gypsy heart

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released October 15, 2003

Acoustic guitars, vocals, keyboards, piano, organ, papoose, melodica, loops, freak outs, procrastination: shack
BGVs, Tambourine: Holly Shacklett
Additional BGVs: Kelly Jones, Rustin Smith, Cash Hall Guys
Drums: Erich Wigdahl
Bass, dedication, work ethic and the cherry on top: Travis Brockway
Lead and electric guitars, papoose, mandolin, good advice, reassurance: Rustin Smith
Banjo: Uncle Phil Lancaster
Upright Bass on "I'm My Own Best Friend": John Johnston
Cello: Clint Baker
Guest vocal performance: Jeffy Miller

Produced by Derek Shacklett
Co-produced by Rustin Smith and Travis Brockway

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singer-songwriter-musician formerly known as “Derek Shacklett”, formerly regularly known as “shack”, currently known as “Mr. Shacklett” and currently known as varrying terms of affection and/or frustration by his wife that you don’t need to know anyway, and most favorably responsive to “Daddy”. (But only 2 beautiful girls can call me that, and you’re not either of them!) It's thoughtful-pop. ... more

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Track Name: not what i ought to
Gypsy Heart

Too wide-eyed for the jaded
Too cynical for the blessed
Too cautious for the fearless
Too dangerous for the rest

You can't say this
Don't say that
If I can't say anything...

I will sing what is real
I will try to be true
I will sing what I feel
And not what I ought to

Too holy for the heathens
Too sinful for the saints
Too hopeful to be enlightened
Too curious for those of faith

You can't say this
Don't say that
If I can't say anything...

I will sing what is real
I will try to be true
I will sing what I feel
And not what I ought to

I could take a feather to your ear
Or I could tell you what you want to hear but...

I can't say this
I won't say that
if I can't say anything...

I will sing what is real
I will try to be true
I will sing what I feel
And not what I ought to
Track Name: keep on goin
Keep on Goin’
(verse1)
She was born in a ghost town way out west
‘bout a million-billion miles from anywhere
She could find her way back home, I guess...
But the truth is, She doesn’t really care
(chorus)
And the wind blows across the land
And the rivers keep on flowin’
Just as long as stars keep shining on her head
She’ll just keep on,
Keep on goin’
(verse2)
She was wild like the tangles up in her hair
That hadn’t seen a brush or comb in years
She doesn’t know where she’s goin’
She’ll know when she gets there
All she knows is that it’s far away from here...
(chorus)
And the wind blows across the land
And the rivers keep on flowin’
Just as long as stars keep shining on her head
She’ll just keep on
Keep on goin’
(bridge)
But I need her like the land needs rain
I love her in spite of all the pain
I’ll search forever just to find a way
To love her enough to make her stay...
(verse3)
But the road calls her name like a siren’s song
If you asked her she couldn’t tell you why
So far my love’s not strong enough to make this her home
But all my life, I’ll always try!
(chorus)
And the wind blows across the land
And the rivers keep on flowin’
Just as long as stars keep shining on her head
She’ll just keep on
Keep on goin’
Track Name: gypsy heart
Gypsy Heart
By Derek Shacklett & Rustin Smith ©Derek A. Shacklett/ASCAP

See, that’s the trick of honesty
It sets you free but casts you out
It’s just as well,
The road of faith is littered with bits of doubt
(chorus)
Well, I could run away
But where would I go
Or I could hide away
No matter where, you still would know
Or I could fly away
It wouldn’t matter how far
You’ve got your fingers wrapped around
My gypsy heart

Is this to be my lot in life?
To search and think and never know
It’s just as well:
A step of faith could be a cliff
No matter where you go (chorus)

And so I opt for mystery
Study the facts, and catch the clues
I just can’t tell:
A leap of faith may be the only way
To find the truth…
Track Name: oh geppetto
Oh Geppetto
(verse1)
Was there an extra tenderness
As your brush applied the paint?
Drew the eyes and ears and smile
On this puppet boy, you made
Did your heart beat faster
To see the spark behind his eyes
Was it love or magic
That brought this wooden son to life?
(chorus)
O Geppetto
Where did your little boy go?
Is he still running
Or has he just lost his way?
Are you still hoping
He’ll come home someday?
Oh Geppetto
(verse2)
And as he wove his web of lies
Did he think you wouldn’t know?
Deception so obvious
As if his nose had told you so
Do you wish that he’d grow up?
Do you think he’ll ever learn
Do your eyes get tired
As you watch for his return?
(chorus)
O Geppetto
Where did your little boy go?
Is he still running
Or has he just lost his way?
Are you still hoping
He’ll come home someday?
Oh Geppetto

(bridge)
Doesn’t he know how much you love him?
Doesn’t he know it doesn’t matter what he’s done?
Doesn’t he know that you won’t stop waiting
Till he’s safe and sound at home…
(chorus)
O Geppetto
Where did your little boy go?
Is he still running
Or has he just lost his way?
Are you still hoping
He’ll come home someday?
Oh Geppetto
Track Name: never neverland
Never Never Land
Lyrics and music by Derek Shacklett & Cheryl Perkins

See the princess with her tear-stained face
She's wondering where he prince has gone
He left her for the kisses of mermaids
Said he didn't know "ever-after" was so long
And all the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put her broken heart
Back together again

Welcome to the never neverland
Where your life never turns out the way you planned
So, welcome to the never neverland

See the woman in her shoe-string house
She’s got too many mouths to feed
Two jobs, three kids, more bills than she can count
She didn’t know all her life would be “in need”

And all the King's horses and all the King's men
Couldn't put her broken life
Back together again

Welcome to the never never land
Where your life never turns out the way you planned
So, welcome to the never never land

Where the answers don’t come easy
Like the end of storybooks
You can have your happy ending
You’ve just got to learn how to look

Welcome to the never never land
Where your life never turns out the way you planned
So, welcome to the never never land
Track Name: to get back to you
To Get Back To You
©2003 Derek A. Shacklett/Rustin Smith
(verse1)
I would swim any ocean
I would climb up any tree
I would crawl across any desert
I would dive in any sea
Just to get back to you...

