Marcia Hayden Hendrick

Marcia Hayden Hendrick

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An award-winning songwriter, Marcia writes folk/country songs filled with emotion and lyrics that connect to the listener through stories about broken hearts, bad choices, love and loss. Her newest CD, "Lucky Girl" was released in January 2012. You can find video & audio clips at www.treepoppy.com

Biography

The May 2009 issue of Maverick Magazine (Maverick-Country.com) contains a review of Marcia's 2008 CD, "Water in the Well". Receiving 5 out of 5 stars, the review says in part, "Highlighting what a voice and talent she has, this is an album boiling over with quality that is simply of the highest possible standard."

An award-winning songwriter, Marcia writes story songs that span genres, packed with emotional content and lyrics that connect the listener to the common well of human experience. Her songs are celebrations of life and love in its tender and quirky glory, full of laughter and sorrow, hurt and healing. Born in Montana and raised in Massachusetts, she grew up in a household filled with music and musical instruments, and spent her formative years listening to classical, folk, and pop music, as well as blues and country. Marcia released her first CD, "Water In The Well" in 2008. Her second CD, "Lucky Girl" was released in January 2012. The Title track was included in the 2012 Alternate Root’s Valentine’s Day CD Sampler. Marcia performs in Western Massachusetts on a regular basis, toured to New Orleans, Austin and Nashville in 2012, and played in Eugene, Oregon this past summer.

Marcia also hosts an open mic, and is committed to enabling local community involvement in the performing arts.

"Wheatland County Line", a song from her 2008 release, won the 2007 We Are Listening Lyric Writers Contest.

Marcia has been influenced by songwriters such as John Prine, Gillian Welch, John Hiatt, Merle Haggard, Steve Earle and Warren Zevon.

Marcia's website: http://www.treepoppy.com/

Lyrics

Pull Down The Shade

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

You’ve been playing your broken heart
Hitting rewind at the saddest part
Cause it hurts too much to hear how the story ends
I’ve got a different tune
About you and me alone in a room
With a bed and a fire beneath our skin

Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Let me tell you what to do
Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Give your love to someone new
Pull down the shade

Her memory’s got you chained
To lonely nights and weeks of rain
Yesterday never will come back
Let’s take a trip to wonderland
We have the tickets in our hands
And the moon and stars are all we need to pack

Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Let me show you what to do
Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Give your love to someone new
Pull down the shade

Take down her picture
Take me down the hall
Undo your clothes
Pull them off and let them fall

Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Let me tell you what to do
Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Give your love to someone new
Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Let me show you what to do
Pull down the shade
Pull me down beside you
Give your love to someone new
Pull down the shade

Balance

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

I'm standing on the borderline
Between heaven and hell and you
The secrets that I thought were mine
Belong to someone new
You took my hand
You turned away
To save your love for a rainy day
You'll watch it up and blow away
Like a thousand grains of sand

Can we thread the needle
Can we mend the tear
Can we find our balance in mid air

Our hearts are at the water's edge
They're thirsting for the truth
Afraid to let the current flow
Preferring frozen proof
Let's leave the shore
We'll ride the wave
And give the ice to yesterday
Where glaciers cover feet of clay
Till faith unlocks the door

Can we thread the needle
Can we mend the tear
Can we find our balance in mid air

There's a place for us together
If we choose to face the weather
In the shelter of each other's arms
The grace of love reminds us
Mistakes don't have to bind us
To a future built on counting every harm

We can thread the needle
We can mend the tear
We can find our balance in mid air

Black Train

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

Black train coming, it won't come for me
Black train coming, it won't come for me
The wolves are at my door, got the devil by my side
If I see that train I'm gonna run and hide
Black train coming but it won't come for me

Black train coming, coming round the bend
Black train coming, coming round the bend
This world's as sweet as honey, I don't want to die
I can't live forever but I'm surely gonna try
Black train coming but it won't come for me

Black train coming, hear that lonesome whistle blow
Black train coming, hear that lonesome whistle blow
If you want to get to heaven got to hit your knees and pray
I'll take my baby's loving over heaven any day
Black train coming but it won't come for me

Black train coming, pass that whiskey bottle round
Black train coming, pass that whiskey bottle round
When you get to heaven the streets are paved with gold
But if there ain't no whiskey then heaven's too damn cold
Black train coming but it won't come for me

Better Class Of Guy

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

Better Class Of Guy

I’m alone at a table
With reservations for two
The waiter keeps stopping by
But I’m still waiting on you
Guess I’ll gather up my coat and purse
And find my way to the door
But there’s something new with this romance
That I hadn’t noticed before

I’m not scraping the bottom of the barrel
Knowing you has opened my eyes
I may be stood up
But I’m getting dumped
By a Better Class Of Guy

You’re my favorite heartache
The best that’s made me cry
But if I see you again
I’ll be glad to tell you goodbye
From now on I’m gonna set my sights
A little higher up the tree
It may be farther to fall
But the view looks fine to me

The Reason

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

The first good look I got of you
It stopped me in my tracks
With curly hair and eyes so blue
There weren’t no looking back
There weren’t no looking back
You courted me in summer time
When heat filled up the sky
You promised you’d be loving me
Until the day you died
Until the day you died

