Its Influence

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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

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


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



from Unfold, released January 7, 2012
Written by Owen Roberts
Greg Peters- acoustic lap steel
Owen Roberts- vocals, guitar
Bill Bell- Hammond organ
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


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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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