A Long and Precious Road

by Shawnee Kilgore

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"It's time to live the life I'm given
time to give what I've been asking for"

I am so grateful for the magic and talent and love of the musicians who came together to be a part of this beautiful experiment with me, and the brilliant community that joyously breathed life into its lungs. You believe in me, and I believe in you. Thank you.

Special Thanks to Andre, Phil Collins, Uriah and Amanda Brown, Elie and Lisa Samuel, Zeina and Rich Evans, Carol Kilgore, Daisy O'Connor, Alyse Black, Strangely Doesburg, Aaron English, and Ani Grey.

Extra Special Thanks to Joss Whedon. Ships are meant to sail and you have helped steer mine towards a brave new horizon.

And Will~ my best friend, the father of my chickens, and the kindest, smartest, most talented boy I know~ thank you. For everything.

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released 18 August 2015

Produced, recorded, & mixed by Andre Moran
at The Congress House Studio, Austin, TX
www.congresshouse.com

Mastered by Mark Hallman

Assistant Engineer: Justin Bocanegra

Front cover art~ Forget Me Not by LouLoutePaperie
Back cover art~ original painting by Thais Perkins

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Shawnee Kilgore Austin, Texas

"Shawnee Kilgore is to music as velvet gloves are to diamond cutters,” wrote James Hardesty, owner of the Green Frog Acoustic Tavern in Bellingham, WA. “She holds all this beauty in her hand, raw and untouched, then she chips away until it gleams in the light, holding on with a soft gentleness that she has perfected." ... more

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Track Name: Come to Bed
there’s a robin singing at your window
telling you the day is good
she says we've got a good thing going
if i could sing a robin’s song i would

it was morning when i read your letter
it was evening when i read your face
well i guess i made a good impression
and i know i found a real good place

so go ahead and shine your brightest
go ahead until it’s true
come to bed when you're ready
and sleep well when you do

there are parts of me that i don’t know yet
there’s a candle i have yet to burn
i don’t sleep and i am always hungry
i don’t know and yet i always learn

there’s a song for every savored moment
there’s a penny for our every thought
when i asked for what would keep me happy
honey you were what i got

i don’t have a ring to give you
and i don’t have a lot to say
but maybe you can help me learn the banjo
and i can help you learn to play

so go ahead and shine your brightest
go ahead until it’s true
come to bed when you're ready
and sleep well when you do

so go ahead and shine your brightest
go ahead because it’s true
come to bed when you're ready
and sleep well when you do
Track Name: Screen Door
i could tell you had a secret
i could tell you had a song
i could tell you wouldn’t keep it
through the night
until the dawn

oh and you don’t stop rockin’
come come a’knockin’
on the screen door after sundown
there’s an old moon rising
stars in her eyes
and she can laugh ‘til the work
is done now

could it be that i was restless
could it be i wasn’t well
i’ll be dancing in my best dress
and i will give the angels hell

oh and you don’t stop rockin’
come come a’knockin’
on the screen door after sundown
there’s an old moon rising
stars in her eyes
and she can laugh ‘til the work
is done now

‘cause something happens in the moonlight
something happens in the dark
there never was a way to swoon right
it just depends upon the spark

oh and you don’t stop rockin’
come come a’knockin’
on the screen door after sundown
there’s an old moon rising
stars in her eyes
and she can laugh ‘til the work
is done now
Track Name: Broken Anymore
I will find the words one day
and they’ll be simple
and I smile when you say
Well now isn’t that from Kerouac
I said I’m happy that you know that
I said I’m happy

It’s time to live the life I’m given
time to give what I’ve been asking for
If I pretend that I’m not breaking
honey maybe I’m not breaking anymore
Maybe I’m not broken anymore

Once upon a time I sought light
in the darkness
I’d forgotten mine
I’d forgotten how to trust
that I’m in tune and I’m on time
and I’m happy

It’s time to live the life I’m given
time to give what I’ve been asking for
If I pretend that I’m not breaking
honey maybe I’m not breaking anymore
Maybe I’m not broken anymore

