Dark Shores

by Strand of Oaks

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Robin
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Robin Hell of an album, I love me some Tim Showalter what a fucking stud!
Jeremy / HI54LOFI
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Jeremy / HI54LOFI Just realised this was the one Strand Of Oaks album I did not own in any capacity, so I quickly fixed that before anyone noticed. Favorite track: Maureen's.
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Nekorz Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter once again, provokes emotion in the heart and pleasure in the ears with a well-constructed album. Though not his best work, it is the only one I have purchased from Bandcamp. Look through his collection of works, (particularly Pope Killdragon) to gain an insight into his flourishing mind. Favorite track: Little Wishes.
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Tarek Rashwan So, so good. Fabulous sound!!
Nate Maingard
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Nate Maingard There's just something about the story of the man behind this band which inspires me. House burned down, relationship ended, sleeping on benches and he starts writing music. Lovely voice, amazing music. Favorite track: Trap Door.
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Chris Bay An amazing -- and amazingly original -- songwriter. I'm waiting for him to put together a dark synth orchestra for a band. Favorite track: Little Wishes.
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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Maureen's 03:39
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
4.
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
5.
Trap Door 03:36
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
6.
Dark Shores 03:15
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)
7.
Last Grains 02:58
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
8.
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)
9.
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)
10.
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

credits

released July 24, 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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