Annie Hedonia (2011)

by Daniel Heila & Daniel Boone's Fault

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A mixed bag of nostalgia, childhood memories, introspection, and channeled Civil War era domestic tragedies.

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released June 30, 2011

Recorded at Podunk West Studios

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Daniel Heila & Daniel Boone's Fault Eugene, Oregon

Podunk expat living in Oregon trying to remember to put the chickens in and the cats out at night. Will the woodshed ever get built? I wonder. Somewhere between family and fortune is a bit of quiet space where I get a song written now and then.

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Track Name: Annie Hedonia
ANNIE HEDONIA

SPARKLING EYES, WILL-O-THE-WISP
PULL ME IN THEN GIVE ME THE SLIP
ROSE PETAL MOUTH SWALLOWS MY BEST LAID PLANS

HEAT SINK BODY
CONSUMING PLEASURE FOR MILES AROUND
LILTING VOICE THAT DULLS THE WILL TO SURVIVE

EVEN WITH SUCH A CONTRADICTORY
PERSONALITY
EVEN WITH YOUR FALSE CONVIVIALITY
YOU HAVE COMFORTED ME

YOU LINGER IN THE MORNING
ANGRY WITHOUT WARNING
YOUR LAUGH IN THE AFTERNOON PUTS MY MIND IN A LIMBO

YOU LEAVE IN THE EVENING
LIQUOR ON THE TABLE
YOU LURK AT NIGHT AND PULL THE DARKNESS IN TIGHT

EVEN WITH SUCH A RIGOROUS SCHEDULE
EVEN WITH YOUR UNREASONABLE FEES
YOU’VE FOUND TIME FOR ME

ANNIE HEDONIA
IT’S BEEN NICE TO KNOW YOU
BUT MY MOTIVATION IS AT AN ALL TIME LOW

ANNIE HEDONIA
YOU’RE A COMMANDING PERSONA
BUT I’M HERE TO TELL YOU IT’S TIME TO GO
Track Name: Winter Pear
WINTER PEAR

BEECH TREES, OAKS AND MAPLES
A ONE HUNDRED YEAR LEASE
ON GOLDENROD, MILKWEED AND THISTLE
AND A VINTAGE SHASTA TRAILER

SCABBY APPLE TREES,
A GNARLED OLD WINTER-PEAR
HIVED OFF HONEYBEES, BLACK-CAPS AND JUNE-BERRIES

LOUNGING IN MY CEDAR CHAIR
ON A CROOKED PORCH
IT’S LUNCHTIME AND I’M CHEWING A SANDWICH
I MADE MYSELF

WITH BREAD I BAKED MYSELF, CORNED-BEEF I CORNED MYSELF
LETTUCE I GREW MYSELF AND A BOTTLE OF BEER I BREWED MYSELF

I’M SORRY I CAN’T LIVE WITH YOU,
SORRIER THAT I CAN LIVE WITHOUT YOU
SIMPLICITY WON’T YOU VISIT ME

AZALEAS, DOGWOOD AND RHODIES
A FIXED RATE 30 YEAR MORTGAGE
ON FESQUE SOD, QUACK-GRASS AND DANDELIONS
AND A BRAND NEW HEAT EXCHANGER

COFFEE’S BURNT, COMPUTER’S ON THE FRITZ
BOYS WANT THE SOUND CARD FIXED
TRIED TO CLEAN THE GARAGE AND MADE IT WORSE
BASEMENT’S HELL ON EARTH, PLUMBING’S A CURSE

SLOUCHING IN A FOLDING CHAIR
ON A CEMENT PORCH
IT'S LUNCH TIME I'M EATING A SANDWICH
YOU BOUGHT YOURSELF

WRAPPED IN PLASTIC YOU UNWRAPPED YOURSELF
WITH LETTUCE THAT'S STILL CRUNCHY SOMEHOW
AND ROAST-BEEF YOU HOPE WON'T GIVE ME MAD-COW
AND A CAN OF BEER YOU CRACKED FOR ME

I’M SORRY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT ME
SORRIER THAT YOU CAN LIVE WITH ME
SIMPLICITY WHY’D YOU LEAVE ME
Track Name: Fall to Dust
Fall to Dust

When I was young I knew a woman
determined to have me
she wooed me she pursued me
she would not give up

Though I was a reckless drinker
she said we were destined
to be together forever
and ever unto dust

When I finally gave up my heart
our loving it was wild
I swore off the liquor
she bore me a child

