Sad Strange Beautiful Dream

by John Nolan

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released 28 July 2015

Produced by Mike Sapone and John Nolan
Recorded at Sapone Productions
All songs written by John Nolan
Except for I Will Be Released. Written by John Nolan & Camille Nolan.
Cover painting by Peter-John de Villiers photographed by Camille Nolan
Cover lay out and design by Jerrod Landon Porter

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Track Name: American Nightclub 1999
AMERICAN NIGHTCLUB 1999
The lights are flashing
There's a frat guy dancing in the middle of the floor
He's all alone but he's having more fun than me
All these girls look sad and beautiful clinging onto boys who never will love them
And all these boys look different than me

We all sing sweet dreams of rhythm and dancing 
Sweet dreams of someone that we're not
We've all come here looking for something 
Because we don't want what we've already got 

The drinks start coming and I start talking
I have so much to say
Suddenly no one else knows quite as much as me
I've got jokes to tell and observations that I never get bored of making 
But I think these girls get bored listening to me

We all sing sweet dreams of rhythm and dancing 
Sweet dreams of someone that we're not
We've all come here looking for something 
Because we don't want what we've already got 

My head starts spinning
I start singing in the middle of the floor 
I'm all alone but I hear my friends laughing at me 
The room starts to empty and someone comes to get me
Because it's time to go
For the first time all night I don't want to leave

We all sing sweet dreams of rhythm and dancing 
Sweet dreams of someone that we're not
We've all come here looking for something 
Because we don't want what we've already got 
Track Name: Street Robbery Blues
STREET ROBBERY BLUES
Walking home at midnight
Drinking in the moonlight
I'm feeling just fine    
When I see a man and his friend
They’re coming towards me from a dead end 
They're making some demands 

Between comfort and slavery
Cowardice and bravery 
They’re completely out of good ideas 

So one says he's got a gun
He’s got something that looks like one. 
And who am I to disagree?
This life of tiny vice
Full of these thoughts I can't define 
It's got me face to face with a decision I can't make

Between comfort and slavery
Cowardice and bravery 
I’m completely out of good ideas 

So I opt for submission
I give them my permission
I feel their hands against my skin 
Confused and alone 
They only took my phone 
And a bit of my faith in human kindness

Between comfort and slavery
Cowardice and bravery 
We're Completely out of good ideas 
Track Name: Drinking Your Way To Confidence
DRINKING YOUR WAY TO CONFIDENCE
I sit on the porch in a dying town
Out of my head while the sun goes down
There’s a dog all alone at the end of the street
He's Standing still, staring back at me 
Beaten, snarling, scarred and gray
He doesn't say a word but I still hear him say... 

“You can't hide from your own mind
But I can tell that you've been trying 
You're caught between the past and present tense
Drinking your way to confidence”

I stare out at Kansas, it stares back at me
It’s all I am and all that I can't be
I'm miles from those twisted, dark highways where the cars scream by
But I still hear them say...

“You can't hide from your own mind
But I can tell that you've been trying 
You're caught between the past and present tense
Drinking your way to confidence”

Living in fear in the land of the free
Threatened by invisible enemies
You’ve got a sinking feeling that makes you so unsure
They’ve been saying all you need to do is ignore it
So you take what you get and you can’t regret it
It’ll swallow you whole if you only let it
They’re trying to save you from yourself
You keep saying “Go save somebody else”
You're at the edge of your own limitations 
So fed up with those old frustrations 
Still avoiding ancient confrontations 
You don't know where you're going or if you care
Dead set on a course to God knows where 
You already know you'll move on before you get there 
Track Name: War Is Peace
WAR IS PEACE
We've been solving all our problems by dropping bombs on them
Thank God we've got the TV screen to separate ourselves from reality
We can fantasize that other peoples lives are less important than our own
And it won't matter who dies as long as it's not someone that we know  

So now war is peace
Slavery is freedom 
And ignorance is strength

These government gangs are bearing their fangs and I'm on the wrong side of the law 
But the man on the TV says I can have his help for just a small fee
I'm holding back my laughter, holding back my words, I'll hold on to this drink 
I pose no threat to your authority I'm just horrified by the way that you think

