Heaven's Operahouse

by Art Vandalay

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released January 5, 2012

Brandon Henry: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Ben Cook-Feltz: Keyboards, Harmonies, Shakers, Djembe, Hand claps
Calvin Plocher-Keasling: Drums, Hand claps
Colin Monette: Lead Electric Gutiar
Chris Horgan: Accordion, Hand claps

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Art Vandalay St Paul, Minnesota

Art Vandalay delivers a rich sound that sways and swaggers with an understated bravado. Not only does the core trio lay down their rootsy groove, but adding to the magic is local guitarist Colin Monette whose reverb soaked guitars and Chris Horgan’s sea-shanty accordion brings a whole new flavor to Art Vandalay’s distinctive sound that the Duluth News-Tribune calls "impossibly catch." ... more

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Track Name: Fool's Gold
Verse 1:
There’s a bride standing on the side of the road got her thumb hanging out
Tryin’ to escape, tryin’ to escape a certain kind of fate
Well I was torn up like a tire with my wires hangin’ out strewn about the road
A broke down truck spinning its wheels from carrying too heavy a load

Well she climbed in with her dark glasses and sly deviled smile
She had trouble on her mind as she pried off that ring and never kissed it goodbye

And we pulled over from the interstate
Let the cold wind pass us by
Said we may die young, we may die old as she pulled me in close and tight

Chorus:
It was two days and a pair of tight jeans
A broken heart, a rip at the seams
Sometimes you just gotta chase the breeze

So take me away, wherever you want to go
As long as it ain’t here, I don’t really care
We’ll make it on our own
We’ll make it home
Hey, hey, hey

Verse 2:
Made a clean break from a jagged city where the ghosts and shadows roamed
Two tumbled souls thrown like a gambler’s roll, gypsy’d wheels and shipwrecked fools
Well she was singin’ like a jukebox playing at a diner
Tapped boots in time with the heat
Screaming at the wind like a phoenix at the fire
Laughing like a devil’s twin

And we made it out of an eight hour drive
Still nothing felt quite right
So we spent all night in a Days Inn
She wasn’t wearing nothin’ but the boots and sweat on her skin

Chorus:
It was two days and a pair of tight jeans
A broken heart, a rip at the seams
Sometimes you just gotta chase the breeze

So take me away, wherever you want to go
As long as it ain’t here, I don’t really care
We’ll make it on our own
We’ll make it home
Hey, hey, hey

Verse 3:
Morning broke like thieves on the run caught between a twilight and dawn
That’s when our great escape turned into a funeral parade
But we paid no mind to the angels on our shoulders
Kicked ‘em to the side of the road
That’s where it all began and there’s where it’ll end when you’re chasin’ after fool’s gold

When you’re two steps from the edge and ten paces from the draw
She dragged me with a wreckless and covered our tracks
And all the evidence of our past

Chorus:
It was two days and a pair of tight jeans
A broken heart, a rip at the seams
Sometimes you just gotta chase the breeze

So take me away, wherever you want to go
As long as it ain’t here, I don’t really care
We’ll make it on our own
We’ll make it home
Hey, hey, hey
Track Name: Poison Wine
Verse 1:
It crawls like a cobra ‘cross the desert plains
Creeps through the valley like a lion to tame
It’s the serpent inside, puts envy in your eyes
Like lookin’ for bigger diamonds to shine

Verse 2:
Never know when the shadows will trail you from behind
Turn you ‘to a stranger with a criminal mind
Who takes you by the hand, leads you to the other side
Where all the lotus eaters are drinkin’ that poison wine

Chorus:
Poison wine
Goes down easy
Poison grapes from a poison vine
It’s a bitch’s brew that’ll rob you blind
That poison wine

Verse 3:
It’s a wicked world of wolves and thieves
Angels and demons just plotting their schemes
Lookin’ for the fastest way to dig up the baron’s gold
They’d leave you blacklisted with no where to roam

Chorus:
Poison wine
Goes down easy
Poison grapes from a poison vine
It’s a bitch’s brew that’ll rob you blind
That poison wine

Verse 4:
The sun rises in the East and goes down where it feels
That darkness from behind, just two steps from your heals
That devil within’ he’d watch you drown
As your drinkin’ a jug that mortal sin

