Red Winter

by Hannah Norris & the Band

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hard red winter: the most common wheat strain grown in Kansas. ironically, Hannah's gluten intolerance kicked in shortly after starting to write this album. she hopes it's as good as a fresh slice of bread.

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released March 31, 2015

produced by Matt Mozier
sound engineering by Steve Squire
written and recorded by Hannah Norris
album art by Sylina Zhang
recorded at Fire & Ice Studios outside of Lawrence, KS

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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: death-defying
I am standing on the paths of kings
of all the brave and 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 and 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
and 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
Track Name: the artist's hands
if I am your endless ocean, then you will be the land
you're always stable, I'll always be back again
but I'm nobody's girl and it's not gonna start with you
I didn't intend to go so far so soon

you're like the calm silence on those endless winter nights
and engulf me like the trees always surrounding your sight
it isn't fair to tell you you should stay
but I can't have it any other way

I know the stars will douse their fires to those deep and dark desires
even though it's only temporary, everything but you is secondary

another wave from the artist's hands have got me falling through
and I don't want to think it's true, oh no
I've never good at explaining what I mean, but I know you are all I need
you're the midnight in the winter and I would rather never see the sun
and for the first time, I'm not sure what I have done

maybe all the clouds will go away and I will see your face
maybe all the roads will run until they get me to your place
maybe it's time I counted on myself a little more
'cause no one else will lead me to your door

you're never quite predictable but I guess that it's alright
it's just something else to keep me up at night
when you get here, you better bring the rain
'cause the dust will blow away, and love, I'm just the same

I know the stars will douse their fires to those deep and dark desires
even though it's only temporary, everything but you is secondary

another wave from the artist's hands have got me falling through
and I don't want to think it's true, oh no
I've never good at explaining what I mean, but I know you are all I need
you're the midnight in the winter and I would rather never see the sun
and for the first time, I'm not sure what I have done

you know it's hard to get around the wind
I will bring every letter that you sent
I've never good at explaining what I mean, but I know you are all I need
you're the midnight in the winter and I would rather never see the sun
and for the first time, I'm not sure what I have done
Track Name: red winter
I can see the whiskey in your eyes
clouded up with none to see
but expansive night-dimmed skies
and those words that make me bleed
living here lights me on fire
and I will burn bright enough to bleed
because the smoke is my oxygen
and your eyes are like the seas

so tell me I'm wrong
upset little me
everything's sanguine
but melancholia fights mean

illness makes my thoughts go heavy
but it's not enough to take me down
because I will fight like hell
for I was born just for this ground
you mean more at night
more than the sunlight's sounds
the rambling country roads
always turn me around

and I don't want to be right
I can't bear to see
everything's sanguine
but melancholia fights mean

my head is permanently unbalanced
but for now my hands they are alright
she refuses to say a word
until she is out of sight
and when it rains I wonder
if it's really worth the fight
you guess so 'cause we keep going
night after night

dark wings and unblinking eyes
for all I am I'm not worthy to be
my wisdom teeth mock me at the back of my throat
and I can't understand why there is so much to need
until it's done I will never know
you break my heart like a sunburn in the sea

hold me still

so tell me I'm wrong
upset little me
everything's sanguine
but melancholia fights mean

and I don't want to be right
I can't bear to see
everything's sanguine
but melancholia fights mean
Track Name: fever dreams
tell me with your broken tongue a word not meant for anyone
but you lie to me through shattered teeth, a dream you never dreamed
put the covers on your bed and watch the strangers lay their tired heads
where mine should be, where yours should be

I feel old but not yet wise and I've been told that it comes with time
and every time I say goodbye it sounds like another weary sigh
and I miss your face like hell but I wonder: do you miss me as well?

tattered sighs and closing eyes, as final as a coffin lid
sights that no one wants to see but places everyone wants to be
and our friends will go about their lives and they swear they won't
but they lie, we lie

I feel old but not yet wise and I've been told that it comes with time
and every time I say goodbye it sounds like another weary sigh
and I miss your face like hell but I wonder: do you miss me as well?

everyone's got their fever dreams but mine are usually awful things
and confidence is by my side but it disappears every night
running off with some stranger, we always say we'll try better

I feel old but not yet wise and I've been told that it comes with time
and every time I say goodbye it sounds like another weary sigh
and I miss your face like hell but I wonder: do you miss me as well?

