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I’M AFRAID I LOST SOME OF MYSELF ALONG THE WAY
THERE’S A NEW ME, I SUPPOSE
SOME SAY IT’S ALL ABOUT THE IMPRESSIONS WE MAKE
LEAVIN’ FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW
HAUNTED BY GHOSTS IN LINE BEHIND US TO LIVE AGAIN
DIRECTIONLESS UNTIL THE PATH IS CLEAR
HEAVY IS THIS SHOVEL OF DIRT THAT CALOUSES MY HANDS
WE DON’T GET MUCH SNOW DOWN HERE

MY NORTHERN ROSE
FROZEN IN A MEMORY
YOU KNOW I’VE ROLLED THE BONES
& I KNOW NOTHIN’S FREE
I HIT MY KNEES
BROKEN BY THE HIGH COST
I WAS USED TO BEIN’ LOST
BUT NOW I WAS LOOSIN’ ME

BORN BETWEEN THE EMPTY TASTE OF FIRE & THE NAPE OF THE NECK
WHEN THE DEVIL’S GOT YOUR TONGUE, WORDS CRUCIFY
& WHEN YOUR SINKIN’ DOWN SO LOW THE GRAPEVINE GROWS YOUR SHAME
WELL, IT’S HARD TO HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH
WHEN I GET HOME, I’M GONNA LAY MY HEAD TO SLEEP
MAYBE I’LL DREAM THE SMELL OF FALL
WHEN I GO HOME, I’M GONNA LEAVE A PIECE OF ME
WELL, THAT PART’S NOT COMIN’ HOME AT ALL

MY NORTHERN ROSE
NEVER DID SHE HURT ME
EVER FOR NOT
WITHOUT MY OWN FAULT
I HIT MY KNEES
HOPELESS FOR A SECOND CHANCE
NEVER SHOULD I HAVE DANCED
THE MIDNIGHT WHISKEY WALTZ

& YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON
DON’T EVER LET GO
& YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON
WELL, HOLD ON FOR ME
NORTHERN ROSE
HOLD ON FOR ME, NORTHERN ROSE
& YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON
DON’T EVER LET GO
& YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON
YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON
& YOU HAVE TO HOLD ON
NORTHERN ROSE

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from Heavy on the Heart, released March 7, 2020

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Justin Pickard Dallas, Texas

In the course of Justin Pickard’s musical pilgrimage, his songwriting has covered a gamut of subjects: smoking and drinking, the ins and outs of grave-robbery, love and loss, and UFOs that resemble bananas. These subjects in any other writer’s care may not coalesce as seamlessly as they do in the hands of Pickard, who ties them together with wit, passion and heart.

-Jamie Vahala, Dallas Observer
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