Ruth

by Jay Shaner

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songs about mid-western nights, falling in love, wishing that all music were on vinyl, and stumbling home.

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released October 15, 2012

All songs written, recorded, and produced by Jay Shaner.
Mixed by Robert Cheek at the Hangar B room, Sacramento, CA
Mastered by Eric Broyhill at Monster Lab Audio
Design by John Conley/blkbrix

Contributing musicians:
Dave Middleton, Sam Coe, Rich Driver, Mason DeMusey, Eric Warren,Dustin Scharlach, Alison Sharkey, Reylynn Goessling, Joe Kojima, Kate Gaffney, James Neil, Todd Marston, Sam Stern

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Jay Shaner Sacramento, California

Urban life, strange happenings in the wee hours of the morning, unrequited love, midwestern idiosyncrasies are all themes in Jay Shaner's music.
Hailing from the midwest but growing up in northern California, Jay has developed his own voice as an artist, singer, and songwriter.
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Track Name: American heart
She had a true American heart
with stars in her eyes and a head full of dreams
wanting much more than she had at the start
it was so, so great

Talk to me dear in that mid-western tongue
subtle and sweet, clever and true
the bell of the ball is not always the one
that I want
I want

oh a songbird is singin' our song
this sun is the one that I want
to feel when I'm gone
to feel when Im gone

I know this is not the elegant life
with dust bowls and valleys
and a heat that won't end
the bell of the ball does not always end up
with her prince charming

oh a songbird is singin' our song
this sun is the one that i want
to feel when i'm gone
to feel when i'm gone
to feel when I'm gone
Track Name: You should know by now
When your bones lay down next to my bones
you should know, you should understand
that the space that for so long
has grown so cold could be warm again

you should know by now if it's been worth
the heartache and the words that have been said
you should know by now
you should know by now

In the gold shadows of the morning
the sun is playing our best friend
and the world is up and it is glowing
will this be lost between the sunlight and the sin

you should know by now if it's been worth
the heartache and the words that have been said
you should know by now
you should know by now
Track Name: I won't be your light
We're gonna feel bad when the sun comes up
we're gonna feel bad when the sun comes up
swollen irises ultra-violet
we're gonna have fun till we can't have fun
we're gonna have fun till we can't have fun
any more you say, it's a wonderful laugh

your sweet beautiful frown
the silver lining on a dark grey cloud
that's been following
but I won't be your light

Here's to the underdogs
they never really had much going on
but stuck around to try, stuck around to try
I'm on the back porch singing songs
you're inside and you're carrying on
and I wish I was a younger man

your sweet beautiful frown
I won't be the one, the one to drag you down
but I won't be your light
I won't be your light

The cabaret girls they're starting to dance
they're getting paid and they're making romance
for the gentlemen
the gentleman
but you and I we're the lucky ones
we never needed much to have some fun
any more you say, it's a wonderful laugh

your sweet beautiful frown
the silver lining on a dark grey cloud
I won't be the one, the one to drag you down
but I won't be your light
I won't be your light
I won't be your light
Track Name: Strong willed child
Normal people know
life is not a game
you must be serious
serious
keep your nose to the
grindstone everyday
don't let yourself be strayed
easily strayed

trinkets for your heart
treasures for your play
under lock and key
lock and key
save your money for
for a rainy day
and when it starts to pour
you will be safe

summer's here
I know you and you've seen me
I know this has been done before
done before

I'm the lucky one
born with half a brain
I am so easily strayed
easily strayed
such a strong willed child
you know what to believe
you are so serious
serious
Track Name: All my friends are crazy
I need some of your time
your undivided precious charm
to walk me through and ease my mind
from the one I truly need
open up your eyes
and see me for just who I am
I'll shiver and I will shake to death
with thoughts of coming clean

All, all my friends are crazy
Oh good heavens
I'm running from the one good thing that might keep me sane

the distant barroom lights
as dizzy as I have ever been
doing things I always said
I'd never do again
I'm searching for an honest talk
one motivating single spark
to come and leave it's lasting mark
and settle everything

I'll see you in the morning light
illuminated sober eyes
the sound of music ringing in my
in my ears

