Locked Doors & Pretty Fences

by Joel T. Henderson

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Joel’s first full-length, full-band album. Produced by Paul Mahern.

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released 10 April 2012
General Album Credits
All songs written by Joel Henderson
Produced by Paul Mahern
Engineered by Dan Figurell and Paul Mahern
Executive Produced by Jeff Grantham
Recorded and mixed by Paul Mahern at White Arc Studios in Bloomington, Indiana
Ric Hordinski’s guitar performances recorded by Ric at The Monastery in Cincinnati, Ohio
Additional performances recorded by Byron House, Jake Burton, Heidi Gluck and Joel Henderson at their respective project studios
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering in Phoenix, Arizona
Album art designed by Owen Brock at Visual Fluency, Cincinnati, Ohio
Photography by Kylie Wilkerson

Appreciations
Deep appreciation to Alison for her consummate editing eye, and her unwavering love, patience, and belief in me; to Jeff for his friendship and for making this project possible; to Paul for his vision and dedication; and to the musicians and artists who’ve lent me their extraordinary talents: Bill Mallers, Byron House, David England, Devon Ashley, Heidi Gluck, Jake Burton, Jason Wilber, Kylie Wilkerson, Mick Sullivan, Owen Brock, Ric Hordinski, Scott Kellogg, Stasia

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Heartfelt lyrics and wit are at the core of many singer-songwriters, but the ability to translate feelings to others is where Joel Henderson sets himself apart. With true-to-self lyrics and timeless melodies, Henderson combines folk, country, blues, gospel, and classic pop with equal reverence. ... more

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Track Name: Growing Up (Is Hard to Do)
I’ve been missing the sun
And the nights spent burning
I’ve been missing each of you
Growing up is hard to do

Now we’ve all got our debts to pay
And there’s no room left for us to play
‘Cause they only want something new
Growing up is hard to do

Last night I heard a song
In my sleep now it’s long gone
I don’t recall the words or tune
Growing up is hard to do
Don’t recall the last breath I drew
Growing up is hard
Growing up is hard
Growing up is hard to do
Track Name: Heartless Kisses
There’s little left to offer
We’re caught on the edge of love
The truth may knock us over
But pretending just ain’t enough

We started off like a rocket
Burning hot and high
While charging all the others
With simply floating by, on

Heartless kisses

They warned us with their laugher
I guess their right it seems
Everything was cool ‘til
We got stuck in between, those

Heartless kisses

I don’t know what happened
We lived in every moment now life keeps passing us by

Please tell me there’s a future
With something more to love, other than

Heartless kisses
They ain’t enough
Track Name: Learning To Love Loneliness
I’m learning to love loneliness
It’s like an old wooden door that always sticks
I can count on it with every kick
It will always open for me

I’m learning to love loneliness
Each passing day I miss you less and less
Everybody says that time will heal every wound
But I’m not yet sure

Now I’m learning that life is full of tests
Full of questions with no simple guesses
Locked doors and pretty fences
That may never open for me

Well I’m learning to love loneliness
Each passing day I miss you less and less
Everybody says that time will heal every wound
But I’m not yet sure that it’s true

It’s been so hard to get over you
But I’m trying to hang on the mundane to see me through

I’m learning to love loneliness
Each passing day I miss you less and less
Everybody says that time will heal every wound
But I’m not yet sure that it’s true
I’m a mess
But I’m learning to love loneliness
Track Name: Curves
Heidi Gluck: Background Vocals, Electric Bass, Piano, Melodica
Joel Henderson: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Track Name: Baby, I’m So Over You
I picked up the phone today like I’ve done before
I dialed your number a hundred times or more
I never let that call go through
‘Cause baby I’m so over

I wrote you a letter though I ain’t sure what for
I threw it in the trash then I wrote you a hundred more
I’ll probably trash all those too
‘Cause baby I’m so over

Please won’t you release me
You’ve got me oh so confused
One moment I want you madly
The next I’m so over, baby I’m so over you

