Heartwood

by Amanda Rogers

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(2008, 12-songs, D.I.T. Records) Amanda’s most positive record to date,written from the darkest gloom…where seeds of song inspired hope, strength, and change, and roused her from the death-like sleep.

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released August 1, 2008

All songs and lyrics by Amanda Rogers
Produced by Warren Huart, Dan Rothchild, and Amanda Rogers
Engineered by Warren Huart and Dan Rothchild
Additional Engineering by Robin Holden
Assistant Engineer-Troy Brazell
Mixed by Mark Needham
Assisted by Will Brierre
Piano and Vocals- Amanda Rogers
Bass and Percussion-Dan Rothchild
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar,and Banjo-David Levita
Drums-Travis McNabb
Additional acoustic Guitar-Warren Huart
Fender Rhodes(track 6)-Dan Rothchild
French Horn(track 8)-Daniel J. Coe
Recorded at Swing House, Hollywood California and Sacred Ground
String Arrangement(track 5,7,11)-Jay Clifford
1st Violin-Brent Price
2nd Violin- Megan Allison
Viola-Jill King
Cello-Norbert Lewandowski
Strings Recorded at Ocean Industries
Strings Engineered by Eric Bass

artwork/art photos by Amanda Rogers
layout by Katie Burger
cover photo by Paul Lior




thank yous:
mom,dad,missy, mike (m.e.b), my whole family,the sketchy indians,mark f., stefan p., zach c.,tj,jared and mary,mike's whole family,
ronnie and shannon, selmabooking and expect candy, mybonnieandclyde, caroline b.,gomez,brett & kyle, kiki, grant capes, niels and mira,
2nd records, johannes and christophe, michael toorock, andrea santee and ben james at yamaha, carrie hughes,ben and olivia karis-nix (carrot-sticks), aaron case, chris snykus, ian at evr, ascap, andy jordan, ryan kienle, ben m., lynchy, rob the job, thom, katie burger,
nagel, shiela and family, kheira linder/meedchen, runwemust, the teller family, will brierly, ellen möckel, all poets,writers, artists, musicians, and teachers, all who respect and love nature, all who respect and love animals, all who respect and love eachother, all who respect and love themselves.

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Amanda Rogers Syracuse, New York

With 9 albums in tow, upstate NY native, Amanda Rogers is often compared to the likes of Tori Amos for her fairy esthetic and classical roots, Tom Waits for her dark and literary lyrics, and Carole King for her Tin Pan Alley Pop sensibility. She has continued her 15 year musical journey on her self paved career path as an original, indie touring and recording artist, and as a self-proclaimed Muse. ... more

