Overheard: Live & Acoustic

by René Moffatt

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Let’s say you are at a show. You like what you hear and decide to buy the artist’s CD. But when you play that CD in the car or at home it’s not what you expected. Chances are you are listening to a studio album where each song features a full band and has a fully produced sound. You still like it but it’s not what you just heard. Back at the venue you were listening to a stripped-down acoustic performance, just the artist and their instrument. And that’s the sound you wanted to hear, again.

I, too, have had this experience as a fan. And I admit, as a songwriter I am partly to blame. A majority of the shows I play are at coffee shops. It’s just me, my guitar, and my songs. But the CD I sell is a studio album. This means what you hear live is quite different than what you hear on the CD you just purchased. I knew this discrepancy existed and knew that listeners expectations weren’t being met, which always nagged me. I often found myself wishing that I had an album that was more indicative of my live performances; solo and acoustic.

That desire led me to record Overheard: Live & Acoustic a 15-song effort that captures my live performance as you would hear it in the coffee shop–ambiance included. You’ll hear 14 previously unreleased songs that provide the soundtrack to the true coffeehouse experience, complete with clinking silverware, murmurs of patrons and the steam hiss of an espresso machine.

Overheard was recorded by well-known local musician Eric Neal (Dallas Observer Music Award Nominee) at Opening Bell Coffee, a premier music venue in Dallas, Texas. The album was mixed, edited, and produced at Sucker Punch Studios in Washington, D.C. by Mark Williams who also produced my 2014 single “King Of The Mountain”. I’m excited about the release of Overheard: Live & Acoustic and even more excited to share more than an hour’s worth of new material with you.

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released October 1, 2016

Songs & Lyrics © 2016 René Moffatt (BMI)
Produced & Mixed by Mark Williams
Mastered by Jeff Dykhouse
Recorded & Engineered by Eric Neal
Photos by Stephen E. Potter, moonkittenphotography.com
Recorded Live at Opening Bell Coffeehouse on March 31, 2014

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René Moffatt: A Singer and Writer of Songs. Lyrics that resonate, melodies that endure and a voice that begs for your attention. With a knack for memorable melodies and insightful lyrics, this up-and-coming songster is quickly making a name for himself as a respected songwriter whereever he plays. ... more

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Track Name: Friends Are Hard To Come By
I am a pessimist you see the cup half full
I push the envelope when you would rather pull
You see in colors while I see black and white
Either way we're neither wrong nor right

You live your way and I'll live mine
Cause I don't see the point in drawing battle lines
I'll never make you take my side
When friends are so hard to come by

Let's say I make a pass and she forgets to say no
Then we hit it off and try to take it slow
Next the you know we've fallen out of love
once you fall below you never rise above

If I gave into temptation
I'd run the risk of becoming her obligation
Maybe its best to never try
When friends are so hard to come by

Even though I might lose touch with you
You should know I miss you so much, I do
Every day in every way
And I thought I should say

You and me we get along so well
must be a reason but I can't really tell
maybe we have something others don't
If so I'll never say as long as you won't

Is it our past that keep us together
Or the present day that makes us forever
In the end I won't ask why
When friends are so hard
When friends are so hard
When friends are so hard to come by
Track Name: My Heart Won't Let Me
Got a car out in the shed
and '89 Camero
the battery is all but dead
I roll her out from time to time
dust off the dash with the 409
but I still can't make her shine

I can't explain the way I feel
When I slide behind the wheel
and I try to turn that key
but I know My heart won't let me

Up the stairs and to the right
stands the door to my attic
where the memories are kept out of sight
but every night I hear their song
pleading with me, "Why don't you just play along?"
but I know that would be wrong

I don't recall the last I tried
To accept what I denied
Cause when I try to turn that key
I know my heart won't let me

And I know
You wish my love would grow
and not take things so slowly

Don't you care how I feel?
Don't you want for this to be real?
It doesn't matter how hard you turn
when will you learn