Should you find me baby pacing back and forth
Know I’m going crazy now crazy’s at your door
I won’t knock yeah I’m no fool
‘Cause baby I’m so over, baby I’m so over

Please won’t you release me
You’ve got me oh so confused
One moment I want you madly
The next I’m so over, baby I’m so over you
Baby I’m so over, baby being over, baby I’m so over you
Track Name: Stranger
I’m just a stranger in this place
A one in a million lonely face
What distinguishes me in this race
Is it being numbered or the things I embrace

Well it’s a strained life I lead
As I’m always in between
Running away and walking tall for you
It’s a narrow gate indeed
But still I believe
That I am just a stranger without you

I‘m just a stranger in this land
With a one-in-a-million losing hand
What distinguishes me from the righteous man
Is it peace of mind or my foolish plans

Well it’s a strained life I lead
As I’m always in between
Running away and walking tall for you
It’s a narrow gate indeed
But still I believe
That I am just a stranger without you
Track Name: Are We Running
he sun is rising the sky is clear
Been awfully gray and cloudy ‘round here
Dry your eyes and let it go
Here he comes with the deed in hand
Toss him the keys let him walk right in
Don’t look back leave the bags let’s go

C’mon baby can you blame me
There’s got to be something better
If we don’t feel the wind blow
Then how will we know
There’s nothing better around

Go on roll the window down
Let your long hair blow around
It don’t matter what people think
We’ve been living for way too long
To the rhythm of someone else’s song
It’s time for us to break free

C’mon baby can you blame me
There’s got to be something better
If we don’t feel the wind blow
Then how will we know
There’s nothing better around
So are we running now

Been so long since we left that place
And the limits of time and space
But we ain’t free just yet you know
There’s a stone that’s deep inside
Trying hard to beat alive
And it ain’t gonna break itself

C’mon baby can you blame me
There’s got to be something better
If we don’t feel the wind blow
Then how will we know
There’s nothing better around
So are we running now
Track Name: One Kiss at a Time
Abandonment then cigarettes
And other things to help you forget
‘Cause wishing wells and steeple bells don’t work
Caught in a cloud of criticism
You wake from a dream you’ve been living in
Only to find you smell of the vine you thirst

Don’t you know that you’re worth more
Than the sum of your
Oh the sum of your curves

Some have grown while you’ve grown old
Though others have been torn from the fold
It’s time to forgive time to let yourself go
Time to flush the demons down
In the name of the father who wasn’t around
Then emerge from the water and see the beauty you are

Don’t you know that you’re worth more
Than the sum of your
Oh the sum of your curves

Some will put up a fight
And some may go devout
No one’s immune to flight
While working salvation out

Don’t you know that you’re worth more
Than the sum of your
Oh the sum of your curves
Track Name: I'll Be Waiting
On a bed dressed in white
Under the moon’s phasing light
I’ll be waiting for you

In a room softly aglow
With the television low
I’ll be waiting for you

I’ll be waiting
‘Til the timing’s right
I’ll be waiting
For that kiss goodnight

Within the walls of a home
Where no one should feel alone
I’ll be waiting for you

I’ll be waiting
‘Til the timing’s right
I’ll be waiting
For that kiss goodnight

In the quiet place inside
Where the heart learns to hide
I’ll be waiting for you
Track Name: This Time of Year
Winter has gone
Trees awake but they are still bare
Children making their way out
Mix laughter with new spring air

There’s something very lonely
Something’s just not right
Something very lonely
This time of year

Warmed by a drink from the sun
In its crisp sugary sky
Blue washed above us
Should bring the color back to our eyes

There’s something very lonely
Something’s just not right
Something very lonely
This time of year

As we sit and talk with our eyes locked fixed on the glare
The cloudy clock with its tick and tock reminds us we’re going nowhere

To answer your question
I know how you feel
But I don’t know just how to say it
It’s like a wound that just won’t heal

There’s something very lonely
Something’s just not right
Something very lonely
This time of year
Track Name: Beyond the Fence
Walk to the fence my love
And climb higher than us
Please try and see
If there’s anything for you and me
Beyond the fence my love