Heartsongs

by Hunter & Suzy Owens

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Recorded live at Unit 4 Studios, Brookvale, NSW Australia

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released October 1, 2010

Produced by Hunter & Suzy Owens
Engineered and Mixed by Gary Brown
Mastered by Maurie Llambias
Photographs by Laura Owens
Artwork by Elke Owens

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Hunter & Suzy Owens Sydney, Australia

Original songs inspired by American roots music, filtered by an Australian perspective: retro-country, old-time/bluegrass, honkytonk, hillbilly swing, all filled with sweet harmonies and fine pickin'!

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Track Name: Heartache Blues
Heartache Blues
H&S Owens

A cold wind’s blowin’, my darlin’s gone away
I feel I’m hardly livin’, just workin’ day to day
Why did she leave me? Where has she gone?
Now I’m here with no one to help me carry on

There ain’t no way of knowin’ if we will meet again
Don’t know where I’m goin’, don’t care ’bout where I’ve been
Got holes in my pockets and mud on my shoes
I’m walkin’ down the road with the heartache blues

The night that she left me was two days ago
I never saw it comin’, she didn’t let it show
If she hadn’t left me, if only she had stayed
I wouldn’t be so lonely, I wouldn’t feel afraid

CHORUS

I’m searchin’ for an answer, I’m lookin’ for some light
I wish I had a reason why things didn’t work out right
She took all my happiness and my peace of mind
A handful of memories is all she left behind

CHORUS
Track Name: My Valley Home
My Valley Home
H&S Owens

Way down yonder in the valley, there is change about to come
And I know that life will never be the same for everyone

I have lived by the river, like my father, all my life
Where will I go now with my children and my darling, loving wife?

Soon the waters will be risin’, I can feel it in the wind
And my home in the valley, I will never see again

I have heard the night birds calling, I have seen the wild deer roam
Hardwood forest all around me in my mountain valley home

CHORUS

Who are those who have decided to take this all from me?
Now my home in the valley will be a distant memory

CHORUS
Track Name: Ellie Mae
Ellie Mae
H&S Owens

I came down from the mountain on one summer’s day
Headin’ for the cabin of my sweet Ellie Mae
The flowers were sweetly bloomin’ all along the trail
Nothin’ now could stop me, not wind, nor rain, nor hail

Deep down in my pocket I carried a golden band
For my Ellie Mae to wear upon her slender hand
She didn’t know I was comin’, it would be a big surprise
I could hardly wait to see the look within her eyes

As I approached her cabin, I heard a noise inside
I knocked upon the door and I opened it up wide
In the arms of a stranger, upon the bed she lay
Right then I knew I’d lost the love of my sweet Ellie Mae

A knife lay on the table, plain for all to see
I picked it up and held it high, she cried, “Don’t murder me!”
I headed for the stranger and stabbed him in the heart
Then I turned to Ellie Mae and I tore her right apart

Then a deathly silence upon the cabin fell
I sat there without moving, for how long I could not tell
When I came to my senses, I began to cry
“What is this deed that I have done and why, oh why, oh why?”

I soon became aware that my choices now were few
I made my decision, I knew what I would do
I threw their bodies in the river and watched them both float down
Then I turned my face away and headed into town

I knocked upon the jailhouse door and the sheriff let me in
I said, “I’ve come to you, kind sir, to confess my only sin.
Murder in the first degree, I’ve committed just today.
I took the life of a stranger and my sweet Ellie Mae.”

As I lie here in my jailhouse cell, my future now is clear
Only one more day and then they’ll take me out of here
And when they swing me by the neck from that ol’ hangin’ tree
I’ll be with my sweet Ellie Mae for all eternity…
Track Name: Damned if I Don't, Damned if I Do
Damned if I Don’t, Damned if I Do
S & H Owens

I’ve tried so hard to forget you
Ever since I found you were gone
But then your memory comes a’ calling
And I can’t stay away for too long

I think about you when I wake up
And when I close my eyes to sleep
I can’t bear to be without you
Or know that we never more will meet

I’m damned if I don’t, I’m damned if I do
The only thing I know is I can’t live without you

My heart is pining for a love lost
My arms are aching for your touch
My lips are longing to caress you
And I still miss you oh so much

Chorus

Every time I think about you darling
When the moon is high up in the sky
How I wish that we could be together
And that this would be our last good-bye

Chorus

I’m going round and round in a circles
I’m on the fence ‘tween right and wrong
I can’t shake the shackles that still bind me
I can’t go back or move on

Chorus
Track Name: In the Hills of Old Virginia
In the Hills of Old Virginia
H&S Owens

In the hills of old Virginia
That is where he was found
On the side of Sugarloaf Mountain
His bones lay scattered on the ground

He disappeared late one November
Runnin’ from the voices in his head
They searched for him all through December
They finally gave him up for dead

CHORUS

In the springtime a young couple were out walkin’
The dogwood trees were bloomin’ everywhere
What they came upon quickly stopped their talkin’
All they could do was stand and stare

CHORUS

I still recall the last time that I saw him
At a truck stop just north of Charlottesville
On Route 29 heading some place
He never told me where, now he never will…

CHORUS
Track Name: Golden Dreams
Golden Dreams
H & S Owens

Come with me, let’s take a trip, back through time on a sailin’ ship
To a place where summer never ends and the wildflowers grow
There’s an ol’ farmhouse upon the hill, in my mind I can see it still
Starin’ out through the trees to the valley below.

