Sweet Defeat

by Jon Allen

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Produced by Tristan Longworth, "Sweet Defeat" is backed by the same raw emotional intensity that has become so distinctive of British singer songwriter Jon Allen. Frequently drawing comparisons to a young Rod Stewart, Allen shows an impressive air of confidence and maturity in his songwriting. The album tells about love in all stages – from the initial attraction and passion to heartbreak and loss of hope. Americana, folk, and blues influenced, "Sweet Defeat" seamlessly transitions from solo acoustic, finger picked songs to upbeat and instantly memorable band anthems.

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released April 10, 2012

All songs written by Jon Allen
except 8 by Jon Allen & Simon Johnson
& 9 by Jon Allen & Alexandra Caró

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Track Name: Joanna
From the dying arms of twilight, lets run into the night
Lets fly like straight shot arrows across the sky
From the ashes of an old life, lets catch the newborn flames
Hold it close and never let it die

Go with me Joanna, go with me in time
A pair of chancers on an open road
We'll train our feet to follow the footprints of our dreams
Put your hand in my hand and let's go

Lets sail upon the evening now the wind is getting high
Lets step outside and drink in the air like wine
This time we'll make a clean break they'll be no looking back
We'll leave these streets of sorrow far behind

Go with me Joanna , go with me in time
Lets get away before we get too old
We'll cut across the border, into unclaimed land
Put your hand in my hand and let's go

Somewhere there's a place to go
Where all we have is all we need

Maybe there's a reason that lies beyond these walls
Maybe there's a meaning to be found
Because I cant escape this feeling , this vision in my mind
Of the day we put down roots in virgin ground

Go with me Joanna , go with me in time
I'll take you where the wild flowers grow
We'll ride on through the darkness , and get there with the dawn
Put your hand in my hand --------- and let's go
Track Name: Stealing Away
The dawn light is only
A broken beginning
And down in the courtyard
The toll bell keeps ringing
While she lies there sleeping
The secret is creeping
I should be stealing away

Now the cool morning’s cut me
And I’m trying not to feel it
But if she were to wake
Don’t think I could conceal it
For the minutes are hanging
And the autumn lights passing
And I should be stealing away

Oh Sweet illusion
You’ve fooled beggars and kings
I’ve danced in your moonlight
Sang to your song
But I can’t keep a hold of your wings

Our empire has fallen
Our dream has retreated
The lines we held on to
Are all but defeated
The last post’s abandoned
Where love was once standing
And I should be stealing away

Oh Sweet illusion
You’ve fooled beggars and kings
I’ve danced in your moonlight
Sang to your song
But I can’t keep a hold of your wings

I don’t want to wait
For the moment you rise
Just to show you
That far away look in my eyes
I’ll tell you no lie
I won’t kiss you goodbye
I’ll just be stealing away
Track Name: Time to Cry
I didn’t know what love was till I let it slip away
I didn’t know the night until I lost the day
I didn’t know the question till I was asking myself why
Now I know it’s my time to cry

I had all the heavens and the stars at my command
I held love like a rare bird helpless it in my hands
Oh but I was cruel and like a fool I let it die
Now I know it’s my time to cry

Time to cry, time to cry
Now that it’s all over
It’s my time to cry

They say all’s fair in love, who am I to disagree
I lived by the sword that now is cutting me
There’s no getting round it, it’s one eye for an eye
Now I know it’s my time to cry

Time to cry, time to cry
Now that it’s all over
It’s my time to cry

Wish I could find the words to make you change your mind
Wish I could feel the warmth of your lips one more time
But you’re gone forever and the river has run dry
Now I know it’s my time to cry

Time to cry, time to cry
Now that it’s all over
It’s my time to cry

Time to cry, time to cry
Now that it’s all over
It’s my time to cry
Track Name: Broken Town
Billboards change selling cigarettes
Burned out lamps get replaced
But this old town can never forget
Every street here knows your face

I go back to every haunt
Every day it’s the same
Night draws in and I’m alone
Just the ghost of you remains

Now I used to hurt
Now I feel no pain
Now my captive heart
Is free of your chains
Now I used to care but doesn’t it show
Now you just someone that I used to know

