Left for Better

by The Local Strangers

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1.
Mr. Blackberry (free) 02:26
© A. Zoli 2012 (ASCAP) Oh Mr. Blackberry, you and your guilty thorns Why you gotta hurt me so bad I cut you down but then, you just grow right back in You are the worst I’ve ever had Oh Mr. Blackberry, you and your devious vines You just keep crawling up my house I cannot seem to find, a place you don’t entwine I’m lucky if I even get out I wish you’d find another yard to lay your damage in I thought I made it perfectly clear You are not welcome here Oh Mr. Blackberry, my hands are red with blood Trying to rip you out of the ground You lay your roots deep, like an anchored boat at sea I think my strength is giving out If you don’t find another place to lay your weapons down I’ll light the fire and watch you burn And laugh as into ash you turn
2.
Uptown 03:45
© M. Hart 2012 (ASCAP) I remember how I'd measured me In what more that a man could be And keep you guessing all the time The ability to cry with ease And subtle sensitivities Kept me hiding from the boys like it’s a crime So female fascination Came with late night conversations Whispered through the cracks between the walls And though you loved the company You knew that they would come for me Exceptions to the rules are bound to fall And you were right Maybe you were right And now I’m uptown tryin' to make a dime or two Who can find the time for virtue? Who can find the time for virtue? Gone uptown tryin' to make a dime or two Who can find the time for virtue Gotta find a way to live up to me now So I make a list of lovers past And moments when I saw them last And think what they would do if I appeared And I wonder if their memories Still conjure up the best of me And why it matters most this time of year Because the winter's Frosted all my mirrors And now I cant see The stature of the man behind these fears And now I’m uptown tryin' to make a dime or two Who can find the time for virtue? Who can find the time for virtue? Gone uptown tryin' to make a dime or two Who can find the time for virtue Gotta find a way to live up to me now
3.
© A. Zoli, 2012 (ASCAP) When it all began you were young and humble, Not looking for a fight But as time’s gone on and you you’ve paid your dues On the stage every night You’ve been looking for the answers That you know do not exist And you can’t say you didn’t want this Why you gotta chase, chase the battle Why you gotta chase, chase the battle When one struggle ends you’re already looking for another one to begin Why you gotta chase, chase the battle Would you trade it all to release the burden That you so dear? All the noise and furry, hushed and humbled All the silent fears That you’ll never be what they want Or be good enough But you know, you’d crave it if you gave it up Why you gotta chase, chase the battle Why you gotta chase, chase the battle When one struggle ends you’re already looking for another one to begin Why you gotta chase, chase the battle And I say, that’s not my way to live Life’s too short, to waste time hating You get what you get and what you got is this You've just gotta try, you just gotta try To make the best of it Why you gotta chase, chase the battle Why you gotta chase, chase the battle When one struggle ends you’re already looking for another one to begin Why you gotta chase, chase the battle
4.
© A. Zoli and M. Hart 2012 (ASCAP) Dig me out of this hole Scrape the soil from my face Give me air to fill my lungs again again Beneath the weight No uncertain fate I can feel it break Beneath the weight I carry for you I can feel the walls closing in I can taste the hate on my tongue I can hear the song he sings As he covers me up As he covers me up Beneath the weight No uncertain fate I can feel it break Beneath the weight I carry for you
5.
© M. Hart 2012 (ASCAP) Do you / want to / be with me? I can’t /ask it / gracefully Honest / faithful / self-controlled But when you’re / sleeping / I’m not home Say the word and I will let you down Say the word and I will let you down I know now / what must be / to keep the peace A good man / a bad deed / and sweet release Cuz if you / close this door on me I won’t / own your / misery Say the word and I will let you down Say the word and I will let you down Cuz I’ll be working nights on all the days you’re dreaming of So let’s just finish off whatever’s left of me to love Say the word and I will let you down See, can’t you see, this is mercy See, can’t you see, this is mercy See, can’t you see, this is mercy (mercy, mercy, oh mercy) See, can’t you see, this is mercy Say the word and I will let you down Say the word and I will let you down Cuz I been working night on all the days you’re dreaming of So let’s just finish off whatever’s left of me to love Say the word and I will let you down
6.
Daniel 03:26
