Heartlands

by Song Dogs

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released 25 April 2015

Heartlands
All songs by Song Dogs ®ASCAP
Song Dogs are:
Sam Conver, Dan Cooper, Ryan McCloskey, Mariama O'Brien, Emily Southerton, & Michael Southerton
Cello by Andrea Weber Saxophone by Tom Petraccaro
Trumpet by Andrew Pinto Fiddle by Sarah Larson
Engineered by Michael Southerton & Rob Swift
Produced & Mixed by Michael Southerton
Mastered by Jeff White
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Song Dogs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Part Neil Young, part Jackson Browne,...blending rock, folk, and blues with a focus on storytelling."
-Julie Miller- WXPN

"Remniscent of the Allman Brothers, The Band, and Neil Young."
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Track Name: Sun in The Valley
I have fallen with the sun in the valley for the last time.
There’s a boy, he lives in the city; gonna drop him a line
Saying pick me up from that 8:15 next Sunday morning.
The mistakes I’ve made cannot follow me
A sin in the city don’t mean nothing.

I remember when they found my brother on the county line.
The trouble he knows weighs heavy on my troubled mind.
And Momma, she still waits for him to come back around.
But I know for a fact, there ain’t no coming back
From the needle to this town.

They say the city lights are so bright you don’t have to sleep.
And it’s the kind of world where a working girl can get a bite to eat.
But Daddy said don’t take nothing, ‘cause nothing is free.
But it’s easy to to see the price he paid
For taking care of me.
Track Name: Like You've Never Known
When you look into the mirror
Do you see the light in your eyes
Do you see the man who falls to pieces
Every time you smile

I hope this finds you when you’re dreaming
Or out in the world on your own
And you can see my thoughts have been
With you all along.

Life can be a penance to be served out here alone
So let me lift your sentence and show you the world
Like you’ve never known

No one said this would be easy
Nothing in this world is standing still
No one knows what’s waiting around the corner
And no one ever will
No one ever will
Track Name: Mississippi Annie
Brother flew into the South; it was his first flight
To help Sister move back across the Dixie Line.
She’d been staying at Annie’s for a couple of nights
Where the Southern style is served up just right.

Now Mississippi Annie’s voice is fading fast
Turn the radio on; leave your foot on the gas.
Tell yourself some things aren’t meant to last.
Sister’s lookin’ forward; ain’t no lookin’ back.

And them Savage South boys they can touch the sky
Know it’s a human thing to need to fly.
They came out to Annie’s one final time
To wish sister good luck and kiss her goodbye.

Now Mississippi Annie’s voice is fading fast
Turn the radio on; leave your foot on the gas.
Tell yourself some things aren’t meant to last.
Sister’s lookin’ forward; ain’t no lookin’ back.

And that’s the thing about leaving home.
All the songs that you’ve sung
Only mean something where you’ve started from.

Now Annie needed some California sun;
She’s going on back to where she come from.
In Jackson the radio still plays the blues
And Southern California gets all the news.

And my old voice is fading fast;
There’s so many things that I’ve left in the past.
I try to move forward just to stay on track,
But I keep spinning my wheels, throwing mud on the flap.
Track Name: Ghost in New Mexico
I heard him on the road in Texas and Tennessee
I’ve tasted silver, but I’ve never found gold
I felt him on the river in Mississippi
but I never grabbed hold

And now I’m trying to find that ghost in New Mexico
I heard him on the road in Texas and Tennessee
and well I’ve tasted silver, but I’ve never found gold
but I felt him on the river in Mississippi

Now a long time ago, that ghost he disappeared
but I’ve dreamt of him from time to time
and now I’ve found some money, so I’m on the run
just to see what I can find

Now the swamps are calling me down south and a man awaits me there,
but I saw the ghost and he was walking west
so I take the desert highway and I drive through the night
now I’m afraid I’ll never rest

And sometimes I think the road’s that ghost
sometimes I think that ghost is me
but I went down to the river and I washed myself clean
and still I dream that he is waiting on me

Let him set me free, let him set me free
and let me sing the songs that that old ghost seeks
Will the roses bloom for me there
among the desert peaks?
Track Name: Laurel, Oak, and Pine
Could you give your restless heart away
To a home and a man who’s bound to stay?
Could you be happy if tonight became a year?
And that year a lifetime beside me right here?

Or could I leave the valley and the stream
And go away with you to someplace I find strange?
Oh, I’d go with you if you asked me to go.
But you know better that to ask a homebody to roam.

