The Hammer & The Heart

by Susan Cattaneo

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released August 25, 2017

Produced by Susan Cattaneo

Except Back Door Slam produced by Stu Kimball

Recorded and Engineered by:

Steph Durwin and Sam Margolis at Dagotown Recorders, Boston MA
Andy Pinkham at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA
Dave Westner at Woolly Mammoth Studios and Side Hill Sound, Waltham MA
Jason McEntire at Sawhorse Studio, St. Louis, MO
Sean McLaughlin at 37’ Productions. Rockland MA

Mixed by:

Lorne Entress at Harmony Street Studio Pomfret, CT
Except Back Door Slam mixed by Stu Kimball and Dave Westner at Wooly Mammoth Sound Waltham, MA

Mastered by Dave Mc Nair at McNair Mastering

Cover art by Sarah Gensert and Gavin Miller

The Bottle Rockets appear courtesy of Bloodshot Records

This record would not have happened without all those who supported it through Pledge Music. Especially:

Carina Bendz and her family, Roger Garcia Bertrand and Andrew Ferren, Lian Dolan, John Doherty, Dustin, Gordon H Jee, Catherine Graham, Sue & Rich Hanson, Andreas Laemmermann, the Luster Family, Chuck McDermott and Anne Lyon, Alex Min & Sang-Jeong Lee-Min, Marella Pessina, the St. John's Coffeehouse in Arlington MA, Ashley Jones Tagatac with Chris, Madeline, and Cameron, Dan & Kathy Tappan, Michael Wartofsky, Rishi & Karuna

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Track Name: Work Hard Love Harder (featuring The Bottle Rockets)
WORK HARD LOVER HARDER

Father time’s got a job to do
Punches in his time card then he’s coming for you
You pray to Saint Joe for that 9 to 5
You should be praying to St. Valentine

CHORUS:
The heart beats louder than the dollar
Shines a light in a world gone darker
Draws joy in permanent marker
Work hard but love harder
Hug your kids, call your mother
Be grateful and be kind to others
Kiss more, laugh more just for starters
Work hard, but love harder

You get so lost in your daily grind
You forget that there ain’t no second time, no second time around
20, 30, 40 years fly through
Suddenly you wondering where’d your dreams get to

CHORUS

What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?

Be a friend don’t be a martyr
Make mistakes, they’ll make you smarter
Take your life and turn it up louder
Work hard love harder
Track Name: The River Always Wins (feat. Mark Erelli)
THE RIVER ALWAYS WINS

At the diner downtown, old timers sit around
Talk about the flood of ‘42
How they watched from higher ground, as the water took it down
Like a verse from the bible coming true

After losing everything, you could hear the hammers ring
As they built it all back up again
The mill wheels turned, and they kneeled in church
Washed of all their sins
But the river always wins

I come down from the mountain
Like judgement from on high
Going home to the ocean
And I don’t give a damn
About the dreams of man
And I won’t be denied

Boys with fishing poles and born again souls
Lovers with their hearts ablaze
I’ve always been there, for the lonely in despair
I took a few in my dark embrace

I’ve seen the mills pull out and the jobs go south
It ain’t ever been the same way since
For all the things they try to change, I will always remain
I’ll be damned but I won’t give in
Cause the river always wins

Chorus
Track Name: In The Grooves (feat. Bill Kirchen)
IN THE GROOVES

You’d drop the needle on a 45
Watch as the whole world came alive
Round and round, the music sparked
To the beat, beat, beat of your vinyl heart

It gave Elvis his blue suede shoes
And James Brown all his stylish moves
That turntable spoke the gospel truth
It said, it all comes down to what's in the grooves.

The record store was just down my block
You could buy a little magic for a couple of bucks
Rush it home, slip it out of its sleeve
The A side, the B side, then repeat

It helped Little Richard find his oohs
And gave Chuck Berry his rhythm and blues
That turntable spoke the gospel truth
It said, it all comes down to what's in the grooves.

