Glass Heart

by Mel Parsons

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1.
03:28
I blame your mother for every little thing  When the cows don’t come home, when the birds they don’t sing  You got a good spirit, yeah you got a good heart  You had such a hard time, you had such a bad start You tried to win it back, yeah you tried to move on  But you couldn’t my love and you did me wrong  I blame your mother for every little thing  When the cows don’t come home, when the birds they don’t sing  Blame blame blame blame You got away, yeah you made a life  I’m proud of you love, yeah you did alright  You got the girl and you settled on down  But you couldn’t shake the monkey, no he’s still around I blame your mother for every little thing  When the cows don’t come home, when the birds they don’t sing 
2.
Another day of feeling slow  Looking left looking down, does it show Dreading the wake, stuck in the fog Heavy weight still there in the morning  I got the lonely, gonna write it all down  I got the lonely, birds in town  No resolve no easy fix  Out of reach of the green grass  Blaming you when it’s really me  Heavy weight still there in the morning  I got the lonely, gonna write it all down I got the lonely, birds in town Get up, get on up  Nobody’s gonna fill your cup  I got the lonely, gonna write it all down I got the lonely, birds in town Heavy weight still there in the morning
3.
03:08
Everyone can see my glass heart Falling from a great height   Will you reach out and catch it  Can you fill it with wine sweet wine  ‘Cause I’m on a path to broken  I’m on a path going down  I’m on a path to broken  Baby when you coming around  I wanna drive by your house  I wanna look in your eyes Baby did you leave a key out  Or did you get legal advice ‘Cause I’m on a path to broken  I’m on a path going down  I’m on a path to broken  Baby when you coming around I want you to want me  But I can’t make it so  There is a hole in the floor where I go  I like to sit here when things get low  Why does everything taste like mud I don’t want to be the end of your fun  ‘Cause I’m on a path to broken  I’m on a path going down  I’m on a path to broken  Baby when you coming around
4.
Not gonna swallow these tears no more  This time it’s real yeah I’m out the door  And you won’t ever get me back Not for love or guilt or cash  How many times did we walk this track  How many sorry’s and you never looked back You went on first I came behind I was deluded I was out of my mind And does it make you feel good when you treat me unkind?   Tell me what you’re thinking let me know your mind  Just cause you don’t want me don’t mean no one else can I don’t want your diamonds or your serpent’s tongue  Too late now the damage is done  I got out alive, only just surviving  How many excuses made behind your back He didn’t mean it, sometimes he’s just like that   If you’re ashamed of me then you’re better off alone You had your fair warning don’t come crying on the phone And does it make you feel good when you treat me unkind?  Tell me what you’re thinking let me know your mind  Just cause you don’t want me don’t mean no one else can
5.
03:56
Sitting down here in the pouring rain  Power gone out don’t know my name  Wind is howling in the tall dark pines   I’d go home but I lost my mind  Storm beating down, down, down, washing away  The sins of the town, town, town, take me away Dinner in the oven fire on the stove  Through the night your lover she drove  She was gonna have you on a cold dark road  Instead she took a minute for a lung of cold smoke  Storm beating down, down, down, washing away  The sins of the town, town, town, take me away Cut out the deadwood and make me new  I can’t remember what I saw in you  Cut me in the heart with your quiet disdain  I feel nothing and I’m numb to the shame Storm beating down, down, down, washing away  The sins of the town, town, town, take me away Windshield wipers slam each other back and forward  Screaming in the night, violent discord Open up the song and the dark comes out  Do I bottle it now or share it about  Storm beating down, down, down, washing away  The sins of the town, town, town, take me away
6.
04:10
Are you just a lover or are you a dream find My heart cracked open and you climbed inside How will you untangle from your life before  Is this an in-between or is it something more Is it love, I can’t say Slow dance or a warm wave Are you a dream find Or just another lover along the way I feel you heavy with worry and pain  Pushing it down just to get through the days  Hang in there baby don’t you lose your nerve  I wish for you the freedom you deserve  Is it love, I can’t say  Slow dance or a warm wave Are you a dream find Or just another lover along the way   Our cards we both hold up to the chin Just look at the state we’re in  Whole world is crumbling behind each step My hand in yours, oh what next  Is it love, I can’t say  Slow dance or a warm wave Are you a dream find Or just another lover along the way
7.
02:42
There is colour in the breaking of a heart  Never gonna be the right time, never a good place to start  Everyone brings their baggage, we’re not sixteen  We’ve all got a history, it’s never gonna be clean  There is colour in the breaking of a heart, breaking, breaking My silver lining went from shiny to black  Fog settled in and I couldn’t see the track  Fingers going numb, slow dying of the spark  Gotta find me some shelter before dark  There is colour in the breaking of a heart, breaking, breaking Pull myself from the wreckage I’m covered in shame  Walk away from the damage walk away from pain  Pull the pin & take cover and I find out who I am again Bursting with a new love, the wreckage days are done 
8.
There is a spark that we can’t deny  It’s been in the pipeline all this time  Brush of the skin and the look in your eye  There is a spark that we can’t deny  I want your mind your body your skin  I wanna drag you out of the dark place you’re in I will build a wall so I don’t fence you in I want your mind your body your skin  Come over lover let’s have a good time  Forget your life and I’ll forget about mine  Just for one night we can go song for song  It’s a moment in time before it’s gone What have you done with my heart?  I feel nothing since we’ve been apart  I am detached yeah I’ll make a new start  What have you done with my heart?  Come over lover let’s have a good time  Forget your life and I’ll forget about mine  Just for one night we can go song for song  It’s a moment in time before it’s gone                            Now I just want your body on mine  You got my ears yeah you got my time  We got a situation here down on the line  I just want your body on mine  Come over lover let’s have a good time  Forget your life and I’ll forget about mine  Just for one night we can go song for song  It’s a moment in time before it’s gone
9.
Walk down to the bottom of the street  Lead weights on both my feet Sixth sense of impending doom  Slow down pony, we're not going straight home There is a compulsion to stare at your face The realisation that I've left it too late  We're not gonna talk about real time feels But I can't get it out of my head  I could live an easy life of school and parties  Oh to be the other half, let’s get started Deny deny, there’s too much on the line, deny deny deny You pick me up and we go straight down the line  You’re in through the vein but I know you're not mine  Train wreck so far, I’ve been smashing fences  How did I not notice the burning attention  I could live an easy life of school and parties  Oh to be the other half, let’s get started Deny deny there’s too much on the line, Deny deny deny Walk down to the bottom of the street Lead weights off both my feet Get away from impending doom  C’mon pony, we're not going straight home I could live an easy life of school and parties  Oh to be the other half, let’s get started Deny deny there’s too much on the line, Deny deny deny
10.
What would you change from a year ago  If you could look into the future with what you know  She’s got it all planned out for me  Chapters of joy just wait & see  There is somebody kind to take care of you  To love you regardless of what they’ve been through  An equal a partner a lover a friend  Who sees the light not the means to the end  What would you change, with your crystal ball  What would you change, if you could change anything at all There is some sweet solace in separation  A longing, nostalgia, there’s inspiration  Every day I’m on the road  I’m casting off to lighten the load  And I’ve less to my name than I ever have had  But I’m a thousand times happier in my head  And I’d pay to see you on your way  Strange now to feel this way What would you change, with your crystal ball  What would you change, if you could change anything at all I should have left earlier, that’s the truth But this was the path to finding you so  There’s nothing I’d do different a year ago  I had to sit through it to learn what I know  The right always comes along  It just takes longer and is harder than anyone warned Everyone gets their dessert in the end Trust in the promise of this my friend  What would you change, with your crystal ball  What would you change, if anything at all What would you change from a year ago  If you could look into the future with what you know  She’s got it all planned out you’ll see  Future of joy for you and me