You think war is peace
Slavery is freedom 
And ignorance is strength

You don’t want to change
You’re afraid and that’s how you’re going to stay

Sometimes I get the feeling that I'm talking in a language I don't speak
I know how to say the words but I don't know what they mean
I had a dream the other night I didn't know if I was dead or alive
I felt conscious and aware and I felt terrified

War is peace
Slavery is freedom 
And ignorance is strength
Track Name: Next To You (In New Orleans)
NEXT TO YOU (IN NEW ORLEANS)
If we left now we'd be there by midnight 
Walking streets made of cobblestone
Drinking beer in the autumn moonlight
Holding hands and smiling slow

Oh, I'd give anything to be next to you in New Orleans 

On the way there we'd talk for hours 
We'd understand what no one knows
We'd see the silent hypnotic power
Of the setting sun on the open road 

Oh, I'd give anything to be on that road to New Orleans 

I'm so tired of all this wishing
I'm so tired of this town 
There's just something I've been missing
Let's pack our bags and leave right now

Oh, I can't wait to be next to you in New Orleans
Track Name: I'll Be Home Soon
I’ll BE HOME SOON
I don’t understand anymore than you
It’s forward towards that blurred horizon
And I don’t want to leave but I have to
I don’t want to leave but I do

When you wish I was there
When you’re lying in your room
Don’t forget that I love you
And I’ll be home soon

My head rests against a cold window pane
The sun’s coming up
It’s starting to rain
I can’t believe I’m gone again

When you wish I was there
When you’re lying in your room
Don’t forget that I love you
And I’ll be home soon

Your father’s sins aren’t yours they’re his
Don’t let anyone tell you different
Track Name: Sad Strange Beautiful Dream
SAD, STRANGE, BEAUTIFUL DREAM
The pulpit is perfect except for the man who's hiding behind it 
He's washing his hands of all of his responsibility 
He's taking down names and he's picking up stones
He's looking for sins that are worse than his own 
And isn't he just like you and me?

We don't want to believe we all live in the same sad, strange, beautiful dream

Now the devil has been dead since before time began 
But he's still making progress, he’s still making plans 
With a a hand in his pocket and a gun in his hand 
He's not trying to listen, he's not trying to understand
And isn't he just like you and me? 

We don't want to believe we all live in the same sad, strange, beautiful dream

Don't believe their lies 
Don’t believe their lies
I know you know what's right
I know you know what’s right
Track Name: It's The End Of The World!
IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!
It was Sunday morning,1985
I was listening to warnings from a man with wild and flashing eyes
He said, “Judgement day is on it’s way
The end of all humanity is in sight”
The congregation raised their hands
They burst into song and sang...

“Oh, C’est la fin du monde!
C’est la fin du monde!
It’s the end of the world!”

It was Sunday morning 1999
And I was listening to warnings from a man
He had sad and swollen eyes
He said, “Judgement day is on it’s way
Society is heading for collapse”
The congregation raised their hands
They burst into song and sang..

“Oh, C’est la fin du monde!
C’est la fin du monde!
It’s the end of the world!”

One hundred years from now
They’ll still be counting down
I know they’ll still say
“The end is coming any day”
Track Name: How Much
HOW MUCH
When what’s done is done and the past is past
When the last go first and the first go last

When the lights go down and the sun goes dim
You light the match and I’ll sing this hymn

How much can we control?
I don’t know
As much as we can
How far can we go?
I don’t know
As far as we can

When you know you’re right but you can’t be sure
When you won the fight but you lost the war

When you stand your ground even though you’re wrong
I’ll hold you close andI’ll sing this song

How much can we control?
I don’t know
As much as we can
How far can we go?
I don’t know
As far as we can
Track Name: I Will Be Released
I WILL BE RELEASED
I got lost out there on my own
I got lost in your arms

I've been going nowhere 
I've been going there for way too long
 
I replaced love with fear and doubt 
I forgot how to believe
I know I'm lost but I'm on my way to found
I am caged but I know I hold the key

I've got eyes but I can't see
I've got ears but I can't hear
I know words that I can't speak 
But one day I will be released

I replaced love with fear and doubt 
I forgot how to believe
I know I'm lost but I'm on my way to found
I am caged but I know I hold the key

I've got eyes but I can't see
I've got ears but I can't hear
I know words that I can't speak 
But one day I will be released