Empty Arms Hotel

from by John Fonvielle

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    Comes with a beautifully printed 12-page insert that includes all lyrics and liner notes, as well as intriguing images such as the one above by painter Jan-Willem Boer (www.jwboer.com).

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I lost my heart
Somewhere on the road
I don’t remember
It’s just something I’ve been told
Then I saw your face
Reflected in the well
There, in the courtyard
Of the Empty Arms Hotel

That look behind your eyes
Was it just pretend?
Maybe the same thing
Is happening again
Games that were played
Secrets that were held
What goes on in your heart
I could never tell

Feeling more than attraction
Trading our better sense for passion
Holding your poor heart for ransom
Collecting and then some and then some and then some …

It happens all the time
Men go drinking wine
They make a lot of promises
Then leave them far behind
Hearts get broken
You won’t have to wait in line
It doesn’t seem fair
But it happens all the time



from Rodeo, released October 4, 2015



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John Fonvielle Wilmington, North Carolina

John Fonvielle has played in bands and on records for 40 years. In 2015, he released his first collection of solo work, which reviewers have called "soulfully intense," "uniquely beautiful" and "spare yet expertly layered."

His influences range from Bob Dylan for his melodies and lyrics, to The Band for the musicality, Warren Zevon for his intelligence, and Tom Waits for, well, being Tom Waits.
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