Faultline

by Mya Byrne

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Written by Mya Byrne and Neale Eckstein. Winner, Best Folk Song, 2019 Trans Trenderz Music Awards. Lyrics and chords below.

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Faultline

G C G C G C G C

Em
Ours is an old place
C G
Built of plaster, wood and slate
Em C
The floorboards creak and the plumbing leaks
C G
Nothing much about it’s straight
Em C
It’s made it through the big ones
Am C
And fires that burned all around
G C G
Somehow it’s still standing
Am C
On less than solid ground

Chorus
G
We live on a faultline
C G
In an old house that sways
G G
When the earth starts shaking
Am C
It could all fall down and break
G
We live on a faultline
C G
A dangerous place to be
G
So far this house has made it
C G
And maybe so will we

There’s cracks in the foundation
There’s ripples in the glass
worn spots on the staircase
You can see into the past
Height marks by the basement door
From families long gone
We don’t know what’s become of them
But this old place lives on

Chorus

Bridge
Am
And it’s hard to keep your balance
C G
When you’re straddling that line
G
Of who to blame when things go wrong
D
Who to praise when things go right
Am C
But when the earth is trembling
Am C
And everything’s a fight
Em C
We should hold on to each other
D
Hold on with all our might

Instrumental
G C G C G C G C

Sure, it needs a few repairs
Like most old good things do
New curtains and a coat of paint
at least the bones are strong and true
So many things get lost with time
Such a wonder we survived -
We live on a faultline
It makes us feel alive

chorus
C
And maybe so will we
G C
C G
We live on a faultline

credits

released January 7, 2020
Mya Byrne: Acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals
Neale Eckstein: harmony vocals
Matt Nakoa: Electric guitar, Hammond organ
Craig Akin: Bass
Jagoda: Drums

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios, Sudbury, MA.

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