Live At The Horseshoe

by The Honest Heart Collective

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released December 6, 2019

Recorded live at Toronto, Ontario's Horseshoe Tavern by Paul Mack
Mixid by Darren McGrill
Mastered by Derek Hoffman
Performed by Ryan, Nic, Kevin, and Jay of The Honest Heart Collective
Keyboards and additional vocals by Jimmy Breslin

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Track Name: When Her & I Began (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
I keep a picture in my wallet of a love I used to know
We spent every dollar we had
On every credit card we owed
And maybe that’s what did us in
Or the time our house foreclosed
We forgot the vows we said as kids
In our parents wedding clothes
In our parents wedding clothes

It never used to be this way
We’d dance from night till day
We drove past graveyards
And I looked at her and said
We ain’t going out like that you know?
Our kids won’t come from a broken home
And I remember she smiled and took my hand
Back to when her and I began

We spent months on different schedules
She worked days and I worked nights
We’d come home to civil wars
They were only stupid fights
So we just kept digging our own graves
And I signed those papers and I hid
Cause I can’t forget the day the judge said
I wasn’t fit to take the kids
I wasn’t fit to take the kids
I wasn’t fit
Toronto

It never used to be this way
We’d dance from night till day
We drove past graveyards
And I looked at her and said
We ain’t going out like that you know?
Our kids won’t come from a broken home
And I remember she smiled and took my hand
Back to when her and I began

It never used to be this way
We’d dance from night till day
We drove past graveyards
And I looked at her and said
We ain’t going out like that you know?
Our kids won’t come from a broken home
And I remember she smiled and took my hand
Back to when her and I began
When her and I began
Track Name: North American Dream (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
This song's called North American Dream
Let's go

You can take a day or two but no more than that
We’ve got a real strict schedule to meet
Don’t you want to keep the lights on in that house?
Don’t you want to keep shoes on your kid’s feet?
See they don’t care if you’re sick
They don’t care if you’re ill
They need you to do things nobody else will
Cause if the lights go out
That American dream moves on

Are you tired of living, two weeks at a time?
Sing it
Working paycheque to paycheque
Fighting just to stay alive

As it goes on, you’re left behind
To wonder what life could have been like
If you were born in a different time
So don’t let it die

Can we talk about timing?
Or should we talk about love?
Maybe we should just walk away
And pretend it ain’t in our blood
‘Cause either you’re something or you’re nothing
You’re broken or you’re loving
Well if loving means nothing
Being broken meant something to me
Being broken meant something to me

Are you tired of living, two weeks at a time?
Working paycheque to paycheque
Fighting just to stay alive

As it goes on, you’re left behind
To wonder what life could have been like
If you were born in a different time
So don’t let it die

Toronto how we doing tonight everybody?
I can't hear you Toronto I say how we doing tonight?
We're a little band called The Honest Heart Collective
From a place called Thunder Bay, Ontario
And if you live there
You're either something or you're nothing

You’re something, or you’re nothing
You’re broken, or you’ve loving
Cause either you’re something, or you’re nothing
You’re broken, you’re broken

Are you tired of living, two weeks at a time?
Fucking paycheque to paycheque
Fighting just to stay alive

As it goes on, you’re left behind
To wonder what life could have been like
If you were born in a different time
So don’t let it die
Don't let it die
Track Name: Liar's Club (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
Alright this is an older song
And it's called Liar's Club
Toronto let's dance

Welcome to the Liar’s Club
Where we drink and dance
We hide our heavy hearts
And we hold our shaking hands
And the rumours spread
And they spread around
The only way you leave this club
Is six feet underground

And we stand strong
While hurting one another
Honesty’s a hopeless plea
There’s no need to discover
We’ll sit up in our webs that we spun
From up above
Now the tales I’ve told won’t hurt no one
We’re just the Liar’s Club

Now if you even try to seek the truth
You’ll be subject to ridicule and our self abuse
But maybe we’ve got it all wrong
Those who lie, they don’t love
And they won’t
They won't fucking sing along

