Strangeheart Vol. 1

by Lyndon Heart

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1.
We are the ones who read as children We know why the caged bird sings We know the ruby shoes are silver We know four hobbits bore the ring We are the ones who read as children We know Carroll’s portmanteaus We know nightingales restore good health We know where the red fern grows We are the ones who read as children We know Charlotte is the clever one We know bunnies whisper “Goodnight Moon” We know wax wings should fear the sun We are the ones who read as children We know which stars to wish upon We know Karana is a secret name We know why Charlie mourns for Algernon We are the ones who read as children We know that velveteen is real We know Mrs. Frisby saves the Rats of NIMH We know how the silkworm feels We are the ones who read as children We are abstract and transcendental We hide the things that you would steal We are the angst in existential We are the ones who read as children Beneath bridges and bell jars We are the ones who read as children And all these worlds are ours
2.
I like to drive fast with the windows down and the radio insane But I hate seatbelts I like the ocean when it’s angry from the lightning and the rain But I hate dry spells And I like steppin’ out on branches that stretch out way too far I like how rocky mountain moonshine dances in a mason jar And I like asking all the questions that’ll walk you to the edge I like to hurt the things I love and set them free Oh that’s the dangerous in me I like a long shot on a wet track and double zero in roulette But I hate losing I like the temper of a redhead and the sass of a brunette But I hate choosing And I like dying on the hills where no one ever thinks to fight I like to double down my wrongs and pretend it makes them right And I like pointing out the flaws in everything that you believe I like to see what I can twist to what degree Oh that’s the dangerous in me Sometimes it’ll leave you lonely; sometimes it’ll drive you mad Why are the harder things to get always the best there is to have Well, I don’t make the rules And that’s a good thing I like to lay out on the tracks and feel the tremble of the train But I hate the stink of diesel I like to get lost on the backroads that lead to towns I’ve never been But I hate waking up in motels And I’d like to bury all the things that lead me to regret All the times and all the places I’m still trying to forget I like to come home late sometimes just so I can watch you sleep But how I hate the way you make me face the truth Oh that’s the dangerous of you
3.
She’s the arc of my descent – the light my darkness fears The bread crumbs I follow home – the youth in all my years She’s a beacon through my hazy days – the warmest port of call The encore to my refrain – the bounce that breaks the fall She’s the first thought on my waking mind – the last before I sleep The fine print, and the bottom line, and the look before I leap She’s the seed of inspiration and a steal at any price And she is never never never never never the same girl twice She is the truth that’s hard to hear – the mirror and the mask The method of my madness – the questions I’m afraid to ask She is both sides to every story – a bedeviled advocate The line that blurs the boundaries – a shadow and a silhouette She is the virtue in my vices – the pleasure in my pain The dawn break, and the twilight, and the secretes in the rain She’s the fire of temptation in an age obsessed with ice And she is never never never never never the same girl twice She struggles with the trust Faith just isn’t in her cards Love has not been easy on her Some lessons have been hard But I am sure and I am steady And I’m not letting go I know who she is Even when she doesn’t know She is a law turned criminal – a diamond in the rough The hideout in plain sight – the bet that can’t be bluffed She’s laughter through my tears – the levee that bears the storms The rule that goes unwritten – the ace that’s true to form She’s the splendor in the every day – the X that marks the treasure The cadence, and the rhythm, and the beat in every measure She’s no limit poker in a world that’s throwin’ dice And she is never never never never never the same girl twice A subtle pinch of sugar hiding in the spice A little bit of naughty trying to play nice Call her anything you like, I’ll just call her mine ‘Cause she is never never never never never the same girl twice
4.
Frenzy 03:07
