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Jackson Browne was born in Germany in 1948, and raised in Southern California. He showed great musical talent at an early age.


In 1966, Jackson Browne joined the now famous Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.


He released his first album in 1972. A song from that album, called Doctor My Eyes, became a Top 10 hit in the US singles chart.


His popularity was at its peak in the 70's and 80's. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Jackson Browne's musical style is characterized by mellow rock & roll melodies, accompanied by personal lyrics with a confessional tone.


He is a talented songwriter whose songs have been performed by Joan Baez, Tom Rush, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, the Byrds, Steve Noonan, and many others. 




Jackson Browne Lyrics

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BOULEVARD


Down on the boulevard they take it hard

They look at life with such disregard

They say it can't be won

The way the game is run

But if you choose to stay

You end up playing anyway

It's okay--

The kid's in shock up and down the block

The folks are home playing beat the clock

Down at the golden cup

They set the young ones up

Under the neon light

Selling day for night

It's alright--

Nobody rides for free

Nobody gets it like they want it to be

Nobody hands you any guarantee

Nobody

The hearts are hard and the times are tough

Down on the boulevard the night's enough

And time passes slow

Between the store front shadows

and the street lights glow 

Everybody walks right by

like they're safe or something

They don't know--

Nobody knows you

Nobody owes you nothin

Nobody shows you what they're thinking

Nobody baby

Hey, hey, baby

You got to watch the street, keep your feet

And be on guard

Make it pay baby

It's only time on the boulevard





Doctor, my eyes have seen the years

And the slow parade of fears without crying

Now I want to understand

I have done all that I could

To see the evil and the good without hiding

You must help me if you can

Doctor, my eyes

Tell me what is wrong

Was I unwise to leave them open for so long

'Cause I have wandered through this world

And as each moment has unfurled

I've been waiting to awaken from these dreams

People go just where there will

I never noticed them until I got this feeling

That it's later than it seems

Doctor, my eyes

Tell me what you see

I hear their cries

Just say if it's too late for me

Doctor, my eyes

Cannot see the sky

Is this the prize for having learned how not to cry



Everywhere I Go

I hear your heart beating everywhere

When we're apart I can hear you there

I hear your heart beating everywhere

Everywhere I go

People say that I must be in love

The way I forget what we're speaking of

The way I stand there smiling straight ahead

And walk away without hearing a word they said

I hear your heart beating everywhere

When we're apart I can close my eyes and hear you there

I hear your heart beating everywhere

Everywhere I go

In the middle of the football game

At the beach in the pouring rain

Standing on a hillside staring at the sun

People hurry by the unfortunate one

With the faraway eyes and the mystery smile

Moving my body in a ragamuffin style

I can't sit down when I hear it start

I hear you heart everywhere I go

People say that I must be a fool

Cause when I'm near you I cannot be cool

I don't quite make sense when I talk to you

And when you smile I forget everything I knew

I hear your heart beating everywhere

When we're apart I can close my eyes and hear you there

I hear your heart beating everywhere

Everywhere I go

Standing in the market where I buy my bread

With a hunger in my belly and a rhythm in my head

Looking all around for something good to eat

Between the butter and the beans and the mops and the meat

Coffee from the mountain, honey from the bee

Nothing tastes as good as you taste to me

Rocking in the aisle to my inside song

People staring at me think I got a walkman on

I hear your heart beating everywhere

I hear your heart

I hear your heart beating everywhere

I hear you heart

Beating everywhere I go



Fountain of Sorrow

Looking through some photographs I found inside a drawer

I was taken by a photograph of you

There were one or two I know that you would have liked a little more

But they didn't show your spirit quite as true

You were turning 'round to see who was behind you

And I took your childish laughter by surprise

And at the moment that my camera happened to find you

There was just a trace of sorrow in your eyes

Now the things that I remember seem so distant and so small

Though it hasn't really been that long a time

What I was seeing wasn't what was happening at all

Although for a while, our path did seem to climb

But when you see through love's illusions, there lies the danger

And your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool

So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger

While the loneliness seems to spring from your life

Like a fountain from a pool

Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light

You've known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight

You've had to hide sometimes, but now you're all right

And it's good to see your smiling face tonight

Now for you and me it may not be that hard to reach our dreams

But that magic feeling never seems to last

