Your Doll

from by Joan Shelley

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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….


from Ginko, track released April 10, 2012
Joan Shelley: Wurly & Vocals
Ben Sollee: Bass & Cello
Daniel Joseph Dorff: Drums
Cheyenne Marie Mize: Violin


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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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