Let Me In

by Rick Hart

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1.
I wrote this song for you sweet Emmylou Sweet Emmylou won't you listen Now it's easy to sing and I'm hoping it brings Me closer to the one I've been missing This dusty old rag was all I could find To wipe all the sleep from my wavering eyes And the lights on this back road are seldom and few As the darkness now blankets all daylight from view The show I played last night to a liquored up crowd They knew every word and they sang 'em so loud Still my mind was drifting and longing for when My head would be resting on your bosom again I wrote this song for you sweet Emmylou Sweet Emmylou won't you listen Now it's easy to sing and I'm hoping it brings Me closer to the one I've been missing This worn out, old guitar has seen plenty of miles Playing my songs to strangers, trying to make 'em all smile In barrooms much smaller than my bedroom alone And cinnamon whiskey that reminds me of home I wrote this song for you sweet Emmylou Sweet Emmylou won't you listen Now it's easy to sing and I'm hoping it brings Me closer to the one I've been missing Now it's easy to sing and I'm hoping it brings Me closer to the one I've been missing
2.
Close your eyes and think about me Learn to love me like your favourite song You're so shy and each time you look my way My eyes can only look away so long from you (We'll write) notes in the classroom Chasey in the school yard I'll let you catch me, I'll let you catch me Meet me in the playground When we hear the bell sound I'll let you catch me, I'll let you catch me If you promise not to break my heart So baby please shine on me, be my shooting star Hold my hand, there's no need to be afraid Meet me at 3.30 by the gate Walk you home from school We'll go walking through the park You can be light when day turns dark and fades Repeat Chorus We're so young and we both know There's a life ahead of changing lanes As it comes and as we grow I hope that some things just stay the same Repeat Chorus
3.
Took me completely unaware The way you swept through my virtue It's going to take time to repair And it's time I just don't have for you What's that you said little Nancy with your last refrain That love on its own is enough, but it turns out it ain't Now all that I'm left with are lies And a handful of reasons just why you changed I hope you're happy with the way You left me here to salvage Like a cyclone you swept all in your sway With no real concern for the damage Listen up Nancy, I'll paint for you all the reasons why Love can be poison when it's built from a pallet of lies Now all that I'm left with are tears That surface each time these old fears drop by Tore my faith in love down When you stormed your way in through town I don't need you anymore (no) I don't need you anymore (no) I don't need you around Nancy you best not show your face Don't count on my forgiveness What once was such a happy place Is nothing more than a cloud of sadness Listen up Nancy, I'll paint for you all the reasons why Love can be poison when it's built from a pallet of lies Now all that I'm left with are tears That surface each time these old fears drop by
4.
To The Grave 04:15
Love on this one way street has me going ‘round in circles I’ll break left but it seems you’re always right And as hard as I’ve tried to compromise I can see it right there in your pale blue eyes There’s only you, with little room left for me When we’re out with old friends it’s all wine and roses The disguises you wear only to prolong your act But the minute we get back home I’m back to feeling so alone I’m done lying, running, hiding from the cold hard facts So set me free if you don’t love me no more And leave me be so I won’t run back for more So I don’t repeat the same mistakes I’ve made Let me take my old heartache to the grave Building a love on blocks of concrete reservation It’ll only be a matter of time before cracks reappear And the four walls will crumble down I’ll be picking up the pieces off the ground Trying to save my own heart from not drowning in my own tears So set me free if you don’t love me no more And leave me be so I won’t run back for more So I don’t repeat the same mistakes again Let me take my old heartache to the grave Let me take my old heartache to the grave Let me take my old heartache to the grave
5.
Levon Helm 04:33
An empty whiskey bottle sits beside the kitchen sink A reminder of the times before where they both may have said some things Now sticks and stones may sometimes break your bones But words can be as hard to mend And in times like this she tends to reminisce Before the drinking came and took her man She said he looked like Levon Helm in his prime With rugged looks and a delicate state of mind But when the drinking started up again she said I can’t remain I love you but I won’t watch you fade away I love you but I won’t watch you fade away A worn out crucifix still hangs above the bedroom door Where she’d often sit and pray for him in the hope that God would not ignore Now she longs for the time when he talked in rhyme And his laugh would light the darkest day And she still holds pride for what he was inside Before the devil came to stake his claim Repeat Chorus Ooh, her faded memories Ooh, she recalls in times like these When she thinks of what they could have been Before the bottle took control And love ain’t sometimes strong enough to save a dying soul Nowadays where his tombstone lays She visits just to say a prayer For the man she loved and what he was Before the drinking drove his body there Repeat Chorus
6.
Let Me In 03:30
