Won't Be Broken

by Vera van Heeringen

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1.
Gods 02:52
If you were a god What would it be Would it be the god of fire Or master of the sea You would drown all words of wisdom Burn the rules of love You’d be watching You’d be watching From above If we were gods Oh you and I We would be the god of war and The mistress of the sky You’d never be defeated Fight all that I do I’d be raining I’d be raining Over you If I was a god I would be free I would break out of the hold that You have over me I’d defeat all of your powers With the strength I’d find Oh I would stop you I would stop you from Poisoning my mind
2.
Where’s my coat Where’s my hat Where’s my dancing shoes Here’s your hopes Here’s your dreams Here’s your own life blues Where’s my mother Where’s my son Where’s these friends of mine Here’s your chair Here’s your pillow and Here’s your glass of wine Chorus: I miss you when I am with you and I hold you when you’re gone I cry when we’re together and I Laugh when I am alone What’s my name Where’s my lover Why the life I live Here’s your laughter Here’s your tears and Here’s the love we give Where’s the land The land of this Where’s the land of that Here’s the land You wear your coat The land you wear your hat Chorus So here’s your hopes Here’s your dreams Here’s your own life blues Wear your coat and Wear your hat Wear your dancing shoes
3.
Hands built strongly Delicate lines Palms always warm and A touch so fine Holding you gently Like lovers drawn near Words left unspoken Of truth that you fear You know him as a husband You were both as one You know him with a gentle smile I know him with a gun I know him with a gun Glow of the sunset Watching the birds Endlessly searching For meaning in his words Love once trusted Now to abide Was laughter as real As the tears that he cried You know him as a father To build your trust upon You know him with a gentle smile I know him with a gun I know him with a gun Seemingly loving Quietly kind Strongest of hearts But the weakest of minds Lies within secrets Truth within lies He has a darkness Darkness on his side I know him as a stranger Who took away my son I know him as the man who pulled The trigger of his gun The trigger of his gun I know him as a stranger Who took away my son You know him with a gentle smile I know him with a gun I know him with a gun
4.
You have lost You have lingered You have longed to feel the beat Life has thrown a shadow on the Rhythm of your feet Where the sun has cast a shimmer You have sharpened its rays Heat has reached out through the glass and fire set ablaze Chorus: They set the rules You break ‘em All you had is taken I have your back Turn you over Twist you round Don’t look down You won’t be broken You won’t be broken You won’t be broken You have held You have hidden You have hardened your core Hunger drives to fill the void The urge to finding more Freedom bound to sacrifice Its relish incomplete Accustomed to the bitterness Indifferent to the sweet Chorus You have waned and You have withered You have willingly sung The words that caused the open wounds The blisters on your tongue You have raged You have reckoned You have risen to your crime Found the voice of reason But you cannot make it rhyme Chorus
5.
Running 02:51
The sky has grown its darkest colour Ground has given way Edges lost Between the night and day Chorus: Oh can you feel the heat Sand is burning on your feet Running is the only way to go Running is the only way you know Everything you thought you knew Everything you owned Things you used to feel But now you don’t Chorus Beaten by the heat of day Broken by the wind Swept away by sea But brought back in Oh could you feel the heat Sand was burning on you feet Running was the only way to go Running is the only way you know
6.
White Tip 02:26
7.
Dinah 03:23
Looking back among the trees I see her standing there If only she’d return my gaze My soul I would bear I have a vision of her strength A charm that is her own She moves with wisdom by her side Never walks alone Chorus: She will have the answer She will set me free I’ve got to talk to Dinah but She won’t talk to me Fearless is her heart within Brave is her mind’s eye The sharp precision of her wit Pulls in passers by Chorus As I am searching in the dark For light that is no more I wish that she would take my hand And show me to the door Chorus
8.
Sleep Song 02:36
Hey Mister Can I buy some sleep A little lie down ’Cause I have to keep On going Hey Mister Would you be so kind It won’t take long Money has to keep On flowing Chorus: My body’s tired My head feels like a cannonball But it won’t be in vain Body’s tired My head feels like a cannonball Oh I’ve got to take the strain Hey Mister Can I buy some sleep A little lie down For my head to keep From spinning Hey Mister Would you be so kind Somewhere quiet Where the phone Stops ringing Hey Mister Can I buy some sleep A little lie down Cause I have to keep On giving Hey Mister Would you be so kind Nothing’s free In the dream I’m living Chorus
9.
There’s pain to be carried Laughter to share Moments to treasure Burdens to bear Colours are changing No looking back but Yellow turns golden Where grey can turn black Chorus : Oh the wind will lie down and The sun slowly smile The rain will grow tired We’ve been waiting a while Fight to keep steady Lose while we learn Mend what has broken Watch what we burn Say our goodbyes with the Falling of tears Letting things go As they roll down the years Chorus Let us remember The fire within Don’t seek the ending but Where to begin Drop all you’re losing Hold what you’ve found Let it be leading to Where you are bound Chorus
10.
He lay down his weary head Wishing she was by his bed The woman he had met In his deluded mind Where did it all go wrong How come you’re taking so long You should be here by my bedside To bid me farewell You should be by my bedside To bid me farewell He’d walked home down sandy roads Danger that his heart forebode Lingered in the darkness Ready to strike How did I end up here Why don’t the words seem clear My body is broken and Someone has taken my soul Body is broken Someone has taken my soul For some it was not surprising to find Injustice caused by a one-sided mind Freedom was not a choice As he was set upon Please don’t leave me here Embrace my sorrows Catch all my tears Gather the words of my songs That lay scattered around Gather the words of my songs That lay scattered around
11.
Blankets 03:43
A minute, a month, or a lifetime A moment a week or a day Three blankets, two sheets And a pillow I am on my way Am I on my way back home A minute a month, or a lifetime A breath, a gasp or a sigh Three blankets, two sheets And a pillow On which I lay my head and cry On which I lay my head and cry Thoughts lined up like soldiers Slowly creeping in The battle starts To keep me sane I fight until I feel I fight until I feel no pain A minute, a month or a lifetime A moment, a week or a day Three blankets, two sheets And a pillow I am here to stay Am I here to stay

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released September 5, 2019

All songs written by Vera van Heeringen (prs/mcps)

www.veravanheeringen.com

Vera van Heeringen Trio

Vera van Heeringen acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals
Dave Luke electric guitar, mandolin (1,4,9), backing vocals
Andy Seward double bass, electric bass

Guest musicians

Dave Formula: hammond, piano
Dirk Powell: piano (5), banjo, accordeon
Jock Tyldesley: fiddle, triangle
Joel Savoy: fiddle (10)
Keith Angel: drums, percussion
Kelli Jones: backing vocals

Produced by Andy Seward

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Seward
at The Sweet Factory and Sight and Sound Ltd
Additional Recording by Keith Angel, Dave Formula,
Dirk Powell and Joel Savoy
Artwork & design by Bridie Dunbabin

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Vera van Heeringen Llansilin, UK

“This lady oozes class” - fRoots

“Not only can she write imaginative songs she can play the acoustic guitar better than most” -
NoDepression

“Her graceful playing is of the kind of a good malt, it tends to seep into ones soul, gently” -
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