Amygdala Hijack

by Jake Gray

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Our first effort since "Is Your Listerner On?" in 2003. This album reflects my interests, a mix of blues, rockers, ballads, and country. We broke out the harmonica, cajon, and mandolin. We turned a hymn into a rocking anthem. I used the resonator, acoustic, 12-string, and 6-string electric guitars. So... if you like things mixed up a bit, hopefully this project will be right up your alley.

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released October 21, 2016

Jake Gray - guitars, vocals, bass, harmonica, percussion, keyboards
Jamie Gray - drums
Faith G. N00dle - bass, percussion, backing vocals

Recorded at: Song Writers Studio, Knoxville, TN. songrecord.com

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Jake Gray Knoxville, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.

My goal is telling songs with music. I use a variety of styles influenced by some of the great musical storytellers.

There is another "Jerry Gray" that apparently has had some success with big band music. I am not him so... My family calls me Jake. Now you can too.
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Track Name: Said I Love You
Said I Love You

Said “I love you”, and then she walked away
said “I love you” but now I need to get away
said “I love you” but now I need some space
My hearts in a bad way and I need you outta my face

I said I love you, ain’t it plain
And if you walk away I still will feel the same
Said I love you, but I don’t know what you need
Find your way baby, back to a love that’s guaranteed
Chorus
Oh… said I love you…
Oh…. I do
Oh … said I love you…
Verse
Why do I love you, I hear you say

Said I love you, but you’re always gone
Said I love you but it’s starting to feel wrong
Said I love you, but I’m tired of being alone
Tell me something baby is there something here worth pushin’ on

Slammin’ door, a heart in pain
I want you back and I don’t mean to complain
Here we go, ‘round again
Will this roller coaster ever stop?
Chorus
Oh… said I love you…
Oh… I do
Oh… said I love you…

Why do I love you when I always seem to pay?
Why do I love you, oh when I feel so bad
Is this the best love, the love you give me the love I’ve had
Track Name: Dare to be Great
She came from a small town
And all she knew was
Find yourself a man
And settle on down, settle on down

Forget all your dreams that
Don’t include babies
Don’t dare to be great girl just
Settle on down, settle on down

Find a bad a job, maybe
Baggin’ groceries
Barely pays the bills but you
Settle on down, settle on down

When the beatings come
Though they’re born of frustration
Better mind your manners girl
When you settle on down, settle on down

When she looks into her daughters eyes
Well she longs for a better way
She wants to turn her back on this town
But she knows there’ll be Hell to pay

She’ll find herself a better dream
Gonna find a better place
Leave this town and never look back
Gonna dare to be great

Take her daddie's pistol
Keep it just in case
Some folks won’t like her leavin’
But she’ll never look back, never look back

Had to pinch her pennies
And find a hiding place
Grab a few belongings then she’d
Never look back, never look back

Pack up both her babies
And load ‘em in the truck
Slip out of town at midnight
And never look back, never look back

Her life had turned a corner
When she crossed the tracks
Headin’ for the morning and she
Never looked back, no she never looked back

When she looks into her daughters eyes
Well she longs for a better way
She wants to turn her back on this town
But she knows there’ll be Hell to pay

She’ll find herself a better dream
Gonna find a better place
Leave this town and never look back
Gonna dare to be great
Track Name: 'Til Valhalla
‘Til Valhalla
Feb – 2016, Jerry Gray, In memory of Eric Leow

To walk, to run, to climb again
To see a sky so blue
To laugh, to joke, to smile again
A moment to talk with you

To hold your hand
To love again
I’d give it all for that
To look into your eyes again
Wish I could bring you back

Chorus
I remember looking back
Wonderin’ where you’d gone
I remember looking back for you
If we had just one more day, brother
So many things I’d say
I remember looking back for you

But I will remember
What you’ve done and what you’ve said
And I will remember, ‘til Valhalla, my friend

The woods, the streams
Recall your name
I hear it whispered there
As I walk along the path
I feel you everywhere