I’m wakin’ up nights from a dead sleep Feelin’ you all over me Skin on skin I’m losin’ my mind under your sheets Chasin’ everything you’ve set free In a tailspin What’s in me is a frenzy Feed me; I’m starving for you What’s in me is a fever Inject me; I’m on fire for you I’m drivin’ dark roads with the brakes out Following the chemistry Of original sin I’m walkin’ uphill over broken glass Buzzin’ like a worker bee Hummin’ like a violin What’s in me is a frenzy Feed me; I’m starving for you What’s in me is a fever Inject me; I’m on fire for you Water water everywhere And not a drop to drink This is it girl Just a sip girl Take me to the brink ‘Cause what’s in me is a frenzy Feed me; I’m starving for you What’s in me is a fever Inject me; I’m on fire for you I’m waking up nights from a dead sleep Feeling you all over me Skin on skin
5.
I don’t mean to be mysterious Forgive me the intrigue All this cloak and dagger Is a bit out of my league But won’t you please just hear me out Before you cut and run This is hard to say out loud But, I’m the other woman’s other one It’s all there in your blank stare The shimmer and the shine You held a heart within those eyes Like I held hers in mine Sure they both say they’ll end it But it’s clear they’ve just begun Take my hand if you need it I’m the other woman’s other one I’m not sure if you’ve thought of me The way I’ve thought of you In the witching hours of those nights When you’re left lonesome too We’ve both cried to the same moon As it died into the sun Strangers on the same train I’m the other woman’s other one When you’re alone, you’re not alone I don’t mean to stir the pot Not here to make you cry I just had to see your face And look you in the eye I’m not sure what I hoped to find There is no smoking gun Thought you might need to know You’re not the only other one No, I’m not planning any changes I’m glad you feel the same With the cards we’re holding It’s just a losing game There’s too much on the table To see it all undone We may be down but we’re not out We’re just the other players other ones When you’re alone, you’re not alone Here’s my number, call me anytime I’m the other one You’re just like me The other one We’re the other ones
6.
Less than three she types to me From some Starbucks in Savannah A thousand miles away and Yet so very close inside I type back it looks like rain And she plays Pollyanna Warmin’ up the world around me She helps me take it all in stride A dozen times a day I mail her postcards in my mind For a man who’s been so careful I just can’t stop flyin’ blind I question everything But that just leaves me wanting more If it’s a sickness I ain’t looking for a cure I know you think I’m crazy Saying this is meant to be Well, all that I can tell you Is that she is my less than three Sure I could play the cynic Could throw it down the track You think I’m flirtin’ with the third rail Got a monkey on my back But you have never heard the way She laughs when she’s afraid It’s like a vesper Some sweet southern serenade And I know you think I’m crazy Saying this is meant to be Well, all that I can tell you Is that she is my less than three Technology and time Give about the same they steal If it’s not right beside us Does that mean it isn’t real I may not have the answers But I sure know the way I feel And I know you think I’m crazy Saying this is meant to be When all that I can tell you Is that she is my less than three
7.
Hey Sunflower — yeah, I’m talking to you It’s so good to see you up again Must be Spring or near enough to draw you out Me? You know I can’t complain Sometimes I do anyway Mostly, though, the things I’ve lost I’m better off without And I swear it’s getting warmer From the outside in So won’t you lean here on my front porch step? And tell me where you’ve been Tell me who tried to hold you back Tell me who tried to keep you down Tell me about hotel rooms in sleepy little towns Tell me who tried to break your heart Tell me who tried to blow your mind Tell me how the bright lights almost left you blind Tell me about the clear skies Tell me about the haze Then tell me, tell me, tell me Sunflower Tell me are you gonna stay? Hey Sunflower — yeah I’m lookin’ at you While you’re skippin’ down that secret mile The one paved in arabesque that turns so wild Me? You know I’d tag along Damn near anywhere you’d want to stray Mostly, though, I just stand back and watch you strut your style And I swear it’s getting warmer If you’ll just give it time So won’t you slip up on my front porch step? I’ll make it worth the climb Tell me who tried to hold you back Tell me who tried to keep you down Tell me about hotel rooms in sleepy little towns Tell me who tried to break your heart Tell me who tried to blow your mind Tell me how the bright lights almost left you blind Tell me about the black