Farewell Virginia

by Fast Heart Mart

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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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
12.
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
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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?
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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

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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