Kalina & Other Modern Myths

by Jake Shane

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released October 18, 2019

All songs written and performed by Jake Shane.
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Sergio Molina.
Recorded live at Moba Studios in Alcalá de Henares, Spain on Feb. 9th, 2019.

*Thank you* for your support, it means a lot to me. You can write me at jakeshanemusic@gmail.com and on Facebook, Instagram @jakeshanemusic

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Jake Shane is an American singer-songwriter based in Madrid, Spain.

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Track Name: Fernando's Heart Is Breaking
Fernando’s Heart Is Breaking

I stood at the door, I saw the full moon
I stood at the window, I saw the morning sun
I stood at the well, I saw your reflection
I looked all around me and no one was there

Give me the sky for paper
Give me the black sea for ink
Give me a white pine tree for a pen
And a lifetime to think
Maybe then I could write one line
That would move your body
That would change your mind
That would make up for the broken time
Maybe

Fernando’s heart is breaking into the wide Missouri
He tried to hold onto something
That just was not meant to be
Meanwhile Cari’s collecting
All of the pieces that fall
She wants to construct a kind of collage
And hang it on her wall

Give him the sky for paper
Give him the black sea for ink
Give him a white pine tree for a pen
And a lifetime to think
Maybe then he could write one line
That would move her body
That would change her mind
That would make up for the broken time
Maybe

Half full, half empty
I don’t know but it’s cold and heavy
Half full, half empty
I don’t know but it’s cold and heavy
Half full, half empty
I don’t know but it’s cold and heavy
Half full, half empty
I don’t know…
Track Name: No Hurry
No Hurry

I don’t pretend to understand the heart
Its many pieces, its moving parts
What it can stand, what makes it fall apart
I don’t pretend to understand the heart

I have studied every rise and fall
The holy books, I have read them all
I have stared at the most distant stars
Still I have not understood the heart

All this freedom that’s been fought for
I’m not sure it’s what I want
All the choices in the world
And still I cannot shake the sense
That something has been lost

Oh honey, no hurry, but please come home soon
Oh honey, no hurry, but please come home soon
Oh honey, no hurry, but please come home soon
Oh honey, no hurry, but please come home soon
Track Name: A Confession, A Dream
A Confession, A Dream

I haven’t forgotten
The place in the woods
Where the fire was built
And the image was burned

The man and the woman
The beast and the bird
The secret is there
But it’s not understood

I am guilty 
You are free
I am filthy 
You are clean

What really happened?
Who spoke, who listened?
Who saw and what was seen?
Was it a lie or an illusion?
A confession, a dream?
A moment, a memory?

Power, profit, pleasure, prestige
Smoke and wind and snow and heat
You hold my tongue, ask me to speak
But you never say anything 

I am guilty
You are free
I am wilting
You are blooming

Your limbs like scriptures
Show me the way
You move the world
Like life is a play

I’m here to obey
I’m willing to change
Heavy are the chains
Help me haul them away

I haven’t forgotten
The place in the woods
Where the fire was built
And the image was burned
Track Name: Kalina; or, Sudden Rain
Kalina; or, Sudden Rain

Kalina clutches a flower
Says she wants to let me know
That she has seen the blueprint
For the original state of the Whole
Now I don’t know what she means
Plus it’s late and getting cold
But I’m not about to abandon
Hope of Kalina without any clothes

Outside gospel music’s playing
They’re laying tracks for bullet trains
John Henry’s gone but his hammer still rains
And it’s reaching for the sun
I don’t know what but something’s coming
And it’s just around the bend
Could be the Black Hand or the powder keg
Maybe the crime could be the punishment

I hear Kalina calling, filling glasses full of sand
She’s replacing all my chains with her heavenly commands

Now the towngirls test their magic
On some sympathetic sons
While shepherds sift through riverbeds
In southern border villages
The cool hand of the cowboy begs
For rations from the government
The western war burns blue again
With broken bows of mighty men

Kalina comes so close to me but the universe expands
She’s wearing pearls, precious rings and preaching of the land

I see some poor saint’s manifesto
Scrawled across the empty cross
It says, “The only thing that’s really yours is that which can’t be lost”
I wonder what he could’ve meant
Now everything feels imminent
The Black Hand and the powder keg
The fingers on my inner leg

She’s taken all the rings off of her hand
And there’s a dress upon the floor where Kalina stands

Inside gospel music’s playing
She moves me like a bullet train 
We’re caught inside a sudden rain 
And reaching for the sun

She folds me like a fallen flame
Touches me like a light
We move toward worlds unverified
Let love to what it likes 