And we stand strong
While hurting one another
Honesty’s a hopeless plea
There’s no need to discover
We’ll sit up in our webs that we spun
From up above
Now the tales I’ve told they hurt someone
We’re just the Liar’s Club

And we stand strong
While hurting one another
Honesty’s a hopeless plea
There’s no need to discover
We sit up in our webs that we spun
From up above
Now the tales I’ve told they hurt someone
They hurt the one I love
Track Name: Debts (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
Alright everybody get your cell phones out

I lost my job today at the rail yard
Hours were cut, so I was cut too
First in, last out
Last call and self-doubt
If only there were more that I could do
See I’ve flipped through the newspaper classifieds
But every listing says, “Diploma required”
See I failed, I tried
I got drunk to pass time
Perhaps a sober state of mind would follow through

And so what if I’m scared of dying alone?

I always thought I’d grow up to get my daddy’s job
But they cut him loose when a machine took it on
As I say, as I do one drink, then a few
I watched him slip away back then
And that’s just what I lived up too
Now these debts grow taller than me

And so what if I’m scared of dying alone
In an unmarked grave?
And honestly I swear that I’ll never know
If I can pay back the debts that I owe

First in, last out
It’s what this life’s all about
Who you are, who you know
What you’ve done, how you grow

And so what if I’m scared of dying alone
In an unmarked grave?
And honestly I swear that I’ll never know
At least I tried to pay back the debts that I owe
Track Name: Haymaker (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
You had to get away
Get away fast
I’m rolling with the punches
But I feel that it won’t last

I can hear your knuckles break
As they hit my face
Got me feeling something bitter
But it’s just the blood I taste
Oh I taste

Well my heart is barely beating
About to flatline
And my lungs they aren’t breathing
No, not quite right
But I’m, oh I’m lucky to be alive yeah

I never meant to be broken
I never thought you would say
That you could never fall in love
With the mistakes that I’ve made

You had to get away
I found my teeth on the floor
After you said
I don’t love you anymore

Well my heart is barely beating
About to flatline
And my lungs they aren’t breathing
No, not quite right
But I’m, Toronto, oh I’m lucky
I'm lucky to be alive yeah

Toronto how we doing
Like I said earlier we're
The Honest Heart Collective
All the way from Thunder Bay, Ontario
Sing it if you know it

I never meant to be broken
I never thought you would say
That you could never fall in love
With the mistakes that i’ve made

I never meant to be broken
I never thought you would say
That you could never fall in love
With the mistakes that i’ve made

I never meant to be broken
I never meant to be broken
I never meant to be broken no

Haymaker, haymaker, haymaker
Track Name: Helter Skelter (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
When I get to the bottom
I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
When I get to the bottom and I see you again
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Do you, don't you want me to love you
I'm coming down fast but I'm miles above you
Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer
Well, you may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter, yeah

Will you, won't you want me to make you
I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me
Come on, tell me the answer
Well you may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter, yeah

When I get to the bottom
I go back to the top of the slide
And I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
When I get to the bottom and I see you again
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Do you, don't you want me to make you
Coming down fast but don't let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me, yeah
Cause you may be a lover well you may be a lover
You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter, yeah
Track Name: Strike Sound (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
One two three four

Hey Mac, we’ve been here before
But I can’t imagine when
Frontlines and picket signs
But the cheques aren’t coming in
And you just had that kid back on August 10
And 35 bucks a day, well it’ll barely pay the rent

But we’ll look out for each other
And keep our ears to the ground
‘Cause we’ll be listening to that old strike sound

Someone crossed the line today
I guess they don’t understand the word “solidarity”
Or better days for a fellow man
Well it takes time and broken locks
We’ll make ‘em sweat till we’re better off
And trust me Mac
Everything in the world’s gonna be okay
‘Cause revolution sparks the change
We’ll look out for each other
And keep our ears to the ground
‘Cause we’ll be listening to that old strike sound
Hearing that old strike sound

Brothers in arms, sisters at hand
Trying to make our way to the Promised Land
They can’t stop us from reaching it

And we’ll look out for each other
And keep our ears to the ground
‘Cause we’ll be listening to that old strike sound

