Edward Hartline

Edward Hartline

 Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Edward Hartline's soulful voice and intricate lyrics have been dropping jaws and gaining fans since 2009.

Biography

Self-taught on guitar and piano, Alabamian Edward Hartline began writing songs at 11, and was performing professionally by 13. He won 1st place at WorkPlay Theater's 2014 Singer/Songwriter Series 2, 1st place in the Emerging Talent Showcase at Blast on the Bay 2015, and 1st at Winter 2016 Moonlight on the Mountain Open Mic. He has toured all over the southeastern US, and released 4 EPs and 2 CDs. He has performed with Von Grey, Shannon LaBrie, Bobby Long, Jessica Meuse, Sam Bradley, Hope Cassity, Marcus Foster, King Bee, and Surviving Allison.

Edward's sound has been compared to Ray LaMontagne, Damian Rice, and James Taylor.

He currently resides in Massachusetts.

Lyrics

Doctor's Orders

Written By: Edward Hartline

I've spent too much time on angels
Gave up prayer when I found the pill
The doctor fed me by the kilo
Until she was all I felt
I spent so much money on nothing
On memories I can't cash in
Another weekend being someone
That she might have danced with

She said she wants me enough to be sober
She said she needs me enough to fly straight
She said she loves me enough to come home but
She don't love me enough to stay

I've spent too much time just working
I've worn these hands down to the bone
When my heart played like an organ
And the notes rang through your soul
I spent so much money on something
Whether it was ever real or not
Now all I've got are calls from no one
When I learned to steal from God

She said she wants me enough to be sober
She said she needs me enough to fly straight
She said she loves me enough to come home but
She don't love me enough to stay

(repeat chorus)
But she don't love me enough to stay

In the Morning

Written By: Edward Hartline

There’s an old man by the fireplace
With his cold hands on a child’s face
He’s telling him a story from the war
He said they built a wall
And I was born to knock it down
But I’m not a fighter anymore

He smiles wide till his eyes are closed
And tells the boy it’s time to go
He’s tired and it’s getting dark outside
The rain won’t stop but the fire dims
And his fingers trace his coarse worn skin
He’s watching the light leave his eyes

He says
Maybe I’ll be stronger in the morning
Maybe there’s a story I haven’t told
Maybe I’ve got so much left to tell him
Maybe I’ll live to let him know

There’s an old man in an empty house
With doors that moan when you’re walking out
He’s watched his whole life slide right down the drain
They say he built his home
With his bare hands lifting stone
He feels it in his bones when it rains

He smiles wide till his eyes are closed
So he don’t have to watch them go
When he’s tired and the fire starts to die
Then he’s all alone again
Just an old man with a fading grin
He’s watching the light leave the sky

And he says
Well, maybe I’ll be stronger in the morning
And maybe tomorrow’s gonna show
And maybe this is just how it happens
Maybe I’ll live to let him know

He says
Maybe I’ll be stronger in the morning
Maybe I’ll be wiser in a day
Maybe this is just part of healing
Maybe it’ll all go away

There’s an old man by the fireplace
With his cold hands resting by his waist
He’s not a fighter anymore

The Rain

Written By: Edward Hartline

There she goes off into the sunrise
She swears that she’s finally heading west
She misses me, misses me, misses me dearly
Or so the year-old message says

She said that she finally found the mountains
She said that they’ve been there all along
She’s seeing, she’s seeing, she’s seeing so clearly
Says her smile through the phone

She’s says that she’s finally found a purpose
She’s only ever a dial away
And she might not be here in the morning
But she’ll come home when she misses the rain

There she went off into the sunset
She swears that she’d finally heading east
She misses me, misses me, misses me dearly
A year-old message on repeat

She said that she finally found the water
It must have been there all along
She’s feeling, she’s feeling, she’s feeling something
Before she hangs up the phone

She said that she finally found a purpose
She’s only ever a dial away
She might not be here in the morning
Bur she’ll come back home when she misses the rain

