Palo Duro

by Kiya Heartwood

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These people made this music possible. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Elizabeth Kennon and Shellee Botts, Tom and Genie Martin, Laurie Haag, Sharon Hoyenga and Chris Neilson, Tom and Joanna Johnson, Gary and Amy Bennett, Dana Lehman, Betty Wood, Matt Tittle, Jenna Opperman, Rachel and Henry Cross, Robin and Mike McCoy, Jeri Goldstein, Julie Emmer, Karen and Gary Gonzalez, J.J. Poyates, Mark Hallman, Jean Synodinos, Brent Baldwin, Jordan Price, Lisa Rogers, Nancy Scott, Christy Claxton, Stevie Bear and Amy Mashberg, Elizabeth Anderson, Linda Wilson, All the Indiegogo backers, Mindy Gaumer Cardenas, Miquel, Aidan, and Lillia Cardenas and of course, always, Meg Barnhouse.

All songs by Kiya Heartwood 2016 Outlaw Hill Music BMI
(except Veinte Anos by Maria Teresa Vera.)

Recorded in Austin, TX at Moonhouse Studios, Outlaw Hill, and Congress House.


www.kiyaheartwood.com

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released January 1, 2016

Kiya Heartwood- songs, lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, mixing, engineering, violin and bass on Mirage.
Chris Gage- engineering, acoustic, baritone and electric guitars, percussion, mandolin, accordion, keyboard, backing vocals.
Glenn Fukunaga- electric and standup bass.
Paul Pearcy- drums.
Mark Hallman-accordion, harmonica, drums, oud, keyboards, mixing and mastering.
Andre Moran- engineering, electric guitar on Palo Duro.
J.J. Poyates- acoustic guitar and vocals on Veinte Anos and Mirage.

Kiya Photo by Meg Barnhouse
Artwork by Mindy Gaumer Cardenas

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Kiya Heartwood Austin, Texas

Award winning singer/songwriter Kiya Heartwood’s music is described as “soulful confessions, political broadside and a wicked groove. She is a storyteller and a poet with a rock and roll edge and a folk sensibility. Heartwood’s 2012 solo album, Bold Swimmer, garnered rave reviews from serious music aficionados. Kiya makes her happy home in Austin,TX. ... more

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Track Name: Icarus
Icarus was a boy with wings.
He touched the open sky.
With wax and feathers and a bit of string
he wore the chance to try.
Oh, everyone knows he fell.
Yes, that's the part they tell.
But something else is true.
Before he fell, he flew.

In the canvas stands a plowing man,
shepherds and ships at sea.
They take no notice of the falling boy
and his small tragedy.
Oh, everyone turns away
from his forsaken cry.
Are we so afraid that we might
fly too high?

We're old enough that we both know
how this story could end.
Both of us have tried and failed,
tried and tried again.

Now we stand by the fire and say these vows and pray the words hold true.
Will this love melt away or last our whole lives through?
Oh baby, put on your wings.
Let's jump out to the sun.
Our fears will melt away.
This flight has just begun.
Icarus.

Icarus was a boy with wings.
He touched the open sky.
Track Name: Palo Duro
Palo Duro by Kiya Heartwood
Capo 3 Cut capo 5
Dm C
I woke up from the same dream
Dm C
I watch them as they fall
F G
the pile of dead stood as high
Dm
as three grown men tall
Dm C
Buckskins, paints, blacks and roans
Dm C
We shot them as they ran
F G
I know its how we won the war
Dm
and how we all were damned

Am G Dm
Palo Duro

My name is Lieutenant Lawton of the 4th Calvary
I served the fighting Colonel Ranald S MacKenzie
Chasing Comanches and Kiowas back up to Ft Sill
To stop the raids and killings
and break the hostiles will

We tied a Comanchero to a wagon wheel
out in the blazing sun
He told our scouts their winter camp
was in the Palo Duro Canyon
When we came down
Our horses hooves
were masked by the buffalo grass
The warriors tried to make a stand
but it would be their last
F C
This is how the West was won
G Dm
How the land was cleared
F C
Our guns were hot, the air was thick
G Dm
with the smell of blood and fear
C G
We burn their blankets and their stores
Dm
Shot the ponies while they ran
F G
We couldn’t take the chance
Dm
They would steal them back again

Palo Duro
Palo Duro

They say that pile of bitter bones
Bleached away the tears
The cowboys stop
and mark the cost
that cleared the last frontier
But when the moon is hunter high
And mountains start to chill
The ghost Comanche horses run
and I know they always will

Palo Duro
Palo Duro

Love Everybody. Write Great Songs. Raise Hell.
Track Name: Mirage
Mirage By Kiya Heartwood 9/12/15
Capo 5

Em B7
I must have walked for hours.
Em B7
The sun was in my eyes.
Em B7
A bent reflection,
Em B7
I believed my own disguise.

