organ
Kyle McGraw- Harmonica, Pump organ

Recorded in May of 2013.
Released May 31st, 2013
Engineered & Mixed by Kyle McGraw at Faultline Studios in SF, CA
Produced by Sam Chase, Jack Carr and Kyle McGraw
Album art by Tyler Georgeson, Jack Carr, Andrew Luck & Sam Chase
Mastered by Michael Romanowski in SF, Ca
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Track Name: I Sold My Soul To The City
The day I stepped my first foot in the city
I promised I wouldn't sell my soul
The day I stepped that one first foot in the city
I promised I wouldn't sell my soul
But when the lights and the scene
they shined down onto me
I swear to you that night I saw the light

So if the devil comes callin'
you can give him my apartment
and I will sign right on the dotted line.

My momma always said
those girls of the city
Aren't the kind of girls we'd like for you to see
My momma always said
son don't get to busy
Those girls sure don't know what's best for me

But when those girls showed me
The gifts they gave me for free.
I swear it brought a tear to my eye

Now if this whiskey and women
don't kill me I'm certain
That I'm pretty sure that I will never die.

Now after all that I've done and
I'll that I seen
Good luck puttin' me down in the ground
Cause I have lived and laughed and loved,
and gambled, boozed and stolen
Enough to tear any grown man down

and Oh Lord
Oh Lord
Look at what your boy has done tonight.
So now if you have words for me
You can take it up with us three
Me, my left hook, and my right.


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Rock Bottom Has Never Felt So Good
We've all got our problems
We all have pockets to fill
We've got our grocery lists
and things we've missed to pay our cellphone bills
But I spend my night on the bar scene
Where my friends bartend
so I drink for free
Until the world starts spiraling
and I am poured into the street.

and I can see it all go down from the lights of this town
It is lighting my decent
and all the times that I have spent misunderstood
Rock bottom's never felt so good

Maybe I should try this over
Maybe start doing it sober
I sweat tonight will be the night
that I do not wake up hungover
But all of a sudden the sun is rising
and it's not very surprising
that I'm lying on the roof
drinking Jack and railing lines

and I can see it all go down from the lights of this town
It is lighting my decent
and all the times that I have spent misunderstood
Rock bottom's never felt so good
Rock bottom's never felt so good

They say you can't do this forever
I don't intend to prove them wrong
but you know even the longest lives don't really last for very long
So I'll live it while I've got it
and what I've got, I'm living fine.
But when you tell your kids your stories
you know they'd all rather hear mine
Because I've seen the sunrise from a million different pairs of eyes
I have smoked many a cheap cigar
and drank many more, cheaper wine
Oh, you don't seem so impressed
at least as far as I can tell
But you know I can play guitar and sing
and I can do it pretty well.
But I owe every lyric,
every riff,
and every song
to all the things that I have done
even when most of them were wrong
But you know that is just my life
where nothing ever is enough
you can tell me what you will about my ways
and I'll politely tell you to "fuck off."

I can see it all go down from the lights of this town
It is lighting my decent
and all the times that I have spent misunderstood
Rock bottom's never felt so good
Rock bottom's never felt so good
Rock bottom's never felt so good



lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: In A Perfect World
If you keep your options open
There are places you will go
They will treat you like the kings and queens
your parents thought you'd be when you were born
You'd see it all, with your head up standing tall
and you'd look back and think it's funny
how you spent your time and money

In this world
Living in this perfect world
Everyone can write a song.

Let me tell you mister
you should always talk to strangers
because you never really know the brilliant things that you might hear
like all of the fall of civilizations caused far off constellations
or we all aren't really here, we're just quantum sized good vibrations

In this world
Living in this perfect world
Even strangers sing along

If you keep your options open
there are places you will go
It might be hell, it might be heaven, might be nothing,
maybe something else
who knows?
I can't really say for sure
because I've never really been dead before
But I guess someday I'll know it,
or perhaps maybe I won't

In this world,
Living in this perfect world.
None of us will ever die.


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Color Of Bone
When we were young
Our minds could move mountains
Our bodies were strong to carry the world
We witnessed destruction
and we lived through a war
Our future was longer than our past ever was
we saw purpose where we hadn't before

So we lit a fire
So the world could see our eyes from the wreckage
We wore the ashes like scars buried deep in our hands
We lit it as a sign to the ones left behind of a future.
We had no idea what we were doing and we didn't care
At least we were there

In a life that is long
Hearts will be broken
things will be lost and lies will be told
Fights will be fought
What you own will be stolen
Your body will slow
and soon you grow old

But we still believe
that the moments we live are forever
And we try not to think there's a moment that it all will end
There are lines that have formed that were not there before to remind us
Even temples will crumble it's only a matter of when
A matter of when

Every brick that's placed will be torn down.
And all of its worth is returned to the Earth and the sea.
And all you say will be forgotten someday
But I'll sit here and listen to enjoy how the story is told.

