Idiot Heart

by Carsie Blanton

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1.
Smoke Alarm 02:15
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
2.
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
3.
Backseat 03:34
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
4.
Little Death 03:37
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
5.
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
6.
Backbone 04:16
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
7.
Idiot Heart 02:15
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.
8.
Chicken 03:01
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
9.
All We Got 03:10
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
10.
Honest Truth 05:06
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

credits

released January 31, 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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Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece “handsome band”, Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for. ... more

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