At this distance,
a shimmer in the haze.
Dry and broken,
in the desert that I made.

Am em
It looks like water.
B7 em
It’s only sand.
I’ll drink my fill
if I can.
Mirage

I told myself a story
I needed to be true
It was a simple story
of the love I knew
as you.

It looks like water.
It’s only sand.
I’ll drink my fill
if I can.
Mirage

C em
I watched the stars for hours
B7 em
The sun began to rise
C em
My lost illusion,
B7
such a beautiful lie.

At this distance,
A shimmer in the haze.
Tired and empty
in this desert that we made.

It looks like water….
Mirage




Love Everybody. Write Great Songs. Raise Hell.
Track Name: Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel Kiya Heartwood
Intro: B/B/ F#/ F#/C#m add4/ G#m7/ F#/F#/B/B/F#/F#/C#m add4/G#m7/E F#/B/B
B
It was the Ferris wheel.
F#
It was too high for me.
C#m add4
I closed my eyes,
G#m7
pulled down the bar,
F#
and prayed for gravity.
B
I felt your heartbeat then.
F#
It was steady as she goes.
C#m add4
I took your hand
G#m7
and I knew then
E F# B
That I would never let you go.
B section:
E
Waves crashing down,
B
lulled by the sound,
F#
of the tides that come and go.
E
If the weather is clear,
B
the stars that we steer by,
F#
light us here below.
(Intro as solo)
Bridge:
C#
Changing my future, changing my name,
E B
I will raise my voice.
C#
Tracing the patterns of trouble and shame,
E F#
I will make my choice.
Verse 2
And as the lights came down.
You were a friend to me.
The earth underneath
Tilted complete with
sudden electricity.
Then the words you spoke,
Only I could hear.
Strong arrows flew,
Split me in two,
And I gave my heart to you.
B.
It was the Ferris wheel.
It was too high for me.
I closed my eyes, pulled down the bar,
And prayed for gravity.

Love Everybody. Write Great Songs. Raise Hell.
Track Name: Fame and Fortune
Fame and Fortune by Kiya Heartwood

Capo 2
G
Looking back I see you
em
As a warning and a sign.
am
You were confident and brilliant
C D
Or I thought so at the time.
You were blowing smoke and talking
Like you had something to say.
You kept acting like you’re better
So I had to walk away.

Em D
Your eyes would always wander
Am D
To the coolest in the room
Heading for their sunlight
So you could be the moon

Em
Ohhh fame and fortune
C
Fame and fortune
G D
Flying by so fast
Fame and fortune
Fame and fortune
Don’t you know
It never lasts
G
It never lasts

The first time that I met you
No idea which way to go
I was hoping for a new life
A brand new rodeo
And you said you wanted in
That you’d meet me halfway
But suddenly
You were the boss of me
And taking half my pay

And you’d never really listened
And you’d tell me how to drive
I may be lower on the charts
But I’m decent and alive

Chorus

I hope you find your ticket
And I mostly wish you well
But sometimes you make me angry
And I wish you’d go to hell
Your eyes would always wander
To the coolest in the room
Heading for their sunlight
So you could be the moon

Ohhh fame and fortune
Fame and fortune
Flying by so fast
Fame and fortune
Fame and fortune
Don’t you know
It never lasts
It never lasts


Love Everybody. Write Great Songs. Raise Hell.
Track Name: White Flag
White Flag by Kiya Heartwood
A
See the cracks in the floor
A
Half stories shadow my door
A
I don’t feel like myself anymore
C Dsus
White Flag

I try to walk
I can’t run
Firefight
With an empty gun
Puddle in the melting sun
White flag
C
I want to cry
G
But I can’t speak
A
How did I ever get so weak?

