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Hearts In Need Of Repair

by Sarah Morris

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1.
I can tell you were something else, once upon a time Years of dust left you covered up, underneath you still shine I’m not afraid of getting my hands dirty I’m gonna roll up my sleeves, I’m gonna make you believe People these days throw things away At the first sign of trouble, at the first sign of trouble Then they wander around wondering how they’re surrounded by all that rubble, surrounded by all that rubble Let them run off searching for something clean and new I prefer broken things like me and you Don’t feel alone because we’re everywhere Hearts in need of a little repair I bet you’re tired of that heavy load you carry with you wherever you go Let me help you lay it down All that devastation in your past We’ll watch it shatter just like glass Leave it there on the ground I can’t erase your scars or keep you from hurting What if it's enough to start with a gentle touch People these days throw things away At the first sign of trouble, at the first sign of trouble Then they wander around wondering how they’re surrounded by all that rubble, surrounded by all that rubble Let them run off searching for something clean and new I prefer broken things like me and you Don’t feel alone because we’re everywhere Hearts in need of a little repair I see the promise, not the faded glory I’ll stitch you back together and you can do the same for me People these days throw things away At the first sign of trouble, at the first sign of trouble Then they wander around wondering how they’re surrounded by all that rubble, surrounded by all that rubble Let them run off searching for something clean and new I prefer broken things like me and you Don’t feel alone because we’re everywhere Hearts in need of a little repair Hearts in need of a little repair
2.
She packs a cardboard box and a suitcase in the trunk of her car An old backpack’s riding shotgun and the floorboard’s holding her guitar She knew what to take and what to leave behind she’s good at goodbye She’s on the shortcut to the highway with the window rolled down Rests her head on her left hand, her ponytail just whips around One look in the mirror, a few tears in her eyes, but they will dry- she’s good at goodbye Her heart has always been a hummingbird Beginning has always been her favorite word She knows to start something you new you have to close a door or two So she’s been down this road a few times she’s good at goodbye. She’s good at goodbye. Headed south on 35 there ain’t a cloud in the sky With her phone off beside her, so he can’t call and ask Why she didn’t stay, why she couldn’t try, lord she tried, but she’s too good at goodbye Her heart has always been a hummingbird Beginning has always been her favorite word She knows to start something you new you have to close a door or two So she’s been down this road a few times she’s good at goodbye. She’s good at goodbye. The mile markers and the memories roll on by She doesn’t care where she’s going, she wants to know how fast she can fly she can fly Her heart has always been a hummingbird Beginning has always been her favorite word She knows to start something you new you have to close a door or two So she’s been down this road a few times she’s good at goodbye. She’s good at goodbye.
3.
The face of my ex-lover, the curve of this road. The memories I leave covered unless my eyes are closed. Oh I know, I know, I know just where this goes Straight to the face of my ex-lover by the curve of this road. The words left unspoken so we can play pretend, The promises I’ve broken just by lying in your bed. Oh I know, I know, I know just how this ends… And I’ll hear the words left unspoken so that we could play pretend. Oh I need to stop crashing into you like this. I should try harder to be something you miss. But the sweet thrill of anticipation has left me wearing an air of desperation like a cheap perfume, mmm I may have my reasons, but I have no excuse. I put myself back together, you look the other way The moonlight's pouring in because we forgot to drop the shades Oh I know, I know, I know that I can’t stay So I put myself back together while you look the other way. Oh I need to stop crashing into you like this. I should try harder to be something you miss. But the sweet thrill of anticipation has left me wearing an air of desperation like a cheap perfume, mmm I may have my reasons, but I have no excuse. I want to say this is the last time, the last time My heart can't handle one more lie, one more lie Oh I need to stop crashing into you like this. I should try harder to be something you miss. But the sweet thrill of anticipation has left me wearing an air of desperation like a cheap perfume, mmm I may have my reasons, but I have no excuse.
4.
Helium 03:39
You’re the helium in my balloon. A switch that flips to chase the dark from the room. The swish of my skirt from a cool breeze that blew on a summer’s day Rolled the clouds away. You’re the cotton candy in a paper cone Whispers of sugar spun into foam Each taste is a rush, I can’t get enough I’m a kid again when you’re in my hands I have a tendency to walk through this world heavy hearted collecting sorrows like stones You have this effect on me, I’m light as feather, when we’re together I thought you should know You’re a moonlit waltz to a cricket’s song We’re floating underneath the stars. I hum along. The pull of your arms leads me where I belong. So I close my eyes, and enjoy the high I have a tendency to walk through this world heavy hearted collecting sorrows like stones You have this effect on me, I’m light as feather, when we’re together I thought you should know You’re the helium in my balloon My troubles start to disappear as we fly into the blue You’re the best thing I’ve found, please say you’ll stick around As we drift back down, our feet touch the ground.
