Love, Heartache & Oblivion

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1.
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
2.
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.
3.
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
4.
Babble 02:13
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.
5.
Heart Beat 03:14
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
6.
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...
7.
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
8.
Breathe 02:55
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
9.
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
10.
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”

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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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