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From the new album GINKO, available April 10th via Ol Kentuck. Recorded and mixed by Kevin Ratterman in January and February of 2011, in Louisville, KY. All songs written by Joan Shelley. Produced by Daniel Martin Moore.

Siren features Lyrics from the song "The Final Trawl" By Archie Fisher: "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 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

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


from Ginko, released April 10, 2012
Joan Shelley: Vocals & baritone Ukulele
Daniel Joseph Dorff: Drums
Ben Sollee: Bass & Cello
Cheyenne Marie Mize: Violin & vocals
Julia Purcell: Vocals


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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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