Lighten Up (with Gabe Minnikin)

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Our attempt to make a country song that sounded like it belonged in a David Lynch movie.

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My heart is heavy like old books in a trunk
That I read back in high school
While my friends got drunk
Been dragging behind me since I was a kid
I should’ve left some behind me
Oh but I never did

My heart is aching like that tooth I lost
After that misunderstanding
In the church parking lot
Oh how I pushed it, how I worked it loose
But some things they hold rooted
Sometimes there’s no use

Are you too late to lighten my load
I got stones in my pockets
From these holes in the road
Shoulder this weight and settle my mind
Nothing good ever comes easy
But I know you tried

My heart is lonely like a child in the woods
Surviving on kindness from wild animals
Scared of the daylight, still so free in the night
My heart is just hoping you’ll make it alright

Are you too late to lighten my load
I got stones in my pockets
From these holes in the road
Shoulder this weight and settle my mind
Nothing good ever comes easy
But I know you tried

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from Burn the Tapes, released June 8, 2015

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Norma MacDonald Halifax, Nova Scotia

Norma MacDonald likes Gram Parsons records, potato chips, talking to strangers, David Lynch movies and swimming in the ocean. Her fourth album, "Burn the Tapes" was recorded over 13 months in rural Upper Musquodoboit, NS.

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