Heart First Aid Kit

by Grace Petrie & the PC Brigade

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All songs written by Grace Petrie. Copyright Grace Petrie 2017.

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released June 23, 2017

Grace Petrie - vocals, guitars, harmonica
Caitlin Field - vocals, drums, bass (track 10)
Siobhan Mazzei - vocals, bass

Engineered, mixed and mastered by John Helps

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Track Name: Make America Hate Again
Can you feel the tide is turning
A storm's been brewing now for months
And all around, the truth is burining
But I'll defend your right to words
With the last breath in my lungs
Singing out

And every wave now coming tidal
Began a ripple in a pond
What will it take for this false idol
To fall down in your eyes, make you see how you've been conned

Stick it to the man
Stick it to the man
In the best way that you can
By falling on your hands
For a billion dollar scam
Who shouted down the facts
We're taking back control
By giving up control
To a man so vain and cold
Up in a tower made of gold
Built off of the working people's backs

Oh say, can you see
The same horrorshow as me?
It's the land of liberty
For straight white men
Bring your tired, bring your poor
Huddled masses here no more
You put a fascist on the door
And made America hate again

All the women used for status
The laws you make to keep us down
Just show the truth, how much you hate us
But I'll defend my sister's rights
Til they put me in the ground

Stick it to the man
Stick it to the man
In the best way that you can
By falling on your hands
For a billion dollar scam
Who shouted down the facts
We're taking back control
By giving up control
To a man so vain and cold
Up in a tower made of gold
Built off of the working people's backs

Oh say, can you see
The same horrorshow as me?
It's the land of liberty
For straight white men
Bring your tired, bring your poor
Huddled masses here no more
You put a fascist on the door
And made America hate again

This land is your land
This land is my land
This land is our land
This land is Fatherland
Track Name: The Golden Record
If I could take down every inch of you in gold
Engrave it in the metal of my soul
And send it out to worlds beyond those known
To find a cosmic gramophone

No listener would ever understand
The lightning bolts between two grains of sand
Some people never witness shooting stars
Most never know a love like ours

And I didn't know
My heart was closed

Until you came to unlock it
Yeah, you found the perfect song
And I couldn't stop it
Not for anyone
So send it in a rocket
Yeah, to play after I'm gone
You're the plug that fits my socket
All the lights came on

If I could reach beyond the stars that we can see
To sing for them a song of you and me
No amount of any greatest hits
Could explain the way it fits

If I could bottle every beat my heart has missed
Or the trembling in my hands when we first kissed
How time and space and sense and circumstance
Were gone when we began to dance

And I didn't know
My heart was closed

Until you came to unlock it
Yeah, you found the perfect song
And I couldn't stop it
Not for anyone
So send it in a rocket
Yeah, to play after I'm gone
You're the plug that fits my socket
All the lights came on

You're the plug that fits my socket
And all my lights came on
Track Name: Coldwaterproofjacket
Well I was born too late to make a claim
To any half-decent band name
It's too much to hope there'd be any good tunes left
But I've been around and I've seen enough
To know my strong suit isn't love
I won't give away my heart and call it theft
No, I won't give away my heart and call it theft

Well I know you're locked up like a fortress
I'd wait forever at your doors
And even if they never open
You don't need to be mine, but I'll be yours
I'll be yours

I'll be your cold water proof jacket
Get me on when you just can't hack it
I'll be your last ticket, spare fiver
I'll bring you up like a deep-sea diver
When you're breaking
You can't take it
Get me out like a heart first aid kit
Get me out, I'm your heart first aid kit

And if you've a mind for feeling guilty
Honey, I'm not keeping scores
You don't have to promise nothing
You don't need to be mine, but I'll be yours