My mother’s standin’ at the door, Dad’s down at the general store
Buying somethin’ that we need with his hard-earned pay
The mail is in, school is out, now we’re free to run about
Doing what we wanna do each and every day.

Oh I don’t know what it means
So simple now, it seems
It’s my childhood world of Golden Dreams…

Put on your hat, grab a pole, head on down to the fishin’ hole
Big ol’ catfish waitin’ there, I’m catchin’ him this time!
But somehow he always gets away, no matter what my friends might say
He’s so strong and moves so fast he always breaks the line.

-CHORUS-

Some days I had to help my Dad, back then it always made me mad
Stuck with him out in the fields while my brothers played
But he taught me things that I still know, things that help a child to grow
From a boy into a man…those lessons never fade.

-CHORUS-

Our Sundays, they were much the same, we’d go to church, I’d play the game
Countin’ spots upon the wall…I never reached the end
Put on your tie, don’t be late, sing the songs, pass the plate
It felt so good every week when the preacher said, “Amen.”

-CHORUS-

Now it’s time for us to go, before we get the winter snow
Covering up those summer days that I knew so well
But I can always journey back, walk on down that well-worn track
And let those memories in my mind cast their magic spell.
Track Name: Nelson County Flood
Nelson County Flood
H&S Owens

Way down in Nelson County, there was a man by the name of Gray
On his head there was a bounty, ten thousand dollars, or so they say
Where he lived no one was goin’, somewhere high up in the hills
Where you could feel the cold winds blowin’, and taste the smell of moonshine stills

He was always on the run, for the deeds that he had done
Once his hands were smeared with blood
Now washed away in the Nelson flood…

One day a stranger came to town, for Mr Gray he did inquire
He dressed in black, he wore a frown, clearly he was a gun for hire

He was always on the run, for the deeds that he had done
Once his hands were smeared with blood
Now washed away in the Nelson flood…

Then the rain began a-fallin’, and the creek began to rise
Gray could hear that stranger callin’, he was a-hunting for his prize

He was always on the run, for the deeds that he had done
Once his hands were smeared with blood
Now washed away in the Nelson flood…

Then the mountain side gave ‘way, from the waters of the flood
And upon that fateful day, they both were buried in the mud

He was always on the run, for the deeds that he had done
Once his hands were smeared with blood
Now washed away in the Nelson flood…
Track Name: True Love is Like Gold
True Love is Like Gold
H&S Owens

Whenever it seems all my bridges are burning
I know that our love will carry me through
It gives us the power to keep the wheels turning
The magic that moves between me and you

True love is like gold, more precious than silver
With pleasures untold, true love is like gold

Sometimes I feel we take things for granted
And I think we could try a lot harder, I know
We have to take care of the seed we have planted
Together with time we’ll help it to grow

True love is like gold, more precious than silver
With pleasures untold, true love is like gold

Lay down by my side and sleep until morning
Let the warmth of my breath dry every tear
When you awake a new day will be dawning
You’ll be safe in my arms with nothing to fear

True love is like gold, more precious than silver
With pleasures untold, true love is like gold
Track Name: Could it Be Your Heart
Could It Be Your Heart
H&S Owens

You gave me all of your love
You gave it from the start
Then I took something from you
And tore it right apart

Could it be your heart?
Could it be your heart?
That dull, tender aching
Could be a feeling that is breaking in your heart…

I’m sorry for hurting you
With something that I said
The letter that you wrote to me
Was stained with ruby red

-CHORUS-

The heart of a lover is more than flesh and blood
It can float upon the water or drown in the flood
But once it has been broken, it’s hard to start again
For some of us, it can be the end

Like a treasure that was lost
And someone else has found
I took what you gave to me
And threw it on the ground

-CHORUS-

The heart of a lover is more than flesh and blood
It can float upon the water or drown in the flood
But once it has been broken, it’s hard to start again
For some of us, it can be the end

Forgive me for taking
What was never mine
That bright, blooming flower
That fruit upon the vine

-CHORUS-
Track Name: Faded Photograph
Faded Photograph
H&S Owens

My brother was born an only child in the southern USA
He made his way into this world on a cold December day
He grew up in a timber house that stood beside the sea
But he never ever had the time to stay and play with me

And I know, for I’ve been told
I can see my mama cry, I can hear her laugh
Her heart was won by another son
I only have her stories and a faded photograph

