Haunted Heart

by Susan Cattaneo

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Track Name: Haunted Heart Prelude
Caught in a haunted heart
Circling back to find the mark
The moment I knew I belonged to the dark
Caught in a haunted heart
Track Name: Abide
A black blizzard’s coming ‘cross the plains
The dust kicks up and it’s nighttime for days
Wheat dried up in 1935
When the crows came round, it felt like a sign

Abide
The world’s wicked ways
Abide
Accept what you cannot change
But in this land that God’s forgotten
Fear and hunger come a knockin’
Farmer widowed by the sun
And the rain don’t come

Rusted cars on hot brown earth
Make a noose round this bone white church,
Raise a hand to the stained glass air
But faith only feeds a man’s despair

Chorus

They said that rain would follow the plow
But that tight-fisted sky won’t give up clouds
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust now

Chorus
Track Name: Lorelei
We both know how the night went down
One sister running and the other one drowned
Your thieving hands sealed our fate
When you held me down in my river grave

And I cried
Why oh why oh why
Lorelei

Twins sisters born by an orange moon
Mamma swore we’d come to no good
Envy grew like a nightshade vine
Til you took what yours and also took what’s mine

And I cried
Why oh why oh why
Lorelei

Death was dancing in my blood
Rage and water filled me up
But my soul just wouldn’t be departed
When you betray your kith and kin
Something wicked grows within
Now my spirit’s gonna finish what you started
What you started

Together we lived, together we’ll die
Can you feel my ghost in the river’s sigh
Come down, come close to the water’s edge
And I’ll drag down you into my river bed
And then you’ll die, just like I died
Lorelei
Crying why, oh why, oh why
Lorelei, Lorelei
Why oh why
Lorelei
Track Name: Worth The Whiskey
I know just where you are
Three shots in at your favorite bar
Cryin’ in your glass about how love ain’t fair
But you made your bed, and now honey, I ain’t there
So, drink up, get drunk, the night’s on me

Cause I’m worth the whiskey
Take a sip for every time you lied and kissed me
I was the best you ever had
Now, I’m never coming back,
So every time you feel the burn, I hope you miss me
Cause I’m worth the whiskey

Go hide in those neon lights
Morning’s gonna catch you dead to rights
And when your head is aching and it just won’t quit
I hope it hurts as much as my heart did
As you lift that glass, toss em back, think of me

Cause I’m worth the whiskey
Take a sip for every time you lied and kissed me
I was the best you ever had
Now, I’m never coming back
So every time you feel the burn, I hope you miss me
Cause I’m worth the whiskey
Track Name: Revival
Cotton candy in a paper cup
The revival tent is going up
A hundred folks out in the Kansas rain
Waiting to see who’s gonna get saved

So gather round you faithful
Go on, and get grateful
Cause that man’s got the heat
In the heels of his hands

Come on in and find a folding chair
Close your eyes and say a prayer
Preacher rolls like thunder on the stage
All you need’s a dollar to be saved

Chorus

The tent is hot, the music grows
Some would swear that God is standing close
I just came to see the show

August moon on cotton clouds
The revival tent is coming down
The halt can walk, the blind can see
All is truth and make believe

Chorus
Track Name: Lies Between Lovers
Trouble’s hiding like a telltale heart
Beating softly in the bedroom dark
Watch the world as it falls apart

You fill the spaces with an empty kiss
Say our love would never come to this
Sure I’ll forget and you’ll forgive

The lies between lovers
A tangled truth that pulls us under
Words as careless as a lipstick’s red
Temper flaring like a cigarette
And little ones between us taking cover
That’s what lies between lovers

You take three days and I’ll take four
We’ll split their hearts in our little war
Sweep the wreckage out the door

We tell ourselves, we’re gonna be okay
Things are better working out this way
Crooked scars they’re gonna fade

Chorus
Track Name: Memory Of The Light
I’m just a casualty
Of the casual way you look at me
It’s like you never knew me at all

You know you used to be
The sun, the moon and the stars to me
Now all I see is a vacant sky
When I look into your eyes
I see the memory of the light

We were a tapestry
You were woven inside of me
Look away and unravel me
With no thought at all

I used to be your friend
The place where your secrets end
And now, I can’t pretend
That it’s ok
When I look into your eyes
I see the memory of light
The memory of the light

I watch you dancing on the surface with your circus
While I sit here in the very last row
And would it matter, would you notice, even notice
If I left before the end of the show

I want everything
Or I don’t want anything
I’d give anything to feel your shine on me
When I look into your eyes
I see the memory of light
The memory of the light
Track Name: Queen Of The Dancehall
If you get beyond the lights of Phoenix
Where the desert wind’s touched with sage
There’s a broken down bar where the cowboys gather
And good old country music plays