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Track Name: I'm Awake
the light is a pale blue in the morning,
it comes without warning,
I'm awake, I'm awake,
then it's warm and yellow, it's noon or maybe 3,
i greet the day slowly and the day agrees with me,
so come in come in for the evening, i'll fix a pot of tea,
so come in come in take a seat right next to me,
and then the moon is out with the stars about,
we're laughing on the ground,
you'll kiss me 4 more rounds,
I'm awake, I'm awake, I'm awake, I'm awake, I'm awake...
Track Name: Drive
when it's sunny south of here, should i stick around another year? till it hurts too much to breath this air. till i've lost my sense of touch and can't feel anything, can't even sing a simple song to the one i love anymore.
cause it's sunny south of here, and if idrive until the daylight breaks tomorrow i'll be there, cause it's only getting colder, i'll never make it through this winter if tomorrow i am sober.
cause it's sunny south of here. why don't i drive until i disappear, till i can't look back and miss what's there, till i've lost my sense of trust and can't believe a thing, all that i see is over-casted skies hiding all that lies underneath.
cause it's sunny south of here. it's only 7 months out of the year the sun will never make it here. and it's only getting colder, i'll never make it through this winter if tomorrow i am sober, with the clocks that tick away and the chill that never goes away, i'll drink another night away.
DaDaDaDa....
so i'll drive on toward the sun, till it melts away the damage done, and i can feel some warmth again, till there's more to life and more to love!
cause it's sunny south of here and if i drive until the daylight breaks tomorrow i'll be there. and if home is where the heart is, then i'll drive my heart to where you are and you can keep it warm with love... with love...........
cause it's sunny south of here and if i drive until the daylight breaks tomorrow i'll be there.
Track Name: Endless Saturday
sometimes we're right and sometimes we're wrong.
some hope in distant days, bring money just in case
you wake up waiting for something to go wrong,
but we're always dreaming "i can be stronger, i can be stronger"
I'm rolling over endless saturday, wake me in the morning, wake me in the morning.
you've lost your appetite and that's fine now cause money's tight.
hurry up and wait in line, work hard to finish just in time for dinner,
wash your hands of this life when you work for sinners,
but not for much longer, not for much longer...
I'm rolling over endless saturday, wake me in the morning, wake me in the morning.
but for tonight, I'll carry all of the weight of our lives 'til you open your eyes, with thoughts of old times, wonderfully surprised that this life is fine with the safety net untied, sleep all day cause you love to lose you mind.I'm rolling over endless saturday, wake me in the morning,
wake me in the morning, wake me up, wake me up when you see the rising sun, wake me up when the morning comes.
Track Name: Hibernating
get up in the morning, i put on a smile,
and i can't afford it, i can't afford it.
I'm missing something, I'm looking for it,
but my floors are freezing, they're stealing all my freedom. in this season i love,
I'll leave my buttons undone,
I'm hibernating with my baby, I'm living like tomorrow won't be coming.
I'm hibernating with my baby, I'm doing what i can to keep on living.
get up in the morning, i put on a smile,
and i can't afford it, I can't afford it.
the seasons' changing, my leaves are shaking, the warmth your sharing i won't be leaving
if the world is ending...
if the world is ending... DaDaDaDa..........
enjoy the seasons i love, I'll leave all the clocks off the wall,
I'm hibernating with my baby, I'm living like tomorrow won't be coming.I'm hibernating with my baby, I'm doing what i can to keep on living...loving...laughing...
Track Name: This Beauty
When your words come too easily for me to believe, and this paint goes on too thinly to peel away, I will find a silver lining sometime, blur my vision and I'll be fine
and I'll be fine...
burn the pages of the magazines, I hate the way they look at me, with every smile and every laugh, there's something I will always lack, and maybe, just maybe, an imperfected me will not be seen.
When your words burn forever in my mind,
and those greens and those blues seem too perfect to true, I will light a fire every time I think to myself I will be fine, I will be fine...
Burn the pages of the magazines
I hate the way they look at me
with every smile and every laugh
there's something I will always lack
and maybe, just maybe an imperfected me will not be seen.
But i'll go on silently and I'll be strong fortunately, This beauty is not clear to me, This beauty is not clear to me,To me, to me, to me...
Burn the pages of the magazines, I hate the way they look at me, with every smile and every laugh, there's something I will always... burn the pages of the magazines i hate the way they look at me, with every smile and every laugh, there's something i will always lack, and maybe, just maybe, This beauty will be clearer to me.
Track Name: Cabin Muse
this cabin i was looking all around, looking for my muse, she was elusive, and left only scent of perfume, but rocking in this chair, the poets come together to offer the clue, and lo she lives around me in the timbers and the moon, and the land and the music and the harvest will be soon...
hello hello hello can you give me some more of that sweet sweet sadness?
how long how long how long 'til the mystery is poured?
maybe 'morrow we'll be sunning with the lord.
this cabin i was looking all around, looking for my muse i found, the walls are merely waiting for the mood that I'm creating while nobody's in the room, yet the history feels like something, and i swear that i heard something, but it's just my imagination, it's just my imagination...
hello hello hello can you give me some more of that sweet sweet sadness?
how long how long how long 'til the mystery is poured?
maybe 'morrow I'll be
overweighing, compensating, 1,2,3,4 walls i can't bear!
the praying gods are waiting for your praise and for your heavy hand to let them in!
oh oh oh oho ohooo9999......
hello hello hello can you give me some more of that sweet sweet sadness?
how long how long how long 'til the mystery is poured?
maybe 'morrow I'll be sunning with the (lord),
'morrow I'll be sunning with the (lord),
'morrow I'll be sunning with the lord, the lord....
hello hello hello can you give me some more of that sweet sweet sadness?
Track Name: Trembling Hands
steady these hands to help me find a way out of this mess that's blinding me, that's all that i can ask, for these trembling hands...
for these trembling hands...for these trembling hands.
that carried me here, that guided me along this beaten path, this broken glass it stays with me for years and years, reminding me, that's what is left of me!

so if i find a way to bury all these words bringing present to the past, will you find a way to me at last?
can you find it in your heart to pull me from this hole i never meant to dig, that I'm losing myself in?

