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1.
The Anchor 04:18
I was born with an anchor I was born with a chain I was born with a feeling That it’s gonna rain I was born with a hunger I can’t satisfy Gonna pull me under I never know why Am I crazy Like the world is There’s an anchor Pulls me down Going down now - there’s an anchor Pull me down now - pull me down I was given a vision Of a world so fine But the world couldn’t live up It was a curse in disguise I was given to hopeful I was given a dream Of a world so glowing Not a world so mean Am I crazy Like the world is There’s an anchor Pulls me down Going down now - there’s an anchor Pull me down now - pull me down There’s an anchor - Going down now There’s an anchor - pull me down Every night, every day, Reach for light, find the way That's my heart that's my soul, That’s the way that I roll I was born with an anchor I was born with a chain I was born with a feeling I was born with the pain I was born with an anchor I was born with a chain This world might be crazy But I’m not insane I ain’t crazy But the world is There’s an anchor Pulls me down Going down now - there’s an anchor Pull me down now - pull me down There’s an anchor - Going down now There’s an anchor - pull me down
2.
In My Skin 04:34
Letting go of worry Letting go of pain Every day’s a trial Gotta do it all again, and again Forgiving all my failures And all the dumb-ass shit I’ve done Keep my head above the water Even when it isn't fun Keep on keeping on is what they say So I keep on keeping on for one more day Wish I could be easy in my skin Wish I could be easy in my skin Letting go is easy If you are born a saint But it’s making me all queasy Cause that is something that I ain’t Forgiveness is for angels No it’s not for mortal men Keep my head from exploding Better breathe and count to ten Keep on keeping on is what they say So I keep on keeping on for one more day Wish I could be easy in my skin Wish I could be easy in my skin Wish I could feel easy in my skin Wish I could be easy in my skin The starting line is blurry The finish line is clear I never got the damn directions How to get from there to here The road will always be a hard one I guess it must be fate You gotta take what you are given Gotta eat what's on your plate Keep on keeping on is what they say So I keep on keeping on for one more day Wish I could be easy in my skin Wish I could be easy in my skin Wish I could feel easy in my skin Wish I could be easy in my skin
3.
You cannot change the ones that you live with You cannot change the ones that you love You got to be smart you got to keep living It takes a big heart to keep moving on Keep on Rolling, Keep on Rolling Keep on Rolling You dream of a life you try to hold onto Desperate and tight you cannot let go Hanging onto a dream of a world that you wanted Hanging onto the hope for the world that you know Keep on Rolling, Keep on Rolling Keep on Rolling We’re so dumb We’re so blind Cannot see Future is not yours or mine You are a ghost, you are a spirit You are no more solid then air Less than a mouse, more than a giant Whose steps aren’t heard but are felt everywhere Keep on Rolling, Keep on Rolling Keep on Rolling Keep on Rolling, Keep on Rolling Keep on Rolling, Keep on Rolling
4.
Dusty Road 04:07
I’m a cowboy in my dreams Smokey fire, can of beans Me & doggy, and an open sky My horse is grazing, swatting flies Dusty road in my mind Where I go to unwind Sing a song, fire’s low Call is strong, time to go Back home Time to go back home Big adventure chasing cows Lacing boots, sweaty brow I chew tobacco without a care I can wander anywhere Too much on my mind Details and the daily grind The cracks are starting to show Must be time to go back home… The night’s a mystery, valley’s grand A gentle breeze, blowing sand I can rest now for a while I’ll come back home with a little smile I’m a cowboy in my dreams…
5.
The Question 04:09
A child asks of me A question 'bout eternity I do not know what to say Eternity is just a day I’m still a kid, I will not lie I’ll be all grown up on the day that I die I cannot answer your questions why But I’ll be getting closer till the day that I die Mostly learning about me And how I really like to be How I love and what I need Letting go of fear and greed I’m still a kid, I will not lie I’ll be all grown up on the day that I die I cannot answer your questions why But I’ll keep getting closer till the day that I die My kids are grown some They’re smarter than me They do not ask advice But if they did, now No hesitation Would not be thinking twice I’m still a kid, I will not lie I’ll be all grown up on the day that I die I cannot answer your questions why But I’ll keep getting closer till the day that I die But I’ll be getting closer till the day that I die I’m still learning a thing or two Hope to do so till I’m thru One day I will connect the dots 'Bout how to be and how to not ...

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released November 1, 2019

Kristin Hoffmann, Kevin Osborne, Matt Whyte, Brandon Lanham - Lead + Background Vocals
Vickie Russell, Amy Fradon - Additional Background Vocals
Jonathan Perl - Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synths
John Isley - Saxophones (arranged, played, & recorded)
Premik Russell Tubbs - Flute, Lap Steel Guitar (& musical wizardry)
Kevin Osborne - Trombones (arranged, played, & recorded)
Ricardo Molina - Guitars (arranged, played, & recorded)
Matt Whyte - Guitars (arranged, played, & recorded)
Guito Galindo - Rhythm acoustic guitars
Andy Hess - Bass
Jerry Barnes - Bass, additional drum and bass production
Anthony Cavallo - Bass
Tony Mason - Drums
Ralph Rolle - Drums
Jon Shiffman - Drums, Percussion

Recorded at the Sonic Arts Center @ The City College of New York, The Power Station and Split Rock Studios
Jonathan Perl - Writer, Arranger, Producer, Recording and Mix Engineer
Paul Special - Additional mixing and drum recording
Roy Hendrickson - Recording drums and bass
Jason Sarubbi - Recording, additional vocals
Scott Hull - Mastering Engineer
Noble Thomas, Miles Blue-Spruce, William Fischer, Alex Benjamin - Recording Assistants

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Jon Perl's Dark Light New Paltz, New York

Jon Perl: human, songwriter, keyboardist, producer, teacher. Jon Perl's Dark Light took a long time to germinate & over three years to birth. Songs of real life–mine & friends. By the way, the songs are lonely & need a home! Like in your film, on your own record, or in your playlist. Contact me about licensing, covering or remixing any Darklight songs, or, just stream or download & enjoy! ... more

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