Levon Helm

by Rick Hart

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50% of all digital sales of the three track release will be donated to not for profit organisation First Step, who support and help people overcome drug and alcohol addiction and associated mental health and social issues. To find out more about First Step visit www.firststep.org.au

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released March 6, 2016

Words and Music by Rick Hart

Track 1 - Produced and mixed by Michael Zammit @ Airwaves Recording Studios
Mastered by David Briggs @ The Production Workshop
Track 2 and 3 - Recorded and mastered by Mark Mayle @ RPP FM

Track 2 and 3 recorded with The Sweet Addictions live at RPP FM on 27th September 2015 on Mark Mayle's Sunday Sessions.

Rick Hart & The Sweet Addictions are:
Rick Hart - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
Althea del Vecchio - backing vocals
Shane Dorrington - drums
Andrew Gorwell - keyboards
Vanessa Hart - backing vocals
Andy Pavelic - electric guitar
John Ryan - bass

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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: Levon Helm
Any 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: Rick Hart & The Sweet Addictions - Carrollton
There’s a nail in my tyre and it’s fast losing air
And I’ve little or no faith in the life of my spare
Now I hope that the next town brings somewhere to sleep
‘Cause my eyes have grown heavy and I’m struggling to keep them open
It’s just before midnight on the interstate line
Still sipping that coffee I bought around nine
Tried to turn on the radio to find company
But the silence it offers doesn’t do much for me, it’s broken

Heading back to Carrollton USA
Where the girl I love is waiting
and it’s so god damn frustrating to be away
Now there’s only so long one little heart can ache
And I long to be by her side when morning light hits Carrollton USA

By the time that I get home it’ll be around eight
And she’ll watch through the window as I rush through the gate
And though I’ll be tired with my last ounce of strength
I hold her so tightly and kiss her at length, and then fall

Repeat Chorus

Yeah I long to be by her side when morning light hits Carrollton USA
Track Name: Rick Hart & The Sweet Addictions - Favourite Skin
Watch your light fade away or is it just for today
She gave you reason to be true
You went and through it all away
Have you gone insane
Or is it too much of a good thing let you down

Now throw your hands up and cry
You’ll try and leave before the tear stains dry
And your favourite skin won’t let you go
Your favourite skin won’t let you go

Watch your skies turn to grey or just clouds in the way
Of seeing every reason to be true
Between the lies that remain
Have you lost your way
Or is it all the things you never got to say

Now throw your head back and try
To get up and leave before the love runs dry
But your favourite skin won’t let you go
Your favourite skin won’t let you go

Oh no
Oh no, oh no
No no no
Oh no, oh no
No, no, no

Now throw your head back and try
To get up and leave before the love runs dry
But your favourite skin won’t let you go
Your favourite skin won’t let you go