Chorus:
Poison wine
Goes down easy
Poison grapes from a poison vine
It’s a bitch’s brew that’ll rob you blind
That poison wine
Track Name: Out to Sea
Chorus:
Ain’t no doctor, ain’t no professor, I am a fool
‘Cause when she confessed her love to me
I turned and walked away
Now I’m driftin’ out to sea

Verse 1:
She’s the kind of woman who can kiss right through your soul
Make you feel young as you grow old
But I let her drift away
Now my nights are long and cold
And the wine that you pour won’t do you no good

Chorus:
‘Cause I ain’t no doctor, ain’t no professor, I am a fool
When she confessed her love to me
I turned and walked away
And now I’m driftin’ out to sea

Verse 2:
You can work half your life to fill that pot of gold
Spend half searchin’ for that diamond in the coal
Don’t you know it’s easier
To keep the sunshine in the shade
When you got a woman to put sugar in your lemonade

Chorus:
Ain’t no doctor, ain’t no professor, I am a fool
When she confessed her love to me
I turned and walked away
And now I’m driftin’ out to sea

Bridge:
And somethings are hard to explain
Like why cheap champaigne tastes so damn good and what kept me from loving you

Verse 3:
Rivers are meant to flood and canyons set the sun
Mountains covered by snow from above
Well maybe you were meant to stay or maybe you were meant to roam
But empires they fall and lovers just drag you home

Chorus:
Oh I ain’t no doctor, ain’t no professor, I am a fool
When she confessed her love to me
I turned and walked away
And now I’m driftin’ out to sea
Track Name: Everlasting Passenger
Verse 1:
Everlasting passenger disconnected from the world
That’s lost its patience on a patient man
Everlasting passenger
Crawl out of the shadows into the footsteps
That lead you in circles
Swear sometimes it’s like the blind leading the blind

Chorus:
Everlasting passenger
Ever ohhhhhh ohhhh ohhhhh
Everlasting passenger

Verse 2:
Do you lose yourself starin’ out the window?
Or do you find yourself lost behind the wheel?
Followed directions, studied the map
Of where the gold is never buried
And the roads are paved with broken glass
Eyes of strangers baring down on you

Chorus:
Everlasting passenger
Ever ohhhhhh ohhhh ohhhhh
Everlasting passenger

Bridge:
And the lightning strikes in reverse
As the rain tears out the sky
Can’t listen to your whispered words
Or a blind faith as your alibi

Verse 3:
At the risk of the sun veer into the darkness
Where the miles and miles can breath
Get lost in the space between
Everlasting passenger
Ever ohhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhhh
Track Name: Fall Apart
Well we made it through
Like a cannonball shot across the sky
And the wrought iron gates
Couldn’t hold me back as I pried

And the green grass on the other side
Ceased growing when you came through the darkness into the light

Sometimes it’s like walking through the desert
Counting the grains of sand
When you’re a lonely ship
Disguised as a man

Well if one is by land
And two is by sea
I’d rather sink with you
Than get my feet stuck in the sand

And I can hear your freight train coming
Like a slow rolling fog across the river
You scratch me like a record
Worn to the groove
I’m just a chess piece without any moves

Sundown and we’re alone
Like wildflowers in the burning fields
We’ll make it to the next town
Kick the dust from our heels

And hand in hand we’ll make it to tomorrow
‘Cause my love for you, babe is final

And I can hear your freight train coming
Like a slow rolling fog across the river
You pump the blood
Through my heart
Your lovin’ makes me fall apart
Your lovin’ babe
Makes me fall apart
Track Name: Empty
Eating alone
With my head hung low, my head hung low
Feeling empty
As midnight
As midnight in winter

When the streets are desolate and I’m desperate
As a wolf
As a wolf

Broken bottles and mirrors
Tell stories and bend the truth
Streetlights they echo through
The lonely nights worn down by the day

And I’m feeling like a ten-ton train
Out, out of coal, out of coal

Empty
Empty
Empty

Frozen in walls that never move
Hold the shadows in the wind
If the light makes it through
We’ll see the end
We’ll see the end

To these desperate times we must contend
Oh, contend

Empty
Empty
Empty
Track Name: Pitch and Sway
Verse 1:
A stranded pearl without a word
Can do anything
In this desperate kingdom of love

The world comes to an end
Between the corners and around the bend
Wordless, we are all alone

Chorus:
With bellies full of fire
Saturated beyond repair
These increments of love
They pitch and they sway
They pitch and sway

