Unfold

by Shady Maples

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Unfold 03:08
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
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1123 01:09
5.
Turn At Last 03:24
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
6.
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
7.
Salt Water 04:55
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
8.
76 04:02
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”
9.
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
10.
1123 01:07
11.
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
12.
Fog Song (free) 04:55
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

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Shady Maples' 2012 debut album

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released January 7, 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 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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