by Joan Shelley

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    First Album by Joan Shelley
    on Ol Kentuck records, 2012.

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You’re lost on a sea that you sailed on now its cold and rough where you are It’s a harsh wind blowing but I did not cause this storm you see I’ve just been here, open-armed invitingly I’ve been alone on this sea for so long I wanted to touch, I had to feel love Before these waves took me under But Aden you came to me in the dark in the dark and as gentle as a siren can be I caught you and I held you down Oh if the pink light of morning would wash all the demons out of here I could lie down on your ground and pull my body near But all the knots in my stomach are telling, there’s no where to rest, there’s no place to go, and the shadows they keep on with their shanty song It’s the darkest horse that’s chasing me down And the gods here have no care where you go when you drown I’ve been mistaken for something I’m not for something I wished I could be Pretty and fine, I’d draw the line at just singing soothingly but I’ve been a liar I have been ugly I can be ugly And we'll join the Venture and the Morning Star Singing haul away my laddie-o.... You’re lost on a sea that you sailed on Now its cold and rough
Be my sailor and I’ll be your doll puppet show how we bow and we bend for a smile lights down and show begins Three blocks over a light switched on a single girl walks the floor boards and turns on a song to see how it goes again Then the rain comes and all I can think about is that song you sang how does it go again? On our secrets we rest and we rise like two birds on an ocean I roll by your side and no one else is in But you always knew the purpose yellow moon and golden sound Tie a light weight on the curtain and it all falls down ... Let’s be world travelers go out on the town Bring your best suit and I’ll bring my fine evening gown Slow down the road we’ll go Then the night comes and all I can think about how the tide came in looked at me, sighed and turned around But you always knew the purpose….
We don’t have to talk about it you don’t want to fix it no more my heart opened hesitant you held it so gently before but here we are breaking we’re staring vacant on the porch a few words could fix it if I could just find them I’m sure You don’t have to leave me you don’t have to go Staying’s so easy Come away from the door You watch me so desperate red eyes and tears on my face my pride left here hours ago I was hoping It’d go in your place but you put out your cigarette and I find my drink is all gone it’s not even dark yet but I feel it coming on You don’t have to leave me… Now I’ve given up on sleeping I stay up all night with the Night oh but she’s so indifferent we have so little in common I could sit talking here alone but what would the neighbors think of that? So I put it in a song and I sing it to the place you stood last You don’t have to leave me…


released April 10, 2012

Joan Shelley: Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Wurly, Vocals
Ben Sollee: Electric Bass & Cello
Daniel Joseph Dorff: Drums
Cheyenne Marie Mize: Violin, Banjo & Vocals
Joe Manning: Electric Guitar & Vocals (10)
Julia Purcell: Guitar & Vocals (4,6,11)
Nathan Salsburg: Guitar (5)
Kevin Ratterman: Electric Guitar World (1)
DMM: Guitar, Key, Whistle (1,3,7)

Siren (4) features lyrics from "The Final Trawl" by Archie Fisher.

Produced by Daniel Martin Moore
Recorded & Mixed by Kevin Ratterman
Mastered by Shelley Anderson
Ol Kentuck Catalog Number: OK-003


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Joan Shelley Louisville, Kentucky

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer from Louisville, KY. Often joined by guitarist Nathan Salsburg, she has shared shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years, & Michael Hurley.


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