Dark Shores

by Strand of Oaks

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released 24 July 2012

Written by Timothy Showalter

Produced by John Vanderslice and Ian Pellicci
Recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, CA

with help from

Jason Slota - Drums and Percussion
Jamie Riotto - Bass
Rob Shelton - Piano and Organ
John Vanderslice - Lead Guitar on Maureen's and Moog
Andrew McGuire - Vibraphone
Ian Pellicci - Eventide Harmonizer

Engineered and Mixed by Ian Pellicci
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

Artwork, Layout, Guidance - Morgan Galen King

Management - Ryan Matteson - uwmryan@gmail.com

Thank You: My wife, My loving Family, Ryan, John, Ian, Jason, Jamie, Rob, Morgan, Adam Voith, Andrew Morgan, Jason Anderson, Joe Pug, Don Bartlett, Greg Tuohey, Ben Vehorn, Deven Craige, Family Band, Chris Ward, Megan Fuller, Hotel Mirabelle and everyone else who made this record possible. From the bottom of my heart thank you!

All songs by Timothy Showalter (Beaver Oaks Music ASCAP)

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Track Name: Diamond Drill
Grab your diamond Drill and come with me
Moon living is a lonely life

Don’t bother, calling your old friends
They’ll only get mad at you
For never staying in the same place

When you look up on the three moons
Maybe they’ll be thinking

That nothing ever stays the same
Nothing ever stays the same

As much as it kills me to say it
As much as I like things now
Everyone I know, will either move away or die

It’s a lonely life
Track Name: Satellite Moon
Sunlight coming and I rake it up
On the winds of the satellite moon

I make gold then I mess it up
On the winds of the satellite moon

I never said it would be this easy
You were wasting your light out on me
I never said anything

Holy shit I feel like giving up
On the winds of the satellite moon

Little prince comes won’t you shake it up
On the winds of the satellite moon

On the winds, on the winds
On the winds of the satellite moon
Come and fake it, come and know it
Overrated

Oh no winds again and a terrified man
And you wait in the shade
Won’t you trail, won’t you trail on

Sunlight coming and you pack it up
On the winds of the satellite moon

Transport coming and you break it off
On the winds of the satellite moon
Track Name: Maureen's
And it came, like they warned
A fog rolled over thousands of homes
All at once, I thought of you
Wasted time

I wonder where you live now
Did you find, the highest ground
The clean air will keep you breathing
My luck here, keeps changing

And your parents, they never left
There’s nothing familiar here now
I go back to check for signs
Remember Maureen’s, in the summer time

Everything you know is wasted
Nothing left to go back for now
Doesn’t mean you need
To give up so soon on me

Then I’ll find, an endless spring
Where clouds give way, to new born sons
I will find you , waiting there
Bathed in light, but out of reach
Track Name: Little Wishes
The littlest house on the beach
We made with littlest stones, gathered beneath
The shadiest pines, and the coolest breeze
There’s so much time, to build these things
When you still love me

You say that I’m not myself
I know I’ve changed
Switch me with someone else
It would be a boring day on the beach

I wait for the night, to set my flares
Then I point them to sky and hope you’d be there
A flicker of light, neon stretches water
There’s no more time, to build this shelter

Just love me again
Just love me again
Just love me again
Track Name: Trap Door
Don’t shut the trapdoor
I’m getting home late again

Been looking for old friends
Been looking for anything

It’s what you make of it
Not what you need

You gonna lose your mind
When you stop taking care of me

And when you give it all away again
Give a little bit back to me

When you give it all away again
Save just a little for me
Track Name: Dark Shores
Minerals formed by the rain
Whispers echo deep inside the cave
On an ice moon where all our fathers’ live
We’ll go there to find some rest

I spent most of my life
Wandering in the wasted hours
I spent most of my life
Wandering in the wasted hours

Storm clouds gather around our heads
Black birds circle waiting to be fed
I’ll build a house on these dark shores
Past lives won’t bother anymore

They won’t find me here
(I spent most of my life, wandering in the wasted hours)
Track Name: Last Grains
Remember when the banks were open
Remember when our money was good
Now we live in basements hiding underneath cellar wood
Trapdoor near the closet, holding our last grains
Water in the back sink, all that we got remains

Oh, its impossible, it’s impossible to leave
But we can’t stay here
Oh, its impossible, it’s impossible to leave
But we can’t stay here

My wife and I keep fighting
She keeps yelling at me
It’s still just the little things
that get caught in between
The kids are disappointed
The neighbors have already left
It’s hard to admit to them
That their dad is just this scared

Oh, its impossible, its impossible to leave
But we can’t stay here
Oh, its impossible, its impossible to leave
But we can’t stay here

All the time I spent with you complaining
About how much little money we had to spend
I should’ve just taken you on vacation when I could
Now its impossible to live right here
It’s impossible to live right here
Track Name: Spacestations
Welcome to my new spacestation
Stay as long as you like, its a sad vocation

And you leave me standing on top, of the earth
I realize it just won’t work
And you leave me standing out in the cold
Telling everybody that I just don’t know

You wait just a little, wait just a little
You wait just a little too long
You wait just a little, wait just a little
you wait just a little too long

Why you gonna leave me stranded up here
Why you gonna leave me stranded up here
Why you gonna leave me stranded up here

When the sunlight gets chased away
The sunlight gets chased away
The sunlight gets chased away

Welcome to my next, big decision (repeat)
Track Name: Hard To Be Young
It began, it was a beautiful day
Two Hands, Two Feet
We grabbed everything, we liked to eat
You grabbed the crackers, I grabbed the pop
We found a tree, then we shut up

It’s a lonely time to be young
It’s a lonely time

Then it was night, we heard the sound of machines
You started crying, I cracked another pop
There was screeching and searching
Screeching and searching
They’re looking for us

It’s a lonely time to be young
It’s a lonely time

It’s a window, a window, a window, a window

So we left, our wonderful tree
Two hands, Two feet
And the searchlights found both of us
You went first, I started to run

It’s a lonely time to be young
It’s a lonely time

Cornfields, Indiana breeze
It’s hard to fight, when you’re against machines
Cornfields, Indiana breeze
It’s a window...(repeat)

Two hands, Two Feet (repeat)
Track Name: Sleeping Pills
Broken towns, and radio tones
Are what I see and hear throughout the day
I wait for you, to come back to
The sleeping pills should be wearing off soon

I get along with you, because its easy to
And everyday is better than the last
I wasn’t trying to, make you mad at me
Just come inside and remove your mask

They said soon, we can head back east
They’re making trails through soot and sand
I promise you, not to get so sad
I’m just trying to protect what I have left

I get along with you, because its easy to
And everyday is better than the last
I wasn’t trying to, make you mad at me
Just come inside and remove your mask

The haze is slowly settling in
The trail is growing dim
Dark Shores are creeping in
Will you soldier on with me