I believe in this broken town
Though my hands have been burned
I reach out like a beaten child
Who’s love can’t be unlearned

Now I used to hurt
Now I feel no pain
Now my captive heart
Is free of your chains
Now I used to care but doesn’t it show
Now you just someone that I used to know

Close my eyes against the rain
Turn my back to the wind
Track Name: Lucky I Guess
Been eaten up, chewed on and spat out cold
Short changed, underpaid and oversold
Some people say I’ve been the victim of my own success
I can’t explain it; I’m just lucky I Guess

I played the game for what it was got hung out to dry
They threw me to the lions just for a telling a lie
The way some people talk you would have thought I could have hung for less
Oh but don’t blame me boy, I’m just lucky I guess

Shipwreck me and I’ll build a boat
Throw me overboard and I swear that I’ll float
There’s nothing you can do to me I haven’t done to myself

I’ve lived down in the trenches with the pimps and thieves
I’ve wadded through the mud till it was up to my knees
I’ve seen things to make the laughing cavalier depressed
The way I see it, I’m just lucky I guess

I’ve met every sweet talking judge in this town
They never love you more than when they’re sending you down
Now I’m just another number doing time with the rest
Me and my friends, We’re just lucky I guess

I ain’t gonna cry no tears anymore
There’s nothing you can show me I ain’t seen before
Down in the briar patch was where I was born and bred

Been advertised as this weeks great white hope
Been strung along and always given just enough rope
I’ve done what I was told, I’ve done my best to please
Now when people see me, they don’t even lie to me
Track Name: Think of You
Something ‘bout the blackbirds song
Reminds me of your loving
Something in my past long gone
Makes me think of you

Something ‘bout the crescent moon
Hanging in the heavens
Like a lighthouse in the gloom
Makes me think of you

In my mind I cross the great divide
I can see salvation in yours eyes

Though our love has lost its way
And oceans lie between us
Some part of my heart still stays
Makes me think of you

Like a splinter in the hand of time
All the while you never left my mind

I might be in some far off place
Where no one else can find me
When kindness in a strangers face
Makes me think of you
Track Name: Sweet Defeat
Well I was busy going nowhere
Hanging out in no mans land
When you showed me the silver
There in bad lucks ugly hand

You’ve got the sweetest disposition
And a heart that’s open wide
I know that you’re the woman
Who’s gonna keep me satisfied

Sweet defeat
I’m lying helpless at your feet
And so it’s goodbye to the street
I’m so pleased to meet you sweet defeat

Well I’d given up believing
That I’d ever end up here
But now I’m happy on the high wire
With your voice ringing in my ears

I wanna call you up Sundays
When I’ve nothing much to say
I want hold on to you darling
Throw everything else I got away

Sweet defeat
I’m lying helpless at your feet
And so it’s goodbye to the street
I’m so pleased to meet you sweet defeat

You’re like the morning breeze a’ blowin’
Right through this weary soul
You give me a feeling
From my head down to my toes

Sweet defeat
I’m lying helpless at your feet
And so it’s goodbye to the street
I’m so pleased to meet you sweet defeat
Track Name: Love's Made a Fool Out of Me
I’ve been here before
Standing out in the rain
At the mercy of heartache and pain
Loves made a fool of me

I guess I was wrong
To think my luck could change
But once again I’ve been burnt by the flame
Love’s made a fool out of me

Every night I’m dreaming
What could never be
But I keep on believing
They’ll come a day, you’ll belong to me

A Heart can deceive
Sell you a dream just to make you believe
Now I got nothing but my misery
Love’s made a fool out me

Every night I’m dreaming
What could never be
But I keep on believing
They’ll come a day, you’ll belong to me

But I know my heart
Will always lead me astray
So I’ll pretend that I’ve locked it away
Where no one else can see
Love’s made a fool out of me
Love’s made a fool out of me
Track Name: Here Tonight
If you were here tonight
I wouldn’t feel so lonely
I wouldn’t need the morning light
I’d be alright if you were here tonight

If you were by my side
I wouldn’t feel the cold wind
The distance wouldn’t be too wide
I’d be alright if you were by my side

