with love and lightnin' boltz

by shawn shine

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released 24 November 2011

recorded by samy robert in Hubbard, Ohio. 2011
*accompaniment by chris leone
all songs written and performed by shawn GD shine

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Track Name: the sun the moon
garden rows, grow.
the sun. the moon.
love and pain, learning.
Track Name: ballad of a potted plant
i found seven dollars on the crosswalk today, and at first thought i wondered which account of mine had been taken away.
but that was a long time ago, i was much older then.
that was a long time ago, my roots were much thicker then.
so please, bathe me in mud, give me enough.
bathe me in mud, love me long enough to learn to live off the land and the light and the water from the clouds.

is the train runnin' a bit late, or am i standin' here empty handed at the wrong gate? i haven't seen my baby in awhile.
is the train runnin' a bit late, or am i standin' here empty handed at the wrong gate,? i haven't seen my family in awhile.

but that was a long time ago, i was much older then.
that was a long time ago, my roots were much thicker then.
so please, bathe me in mud, give me enough.
bathe me in mud, love me long enough to learn to live off the land and the light and the water from the clouds.
Track Name: bonemeal
it's gonna take a lot of blood 'cause that's all you have.
it's gonna take a lot of time 'cause that's all you know you're made of.
now the sun is here to pull some of your teeth, but it's not gonna tell you it won't hurt a bit, cause it has no motivation for lying.
now the morning takes swings at your face, and the dawn breaks your weary legs.
as the falling water and the rushing reacquaint, you consume another's organs for the sake of your own.

bonemeal.

it's gonna take a lot of words cause that's the only language you know. it's gonna take a lot of tries 'cause that's all this life is made of.
and now the moon is here to pull on your gravity, but it's not gonna tell you it won't hurt a bit 'cause it has no motivation for lying.
let the wind rake the lining of your veins and let the dust storm destroy your cherished grace.
as the polished river rocks and the forest roots reacquaint, you consume another's emotions for the sake of your own.

bonemeal.
Track Name: bottom of my boots*
we used to live in the same town. we used to share a pillow and a cutting board.
we used to watch the same rain fall down, on our grateful garden floor.
i wrote you a letter on the side of a train, i hope that you read it when it passes you someday.
it's gonna tell you what i've been through, it's gonna tell you where i'm keepin' my heart these days.
in the bottom of my boots.

we used to live in the same town. we used to share a pillow and a cutting board.
we used to watch the same sunshine fall down, on our grateful garden floor.
i wrote you a letter on the side of a building, i hope that you read it when it passes you someday.
it's gonna tell you the hell i've been through, it's gonna tell you where i'm keepin' my heart these days.
in the bottom of my boots.
Track Name: trainz in the east*
if you're ever hoppin' trains in the east.
hang your head out that grainer and wave.
i'll be out here buildin' trail in the mountains by the rail for at least a season or two then maybe i could come join you as long as you stop thinkin' so realistically.

till then i'll be holdin' that hickory handle over my head, i'll be writin' the hundreth song for you, you haven't heard yet, cause i can't sing for you if you're not in the same state, and i can't sing for you if you're not in the same country, and i can't sing for you when i keep runnin' away.

i'll be sweatin' laughin' cryin' with some beautiful boys, i'll be sweatin' laughin' cryin' with some beautiful family, but they're not gonna break my heart cause they're my brothers, they're my family.

you can contact my mother for my forwarding address.
Track Name: need/want
i guess we'll be in canada by sundown. i guess there's a whole harvest there for us.
,"are you ready?" said my co-pilot to me, and i said, "no. let's go."

but where are you supposed to go when you know that home is behind you? and what part of you are you supposed to lead with when your heart is in another boy's pocket,?...and you've got no knife to replace it.

kiss me again rain, i'm in love with your mystery.
burn me again sun, o how i need your electricity.
knock me down again wind, o how i need your awakenment, again.

there it is again, all the things i own in one single gatherin', and this whole house sounds like an ampitheatre cause it's got no meat on its bones.
pull the puttied blood organ off the newspaper, it's perfect print. i guess it's one of a kind cause, the ink well that wrote the date done left.

how do i write a new chapter write a new book with the same hands eyes and heart?
i guess it's the same way generations have been writin' new songs with the same god damn chords and the same strings...

,"are you ready?" said my co-pilot to me, and i said, "no. let's go."
Track Name: coyotes (comfort song)
it's just like that one time, you were afraid of the coyotes.
and that went just right didn't it?
this won't be the first time, won't be the last time you cross this galaxy, just tie them boots the way you always do.

it's just like that one time you were homeless in albuquerque and that went just right, the cowboy picked you up at midnight, didn't he?
Track Name: strongest cup
i'd like to invite you to the strongest cup of coffee that this world has ever seen. but, first i'd like to invite you to a shoot out at high noon under the moon.
i must warn you first, i've been pickin' up my aim, and i'm much quicker on the draw these days...

you have no idea.

so where have you tore up the landscape lately? i'd have to get out a couple of maps to even begin to tell you where i have.
i took to the highway to find some heart medicine, i took to the forest to find some heart medicine, now i've taken to the desert....

you have no idea.