a fragile peace

by Lucky Jr

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1.
This is the day we knew was coming We finally fell through this thin veil The secrecy and silent cunning This house of cards has fallen down I lead the way with declarations but 2 21 will never die You took a while to let sensation break over you like waves denied We’ll celebrate our independence As if celebrate is the word to use The freedom here is only burden Driving our feet into the ground Maybe we’ll laugh someday at madness - 80 years old and still in flames We’ve had a fiery fall from heaven and now we’re burning on the ground We didn’t care what overcame us Our cri de guerre was “vive les fous” Pieces of life dropped all around us Scattered like leaves, they made no sound This is the day we both saw coming - this is the one, we cannot run This is the time we pay the piper to play a tune but we don’t dance Somehow we hoped it would Passover Always so sure we moved so fast Like pillars of salt it swirled around us Never look back, Never look back
2.
There are diamonds on my walls A curious thing for sure I wasn't looking for some new delight Or a prism in my door (I Hear) The murmur of the cars The moaning of a train The tumble of a dryer drum The rumble of a plane There's an outline of a cat Spilled like soot across the floor A gentle wobble of the fan As it comes around once more The shapes upon the walls Are suddenly so plain The shadow on the floor Quickly fades to gray The amber in the fading light Swirls and blows away But when the sun comes through the clouds It all begins again Leaves are falling out my window Shifting piles of yellow red Let my mind and vision wander Turns to amber waves instead The murmur of the cars The moaning of a train The tumble of a dryer drum The rumble of a plane
3.
You can say that I don't mean nothin' to you You can say that you hate ev'rything that I do Tell the world that I let you down Told you lies and led you on Ground you up as fodder for my songs But oh, when I hold you close tonight You'll say you love me and swear everything's alright First you'll shudder, then call my name Sink your nails till you hit my veins You used to think that my eyes were black as coal Now you think they're windows in a black hole Tie me up with a spider's skill, Spit me out like a bitter pill Dead a thousand times if looks could kill But oh, when I hold you close tonight You'll say you love me and swear everything's alright First you'll shudder, then call my name Drink my blood when you hit my veins Now you say that I'm really not that bad Not the first and not the best you've had How you need my wild desire, Gnashing teeth and tongue of fire Lay me low so you can rise much higher But oh, when I hold you close tonight You'll say you love me and swear everything's alright First you'll shudder, then call my name Sink your nails till you hit my veins
4.
Four o’clock in the morning and I stumble to my bed Tried all night in vain to kill these devils in my head Another shot of whiskey and one more glass of wine Is all that ever seems to tame the beast - A fragile peace Morning rings in anger through the voices in my head Curse the night and day alike and wish that I was dead The preacher and the doctor can only wring their hands I sit alone and wait for this to cease - A fragile peace A few more cups of coffee and some tablets for the pain My hands are so damned shaky I can barely write my name But I make it though another day with no new casualties I raise a glass to greet this strange disease - A fragile peace
5.
Something breaks, Something heals Something flattens All my wheels I can’t tell you How it feels Something breaks, Something heals Someone loses, Someone wins Someone twists, Someone spins Mark the spot Where it begins Someone loses, Someone wins Someone’s secret Someone tells Someone’s buyin’, Someone sells Glance away And it goes to hell Someone’s secret Someone tells Someone’s lost, Something’s found Someone’s silent, Something sounds Paper houses On the ground Someone’s lost, Something’s found Something’s lost. Someone’s found
6.
It’s been 15 years since you passed away - Oh, God, it seems like more I can’t remember how you laughed or why you died so poor That lousy Chevy Nova I bought for you that fall I cried to see Your sad grey face - Your world had grown so small Somehow someone failed you but I’ve not failed your memory You’ve come to live and die again somewhere inside of me I resist but you insist - I fall down to my knees I can’t hide and I can’t run - I am my father’s son Well, I drive a Lousy Chevy, and it’s mostly blue like yours And I still play your green guitar mostly tuned to open chords I’ve got your bad knees and your bad luck and I sometimes lose my way I can’t believe I was in junior high when I first noticed your toupee Somehow someone failed you but I’ve not failed your memory You’ve come to live and die again somewhere inside of me I resist but you insist - I fall down to my knees I can’t hide and I can’t run - I am my father’s son I have a wife and a family but something’s not quite right I’m always kind of restless and I lie awake at night I feel the anger and the sadness that made you cry out loud I never really quite fit in and I’m lonely in a crowd Somehow someone failed you but I’ve not failed your memory You’ve come to live and die again somewhere inside of me I resist but you insist - I fall down to my knees I can’t hide and I can’t run - I am my father’s son But I have the hope of glory and I’m fighting the good fight I can’t hide and I can’t run - I am my father’s son.

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A lifetime in the making... best listened to in its entirety for the full experience (but do what you must - we respect your freedom of choice)

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released October 17, 2019

Lucky Jr is:
Terry Birkett – guitars & vocals
Doug Austin – drums
Mike Gusway – bass
Bob Young – keys

All songs by Terry Birkett

Produced & engineered by Doug Austin
at Soundhole Studios in Warren, MI

Mastered by Szajna Dynasty Media

Graphic design by Bob Young

All rights reserved.

Thanks to: May for her love & grace; Colin, Austin & Evan for sharing their life & music with me; Ed, Panda, & Craig for believing for so long; Bobby for bringing me back to music & sticking with me; Bob, Tom, & Doug for being more than a band; Mike, Doug, & Bob for bringing the tunes to life beautifully, and Doug for a beautiful recording; Chuck for generously getting the LP Jr back to me; Michelle for being brave enough to book me; Kelly LG for being our #1 fan; a special thanks to Bob Young for being Bob Young.

Music courtesy of BlueSideDown Studios.

No musical instruments were harmed in the making of this recording (though a few of them complained of headaches and nausea).

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Lucky Jr Livonia, Michigan

Terry Birkett is a guitar player, songwriter, and a confirmed lover of music and art.

The band Lucky Jr. is Terry Birkett, Doug Austin, Mike Gusway, & Bob Young.

Past members include Austin Burkett, Adam Ribant, & Colin Birkett.
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