Songs for a Reluctant Planet

by 21st Century Express

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Over 2 years in the making, "Songs for a Reluctant Planet" is the first album to be recorded at the new C3PJoe Studios in Northern CA, and the groups 7th studio album. Taking aim at love and lament, its mood is both pensive and playful, hitting their targets while keeping their feet planted firmly on the dancefloor.

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released 05 March 2015

Produced by JHSF and 21st Century Express.
All tracks © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC. and written by Joe Hudson, except where noted.

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21st Century Express California

A theatrical sound designer and a nightclub DJ for over 11 years, Joe Hudson (producing as JHSF), first created 21st Century Express in 2003, hoping to fuse key elements from both careers, resulting in unique musical twists that defy genre while breaking rules. Striving to create an odyssey for those who crave dramatic expressions in sound, 21stCE always aims to be truly one of a kind. ... more

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Track Name: Brave New World
(Music & lyrics by J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

First the CDs came
Then the mp3s
And then the cel phones
First it was megabytes
Then gigabytes
Now terabytes
I know you're scared
So am I
(But you can't beat progress)

It's a brave new world
Come and take my hand
It's a brave new world
Come on, take my hand
We'll jump into the great unknown

First the chat rooms came
Then instant messaging
Then the smart phones
First it was MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
Now Instagram
You can't stop progress
I know you're scared
So am I

It's a brave new world
Come and take my hand
It's a brave new world
I know you're scared and confused
So am I

First the CDs came…

It's a brave new world
Brave new world
It's a brave new world
Come on, take my hand
We'll leap into the great unknown
It's a brave new world
Yeah
It's a brave new world
Oh
Come on, take my hand and
We'll leap into the great unknown
It's a brave new world
It's a brave new world
Track Name: Walk Away (Nothing But A Wreck Inside) featuring Mayaeni
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

Once upon a time you felt
One look
Into my baby eyes you'd melt
Be hooked
Happiness ain't free
Pay the fee
Suddenly we were one big family
Time passed and all's not well
Now look
Forgot your promise
You gave me Hell
And took
Every piece of the best of me
Suddenly
Strangers are my family
I put all my trust in you
Isn't that what a family is supposed to do?
Never dreamed you'd mess with my head
Stomp on my heart
Then leave me for dead
I showed you love
You showed me pain
Broken on the floor
Wondering
Is blood thicker than rain?
I had no choice
But to turn and walk away

You made me turn and walk away
Do you even know I turned and walked away?
Do you even know I turned and walked away?

Don't see it in your eyes
Just a cold blank stare
And no one's asking why
Why you don't seem to care

How could a person do this to
Someone they supposedly loved and who
Would give them the world
If they asked
Always putting them first, but treated as last
Always at fault
Always to blame
Say it's one thing
Then change your mind again
Never had the strength to leave
I was fooled and naive

Fool me once
I pay the price
Fool me a hundred thousand times
I finally see
Happiness ain't free
And we're not family
I had to save myself
From you
Take what was left
and rescue
The very last piece of my heart
I had no choice
But to turn and walk away

You made me turn and walk away
I had no choice but to turn and walked away
Have you even noticed I turned and walked away?

Don't see it in your eyes
Just a cold blank stare
And no one's asking why
Why you don't seem to care
Don't see it in your eyes
Just a cold blank stare
I had no choice but to turn and walked away
And no one's asking why
Why you don't seem to care
Do you even know I turned and walked away?

I had to save myself
Save myself
Track Name: Silent & Cold
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

There's no mistaking
Or two ways about it
I never thought
It would come to end like this
Just didn't think you had it in you
No

You're words had meaning
I sensed the truth behind them
Your performance
Was stellar

How could you be so heartless
I was breathless
Up so high
Never thought
Not at all
I could fall
You would stall
So cruel and unkind
You left me silent & cold

For what reason
Could you not have lived without it
Deceiving me
With promises so bold
Things I never wanted to begin with
No

What did you gain
By falsely serenading my life
Losing interest
As love took hold

How could you be so heartless
Were you restless
Just passing time
Knocked me down
Pushed Around
As I fell facedown
It was cruel and unkind
As you left me silent & cold
Silent & cold

Must have had your reasons
Something to gain
Pretending you want me
And acting
So inhumane

How could you be so heartless
So wreckless
To turn on me
Not a word
Not a sound
I was tossed
To the ground
So cruel and unkind
You left me silent & cold
Silent & cold

Silent & cold...
Track Name: Want
(P. Bamonte/J. Cooper/S. Gallup/R. O'Donnell/R. Smith)
© 1996 Elektra/Fiction Records.

