Unfold

by Shady Maples

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Shady Maples' 2012 debut album

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released 07 January 2012
Owen Roberts- vocals, guitar
Greg Peters- lap steel, acoustic lap steel, guitar, percussion
Bill Bell- Hammond organ, keyboard, mandolin
Kelly McFarling- harmony vocals
Dennis Haneda- bass
Trent Boeschen- drums

Produced by Owen Roberts and Greg Peters
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
Engineered and mixed by Jesse Nichols
Mastered by George Horn
copyright 2012 Owen Roberts

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Shady Maples Berkeley, California

Shady Maples debut 2012 album is soulful and explosive, gritty and melodic. They wrote, arranged, road tested, produced and released it independently, demonstrating influences from rock to Americana, reggae and Latin. It rises to deep heights and settles into a spacious melodic equilibrium. The SF Chronicle describes Owen Roberts' lyrics as "visceral" and the sound as "perfectly Californian." ... more

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Track Name: Tectonic Plates
I was looking at my palm
contemplating my fate
I was standing on a mountaintop
straddling tectonic plates
I dove into the ocean
through a break in the clouds
And landed on a wave as it was breaking
back up on the ground

Lying on my back
looking up where the stars were
Knowing if I let myself go
I might see even farther
My breath was deep
and I felt my pulse on the balls of my feet
I was more awake then asleep at last
Looking through anything that I could see past
Kicking back on the grass

Hold the door, I’m coming home
Hold the door, I’m coming home
Hold the door, it won’t be long
Hold it wide, I’m coming inside

I’ll be standing on my hands
with all the blood in my face
Up on a mountaintop
straddling tectonic plates
I’ll dive into the ocean
through a break in the clouds
And land on a wave as it breaks
back up on the ground
Track Name: Its Influence
I chose my words
like a barefoot step over embers
And let them be heard
accompanied by benevolent gestures
The silence I stole, I was sure
nobody would miss it
The less that I spoke
the more nobody was listening
I lost my calm to the bottom of a precipice
And I leapt out into the darkness
after its influence

Chorus
And I saw how far I’d gone
And I saw what I was falling on
When I came colliding into your hiding place
Only then did I confront myself face to face

I held my breath
as long as I was able to manage
Deep in my chest
where I thought it wouldn’t cause any damage
The time that I stole
I was sure nobody would chase it
The more that I took
the less anybody was wasting
I found my calm at the bottom of an avalanche
when I let myself get swept up into its influence

Chorus

And you followed me down
You followed me down
And you followed me down
You followed me down
Why did you follow me down
Follow me down
Why’d you follow me down
Follow me down

Chorus
Track Name: Unfold
Climbing over ourselves
we’ve been looking for another view
One over the other
my shoulder your stool
I feel all your movements
only when I feel my own
When we follow our consciences
we allow ourselves to grow
and unfold

Chorus
We wrap our bodies around everything we hold
it’s hard to let go
Then wonder why we find it hard to unfold

Falling over our words
tripping on the wrong ones
we swallow our patience
and crawl on our tongues
All we’ve ever wanted
everything we know we can have
isn’t farther from here
than we are from where we began to unfold

Chorus

Reaching over our heads
we keep trying to find another view
One over the other
my shoulder your stool
I feel all your movements
only when I feel my own
When we follow our consciences
we allow ourselves to grow
Track Name: Turn At Last
I am not your consequence
I am not your judge
I’m neither from the fire below
Nor from the sky above
I cannot be your savior
I am not made of stone
I’ll help you bare your burden
can you unbury me from my own

I will ease your suffering
I may cause you more
I’ll gather up the pieces
When you’ve been shattered on the floor
And when we welcome calm again
and let it take hold
Help me back in when you can let me go

I’ve led myself in circles
I have let myself be still
I’ve felt my strength weaken
and the softening of my will
When I turn on you

I’ve seen myself reflected
on the surface of your skin
Standing outside our surroundings
looking for a way back in
When I turn to you
Track Name: The Stars Aren't Falling
Beyond Baylon
if there’s a light
what is it shining on
Behind battle lines
are faith and fire
all we know to stay alive

How long, how long
will we be soldiering on
How long, how long
will we be soldiering on

Is god
alive or dead or not
Or in the child
following his mother’s heart
Her eyes shed a holy light
that can’t be seen
through the lens of a satellite

How long, how long
will they be soldiering on
How long, how long
will they be soldiering on

