The Vacant Heartland

by Kevin Crafton

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released 01 July 2011
Kevin Crafton
Andrew Wilde: Piano (except Burn), B3 (except Let You Down), Synth
Dennis Furr: Bass (except Tonight)
Drew Malott: Bass (Tonight)
Kenn Furr: Drums (except Tonight)
Matt McClaine: Drums (Tonight)
Ryan Puett: Echo Harp
All songs written by Kevin Crafton except “Amazing Grace” melody in Joanie solo
Recorded/Engineered by Ryan Puett, Lanis Watkins and Kevin Crafton at Heathcliff
Mixed by Drew Malott at Queensize
"This is America" mixed by Scott Simpson

Photos of Kevin by Mandy Crandell
Cover photos by Kevin Crafton
Cover art by Ryan Puett
Cover illustrations courtesy of Kit Crafton

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Kevin Crafton Nashville, Tennessee

Kevin Crafton is a folk rock artist that draws inspiration from the poetry of Jim Daniels and James Wright. With his LP, "The Vacant Heartland", the scene has been set for his telling the story of the demise of the country's heart and thus morale.
This kind of music is something that may have been heard in the late 1970's by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp.
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Track Name: The Vacant Heart(land)
Where can I go when every road leads me to the same place
And all the signs are just circles I’m beginning to think that’s just life
Oh my God where can I run when every place just looks the same
I’m just running in circles trying so hard in vain
Remember the time you thought that life had so much to offer you
Now you just work away and use the TV to escape
Oh my God where can you run when every place just feels the same
You’re just running in circles trying so hard in vain
And oh my God what happened to all the places you once loved
The windows are boarded, windows are boarded up
Oh my God where can we run when every place just looks the same
We’re just running in circles trying so hard in vain
And oh my God what happened to all the places we once loved
The windows are boarded windows are boarded up
And oh my God what happened to all the places I once loved
The windows are boarded windows are boarded up
Track Name: Tonight
Turn the lights down low all we need are candles now
Eager hands will trace your body close your eyes let go
Turn the lights down low all we need are candles now
It all plays out on the wall behind us silent shadow marionettes
It’s all for you tonight
Track Name: Girl Song
She was barefoot on the summer pavement
Watching all the fireflies rise from the evening grass
Thinking about the time she wasn’t sad to see the sunrise
After dinner out on the porch swing
Dreaming of a boy who would only break her heart
Isn’t that the way the story has always got to end she thought
Her first time was during a rainstorm
That swollen river came and took her innocence away
With a boy she later said could never bring her any joy
The light appears on the horizon
Like a ghost she goes unseen
Desperate for somebody to take pride in her company
Track Name: Too Many Tomorrows
Too many tomorrows to find today
I need some verification that I’ll be ok
So when it gets too much let’s just run away
Laughter ringing through the open dells
Hear me shouting wisdom from the whispering hills
Under this weathered rooftop let’s just watch the rain
I’ve seen Heaven and been through Hell
I’ve seen so much in common to turn wise men pale
Let’s take this time together and darlin’ use it well
Listen closely and you may hear
Another time together when the rainclouds clear
So when it gets too much let’s just run away
Track Name: On Your Side
Uncover the window and unlock the door its not your fault
Uncover the window and unlock the door its not your fault
I am on your side
Yes I am on your side
I won't ever let you fall from me
No I won't ever let you fall from me
Cause I am on your side
Yes I am on your side
It's not your fault
Track Name: B. Virdot
When I read the note by candlelight
It said father’s pride father’s pride
You see there’s four kids here
And we appreciate all our parents do
But we all share one pair of shoes
It’s so hard to cry ‘cause we’re not alone
The newspaper said they’re homeless too out in Kokomo
Oh Dear B. Virdot I don’t ask for much
But it’s winter time and its cold in Canton signed children in need
Track Name: Joanie
Joanie and I were laughin’ when we were just 17
Running around her white dress stained green at the knees
The thunderhead in the distance took us both by surprise
Joanie ran as fast as she could screaming with a smile
A few years later on we were married by the county clerk
We didn’t have much money I was out of work
Fire took our first home they said it was a lightning strike
Joanie stood there smiling I just cursed the storm
We rebuilt the manor on land her daddy gave
Twenty years two children put one in her grave
The oak tree where we laid her fell over in the snow
Joanie now she has cancer she smiled
Honey do you think I’m old
How can I complain about the weather
With you up there in a hospital room
Laughing like you didn’t hear
The doctor say you’d never come home
Track Name: It'll Be Alright
I never told you how much I care
You said baby don’t you be scared
Everything works out the way it’s meant to be
You and me forever just wait and see
Alright I can’t wait to see
Yesterday and days before I cried
Waiting for the moment to have you by my side
Now you’re here and I must confess
I sit and worry about success with you
Baby what should I do
Should I cry a little
Should I cry a little more
And you said baby don’t worry it’ll be alright
Baby don’t worry it’ll be alright tonight
I’m not going anywhere I heard you say
I’ve heard that many times before today
How do I know you’re not like them
If I open up and let you in my heart
I don’t want a broken heart
Just the same as last time
Just the same as last time you said
Baby don’t worry it’ll be alright
Baby don’t worry it’ll be alright tonight
Baby don’t worry ‘cause it’s you and me for life
Track Name: I Can't Find My Way
I’ve been up this street I’ve been down that road
I’ve been so many place I don’t know where to go
It’s not in but out it’s not up but down
In the center of this minefield my every step is filled with doubt
I can’t find my way
There’s beautiful sights somewhere out there
The storm to the west is gonna drown anyone who cares
My songs aren’t real they aren’t from the heart
A loser begging seconds from a timepiece meant for the stars
I can’t find my way
Track Name: Burn
Shaky fingers tracing the dust on the table by the bed
Flip through the pages torn on the floor that said you had to go
I built this house to hold and I built my world around you
Let it burn
I was your rescue I was your sun I gave my life to you
Outside the thunder argues and feuds and I’m burning matches until they fall
I built this house to hold you and I built my world around you
Let it burn