So may your ship guide you safely through the storm.
And may you one day return to this old familiar shore.
I’ll be waiting where the water writes in rhymes
And repeats them softly to the laurel, the oak, and pine.
Track Name: Forevermore
Pleading, for some assistance, and you walked right through my door
Saying you’d be there, standing beside me, forevermore, forevermore.
Though I, put up resistance, from an all too distant shore
You said you’d love me, love me forever, forevermore, forevermore

And I fought back, react, enmeshed, I couldn’t win
But you calmed my, song of, heartbreak, and I let you in.
Oh my trusted adversary, can we settle up our score?
‘Cause my heart you can carry forevermore

Your kiss, your smile, you drive me wild, I fall right to the floor
My heart can beat, ‘cause its complete, my love forevermore

You said you’d love me, love me forever, forevermore,
You said you’d love me, love me forever, forevermore,
You said you’d love me, love me forever, forevermore...
Track Name: We Are The People
Come and dance with me oh come and dance with me
Come and dance with me oh come and dance with me
We are the people oh we are the people
We are the people oh we are the people
I was walking down the steet, I saw your face
Bright as the light come and dance with me
We are the people oh we are the people
We are the people oh we are the people
Track Name: Midnight on the Mountain
Well it’s midnight on the mountain and this barn is burning.
We’ve been slowly drinking since they raided the still.
And my guitar’s playing; your hips are shaking.
We’re thinking the same thing, baby, ain’t that a thrill.

And it’s midnight on the mountain.
Spirit is a’shoutin’.
Midnight on the mountain.

Well it’s midnight on the mountain and that bass is thunderin’.
We keep moving on closer to the dawn.
And I’ll see you in the morning, baby, that dew feels cooling.
Baby, I ain’t foolin’ you just may be the one.
And it’s midnight on the mountain.
Spirit is a’shoutin’.
Midnight on the mountain.

I want that mountain music
Give me that mountain song
Be my mountain mama
Stay here in my mountain home.

And it’s midnight on the mountain.
Spirit is a’shoutin’.
Midnight on the mountain
Swingin’ and a jumpin’.
Track Name: Lucky
If you knew, how lucky, you are
If you knew, how lucky, you are
You’d thank your lucky star,
That you even made it half this far
If you knew, how lucky, you are

If you knew, how perfect this world is
If you knew, how perfect this world is
You’d throw your head up high
And laugh up to, up to the sky,
If you knew, how perfect this world is

If you knew, how easy it could be
If you knew, how easy it could be
You wouldn’t have to try,
It would be enough, just to be alive,
If you knew…

If you knew, how lucky, you are
If you knew, how lucky, you are
You’d thank your lucky star,
That you even made it half this far
If you knew, how lucky, you are
Track Name: Same Night, Same Sky
Same old stars out in the distance,
Just like before you knew my name.
But I remember nights just like this one,
How I held you in this…
Same night, same sky, same horizon. You and I, no longer the same.

Somewhere there I lost you,
Somewhere there you set me free.
On so many nights just like this one,
You really knew me...
Same night, same sky, same horizon. You and I, no longer the same.

You will be
You will be just like before
You will be like just like before you ever knew my name.

Oh I remember nights just like this one,
How I held you in this...

Same night, same sky, same horizon. You and I, no longer the same.
I reach out for your voice, to touch your spirit, but I am no longer the same.
Same night, same sky, same horizon. You and I, no longer the same.
Same night, same sky, same horizon. You and I, no longer the same.
Track Name: 45
Well the first little girl who told me
That we was gonna be okay
Took me down that dusty road
And returned me to the clay.

But when that road became a highway,
Things started moving way too fast.
Them yellow lines began to blur,
And nothing seemed to last.

Driving through the night,
Lost on 45.

But I believe that road can take me home
And you’ll be waiting there
With the radio on in the driveway
Engine music filling the summer night’s air.

And you’ll roll down your window,
And you’ll hop into my car,
We’ll turn back down those dusty roads
Blazing trails like falling stars.

Driving through the night,
Lost on 45.
Track Name: Evangeline
Sweet dreams, Evangeline. You know, sometimes I worry
That you might just mean too much to me already.

These things, Evangeline, the good that these years have left me
Is the good that I can bring to lay by your side, wish you goodnight.

I’ve been, Evangeline, one of those people just stuck in the scene.
It was easy to run, so hard to move on.

But I have come a long, long way.
Yes, I have come a long, long way.
And I’ve had many friends along the way.
And I’ve hurt many friends along the way.

So sweet dreams, Evangeline. May you wake with the bright, warm morning
Dreaming of me, when you’re ready.

I have come a long, long way.