5.
Falling Over 04:12
I can hear the waves crashing. I can hear the wind moan. I don’t need to stand on the edge to know what’s lying below. It’s a long way down that face of stone. I can hear the waves crashing. I can hear the wind moan. The hair at the back of my neck came to attention, The second your eyes swept in my direction. The night is young, and the air is electric, Make the hair at the back of my neck come to attention. My heart has broken and healed, broken and healed From lovers who’ve revealed themselves to be temporary. So I won’t be coming any closer, I’ve learned that cliffs are made for falling over. Thank God I know better, or I would meet your gaze Let you buy me a whiskey, drink up every word you say In the morning light I’d ask you to say Thank God I know better, or I would meet your gaze My heart has broken and healed, broken and healed From lovers who’ve revealed themselves to be temporary. So I won’t be coming any closer, I’ve learned that cliffs are made for falling over. You look like the kind I could lose my mind trying to anazlyze That gets me every time. The slightest breeze would come along and suddenly I’d be so far gone Barely hanging on. So I won’t be coming any closer I’ve learned that cliffs are made for falling over. I can hear the waves crashing, I can hear the wind moan. I don’t need to stand on the edge to know what’s lying below
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It was paper thin if I ever had one at all How am I supposed to hold on to an edge that small At gravity’s insistence I took the path of least resistance Opened my fingers and started falling With no regard for where I was gonna land I resigned myself to whatever lay in Destiny’s hand No time for hesitation, I ignored my reservations Opened my arms to make it look like flying I’d been needing a course correction anyway I’d been searching for a brand new set of words to say And I’d been feeling so damn out of place in my own skin Now seems like the perfect time to once again, begin I might’ve hit bottom but I’m sure not staying down Even if I take another moment here to stare up at these clouds Every exhalation leads to a flash of inspiration Opens my heart, so I can start moving I’d been needing a course correction anyway I’d been searching for a brand new set of words to say And I’d been feeling so damn out of place in my own skin Now seems like the perfect time to once again, begin I’ve been long gone and I’ve been found. So many second chances I’ve lost count. The only way I know is to just keep trying. set my sights on the horizon. I’d been needing a course correction anyway I’d been searching for a brand new set of words to say And I’d been feeling so damn out of place in my own skin Now seems like the perfect time to once again, begin
7.
Empty Seat 03:38
The sun is slipping through the pines. Been chasing me all day up 35. I’m grateful for the company but it seems that we have different destinations in mind. Feel it’s shadow sink behind my shoulder. Making room for the darkness to take over. Soon there’ll be a moon but there’s only so much it can do against the big, black Northern sky. Oh I’m scared to be alone on this road I didn’t choose, but I know I know I know The only way out is through. So I’m going to cry all my tears. Call out all my fears. I’m gonna face the empty seat beside me and let it remind me, let it remind me of you. All the plans we made, your voice saying my name I’m gonna face the empty seat beside me and let it remind me, let it remind me of you. I turn on then I turn off my radio. Settle on some melody I used to know Back when I still threw my wishes at the first star that appeared outside my bedroom window. I’d give anything to feel that way again. Full of promise waiting on love to begin. But for now my grown up broken heart is doing what it can just to keep beating, keep beating. Oh I’m scared to be alone on this road I didn’t choose But I’ll follow where it goes, until I get over you, I will get over you So I’m going to cry all my tears. Call out all my fears. I’m gonna face the empty seat beside me and let it remind me, let it remind me of All the plans we made, your voice saying my name I’m gonna face the empty seat beside me and let it remind me, let it remind me of You – walking away like it was nothing. Let it remind me of you – saying I’d never be enough for you. Well I refuse to become jaded because you changed your mind. I refuse to become jaded because you said goodbye. So I’m going to cry all my tears. Call out all my fears. I’m gonna face the empty seat beside me and let it remind me, let it remind me of All the plans we made, your voice saying my name I’m gonna face the empty seat beside me and let it remind me, let it remind me of You
8.
Back and forth and forth and back I’m trying but I can’t keep track of where we’re going where we’ve been - Please slow down My heart can’t take the rapid pace the way you seem to vacillate You’re here, you’re there, you’re everywhere I’ve grown dizzy Ohhhhh I could use a patch of solid ground Ohhhhh something still to wrap my arms around You’re pulling me dragging me under Lightning crashes roar of thunder Hands up, I surrender – Oh Oh Oh Oh Wind is blowing, rain keeps pouring Siren sings a useless warning We both make it til the morning – oh oh oh oh The sun rises and I can’t tell anymore if you’re the shelter or the storm I’ve learned to sail the rougher seas and let the calm ones carry me The brightest moon can still be swallowed by dark water Ohhhhh I could use a patch of solid ground Ohhhhh something still to wrap my arms around You’re pulling me dragging me under Lightning crashes roar of thunder Hands up, I surrender – Oh Oh Oh Oh Wind is blowing, rain keeps pouring Siren sings a useless warning We both make it til the morning – oh oh oh oh The sun rises and I can’t tell anymore if you’re the shelter or the storm Be the match baby I'm your flame Ash to ash we all fall down the same Be the match baby I'm your flame Ash to ash we all fall down the same The smoke clears and I can’t tell anymore…. You’re pulling me dragging me under Lightning crashes roar of thunder Hands up, I surrender – Oh Oh Oh Oh Wind is blowing, rain keeps pouring Siren sings a useless warning We both make it til the morning – oh oh oh oh The sun rises and I can’t tell anymore if you’re the shelter or the storm