and white Tell me about the gray Then tell me, tell me, tell me Sunflower Tell me are you gonna stay? Oh I have listened close and I know that you need To float along the free wind like a dandelion seed There are those’ll try to hold you back There are those’ll try to keep your down But they don’t know you, Sunflower They don’t understand your power They ain’t me, Sunflower They ain’t me Tell me who tried to hold you back Tell me who tried to keep you down Tell me about hotel rooms in sleepy little towns Tell me who tried to break your heart Tell me who tried to blow your mind Tell me how the bright lights almost left you blind Tell me about the blue skies Tell me about the gray Then tell me, tell me, tell me Sunflower Tell me are you gonna stay? This time are you gonna stay?
8.
Ninety-nine degrees and nothing but sun There’s never a rainy day around when you need one I drove all the way to work just to drive back home Call in sick and sleep ’til dusk And you ain’t made a damn thing easy Since you ran that light on 41st and Q That cab and chassis ‘ve never been the same, girl And it’s clear you’ve made a wreck of this man, too We’re both too old for slinging ultimatums Like life handed us a choice You got those bedroom eyes and those legs that stretch to Sunday All I’ve got’s a guitar and what passes for a voice So pour me something dark and strong And I will drink it ’til I’m half-past blind Then maybe I’ll forget why I came in here We’ll go home and you can make up my mind Slammin’ back a shot of Thursday comin’ on slow Chasin’ off that ol’ Friday night quid-pro-quo Sure, I can sit here and take it like I ain’t been took Just keep payin’ on that tab I never owed And I ain’t had one single moment’s peace Since you spent a night that’s gone on three years long You’ve busted bits of me’ll never fit the way they came But sometimes a man can only be so strong We’re both too old for just spinning out the wheels Like life's handed us the keys You've got those clever lies and lips that sell them sweetly All I’ve got’s this barroom and its suicide squeeze So pour me something dark and strong And I will drink it ’til I’m half-past blind Then maybe I’ll forget why I came in here We’ll go home and you can make up my mind And even though I sit here most nights Blamin’ the weather and the throttle The truth is you’re my poison And the only antidote can save me Is that worm here dancin’ in my bottle So pour me something dark and strong And I will drink it ’til I’m half-past blind Then maybe I’ll forget why I came in here We’ll go home and you can make up my mind
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Black & Blue 03:18
Walking toward the thunder down the wrong side of the highway It occurs to me; I never handed you the keys Soaking to the sinews before a locked screen door It occurs to me; I have never been more me Some men have to charm the cobra Some men just like the way she sways You are the slap on my sunburn The purple of my bruise The bite across my bottom lip The ink in my tattoos I never asked you to go easy You got damage left to do So hurt me, hurt me, hurt me, hurt me, love me It’s all the same from you Standing in the shower on the wrong side of a Monday It occurs to me; most of life is spent on lonely Looking at your shadow on the crumbling red wall It occurs to me; it’s not the hunt that makes us hungry Some men have to charm the cobra Some men just like the way she sways You are the slap on my sunburn The purple of my bruise The bite across my bottom lip The ink in my tattoos I never asked you to go easy You got damage left to do So hurt me, hurt me, hurt me, hurt me, love me It’s all the same from you Take a swing and do your thing Break your toys and make them cry There are mean things in this world There are wounds you can’t disguise I never asked you to go easy Never asked you to go easy Never want you to go easy Some of us have to charm the cobra Some of us just like the way she sways You are the slap on my sunburn The purple of my bruise The bite across my bottom lip The ink in my tattoos I never asked you to go easy You got damage left to do So hurt me hurt me hurt me hurt me love me It’s all the same Hurt me hurt me hurt me hurt me love me It’s all the same Hurt me hurt me hurt me hurt me love me It’s all the same from you
10.
Give It 03:18
