Mud and Stone

by Loretta Hagen

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1. Now That You're Home (4:00) Words & music by Loretta Hagen These days I've been Filling up lonely hours While waiting on Your return In my bed alone I lie awake till the moon is gone It's all aglow Now that you're home It's not your fault Your occupation keeps you gone In these times You take what comes You know that I will wait Oh but the bill collectors can't They'll get what their owed Now that you're home Chorus Now that you're home I sleep through the night Now that you're home Baby I'm more than alright I'm good as gold Now that you're home I opened the windows And unlocked the dead bolt Soon as I heard you drive up Since you've been gone I carried a heavy heart It's light as snow Now that you're home Chorus
I'm Gone 03:52
2. I’m Gone (3:52) Words & music by Loretta Hagen A hole in the shade on my window Pulls in light to my pillow Tells me it’s time to wake up and rise But here I lie Dreaming but not like in night time I’m keeping my eyes open wide Buried beneath the blanket and deep In my mind I’m Gone Although I haven’t been outside at all I didn’t put one foot upon the floor Oh but I went far I’m on A trail that runs along a mountainside Gonna climb up to the top And feast my eyes On the great blue sky I’m Gone It’s easy for me to get lazy I’d stay in this bed if I had my way But this day already awaits me And I’m running late So I best be ending this movie These little day dreams that consume me And get up and start getting ready But I think I’ll wait I’m Gone I’m standing on a covered bridge in Fall The water underneath is moving slow Over the stones I long To visit all the places that I love I’ll travel in the early morning sun Oh when it comes up I’m Gone
Money 03:10
3. Money (3:10) words & music by Loretta Hagen Money don’t like my hands Slips right out of them Like the water over the dam Money don’t like my hands Money don’t like my car Up on cinder blocks In the driveway with rusty old parts Money don’t like my car I work my bones To bring a little money home It don’t easily come And what I make Is promised to a note unpaid That don’t leave me much Money don’t like my house Dirty and run down On the inside and on the out Money don’t like my house And money don’t like the rain Never gonna save for the weather whatever it brings Money don’t like the rain
4. Mud and Stone (4:11) Words & music by Loretta Hagen Everyday I put on my shoes And I start my car It takes me down the same old route To the parking lot Where I work my days But I feel incomplete Gotta make a change Gonna start at my feet Chorus Through mud and stone I'll fill the well That's been low From a dry spell Where fresh water flows From the ground below I'll draw it up Through mud and stone People can't live for Making money alone We all gotta feed our hearts And the fire in our souls Take a drive down a country road Breathe the air in the wind There's so much more here That we can drink in Chorus The sun lights the days Then the moon takes it's place Seasons fade For a change of pace
Take Me 03:08
5. Take Me (3:08) Words & music by Loretta Hagen You've been down You're feeling like You're never gonna find love So for now why not think about The other side of alone No one to answer to Or tell you what to do The sea is full of single hearts Just like you Take me I'm a perfect example No ball and chain on my ankle Now I'm as free as the wind blows So if you're lonely Take me Now who says That two is neccasarily better than one It's anybody's guess If love will last and who knows how long I've heard it said to me That love can set you free Well I'm as free as any sailor On the sea
Turn In 02:39
6. Turn In (2:39) Words & music by Loretta Hagen When the weight of the world bends your back Any day you fall under attack From anything or anyone you combat you can win, turn in There's a place not of body and bone Nor of pain and the doubt that you hold A well of strength to draw upon You can win, turn in In you a voice that whispers a choice You can change fear to love Anger and need, jealousy, greed and sorrow Are lost So when the weight of the world bends your back Anyday you fall under attack Find grace along your path You can win, turn in
7. When My Years Are Stacked (3:27) Words & music by Loretta Hagen I bore no children Just never had them And I am too dang old To plan on any now I've been thinking About my golden years And who will be there To help me get around Chorus When my years are stacked to the heavens I'm afraid that I'll be alone No goodbyes,no tear drops in someone's eyes When mine forever close I have a husband But he is older I don't know if he is going to outlive me And if he's here still, He'll be no help As it is I do Everything for him Chorus I have a family, sisters and brother But they have other responsibilities Some have children, even grand ones They were thinking right When they were married Chorus
Hunker Down 04:17
