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Steady Heart

by Vicky Emerson

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allthatjazz Like thunder chasing the lightning...
I love the whole album, Thank you Vicky. Favorite track: The Reckoning.
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Dan Israel Loving the new record, Vicky! Congrats!
Dan Israel Favorite track: In the Pines.
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1.
In the Pines 04:08
Take me to a place down a long and windy road. You might be the right one or the right one for now. I’d like to know. I know the way through rows and rows of trees. Catch a sliver of moonlight and follow me. Let’s get lost in the pines where no one will ever find us. Hands intertwined, losing track of time in the pines. We’re done with the chase and now the dance begins. Swaying in the shadows one breath out and one breath in. Hear the wind hum a melody. I touch your skin. Follow my lead. Let’s get lost in the pines where no one will ever find us. Hands intertwined, losing track of time in the pines. A chain of stars climbs through the sky. Turns on the shine for you and I. Let’s get lost in the pines where no one will ever find us. Hands intertwined, losing track of time in the pines.
2.
I’m on the outside looking in to watch you fall apart again. I can’t look away. I see the shame. Same sad story I know it frame by frame. What can I do? I can’t give up on you. Rock bottom rolled out the welcome mat and my seat on this wreck is the only one with a bird’s eye view of the ground, so pick me up on the way down. Like a ship lost at sea or a runaway train, you’re gonna bury me. I keep believing in the same old lines. This worn down road, I know it mile by mile. What can I do? I can’t give up on you. Rock bottom rolled out the welcome mat and my seat on this wreck is the only one with a bird’s eye view of the ground, so pick me up on the way down. Tried to build you a parachute and a soft landing to fall into but the threads are all tearing apart just like we are. Rock bottom rolled out the welcome mat and my seat on this wreck is the only one with a bird’s eye view of the ground, so pick me up on the way down.
3.
I hear the hive a buzzin’, I feel the storm rolling in. Like thunder chasing the lightning, I never knew how this would end. They say the heat can drive you crazy, break you down like you’re gonna lose a fight. Story looks a little hazy. All these shadows could use a little light. It’s hard to believe that you don’t see what I see. I hear the hive a buzzin’, I feel the storm rolling in. Like thunder chasing the lightning, I never knew how this would end. Wind rattles the windows, kicking up dust settled on the ground. And all the sins that lie below are gonna raise hell if they ain’t tied down. It’s hard to believe that you don’t see what I see. I hear the hive a buzzin’, I feel the storm rolling in. Like thunder chasing the lightning, I never knew how this would end. Here comes the pouring rain like a reckoning. Bring on the flood to wash the wicked away. I hear the hive a buzzin’, I feel the storm rolling in. Like thunder chasing the lightning, I never knew how this would end.
4.
Don’t know when I’ve been so blue. Don’t know what’s come over you.You’ve gone and found someone new and don’t it make my brown eyes blue. I’ll be fine when you’re gone. I’ll just cry all night long. Oh, please say it isn’t true and don’t it make my brown eyes blue. Tell me no secrets, tell me some lies. Give me no reasons, give me alibis. Tell me you love me and don’t make me cry. Tell me anything at all but don’t say goodbye. I didn’t mean to treat you bad. I didn’t know just what I had. Oh, please say it isn’t true and don’t it make my brown eyes blue. You’ve gone and found someone new and don’t it make m
5.
Good Enough 04:11
6.
Steady Heart 04:10
Oh, the days are long now. Feel it right down to the bone. There you go again. Shouldering the world on your own. I see you trying to build your own road. Why don’t you let me come along? When the load is hard and heavy and your troubles are as deep as they are wide, And you think no one will understand, I’ve got a steady heart just reach out your hand. Oh, at the end of the day when all the light has gone home. Babe, come to me. Don’t live this life on your own. I see you trying to build your own road. Why won’t you let me come along? When the load is hard and heavy, and your troubles are as deep as they are wide, And you think no one will understand, I’ve got a steady heart just reach out your hand.
7.
Stone Cold 04:35
Rising with the smoke, rising with the smoke to a clear blue Kansas sky Rising with the smoke, rising with the smoke my final goodbye Take me back to Tulsa, take me back to Tulsa where the whiskey’s cold Rising with the smoke, rising with the smoke all the lies you told. Shining in the light, shining in the light, all your wicked ways. Shining in the light shining in the light, a pawn in your game. Take me back to Tulsa, take me back to Tulsa where they don’t know my shame. Shining in the light, shining in the light, my turn with the flame. And I won’t be coming home, tell the ghosts to leave me alone. Tell the thieves, I burned it down. I burned it down to the stone cold ground. Buried in the dust, buried in the dust all of my intent. Buried in the dust, buried in the dust, all the evidence. Take me back to Tulsa, take me back to Tulsa, I need to cross that state line. Buried in the dust, buried in the dust, embers of my pride. And I won’t be coming home, tell the ghosts to leave me alone. Tell the thieves I burned it down. I burned it down to the stone cold ground. Don’t mess around with the wrath of a woman, she’ll throw lightning when you’re not looking. You ignored my warnings. Kicking up dust on this barren old highway, headed dead south where you’ll never find me. There’s only so much a woman can take before she breaks. And I won’t be coming home, tell the ghosts to leave me alone. Tell the thieves I burned it down. I burned it down to the stone cold ground. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
8.
Disappear 03:09
Sometimes people disappear. Walk away from all those years. Take you to the end of the road. You win some you lose some, you let some go. It’s not familiar to leave this alone. Trying to work it out is all I’ve ever known. Oh, I’m not trying to settle the score but I’m turning my back to the knock on the door. Sometimes people disappear. Walk away from all those years. Take you to the end of the road. You win some you lose some, you let some go. I don’t want to go back to the way things used to be. I can’t imagine that you’re not tired just like me. Sometimes people disappear. Walk away from all those years. Take you to the end of the road. You win some you lose some, you let some go.
9.
’ve been dreaming. I’ve been scheming. How do I keep you all to myself? I’m tired of the fast pace and I’ve given up the chase. I want to know you like nobody else. If I could be a boat, I’d take you from coast to coast. Throw all our cares into the wake. If I could be a boat, let the wind show us wear to go, cast out our hopes and sail away. Can we find our place just for us? Can we find our place in the sun? If I could be a boat, I’d take you from coast to coast. Throw all our cares into the wake. If I could be a boat, let the wind show us wear to go, cast out our hopes and sail away.

