Live at The Black Dog

by Shawnee Kilgore

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    PLUS, I've added a couple SPECIAL BONUSES to this download (consider it a Holiday continuation ;)....First, I've added an intimate recording of my song, "SHIPS ARE MEANT TO SAIL," which is not available for download anywhere else, to celebrate sailing into the new year....And SECOND, I will humbly gift you a promo code for 20% OFF ANY ITEM FROM MY ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOP! It's at www.Etsy.com/shop/LetThatSongbirdGo, and features a wide array of my photographs (which I've heard are pretty good! ;), available framed or unframed, in 8x10, 5x7 AND 4x6 print sizes. Awesome!!! :)

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The Black Dog is a great little venue in Snoqualmie, WA and I played there during my traditional Out of Texas, Into Northwest Washington summer tour last year.

I've included the track, "Ships Are Meant to Sail," as a bonus and thank you for your kindness and support. It's a very special song to me, and one that people often tell me is very special to them, too. (I love that :) This is a download exclusive, and I'm glad to finally make it available to the folks who love (and will grow to love ;) it!

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released January 8, 2013

Recorded and mixed by Jay Pinto (jaypintomusic.com)

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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: 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
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: 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
and 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
and a twinkle in my eye

back to kindness in a small town in the sky

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
though 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
and 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 too much of kansas
until i stopped for coffee in concordia that day
Track Name: My Devil Says to Me
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
you’re shy about your dream
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
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: 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: 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: Big Damn Hurry
everybody’s in a big damn hurry
everybody’s in a big damn hurry
everybody’s in a 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
our 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

we 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

cracks in the pavement
the years they were well spent
and it’s all that the time meant

dust on the grey cars
there's more of it on ours
we don't have to know flowers
by name