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released October 18, 2019

All songs written and produced by Karen Pittelman

Recorded and mixed by Charles Burst at Figure 8, Studio G Brooklyn, Concrete Sound, and Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY with additional engineering by Matt Marinelli

Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY

Cover painting by Amanda Kirkhuff
Graphic design by Elizabeth Daggar, Electrofork

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“Like Gram Parsons, Pittelman peels away the superficiality that much of country music has embraced and looks deep into its soul, its history, and its stories and makes it all her own….You do not want to miss this album.”—No Depression

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Track Name: Guaranteed Broken Heart
I dreamed about people in love
Running through the streets late at night
Looking at the stars up above
But it ain't you and it ain't me
They're just some random people
That I saw on TV

'Cause I won't dream about you
I won't let it go that far
'Cause if I can't live without you
It's a guaranteed broken heart

Most things ain't sure, most things change
What was whole comes apart
What was broke heals again
But one thing I know, one thing I trust
Is that you stay the same
And you don't love me that much

So I won't dream about you
I won't let it go that far
'Cause if I can't live without you
It's a guaranteed broken heart

Don't touch my face
Don't say my name
Don't smile that smile
Don't look at me that way

'Cause I won't dream about you
I won't let it go that far
'Cause if I can't live without you
It's a guaranteed broken heart
Track Name: There You Are
Let these vines grow over me
Let these branches be my bones
Let this sun be all I need
Let this dirt become my home

But then
There you are
There you are, there you are, there you are

Take this salt and scrub me clean
No desire, don't grasp, don't cling
Let these waters cover me
Let there be a reckoning

But then
There you are
There you are, there you are, there you are

If you brought me pain
Then pain is what I needed
And if I can't be saved
Then let me be defeated

Because
There you are
There you are, there you are, there you are
Track Name: Jonah and the Whale
Draw my line in the sand
Then watch the waves wash it away
Say I'll be my own man
But then I begged for you to stay

Sat on my hands
Like a child who can't behave
And who can't understand
Why I can't just have my way

Don't stop, don't stop
Swallow me whole
Don't stop, don't stop
Body and soul
Don't stop till I'm no more

Take me all the way down
The deepest deep, the darkest dark
Where I'll never be found
And I can sleep beneath your heart

Here with my kin
Your belly full of all their bones
And your sweet medicine
Oh I finally found my home

Don't stop, don't stop
Swallow me whole
Don't stop, don't stop
Body and soul
Don't stop till I'm no more

Jonah, don't fight it
Jonah, just be guided
Jonah, just be broken
Jonah, smashed wide open

Don't stop, don't stop
Swallow me whole
Don't stop, don't stop
Body and soul
Don't stop till I'm no more
Track Name: Why Won’t You Come Back to Me
Cut my hair and clean my mess
Why won't you come back to me?
Put on my best party dress
Why won't you?

Say my prayers down on my knees
Why won't you come back to me?
Be a good girl pretty please
Why won't you?

Oh my darlin, what else can I do?
Drain the ocean for just one drop from you
Oh my darlin, I'm undone
Give me your kiss or let the end days come

Shave my head and burn my hair
Why won't you come back to me?
Burn that dress I used to wear
Why won't you?

Beg the witches for a spell
Why won't you come back to me?
Don't care if I go to hell
Why won't you?

Oh my darlin, what else can I do?
Drain the ocean for just one drop from you
Oh my darlin, I'm undone
Give me your kiss or let the end days come

Oh my little angel
Kicked me out of heaven
Oh my little angel
Sent me back to hell
Track Name: Your New Life Now
Will this be your new life now?
Darkness longer than the day
Darker than your dark, dark eyes
Let it fade away

Will this be your new life now?
All the leaves wet on the ground
Like you used to strip me down
Let it fade away

Watch the pavement I won't fall
I don't need the sky at all
I don't need to see your face
Let it fade away

Everything you could not say
Every thread I picked and saved
Now the pines will keep them safe
Let it fade away

Will this be your new life now?
Will you float or will you drown
Or will the witches show you how
How to fly away?
Track Name: Far Away
I know you were right
I know you had to go
I know the house was burning down
Even if it burnt slow

But that don't make it easy
No baby no
Not with this fire
That swallowed me whole

Some people you can love up close
Some people from afar
And I guess the trick is knowing
Which kind they are

Of course I'm gonna love you
For all of my days
Heaven help me to do it
From far away

I know I was right
I know I had to leave
You were singing from a distant shore
Never standing beside me

But that don't make it easy
No baby no
Not with your sweet song
In my blood and my bones

Some people you can love up close
Some people from afar
And I guess the trick is knowing
Which kind they are

Of course I'm gonna love you
For all of my days
Heaven help me to do it
From far away

Show me a map, a star, a sign
I'll find my way
Let me come close enough to just
Touch your face

