Better Than Home

Release Date: April 2015

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LYRICS

I woke up this morning

With a smile on my face

I threw out those stones

That stood in my way

And I put on a new pair

Of hard walking shoes

I woke up this morning

Laughing the blues

Woke up laughing the blues

 

When the talking on the tv

Tells me I should be scared

I don’t let it overwhelm me

I know that joy will be there

Behind every tear

It might take a while

Might as well smile

 

I go to the corner

and buy me a drink

I say to the man

“This shit helps me think”

He says “who ya fooling?

I know your type!!

A dead woman walking”

Maybe he’s right

I sure hope he ain’t right

 

And when the preacher on the tv

Tells me I should be scared

I don’t let it overtake me

I know that faith will be there

Behind every fear

It might take a while

Might as well smile

 

I woke up this morning

With a smile on my face

Without a warning

My fear was erased

So I put on a new pair

Of good walking shoes

I woke up this morning

Laughing the blues

Cause I got nothing to lose

 

And if the darkness brings the thunder

And my brother turns me away

I will turn and love another

There will be light in the shade

And that’s where I’ll lay

It might take a while

Might as well smile

It might take a while

Might as well smile

 

Writer & composer: Beth Hart

Whiskey wants a joke

The Marlboro wants to smoke

And tears need some salt to get by

 

The thorn looks for a crown

the beggar for a town

and The woman is never satisfied

 

Everyone’s looking

For something to hold

Some kind of savior

They need to be told

To hold on

 

Baby needs a mother

But the mother wants a lover

And this house can’t find home anywhere

The ship is scared to sink

The thirsty scared to drink

And I can’t find God way down here

 

Everyone’s looking

For something to hold

Some kind of savior

They need to be told

To hold on

Hold on

 

You can run

You can hide

But nothing good ever really dies

 

The pasture’s all dried out

The crows are all cried out

The hen hangs her head in the yard

And I’m tired of running

There’s got to be something

For this cold broken down heart

 

Everyone’s looking

For someone to blame

They sharpen their razors

Go out as they came

Someone tell ‘em to

Someone tell ‘em to

To hold on

Hold on

hold on

hold on

Someone tell ‘em to hold on

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

Tell her you’re mine

That you have been blind

Tell her it’s over

And you belong to me

Tell me to come

And like hell I will run

Back into your arms

Cause you belong to me

 

There’s a river on my skin

There’s a dragon in the dark

But nothing scares me more

than the silence of your heart

 

If you wanna hold me

If you wanna know me again

If you wanna love me

Then take me home

I’ve been at the bottom

The deep end of the ocean

Barely surviving by the dark side of her street

Tell her you belong to me

 

She’ll never kiss you

the way that I miss you

What kind of lies doES she tell you

inside of the dark

She’ll never win

Cause I’m not giving in

You are my man

You belong to me

 

If you wanna hold me

If you wanna know me again

If you wanna love me then take me home

I’ve been at the bottom

The deep end of the ocean

Barely surviving by the dark side of her street

Tell her you belong you me

 

No she’ll never win

Cause I’m not giving in

No matter how long

I’ll still be holding on

This kind of love

I’m not giving up

So tell her, tell her

Tell her you were fooling!

 

If you wanna hold me

If you wanna know me again

If you wanna love me

Then take me home

I’ve been at the bottom

The deep end of the ocean

Barely surviving by the dark side of her street

Tell her you belong to me

Tell her you belong to me

You belong to me

You belong to me

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

I didn’t come to make trouble

But there’s a war on the rise

We were built for survival

Given no compromise

 

But I just want

One day in the sun

Hanging out, having fun

I didn’t come to make trouble

 

Wait a minute, what you say?