You’re the reason I’m aching
You’re the reason I can’t go home
You glittered like a diamond in that two-bit town
You’re the reason I’m all alone
You’re the reason I’m all alone

My back upon the piney ground
I laid my secrets bare
You took everything I had to give
Then laughing left me there
You left me lying there
I gathered up my scattered clothes
And vowed I would not weep
I swore to meet you face to face
And your promise you would keep
That promise you would keep

You’re the reason I’m aching
You’re the reason I can’t go home
You glittered like a diamond in that two-bit town
You’re the reason I’m all alone
You’re the reason I’m all alone

The revolver from my father’s desk
I took it into town
You were betting on a losing hand
When I aimed and shot you down
I aimed and shot you down
The prison doors will open soon
And the noose will hold me tight
But the day you threw away my love
Was the day you had to die
The day you had to die

You’re the reason I’m aching
You’re the reason I can’t go home
You glittered like a diamond in that two-bit town
You’re the reason I’m all alone
You’re the reason I’m all alone
You’re the reason I’m aching
You’re the reason I can’t go home
You glittered like a diamond in that two-bit town
You’re the reason I’m all alone
You’re the reason I can’t go home

Wheatland County Line

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

I’m heading west on 94
Into Mountain Time
Towards the red of a setting sun
In a big Montana sky
For ten long years I’ve been away
From sagebrush and kin
It took my mama’s dying
To bring me home again

Where the Musselshell winds
Beneath the cottonwood trees
And the sight of those mountains
Brings me to my knees
I know there will always be room enough
For me and mine
Across the Wheatland County line

Mama loved her whiskey
But whiskey did her wrong
It stole her days long before
Her memories were gone
The older I got
The more she slipped away
But any anger I have left
I’ll bury here today

Where the Musselshell winds
Beneath the cottonwood trees
And the sight of those mountains
Brings me to my knees
I know there will always be room enough
For me and mine
Across the Wheatland County line

Grandma and Grandpa
Lie beneath their stone
Under wide open spaces
The prairie embraces
Another daughter coming home

Where the Musselshell winds
Beneath the cottonwood trees
And the sight of those mountains
Brings me to my knees
I know there will always be room enough
For me and mine
Across the Wheatland County line

© Marcia Hayden Hendrick

Texas Don't Have You

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

I met up with my cousin down in Abilene
We traded stories and all the family news
He told me girl I hate to see you leave
I said leaving was what I had to do

Cause Texas has armadillos
And Amarillo's flashing lights
It's got fields of bluebells
And oil wells pumping day and night
There's blue skies
String ties
And finger-licking barbeque
But Texas ain't the place for me
If Texas don't have you

These hills are frozen in the wintertime
But baby when you hold me
I never feel the cold
I could move to Austin and leave the snow behind
But if you're not beside me I won't go

Cause Texas has armadillos
And Amarillo's flashing lights
It's got fields of bluebells
And oil wells pumping day and night
There's blue skies
String ties
And finger-licking barbeque
But Texas ain't the place for me
If Texas don't have you

I can see those hills under the full moon
And hear the band in the soft Texas night
We could be dancing to a Mexican tune
In a heaven on earth with you holding me tight

Cause Texas has margaritas
And senoritas by the borderline
It's got thirsty rednecks
Drinking longnecks till closing time
There's blue skies
String ties
And finger-licking barbeque
But Texas ain't the place for me
If Texas don't have you
Cause Texas has armadillos
And Amarillo's flashing lights
It's got fields of bluebells
And oil wells pumping day and night
There's blue skies
String ties
And finger-licking barbeque
But Texas ain't the place for me
If Texas don't have you

© Marcia Hayden Hendrick

Lucky Girl

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

I haven't won the lottery
Though I play my numbers faithfully
And Oprah isn't calling me
Cause she wants to be my friend
I got another bill today
It's in the stack I haven't paid
They're gonna take my car away
If I don't send the money in

But I'm a lucky girl
I'm a lucky girl
I've got you
And baby you've got me
I'm a lucky girl
Yeah a lucky girl
When I look into your eyes
I see waterfalls and butterflies
An everloving paradise
You wrapped and gave to me

At the Stop and Shop I thought I'd find
Porterhouse for 2.99
Instead they had a "sold out" sign
So I caved and bought some fudge
The toilet broke at my morning flush
And then I spilled my coffee cup
Right before the dog threw up
On my oriental rug

But I'm a lucky girl
I'm a lucky girl
I've got you
And baby you've got me
I'm a lucky girl
Yeah a lucky girl
When I look into your eyes
I see biker bars and cherry pies
An everloving paradise
You wrapped and gave to me

Some days it doesn't pay
To get up and out of bed
If I try that bright blue sky
Might fall upon my head
That's when I know the only thing to do
Is stay under the covers
Making love to you

I'm a lucky girl
I'm a lucky girl
I've got you
And baby you've got me
I'm a lucky girl
Yeah a lucky girl
When I look into your eyes
I see ocean deep and endless skies
An everloving paradise
You wrapped and gave to me
How lucky can one girl be