Some people you can love up close
Some people from afar
And I'm no damn good at knowing
Which kind they are

Of course I'm gonna love you
For all of my days
Heaven help me to do it
From far away
Track Name: Third Time’s the Charm
Well the first time you broke my heart
It took me by surprise
I thought all those songs 'bout love at first sight
Were nothing but a pack of lies

But then I kissed you beneath the stars
I could have kissed you there for days
I said please don't let this end
But you just walked away

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me
But I still ran back to your arms
'Cause baby, third time's the charm

Well the next time you broke my heart
I thought maybe you had changed
We were older now but still somehow
I felt exactly the same

I tried hard to be gentle
I tried hard to go slow
But like a frost in early spring
You turned cold, cold, cold

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me
But I still ran back to your arms
'Cause baby, third time's the charm

This time, oh this time
I knew how it would end
But this time, oh this time
I couldn't wait to start again

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me
But I still ran back to your arms
'Cause baby, third time's the charm
Track Name: Queen of Denial
You're old enough to know it's true this too shall pass
But your weary heart's still fading fast
Wishing all day long like that might bring him back
But it won't 

You can fake a smile
Drown in sweet denial
Or cry along when George Jones sings
You can stare that phone down all night long
But you ain't gonna make it ring
No, you ain't gonna make it ring

Maybe you've been thinking you should wait
What if he finally sees it's a mistake?
What if he still dreams about your open arms?
Well, he don't 

You can fake a smile
Drown in sweet denial
Or cry along when George Jones sings
You can stare that phone down all night long
But you ain't gonna make it ring
No, you ain't gonna make it ring

You don't have to want him back
You don't have to live here in the past
Go on, find somebody new

I know you've done this all before
So pick your heart up off that floor
And do it all
Once more

You can fake a smile
Drown in sweet denial
Or cry along when George Jones sings
You can stare that phone down all night long
But you ain't gonna make it ring
No, you ain't gonna make it ring
Track Name: When People Show You Who They Are
I see it shining out of you
Something that's whole and bright and true
You don't see
What I see
You don't see

You need to bury it down deep
What can you do with my belief?
I don't see
What you see
I don't see

When people show you who they are
Believe them

Who taught you who you have to be?
Who taught me to wait here on my knees?
You don't need
What I need
You don't need

When people show you who they are
Believe them

Let me keep my lie this one time
Let me close my eyes this one time
Let me keep my lie this one time

Oh, believe them
Believe them
Track Name: It Ain’t Me
I held on as long as I could
I was hurting but I still believed our love was good
Now you're off
Living your new life
And I want you to be happy
But sometimes late at night
I wonder

What if your heart will open up
Wider than it ever opened up before
And a new love comes rushin' through that door?
It ain't easy knowing
It won't be me

I can't complain, it's been awhile
I see you kiss her at the bar and I practice my best smile
And I know
I don't wanna know
But the question eats me up inside
And never lets me go

What if your heart will open up
Wider than it ever opened up before
And a new love comes rushin' through that door?
It ain't easy knowing
It won't be me

Guess I'll have to pack away all of this past
Like I had to pack away everything else
And I'll keep all this love to myself

What if your heart will open up
Wider than it ever opened up before
And a new love comes rushin' through that door?
It ain't easy knowing
It won't be me

Oh darling
It ain't me
Track Name: Something True
Count out all the days
Count out all the years
Now that you're all alone
Who do you wish were here?

Did I waste all my love
to wind up with nothing true?
Or is there no wasted love
'Cause any love is something true
Something true

What gets left behind?
What can you not say?
What if the end of time
Washes us all away?

Did I waste all my love
To wind up with nothing true?
Or is there no wasted love
'Cause any love is something true
Something true

Oh, the fires will come
Oh, and their guns
There's nothing they can't do to us
So I guess I might as well keep lovin' you

Did I waste all my love
to wind up with nothing true?
Or is there no wasted love
'Cause any love is something true
Something true
Track Name: You’re My Country Music
Back in school they taught me to tell it slant
Say something new, don't bore us all with cheap romance
But then my bed was actually cold
And my heart actually broke
And I learned there was more than what's new

You're my
Rock, my spark, my candle in the darkness
Half my heart, my shining star, my only wish

And every
Tired old cliche that I dismissed
All it took was one damn kiss
It just took you
To make it true

I keep on learning every day
About what's real behind every cliche
There's nothing they haven't seen
So just hold on to your dreams
And mean what you sing

You're my
Rock, my spark, my candle in the darkness
Half my heart, my shining star, my only wish

And every
Tired old cliche that I dismissed
All it took was one damn kiss
It just took you
To make it true

What I lost, you lost too
What I found I see in you

You're my
Rock, my spark, my candle in the darkness
Half my heart, my shining star, my only wish

And every
Tired old cliche that I dismissed
All it took was one damn kiss
It just took you
To make it true