Heart of Plaster

by Hard Soul

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'Heart of Plaster', the debut 10 track-effort from Hard Soul produced by frontman Johnny Salka with Steven Goldman at Four Legs Records, paints a picture of life out on the road, the heartbreak & sacrifice of leaving everything behind, and the search for a place to call home, all set to a mighty back-beat with heartfelt lyrics soaring over a classic-rock inspired soundscape.

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released 08 April 2014

Hard Soul:

Johnny Salka - Vocals / Lead Guitar
Nick Kossor - Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Ryan Klaeysen - Bass Guitar
Mark Podbielski - Drums

Recorded December 2013 - January 2014 at Four Legs Records, Washingtonville, NY.

Produced by Johnny Salka & Steven Goldman
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Steven Goldman at Four Legs Records - fourlegsrecords.com

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Hard Soul Albany, New York

Upstate New York's own Hard Soul made their debut in late 2011, showcasing their own take of what songwriter-driven rock n’ roll music should be all about. Channeling the guitar & lyrical stylings of Thin Lizzy, the hooks of The Beatles, the emotion of Oasis, and the sheer volume and groove of Led Zeppelin, the band is bringing back classic rock with a modern-flare. ... more

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Track Name: Let Go!
Sometimes you gotta run
Sometimes you gotta get away
Sometimes you gotta leave
Sometimes you need to find your place

It's your time to let go!
It's your time to let it show!

So let go! Let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Let go! Let go let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!

Sometimes the signs are clear
Sometimes you've lost your way
Maybe you've found some peace
In knowing you cannot stay.

It's your time to let go!
It's your time to let it show!

Let go! Let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Let go! Let go let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Let go! Let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Let go! Let go let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!

It's your time to let go!
It's your time to let it show!

Let go! Let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Let go! Let go let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
You gotta
Let go! Let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Let go! Let go let go!
Yeah Yeah Yeah!
Track Name: Alive Today
I'm alive
I'm alive today
Glad I stayed
Never going away

Said you'd stay
For all time
Yet in the grand scheme
You can't determine why

Scream your lungs out
For all the world to hear
Into the western winds.
Response not very clear

I'm alive
I'm alive today
Glad I stayed
Never going away

I'll save my breath
As much as is allowed
Break from monotony
I cannot tell you how

Life of madness
Dodge it while you can
Don't ever put your fate
In someone else's hands

I'm alive
I'm alive today
Glad I stayed
Never going away

Get up, get up
Face the day
Time to let go all the mistakes
You are not alone
Find peace in the madness
Make pieces of the sadness
Because you are not alone

I'm alive
Alive today
Glad I stayed
Never going away
Track Name: Just Be Love
When I was young and dumb
I thought I knew the way
The posturing was wrong
But just felt right.
Up on the silver screen
And stupid magazines
This ain't fairy tales
Put those aside

You choose
Your way
But it's more that what to do
Or what to say

So just be love
Just be love
So just be love
Just be love

Don't need to hold their hand
Unless they want you to
But the thought of it just makes me sick
There's holding on the field
A flag is on the play
I'm counting down your time together
It goes tick tick tick

You choose
Your way
But it's more that what to do
Or what to say

So just be love
Just be love
So just be love
Just be love

SOLO

You choose
Your way
But it's more that what to do
Or what to say

So just be love
Just be love
So just be love
Just be love
So just be love
Just be love
So just be love
Just be love
Track Name: Straight Into Your Soul
You've always played the game
To roll the dice, I must be insane.
The odds have never changed.

I know you played this fool.
Your thoughts, they are so cruel.
Your twisted heart is where we'll lay the blame

And have you found your reason
For treating me like you do.
But now that I am leaving
I see straight into your soul.

You left your mark
You said your piece
A little taste of sweet release
Because you've lost all your control.
Pen to paper, ink has dried
Our contract is nullified.
You won't find salvation here, my dear.

And have you found your reason
For treating me like you do.
But now that I am leaving
Now that I am leaving
I see straight into your soul.

Solo

And have you found your reason
For treating me like you do.
But now that I am leaving
I see straight into your soul.

You've always played the game
To roll the dice, I must be insane.
The odds have finally changed.

