Love, Heartache & Oblivion

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As the ‘one part happy, two parts sad’ recipe of the title suggests, the album is a fun, soulful and sometimes haunting collection of acoustic folk pop. Sparse instrumentation and honest, heartfelt lyrics.

"This lovely little recording comes housed in a beautiful and even indulgent package. The trifold packaging opens to reveal detail of a lovely, finely grained guitar. The libretto continues the theme, presenting additional illustration alongside lyrics that, when read, provide their own revelations and mysteries." - Donald Teplyske, Fervor Coulee

"While the music is of course the main thing, nice packaging is always a joy, and the triple fold sleeve, liner booklet made from proper textured paper, the close-up shots of a decaying guitar, all add to the sense of care being taken and enhance the purchasing/listening experience immensely" - Jeremy Searle, Maverick Magazine (UK)

Available in Vancouver at: Zulu Records, Red Cat Records and Neptoon Records

Elsewhere at: The Beatmerchant (Steveston, BC), Vinyl Encore Records (Mill Bay, BC), Fred's Records (St. John's, NL), and the Ottawa Folklore Centre.

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released March 22, 2011

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Folk Thief Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Dave Hadgkiss. Heartfelt acoustic folk-pop.
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Track Name: Broken Record
Put another hole in my heart, haven’t learned my lesson so far
Never seems to make much difference, no matter how I try
When I look into your eyes I saw our future wither and die
But I saw another born in which we go our separate ways
Seven months since you went away, I think about you every day
Then you call and say you’re thinkin’ of coming home


How long do we drag this out?
Nothing left to figure out
How long do we drag this out?
If this is love I’ll go without
...and I forgive you... ‘cause I can’t live without you
Then you smile and walk away
Been down this road so many times I think I’ll have it paved

Put another hole in my heart, haven’t learned my lesson so far
Never seems to make much difference, no matter how I try


How long do we drag this out?
Nothing left but fear and doubt
How long do we drag this out?
If this is love I’ll go without

Our love’s a broken record
Track Name: The Death of Tomorrow
In pools of blood the children play. The dead will line the streets today.
And as we face the great demise, I pray for us that there’s still time.
Whole in time, they’re waiting for me
Hole in time, all thoughts complete
Blood spilled on the ground. People crying out.
Whole in time, they’re waiting for me.
Hole in time, there waiting for me.
Whole in time, I can’t believe
Blood spilled on the ground. People crying out.
And I still have my doubt, but please don’t give up now.
In pools of blood the children play. The dead will line the streets today.
And as we face the great demise, I pray for us that there’s still time.
Track Name: A Light for Liberty
I see ‘em wandering in the cold
Forgotten, lost, and lonely souls
Broken by the weight of their delusions
A nip and tuck to be the best
A chin, a nose, a bigger chest
‘cause they haven’t invented an implant for the soul yet

Everybody wanna be the first in line
“you gotta get it while the gettin’s good and I got mine”
Livin’ isn’t livin’ if you’re killin’ time, it’s dyin’
A seed is sown, a die is cast
The future married to the past
The present slipped away while she was sleeping

The pack have gathered for the feast
They kick and bite to slay the beast
Their poison tongues are swollen, cracked, and bleeding

Everybody wanna be the first in line
“You gotta get it while the gettin’s good and I got mine”
Livin’ isn’t livin’ if you’re killin’ time, it’s dyin’
“Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em” goes the battle cry
You gotta show ‘em what you’re made of baby don’t be shy
Killin’ isn’t killin’ with a flag held high, it’s destiny

“A light!” she cried “I’ve lost my way!”
“Take me back to better days!”
“Don’t use my body to fuel the flames of a bonfire down below!”
A new soul born, another lost
Tell me what will be the cost?
When all the sheep are wolves and they start feeding?
A sea of blood no hand is clean
What ever happened to the dream?
If this is it I hope I wake up screaming
Track Name: Babble
Everybody’s got something to say
I plug my ears and close my eyes and talk until I turn blue in the face
Babble ‘til they lock me in a room
Tell ‘em what they wanna hear and swallow pills that lead me to my doom

I don’t believe in lies, no more.
So I’m cuttin’ all my ties, I’m done.

I’m full of fear and don’t know what to do
And the lies I’ve had for answers in my head so long they sound just like the truth
Scared to move but too scared to sit still
And the answers I been chasin’ are too big to fit into a little pill

I don’t believe in lies, no more.
So I’m cuttin’ all my ties, I’m done.

I’m wasting all my time
Locked up in my mind
I should be laughin’ in the sunshine, with you.