They come in from the cattle ranches
In clean-pressed shirts and cheap cologne
Drinking down beer, taking their chances
On a Saturday sweetheart, a warm girl to hold

And she’s here every Saturday night
Dancing around under colored lights
The belle of this honkytonk ball
The queen of the Dancehall

She blew in like an August dust storm
Folks say, she left a child behind
On the run from a man with a hard whiskey temper
And a sharp and jealous mind

She’ll dance with whoever is asking
She’s good for a drink and a smile
But don’t lay a hand on her Stetson
Or the scar on her cheek that she got when she left him

Chorus

She longs to get lost in the slow easy waltz
In the arms of the young men who court her
She longs to forget, a life of regret
And the endless blue eyes of her daughter

Chorus
Track Name: Barn Burning
There’s an orange haze to the sky
Looks just like the night is on fire
Wind carries the smoke for miles
Raise the alarm
There’s a barn burning

Quick now, cover the horses’ eyes
Lead them out as the worn timber whines
Cattle bellow as the old roof sighs
Heat and melting tar
There’s a barn burning

Quick bring the buckets
Feel the weight of water in our hands
Shoulder to shoulder
Save what you can
Save what you can

We pull the children in close
But we can’t keep our eyes off the glow
Flames crack like buckshot as we watch it go
Life up in sparks
A barn burning

Quick bring the buckets
Feel the weight of family in our hands
Shoulder to shoulder
Save what you can
Save what you can

The light of dawn brings the smoke
Like a body giving up the ghost
Wood like burnt out matches down low
Ash and broken hearts
This is who we are
A barn burning
A barn burning
A barn burning
Track Name: Done Better
You were like God to me
A thundercloud your voice came down
All powerful and knowing
And I was safe and sound

Like a compass in a starless sea
You were supposed to guide me
That’s what I believed
And I was safe and sound

You’re not the man that you could be
You should have been better
Cause when it came to loving me
You should have been better
And I wonder if you look back with regret
At this broken house and busted heart you left
You say you did the best you could
You should’ve done better

Your echo washes over me
A ghost among the wreckage
I’m haunted in the present
And I’m not safe or sound

Chorus

I held you high above me
Now I’m always fighting my way up from down

You not the man that you could be
You should have been better
Cause when it came to loving me
You should have been better
And I know I will forgive and forget
But this broken house and busted heart you left
Is that the best that you could do
You should’ve done better
You should’ve done better
Track Name: Ingenue
Ingenue
What are you gonna do
Mother don’t approve of your choice of love
Social butterfly
A charmed and easy life becomes you
But you’d give it all away for moonlight

Cause oh, when you’re in his arms
Oh, when you’re in his arms
Feels like dancing
Dancing

Soldier of war
Lost your way back to before
Willing that purple heart to beat again
Battle scarred
The shrapnel lies so sharp within you
Shutting away the pain, can you feel anything?

But oh, when you’re in her arms
Oh, when you’re in her arms
Feels like dancing
Dancing

She wore her mother’s lace in ‘25
He swore to keep her in moonlight
But God took him early, sorrow took her heart
They waltz together now apart

Oh, when he’s in her arms
Oh when she’s in his arms
Feels like dancing
Dancing
Dancing
Track Name: John Brown
December rushed in with the snow
The prisoner was dragged to the rope
John Brown, John Brown
Lay your body down

The noose swayed just like a child’s swing
Fitting his neck so perfectly
John Brown, John Brown
Lay your body down

Speak with your iron fist
Speak with your heart’s last wish
Shackle your fear
Freedom is near

Your eloquent mouth may speak the truth
But hate only feels the heel of your boot
John Brown, John Brown
Lay your body down

Rage til your anger burns
Til the harsh lesson’s been learned

A man’s skin is not his soul
The spirit is worth its weight in gold
John Brown, John Brown
Lay your body down

John Brown, John Brown
Lay your body down
Track Name: How A Cowboy Says Goodbye
Why don’t you sing me a love song
As blue as a turquoise sky
Sing to me of deserts and days gone by
‘Til I can see the barnyard with the trees so high
And that young boy swinging a rope to the sky
Sing me a love song

Why don’t you stay for a sweet while
Wrap me in your arms
I can lose my troubles in your canyon heart
Your gentle smile will take me through the velvet dark
Even though I know we’re soon to be apart
Stay for a sweet while

The moon holds the mesas in a silver glow
The stars hold fast the night
But everything must have a letting go
As dark gives way to light

Why don’t you sing me a love song
Then lay your heart to rest
Close your weary eyes
And be gone by morning light
Cause that is how a cowboy says goodbye
He sings to me a leaving lullabye