Box Heart Man

by Mark Dignam

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Recorded in Detroit MI at Rustbelt Studios.

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released March 1, 2005

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Eric Hoegemeyer.
Assistant Engineer: Dan Curry
Photo: Kristi Spence
Design: Heather Jarosz, Brown Bag Design

Live Photos on this site: Debra Reschoff Ahearn, Paddy Glennon.

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Mark Dignam

Irish born Singer/Songwriter. Highly poetic, poignant lyricist and powerful performer. Performs solo, or with the band "The House of Song" also available for private events and workshops.

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Track Name: Build
Build

I love you in your prime
But you say it's too late now
Everything's sly
There goes the bus
Here comes the rain
And there's no-one to take the blame

Think it's hip to be a deconstructionist
Take an axe to the whole damn town
Full of smiles when you want to drown
And have the whole world wash over you

It's not about what you break down
It's about what you build

Na na na...

Get back out there
Go see friends
Don't waste time trying to dream a better ending
Life's too short who can afford this
All your anger
Nobody is worth it

Think it's hip to be a deconstructionist
Take an axe to the whole damn town
Full of smiles when you want to drown
And have the whole world wash over you

It's not about what you break down
It's about what you build

Can't you see that's how he's going to break you
Turn you into your own enemy
I know I make it sound easy

It's not about what you break down
It's about what you build

Na na na...

It's not about what you break down
It's about what you build

I love you in your prime but you say it's too late now everything's sly

I love you in your prime...
Track Name: Hope
Hope

I want to give you so much hope
Give you a periscope
to see through these dark ages
Say you're waiting for love
It's waiting for you to pick up the phone and make the first move

This well is deep darker than the soil around it
Like teeth tearing into shoulder
A young, young boy started this fall
Now the fall and the boy are both getting older

I'll give you my flesh I'll give you my blood
I'll give you my sweat in tears now the gloves are off
Most of all I'll give you my love
Most of all I'll give you my love

There are many cuts and abrasions
Between the start of a plan and the seat of success
The boy comes man
Twisted stories and histories
Like a white rabbit around Parnell Street

I'll give you my flesh I'll give you my blood
I'll give you my sweat in tears now the gloves are off
Most of all I'll give you my love
Most of all I'll give you my love

You may be fighting with hate
Hate gets it's power from all that you put in it's box of tricks
We don't speak the language we don't have the code
So we're cutting our feet in the road on the bricks

I'll give you my flesh I'll give you my blood
I'll give you my sweat in tears now the gloves are off
Most of all I'll give you my love
Most of all I'll give you my love
Track Name: Pinwheel
Pinwheel

I just want keep putting my card
In these gas station pumps and drive this car hard
I want to let this latent gypsy blood flow
All over the road all over the road all over the road


I left four green fields for these three rivers of steel
And still not sure how I feel about all of this change
I want to ket this latent gypsy blood flow
All over the road all over the road all over the road

Way over my horizon
Way over that drop in the ocean
Way over my horizon
Way over that drop in the ocean
Way over that drop in the...

Yeah...

Snow flake snakes dancing in the cold
Paul... that's the oldest story ever told
Weaving in wisps across Centre Ave
I want to let this latent gypsy blood flow
All over the road all over the road all over the road

Way over my horizon
Way over that drop in the ocean
Way over my horizon
Way over that drop in the ocean
Way over that drop in the...

Yeah...

I spied thee your heart spinning like a pinwheel
Thou art blessed among women my heavenly bride
I stand my best for you at your side

Truth is a liberating thing
When the walls come down you can hear it ring
In the early morning

Way over my horizon
Way over that drop in the ocean
Way over my horizon
Way over that drop in the ocean
Way over that drop in the... Yeah!

I spied thee your heart spinning like a pinwheel
Track Name: Fable
Fable

Take your tables, broken fables
Give me an honest human being
Over your stable, of high powered geeks
Big ugly car loving freaks
Who see unstable as a far out aspiration

Yeah...

Burn your clubs
Of rub a dub dub
Networking sycophants
Tipping up the whole tub
We'll get free
May still take a century
But it's never been about the when bub!
It's always been about the why...

Yeah...