He watches stars descend
“mama when will it end”
“darling the stars aren’t falling
lay in my arms now
I don’t know for
How long, how long
they’ll be soldiering on
How long, how long
they’ll be soldiering on

The stars, the stars
the stars aren’t falling
The stars, the stars
the stars aren’t falling
The stars, the stars
the stars aren’t falling
The stars, the stars
the stars aren’t gone
Track Name: Salt Water
I’ve been under water so long
all I see is blue
My boat capsized at midnight
now it’s half past noon
And I’m holding the same breath
And I’m holding the same breath

I hear my baby calling from the shore
a thousand miles away or more
She’s leaning over the ocean
crying into the tide
Watching her tears fall
while I keep waiting for my body to rise

Salt water float me to my coast
Bring me home
Don’t let my soul seep out my bones
Bring me home

I’ve been drifting, tumbling so long
that I’ve forgotten the sun
But I caught the wind
as I slipped into the ocean
And I won’t let it blow out of my lungs

I breathed the wind, I breathed the wind in
I breathed in the wind
And I’m holding the same breath
I’m holding the wind, holding the wind in
I’m holding in the wind
And I’m holding the same breath

Salt water float me to my coast
Bring me home
I won’t let my soul seep out my bones
Bring me home

I’ve been under water so long
all I see is blue
Track Name: 76
I was born in the early morn
on a 76 gasoline station convenience store floor
Felt like I had been there before
From where I lay the sound of the freeway
was louder than the first words
I ever heard my mother say
“Baby you’re an angel, you’re an angel”

Next I heard the woman at the register
was counting out change
for a cigarette customer
I couldn’t tear my eyes away from her
Was it a dream that only now recurs

He’d never been much a navigator
tended to wander by his intuition
He’d driven for miles
reckless as a child
and he fell in love with a gas station attendant
She was all that he needed
He was all she’d ever dreamed of
He never intended to leave her
But I was born, and he was gone

He drove one last mile alone
He drove one last mile alone
She didn’t know yet that he was gone
On the morning when I was born

When she woke up that morning and left for work
as a 76 gasoline station convenience store clerk
She told him, “baby you’re an angel, you’re an angel”
Track Name: Vaya Con Dios
Dices que no vas
pero no vuelves
Dices que no vas
pero no vuelves
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez

Dices que no vuelves
pero nunca vas
Dices que no vuelves
pero nunca vas
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez
Vaya con dios que te vea otra vez

Que te vea, que te vea, que te vea

Te miro, pero no me ves
Te llamo, y tu no me oyes
Te miro, pero no me ves

Me miras, pero no te veo
Me llamas, y yo no te oigo
Me miras, pero no te veo

Dices que no bailas
pero no te sientas
Dices que no bailas
pero no te sientas
Baila conmigo que te sienta otra vez
Baila conmigo que te sienta otra vez

Dices que ya vienes
quando llegarás
Dices que ya vienes
quando llegarás
Venga conmigo que te vea otra vez
Venga conmigo que te vea otra vez

Que te vea, que te vea, que te vea
Track Name: Stepping Stone
The letter she wrote me
said she won’t be coming home
She left it in the garden
underneath the stepping stone
I don’t know why
She said, “you read me into your story
and now my chapter ends
I’ve been living between your lines
untraced by your pen
It’s been too long”

Chorus
I’ve been keeping my words to myself
I try to speak and keep losing my breath
I keep pulling the same book off my shelf
and reading it cover to cover
over and over again

The first time that I read it
I couldn’t see the words at all
Tracing them with my fingers
I felt how blind I’d become
I don’t know when
She was certain that I’d misread her
I wasn’t sure what I’d done wrong
I’d been caught up in my head
and couldn’t finish what I’d begun
I don’t know why

Chorus
Track Name: Fog Song
Asleep on a fault line
curled into the fog alone
so no one knows where I’ve fallen
Peace be the compromise
Help me find myself again
without having to look too long

When my body’s rested
I’ll know where my mind’s gone
I let my heart become
as hard as the bed I’m lying on

Home below
I watched the light dim
shining from the outside of the window
Here where the fog rolls
it falls and holds me alone

When my mind is rested
I’ll find where my light’s been
I let my heart become
as dark as the night I’m lying in

Here where my body lies alone
Where my heart fades into the fog
Here where the night won’t be as long
if I fade into the fog

It’s cold up on the fault line
Huddled in the car alone
so no one knows where I’ve fallen
Peace be the compromise
Help me find myself again
without having to look too long