(verse2)
I would hike over any mountain
I would tunnel way down deep
I would drive over crumbled highways
I would cross over any street
Just to get back to you...

(chorus)
I don’t know what I was thinking
I don’t know what I thought I’d do
‘Cause I would give up everything
Just to get back to you...

(verse3)
I would stifle my grand ambition
I would lay aside my dreams
I would fall on promises laced with grace
I would admit how much I need

(instrumental)

(chorus)
I don’t know what I was thinking
I don’t know what I thought I’d do
‘Cause I would give up everything
Just to get back to you...

(chorus)
I don’t know what I was thinking
I don’t know what I thought I’d do
‘Cause I would give up everything
Just to get back to you...
Track Name: gathering diamonds
Gathering Diamonds

What if I made a lot of money?
Only to find I can't take it with me when I go.
What I built a house to live in,
only to find, this world is not my home...

Looking for the answers...

What if searched for buried treasure
Only to find all that glitters is not gold
What if I lived by youth and beauty
Only to find it doesn't matter when I grow old...

looking for the answers...
Am I asking the right questions

Gathering diamonds
On a desert island
Just in case
I might be saved...

What set myself to study
Only to find the more I learn, the less I know
What if find some one to love me
Only to find, we live this life on our own

looking for the answers...
Am I asking the right questions

Gathering diamonds
On a desert island
Just in case
I might be saved...

Now I've got diamonds in my pockets
I've got diamonds in my shoes
I don't have time for rescue rockets
There's too much mining left to do... or am I

Gathering diamonds
On a desert island
Just in case
I might be saved...
Track Name: world around me
The World Around Me
Lyrics & Music ©2003 Derek A. Shacklett

Kaleidoscopic colors
paint the trees of Arkansas
Finale fantastic
Before the leaves give up and fall
And driving through these Ozark hills
I am overcome with awe

(chorus)
With more than ears let me hear
With more than eyes let me see
With every breath let me breathe
The wonders of this world around me

The rockies rise like giants
Against a Colorado sky
Impossible to comprehend
But daring me to try
And who could see this mountain range
And not wish for wings to fly

(chorus)
With more than ears let me hear
With more than eyes let me see
With every breath let me breathe
The wonders of this world around me

(bridge)
For my part, I know nothing with any certainty but
The sight of the stars makes me dream...

We woke ourselves up early
Just to drive down to the shore
The locals thought us crazy
As if the gulf could be a bore
But morning riding ocean waves
Who could hope for more?
(chorus)
Track Name: life with you
Spend my life with you
Lyrics & Music ©2003 Derek A. Shacklett

I may have told you
That I would always take out the trash
You might have got the notion
That we would never want for cash
It’s not that I mislead you
That was never my intention
I know that I have let you down
In more ways than really need mention
(chorus)
Of all the things I’ve ever said
Of the dreams I’ve ever dreamt
I hope that more than one are true
Of all the promises I’ve made
All the plans I’ve ever laid
I hope to spend my life with you

I know I don’t deserve you
And what a lucky man I am
So I thank my lucky stars at night
And just keep trying the best I can
To be a man who is worthy
Of the love I have felt in your touch
The world is good when you hold me
I want to always need you this much

(chorus)
(bridge)
Now I am sure it won’t always be easy
And I am sure it will be so hard sometimes
But I will promise that if you’ll have me
I’ll take your hand and hold on tight...
(chorus)
Track Name: i'm my own best friend
I'm My Own Best Friend

Lyrics by Jeff Miller and Derek Shacklett/Music by
Derek Shacklett
©2003 Derek A Shackett

(verse1)
A happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy man
Was sitting in the corner eating ‘tators from a pan
His teeth were brown like pennies/His hair was like a
nest
He wore a yellow jacket/He wore a yellow vest
His breath could bowl men over and his fingernails
were long
He put his shirt on backwards, but he sang this
happy song...

(chorus)
He’d sing:
Oh...I’m my own best friend
He’d sing
Oh...I’m my own best friend

(verse2)
And he grinned and ate and whistled as he sat all by
himself
And he gave himself a handshake as he toasted to
his health
And he laughed at all the jokes he told till milk
spewed out his nose
As he picked and chewed the funky stuff that grew
between his toes
He’d say things like, “You’re clever, chap! You’re
funny and you’re smart!
You’re pretty much a genius and I mean that from
the heart!”

(chorus)
He’d sing:
Oh...I’m my own best friend
He’d sing
Oh...I’m my own best friend

(verse3)
Then he’d take a bite of ‘tators and he’d chew and
chew and grin
Then he’d stomp his feet and giggle, then do it all
again
“I’m my own best friend forever,” he’d proudly tell us
all
“I’m my best friend in the winter, or the summer, and
the fall!
I’m a funny one to be with; I’m never ever rude.
In fact, of all the folks I’ve ever met, I’m my favorite
dude!”

(chorus)
He’d sing:
Oh...I’m my own best friend
He’d sing
Oh...I’m my own best friend