Kalina; or, Sudden Rain

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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


from Kalina & Other Modern Myths, released October 18, 2019


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


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