Charades

by Heather Hutchison

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Ken Tomiyama Heather and her partner Jordan are truly gifted musicians and composers. I started following her with the release of Where The Ocean Meets The Sand CD and bought her back catalog. She recently received the 2016 Vancouver Island Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year for her song Reason To Stay. As any indie artist would attest, it takes a lot of time, money and energy to get their music out (a shameless plug to support these guys). Favorite track: There's a Reason.
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Heather Hutchison's Sophomore release.

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released December 1, 2007

Produced by Brock Skywalker and Heather Hutchison
Engineered by Stew Kirkwood

Drums - Chris Davies, Stew Kirkwood (track 2)
Bass - Jordan Mann
Viola - Leanne Dammann
Guitars - Stew Kirkwood
Background Vocals - Mike Edel
Piano, Rhodes, Lead and Background Vocals - Heather Hutchison

All songs written by Heather Hutchison (SOCAN)

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Heather Hutchison Courtenay, British Columbia

Capturing the struggles and triumphs of life in an introspective and poignant manner, singer, songwriter and pianist Heather Hutchison tells life stories rooted in the universal feelings of the human experience. With captivating melodies and strikingly powerful, honest lyrics that will not soon be forgotten, Hutchison weaves emotionally-charged stories, both hopeful and broken hearted. ... more

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Track Name: Shards of Porcelain
How can I pretend that I don’t care
You’re easy enough to fool
But because of you I can’t lie to myself anymore

And I need to save somebody else
So maybe I can save myself

And life is like porcelain
When we fall we can pick up the shards
And put them back together again
But we’re never quite the same

And I hate all the cracks and crevices
That make me who I am
But maybe if I looked in the mirror today and loved who I saw
Maybe it wouldn’t matter if you don’t want me at all

I will drink your poison
And even though it burns
I’ll take all you have to give me
And then turn away in shame

But I’ll keep coming back to you Again and again and again

Life is like porcelain
When we fall we can pick up the shards
And put them back together again
But we’re never no we're never quite the same

And I hate all the cracks and crevices
That make me who I am
But maybe if I looked in the mirror today and loved who I saw
Maybe it wouldn’t matter if you don’t want me at all

Maybe if I looked in the mirror today
Track Name: The One Thing I Can Promise
We’re far from the noise of the city
The books the parties and the people that we know

Far from expectations
Deadlines and idealizations

We’re far from the world
Not in body but in mind

We’ve been a long time coming to this so take me away
Take me away

And I’ll try not to say the things that I don’t mean to say
And I’ll try not to be so damn cliché

And I’ll try to help the world see
Who I know you are

But the one thing I can promise
Is I’ll try

I'll try

You’re so many different things to so many different people
But to me you’re complete

You can rock my soul
Or bring me to tears with your quiet grace

What’ll it be today
Take me away

And I’ll try not to say the things that I don’t mean to say
And I’ll try not to be so damn cliché

And I’ll try to help the world see
Who I know you are

But the one thing I can promise
Is I’ll try

And I’ll try not to say the things that I don’t mean to say
And I’ll try not to be so damn cliché

And I’ll try to help the world see
Who I know you are
Track Name: Drifter
Another lonely highway and it’s 4 AM
Your coffee’s long since empty and you’re the only one awake
The dark night holds you in its cold embrace
And you feel so all alone

You’re a drifter but it’s times like these you question
The choices you have made
And it’s times like these you wonder
If this journey makes sense at all
Or if it’s just one more mistake

You paid little heed to the warnings
Followed your heart instead
You never thought it’d be easy but right now you wanna turn around
To see one familiar face
‘Cause everyone’s a stranger though every city’s the same

You’re a drifter but it’s times like these you question
The choices you have made
And it’s times like these you wonder
If this journey makes sense at all
Or if it’s just one more mistake

Pull up to the pump around 5 AM
And smile wearily at the single mother in the next car
You don’t know her story but you know that look in her eyes
She’s a drifter just like you and she’s probably made a few mistakes
And suddenly you don’t feel so tired so scared so alone

No one said life would be easy
Or that things wouldn’t be so damn unfair
Yes you could sell your soul to reach the top
But you know you’re stronger than that

You’re a drifter but you don’t have to question
The choices you have made
And you don’t have to wonder
If this journey makes sense at all
Or if it’s just one more mistake

Another lonely highway and it’s 6 AM
But the sun is coming up
Track Name: Charades
Excuse me can you talk a little louder
I don’t think I understand quite what you mean

Excuse me can you stare a little harder
‘Cause clearly there’s so much more that remains to be seen

And I know very well how to play the game
And I’ve bought into this charade

You can watch my actions but I won’t speak
My words would only be wasted
‘Cause you think you know that I’m just who you want me to be

Don’t turn away now
I’m obsessed with your acceptance and I need to make you understand

Trust in me and I won’t ever let you see me fall
‘Cause in your eyes I’m already weak

And I know very well how to play the game
And I’ve bought into this charade

You can watch my actions but I won’t speak
My words would only be wasted
‘Cause you think you know that I’m just who you want me to be

You’ve gotta look away now
I’ve gotta walk away now

‘Cause you just can't
You just won't see

'Cause you just can't
You just won't See

And I know very well how to play the game
And I’ve bought into this charade

You can watch my actions but I won’t speak
My words would only be wasted
‘Cause you think you know that I’m just who you want me to be
Track Name: Hello
I’m so tired of this life
Of the never ending hurt and strife

Now I’m lying here immersed in all my pain and fear
Can you hear my desperate cries or are you too caught up in the lies