I'm always wanting more
Anything I haven't got
Everything
I want it all
I just can't stop

Planning all my days away
But never finding ways to stay
Or ever feel enough today
Tomorrow must be

More drink more dreams more bed more drugs
More lust more lies more head more love
More fear more fun more pain more flesh
More stars more smiles more fame more sex

But however hard I want
I know deep down inside
I'll never really get more hope
Or any more time
Any more time
Any more time
Any more time

I want the sky to fall in
I want lightning and thunder
I want blood instead of rain
I want the world to make me wonder
I want to walk on water
Take a trip to the moon
Give me all this and give me it soon

More drink more dreams more bed more drugs
More lust more lies more head more love
More fear more fun more pain more flesh
More stars more smiles more fame more sex

More drink more dreams more drugs
More lust more lies more love
More drink more dreams more drugs
More lust more lies more love

But however hard I want
I know deep down inside
I'll never really get more hope
Or any more time
Any more time
Any more time
Any more time
Track Name: Kill To Be With You
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

Sometimes I wonder where you are
Daydream if it could be
Wishing I'd have you around to tell me
As you would often read my mind
That I make you weak & a little late
A day late, a dollar short, as they say
And maybe we can live forever
It's then that I wake up...

They say
All's fair in love and war
While I disagree
Who's keeping score?
As I fade from view
I'd kill to be with you

Though I may have wandered
Onto city streets that were too wet
Even though I've never felt that way again
The way I would if I were with you
That feeling had been there
And
Out of my league, they whisper
Yet in my heart can picture
What I've never felt again
And I'd swear I was with you...

They say
Love is a many splendored thing
I wouldn't know a thing it brings
It's sad but true
I'd kill to be with you

It really doesn't matter
They Whisper
It doesn't really matter
You're too good for me
They whisper

I say
The time has come
TIme to break the chain
I'd kill to be with you
I say
My time has come and I will break the chain
I will seize the day
I'd kill to be with you

They say
(they say)
All's fair in love & war
(in love & war)
While I disagree
Who's keeping score?
As I fade
(from view)
I'd kill to be with you
They say
Love is a many splendored thing
(I wouldn't know a thing)
I'd kill to be with you

I'd kill to be with you
I'd kill to be with you
Track Name: When Love Ain't Enough
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

Flirtatious glances 

Taking your chances 

From across the room 

All for love 

A new romance

Or second chance

At feeling alive again 

Is all you dream of 

What if it finds you 

After all you've been through

Every sacrifice

White knuckles grasping so tight 

And it starts to slip 

As you lose your grip 

Watching as it 

Falls out of sight?
What do you do then? 

What then?

When it's storybook perfect 

Fell in love with your best friend

Never saw it coming 

Didn't think it would end 

When the weather gets rough 

The going gets tough 

When he calls your bluff 

And love ain't enough

And love ain't enough

As the fairy tale ends 

You're no longer friends 

All alone in the bedroom 

As the darkness descends 

And love ain't enough 

No, love ain't enough

That new romance 

Or second chance 

At feeling alive again 

Is still all you dream of 

So you fell in love 
(yeah) 

With your best friend

Never saw it coming 

Didn't think it would end 

When the weather gets rough 

The going gets tough 

When he calls your bluff 

And love ain't enough

And love ain't enough
(no no no
 oh)
As the fairy tale ends 

You're no longer friends

All alone in the bedroom

As the heartbreak begins


And love ain't enough

No, love ain't enough

Is it ever enough?

When it's storybook perfect 

When the weather gets rough 

When the fairy tale ends 

In love with your best friend 

What then? 
What then? 