They say he was a happy boy who always had a friend
But a story just beginning was soon to have an end
He woke one summer’s mornin’, his legs were stiff and sore
Before the year had ended, he never woke no more

CHORUS

I grew up your shadow, I did the best I could
I hung on to your memory just like a brother should
Mama said she loved me, and I guess it’s true
But nothin’ ever rose above the love she had for you

CHORUS
Track Name: Don't Go Away
Don’t Go Away
S & H Owens

Don’t go away, don’t go away
There’s a fox in the hen house so don’t go away
Don’t go away, don’t go away
Daddy please don’t go away

Daddy oh Daddy where have you gone
Woke up this morning, knew something was wrong
The door is wide open, the porch light is on
Oh Daddy won’t you please come home

Daddy oh Daddy the well has gone dry
Sister is hungry and it makes mother cry
If the rain doesn’t come soon, the crops will all die
Oh Daddy won’t you please come (come back) home

CHORUS

Daddy oh Daddy why do you roam
My heart will be broken and turn into stone
Mamma she’s been drinking and baby’s alone
Oh Daddy won’t you please come home

Daddy oh Daddy the old mule is dead
Died in her sleep in the back of the shed
I found the fox sleeping right under your bed
Oh Daddy won’t you please come home

CHORUS

Daddy oh Daddy the cupboard is bare
Baby is crying but Mamma she don’t care
There’s a knife in the kitchen and blood on the stair
Oh Daddy won’t you please come home

Daddy oh Daddy there’s evil all around
It’ll come and take you without any sound
Make you disappear into the cold, cold ground
Oh Daddy won’t you please come home
Track Name: Leave Me to Pine
Leave Me to Pine
H&S Owens

There’s a hole where my heart was once beating
There’s an emptiness deep down inside
There’s a cold and a faraway feeling
Wipe these tears from my eyes one more time

Tell me where is the love that you promised?
Tell me where are the dreams we once had?
Tell me where is the good to come from this
Kind of feeling that makes me so sad?

Leave me to pine for a love that was mine
Every hour of each night and day
Leave me alone and I’ll wait on my own
For the darkness to take me away

Well the flowers still bloom in the springtime
And the leaves they still fall to the ground
And the rain beats soft upon my window
But there’s no longer love to be found

CHORUS

If I’d known where tomorrow would take me
If I’d seen what the future would bring
If you’d told me this sorrow would break me
I still know I’d have changed not a thing

CHORUS
Track Name: The Gun and the Bible
The Gun and the Bible
H & S Owens

My daddy was a preacher, not far from the Eastern Shore
At a church in Suffolk County, like his father who went before
And me, I am determined to carry on once more
Spreading the Word of the Lord

My congregation stands more than a hundred strong
Nobody wants to know you if you don’t belong
We have our way of doin’ things and we know right from wrong
Listening to the Word of the Lord

Not too far away from here, Jim Lowry lived alone
At a place called the Dismal Swamp he had made himself a home
One day I went to find him, I set off on my own
Carrying the Word of the Lord

Oh the gun and the bible
Around here have no rival
You just surrender to the power of the Lord

The air was hot and humid, and the water the darkest brown
I searched for him a-way out there far away from town
I found him sittin’ by a fire just as the sun went down
I was bringing him the Word of the Lord

“Listen now”, I said to him, his eyes were black as coal,
“You are a helpless sinner and I’ve come to save your soul.
“Put your hand upon the Good Book or dig yourself a hole.
“I’m bringing you the Word of the Lord.”

CHORUS
Jim Lowry he just stared at me and he never made a smile
He reached out for a pistol he’d been hidin’ all the while
But me, I was much faster, and I beat him by a mile
Saved by the Word of the Lord

CHORUS

Sunday morning back at church, and I’m standin’ on the stairs
I think of ol’ Jim Lowry every time I say the prayers
Many times I’ve told my story, but it seems nobody cares
I keep spreading the Word of the Lord
Track Name: All Bound for Glory
All Bound For Glory
H&S Owens

Darling, here we stand, together hand in hand
Now it’s time that we were movin’ on
We won’t look back, we’ll head on down the track
‘Cause we’re all bound for glory when we’re gone

Well, now you’re my friend, I’ll be there ‘til the end
And my love for you will still be strong
When the sun sinks low, it’s time for us to go
‘Cause we’re all bound for glory when we’re gone

All bound for glory, all bound for glory
All bound for glory when we’re gone
Let your tears run dry and reach up for the sky
‘Cause we’re all bound for glory when we’re gone

When the rain beats down and the snow lays on the ground
When the days are cold and the nights are long
When the tide runs out don’t ever start to doubt
‘Cause we’re all bound for glory when we’re gone

CHORUS

As we make our way until another day
I’ll be someone you can lean upon
You’ll be in my heart whenever we’re apart
‘Cause we’re all bound for glory when we’re gone

CHORUS