My Old Heart

by Redleg Husky

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released April 13, 2016

Recorded, produced, and mastered by Eric Lichter and Steve Wytas at Dirt Floor Recording Studios, Haddam, CT

Additional musicians:
James Maple: drums, backing vocals
Eric Lichter: pedal steel, piano, slide guitar, backing vocals

Art and design by Meg Lemieur

For William

All songs by Giroux and McWilliams
©℗ Redleg Husky 2016

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Track Name: Katie
Katie, I'm ready for a new love letter
It's been a few months now and things are better
I promise I won't tear it up like the last time
I know you say that I'm too rough,
I just don't know how to show my love
I guess I thought that fighting was how you'd prove it

So baby come back and close the door
Show me what all of those words are for
Put a record on if you feel like dancing
You love the sun and you love the snow
but when it's gone where does it go?
The sky looks a little bit bluer when you lay me down

See, if I'm a lion, then you're a dove
We didn't talk too much where I grew up
Any pain you'd push to the bottom like a submarine
If you could build me a time machine
I'd go right back to that first skinned knee
and let out a cry that would bring that old house down

So let's have a sip of that old corn liquor
You ain't no angel but you ain't no sinner
You're what's keeping me on this earth, I swear
Track Name: Born Along the Tracks
Twenty odd years ago, I was born along the tracks
Now all I have to my name I carry on my back
I’ve roamed and I’ve rambled but never feel alone
When I hear the whistle blow I keep a movin’ on

So hey there sweet mama, wont you hold me tight
Give me all your lovin’, now help me feel alright
For you know as well as I that we dont have much time
As soon as the moon is through the pines I’ll be clear out of sight

Now everyday is a new town and never quite the same
No woman I’ve ever loved has made me want to stay
Sure I’ve had my trouble, but I aint the one to blame
Soon as the times get tough I’m on the road again

I’ll roam and I’ll ramble now till I’m underground
When I meet my maker we’ll pass that bottle ‘round
We’ll toast to all the women that he sent my way
I’ll thank him for the good times I’ve had for all my days
Track Name: Broken Down, Busted Flat
I’m drinking day old coffee with some stale oats
All I got left is a pack of smokes
The bread's all gone and the milk's sour too
What’s my life coming to?

I’m broken down, busted flat
Baby come help me off my back
Sing me to sleep and rock me home
I’m tired of laying on this ground alone
Sing me to sleep and rock me home
I’m tired of laying this ground alone

Driving an old car that’s rusted through
The house is painted black and blue
Wore out my shirt, got holes in my shoes
What’s my life coming to?

I’m broken down, busted flat
Baby come help me off my back
Sing me to sleep and rock me home
I’m tired of laying on this ground alone
Sing me to sleep and rock me home
I’m tired of laying this ground alone

Well a sweet lullaby, a sweet lullaby, a sweet lullaby until I die…
Track Name: Don't Go Fallin' in Love
Well don't you go fallin’ in love
It will only break your heart and leave you alone
You’ll cry and cry, feel like dyin’
So don't you go fallin’ in love

I had a girl that ruled my world
She was the one and then she was gone
My heart and soul turned as black as coal
So don't you go fallin’ in love

Out of reach I was lost in a dream
When someone thought that they had me
They wanted more, but I was stuck on the girl
The girl that wrecked my whole world

Please take some advice from me
Now women are liars and they will cheat
Men will do the same, so share the blame
And don't you go fallin’ in love
Track Name: Your Favorite Hymn
Sing me your favorite hymn
My faith is known to run thin
but the blood in my body that tunnels my skin
flushes at the thought of our sins

Heat up some tea on the stove
and we’ll waltz ‘round the butcher’s block till the muscadines grow
I’ll still be waiting, it’s a long time I know
but it’s warm coming in from the cold

The winds will carry away whispers left where we’ve lain
but I’ll follow them down like smoke to a train
Partings only bring pain

I remember when we were alone
You kissed me with words from a poem
I think of them often here out on the road
I’m ready, I’m coming home

Let’s pour a round for our friend
An angel among women and men
I can still hear him say, like a light from within,
“I’m glad you’re happy again”
Track Name: Hey Little Darling
Hey little darling I can’t remember your name
I’ve tried and tried but it all feels the same
I wish it was the first time, but it won’t be the last
I need to find the heart that I lost in the past

