These Words (Shelly Album)

by Greg Walker

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Words are so important. Especially our own. I met Shelly through Twitter. I was impressed with the wisdom, the hope, the honesty, the love of her words. So I reached out to see if she wanted to turn some of her tweets into what I call "minisongs." She said it has always been a dream of hers to turn her poetry into music, so I said, Let's do an album together! It has been a wonderful experience working with such a good writer and person. These words come out of some of her hardest days, her dying days. There's hurt, darkness, resolve, bravery, innocence, regret, reflection, catharsis. So much in these songs. I tried to compile them in a way, sonically and word-wise, to tell a little bit of her story. It's been one of the great privileges of my life to work on this album and I hope you get something from it too. If there's one take away from the album, it's that honesty is key in life. We both hope you can tell your story and meet great people along the way. These are Shelly's words, what are yours?

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released October 21, 2019

Greg: music
Shelly: words

Sadie: album art

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Track Name: Insistent Rain
I can’t hide away
from this insistent rain
understanding weighs
more than gravity
drowning in a pool
of lies I told to you
shielding you from truth
and tragedy

segregate myself
to save you from this hell
never let you feel
my uncertainty
I must isolate
so I don’t spread the ache
systems overtake
my virility

nights I’ve spent alone
may be the darkest ones
but the morning sun
brings clarity
scream and cry aloud
it changes nothing now
let faith remain somehow
send divinity

disappear in time
through cracks inside my mind
concrete room confines
my posterity
I must isolate
so I don’t spread the ache
systems overtake
my virility
Track Name: Remember Me
This restlessness has teeth, and it’s eating me alive.
I’m planted like an oak tree wilting staring at the end
Despair is suffocating, I can’t breathe and I can’t hide.
the future is a noose growing tighter all the time

CHORUS:

I hate being in this place
darkness reigns on my parade
I can’t see beyond this storm I’m going through
I can’t see through the pain
and I can’t ignore the loss of light
and color from in your eyes
so will you forget you knew me
with anything less than pride

I’m anchor more than rescue boat
Time for abandoning, for cutting rope
Let go of this sinking ship, cut yourself free

don’t let my dead weight pull you down
It’s your time to take your freedom
You deserve it for all that you have done

CHORUS
Track Name: I Will Not Be Afraid
I will not live afraid of this
take me out if I have not courage
I’d rather be stupid
because we can always learn but
I will not be afraid of
long-suffering or impatience
and if we are the salt of the earth
I will not be afraid of salting the dirt

I will live up right and straight ahead
and I’ll walk with sure feet and purpose
I’d rather play and lose
than not even take a turn cause
we can always roll again
but we can never turn time back
and if we will all lose or win
I will not be afraid of losing big
Track Name: Wreck Me
I cry the moment you whisper
in my ear and say that you missed me
I know that you’re
not here to stay
so take your time with me
stretch it out and make it last
burn me with your kisses
cut me with the touch of your hand
slice my heart right down the middle
cut each nerve so I never
feel this again.

chorus:
wreck me and lie to me
wound me indelibly
tattoo the injuries
carve them deep into my bones
I’ll write the tragedy
into a comedy
sad words no more to sing the blues


You need me to be what I’ve been
so I’ll give myself to you again
if you return to me all the pieces
all those you never really wanted
I’ll need the leftover parts
to rebuild this junkyard heart
go ahead and ruin me good
use me up all the way this time
take my memory too so I’ll
forget all about us.
Track Name: I Will Sail My Ship Always Close To Yours
I will sail my ship
always close to yours.

No matter wind or rain,
no matter where you go.

And I’ll be there on the shoreline
waiting for you to come back home.

And I’ll be there in the windstorm,
when you think you are alone.

There’s not a moment in your life,
there will never be a time,

when you seek and do not find me,
when you cry and I’m not by your side.

You can call on me
in daytime or (in the middle of the) night.

No matter time of day,
in the dark, the dawn, dusk, and light.

And I’ll be there to celebrate
your joy, your success, and your strength.

And I’ll be there in the spirit,
even when you think I’m gone.

