The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart

BandFolkPop

"This Seattle band debuts with a well-crafted set of acoustic-oriented indie-pop reminiscent of latter-day Avett Brothers, featuring imaginative, often piano-based arrangements highlighted by tight, soulful harmonies and catchy sing-a-long choruses." 6/22/2010 - Don Yates, KEXP.org

Biography

Composed largely of transplants to the Seattle area, The Head and the Heart write and play songs that speak to the newness of a fresh start, of the ghosts left behind, of moving forward, all brimming with a soulfulness and hope for a better life than the one we've all been sold.

Stylistically, think a folksy Beatles or Crosby Stills Nash & Young with more instrumental force. Catchy piano melodies stand side by side with a tight trio of harmonies, and solid minimalist drums, groovin bass, and plenty of hand percussion and foot stomps make the live show inspiring and really goddamn fun.

The band's first album was self-released at the end of June 2010.

Lyrics

1. Cats and Dogs

Written By: Jon Russell

Somewhere underneath the floorboard, I will sweep my garden
Underneath the cupboard lives a mouse, and he's discovered there was nothin there
Nothin there to discover

Fallin from the sky, there are raindrops in my eyes
And my thoughts are diggin in the backyard
My roots have grown but I don't know where they are

Don't know where they are
Don't know where they are
My roots have grown but I don't know where they are

Cats and dogs and rooster calls
Telephones and pay-phone stalls
They take away the lonely days for now

They take away the lonely days for now

2. Coeur d'Alene

Written By: Josiah Johnson & Jon Russell

Wind-blown whispers wind naked down the corridor
The thoughts leavin my head, they twist through yours
What will become of these gestures that we've made?
I've given up my bible, you've moved out of state

Wearily waitin on the wastin of his day
A sad, sodden, smoldering soul
Give you three bucks for your sympathy, and another for a cigarette
The interaction feels so cold

But oh the songs people will sing for home!
And for the ones that have been gone for too long
Oh the things people will do for the ones that they love!

We're only here to find the love that lingers after the moment
So kiss me in the back room where the music plays, I know that it's not over

But oh the songs people will sing for home!
And for the ones that have been gone for too long
Oh the things people will do for the ones that they love!

Break down the corridors
Break down the corridors
Messes that I haven't tried to clean up in awhile

You're in my soul now, you've gotta waste away with me
My mind's made up I'm stayin here with you
There's no use knowin which way the wind is blowin
My mind's made up I'm doin this, I'm doin this with you

There's no use knowin which way the wind is blowin
My mind's made up I'm doin this, I'm doin this
You're in my soul now, you've gotta waste away with me

3. Ghosts

Written By: Kenny Hensley, Jon Russell & Josiah Johnson

Boys in the street are talking about leavin, they're leavin
Lookin for places to go
Boys in the street are talking about leavin, they're leavin
Lookin for places to go

Andy built his coffin down in Carolina, told me he was runnin from somethin
I think he's just out chasin girls
And Erin moved all of her shit to Chicago, her mother made sure that she left with a bible, but
You won't find her face on Sundays

All my friends are talkin about leavin, about leavin
But all my friends are sittin in their graves
All my friends are talkin about leavin, about leavin
But all my friends are sittin in their graves

Is it any wonder why we all leave home?
People say "I knew you when you were six years old!"
But I've changed, I've changed, I've changed
Mom and dad, if only you could see me now
Been here for a year and now I own this town
Cause I've changed, I've changed, I've changed

All my friends are talkin about leavin, about leavin
But all my friends are sittin in their graves
All my friends are talkin about leavin, about leavin
But all my friends are sittin in their graves

One day we'll all be ghosts
Trippin around in someone else's home
One day we'll all be ghosts

One day we'll all be found
No longer lost, we're just hangin around
One day we'll all be found

4. Down in the Valley

Written By: Jon Russell

Wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Like ridin around on rail-cars and workin long days
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways

Call it one drink too many, call it pride of a man
And it don't make no difference if you sit or you stand
Cause they both end in trouble, and start with a grin
Cause they both end in trouble, and start with a grin
We do it over and over and over again
We do it over and over and over again

I know there's California, Oklahoma, and all of the places I ain't ever been to
But down in the valley with whiskey rivers, these are the places you will find me hidin
These are the places I will always go, these are the places I will always go
I am on my way, I am on my way, I am on my way back to where I started

Wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Like ridin around on rail-cars and workin long days
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways

