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lyrics

Sugarcoat

You said a lot of things
and we made a lot of plans
and when the bottom fell out
I landed on my feet
‘Cause I come from a long line
of women who are kind
Who’d do anything to help
another soul in need

CHORUS:
Tell me what you’re thinking
Tell me what you’re really feeling
I will listen and I will always be on the line
You don’t need to sugarcoat it
Bring me all your pain and hope
And when the world turns upside down
We will still get by

I’ve been called a lunch pail poet
‘cause everyday I go to work
But when you’re singing for your supper
some nights you go hungry
As for love, I’ve known lots of it
Not often the kind you keep
I’m well-versed in letting go
when they let go of me

CHORUS

Who can compare the weight of two hearts
I have watched my friends weather unimaginable storms
These blizzards with no two snowflakes alike
Piling up in new patterns against our doors

It’s a hospital visit
It’s another totaled car
It’s out of your control
And it’s right where you are
The crucible of each morning
makes you stronger than you know
You will bend, but you won’t break
‘cause you are made of gold

CHORUS

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from The Bittersweet Tapes, released February 16, 2016

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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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