The Mortgaged Heart

by Ribbon Road

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1.
Far Away 03:34
Far away, far away, far away from here far away, far away from trouble and tears smiling in the rain, disregarding pain far away, far away, I was silenced that way Chorus And I look forward to that day when there's no more running away and I can travel on an eagle's wing there'll be no more trouble that I can bring and I will give my hand to you and you will hold my heart and then I'll be in heaven and this won't break you apart Far away, far away, soaring to the sky far away, far away, I'm wasting time far away, far away, my heart sails on far away, far away, I'm going home Far away, far away, we'll know what's true far away, far away, I'll say one for you far away, far away, there's a place for you far away, far away, the light's coming through © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
2.
Is It True? 03:27
Watery graves cover watery faces they haunt the slaty sea and the wild white horses toss the waves touching me, soothing me Windily changing, the soft sand remaining of the bones that are beaten to the floor feel the pulse that rages and the sun that still persuades us on to look for more Chorus Boys stand eager by the sandy shore reaching out in innocence with all their open doors surely it's not too late, O the way is paved could you still save me Time and tide will wait for no man but this one's gonna hold on if he can for all the wildest dreams, a sickening for things to come I want to run Watery graves are calling me to mine but I'm not satisfied to go and the wild white horses are turning in the tide, leaving me I let the waters flow Eyes streaming with salty tears washing away the wasted years sorry for the pain I now see could you still save me © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
3.
Every Hour 04:11
Every hour that counts for me every flower that sets me free is victimised in solitude & social-sided attitude a final bid for gratitude a kinder thought for me Every heart that beats for me every dream that dreams for me tattered souls have fallen down the wind blows where it will fairer will the morning be when troubled breath is stilled Chorus Misguided innocence, throw it all away headline incidents, the paper boat sailed away twisted ignorance, the savaged heart runs red spoken images of dreams that were left for dead Every kiss given to me every wish that's been wished for me has fallen over stony ground and pushed good nature round and round if you leave now I won't be found bleeding on my knees Every time you hold me close every time I fall and choke and now the serenade has gone and all the costumes all feel wrong let me change, it won't take long if you can wait I'll come © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
4.
Every morning the frost lies on the window every day the silence is too long I sit here in my bedroom waiting for someone to take me home Every night the cold rests on my head as I lie defeated on my bed I reach for another blanket and a book that's already been read Chorus They took away my reason they took away my life they took away my understanding now I'm a mother and a wife Every week is the same as the one before hold on to the jacket behind the door the arms are empty, but the smell makes me feel just out of reach of hell I hear the voices in the kitchen eye-witness to the bitter, clashing sword back against the wall without flinching they cut my heart with every loving word Every morning the frost lies on the window every day the sentence is the same I sit here whenever the wind blows the only thing that's changed is my name © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
5.
Empty arms and forgiven charms don't run away, I'll do you no harm bottle tops on a string keep the birds from landing I've been out in the garden of dreams and everything is beautiful holding hands with the man of my dreams and it was only beautiful Aching arms in the dead of night keep me awake and restless holding out on a woman's right, only building resentment a need to fill the understated and bring an end to the breath that's bated break the silence of gritted teeth I wonder what lies underneath O my soul does take everything that my heart will break why won't the tears that fall make it all go away, make it all go away Listless arms, side by side never calm, just still potted glory on the window sill only promise photogenic thrill the sun will rain and the clouds will pour there's always less when I want more it must have been hell when I was born that's when a mother's life is torn Open arms but a guarded mind open promises, the conditioned kin christian soldiers must march along never mind who they're standing on hugging close in a bundle of nerves when they get to heaven they'll get their desert the candle that burns misses by miles they lose me in well-meaning smiles Clang goes the cymbal and bang goes the drum off with your coat and the deed is done the harp strings have broken, the crowds gather round but there aren't any angels when their trumpets sound Empty arms and forgiven charm don't run away and I'll do you no harm bottle tops on a string keep the birds from landing © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
6.
Baby Blue 04:07
Rock a bye baby, sweet baby blue I have been dreaming, dreaming of you bright paper clouds and all you should be rock a bye goodbye, remember me Rock a bye baby, sweet baby blue painful recall of me losing you ignorant smiles saying go make it right rock a bye sweetheart, kiss me goodnight Chorus And all of the lullabies that I couldn't sing and all of the closeness that I couldn't bring is breaking inside, 'cause I tried to hide rock a bye blue, I'm missing you Rock a bye baby, sweet baby blue sometimes it seems that I'm leaving you but I'll be there somewhere for you to be found rock a bye maybe next time around Rock a bye baby, will you perceive that this way's the right way and I must believe just let me hold you one more time rock a bye baby, you once were mine Rock a bye baby, sweet baby blue I have been dreaming, dreaming of you bright paper clouds and all you should be rock a bye goodbye, remember me © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
7.
I bring you love, it's all I have to give I'll send it on the wind and you will freely live I close my eyes and I can see you reaching out for me I can hear you laughing, a simple joy to me I wish you love in everything you do let lonely flee away and let it all come true close your eyes and let it fall, broken to the floor turn away, don't pick it up, you don't need it anymore I'll catch the tears when they begin to fall wash away the fear, wash away it all surviving on self-denial, only taking crumbs don't be frightened anymore, 'cos Daddy's coming home I want your love, come build a bridge for me precious as the pearl, free from hate and greed I'll fill your arms with flowers, I'll kiss you when you cry I can hear you singing, I'll hold you through the night I'll catch the dreams as they begin to fade to me you're always beautiful, don't turn away the change hiding in your self-destruction, firing all the guns don't be frightened anymore, Daddy's gonna come I bring you love, it's all I have to give I'll send it on the wind and you will freely live I close my eyes and I can see you reaching out for me I can hear you laughing, I can hear you singing © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
