Locked Doors & Pretty Fences

by Joel Henderson

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1.
I’ve been missing the sun And the nights spent burning I’ve been missing each of you Growing up is hard to do Now we’ve all got our debts to pay And there’s no room left for us to play ‘Cause they only want something new Growing up is hard to do Last night I heard a song In my sleep now it’s long gone I don’t recall the words or tune Growing up is hard to do Don’t recall the last breath I drew Growing up is hard Growing up is hard Growing up is hard to do
2.
There’s little left to offer We’re caught on the edge of love The truth may knock us over But pretending just ain’t enough We started off like a rocket Burning hot and high While charging all the others With simply floating by, on Heartless kisses They warned us with their laugher I guess their right it seems Everything was cool ‘til We got stuck in between, those Heartless kisses I don’t know what happened We lived in every moment now life keeps passing us by Please tell me there’s a future With something more to love, other than Heartless kisses They ain’t enough
3.
I’m learning to love loneliness It’s like an old wooden door that always sticks I can count on it with every kick It will always open for me I’m learning to love loneliness Each passing day I miss you less and less Everybody says that time will heal every wound But I’m not yet sure Now I’m learning that life is full of tests Full of questions with no simple guesses Locked doors and pretty fences That may never open for me Well I’m learning to love loneliness Each passing day I miss you less and less Everybody says that time will heal every wound But I’m not yet sure that it’s true It’s been so hard to get over you But I’m trying to hang on the mundane to see me through I’m learning to love loneliness Each passing day I miss you less and less Everybody says that time will heal every wound But I’m not yet sure that it’s true I’m a mess But I’m learning to love loneliness
4.
03:38
Heidi Gluck: Background Vocals, Electric Bass, Piano, Melodica Joel Henderson: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
5.
I picked up the phone today like I’ve done before I dialed your number a hundred times or more I never let that call go through ‘Cause baby I’m so over I wrote you a letter though I ain’t sure what for I threw it in the trash then I wrote you a hundred more I’ll probably trash all those too ‘Cause baby I’m so over Please won’t you release me You’ve got me oh so confused One moment I want you madly The next I’m so over, baby I’m so over you Should you find me baby pacing back and forth Know I’m going crazy now crazy’s at your door I won’t knock yeah I’m no fool ‘Cause baby I’m so over, baby I’m so over Please won’t you release me You’ve got me oh so confused One moment I want you madly The next I’m so over, baby I’m so over you Baby I’m so over, baby being over, baby I’m so over you
6.
02:47
I’m just a stranger in this place A one in a million lonely face What distinguishes me in this race Is it being numbered or the things I embrace Well it’s a strained life I lead As I’m always in between Running away and walking tall for you It’s a narrow gate indeed But still I believe That I am just a stranger without you I‘m just a stranger in this land With a one-in-a-million losing hand What distinguishes me from the righteous man Is it peace of mind or my foolish plans Well it’s a strained life I lead As I’m always in between Running away and walking tall for you It’s a narrow gate indeed But still I believe That I am just a stranger without you
7.
he sun is rising the sky is clear Been awfully gray and cloudy ‘round here Dry your eyes and let it go Here he comes with the deed in hand Toss him the keys let him walk right in Don’t look back leave the bags let’s go C’mon baby can you blame me There’s got to be something better If we don’t feel the wind blow Then how will we know There’s nothing better around Go on roll the window down Let your long hair blow around It don’t matter what people think We’ve been living for way too long To the rhythm of someone else’s song It’s time for us to break free C’mon baby can you blame me There’s got to be something better If we don’t feel the wind blow Then how will we know There’s nothing better around So are we running now Been so long since we left that place And the limits of time and space But we ain’t free just yet you know There’s a stone that’s deep inside Trying hard to beat alive And it ain’t gonna break itself C’mon baby can you blame me There’s got to be something better If we don’t feel the wind blow Then how will we know There’s nothing better around So are we running now
8.
Abandonment then cigarettes And other things to help you forget ‘Cause wishing wells and steeple bells don’t work Caught in a cloud of criticism You wake from a dream you’ve been living in Only to find you smell of the vine you thirst Don’t you know that you’re worth more Than the sum of your Oh the sum of your curves Some have grown while you’ve grown old Though others have been torn from the fold It’s time to forgive time to let yourself go Time to flush the demons down In the name of the father who wasn’t around Then emerge from the water and see the beauty you are Don’t you know that you’re worth more Than the sum of your Oh the sum of your curves Some will put up a fight And some may go devout No one’s immune to flight While working salvation out Don’t you know that you’re worth more Than the sum of your Oh the sum of your curves
9.
On a bed dressed in white Under the moon’s phasing light I’ll be waiting for you In a room softly aglow With the television low I’ll be waiting for you I’ll be waiting ‘Til the timing’s right I’ll be waiting For that kiss goodnight Within the walls of a home Where no one should feel alone I’ll be waiting for you I’ll be waiting ‘Til the timing’s right I’ll be waiting For that kiss goodnight In the quiet place inside Where the heart learns to hide I’ll be waiting for you
10.
Winter has gone Trees awake but they are still bare Children making their way out Mix laughter with new spring air There’s something very lonely Something’s just not right Something very lonely This time of year Warmed by a drink from the sun In its crisp sugary sky Blue washed above us Should bring the color back to our eyes There’s something very lonely Something’s just not right Something very lonely This time of year As we sit and talk with our eyes locked fixed on the glare The cloudy clock with its tick and tock reminds us we’re going nowhere To answer your question I know how you feel But I don’t know just how to say it It’s like a wound that just won’t heal There’s something very lonely Something’s just not right Something very lonely This time of year
11.
Walk to the fence my love And climb higher than us Please try and see If there’s anything for you and me Beyond the fence my love

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Joel’s first full-length, full-band album. Produced by Paul Mahern.

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released April 10, 2012

General Album Credits
All songs written by Joel Henderson
Produced by Paul Mahern
Engineered by Dan Figurell and Paul Mahern
Executive Produced by Jeff Grantham
Recorded and mixed by Paul Mahern at White Arc Studios in Bloomington, Indiana
Ric Hordinski’s guitar performances recorded by Ric at The Monastery in Cincinnati, Ohio
Additional performances recorded by Byron House, Jake Burton, Heidi Gluck and Joel Henderson at their respective project studios
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering in Phoenix, Arizona
Album art designed by Owen Brock at Visual Fluency, Cincinnati, Ohio
Photography by Kylie Wilkerson

Appreciations
Deep appreciation to Alison for her consummate editing eye, and her unwavering love, patience, and belief in me; to Jeff for his friendship and for making this project possible; to Paul for his vision and dedication; and to the musicians and artists who’ve lent me their extraordinary talents: Bill Mallers, Byron House, David England, Devon Ashley, Heidi Gluck, Jake Burton, Jason Wilber, Kylie Wilkerson, Mick Sullivan, Owen Brock, Ric Hordinski, Scott Kellogg, Stasia

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Heartfelt lyrics and wit are at the core of many singer-songwriters, but the ability to translate feelings to others is where Joel Henderson sets himself apart. With true-to-self lyrics and timeless melodies, Henderson combines folk, country, blues, gospel, and classic pop with equal reverence. ... more

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