© Marcia Hayden Hendrick

Dream Stalker

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

I caught a glimpse of you on Sunday
Riding in a big black limousine
I tried to call you Monday
But they said you had gone to New Orleans
You're a legend in the pool halls
You rack 'em up and hit the pocket
Girls keep giving you their number
You got the touch and never lost it

You're a wing walker
Living on the edge of a knife
You're a smooth talker
Doing what you need to get by
You're a dream stalker
And I can't get you out of my mind

I was playing at O'Malley's
And noticed when you walked in the door
You got a table down in front
And said I was your favorite troubador
My heart started pounding like a schoolgirl's at a dance
You had your arm around a redhead
But I thought I had a chance

You're a wing walker
Living on the edge of a knife
You're a smooth talker
Doing what you need to get by
You're a dream stalker
And I can't get you out of my mind

I've got visions of your loving
Filling my imagination
I can't stop myself from falling
Cause that train has left the station

You're a wing walker
Living on the edge of a knife
You're a smooth talker
Doing what you need to get by
You're a dream stalker
And I can't get you out of my mind

Closer To My Heart

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

We met by fate or happenstance
A life or two ago
And tied a lasting thread between
The center of our souls
This spin around the wheel
Had traveled over half its arc
When destiny revealed the road
That led you closer to my heart

My life has been an odyssey
A million wayward steps
I sailed in charted waters
When I should have dared the depths
I will find my destination
If you'll be my Northern Star
You're a thousand miles away
But you've never been closer to my heart

You give me every reason
To believe that love will not be bound
By the counting of the seasons of our lives
And when our time has ended
The future is extended
By the power of the love that will survive

Some future morning far away
Two lovers will embrace
Who think that through a chance event
They stumbled to that place
Each beginning has an ending
But their final au revoir
Will hold the persevering trace of love
That brought you closer to my heart

You give me every reason
To believe that love will not be bound
By the counting of the seasons of our lives
And when our time has ended
The future is extended
By the power of the love that will survive

Some future morning far away
Two lovers will embrace
Who think that through a chance event
They stumbled to that place
Each beginning has an ending
But their final au revoir
Will hold the persevering trace of love
That brought you closer to my heart

Each beginning has an ending
But our final au revoir
Will hold the persevering trace of love
That brought you closer to my heart

Red Silk Pajamas

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

I've got a blueprint rolled up in the corner
Let's spread it out on the floor
The windows are big to catch the sunlight
We'll have a number and our name on the door

There's a fireplace to warm us in the winter
We'll have dogs and cozy old chairs
Down by the fence there'll be roses
And there's a room at the top of the stairs

For my red silk pajamas
Feet on the bed two by two
I'll have red silk pajamas
And you

We'll have a place for guitars and a Harley
And a porch where we'll breathe the summer air
At the end of the day we'll be climbing
To the room at the top of the stairs

With my red silk pajamas
Feet on the bed two by two
I'll have red silk pajamas
And you

Babe till the lights go out
You'll have the best view in town

Of my red silk pajamas
Feet on the bed two by two
I'll have red silk pajamas
And you
I'll have red silk pajamas
And you

Take Me Dancing

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

The sunlight is dancing through a cotton-cloud sky
It's hearing the music of a wandering star
I wish we could follow the notes as they fly
With a step two three turn from the place where we are

Babe won't you take me dancing tonight
We'll follow the rhythm like swallows in flight
The earth will not hold us
We'll aim for the heights
If you come with me
Dance with me
Baby tonight

I know that you're resting from working all day
You'd rather stay settled in that old rocking chair
Let's push back the rug, move the table away
And dance to a waltz all the way up the stairs

Babe won't you take me dancing tonight
We'll follow the rhythm like swallows in flight
The earth will not hold us
We'll aim for the heights
If you come with me
Dance with me
Baby tonight

The four-poster's waiting to welcome us in
And join us in singing our favorite old song
We'll pull off our clothes, rejoice in our skin
To remind us of where in the world we belong

Babe won't you take me dancing tonight
We'll follow the rhythm like swallows in flight
The earth will not hold us
We'll aim for the heights
If you come with me
Dance with me
Baby tonight

I Will Guard Your Heart

Written By: Marcia Hayden Hendrick

I will guard your heart
Treat it like my own
Hold it like a treasure
That has found its truest home
I will guard your heart
In the night and through the day
Be a friend if you need one
As we walk along the way

Can you see a light ahead
A tavern for the hungry
A pillow on the bed
This road's been traveled
Many times before
There's bound to be a welcome
When we knock upon the door

I will guard your heart
However long it takes
Rejoice when it's happy
Soothe it when it aches
I will guard your heart
I've room enough to share
Mine can open wider
Yours is safe in there

Can you see a light ahead
A tavern for the hungry
A pillow on the bed
This road's been traveled
Many times before
There's bound to be a welcome
When we knock upon the door

I will guard your heart
Without a chain or rope
I'll use a song of gladness
And an amulet of hope
I will guard your heart
In beauty it will dwell
And when I give it back to you
I'll give you mine as well

Discography

CD: Water In The Well (2008)
CD: Lucky Girl (2012)