Don't burn your clothes
Time to get a bloody nose
Beat into the law-books find out all about those
Trying hard to shoe in, relics hard of thinking
We've got more arrows in our bows
Everytime we pay attention

Yeah...
Track Name: Jane
Jane

Hey Jane what's your name now
Heard you married that crazy bastard
And he running around town all plastered
I thought you'd do better things

Ah but who am I to judge
I'm not running around with a record unsmudged
When we're young we say we won't regret things
And we don't until we forget them and it's too late to make amends

I know I was never that great rock
You could lean on when times got rough
I hope you don't mind I just thought I'd call
Don't mean nothing at all
Don't mean nothing at all

I drove eighty miles and hour
Going home thinking about you
Head hurts thinking about you
Every girl's got your name

I know I was never that great rock
You could lean on when times got rough
I hope you don't mind I just thought I'd call
Don't mean nothing at all
Don't mean nothing at all

I watched my plane leave
Stood staring with my ticket in my pocket and...
I turn it around a thousand times a day
What you'd say
If I just turned up at your door

I know it's insane
I'm crazy I should get a life
Been a long time since I lost this fight
I know this needs to end
Track Name: Kindred
Kindred

From my hotel room
I am reaching over
Miles to touch your shoulder
This song is to get you through the night
Until the morning light

When I got away
Somehow I always bring you with me
It's like a piece of your soul
Forever walks with my own
This song is to get you through the night
Until the morning light

This song is to get you through the night
Until the morning light

My love, my love, my girl, my love
You're part of living good
Home is where you're waking
It ripples out to where I am
This song is to get you through the night
Until the morning light

This song is to get you through the night
Track Name: Flags
Flags

May your gods bless you
When the cold gets into your bones
You find the need to silently let her know
It's not as much fun anymore
There's this division of labor
She does the dishes
You pick up the laundry
You resent each other through your chosen chores
Both look with wider eyes at the movie stars

Stars in your eyes I remember
You were once a diver for pearls
Was it so much work
Did you hold your breath so long
You know a love that's skin deep
Will soon start to peel...

It's fear that makes sharp dressed men
March across the souls of women
And they'll run like dogs in the streets without allegiance
They'll pin their flags to a mast out of terror
To a mast out of terror

May your gods bless you
May your gods bless you

You groan in the morning
You feel like your putting your best foot forward on a bed of nails
You think that you're clever, scheming your exit
But if she's got any sense boy she's doing the same

Stars in your eyes I remember
You were once a diver for pearls
Was it so much work
Did you hold your breath so long
You know a love that's skin deep
Will soon start to peel...

It's fear that makes sharp dressed men
March across the souls of women
And they'll run like dogs in the streets without allegiance
They'll pin their flags to a mast out of terror
To a mast out of terror

May your gods bless you
May your gods bless you
May your gods bless you
Track Name: Royalty
Royalty

Shall I compare thee
No that's not fair see
We're all so unique and free
In all the steps we could take

I won't stand in your way dove
No matter what you say love
We're as cozy as a winter glove
And I want to keep it that

The world gets so ugly
With all it's divided loyalties
Can't we sit in sunshine
And talk about what we could share

I'll be your King of Jokes
If you'll be my queen of laughter
And the rest can go screaming in the streets
I'll be your King of Jokes
If you'll be my queen of laughter
And the rest can go screaming in the streets

Shackles and chains
Keep coming around again
Maybe we're really into pain
But I'm too small to know

I'm happy with my road
And you seem happy with your load
And you know that makes me happiest of all

They're standing in different camps
Throwing stones over fences
But we've tunneled through hatred
We've come up for air

I'll be your King of Jokes
If you'll be my queen of laughter
And the rest can go screaming in the streets
I'll be your King of Jokes
If you'll be my queen of laughter
And the rest can go screaming in the streets
I'll be your King of Jokes
If you'll be my queen of laughter
And the rest can go screaming in the streets
Track Name: Divine
Divine

I'm looking for Divine
Want to know if she's still there
And if she'll still be mine
I'm hold up on her stair
The dial tone's drawn a blank
Across this ear of mine
I'm cold and I'm alone
Here looking for divine

There's nothing to write that's not been written
Nothing that I can bite that's not been bitten
There's nothing left to swallow that's not been digested
But I know that she is true I know she is so fine
I know I can rely on my angel sweet divine
My Angel Sweet Divine

The menu looks so bad
All friendships tied with twine
Self service is the fare
Can't stand here wasting time

There's nothing to write that's not been written
Nothing that I can bite that's not been bitten
There's nothing left to swallow that's not been digested
But I know that she is true I know she is so fine
I know I can rely on my angel sweet divine
My Angel Sweet Divine

I need to feed my soul
I need to feed my mind
I need to get the fuel I only get from my divine

But I know that she is true
I know she is so fine
I know I can rely on my angel sweet divine
My angel Divine