A Long Way From Home

by My Cousin, The Emperor

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All songs written by Jason Reischel (BMI)

Musicians:
Jason Reischel: rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Terry Quire: lead guitar, backing vocals
Chris Gogan: bass, backing vocal on 10
Alex Wyatt: drums, percussion, backing vocal on 11

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released October 20, 2009

Recorded over 4 days in Dumbo/ Williamsburg/ Brooklyn, NYC
Produced by Jason Reischel & Seth Rothschild
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY by Don Piper at Between the Trains (Dumbo) & Seth Rothschild at Little Recordings (Williamsburg)
Mixed and Mastered by Matt Pence (The Echo Lab, Denton, TX)
Cover photo by Dave Ransone

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Track Name: A Long Way From Home
You’ll never know why I love you so
You’ll never see what you mean to me
You’ll never hear my words so clear
No, not today for I’m miles away
And a long way from home

I’ll fill you in on all the places I’ve been
We’ll cut the rug before I’m done
I’ve seen your face in every town I’ve been in
And will tonight, it’s a sight that I like

I count the days before I went away
And never knew there’d be much sorrow
I count the days since I left on my way
Would love to be with you tomorrow
But it’s a long way from home

You’ll never see what time does to me
You’ll never know how much I missed you so
The only thing that can save me
Is you tonight, in my arms, holding tight

I count the days before I went away
And never knew there’d be much sorrow
I count the days since I left on my way
Would love to be with you tomorrow
But it’s a long way from home

I count the days before I went away
And never knew there’d be much sorrow
I count the days since I left on my way
Would love to be with you tomorrow
But it’s a long way from home

You’ll never know why I love you so
You’ll never see what you mean to me
You’ll never hear my words so clear
No, not today for I’m miles away
And a long way from home

Not today for I’m miles away
And a long way from home
Track Name: Broken Bottle Blues No. 2
I forgot, you know, what it is you do
That keeps you up for hours while I snooze
Chicago, It must be in the air
Chicago, I really don’t care

I forgot, you know, what it is you do
When you’re low and you can’t shake them blues
When cocaine has gone to the brain
When all thoughts are one in the same

You can’t break my bottle and give it back
You can’t break my bottle and give it back

Do you know where I can get a gun?
Must shoot straight, must be the only one
That you would take to a duel
That you know would never fail you

You can’t break my bottle and give it back
You can’t break my bottle and give it back

You know you’re on the wrong side of the tracks
Bob Crosby would love to take you back
Just let him look into your little sack, Jack
Then you’ll know you’re on the wrong side of the tracks

Do you know where I can get a gun?
Must shoot straight, must be the only one
That you would take to a duel
That you know would never fail you

You can’t break my bottle and give it back
You can’t break my bottle and give it back
Track Name: Montevideo
She said:
"Comfort me, I cannot feel warm
Grab my rosary, for I know that I won't last long
I know that my days are numbered
There's so much that I want you to hear
Though my sadness will make you wonder if I was true to you...”

Last time I saw Marie, we walked arm in arm
But it was of no relief
No longer could I afford to wait until tomorrow
I have to leave before high noon
But if the train were to leave early
There's nothing I can do
Until Montevideo
Until Montevideo

Some things never change, but I could be wrong
I look for the Avellano Tree in Saro
Where we left our mark
And I laugh when I remember the stories
As we climbed the hill
Separated by an ocean, Momentarily still
In Montevideo
Until Montevideo

And I like to think at that time
That you loved me and would remain mine

Some things never change, but I could be wrong
But when you sell your soul to me
There's no joy in growing old
And although I am unhappy, I did what I thought was true
And though I have my regrets
What am I do in Montevideo?
In Montevideo
In Montevideo
In Montevideo
Track Name: Vanity on Decline
Maybe tomorrow you will hear me inside your head
But I will be so far away
You pushed me to this place

For far too long, you have abused me
Took me for granted, neglected, and used me for your self-help

That you will never find
Your vanity is on decline
And I will be better off by myself

Though in my tears, I attempt to forgive you
It’s your last chance to prove that you really have a clue

That you deserve a shot of redemption of the heart
That I have shed my last tear over you

A fool, I am not so don’t waste my time
I forgave you once I don’t know if I can for a second time

That you will never find
Your vanity is on decline
And I will be better off by myself

Even now, I don’t believe you
If who you are in your head is who you are in your heart,
Then, we are through

You hold yourself too high in esteem, and it’s a lie
You’ll wake one day alone, and very old
I can’t wait for you
Is there even room for two in your head?
You’re a legend, but you’re all alone
Track Name: I Cried For You
I cried for you
Part of me died
The part that was so true to you
Turned and ran
Left my heart exposed to your demands
But I tried

