Shadowlands

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released January 31, 2015

Shadowlands are:

Wendy Liepman: Vocals
Bob Liepman: Cello, Mandocello (electric and dobro)
Karoline Hausted: Vocals, Piano, Keyboard, Glock, Organ, Cymbal
Mark Davis: Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Ukelele

with:

Todd Compton: Violin on “Sunlight Support”
Sal Garza: Violin on “River Song”
Burke Trieschmann: Banjo on “River Song”
Abraham Robles: Drums, Percussion
Damon Castillo: Bass, Electric Guitar

Produced by Shadowlands and Damon Castillo
Engineered and Mixed by Damon Castillo at Laurel Lane Studios
Mastered by Jon Astley at Close To The Edge Mastering

Artwork and Photography by Barry Goyette

All songs by Mark Davis (Inkling Music, ASCAP), Karoline Hausted (KODA), Wendy Liepman and Bob Liepman, except “Fallen Star” by Mark Davis and Karoline Hausted and “Water” by Wendy Liepman © ℗ 2015

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Shadowlands San Luis Obispo, California

With musical roots in San Luis Obispo, Southern California and Denmark, Shadowlands is an expression of the universal language of music, the love of good songwriting and tasteful arrangements. Karoline Hausted's distinctive piano and voice, Mark Davis' solid guitar and vocals combine with Bob and Wendy Liepman's expressive vocals, guitar, cello and mandocello. ... more

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Track Name: Shadowlands
Into the Shadowlands
Something compelling me
How can I understand
What it is telling me?
Here in the waiting room
Spinning my black cocoon
Silken and seamless
Dormant and dreamless 
Where do you go now that nothing can grow?
What will you do when no one can break through?
How do you play when the sky becomes gray?
What do you say when reason slips away?
Into the Shadowlands
Shrouded in ebony
Holding out both my hands
I am Persephone
Tasting the ruby seeds
Question my sanity
What is the penalty for my humanity? 
Where do you go now that nothing can grow?
What will you do when no one can break through?
How do you play when the sky becomes gray?
What do you say when reason slips away?
Sun is a red balloon
Fractures this frozen tomb
Out of captivity flows creativity
Where did you go when nothing would grow?
What did you do when no one could break through?
Now we will sing and welcome the spring
Come out and play it’s beautiful today

all rights reserved Shadowlands c 2014 (Davis/Hausted/Liepman/Liepman)
Track Name: Restless Mind
Oh restless mind you’re working overtime
When you chase storms
What do you hope to find?
If you go seeking trouble in the sky
Out of thin air it surely will arise
Slow now, look what you've done
Pointless worrying, hopeless hurrying
Breathe slow, you can let go
Turn down the volume, quiet will calm you
Why try to mend
Something that’s not broken yet?
Oh restless mind, where do you wanna go?
You’re spinning out caught up in vertigo
You seem to think this is the only road
Always ahead: worst case scenario 
Slow now, look what you've done
Where is this taking you?
Nothing is breaking you
Breathe slow, you can let go
Turn down the volume, quiet will calm you
Why try to mend
Something that’s not broken yet?
Oh restless mind, I know what you’re up to
Fragile behind your false bravado
You've drawn the shades, painted them indigo
Open to life then you’ll begin to grow 
Slow now, look what you've done
Where is this taking you?
Nothing is breaking you
Breathe slow, you can let go
Turn down the volume, quiet will calm you
Slow now, look what you've done
Pointless worrying, hopeless hurrying
Breathe slow, you can let go
Turn down the volume, quiet will calm you
Why try to mend something that’s not broken? 
Why try to mend something that’s not broken?
Why try to mend
Something that’s not broken yet?

