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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”


from Unfold, released January 7, 2012
Written by Owen Roberts and Greg Peters
Greg Peters- guitar
Owen Roberts- vocal, guitar
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


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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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