I'll be your AA card
Last train home
Pocket change when you need a payphone
Whenever you need me
Your overdraft, no you can't exceed me
When you're breaking
You can't take it
Get me out like a heart first aid kit
Get me out like a heart first aid kit
Get me out, I'm your heart first aid kit
Track Name: Nobody Knows That I'm A Fraud
I don't watch PMQs as often as you might expect
I only live-tweet Question Time for comedic effect
I've never Virginia Woolf, or any Bertolt Brecht
And nobody knows that I'm a fraud
It's often been alleged that I'm as hard-left as can be
But my idea of "edgy" is an unknown brand of tea
And I'm not even veggige, let alone dairy free
And nobody knows that I'm a fraud

But I'll get up underneath the lights until I feel adored
And I'll never tell you anything I think you won't applaud
Oh it might not always be the truth, but it will have three chords
Nobody knows that I'm a fraud

Well dressing how I do I find I often get mistook
By graphic novel fans who judge me on the way I look
But I just like Batman shirts, I've never read a comic book
Nobody knows that I'm a fraud
When people call me a musician that makes my palms perspire
I took Grade I piano, and I never got no higher
If I didn't have this capo then you'd all see I'm a liar
Nobody knows that I'm a fraud

And some days I get so scared that we're losing
And some days I'm just so sure we'll never win
And some days I get so knackered from refusing to let that in

Well some days life feels like a play that you have not rehearsed
But one thing's true of all of us sharing this universe
Is we could all be doing better and we could all be doing worse
And everyone you know feels like a fraud

So come on and get up underneath the lights until you feel adored
But never tell them anything you think they won't applaud
Oh it might not always be the truth but it will have three chords
Nobody knows that I'm a fraud
Oh it might not always be the truth but it wil have three chords
And I guess I'll take up spoken word when I run out of chords
Because nobody knows that I'm a fraud
Track Name: Delete My Number
I think that you'll regret this one day honey
Standing at the gateway when you look
At the roads you never passed
At the door you closed so fast
You'll think about this chance we never took

And I think you'll change your mind about me, honey
I don't think it'll take you very long
Out of seven billion folks
The ones who really get your jokes
It's just not every day they come along

But I'll be gone
Somewhere new
I'm done with losing sleep over you
So I guess that I should tell you to delete my number
And I guess that I should tell you to forget my name
And not to call me
When your feelings change

And I'll never understand what happened, honey
What it was that made you work so hard
To get under my skin
Yeah, to make me let you in
Just to disappear with no trace but the scar
Track Name: Sunshine
Many girls made me a fool
But nothing ever felt so cruel
As the trick time played on us
You found me bleeding from the chest
We built a home and I did my best
To resuscitate your trust
And you kissed better the wounds
You couldn't have known about
And even though I wasn't nothing to write home about
You said I was your hero til I believed I could be mine
Gave me strength in my mind
To take my wings up and fly
To the sunshine

We planted seeds of all our plans
But they all crumbled in our hands
As the winter came too fast
But you can't blame him for our dying flowers
And you can't hold on to meteor showers
But they're perfect while they last
But we can't wait for each other,
This train has run the line
You're out there on your station
And I'm up here on mine
Your shattered on the platform
But darling, bide your time
At the end of the storm
Darling all you will find
Is sunshine

Though my heart's known many thorns
My scars ain't got nothing on yours
But you fight on anyway
And even though we've come unstuck
Girl, all I know is your bad luck
Is cashed in for the day
I know there's good things waiting
Remember that the night
Is only ever at its darkest just before the light
Just keep on moving forward
Well I'm sailing right behind
And at the end of the line
You'll get yours, I'll get mine
Green grass, the other side
Every rain cloud behind
Waits sunshine
Track Name: God Save The Hungry
Am I an agitator for not thinking it's cool
That some were born to sufer while some were born to rule?
Well does that make me a traitor? Before you toss that word around
Pleae understand
That I love this land of mine

And yeah, it's true God ain't my thing
But if he was, I'd rather sing
For all of the refugees
Perishing in foreign seas
Those bodies washed up on the shores
Were fleeing our state-sponsored wars
And our leader sees nothing wrong
So I wrote him a brand new song

Chorus:
God save the hungry and God save the poor
God save those desperate souls who's lives were torn apart by war
God save the homeless and those with disabilities
And all the other targets of this heartless ideology
There's a long and shameful list
Of folks we need God to assist
But those who sleep in palaces at night, I think they're doing alright

