Black Hole Heart

by Sarah Donner

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released December 7, 2016

Sarah Donner - guitar, piano, vocals
Jay Buchanan - bass
Brad Sicotte - mandolin
Michael McLean - vocals on All The Things
Philip Fillion - organ on The Flood
Mike Batchelor - trumpet on The Flood

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Sarah Donner is an indie folkpop star who has embraced her inner catlady. "The Motherf**cking Pterodactyl Song" which was co- written with The Oatmeal catapulted Sarah into weblebrity status with over two million views on YouTube. After stretching her legs with musical theatre, she picked up a guitar, abandoned her classical roots, and started rocking out (with fantastic breath support). ... more

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Track Name: Phoenix
G D C G D C
Put on all that make up/ Put on all that style
G D C Em D C
Put on all your armor/ And stare at you for awhile
G D C G D C
Running out of playbooks/ Running out of spoons
G D C Em D C
Running out of your head/ Until you’re out of moves


G D/F#
I can learn to dance
C Em D G
Memorize the turns
G D/F#
To rise up from the ash
C Em D G G D C
I’m gonna have to, gonna have to, gonna have to burn


G D C G D C
Shoes left in the corner/ Clay thrown on a wheel
G D C Em D C
A smaller situation can change the way you feel
Breaking in just breathing/ Messing with you mind
You don’t have to go far/ Just take one step outside


G D/F#
I can put on pants
C Em D G
When everything hurts
G D/F#
To rise up from the ash
C Em D Em D C/ Em D C
I’m gonna have to, gonna have to, gonna have to burn


Whenever the world’s winning/ You feel like you’re just beginning
You’re sore and you’re stuck there sitting on top of your hands
Begin with the smallest gesture/ You’re not gonna change the weather
But everything feels much better when you have a plan
Give in to a point of pressure/ Line up to enjoy the measure
Cuz building it up together is how we can stand
Alone, alive I won't deprive the strong side, the highest five
I've got a light beneath this pyre and from the fire I can fly
Track Name: Black Hole Heart
On the horizon where you could fall in
Time slows down
Here in this cold space you are a warm face
I’ll take down
I’m the one you cannot see
I show my love with gravity

You keep falling faster into my infinite disaster
It’s a happy ever after that defies space time
Inside my singularity I’ll hold you for eternity
And tear you apart with my black hole heart

When I could shine bright, I lit your dark sky
I shone down
But even stars die, swallowing the light
We all fall down
Supernova, it’s all over
I’ll destroy your casanova

You keep falling faster into my infinite disaster
It’s a happy ever after that defies space time
Inside my singularity I’ll hold you for eternity
And tear you apart with my black hole heart

My validation, my radiation
I can’t keep down
I’ll take you to extremes
To lengths that you have never seen

You keep falling faster into my infinite disaster
It’s a happy ever after that defies space time
Inside my singularity I’ll hold you for eternity
And tear you apart with my black hole heart
Track Name: Florida
G D A D
On the floor on the Florida floor
G D A D
Nothing more, nothing more
G D A D
In the north, in the north you
G
Left your children

G D G Bm A (x2)
I’m sorry our family’s fucked up and reeling/ We’re breaking, we’re changing and up for healing
G D G Bm A (x2)
You were abandoned, but you’re not alone/ We’ll take you and make you a place to call home
G D G Bm A (x2)
Found by the neighbors the last one alive/ They home to Jesus and left you behind
G D G Bm A G C A
The scars on the outside don’t even begin/To compare to the ones hurting within

On the floor on the Florida floor
Nothing more, nothing more
In the north, in the north you
Left your children

G D G Bm A (x2)
Back up in Boston they broke down inside/ You cried as you started a four hour flight
G D G Bm A G C A
Sometimes we need rescuing from our own cage/ The ones we were put in and those that we make

G D A D
On the floor on the Florida floor
Nothing more, nothing more
In the north, in the north
G A G A Bm
Know that I’m in too/ Know that there is room
G A D Bm C
For you in this house/ When you want to come out

On the floor on the floor
Nothing more, nothing more
Track Name: Tamsen Donner 1847
Eyes on California. They’re giving it away. Four months to the sea
But no one read the warning at the Cutoff that would say, “Turn back, it’s out of reach.”
My husband is a farmer, who’s grey but very kind. He cares and he provides
For me and our five daughters. When he falls asleep at night, I read by candlelight
The West is not a fixed mark, it’s an ever floating line
No one ever makes it. No one crosses the Divide.