8. Hunker Down (4:17) Words and music by Loretta Hagen Can't you hear me, I’m talking to you Can't you see me standing in your view It seems as if you stare through me At some far away moon That old storm will pound your door And hover over Let my arms be where you run for cover And hunker down When the Summer Moves on like water Through a steady rushing stream Into Autumn When winds blow colder You start falling with the leaves When low clouds gather round And you're under the thunder Let my eyes be a quiet shelter And hunker down When those storms are at your door And they hover over Let my heart be a warm bunker And hunker down Can’t you hear me, I’m talking to you Can’t you see me standing in your view It seems as if you just ignore me I’ll keep trying to get through
9. Where Do I Go (3:13) Words and music by Loretta Hagen I gotta get away So far away Gotta get away from me I'm living in my head Where it's so negative Gotta get away from me Chorus Where do I go? Where do I go? Where do I go? Not up for company Don't find life funny Gotta get away from me Dwelling on past regrets Keeps me so damned depressed Gotta get away from me Where do I go? Where do I go? Where do I go? Chorus If I could meditate Go to a higher state Could I get away from me I need a sense of peace Sweet serenity Gotta get away from me Where do I go? Where do I go? where do I go?
Get A Life 02:39
10. Get A Life (2:38) Words and music by Loretta Hagen Well it's honey this, sweetie that Get me a beer in a tall glass You're on your butt like old King Tut Turning the sound on the TV up Well honey why don't you go and get a life And get out of mine Well now I'm up nights listening to you snore Late show blasting, remote on the floor You lie there like sleeping beauty It's no wonder I'm so moody Well honey why don't you go and get a life And get out of mine Honey why don't you go and get a life Because I'm not gonna spend all of mine Waiting on a big overgrown child The back yard lawn is growing up too tall Mower is broke it needs an overhaul You're no Tarzan in that jungle Every weekend it's the same old trouble Well honey why don't you go and get a life And get out of mine Yeah honey why don't you go and get a life And get out of mine
11. Santa If You’re Listening (3:54) words & music by Loretta Hagen How the holidays have changed Each year more of their meaning fades They sneak up on us like a wave That washes out to sea Here I am on Christmas Eve With so fewer gifts to give Been trying to make ends meet these days There's just no easy way Santa if you're listening Can you find me work I lost my job back in the Spring And I feel I've lost my worth I can stretch a dollar But it don't cover much Santa if you hear me Could you get me through this month Now I am not a lazy man Answered every want ad I'm not afraid to use my hands Even for low wage You see I've got a family A wife and kids, and a dog to feed They're everything and more to me I'd give them anything Santa if you're listening Can you find me work Lost my job back in the spring Now I feel I've lost my worth It's hard not to worry And to keep my spirits up Oh Santa if you hear me Could you get me through this month Wish I could fill these stockings With nothing else but love Cause I have a wealthy pockets full And I would give more than enough How the holidays have changed Each year more of the meaning fades I hope it becomes clear again At Christmas time next year
12. As We Count (On New Years Eve) (2:55) words & music by Loretta Hagen This is the final minute Before the year runs out May it take no good with it And leave behind our peace and health And as we bide this moment All of our dreams abound I wish for doors that open And raise a glass as we count 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 The time piece ticks And as we pass each second Watching the ball come down I hope that love will beckon To every heart and spread around. As we recite the numbers Shouting among the crowd I pray the trials that cumber Fall away as we count 5, 4 with a loud roar We start to cheer 3, 2, 1 I'm counting on
Bonus Track No Until The Next Time (Live) (6:09) Words & music by Loretta Hagen My resistance is getting weaker I think we're making a habit of this Your situation is never clear I'm into something I shouldn't be in I know you're sneaking away each time You ring my lonely bell You're looking over your shoulder babe You know it's not hard for me to tell Chorus So I say no, no, no I can't baby No baby can't you see that this ain't right I can't open my door anymore I can't let you into my life It's no baby, I just keep telling you no No Until the next time You keep giving me little pieces Of information I sort out You say it's over and you don't love her But you continue to sneak it around When you come here I see you parking your car Way down the block But right outside my door babe You know there must be a million spots Chorus I say no,no,no..... You better make up your mind boy You're running out of time And I won't be left Hanging on the line Chorus


