Austin Skyline

by Shawnee Kilgore

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“i like to think that the end is also the beginning.  sometimes i forget.  on my way, back to a home that i know and love, while a part of me stays, keeps my bed warm, my songs sung, 'til i return.  not an end, just a mile marker.  not a final note, just a key change.  not a final word, there won't be one.  language will keep growing, the words just redefined.”

this is a collection of time and energy and life shared by william and i, and we’ve both agreed it’s about as true to us as it can be. my songs, but our efforts, our breath. the first six were written during my first few months in austin, while “burning 44” was written by my good friend, stephen ray leslie, and, well, it seems i just so happened to bring it with me.

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released 15 October 2011
shawnee: guitars, vocals
william wallace: everything else

mastered by evan kaspar

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Shawnee Kilgore Austin, Texas

"....One of the most wonderfully gifted singer/songwriters I've ever heard..." says Eric Lichter of Dirt Floor Studio. Shawnee embodies an innocence and wonder and appreciation of the world that “grown-ups” often tend to lose, yet her music radiates a spirit of infinite wisdom and unconditional beauty. An old soul, one might say.... ... more

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Track Name: The Very Best of Me
there's a freedom i remember only when you're not around
i've got the picture in my pocket that i took when i was down
just to show you that your shadow was the only shade around
i've got a way of saying nothing from the ground

i'm the ghost of something bigger than the world has never seen
i swear that i was only hiding from what i knew i could be
there are days when all i am is what i think you think of me
and it's no wonder that the good ones are the hardest to believe

there are bones that never break
there are skies that never fall
i've got my face against the moon
i've got my back against the wall
i'm catchin up to what i figure is the very best of me
when i find it won't you come and see

i think i understand you better when there's not a thing to say
and there's a way to tell the story not to give the end away
there are times you tell the ending 'cause you'd like to go that way
and when the road is long and narrow you've got little room to stray

there are bones that never break
and there are skies that never fall
i've got my face against the moon
i've got my back against the wall
i'm catchin up to what i figure is the very best of me
when i find it won't you come and see

i've got a way of being careful when there's nothing left to break
i've got a way of reinventing when there's nothing left to make
i've got a way of getting greedy when there's nothing left to take
learn to harvest from the branches you can shake

you see the one thing i was thinking was the one thing that i found
too afraid to be a liar to ever make a sound
we've got a way of praying louder when we think we're gonna drowned
i've got a way of praying louder when i think god ain't around

there are bones that never break
and there are skies that never fall
i've got my face against the moon
i've got my back against the wall
i'm catchin up to what i figure is the very best of me
when i find it won't you come and see
Track Name: Big Old Song
she’s got a big old blister on her big old heart
she’s got a big old bruise on the softest part
she’s got a big old wolf at her big old door
she’s got a big old fear of her life before

she’s got a big old question and a big old need
for that big old story that makes her bleed
she’s got a big old crush and a big old sin
she’s got a big old mouth when it comes to him

with a big old blanket on her big old bed
she’s got a big old brain in her big old head
she’s got a big old light and a big old song
she’s got a big old chance to prove me wrong

she’s got a big old canvas and a big old brush
she’s in a big old dream and a bigger rush
she’s got a big old ball and a big old hill
if she doesn’t roll it no one will

she’s got a big old thorn on a big old rose
she’s got a big old secret no one knows
she’s got a big old bucket and a big old well
which she walked in circles and finally fell

with a big old blanket on her big old bed
she’s got a big old brain in her big old head
she’s got a big old light and a big old song
she’s got a big old chance to prove me wrong

she’s got a big old blister on her big old heart
she’s got a big old bruise on the softest part
she’s got a big old hole and a big old mess
she’s got a good idea, or so i guess

it was a good idea, or so i guess
Track Name: 86 Degrees
it's eighty six degrees inside this house
there's a warm wind blowing steady from the south
i'm stuffed but i am starving
and i finally figured out
that i got nothin but excuses in my mouth

i don't know a thing about your heart
i just know i can't tell us apart
and i just can't deny
i've got a thing for you and i
and that's the one place i ever know to start

'cause we've got time to set things straight
we've got time

you'd never know i meant it to be kind
when i wouldn't let you go when it was time
and now everywhere i go
it seems the only thing i find
is that i miss you and don't mind

'cause we've got time to set things straight
we've got time

if i had half a mind to leave your life to you
i'd be as free as any bird that ever flew
but right now i'm pretending
and the only thing that's true
is that you'll know me when i know you

and we've got time to set things straight
Track Name: Let That Songbird Go
pretty ain’t as pretty when you put it in a jar
somethin’ about the glass changes who we are
there’s somethin’ about a wolf that makes a bird afraid to sing
until it learns to fly and well that changes everything
honey i’ve been thinking

if i could learn to settle like the dust after a storm
if i could just go back to what i knew when i was born
if i could hold the candle far enough away from me
that i didn’t blow it out every time i went to sing
honey i’m still thinking

honey i can tell you stories
and i can tell you lies
i can tell you what i see
when i see you in my eyes
there’s a truth we can’t escape
and many more we’ll never know
honey let that songbird go

if i could just believe it doesn’t matter what i do
as long as i am happy and that love is gettin’ through
if i could just get over feeling angry at myself
‘cause it’s just a part of me, it’s just a story that i tell
honey i sure meant well

if i wasn’t scared of living i’d be out there on a limb
if i wasn’t scared of losing i’d be getting over him
if i wasn’t scared of dying, oh just think what i could do
‘cause heaven needs a songbird too

honey i can tell you stories
and i can tell you lies
i can tell you what i see
when i see you in my eyes
there’s a truth we can’t escape
and many more we’ll never know

honey i can make my wishes
and i can make my bed
i can tell you what i see
when i see you in my head
there’s a truth we can’t escape
and many more we’ll never know
honey let that songbird go
Track Name: Clean This House
i’m gonna wash up all the dishes
gonna sweep up all the floors
i’m gonna sing along with danny
while i finish all the chores
i’m gonna check in all the corners
i’m gonna look in all the cracks
i’m gonna sweep up all the dirt
from all the times i left my tracks

i’m gonna clean this house
gonna clean this house
gonna make this house my own
‘cause it’s a real good life, wanna treat it right
wanna make this house a home

i’m gonna fold up all the laundry
put new linens on the bed
i’m gonna throw out all the clutter
that’s been messing up my head
i’m gonna wipe down all the windows
‘til they sparkle in the sun
i’m gonna scrub behind the toilet
‘cause i feel good when it’s done

i’m gonna clean this house
gonna clean this house
gonna make this house my own
‘cause it’s a real good life, wanna treat it right
wanna make this house a home

i’m gonna straighten up the cupboards
i’m gonna dust off all the shelves
we tend to keep things messy
if it’s only for ourselves
but i’m gonna look inside the oven
the refrigerator too
once you look around
there’s always something more to do

i’m gonna clean this house
gonna clean this house
gonna make this house my own
‘cause it’s a real good life, wanna treat it right
wanna make this house a home

wanna make this house a home
Track Name: Maria Brown
the same old dress and a sunlit mess
it’s the happiest she’s been
the coffee’s strong and the days are long
and she loves me now and then

maria brown oh maria brown
you had my heart it seems
and it all comes back to a boy named jack
and a walk down by the stream

she takes her chance in fancy pants
and she writes to me again
to say she’s old and she’s feeling bold
and she loves me now and then

maria brown oh maria brown
you had my heart it seems
and it all comes back to a boy named jack
and a walk down by the stream

funny how she can know me now
just a pirate in the end
times have changed and the world is strange
and she loves me now and then

maria brown oh maria brown
you had my heart it seems
and it all comes back to a boy named jack
and a walk down by the stream

the same old dress and a sunlit mess
it’s the happiest she’s been
Track Name: Burning 44
oh my, my lord
oh my lord don’t you try and take me yet
‘cause i’ve tried, tried hard
i’ve tried hard but you know i can’t forget
‘cause he walks, walks free
he walks free through the streets of this old town
and if you know, know all
if you know all you know he took my baby down

goin down to the cemetery
gonna dig myself a hole
deep enough to bury a man without a soul
gonna fill that hole by midnight
and i’m guessing that you know
in an alley without streets with this burning 44

i’m gonna look him in the eye
i’m gonna take away his sunrise
i’m gonna strip him of his pride
just like he did mine

oh my, my lord
well oh my lord don’t you try and take me yet
‘cause i’ve tried, tried hard
well i’ve tried hard but you know i can’t forget

i’m gonna look him in the eye
i’m gonna take away his sunrise
i’m gonna strip him of his pride
just like he did mine

he walks, walks free
he walks free through the streets
of this old town