We’ll look out for each other
And keep our ears to the ground
‘Cause we’ll be listening to that old strike sound
Hearing that old strike sound
Trust me they’ll hear that old strike sound
That old strike sound
Track Name: Separate Ways (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
This song's about a girl who lives on Brunswick Street
And her name's Abigail

Why is it over?
Maybe I’ll tell you when you’re older
Well it was something ‘bout a river
And how I’m drowning in it sober, sober
Well if I could go back again
I’d stop the river from closing in on baby on

You won’t understand a word I say, but Abigail it’s true
I know it feels like a rainy day for these separate ways
For these separate ways

Why is it over?
I guess she never found closure
Had seven years and you together
And I wish we’d have made this work
To save you that hurt
But the mistakes I made came in like a flood
And the rain washed away all the things I loved
But if only, Toronto, I could do it right by

You won’t understand a word I say, but Abigail it’s true
I know it feels like a rainy day for these separate ways
Separate ways

Well we still love you
It’s nothing you did or could ever do
Your mom and I got things to sort through
But ill be seeing you
I’ll be seeing you Toronto

Well, you won’t understand a word I say
But Abigail it’s true
I know it feels like a rainy day for these separate ways
You won’t understand, you wont understand a word
And it’s true
I know it feels like a rainy day for these separate ways
For these separate ways
For these separate ways

Thank you
You guys still with us?
Track Name: Honest Hearts (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
Right there buddy, looking at you right there man
You guys cool if we play you guys an older song?
It's a singalong alright
It's emotional
And it goes like this

Well I've been holding out, holding out on you
I've been hiding out in shipwrecks and alleyways
Hoping I'd pull on through
And I've said my goodbyes
To my friends at the Liar’s Club
The only thing my honest heart needs is your love

Toronto, I only need your love

Laying low in an old little bar
One drink then another when you said hello to me
Well ever since that fine moment darling
Anchors and crowns are all I see
And they mean everything to me
Do you really want to know what goes on in my dreams
Well every time I tell a lie I swear that
It gets harder to fall asleep

Well I’ve been holding out, holding out on you
I've been hiding out in shipwrecks and alleyways
Hoping I'd pull on through
And I’ll be saying goodbye
To my friends at the Liar’s Club
The only thing my honest heart needs is your love

Well I was dying all alone one night
Passed out in the ally when you said don’t go to me
Well you keep growing tired of all this nonsense
but i keep begging you not to leave
Do you really want to know what goes on in my dreams
Because that rough boy you fell in love with
Yeah he’ll turn over that leaf

'Cause I've been holding out, holding out on you
I've been hiding out in shipwrecks and alleyways
Hoping I'd pull on through
And I’ll be saying goodbye
To my friends at the Liar’s Club
The only thing my honest heart needs is your love
I only need your love

I'm laying low in an old little bar
One drink then another when you said hello to me
Ever since that fine moment darling
Anchors and crowns are all I see
Holding out

I won’t be holding out, holding out on you
I won’t be hiding out in shipwrecks and alleyways Hoping I’d pull on through
And I’ve said my goodbyes
To them kids at the Liar’s Club
The only thing my honest heart needs is your love
I only need your love
Track Name: Lonely Bones (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
Now this next one is about being sure
What you're doing in your life is worth it
It's about asking yourself that question
And being honest about it
Because you only one, we only get one everybody
And we almost lost ours
But we're still here
We're still making music
We're still driving down Highway 11 17
To come to the great people of the six
So I dare you Toronto
I'm gonna ask you a fucking question
And I'm going to need you to answer it
Everybody, this song's called Lonely Bones

If I asked you, would you tell me that this was worth it?
Being lost here in a fragile state of mind
‘Cause I’m the fool because I thought that I deserved it
Well I got a feeling in these lonely bones of mine

I’m tired and broke in the same clothes from last night
And just because I’m in a brand new city
That don’t make it all right
I’ve spent two weeks in these jeans and white t-shirts
And the pain in my neck just gets worse and worse
But those are lessons you learn
Lessons that you learn on your own

