This is where it starts

by Eric Eckhart

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Eric Eckhart is an American singer-songwriter living in Berlin. Eight years ago, he left America, his corporate job, possessions, family and friends and moved to Europe to reconnect with his lifelong passion for music.

Eric's critically-acclaimed album, 'This is where it starts', blends Americana, Pop, Indie Rock and Folk all with classic songwriting sensibilities at its heart. It is the first release from the artist collective label, 'A Headful of Bees' based in Berlin.

Recorded in former communist East Germany's main radio station, 'This is where it starts' features a number of excellent musicians playing with Eric including Nina Hynes, Dave Hingerty (The Swell Season, Josh Ritter, The Frames) and Fab Leseure (worked with Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Frames).

The album was Produced by Eric Eckhart ad Fab Leseure and Mastered at the Exchange in London by Simon Davey (Bjórk, Depeche Mode, Amy Winehouse, Moby, Scissor Sisters).

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released October 10, 2010

Eric Eckhart (vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano, percussion)
Fab Leseure (backing vocals, keyboards, piano, percussion)
Dave Hingerty (drums)
Peter Cheevers (bass)
Nina Hynes (vocals)
Tom Fanore (percussion)
Benoît Leseure (violins)
Jan Gropper (trumpet)

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Eric Eckhart Berlin, Germany

Eric Eckhart creates songs that instantly connect with you, stay with you as you go about your day & continue to grow in depth and appreciation as time goes by.

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Track Name: Lost
This is why we shade the darkness from our eyes
This is where it starts
This is when the fools believe that lovers never part
And I feel lost

This is why we always hurt the ones we love
We never find the gray
We only choose to close our minds and turn and run away
And I feel lost
I fell the roots of sadness twisting up to take my place
And I fear I can’t repair

This is why there’s nothing gained without a cost
I’m trying to let go
I try to let the armor down and feel the breeze blow
This where it hurts and this is why it aches
When you chip away at love the bough begins to break
And I feel lost
I feel it in the moments it’s so hard to open up and I retreat
And I feel lost

This is how it starts, this is where it ends
We go back and forth and backwards once again
This is how it starts, this is where it ends
We go back and forth and backwards once again
Track Name: Running
Wait for me
I keep running towards, keep on running towards
the same sad dream from the night before, from the night before
clipped my wings left my body sore, left my body sore

Chorus:
I'd really love to sleep
I'm finding it hard to tell you what I need

I fled my world, all I've known before, all I've known before
and chased my dreams the life I'm longing for, life I'm longing for
filled my needs. Kept me running towards, kept me running towards

Chorus:
I'd really love to sleep
I'm finding it hard to tell you what I need
I'm finding it hard to let go
of everything I've ever known

I'm breaking it!

I'm shaking off this life I've left behind
and facing all the pain that's left inside
I'm shaking off this life I've left behind
and facing all the pain that's left inside
Track Name: I Saw A Light
I spent the nights with the alcoholics
I took the money with a Judas kiss
I was in love before and all it promised
But it was never like this, it was never like this
Something took a hold, pulling me on for tomorrow

Chorus:
I saw a light above your head
And felt the waves beneath your bed
I saw a light above your head
I reach out, I’m home

I watched the years disappear in sadness
I felt the knife and the same mistakes
I was in love and thought there’d be no other
I wasn’t counting on this
I never counted on this
Something took a hold, pulling me on for tomorrow

Pulling me on, yes you're pulling me on
Pulling me on, yes you're pulling me on
Something took a hold, pulling me on for tomorrow

Chorus
Chorus
Track Name: From Whence I Came
I’m home again
From whence I came
The night is still
But the hurt remains
I open the door
And step inside
The fire’s still lit
But the flame has died

Chorus:
Once I hid away my hopes and dreams
‘Til I had to say goodbye
I felt a little like a drowning man
So I had to say goodbye
I had to say, I had to say goodbye

I’m counting up
The reasons why
The balance shifts
Between truth and lies
I hold in my hand
Our faded dreams
They’re withered and torn
But they never leave

Chorus:
Once I hid away my hopes and dreams
‘Til I had to say goodbye
I felt a little like a dying man
So I had to say goodbye
I used to find it hard to be myself so I had to say goodbye so I could fly, I could fly
Track Name: Happy
Happy. I’ll never be happy
I’m telling you please don’t come my way
Sorry. I’ll always be sorry
I begging you please don’t come my way

Chorus:
I know you’ll never understand
I know you’ll never understand
I try to fight it but the truth don’t lie
There's too much darkness in this heart of mine

Tempted. I’ll always be tempted
I’m hurting you please don’t come my way
Lonely. I’ll always be lonely
I’m saving you please don’t come my way

Chorus:
I know you’ll never understand
I know you’ll never understand
I try to fight it but the truth don’t lie
There's too much darkness in this heart of mine

I swear. The wind has carved upon the cliffs
A picture of the night we kissed. Now it’s gone

Chorus:
I know you’ll never understand
I know you’ll never understand
II want redemption but the truth don't lie
There's too much darkness in this heart of mine
I know you’ll never understand
I know you’ll never understand
I know you’ll never understand
Track Name: Open Up
Lately, lately I’ve been living in a bad dream
I never reach you
There’s just an empty silhouette I talk to

Chorus:
Forget the rain ‘cause there’s no one to blame
Just shake it off, come on, I know we can make it
Listen to me, we don’t have to agree
Just open up, don’t stop, you’ll never regret it
Maybe I could find, if you’d open up your heart
Maybe I could find, if you’d open up your heart