this game of love, this shit it happens to anyone who drifts along the way, with their heart upon their sleeve, treading water lost at sea, beauty blinds us masking misery, and it looks for those like me.
so if i find a way to bury all these words bringing present to the past, will you find a way to me at last?
can you find it in your heart to pull me from this hole i never meant to fill, overflowing now with what i know.
of losing streaks, defeated battles, now i shudder just to think of what you feel about this week....

so steady these hands, steady hands will pull me out, steady these hands, steady hands will pull me out, steady these hands, steady these hands......to help me find a way out of this mess that's blinding me, that's all that i can ask, that's all that i can ask...for these trembling hands.
Track Name: Fate's Northern Shore
where do we go from here?
there's no words that you can say with answers I've been looking for, still life's okay, heading in direction I am never ready for.......
no need for always knowing.....when we leave and where we're going...
so grab your coat, grab your keys, what are you waiting for? there's no need to make up a reason anymore.
when you hear the engine roar you really know for sure,
there's something that guides us toward...
fate's northern shore.
we're out of the woods, into the streets,
the city is bigger than i imagined it to be, but home is sweet, it's not where we're going but the feeling lifts out feet.......
no need for always knowing....when we leave and where we're going....
so grab your coat, grab your keys, what are you waiting for? there's no need to make up a reason anymore.
when you hear the engine roar you really know for sure,
there's something that guides us toward...
fate's northern shore.
hooooo............
grab your coat....and your keys....there's no need to make believe...fate's northern shore.....fate's northern shore.....
so grab your coat, grab your keys, what are you waiting for? we'll always end up where we're meant to go forward.
when you hear the engine roar you really know for sure,
there's something that guides us toward...
fate's northern shore.
grab your coat, grab your keys, there's no need to make believe....fate's northern shore.
Track Name: Operator
operator, can you patch me through, I'm counting on you, it's no emergency but i gotta speak with my baby.
operator can you treat me like a friend, get me to the other end, hey have you ever really loved another?
and you know when you touch that you love him so much it hurts, better breath is first, and prepare to leave the earth.
give me your worries, give me your cares.
i know where your going and you don't know where, you don't know where.
operator, like a mask you wear a curse, but it's only getting worse and there's a stranger looking in my window.
operator, a familiar voice i know, when there's nobody home,
I'll be safe within the television glow.
and you know when you touch that you love him so much it hurts, better breathe in first, and prepare to leave the earth...
give me your worries, give me your cares, i know where you're going, and you don't know where, you don't know where, you don't know where...
i never knew a love like my operator, i never knew a love like you.i knew you before, I've seen you round here, my operator, prepare to meet me later, i never knew a love like you...
da da da da da......
Track Name: Ella Faints
if truth is less the treasure it was, then excuse the interruption because
"happiness is better than the truth" she chimed, "i take my time boy, i take my time".

and ella faints in the morning from the conversation, I'd rather run with a reason, but we run with scissors instead," I'm open to suggestions" i said, ella faints again.

20/20 most of the time," your eyes are just so different from mine",
"well happiness is seeing with a simple mind", "i talk in rhymes boy, i talk in rhymes".
and ella faints in the morning from the conversation, I'd rather run with a reason but we run with scissors instead, "I'm open to suggestions" i said, ella faints again.

whoa!
and it was the day of spiders!
Whoa!
For the weak were getting stronger!
Whoa!
And we're further when the wind pushes harder!
"Just watch for the spiders!"

and ella faints in the morning from the conversation, I'd rather run with a reason, but we run with scissors instead,
we run with scissors instead, we run with scissors and then my friend ella faints again.
Track Name: Ghost Of You
its only a ghost of you, but i already know what to do
its only a ghost of you, but i fear for the real you, but i fear for the real you.
its only a ghost of you, but i already know what to do
its only a ghost of you but i fear for the real you
i do i do i do i do...
its only a ghost of you bringing out only the worst in you, now Im singing like i used to do i do i do
and Im a fool Im a fool
for not seeing through you
if strangers only knew the ghost of you we'd toast to you, so i'll raise up a glass to you the silhouette of a boy i knew, now I'm living like i used to do i do i do i do
Im a fool Im a fool
for not seeing through you
it's only a ghost of you
so get back to your hole with the rabbits and trolls
it's only a ghost of you
so get back to your hole with your dirty ol' soul
get back to your hole with the mess of a ghost of you
Im a fool Im a fool
but baby the jokes on you.
Track Name: Lullaby
CLOSE YOUR EYES,
NOD YOUR HEAD,
WAVE GOODBYE TO THE NIGHT,
YOU'RE LEAVING BEHIND, BEHIND.
GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT.
OOOHHH.........
GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT.