Heartbreaker

by Hannah Norris & the Band

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thanks to: the guys for putting up with me regularly, the family for not asking questions when another amp shows up on the front porch, friends & loves & wonderful music people - keep being awesome

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released October 30, 2016

recorded at Fire & Ice Studios around Baldwin City, KS
produced by Matt Mozier
sound engineering by Steve Squire
written by Hannah Norris
photography by Terri Norris

drums - August Phlieger
bass - Nathan Purdue
vocals & guitar - Hannah Norris

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Hannah Norris & the Band Hays, Kansas

Hannah Norris, along with drummer August Phlieger and bassist Nathan Purdue, has set out from Hays, KS, across time and space to deliver great tunes.

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Track Name: favorite nightmare
I could be your cute little heartbreaker
& I could be your sweet little dreammaker
but you better get ready 'cause you're gonna know
I'm your favorite nightmare

fingers wrapped around throats
I'll tell you lies until I'm choked
but one of these days you're gonna know
I'm your favorite nightmare

left my loving back in San Francisco
left my promises down in Chicago
& one of these days you won't know where to go
wherever you run, all you're gonna know is
I'm your favorite nightmare
Track Name: almost inhuman
as she walked the stars fled
almost inhuman
there she was in front of me
like a manic dream

lightning in those eyes of hers
called out to me
& so I followed her
back into the trees

she told me she would love nobody
as the wind cut through
asked me could I love her
& I think she knew

I could see the moon at midnight
the shadows on her face
I knew right then that no one
could ever take her place

then the witch hunt started
they took her out of sight
so I disappeared
into the dark midnight
Track Name: kansas part ii
you never should've left my side in the late morning sun
all the words I wrote to you carry the weight of 40 tons
this new love of yours she will only break your heart
& every time she makes you laugh we're further from the start

the minister just grinned & made up another rule
she looks at us & sees just a bunch of forlorn fools
taking all our trusting with our money & our souls
leaving empty promises of stairways of gold

if your father doesn't kill you, boy, your naivety will
for every big step you take you slide further down the hill
this is the last verse I'll write for you so you better move along
when you drop the needle it never play my songs

all tied up in this little place where we never see the rain
we're gonna need it someday to level out the pain
falling over the milo all lined up in pretty rows
what the gods sent so incarnate, the thunder & the snow
Track Name: sylina's song
flowers in her hair & time to spare
leaving came to leaving & then she was gone
she always did ask me to write her a song

what comes before me - the ghosts in the trees
is it true I'm only here to die?
do it quick so no one hears me cry

you & your dark eyes are all I can see
I can't be anyone else if I'm not even me
chasing after what's already gone
our time is here but not for very long
Track Name: under my skin
no they won't be home tonight
they'll find no rest until sunlight
hear it pounding down the door
the beast will always ask for more
the candle's burning low & dim
the beast is begging to be let in

go on sink your claws in me
under my skin so I can breathe

the moon shines bright & full
stars will flash until tomorrow
here the laws are out of bounds
here the trees will eat our sounds
I will not ask you what is true
but shut my eyes to the deep blue

go on sink your claws in me
under my skin so I can breathe
Track Name: teen angst
you were shaking out the rain dance first I saw
shaking out your hair
since then you're long stares rarely ever more
see if I care
two summers in the rain finally poured down on us
but you weren't there

you hadn't talked to me in a week
not since you saw me smile
so I'll keep driving this car
keep on racking up the miles
& seeing how far I can go

the constant doubting's finally getting to me
the train's rolling but I can't stop it
not sure if I wanna move or if I just want to let myself get hit

honey will we ever change?
it's something less than fate

I'm tired of quiet longing & this all
I'm tired of taking wrong directions to find all the wrong dead ends & meet up with all the wrong friends

someday you're going to have to tell me
this isn't going the way you hoped
& while I'm drowning
you'll still be afloat

honey will we ever change?
it's something less than fate
Track Name: death defying
I am standing on the paths of kings
of all the brave & sovereign beings
maybe I'm not ready yet
to step a dance I can't forget
my lips are blue against your face
here's the cue to take our place

I am the girl in death-defying acts
stoically taking down pieces of past
my ribs claw through my skin
waiting for us to come in

this is my state but it's not mine
I've been caged & dulled with time
one day I'll learn to write my name
some day I'll be able to carry the blame
my own words are harder to find
that's how I'm sure they're mine

I am the girl in death-defying acts
stoically taking down pieces of past
my ribs claw through my skin
waiting for us to come in

you look at me
like I'm a pagan shrine
& you're the Vatican
I can't see

I am the girl in death-defying acts
stoically taking down pieces of past
my ribs claw through my skin
waiting for us to come in