Austin Skyline

by Shawnee Kilgore

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1.
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
2.
03:10
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
3.
04:15
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
03:57
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
7.
04:16
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

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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 October 15, 2011

shawnee: guitars, vocals
william wallace: everything else

mastered by evan kaspar

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"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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