Idiot Heart

by Carsie Blanton

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credits

released 31 January 2012

Produced by Oliver Wood.

The band:

Carsie Blanton, Tyler Greenwell, Joe Plowman,
Jano Rix, Oliver Wood

Guests:

Dana Alexandra, Michael Bellar, Rob Hyman,
Damien Lewis, Joe McGuinness, Wanda Vick,
Rebecca Wood

All songs written by Carsie Blanton, except
“Backseat” written by Carsie Blanton and Joe Plowman
“Little Death” written by Carsie Blanton and Oliver Wood
Piano arrangement for “Lonely No More” by Jessica Parsons-Taylor

This album is dedicated to Bill Eib, Oliver Wood, and New Orleans.

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Track Name: Smoke Alarm
he said baby what’s the big deal
feel what you wanna feel
say what you’re gonna say
you’re gonna die one day

for example I could kiss you
just because I want to
what’s the difference if you turn away
I’m gonna die one day

why do you waste your time
thinkin bout your reputation
trying to meet an expectation
wonderin what they’re gonna say
when everyone you ever known
is headed for a headstone
I don’t wanna give the end away
but we’re gonna die one day

your body is an animal
doesn’t ask for much
a little music and a soft touch
why don’t you let it out to play
your heart is in a bird cage
singing in your chest
you wanna shut it up, but give it a rest
you’re gonna die one day

why do you waste your time
thinkin bout an obligation
runnin from a confrontation
wonderin what you oughtta say
when everyone you ever known
is headed for a headstone
I don’t wanna give the end away
but we’re gonna die one day

so baby what’s the big deal
if you wanna be free
say what you wanna feel
and spend the night with me

I’m gonna take you up in my arms
and if we must go down
we’ll go singin to the smoke alarms
we’ll dance into the ground
Track Name: Together Too Long
I saw you standing in a crowded room
it’s a long time later but it’s still too soon
and it’s not like everything you did was wrong
baby I loved you
but we stayed together too long

baby it was not bad, isn’t like I’d take it back
you and I had quite a lot of fun in fact
and its not like anything went really wrong
baby I loved you
but we stayed together too long

now that it’s all over and you’re saving face
you say you wanna be my friend
but I don’t know what I saw in you in the first place
and I hope I never ever have to see you again

I took my books back, records from the bedroom shelf
it was a small flat, now you got it to yourself
I know that probably I did you wrong
baby I’m sorry
but we stayed together too long

now that it’s all over and you’re saving face
you say you wanna be my friend
but I don’t know what I saw in you in the first place
and I hope I never ever have to see you again

it isn’t my fault we were never meant to be
it isn’t your fault I can tell you honestly
we knew it when we started there was something wrong
we should’ve known better
but we stayed together too long

now that it’s all over and you’re saving face
you say you wanna be my friend
but I don’t know what I saw in you in the first place
and I hope I never ever have to see you again
Track Name: Backseat
sittin in the backseat waitin for your brother
to come back from the gas station
said hardly anything to one another
cus it seemed like an awkward situation

I got nothin against your girlfriend
she seemed perfectly sweet and everything
but I wish I woulda met you back in the old days
when you were a free man

you say you gave your hand away
but that don’t mean
that I can’t take it
just for a minute and
I say I’m sick of love
but that don’t mean
that we can’t make it
I wanna make it with you

it’s a really long drive back to the city
and your brother doesn’t talk a lot
and I wasn’t gonna ask you anything personal
but I guess I just forgot

cus I get a little antsy sittin in the backseat
starin at your tattoos
oh, we both know its a battle of will
and I don’t like to lose

you say you gave your hand away
but that don’t mean
that I can’t take it
just for a minute and
I say I’m sick of love
but that don’t mean
that we can’t make it
I wanna make it with you

it isn’t that you’re so incredible
I don’t event think you’re smart
it isn’t that you’re unforgettable
I don’t wanna steal your heart

baby its an invitation
maybe just a one night stand
I don’t wanna a conversation
I don’t wanna make you my man

you say you gave your hand away
but that don’t mean
that I can’t take it
just for a minute and
I say I’m sick of love
but that don’t mean
that we can’t make it
I wanna make it with you
Track Name: Little Death
when he walked in his eyes were shining
shining like a gun
his swagger was a force of nature
humbling everyone

his mouth was on his cigarette
his hand was on her leg
he hit her like an avalanche
he hit her like the plague

he said hey now honey, you look so pretty
do you wanna go home with me
she said no, but maybe you could give me a lift
he’s no good and she oughtta know better
but she don’t know it yet
and oh, to know him, she’ll die a little death

when she got in her heart was beating
like a baseball bat
it churned her blood to buttermilk
it fought her like a cat

his hands were on the steering wheel
her eyes were on his face
and grinning like a criminal
he drove her to her place

he said hey now honey, you look so pretty
will you let me go home with you
she said no, but her whole body said yes
he’s no good and she oughtta know better
but she don’t know it yet
and oh, to know him, she’ll die a little death

when they got out the air was heavy
heavy as a sin
it filled her head like bourbon
and she asked him to come in

he took her like a devil
there was venom on his breath
she bit in like an apple
and she died a little death

he said hey now honey, you look so pretty
but i gottta be someplace
she said no, baby don’t leave me like this
he’s no good and she shoulda known better
but she don’t know it yet
and oh, to know him, she died a little death
Track Name: Lonely No More
open your mouth
and give it away
there ain’t no way out
of sayin what you wanna say

I’ll promise I can take it
if promisin will make you
just lay it all out on the floor
cus I don’t wanna be lonely no
I don’t wanna be lonely no more

the truth is a stone
that sits on your tongue
and when I’m alone
I’m never so numb

so if you are gonna fake it
or you’d rather play it safe
say the word and I’ll show you the door
I don’t wanna be lonely though
I don’t wanna be lonely no more

some part of me knows
it rattles and crows
from under my ribs
baby say it ain’t so
or if it is so
baby say that it is
come on and say what it is

open your mouth
and give it to me
keepin it shut is a kick to the gut
so how bad can it be?

