Tattoos & Bruises

by Mary Bragg

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released June 7, 2011

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Produced by Lee Alexander
Recorded by Tom Schick
Mixed by Tom Schick and Lee Alexander
Recorded and Mixed at The Coop, New York City
Mastered by Nathan James at The Vault Mastering Studios, New York City

Design by Elizabeth Daggar, Electrofork
Photography by Corey Hayes
Hair and Makeup by Marisol Miller-Wave

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Track Name: How and Why
How long will this go on
Til the rising day when I turn away
How long will this go on
Will I make it through, make it through with you

How wide is your love
Is it wider than a desert sun
How strong is your love
Is it quick to leave or will it rescue me

You don’t have to answer
You don’t have to say
You don’t even have to answer
When you look at me that way

Why call if you won’t come
To my open door, just won’t ask no more
Why call if you won’t come
When I need you most, when I need you most

You don’t have to answer
You don’t have to say
You don’t even have to answer
When you keep yourself away

How long can this go on
Will the rising day help me turn away
How long can this go on
Hope I make it through, hope I make it through

You don’t have to answer
You don’t have to say
You don’t even have to answer
When you look at me that way

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Track Name: When Your Heart Belongs to Another
I'll take a drink, a whiskey neat
I'll take a punch that knocks me right back in my seat
But I can't take you, not even a taste
There'd be no telling how many rules I'd break

If I lose my ten foot pole
Don't count on self control

Tempting me all day
But I'm gonna have to keep on saying no
I gotta turn you down
You wanna take me outta town, it's not okay
When your heart belongs to another

Show me a man, dark and tall
Bet I wouldn't hardly feel anything at all
But one look at you, sweet simple face
Spins me around and brings me right back to this place

If we drove down a long dark road
No telling where this would go

Tempting me all day
But I'm gonna have to keep on saying no
I gotta turn you down
You wanna take me outta town, it's not okay
When your heart belongs to another

Keep tempting me all day
But I'm gonna have to keep on saying no
Tempt me all you want
But I’m gonna have to keep on saying no
Cause my heart belongs to another

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Track Name: Tattoos and Bruises
Tattoos and bruises, two burning fuses
Hot as the sun, loud as a gun
for all those years

Drinking at dive bars, rode bikes never had a car
It was alright just getting by
When you were near

I’m trying to forget
I try my very best
I try

You kept your wallet in your back left pocket
Denim and steel, ain’t gonna feel
Like it did back then
Drop another quarter in so I can hear that record spin
My favorite song, used to sing along
Again and again

I’m trying to forget
I try my very best
I try

A thousand dimes in a mason jar
Wondered what you were saving for
Too young to see that you’d never be my only man
Thinking about when you left that day
There wasn’t anything I could say
That would bring us back to what we had
I understand

I’m trying to forget
I try my very best
I try

I’m trying to forget
I try my very best
I try

Tattoos and bruises, like two lit fuses
Burned like the sun, loud as a gun
for all those years

Drinking at dive bars, rode bikes never had a car
Only a blur the way that we were all those years
Only a blur the way we were all those years

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Track Name: Leave Tonight
What if I go, leave tonight
There ain’t nothing you can say I haven’t heard
What if I don’t leave tonight
You might beat me to that road with first goodbye

When I was just a girl
I should’ve listened to my mama when she said
Stay away from a smooth talking man
But every time I thought I’d leave you for sure
I couldn’t even make it to the door

I know I won’t leave tonight
and I won’t break your heart like you’ve been breaking mine

When I was just a girl
I should’ve listened to my mama when she said
Stay away from a smooth talking man
But every time I thought I’d leave you for sure
I couldn’t even make it to the door

I know I won’t leave tonight
and I won’t break your heart like you’ve been breaking mine
no, I won’t break your heart, so please stop breaking mine

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Track Name: Hanging On the Wheel
Lost in another sunny day
Clouds making movies in the sky
Open highway going too fast
Nothing between your skin and mine

Drunken spirit
Endless weakness

Hanging on the wheel
Who knows where we're going
Leather and the steel burning
Pull me closer and don't let go
Keep one hand right here
And keep one hanging on the wheel

Let me taste your fingertips
Hair blowing wild in the wind
I can hear the hot metal click
But it still feels dangerous as sin