You wanna smack my face

Well I ain’t your bitch or your baby

Don’t make me trash this place

 

Cause I just want

One day in the sun

Hanging out having fun

I didn’t come to make trouble

 

Just like a wrecking ball

I can’t keep my big mouth shut

I can’t seem to get along

Trouble’s just much too

 

I try to talk like a good woman

I try to walk like a good woman

But when I talk damage is done

And when I walk the angel runs

I try to talk

I try to walk

 

Just like a wrecking ball

I can’t keep my big mouth shut

I can’t seem to get along

Trouble’s just much too

 

I didn’t come to make trouble

But there’s a war on the rise

We were built for survival

Given no compromise

 

But I just want

One day in the sun

Hanging out having fun

 

I just want one night on the flow

Laughing like a rooster crow

 

I didn’t come to make

I didn’t come to make

I didn’t come to make

TROUBLE!!!!

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

I can feel my body breathing

I can feel my heart is moving fast

I am not afraid or lonely

I am not chasing the ghosts of the past

I have found the place where hunger

Meets the edge and now I’m facing God

 

I won’t dare look into his eyes

I can only hang my head to the ground

When I try and open my mouth

There’s so many words but there’s no sound

And the angel comes upon me

And the love I feel’s a love I’ve never known

 

And it’s better than home

Better than home

Out on this long and winding road

Chasing the sound with my friends

And we ain’t never rolling back again

And who knows what we’re gonna find

knows what we’re gonna see

Knows how we’re gonna change

Knows what we’re gonna be

Baby it’s just you and me

So keep driving on

Cause this is better than home

 

Everything inside me is stirring

In every corner of every secret wound

In the light I am adoring

Feel like flying in circles around the moon

When I gaze upon the world

I know that I’m a part of something good

I knew that I could

And it’s a love I’ve never known

 

Better than home

This is better than home

Out on this long and winding road

Chasing the sound with my friends

And we ain’t ever coming back again

Yeah, who knows what we’re gonna find

knows what we’re gonna see

Knows how we’re gonna change

Knows what we ‘re gonna be

Baby it’s just you and me

So keep driving on

Cause this is better than home

 

This is better than home

This is better than home

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

St. Teresa

I heard you’re coming to town

Your little footsteps

Make the sweetest sound

They come to put me down

Come to put me down down down

 

Mother is it ok if I call you mama?

My own walked away when I broke the law

And standing on the bridge

Feeling like falling

Would you pray for me mama?

 

St. Teresa

Have mercy on my soul

The good must die young

That’s why I’m getting so old

They come to put me down

They come to put me down down down

 

Mother is it ok if I call you mama ?

My own walked away when I broke the law

And standing on the bridge feeling like falling

Would you pray for me mama?

 

I was never good at confession

Never really that good at anything at all

And they don’t want me hanging around the mission

Singing hallelujah

Singing hallelujah

 

St. Teresa

Could I kiss your skin?

Come a little closer

To this hell I’m living in

When they put me down

When they put me down

 

Mother is it ok if I call you mama?

My own walked away when I broke the law

And standing on the bridge

Feeling like falling

Would you pray for me mama?

Would you pray for me mama?

Would you stay with me mama?

And keep singing hallelujah

Mama

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

We’re still living in the city

In a tiny rental made of wood

We’ve loved and we’ve lost friends

Time and time again

Like ripples in a stream quietly die

 

Every party’s got its pity

Especially when it’s time to go

Between the sun and all its moons

The biggest love I’ve found Is in you

When you touch me it always makes me shine

And I am crazy ’bout you baby tonight

 

Sometimes I just sit and listen

To the heart of that old hard working train

Ya know the one behind Jimmy’s bar

Whistling by like a shooting star

Its rhythm reminds me of the rain

 

And let’s go swimming in that river

I know it’s small and there’s some trash

Life don’t treat you like it should

But when it’s bad it’s still pretty good

I may be poor but I am rich on the inside

Cuz I am crazy ’bout you baby tonight

 

We’re still living in the city

In a little house made from a tree

And I don’t really need a view

I’d rather climb up on top of you

Your pretty face never fails to get me high

And I’m still crazy ’bout you baby after all this time

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

Every night I go down town

Take a walk around

Every soulful sound

Reminds me of you

And all the shit you do

You are the mood that I’m in

 