Rich alto vocals, polished award winning lyrics, and tightly woven harmonies are the hallmark of Loretta Hagen’s musical career. “Mud and Stone” Hagen’s highly- anticipated third release, features uplifting heartfelt ballads, playful up tempo country swing, and cool bluesy grooves.
Loretta brings her songs to life with a gentle sincerity and tongue in cheek musings, in her depiction of the human experience in today’s economic and social climates. Hagen’s expressive voice captivates as she weaves intimate verses and catchy choruses. Intricate acoustic stylings and solid instrumentation round out an album of 13 beautifully- crafted melodies that leave folks feeling as if they are listening to their own stories set to song.
“(Loretta’s been) blessed with….an uncanny gift of being able to write songs about everyday life which tug on the heart strings.”
Sol Zeller ~ Borderline Folk Music Club


released February 19, 2012

Acoustic Guitar:Loretta Hagen, Gary Hagen
Electric Guitar: Gary Hagen
Bass: Matt McGee, Ron De La Vega, Teri Avella Pete Bremy
Drums: Peter Young, Debby Maggiulli, Mark Beckett, Tom Mintz
Djembe:Linda Lambiase
Keyboards Mike Schimpf
Violin:Tim Lorsch
Banjo: Linda McRae
Penny Whistle: Sara Gallmann
Backing Vocals: Loretta Hagen, except Bonus Track: Gary Hagen , Sara Gallmann

Loretta Hagen photo credit: Maria Ventura/

CD Design: Amilyn Lanning/

Management:Michelle Fortier, Wingschell Entertainment /

Radio Promotion: Trespass Music
Tracey Delfino

Produced by Loretta and Gary Hagen
Recorded at Bearfort Recording & Sound, West Milford, NJ, except for Take Me recorded at Panda Productions, Hendersonville, TN.

Mastered by Glenn Barratt at MorningStar Studios, East Norriton, PA.

Song Lyrics and Bonus Track info at

Liner Notes

Much Love and Thanks to: Gary, for your love, your amazing ears, and the countless hours and passion you poured into this CD. Michelle Fortier, “the energizer bunny”, for your unwavering dedication, love and support. Tracey Delfino, for your friendship, for believing in this record and for inviting my little Lily to Massachusetts! Larry Ahearn for your friendship and guidance, Val and Ami for your invaluable help, love and friendship, Kooster McAllister (Record Plant Remote) for your kindness, your mics made a world of difference! Bernie and Celeste Stapleton for the recordings at CoyoteRidge Music, Kevin and John for you help and input, Tony Christopher for the brushes, the amazing musicians on this record for sharing your talents, the radio/internet/podcast DJ’s, I hope you’ll give this new one a spin or two or hundreds! Thanks for all you do for the music community!! To all the wonderful venues that have hosted us and to those we look forward to performing at, we appreciate all you do to keep indie artists flourishing. To the wonderful music artists I have had the pleasure of meeting and sharing the stage with, you all inspire me, especially Terence Martin, you were an incredible inspiration to so many, your spirit and music will live on. To the wonderful audiences who attend shows and play the CDs, thank you so much for listening! To my beautiful family for always being there and helping me stay on this musical journey, and to my Lily, Simba and Figaro, I love you with all my heart!


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Loretta Hagen West Milford, New Jersey

Loretta Hagen is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter, whose musical career spans two decades. Weaving folk, country, rock and blues, she writes songs with strong, catchy melodies and passionate poignant lyrics, and delivers them with her rich alto voice. "Loretta Hagen writes songs that sound like they can come from the Heartland, but they also really come from the heart." John Platt WFUV 90.7 ... more

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