L.A. Heberlein

L.A. Heberlein

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New American Songs -- personal, political, sad, funny: "Wry, dark, paradoxical, with unique and occasionally twisted humor."

Biography

L.A. Heberlein is better known as a novelist and poet, but his songs have been winning an ardent following at pubs, restaurants, and tea and coffee houses around Puget Sound. In 2007, they're venturing out into America. See detailed biography at www.heberlein.net.

Lyrics

Running When They Got Him

Written By: L.A. Heberlein

I don't know who he was
I don't know what he'd done
When they hollered out stop
He took off on the run
Ducked across the street
Then he doubled back around
He was running when they got him
Running when they cut him down
Running when they got him
Running when they cut him down

There was dirt in his hair
There was fear in his eyes
Sneakers on his feet
Like a million other guys
His pants were kinda gray
His jacket was brown
He was running when they got him
Running when they cut him down
Running when they got him
Running when they cut him down

I couldn't help thinking just a little about me
All the crazy things I did when I was twenty-three
How much of that stuff was a crime?
I wonder what would be my total time?

He was about my height
About my weight
I couldn't stop to watch it all
I was running pretty late
Six or seven shots
He was lying on the ground
He was running when they got him
Running when they cut him down
Running when they got him
Running when they cut him down

New American Song

Written By: L.A. Heberlein

We need an American song
that doesn't end in gunfire
American song
that won't spill blood
An American song
that dances on the high wire
A new American song.

A fresh American song
True American song
Free American song
New American song

An American song
that knows a healthy forest
American song
that gets the children fed
An American song
that finds a happy chorus
A new American song

A fresh American song
True American song
Free American song
New American song

We need an American song
that takes a long vacation
American song
that never goes home
An American song
that founds an honest nation
A new American song

A fresh American song
True American song
Free American song
New American song
New American song
New American song

Apple Tree

Written By: L.A. Heberlein

What feels like a lot to you
Don't seem like that much to me
From just the right point of view
It could be an apple tree

It's hard to really know
What everyone can see
But don't you let it go
It could be an apple tree.

It could be a crown of thorns
Tossed on a wine-dark sea
Familiar and so well-worn
It could be an apple tree

A stronger man might fight
A smarter man might flee
But what gives me the right
It could be an apple tree

Hold it in your heart
In case it just might be
It all could fall apart
Or it could be an apple tree

It could be a pointless turn
Dashed on a rocky lee
The start of a long slow burn
Or it could be an apple tree

It's hard to really know
What everyone can see
But don't you let it go
It could be an apple tree

What Can We Do

Written By: L.A. Heberlein

What can we do?
What can we do?
The war rages on
While our leaders keep lying
People are dying
What can we do?

What can we do?
The forests are gone
The oceans are going
Hot winds are blowing
What can we do?

We can sing
Tell our stories
Share our visions
We can dance

What can we do?
What can we do?
It’s hard to keep on
Feeling so small
With scant hope at all
What can we do?

We can sing
Tell our stories
Share our visions
We can dance

What Can We Do?

Written By: L.A. Heberlein

What can we do?
What can we do?
The war rages on
While our leaders keep lying
People are dying
What can we do?

What can we do?
The forests are gone
The oceans are going
Hot winds are blowing
What can we do?

We can sing
Tell our stories
Share our visions
We can dance

What can we do?
What can we do?
It’s hard to keep on
Feeling so small
With scant hope at all
What can we do?

We can sing
Tell our stories
Share our visions
We can dance

Discography

"New American Song" on Square Lake Records, released September 2007.

Set List

A typical 45-minute set consists of all original material:
Running When They Got Him
Did You Ever Hear a Little Boy Laugh?
Apple Tree
White Boat
Last Gull Over the Bay
Same River Every Time
Half of the Things You Know
What Can We Do?
New American Song