gypsy heart

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Another co-write with Rustin. As I recall, I had some ideas for a chorus/title and some music for the chorus. Rustin found the lyrics for most of the first verse in his notebook. We pretty much wrote it together from there. Still immensely pleased the lyrical progression in the verses and how they work with the chorus.


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
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…


from gypsy heart, track released October 15, 2003
Rustin played my little papoose on this. Along with all the electrics. I also got Rustin to sing BGVs with Holly.



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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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