We cut a rug to those rocking songs
We kissed on couches, we sang along
Those skips and scratches gave the music soul
It was a revolution of rock and roll

We heard three Kings sing the blues
And Cash and Hank and Lefty too
And Merle and Buck and the Buckaroos
Just one listen and we all knew
That it all comes down to what's in the grooves.
Track Name: When Love Goes Right (feat. Bill Kirchen)
WHEN LOVE GOES RIGHT

Fireflies are sparkling in the August heat
That’s the main attraction out here in the yard
On the very last of our lawn chair days
We’re leaning back to take in all the stars

Feels like heaven’s coming down to this
Just lovers in the night
Nothing more, nothing less
That’s what’s left when love goes right

All the love that’s come to stay in this old house
You see it hanging in the pictures in the hall
We’ve made it through the hard times and a thousand tears
Cause the thousand kisses made it worth it all

Chorus

It’s the same face across the kitchen table
It’s the same moon hanging in the sky
When you wear your years together it’s something beautiful
The perfect way your hand fits into mine

When all our worldly cares have been put away
And it’s almost time to turn in for the night
We’ll hold each other in the quiet dark
While the beating of our hearts is keeping time

Chorus
Track Name: Lonely Be My Lover (feat. The Bottle Rockets)
LONELY BE MY LOVER

That old black clock is ticking on the nightstand
Like a time bomb
And I reach for him in the soft blue light of the late show
But he’s long gone
And here you are again
Sharing my bed
Just like you’ve always done

Lonely, be my lover you’ve always been my friend
Lonely, be my lover I’m giving up, I’m giving in
Cause I’m better off loving you than loving him

That old kitchen sink is dripping like a teardrop
And it won’t stop
And these empty rooms like his empty words
They just go on, and they don’t stop
But I’ve made my peace
Just out of his reach
And my will be done

Chorus

We all got something broke
A wreck to call our own
And mine feels just like home

Chorus
Track Name: Dry (feat. Dennis Brennan)
DRY

You shut the door
I shut my eyes
You don’t want to talk
And I don’t want to fight
I shut my eyes

We fake a smile
So polite
Put on a show
But nothing makes us right
We fake a smile

Words, words are like water
Words, words are like water
And this well’s gone dry

We blame each other
We’ve come apart
We came as lovers
That’s who we were, not who we are
We’ve come apart

Chorus

Daylight breaks
We’re side by side
A lover’s wake
And not a tear to cry
For you and I

Chorus
Track Name: Ten Kinds Of Trouble
TEN KINDS OF TROUBLE

I’ve always had a thing for The King
A shy boy with a southern drawl
Always puts my heart in a spin

So when you walked in, cool and slow
You had me before you even said hello
Jet black hair, sky blue eyes
I thought my oh my oh my

You’re ten kinds of trouble
You gotta a voice like Tupelo honey,
Ten kinds of trouble
Your bad boy smile has this heart runnin’
The way you walk
The way you talk
As sweet as southern rock and roll
You ain’t never been to Memphis, boy
But you’ve got Elvis in your soul

I’m never running wild
With my heart
But now, I’m wondering if there’s fire
Just beyond this spark

If you’re bad news, I wanna read all about it,
You’re worth the fall, I don’t even doubt it
Wanna go for broke, get all shook up
Could this be love, love, love

Chorus

One, two, three, four
This is what my heart’s for
Five, six, seven
Feels like heaven
Eight, nine, ten
Won’t you kiss me again and again and again

Chorus
Track Name: Work Hard Love Harder (feat. The Boxcar Lilies)
WORK HARD LOVE HARDER

The heart beats louder than the dollar
Shines a light in a world gone darker
Draws joy in permanent marker
Work hard but love harder

Father time’s got a job to do
Punches in his time card then he’s coming for you
You pray to Saint Joe for that 9 to 5
You should be praying to St. Valentine

CHORUS:
The heart beats louder than the dollar
Shines a light in a world gone darker
Draws joy in permanent marker
Work hard but love harder
Hug your kids, call your mother
Be grateful and be kind to others
Kiss more, laugh more just for starters
Work hard, but love harder

You get so lost in your daily grind
You forget that there ain’t no second time, no second time around
20, 30, 40 years fly through
Suddenly you wondering where’d your dreams get to

CHORUS

What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?

