Who's Gonna Teach You How To Live?

by Jordan Hull

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All Songs Written and Performed by Jordan Hull
 
Recorded late winter/ early spring of 2011 in Nashville, TN
 
(Except for ‘By the Light of the Moon’ which Jordan recorded on a Tascam Porta II cassette recorder when he still lived in his parents’ home in Dayton, OH).

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released 17 July 2012

Produced by Kevin Grosch and Jordan Hull
Tracking Engineers: Stephen Turney, Michael Hardesty
Mixing Engineers: Michael Hardesty, Stephen Turney
Mastering Engineer: Jim Demain
 
Lead Vocals: Jordan Hull
Piano: Ross Bridgeman, Jordan Hull
Guitar: Jordan Hull
Drums/Percussion: Taylor Derosa
Upright Bass: Ben Jones
Electric Bass: Keith Johnson
Harmonica: Jordan Hull
Fiddle: Casey Driscoll
Background Vocals: Natalie Royal, Mackenzie Scott, Kevin Grosch, Zach Robinson, Kelly Tillotson
Organ: Ross Bridgeman
Saxophone: Jimmy Spilker
Vibraphones: Chase Geiser, Jordan Hull
Horns: Robert Gay
 

 
Album Photos taken by Eric Morales in San Marcos, TX on March 6, 2012.
 
Album Design by Mikey Burton

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Track Name: O Brother
Verse:

Trouble coming down the road, watching just as it unfolds
Oh a’livin’ in the moment there’s a speeder gonna pass me by
Watch him whipping up and down the bends,
Well I wish that I could warn him but then every story has an end.

Staring up at starry space, looking for a distant place
Got me thinking for a moment there’s no reason that I’m even here
Well then my mind takes another track,
All my life’s a locomotive once it’s going you can’t turn it back.

Bridge:
So tragic, Oh brother,
My life’s behind me better start another, soon (soon)

Chorus:
It came so easy back in Union Square, Down in Soho, man she lead me there
We got a ticket off the Golden Gate, feeling heavy, headed down to Haight

Oh

Inst (chords in verse)

Verse:

Trouble coming down the road, watching just as it unfolds
There’s a woman I’ve been loving and I pray she doesn’t pass me by
Just a’wating and a’ killin’ time
Better brace myself, get ready, cause a crash is coming down the line

Bridge
Chorus x2
Track Name: Better Judgement
What don’t she understand, does she think that I’m crazy
Oh the pleasure found in pain, a real confusing thing
Still the heart has got a reason of it’s own

She’ll be moving away why do I let her get near me?
Well if it hasn’t hurt me yet it’s better to forget
Cause the heart has got a reason of it’s own

How I cry each day and night
For your love, gave up feeling right

I would never let fear hold me back from some good, yeah
And even if it kills, and though it probably will
Still the heart has got a reason of it’s own
Track Name: Birthday Suit
You let your walls fall down
And lay there by yourself
Just the way things were
As when you first came to this world

Your freedom rang so loud
You had to hold me down
Just the way things were
As when I first came to this world

You lay there as yourself
A perfect God-made girl
Knowing this would end
When you returned to the world

And in fear I cried out
My mind was all a-whirl
Knowing this would end
When I returned to the world

Love me, lean on me,
Hold me, don’t wrong me
Stay this way all our lives

Kiss me, mix with me,
Break and fix with me,
Lay this way all our lives

Repeat Bridge
Repeat first Verse
Track Name: In The Summer
Hell, we’re young at least
Slip off your slacks, and slap on the sleaze (Well, Well, Well)
Just doing what the ol’ man said
Nothing’s better than a good girl’s bed
In the summer

Work, the wanting for
Temptress is tamed, you sweat till your sore (When it’s done)
Two lovers lying sound asleep
Crash-landed into heaven’s heap
In the summer

Wake, the day ain’t done
Let’s paint the town, till it turns out the Sun/Son (Well, Well, Well)
These streets are running through my head
Just want to get you back to bed
In the summer
Track Name: King Of Swing
Verse:
Hold me now it’s over, hold onto the things we had
I think about the way she used to love me
I think of how she let that love go bad

Touch me now it’s easy, once before you walk away
I think about the way she used to scold me
I wonder if I’m crazy when I say

Chorus:
I love her, yes I do. I’ve even learned to love the sting
Though I’m trying to stay true,
Trying to keep on dancing while you punch and you swing
Trying to get rhythm with your punch and your swing

Verse:

Touch me now it’s easy, Even though it hurts me bad
I think about the pain she put upon me
I know she only did it cause she’s sad

Chorus

Bridge:
As the day is ending, I’ll keep on pretending
It’s all right, It’s just night
And in time she’ll wake up you’ll see

Chorus x2
Track Name: Bitterness Wins
I gave her my love, holy
In hopes I had hers, solely
But straight from this world
She stole me
If this is love, I’ll walk alone once again
If this is love, I’ll walk alone once again