I don't recall the last I tried
To accept what I denied
Cause when I try to turn that key
even willingly
my heart won't let me

oh no no my heart won't let me
Track Name: When You Were The Only One
You were once the only one
Who could ever comfort me
There was a time when you were mine and all that mattered seemed fine
As far as the eye could see

But people change in front of you
And I know that I changed too
But that don't mean a thing you could always make me sing
The way that lovers do

And I won't forget you
The way that you won't me
And I gave all I had to you
And I hope you see

You were the one that I would turn to
But now I turn to many to pull me through
And I can see how one could be all we ever really need
Because I needed you

Lying in the dark I rest alone
But I wonder if you're home
As I recall before the fall for a time I had it all
When you were the only one
Track Name: I Still Adore
I see myself sitting alone in your chair
as you take your time and you make your hair
I've never been so happy to pass the time

I could listen for hours and you sing along
to the verse and the chorus of your favorite song
I've never heard a lyric sound so fine

But you never let me listen to you
you never let me put up a fight for you
now i am standing so far from where i stood before
and you're the one, you're the one I still adore

I know you've seen your share
Of suitors who say they care
I'm not nieve to believe I'm the only one

But this much I know only I can shine
the light of a heart, a heart that is mine
and it doesn't always shine for everyone

But you never let me shine it on you
You never let me perfect the art of loving you
now i am left wanting so much more
cause you're the one, you're the one I still adore

How long will you linger
I'm a veteran of the ringer
When i asked you to stay
I didn't mean this way

The part of me that's in love with you
Won't go away like I want it to
It needs a reason to leave

But you only gave me a reason to drink
you only gave my heart a reason to sink
I wish you were easier for me to ignore
but you're the one, you're the one I still adore
Track Name: The Fire Inside
I'm gonna wait 'til I'm head over heals
I'm gonna try to see how it feels
to hold out for the right one
Cause I have stumbled down this road before
and I will not beat down your door
without a warrant
without having run, having run

circles around emotions i feel
weeding out the ones that aren't real
digging deep to determine, to decide
how to feed the fire inside

and we don't always know
which way to go
and the road never looks the same
and we can't always see
who we should be
in the middle of a running game
and i'm not gonna find my piece of mind
its a needle in a haystack
i got a heavy load
I'm headed down a road
where there's no turnarounds
I can't go back

once you begin
you're on the way
the past is gone
you live for today
tomorrow is almost here
and you must decide
how to feed the fire in side.

cause when i wake
I'm a nervous wreck
cause I got more
than a pulse to keep in check

Out of the dark into the light
out of the corner into the fight
Track Name: Into Your Heart
I'll try not to get ahead of myself
when i think of taking this heart off its shelf
but something about the way you talk
It makes me want to run before i walk

I'll try not to mess with fate this time
more than emotions are on the line
but I'm looking out for that open door
isn't that what hope is for?

Until I'm on your mind
and in your sights
wrapped up in your arms
bathed in morning light
like a horse before his cart
I'm gonna lead my way into your heart

Love is a sequence of events
some seem obvious and others make no sense
I know enough to stay out the way
Let things happen day by day

Until I'm on your mind
and in your sights
wrapped up in your arms
bathed in morning light
like an actor and his part
I'm gonna lead my way into your heart

Let my heart run wild
Gonna let it get all riled up
and beat for you
'till there's nothing left to do but to love you

I've never sailed this close to shore
I've never thrown the anchor overboard

Oh to be on your mind
and in your sights
wrapped up in your arms
bathed in morning light
like a captain and his charts
I'm gonna lead my way into your heart
Track Name: I Should Have Known
You find yourself falling so fast
assuming its all gonna last
heart on your sleeve you have to believe
its the love line that we all cast

and when things just don't work out
you find yourself filling with doubt
was it something i said or should i have led
with a whisper in lieu of a shout

I should have known I was alone

And then one day you work up the nerve
you find someone you think you might deserve
step to the plate you're ready for your fate
all the while you're looking out for that curve

but you're in so deep you slowly unwind
love has a funny way of messing up your mind
to scared to part with your lonely heart
there's a reason they say love is blind

I should have known I was alone

I don't want love to return
If that means i haven't learned
all of the warning signs
of a heart getting thrown behind the lines.