Oh good heavens I do believe I'm crazy
Oh good heavens I'm running from the one good thing that might
keep me sane
I need some of your time
your undivided precious charm
to walk me though and ease my
ease my mind
Track Name: Transistor radio
I heard it on the B side
7 inch 33 rpm
I wore the needle down
trying to catch that feeling again
we were dancing by ourselves
shaking out of every limb
I was on the south side
you were somewhere better than I'd ever been

transistor radio
hidden underneath our coat
I heard the devil come
straight through the radio waves
I was on the other end of a telephone
saying what I could say to make your heart explode

Love I hope you know I'm sorry
for running scared from what I know was a wonderful thing
I am to blame

the California Evergreen
hangin' in a midnight sky
like the stadium lights that shine on a vacant parking lot
oh how we could run these streets
like only youthful hearts could run
sitting court side to a future that we left undone

ones and zeros
making our worlds collide
through my headphones
in a way I cannot describe
I'm just a bag of molecules
save for the heart inside
I'm a sucker for a melody with some soul to hide

Love I hope you know I'm sorry
Love I hope you know I'm sorry
Love I'm sorry for the way I ran away
I am to blame
Track Name: Divine intervention
A hymnal on sunday or a truth to be told
my eyeballs are hurting for some sight to behold
a beautiful sunrise in a northwestern sky
like divine intervention of an old friends smile

oh my lord
oh my lord

i still hear your sweet voice every time I am down
like an old church piano with an old gospel sound
it's so hard to see through such a worrying mind
my eyes get more blurry every day I am alive

oh my lord
oh my lord
Track Name: Summer's song
Some people live with ice in their blood
take what they want and leave what they don't
I want to feel like I've already won
and not have to struggle to show my metal

sometimes the start is also an end
some people who leave find their way back in
I want to live where the buildings are old
see the same walls my grandfather built
the beautiful lights of an ocean front town
hanging like stars, calling me down
I'm homesick for fun
good times we once had
that rest so far, so far behind shadows cast

the devil sits proud at the edge of a bar
counts all his victories labeled in love and they're captured in song
I know the heat will last well into the fall
it soon will be gone, it soon will be gone
like a summer's song

what do you do when someone you love
will only love you when you're starting to run
some people live with ice in their blood
never think twice or doubt what they've done
it's easy to count things you don't have
they're swollen like blisters on the palm of your hand
I want to feel like I'm more than the sum
much more than the skin the bone and the blood
much more than the skin the bone and the blood
much more than the shadows cast behind all I've done
Track Name: Young and in love
Awake in the early morning hour
walking the streets before the morning sun is out
I want to shed this feeling
I want to shed this feeling
of restless bones and an anxious mind

I got a weak constitution

even the smoke from another mouth
can take it's toll and lay you out
I got a strange notion
I got this strange notion
despite ourselves we could turn this thing around

restless bones
young and in love is where I want to hang out

a thousand milligrams may help
a morning buzz i'm feeling more myself
there's only so many days
under the sun to play
so stay where it's warm stay where it's warm and bright
there's only so many days
there's only so many days

tell me a joke that'll make me laugh
the kind you tell in an awkward crowd
ease my mind for the moment
like you always do when you know that
i need some time
I need some time to be alone

I got a weak constitution
cause young and in love
young and in love is where I want to hang out
Track Name: I'm not the one
Bitter valentine
turn your tail and walk away from me
I told my share of lies
to make you think that we were meant to be

and now you know
I'm not the one to make you feel good
and now you know
I'm not the one, I'm not the one

Bitter valentine
don't let anger cloud your pretty face
it was all for fun
now we've got to go our separate ways

and now you know
I'm not the one to make you feel good inside
and now you know
I'm not the one

cause I need fresh faces and new moments
I need strange hands to make me feel much younger
I need fresh faces
yeah yeah yeah

Bitter valentine
now you've gone and said some awful things
that's neither here nor there
it's just another song I sing

and now you know
I'm not the one to make you feel good inside
and now you know I'm not the one
and now you know I'm not the one
and now you know I'm not the one
I'm not the one