Higher the Hair

Higher-LacingThis was our very first “commissioned” piece of music. Em’s sister, Sue and her business partner, Doug had just opened a theater in Nashville, Indiana. Sue called to ask if we would consider writing the title song for their first original play, “The Higher the Hair.” We debated whether or not to do it, but finally decided that it would be both fun, and a nice challenge for us. It was very different than anything else we had written together, and turned out to be a great process.

Lyrics

My mamma told me, Heaven is just a hair away
Don’t you let your troubles get in the way

Wherever you go, Heaven is always there with you
Simply back-comb a halo, an angel-do

Along with prayer, a jumbo can of hair spray
Just tease and spray your way

The Higher the Hair, the Closer to Heaven
Don’t forget to take your brush and comb
The Higher the Hair, the Closer to Heaven
Paradise is worth the journey home

So now I’m sure that, Heaven is just a hair away
And in time I know I’ll get there someday

Wherever I go, Heaven is always there with me
In my crowning glory, reminding me

Don’t hesitate, open the gates of Heaven
I’ll brush and comb my way

The Higher the Hair, the Closer to Heaven
I’m awful glad to have my friends with me
The Higher the Hair, the Closer to Heaven
Goin’ home to Heaven’s family
Goin’ home to Heaven’s sweet family

Don’t you know Heaven is family

Credits

From By Invitation, track released 01 August 2009
Cheryl Martlage – Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage – Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad’s San Francisco – Mastering
Inspiration – The Gaslight Theater, Nashville Indiana