Maybe, maybe there’s a secret that surrounds you
I try to listen, I only hear the static you're transmitting

Chorus:
Forget the rain ‘cause there’s no one to blame
Just shake it off, come on, I know we can make it
Listen to me, we don’t have to agree
Just open up, don’t stop, you’ll never regret it
Maybe I could find, if you’d open up your heart
Maybe I could find, if you’d open up your heart
Maybe I could, maybe I could, just open up your heart

Lately, lately I’ve been living in a bad scene
I never reach you
There’s just an empty silhouette I talk to
Track Name: I'm Gone
My daddy was the son of a poor man
Baptized by the flood and the lies
Even Christmas ‘morn
No new boots to be worn
But he never let them see him cry
No, he never let them see him cry

So he crossed that raging mountain
Swam down upon a river of thieves
He hit that road and said, “I’m gone”
“I’m gonna make a good life for me”
“I’m gonna make a good life for me”

My mama came from New York City
Let loose from the family ties
When the hurt and weight
Tried to steal her away
Well she somehow found a way to survive
She always found a way to survive

Well she crossed that raging mountain
Sailed down upon a river of thieves
She hit that road and said, “I’m gone”
“I’m gonna make a new life for me”
“I’m gonna make a new life for me”

I was born the healing child
Touched down between the sorrow and pain
And when I was five I learned we all die
And a smile could keep the sadness at bay
Yeah, I smile to keep the sadness at bay

So I crossed that raging mountain
nearly drowned upon a river of thieves
I hit that road and said, “I’m gone”
“I’m gonna make a good life for me”
“I’m gonna make a new life for me”
“I’m gone, I’m gone, I’m gone”
Track Name: Big Lie
Those summer nights under sweet monlight the songs and magazines
Lying here with the car top down and my hand between her knees
The morning light through the breeze block heights falls gently on her face
I promise her that her world will turn and her heart will never break
She knows I’m lying

Chorus:
We pretend that life is perfect and that lovers never lose
Everywhere in this same old town
Everywhere’s the same old town
We pretend that life is perfect and that lovers never lose
Everywhere in this same old town
But this big, big lie is out

So we drive for hours through the backstreet towers where no one ever goes
I trade my will for a dashboard thrill but the loneliness it grows
So I plan escape from this drowning place, from this town that never breathes
We say our vows, we’ll grow old and proud, but she knows I’m gonna leave
I hear her crying

Chorus:
We pretend that life is perfect and that lovers never lose
Everywhere in this same old town
Everywhere’s the same old town
We pretend that life is perfect and that lovers never lose
Everywhere in this same old town
But this big, big lie is out

It’s easier to just pretend than look what’s underneath
Everywhere in this same old town
Everywhere’s the same old town
It’s easier to just pretend that lovers never lose
Everywhere in this same old town
But this big, big lie is out
Track Name: Bring Me Down
You made things hard for me for my feet to touch the ground
Wrapped up in no mistakes almost let my spirit drown
I tried so hard to please, to but a smile upon your face
Never room for the flaws and truth made me nearly suffocate

Chorus:
I fear this heartache will bring me down, down
I fear this heartache will bring me down, down

Why do the pain and tears always make you look away?
Why can’t it be ok just to show my body aches?
I wish you’d told me once that perfection don’t exist
All that time and those tender years hiding sadness such as this

Chorus:
I fear this heartache will bring me down, down
I fear this heartache will bring me down, down
I fear this heartache will bring me down, down
I fear this heartache will bring me down, down

Bring me down, Bring me down, down
Bring me down
Track Name: Better Way
All I get is raining on a Sunday afternoon
Lying here in this hard hit town where there’s nothing left to do
And all those words keep shining in, someday I’ll overcome
Lying here with the same old fears
Where the love is on the run

Chorus:
Now everyday
There’s panic on the street
And panic on my face
I’m falling on my knees
I’ve got to find a better way

Tomorrow seems too heavy so I’m drinking cheap red wine
I told myself that I’d change my ways but I’m running out of time
And all I wants to fly away, to feel the burning sun
But I’m lying here on the brink of tears

Monday blues are chasing and I start to lose my way
They’re tearing down this old brick town and putting nothing in its place
Still all those words keep shining in, someday I’ll overcome
lying here in the grip of fear
With the lovers on the run

Chorus:
Now everyday
There’s panic on the street
And panic on my face
I’m falling on my knees
I’ve got to find a better way

I’ve got to find a better way, I’ve got to find a better way
Track Name: All My Life
No more sleeping down the lane
I build a bed and shelter from the rain
Instead of making do, there’ll be plenty here for you
I’ve been working for this moment all my life

No more scraps upon your plate
I plant a garden that never blows away
Instead of making do, there’ll be plenty here for you
I’ve been working for this moment all my life

Chorus:
When hope begins to die it’s so hard to get by
You can feel the endless storm
As it keeps a coming back for more
The tide returns, that’s true
But I’ll be a levee here for you
I’ve been ready for this moment all my life

Time, it slowly slips away
But you’ll always have me and children too someday
Instead of making do, there’ll be plenty here for you
I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life

Chorus:
When hope begins to die it’s so hard to get by
You can feel the endless storm
As it keeps a coming back for more
The tide returns, that’s true
But I’ll be a levee here for you
I’ve been ready for this moment all my life

So rest your weary eyes and let those memories subside
I’ll be lying here beside you all my life, all my life, all my life