Hello I need you here
To wipe away all of my tears
To banish all of my fears

I need your hand to help me through
Help me see these skies of blue
Can I count on you

Hello

I’m silently screaming
I’m barely breathing

I’m falling please help me to stand
I’m drowning please help me to land

Please save me from this darkness and despair
Oh please let me know you’re there

Hello I need you here
To wipe away all of my tears
To banish all of my fears

I need your hand to help me through
Help me see these skies of blue
Can I count on you

Hello

Hello
Track Name: Taxi Driver
When I grow up I wanna be a taxi driver
When I grow up I wanna be a taxi driver

I can take you to the airport
Or pick you up from the bar
Who am I kidding
We’d never make it that far

The American dream
Is not for me
I don’t wanna be a doctor a lawyer a rock star
I just wanna drive my little yellow car

When I grow up I wanna be a taxi driver
When I grow up I wanna be a taxi driver

Mr. Policeman what’s that you say
To stay in my own lane
Are you insane

That stop sign was just getting in my way
And that store didn’t need its front window anyway

When I grow up I wanna be a taxi driver
When I grow up I wanna be a taxi driver

Everyone always says
You can do anything if you set your mind

So hop on in
And we’ll go for a drive

It’s a free ride
If you survive
Track Name: Taking Back My Life
Empty words
And broken promises
Are all I remember of you

But I refuse
To be remembered the way that I remember you
And I refuse
To make another pay for my mistakes the way that you did

But how can I rise above the past
When behind these angry eyes
Are so many tears I haven’t cried

But this anger is getting me nowhere
‘Cause I’m still living in the past
Afraid to look ahead
I keep looking back

So I’ll cry my tears
Face my fears
And learn to forgive
The unforgivable

Sometimes I wanna cry
For all the lives that you destroyed
Including your own

You’ve got everything and nothing
You lived your life behind a mask
You hid the truth from everyone
Even fooled yourself

And you followed in the footsteps
Of the ones who came before
You were not strong enough to break the chain

But this anger is getting me nowhere
‘Cause I’m still living in the past
Afraid to look ahead
I keep looking back

So I’ll cry my tears
Face my fears
And learn to forgive
The unforgivable

Won’t let you shame me again
Won’t let you rape me again
You stole my innocence
But I’m taking back my life

And I will be strong enough to break the chain

So I cried my tears
Faced my fears

And I forgive you
The unforgivable
Track Name: There's a Reason
There were times in my life when the weight of the world was too much to bear alone
And there were times in my life when I didn’t have the strength to stand on my own

But then you came to me and held me up so high
High enough to touch the sky

And I believe there’s a reason for everything
And I believe there’s a reason you were sent to me

To help me through when I didn’t have a clue
That the answer was there all along and it was you

I used to feel so faithless used to think the world was so cruel
But then you walked into my life the essence of hope
And you showed me just how far a little faith can go

You taught me to be
The best that I could be

And now I believe there’s a reason for everything
And I believe there’s a reason you were sent to me

To help me through when I didn’t have a clue
That the answer was there all along and it was you

And I believe there’s a reason for everything
And I believe there’s a reason you were sent to me

To help me through when I didn’t have a clue
That the answer was there all along and it was you

The answer was there all along and it was you

It was you

It was you

It was you
Track Name: You're Gonna Fly
Standing here today
Never thought you’d make it this far

You look back on all the years
From the sunlit days that seemed to last forever
To the cold dark nights you didn’t know how you’d make it through

You’re on your way
You’re gonna fly
Don’t know where you’re going but you’re gonna be alright

And some may tell you
That you won’t reach your dreams
But who’s to say that you can’t try

You’re gonna fly

Good-bye’s not the easiest word to say
And how do you tell them all they’ve meant

‘Cause we all fall down along the way
But where would we be without their loving hands to pick us up
And put us on our feet again

You’re on your way
You’re gonna fly
Don’t know where you’re going but you’re gonna be alright

And some may tell you
That you won’t reach your dreams
But who’s to say that you can’t try

You’re gonna fly

Today one chapter ends and another begins
Oh it won’t be easy by any means

The pages may tear
Or become marred with tears

You can’t change the past what’s done is done
But you’re the only one who can write your ending

You’re on your way
You’re gonna fly
Don’t know where you’re going but you’re gonna be alright

And some may tell you
That you won’t reach your dreams
But who’s to say that you can’t try

You’re gonna fly

Hold on
Oh you’re gonna fly
Track Name: Why
I’ve got so many questions
Where are all the answers

Oh I’ve been looking for someone
Who with a few simple words could take this pain away

‘Cause he was the one I trusted with all my childhood secrets
And sometimes he seemed to know me better than I knew myself

But it was all a facade so he could use me
For a purpose I never knew he needed to have fulfilled

And I know now
The only place I’ll find peace is in my own heart

But it’s so hard
When I’m asking

Why did he think it was ok to take a part of me that wasn’t his to take

And why was I prepared to take our little secret to the grave

Why didn’t I see right through him why didn’t I have a clue

Sometimes I watch the girl I used to be
Like she’s on a movie screen

The things he did were so wrong
But it’s so surreal ‘cause that girl wasn’t me

But every once in a while I’m that girl again
I feel the hurt the sting of betrayal

And I’m so scared ‘cause I don’t know what he’ll do next
And I cry

Why did he think it was ok to take a part of me that wasn’t his to take

And why was I prepared to take our little secret to the grave

Why didn’t I see right through him why didn’t I have a clue

And why didn’t I love myself enough
To let it all go

And why did I allow his actions to take control
Of four years of my life

And why did I condemn myself to silence
Until he hurt another