Tell me baby the troubles on your mind Let me try to help you leave the past behind Show me baby the scars love left on you To leave you stranded now in a permanent shade of blue It might take some time to mend But healing’s easier when you’re holding the right hand I will bathe in your sunlight I will sleep in your moonlight And I’ll try and catch the stars for you Even when they don’t shine bright And you will know that I’m the real thing If you just let me in I know it’s often hard to trust Watch as your faith in love slowly turns to rust Chained to painful memories That won’t let you go, just won’t set you free Let the one who helps you mend be me REPEAT CHORUS
7.
Driver Alone 04:06
Driver alone, I’m heading off tonight To no place for certain, until I see some end in sight For far too long I’ve lingered and I’ve hesitated But no more Driver alone, a bag for all my things My joy, my discontent, my pain and suffering A wallet size photo of you and I pretending we were happy back then Will regrets be there to meet me When I reach my destination Will all my time be spent thinking back to when I had it all (oh) Will regrets be there to meet me When I reach my destination I’ll be alone Driver alone, I pray the day will come When I find a shoulder I can rest my worries on Until that day I’ll breathe on in anticipation And drive on Repeat Chorus Close my eyes to drive this blinding highway ‘cause you I can’t remain, you know I can’t remain Repeat Chorus
8.
The dress you’re wearing now Is the same dress that you wore the day you left me And all those feelings flooded back Then the train ran off the track, just to hit me I thought that I was over you Found a way for my poor heart to never break Oh but now and then I find little pieces left behind That I can’t shake While you’ve had struggles of your own I’ve tried my best to move on, but it ain’t easy When every day I find little triggers That rewind to the same old memories REPEAT CHORUS I gave you a million second chances But you went and threw them all away These days even my best advances Well, they don’t seem to play Took all your photos down But even then I found when I closed my eyes It was still your face I saw and how you slammed the door When you said goodbye Though it really hurt like hell I thought I’d broken from your spell to make my own way But it’s been an uphill climb When every little piece reminds we of the old days REPEAT CHORUS
9.
If you’re gonna leave, best be gone ‘Cause I just need to be on my own If I told you once I told you a thousand times before If you’re gonna leave then please close the door If you’re gonna leave, please don’t call I’ll let the phone ring off the wall All your second chances thrown away, now there’s no more If you’re gonna leave then please close the door The cards were stacked your way And the hand was yours to play But you folded, now it’s me who holds the ace If you’re gonna leave, don’t hesitate You can’t rewind, ‘cause baby it’s too late You can’t lie your way ‘round this one like you’ve done before If you’re gonna leave then please close the door The cards were stacked your way And the hand was yours to play But you folded, now it’s me who holds the ace If you’re gonna leave, take your selfish love ‘Cause I don’t need to be reminded of All those times you let me down, well I stopped keeping score If you’re gonna leave then please close the door If I told you once I told you a thousand times before If you’re gonna leave then please close the door If you’re gonna leave then please close the door If you’re gonna leave close the door
10.
As circumstance would have it you are not inclined And even at the best of times you pull away I wish I had the strength to speak my mind But baby you may not like what I've got to say All these things don't mean a thing Watching good love go to waste And there ain't no consolation prize For taking second place It's been weighing on my mind for some time now The distance between us, man how it's grown I take no comfort in knowing I was right So on it goes On it goes As consequence would have it I just sit at home Wait by the telephone, but it don't ring If I had you on the other end, maybe I could be a man And tell you what I think All these things don't mean a thing Watching good love go to waste And there ain't no consolation prize For taking second place Repeat Chorus You can burn your sorry ass excuses ( I don't wanna know) 'Cause they won't wash down anymore (no more no more) Spoke with my heart and she refuses To be left, stripped down to the core What is left, I'll keep and just move on Repeat Chorus
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Debut album from soulful, alt country troubadour, Rick Hart.

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released October 27, 2017

All songs written by Rick Hart
Shooting Star written by Rick Hart and Evan Hart
Produced by Michael Zammit and Rick Hart
Recorded and mixed by Michael Zammit at Airwaves Recording Studios, Altona Meadows, Victoria
Mastered by David Briggs at The Production Workshop

Performers:
Rick Hart - vocals, acoustic guitar
Michael Zammit - guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, violin
Brendan Mitchell - pedal steel
Vanessa Hart, Althea del Vecchio - backing vocals
Vanessa Hart vocals on Little Pieces
Elysia Gomez vocals on Love Gets The Better Of Me

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Rick Hart Melbourne, Australia

A voice that floats with honesty and soulful warmth atop his countrified soul stylings.

Of his debut EP "Spiral", The Great American Song Contest said “This is impressive songwriting! The melodic aspects perfectly capture the emotional tone of the songs. The classic alt country/R&B musical aspects are brilliant."
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