When the water overwhelms you,
and you’re shipwrecked out at sea,

I’ll hold your head above the waves,
I’ll see you through the cold, fearful night.

There’s not a moment in your life,
there will never be a time,

when you seek and do not find me,
when you cry and I’m not by your side.
Track Name: Losing All Control
I would beg and plead and barter
that you’d give this cup to another
didn’t want to drink this bitter brew
why and how could you ask this of me
this wasn’t my idea, are you listening?
I had so much more I wanted to do.

chorus:

I lifted up my hand-drawn map
said this is not what I had planned
the beginning doesn’t always match the end
and the truth is that I hate it
that I’m scared and I can’t take it
the outside doesn’t always match the in
this ain’t the way it was ever supposed to go
the hardest part is losing all control
Track Name: Carousel
sing me the rain
dance me the sun
shatter the silence
write this undone

lead me from here
carve me this ground
prove to me music
is bigger than sound

chorus:
In a world of roller coasters,
let’s be a carousel
life goes by much faster
when you run instead of skip
so let’s fly by low and slow
let’s get lost on country roads
we’ll trade in our chaos
for a simplified innocence

wound me to life
heal me to sleep
quiet the mayhem
lend me some peace

weave me a rose
cry me the moon
whisper a wind
draw me a tune

chorus

so sweep down the stars
hang them from clouds
sing me the rain
dance me the sun

lead me from here
carve me this ground
prove to me music
is bigger than sound

chorus:
In a world of roller coasters,
let’s be a carousel
life goes by much faster
when you run instead of skip
so let’s fly by low and slow
let’s get lost on country roads
we’ll trade in our chaos
for a simplified innocence

wound me to life
heal me to sleep
quiet the mayhem
lend me some peace

weave me a rose
cry me the moon
whisper a wind
draw me a tune
Track Name: These Words
Not scared of a little poverty
take all that I own if you must
not afraid of worldly tragedies
except losing those I love
what I really fear is fading
into a silent obscurity
so jot down these few words of mine
with which to remember me.

Chorus

Be kinder than you need to be
never put anybody down
and if you ever do, you can always help them up
Always live with integrity
judge not, lest ye be judged
confess and ask forgiveness
and make truth your native tongue

I don't fear pain or suffering
don't dread learning what I must
not afraid of grey clouds coming
won’t despair at the horizon
won’t be too afraid of trusting
won’t be paralyzed with fear
so may you recall these words of mine
whenever you think of me

Chorus
Track Name: Broken Bridge
There are too many pieces missing
in this bridge between you and I
to ever hold another unkept promise
the raging river down below us
is tumultuous with trouble
and parts of our wooden bridge are floating by

chorus:

I’m not afraid of drowning
in the white churning depths,
because I am made of water too
but you’ve always been a boulder
so what I’m really terrified of
is drowning you.

when our lives got hard and harder
the two of us got harder too
instead of holding on, we both built walls
and now we’re too damn heavy
to remain on this broken bridge
we’ve got to part ways before we take a plunge

chorus

bridge:

let’s light this bridge on fire
walk away and watch the show
we’ll set the night aglow with one final act of love
Track Name: All We Had To Do Was Believe
Skipping stones and skipping gym class
all done playing by the rules
we learned more in that meadow
than we ever did in school

trading cards and trading kisses
all burnt out and feeling restless
we both wanted to taste freedom
and it was best straight from the skin

chorus:
Bold with naivete and oh so ready
for our futures to catch up with our dreams
impatient to dull the shine of our youth
our hopes were concrete,
all we had to do was believe

sneaking out and sneaking back in
sure our parents didn't understand
we just had to be together
certain it would go as planned

Chorus
Track Name: Wisdom in the End
I’ve been high
and I’ve been low
I’ve been up the hill
and down the road
I’ve lost my way
time and again
no this way signs
no ahead dead end
Cause there is no turning around
and truth be told, would we anyhow
cause life ain’t how it’s supposed to be
would we work it out, if it destroyed us?
Things are clearer now
that’s just how it goes
wisdom comes at a
high price, don’t I know

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