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Released in 2009

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released January 1, 2009

All songs written and performed by: Diana Chittester
Recorded at Tune Town Records
Enginner/bassist: Mike Telanca
Percussion/drums: John Sferra
Keyboards/piano: Dennis Augusta
Electric guitar (track 3): Tim Mowery
Electric guitar (track 4): Keith Rowan
Photography: Nathan Migal

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Diana Chittester Cleveland, Ohio

Diana Chittester stands alone on stage with her arsenal of acoustic guitars. Her solo show is brought to life by her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, blended with intelligent and articulate lyrics. Diana’s energetic solo show provides audiences the full experience. ... more

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Track Name: Secret
SECRET

I’ve got a secret here, baby
Oh I’m dyin’ to tell
Who is your secret there, darlin’
Who’s that something concealed

(Chorus)
I’m singing love
Oh, no lye me down low
I’m beggin’
Don’t speak

Out in the open there baby
Oh it’s likely to fail
Exposed uncensored there darlin’
Oh it’s likely to kill

(Chorus)
I’m singing love
Oh, no lye me down low
I’m beggin’
Don’t speak a breath of us, no

I’ve got a secret here baby
Oh how badly would you like to know

(Chorus)
I’m singing love
Lye me down low
I’m beggin’
Don’t speak a breath of us, no
Track Name: Simple Things
THE SIMPLE THINGS

A simple conversation takin’ place between a patient
And her flip-chart files, her blood filled viles
With the decision of whether or not life is worth a second chance
Having all the complication and the questions
That don’t have any answers
The God Damn doctors
Are messin with a womans life and
Actin’ like there’s nothing left but death

Walkin’ through a living cemetery with the scary
Thought of her heart failing her will power bailing
Before I have my opportunity to enter in my final plea
Sitting in this chair with nothing here except for fear
Hoping she’s lying – politely complying
To ultimately defeat any decree that they maybe try to give

(Chorus)
I know the simple things aren’t always
The good things oh no this ain’t
No alternative to a life
I know the simple things aren’t always
The good things oh no this ain’t
No alternative to a life

The moment passes as it’s boiled down to guesses
And a family stands fighting completely denying
The consequences taking chances could only bring
As I hear her voice say I give in
I give up now I’m quitting
So let’s all play pretend and
Let’s all go home where the healing begins

(Repeat Chorus)
I remember my late, late night, when I gave up all hope
The plastic pill filled bottle I swallowed
And awakening every hour to the ringing in my ears
The horrid look of me dying in the mirror
So, I know what it’s like to greet death at your door
Or have the option of crossing over the threshold
And entering into – that no return world.

(Repeat Chorus)
A simple conversation between a patient and her
Flipchart files and blood filled viles
With the decision of whether or not
Life is really worth a second chance
As I hear of all the mistakes
With the life that’s at stake and the chances they’ll take
And I’m wonderin’ if really we’re lyin’ and just waiting for the end.
Track Name: Battle Scars
BATTLE SCARS

I place my warm breath against the cold winter glass
As fingertips speak, hello
With H.I. drawn backwards
In the fog, that shrivels
And slowly retracts
Erasing my greeting
So all you’re seeing is my stare

The skins sore where the bandage used to be
It was ripped away so violently
with no preparing count to three
So the pain was shocking and unbearable
But what lies uncovered is worse than that temporary horror.

(Chorus)
And to the your majesty
I bend to knee
And beg the forgiveness for my bleeding

And bare bone is now all exposed
In my chest – under skin there alone
Is my heart beating, I caution, limit motion
Don’t show life may live here

(Repeat Chorus)

I have a double edge tongue
I’ve used to pierce through the one
That’s always been my hero
Protector of his kingdom
Till I was told to surrender all of my strong armor
And now I have no hero
And battle scars are all that I own

(Repeat Chorus)

And now too cold for touch is that window pain
So fingertips speak nothing
But then no one’s watching
And it’s all of power as we’ve ignored the pain
Till memories scream hello
And now only tragedy shows

(Repeat Chorus)

So here’s to the terrors from the trials so we taught
Oh to each other but mostly
To ourselves
Track Name: Betrayed
BETRAYED

Her body lies hopeless
The womb I provide
Is threatened and weakened
And the fortress divides
She trembles herself lifeless
Lying fetal on the floor
Pleading to the predators
To protect her from war

(Chorus)
How can I
Play through the guilt
Ignore what was felt
And secretly I move away
Tear down the walls leaving her for harm
And betrayed love.



Emotion became the enemy
Passion had its way
With bodies that forfeit control
And grotesquely display
The power so enslaves us to the crime
That we impose, oh god
When she begs for mercy and pleads that I won’t go

(Repeat Chorus)

How can I erase
Or fade into memory and claim freedom
From all that I’ve denied
I watch her lay in consequence from the mess that I have made
She confesses her last words
When she claims it was me

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: August vs. February
AUGUST VS. FEBRUARY

It was glorious and brilliant
Thank you Soul now I’m resilient
From the love pain can make
Cuz things are different I have noticed
So I’m resigning as hostess from that
Pity party scene

(Chorus)
I can sort
The good from bad
And you can’t say this is quite as we planned
Well August last till February’s
Raging winds and brutal furry
Come barreling in to kill



Our freedom’s filled with limitations
Apparently that why we make this
The disaster it should be
Cuz there’s your no one to whom you answer
And I’m that my way kind of soldier
That’s marching in to win

(Repeat Chorus)

With a confidence in silence
Truth won’t hurt it won’t divide us
Against the angst we need to grow
In the chance we can’t avoid it
Simply turn and do as I did
And pretend it never showed

(Repeat Chorus)