Let Me In

by Rick Hart

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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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Track Name: Sweet Emmylou
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
Track Name: Shooting Star
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
Track Name: Cyclone Nancy
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
Track Name: To The Grave
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
Track Name: Levon Helm
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
Track Name: Let Me In
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
Track Name: Driver Alone
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
Track Name: Little Pieces
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
Track Name: Close The Door
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
Track Name: Weighing On My Mind
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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