People in Places

by Heather Thomas

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Mike Votava Heather Thomas is not as good at basketball as Isiah Thomas, but she's probably way better at making music. And just to be clear, I'm not talking about the Isiah Thomas currently on the Celtics. I'm talking about old school Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas. Favorite track: Leanna.
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Heather Thomas' debut album includes her first batch of originals. She sings, plays drums, and ukulele with some of her close friends. The album was recorded with engineer and good friend George Wiederkehr.

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released June 15, 2017

All songs written by Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas: Vocals, Ukulele, Drums and Percussion
Dune Butler: Upright and Electric Bass
Charles Wicklander: Piano and Keyboards
Skyler Mehal: Electric Guitar
Owen Proto: Electric Guitar
Erik Thomas: Electric Guitar
Jerett Samples: Electric Guitar
George Wiederkehr: Classical guitar, keyboards, synths

Engineered by George Wiederkehr
Mastered by Brandon Busch

Album Artwork by Tim Manthey
Photography by Josh Perrault

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Heather Thomas Seattle, Washington

Drummer and singer/songwriter with a knack for melody and evocative lyrics. Debut album People in Places released June 15th 2017!

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Track Name: Leanna
Nevada, tell me when I’m gone
What did I do for you?
I left you run down, sunburnt, broke
You left me longing for the coast

Tobacco stains his ruddy mouth
He tears my dress and throws me down
I hate him, I will make him pay
He earned his sentence on that day

Leanna, take them to your home
And show them what you know
Leanna, you are not alone

Three old wheels turn on dusty ground
My dry eyes narrow at the cowards,
Captors, foul words, boot spurs
Killed my family, stole me from my town

Leanna, take them to your home
And show them what you know
Leanna, you are not alone

I am the only one I know
My dirty sandals walking slow
The sun, it wants to change me
I won’t stop it, I will burn and grow

Nevada, foothills burning bright
You never thought tonight would come
But there you smolder, here I stand
Ashes to ash, dust to dry land

Leanna, take them to your home
And show them what you know
Leanna, you are not alone

Leanna
Leanna
Leanna
Track Name: Carolina
I don’t wanna sing about Carolina
So many men have sang those words complete
But I just lost my ticket down to Raleigh
And got a job selling apples on the street
And it comes in waves

I don’t wanna live here my whole life
That’s the first time I have ever felt that way
But if I die alone here years from now
They’ll assume that I had found my place
And I haven’t been there yet,
I don’t know it by name
Give me three more years to wander
And ask me again

My friend told me I should turn the lens in
And let the things I feel become the screen
But I don’t know how else to tear my heart out
Than lying down and saying what I mean
And it comes in waves

I don’t claim to know where I am going
Haven’t seen the things that I will see
But I have found the closest thing to knowing
Is asking without fear and letting be
And I haven’t been there yet,
No I don’t know it by name
Give me three more years to wander
And ask me again
Track Name: Montana Sky
I dreamt you into existence
My lips struck your match lit your flame
My lungs fill up, my tongue ignites your name
Then you flew in late on a Friday
And by Sunday you broke down my door
I pulled you in like the ocean tugs at the shore
And I wish like hell you could stay here
But I know you’re going to leave
And it breaks my heart, but I’m sure I’m not what you need

I close my eyes, whisper goodbye and walk away
Set you free, hope you come back to me someday

And I tell myself if I had you one more time I could stay satisfied
But my head reminds my bloodstream that’s a lie
Still I hope the next time I see you
You’re as free as a Montana sky
And I pray as luck should find us so am I

I close my eyes, whisper goodbye and walk away
Set you free, hope you come back to me someday
I close my eyes, whisper goodbye and walk away
Set you free, hope you come back to me someday

‘Cause I couldn’t lose ya’
But I couldn’t pin you down
So I’ll wait till you come around

And I tell myself I don’t need you
‘Cause I know damn well that I don’t
Take your blue jeans, brown knees, baby
Back home
Still I hope the next time I see you
You’re as free as a Montana sky
And I pray as luck should find us so am I
Track Name: Lullaby
Goodnight my love, just rest your eyes
And dream of cool Seattle skies
Of gold and grey, and misty sighs
Before we said our last goodbyes

Dream well, this side of the blue
It misses night like I miss you
Sleep dear, I want you to know
Your dreams are where I want to go

Goodnight my love, it won’t be long
Just hum along to this sweet song
And let your ears drift out to sea
And think of lying next to me

Dream well, this side of the blue
It misses night like I miss you
Sleep dear, I want you to know
Your dreams are where I want to go
Track Name: People in Places
I’ve got people in places, they miss me when I’m gone
But I don’t blink for them, I smile and move on
With jaw cut like marble, and eyes as cool as stone
Soft as steel wool and warmer than bone

Oh my darling, I love you, but you couldn’t hold me down if you tried
And when I take to leavin’, there’s no stoppin’ me from sayin’ goodbye
Oh my lover, you’re not all I’ve got, but let’s just leave the others out
‘Cause they don’t know you and they don’t own me
I’m not sorry, I’m just who I am, and who I am is all I wanna be

And when the lights go out
You’re all I’m thinking about
If you’re the one in my arms

The flight of the seabird, alight above the Sound
Tells a story that words couldn’t say
It makes my feet question the concrete on the ground
As it lays down to show me the way

Oh my darling, I love you, but you couldn’t hold me down if you tried
And when I take to leavin’, there’s no stoppin’ me from sayin’ goodbye
Oh my lover, you’re not all I’ve got, but let’s just leave the others out
‘Cause they don’t know you and they don’t own me
I’m not sorry, I’m just who I am, and who I am is all I wanna be

And when the lights go out
You’re all I’m thinking about
But when the lights go out
You’re all I’m thinking about
If you’re the one in my arms

And I have heard: as the wind turns, so does the bird
So fight the urge to go wandering with your words
Walk the earth with that wondering type of thirst
Most reserved for the lonely and the pure
Track Name: When I Should
If it was my time and you didn’t want to let me go
Would you pull me inside, give me everything you know?
Like it could save me, oh like I’d be free
Then I would die. I’d be free.

In ditches we walk, curse the soles of our muddy feet.
The louder we talk, the less we’re saying when we speak.
And I dare you to stand without planting your heels.
Learn to dance, dear. Stretch your lungs, see how it feels.

And I am satisfied to say that I love and I love for good.
See you whole and justified, there is nothin’ that you need to hide.
My heart wants to know you, not to figure you out,
Wouldn’t change you if I thought that I could.
But I know how to walk away when I should.

The setting sun sears the ocean sky, clouds burst their neon souls to light,
Tell you all they’ve been dying to say before they fade into the night.
So when you meet me, deep pink, orange, or blue
You know me deeply, my colors reflected in you.

And I am satisfied to say that I love and I love for good.
See you whole and justified, there is nothin’ that you need to hide.
My heart wants to know you, not to figure you out,
Wouldn’t change you if I thought that I could.
But I know how to walk away when I should.

Ohh, but I should.

And I am satisfied to say that I love and I love for good.
But I know how to walk away when I should.