I have to have some yellow paint because it keeps the dark away
and if you look in the night you can see long ago and what's ahead of me
so put me behind walls of glass, you can come by and watch the time pass

I feel old but not yet wise and I've been told that it comes with time
and every time I say goodbye it sounds like another weary sigh
and I miss your face like hell but I wonder: do you miss me as well?
Track Name: villanelle
my soul holds tightly to the night
stilled and calmed in the midnight dark
come morning I will shun the light

though lightning interrupts my sight
it will not leave its ghostly marks
my soul holds tightly to the night

I cannot mourn at the lost fight
but wander at the destined arc
come morning I will shun the light

please keep me close and hold me tight
stars flash and shine like fire sparks
my soul holds tightly to the night

and you knows just what is right
will watch the sun and the meadowlarks
come morning I will shun the light

you will hold me to what is right
but I was made just for the dark
my soul holds tightly to the night
come morning I will shun the light
Track Name: take the time
everybody's having the same problem
nobody's got any time to breathe
we're all trying to get to the same place
would you take the time for me?

I'm being told to slow down
I'm being told to stay here
I'm being told to hold on
would you take the time for me?

breathe me in
breathe like the sea
breathe in those memories
of when you took the time for me

can you believe they just got married
late last week they were just two kids
and I know that's not where I'm going
would you take the time for me?

I'm being told to calm down
I'm being told to keep my head
I'm being told to settle in
would you take the time for me?

breathe me in
breathe like the sea
breathe in those memories
of when you took the time for me
Track Name: retrograde
it's easy enough to scribble words on a page
the hardest part is knowing what to say
pick up my pen and write in vain
'cause it will never be the same

stop me if I go too far
like snapping strings on an old guitar
it's not our fault at least not today
for I have nothing more to say

you're such a selfish thing to keep
to hear your breathing in my sleep
I know you know it's not enough
but I promise to stay tough

I'm not drowning fast enough
I know I cannot leave this way
please Ophelia pull me down
I'm falling into retrograde

I've never like the sad look
of those who give but never took
and all your thoughts they spin me 'round
all your thoughts they let me down

the winter thought it's long and dark
it will not steal my beating heart
I didn't say anything
it's not important anyway

I'm not drowning fast enough
I know I cannot leave this way
please Ophelia pull me down
I'm falling into retrograde

tossed in the ocean like paper boats
made from second generation love notes
keep me close and hold me tight
you're all I need in morning light

I'm not drowning fast enough
I know I cannot leave this way
please Ophelia pull me down
I'm falling into retrograde
push me down into the ground
I'm falling into retrograde
Track Name: the exorcism
withdraw yourself
I can't see you anymore
time has been and gone
but you still come to my door

you know I want to love you
but it's not that easy
the exorcism has been done
but you will still haunt me

I'm running out of things to tell you
but you're still listening
promise you will try and stop me
I shouldn't stay missing

don't you stay around
the trees will consume you
I can't keep you
but I should tell you

you know I want to love you
but it's not that easy
the exorcism has been done
but you will still haunt me

if you hand over a drink
we talk before I'm gone
you're aware that I'll wait
just don't take too long

you can do me no good
but I guess that's why I stay
I can do you no good
you should know that's not okay

you know I want to love you
but it's not that easy
the exorcism has been done
but you will still haunt me
Track Name: six shooter pistol
the night that I was stabbed in the alley by the church
my blood spilled red and innocent, didn't seem to know it hurt
but when it realized what had happened and turned to come back in
my veins closed off and said "sorry kid, but I think this is the end"

promise me the world and take it back when it's too much
show me love but don't get upset when I don't realize it is such
keep me calm when I'm a mess and tell me it's okay
because I'm always worried I won't see the next day

I'm a six shooter pistol
I'm the barrel of a gun
there's a lot of moving targets
I can only aim at one

on my eighteenth birthday I will buy some cigarettes
I will sit out on the front porch and smoke myself to death
and the ghosts will welcome me and call out my name
and when I wake up the next time it won't be quite the same

sometimes I think that we are only doomed to die
but other times you know I would rather live than lie
in a dark and wooden box buried six feet underground
where only the roots are able to make a sound

I'm a six shooter pistol
I'm the barrel of a gun
there's a lot of moving targets
I can only aim at one

you look so goddamn selfless but you left me there to die
I hope that I'm there when it's your turn to try
and I'm sorry that I loved you and I'm sorry that you didn't
but now I think it's almost my turn to be innocent

I'm a six shooter pistol
I'm the barrel of a gun
there's a lot of moving targets
I can only aim at one
Track Name: red winter (continued)
red winter, she will steal
the sadness that you feel
she'll pull your bones free
and leave you there to see
with clouded sightless eyes
the truth that hides the lies