I’ll promise I can take it
if promisin will make you
just lay it all out on the floor
cus I don’t wanna be lonely no
I don’t wanna be lonely no more
Track Name: Backbone
we all know a man can be a delicate thing
he can be soft and sweet like sugar wrapped in butter
and I don’t mind your company but if you wanna make me sing
keep in mind that I am not your mother

show me something I can rely on
or I would rather be alone
you give your heart but I wanna see your
backbone

every time you talk to me there’s worry in your eyes
I wonder what on earth could you be so afraid of
I ain’t gonna hurt you honey, I ain’t even half your size
step on up and show me what you’re made of

show me something I can rely on
or I would rather be alone
you give your heart but I wanna see your
backbone

baby, I know what I’m lookin for
I don’t wanna ask you anymore
honey, I’ve already conquered all I can
I just wanna be a woman
all you gotta be’s a man

this is how it’s always been, and it is this way still
it isn’t something we need to debate
you say you’re gonna please me, but I don’t see how you will
when you can’t even stand up straight

show me something I can rely on
or I would rather be alone
you give your heart but I wanna see your
backbone
Track Name: Idiot Heart
I don’t wanna be alone in this bed
won’tcha give me somethin I can take apart
I don’t wanna listen to the yellin in my head
or the cryin of my idiot heart

idiot heart
I shoulda left you at home
you gimme nothin but hard love, bad luck
when you gonna leave me me alone?

he was a dark-eyed man and I knew right away
it was gonna take a turn for the worst
so I said ‘hey, heart, if you’re gonna go crazy
give a little warning first”

idiot heart
I shoulda left you at home
you gimme nothin but hard love, bad luck
when you gonna leave me me alone?

ooh, you’re an idiot
a lunatic a nitwit
and you make a fool outta me
oh, you’re a sad sack
subtle as a heart attack
hey heart, when you gonna let me be?

well it doesn’t take a lot to get you started
and I don’t know how to turn you back off
I guess there ain’t no rest for the idiot-hearted
until your heart finally stops

idiot heart
I shoulda left you at home
you gimmme nothin but hard love, bad luck
when you gonna leave me me alone?

idiot heart
I guess I really shoulda known
you gimmme nothin but hard love, bad luck
when you gonna leave me alone?
you gimmme nothin but hard love, bad luck
hey, heart: leave me alone.
Track Name: Chicken
lovin you’s like kissin a chicken
baby it’s a one way street
kissin you’s like lickin a lemon
you’re so sour it’s sweet

you got a heart like a wildcat
if you love me, I really don’t know
but I got a heart like a steel trap
never gonna let you go

oh, how happy we’ll be
when you finally fall for me

lovin you’s like a hungry belly
empty as a whiff of smoke
kissin you’s like an open deli
when I’m completely broke

you got a heart like a wire cage
I got a heart like a bird
all day long it sings your praise
but I don’t think you’ve heard
oh, how happy we’ll be
when you finally fall for me

i run to you like rain to a river
like a river to the sea
but you’re so cold it makes me shiver
when you gonna run to me?

obviously we need one another
baby I’m your biggest fan
what part of being meant for each other
do you not understand?

oh, how happy we’ll be
when you finally fall for me
Track Name: All We Got
love ain’t patient, love ain’t kind
love can’t lead you, love is blind
love will make you lose your mind
but love is all we got

love ain’t honest, love ain’t true
love does things it ought not do
it lies and steals and cheats on you
but love is all we got

what’s that feeling, makes you sick?
what’s that cuts you to the quick?
what’s that habit you can’t kick?
it’s love
and it’s the only thing you know

love is clumsy, love ain’t smart
seems so harmless at the start
then trips and falls and breaks your heart
but love is all we got

love is vulgar, love is lewd
love don’t care who’s in the mood
love leaves you lonely in the nude
but love is all we got

who’s that drunkard at your door?
who’s that scoundrel you adore?
beats you and you beg for more
that’s love
but where you gonna run to?

love ain’t pretty, love is tough
love fights dirty, love plays rough
don’t matter whether love’s enough
cus love is all we got
Track Name: Honest Truth
I’m not here to apologize
don’t give me that look in your eyes
there’s nothin worse than a man
who thinks he knows

I’ll tell you the honest truth
I’m not scared to like in my youth
now that we both know
exactly what we chose

oh, this is hard love
oh, this is hard love
we don’t mean to be
as mean as we all are
but love is hard

these worries inside my head
they’re louder than what you said
and I can’t find
a window or a door

I try calling out to you
but they’re yelling inside you, too
so it’s hard to say
what all our talk is for

oh, this is hard love
oh, this is hard love
we don’t mean to be
as mean as we all are
but love is hard

have I done nothing right?
lying here every night
tryin to be good to you
you know I do my best

I lift up my tiny voice
it seems like the only choice
trying to sing above
the roarin of loneliness

oh, this is hard love
oh, this is hard love
we don’t mean to be
as mean as we all are
but love is hard