And while the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it's seems

It would be easier sometimes to change the past

I'm just one or two years and a couple of changes behind you

In my lessons at love's pain and heartache school

Where if you feel too free and you need something to remind you

There's this loneliness springing up from your life

Like a fountain from a pool

Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light

You've known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight

You've had to hide sometimes but now you're all right

And it's good to see your smiling face tonight

Fountain of sorrow, fountain of light

You've known that hollow sound of your own steps in flight

You've had to struggle, you've had to fight

To keep understanding and compassion in sight

You could be laughing at me, you've got the right

But you go on smiling so clear and so bright



I'm Alive

It's been a long time since I watched these lights alone

I look around my life tonight and you are gone

I might have done something to keep you if I'd known

How unhappy you had become

While I was dreaming of you

With my heart in your hands

And I was following though

With my beautiful plans

Yeah now I'm rolling down this canyon drive

With your laughter in my head

I'm gonna have to block it out somehow to survive

'cause those dreams are dead

And I'm alive

I want to go where I will never hear your name

I want to lose my sorrow and be free again

And I know I've been insane

When I think of places I could have been

But I was dreaming of you

With my heart in your hands

And I was following through

With my beautiful plans

Standing here by the highway side

Watching these trucks blow by

Inches from my face

Yeah thinking 'bout the time I've wasted

And the pleasure we once tasted

Looking up and down this road

I've been here before

Can't be here no more

Yeah now I'm rolling down California five

With your laughter in my head

I'm gonna have to block it out somehow to survive

'cause those dreams are dead

And I'm alive



In the Shape of a Heart

It was a ruby that she wore

On a chain around her neck

In the shape of a heart

In the shape of a heart

It was a time I won't forget

For the sorrow and regret

And the shape of a heart

And the shape of a heart

I guess I never knew

What she was talking about

I guess I never knew

What she was living without

People speak of love don't know what they're thinking of

Wait around for the one who fits just like a glove

Speak in terms of belief and belonging

Try to fit some name to their longing

People speak of love

There was a hole left in the wall

From some ancient fight

About the size of a fist

Or something thrown that had missed

And there were other holes as well

In the house where our nights fell

Far too many to repair

In the time that we were there

People speak of love don't know what they're thinking of

Reach out to each other though the push and shove

Speak in terms of a life and the learning

Try to think of a word for the burning

You keep it up

You try so hard

To keep a life from coming apart

And never know

What breaches and faults are concealed

In the shape of a heart

It was the ruby that she wore

On a stand beside the bed

In the hour before dawn

When I knew she was gone

And I held it in my hand

For a little while

And dropped it into the wall

Let it go, heard it fall

I guess I never knew

What she was talking about

I guess I never knew

What she was living without

People speak of love don't know what they're thinking of

Wait around for the one who fits just like a glove

Speak in terms of a life and the living

Try to find the word for forgiving

You keep it up

You try so hard

To keep a life from coming apart

And never know

The shallows and the unseen reefs

That are there from the start

In the shape of a heart


Sky Blue and Black

In the calling out to one another

Of the lovers up and down the strand

In the sound of the waves and the cries

Of the seagulls circling the sand

In the fragments of the songs

Carried down the wind from some radio

In the murmuring of the city in the distance

Ominous and low

I hear the sound of the world where we played

And the far too simple beauty

Of the promises we made

If you ever need holding

Call my name, I'll be there

If you ever need holding

And no holding back, I'll see you through

Sky blue and black

Where the touch of the lover ends

And the soul of the friend begins

There's a need to be separate and a need to be one

And a struggle neither wins

Where you gave me the world I was in

And a place I could make a stand

I could never see how you doubted me

When I'd let go of your hand

Yeah, and I was much younger then

And I must have thought that I would know

If things were going to end

And the heavens were rolling

Like a wheel on a track

And our sky was unfolding

And it'll never fold back

Sky blue and black

And I'd have fought the world for you

If I thought that you wanted me to

Or put aside what was true or untrue

If I'd known that's what you needed

What you needed me to do

But the moment has passed by me now

To have put away my pride

And just come through for you somehow

If you ever need holding

Call my name, I'll be there

If you ever need holding

And no holding back, I'll see you through

You're the color of the sky

Reflected in each store-front window pane

You're the whispering and the sighing

Of my tires in the rain-acapo


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