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Caren Armstrong - The Truth Stays True

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Heart of My Own

The Truth Stays True

Released: October 2004
Accompanied by James Nash and Doug Harman

1. Heart of My Own
2. Falling
3. It Ain’t Up To Me
4. Bittersweet & Blue
5. The Truth Stays True

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Sparsely produced, “only” five songs, Caren’s most authentic and vulnerable recording to date. “In a world filled with trouble and angst, The Truth Stays True. Caren Armstrong’s new CD, don’t let it pass you by.” –Jerry Lunsford DJ KVMR

Heart of My Own

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 2004

Deep in the night
Lost and alone
Trying to find my way home
Every step I take
Carries me further away

From a heart of my own
A heart of my own

All of these voices
Inside my head
Shouting directions, they worry me so
Til I don’t know what I know
I’m searching high and low
For a heart of my own

With a heart of my own
With a heart of my own
I’d let you love me
I could come home

Now I can’t go forward
And I am not going back
So I will stand here and face this alone

The only wish I made
Over my birthday cake
Is for a heart of my own
A heart of my own
A heart of my own
I wanna heart of my own

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Falling

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 2004

Pandora’s box flies in on Cupid’s wings today
The very punishment that I’ve been praying for
Time has turned and twisted,
The distance has lifted
And all that I’ve resisted is walking through that door

And we just stand there staring
Across the bustling blaring airport
Your eyes hold mine as you walk slowly across the street
Then you are falling into me

I never bargained for white flags and abandon
You’ve always hovered without ever touching down
Now we’ve finally landed
And you show all up all open handed

It’s all that I can do to be here now, be here now, and be here now
While you touch me like you own me
You sing a Cajun song and show me
Even sleeping is a possibility
While you are falling into me

My heart screams,
wait!
I just got safe

Now you would shake me from
The haven of my innocent
cocoon
Rumpled wings, little fool
Falling into you

And when this time unravels
It only matters that we travel well
Some where Some way

we will always be
Falling
Falling

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It Ain’t Up To Me

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 2003

Meeting your lover
In her pink wig and pony skin
I didn’t know what to say
Alone on the dance floor
The clock striking midnight
I had to get out of that place
As I made my way door-ward
A stranger came forward

And said, “Happy New Year! Yippee!”
And that sweet benediction
Felt like a prediction
Tho probably it ain’t up to me

Tears must mean trouble
And love’s just a bubble so fragile and easily burst
And when you can’t stand too much
You settle for nothing

Then can’t figure out why you hurt

Watching you kneeling
St. Evangelista
Candles and Christmas lights circle your shame
You genuflecting
Your halo refracting
Every teardrop and every stain
Now I hate the word angel

But you looked like an angel
And that brought me down to my scornful knees
I’d endure crucifixion
To heal your affliction
But darlin’, it ain’t up to me

The future came calling
While you were out boozing and brawling your way down the track
Now the train has departed

Taking your heart with it
And it ain’t coming back

Now you stand at the station
Your own little nation
Of poison, possession and sin
And turning around
Your eyes hit the ground
And you realize you’ve done it again

Now no fucking voodoo
Can conquer the damage you do to Thee
Make your petition
To your own dang volition
And maybe you’ll finally be free
Never forget I will love you forever
Remember, it ain’t up to me

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Bittersweet & Blue

Lyrics by David Bankston, Copyright © 1985

I stood bittersweet and blue,
Longing letting go of you
I said all I had to say,

All hope of peace had passed away

With my black boots clacking on the cobbled street
Knowing our eyes never again would meet
I ran up to the high street
Feeling blue and bittersweet

There’s nothin’ like a day when your heart falls down
To turn the wide world around
The sound of a world without you

Is bittersweet and blue

Turned and listened at the top of the hill
The world was full of a lonesome sound
Watched you walk away
You never even turned around

Make me a song with the sweetest tune,
I’ll learn to play it on the blue banjo
I never had to learn to love you

But now I’ll learn to let you go

There’s nothin’ like a day when your heart falls down
To turn the wide world around
The sound of a world without you
Is bittersweet and blue

There’s nothin’ like a day when your heart falls down
To turn the wide world around
Nothing like a day and you can’t look back

You’re running away down a railroad track

I sit bittersweet and blue
On a train bound west away from you
And just to ease the pain
I counted haystacks all day in the rain

Now the night is dark as it is deep
And I count stars like angel’s feet
From a locomotive window seat

Feeling blue and bittersweet

There’s nothin’ like a day when your heart falls down
To turn the wide world around
The sound of a world without you
Is bittersweet and blue
The sound of a world without you
Is bittersweet and blue

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The Truth Stays True

Lyrics & Music by Caren Armstrong, Copyright © 2004

We let a long long time
Slip through our fingers like nickels and dimes
Now we’re counting up the cost

Tryin’ to total up the losses
Of every day gone by
Every deadly little compromise
Til the tally’s to high to tell
And there is nothing left to buy or sell
Crunch the numbers any way you want
And in the end there’s still a balance due
Judge and justify
Look back and revise

Look ahead with hopeful eyes
Do what you gotta do
But The Truth Stays True

Thought I could live my life
In the Neverland of black and white
Now that I’m down on my knees
I see things a little differently
In every tricky little shade of gray

I see a little bit of me and you
Loving on the run
All the damage done
Who’s to say what’s lost or won?
For me and you
The Truth Stays True

The Truth Stays True
The Truth Stays True

A Fool is still a Fool
By any other name
Bring the passion and the pain
To me and you
The Truth Stays True

A certain kind of day
The breakers rumbling on the outer bay
Suddenly you’re here with me

All the distance just a memory
And if loving you could change the world
We’d all be looking at a brighter view
Nothing’s ever lost
The devil take the cost
In the end our sins are washed
And like a sky of blue
The Truth Stays True
I love you

The Truth Stays True

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