I can feel you holding back And that ain’t who you are Sittin’ quiet in the corner Of this weekday weary bar There’s a fire dancing in your eyes Burning to get free So come out of that shadow And give it up to me Give it on up. Give it out loud Might as well scream If you’re gonna make a sound Give it in. Give it over Ain’t nobody keepin’ score Just give, give, give me all you got ‘Till you got no more Any tiger in the grass knows With silence comes the power To calculate around the prey Attack, control, devour They say the female of the species Is more deadly than the male But, I’ve been watching you, And I’m hot on your trail Give it on up. Give it out loud Might as well scream If you’re gonna make a sound Give it in. Give it over Ain’t nobody keepin’ score Just give, give, give me all you got ‘Till you got no more Life is not held in teaspoons, No, life is salt to taste I’m closing in on your trail, I’ve fallen for the bait I’m all done playing careful, I’m not gonna be discrete So pour on all your fire, baby And I’ll rub in the heat! Give it on up. Give it out loud Might as well scream If you’re gonna make a sound Give it in. Give it over Ain’t nobody keepin’ score Just give, give, give me all you got ‘Till you got no more
11.
The kids below my window are rehearsing how to swear Like they invented it I can hear the girls all askin’ if the boys wanna truth or dare Like they just thought of it But I can’t hear a damn thing in the other room Where you should be Where you won’t be And I know I should just get up and have a look; end all this suspense, But I simply can’t imagine what the world will look like colored by your absence My phone’s been dancing on the dresser all morning-afternoon Like it’s been trying to escape Every buzz claims there’s another text, every voicemail plays a tune Like there’s something anyone could say And I could scroll down every name and hope For yours to be Where it won’t be To stay here without you, girl, demands a silence I cannot sustain So I pack a bag and drive away beneath the language of the rain I drive on To The Moon and the memory of you and me Chasin’ down the wind Where it tangled us within the dream lovers all begin Promising, pretending That time wasn’t wasted while I held you All that infinity ran through our hands Like water While The Moon lost its memory Outside my empty room there’s a broken bottle on the curb It shines like anger I make an ice run hang out do not disturb And down my liquor Eventually I’ll find a place to go And call it home But it won’t be home Oh, I’ve chased it all around my head until it hurts to contemplate tomorrow I could pull up by the bootstraps, but I guess I’m more committed to the sorrow It takes me back To The Moon and the memory of you and me Chasin’ down the wind Where it tangled us within the dream lovers all begin Promising, pretending That time wasn’t wasted while I held you All that infinity ran through our hands Like water While The Moon lost its memory Before I lost you And The moon lost its memory
12.
I’ve seen this lightning behind the clouds before You shouldn’t be here when the storm strikes ground And I know trouble when it’s brewin’ right in front of me It won’t be pretty These winds are strong They’ve had time to churn In waters all gone wrong I tried to change, but it’s been too long Sleepwalk side effects and insecurities Are no match for this beautiful disease It survives all the wrong remedies Dose after dose Because it breathes in me It needs in me Something to burn Something to hurt That’s just how passion works Slam the shutters and pack up all the glass Pretend the darkness is just something that’ll pass I know you’ve got to feel like you’ve tried But it’s not that cut and dry This rage is wide It’s had time to choke On its own pride I tried to hold it in, or did I Sleepwalk side effects and insecurities Are no match for this beautiful disease It survives all the wrong remedies Dose after dose Because it breathes in me It needs in me Something to burn Something to hurt That’s just how passion works I know you want to help But we both know This life hasn’t been mine in a long time It’s just a broken place That I’ve embraced So close the door and take your bag of tricks I am not yours to fix Sleepwalk side effects and insecurities Cannot match this beautiful disease It survives the wrong remedies Dose after dose It breathes in me It needs in me I’ve seen the lightning behind the clouds before You’s best not be here when it strikes ground

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released April 11, 2012

Lyrics by Salome Strangelove
Music by Lyndon Heart

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Lyndon Heart Seattle, Washington

I’ve collaborated and contributed to countless US recordings and shared stages with performers from Bo Didley to Shania Twain.

Currently, I am retired and am enjoying life such as it is :-)

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