The last time i asked you to dance
I was looking for a little romance
but i failed to see right in front of me
your heart would not take the chance

I should have known I was alone
Track Name: We've Got The Rain
You always worry when we part
Without a willing heart
Who will serve to remind me

The way you cared
When you were there for me
But I promise that I won't put it behind me

The winds of change may come between us
But I don't think they'll take you to venus

The atmosphere of your love will remain
The love that you planted in me will grow just the same
And the weather will keep us together
We've got the rain

Seasons come, they will go
And you may not ever know
What they have taken away from you

What would it say
If when I walk away from you
I notice that I have forsaken the love that I once knew

I'd be a fool to forget all those memories that we made
The likes of which will never fade

The atmosphere of your love will remain
The love that you planted in me will grow just the same
And the weather will keep us together
We've got the rain

And I know you're scared
You see a lot of trouble in a crazy world out there
But I know you're strong
You know you've made it this far and I know that you'll get along
Just fine
Take all the time that you need

And when the storms of this life conspire to bring you down
You know I'll always be around

Because the atmosphere of our love will remain
The love that you planted in me will grow just the same
And the weather will keep us together
And the weather will keep us together
And the weather will keep us together
We've got the rain
We've go the rain
Track Name: The Right To Know
I would be so impressed if you
Put down your guard, took off your dress
And lay down with me so I might confess to you
Everything on my mind

But you don't look like you want to hear
My deepest thoughts and biggest fears
For they may cause you too many tears
And none of the good kind

Promise you won't be upset
Promise you won't fall apart on me
That's not what I need
Give me your high show me your low
Tell me something even though
You're so scared of letting go
Cause I have earned the right to know.

There are things I would like to say
If I thought it would be okay
But I can't say them any other way
And I'm running out of desire

And it would be a crime to think
We couldn't share more than a drink
Without it sending us to the brink
Of putting out the fire

Promise you won't be upset
Promise you won't fall apart on me
That's not what I need
Give me your high show me your low
Tell me something even though
You're so scared of letting go
Cause I have earned the right to know.

When you feel so-so
You don't have to hide
What you feel inside
I want you to be
free when you're with me

Promise you won't be upset
Promise you won't fall apart on me
That's not what I need
Give me your high show me your low
Tell me something even though
You're so scared of letting go
Cause I have earned the right to know.
Track Name: Love Songs
A friend of mine
was telling me
something i never knew
nobody before
ever wrote
a song meant for you

and I found that so hard to believe
and I wanted, so hard, to be your relief

Now i don't fall for just any girl
so let me see what you got
cause I'm gonna need some inspiration
I think I'll need a lot

and if you give me one inch you know I'll take the mile
Cause I would do anything to make you smile

I will be the only one for you
as long as I'm alive and kicking too
I'll never do you wrong
and I will write you love songs.

when I'm on the road and so far away
there's only so much i can do
to make you feel like I never left
and that I'm lying next to you

and when you're lonesome you should know that I'm counting down the days
When i get back I will love you in so many ways

I will be the knocking at your door
Like I've been a thousand times before
We'll stay up all night long
And I will sing you love songs

When you find yourself lost
no matter the cost
I will be your serenade
You'll have nothing to fear
as long as I am here
love will be made, love will be made

I will be the knocking at your door
Like I've been a thousand times before
We'll stay up all night long
And I will write
and I will sing
and I will play, I will play
you love songs
Track Name: Pearl
You remind me of me
when I was your age
Like a bat out of hell
But still in a cage
up and down you're looking for some kinda key

You've got passion to burn
your motor's prime
you've got so much to learn
in so little time
dusk till dawn your looking for some one to be

Keep your eyes on the moon
you're gonna get there real soon.

