A Black Heart Painted Red

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last night i closed my eyes
when i woke, i’d walked a thousand miles
to a town where no one knows my name
no one knows that i’m to blame
for i once held the heart of a fair-haired girl
that heart was as wild as a flag unfurled
she laughed and called my name
my god, i’m so ashamed

for all of the fights
now all of the lights
from the highway look the same
just another friday night fool
out walking in the rain
i’ll remember the look on her face
and the last words that she said,
“honey, get your things
i ain’t got no use
for a black heart painted red”

she was right
there’s a stone deep beneath this chest
the color of a mourning dress
in ribs of pennsylvania steel
long forgotten now to feel
how could she have known the night she asked,
“can we trade hearts?
careful, my love, this one’s been torn and pulled apart”
that she would get instead
a black heart painted red

now all of the nights
and all of the lights
from the highway look the same
just another friday night fool
out walking in the rain
i’ll remember the look on her face and
the last words that she said,
“honey, get your things
i ain’t got no use
for a black heart painted red”

so tonight when you close your eyes
and a fair-haired girl is asleep by your side
give her everything you have
not a black heart painted red

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from Together Is Where We Belong, released July 15, 2014

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Ryan Tanner Salt Lake City, Utah

Songs steeped in Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle,enduring, timeless storytellers who keep genre-namers busy. Is it folk? Is it rock? Is it country? The real questions are: does it move you? Does it take you somewhere? And, when listening to Ryan Tanner sing his songs, the answer is yes. ... more

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