I know you played this fool.
Your thoughts, they are so cruel.
Your twisted heart is where I'll lay the blame.

And have you found your reason
For treating me like you do.
But now that I am leaving.
Now that I am leaving
I am finally breathing.
Track Name: Never Be
On the road with a broken heart.
Stomach turning,
Merely afterthoughts.
Only thing that matters what the people see.
Self-inflicted heartbreak.
Heartache you just can't shake.
It's the we that can never be.
They don't love you back
They don't want you back.
It's the we that can never be.

A cruel facade
An endless race.
Fact-finding mission determines it's the case.
A doomed search,
Reside myself to sadness.

Never quite went my way.
The good ones go, the bad ones stay.
The best ones get close
Only to slip away, today.
They don't love you back.
They don't want you back.
It's the we that can never be.

No words left for how it feels.
The lonely hours fighting back tears
The worst part is that
You're not even right for me.

Yearn for the touch
So much it's such
Tried to make you fit
But I quit, that's it.
They don't love you back.
It's the we that can never be.

They don't want you back.
They don't love you back.
It's the we that can never be.
It's the we that can never be.
It's the we that can never be.
It's the we that can never be.
Track Name: We Burn Like Fire
Where is that fire burning?
Where is your fire fire?
Only a true desire
Will burn you like a fire

Looking for the one
Who burns just like the sun.
Who yearns to be the spark that starts
Our burning fire fire.
We burn like fire fire.

The flood gates open wide
And if all the water rushes down the mountainside
It couldn't even try to
Drown out our fire fire.
It's burning higher higher.

The poems they'd write
Stories they'd tell
Of the bottled lightning we captured for ourselves.
I can hear them saying
“They burn like fire fire.”
The tomes they'd write
Stories passed down
Of the day we left all the fools back on the ground.
I can hear you whisper
“I'll be your fire fire.”
We burn like fire fire.

Pulling at my chest
Lest I let this heart of mine
Take me down from the inside.
I burn like fire fire.
I burn like fire fire.

The poems they'd write
Stories they'd tell
Of the bottled lightning we captured for ourselves.
I can hear them saying
“They burn like fire fire.”
The tomes they'd write
Stories passed down
Of the day we left all the fools back on the ground.
I can hear you whisper
“I'll be your fire fire.”
We burn like fire fire.

This fire in me burns white hot
I can swallow down the seas.
My fists could level mountains
And tear down mighty cities
If only I could share the truth
With the one I care to know.
My true desire.
This roaring fire.

Looking for the one
Who burns just like the sun.
Who yearns to be the spark that starts
Our burning fire fire.
We burn like fire fire.

I'd let you be the one.
We'd burn just like the sun.
I yearn to be the light that can ignite
Your burning fire.
We burn like fire.

Where is that fire burning?
Where is your fire fire?
Only a true desire
Will burn you like a fire.
Track Name: Not the Hero
You gave it all, all up in stride
You put it all, all on the line
Feeling lost
But you take the world on your shoulder
You don't have to go it alone

Not the hero we want
Just the one we need
Put our trust in them
Those devoid of greed
Not the hero we want
Just the one we need
You're not the hero

In the night
In the dark you hide
Till the light crosses the sky
Arrive in time
A shadow's pace
Dark and quick
An obscured face
Always working alone

Not the hero we want
Just the one we need
Put our trust in them
Those devoid of greed
Not the hero we want
Just the one we need
You're not the hero

Feel the mask against your face
You never hesitate
But dwelling on the ones
You failed to save
Feel the mask against your skin
Weighing heavy as your body wears thin
The hero waits
The hero waits
The hero waits

HARMONY SOLO

Not the hero we want
Just the one we need
Put our trust in them
Those devoid of greed
Not the hero we want
Just the one we need
You're not the hero
You're not the hero
Never the hero
Until it's too late
Track Name: Drifting Back to You
Been on the move as long as I can know,
Ears ringing from the sound.
Beneath the lights I hide
Behind the smoke
All the while my
six string clutched so tightly in my hands
But as I rest my head
In this old hotel room
My thoughts
Are drifting back to you.
They're always drifting back to you.