When love ain't enough

When love ain't enough 

As the fairy tale ends

You're no longer friends

All alone in the bedroom 

As the heartbreak begins 

When the weather gets rough

The going gets tough 

When he calls your bluff 

And love ain't enough 


When love ain't enough
Is it ever enough?
Track Name: Big Problem
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

You've done this more
Than once or twice
This run around
We fight, you run for cover
Say you're leaving for another
Don't fool around

If I've told you once
I've told you twice
Don't run out on me
Take your troubles out the door
In search of comfort
Just makes more
Don't let me down

You better think about it
Hear what I'm saying
Stop and think about it
Cuz if you leave with him
We're gonna have a big problem

If you think I'm playing
Roll the dice
And walk out with him
We've worked too hard at this to throw out
All we have for this one blow out
Don't fool around

I've warned you both
And I've been nice
Don't try my patience
We can work it out, I know it
If you're in love with me, then show it
Don't let me down

You better think about it
Hear what I'm saying
Stop and think about it
Cuz if you leave with him
We're gonna have a big problem
Think about it
Hear what I'm saying
Cuz if you leave with him
Don't you leave with him
Or we're gonna have a big problem

A really big problem
Big problem
Come home and we'll talk
All about
Our big problem

You better think about it
Hear what I'm saying
Yeah
Stop and think about it
Cuz if you leave with him
We're gonna have a big problem
Think about it
Hear what I'm saying
Cuz if you leave with him
Don't you leave with him
Or we're gonna have a big problem

A really big problem
Big problem
We're gonna have a big problem
Yeah
Track Name: Listen Up
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

Hey Hey Hey
Got something to say
Don't want to hear it? Better listen anyway
I'm talking to The Dirtbags
The Users and The Scum
Who go 'round preying
On everyone
The Filth, The Vermin
The Lower Than Low
Using & abusing
Everybody we know
Had enough
The jig is up
We're drawing the line
Take it all back
One lie at a time
You better
(Listen up)

Take a drink
Of your stink
I think
A little taste
Of your own toxic waste
Flip the script
What a trip
Don't give a shit 'bout
You Liars, you Cheaters
And all you Wife Beaters
We're standing up
Finally
Found our own tenacity
We gonna bitch slap
The nasty right outta you
You better
(Listen up)

You gotta go, go, go
And reap what you sow
What goes around is coming
They call it Karma, you know
In the name of all the kindness, trust
and the meekness
That assholes like yourselves
mistook for some kind of weakness
You lied to and played us
By hook or by crook
Using every con and scheme
And trick in the book
Hold up
Wait a minute
We're drawing the line
Ending the abuse
About time we rewind
You better
(Listen up)

Take a drink
Of your stink
I think
A little taste
Of your own toxic waste
Flip the script
What a trip
Don't give a shit 'bout
You Liars, you Cheaters
And all you Wife Beaters
We're standing up
Finally
Found our own tenacity
We gonna bitch slap
The nasty right outta you
You better
(Listen up)

Users
Abusers
Villains
and Scum
You better
(Listen up)
Players
Haters
and Bullies
Here we come
You better…
Listen up

Hey Hey Hey
You better listen up
You Liars, you Cheaters
And all you Wife Beaters
We're standing up
Finally standing up
Hey Hey Hey whaddya say?
You better listen up
I'm talking to you Villians
You Lower Than Low
Time to reap what you sow
Reap what you sow
Hey Hey Hey
You better listen up
You Liars, you Cheaters
And all you Wife Beaters
We're standing up
Finally standing up
Hey Hey Hey whaddya say?
You better listen up
Track Name: The Dancefloor
Multiple Homosexuals Witness A Fire.
Ohmygod You Can Feel The Heat...
Track Name: Your Love's No Good featuring Alcatraz
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

<recording>
Turn it off!

You thought you were so smart
Thought I could never tell your lies apart
But your disease was quick to show
I knew at once you had to go
All your sad excuses
They can wait
And apologies are coming
Much too late

Your love's no good
Your love's no good
Your love's no good

One Trick Pony's aren't hard to find
I've done one or two in my spare time
That includes you
It's the hard but honest truth
You're just a low life dirty dog
Some may never know it
They just say you're talking
But you're lying cuz
Your lips are moving
That must mean you're lying
All the time

Your love's no good
Your love's no good
That's understood
Your love's no good
Your love's no good
Your love's no good
No
Your love's no good
Take it away, baby

< Give me love, Give me love
A perfect love, Give me love >

This one's for you, Randell...

