Hearts Fall

by Karyn Ellis

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"Most of HEARTS FALL was recorded live-off-the-floor as a trio in one snowy afternoon session at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, early 2005.

James Thomson (double bass), Tom Howell (piano/violin ) and I (vocals/guitars) played through each song one or two times on stage sans audience (on a Monday when the theatre was dark) while Ian Gibbons (of now defunct CampfireDitties.com) captured everything on remote recorder.

Then later that summer, Gary Craig added drums and percussion to the best of the tracks at the Rogue Studio while James Paul sat at the board.

We recorded three more songs (now as a quartet on two of them.) To finish off, we tweaked a bit...redid one guitar solo, jangled some bells and threw in a small choir of humming men.

And that's how this record happened."

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released November 1, 2005

Gary Craig - drums, percussion
Karyn Ellis - vocals, guitar
Tom Howell - piano, violin
James Thomson - double bass
Recorded by Ian Gibbons at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Mixed & Mastered by James Paul at The Rogue (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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Her songs are at once sad and hopeful; her voice delicate and dynamic. Described as a “gentle powerhouse of a songwriter” Karyn Ellis delivers thoughtful, crafted lyrics about every day wonders, beauty and hope.

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Track Name: Hearts Fall
Hearts Fall, by Karyn Ellis

When I first met you I fell in completely.
I thought you were forever, dear. Thought we would make babies.
And we’d live in a big house just outside the city.
And, I’d write you love songs. You'd tell me I was witty.

And Hearts Fall like Night, at the end of each day.
But love like starlight fades away.

How can two people live lives so entwined?
For over two years, dear. And still be such strangers.
And you’re like a traffic light in a downtown intersection.
Or like the skin of a bubble, your face keeps on changing.

And Hearts Fall like Night, at the end of each day.
But love like starlight fades away.

It’s not that I wanted nor needed your attention.
It’s just I thought my lover might show a little more dimension.
And you’re like an airplane at the boarding gate;
I’m in line at the check in.
But I can’t carry this on, dear. Though I’ll miss the connection.

And Hearts Fall like Night, at the end of each day.
But love like starlight fades away.

How can two people live lives so entwined?
For over two years, dear. And end up such strangers.
Track Name: Four A.M. Love Song, Ode To A Wooden Floor
FOUR A.M. LOVE SONG, ODE TO A WOODEN FLOOR, by Karyn Ellis

Cool wooden floor under my back.
Cool wooden floor. Screw the furniture, I can’t deal with that.

Somebody stop the walls from spinning
I’m so dizzy I don’t know which way is down.
So, I’m straightening up—getting my back in line,
And I’m marveling at the ground.

Cool wooden floor, you got me wanting you.
Cool wooden floor. Screw the bedroom, the living room will do.

Somebody stop the walls from turning
Surely I haven’t been here that long.
But, it must be getting late—cause the sky’s a brighter blue,
And the birds have started up with their songs.

I stayed up all night thinking
How my hands are shaking.
And it’s not my glass that is breaking.

Cool wooden floor, I’m wanting you bad.
Cool wooden floor. Screw the stoic shit, just give it to me flat.

Somebody stop the walls from crying
All the secrets I’ve tucked inside my head.
Oh no, I’m straightening up—and I’m not even tired,
And I can’t drag myself into bed.

Cool wooden floor, you got me wanting you.
Cool wooden floor. Screw the living room, the hallway will do.
Track Name: Movie
MOVIE, by Karyn Ellis

I am not a porcelain doll you can toss up on a shelf.
You crash the shop like a china bull, breaking pieces off yourself.

And oh, what kind of horror.
When you turn into a monster.
And I write songs. I write a happy ending.
We take down all the zombies and make it to the dawn.

And I am not a blinded fool, though I often lose my way.
Masked as love, your accusing words turn into me like a maze.

And oh, what kind of adventure.
When you tie me up in swinging rope.
And I write hope. I write a happy ending.
We find the sacred jewels—they shimmer like the dawn.

And oh, what kind of slapstick.
Where you hit me with the punch line
And I write mine. I write a happy ending.
We stay up all night laughing and loving in the dawn.

