Levon Helm

by Rick Hart

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1.
Levon Helm 04:33
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
2.
Carrollton 03:28
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
3.
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

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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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