2017

by Fast Heart Mart

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1.
Please excuse my negativity but last year just ended terribly for me Alone with a flu for Christmas good grief dumped by a girl 3 days before New Year’s Eve People ask me about my resolution mine is to stay out of a mental institution I say that half jokingly all I really want is to be healthy and happy Valentine’s Day came and went But I don’t regret that text that I sent professing my love to my exgirlfriend though she told me her new man got her pregnant St Patrick’s Day I was sad again A girl I really like came out to hear my band People drunk and screaming you couldn’t hear a thing Then she introduced me to her Irish boyfriend And 4th of July I was a lonely guy I asked a girl out, that I also like She told me unless I’ve make up my mind to leave her alone and to go eat poop and die Now I’m so depressed and wondering if I should quit all this songwriting Bob Dylan’s depressed and so is Kurt Cobain Should I learn another trade before I go insane? I called my family who live so far away Sounds like they all had a great Thanksgiving Day With or without me their lives are moving on I can’t help but wonder if I’ve done something wrong Now here is a mildly happy ending I just paid my bills and I’m making a living Life is magical when I let it be Thank God I’m alive and still breathing
2.
Crazy Train 03:37
Crazy, but that's how it goes Millions of people living as foes Maybe it's not too late To learn how to love And forget how to hate Mental wounds still healing Who and what's to blame We're going off the rails on a crazy train We're going off the rails on a crazy train I've listened to preachers I've listened to fools I've watched all the dropouts Who make their own rules One person conditioned to rule and control The media sells it and you live the role Mental wounds still healing Who and what's to blame We're going off the rails on a crazy train We're going off the rails on a crazy train I know that things are going wrong for me You gotta listen to my words Yeah Crazy, but that's how it goes Millions of people living as foes Maybe it's not too late To learn how to love And forget how to hate Mental wounds still healing Who and what's to blame We're going off the rails on a crazy train We're going off the rails on a crazy train
3.
People try to tell you what you gotta do don't you listen to them unless you think it's true follow your heart and your dreams I've been alive for a while now one thing that I know you gotta listen to your heart if you're gonna protect your soul there's a miracle man in the hospital couldn't even walk now he's walking down the hall
4.
So, so you think you can tell Heaven from hell Blue skies from pain Can you tell a green field From a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell? Did they get you to trade Your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change? And did you exchange A walk on part in the war For a lead role in a cage? How I wish, how I wish you were here We're just two lost souls Swimming in a fish bowl Year after year Running over the same old ground And how we found The same old fears Wish you were here
5.
Everything’s gonna be alright Everything’s gonna be just fine Everything’s gonna be alright Just Hold on Just Hold on If you can just still your mind Less is wrong than is right If you can just still your mind Just hold on Just hold on Sometimes you drift in life It’s hard work just getting by Sometimes you drift in life Just hold on Just hold on Then Just let go
6.
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me... She showed me her room, isn't it good, norwegian wood? She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere, So I looked around and I noticed there wasn't a chair. I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine We talked until two and then she said, "It's time for bed" She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh. I told her I didn't and crawled off to sleep in the bath And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown So I lit a fire, isn't it good, norwegian wood? I once had a girl or should I say, she once had me?
7.
I was living in the garden of Eden eating fruit right off the trees harmony on my mind Living a life of ease God spoke to everyone over an intercom The speakers were in the clouds and we all lived in a wigwam We could speak back to him through a microphone that was hanging from the ceiling dangling precariously between a wishbone One Morning God spoke to us and made a forecast "You are all getting too fat so now you must fast" Breakfast was skipped and no one really cared It was not until supper that people started getting scared Stomachs were rumbling louder than the clouds we had never gone this long without food and we thought we would pass out I went and layed down on a coutch and started watching the tv There was some guy on the news digging in the dirt plating pinto beans He called himself a farmer and he was taking control Of this situation and he went back to digging his holes I looked over at my friend who sat in a recliner and noticed he was eating when I asked him what he said " tv dinner" Maybe he forgot