Broken Hearts Shine

by Mark Schirmacher

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1.
Tonight is somebody's night the end of somebody's fight no more addictions or crying in the dark tonight is somebody's night Tonight is somebody's night the night for love to take flight to feel your senses slip in your lover's tender grip tonight is somebody's night and the night owl sings - ooooh and the night owl sings - ooooh Who can bend the rays of the sun through a prism on a cloudy day? Who can last through the fire and ice of a prayer above a grave? And who can count himself as a brother or a sister with a need to spare? Tonight is somebody's night the night for children to sleep tight to sleep, perchance to dream I don't want to know what that means tonight is somebody's night and the night owl sings - ooooh and the night owl sings - ooooh Who can bend the rays of the sun through a prism on a cloudy day? Who can last through the fire and ice of a prayer above a grave? And who can count himself as a brother or a sister with a need to spare? You've got brothers all around that are bringing you down saying 'man, you're on a roll!' you've got knives in your pocket and skin up your sleeve that's-a-keeping you from being whole and the man at the end with the fire in his head laid a pricetag on your soul
2.
Here, the longest night of the year I watch you walk away you turn back and smile It's cold, dark red lights trapped in a jar illuminate barefoot and purple lace All those nights a year ago my eyes were filled with candlelight and wine it was borrowed time We try so hard but we only have today our bodies will rust and our eyes will fall away so hold me tight on this longest night of the year You, waiting for some big change or nothing at all, I'm not tired you can turn out the light Wait, the dawn is yet to come steady as a winter's chill ice on the windowsill All those nights a year ago my eyes were filled with candlelight and wine it was borrowed time The other shoe fell, move slowly we can't rewind this moment will pass like a flicker in a faded mind so hold me tight on this longest night of the year Here, the longest night of the year I watch you walk away you turn back and smile
3.
I cry all the time it's not my own pain that I'm feeling people pine and spin away too broke to know that they need healing like my broken heart, my broken heart so good, so good We've got to learn to let our little broken hearts shine broken hearts shine I've been down and out I've been stripped between the covers but LOVE draws a crowd I've been carried by the hands of others Yeah, I cry everyday because the world's just too damn gorgeous and I'm a full grown man and I don't know how the good lord can afford us without our broken hearts, our broken hearts so good, so good We've got to learn to let our little broken hearts shine broken hearts shine We've got to let our broken hearts shine We've got to let it show How will people know you're made of flesh and blood? So let your broken hearts shine like a new tooth in a child's mouth the maker's hand has a way of mending fences when they go south just like my broken heart, my broken heart so good, so good We've got to learn to let our little broken hearts shine broken hearts shine oooh, broken hearts shine (let it shine)
4.
Interlude 01:01
5.
Ely 06:55
We travel north to mystify the facts we know so well absolutes and laundry chutes, the boxes where we dwell to lose the recognition of the high pitched engine roar Ely, oh Ely, I don't feel you anymore You take us bruised and beaten by schedules and clocks you wrap us in the timeless trance of sunsets on the docks a thousand sands from a thousand lands ornament your shore Ely, oh Ely, I don't feel you anymore The loon calls me to water when the sun is waking yet the paddle breaks the surface of the mirror dark and wet I glide out to the center to soothe my burning core Ely, oh Ely, I don't feel you anymore God's breath is on the water and his work is all around ages after man has slept this will still be holy ground with open heart and quiet mind your spirit she'll restore Ely, oh Ely, I don't feel you anymore We leave your ranges altered, not feeling quite the same you give it all, your body and your soul, and you don't even ask my name I question my humanity, but I've never been so sure Ely, oh Ely, I don't feel you anymore As I drive on I reign my mind to guide my body home I hide your beauty harsh and real so deep inside my bones I'm focused on creation, my imagination soars Ely, oh Ely, I don't feel you anymore
6.
Fall Apart 04:28