My heart’s song was sung, need me
Wherever you want, lead me
But her heart was taught to be greedy
If this is love, I’ll walk alone once again
If this is love, I’ll walk alone once again

I don’t believe that there’s no one there for me
That’s just the way, it seems to be

You’ll never know my love again
You’ll never know my love again
You’ll never know my love again
Oh no, not now

I gave her my love, holy
In hopes I had hers, solely
But bitterness wins
Oh me
If this is love I’ll walk alone once again
If this is love I’ll walk alone once again
Track Name: Red Lights
When She came clean
Cut me worse than I’d ever dreamed
Such Suffering
I couldn’t bear so I left the scene

Chorus:

(And I went) down through the city streets from her Chateau
There where call girls meet under red lights of love
Through the city streets and the shadows
There in the comfort of

Verse 2:

Needless to say
That a part of me died that day
Why should I pray?
I only want what she took away

Chorus

Bridge:

Somehow I knew her lips were loose
Talked to her friends, that gave me proof
And so it ends, here I’m aloof
Watching my whole world falling

I was lead in, held by hand
Pain turns to sin, sin makes a man
Innocence ends, and here I stand
Watching my whole world falling

Chorus
Track Name: How Are You Gonna Live?
I’ve been lower than the casket
Been dead wrong
Found the answer as I asked it,
“How are you gonna live?”

I was served with never askin’
Ordered wrong
Tried to throw away the basket,
“How are you gonna live?”

It’s the only offered truth
And the crest mark of my youth
But I’ll get on
Times are trying, sometimes I’m scared
Always only half prepared
Just the way you are it isn’t wrong (Just the way you are it isn’t wrong)

I’ve been pulling back the maskin’
All alone
Man they’ll stone you just for askin’
“How are you gonna live?”

I’ve been ordered without askin
Got me strong
While the master sits there baskin
“How are you gonna live?“

And I’ve finally found the proof
That to live you must let loose and not let on
Sometimes struggles must be shared
Or forever be half there
Just the way you are it isn’t wrong (Just the way you are it isn’t wrong)

Gettin’ on when your covers gone (long gone) x3
Gettin’ on when your lover’s gone.
Track Name: Simple Cure
Verse:
Thinking ‘bout the time you’ve known me
Simple cure for feeling lonely
Simple Joy I hold to only
When the world has none to show me

Thinking back a smile finds me
Lifts the lips and passes by me
Even though that world’s behind me
Now and then life does me kindly

Chorus:
Oh if these arms could reach you they’d be holding on strong
Oh if these arms could reach you then you wouldn’t be gone


Thinking bought the good you gave me
Pretty thoughts that just might save me
When the world is cold and crazy
Like the way it has been lately

Thinking back to all the laughter
Come and gone the morning after
Come and gone but lingers on
And its that which keeps me holding on

Chorus
Track Name: Tables Turn
You are entitled to your pain
I oughta know about it
Don’t be mad the tables turned on you

I was just trying to play your game
So don’t get uptight about it
Such a shame one of us must lose

Lose

You’re beautiful, you have a brain
No I ain’t slow about it
Don’t be mad, when I use mine too

I was just trying to play your game
There’s nothin right about it
Such a shame one of us must lose

Lose

It’s so hard to know who’ll love you in the end
So I come to you with caution as a friend
So don’t try and tie me down just show yourself
If it’s something good for me I know myself
So don’t try and tie me down just show yourself
If it’s something good for me I know myself
I know myself

I am entitled to my pain
So don’t get uptight about it
Here I am vulnerable to you

I was just trying to play your game
There’s nothing right about it
Mercy child, is all I ask of you

You
Track Name: Old Days, Warm Places
Draw the curtains dear,
The night is fading fast and I’m just lying here
With thoughts of home
Old days and warm places that I’ve once known

Wish it all could last,
But now it’s nearly time I joined up with the past
And faced the fear
Old days and warm places follow me here

In the thoughts you keep,
In the gentle wisps of shadow in your sleep
Remember me
Old days and warm places are all I that I see

When you want me near,
Look past the photographs I’m hanging in the air
And with you still
Old days and warm places just past this hill
Track Name: By The Light Of The Moon
1st Verse
If it’s love, that you feel
Don’t ever doubt it, while it’s so strong still
And if it hurts you then you know its real
Tonight by the light of the moon

Honestly, say to me
Everything, cause your mon cheri
The only person with the eyes to see
Me now, by the light of the moon

Chorus

Know it’s hard, but I love you still
Take your time, cause I always will
And if you want me to I’d wait until
Always, forever, and forever still

2nd Verse
Each cliché still hold true
Breaks my heart I can’t find something new
And here I go again I’m so glad I found you
Tonight by the light of the moon


Chorus
Verse