This Mighty World E​.​P.

by Shawnee Kilgore

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my debut certainly feels like a long time ago now, but making this album opened up some tremendous doors for me.....i was perhaps happier than i had ever been sitting in lorne entress's basement studio making a little piece of my history. lorne doesn't mess around; if it's worth doing then it's worth doing right, and i really appreciate that now (more than i did at the time, i'm sure!) when i listen to this record and it's truly music to my ears (so to speak :). we did it right. we had some amazing musicians come in and i got to be present while my songs inspired folks who had never met me before to put forth a piece of themselves to mesh and mix and mingle with mine. there's nothing quite like that, and i'm grateful.

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released March 20, 2007

lorne entress~drums, percussion, wurlitzer piano, lap steel, acoustic guitar, accordian, orchestra bells, bass, keyboards, celestaphone

mark erelli~electric guitar, mandolin

kevin barry~lap steel, bass, electric guitar

eric royer~banjo

mixed by shane koss, NYC
mastered by mark donahue

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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: This Mighty World
i'm dreaming of this tonight
but it don't make it real
and it don't make it right
but i'll walk through that open door
and i'll learn from the past
it can't hurt me no more
not like it did before

i hope you can hear me out
and if you can't hear me now
then it's no good to shout
guess i'll blink and call it fate
and i'm thinking too much
and it's getting too late
guess i'll have to wait

i guess some are just here to stay
and i wonder if everything
happens that way
and the world is young
still no one knows nothing
that hasn't been sung
look what we've begun

i'm trying to understand
just what it is in the palm of my hand
i hope i come around
and stop thinking my place
is somewhere underground
there's no letting down

i'm watching this mighty world
with the eyes of a little girl
and i want to see some sunshine
through the rain
through the pain

we've all got a hand to play
and sometimes we lose
but i think it's okay
what a strange design
that you threaten your own hand
when you threaten mine
it happens all the time

i wonder if something's wrong
when we live for too little
and we die for too long
i won't run away
i'd be better off dead and it's better that way
and if we don't notice it won't go away
it's the best we can do and that's all we can say
hey hey hey

and i'm watching this mighty world
with the eyes of a little girl
and i wanna see some sunshine
through the rain
through the pain
Track Name: Nickels and Dimes
what would you do
for a nickel or dime
would you really be willing
to waste all your time
'cause a life ain't that long
when it really comes down
to some dust in the wind
or a hole in the ground

we're so quick to believe
what we don't understand
and we're partial to that
which we hold in our hands
so we never say never
say grace all the time
and we keep out of reach
what we hold dear in mind

i've been thinking
that i would like to do what i came for
and i'm beginning
to see who i've been living my life for
i've been waiting
for a sign that will never come
because i make it
i'm the artist
i am the sun

what would you do
for a wee bit of love
that you pour in a heart
that just can't hold enough
'cause they've cracked every side
and they've torn every seam
but it's you with the glue
if you know what i mean

i've been thinking
that i would like to do what i came for
and i'm beginning
to see who i've been living my life for
i've been waiting
for a sign that will never come
because i make it
i'm the artist
i am the sun

so what would you do
if you stood there in line
just to find it was only
for nickels and dimes
'cause a life ain't that long
when it really comes down
and my friend i assure you
what goes comes around
Track Name: Leaving Here Tonight
i never asked you to forgive me
but i know you do
you never asked me to explain it
i didn't have to

is there something i should know
before i leave here
is there anything that i should take along
because the road outside is paved
with good intentions
and the road to home is patient
and it's long

i never asked you to believe me
but i know you did
you never asked me to protect you
and you were bruised because of it

is there something i could say
to make things different
'cause there's nothing i can say
to make it right
but i swear you are as beautiful as ever
as i'm leaving here tonight

so here's to choices that we had to make
my feet are aching from the cautious steps
i swore i'd take
and i'm dying for one word of truth
don't feel you're open yet
but i can see you're trying to
get through

i never asked you to forgive me
but i know you do
Track Name: Complicated Face
i'm standing still
i'm listening
i'm growing old
i laugh out loud
it echoes back
the tale i've told
i'm waiting here
for something good
for something real
i scuff my feet
while just outside
is how i feel

these are my dreams
may the worst be over
she came to me
and i chose to show her
what she could see
i could not erase
not a complicated soul
just a complicated face

won't come too close
won't go too far
won't ask too much
i'll sort it out
i'll find a mess
i'll make it such
i'll grow my hair
i'll change my shoes
i'll change my mind
i'll find some truth
i'll rearrange
i'll take my time

these are my dreams
may the worst be over
she came to me
and i chose to show her
what she could see
i cannot erase
not a complicated soul
just a complicated face

i'll touch your heart
i'll touch your hand
i'll touch the sky
just look up
and there i'll be
just floating by
Track Name: Driving By Your House
i don't forget
let's just pretend that's everything i know
i hold my heart, i hold my tongue, i hold a hand
and off i go
and you're everything the way that i am not
the trusty red caboose
of my old rusty train of thought

and still there's always one more time
i think i should've phoned
i should have called, i should have come
i should have cared, i should have known
and now i'm bleeding
got no secrets, got no bandaid, got no brain
and i've been sleeping
i don't know how long i've loved in vain

it's hard for me remembering
the way i felt before i heard you sing
and just to be here
just to live and love is humbling

and i wonder who i am
when i am not myself
i dedicated life to being ready
when (and if) you asked for help
and now i'm driving by your house again
and i'm prepared to turn myself in

and still i'm thinking
thinking clearly, thinking dearly
and quite frankly thinking dumb
you fumble handouts and i think somehow
that i could be the one
so now i'm knocking
never loud enough, there's no good time for this
i want to hold you
yeah i guess that's pretty humorous

and something here reminds me
of a movie i once saw
and i would like for you to hold me
when i'm not so empty
all in all

i'm pretty sure it's never easy
and i like to think that i have earned my keep
it's so familiar
like a price that feels a little steep
and still i think you know me
but mistake me for a weaker kind of you
the lines are blurry
i can't even find my point of view

i'm driving by your house again
and i'm prepared to turn myself in