She said that she’s leaving when it gets colder
That was before the phone rang, rang, and rang
She still wasn’t home this morning
The only thing here is the rain

Ball and Chain

Written By: Edward Hartline

So write yourself off babe
With the pen in your hand
Down to that F train
That put the boys in the can

And tell me your secrets
With a whole lotta lies
You know my weakness
Is the cold in your eyes
Well it’s the cold in your eyes

And I said
What makes a fire a burning flame
And maybe that river is just a whole lotta rain
Baby this feeling is always the same
This whole wide world now
Is just a ball and chain
It’s just a ball and chain
It’s just a ball and chain
It’s just a ball and

So tell me I’m never
Gonna see what you stole
Just a half written letter
To make you feel whole

And while you’re still going
Through that same old routine
My fault is showing
I’ve got just what you need now
I’ve got just what you need now

What makes a fire a burning flame
And maybe that river is just a whole lotta rain
Baby this feeling is always the same
This whole wide world is just a ball and chain
It’s just a ball and chain
It’s just a ball and chain
It’s just a ball and chain

(Repeat chorus)

Fool Proof

Written By: Edward Hartline

Maybe it’s different
Maybe the wind is just passing through
Maybe this isn’t
This doesn’t have to be about you

But it will be
When you tell me
Saying baby, I’m not fool proof
I’m just used to
Being loved by you

Maybe you’ll fall out
Maybe it’s all out war from here
Maybe your walls come down
And this is always hard for me

And it will go
When you don’t know
Who’s saying, hold on
I’m not fool proof
I’m just used to being loved like new
I’m not fool proof
I’m just used to being looked right through

Like in a mirror dance on the ceiling
You’re just a cold truth flashing a gold tooth
I know you’re not fool proof
I know you’re not fool proof after all

Maybe it’s better
Maybe you’re never coming down
Maybe your head hurts
From all the times you thought you’d drown

But it will sink
When you tell me
Saying baby, I’m not fool proof
I’m just used to
Feel like new

Maybe a break down
Maybe I’ll take out all these lies
Maybe you’re safe and sound
If you’re found empty inside

But you don’t know
If it won’t show
If it does though
You’re not fool proof
Your only use
Is being loved by you

I’m not fool proof
I’m just used used to
Being looked right through

Lost in a window
Crossed in a dim glow
You’re just a blue moon
Born in a bathroom

No, you’re not fool proof
No, you’re not fool proof
No, I know you’re not fool proof
No, I know you’re not fool proof
After all

I know you’re not fool proof
I know you’re not fool proof
I know you’re not fool proof
After all

She Loves Me Not

Written By: Edward Hartline

I’ve been picking flowers
Feels like picking at my scars
A bouquet after hours
Of gathering the stars

And washing out my daydreams
With a pocket full of cash
Turning over slowly
And learn to breathe at last

She loves me
She loves me not
She loves me
She loves me a lot
She loves me
Not

I’ve been pushing daisies
From the bottom of a can
An awful lot of maybes
Lay seizing in your hand

And I’m drowning in my nightmares
With a letter full of ash
Your savior standing right there
Trapped inside your glass

She loves me
She loves me not
She loves me
She loves me a lot
She loves me
She loves me not

I Won't Let It Go Away

Written By: Edward Hartline

The rain is on the road
Is it the same storm
That finally chased you outta town

The TV flashes red
The whole world’s playing dead
The thunder rolls in without a sound

The station’s empty now
I feel like closing down
The street signs line an empty maze

The dial tone don’t listen
And now the feeling’s slipping
But I won’t let it go away

The city’s painted silver
Night time on the river
The moon sinks down into the sky

And I’ve been headed home
Because I guess you won’t
Following the water on the rise

The morning stretches out its arms
And pulls apart the dying storm
Tossing out its cold remains

The sunshine thaws the ground
While the feeling washes out
But I won’t let it go away
I won’t let it go away