I'd learned to love that woman
I deeply loved my son
I believed we'd be together
forever unto dust

But one night she told me
I was her biggest mistake
harder words I'd never heard
I knew I was to blame

I failed to drop the bottle
my biggest, my only mistake
my dreams all fall to dust
and my heart knows only heart break

Now I'm old and know a woman
determined to forget me
miles away in another man's home
she lives with my son

though I rarely get to see him
I am determined
to be his father forever
and ever unto dust

Soon my son will be a man
and I won't be there to guide him
to tell him of mistakes I made
that drove my family from me

Perhaps when he has a family of his own
he'll learn to love his father
and his children will call me Grandpa
forever, unto dust

Last night he called me
his biggest shame
harder words I'd never heard
I knew I was to blame

I'd failed to drop the bottle
my biggest my only mistake
my dreams all fall to dust
and my heart knows only heartbreak
Track Name: Snowman
SNOWMAN

HEY MAMA, WHY’D YOU HAVE TO DROWN THAT RABBIT?
HEY MAMA, WHAT DO MEAN YOU “GOTTA KICK THE HABIT”?

WELL, YOU KNOW, THE RABBIT GOT MAULED BY THE DOG
WELL, YOU KNOW, SMOKING’S NOT GOOD FOR YOU AT ALL

HEY SISTER, WHY AM I SCARED AT NIGHT?
HEY SISTER, WHY DO I NEED A NIGHT-LIGHT?

WELL, YOU KNOW, NIGHT-TIME’S WHEN WE’RE MOST ALONE
WELL, YOU KNOW, SUN’S GONNA GREET YOU IN THE MORNING

THUNDERSTORM’S COMING AND IT MAKES ME NERVOUS
THUNDERSTORM’S COMING AND MY STOMACHES HURTING
THUNDERSTORM’S COMING AND IT MAKES ME NERVOUS
GONNA GO INSIDE AND DRAW THE CURTAINS

HEY BROTHER, WHY DO I HAVE TO WRESTLE IN SCHOOL?
HEY BROTHER, WHY DO THE OTHER BOYS BREAK THE RULES?

WELL, YOU KNOW, IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE TOUGH
WELL, YOU KNOW, TO WIN SOME PEOPLE PLAY ROUGH

HEY PAPA, WHY’D YOU PUNCH A HOLE IN THAT WALL?
HEY PAPA, WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’RE “GONNA LEAVE IN THE FALL”?

WELL, YOU KNOW, IT’S HARD TO CONTROL MY ANGER SOMETIMES
WELL, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE MUST PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES

SNOWSTORM’S COMING AND IT MAKES ME GLAD
SNOWSTORM’S COMING AND IT MAKES ME HAPPY
SNOWSTORM’S COMING AND IT MAKES ME GLAD
GONNA GO OUTSIDE AND BUILD A SNOWMAN
Track Name: Dark Heart
DARK HEART

I MAKE AN OFFER, YOU SAY FORGET IT
I SING A SONG, YOU JUST CAN’T STAND IT
I OPEN MY HEART, YOU DIG YOURSELF A HOLE
I WANT TO LIFT YOU OUT, I WANT TO TOUCH YOUR SOUL

I BARE MY SKIN, YOU PUT ON YOUR CLOTHES
I OFFER MY BELLY, YOU THUMB YOUR NOSE
I BURN WITH LUST, YOU’RE FROZEN BY STRESS
I WANT TO TIP YOU OVER AND LICK UP THE MESS

I WALK THROUGH GORGES, YOU SIT IN STRIP JOINTS
I TRY TO BE HONEST, YOU SAY YOU MISSED THE POINT
I LIKE TO SUCK THE FRUIT, YOU LIKE TO CHEW THE MEAT
I WANT TO PICK YOU BRAINS, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN

I TURN AWAY, YOU’RE THERE IN MY ARMS
I PAY NO ATTENTION AND DROWN IN YOUR CHARMS
I LIFT NO STONE YOUR, HANDS ARE CALLUSED
MY FREEDOM IS ACID DISSOLVING YOUR MALICE

I TOUCH THE DARK HEART THAT’S TRIED TO REACH ME
THERE IN THAT COLD PLACE YOU OFFER TO TEACH
I FACE THE MIRROR, YOU SMILE AT MY FEARS
I SAY YOUR NAME AND YOUR LOVE IS REAL

I SPLIT MY SKIN, YOU’RE THERE WITHIN
I SPLIT MY SKIN, YOU’RE THERE WITHIN

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