Broken Leashes

by The Black River Republic

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released March 24, 2016

Bill Hafener: Guitar, vocals
Chris Olsen: Drums.
Delaney Hafener: 4 & 8 string bass, vocals.

with Scott Bittner: Acoustic guitar on "Anne Marie"

Produced by Bill Hafener
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Bill Hafener at The Silo Studio, Long Island NY. February- March 2016.


tags: rock New York


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An original rock band from Metro New York.

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Track Name: 25 Below
Kill the TV and shut the lights
It's time for us to go.
Close your eyes and get some sleep
Just listen to the road.
The fading sunlight in your eyes
Is a gentle warming glow.
At least for now you'll forget
That it's twenty-five below.

If I told you what you wanted to hear
You couldn't live with what you know.
Thirty Years of chasing something
And you're not even close.
You bet the farm that you would win
And you didn't even show.
Now you're locked out in the dark
And it's twenty-five below.

A broken home and a broken back
You're bitter and alone.

Twenty-five below.
Track Name: Sorry I Was Born
I curl up in the basement
Like a babe in the womb.
I start to feel it collapsing
As it becomes my tomb.
I've built a life of nothing
Just plastic and broken glass.
All I have for the children
Are shadows of the past.

The cab is at the curb
The driver blows the horn
To everyone I've hurt
I'm sorry I was born.

All that's left of the family
Are pictures and notes.
A couple of Super 8 movies,
An empty house and ghosts
I never thought I'd have to harvest
The bitter seeds I put down.
The painful realization
I've lost more than I've found.


The cab is at the curb
The driver blows the horn
To everyone I've hurt
I'm sorry I was born.
The driver slams the trunk.
I'm sitting in the back.
He starts to pull away.
I finally see the crack.
Track Name: Anne Marie
I know there's no hope for me.
"cause I've fallen for Anne Marie.
I don't know why I can't see
There's no hope with Anne Marie.

I know that I'll never be
All alone with Anne Marie
I wish that I was free.
Set free from Anne Marie.