Your love's no good
Your love's no good
That's understood
Yeah
I wish you would
I wish you would
Your love's no good
No Good
Your love's no good
That's understood
I wish you would
Yeah
Yeah
Your love's no good
No Good
Your love's no good
Your love's no good
Your love's no good
No

Your love's no good
Your love's no good
No
Your love's no good
No
Track Name: If I Were Me (I Know Who I'd Be)
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

Don't know who I was before
I had my whole life to answer for
Some would say bourgeosie
A king, a leper or emcee
Just bought & sold
At bargain price
Like some rhetorical device
So you see
If I were me
I'd know who I'd be

(have I wasted my time? am I wasting it now with you?)
One thing I'm sure of
I'm sure of loving you
(do you not feel the same? tell me the truth)
Of that, I'm absolutely sure
I'm sure
I'm sure
(you are so completely unforgettable)
I'm sure
I'm sure that must be true
(you must be feeling it, too)

Of course
That was before
I had my whole life to answer for
Was I too tame
Or too extreme?
Things are never what they seem
Faith in love so sublime
A trademark valentine
So you see
If I were me
I'd know who I'd be

(I'm not a waste of time, it's not wasted here with me)
You're the one thing I'm unsure of
Unsure of loving you
(I'm sure I feel the same, that's the truth)
Of that, I'm absolutely sure
(anything else, I think, is unacceptable)
Unsure
(is regrettable)
Unsure
(I'm not that forgettable)
Unsure
Unsure of loving you
(I'm sure I feel it, too)

Honestly
I feel cloudy
Like I need rest
Don't know my own name
Couldn't even guess
Claustrophobic
Anaerobic
Nonetheless

Of course
That was before
I had my whole life to answer for
Was I too tame
Or too extreme?
Things are never what they seem
Faith in love so sublime
A trademark valentine
So you see
If I were me
I'd know who I'd be
Don't know who I was before
I had my whole life to answer for
Some would say bourgeosie
A king, a leper or emcee
Just bought & sold
At bargain price
Like some rhetorical device
So you see
If I were me
I'd know who I'd be
So you see
If I were me
I'd know who I'd be
Track Name: Deep
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

what started as a crush
never thought it would amount to much
unrequited
uninvited
then it seems I caught his eye
can't imagine how or why
in his gaze I felt so high
beguiled
like a child
fell for him in every way
hung on every word he'd say
at least
I did
until today
speechless
in pieces
dumbfounded as he stipulates
he just can't reciprocate
we were only a temporary state
he's moved on
we're gone

Deep
I've fallen
I can't speak
But one word from you
makes me weak
Now
Your narration is over
Over
I can't sleep
In much too deep

still reeling from the crash
of being tossed out with the trash
unexpected
rejected
just when I believed in him
things he said
he said on a whim
beguiled
like a child
spellbound by his every move
seems he had a case to prove
against the one
with most to lose
speechless
in pieces
the blindside is the casual way
his words came out
so easy to say
that he is not now
or ever will be
gay
was I wrong?
or a pawn?

Deep
I've fallen
I can't speak
But one word from you
makes me weak
Now
Your narration is over
Over
I can't sleep
In much too deep
Deep
I've fallen
I can't speak
But one word from you
makes me weak
Now
Your narration is over
Over
I can't sleep
In much too deep

still can't get over
the casual way
your words came out
so easy to say
that you are not now
or ever will be
gay
move on?
you're wrong

