Forever's Not as Long as It Used to Be

by Lucas Miré

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"Brings to mind Everything but the Girl's Amplified Heart." -- Creative Loafing, Atlanta

Produced by Los Angeles' B. Calm, Lucas Miré's debut is an emotional portrait of a relationship's end and a personal re-birth.

Blending Miré's acoustic guitar with a light touch of electronic sounds, the album features 10 tracks, some among the first Miré ever wrote, and a cover of Lori Carson's "Part Missing."

2006 OutMusic Award nominee for Outstanding Male Debut

Voted Best of Gay Atlanta by readers of Southern Voice 2007

"Swallowed Whole" voted #11 in HomoPod Radio's 2007 Top 20

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"Lucas Miré is not your average singer-songwriter. Aside from having compelling melodies and insightful, poignant lyrics, Miré's gentle pop songs possess that special (and rather rare) quality - the one that makes you tune right in and eat up every word." -- Edie Carey, Singer-Songwriter

"An ascending folk-pop voice on the local scene, Miré's storyteller wit is well-matched with his rich, natural baritone." -- Bill Addison, Creative Loafing, Atlanta

"Graceful melodies that are as catchy as they are insightful. Musically, it's a nice blend of cool, breezy acoustic pop/rock -- fresh but familiar at the same time. Lucas invites you to take a peek into his soul in this diary of a bright-eyed boy who's wiser than his years and has a unique perspective." -- James Cool, Madison Park

"What's evident from the beginning on the CD is that Miré's strengths lie in his songwriting. As a lyricist, he cuts deeply and honestly into the maelstrom of angst and pain that color intimate relationships. And the candor is frequently startling." -- Van Gower, New York Blade, NYC

"Miré's smooth voice and intimate lyrics break your heart and then heal it, all in the same phrase. 'Forever's Not As Long As It Used To Be' is about love lost--but also about resolve found." -- Jennifer Vanasco, nationally syndicated columnist

"Atlanta-based Lucas Miré is another welcome voice on the gay male singer/songwriter circuit. 'Forever’s Not As Long As It Used To Be' is a pleasure from start to finish." -- Gregg Shapiro for Bay Area Reporter, Philly Gay News, Chicago Free Press

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released March 12, 2005

All vocals, acoustic guitar: Lucas // All other instruments, production, engineering and mixing: B.Calm

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Track Name: Push/Pull
Close my eyes and try to sleep
What's here will keep
I'm scared if I speak
Somebody will bleed

I feel the push and the pull
Like I never thought I would
Nothing's ever enough
Come on and love love love
Come on and love love love

Two sides to everything
Feel them tug at my sleeve
One says, “Hey, come with me”
Then other says, “Please”

I feel the push and the pull
Like I never thought I would
Nothing's ever enough
Come on and love love love
Come on and love love love

Come on and love
It's only love…

And the other end of the telephone
Stretches into the Twilight Zone
I hang up, I'm alone
Listen to the dial tone drone on…and

I feel the push and the pull
Like I never thought I would
Nothing's ever enough
Come on and love love love
Come on and love love love


© lucas j miré/miré-acle music 2005
Track Name: Swallowed Whole
you catch your prey
but it eats you up
you stop say well hey I think I know
I think it's strange
that
sometimes love
is just a big old word
to justify doing anything you ever heard
but i think I'm gonna stop that now
Think I've had enough of that now

'cause i feel that way most of the time
i'm so scared to lose
but I wish I didn't think I had anything to prove
you want someone who can disappear
right into his fears, well, hey, i'm right here

CHORUS
sometimes i want to be
swallowed whole
consumed by something i can't be
and i don't know
but i've had my fill
and somehow I'm still
oh, yeah, yeah, I'm still hungry

it's a miracle we made it this far
with the sense that nothing is ever good enough
and I think I've got to stop that now
I know I've got to stop that now

because nothing works like it would
and nothing feels as good as they advertised it would
but it you want someone who has
mastered the art of being numb
well, hey, here I come

CHORUS

Instrumental

you want someone
who can come undone
and still look OK
well, hey,
it's your lucky day

sometimes i want to be
swallowed whole
consumed by something i can't be
and i don't know
hey, i don't know
well, all i know
is that somehow
I"m just like everybody else
And I'm trying so hard
to fill this hole I've got inside myself
but i've had my fill
and somehow I'm still
oh, yeah, yeah, I'm still hungry

i'm just like everybody else
i'm just like everybody else
i'm just like everybody else
i'm just like everybody else

© lucas j miré/miré-acle music 2005
Track Name: Francis
it's the little things that keep me alive
three years come and gone, well, Francis,
you know i know how to survive
but this act of self-preservation is just another phony lie
but i still try
i still try
i stil try
though...

CHORUS
we don't talk on the phone anymore at night
and you have no idea what's going on in my life
well francis you won't believe what just occurred to me:
forever's not as long as it used to be.

and i want to stuff myself with more food than i can eat
i want to f*ck someone that i just meet
see, since i was a kid, i'm used to feeling more defeated than complete
and i live at this crazy extremes just to feel anything
sometimes i can't feel anything
cuz we don't...

CHORUS

Does he know i read his letters? does he know you said you liked me much better? does he know the words to tori amos' 'leather'?
have you told him how quickly these kinds of things can sever?
and i've been too forgiving, too polite, too unable to sleep at night
i've been so righteous for so long, and life just keeps going on and on
life keeps rolling on and on, life keeps going on and on
though we don't...

talk on the phone anymore at night
and you have no idea who's in my bed to night
and francis, you won't believe what just occurred to me
forever's not as long as they said would be
no, no, forever's just not as long as it used to be

and it's a shame but it's true
sometimes i still love you
but they just don't make forever like they used to.

© lucas j miré/miré-acle music 2005, 1998
Track Name: Radio
it's the same old thing
just another day
these spinning wheels
stay in place
every night i feel the possibility
sometimes i don't know who's to say
what's really real?

CHORUS
but the t.v.'s on
and the stereo
plays another song
we already know
what
what's got to change

just another day wandering
all the downtown streets
and the blinking lights
it's all a blur
i want to go, but i don't know
what should i feel?

and the t.v.'s on
and the radio
plays another song
we already know
what
what's got to change

the city lights
they never stop

all the blinking lights
i'll be alright
i listen to the radio

CHORUS

i listen to the radio
the radio....

© lucas j miré/miré-acle music 2005/b.calm
Track Name: Fill In the Blanks
You said, “Promise you'll always tell me the truth”
But you didn't say if that rule also applied to you
Maybe you meant it at the time
But the future has a way of changing its mind

I was so ready to
Fill in all the blanks of you
Color in your courage
Turn you into the man I knew
I'd rather fill in the blanks of you

Maybe it's ok if the details fray around the edges
Maybe it's just that I don't want to be alone forever
Maybe we all need something to believe
And so we chalk up the pain to the benefit of doubting

I was so ready to
Fill in the blanks of you
Color in your courage
Turn you into the man I knew
But every adjective I could use
Never carried the burden of proof
And now I know I didn't want to know the truth
I'd rather fill in the blanks of you
So I could turn you into who I wanted you to be

They say if you haven't heard, you've heard
They say no news is all the news you need
But I never imagined that I would be the one waiting

You said, “I'd rather see you bare your soul”
But you didn't really say it, it was on a t-shirt that you wore


© lucas j miré/miré-acle music 2005
Track Name: Go It Alone
you're wearing my old blue shirt
the one i left at your house
at that party, we talked all night
but i can't remember what it was we talked about

but i remember holding hands on the street...
and that used to mean something

oh, we go it alone
whether or not you know
we all go it alone

you're wearing the smile you gave me
the night that we first met
before i knew how far under my thin skin you could get yourself

and i remember the smoke on your breath
from your last cigarette

and oh
we go it alone
whether or not you know (it's true)
we go it alone (wherever we're going to)

you wanted to drink red wine with your windows open to the street
and, man, i thought you were the coolest thing
we sat there a while without saying anything
or getting that far
and that night, oh, the stars, they looked so close that i almost broke
but instead i just drove home

o, we go it alone
whether or not you know, it's true
we all go it alone, wherever we're going to
we all go it alone
wherever we're going to
wherever we're going to