Doesn't matter what I do
Because I'm always drifting back to you.
I'm always drifting back to you.

You know a whole lot of nothing
When it comes to knowing how this makes me feel.
This whole thing is driving me out of my mind.
A devastating admission leading to a cataclysmic conclusion
An ending of something that the two of us share.
This entire situation leaves my heart gasping for air.

Off in the distance I see those city lights
Looming up ahead.
They are the ones that keep me up at night
When I'm laying in my bed.
The thoughts of you are swirling round and round
Like the milk into the tea
But I'll tell you honey
It's so damn hard
Having you right here with me

Doesn't matter what I do
Because I'm always drifting back to you
Doesn't matter what I do
Because I'm always drifting back to you
I'm always drifting back to you

You know a whole lot of nothing
When it comes to knowing how this makes me feel.
This whole thing is driving me out of my mind.
A devastating admission leading to a cataclysmic conclusion
An ending of something that the two of us share.
This entire situation leaves my heart gasping for air.

Doesn't matter what I do
Because I'm always drifting back to you.
Doesn't matter what I do
Because I'm always drifting back to you.

You know a whole lot of nothing
You know a whole lot of nothing
Track Name: This is Blood
This is blood
This is the only thing
That ties me to you
It is a lie
Solid blood
All that you've drained from me
Cut me open
You'll see I bleed

Don't want to break your heart
It would be too easy
But I will gladly play the part
Each of us
Have a role
On the stage
From a script
But somehow you couldn't even see
That I am only flesh and bone
But more than happy
To fulfill
Perceptions
Of what you want

Don't break my heart of plaster
Your heart is made of stone
Adulation, ask the question
And I'd gladly tear it out

This is blood
This is the only thing
That ties me to you
It is a lie
Solid blood
All that you've drained from me
Cut me open
You'll see I bleed

Since those early days
Not so sure what happened
Should I have kept my lips sealed tight
Kept it bottled up inside
You've changed, a shame
No more of this
Let me cut out another piece of my heart for you
I'll cut a million pieces more
Expecting nothing back
Perhaps a tender knowing nod

Don't break my heart of plaster
Your heart is made of stone
Just ask that simple question
And I'd gladly tear it out

This is blood
This is the only thing
That ties me to you
It is a lie
Solid blood
All that you've drained from me
Cut me open
You'll see I bleed

This is blood
This is the only thing
That ties me to you
It is a lie
Solid blood
All that you've drained from me
Cut me open
You'll see I bleed

This is blood
This is the only thing
That ties me to you
It is a lie
Solid blood
Try to imagine this
Or anything else
Could be the case

Try to imagine...
Track Name: Sincerely
Throw your arm over my shoulder
Let me know that you're really there
Do you feel anything at all?
Just give me a sign
I swear I'll be fine.

But if it's no, please don't be surprised
If I'm gone by the morning light
Take my chances out in this world
If I stay one more night
I just might explode

I can hear Memphis calling my name
I can hear Nashville doing the same
New York City is no longer for me
And Charleston feels like an imaginary dream
The Carolina coast seems welcoming now
I know I can't stay, gotta be on the road somehow

Throw your arm over my shoulder
Take a breath and let me know
If you were ever there.
Do you feel more than a fleeting connection
To this place that we shared
When our words sang as one!

I can see Cleveland on the horizon up ahead
Or perhaps Pittsburgh is where I'm headed instead
And now I know Boston can't be the place
And between here and Austin I'm gonna put some space
My heart cries out Mephis
I'm callin' it's name
I can hear Nashville doing the same

Don't know how much more of this I can take
A friendship unburdened
A kiss that can wait
A fool for all seasons
For all the wrong reasons
This ode posing questions
Do you want me to go?

Do you want me to stay
Allow our voices to ring
Like bells in the noon time
Our words fill the sky.
So if this song makes sense
And you finally know
Do you want me to stay
Or do I go?

But while waiting for your answer
You left here on your own
Your wordless departure
Painted a picture
Worth a thousand million words

I know that you're gone
Reminded all the time
And I hope that you've found
What you're looking for!

And you were never mine
How could you ever be?
So sign this letter on the line
Goodbye,
Sincerely