The wind is blowing past me
But I swear I heard it asking
If I’m going make it through the day

As the highway fills with people
The feeling starts to wrinkle
But I won’t let it go away
I won’t let it go away
I won’t let it go away

I'm Not Perfect

Written By: Edward Hartline

Main Street’s empty
These day dreams are heavy
On my soul

The steel frames are waning
To reach down and save me
From this hole I’m kneeling in

The bay side is closed down
There’s no room in this old town
To hold a man in the ground

The rain and the cold’s out
Sheltered by the roof of your mouth
But doors don’t slam like that now

And oh I know I’m not perfect
I’ve got demons under my bed
But you’ve got eyes that look like you’ve seen heaven
And they’re always on him

The skyline’s crawling
Away from the morning
No one knows where to

The floorboards are talking
To steps that I won’t walk on
And no one knows why but you

The weeds took the house back
Now it’s full of age and cracks
But the postbox still says your name

The fire has blown out
The wood is on it’s own now
And that ain’t never gonna change

Oh I know I’m not perfect
I’ve got razors under my skin
But you’ve got hands that seem to break and mend
And they’re always on him

Oh I know I’m not perfect
I’ve got pillows under my head
All I feel are your arms again
But they’re always around him

Jersey Bound

Written By: Edward Hartline

You know I’m no good at losing
You know all I am is talk
My wallet’s empty
But I’m still a gambling man
Maybe that’s just how I am

You know I’m no good at quitting
You know all I do is bad
I was born a brawler
But you took the fight out of me
Maybe that’s just what I’m supposed to be

I don’t know what’s going to happen
My feet are carrying me on down
I don’t know where I’m headed
But I hope I’m Jersey bound

You know I’m no good at feeling
You know I can’t open up
But you’ve shown me something
When I tried to close you out
Maybe that’s just who I am now

You know I’m no good at loving
You know all I do is wrong
I was born for something
But the reason set me free
Maybe this is where I’m supposed to be

I don’t know what’s going to happen
The Delaware can take me on down
To that old river road on the east side of the world
Wherever I am I’m Jersey bound

You know you’re no good either
That’s what you try to tell yourself
Did you tame the lion
Or did you just start biting back
‘Cause I don’t remember when I acted like that

You know I’m no good at anything
But I really wish I was
‘Cause I was born a child
But I swear now I’m a man
Is this all I’ve ever been

I don’t know what’s supposed to happen
Maybe that part of me drowned
While I was drinking up the river
And trying not to get burned
But baby now I know I’m Jersey bound

Discography

Lagniappe - 2009 EP (OOP)

   1. Reflections
   2. Paper-Thin Boy
   3. At My Side
   4. Half-Mast
   5. Cold Outside
   6. Maryland

Candy for Bread Map - 2011

  1. Your Eyes
  2. Gone Tonight
  3. Born for Blues
  4. Enough
  5. Morris Avenue
  6. Adrenaline Blues
  7. Gambling Man
  8. You're to Blame
  9. Table for Two
  10. Sinner's Blues
  11. Waffles at One
hartline. - 2013 EP (OOP)
  1. Your Eyes
  2. Bonnie
  3. Savior
  4. After All This Time
  5. Melody's Song
  6. Flying Season
  7. In Bloom
Lost - 2013 EP
  1. I'm Fine
  2. I Won't Let It Go Away
  3. In the Morning
  4. She Loves Me Not
Human Nature - 2014 CD

    1.  Cold Glass Ceilings
    2.  Shepherd Or The Wolf
    3.  The Rain
    4.  I'm Not Perfect
    5.  Ball And Chain
    6.  Did I Leave Too Early
    7.  Bittersweet
    8.  Long Long Gone
    9.  In The Way
   10. Pray Loud

Estrangement - 2016 EP

    1. I Swear
    2. Ghost Town
    3. Rutland
    4. Doctor's Orders