Kalina & Other Modern Myths

by Jake Shane

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1.
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…
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03:48
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
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03:52
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…
10.
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
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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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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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