And Britain could be greater if it had fairness at its heart
Yeah this nation all together is more than the sum of its parts
But they'll call you a traitor for even daring to believe
A sleight of hand
From those who bleed this land dry

And yeah, it's true God ain't my thing
But if he was, I'd rather sing
For all of the refugees
Perishing in foreign seas
Those bodies washed up on the shores
Were fleeing our state-sponsored wars
And our leader sleeps sound at night
Cos he's got all the lyrics right so
(Chorus)
So give me a song that won't stick in my throat
If you agree the only power we should respect is that come from a vote
So give me a song that won't stick in my throat
To see our millionnaire politicians say we're all in the same boat

And yeah, it's true God ain't my thing
But if he was, I'd rather sing
For all of the refugees
Perishing in foreign seas
Those bodies washed up on the shores
Were fleeing our state-sponsored wars
And our leader sees nothing wrong
So raise your voices, sing along yeah
(Chorus)

And my gratitude to all the brave
Soldiers spinning in their grave
To see the Eton Mess that Dave
Made of the sacrifice they gave
To tear apart the Welfare State
And all that ever made Britain great
While those who sleep in palaces tonight
They're still doing alright
Yea, they're still doing alright
Track Name: Bad Guys
Key in the front door and I'm kicking off my shoes
And I'm stopped in my tracks by what I'm seeing on the news
And it's nothing I didn't see coming, but I can't believe it's true

And I'm sat here thinking of all that will be lost
Then I'm thinking how I can't begin to understand that cost
'Cos everything and everyone I love is tucked up safe tonight against the frost

And I've got no words of comfort
Nothing to sound wise
But I never heard of no peace
That came falling from the skies
And for every single story ending
When every single person dies
Everybody in this troubled, troubled world
Is someone's bad guys

And I'm listening to these people speaking for me on the screen
And I'm watching all our papers firing up that war machine
And I'm wondering if any of them really know what it means
And I'm listening to our leaders reading out the crimes
As if being innocent was just a frame of mind
Well tell the civilians, no hard feelings
Just wrong place, wrong time

And for every politician
That you respect or despise
Well they never had to look none of those people in the eyes
When they were ticking in their boxes
For who lives and who dies
Well everybody in this troubled, troubled world
Is someone's bad guys

And I'm not saying it's a decision I could take
We'll tell our children how we made the same mistakes
We watched our fathers and their fathers before us make

And I've got no words of comfort
But I can't just close my eyes
To all those kids who didn't get out of a battleground in time
And they tell you it's good and evil
Let me tell you, that's all lies
Because everybody in this troubled, troubled world
Is someone's bad guys
To those people standing under broken skies
We're the bad guys
Track Name: Your Good Heart Is Wasted On Me
I'm sorry that this took so long
I've never been good at saying I've done wrong
To lick my wounds off and run for cover
Tell the world I'm a jilted lover
Well I know how to play that song
Yeah that one rolls right off my tongue

But on the wrong side now of this vendetta
I like victimhood much better
For stories of the underdog
Please reference my back catalogue
I'm out of date and I'm overdue
And I'm way too late to tell you
That you deserve the world
You deserve to be somebody's world
You deserve the world
You deserve to be somebody's world

You wrote a script and you built me a pedestal
It doesn't fit and you know that it never will
So give it up girl, before you tear yourself apart
You're tied in knots and you're bent in double for me
Well I'm not worth the trouble honey
Give it up girl, cos your good heart is wasted on me

It's wasted on me

And it wasn't nothing that I planned
I don't even know if you'd want to understand
To sweep in town yeah and act the charmer
Your nightmare in shining armour
Well that isn't who I am
Never has been who I am

I'm on the wrong side now of this vendetta
And I like victimhood much better
For stories of the underdog
Please reference my back catalogue
I'm out of date and I'm overdue
And I'm way too late to tell you
That you deserve the world
You deserve to be somebody's world
You deserve the world
Girl, you're gonna be somebody's world