You left too soon
This much is true
A plan we’re asked to trust
And though we’ll try, we’ll need some help
So please watch over us

Chorus
I remember looking back
Wonderin’ where you’d gone
I remember looking back for you
If we had just one more day, brother
So many things I’d say
I remember looking back for you

But I will remember
What you’ve done and what you’ve said
And I will remember, ‘til Valhalla, my friend
Track Name: Sometimes
So where’s it gonna go from here
Been tryin’ to find my self for years
Sometimes it seems the road is clear but then I
Wonder what the Hell I’m doing here.

Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes…
Getting’ older well, that’s for sure
My back is achin’ and my knees are sore
But inside I still feel like a pup
Still wonder what I’m gonna be when I grow up

Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes…
Sometimes I wonder what I should do
Sometimes my head’s in the blue
Sometimes I wonder, sometime I do
Sometimes you just have to chose…

Each choice in my life turns another page
The reason I made ‘em has faded with age
One thing is certain, one thing is clear
Don’t take yourself too serious or be like me sitting here

Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes…
Each choice in my life turns another page
Sometimes, sometimes
Still wonder what I’m gonna be when I grow up
Sometimes, sometimes

Sometimes, sometimes, sometimes, sometimes…
Track Name: Turn
My soul cries out with the joyful shout that the God of my heart is great
And my spirit sings of the wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait
You fixed your sight on your servants plight and my weakness you did not spurn
So from east to west shall my name be blest. Could the world be about to turn?

Though I am small my God my all you work great things in me
And your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be
Your very name puts the proud to shame and those who would for you yearn
You will show your might put the strong to flight for the world is about to turn

My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near and the world is about to turn

Whoa, about to turn
Whoa, about to turn
Whoa, about to turn
Can you feel it? Can you feel it?

From the halls of power, to the fortress tower not a stone will be left on stone
Let the king beware for your justice tears every tyrant from his throne
The hungry poor shall weep no more for the food they can never earn
There are tables spread every mouth be fed for the world is about to turn

My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near and the world is about to turn

For the world is about to turn
For the world is about to turn
For the world is about to turn
For the world is about to turn
Track Name: Lullaby for You
A Lullaby for You
Gerald Gray, (c) 2012

When I look into my baby’s eyes
I’m thankful for my little surprise
So I’ll keep you safe from the storm outside
This is a lullaby, for you
When I hold my baby’s hand,
so soft to touch, so gentle and
I’ll stop the world, for you I can
This is a lullaby, for you

I’ll watch and keep you safe
Don’t worry now, don’t be afraid
If you stir I know what to do
I’ll sing this lullaby, for you

I’ll sing this lullaby, for you
I’ll brush the hair back from your eyes
A time to rest, no time to cry
You snuggle in and let out a sigh
This is a lullaby, for you
Hold me close and rest your head
A moment’s peace before it’s time for bed
I’ll tuck you in and kiss your head
This is a lullaby, for you

I’ll watch and keep you safe
Don’t worry now, don’t be afraid
If you stir I know what to do
I’ll sing this lullaby …

Go to sleep…
Close your eyes…
Go to sleep…
And dream…

Hold me close and rest your head
A moment’s peace before it’s time for bed
I’ll tuck you in and kiss your head
This is a lullaby, for you
For you… for you… for you… for you…


Performance Notes:
Verse
C, C/G, Am, Am/G F G (play the C and Am, then hammer on the G on the 6th string
Chorus
Dm, C, Dm, F, G
Bridge
Dm, C, Dm C
Interlude
Played the same as the verse
Track Name: Don't Say Goodbye
You say I'm not the man for you
but I can tell you this
That I may have let you down
but I don't wanna miss

The chance of a lifetime
that I could spend with you
Just throw me a lifeline girl
'cause just one more chance will do

You wonder 'bout our future yeah
I don't wonder why
but if you say that you don't love me
better look me in the eye