It's really all such a laugh
what we do for a good epitaph
all I'll leave in my will is a few pictures and bills
the rest you can do with what you want.
But my headstone will read
"here lies a beloved guitar,
buried with its hands which belonged to a man,
who cold play it like a God damned machine."

You can dress me in clothes that I've never of worn to address you.
You can give me away to that freshly dug grave of my own.
You can say I'll live on in the hearts of the ones who remember
As I'm nestled away in my coffin, the color of bone
The color of bone.
The color of bone.


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: A Lucky One
He kept a diary
until the day he died
He wrote of the dreams he had
and memories that were never built to last
and every page that passed
has outlived the man who was there to give them life.
There's a soul on every curve of the letters in each word
and in every line I hear just what he meant.

All those times I could have died
Were all the times that I was alive
I am a lucky one (a lucky one)
and I won't throw it all away
just to live another day
someday that day will come. (that day will come)
I'll catch that ghost train out of town.
and I'll look back and take a bow
and I'll know just where I've been and where I'll go.
But for now I don't know

Long before I was born he wrote a line
of a love some would feel if they'd lived a fortunate life
"You should have seen my smile on my face that I had with her that one immortal night."
"I cursed at the moon for not being bright enough to shed more light"
"lucky for me my fingers don't need eyes to see. "
"and they showed me the light."

All those times I could have died
Were all the times that I was alive
I am a lucky one (a lucky one)
and I won't throw it all away
just to live another day
someday that day will come. (that day will come)
I'll catch that ghost train out of town.
and I'll look back and take a bow
and I'll know just where I've been and where I'll go.
But for now I don't know

The day he left this world
his story ended and his last page turned
and when I saw all that was lost from the man who such thoughts
I felt as empty as the paper
and I yearned for one more day
and so I picked up his pen
It felt so heavy in my shaky right hand
I thought I guess it's up to me
To extend his legacy
To show the love and life he left for me weren't lived in vain

All those times I could have died
Were all the times that I was alive
I am a lucky one (a lucky one)
and I won't throw it all away
just to live another day
someday that day will come. (that day will come)
I'll catch that ghost train out of town.
and I'll look back and take a bow
and I'll know just where I've been and where I'll go.
But for now I don't know


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Hero To Myself
I'll give you a little piece of my heart
You can stomp it, you can burn it, give it all the hell you've got
But please promise me you won't hold on to it too long
Becuase this heart of mine is meant for moving on.

I've never been one to put my dukes up and fight
cause I've never met a dog who's bark was worse than his bite
I'm trying to do right
I try with all my might
But nobody knows this but me

People often ask me why I do this to myself
I often dodge the question, I say I do it for my health.
But the answer is much deeper than I'm willing to delve.
But nobody delves deeper than me

So take all of your judgements and save them for someone else
My psychology is no mystery and my worth is not your wealth
I just need a friend to help me and a friend that needs my help
A hero is all I really need
A hero is all I ever wanted to be.


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Birds
Times were tough
I'd made some money,
had some paid time off
I had to get away to get my jolly's off
so I left as quick as I could
but when I came home
I realized I'd left the lights all on
The heat was blasting and the windows were all open
and it was letting all the cold air in

As I looked out I could see them all atop the hill
About to fly up away to some far off land
Flying high above the silly drama all us humans have
and I wish I could be more like them flying overhead

I was laid up
My bones were broken and my pride was hurt
I should have learned to keep my big mouth shut
....
I screwed up
I can admit that now that I'm laid up
Immobilized and praying that someone would come in and shut that open window
That keeps on letting that cold air seep into my bones

But as I looked out I could see them all atop the hill
About to fly up away to some far off land
Flying high above the silly drama all us humans have
and I wish I could be more like them flying overhead.

Sweating all the small stuff makes the tough times even tougher
There are quotas to be met
and competitions with one another
Stress can be a motivator
But also an instigator
So I will keep it all locked down so it can kill me someday later

Oh, I don't know
What the hell we want to do this for,
Sometimes I wish I could just fly out that open window
and let the wind take me where it wants me to go

As I fly out I'll meet them all atop the hill
and we will fly up away to some far off land.
We'll be flying high above the silly drama all you humans have
and I will be just like them flying overhead.



lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Glory
Harder than a wrecking ball
the heat is tearing down these walls
the blood and sweat is pouring from the tap
It's overflowing
There's bodies pounding, broken bones
The world could end we'd never know
The musics getting louder as our hearts all beat together

We came for the glory
We came for the fall
We came with a fight in our hearts
and gave it our best shot

People doing what they want to do
When nothing here is good for you
there's something reassuring with all these bridges that we're burning
No one here wants to believe
That there might be no way to leave.
No one wants to show it
it's a trap and we all know it

We came for the glory
We came for the fall
We came with a fight in our hearts
and gave it our best shot

How could you really blame us
in a world where nothing changes
people need to know they're doing something that keeps them moving
So we built them a house
and wrote them a song
and we burn that midnight oil doing everything wrong
and we feel invincible
and yet deep in our hearts
There must be a part of some thing that we're doing that's right.

