Bittersweetheart

by Eva Walsh

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1.
I'm writing you a postcard from each place that I have been So you know that I saw more than just the town you were born in Saying hi from every corner of this crazy little ride And I promise I will write no matter where you've gone to hide When I grow up I'm gonna be the best I ever was When I grow up I'm gonna do whatever a woman does Hit the road and make my way and fall in love When I grow up A day and then a month goes by and pretty soon a year Making victories new memories and facing all my fears I didn't feel you with me so I thought that you were gone But through the bumps and twists and turns you were writing me a song When I grow up I'm gonna be the best I ever was When I grow up I'm gonna do whatever a woman does Hit the road and make my way and fall in love When I grow up I didn't hear you missed me til I strayed to far from home Thinkin' I had learned so much forgettin' everything I know But I found a little motel and I'll call you up tonight And we'll laugh about the fun we had just tryin' to get it right Some leave them behind Nothing but tomorrow We're following our stars But we're just children, we're only children When I grow up I'm gonna be the best I ever was When I grow up I'm gonna do whatever a woman does Hit the road and make my way and fall When I grow up
2.
It's the middle of the summer You're in a winter coat Oh you could be my lover If I could swim the moat The flowers keep on bloomin' Your roots are buried deep And I can't keep assuming Your heart is mine to keep Oh Oh we're losing track of time Baby I don't know oh Where I should draw the line Oh wasted love is a chemical reaction The two of us can't resist the sweet attraction But when touch the fire begins to burn When will we learn? I start to see us clearly We're reaching in the dark Whenever you are near me That's when I feel the spark Oh Oh I wanted to be blind Baby I don't know oh The ending we won't find Oh wasted love is a chemical reaction The two of us can't resist the sweet attraction But when touch the fire begins to burn When will we learn? Taking two steps forward and twenty back It's gonna take much more to fill up the cracks Oh wasted love is a chemical reaction The two of us can't resist the sweet attraction But when touch the fire begins to burn When will we learn?
3.
I don't regret us having met or leaving you behine The tears the tortured memory of knowing you weren't mine I learned a dozen lessons from just cleaning up the mess I'll organize, roboticize to make it hurt much less My bittersweet, my bittersweetheart My bittersweet, my bittersweetheart You drew a map that led me to a place you said was near your heart But what I found was nothing but a maze that led me back to start I'm sleeping and I'm wide awake my mind won't tell me what to do I'm tired of dreaming through the day and still I'm waking up to you My bittersweet, my bittersweetheart My bittersweet, my bittersweetheart Ten days ten nights I waited for you Time flies when you don't really want to Give up the fight give up the dream Give up on you My bittersweet, my bittersweetheart My bittersweet, my bittersweetheart
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'Til I met you I was doing just fine Now I met you I'm even better Things weren't so bad with the things that I had But everything is good when we're together I let the lock on my heart rust out Nothing and no one could get through You came along and you busted it out Stealing what I would gladly give you I didn't know what you'd mean to me then Now I can feel it every morning This is the love I could never dream up Changing my life without a warning Someday the time will come where we'll be apart I hate to think about it but it's gonna be hard In my heart I will keep us as we are A love beyond our years will go on And on 'Til I met you I was doing just fine Now I met you I'm even better
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03:54
I walked this street so many times in my head The birds singin’ the same the spring in my step waits there Hello, hello to a new time in a old place I’m home, home I’m here to stay I’ll never know if the road that I go is the right one for me But maybe I walk with a positive thought and intention to say Hello, hello to a new time in a old place I’m home, home I’m here to stay It’s true I once loved another, I hope you understand You’ve been so constant, waiting for me to land I know you’ll give me some trouble as I settle down Though I deserve it you’ll let me back into your arms Hello, hello to a new time in a old place I’m home, home I’m here to stay Home I'm here to stay Home I'm here to stay
7.
03:49
Stand up stand up put your feet on the ground The winds are stirring here in town The sherriff’s gone the flock has fled Better stand your ground or might be dead Row by row your friends have gone Muttering about that sacred song And here you are all alone Don’t you fall asleep cause you’re not at home Oo there’s a whole lot of trouble here Oo in the dark whoa Here by night we want to see, want to know and believe How can someone make it to the dawn Fear can lead us to the creek, drown us in our relief Never gonna see the sun Hey John, Hey Jane how does feel? God is drunk behind the wheel Your time is running out of control Better find a saint to save your soul Oo there’s a whole lot of trouble here Oo in the dark whoa Here by night we want to see, want to know and believe How can someone make it to the dawn Fear can lead us to the creek, drown us in our relief Never gonna see the sun
8.
I have a robin and a hummingbird on each of my shoulders They're like my devil and my angel telling me what I should do Should I stay in perpetual motion? Or should I rise and sing? It's a brand new day and I'm happy for the sunshine Happy for the chance to see the twinkle in your eye I can truly say that the clouds have silver linings My scientific findings suggest That in the spirit of friendship, good times and music too We got a little livin' to do It's so easy to get caught up in the jetlines to the deadlines Does it matter what it cost you on the fastest way to hell Were you blind to the scenery around you? Or did you love it well? It's a brand new day and I'm happy for the sunshine Happy for the chance to see the twinkle in your eye I can truly say that the clouds have silver linings My scientific findings suggest That in the spirit of friendship, good times and music too We got a little livin' to do
9.
02:31
It's so simple yet the best laid plans Always crumble leaving things to chance Yeah you meant it like you said that it would be We went walkin' down the alley ways You were talkin' like the better days Would surrender and surprise us in the end 'Cause you were lookin' for a window You were runnin' down the fire escape Put your picture in a small gold frame By my bedpost whispering my name As I'm sleepin' by myself again tonight I wanted you so badly that I couldn't close my eyes I took your picture off my wall and said at last goodbye Cause you were all I ever wanted You were all I hungered for You were all I ever wanted right or wrong 'Cause you were lookin' for a window You were runnin' from the fire You were lookin' for a window You
10.
04:10
Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm right But I'm the only one who's having trouble sleepin' tonight Maybe you kicked me when I was down But I learned long ago what goes around comes on back around I'm happy for you just leave me alone so I can Cry You had your words like a knife on your tongue Readin' from behind a script, oh what you think you're hiding from? Look at my face, see what you've done You can't walk away into another setting sun I'm happy for you just leave me alone so I can Cry Cry I'm happy for you just leave me alone so I can Cry
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04:38
Someday, this is all gonna pass But the pain that you feel will fade last Even if you carry on and on You say where am I to begin The end of my rope is frayin' You gotta keep on holding on and on You say when is this gonna end I think I might break as I bend Gotta keep hope burnin' on and on I know it's not my place to weigh in But you're not alone where you've been And we'll walk this road you're on and on and on

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released July 1, 2016

All songs, music and arrangements by Eva Walsh
Produced by Eva Walsh
Engineered and mixed by Josh Cohen at Black Hat Music, Medford, MA
All strings arranged & recorded at The String Garden, owned & operated by Eva Walsh
Mastered by Chris Griffin at Griffin Mastering, Atlanta, GA
Eva Walsh is an Ohana Ukuleles artist

Vocals, guitar, baritone ukulele, mandolin, 5-string fiddle, cello – Eva Walsh
Banjo & vocals – Mark Whitaker
Upright bass – Chris Sartori
Drums – Joe O'Neill

Cover Photography – Jon Dorn
Album Design – Eva Walsh

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