© A. Zoli 2012 (ASCAP) Oh Daniel, Daniel make me a believer again Oh Daniel, Daniel make me a believer again I want to run, as fast as I can Far away from this forsaken land I want to be free I want to go, where nobody knows The broken down girl by the side of the road I want to be free Oh Daniel, Daniel make me a believer again Oh Daniel, Daniel make me a believer again Take off this skin that I’m living in Cut out the darkness, the damage and sin Start all over again You seem to find a light left inside Burning beyond all the mess in my life Start all over again Oh Daniel, Daniel make me a believer again Oh Daniel, Daniel make me a believer again
7.
Easy 02:23
© M. Hart, 2012 (ASCAP) An apple's an apple right down to the core A poor man with riches will always be poor It was never a gift bestowed from above It was scratched for and hoarded through punishing love Make it easy Make it look easy Can't you make it look easy While you push and you sweat so you won't be outdone Ovations ring out for more fortunate ones You can scream all you want at the emperor's skin But they won't give a damn cuz you'll never be him Make it easy Make it look easy Can't you make it look easy Make it easy Make it look easy Make it easy Why can't you make it look easy When's it gonna get easy When's it gonna get easy When's it gonna get easy For me
8.
© M. Hart, 2012 (ASCAP) There's a house on a hill Sitting bare, standing still Somewhat worse for wear from the winter The shingles are all gone But the mortar is strong In the end, he's a real fixer-upper But if you are the kind of person Who would take that challenge on Then I'd best let you come along Please just tell me straight No need to complicate After all, this ain't no ring on a finger But the view from my bed I see the sun rise, not set So for now, in the East, we can linger Cuz if you are the kind of person who can kiss me with a song Then I'd best let you come along And I won't go back By the way I came I will lift you up If you do the same
9.
Leaves 04:35
© A. Zoli and M. Hart, 2012 (ASCAP) The path is painted Shades of yellow, orange and red And the wind it howls What was once alive, is now dead The air is bitter It chills me to the bone Thought I’d better by now But I’m no good left alone He is long gone But in my dreams he stayed I didn’t have to watch him walk away Now the colors fade to memories Sunrise is coming I’ve walked these woods all night Searching for a sinner Someone wrong to make it right He left me alone But in my dreams he stayed I didn’t have to watch him walk away Now the colors fade to memories He just leaves Take care, take care of yourself And those around you Repair, repair what you can Before it haunts you Let it bloom Don't leave so soon Without me But in my dreams he stayed I didn’t have to watch him walk away Now the colors fade to memories He just leaves
10.
© A. Zoli and M. Hart, 2011 (ASCAP) The Devil dressed up, as a man, He took my body, he took my hand And he led me to the point of no salvation He spoke so sweet, he poured the wine We danced to thunder breaking over as our bodies intertwined And I woke in his dark imagination But these flames, feel like home to me, With fire coursing through my veins I think I finally see With the Devil my heart is meant to be I don’t need no savior, don’t wanna be saved, Don’t need no holy roller telling me just how I gotta behave Just give me my Devil and a good stiff drink I'll take your convictions, I’ll take your truths, I’ll take your black lies covered in red tape and I’ll throw them back at you So don’t you bother telling me how to think Cuz these flames, feel like home to me, With fire coursing through my veins I think I finally see With the Devil my heart is meant to be But these flames, feel like home to me, I have never felt so free Don’t take this away from me Cuz with fire coursing through my veins I think I finally see That with the Devil my heart is meant to be Just gimme my Devil Just give me my Devil and a good stiff drink.
11.
© A. Zoli 2012 (ASCAP) Just cover it up The whole in my heart And I will do The same for you They broke us baby, they let us down But it's okay, we've got each other now It's just you and me and me and you Doin' what the good folks do We pass the time and say it's enough There's nothing quite like an artificial love You fill my days I'll be your nighttime lady Lying is grand When you're holding my hand Sleeping alone simply won't do I'd much rather come home to you It's just you and me and me and you Doin' what the good folks do We pass the time and say it's enough There's nothing quite like an artificial love It's just you and me and me and you Doin' what the good folks do We pass the time and say it's enough There's nothing quite like artificial love

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released November 5, 2012

Produced by Kevin Matley and The Local Strangers

Engineered and Mixed by Kevin Matley
Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Mastering
Art Design by Erin O'Connor

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