I Built This Heart

by Della Mae

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I Built This Heart is dedicated to the amazing lives of Hazel Dickens and Frank Woods.

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our Kickstarter backers and Susan Baker for making this album a reality!

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released 18 October 2011

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OUR INCREDIBLE TEAM:

Produced by Austin Nevins

Engineered by Erick Jaskowiak at Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA. May 2011.

Additional recording by Austin Nevins at Austin's Studio, Somerville, MA.

Mixed and mastered by Erick Jaskowiak at Monky Holler Studio, Nashville, TN.

Art and Design by Karli Ingersoll www.karliingersoll.com

Photography by Paul Janovitz

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Della Mae Boston, Massachusetts

CELIA WOODSMITH- Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
KIMBER LUDIKER- Fiddle, Vocals
JENNI LYN GARDNER- Mandolin, Vocals
COURTNEY HARTMAN- Lead Guitar, Vocals
SHELBY MEANS- Bass

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Track Name: Jamie Dear
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LYRICS
Jamie Dear

The sun sets at quarter ‘till 4
The snow is a piling at my door
Snowed in but I don’t seem mind
What I needed was a little bit of time
To put the letters that you wrote me in the fire
Oh and they ain’t comin back

Where did you go my Jaime dear
Sittin by the window with a single tear
Swamps on fire and the leather leaf
Burnin like the letters that you send to me
Where did you go my darling may
You set like the sin on a winters day
Cold front frost on the window pane
Bottle of whiskey and a pile of shame

If I had a space for my gloom
There wouldn’t be big enough a room
All that snow is waging a war
And all I expected was a little more
Effort from you, but I got shown the door
Oh and I ain’t comin back

Where did you go my Jaime dear
Sittin by the window with a single tear
Swamps on fire and the leather leaf
burnin like the letters that you send to me
Where did you go my darling may
You set like the sun on a winters day
Cold front frost on the window pane
Bottle of whiskey and a pile of shame

By the time that spring rolls around
My heart will have melted off the ground
I’ll throw out the ashes from the stove
Try to mend heartache that you wove
Keep my feet moving on the road
Oh and I ain’t comin back

Where did you go my Jaime dear
I’m sittin by the window with a single tear
Swamps on fire and the leather leaf
Burnin like the letters that you send to me
Where did you go my darling may
You set like the sin on a winters day
Cold front frost on the window pane
Bottle of whiskey and a pile of shame
Track Name: Sweet Verona
Lyrics coming soon...
Track Name: Aberdeen
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LYRICS
Aberdeen

There is a tree
Flowers in spring
White cherry buds
22 rings
I helped her grow
But have never seen
Carolina winter, or Aberdeen.

From the Mississippi floodgates
My body churned
Up the river delta
My mother yearned
To taste the sweetness of her pain
Falling down
In Carolina rain

And if I stay, I’ll stay today
My body will follow in her wake
If I’m to go, I’ll go away
To Aberdeen, and there I’ll wait

She stayed by the sea
Hardened town
Smell of fish
Watered down
Taste of liquor
On her mouth
And her heart it wandered
Down to the south

And if I stay, I’ll stay today
My body will follow in her wake
If I’m to go, I’ll go away
To Aberdeen, and there I’ll wait

Her body is now
Hard from the years
She’s still as strong
Still as fierce
I’ve taken all she had to give
And given back the will to live

And if I stay, I’ll stay today
My body will follow in her wake
If I’m to go, I’ll go away
To Aberdeen, and there I’ll wait
Track Name: Polk County
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LYRICS
Polk County

Word came from up the road
Polk County was full of gold
The air is sweet, the river low
They say the livin’s is fine
There a man can wave his hand
An ounce of gold on the pan
Pack the wagon and the bride
Start a better life

Look down the river
The water swirling
Isn’t that a lonesome sigh?
Look up the Train tracks
No freight a’comin
You know you’ll wait your whole life

Tied to a ball and chain
A golden lock, a golden chain
The fever hits you all the time
Rusts you like moonshine
Green River took many lives
Not just the ones who drowned and dies
The families it starved thin
The ones it drove to sin
Track Name: The Most
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LYRICS
The Most

Touch me with your fingers
Touch me with your toes
Make love with the window open
So everybody knows
That we’re finding a new pastime
Without any of our clothes
I’m drinking in your skin dear
Like nobody else knows

Chorus Ooo’s

Come back to bed dear
I want you the most
Of any of my vices
You exorcise my ghosts
I let go of my body
I let go of my soul
I’m nothing in your arms dear
That’s what I love the most

Chorus Ooo’s

Touch me with your fingers
Touch me with your toes
Make love with the window open
So everybody knows
That we’re finding a new pastime
That can’t be put to prose
I’m nothing in your arms dear
That’s what I love the most
Track Name: Bowling Green
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LYRICS
Bowling Green


I wish I was in bowling Green
Sittin’ in a chair
With one arm around this old guitar
And the other ‘round my dear, the other ‘round my dear

Bowling Green, hey, good old bowling green

I’ve been all around this whole wide world
Been to Tennessee
But there’s no other place that I would rather be
That’s home sweet home to me

Bowling Green, hey, good old bowling green

If I had a dollar for every song I’ve sung
I could live in clover until my race was run
until my race was run, until my race was run

But I ain’t got a dollar, I ain’t got one thin dime
But I got a sweetie pie who loves me all the time
Who loves me all the time

Bowling Green, hey, good old bowling green
Track Name: Aged Pine
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LYRICS
Aged Pine
For Frank

I built this heart, like an aged pine
I built this heart, like a wild mountain cave
I built this heart, tangled up in tall vines
I built this heart, like the summer rain

I saw the light, burnt a hole through the darkness
I followed you home, but kept hold of my pain,
'cause I left before and that loss still haunts us,
but now I've come back to wash out the stains.