Be a friend don’t be a martyr
Make mistakes, they’ll make you smarter
Take your life and turn it up louder
Work hard love harder
Track Name: Ordinary Magic
ORDINARY MAGIC

The way the stones love the river
And the earth loves the rain
I’ve loved you for a lifetime
But it feels just like a day
And I count my blessings
To be under your spell
Its just ordinary magic
You know me so well

When my heart takes a tumble
And the world opens wide
I can’t tell what’s broken
What’s past or what’s mine
Shadows surround me
I’m stumbling blind
With your ordinary magic
You quiet my mind

The words you say, they work a charm
You simply know your way around my heart

Rain in the streets
A reflection of sky
The waltz of the leaves
Your hand in mine
These moments of beauty
No one may see
They’re just ordinary magic
Ordinary magic
Just ordinary magic
You and me
Track Name: Carried (feat. Jenee Halstead)
CARRIED

Love me in silence
Don’t tell me everything is going to be ok
Hold still the sadness
If I’m breaking apart, don’t try to save me
Just wait

Some things can’t be fixed. They can only be carried.
Sometimes holding on is right where we should be
When grief is heavy in my chest
A 1,000 pound stone around my neck
Feels like I can hardly bear the weight.
Some things can’t be fixed. They can only be carried.

Love me in darkness
Don’t say that there’s a reason it was meant to be
Words, they won’t solve this
Just hold my hand and share this moment quietly
Just breathe

Chorus

Surrender, surrender
Don’t fight what you can’t win
Remember, remember
Sure, the tide goes out, but it comes clear in

Some things can’t be fixed they can only be carried
Sometimes just holding on is how is you are healing
When grief is heavy in your chest
A 1,000 lb stone around your neck
Feels like you can hardly bear the weight,
Just wait
Some things can’t be fixed they can only be carried
Track Name: Bitter Moon
BITTER MOON

Darling
Don’t you call me darling
Can’t you see I’m getting on with getting over you
You loved me
Felt just like you drugged me
Running in my blood til there was nothing I could do

Oh, you left me changed
Now, there’s just the ache

And my first taste of a bitter moon
My first night alone without you
My first heart a shade of blue
And this new life in this new light
Of a bitter moon

Miss me
You say you miss me
But maybe you’re just lonely for something warm to hold
I need you
But how can I believe you
The way that you throw love around like you were throwing stones

Oh, you’ve left me changed
Now there’s just the ache

Chorus
Track Name: Smoke (feat. Jennifer Kimball)
SMOKE

I fall, I break, I yearn, I ache to make you mine
I envy love, I want so much make you mine
I plead, I beg, you take and take but you’re not mine
You’re never mine

You only want what I don’t have
Just out of reach of these two open hands
You won’t let me pull you close
Loving you is like catching smoke

Crushed with doubt, I shut my mouth to make you mine
I charm, I choke, you dangle hope that you’ll be mine
I growl, I bite, I’m someone I don’t even like
So you’ll be mine

Chorus

Maybe I don’t need to fix me
I’m not broke
Watch me go

What I want is what I am
Just in reach of these two open hands
I breathe you in and let you go
Loving you, is like catching smoke
Track Name: Field Of Stone
FIELD OF STONE

When I was ten, the highwaymen broke ground and broke the heart of my hometown
They tore down oaks to plant eight rows of asphalt, laying that blacktop down
We forgot what silence was in the rolling thunder of the nighttime trucks
And that rumble in my chest felt just like love

Ooh, you can’t raise nothing in a field of stone
Ooh you learn real quick that you can’t go home
What matters most
You feel it so close

When I was ten, my daddy left, my mama said all men are no good strays
But my child’s mind was sure if I’d done better, he’d have loved me, he’d have stayed
I wished him back with all my might
On every muted star in those highway lights
And my heart grew hard and tight

Ooh, you can’t raise nothing in a field of stone
Ooh you learn real quick that you’re on your own
What matters most
You feel it so close

I have my mother’s hands and heartache
And my father’s need to run
My history is my headstone in this grave they dug

Ooh, you can’t raise nothing in a field of stone
Ooo you learn real quick that what’s gone is gone
What matters most
You feel it so close
So close
That field of stone
Track Name: Fade To Blue (feat. Nancy Beaudette)
FADE TO BLUE

I go through these empty days
Out of tune, out of place
Since we’ve gone our separate ways
I hold another’s heart
Thought I’d made a brand new start but
When the memories fall like rain
You’re a feeling I can’t shake

I just fade to blue
Steal away in silence
I just fade to blue
Lost without you

I’m sinking way too deep
You’re ancient history
Can’t give me what I need
Do you think of me now and then?
Is my voice inside your head
Is my kiss still on your skin?
Will I disappear if you forget?

Chorus

I regret the dusk that fell between the two of us
And the darkness that just
Fades to blue
I just fade to blue
Lost without you

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