Her Heartland

from Tea Leaves by Brian McGrath

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A summer night
Under the burnt black Midwestern sky
A woman’s face in the lantern light

She turns away toward
A distant church bell, a lonely chime
Knows something just don’t feel right

Heartland, her Heartland
Where old dreams began
Where still she’s never free

In a rustbelt ghost town
Born of crooked hopes and broken vows
She lights a smoke and thinks out loud

“Not for me” she says…
“It should not have been this way for me
Now all I got is what could have been”

Heartland, her Heartland
Where all dreams began
Where still she’s never free

To be free now
Be reborn on a Midwest breeze
A second chance for redemption tonight

For to live, love
Yes to live is still to dream
Make your peace and leave it all behind
To make your peace and leave it all behind

Heartland, her Heartland
Old dreams be damned…what can a loner do?
And there she stands, dead still with fear of the great unknown
And she lights her last smoke and rides off through that prairie night…
All alone


from Tea Leaves, released November 19, 2020
Lyrics, Music, Performance by Brian McGrath.
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered at Handwritten Recording, Chicago by Rick Riggs w/ Brian McGrath.
©2020 Brian McGrath


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Brian McGrath Chicago, Illinois

Brian McGrath is an Indie Folk Songwriter born and bred in Chicago, Illinois.

With intense, honest conviction tempered by Midwest sensibility and grit, the big man with a big voice tells tales of broken characters, desolate landscapes, and hopeful redemption all along the highways and byways of the American heartland. ... more

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