heyday EP

by Jennifer Leonhardt



Originally recorded in Seattle in 2010 with the Black Market Band as part of the soundtrack to Wind Chases the Sun, a film about the life story of Native American activist Leonard Peltier.


released March 22, 2012

Produced by Matt Brown and Eric Anders
Engineered, mixed & mastered by Matt Brown
Recorded at the Track Shack, Seattle WA
Jennifer Leonhardt, vocals
Lindsay Fuller, acoustic guitar
Jeff Fielder, elec guitar
Rebecca Young, bass
Andy Roth, drums
Album photography by Juliet Tondowski, "Ost See, 2009"




Jennifer Leonhardt Los Angeles, California

A serious girl from Ft Worth contemplates the Uni-verse

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Track Name: Homeland (remake)
Long, quiet highway
in a corridor of shame
All roads lead there
there, we are all free from blame

Summertime in the southland
man, it’ll give you pause
makes you never wanna leave there,
not without just cause

Midnight in the garden of good and evil,
daybreak has not begun
oh but the waters around are rising
oh lord, what have we done

Long, quiet highway
in a corridor of shame
All roads lead there
there, we are all free from blame
Track Name: Our Town
I have seen a hundred thousand lights
up on a hillside overlooking your town
And I have seen the nighttime all descending like a ribbon
of velvet between your pines

Me, I was somewhere on another kind of mountain
in another kind of nighttime
caught between the full revolving planets looking down
into a darkened kitchen (mine)

Lying down among the blankets of another man
whose heart was full of icy resolve
Married to a man who was like a leafless tree
on a dead-end street to me

And days were like a wind all blowing like a fury
in my black and flying hair
And now I see a hundred thousand lights
up on a hillside
overlooking your town
but it's finally our town now
yeah finally our town now
Track Name: Reckoning
I want to be so done with harm
it'll never find me
I want to be so right for love
it won't ever go
I came to you for healing
and there was none,
yeah there was none

In amongst the filth and the degradation
a hungry dog sidles his way home
I came all this way to absolve you
until it's done
until it's done

But you don't know the forest but for trees
you wouldn't know a right from an abject wrong
you can't keep your hatreds from me
you wouldn't know a bullet from a heartfelt song

All your tentacles of misperception
I am dragging them from deep inside my veins
My blood will be different tomorrow
and there will be a reckoning
of all these things
Track Name: Corpus Christi
O holy body water
starry field of sky
brother-body Christie
wash my tears to run dry

Touch me
where i can feel it,
come inside like
an eventide,
make eventual the
hurts around me
but for now, just make
me love
and let me hide.

Shooting, falling
embers of our fathers
they rain down
along the edges
of our earth
and the fire's light
is slowly dying
come, breathe me
back to birth.

Comfort me til morning,
morning will be on us
soon enough
let the lingering night-fall
milk and honey us
through the rough

Every time
the blood is falling, slowing
and the stain is spreading
like a sigh
and children from
another country
are waiting
for another sun
to rise
Track Name: America (remake)
I have been to see america
and she has shown me things
that were just for me to see

One river takes me this way,
another that
I'm a Louisianna purchase and a dry Dakota grain

Once was a man made my heart move fast
I'd wait for him like a hillside
in a darkening plain

Sun and moon are facing off
and where I stand the continents divide
and run a lip along the severing

Finally, the moon set and the sun rose
and the boxcars reflected
in the sky on the lake

Yes, I have been to see America
and she has shown me things
were just for me to see