I cried for you
I have made a few mistakes
But though so have you
So let's just stop counting on
For our time is running out
So let's try
I cried for you

Now that I have lost you
The fault is all mine
I lied to myself until the end
That it was you playing games
That I forced you to play
But you tried

I cried for you
I have made a few mistakes
But though so have you
So let's just stop counting on
For our time is running out
So let's try
I cried for you

I cried for you
I have made a few mistakes
But though, so have you
So let's just stop counting on
For our time is running out
So let's try
I cried for you

Mistakes
For our time is running out
So let's try
I cried for you
Track Name: No Necklace (She Can't Wait To Dance)
She don’t know what she is waiting for
She can’t see, she can’t unlock the door
That she can’t find, happens all the time lately

She can’t wait to dance
When she bought the dress that she would wear tonight
A different circumstance, she would’ve cut her hair
For it has grown too long
To pull it back, or leave it down
No necklace, or just leave it on

She don’t know what she is waiting for
She can’t see, she can’t unlock the door
That she can’t find, happens all the time lately

Much too lately
Much too hasty she feels she’s been with him

She can’t wait to dance
When she bought the dress that she would wear tonight
A different circumstance, she would’ve cut her hair
For it has grown too long
To pull it back, or leave it down
No necklace, or just leave it on

Much too lately
Much too hasty she feels she’s been with him
Track Name: Justine
Eye on the bedroom
And I need one more glass of wine
Strung out for three days and I can’t discern the truth from lies
Who knew Justine would’ve fallen from grace?
No, I don’t think that I can take her place

It’s not all roses when it’s snowing and there’s hail inside
What can I do for you that you haven’t already lied about?
Who knew Justine was just having a laugh?
Sharpens her teeth and steps back for a sneak attack

Waits for her prey to die
But not today,
We saw were she lies

Who knew Justine was just having a laugh?
Sharpens her teeth and steps back for a sneak attack

Waits for her prey to die
But not today,
We saw were she lies
Track Name: When You Walk By
When you walk by, you never look in my eye
But I don’t care
My mind is somewhere else today
Won’t let that get in my way
Won’t let you out of my sight
We’ll be alone tonight

I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to tell you how I feel inside

So when you walk by, you won’t have to look in my eye
To know how I feel
I would have told you it all last night
As you laid in my arms
As we watched the sunlight break through the dawn

I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to hold you
I’ll have time to tell you how I feel inside

So when you walk by, you won’t have to look in my eye
To know how I feel
I would have told you it all last night
As you laid in my arms
As we watched the sunlight break through the dawn
Break through the dawn
Break through the dawn
Track Name: Unfinished Melody
Can I feel you?
Be the sea unto your shore and rest upon you
And give you more than you wanted
More than you could ever need
So I won't be forgotten
While you dream
Will you remember if I whisper in your ear
An unfinished melody for you to hear
Over and over and throughout the day
Then I'll always be near you
Only a thought away
I’ll always be near you
Just a thought away
Track Name: There's Only You
There aren’t days
When I don’t care to think of you
Can you say the same?
Oh, can you?

But am I insane
To want you so much it pervades my thoughts?
It’s meaningless to say I’m not alone

I’m on my own inside my head
There’s only you, there’s only you
You can’t deny I’m not insane
There’s only you, there’s only you
There’s only you

Tonight, when it feels late
It comforts me to see your face
I’ve often wondered if changes too
Like my dreams of you

But how am I to know
How often that you think of me?
Is it passion, or just empathy?

All I know is I’m all alone inside my head,
There’s only you, there’s only you
You can’t deny I’m not insane
There’s only you, there’s only you
There’s only you

I’ve lost my mind
I’m quite I’m insane
Because of you, because of you

There’s only you
There’s only you

You can’t deny I’m not insane
There’s only you
Track Name: Regalo La Flor
You could’ve been a heart-throb
You could’ve been a doll
If I go out of my head
You could’ve been them all

From the top of my head
To the top of my shoes
To the music in the air
To the moments that are true

That I will have a long night
On the old one 55
Take me into Memphis
Where I have to see tonight

In the back of my head
You haven’t changed in a year
My Juanita, mi amor
Quien te regalo la flor

I can see the sunshine
I can see the sun
In this moonlight hour
On this midnight run
But time is going to slow
Seconds turn into days
Only Mississippi stands in the way

Could’ve been a nightmare
Must’ve been a dream
If you were talking to yourself
Then you were talking in your sleep
But I heard another voice whisper in your ear
An unfinished melody for you to hear
It was an unfinished melody for you to hear