Stars go on shining
But they’ve all lost their charm
Though they keep on trying
They don’t move me
Cause you can’t be

Here tonight
Here tonight
If you were only here tonight
The day wouldn’t seem so far away

Darling don’t get me wrong
I’m getting by without you
Most of the time I’m feeling strong
I keep busy when the day is long

But when I close the door
The silence that surrounds me
Always makes me need it more
The feeling that I’ve been longing for

Stars go on shining
But they’ve all lost their charm
Though they keep on trying
They don’t move me
Cause you can’t be

Here tonight
Here tonight
If you were only here tonight
The day wouldn’t seem so far away

Here tonight
Here tonight
If you were only here tonight
The day wouldn’t seem so far away
Track Name: No One Gets Out of Here Alive
I don’t care who you are, if you’ve got a name
Don’t you know I take every soul the same
Just like Bonnie just like Clyde
No one gets out of here alive

So you’re young and pretty and you’re on parade
But whatcha gonna do when that big band’s played
Ain’t no use you making those eyes
No one gets out of her alive

You look at me and think that I’m the devil
Don’t you know that I’m your only friend

You can spend your days trying to chase the wind
You can tell pretty lies but you just can’t win
Cause just as sure as you arrived
No one gets out of here alive

Don’t you know that your folks once were just like you
There was always grass greener back then too
So baby don’t act so surprised
No one gets out of here alive

Can’t you see you’re staring down the barrel
Can’t you see you’re running out of time

So get a round and let the barman fill em’ up
Cause one day that coin’s gonna find your cup
Sure as the night and the black crow flies
No one gets out of here alive

Slow down baby where’da ya think you’re going
Outside’s just the desert and the ghosts

Nobody wants to make the best of what they’ve got
Everyone’s holding out for the graveyard slot
But they’ll be no encore, no reprise
No one gets out of here alive
Track Name: Last Orders
I’ll love you till the dance is over
I’ll love you till the music dies
Till they tear down the stars from the rafters
Till they unhook the moon from the sky

I’ll love you till my words unravel
I’ll love you till the clocks unwind
Till eternity’s calling last orders
In that place on the outskirts of time

The Jukebox is playing Love Me Tender
The king is singing sweet and low
In your arms I surrender
I’d be a fool if I let you go

I’ll love you till tin turns to silver
I’ll love you till jade turns to gold
Till every last rhyme has been written
And even the new moon is old

When loneliness comes to my window
And sorrow is knocking at my door
It don’t mean nothing to me
Cause I don’t work for them anymore

I’ll love you till death has no meaning
I’ll love you till life is a dream
Till all the cares ever we carried
Are floating like feathers down stream

I’ll love you till the river climbs the mountain
I’ll love you till fish rule the land
Till the mirror can’t see our reflection
And the bells of goodbye never sound
Track Name: When the Morning Comes (feat. Amy Smith)
When the wait of the night is upon you
And you feel that the dawns gone astray
When the stars have been blown out like candles
And the fair-weather moon’s sailed away

When hope like a friend says he’ll guide you
But he leaves you alone in the dark
With the wait of an empty promise
That was stowing away in your hear

Don’t waste your tears on the sadness
They’re only clouds in your eyes
Don’t look to far and you’ll find me
And I’ll bring you piece of mind

For the night is the day only sleeping
And the moon will return as the sun
I’ll be here while the wait is upon you
I’ll be hear when the morning comes
I’ll be hear when the morning comes
Track Name: Sarah (feat. Mark Knopfler)
Well my Head is full of questions
Laying heavy on my mind
And I’ve been looking for an answer
When there really was no answer there to find

Now my heart feels like an ocean
And I’m just looking for the shore
I thought I knew where I was going
But the truth is I can’t feel it anymore

Oh Sarah I’ve walked through this misty morning
Sarah I’ve walked down this lonesome road
Sarah there is nothing I want from you
Just to see you one more time and then I’ll go

Maybe I’m just like this old road
You may see my seasons change
I might be wearing different colours
But the place I always end up is the same

Oh Sarah I’ve walked through this misty morning
Sarah I’ve walked down this lonesome road
Sarah there is nothing I want from you
Just to see you one more time and then I’ll go