Brilliant Addiction

by Renee Harcourt

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released April 7, 2010

Renée plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, slide guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, percussion, drums, drum programming, and sings lead and harmony vocals.

"Could Have Been You" written by Andy Manoff
Lynn Asher sings background vocals on “Sex, Love or Money”
Jeri Jones plays electric guitar on “Her Name is a Knife”
Monica Pasqual plays piano and organ on “You Hold my Heart”
Julie Wolf plays accordion on “Late Bloomer”

Mixed by BZ Lewis
Mastered by Ken Lee

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Track Name: Throw Me a Bone
THROW ME A BONE (R. Harcourt)

I don’t want to compromise, I want to look into your eyes
I don’t want to be in my head, let’s make love in the bed
I don’t want to cause you pain, speak your truth and let it rain
Let it rain, let it rain...

I try, but I can’t get the wings to fly
I learn, but I can’t get the wheels to turn
So I go it alone where nothing is known
Throw me a bone, throw me a bone

I don’t want to work all day, I need a lot more time to play
I don’t want to see the shrink at three, maybe there’s nothing wrong with me
Wrong with me, wrong with me...

I try, but I can’t get the wings to fly
I learn, but I can’t get the wheels to turn
So I go it alone where nothing is known
Throw me a bone, throw me a bone

Floating out to sea, engine dead, no sail to set , a broken wing and a prayer
Hands tied behind my back, watch the train run off the track,
Do you want your money back, do you want

I don’t want to waste your time, I just want to blow your mind
I don’t want to lose more sleep, I just want to feel you deep
Feel you deep, feel you deep

I try, but I can’t get the wings to fly
I learn, but I can’t get the wheels to turn
So I go it alone where nothing is known
Throw me a bone, throw me a bone
Track Name: Accelerate
ACCELERATE (R. Harcourt)

Foot goes down, pressure on the back
Wind in the face, don’t look back
Details blur and the little things fly by
All I see is the big blue sky
What lies ahead are bends and turns
And a broken line to measure everything I’ve learned
Mistakes I’ve made and dreams I’ve changed
Thoughts in my head I need to rearrange

CHORUS
I love to accelerate with you by my side
I love to accelerate, baby don’t be late
I love to accelerate, it’s time for us to fly

Take control of wings that work
Eliminate broken things that lurk
Read all the maps and every sign
A new day dawns the horizon line
Feel the power, reveal the truth
Nothing in the world that I can’t do
Take it all in, let it all go
Forgive myself, my friends, my foes

BRIDGE
Drive away from all the ghosts and all the pain
Disappear in rear view mirror
Drive away the cold conditions, heavy rain
Disappear in rear view mirror

VERSE
A whole lot of stops and a few near misses
Saved by luck and your sweet kisses
Not just a way from A to B
A broader view for you and me
Hold my hand, touch my mind
Steer myself by night I’m blind
Lights will flash and sirens sings
Love is rich and cash is king

CHORUS
Track Name: Lucky
LUCKY (R. Harcourt)


I’ll walk the pretty way, even though I can’t go home
I’ll watch the colors fade, even though I’m not alone
I’ve seen destruction and demise
I’ve seen the look of pure love in your eyes

I’ll wake and take with me, whatever comes that day
I’m beaten down, but I’m not too tired to play
On indecision and debris
I lost my footing and I fell free


Hee. I’m lucky
Hee. I landed lightly
Hee. I’m lucky
Hee ~

Now I can dry my eyes and wish beyond regret
The reasons why I left, I’m learning to forget
One rainy night on Hallow’s eve
I jumped up high and caught the kiss of something sweet


Hee. I’m lucky
Hee. I landed lightly
Hee. I’m lucky
Hee ~


You know I never cried, I never used to cry,
You know I never cried, you know I never cried

Hee. I’m lucky
Hee. I landed lightly
Hee. I’m lucky
Hee ~
Hee. I’m lucky
Hee. I landed lightly
Hee. I’m lucky
Hee ~
Track Name: Like You Do
LIKE YOU DO (R. Harcourt)


Lights turned on, a shot of Petrone,
waiting on the table with a long stem rose
Dinner in the oven, the smell of loving makes me a fool
Hot tub steam, champagne dream
You’re floating in the heat looking tan and lean
Balancing a bottle of bubbly just for two

Nobody loves me like you do
Nobody loves me like you do
Nobody loves me like you do
Nobody loves me like you…

