Haunted Heart

by Susan Cattaneo

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1.
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
2.
Abide 03:36
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
3.
Lorelei 02:57
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
4.
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
5.
Revival 03:57
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Barn Burning 05:31
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
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11.
Done Better 04:51
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
12.
Ingenue 03:58
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
13.
John Brown 03:49
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
14.
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
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Hidden Heart 01:56

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released January 21, 2014

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