Chorus

Why does the clock dictate what is time?
The beat of our hearts, the reason and rhyme,
'cause we know the rhythm, but we push it away,
we think tomorrow, but its only today.

Chorus

If that day shall rise, if fate takes you away,
I'll remember the song, I'll remember the pain
'cause I've stepped to the corner to see where we've been
if this crumbles my heart I'll build it back again.

Chorus
Track Name: Down to You
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LYRICS
Down To You

Drivin’ down the road again
Dust settled on my mind
Put ‘er into overdrive
But I’m still keeping time
You know I’m headed
Headed down that yellow line

Stopped by a hiker thumb in the road
Got a good look but left
Cause you know what I was told
Gotta keep on walkin
Gotta find your own way through

You know what I did when that car broke down
Started walkin down to you

I’m walkin, walkin, walkin

Picked up my duffel bag
Put the cooler in the trunk
Pushed her off the side of the road
Threw the keys where she’d gone
Now I’m walkin’
Acres fill my souls with sand
You know what I did when I wore them out
Started walkin down to you

I’m walkin, walkin, walkin

Standin’ under the heat struck light
Put a match to the wind
Follow the smoke to the south
I’m on the road again
To where the horizon
Where the horizon meets the road
You know what I did when that sun went down
Started walkin down to you

I’m walkin, walkin, walkin
Track Name: From the Bottle
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LYRICS
From the Bottle

Light’s low, as the fire dies
My hand upon a pistol
Rests lonely at my side
I’m lost now, my husband out the door
He took the children with him, he can’t take it anymore
Said he’d come home
Come back again, if I let the liquor go
But I can’t let go my sin

I went to the bottle
And I drank that bottle dry
And I covered up my anger I’ve frozen up inside
And I opened up that door
And the devil came inside
Lit the fuze, to which my mind is tied

Oh God, I can’t feel it anymore
My hand is all a trembling on my stillhouse door
As I walk into her sweet air
Where my heart should be a beating, I can only feel a tear
And I pray to my god above,
that I’d burn her down to get back the one I love


I went to the bottle
And I drank that bottle dry
And I covered up my anger I’ve frozen up inside
And I opened up that door
And the devil came inside
Lit the fuze, to which my mind is tied

It’s dark now, I’m on my knees
I pray to my god, give me the strength I need
I’ve got to light that match, and burn her down
I’ve got too much to live for, before they put me in the ground
I’ll go back to my children’s arms
And watch the ashes rise and go up and meet the stars

I’ll go from the bottle
And I’ll leave that bottle dry
And I’ll open up my anger I’ve frozen up inside
And I’ll open up that door
But the devil won’t oblige
Cut the fuze, to which my mind is tied
Track Name: Blessed Hands
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LYRICS
Blessed Hands

Bending over, picking stones
They grow with every fallow
If I had the time I’d rest my bones
In the water
And I’ve laid many a tear on this land
And I’ve buried them with my children
And when I die won’t you lay me in the clay
Right here, where I can hold them

If you come by the day
If you come by the night
You’ll see I’m not ready to give up this fight
If you come by my door
You’ll find it open
And my blessed hands will be unbroken

I’ve seen the seasons pass in this valley
Rolling like the thunder
And of all the tools that I’ve ever owned
These hands hold my spirit and wonder
They’re callused and stained
And they show the time
Not the future, but the past
On them I see the fight that remains
But I’m ready for the test

If you come by the day
If you come by the night
You’ll see I’m not ready to give up this fight
If you come by my door
You’ll find it open
And my blessed hands will be unbroken
Track Name: Ballad of a Lonely Woman
Ballad of a Lonely Woman

Stranger you call in early day
You came as I rose from bed
Sit a while I’ll let you stay
The cold outside is bitter

Though you can’t tell now
My hair used to be
Yellow like the stalks of hay in our field
My palms rough from years sowing seed
My skin was browned by the sun

I wish I had something for you to eat
The cow is long gone
The eggs they have froze
I wish I had something for you to eat
Stay for a while with me

Mini fiddle

We built this house with wood from our land
We had enough for an acre and ten
Each joint and beam cut by hand
They’ve kept me from the cold

My husband and I grew weary and old
No children nearby to keep us in care
I woke up one morning
And he had grown cold
Now I wait to be with him

And I wish I had whiskey for you to drink
I drank the last drop the night before
I wish I had whiskey for you to drink
Stay for a while with me

Fiddle

Now life has not done me too good or too wrong
I haven’t had much of what you could buy
What I had, a price you couldn’t put on
I lived and I loved and paid not a dime

So I’ll sift out my stories and look at the sky
My feet on the floorboards cut long ago
As the flicker of candle sputters to die
I’ll smile to see you come morning.