5. Honey Come Home

Written By: Josiah Johnson

Honey come home, my stubborn ways are behind me now
They're behind me now, and there's nothin here that will not break down
Like you never did

The kids say hello to us in our separate homes
Darlin, please come home
I've cleaned out the fridge, wiped the counters off, and put away my clothes

Do you remember every block, every minute of every walk we used to take?
We were young, so many years ago
And I think of all this time that we've wasted with our fighting and I cry
I just wanna die with the one I love beside me

Someday, you said, someday you will miss my head lyin next to yours in our marriage bed

Do you remember every block, every minute of every walk we used to take?
Oh God I love my vices, but they've taken me to places that I never thought I'd go, and I'm ready to be home
And I think of every spark, every whisper in the dark, now it's time

I just wanna die with the one I love, just wanna die with the one I love, just wanna die with the one I love, just wanna die with the one I love beside me

Honey come home, my stubborn ways are behind me now

6. Lost in My Mind

Written By: Jon Russell

Put your dreams away for now, I won't see you for some time
I am lost in my mind, I get lost in my mind
Momma once told me, you're already home where you feel loved
I am lost in my mind, I get lost in my mind

Oh my brother, your wisdom is older than me
Oh my brother, don't you worry bout me
Don't you worry, don't you worry bout me

How's that brick layin comin?
How's your engine runnin?
Is that bridge gettin built?
Are your hands gettin filled?
Won't you tell me my brother?
Cause there are stars up above
And we can start movin forward

How's that brick layin comin?
How's your engine runnin?
Is that bridge gettin built?
Are your hands gettin filled?
Won't you tell me my brother?
Cause there are stars up above
And we can start movin forward

Lost in my mind, lost in my mind
Oh, I get lost in my mind
Lost, I get lost
I get lost in my mind, lost in my mind
Yes, I get lost in my mind
Lost, I get lost
I get lost
Oh, I get lost

7. Winter Song

Written By: Kenny Hensley, Josiah Johnson, Jon Russell, & Charity Rose Thielen

Tell me somethin, give me hope for the night
We don't know how we feel
We're just prayin that we're doin this right
Though that's not the way it seems

Summer's gone, now winter's on it's way
I will miss the days we had
Oh, I'll miss the days we had

Loving, leaving, it's too late for this now
Such esteem for each has gone
Has time driven our season away?
Oh, cause that's the way it seems
In the wild of the speech that is new,
I'll be back again to stay
I'll be back again to stay

8. Sounds Like Hallelujah

Written By: Jon Russell

I'm just waitin on the sun to close its eyes and call the night
So we can put all our differences aside
I'm just waitin on the moon, with all the stars and all its gloom
We can watch it fall right back into place

So I won't keep myself around just to keep you warm

Momma don't put no gun in my hand
I don't wanna end up like these men
Momma don't put no gun in my hand
I don't wanna end up like these men

I'm not walkin away
I'm just hearin what you're sayin for the first time
Sounds like hallelujah for the first time
For the first time, I'm singin hallelujah for the first time

And I'll miss you someday

I'm not walkin away
I'm just hearin what you're sayin for the first time
Sounds like hallelujah for the first time
For the first time, I'm singin hallelujah for the first time

9. Heaven Go Easy On Me

Written By: Josiah Johnson & Jon Russell

Guys, what are we doin?
We can't live this way forever
We've gotta make ourselves some money or be thrown out with the bathwater
My sister and my brother look to me for answers
And our fathers and our mothers wanna know they raised us right

Is it that the good life is the simple one?
(sittin in the lawn watchin leaves go by)
Readin good books and playin songs
Watchin the wind blow through your front yard
Don't follow your head, follow your heart

And while you're sittin all alone in your room on your bed and your windows are open, but you won't go out, no
Ah heaven go easy on me
And while you're sittin all alone in your room on your bed and your windows are open, but you won't go out, no
Ah heaven go easy on me

It's damn good to have met you
I hope that you stay
We're well on our way
We're well on our way
We're well on our way
We're well on our way

All these things are rushin by me
All these things are rushin by me

All things must end darlin
All things must end darlin

Oh heaven go easy on me

Discography

1. Self-Titled - Release Date 6/29/2010

Set List

1. Cats and Dogs
2. Coeur d'Alene
3. Sounds Like Hallelujah
4. Honey Come Home
5. Heaven Go Easy On Me
6. Lost in My Mind
7. Winter Song
8. Ghosts
9. Down in the Valley

Set lasts 40-45 minutes on average, unless we add in a few acoustic numbers or covers, which has the set length at closer to 50-55 minutes.