Deep
I've fallen
I can't speak
But one word from you
makes me weak
Now
Your narration is over
Over
I can't sleep
In much too deep
Deep
I've fallen
I can't speak
But one word from you
makes me weak
Now
Your narration is over
Over
I can't sleep
In much too deep
Track Name: Boyland
(J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

hurry hurry
step right up
see the greatest sex on Earth

girls
boys
men
and what's in between
step right up
to our 3-ring scene
a cirque de sex
line forms to the left
your eyes closed
your mind open
is always best
hear heavenly thunder
see the 8th world wonder

hurry hurry
step right up
enter Boyland
where sweaty pecs
and an olive tan
cum together
by a strangers hand
in Boyland
boy on
Boyland

if you're a newbie
or watching again
jump right in
and tell a friend
shirtless attire
and a real tight end
under a big top
the fun never ends
sip on this
swallow that
pass the straw
you're the big top
now how bout that
3-rings of wonder
unlike any other

hurry hurry
step right up
enter Boyland
where sweaty pecs
and an olive tan
cum together
by a strangers hand
in Boyland
boy on
Boyland
have your tickets ready
to enter Boyland
God-like bodies
obey every command
leather chains & steel
oh ain't sex grand
in Boyland
boy on
Boyland
see
the greatest show on Earth
sculpted features
a naked rebirth
compare stats
see what you're worth
in Boyland
only in
Boyland

see
the greatest show on Earth
all perfection
and a true rebirth
compare stats, see what you're worth
in Boyland
only in
Boyland
have your tickets ready
to enter Boyland
God-like bodies
obey every command
leather chains & steel
oh ain't sex grand
in Boyland
boy on
Boyland
hurry hurry
step right up
enter Boyland
where sweaty pecs
and an olive tan
cum together
by a strangers hand
in Boyland
boy on
Boyland
Track Name: What The World Is Feeling featuring Preston Hildebrand
(P. Hildebrand/J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

a sign of the times
when you find
nothing rhymes
white flags unfurled
a weary world
begs for a sign
we still exist
through the mist
our sun hasn't set, no
and the beat of a heart
may ignite the start of
our best years yet
yeah, it's out there
it's coming
the answer to everything...

can you feel it
you can feel it
I feel it coming
do you feel it
I can feel it
what the world is feeling
you can feel it
don't you feel it
everyone feels it coming
I feel it
you feel it
what the world is feeling

now
some will say
there's just no way
only dreamers dream such things
just stay in line
don't fall behind
won't be much longer
be tough
cuz life is rough
when it bites & stings
ignore the cold
do as your told
what doesn't kill
us makes us stronger
well
that may be your truth
but I believe
I just gotta believe...

can you feel it
you can feel it
I feel it coming
do you feel it
I can feel it
what the world is feeling
you can feel it
don't you feel it
everyone feels it coming
I feel it
you feel it
what the world is feeling

you may be right
I may be wrong
it could be nothing at all
but what if it is
something
what if it it is something
something wonderful
beautiful
exceptional
magical
what if it's
a miracle

can you feel it
don't you feel it
I feel it coming
any minute now
you'll feel it
wow
don't you feel it
now you feel it
what the world is feeling
I can feel it
we feel it
everyone feels it coming
I feel it
you feel it
what the world is feeling
oh yeah


I feel it
you feel it
we feel it

he feels it
she feels it
they feel it
yeah

we feel it
they feel it
I feel it

he feels it
she feels it
what the world is feeling
oh yeah
Track Name: There Is A Time
(J. Oloffson/J. Hudson) © 2015 Invincible City Records, LLC.

Can't.
No.
Never.

Such ugly words.
I was born unto them.
From the time I was a little child
Until the day I die
Saddled to me
Holding me down
Their weight like ponderous
Heavy chains
Wrapped around my neck.
With the ones around me
The ones you think
The ones you hope
Are there
Have come
to help you remove their terrible burden
But are really the ones
Who helped place them there
In the first place
Scolding me
Betraying me
Forgetting me
For ever dreaming
And wishing
They would fall away.

And yet
Somehow
While life
It passed unquietly by
In the midst of its winter
I found within myself
An invincible summer
Took hold of those chains
Those stone cold frozen chains
Released their stranglehold
And lifted them
Up
Up
Up and far
far
away.
I know not how it happened.
I only know it did.

There is a time in life
When you stop existing
and you start living
When you are given a new chance
and new dreams
When the old is to be forgotten
And the new
Embraced.

There is a time in life…
And that time is NOW.

This is for The Captive
The Heartbroken
The Tormented
The Desperate
The Forgotten
The Weak
The Angry
The Ugly
The Unusual
The Bitter
The Tired
The Misunderstood
The Hungry
The Cold
The Shy

and The Lonely.