Hardened and Tempered

Sad songs dress pretty.

heartbreak transit line

I was born of Big Muddy
I look older than I am
Deep stains tell my story
In the lines of my hands

For a life worth half a real
Love comes not
So I live recklessly
I’m the one that care forgot

The straightest path I follow finds trouble every time
At the destination’s end on the Heartbreak Transit Line

From the depot station
Just off Basin Street
I’m beckoned by the sirens’ songs
Where the jolly good fellows meet

With a fist full of Queen Anne’s Lace
And a picayune
I’m searching for you one night only
In my book of blue

The shadows of the night pardon little crimes
My rites of passage ride on the Heartbreak Transit Line

So please just come to me
When I lay my money down
With you constant stranger
My fate is forever bound

The rhythm of the night
Twelve bars in ragged time
The sounds of my surrender
To my forever lonesome life

When dealer calls last round I pray it’s not unkind
I’m going to the rails on the Heartbreak Transit Line

Fare-thee-well my love, my dream
I buried my heart with your memory
For a good-for-nothin’ like me
Sweet release is all I need
Shame to him who evil thinks
Shame to him who evil thinks

Your southern belle rebellion
Took the best of me
Now I’ll walk these streets until I find
A cure for these maladies

One day I’ll sit high
In a hall of mahogany
Or be reborn a thousand times
From these sins I’ll be free

When the last whistle blows there’ll be no mark in time
At my destination’s end on the Heartbreak Transit Line

Fare-thee-well my love, my dream
I buried my heart with your memory
For a good-for-nothin’ like me
Sweet release is all I need
Shame to him who evil thinks
Shame to him who evil thinks

Written by Kristin L. Davidson (BMI)
Kristin Davidson: vocals; guitar
Carolyn Phillips: vocals
Lloyd Maines: guitars, bass, mandolin
Pat Manske: percussion
Richard Bowden: fiddle

 

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