And oh, what kind of movie.
Where you cherish leading lady
And I write songs. I write a happy ending.
We drive off past the sunset and into the dawn.
Track Name: Lost
LOST, by Karyn Ellis

Lost. A quarter falling through the hole in
the lining of my jacket pocket.
Cloth holds the curve of metal fingering
it’s weight, but I cannot grasp it.

Lonely day, I am only lonely.
Don’t go away, love
Why do you leave me here?

Lost. My place in the middle of the page,
it’s such a heavy sentence I’ve paid.
Dog’s eared, I turn down the corners and
sweep the dirt out of the cage.

Lonely Rage, I am only broken will.
Don’t go away, love
Why do you leave still?

Lonely…hey! I am ever hopeful, dear.
Don’t go away, love
Why do you leave me here?

Lost…
Track Name: Rain
RAIN, by Karyn Ellis

I'm going to change my name to rain.
Cause I would rather it were pouring.
Than to be stuck like this grey morning
Feelings tossed aside again.

I'm going to step out off the street.
Find me an alcove I can hide in.
Wait out this thunder and this lightening.
Let tears come crashing down again.

I step outside; I press my face into the sky.
It's falling down on me. Falling down on me.

I'm going to call myself a cab.
I'll ride out this constant state of hoping.
The shame I feel for being open.
And drive away this feeling bad.

I step outside; I press my face into the sky.
It's falling down on me. Falling down on me.

Sound of tin, roof pattering. I slip into sleep that's solid and deep.
I awake to light--so bright that I have no sense of what time it is.

I step outside; I press my face into the sky.
It's falling down on me. Falling down on me.

I'm going to change my name to rain.
Yes, I would rather it was pouring.
Than getting stuck in this grey morning
Getting tossed aside again.

I'm going to make friends with my shame.
I'll jump puddles with my sorrow,
And maybe there'll be sun tomorrow.
I'm going to change my name to rain.
Track Name: Angels In Snow
ANGELS IN SNOW, by Karyn Ellis

Your skin on my skin, your icy hands traveled up
Underneath my sweater.
And I shook as I let you in.
The air was freezing, I was scared of the heat.

Seeds lie under blanket of snow.
They make it through the winter on potential.
And I don’t want to get burned
By coming out of hibernation too soon.

Words dangle from my lips like icicles, icicles.
I say to myself: Girl, don’t be a fool.
Will you lay it all out on a cold winter night?
Angels in snow.

Your smile all crooked and teeth.
I breathe in sharply as your lips and my shoulder meet.
Inside, sounding deep in my bones
It’s early spring thaw cracking lake Ontario.


And I remember that day I was standing
In my snowsuit—face pressed up to the brilliant sky.
On great lakes, my cheeks burning with wind.
I was dizzy with the brightness—I was scared I might fall in.

Words dangle from my lips in metaphors.
I say to myself: Girl, you’ve been here before.
Will you lay it all out on a cold winter night?
Angels in snow.
Track Name: Already Home
ALREADY HOME, by Karyn Ellis

Glimmering sail on the horizon.
Frail light, but I can see the new day.
Little dot brightening, dawn is on it’s way.

It’s been a cold and bitter winter
My cheeks raw with wind.
Nascent light, soon it will be spring.

Time left me standing at the bus stop
Stamping my feet to keep my toes from freezing.
When I landed at your doorstep
I had no key, I couldn’t get in.
There was nobody home.

I thought that we would be together
Till earth kissed its longest day.
But the heat must have melted you away.

And it’s been a cold and bitter exit
My heart still raw with love.
Absent nights, this would be enough.

Time left me stranded in your shadow
Building up hope, looking on the bright side.
You left me shivering under scaffold
The weather got in, though the walls were sure there.
It was no home.

Time left me stranded at your doorstep
Stomping my feet, keeping with the season.
And when I finally saw you in the window
I didn’t knock. I didn’t go in.
I was already home.

I thought that we would be together
Till earth kissed its longest day.
But the heat must have melted you away.

It’s been a cold and bitter winter
My cheeks still raw with wind.
Nascent light, soon it will be spring.
Track Name: Skipping Stones
SKIPPING STONES, by Karyn Ellis

I am living underwater
I am wishing that the tide would push me onto the shore, but
I am made of shells and matter
I keep getting pulled in further—rushed about in the undertow.

