Songs of Will T. Massey — “A Little Bit of a Heartbreaker”

Will T. Massey playing guitar quietlyA later song from Will, written after he left Austin to retreat to a West Texas ranch house near San Angelo for a little while.

In the video performance, shot at a backyard house concert in Austin,  he introduces this song as “my latest iPhone release” — one of a dozen tunes he shared with a few folks via email.

(Editor’s note: Will’s lyrics can be difficult to decipher. There’s a line in this song’s 1st verse that is unclear to me despite repeatedly listening to both the original iPhone track and this video version. The questionable line is italicized and I would welcome any clarifications.)

I looked around and I was 40,
Surprised to be alive.
With friends and family
Scattered through winters I’d survived.
And I was a fixer-upper
For a woman of the red —
She’d get tough, see,  I’d kiss her
And sing her into bed.

And Austin knew my name
Just for lashes of rhyme.
My girl knew I was insane
But she showed me a good time.
And the dogs left me alone —
Lord, the pictures they saw.
Those were wounded, growing years
For my repertoire.

And I don’t know how I slipped away.
Like a tumbleweed beside the highway.
Ghostly, rolling, dirty, dark, blonde —
A little bit of a heartbreaker,
Always a little bit gone.

Well, I woke up (landed) on a ranch
And just like a morning dove,
I called to an old flame
To come and make love.
Well, we drank and smoked and travelled
Like free love from the Sixties —
All aphrodisiac,
She was sad and said she’d miss me.

And I don’t know how I slipped away.
Like a tumbleweed beside the highway.
Ghostly, rolling, dirty, dark, blonde — 
A little bit of a heartbreaker,
Always a little bit gone.

Well, I remember when Mama died
I hadn’t seen her for so long
I was homeless in Seattle —
I just never belonged.
At general delivery
I got a grand that went, too,
I bought a guitar for Texas
And I never cried for her…

And I don’t know how I slipped away.
Like a tumbleweed beside the highway.
Ghostly, rolling, dirty, dark, blonde — 
A little bit of a heartbreaker,
Always a little bit gone.

A bit of a heartbreaker,
Always a little bit gone.

About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.
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