If I asked you, would you tell me that this was worth it?
Being lost here in a fragile state of mind
Well I’m the fool because I thought that I deserved it
Well I got a feeling in these lonely bones of mine

It’s just another night out but free won’t last forever
You pay for it every morning
In the stormiest of weather
I know it’s hard to say no to those free things
And the wonders of the world that their love brings
But those are lessons you learn
For reasons that you already know

If I asked you, would you tell me that this was worth it?
Being lost here in a fragile state of mind
‘Cause I’m the fool because I thought that I deserved it
Well I got a feeling in these lonely bones of mine

If I asked you, would you tell me it wasn’t worth it?
Being lost here in a fragile state of mind
‘Cause I’m the fool because I never really earned it
Well I got a feeling in these lonely bones of mine
Oh god I’ve been dealing with
These lonely bones of mine
Track Name: Fine. (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
Toronto, what's going on?
Tell you what, it's almost Friday
It's almost Friday
And after that
Most of you probably have to work anyway
Because the cost of living is too damn high
So you all have two to three jobs
And I mean, that's fine you know
Is it? I don't know, I can't really tell
That's why I can't afford to live here
That's why my friends are moving out to the suburbs
That's why we're from Thunder Bay, Ontario
And we're fucking proud of that
That's just fine by us everybody
We got a new single out right now
On Spotify Apple Music
Wherever you choose to consume it
This song's called Fine
Come on

You always know what I’m thinking
But you never really wanted to hear
You can blame who ever you like
Standing where you were last year
We’ll I’ve said it before, so I’ll say it again
Have you looked in the mirror?
That ain’t your friend

You say you’re fine
But I don’t believe it

There’s always something with you
I can feel those words that you’re breathing
They’re the furthest thing away from the truth
Though I know that there’s a reason
I tell myself that something is wrong
With me, yeah, with me
There’s always something with you

In every room you walk into
You’re looking for a fight
Tell me kid, do you feel alive?
Lost yourself to an anxious pride
It’ll be okay, just admit you lie
When you say, you’re fine
Truth is, you’re tired
Well you say, you’re fine
But I don’t believe it

There’s always something with you
I can feel those words that you’re breathing
They’re the furthest thing away from the truth
Our reflections can’t keep secrets
When you walk away they’re following you
Though I know that there’s a reason
I tell myself that something is wrong
With me, yeah, with me, yeah
Wrong with me, yeah

You say, you’re fine
But I don’t believe it
You say, you’re fine
But I don’t believe it

There’s always something with you
I can feel those words that you’re breathing
They’re the furthest thing away from the truth
Our reflections can’t keep secrets
When you walk away they’re following you
Oh I know that there’s a reason
There’s a reason why I know
Oh I hope that there’s a reason
I tell myself that something is wrong
With me, yeah, with me, yeah
Wrong with me, yeah
Wrong with me, yeah, with me, yeah
Wrong
Track Name: Thank You (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
Thank you very much Toronto
We're The Honest Heart Collective
How many people have seen our little band play before?
That means there's a lot of new faces
Welcome to the Liar's Club everybody
So we got some merch over there
And it's right there
It's on you, it's on you, it's on you, it's on
Guys thank you so much
Alright boys let's bring it down a bit
Let's bring it down a bit
Now before we kick off our last song tonight
There's some things that need to be said
Some announcements that need to be made
Everybody give it up to our two great opening bands
Leeroy Stagger and Brother fucking Elsey
The Horseshoe Tavern is a great fucking place ain't it?
Give it up to the Horseshoe Tavern
And all their staff, security, bartenders
Tip your bartenders everybody
Because chances are tomorrow night it's gonna be you
Everybody if you turn your attention to the back
By the sound board
Give it up to our good friend Paul at the sound board
Wave hello
It's Paul's birthday at midnight everybody
I wanna thank Vanessa and Danielle at Live Nation
For putting this concert on and their whole team
And everybody, the man giving us all our guitars
Keeping them all in tune for the evening
So we look somewhat professional
Our friend Darren McGill everybody
Now Toronto, I wanna say thank you to you guys
Thank you for coming out
Thank you for supporting our band
The Horseshoe Tavern
Was the first place we ever played
When we played in Toronto when we started touring
And it's great to still be here
And connecting with new people
In this legendary venue in this great city
So thank you so much for having us
We've always got you Toronto
Track Name: I've Got You (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
He was a helpless victim, the kind we know now
And I’m sorry that you lost him
But I swear we’re going to work this out

Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again
Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again

Don’t give it up just yet, you might be emotionally spent
But I’ve got you, well I’ve got you
And if there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget
That baby it’s not fair to think it’s yours to regret
‘Cause I’ve got you, well I’ve got you
Hey hey

You’ve come along way since then
But it still hurts sometimes
That old guilt still crawls in your head
Right in the middle of the night
I never want you to feel that broken again
But it’s the hard truth, never an “if”, only “when”
And I remember everything that you said
The day you found out

Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again
Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again

Don’t give it up just yet, you might be emotionally spent
But I’ve got you, well I’ve got you
And if there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget
That baby it’s not fair to think it’s yours to regret
‘Cause I’ve got you, I’ve always got you

Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again
Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again

Toronto thank you so much, thank you for coming out
Now you've been singing along all night
And I hope it's not too much to ask
If you'll sing along with me one last time
Before we go home
So repeat after me, you ready?

Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again
Your turn
Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again
Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again
Oh I cannot lose you, I can’t go through this again
Toronto, thank you so much
We're The honest Heart Collective

Don’t give it up just yet, you might be emotionally spent
But I’ve got you Toronto, I've always had you

Toronto, thank you
We're The Honest Heart Collective
Let's grab a drink
Track Name: Eleanor (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
Thank you everybody, thank you so much
Thank you for paying attention to our little band
We'll keep coming back as long as you keep showing up

Eleanor, I got some bad news today
The doctor told me there was a whole lot of hurt
Coming along the way
Well it’ll get my liver, it’ll get my lungs
It’ll crush that life we were dreaming of
Eleanor, I got some bad news today
Do you remember when we were young in ’68?

You were a few years older than me
So I was nervous on our date
But it was the way you’d laugh that made me feel
Like this strange, odd thing, it could be real
Do you remember when we were young in ’68?
Do you remember when we were young in ’68?

I guess I always hoped I’d have more time
All the things we could have seen and done
If I only were alive
But I bet the heartache and the medical bills
Will get me before the cancer will
I guess I always hope I’d have more time
I guess I always hoped I’d have more time

Eleanor I’ve got some bad news today
Just let them grief rights in
So you can lower my body in that grave
Well please don’t let your life end with me
You’ll make a great mom one day you’ll see
Eleanor, I got some bad news today
Please don’t forget when we were young in ’68
Track Name: Born To Run (Live at Horseshoe, Tavern, Toronto, 2019)
In the day we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory
In suicide machines
Sprung from cages on Highway Nine
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected
And steppin' out over the line

Oh, baby this town rips the bones from your back
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we're young
'Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run

Now Wendy, let me in, I wanna be your friend
I wanna guard your dreams and visions
Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims
And strap your hands 'cross my engines
Together we can break this trap
We'll run 'til we drop, baby, we'll never go back

Oh, walk with me out on the wire
'Cause, baby, I'm just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta know how it feels
I wanna know if love is wild
And I wanna know if love is real

Alright Kevin you hit it with that saxophone buddy

Beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones
Scream down the boulevard
The girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors
While the boys try to look so hard
The amusement park rising bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in the mist
I wanna die with you, Wendy, on the street tonight
In that everlasting kiss

Thank you Toronto
One, two, three, four

The highway's jammed with broken heroes
On a last chance power drive
Everybody's out on the run tonight
But there ain't no place left to hide
Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul

Oh, someday, girl, I don't know when
We're gonna get to that place
We really wanted to go and we'll walk in the sun
But tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run
Oh honey, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run
Come on Toronto, tramps like us
Baby, we were born to run

Give it up for Brother Elsey everybody
Thank you very much
We're The Honest Heart Collective
Let's grab that drink
Thank you everybody
Thank you so much

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