American Nightmare

by Tyler Massey

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Things aren't like they said Those voices in your head Just a load a sad surprises And a million compromises Things aren't like they seem And the grass is always greener Those old songs that you sing And the memories that linger You can keep your American Dream Where I keep my American Nightmare Things aren't like they were When you were ma'am and I was sir Things aren't like they are When you always go too far You can keep your American Dream Where I keep my American Nightmare People come and go so fast That you never get to dance Faces in a crowd All dying for the chance to try You can keep your American Dream Where I keep my American Nightmare
2.
Ten Years 03:13
It's been ten long years since I've seen you It only feels like seconds in my heart Time has played it's trick and now I'm older I wish you could teach me how to Live without you here Father of mine how I miss you I can only hear your voice in my dreams I can see your eyes in the mirror I wish you could teach me how to Live without you here Only you can hear what I'm singing After all I only sing this one for you
3.
Whipping Boy 03:59
You’ve got your own newspaper But you only publish lies You’ve got your own TV channel And you only advertise You’ve got your own radio station But each song sounds the same You’ve got your own whipping boy Who always takes the blame One day soon You’re gonna have to face the truth That you need us More than we need you You’ve got your own football team But all they do is cheat You’ve got your own pencil pusher To write your fake receipts You’ve got your own ghostwriter To finish all your books You’ve got your own plastic surgeon To fix your dirty looks One day soon You’re gonna have to face the truth That you need us More than we need you You’ve got your own police station But they’re all on the take You’ve got your own legal team To bend the laws you break You’ve got your own hired muscle So you don’t have to fight You’ve got that old cocaine habit To get you through the night One day soon You’re gonna have to face the truth That you need us More than we need you
4.
The Gift 03:05
I'd sleep on the cold ground And I would stick around Just to hear anything you say I'd stand in the big crowd As long as I'm allowed Just to see the look upon your face The stars are aligned now And everybody shouts We can finally share a warm embrace Sing me an old song That makes me still belong Too soon I'll have to tear myself away When you sing our hearts begin to glow And all our weary lives disappear Your breath in the cold night Steaming in the light Now the queen of all that you survey You take your last bow The show is over now It's time for me to make my lonely way When you sing our hearts begin to glow And all our weary lives disappear I feel the cold now And everything slows down and all your songs they seem to melt away
5.
I like this town better when it falls asleep Driving around in the rain gives me some time to think I can't remember did I cut and run It was all such a long time ago Am I the prodigal son? I promise you letters that I never send The ones where I clear out my soul And call you my only true friend I try to tell you I love you to death But I always trip on the words The lie makes me so short of breath Sing me a song that reminds me How lucky I am Just to be here Standing beside you I turn of my mind and I float down the stream And let the song into my lungs like some mysterious breeze I batten down hatches and strike all the sails But the wind keeps pushing me straight Into the jaws of the whale Sing me a song that reminds me How lucky I am Just to be here Standing beside you Better the devil you know Than the one that you can't control Better the devil you know Than the one that eats at your soul I try not to listen to their tender lies The ghosts that sing in my heart They sound so ancient and wise I try not to miss all the ones who have died But I'm never really alone With all of their memories inside Better the devil you know Than the one that you can't control Better the devil you know Than the one that eats at your soul

about

When I wrote the title track, I had no idea that it would come true.

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released February 17, 2017

All songs by Tyler Massey
Produced by Alex Knight and Tyler Massey
Further credits are listed on each song's page.

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