Let love do what it likes
Let love do what it likes
Mountains, moons, move through my mind
Let love do what it likes
Track Name: My Guru Says It's Gold
My Guru Says It’s Gold

Here’s a place to start
Digging one more hole
I’m looking for my heart
My guru says it’s gold
I bought in but I’m not sold
I’ve got junk but I won’t fold
I don’t know what I want
My guru says it’s gold

I’m watching Fred McDowell
Slide into some tunes
Washing troubles down
Getting set to move
It ain’t rock n roll
It ain’t even blues
It’s way down in the hole
My guru says it’s gold

Let me make you tea
Just before you go
Steeped in something sweet
Served in handmade bowls
It will make you warm
I know you’ve known the cold before
Have another sip, lean into my soul
My guru says, my guru says, my guru says it’s gold
Track Name: Circumnavigation
Circumnavigation

I keep looking up
North star steady at my shoulder
And I keep marching on
Though I’m not much of a soldier

I’d circumnavigate the globe
To bring you cinnamon and cloves
You know I would
Times are bad but you’re so good

Secrets open, secrets close
I survey the archipelago
The silver birch, the gentle snow
Your blue and white wool nordic clothes

I’d circumnavigate the globe
To bring you cinnamon and cloves
You know I would
Times are bad but you’re so good
Track Name: Tell Me About It
Tell Me About It

Times I take a cape
Act like the hero of this play
Times I sit and wait
For the post-atomic age
Times I try to say your name
Uphold the myths and pray
Times I cannot turn away
Times I cannot face

Tell me about it
The crooked roots of glory
Tell me about it
The wonder and the worry
Tell me about it
The one and only story
Tell me about it
Help me lift the sun this morning

Oh the glow it comes and goes
The purple robes, the hungry ghosts
The folds unfold from coast to coast
The temple lost, the golden hill
The no not yet but you promise you will

Tell me about it
The wild and waxy wings
Tell me about it
The fall after the spring
Tell me about it
My father and the sea
Tell me about it
Help me lift the sun this morning
Track Name: The Dancers
The Dancers

There were many stars
Smaller fires too
Women dancing
All around me and you
The night moved on
As the Spanish songs
Belabored over the moon
And the dancers went boom boom boom
And the dancers went boom boom boom

Who is bound?
Who is freed?
Where does liberation lead?
Nevermind, one must eat
There are many things
That cause the heart to beat
And the dancers go boom boom boom
And the dancers go boom boom boom

Solid as a rock
But rocks crack too
Drop by drop
Line by line
You love me now
But give it time

You touch my skin
You say my name
I don’t reveal anything
And the dancers go boom boom boom
And the dancers go…
Track Name: Still Looking
Still Looking

I stared into the mirror
Heard the refrigerator hum
The neighbor’s dog was howling
And the clock was ticking on
I washed my face and I called your name
But you didn’t seem to hear
I looked into the mirror
But I didn’t see you there

So I did what any good scientist would do
Ran out and bought a microscope to help me look for you
I focused in on what I thought for sure to be your skin
But I didn't see you anywhere and I haven't seen you since 

Tell me is it true
Tell me is it true

I flew to the observatory, looked up at the sky
Asked myself if I were you where would I think to hide
Watched the clouds, the planets and their moons all spin
But I didn't see you anywhere and I haven't seen you since

Tell me is it true
Tell me is it true

I did all of the things that count as looking
In the trees, under rocks, on the wind, down in the sea
I stood on the ledge, I stepped through the peaks
But you weren’t anywhere close to me
So I went back to the books 
Sutras, scrolls and codexes
Rosetta Stones, Upanishads
The Book of J and Genesis
But I didn't see you anywhere
And I haven’t seen you since

Tell me is it true
Tell me is it true

I stare into the mirror
Hear the refrigerator hum
The neighbor’s dog howling still
And the clock still ticking on

Still looking for my love
Still looking for my love
Still looking for my love
Still looking, looking for my love
Track Name: Don't Let Go Your Hold
Don’t Let Go Your Hold

You speak of the road
You show me the night
I ask you to stay
You tell me you might
The moon going down
The incoming tide
Don’t let go your hold
Don’t let go your hold
Don’t let go your hold on mine

Still as the sky
Step out of time
Sweetness will come
From the top of the vine
Don’t walk ahead
Don’t walk behind
Don’t let go your hold
Don’t let go your hold
Don’t let go your hold on mine

So we go down the road
And we speak of the night
I asked you to say
And you said alright
Though many more moons
May fall and may rise
Never let go your hold
Never let go your hold
Never let go your hold
I won’t let go of mine

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