We came for the glory
We came for the fall
We came with a fight in our hearts
and gave it our best shot


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Your Gentle Bones
Keep running
The body is burning
within your gentle bones
that you keep hidden from the world
there are millions

So keep smiling
The world is watching
In those eyes you see reflections
of a boy who's head is swelling
from delusions

Take your time
as you took mine
You're not the only one
who's here to save us
You may be strong
But your strength is useless
Take a breathe
what you hold is precious
Just like the rest, you're just as helpless

I'll keep strumming
the tune I'm humming
It's the only thing that lifts my spirit
above the beer and cigarettes
I keep around me

sing loudly
and keep laughing
and I'll crack wise as a disguise
to hide the weight my spirit puts upon my body

I'll take my time
to write this line
it's important to remember all my friends
Who see me though kaleidoscopic lenses
They are the artist, I am their canvas
Just like the rest I'm just as helpless

Take your time
and I'll take mine
We're not the only ones
Who are here to save us
We may be strong
but our strength is useless
Take a breath
What we hold is precious
Just like the rest, we're just as helpless


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Wild Child
I left my body in the water
My mind was floating on the wind
My eyes were staring at horizons
from the valley walls within
There's a mountain top to climb
to feel the sky rest on my bones
and taste the water that's returned
from the rivers far below

So get lost little soul
it's just a thought
So throw it off and let it grow
I watch it stretch beneath my feet for miles
and I'm howling like a wild child
This time I'll go it alone.

I've got time on my hands
the clock strikes five upon my face
the day left impressions on my skin
the cool night air will soon erase
There's an evenness and flow
in places man can never go.
There's a promise of tomorrow
Whether we're there to see the show.

So get lost little soul
it's just a thought
So throw it off and let it grow
I watch it stretch beneath my feet for miles
and I'm howling like a wild child
This time I'll go it alone.

Trace each pace back to the place I'm from
Listen close they're calling me back home.

So get lost little soul
it's just a thought
So throw it off and let it grow
I watch it stretch beneath my feet for miles
and I'm howling like a wild child
This time I'll go it alone.

lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Cold Night
It's a cold night
And it calls for cigarettes
It calls for whiskey drinks
And it calls for no regrets
It's gonna be a night where all the girls
Don't know who they're up against
And all those rational weekend warriors
have all gone off to bed.

And I need a long night
Like I need a rope around my neck.
I'll be swinging from the rafters
Before it all comes to an end.
Even though I'll count it as a loss
A loss is better than no bet
But I'll always be a betting man
Even when they stack the deck.

It's a cold night
And I should take care of myself
But not until I hit the bottom
Do I worry about my health
I can be burning like a flame
While I am chilled down to the bone.
I'll be soaring high above the rooftops
While I am sinking like a stone

And I need a long night
I need to get this off my chest.
It's not for picking up the pieces
It's for throwing out the rest
Tonight we've got a point to prove
We're not too old for this just yet
And what's the point of being a better man
If you can never be the best

I was a cold night
I thought I's never see the dawn
Now my skin's a suit of iron
To protect a soul that's made of stone.
But my heart still pounds a war drum rhythm
As it rattles in my chest
And I'm standing on the front lines
Watching the sun rise overhead.

And I needed last night
And I may need it again tonight
I'm a solitary warrior
In the solitary fight of his life.
I'll see you in the morning
and I'll have stories to tell
These night may be the stuff of legends
So let's make legends of ourselves.


lyrics by Sam Chase
Track Name: Old Blood
I think that my first memory
I couldn't have been more than three
I flew over the city like a bird
Maybe it was just a dream
a physical impossibility
but back when I was three I was so sure.

I was the wind,
I was the clouds,
I was the sky.
I was the childhood dreams I hoped would never die
But now I sit and drink my wine getting older all the time
and now I wish I could still spread these wings to feel that old blood flowing through my viens.

We held safaris in the backyard bushes
Our mansion was made from couches cushions
Everything was fine while we were there.
The basement was the grand bazaar
the hallway, Sunset boulevard
We smoked cigars from a deck of playing cards

I was the mover,
i was the shaker
I was the man
I was a thousand things I didn't understand.
But now I sit and drink my wine getting older all the time
and now I wish I could still move and shake to feel that old blood flowing in my viens.

We wrote symphonies no one would ever hear
We lived a world that never was and never is
But if it all came from within
How do I get it back again?
and how do I know where I'm going if I don't know where I've been?

We'd hoist the sails of our sinking ships
Through optimistic chants we'd let our presence known to the cold and salty air
Our legend lasted longer than our reign
how we were masters of the seas before we sank beneath the waves

I was the wind,
I was the clouds,
I was the sun.
I was the wolf,
I was the chase,
I was the hunt.
But now I sit and drink my wine getting older all the time
and now I wish I could still spread these wings to feel that old blood flowing in my viens.


lyrics by Sam Chase