But along the way put in the hours
along the way smell the flowers you see so carefully
hold your heart close to you
and let it go for someone true when your ready
and you will be
so don't mind the wait, now, girl
cause I know you're gonna be a pearl

And after a while the passion fades
and you'll get cut by sharper blades
have no fear you'll have thicker skin
And you'll back up and hit rewind
a higher calling you will find
have no doubt you'll know just where to begin

so close your eyes make the leap
you've got so much to reap

But along the way put in the hours
along the way smell the flowers you see so carefully
hold your heart close to you
and let it go for someone true when your ready
and you will be
so don't mind the wait, now, girl
cause I know you're gonna be a pearl

some things won't have a place in your heart
and you should let them go
for those with which you never want to part
their gonna need the room to grow

so while heaven waits you'll go through hell
but the flames will only crack the shell
and you'll be so polished you'll shine

Keep your eyes on the moon
you're gonna get there so very, very soon
and while you wait the world might come to you, you never know

But along the way put in the hours
along the way smell the flowers you see so carefully
hold your heart close to you
and let it go for someone true when your ready
and you will be
so don't mind the wait, now, girl
cause I know you're gonna be a pearl
Track Name: Jane
Well, it seems so silly to think about something that happened so long ago
but when you repress and fail to express how can you expect to let go
you can't let go
you can't let go
oh no

Jane was the first one
I ever laid eyes on
she smiled and my heart skipped a beat
down by the fountain
i scaled a small mountain
and mustered the courage to speak

Come take my hand
i wanna be your man
though i had no clue what it meant
no flowers, no letters, no cards
nothing was sent

How could I've known
that love could wither away
it needs to grow
if you should want it to stay
what could I've done
I was so young

Next thing that I knew
she said, "Can I talk to you?
I liked us better before."
Though i saw it coming
there was no way to summon the words
and my heart hit the floor

I walked away
vowing one day
that I would win my woman back
I spent my summer counting the ways to attract her

But when September rolled around
I learned that she'd moved away
And the heart doesn't make a sound
even though you know its in pain
Why does the first one you love
hurt for the worst?

How could I've known
that love could wither away
it needs to grow
if you should want it to stay
what could I've done
I was so young

Well, it seems so silly to think about something that happened so long ago
but when you repress and fail to express how can you expect to let go
you can't let go
you can't let go
oh no
Track Name: Come Of Age
Choices make you think
about scenarios
all of us can guess
but nobody knows
closed eyes and open hearts
to the words of the sage
and i am none the wiser
but I have come of age

Of all the chances
that land in front of you
take as many as you can
and disregard a few
some will pass you by
but when you turn the page
they’ll be far behind you
and you’ll have come of age

and you’ll try
to not decide
but time
won’t let you hide
and fate
won’t hesitate for you

so much to consider
in so little time
you think you have your whole life
to commit the perfect crime
though you’re free you’ve been seen
circling the cage
but you are not a prisoner, you are not a prisoner, you are not a prisoner
you have come of age
Track Name: Yours To Keep (Acoustic)
Keep me honest
And keep me on my toes
Keep on showing me the love I need
And see how my heart grows
Sew my heart with kindness and you will surely reap
A heart to love you endless a love for yours to keep

We get ahead
Sometimes we fall behind
You need your friends and your families
They are the ones who will remind
The ones to keep you grounded while others have resigned
They made you well rounded so you will repay in kind

This I ask of you
Take all that do
Hold it up to the fire
Hold me to the flame
Let it burn and see what will remain

Keep me honest
And keep me on my toes
Keep on showing me the love I need
And see how my heart grows
Sew my heart with kindness and you will surely reap
A heart to love you endless a love for yours to keep
Track Name: If You Were Near
If you were near
I would call your name
So you would hear
and maybe do the same

If you were close
I would be inclined
To do something grandiose
and fill up your mind

With thoughts
You've never had before
and sentiments
that open up the door
to feelings
you might have to explore

If you were by my side
I would find it so damn hard
for me to ever hide
the heart i should guard, the heart i should guard

If you were near
I would love to say
words you would never hear
when you are far away