Solo D A D A C G A

There’s a darkness
I can’t name
And I’m the only one
to blame

I hear voices in my sleep
Cold seeds buried deep
Seven gates
I have to weep

White Flag

Wheels of fortune
Turning slow
Surrender
Just let go
Surrender
C Dsus
Just Let Go
Track Name: End of the War
End of the War by Kiya Heartwood

Capo 2
em
I think we lost the battle
D sus
And I think we lost the war
C
I never really understood
em
What we were fighting for
em
Now you go your way
D
And I’ll go mine
C
I hope we can heal this
em
with time

One cup of forgetfulness
And one of self denial
One cup of forgiveness and
One for standing trial
No matter which you drink
I’ll tell you something true
I’ll never be an enemy to you

I think we lost the battle
And I think we lost the war
I never really understood
What we were fighting for
Now you go your way
And I’ll go mine
I hope we can heal this with time

½ Solo

I can remember back to better days
The roads that we ran
The hell that we raised
Then we grew apart
I never realized
Till I saw that distance in your eyes

I think we lost the battle
And I think we lost the war
I never really understood
What we were fighting for
Now you go your way
And I’ll go mine
I hope we can heal this with time

Full solo

First a broken promise and
Then there was a lie
Dark words spoken
That I cannot deny
But in my heart there’ll be a place for you
I guess I only wish
That you knew

I think we lost the battle
And I think we lost the war
I never really understood
What we were fighting for
Now you go your way
And I’ll go mine
I hope we can heal this with time
Track Name: Burial Ground
Burial Ground By Kiya Heartwood

CHORUS:

F# E B F#
I built my house on a burial ground
F# E B F#
Ghost and spirits were all around
F# E B F#
I hear bumping , I am never alone
F# E B F#
Forgotten crypts and forgotten bones
F# E
V.The weather changed and the sky grew grey.
B F#
A flat tire. Help was miles away.
F# E
An empty road then a sudden sound.
B F#
A crack of lightning and the rain came down.
CH
He said the same, those were her very words
Voices behind the voices you heard.
Déjà vu, you can put a foot wrong.
Find you’re buried in the catacombs.

In a place where mistakes have been made.
You find yourself in an early grave.
Keep your wits and study the signs
Keep returning to the scene of a crime.

When you find that happy home.
Read the fine print on that tombstone.
Burn your sage and whisper your charms.
Light signal fires , sound the alarms.

I built my house on a burial ground
Ghost and spirits were all around
I hear bumping. I am never alone.
Forgotten crypts and forgotten bones.

Hey hey Ya Hey Hey hey Ya Hey
Hey hey Ya Hey Hey hey Ya
Track Name: Perfect
Perfect by Kiya Heartwood

F
In a coffee shop you’re waiting
F
And it’s such a perfect scene.
C
I am terrible and tragic.
C
You are my very dream.
F
And the perfect waitress brings me
F
A perfect glass of tea.
C
You are wrapped up like a present.
C G
You scared the hell right out of me.


You’re perfect.
F C
Perfect.

I can feel you from this distance.
I can feel you on my skin.
Got a backpack full of kisses.
Tell me where we should begin.
And you play me like the b side
You know all the words.
Your name is my refrain.
You’re the best song that I’ve heard

You’re perfect.

Solo

Am
So turn the lights out Darlin’
C
Touch my belly in the dark.
F
By now you know your name
G
Is tattooed on my heart.



I love your kind of stubborn.
This love’s growing like a weed.
You’re a sudden, funny magic.
It’s your magic that I need.
Back into the garden.
Naked side by side.
No jewel in our resistance.
Nothing left to hide.
Cut another apple.
Cut me to the core.
That’s how this tree gets planted.
Growing more and more

You’re perfect.

Love Everybody. Write Great Songs. Raise Hell.
Track Name: Veinte Anos
Viente Anos by Maria Teresa Vera
Capo 1

em
Qué te importa que te ame
B7
si tú no me quieres ya

El amor que ya ha pasado
em
no se debe recordar.
E
Fui la ilusión de tu vida
Am
un día lejano ya,
em
hoy represento el pasado
C bm em
no me puedo conformar.

D7
Si las cosas que uno quiere
G
se pudieran alcanzar
B7
tú me quisieras lo mismo
em
que veinte años atrás.
E
Con qué tristeza miramos
am
un amor que se nos va
em
es un pedazo del alma
C bm em
que se arranca sin piedad.




-snip-
English translation (thanks to YouTube video commenter clare oleary)

Twenty Years,

What does my love mean to you,
if you no longer love me?
We should not dwell on love that is past.
I was your life's desire one day long ago.
Now I'm history I can't face the change.
If only we could make our dreams come true .
If only you would love me as you did twenty years ago.
How mournfully we watch a love that ebbs away heartlessly a part of the soul is torn away.