How Red Is the Blood from a Broken Heart

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lyrics

How red is the blood from a broken heart
How rich is the colour that bleeds
Is it scarlet and bright, a sailor's delight
Or heavy; the darkness that snaps at its heels

How steady’s the pulse from a broken heart
How certain the rhythm it keeps
Is it even and strong like the strike of a drum
Or does it stagger and lurch with every beat

How deep is the wound I inflicted on you
And the cut that I gave to myself
How long for to heal, for to scar, for to feel
That my body has mended and returned to health

How soon will my thoughts stop turning to you
At the breaking of every day
Before every road, every place that I go
Will no longer whisper, nor cry out your name

The answers we seek are elusive; shadows in a cindery night
Locked up and hidden away
With the heavens and the bookends of time
We know how the heart and its chambers
Feed the body and keep it alive
But no one can say why the broken heart aches
And where it will lead you and I

How red is the blood from a broken heart
How rich is the colour that bleeds
Is it welcome and warm like the first flush of dawn
Or as cold as the tears that fall down your cheek

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from How Red Is the Blood, released March 13, 2014

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Winners of the NZ Music Award for Folk Album of The Year 2014 and finalists in the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2013 for song "Complicated Man".

"sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity… songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon's… a very emotionally engaging album" Graham Reid elsewhere.co.nz
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