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Farewell Virginia

by Fast Heart Mart

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about

“Farewell Virginia” is in some ways a continuation of my previous album “I Fell in Love then I Fell Apart” because I was still devastated over the same events; namely, finding a girl that I loved, it didn’t work out with us and having to leave Virginia and my family once again to find my place in the world. This collection of songs is what I have to show for the 2 and a half years since the release of my last album “I fell in Love then I Fell Apart”.

I learned a lot about the art of recording with this record. Mixing techniques and mic placements and what works for me and what is too complicated. I used different mics throughout the record. Even borrowed some ribbon mics from Chad Farran. So often we hear recordings from musicians where we can’t really hear the artist because there is so much production. I hope this recording gives the listener plenty of opportunity to hear Fast Heart Mart in the intimate setting of Fast Heart Mart’s apartment.

credits

released March 1, 2016

Fast Heart Mart: vocals, banjo, guitar, bass, drums on "Doing My Best"
Kelly Moore: pedal steel on "Farewell Virginia"
Mike "Hell" Whitten: drums on "Send the Angels"

"Fast Heart" Martin Stamper: producing, recording, mastering
Chad Farran: lent his M180 ribbon mics for "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Country Blues"

Thanks to Gene and Cherie Stamper and to all my friends and fans!

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Track Name: Farewell Virginia
though now I am living in California
I still miss that girl out in Virginia

but I have to let her go into the wind
if it's true love it will return again

the door into my heart is still open for her
unless another woman enters it first

I've made mistakes and I’ve some lessons
I forgive myself I am still a good man

It was a nightmare when my dream girl came true
She vanished from arms and there was nothing I could do

I'm letting go of her a little everyday.
If time heals all wounds then I'll be ok.

I miss my family back on the east coast
Still I roll on with life, though sometimes I’m alone

I miss the Appalachians where my family’s from
Farewell Virginia, California's now my home
Track Name: I Know What a Man Is Now
I met the girl of my dreams and she fell in love with me
I loved her too, I told her so, but I felt we should take it slow
a month went by, things were going right until she was upset one night
she said she was tired of these games, she got quiet and wouldn't say anything

I wanted to wait until we were married
but I kissed her face and her body
anything to make her happy

I lost myself somewhere that night and I lost my peace of mind
I felt unsure about my way and started to question everything

I told her I had to go
back out west to New Mexico
I missed the sunshine on the West Coast

this cross road in my life broke her heart and it broke mine
Here was the girl of my dream and she was disappearing

up in smoke she was vanishing
the water boiled and turned to steam
up in smoke she was vanishing

Now here I am with no girlfriend and it's Christmas time again
I miss the girl of my dreams but she taught me something

I know what a man is now
He can save a woman from herself
By standing up for himself
I know what a man is now
Track Name: Take it All Lady
You can have my family, you can have my city, you can have my heart until it returns to me, but you can't have my soul, it belongs to me and GOD

You can have the spotlight, you can have adoring fans, you can have all the lovers you desire, but you can't have my soul, it belongs to me and GOD

I moved 3000 miles away/ I bowed out gracefully
You have it all lady/ What else do you want from me?

from the beginning I told you how it’d work with with me you pushed my lines and I lost my mind but you can’t have my soul, it belongs to me and God

reconsider I once asked of you you ignored my [pleas] dignity and took me for a fool
but you can’t have my soul it belongs to me and God

I know I messed up royally
I made plenty of mistakes
hell hath no fury
believe me I’m sorry
now please stop haunting me
please stop haunting me
please stop haunting me
Track Name: Doing My Best
I don't know lately
What is wrong with me
Am I afraid of
Being Happy?

Excuse me if I don't
Completely understand
this world we’re livin’ in
I'm doing the best that I can

I try to live the good life
or am I dreaming
I’m so exhausted at times
and I’m hardly sleeping

Why do I feel like
I’m standing in the rain?
Wake up crying and praying
am I addicted to pain?

I didn't burn the bridge
I left it open
I went to the island alone
And I'm still here waiting

I know I should let this go
But I don't know how
I'm stuck down in this hole
Still clawin’ my way out

I don't know lately
What is wrong with me
Am I afraid of
Going Crazy?

Excuse me if I don't
Completely understand
this world we will live in
I'm doing the best that I can
Track Name: Country Blues
Come all you good time people,
While I have money to spend,
Tomorrow might be Monday
And I’ll neither have a dollar nor a friend.

Last time I seen my little woman, good people,
She had a wine glass in her hand,
She's a drinking down her trouble
With a low-down sorry man.

Oh my mama taught me a-plenty, good people,
My daddy told me more.
Said “son if you don’t quit your drinkin’
I'd have trouble at your door.”