Well I know this might sound silly but it’s true
I’m learning how to listen and I’d like to start by listening with you
Tell me everything I need to know
And together we can plant a seed and with our love we’re gonna watch it grow

Yeah together we can plant a seed and with our love we’re gonna watch it grow.
Track Name: Heart Beat
Hold tight, you’re movin’ fast
Deep breath to make it last

Washed out the wound is clean
Dark shades to make the scene

Set your sights for nowhere
Now you’re livin’ free
The comfort comes in knowing
Exactly where you be

Loose grip, control the slip
Let the weight fall to your hip

Settle in and tap your feet
Feel your heart, it knows the beat

Set your sights for nowhere
Now you’re livin’ free
The comfort comes in knowing
Exactly where you be

Set your sights for nowhere
Now you’re living’ free
The comfort comes in knowing
Love is all you need
Track Name: Brand New Love
too soon, to say, forever
and forever don’t mean nothing’ anyhow
let me trace around your sweet lips with my finger
you can have all that I’ve got to give right now

I can’t find the words to say how much I love you
and I love you don’t mean nothin’ anymore
I can lie with you in silence and be happy
there’s no tellin’ what the future has in store

They say the world is ending, but I don’t give a damn
I’ll smile while it’s burnin’ long as you will hold my hand
The mountains crumble to the ground, the oceans they may rise
But we will shine on long after we die

too soon, to say, forever
and forever don’t mean nothin’ anyhow
I got nothin’ and I know I only need you
no the bitter hearts won’t ever slow us down

They say the world is ending, but I don’t give a damn
I’ll smile while it’s burnin’ long as you will hold my hand
The mountains crumble to the ground, the oceans they may rise
But we will shine on long after we die
We will shine on long after we die
We will shine on long after we die

Lala lala la la la la...
Track Name: After the Accident
I close my eyes and you just turn and walk away
I never really thought that it would end with you this way
‘cause I was always there for you and you were always there for me
My best friend until the end ain’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

Now you’re gone I keep your picture in the hall
And sometimes when I look at you I see a face that I don’t know at all
I’ve never been to see your grave, I don’t know if I can
And if you’re watching from somewhere I hope you understand

and now I...

Waste away my days...
I will be leaving here, leaving here someday
I’m on my knees, bleeding out my eyes
Sometimes the little things catch my be surprise

I wish I knew a way to fan the fire inside
The harder that I blow it seems the faster that it dies
I don’t know why I can’t just do the things I’m told
I got an angel on my shoulder but the Devil owns my soul

and now I...

Waste away my days...
I will be leaving here, leaving here someday
I’m on my knees, bleeding out my eyes
Sometimes the little things catch me by surprise
Track Name: Breathe
Wake, from a dream. Feel the lashes of your eyelids kiss my cheek.
Hold, you so tight. Watch the sunrise light the halo in your eyes.

Don’t fret, move slow
What the future holds we don’t know
Leave a space to breathe
Time moves so fast
Keep it steady if you wanna last
You got everything I need

Spoons, a matching pair. As I laugh you run your fingers through my hair.
Touch, me again. It don’t matter who you were or where you been.

Don’t fret, move slow
What the future holds we don’t know
Leave a space to breathe
Time moves so fast
Keep it steady if you wanna last
You got everything I need

Stand, next to me. Let the surf wash out the sand beneath our feet.
Kiss, below your ear. Enjoy the moments that connect to make the years.

Don’t fret, move slow
What the future holds we don’t know
Leave a space to breathe
Time moves so fast
Keep it steady if you wanna last
You got everything I need
Track Name: From Beautiful To Damned
Looks like you’ve lost your way again
It don’t matter all roads meet up in the end
Keep a picture in your mind
All beauty crushed to dust beneath the wheels of times

hear a whisper in the pines
tells the story of their lives
grown high to one day fall
you get everything but nothing lasts at all

You self destruct from time to time
You try to keep it in but mostly you can’t find
A better way to keep from breaking
You know that in the end you chose the path you’re taking

hear a whisper in the pines
tells the story of their lives
grown high to one day fall
you get everything but nothing lasts at all

You know that everything must end
It’s just beginnings you don’t claim to understand
You lie awake and fight the sleep
You don’t mind losing you it’s them you want to keep

hear a whisper in the pines
tells the story of their lives
grown high to one day fall
you get everything but nothing lasts at all
Track Name: The Devil Behind Me
Let me tell you a story about a man I know
He burned his eyes staring into the sun man I know ‘cause he told me so
And when I asked him why? He just looked at me kind of strange

He said “I don’t wanna see my maker when it comes to judgement day”
He said “Every time I turn around, I see the Devil keep tryin’ to pull me down”

Let me tell you a story about a girl I know
Spent her life lookin’ into the mirror ‘till her hair turned white as snow
And when I asked her why? She just looked at me kind of strange

She said “I see him starin’ over my shoulder, gonna haunt me ‘till my dyin’ day”
She said “Every time I turn around, I see the Devil keep tryin’ to pull me down”

Let me tell you a story about a man we couldn’t see
He put a shotgun in his mouth, pulled the trigger, and invited all the world to see
The mess he’d made of his life, he didn’t know what else to do

He said “The needle won’t bring you no comfort when the devil comes callin’ for you”
He said “Every time I turn around, I see the Devil keep tryin’ to pull me down”