Listen to my day and every word that I say
Even when I’m short and in a bad way
You say let’s take a trip, take off today
I got tickets to Rome or Bodega Bay
And you tell me that you love me, tell me that I’m hot
Even on the days when I know I’m really not
And you always have a kiss, always have a smile
Sweet, fine and mean you keep me in style

Nobody loves me like you do
Nobody loves me like you do
Nobody loves me like you do
Nobody loves me like you…
Track Name: Sex, Love or Money
Sex, Love or Money (R. Harcourt)


It’s not very often I fall for a man
But he was so awesome, I never did land
The problem you see, was that he loved me too
But our hands were quite tied, I was married and true

The pain of restraint was wearing me down
My very best friend, she came around
I confided in her every day sometimes until dawn
While secretly she and my man were getting it on

CHORUS
You can trust your friends, put your heart in their hands
You can trust your friends, until sex, love or money...
makes them blow like the wind

My lover of ten good years left me one day
Our future unclear, we had so much to say
I talked to a friend, said we just needed time
The next thing I know they’re in love and off drinking wine

CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE siren vox

I’ve lived enough years to know what people will do
They consider their cardinal needs, not you
After having endured the pain of all that is fair
I will never betray the trust I’ve come to hold dear

You can trust me friend, put your heart in my hands
You can trust me friend, I’m with you ‘til the end
You can trust me friend, put your heart in my hands
You can trust me friend, until sex, love or money...
makes me blow like the wind
Track Name: Her Name is a Knife
HER NAME IS A KNIFE (R. Harcourt)

Her name is a knife, shiny and new
Stab me in the back pushing all the way through
Every moment we shared, every look in your eyes
Slice it up and throw it in a hang town fry

Her name is a fist, a blow to the head
Picking up my ego and I’m coughing up red
Our love divine, our beautiful bed
Laying in the gutter with the words you said

Do you know how it feels? Well I don’t think that you do.
Confusing living in the moment and running from the truth
Don’t you ever miss us? Don’t you ever cry?
Or are you way too busy chasing her every night?

Her name is a freight train mowing me down
Taking all our love and dragging it around
I got stuck underneath, taken for a ride
I didn’t see it coming, what a fool am I

Her name is a knife, shiny and new
Stab me in the back pushing all the way through
Every moment we shared, every look in your eyes
Slice it up and throw it in a hang town fry

BRIDGE
I still about think about you
I want to be with you now
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you

You say that you love me, but your words don’t align
With the choices you make and the ways that you lie
Don’t you ever miss us? Don’t you ever cry?
Or are you way too busy loving her every night?

Her name is a knife, her name is a knife, her name is a knife…
Track Name: Could Have Been You
Could’ve Been You (by Andy Manoff)


Could’ve been you if I’d known what to say
Might have worked out but it got lost along the way
I can hold on, you can hold out twice and long
You could give in, but you just turned away

You say wasted time, but it’s just your frame of mind
You can still walk out the way that you walked in
Just one simple choice, but your pride’s a louder voice
It’s strange I once thought it could’ve been you


CHORUS
Strange the way that life goes
Strange that all my friends know
Aint it strange I once thought it could’ve been you


Could’ve been you if I’d known what to say
Might have worked out but it got lost along the way
I can hold on, you can hold out twice and long
You could give in, but you just turned away

When you say you’ve tried, I see fear behind your eyes
You’re so afraid I’ll leave you on your own
But you can’t control the world, and you can’t control this girl
Strange I once thought it could’ve been you


CHORUS
Strange the way that life goes
Strange that all my friends know
Aint it strange I once thought it could’ve been you
Track Name: Harder Than it Has to Be
HARDER THAN IT HAS TO BE (R. Harcourt)

It kind of feels familiar. A place I’ve been before.
Before I traveled clear across the world to build a different girl at the core.
I walked on the moon. I orbited the sun.
I swam in every lake I could find just to see the colors run.