Every afternoon I try

Don’t have to wonder why I

Kiss on some other guy

I just can’t help missing you

And all that shit you do

You are the mood that I’m in

 

All I wanna do is cook your bread

I just wanna make sure you’re well fed

I would rather die one hundred ways

Go blind than watch you walk away

Come on home

You are the mood that I’m in

 

Started smoking cigarettes

One hundred sixty sticks

All my love is sick

Don’t wanna hear where you been conversations

You are the mood that I’m in

 

All I wanna do is cook your bread

I just wanna make sure you’re well fed

I would rather die one hundred ways

Go blind than watch you walk away

Come on home

You are the mood that I’m in

 

Those wicked eyes they captify straight through my dress

Don’t be so shy while I am swimming in your hands

I can taste your sweat

 

Cause all I wanna do is cook your bread

I just wanna make sure you’re well fed

I would rather die one hundred ways

Go blind than watch you walk away

Come on home

You are the mood that I’m in

Come on home

You are the mood that I’m in

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

I was born with a mechanical heart

Miles of wires and video parts

If only I had a human touch

I’d give you the love you deserve so much

 

And if heaven’s way up in the clouds, way up in the clouds

For you I’m gonna bring it all down, I’m gonna bring it all down

 

I will be your aeroplane

Give you the world and watch you dance in Spain

Fly you way above the stars

And show you what you are

In my mechanical heart

 

Love it cannot be programmed

I’m sorry to say this is all that I am

Computer screens and new touch phones

Can’t hold your hand or take you home

 

And if heaven’s way up in the clouds, way up in the clouds

I swear I’m gonna figure it out, I’m gonna figure it out

 

I will be your aeroplane

Give you the world and watch you dance in Spain

Fly you way above the stars

And show you what you are

In my mechanical heart

 

I’ll bring heaven to you

I’ll bring heaven to you

I’ll bring heaven to you

You, you

 

And if heaven’s way up in the clouds, way up in the clouds

It’s waiting on you now, on you now

 

I will be your aeroplane

Give you the world and watch you dance in Spain

Fly you way above the stars

And show you what you are

In my mechanical heart

 

I was born with a mechanical heart

Miles of wires and video parts

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

Walk into the bar

And shake off my coat

Pull up a chair

And light up a smoke

 

Where did all those summers go?

Guess I’ll never know

So barkeep let’s give it a go

 

Pour me a dream

And play me a tune

And I’ll get along

Just as long

As I have a song

 

Sit by the church

And hear children sing

I like to pretend they’re

Singing for me

 

Memories of melodies

And words that made me cry

They have all abandoned me

Sit back and watch me die

 

Pour me a dream

And play me a tune

And I’ll get along

Just as long

As I have a song

 

The river is wide

And the ocean’s so deep

The harder I try

The faster I sink into the rich of the dark

The cheapest of tricks

I’ve lost the fire

Still I’m sharpening my wick

But it’s just Smoke

And that’s all

 

So pour me a tune

As blue as the moon

And I’ll get along

Just as long

As I have a song

I’ll hum along

And that is how I’ll

Get along

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart

For all the things I never said

I’m sorry that I never did

I thank you for your precious time

For teaching me how to climb

 

I love you more than summertime

You’ve been such a good friend of mine

And every sacred word is true

I learned to love because of you and

 

Oh mama I saw the world

And it was good

And full of kindness

Every step I took you held my hand

And watched me grow

You’ll never know

How much I love you

And I am not afraid, I’m not afraid

I finally grew

Mama this one’s for you

 

You always look beyond the dark

You told me joy lives in the heart

And life is what you make of it

Make sure to cherish every bit and

 

Oh mama I saw the world

And it was good

And full if kindness

Every step I took you held my hand

And watched me grow

You’ll never know

How much I love you

And I am not afraid, I’m not afraid

I finally grew

Mama this one’s for you

You, you, you

Mama this one’s for you

You, you, you

Mama this one’s for you

 

Written & composed: Beth Hart


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