City Lights

by SALEM

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1.
Three Day Weekend Early Friday morning but my mind’s somewhere else Time to get out and get crazy for a change another day of the same old thing and I’ll probably lose my mind So I’m headed out for the weekend I feel no shame You won’t believe it but I’m not insane (Chorus) Three day weekend Well I’m off and running Ain’t got time to waste Three day weekend When it’s time to play I just gotta have another day another day So damn many women make it hard to pick just one But you always like to have one on your arms Party heavily every night Just having a good time being bad Man I’m guilty to no crime You won’t believe it but I’m not insane (Repeat Chorus) Three day weekend Well I’m off and running Ain’t got time to waste Three day weekend When it’s time to play I just gotta have another day another day Headed out for nowhere And I’m all alone Never know just which way I will go (Repeat Chorus)
2.
Bonz 03:07
Bonz: Doing things only you forget Thinking time stands still While you mend your regrets Try not to see what you really are Can’t you see You took the whole damn thing too far Memories of tomorrow And promises of yesterday (Chorus) The things you do And the things you say Like bones in your closet We have it yesterday The things you do And the things you say Like bones in your closet Keep on reaching for that mirrored glass Just like yesterday Your life will surely pass Try not to see what you really are Can’t you see You took the whole damn thing too far Memories of tomorrow And promises of yesterday (Repeat Chorus)
3.
City Lights 04:05
City Lights Same routine Just a different day Trying to make a living Doesn't really get you anywhere Kept man sharing dreams with the bottle making all its own decisions ‘Til he felt her presence standing there Like the birds on high He took her hand And promised her the sky Time they’ll waste no more Together they can open any door (Chorus) In the highlights of the city An attraction sparked the fire And they’ll make their way on true love and desire Ain’t it funny how things can change They say that nothing lasts forever How that love can be so blind But I know that you and I are gonna stand the test of time As long as we're together Leave all them non believers far behind Like the birds on high Took her hand and promised her the sky Time they’ll waste no more Together they can open any door (Repeat Chorus) In the highlights of the city An attraction sparked the fire And they’ll make their way on true love and desire In the still of the night It makes everything seem so right And they'll carry on with the love that they aspire (Repeat Chorus) Ain’t it funny how things can change Ain’t it funny how things can change
4.
Formaldehyde Dream The tears you share will come when the new season came seeing you now drives my soul insane twisted winds still bewilder me I used to call it pain and now I call it yesterday there no tomorrow everyday’s the the same And I hear them calling me My formaldehyde dream I’m so lonely, I’m so scared Wish to God that I wasn’t dead Is anything real or is it all in my head And I hear them calling me My formaldehyde dream
5.
Get Off Of Your Ass Time to stop complaining about the things that you don't have You can do most anything But all you gotta do is get off of your ass Things been getting tough around here in the neighborhood Ain’t no second guessin’ Say what’s on your mind Make it understood Time to stop complaining about the things that you don't have You can do most anything all you gotta do is get off of your ass Well I don’t care about things you have in mind If you never make it happen it’s all been a waste of time The time has come the time has come to read the writing on the wall The time has come to stop pretending that in love you're never gonna fall The time has come, the time has come Take a chance before it’s gone The time has come to come together Everybody come along! Things been getting tough around here in the neighborhood Ain’t no second guessin’ say what’s on your mind And make it understood Pinchin' every penny I’m makin’, man It seems I never have a dime to spare I ain’t got a beef to pick cause I got a roof above my head and nice clothes to wear Well I don’t care about things you have in mind If you never make it happen it’s all been a waste of time The time has come the time has come to read the writing on the wall The time has come to stop pretending that in love you're never gonna fall The time has come the time has come Take a chance before it’s gone The time has come to come together Everybody come along Everybody come along! In this world of push and shove all you need is a little lovin’ You just do the best you can every woman, every man Things been getting tough around here in the neighborhood Ain’t no second guessin’ say what’s on your mind make it understood Time to stop complaining about the things that you don't have You can do most anything all you gotta do is get off of your ass