8.
Beautiful 03:31
Crying years, healing tears I've met with you today light the way, no more to say you've drawn me near, I've given way Love didn't judge, didn't put a price on my head you didn't hold your grudges you helped me down from all I did and said you gave me hands to heal my aching head Chorus O, I never heard you come O, and now the love is done and I feel beautiful Fearful eyes, defensive lies put me down in silence but you didn't mind, you were only ever kind you're my strong alliance And today I can look them in the eye this way my heart doesn't have to die you make me feel like a queen it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen Starved and low, a hungry soul you gave me love when there was none left out in the cold, a hundred years old a new face for the old one And I feel beautiful, so beautiful so beautiful, now the love is done © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
9.
Rainbows shimmer over fields of ice who could want for more misty awnings so very nice where I go you've gone before I never knew there was beauty in a storm or wonder in the truth I never saw anyone so cut to the core and still give as the sword went through Rosebud eager to force and bloom headstrong, bloody and red dancers spin me around the room I just can't lie still and play dead I never found silver in the early morning dew or gold in a waxy comb I never broke the wave until tempted to the shore and sweet charity, well she left home Break me, take me, love me for evermore hate me, but it's late for me each nerve-end is rubbing me raw Racing rain on the window pane my horse won't stay on the track bracing bodies that won't stay the same I pray that this won't break my back A starfish slow-motion on an unhappy tide plenty of salt but no tears have been cried brown pitted seaweed left on the sand severed forever in fantasy land Calm me, be kind to me come stand by my side don't harm me when you're blind to me don't make me stay behind I never knew there was beauty in a storm or wonder in the truth never saw anyone so cut to the core and still give as the sword went through © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
10.
Behind the wall of tears there's a little girl behind the woman's fears there's a little girl emotion sways, there doesn't seem to be another way to go it's all I know Chorus Maybe there's an answer to my heart maybe if I'm good and play my part and when I'm feeling scared I try to remember you're still there I'm not brave but I believe you came behind the wall Behind the wall of tears is a lonely child behind the woman's fears is a lonely child emotion sway, they've all got to have their way they don't bear the blows, they just give me away When I have a heart that can love when I have a heart that can give someday you will see all that I can be and you will be glad that you came with me behind the walls Behind the wall of tears is a face behind the woman's fears there's a place emotion sway, it all got in the way now there's nothing left to do but tell it all to you © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
11.
Let It Go 03:07
Let it go baby, let it go you will never change the wind let it go baby, let it go you will never be the one you want to be for I'm the one who's calling you and you're the one who's falling into my arms let it go baby, let it go let the children's dream pass by let me know baby, let me know so that I can hold you when you need to cry Let it go baby, let it go you will never stop the rain let it go baby, let it go you will never stem the pain for I'm the one who's calling you and you're the one who's falling into my arms let it go baby, let it go let the woman's dream begin to grow let me know baby, let me know so that I can hold you when you need to cry Let it go baby, let it go let the castle tumble down le it go baby, let it go let the walls be broken down for I'm the one who's calling you and you're the one who's falling into my arms let it go baby, let it go let the clouds go rushing by let me know baby, let me know so that I can hold you when you need me I can hold you when you need to I can hold you when you need to cry © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
12.
Open the window, draw away the blind O let the wind blow through your heart and mind looking for the happy-ever-after makes me cry every shadow bruises me with every given smile pretty clothes and kisses never came to play cardboard hearts and paper planes the order of the day Chorus Tell me the story of how it's gonna be of goodness and glory and children on their mother's knee arms for their shoulders and stars to light the way tell me how it's gonna be, starting from today Open the window, open up your eyes and know wherever you go the spirit never dies stepping over broken glass, tortured by the thorn made to take the first as last when your hand's already torn angels sing you lullabies on pillows soft and warm winter geese and butterflies stay the raging storm Open the window, throw it open wide river roads of passion have never yet made it right chains and bolts and finger-bowls on table-cloths of white silence made immaculate still haunt me in the night jewels made out of summertime so easily fall away diamonds are forever, but they won't make us stay © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
13.
You And Me 02:52
Love isn't what I thought it would be you and me together love isn't what I felt it should be stormy weather hope on an island of dreams a road for tomorrow love isn't what I wanted from you you and me, you and me together A kiss isn't what I thought it would be you and me together a kiss isn't what I felt it should be stormy weather outcast and shipwrecked at sea it was only a kiss that saved me a kiss isn't what I wanted from you you and me, you and me together An ache in my heart, right from the start I need your arms around me, surround me This isn't what I thought it would be you and me together this isn't what I felt it should be stormy weather all I ever wanted held in the mirror just look at me this isn't what I wanted from you you and me, you and me together © Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)

credits

released August 4, 1994

Brenda Heslop - Vocals, guitar
Geoff Heslop - Vocals, guitar
Paul Flush - Keyboards
Rod Clements - Bass, slide guitar
Paul Smith - Drums

Produced by Geoff Heslop
Engineered by Mickey Sweeney
Sleeve paintings by Geoff Heslop
Sleeve layout by brownbull.com

All songs written by Brenda Heslop
Published by Ribbon Road Music

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For the last 26 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
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