I will find the words one day
Track Name: Is This the Way You Feel
everything you live for
is in this room
everything you die for
let it pass you by for
is gone too soon

is this the way you feel
breath upon the windows
fearing things you don't know
loving anyway
trust the way you feel
shadows in the moonlight
promises you hold tight
'til the light of day
is this the way you feel

fading in the background
we're coming clean
silent as the sun goes
gentle as the grass grows
beneath our knees

is this the way you feel
how do you walk away from
a lover when the day's done
just because it's time
trust the way you feel
how do we understand it
the pieces here that won't fit
a straight and narrow line
is this the way you feel

walk beside the ocean
and never fear
take a look around you
the universe has found you
your world is here

is this the way you feel
flowers on the sidewalk
beauty that you can't stop
the life you can't deny
trust the way you feel
to wonder how a heart breaks
with all the warmth the spark makes
it's tearing up the sky

is this the way you feel
would you hold me 'til the sunrise
find yourself in my eyes
knowing i will have to go
trust the way you feel
the rain against the pavement
we follow where the day went
it's all we ever know

is this the way you feel
Track Name: Ships Are Meant to Sail
ships are meant to sail boy
and yours will have its day
i’m coming here to tell you
i’ve got some things to say
oh i’ve got some things to say

it’s always good to see you
i love to watch you shine
and i love to be the quiet
i know you need sometimes
oh i know you need some time

but some other day
some other life
we’ll take all these chances
and make them all right
when love is a language
i can’t figure out
could you be with the one
that you can’t be without

ships are meant to sail boy
you’ll make it from these shores
home is just an island
and i’m wishing i was yours
oh i’m wishing i was yours

i take you as you are
you’re always on your own
i hold you when you let me
and leave the rest alone
oh leave well enough alone

but some other day
some other life
we’ll take all these chances
and make them all right
when love is a language
i can’t figure out
could you be with the one
that you can’t be without

could you be with the one
that you can't be without

you will find my heart
in a boat beside the bay
but i’ve lingered long enough
and now i best be on my way
oh i’ve lingered long enough
and now i best be on my way
Track Name: Concordia, KS
i never really thought that much of kansas
until i stopped for coffee in concordia that day
i was thinking life is only what it hands us
i forget about the things that happen when we look away

i’m leaving you the miles and the time
i’m leaving you for now but i’m not leaving you behind

i know a straight road back to kansas
i know a straight road back to knowing
just enough to get me by
i know a straight road back to kansas
back to kindness in a small town
a twinkle in my eye

i never really asked about your family
i never really told you why the sleep just wouldn’t come
i wondered if your heart would understand me
how i knew i’d have to go before the gravity was done

i’m leaving you the miles and the time
and i’m leaving you for now but i’m not leaving you behind

i know a straight road back to kansas
i know a straight road back to knowing
just enough to get me high
i know a straight road back to kansas
back to kindness in a small town
a twinkle in my eye

back to kindness in a small town in the sky

now i’m leaving you the miles and the time
i’m leaving you the blessings of the fading highway signs
i’m leaving you the color of your wine
I'm leaving I'm not leaving you
I'm leaving I'm not leaving you
behind

i know a straight road back to kansas
i know a straight road back to knowing
i will find you if i try
i know a straight road back to kansas
back to kindness in a small town
a twinkle in my eye

i know a straight road back to kansas
i know a straight road back to knowing
that goodbye is just goodbye
i know a straight road back to kansas
back to kindness in a small town
a twinkle in my eye

back to kindness in a small town in the sky

i never really thought that much of kansas
until i stopped for coffee in concordia
Track Name: I Made You a Promise
i was the one with that look on my face
as if every last breath was a prayer i could trace
you know i’m just a poet and i’ll be all right
‘cause it’s three in the morning and i saw you tonight

it’s three in the morning as it always is
when all the best hearts are home feeling like this
and i’ll make up my bed with the warmth of your smile
and i know that it’s late but i’ll play for a while

‘cause i made you a promise that you never heard
i don’t know what it meant but i meant every word
i just know how it happened not how it should be
and i’ll wake to the sun and thank god

you were the one with that look in your eye
as if every last breath was a reason to fly
i gave you my blessing and you gave me your name
spelled just like the spanish and mine like the plains

and i took one more drink and you played one more song
and a jar full of moonshine well it ain’t full for long
and the warm air is laughing i wish that i knew
how it felt to be there in the space next to you

‘cause i made you a promise that only you heard
and i wrote you the song but you know every word
I just know how it happened that’s all we can see
and i’ll wake to the sun and thank god you saw me

so i might come to find you with a song on my lips
and truth on my tongue when it finally slips
i guess i’m just a poet and i’ll be all right
‘cause it’s three in the morning and i saw you tonight
Track Name: Big Damn Hurry
dust on the grey cars
there’s more of it on ours
we don’t have to know flowers
by name

growing carrots and swiss chard
and chicks in the backyard
we play and we play hard