6.
King of the Mountain: It’s been a long time climbin’ For people just to knock me down But I made up my mind And I think that my time is finally come around I’m getting higher higher higher I’m gonna be there soon I’ve been kicking, fighting, scratching It never did you any good I’m reaching, I’m grabbing yeah I’ve got my hands on you You’re turn’s over There ain’t no room for two No, there ain’t no room for you! King of the mountain It’s just a game we play King, king of the mountain Once on top we decided We never wanna fall again Well I kick you once and I kick you twice But I still call you my friend I’m getting higher higher higher I’m gonna be there soon I’ve been kicking, fighting, scratching It never did you any good I’m reaching, I’m grabbing yeah I’ve got my hands on you You’re turn’s over There ain’t no room for two No, there ain’t no room for you King of the mountain It’s just a game we play King, king of the mountain King of the mountain It’s just a game we play King, king of the mountain King of the mountain It’s just a game we play King, king of the mountain King of the mountain It’s just a game we play King, king of the mountain
7.
Lay Me 04:15
Lay Me I messed around And took the high road ‘Cause I wasn’t listening And so we took a little long But still I found my way I took my chances with a lot of women They held me prisoner But I got away But it's a long and winding Road I’ve traveled on I do my business by the phone I’ve got to lay my body down (Chorus) Lay me! Living on the line I’ve got the rhythm and the rhyme I’ve got to lay my body down I messed around and took the high road ‘Cause I wasn’t listening And so we took a little long But still I found my way I took my chances with a lot of women They held me prisoner But I got away But it's a long and winding Road I’ve traveled on I do my business by the phone I’ve got to lay my body down (Repeat Chorus) Whoa, fuck it, suck it! Rollin’ down the road I do my business by the phone I’ve got to lay my body down (Repeat Chorus)
8.
Need to Believe My dreams they carry me into the morning A full representation of my mind Though I do not understand the images I see But here I leave the real world far behind And the morning starts too early But the beauty's worth the wait And I wake the day just good to be alive And all the world is looking for the answer When everything they’re looking for is standing right in front of them If only the would open up their eyes (Chorus) I need to believe that tomorrows gonna come I got to know that I will see the rising sun But i know what I want And I’m damn sure gonna try to make the most of all my dreams before I die My dreams they carry me into the morning A full representation of my mind Though I do not understand the images I see But here I leave the real world far behind And the morning starts too early But the beauty's worth the wait And I wake the day just good to be alive And all the world is looking for the answer When everything they’re looking for is standing right in front of them If only the would open up their eyes (Repeat Chorus) I need to believe that tomorrows gonna come I got to know that I will see the rising sun but i know what I want And i’m damn sure gonna try to make the most of all my dreams before I die I need to believe that tomorrows gonna come I got to know that I will see the rising sun But I know what I want And I’m damn sure gonna try to make the most of all my dreams before I die
9.
No Good 03:43
No Good I’ve been calling all night long When’s the last time you've been home I’ve been talking to a friend of a friend of a friend who’s been talking a friend of mine That everybody's talking why the hell I ain’t I walking I don’t the reason why You've been going around just painting up the town I saw your number on the bathroom wall just because you’re rich don't mean you gotta be a bitch I think I’m horny should I give you a call I’ve been turning down every girl in town guess you're nothing more than a small town score Word’s been going round that I’m no good for you and you paint such pretty picture that they can't see through all you're filthy cheating ways and lying alibis Well I’ll not waste another minute of your precious time I've been calling all night long Everybody knows your name When’s the last time you've been home Can I find you, can I find you Standing alone and I don’t know why will I risk my reputation I can’t tell the truth now from a lie So tell me why the hell that I've been turning down every girl in town Guess you're nothing more than a small town whore Word’s been going round that I’m no good for you And you paint such pretty picture that they can't see through All you're filthy cheating ways And lying alibis Well I’ll not waste another minute of your precious time Ain’t nobody better at what you do Yeah, word’s been going round that I'm no good for you And you paint such pretty picture that they can't see through All you're filthy cheating ways And lying alibis Well I’ll not waste another minute of your precious time Waste another minute of your precious time of your precious time All right! She’s my baby she’s my baby she’s my baby And I’m crazy Well my baby well my baby, well my baby well come on well come on well come on, well come on Well come on!