Oh somehow I knew, we should’ve gone the Northern Route
So I’ll stay with you until the snow and stars pass through

As a woman I have conquered many things, but I am not a pioneer or pearl
If my boundary stops here, I have daughters left to draw new maps of the world
Years ago I said good bye to my true love and our son
I will sit and hold you now, you will not be alone.

Oh somehow I knew, we should’ve gone the Northern Route
So I’ll stay with you until the snow and stars pass through

I wrapped you in a blanket enshrounded with my heart. The silence and the snow.
Six miles to a cabin, someone waiting in the dark with fire in his bones
It’s biting cold this heavy load is more than I can bear
This hunger can’t be sated with verses and a prayer
Track Name: Athena
E Esus
You were born in old Kentucky
E Esus
Under stars and signs unlucky
A B
Never meant to be a beauty queen


Still you read my notes and letters
Holding to the hope that better
Things were on the other side


A2/F# A
You’ve been with me for a long, long time
A/F# B
Around the world, and you’re still on my mind


A E/G# F#m E/G#
You were counting the days gone by
A E/G# F#m E/G#
I was circling around the sky
A E/G# F#m E/G#
Never knowing if the sun would set or rise
A/F# A Bsus E Esus E Esus
Now I can land cause you’re by my side


We were married on the winter solstice
But the night’s were coldest
When you were a phone call away


All my travels and adventures
Can’t compare, can’t take center
Stage, you are the only star I see


I’ve been waiting for a long, long time
Around the world, and you’re still on my mind


A E/G# F#m E/G#
You were counting the days gone by
A E/G# F#m E/G#
I was circling around the sky
A E/G# F#m E/G#
Never knowing if the sun would set or rise
A/F# A Bsus E Esus E Esus
Now I can land cause you’re by my side


We will cross the great Sahara
Hand in hand the streets of Venice
You broke the bars and threw off all my chains


Athena, you have my heart
I can’t wait for this new start to start


A E/G# F#m E/G#
You were counting the days gone by
A E/G# F#m E/G#
I was circling around the sky
A E/G# F#m E/G#
Never knowing if the sun would set or rise
A/F# A Bsus E Esus E Esus
Now I can land cause you’re by my side
Track Name: The Flood
G#m G#m/G
You were only supposed to stay just a little bit
But four walls could not contain you, you didn’t fit
You were not afraid of me, you would not submit
E B F#
And the water, the water that poured down the sides
E B F#
From the monster, the monster laughing inside
E B Bb A E
She’s the talker, the talker of tides

I could never claim you, No I could not commit
I was right to blame you for crimes you could not admit
And you earned your name that we named you, The Little Shit
E B F#
And the water, the water that poured down the sides
E B F#
From the monster, the monster laughing inside
E B Bb A E
A marauder, marauder taking her time

You’re a hurricane. We braced for the biggest hit
A white whale making waves that could sink a ship
You cannot be tamed in a cage for your benefit
And the water, the water that poured down the sides
From the monster, the monster laughing inside
She’s a daughter, a daughter I love, and she’s mine
Track Name: Albatross
Em C Dsus Em Dsus
Set out for adventure, no maps, there’s no pressure/ From me you’re set
Em C Dsus Em Dsus
Climb down from the plateau, where you go I follow/ Right behind you
Em C Dsus Em C D
I am wing spread wide/ I go with the tide

Push on farther from the point you started from/ Into the storm
I fly with the weather, every bone and feather/ Keep you from harm
But you are armed and proud/ Shoot your omen down

Em C D
I will curse the ground you walk on
Em C G
Mine will be the name you cry
Em C D
I deserved your compassion
Em C Dsus4 D Em
Now around your neck I’m tied

Em C Dsus Em Dsus
Textbook truth was never there for you/ Pick up your head
No one word could ever heal the hurt/ Now my mouth is red
I’m prepared to die/ You’re still asking why

I will curse the ground you walk on
Mine will be the name you cry
I deserved your compassion
Now around your neck I’m tied

You search for the treasure, we’ll go down together/ Under the waves
Two lost sailors on an epic failure/ No one can save
When we start to drown/ They will write this down
Track Name: The Longest Road
So you head to the hills and the forest, but still
You’re just building the longest road
The mountains are far, but you know where you are
When you’re starting the longest road

You look down at all your cards
You’re played out, and it’s so hard when
Bricks and wood are what you need

A city sits inside your hand
But houses still aren’t on your land
And no one wants your fucking sheep

You’re won’t settle in, wasting on settlements
Because you’re building the longest road
The points they could swing with Year of Plenty
When you’re building the longest road