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Track Name: Sunlight Support
Caught up in my little world
Stuck inside my mind
You were reaching out to me
Hoping I’d be kind
Something right in front of me
I can be so blind
Now I see it all so clear
Let me make it right
I know you’re doing well and fine
I know you still know how to shine
I know I must have caused you pain
I know you’re looking for sunlight support
And I’ve been lost in the rain
You were always there for us
With your warming smile
You were always ready to walk the extra mile
Who’d have thought that fire in you
Needed fuel to burn?
Who was looking out for you
When it was your turn?
I know you’re doing well and fine
I know you still know how to shine
I know I must have caused you pain
I know you’re looking for sunlight support
And I’ve been lost in the rain
I’ve written down these words for you
I put them in a song
Maybe it’s too late to write (right)
How I did you wrong
If you ran across me now would you even recognize?
Though you never asked me to, I apologize
I know you’re doing well and fine
I know you still know how to shine
I know you moved beyond the pain
I know you’re looking for sunlight support
And I’ve been lost in the rain

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Track Name: Ordinary Magic
Ordinary magic ordinary miracle
Beautiful and tragic, dissonant and lyrical
Trees spring up before us overhead a canopy
Rain falls in the forest tapping out a melody
Ordinary magic ordinary miracle
Something so fantastic can it be invisible?
Your imagination- oh it knows no boundaries
Hummingbirds and ravens making light of gravity
Ancient, sacred, wild
Mother Nature smiled
There is life on Earth
Do you know its worth?
Ordinary magic ordinary miracle
Woven in the fabric brilliant and unbearable
Art and architecture music dance and poetry
Lead us to conjecture: why our sorry history?
Naked, lucid, wild
Mother Nature’s child
Gifted by your birth
Do you know its worth?
Earth‘s a lonely planet spinning through the galaxy
Taking her for granted that would be a tragedy
Who will stand up for her and protect her faithfully?
Fauna and the flora who will guard them gratefully?
Fragrant, blooming, wild
Not to be defiled
Walk upon this Earth
Do you know its worth?

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Track Name: River Song (Part of the Landscape)
Outside the river's frozen over
And there is winter in the bone
I have become part of the landscape
It is good to be alone
The birds are flying in formation
It is the way they've always flown
Perhaps they're longing for the ocean
And a warmer place to roam
Last night I had a premonition
And I grew suddenly awake
Was she abandoned, had she fallen?
I could hear her calling 
I tried to find her through my window
The naked branches framed the sky
I did not know how I could save her
And I prayed that she would fly
That night I heard a strange commotion
And I grew suddenly awake
They had returned for one who'd fallen
I can hear them calling
I can hear them calling
Outside the river's frozen over
And there is winter in the bone
I have become part of the landscape
And I know I’m going home

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Track Name: My Old Friend
My old friend do you remember when
We used to laugh
We used to sing
We’d tell each other everything
The world was so inviting my old friend
My old friend do you remember when
We wasted hours in the park
Traded secrets in the dark
And dreamed of our becoming my old friend
Remember eating Chinese take-out
From a carton?
Stealing yellow roses from the neighbor’s garden?
If I hurt you inadvertently I’m sorry
A thousand pardons
My old friend do you remember when
You’d know exactly how I feel
It was so easy being real
It’s not easy any longer my old friend
My old friend I’m missing you again
I don’t know why I have been banished
From your heart
You’re like a child who has vanished
From the yard
If I hurt you inadvertently I’m sorry
A thousand pardons

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Track Name: When You Said No
When you said no when you said no
You were doing me a favor
Though I didn’t know ’til later
The extraordinary way that it would show
When you said no when you said no
I was crushed and I was broken
By the words that you had spoken
But I didn’t know
Which way the wind would blow
When you said no
Everything that you denied me
I discovered here inside me
I was holding back but then I let it flow
When you said no
What a gift you gave me
In the end it saved me
Only a true friend would make it so
When you said no
When you said no when you said no
You were doing me a favor
Though I didn’t know ’til later
The extraordinary way that it would show
Everything that you denied me
I discovered here inside me
I was holding back but then I let it flow
When you said no when you said no
Was I asking for permission?
Was I seeking recognition?
Like a tiny blossom bursting through the snow
Like a tiny blossom bursting through the snow
Like a tiny blossom bursting through the snow
When you said no