All the labor and the analyzing
Twisting history and the redefining
Always looking for the silver lining

You say you want to be free
You have a right to your truth and intentions
Get out of your way and see
Sometimes you make it harder than it has to be


I thought I’d done the groundwork and all the letting go.
They did the best they could do with what they had they’re off the hook
and eating crow
Aren’t you getting tired of looking in the mirror
And seeing all that ancient pain and suffering alive in your tears

Find a diamond in a dirty drain
Walk a tightrope in the pouring rain
Go fly a kite in a hurricane

You say you want to be free
You have a right to your truth and intentions
Get out of your way and see
Sometimes you make it harder than it has to be

Tangled up in red, looking for the green
Caught a little glimpse of who I mean to be, of who I mean to be

You say you want to be free
You have a right to your truth and intentions
Get out of your way and see
Sometimes you make it harder than it has to be
Track Name: Carnival Ride
CARNIVAL RIDE (R. Harcourt)

I went downstairs and turned on the light
I was looking for photographs in the night
Grabbed every album that I ever made
Kendall and I looked at every face
Kendall and I examined the faces, Kendall and I, we stayed up really late

You’re the reason I thrive
You’re the reason I asked you here tonight

Well there’s nothing like photos to bring up the past
I tabbed all the pages that made me laugh
Plenty of shots brought tears to my eyes
Unsung heroes, no surprise, you’re my unsung heroes, big surprise
Bring my unsung heroes into the light

You’re the reason I thrive
You’re the reason I keep getting on this carnival ride

I can be critical, stubborn and blind
I also got a heart that can hold you tight
I know what it means to be caught when you fall
Not a day goes by I don’t nod to you all, not a day goes by I don’t think of you all
Not a day goes by

You’re the reason I thrive
You’re the reason I made it all this way in our life…
Track Name: Late Bloomer
LATE BLOOMER (R. Harcourt)

I let my heart off the leash
I went and tread in dangerous water
My head stayed just above the beat
While all good love was led to slaughter

I wish that I had recognized my fate
I wish that I had known a little sooner
If I’d known then, what I know now
Well, I guess that I’m just a late bloomer

It’s not the first time that I’ve strayed
It’s not the first time I’ve been burned
A laundry list of stupid moves I’ve made
Lord, you think by now I would have learned

I wish that I had recognized my fate
I wish that I had known a little sooner
If I’d known then, what I know now
Well, I guess that I’m just a late bloomer

Late to try things, last to know
Learn the hard way, very slow
Repetition necessary,
Same mistakes are customary

I think most knots come untied
Trees will grow right out of soot
I’m late to bloom but first to cry and try
To keep myself from ever getting underfoot

I wish that I had recognized my fate
I wish that I had known a little sooner
If I’d known then, what I know now
Well, I guess that I’m just a late bloomer
Track Name: You Hold My Heart
YOU HOLD MY HEART (R. Harcourt)

Turn the light down low. Let me see your face.
I want to look into your eyes.
I’m gonna tell you now what I never do, but what’s always on my mind.
I’ll always be in love with you. Take my soul in kind.

CHORUS
You hold a simple jewel, out-shining all that’s true, an undiscovered chart
You hold my heart
Keeper of the past, fragile piece of glass, changing of the guard
You hold my heart

In a perfect rhyme, two words alike, but the meaning’s not the same
And in a perfect world, a sultry night so easily reclaimed
I’ll always be in love with you. Take my soul in kind.

CHORUS
You hold a simple jewel, out-shining all that’s true, an undiscovered chart
You hold my heart
Keeper of the past, fragile piece of glass, changing of the guard
You hold my heart
A comet in the sky, a million tears to cry, an early morning start
You hold my heart
A sure and steady hand, a vast and open land, a tender kiss apart
You hold my heart
Track Name: Happy Ending
HAPPY ENDING (R. Harcourt)

I had to rise above. I had to change my thinking.
I had to find the love that was lost and sinking
I had to step up to the plate and analyze my swing
I had to learn to do some bending
Cuz everybody loves a happy ending

Everybody loves a happy ending
Like a dream coming true
Everybody loves a happy ending
What about you

I wish I had a bad vice or a brilliant addiction
If I just cover up my eyes or drown myself in fiction
Then I could run around like you and not this bloody open wound
And I could concentrate on mending
Cuz everybody needs a happy ending

Everybody loves a happy ending
Like a dream coming true
Everybody loves a happy ending
What about you

Don’t know if time and I will make it through
Red flags are flying every day
I do know love is the way to you
And all the pointless issues pending, and heavy baggage I’m defending
Fall apart when living disobeys

I had to clean up shop. I had to make amends.
I had to walk the walk, talk the talk, stop the clock and tie up all the loose ends
It’s such a giant waste of time holding on to old grime
When there’s light to be tending–
And everybody gets their happy ending

Everybody loves a happy ending
Like a dream coming true
Everybody loves a happy ending
What about you