Rockbiter

by Jenny Lou Drew

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1.
All alone aint the way that you thought you would be And the love that you fall for is always mean With your heart and your hair and your soul and your skin Oh I don't understand anymore than you do, friend How you're not a kept woman in a house, in a bed For I have kept you In my heart and my head For all my life On the phone you tell me That you've come to believe That you are only a ship made to wreck on the sea Of turbulent Love, Oh the kind you're made of And you have no control of the sails or the breeze No, you're not a kept woman, On a shelf, in a bed But I have kept you in my heart and my head Oh I have kept you In my heart and my head For all my life Oh your mother always kept you like a porcelain doll but you shattered that glass case oh you shattered that glass case and you, you love the thrill and you live for the chase but you don't always have to be strong Cause there's always room in my heart and my head Oh there's always room in my heart and my head Yeah, there's always room in my heart and my head for my best friend All Rights Reserved Jenny Lou Drew 2019
2.
American Beauty American beauty, the young, nameless faces on the pages of the rags stacked up on her rolling table. Her bed is down to the floor cause them gams can’t dance no more but sometimes in the middle of the night oh, Hattie tries. Hattie would have thought me a godless child but she’s looking in my eyes like she’s seen the light and I am on my knees with Hattie tonight talking to Jesus, wont you come take Hattie dancing? American beauty, is false. her ancient eyes, sunken deep inside shine like diamonds in a waterfall. She seems so high, never drank a drop or took a puff in her life but as the darkness falls Hattie’s skin turns into sunlight. Hattie would have thought me a godless child but she’s looking in my eyes like she’s seen the light and I am on my knees with Hattie tonight talking to Jesus, wont you come take Hattie dancing? Jenny Lou Drew, All Rights Reserved 2019
3.
Well I guess I'm alright, yeah I'm doing just fine I've been making it day after day I work nine to five and I come home alive and I pay all the bills I can pay Got a couple of horses that I never ride and a guitar that I never play but I guess I'm alright, yeah I'm doing just fine I just broke down and cried like a baby when those horses of mine they went running wild yeah they busted right straight through the fence and it occurred to me that a heart that's been broken is something you choose how to mend you can string it up strong you can open the gates you can build it so it never gives just remember when mending your fences that you're choosing how you want to live let them hold, let them hold you strong let them hold you together and hold you to where you belong let them run let them set you free free as our hearts and all horses were born to be well I guess I'll get by if you leave me behind though I really do wish we could stay here tracing the floors of sweet memory oh the things I lived for yesterday I never thought of the letters that I'd never write the phone calls that I never made and I wish I was holding your hand on the night when you'd taken about all you could take those horses of mine they went running wild yeah they busted right straight through the fence and it occurred to me that a heart that's been broken is something you choose how to mend you can string it up strong you can open the gates you can build it so it never gives just remember when mending your fences that you're choosing how you want to live let them hold, let them hold you strong let them hold you together and hold you to where you belong let them run let them set you free free as our hearts and all horses were born to be I remember the way that you held me like god was within and you loved me like, like no one would ever love me again you held onto my hand for the whole of my life and the weight of my palm oh it cuts like a knife and I ache and I pain and I feel like a child feel the weight of my heart through my chest running wild for the stars
4.
It’s always blaring or dark I’m either in heaven or in purgatory I’m always dancing on the edge of something hungry for an in between he’s looking over the pieces got to fix the broken things he sees I feel so scuffed up and marked I’ve tried and tried but I just can’t get clean This scuffed up heart it loves you so I’m bloody out of my mind but i just thought that you should know Falalalalala Falala scuffed up heart falalalalala falala scuffed up heart Take my electrons off you’ve got me charged up positively I know I’m no walk in the park oh baby I’m so sick and tired of me he’s looking over the pieces got to fix the broken things he sees I feel so fd up and marked I’ve tried and I just can't get clean This scuffed up heart it loves you so I’m bloody out of my mind but i just thought that you should know Falalalalala Falala scuffed up heart falalalalala falala scuffed up heart I see you be so careful with something so damn broke you always treat my heart just like the finest kind of gold
5.
Rockbiter 03:57