so I reminded him "God said not to eat until further instructions" "We dont need God anymore you simple little man Now the farmer sells us food from his Taco Stand" So I walked down the street toward the smell of the tacos I went up to the counter and ordered 5 bean burritos tHe kid asked "for here or to go?" I said that I would stay he pushed some buttons on the register and said that'll be $6.50 I had never heard of money before so I asked him for his boss he looked at me kind of crazy and told me to go get lost I was feeling very weak by now so I went to that microphone I wanted to talk to God and ask if the fast could be postponed When I spoke I could only hear a faint reply There was too much noise outside From the people rushing to work and from all the cars passing by So I ran to my nearest lawn to find a fruit tree lots of green grass but not a single thing to eat I sat down on a sidewalk with a bottle of liquor People threw some coins at me but I had no idea what they were I had a job mopping floors that lasted for a day But I had no watch, was late and was fired without pay So that night I slept in a park underneath the stars When a flying saucer came down from the planet Mars "Hop in buddy, we've been looking for you", the creature said to me And just like that at the speed of light we went to another galaxy
8.
Tomorrow 02:34
I know today is a passing day and I'll feel better tomorrow I'll understand my rambling ways and I'll feel better tomorrow Tomorrow, tomorrow Things are bound to change Tomorrow, tomorrow, I wont feel so strange
9.
by Tom Petty
10.
Over the Hill’s where I’m going And that’s alright with me AT the end of my life my soul will be released Good Lordy I’m 40 I'm proud of myself for going ‘round the sun on the planet this many times. God knows It ain't been easy for me I made a choice to keep living I’m still single with no wife and kids or family of my own But There’s still time anyways I am fine this whole wide world is my home Calling all my friends for this occasion get together and celebrate Bring Black balloons come sing all your tunes and let’a all eat some birthday cake
11.
Rocky Top 02:47
Wish that I was on old Rocky Top Down in the Tennessee hills Ain't no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top Ain't no telephone bills. Once I had a girl on Rocky Top Half bear the other half cat Wild as a mink but sweet as soda pop I still dream about that. Rocky Top you'll always be Home sweet home to me Good ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top, Tennessee Rocky Top, Tennessee. Once two strangers climbed old Rocky Top Looking for a moonshine still Strangers ain't come down from Rocky Top Reckon they never will. Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top Dirt's too rocky by far That's why all the folks on Rocky Top Get their corn from a jar. Rocky Top you'll always be Home sweet home to me Good ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top, Tennessee Rocky Top, Tennessee. --- Instrumental --- I've had years of cramped up city life Trapped like a duck in a pen All I know is it's a pity life Can't be simple again. Rocky Top you'll always be Home sweet home to me Good ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top, Tennessee Rocky Top, Tennessee. Rocky Top, Tennessee...
12.
Haunting 03:18
My thoughts are haunting me again They woke me up this mornin' I did not want to leave my bed My thoughts are haunting me again Like demons they are possessing I wish they'd let me be My heart can hardly catch a breath My life seems like such a mess since I left you My Princess My heart can hardly catch a breath One foot out and one foot in I need resolution Grandfather took to drinking His thoughts must have been haunting He must have been suffering So Grandfather took to drinking And now the whole family Is still recovering A Great Force made everything and I still have my faith Her Universe is providing and I still have my faith

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Just vocal, banjo, upright bass and a bit of harmonica on this album. Recorded in Fast Heart Mart's apartment on August 7th 2017. Half covers and half original songs.

Fast Heart Mart is playing a lot of farmers' markets and city sidewalks these days, so he's had to adjust his repertoire accordingly. It is rare for FHM to do a cover song, but in this day and age it is what people want to hear. When a musician plays on the street, they only have about 10 seconds to catch a passerby's attention. Sometimes the best way to do this is to play something familiar, like a well done cover song. Not to worry though, FHM covers songs in his own way, giving them new life. I mean have you ever heard "Crazy Train" done with a banjo before? Die hard FHM fans will be glad to know that there is 2 new original songs on this new album as well as 5 older original tunes that have been rerecorded to represent their current incarnation.

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released August 18, 2017

Fast Heart Mart: sing, banjo, harmonica, programmed upright bass tracks

recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Fast Heart Mart

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