Rollercoasters

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Annie and Joe met operating roller coasters / It was a decent summer job for two kids with big dreams / Joe would say on the loud speaker, buckle up and hold on tight / It's gonna be a wild ride, and the passengers would scream / They were sneaking glances until their shifts were over / Each word was a love poem from across the coaster track / Well, no amount of logic can give summer love a limit / And the neon lights shone bright while they kissed in the back // CHORUS: My heart is as wild as yours / And I don't wanna tame you / You can ride that roller coaster as many times as you please / But you’re tired and you're not well and you just do it all over / I wanna be wild but I wanna be well, and I want your days to go easy // They both finished school, Joe headed off to California / When drinking didn't cut it, he moved on to harder things / Annie visited him a few times, but he was barely there to know it / She didn't have the heart to tell him she still wore his cheap engraved ring / When Joe called her from the hospital Annie flew in from Cleveland / She was standing by his bedside, he'd overdosed again / She'd have done most anything to take his burden from him / But you can't erase the pain of a very young man // CHORUS // Annie moved to Portland, got a studio apartment / Joe sent letters saying he was really on the mend / Annie wove a blanket from all those promises Joe gave her / And she boxed up all the pictures and she didn't visit him again // CHORUS // She loved those ups and downs, loved the Ferris wheel turning / She was addicted to the thrill of rolling fast by his side / When that track doesn't change, you gotta learn the hard way / Someday there comes a time when you gotta get off the ride

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from North, released May 18, 2018

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Heather Styka Chicago, Illinois

Though rooted in folk and Americana, Chicago singer-songwriter Heather Styka's songs are as fresh as they are memorable, chronicling the human cycles of despair and redemption, and analyzing the importance of places and relationships. Touring nationwide and having received airplay globally, Styka is a familiar face in the Chicago music scene, at venues including Schubas and the Old Town School. ... more

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