American Nightmare

by Tyler Massey

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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
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Track Name: American Nightmare
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
Track Name: Ten Years
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
Track Name: Whipping Boy
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
Track Name: The Gift
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
Track Name: The Devil You Know
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