Overheard: Live & Acoustic

by René Moffatt

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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.
10.
Love Songs 04:02
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
11.
Pearl 04:47
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
12.
Jane 03:42
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
13.
Come Of Age 02:33
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
14.
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
15.
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

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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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