Leavin' The Land of The Broken Hearted

Album: Spirit Dancer (2002)
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  • Blackhawk frontman Henry Paul says this song is about life mistakes; him walking away from the things that weren't working, and getting onto what did work. Life, he says, is too short and too important to go through unhappy: "Kind of me walking away from a 30-year marriage, I'm leavin' the land of the broken hearted. I'm not going to live in this wish-list place. I've been lost in the fun house long enough, I want out, and I want to get real. The real part of it is important to me, like, do you love your wife, or do you really like her a lot and you want to hop in the bed with your next door neighbor. And if you are still an attractive character from the standpoint of outward appearance, and you enjoy a degree of celebrity, and people sort of make a fuss over you so you've kind of got the world on a string anyhow, what do you do with that? Do you just sort of sink into this Marquis de Sade place with it, or do you kind of try and gather yourself up and take the moral high road and make good on the dream of real love? And 'Leavin' The Land of The Broken Hearted' was me walking away from everything that wasn't working, everything that I knew wasn't real, and trying to embark on a new place where I could be honest and genuine and not just pretend." (Check out our interview with Henry Paul. For more, go to www.blackhawkmusic.us.)

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