Edge City

Edge City

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

"...tales of universal life, love and woe with the slyness of Hemingway and the convoluted depth of William Falkner." -John Hammel, Homegrownradio.com

Biography

Edge City combines the singer/songwriter tradition of their home in Austin, Texas, with the East Coast rock and roll of their former home in Baltimore.

Based on the songs of singer/guitarist Jim Patton and the wall of sound vocal interplay between Patton and singer/partner Sherry Brokus, Edge City blends Patton’s lyrics about the friends he grew up with in suburban Maryland with Byrds/Band/Petty style American rock.

In Patton’s most recent songs a man discovers alternate definitions of success; a daughter waits in a bar for the father who walked out on her years ago; a father tells his child not to make the same mistakes he did; a brave woman breaks free of an abusive past; people fall in love; relationships end; relationships endure.

Patton cites 20th century American fiction (“from Fitzgerald and Hemingway and Faulkner to Kerouac and Salinger and Raymond Chandler”) and the various lives of the friends he grew up with in Maryland (“I knew doctors and lawyers and waitresses and teachers and water rats and gravediggers and the guy who drove the truck that emptied the port-o-pots all over the state”) as the main source of his lyrical inspiration.

Musically, Patton admits he learned acoustic guitar playing Bob Dylan songs,and electric guitar playing the Rolling Stones, and "that was the last time I learned anybody else's songs but my own."

Patton and Brokus have sung together for over twenty five years, and confess to listening to a lot of “Richard & Linda Thompson, the Byrds, the Airplane, the Everly Brothers, and Emmy Lou Harris singing with Bob Dylan” when they started, before they took off in a direction “that’s pretty much our own”.

Lyrics

Million Miles Away

Written By: Jim Patton

Jeanne was a dancer
She just worked at Denny's during the day
So tired of cheap romancers
The kind that took her old boyfriend away
One look in her eyes said what she meant to say
She wished she lived a million miles away

Jeanne had two children
Didn't know what she'd do without those kids
She said: I'm still gonna make it, you know
I won't end up like my momma did
I'm gonna pack our bags and move out to L.A.
There's a place for me a million miles away

She shot her first husband in the back of his head
'Cause he was messing round with one of the kids
She threw the second one out when he stopped paying the rent
And now she's glad she did

She poured me a cup of coffee
I watched her walk away, I watched her move those hips
There was a time in my life I would've done anything
Given it all up just for a taste of those sweet lips
I'm not the same man is what I'm trying to say
Now those days feel like a million miles away

Aliceanna St

Written By: Jim Patton, Frank Mirenzi, Billy Kemp, and Geoffrey Himes

See the people in the morning on their way to work
Or maybe just looking for a day's pay
I see 'em leaving in the morning
And I see 'em come home late at night
Looking like they lost something along the way

I see my man coming home, so down and tired
The bottle's open before I get supper on
But I’m not complaining
It makes him feel better
Aliceanna Street ain't what we counted on

It's not the working hard
It's not the being poor
It's the feeling deep inside us
That we could be so much more
It's not the bitter cold
It's not the August heat
It's being stuck without a choice
On Aliceanna Street

Now I work parttime while my kids are at school
There's no one home when they let themselves in
And I tell them they'll have it different
And I tell them they'll have it better
Christ, I tell them anything that I can

It's not the working hard
It's not the being poor
It's the feeling deep inside us
That we could be so much more
It's not the bitter cold
It's not the August heat
It's being stuck without a choice
On Aliceanna Street

The nuns always said you gotta suffer here
To earn your place above
That it's a sin to expect any more
Well, I don't believe that
And I don't feel guilty
Aliceanna Street ain't what I'm living for

Sometimes we take the kids on that old ferry boat
And we wave to all the people on the shore
Someday we'll take that ride across the water
And we won't come back here anymore

It's not the working hard
It's not the being poor
It's the feeling deep inside us
That we could be so much more
It's not the bitter cold
It's not the August heat
It's being stuck without a choice
On Aliceanna Street

No Reason

Written By: Jim Patton

Your life's been kinda rough
Seems like nothing comes easy
You look in the mirror
You're kinda scared of what you see
Your dreams have disappeared
You don't know how to replace them
Things sure ain't turning out
The way you expected 'em to be
That ain't no reason for you to stop trying
That ain't no reason for you to give up so easily

The rain on the window
Seems to echo deep inside you
You do things these days
You swore you were never gonna do
Now your job's just a job
Seems like it just goes on forever
While you hang around with people
Who are terrified of something new
That ain't no reason for you to stop trying
That ain't no reason for you to give up so easily
That ain't no reason for you to stop believing in anything
You don't believe in anything

Now both of us made choices
When we were a whole lot younger
Neither one of us can undo
What's already been done
Any road seems hard
When you don't know where you're going
Sometimes it's hard enough
Just to make yourself move on
Now I don't have any answers
I don't even have any good advice
I've lived my life
The way I thought I had to live it
You want to do that bad enough
You gotta pay a heavy price
That ain't no reason for you to stop trying
That ain't no reason for you to give up so easily
That ain't no reason for you to stop believing in anything
You don't believe in anything
That ain't no reason for you to stop trying
That ain't no reason for you to get wasted every night
That ain't no reason for you to stop believing in anything
You don't believe in anything

Will Not Let You Down

Written By: Jim Patton

Baby you've been hurt before
You don't know how much more you can stand
Everything you've ever dreamed of
Seems to have slipped right through your hands
You don't know who to turn to
You don't know who to trust
You're reaching out for someone's help
To do the things you know that you must
I will not let you down

There's a darkness all around us
That seems to be closing in
You tried to close your eyes
But, baby, it's too late to pretend
You tried running away
You tried to shut off your heart
You know it's time to make a stand
But you don't know where to start
I will not let you down

You've been running scared for so long now
We've got to stand together and face this thing somehow

There's a trouble in this world
That's never gonna go away
And now you're looking hard at me
To see if I mean what I say
And some people will tell you
The price you'll pay is too steep
But I'll make you a promise
That I swear I'm gonna keep
I will not let you down

27 Voices

Written By: Jim Patton

I’ve got 27 voices in my head
25 tell me I’d be better off dead
Twelve get scared in the middle of the night
One says: Jim you better hold on tight
Most of them are pretty sure I’ve been misled
By the other 26 voices in my head
I’ve got 27 voices in my head
27 voices

I’ve got 27 voices in my brain
Two remind me of my greatest shame
Three can’t even remember my name
Four of them are clinically insane
One voice howling like a hurricane
At the other 26 voices in my brain
I’ve got 27 voices in my brain
27 voices

One voice fills me with regret
Second voice says: forgive and forget
Third voice tells me: that’s a sucker’s bet
Fourth voice says: You take what you can get
One voice wishing he had never met
The other 26 voices in my head
I’ve got 27 voices in my head
27 voices

Fortunate Man

Written By: Jim Patton

This isn’t the life that I pictured
But this is the life that I chose
Measured by jewelry,
My life isn’t much, I suppose
Cause I’ve never made any money
And fame was a Tuesday night stand
In spite of all that
I am a fortunate man

For I have the fairest of lovers
And I have the truest of friends
And I have a place I can go
When my darkness descends
And I have a dream still inside me
And I’ve got this guitar in my hand
Measured by that
I am a fortunate man

Discography

Keepers of the Flame, produced by Bradley Kopp, released 2006
Mystery Ride, produced by Lloyd Maines, released 2000

Set List

40 min to 2 hours of almost all Jim Patton's songs, occasional covers like "So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star" or "You Can't Always Get What You Want" or "It's All Over Now Baby Blue"