Drunken spirit
Endless weakness

Hanging on the wheel
Who knows where we're going
Leather and the steel burning
Pull me closer and don't let go
Keep one hand right here
And keep one hanging on the wheel

Even if we run out of road
Chasing after something we can't see
Don't try to stop, and don't tell me to go
You know my heart and know that I can't leave

Drunken spirit
Endless weakness

Hanging on the wheel
Who knows where we're going
Leather and the steel burning
Pull me closer and don't let go
Keep one hand right here
And keep one hanging on the wheel

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Track Name: The General
He was born in Ohio five years before me
And I came to rely on him at only fourteen
I wanted to love him unconditionally
But he wasn’t the man that I thought him to be

He forgot what it felt like to lose his home
And the land he’d worked so hard to win on his own

He lit up Atlanta just to watch it burn
I could still see the fire in his eyes when he returned
But where is the man I sent off to war
The one I’m still waiting for

On the way down to Georgia from the north to the south
Already the victor, he wouldn’t put it out
With his name in the headlines, a hero at war
He kept burning and burning all the way to the shore
And I forgot how to love him like I know I could
Cause an army of fire just can’t do any good

When he got to Savannah where the moon hung low
In the garden at midnight something got to his soul
He said hold your fire, leave this one alone
Put down your torches, move on

He won Carolina but we both paid the cost
Trying to hold on something we had already lost
Where is the man I sent off to war
The one I’m still waiting for

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Track Name: Gone
I woke up early on Saturday
Waited for the dawn to break
And while I lay there, your face to mine
We were almost out of time

I said in a whisper, I’m not goin’ nowhere
You looked back at me with a long blank stare

Gone, you didn’t wanna tell me I was wrong
You left me long before you were ever gone

We made some breakfast in the afternoon
Just like we used to do
When there were questions to be ignored
We put them off a little more

I knew by the way you were looking at me
You’d soon be off for Tennessee

Gone, you didn’t wanna tell me I was wrong
You left me long before you were ever gone

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Track Name: Wildflower
Wildflower, wildflower
I wanna know, so can you tell me
How do you grow, so proud and tall?

So carefree you are
Have all you need, make it look so easy
Just sway in the breeze, until the fall

Here on 55 Sycamore Street
Feeling the floor break apart under my feet
My roots grow down
Grow down down down
Have mercy on me

Birds keep singing
The same old song day in, day out
Don’t they ever get tired of singing that way

Tree tops turning
Here comes the end of another season
Year after year
Never thought that I’d stay

Here on 55 Sycamore Street
Seeing the floor break apart under my feet
My roots grow down
Grow down down down
Have mercy on me

I remember the day you rose from that lonely dirt on the hill
Standing up strong was easy for you
But I can’t get past the trying still

Wildflower, wildflower
I wanna know so can you tell me

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Track Name: Morning Lover
Kitchen cupboard, quiet cover
Turning knobs with careful hands
Morning lover

I remember you, I remember me
And everything we used to say and think and dream
I keep thinking I’m through with lying to you
Then I am back in the same mess I walked into

Valient charmer, verbal armor
I’ve made a fool for selfish love
How much longer

I remember fall, I remember truth
When everything I said and thought and dreamed was you
Trying not to be seen but I wanna come clean
So I can get back to loving you and me

Kitchen cupboard, quiet cover
Turning knobs with careful hands
Morning lover
Morning lover
Morning lover

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Track Name: Hurricane
I used to love you all the time
Tell everybody that you're mine
Giving me something to say every day
I always wrote home

Do you remember how it was
We used to laugh just because
Things were going our way weren't they
We should have known

Every ocean that's wide with its beautiful tide
Is gonna turn into a problem
When that strong gust of wind gets real mad and moves in
We are headed for the bottom

How can a woman keep a smile
Talking to me like I’m a child
Pulling pictures from the frames, like I’m to blame
For everything wrong

There are certain things that can't be taught
Trying to be who we are not
Building castles out of sand but they won’t stand
Very much longer

Every ocean that's wide with its beautiful tide
Is gonna turn into a problem
When that strong gust of wind gets real mad and moves in
We are headed for the bottom

Hurricane
Hurricane
Hurricane

Hurricane
Hurricane
Hurricane

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