‘cause everybody’s in a big damn hurry
everybody’s in a big damn hurry
everybody’s in a big damn hurry

stand in the tall grass
it grows and it grows fast
summer will not last
the fall

so take off my silk dress
in the heat it’s a hot mess
it seems like we’re scared less

but everybody’s in a big damn hurry
everybody’s in a big damn hurry
everybody’s in a big damn hurry

growing carrots and swiss chard
our chicks in the backyard
we play and we play hard
Track Name: A Long and Precious Road
are the days laid out before us
are they wrapped in close behind
it’s a lot like i remember
this is what i had in mind

there’s a beauty in the spaces
that the music leaves behind
and there’s a beauty in the faces
we forget from time to time

if i ask you for forgiveness
would you ask what it was for
i would say because i love you
and we all could use some more

it’s a nickel for our troubles
it’s a penny for our love
and if we always have a penny
then we’ll always have enough

and i will have to leave you sometimes
and i know the same for you
and i don’t know what i’ll be writing
but i’ll be writing it to you
and if you hold me ‘til the morning
i will tell you what i know
that we’ve got strings for making music
and it’s a long and precious road

these are days of resolution
these are days of sand and stone
these are days of building bridges
these are days of coming home

so here’s to always standing taller
here’s to always being kids
here’s to knowing when to holler
here’s to knowing that we did

and i will have to leave you sometimes
and i know the same for you
and i don’t know what i’ll be writing
but i’ll be writing it to you
and if you hold me ‘til the morning
i will tell you what i know
that we've got strings for making music
and it's a long and precious road

and if you hold me ‘til the morning
i will tell you what i know
that we've got strings for making music
and it’s a long and precious road

we've got strings for making music
and it’s a long and precious road
Track Name: My Devil Says to Me (Folk Star)
when you gonna be a folk star
my devil says to me
‘cause you can do it all for freedom
but you can’t do it all for free
you got nothing in your pockets
but a winded minor key
when you gonna be a folk star

when you gonna be a big girl
my devil says to me
‘cause you’re old enough to know
it’s your responsibility
but you’re shy about the telephone
and you’re shy about your dreams
when you gonna be a big girl

when you gonna be remembered
my devil says to me
‘cause you’re singing them your songs
and then they’re floating out to sea
are you holding something back
or have you let them go to seed
when you gonna be remembered

why are you so happy
my devil says to me
i hurt you but you wouldn’t ever dare
to set me free
i do my best to keep you from
the lap of luxury
so why are you so happy

i’m happy that i’m grateful
and i’m grateful that i’m kind
you’ve got your own free will my devil
just as sure as i’ve got mine
and you can live the life you want
if you can love the life you find
i’m happy that i’m grateful

you can live the life you want
if you can love the life you find
i’m happy and i’m grateful

yeah but when you gonna be a folk star
my devil says to me
when you gonna be a folk star
Track Name: Dragon Slayer
catch my feathers as they fall
they’re bound to reach you after all
you heed the wind i heed the call

call me patient call me brave
come seek the treasures in my cave
i’m learning how to misbehave

tell me something if you would
the tales a feather catcher could
it’s where i’ve loved
it’s where i’ve stood
it’s where i wait

leave your patience leave your gold
leave your secrets safe untold
oh come with me the time has slowed

leave my petals ‘round your door
and leave my scratches on your floor
i know you better than before

tell me something if you would
the tales a secret keeper could
it’s where i’ve loved
it’s where i’ve stood
it’s where i wait

backyard beauty six string player
late night duty dragon slayer
moving slowly takes a little time
counting streetlights guarding towers
bending breaking endless hours
just to know the only thing that's mine

backyard beauty six string player
late night duty dragon slayer
touch the flame the night delivers
breathing fire seething rivers
avalanches wind and weather
if we go we go together
second chances home fires burning
midnight harvest light returning
backyard beauty moonlit glances
fascinations circumstances
back to sleep and back to dreaming
back to songs instead of screaming
counting streetlights guarding towers
bending breaking endless hours
just to know the only thing that’s mine

tell me something if you would
the tales a dragon slayer could
it’s where i’ve loved
it’s where i’ve stood
it’s where i wait