9.
Look at us, 15 years in. We might not hold hands as much as we used to. And I’ve shown you my worst more than I care to admit. Look at us, morning by morning, You come up behind me while I’m making coffee, Put your hand on my shoulder, brush my cheek with your lips. I’ve seen sunsets that rival a box of Crayolas More than 64 colors displayed on the evening sky. But you should know nothing, nothing compares to loving you, to being loved by you. Look at us, in that silver frame, tears in our eyes, and smiles on our faces No clue what we’re getting in to, but eager to begin. Look at us, and our 2 kids. Laughing around that dining room table you built with those hands I should reach out for more than I have been. I’ve stood in the ocean suddenly breathless, As wave upon wave reminds me I’m a grain of sand. But you should know nothing, nothing compares to loving you, to being loved by you. I get dressed up, I go out, sing my songs for strangers And sometimes I worry that I give them my best, when I wanna give you my best. you should know nothing, nothing compares to loving you, to being loved by you. nothing compares to loving you, to being loved by you.
10.
On A Stone 06:07
In the middle of an ocean, a little battered and broken I can hardly offer shelter from the wind And the waves have left me shaken, the beating sun has faded My colors, and my walls are growing thin. I’m sure I don’t look like all that much to you But beneath all this mess lies a foundation so true I’m gonna be the one who sticks around I’m gonna be the one who stands her ground In the end I may spend my days alone so it goes, I’m a house built on a stone In the distance there’s a shoreline, a bed of rock with tall pines Stretching up to touch the open sky And although we’ve never spoken, I can tell that they’re devoted For the years they’ve remained side by side Oh forever’s such an easy word to say It’s a beautiful thing when hearts choose to stay I’m gonna be the one who sticks around I’m gonna be the one who stands her ground In the end I may spend my days alone so it goes, I’m a house built on a stone I’m surrounded by the song of the birds, sometimes the cool of the rain Maybe I’m lonely, but how can I complain, how can I complain I will honor the choice I’ve made I’m gonna be the one who sticks around I’m gonna be the one who stands her ground In the end I may spend my days alone so it goes, I’m a house built on a stone
11.
Confetti 05:31
It’s getting cold out. And I don’t mean the weather. There’s a chill from the people walking by, every set of eyes glued to some phone. The sun may be shining, but it don’t seem to matter When we’re lost in the shadows on the ground, standing in a crowd, we still feel alone. What if we laid down whatever we’re holding that’s holding us back. Maybe we need our hands free So we can spread kindness like confetti Throw it up in the air, let it fall down everywhere, it’ll be beautiful. If we spread kindness like confetti Those tiny colored fragments, together work like magic, to make the world beautiful. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m a believer If you go nothing nice to say there’s nothing you will gain in saying anything at all A little discretion when we speak to each other Instead we keep asking who's to blame, fanning all the flames, making others feel small. I wanna lay down whatever I’m holding that’s holding me back. I think maybe I need my hands free So we can spread kindness like confetti Throw it up in the air, let it fall down everywhere, it’ll be beautiful. If we spread kindness like confetti Those tiny colored fragments, together work like magic, to make the world beautiful. Our words have grown louder and bigger while our skin’s getting thinner. Our hearts are hurting, and nothing’s for certain but maybe the healing begins when we spread kindness like confetti Throw it up in the air, let it fall down everywhere, it’ll be beautiful. If we spread kindness like confetti Those tiny colored fragments, together work like magic, to make the world beautiful. Maybe we're just fragments, but together we're like magic. Let's make the world beautiful.

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released November 17, 2017

Co-produced by Eric Blomquist & Sarah Morris
Recorded at RiverRock Studios, NE MPLS, MN

All songs written by Sarah Morris, Aleksi's Wife Music (SESAC)
Arrangements by Sarah Morris, Andrew Foreman, Thomas Nordlund, and Zach Schmidt
Engineered and Mixed by Eric Blomquist
Additional Engineering by Kevin Israel
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, NYC
Photography by Corina Bernstein
Album design by Ellen Stoehr

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Sarah Morris Minneapolis, Minnesota

2018 Kerrville New Folk winner Sarah Morris’ endearingly honest, expertly penned songs deliberately miss the forest for the trees. Armed with a poignantly relatable rainy day ache in her sunlit voice, she weaves a winding path of masterful storytelling and timeless Americana melody that invites audiences to join her in celebrating the magic of our everyday minutia. ... more

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