Rockbiter Did the scars on your body match your heart and your head? When did this reckless devotion become a game of roulette? We are adrift on the ocean on an island of photographs Pretty pictures we posed for were the quiet before the storm You know, I could always see it in your eyes although you were always smiling Why didn’t I run to you? Why couldn’t I have seen you through? I played it off, now a record is playing over and over again in my heart how my hands just couldn’t hold on to my friend Was it a war or a party? I can not recollect We are all slave to a notion that we could never live to perfect Wish I could give you a potion to ease your pain without the consequence but the fix you were pining for was the one that wanted you more You know, I could always see it in your eyes although you were always smiling Why didn’t I run to you? Why couldn’t I have seen you through? I played it off, now a record is playing over and over again in my heart how my hands just couldn’t hold on no I couldn’t hold on oh I couldn’t hold on to my friends oh I couldn’t hold on no I couldn’t hold you I couldn’t hold on to my friends I couldn’t hold on to my friends
6.
Sleepwalking 03:48
Always dreaming of houses that are grand but falling in Castles that have been abandoned and forgotten Telling my soul that what I see is all a buried part of me My clothes and bones, the dark veils upon me Oh how long can I keep walking in my sleep oh how long before I become the dream Now it seems that the walls are closing in around again all the promises and days that I’ve forgotten Selling my soul to seek something I could never keep The stones below, the floors break above me Always dreaming of wars that never end  or bring us peace roads that go to nowhere when the sign says ‘happiness’ Selling my soul to me Something I could never see is how this house was already haunted Oh how long can we keep waking in our sleep oh how long before we all become the dream
7.
Officer Brady, do you need a sample of my blood? Don’t you worry, don’t you worry, if I cracked the bottle or popped a pill when they drew my blood I’d be real still and you’d be glad you wrote my name in pencil. I lost the game on which I waged everything aint got a penny to throw in a wishing well or in a grave with my name Nobody looking for a felon and I guess I understand, so I’m dirty dancing for a stranger with his gun in his hand. Officer Brady, do you read the paper in the morning? Cause I’ve been reading books that tell me I don’t need anything to be free and I’ve been reading books that tell me I don’t need anything to be happy to be happy Officer Brady, do you see me naked now? Don’t you worry, don’t you worry cause I got a prescription to fill it’s just a different kind of chemical just another blanket to spare me from the chill of all the things I can’t face, I feel this rage in my veins and medicine can only paint over what wont erase feels like the sky covering Hell is just the ground on which I’m standing I’m dancing for a stranger with his gun in his hand Officer Brady, do you read the paper in the morning? Cause I’ve been reading books that tell me I don’t need anything to be free and I’ve been reading books that tell me I don’t need anything to be happy and I’ve been reading books that tell me this world’s gone mad with me this world’s gone mad with me We’ve both gone mad
8.
It’s always blaring or dark I’m either in heaven or in purgatory I’m always dancing on the edge of something hungry for an in between he’s looking over the pieces got to fix the broken things he sees I feel so scuffed up and marked I’ve tried and tried but I just can’t get clean This Fucked up heart it loves you so I’m bloody out of my mind but i just thought that you should know Falalalalala Falala fucked up heart falalalalala falala fucked up heart Take my electrons off you’ve got me charged up positively I know I’m no walk in the park oh baby I’m so sick and tired of me he’s looking over the pieces got to fix the broken things he sees I feel so fucked up and marked I’ve tried and tried and i just can't get clean This Fucked up heart it loves you so I’m bloody out of my mind but i just thought that you should know Falalalalala Falala fucked up heart falalalalala falala fucked up heart I see you be so careful with something so damn broke you always treat my heart just like the finest kind of gold

about

Drew wrote the first verse of the album title track after seeing a Facebook post announcing the accidental overdose and death of a friend from high school. The second came after a fan, who’d been reaching out to her in messages online for years, was found dead from a substance related suicide.

The song gives a nod to the 80’s film, The Never-ending Story, in which the character coined ‘Rockbiter’ laments the loss of his friends while staring into his hands. The hook of the song is a paraphrase of that scene,

“I played it off, now a record is playing,

over and over again

in my heart

how my hands

just couldn’t hold on to my friends”

Featuring moments of elation and dark comedy, Rockbiter explores love, loss, and enduring hope.

credits

released August 10, 2019

All songs, lyrics and music, written by Jenny Lou Drew
Arrangement and production Jenny Lou Drew and Scott Morgan
Engineered and mixed by Scott Morgan
Electric / acoustic guitar- Jenny Lou Drew
Lapsteel guitar- Scott Morgan
Drums- Shawn Boissonneault
Andrew Aikens performed Bass on Scuffed Up Heart, Fucked Up Heart and Porcelain Doll
All other tracks bass performed by Scott Morgan
Mastered by SoundLab

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