© lucas j miré/miré-acle music 2005/b.calm
Track Name: City Lights
you said 'i'll see you later'
and the sidewalk swallowed you whole
at the corner of 5th and Mystery,
city lights dance, and you turn to go

a sea of headlights on the boulevard,
like an earthbound river of stars
they blur by me on my way
past the blue tint of the bars

CHORUS
what i wouldn't give
to know if you're still beautiful
but i guess some things are best left behind
and what if i could go back in time
and be more vulnerable?
well, somewhere in my mind
those city lights still ...
shine

that's where you bought me that shirt
that's where you said 'i love you' first
that's where we sat and talked and talked
the day we walked and walked and walked...

there's that corner we turned
something broke beneath our feet
like a burned out white christmas bulb
crushed there on the cold concrete

CHORUS

things you love, things you need, things you lose, and I guess all of them are what you are
I remember you said so quietly:
'don't confuse those city lights with stars'

what i wouldn't give to know
if you're still wonderful
but I guess some things are best left behind
and what if i could go back in time
and be more vulnerable?
well, i guess somewhere in my mind,
those city lights always...
shine

they shine
i think they'll always shine...
they will shine, they shine

© lucas j mire/mire-acle music 2005
Track Name: Sunday
Don't mean to complain
It's just been one of those days
And I'm trying to refrain from placing the blame
In the wrong place

I slept until 12
spent the day by myself
I didn't want to see anyone else
Another day is done
Then another one comes
But I already know how it ends
It happens
over and over, over and over again

Didn't mean to be so mean
Didn't mean to seem the way I seemed
It's just I'm confused
See, my heart has this glue
it sticks to anything that is blue

I slept until 12
spent the day by myself
I didn't want to be with anyone else
Another love is done
Then another one comes
But I already know how it ends
And I feel it
coming around, coming around again

I still miss you but you don't believe me
Add me to the list of things you don't need

I slept until 12
spent the day by myself
I didn't want to deal with anyone else
Another day is done
Then another one comes
But I already know how it ends
It happens over and over, over and over again
Yeah and it's coming around, coming around again

I still love you but you don't believe me
add me to the list of all the things you don't need
you don't need me


© lucas j mire/mire-acle music 2005
Track Name: 24 Hours
just like the morning light that falls on the floor
the angle changes so slow
but still it moves towards the door

well, yesterday, i thought i knew you
thought i was the one you loved so much
but when pushin' came a'callin'
you shoved

twenty four hours
i didn't know i could change that much
twenty four hours
i didn't know i could say 'that's enough'
twenty four hours

i guess i was looking for some kind of false security
something to anchor me down
i never counted on life's immaturity
'til you let me down

and yesterday i thought i knew you
thought you were the one i could believe
but when pushin' comes to shovin'
you leave

twenty four hours
i didn't know i could change that quick
twenty four hours
i didn't know we would be like this
in twenty four hours

yesterday you were my strong man of steel
someone that i could trust
but even though one and one is still two
now you and me don't mean us
and after a little bad weather and temptation, baby,
you rust

twenty four hours
i didn't know i could live without your love
just twenty four hours
i didn't know i could say 'that's enough'
just twenty four hours
i didn't know we could change that quick
in twenty four hours
i didn't want life to be life this

just twenty four hours ago
just twenty four hours ago
no no no, no no no

just yesterday, just yesterday
you were mine, things were fine
you were mine, things were fine

oh, just yesterday, just yesterday
we were we, not just me
yeah, we were we, not just me
just twenty four hours ago
just twenty four hours ago...
no no no

© lucas j mire/mire-acle music 2005, 1999