Verse 2:
There’s a motorcade that takes the mind away
In bulletproof cars where darkness surrounds
And it takes, it takes
The mind away

Chorus:
With bellies full of fire
Saturated beyond repair
These increments of love
They pitch and they sway
They pitch and sway
Track Name: Northern Lights
Verse 1:
She wears her Ray-Bans in the eye of the storm
Just to be sure, to be sure the coast is clear
‘Cause when the dust settles and all the gunslingers have gone home
There ain’t nothin’ left but to be alone

Verse 2:
Cigarettes and bottles have a way of walking at her feet
When the sky gets dark and she can’t find her sleep

Chorus:
From the Northern lights
That are chasing her down
Like green carosene glowing in the sky and there ain’t no one around

And it’s alright, it’s alright
It’s alright, it’s alright
To be alone

Verse 3:
She’d look much prettier if she’d learn to smile more
But she’s caught between a world of greed and the kitchen floor
Lookin’ for a place to scratch her name in the paint
Now she’s goin’ door to door tryin’ to find an escape

From the Northern lights
That are chasing her down
Like green carosene glowing in the sky and there ain’t no one around

And it’s alright, it’s alright
It’s alright, it’s alright
To be alone

(repeat)
Track Name: Omaha to Mexico
Verse 1:

She left this city and left this town
In a cloud of dust and smoke
Fifty bucks, a pack of cigarettes
and love letter she never wrote

Tried to love a man with a heart of gold
‘Til it turned to rust
Just couldn’t ignore her rambling soul
A life meant for the road

Verse 2:

Headed South on a train
stopped near Omaha
Hitched a ride on a rusty truck
with a stranger swore she’d seen before

As they slept out under the stars
Made love until the dawn
As he lay sleeping she took the keys
and headed out alone…..

Chorus:

She wants to see the sunset
Feel sand between her toes
Wants to taste a love so deep
Somethin’ that’ll bring her down to her knees
Before she dies

Verse 3:

Restless wind kept calling her name
It was the only friend she’d ever known
Left so many lovers this way
Knew it’d haunt her like a ghost

Now she’s stuck somewhere down in
Tennessee
Down to her last line
Stumbled into a bar looking for a
lonely soul
Someone she could take for a ride

Bridge:

It was shadow she could never shake
Her life was give and take
With a stolen passport
And a made-up name
Gonna dance naked in the rain

Verse 4:

She rolled on like the thunder in the rain
‘Til she hit that southern coast
Woke up behind the wheel of a truck
‘Til she ran out of road

She stowed away on a sailing ship ‘bound for Mexico
Now it’s been twenty years since she
skipped town
Never felt more at home

Chorus:

She wants to see the sunset
Feel the sand between her toes
Wants to taste a love so deep
Something that’ll bring her
Down to her knees
Before she dies
Track Name: Heaven's Operahouse
Verse 1:
Come running to the edge of a cliff with the breeze blowing from behind
Not sure if your faith is there to leap this time
‘Cause you left your parachute hangin’ on a coat rack in an apartment
In the middle of a city filled with tiny tragedies

So take to the paths with well-worn shoes
‘Cause the wolves will chase you down in the pale moon
But do not fear these deeply treaded pastures
Where wise men tend to fall
‘Cause greed is the poison apple they feed us all

Chorus:
When you’re high up in the clouds, in the rafters above
Heaven’s little opera house where anyone can sing
You’re free as a bird but caged as a lion
Oh sometimes, we’re just lyin’ to ourselves

Verse 2:
Their pearls of wisdom oh how they string you along
Leave you hangin’ ‘round the neck of a woman left at the ball
Where the orchestra is playin’ the same sad waltz
Abandoned by a night that promised it all

The pillars of the world they hold up the beach
Where we walk hand in hand along the edge of a dream
It’s a doubled-sided blade, sharp as the lion’s teeth
Damned if you do and damned if you fail
But those wolves are on our trail

Chorus:

Bridge:
And the symphony in your head is playing for life or death
Tryin’ to keep the time with the song running through your head
But what do you do when the dream they sold you was dead on arrival?
And ain’t never coming back

Verse 3:
You know you’re on the edge of something with a quiet urgency
The night pulls a curtain on all the secrets that you keep
In this little apartment, it’s a lover’s travesty
To be standin’ a balcony, with no one making a speech

Chorus: