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Luuta Julia Stone, Lisa Hannigan fans rejoice! Shawnee Kilgore is made from the same mould. A wonderful breathy voice married to a fine acoustic orchestration, perfectly in tune. Gentle, but never dull, a true treat for your ears and a wonderful panacea to the homengised pap that has dominated the music scene for the last 20 years.
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1.
03:42
I don’t need to be remembered I don’t care if I’m believed I’m not waiting in my cell to be condemned or be reprieved I was told I came out crooked so I walked a crooked line now the judgement may be final but it’s mine I will live unforgiven I will rise among the brave and I won’t ask for permission to lie in my own grave I will fly and I will fall and I will live unforgiven all the promises I’ve broken all the hearts I couldn’t hold all the truths I left unspoken just to keep away the cold now the wind is like a talon and my skin is raked with grace the grin I wear goes well beyond my face I will live unforgiven I’m not hiding anymore and if I built my own prison I can damn well build a door I will howl and I will sigh and I will live unforgiven there’s a poison I can’t swallow a regret I can’t allow our mistakes are never hollow anyhow I have made all my excuses now I have to make my way if you can’t take me that’s ok I will live unforgiven I will make my world mine and I may not get to heaven but it won’t keep me from trying I will smile and I will storm and I will live I will live unforgiven I will die among the brave and I won’t ask for permission to lie in my own grave I will fly and I will crawl and I will live I will try and I will fall and I will live unforgiven after all
2.
03:29
What if I wake up tomorrow Bigger than my bed What if try standing and I Crack the ceiling with my head And what if I come over And you open your front door And find me looking in your bedroom Window on the second floor Would you laugh Would you scream And pray it was a dream Or could you be Glad to see Big giant me S'posing I keep growing till I don't fit on my lawn I move up to the mountainside with Only rocks for sleeping on Would you build me a bed Or stay in yours instead Could you be Glad to see Big giant me I know you like your peace and quiet I know pride goes before a fall I know the villagers might riot But I might try it after all I might wake up much too tall I could get chased out of town 'Cause everyone's afraid But I think I'd be gentle and I Know I'd help the tourist trade So think about it - I'm not saying I won't stay this size I only know a thing keeps growing Up or else it up and dies And I think Maybe you Could be a giant too And you'd be Glad to see How we'd live enormously You would be Glad to see Big giant me
3.
Every step is labored Every sprint's a jog But I still say that fortune favors The three-legged dog Leaning on one forepaw Two firm feet behind Got himself a sense of balance most folk never find Had to fall a few times When it first was gone But he got up and he got up and man, he's walking on And he ain't fast But he ain't frail And he don't waste his days Chasing his tail He's walking on Barking at the weather Hopping up to beg doesn't spend a moment asking “Where’d they put my leg?” All the field critters That he loves to chase They outrun him - he don't mind, 'cause He ain't in a race And he ain't fast But he ain't frail And he don't waste his days Chasing his tail He's walking on We live beyond our losses We count more than our faults If you've got three when they've got four If you’ve got less when they’ve got more If you’ve got three when they’ve got four everything's a waltz
4.
05:04
there’s a blackbird on the bar picking cherries from a tin there’s a scream of daylight every time the door swings someone in there’s a gleaming copper pool of warm can wash away my sin if I ask where I went wrong I hear a thousand voices yell the air itself will clamor and the ground begin to swell I never sleep in silence but I mean to live to tell so raise your glass and your voice in song gonna drink me back to eden ‘fore too long I rolled in with my misdeeds my remorse my fear and doubt such a crowd we need a bouncer or the walls will buckle out but redemption is upended and comes singing through that spout to drown these ghosts and end their moan gonna drink me back to eden all alone I know how you all look at me I grow tired of what I can’t be I glow why doesn’t someone see I glow when I get back to the garden I’ll be silent and serene I will lay my ageless nakedness upon the whispering green ain’t no snake gonna show me anything I ain’t already seen so wave goodbye and cry amen gonna drink me back to eden once again so wave goodbye and cry amen gonna drink me back to eden once again
5.
I’m lost inside your cries you tremble over me I blush until I bruise I claw through twisted limbs just shy of victory we only play to lose I did the best I could with the way things were and I’ll never look back in anger I could with a wicked wild grin I did the best I could if I burned all night could I earn this fight I started I could never look back again you swim and push so hard I’m pinned in ribboned silk I bend to fight the tide cool water trickles in relieved and unfulfilled won’t say we never tried I did the best I could with the way things were and I’ll never look back in anger I could with a wicked wild grin I did the best I could if I burned all night could I earn this fight I started I could never look back again my words are breaking out my heart is breaking in I’ve got a wanderlust I wanna break the skin my heart is breaking out your words are breaking in I wanna break the skin I did the best I could with the way things were and I’ll never look back in anger I could never look back again I could if I burned all night could I earn this fight I started I could never look back again I could never look back again
6.
04:31
I got coffee in my cup I got chickens in my yard I got time to watch the sun start waking up I got books I mean to read I got dishes I'll just leave I got love, love, and coffee in my cup I got love And this is a love song I got work when I need work I got plans and then I don't I got friends to lean on when I start to lean I got stories I can tell And a few I never will And a checkered dress that makes me feel sixteen I got love And this is a love song I get blue The garden starts to wither where it grew The rains will never come but then they do And I get through Well I guess I've got a soul And I guess it has a mate But that isn't something I been thinking of 'Cause there's currants growing wild Underneath that old stone bridge And they're warm against my palm and I got love I got love And this is a love song

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This is the long awaited collaboration EP of Shawnee Kilgore and Hollywood director Joss Whedon, who met via Kickstarter in 2014 when Whedon backed her campaign for A Long and Precious Road and earned himself a personalized song.

Big Giant Me was the first single they released that year, and Back to Eden the second in March 2016. The title track also inspired a gorgeous music video, directed by Whedon, including actress Ashley Johnson and Oscar nominated actor Richard Jenkins, released January 23rd.

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released October 14, 2016

All songs written by Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon

Shawnee Kilgore~ acoustic guitar, vocals
Eric Holden~ bass
Charlie Paxson~ drums
William Wallace~ electric guitar
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith~ cello
Janeen Rae Heller~ musical saw
Peter Adams~ piano, Wurlitzer, B3, accordion
Aaron Kaplan~ mandolin
Hiro Goto~ violin (Break the Skin, Love Song)
Stefano Intelisano~ piano (Love Song)
Sara Watkins~ fiddle & vocals (Unforgiven)

Recorded by Greg Foeller at Ocean Studios Burbank (Burbank, CA)
Additional recording by Andre Moran at Congress House Studio (Austin, TX)

Mixed by Andre Moran at Congress House Studio
Mastered by Mark Hallman at Congress House Studio

Cover photography by Alex Tinsman
Design by Emily Shirley

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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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