You ask if I'm gonna be your man
I'm not gonna lie
I'll do anything you want me to
just don't tell me goodbye

Don't say goodbye, no

I never meant to hurt you girl
I hate to see you cry
let me make it up to you
just don't say bye-bye

Well I ask if I can call you
and you say you need some time
well if you've got the time baby
I've got the dime

You wonder 'bout our future yeah
I don't wonder why
but if you say that you don't love me
better look me in the eye

You ask if I'm gonna be your man
I'm not gonna lie
I'll do anything you want me to
just don't tell me goodbye

Don't say goodbye, no

Well you wonder 'bout our future yeah
I don't wonder why
but if you say that you don't love me
better look me in the eye

You ask if I'm gonna be your man
I'm not gonna lie
I'll do anything you want me to
just don't tell me goodbye

don't say goodbye no
don't say goodbye, no
don't say goodbye, no
Track Name: Looking Into Your Eyes
Soft gray, like a warm and cloudy day
When the rain is gently coming down
I look into your eyes and I see
The only one I want to be around

Looking into your eyes
Looking into your eyes

With all the hard times and the good times we been through
I've seen your eyes shed a tear or two
And through it all I've learned to believe
In your eyes I see the possibilities

Looking into your eyes
Looking into your eyes
Looking into your eyes
Looking into your eyes

The sunlight and the moonlight can't compare
To the light I see in there
I can hold you, and keep your hand in mine
But your eyes show how much you care

Looking into your eyes
Looking into your eyes
Looking into your eyes
Looking into your eyes

When I looked into your eyes
know got a big surprise
'cause when I looked into your eyes my heart stopped

Wasn't much there at the start
but we started a little spark
now that its turned into flame
I knew I'd never be the same

When I looked into your eyes (I knew I'd never be the same)
When I looked into your eyes
When I looked into your eyes
When I looked into your eyes

I just want to hold you tight
curl up with you at night
Because when gone at night this bed is too cold

I know you wondered if I might leave
and you wondered if I believed
But when I looked into your eyes
I knew I'd never say goodbye

When I looked into your eyes (I knew I'd never say goodbye)
When I looked into your eyes
When I looked into your eyes
When I looked into your eyes
Track Name: I Had A Friend
I had a friend
But he let me down
All of my sorrows
I thought he would drown
It seemed to me
That he’d ease my pain
But I watched my life
Get washed down the drain

Give me one more,
you know that I’ll be just fine

I’m broken inside
Oh can’t you see
My friend’s just a cover
For what’s wrong with me
I just can’t break
The cycle I’m in
So won’t you join me
We’ll have one again

Give me one more,
you know that I’ll be just fine

You made me seem smart
You made me seem cool
But something was very wrong
I guess you could you could say
That I lost my way
Now I’m just dead and gone

I had my reasons
My alibis
My good intentions
Turned into lies
I’d always hoped
To turn it around
But it only turned
My life upside down

Give me one more,
you know that I’ll be just fine
Track Name: Some Assembly Is Required
Chorus
G
Some assembly is required
If you plan on usin’ me
C
I may have a few missin’ screws
G
but I come with a guarantee
There may be a hitch in my giddy up
And I am lookin’ tired
C
One thing I can promise you
D G
You’re the only one that I desire

Verse
C
Saw you in the hardware store
You were lookin’ for a tool
D
I said, “I got one here, just your size
C G
Yes I think this one will do”
C
This one comes with a custom grip
It’ll fit right in your hand
D
And you know it will never wear out
C G
If you use more than you planned

Chorus
Verse
C
I took her home and we commenced
To see if these pieces fit
D
We worked all night on this project
C G
And no we never quit
C
A final push and a little gasp
And see look we have done
D
We finally put it all together
C G
In time for the rising sun

D C
What’ll we do with the extra pieces
D C
Why have you got some extra pieces
D C
Funny lookin’ extra pieces…

Chorus

Some assembly is required… if you plan on usin’ me.

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