(Chorus)

That I made you think I was all and more
That you'd spent your life looking for
When I knew that I was never gonna stay
And I hope you know now that you deserve
More than somebody with the nerve
To turn around at the end of it and say

"You wrote a script and you built me a pedestal
It doesn't fit and you know that it never will"
And act like you're the one who tore this all apart
Tell you you're better off without me
In a song I made all about me
Making out like I never even played a part
Tied in knots, you were bent in double for me
Well I weren't worth the trouble honey
Take my word for it: your good heart is wasted on me
And always will be
Track Name: Done Deal
I hold your hand
And talk so soft
And try to keep
From drifting off

Well you're time's not mine to take
It's not my place to keep you awake
You've got a long drive home in the morning
I pray that dawn would never break

Well girl I've known loneliness
And girl, I've known pain
But none like knowing
That I won't hold you again
And all the loves that came before
They just seem like a game
I'm a done deal darling
I'm never gonna be the same

So go on home
To where he waits
There ain't no villains in this story, darling
Just all the wrong dates
And if I don't call
It's just self-defence
He's never gonna let you go, no no
Not if he's got any sense

But girl I've known happiness
My heart it could burst
And knowing that you felt it too
It only makes it worse
But I know that out there somewhere
In a fairer universe
We were a done deal, darling
And you met me first
Track Name: The Vegan Song
I've never been that good at recycling
Sometimes I shove it all into the same bin
I find meat substitutes, they're just not the same thing
I've got running shoes made by Nike
But baby I.. ever since I met you
When I'm in a restaurant and I'm looking at the menu
I find I'm noticing the options made with tofu
And wondering what I could cook that you might like

And I'll learn to live
Without artificial addtives

If I could be
The one who brings you tea in the morning
Then I'll make it dairy free
If it was me
That got to make your tea in the morning
Then Alpro's fine by me
And darling, if you let me, I'll
Walk you down the Free From aisle
I'd give it all to make you smile if you'd agree
That I can be
The one that makes your tea

It's true that I, I'm a barbecue enjoyer
And I slag off nut roasts sometimes, just to annoy you
But if the only milk I ever got to drink was soya
It would be worth it all to share your fridge
And come what may.... the winters and the summers
I know the hard times will never overcome us
And to work hard to always keep you in houmous
Would be my lifelong privilege

Oh I'll learn to live without artificial additives
There's nothing I wouldn't give

If I could be
The one who brings you tea in the morning
Then I'll make it dairy free
If it was me
That got to make your tea in the morning
Then Alpro's fine by me
And darling, if you let me, I'll
Get a solar panel trial
I'd give it all to make you smile if you'd agree
That I can be
The one that makes your tea

Now in this life
We face some stormy weather
But if you should decide that we could get rained on together
I could do it all without ever buying leather
And only fair trade jeans upon my legs
It's true that I
I've got a heavy dairy intake
And I'm probably not ever gonna give up steak
But if I could be the one who makes your Sunday pancakes
I'll learn how to do it without the eggs

I'll learn to live without artificial additives
If I can start
To win your artichoke heart

Then I could be
The one who brings you tea in the morning
Then I'll make it dairy free
If it was me
That got to make your tea in the morning
Then Alpro's fine by me
And darling, if you let me, I'll
Walk you down that Free From aisle
I'd give it all to make you smile if you'd agree
I'd be the best me I could ever be
If I could be
The one that makes your tea
Track Name: She's Not You
So I got myself a baby
Yeah I found somebody new
And she's beautiful, she's lovely
But most of all, she's true
And she could have any lover
But it's me she's holding to
Yeah, she's not you

Let me tell you about my baby
Yeah she never makes me blue
Never wonder where I'm standing
Like I always did with you
Cos she never keeps me guessing
In that way you used to do
Yeah, she's not you

And I can always reach my baby
Ain't no walls to battle through
She's not afraid of saying those words
Cos she's not afraid they're true
Yeah cos to hold my heart to ransom
Just ain't something that she'd do
Yeah, she's not you