So roll the dice and make a trade
Because that’s how you play the game
Lead yourself to victory

The robber’s placed upon your grain
But you don’t need it anyway
And no one wants your fucking sheep

You’re not one to fight, so you pass on the knights
Just keep building the longest road
It’s unlikely you’ll win, but you cannot give in
When you’re playing for longest road

Special building phase

I wrote this on tour, could it be metaphor
I-95 is the Longest Road
You can never give in to the battle within
Just keep living the longest road
Track Name: Big Big Heart
A A/G# A/F# A/E
You don’t know the worst of it/ You don’t know how hard it gets
A A/G# A/D
You only know this/ You only know now
I’m searching for words to say/ I’m searching for hope again
I’m searching for why/ I’m searching for how


A/C# D E F#m/A/C# D E F#m
And all the answers are inside of you /and When you leave it will be too soon


A A/G# A/F# A/E
Time will take all of us/Time will turn all to dust
A A/G# A/D
Time is not fast/ Time is not loud
You look to the cloudy skies/ You look through your cloudy eyes
You look like you’re looking at me in a crowd


A/C# D E F#m/A/C# D E F#m
And all the answers are inside of you/ and When you leave it will be too soon


F#m D A E/G#
THE WORLD FELL FOR YOU RIGHT FROM THE START
F#m D A E/G#
I NEVER KNEW IT WOULD BE SO HARD
F#m E/G# A Bm
AND WHEN THE TRUTH CAUGHT ME OFF GUARD
C#m D E A A/G# A/F# E
YOU TAUGHT ME TO BREATH WITH A BIG, BIG HEART


I watch for the warning signs/ I watch for the borderline
I watch from the side/ I watch for goodbye
You’re living the best of lives/ You’re living up all the time
You’re living unlimited, everything’s fine


And all the answers are inside of you/ and When you leave it will be too soon


THE WORLD FELL FOR YOU RIGHT FROM THE START
I NEVER KNEW IT WOULD BE SO HARD
AND WHEN THE TRUTH CAUGHT ME OFF GUARD
YOU TAUGHT ME TO BREATH WITH A BIG, BIG HEART
Track Name: All The Things
It feels like falling fast
It feels like spinning
Connection moving past
My spirit willing
Outside the shows goes on
Inside I’m screaming
And when the crowd is gone
I get the feeling

That finally all the things I always wanted
Were earned with wasted years that went on and on
But the rest you’ll never see
You’ll see the best in me

I wait for lights to change
I wait for people
I always wait to say
Just what I’m thinking
It’s been so long since I
Felt free and open
And now you’re here tonight
I’m not the only one

That finally all the things I always wanted
Were earned with wasted fears that went on and on
But the rest you’ll never see
You’ll see the best in me

I can see you happy
I can see you succeed
Tell me your thoughts
Take control, what else do you need?

I was stuck here waiting I can’t be the only one singing this song
The world just going by I forgot my voice could be clear and strong
Reality was fading (Finally…)
I’m coming back to life (CHORUS 2X)
Track Name: Sinking Ship
I was on my way to America
I was on my way to see my William
Just three more days until America
Just three more days ‘til I’d be grounded, but
Tonight as I spoke unto my Lord, the sea was still overboard

Faith always comes to this on the deck of a sinking ship
God, we will all be there listing to one side in prayer

Some people don’t find their purpose here
But I have a purpose and it is clear
Grace is amazing how sweet the sound
When the last lifeboat is going down
You will not face this alone, It comes fast but then it’s done

Faith always comes to this on the deck of a sinking ship
God, we will all be there listing to one side in prayer
Amen, amen, amen
Track Name: Sol 549
You were the first one to call me home, abandoned for 549 sols
You couldn’t stay here, so you drove straight through my heart
Everyone goes.
Under that helmet you have a face, I’ll never see ‘cause you’d suffocate
I know that I’m toxic, but I’d like to say, something inside me
Wants you to stay.

You have breached the borders. You have reached the heights.
You have split the sky. Goodbye my pilgrim. Goodbye.

You broke the silence I spun through the years. The heartbeat, the motor, the curses I hear
Pierce through my deafening atmosphere. So alone, so alive, my engineer.

You have breached the borders. You have reached the heights.
You have split the sky. Goodbye my pilgrim. Goodbye.

I sent the storms ‘cross the cratered terrain that somehow you managed to navigate.
They say when you Love someone, let them escape.

You have breached the borders. You have reached the heights.
You have split the sky. Goodbye my pilgrim