If you need to fall apart, then fall apart you're brothers and your sisters have all left we're not in some hotel or stealing wishes from the well so let go for a moment and just fall apart You told me once when I was barely breathing to not forget the nature of my dreams I took your words to heart I took it just a bit too far and wished upon a star and watched it fall apart If you need to take a break from having answers a grown woman with questions blooming in your heart take a drive alone the kids will get the phone and I'll fend off the world while you fall apart I've watched you keep it together through my departures and my mad returns I was forlorn I cried and clutched you in the morn I thought I was leaving you to fall apart Do you know who's looking back from your reflection sister, daughter, darling of a king gaze into that face imagine your own space the spinning metal ring can help you fall apart The past feels like a senseless road to nowhere the present is an hourglass unturned the future isn't written yet your heart, the paper and love, the pen we'll write the verse together as we fall apart If you need to be a little lost, so be it I'll send a siren out among the deep listen for my voice the rocks and reef may steal your choice but I'll be holding steady while you fall apart I've watched you keep it together through my departures and my mad returns I was forlorn I cried and clutched you in the morn I thought I was leaving you to fall apart
7.
Other faces and other places have left their traces on your neck a cold car and a warm bar and I never thought I'd see you Back in my arms we don't have to talk about it back in my arms fight to understand A rough ride to the south side where a dirty street didn't notice you a county line is a clean crime and I never thought I'd see you Back in my arms we don't have to talk about it back in my arms fight to understand I left you alone maybe too alone I touch my ear to your shattered faith and you sing to me You're home and I'm not alone you're in the corner looking your best no fingerprints, I'm out of hints, I need to feel you against my chest You're damaged goods and I'm damaged goods, the human heart is a neon blue your lines show and your body glows I never thought I'd see you Back in my arms we don't have to talk about it back in my arms fight to understand
8.
Prayin' Man 03:44
I wanna wake up early get my thoughts out on a page to read the ancient words of God and feel like it's my place Instead, I get more shut eye and make another plan I guess I'm not a prayin' man. I wanna know the words to say when the going has been rough the screws are tight the water's high, enough has been enough when heads are bent and hearts beat slow like the dying of a man I wanna be a prayin' man Prayin' man, prayin' man salt of the earth and fat of the land Prayin' man, prayin' man I wanna be a prayin' man I wanna hear your voice again come rumbling through the waves strong and sweet like a baby's feet running from the grave to laugh and cry so easily like only a child can I wish I were a prayin' man Prayin' man, prayin' man salt of the earth and fat of the land Prayin' man, prayin' man I wanna be a prayin' man Why is it so easy to find you in the dark to feel and sense your presence in the doubt that fills my heart the more I know the less I feel, the less seems real to me I'm tired of believing in a ghost I cannot see As l lay my babies down I kiss them each goodnight I leave the room and I shut the door and I shut off all the lights my love is strong but there's still so much that I'll never understand oh lord I gotta be a prayin' man Prayin' man, prayin' man salt of the earth and fat of the land Prayin' man, prayin' man I wanna be a prayin' man
9.
The flowers on the apple tree happy to see them glowing in the morning sun tomorrow they'll be gone waiting on the ground Will you remember me as the moon goes round? A thin pink band of memory stretches across the sky a bird that eats out my hand cannot fly Will you remember me as the days go by? Cloud dwelling boy sweet sleeping girl perfect orbit 'round a broken world When my mind is far away, sit with me a day and sing a new song my arms are not that long heart in your hand I love you and your I Love NY band Cloud dwelling boy sweet sleeping girl perfect orbit 'round a broken world Shrouding the moon a slight red sleeve perfect orbit 'round a broken dream

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Broken Hearts Shine celebrates love, loss, family, nature, and the frailty of life. A singer/songwriter at heart, Mark Schirmacher weaves thoughtful lyrics with folk/rock leanings to produce a joyous, organic, and expressionistic sound. Recorded in the Midwest, the music features acoustic guitar, vocal harmonies, piano, bass, and drums. Featured musicians are: Chriss Mester, Glenn Olson, Kosh, and Michael McGarthwaite.

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released December 21, 2015

Produced by Chris Frymire and Mark Schirmacher.
Recorded by Steve Kaul at Wild Sound, Minneapolis, MN
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Frymire at Modern Minstrel Mixing, Minneapolis, MN.
All songs written by Mark Schirmacher 2015 CATINABOX (ASCAP)

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Mark Schirmacher is an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. For information on bookings or collaborations, visit www.markschirmacher.com.

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