And I wonder what in this whole world will cure my foolishness
And I wonder when will I be free of this disease?
That with this whole world at my feet, I'd long for Jupiter
And turn down empires to wait for you on my knees

So I found myself a baby
Cos I had nothing else to do
Than sit around and think about
The space from me to you
And I think she'd be mine always
If I only asked her to
But she's not you
Oh I think she'd be mine always
If I only asked her to
But she's not you

And I wonder what in this whole world will cure my foolishness
And I wonder when will I be free of this disease?
That with this whole world at my feet, I'd long for Jupiter
And turn down empires to wait for you on my knees
And walk through bonfires to wait for you on my knees
Track Name: On The Road To BC
An Alberta forest we first met, you offered me a cigarette
And I didn't pause for thought
Followed down that campfire path
Listening to you laugh at how I spoke
Well I think girls like you were born to make girls like me make mistakes
I never even fought
Sparked a light beside you, never even tried to tell you I don't smoke

I was on the road to BC
Stopped in Calgary, AB
We were headed west to meet our fates
In Vancouver and the states
And see what destiny awaits for me
In BC

Through many dangers, toils and snares
Turbulance and baggage fares
We had aready come
Sailed across the clouds and picked up seven hours to land in Stampede town
And later in the Ship and Anchor
When I acted like a wanker
You generously pretended to be charmed when I chanced my arm
On my last night in town

Then we were on the road to BC
We were on the road to BC
You said "that mountain drive, it'll be so pretty
And good luck out there in the city,
And have a beer for me
In BC"

So we got into our backwards car
The roads mocked our idea of far
We drove more than a day
And it would take a better songwriter than me to paint the rockies using words
Well I'd never taken my three chords
And clumsy words to foreign shores
And my bandmate and me
We took a deep breath each and tried to show Jericho Beach someting unheard

And they blew our minds in BC
Yeah, the world was mine in BC
And I lost my heart unto that city
But I always fell in love too quickly
And I know there's part of me
Still in BC
In BC

Well now living's more than clocking age
When I stood on that Vancouver stage
And tried to still the time
I knew that there was something here that I'd been looking all my years to find
And though many friends adorned that quest
New and old and brief and best
Still, you stayed in my mind
And every mile that passed beneath my feet
I felt I'd left something behind

When I was on the road to BC
When I was on the road to BC
Yeah, that mountain drive was just so pretty
But I wish you'd flown out to the city
To meet me by the sea
In BC
In BC

And I know this nonsense is the stuff
That the greatest daydreams are made of
And I know myself just well enough
To know all I love is the thought of love
But you made me
See I can still daydream
Because baby
I felt like I was sixteen
On the road to BC
To BC

When you're living dreams, the time goes fast
I blinked and two more weeks went past
And I'm sat in LA
About to board a plane that's gonna take me five thousand miles away
Through the sky and 'cross the water
Home means more than bricks and mortar
And still I know my way
I swore to make it back some day
And that's when you messaged me to say

That you were on your way to BC
You were on your way to BC
And that ocean view was just so pretty
But you wished I was still in the city
To meet you at the sea
In BC
Track Name: You Build A Wall
I know it's hard to keep the flame
But tomorrow's ours to claim
Sometimes a battlecry
Sounds like a lullaby
Tonight I think we need them both the same

To everyone who's scared of what they see
Every time they turn on their TV
To everyone who's listening to me
To every single kid I used to be

You build a wall
We'll build a ladder
You're falling leaves
Dead from the branch
You'll see how much
A snowflake matters
When we become
An avalanche
You build a wall
We'll just get higher
You don't learn to fight
From privilege
Hide in the dark
We'll light a fire
You build a wall
We'll build a bridge
We'll build a bridge

Up in your palaces of gold
Your day's already growing old
For all the ways you tried
To conquer and divide
Your ruin will be all the lies you told

Compassion lives in every single land
We're made of something you don't understand
Stronger than the weapons in your hand
Bigger than the armies you command