about

Indie-folk artist Mel Parsons returns triumphant with her fourth studio album ‘Glass Heart’. The record follows 2015’s award-winning ‘Drylands’, which spent 51 weeks in the (IMNZ Album) charts.

Written across continents, Parsons started writing the record in Lyttelton, NZ in late 2017 and finished the last track in Los Angeles, via writing stints in far flung corners of North America - a cabin in a remote area of Washington State; rural Ohio; various locations throughout the Midwest and the far Eastern reaches of Canada’s maritime province Prince Edward Island.

“It hard to say whether the travelling really colours what I write, but I guess as a writer you are always observing and soaking in ideas wherever you go, so in that respect the travel may have influenced it. But essentially I still write what I write. Touring is kind of the same wherever you are in the world - a lot of airports, a lot of driving, setups, pack-downs. A green room is a green room whether you’re in Toronto or Wellington...”
Parsons seldom writes on the road but says of ‘Glass Heart’: "It was a particularly fertile writing period... songs were falling out all over the place, and I have learnt over the years that when that feeling of inspiration comes knocking you really have to drop everything and get that shit down.”
With a punishing solo tour schedule across North America, Parsons wasn’t literally able to drop everything, but suffering chronic insomnia on the road turned out to be a blessing in disguise, meaning that for once she was able to write while on tour.

The record is an extension of Parsons’ previous work, while still retaining her trademark poignant storytelling. Parsons takes on a with bigger and fuller sound with a darker vibe under the guidance of legendary American producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Suzanne Vega, Elvis Costello, Missy Higgins, Randy Newman, Lindsay Buckingham/Christine McVie) and a talented cast of musicians. They include bass player Kaveh Rastegar (John Legend, Sia), guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones), drummer Ted Poor (Andrew Bird) alongside Froom on keyboards.

“I had been wanting to work with Mitchell for a few years, so when our schedules finally aligned things happened pretty quickly,” says Parsons. “Mitchell and I had first been in touch back about working together back in 2015, but I’ve admired his work for a long time - he has produced some of my favourite albums.”

“You hear about how amazing these people are - and obviously by reputation you know that they’re operating at a really high level - but it wasn’t until we started working on the songs and got into the studio that I experienced Mitchell’s quiet genius firsthand.”

Parsons is no stranger to the limelight herself - the full-time touring artist garnered a Silver Scroll finalist nod for ‘Get Out Alive’ in 2015, won the 2016 NZCMA Best Song for ‘Alberta Sun’ and the VNZMA for Best Engineer for the ‘Drylands’ record. Both her debut album ‘Over My
Shoulder’ (2009) and sophomore offering ‘Red Grey Blue’ (2011) were also VNZMA finalists for Folk Album of the Year. Parsons is also a former cast member of Kiwi musical supergroup ‘Fly My Pretties‘, with sell out tours and festival performances throughout Australasia.

credits

released November 30, 2018

Produced by Mitchell Froom

Written by Mel Parsons
Engineered & Mixed by David Boucher

Musicians:

Ted Poor - drums
Kaveh Rastegar - bass
Adam Levy - guitars
Mitchell Froom - keyboards
Josh Logan - vocals
Jed Parsons - vocals
Mel Parsons - guitars / vocals

Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing

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