10.
Nothing Comes Easy Well he was looking over the edge with aging eyes unknown And he was forced to take another chance Fountain of youth or a wishing well Layers of dreams lay where they fell With a coin in his hand and a blank look on his face Well he was eager to play the game so surely he had nothing to lose An old man overbearing in his ways returns a coin to its place And he takes a knee and prays Oh, this is your wake up call Stop dreaming of rescue Well nothing worth having comes easy Who's ever given anything to you? the fountain of youth or just a wishing well The layers of dreams lay where they fell Fountain of youth or a wishing well Layers of dreamily where they fell Well he was looking over the edge with aging eyes unknown And he was forced to take another chance
11.
Peace of Mind Lying in bed My troubles arise Finding it harder to close my eyes My fears they come to me from inside Look at me my eyes don't lie If you only knew my heart My soul you’d truly find There is no better place than your peace of mind Father said You're wasting time Mama said Your doing fine All these thoughts run through my head Oh it doesn't matter what they said If you only knew my heart my soul you’d truly find There is no better place than your peace of mind Fighting with me and myself I’m finding it hard to decide Should I let them live my life or find peace of mind Peace of mind Peace of mind! Peace of mind Peace of mind Peace of mind!
12.
Ride Me Like the Wind Watch out We’re comin’ atcha And I know We’re gonna getcha We love it when your hair starts to fly We gotta reputation Don’t need no reservation Get wild, its study night Get the ball rolling Everybody’s going crazy I know, yeah I know Anomy not doubt about it We can make it louder All you gotta do is rock n’ roll Let me take you on a trip That never seems to end Grab my reigns and hold on tight And ride me like the wind I thought I was really living Never taking, never giving Just an ordinary blue collar dude Then my boys, we started rocking And now there ain’t no stoppin', Guess it's something we just gotta do Get the ball rolling Everybody’s going crazy I know, yeah I know Ain’t no doubt about it We can make it louder All you gotta do is rock n’ roll (Repeat Chorus x2) Yeah, I’m flying Oh, I’m flying away Yeah, I’m flying (Repeat Chorus)
13.
What Me, Worry? Talking ‘bout my baby She make my coffee burn She like to run me all night long Make me late for work She don't be driving in no big fine car She don’t like to do the shopping mall When my baby sit next to me Well it make me feel ten feet tall Might be blind but uh I ain’t worried about my baby at all If you see her walking Best not fix your eye Just a glimpse of her twisting hips And now I’m hypnotized She turns the head of ever man When were checking out the local bar And I know that they were wishing they were me when they see her leaving in my arms Think I’m blind but uh, I ain’t worried about my baby at all

about

North Carolina’s SALEM first began to come together at the end of the 1970s when guitarist Trey Childress began seeking other local musicians to form a hard rock band. He would be introduced to bassist Tony Lawson and through mutual friends they had a meeting with drummer Mitch Hull and thus SALEM was now a trio.

The three continued playing with various singers up until the late 80s when Trey decided to move to LA. Trey returned to the east coast in late 1990 and the three picked up where they left off.

They would then find singer Duane George and the four began hashing out Van Halen, Living Colour, Bullet Boys, and other 80's cover songs before writing the original songs which later became the band’s self-released debut ‘Peace of Mind.

credits

released August 10, 2020

Salem is:
Tony Lawson- Bass & Background Vocals
Duane George- Vocals
Mitch Hull- Drums & Background Vocals
Trey Childress- Guitars & Background Vocals

Executive producers J. Golden & G. Shafer
Mixed and master by Jamie King Studios Winston Salem, NC
All songs were written by Salem, Except:
“Some Kind of Wonderful” written by J. Ellison/Dandelion Music Co.
Jamie Music Publishing Co.
All selections published by Mind Music
Layout design by Chris Fergusen

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