And you come walking by.
Digging toes into the sandy beach, skipping stones across the brine.
And you say maybe this time
You’ll make it to the surface and swim up to the shoreline.

How long? I wanted…
How long have I wanted this?

Each time I set in motion
Bubbling up the same strange sensation I’ve been here before, but
Then I look to the horizon and I see your face approaching
I’m reminded why the ocean loves the shore.

And you start laughing.
Like you see through my fluttering charms, arms reach up on high.
And you say maybe this time
You’ll make it to the surface and you’ll touch sky.

How long? I wanted…
How long have I wanted?

This forecast’s calling for storms
Gotta keep from going under.
Rolling in waves at full force
I’ll be shaking with the thunder,
Shaking with the thunder,
shaking with the thunder.

And you start laughing.
Cause you see through my fluttering charms, arms reach up on high.
And you say maybe this time
Not only will you learn to swim, maybe you can fly.

How long? I wanted…
How long have I wanted this?

And you come walking by
Digging toes and skipping stones.
And you come walking by…
Track Name: Green Chair
GREEN CHAIR, by Karyn Ellis

I got home late last night
I left my things in the car.
You were upstairs in the green chair.
“Oh honey,” you said, “you sure traveled far.”

How can I fit all these pieces of me into your room?
How can I sit here unmoving when there’s so much I’ve got to do.

I feel I’ve been walking for miles on concrete.
And I haven’t yet touched ground.
You say “Put your feet up. You look tired, my love
It seems like your soul’s worn out.”

How can I fit all this emptiness into your room?
How can I sit here unmoving when there’s so much I want to do.

You ran me a hot bath
Ran your hands over me.
Soap’s burning my eyes and no matter how much I cry
I feel like I’ll never come clean.

How can I fit these reflections of me into your room?
How can I sit here unmoving when I want to say “I missed you.”

I got home late last night
I left my things in the car.
You were upstairs in the green chair.
“Oh Karyn,” you said, “I love you just the way you are.”

How can I fit all these pieces of me into your room?
How can I sit here unmoving when there’s so much to do.
Track Name: Another Sad Song
ANOTHER SAD SONG, by Karyn Ellis

Don’t try to stop me, I’m falling down.
Head to ground—my only friend.
My heart beats still, pounding grief.
Little yellow leaf; knotted golden crown.

I guess it’s gonna be another sad song.
Yes, it’s gonna be another sad one.
How tenderly the melody keeps me hanging on.

Untie the ropes and let the boat sail free.
On the salty sea—lonely airwaves.
My chest rendered; a leaky fountain pen.
Little spotted wren; Evanescent note.

I guess it’s gonna be another sad song.
Yes, it’s gonna be another sad one.
How tenderly the melody keeps me hanging on.

I guess it’s gonna be another sad song.
Yes, it’s gonna be another sad song.
How tenderly the melody keeps me hanging on.
Track Name: Sugar Beet
SUGAR BEET, by Karyn Ellis

I want to see you again.
The dawn has come too early and brought night to an end.
Your love is sweet, like a sugar beet.
But I’d be lying if I said you were my one and only.

You kiss so good; your lips alight.
Pounding of my heart, wings of birds taking flight.
But there’s so many beautiful dove songs that it would do love wrong
If I said that I would sing with no other.

And when I look into your eyes
It’s like million-year old starlight
Love touches my soul.
And when I’m with another
And theirs sparkles bright.
Your love is not diminished; your love still shines.

Some people think that I am heartless.
They say how can you feel love when you’re so restless.
But because I am free to be where I want to be
When I’m with you, you know it’s cause I want to be here.

And when I look into your eyes
It’s like million-year old starlight
Love touches my soul.
And when I’m with another
And theirs sparkles bright.
Your love is not diminished; your love still shines.

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And when I look into your eyes
It’s like million-year old starlight
Love touches my soul.
And when I’m with another
And theirs sparkles bright.
Your love is not diminished; your love still shines.

I want to see you again.
The dawn has come too early and brought night to an end.
Your love is sweet, like a sugar beet.