At the bottom of a whisky glass,
The lurking devil dwells.
It’ll heat your breast to drink it, boys;
It'll send your soul to Hell.

If you don't quit your drinkin’ boys
You'll end up just like me;
Working out your days and living
In this penitentiary.

All around this old jailhouse is haunted good people,
Forty dollars won't pay my fine.
Corn whisky has surrounded my body, poor boy,
Pretty women is a-troubling my mind.
Track Name: Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.)
I used to be your valentine
I was last year about this time
maybe you have moved on
but I am still here all alone

I’d rather be by myself
than to be with someone I don’t love
the way that I love you
I don’t know what else to do

Maybe I should move on
Easier said than done
Believe me when I say that I’ve tried
But I still wake up with you on my mind

Don’t you worry about me
[I know I’ll find love again someday] [leave this line out?]
I manifested the girl of my dreams
I done it once I’ll do it twice
And this time I’ll do it right
Track Name: Broken Heart Back
Trouble started the other night
When I was telling you what was on my mind
I wanted to tell you honestly
But you treated me like an enemy

If you're gonna treat me like
Please give me my broken heart back

Now I'm sitting here all alone
Trying to get you on the telephone
When I finally get you on the line
You wanna act like you don't have time

If you're gonna treat my like that
Please give me my broken heart back

I dreamed of you for a long time
You're the ultimate in my mind
You've left me standing in the dark
With no way to apologize

If you're gonna treat my like that
Please give me my broken heart back
Track Name: Send the Angels
Send Those Angels for me Now
I could surely use their help
I've been a good man for so long
it's time for me to play this wild card

I fell down but I'm standing back up

People ask me how I am
I give them a smile and tell I’m fine
The truth is I am surviving
living to love another day

I fell down but I'm standing back up
Track Name: Wayfaring Stranger
I am a poor wayfaring stranger
Traveling through this world of woe
There is no sickness, toil or danger
In that bright land to where I go

I'm going there to see meet my Maker
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home

I know dark clouds may gather 'round me
I know the way may be rough and steep
Yet golden fields lie just before me
Where God's redeemed shall ever sleep

I'm going there to see my Savior
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home

I'm going there to see meet my Maker
I'm going there no more to roam
I'm only going over Jordan
I'm only going over home
Track Name: Keep on the Sunny Side
There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Keep on the sunny side always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us every day it will brighten all our way
If we keep on the sunny side of life

Oh the storm and its fury broke today
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear
The clouds and storm will in time pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear

Let us greet with a song of hope each day
Though the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Savior always
To keep us every one in His care
Track Name: Everything's Alright
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
Track Name: Settled Nervous Breakdown
Starting Over

Two years ago
I thought I’d settle down
but instead
I had a nervous breakdown

I had moved back home
with my family
but Northern Virginia
wasn’t my scene

So I’s about to leave
when I met a lady
she really loved me
’til I went crazy

love moved too fast
for my emotions
lesson learned
I’m starting over again

I’m starting over, making a new life
I found my place, I am taking a stand
gonna grow my roots I am a new man

technically
she was still married
she was getting a divorce
but it still bothered me

we broke up
and it broke my heart and my head
so I packed my van
and I headed back west

To California
where the weather is great
the sun is shining
almost everyday [in this golden state]

Losing that girl
taught me how to be a man
lesson learned
I’m starting over again

I’m starting over, making a new life
I found my place, I am taking a stand
gonna grow my roots I am a new man

I miss people
and places from my past
their memory’s in my heart
where they will last

Sometimes I think
I’m running out of time,
I bought groceries
with my last dime

but at least I've got
this gold sunshine
everyday here feels like
summertime

Now I know
the place to be is where I am
lesson learned
I’m starting over again

I’m starting over, making a new life
I found my place, I am taking a stand
gonna grow my roots I am a new man
Track Name: Auld Lang Syne
Should Old Aquiantence Be Forgot
And never brought to Mind?
Should Old Aquiantence Be Forgot
For the Auld Lang Syne?

For the Auld Lang Syne My Dear
For the Auld Lang Syne
Should Old Aquiantence Be Forgot
For the Auld Lang Syne?
Track Name: Happy Birthday to an Estranged Ex
Happy birthday from afar
wherever you are

In California I boarded a plane
and to Virginia I flew
I wanted to…but I didn’t
get back in touch with you

I still care way too much
to be communicating
If I found out you have a new love
it'd be devastating

Happy birthday from afar
wherever you are

if I saw you and it went well
it’d still be confusing
then I’d fly home wondering
if we are still a possibility

This Desperado is not riding
fences anymore
I went crazy for you once in my life
I don’t have time to do it twice

Happy birthday from afar
wherever you are