My Old Heart

by Redleg Husky

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1.
Katie 03:34
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
2.
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
3.
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…
4.
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
5.
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”
6.
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
7.
Joan of Arc 02:52
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
My Old Heart 02:33
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

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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

Redleg Husky:
Tim McWilliams: vocals, guitar, banjo
Misa Giroux: vocals, guitar, mandolin
Son the Bassman: bass, backing vocals

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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