Stepping Stone

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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”

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



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