All New (Heart Shut Tight)

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Jersey, Mexico, Hampshire, York, Orleans, Brunswick, Scotia, Foundland. Reflections on foolish unrequited love on a tour of 50 states and Canada.

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I dreamed this dream
That's not how I ought to start a song, but tag along
Sometimes the tried clichés are true
And there were you, all mysterious and smooth
Wrapped in riddles, worth a little scar or two

So I opened up
Might not be new for most of you, but listen up
Some of us are more repressed than others
And we try, experiment from time to time
I thought I'd dream of being dreamed of
Thought I'd pine -- for a time

But I woke up in New Mexico, running with my palms wide open
And my heart shut tight, my heart shut tight
I woke up over Joshua Tree, stars all poking fun of me
And my heart shut tight, my heart shut tight -- my heart she tried
I wanna make my home in these poor bones
And shake the New York lonely off of me

Never you mind
You are the ditch I tumbled into running blind
Dropped my caution, stopped my watching, and for what?
I slept right through the truth of us
So don't you fret, you bear no fault, I just slipped up -- just tripped up

And it's hell to pay
I'm bound for Concord and I'm conquered, I'm betrayed
I'll point my bleeding nose back north where I belong
Rocky Mountains, point me home
I really hate my coming late by what you knew all along --
It's in every damn love song --
Your rocks are colder
Your coast is older
But the names are all all new all new all new

And I woke up under turning trees, Jersey raining leaves on me
And my heart shut tight against the Orleans night
I woke up on Montana roads, bleeding hard and dogged by hope
And my heart shut tight, my heart shut tight
Oh, my heart she tried so hard to do like humans do
To fall a little fall, to dream a dream or two
I'll fly back across the plains again and perch a humbled spell
And come back for the Maritimes when I have learned my lessons well

You guard your own -- you stay awake
The house makes the rules -- the house wins the game.

I woke up in New Mexico, running with my palms wide open
And my heart shut tight, my heart shut tight
I woke up under Joshua Tree, 29 Palms mocking me
And my heart shut tight, my heart shut tight
I woke up in New Mexico, I knew exactly how we'd go
And my heart shut tight, my heart shut tight
I woke up over Joshua Tree, stars all poking fun of me
And my heart shut tight, my heart shut tight, my heart she tried
I wanna make my home in these poor bones
And shake the New York lonely off of me

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from Something Fierce, released October 1, 2011
Bryan Ray, guitar
Aaron Benolkin, guitar, pedal steel

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Marian Call Alaska

Marian Call loves making music for you. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs. She hails from Alaska but can often be found touring North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, geeky, eclectic acoustic confections that taste like vanilla-cinnamon-chipotle something. ... more

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