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Track Name: Fallen Star
If I stayed here any longer
I’d soon feel like a stranger
A bluebird singing beneath the moon
If I took one further step now
I’d soon be lost
And I know I got here by a star in the sky that
has fallen
I watched as it burned into nothing
And I’m holding it close now the beautiful way I
was haunted
Truly that’s all I ever wanted
Your face was slowly turning
The wind spoke through the window
And what it told me I think I know
It was savoring the moment
Your sense of grace
And I know I got here by a star in the sky that
has fallen
I watched as it burned into nothing
And I’m holding it close now the beautiful way I
was haunted
Truly that’s all I ever wanted
And I know I got here by a star in the sky that
has fallen
I watched as it burned into nothing
And I’m holding it close now the beautiful way I
was haunted

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Track Name: Water
Your religion is water
You pray when you swim
Your church is a shining pool
You worship within
When your breath and your body
And mind and water are one
In synchronized motion
Your prayer has begun
Water
Your religion is water
Into the water you dive
It washes away the pain
It keeps you alive
Let the water surround you
All your worries dissolve
And when you go with the flow
No problems to solve
Water
You pray when you swim
You worship within
When your breath and your body
And mind and water are one
In synchronized motion
A meditation
Water

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Track Name: Billy Walker
Billy Walker loves the stars
And the silence of the night
Let the darkness hide the scars
Keep him shielded from the light 
You can always change your mind
Disappear out of sight
Sheltered by the midnight sky
Billy Walker he is shy
But he smiles when I walk by
Close your eyes now and pretend
You and I are already friends
You can always change your mind
I’ll be here you decide
Sheltered by the midnight sky 
Billy Walker are you blue?
I am lonely just like you
I will meet you where you are
Under under underneath the stars 
Billy Walker are you blue?
Don’t you know I’m just like you?
You can always change your mind
Disappear out of sight
Sheltered by the midnight sky

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Track Name: Evaporate
Fortresses will crumble
And the flags of war will fade
Tyrants they will tumble
As the monuments they made
Are swept up in the deluge
And caught in the cascade
Every worldly thing will evaporate
Doubters and believers
They will come to the same fate
Everything that we’ve achieved
Time will obliterate
Triumphs and accomplishments
We all must abdicate
Every worldly thing will evaporate
Everything that we hold dear
Memories will disappear
This is how it’s s’posed to be
There is nothing wrong you see
Life is flowing onward
Moving at its perfect pace
When you hear the call my love
Do not be afraid
Someday we will all return where we originate
Every worldly thing will evaporate
Everything that we hold dear
Memories will disappear
This is how it’s s’posed to be
There is nothing wrong you see
Walk with me to Tiburon across the Golden Gate
Lucky those who’ve found someone
With whom they can relate
Let me hold you close to me
Knowing what’s at stake
Every worldly thing will evaporate

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Track Name: Selkie Girl
She's slipping out of her skin
Tired of the way that she's been
Stepping on to dry land
He finds her asleep in the sand
He grabs her silver brown pelt
He can’t control how he felt
Away they did run
She isn't used to the sun
Selkie Girl, come home with me
Selkie Girl, forget the sea
Selkie Girl, I want you for my wife
We'll start a new life, start a new life
He’s holding tight to her hand
Completely at his command
She’ll learn to cherish his touch
He isn’t asking too much
He loves her deeply and strong
How could it ever be wrong?
She’s beginning to smile
Someday she will carry his child
Selkie Girl, come home with me
Selkie Girl, forget the sea
Selkie Girl, I want you for my wife
We'll start a new life, start a new life
He gave the best that he had
Why is she acting so sad?
A wistful look in her stare
When he returns, she’s not there
Selkie girl, cannot forget the sea
Selkie girl, longing to be free
Selkie girl, she will be no man’s wife
She’ll start a new life, start a new life

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