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released October 20, 2018

MUSICIANS:
Kari Arnett: Background Vocals on “The Reckoning”, “Good Enough”
and “Stone Cold”
Jake Armerding: Fiddle, Octave Violin and Background Vocals on “In the Pines”, “Bird’s Eye View”, “Good Enough”, “Steady Heart” , “The Boat Song”
Steve Bosmans: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar on “The Boat Song”, Hand claps and foot stomps on “Stone Cold”
Vicky Emerson: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano on “Bird’s Eye View” and “Good Enough”, Hand claps and foot stomps on “Stone Cold”
Aaron Fabbrini: Stand Up Bass, Background Vocals on “The Boat Song”, Hand claps and stomps on “Stone Cold”
Annie Fitzgerald: Background Vocals on “The Reckoning”
Zach Miller: Drums, Percussion, Hand claps and foot stomps on “Stone Cold, Background Vocals and Piano on “The Boat Song”
Sarah Morris: Background Vocals on “Reckoning” , “Bird’s Eye View”, “Stone Cold”

CREDITS:
Produced by Vicky Emerson
Recorded and Mixed at Wild Sound Studio, Minneapolis by Steve Kaul
Mastered by Greg Reierson at Rareform Mastering
Assistant Engineer - Joshua Parlanti
Photos of Vicky by Katie Cannon
Makeup & Hair by Merrill Ann Swanson
Album design by Rebecca Ramirez
All songs written by Vicky Emerson except for “The Reckoning” and “Disappear” which were written by Vicky Emerson (Play Monkey Play - ASCAP) and Graham Bramblett (CakeWater Music - BMI). “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” written by Richard Leigh (SESAC). Lyrics available at www.vickyemerson.com.

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Vicky Emerson Minneapolis, Minnesota

Singer/songwriter Vicky Emerson has been heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune
and No Depression for her gorgeous, dusky voice and songwriting chops on previous releases but her new album, Steady Heart, which she self-produced, will firmly establish her as an essential, strong female voice in Americana music. ... more

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