Another dirty barroom, the jukebox going slow
A girl’s in the corner standing alone
Maybe she’s the one I’ve been searching for all along
Maybe she’ll take away the pain and help me move on

Take me to the mountains where the ridges turn to blue
Open fields stretch for miles
Golden valleys catch the moon
It’s time to face the heavens and let the clouds roll me home

I’m gonna start on living by ole’ Haggard’s rule
And love me all the women that let me be their fool
I’m gonna ramble from town to town let the highway set me down
I’m gonna pray in the whiskey river and hope that I drown

Take me to the mountains where the ridges turn to blue
Open fields stretch for miles
Golden valleys catch the moon
It is time to face the heavens and let the clouds roll me home
Track Name: Joan of Arc
I grew up in a city of pines
The night it fell, we braved the storm with red wine
I’ve come to know times hard and unkind
and I have never seen a match catch twice

He drove me up to the highest spot in town
We hopped the fence of an abandoned old house
There were only lights as we were looking down
The words we said I can’t remember now

But these scars won’t tear me apart
because I was born on the dying day of Joan of Arc

Seasons come easy but some months never will
You’ve stained my days like the drinks that I have spilled
I guess some dreams must remain unfulfilled
I missed you then and I miss you still

Your gentle face, the ocean spray
The neon lights, the sad songs you’d play
Skyward kites in the warm month of May
and no such thing as losing your way
Track Name: Bottle Full of Felonies
Running down to Caroline with hellhounds on my heels
I’m going up to Virginny to hold my baby near
Got a bottle full of felonies and I ain't got no time
Need to get back across that Mason-Dixon Line
So I’m going, well I’m gone away from here

I was just a simple lad with mud on my hands
I dreamed of the city where I’d become a man
I’ll strike out for riches, I’ll strike out for gold
I met me a woman who took my soul
Ole’ Molly she tricked me, had that look in her eyes
The closest thing I’ve ever seen to a devil in disguise
I fell hard boys, I was drowning in that sea
Of fast living city life, the only life for me
So I’m going, well I’m gone away from here

She brought me to Big John with a deal to make
She told me the world was ours to take
But I wound up with those felonies and ran out of time
Had to get on back across that Mason-Dixon Line
I tell you this now with a jailhouse for my home
That devil woman she took, all of my soul
So don't follow in my ways
And please, hear the words I say

Get on down to Georgia and kick off those shoes
See a baby in Tennessee and get rid of them blues
Go on up to Arkansas and breathe that Ozark air
Wind up in Kentucky, there’s some wild women there
Track Name: Train Song No. 3
You came into my life like a thunderstorm one night
breaking heavy under the stars
At first glance I liked the way your hair shone in the light
but I never thought I’d ever fall this far

I don’t know what you read in that journal he kept
I’m going to live my whole life without the truth
I’m sure towards the end I could have been a better friend
but when it came to love there was nothing I could do

Oh Louisa, what can I do to please you?
I’ve been trying so damn hard to be the one
who makes you forget the boy that up and left
and opens your windows to the sun

Take a photograph of me swinging from the tree
that stands tall in your mother’s backyard
There are horses that run out from my chest in a stampede
whenever I’m looking where you are

I’ve gone back to the town where we used to walk around
and you’d hold my hand in the street
If I think too much, well, I just come undone
My memories always get the best of me

September’s coming on like a bird that sings at dawn
The fields are lined with Queen Anne’s Lace
but you’ve moved on, at least I heard that you’d gone
Always running at your own steady pace
Track Name: My Old Heart
I’m gonna write you a letter with my old heart
Send you a postcard, well that’d be a start
I’m going to wake you up with my love on the line
The way I’ve wanted my whole life

Well I’m gonna love you forever this time
I’ll set down this heart of my mine
Don't need a nickel, I’ll throw out a dime
If I had you all of the time

I want lazy mornings with you in my arms
A dark cup of coffee, won’t set no alarms
I want long nights with nothing to do
But stare at the stars with the moon shining through

Well I’m gonna love you forever this time
I’ll set down, this heart of my mine
Don't need a nickel, I’ll throw out a dime
If I had you all of the time
If I had you all of the time