Best Laid Plans

by Jay Shaner

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a collection of songs about urban life, aliens, lost love, and stumbling home.

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released April 25, 2008

Best Laid plans was recorded in the Summer, Fall, and winter of 2007.
Contributing engineers: Scott McChane, Dave Middleton, and Bryce Gonzales.
Mixed by Bryce Gonzales at the hangar studios, Sacramento, Ca.
Mastered by Eric Broyhill at Monster Lab Audio
Many musicians contributed to the making of Best Laid Plans:
Dave Middleton
James Neil
Dustin Scharlach
Zack Proteau
Scott McChane
Katrina Skalland
Krystyna Ogella

all songs written by Jay Shaner, produced by Jay Shaner and Dave Middleton except track 4 which was produced by Jay shaner and Scott McChane

Artwork and design by John Conley

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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: Talk me to sleep
Ashes in the air
they turn to oxygen
the cinders blowing in the breeze
filling up my lungs

talk me to sleep again tonight my dear
talk me to sleep again tonight

Ashes in the air
turn to oxygen
the flags that wave in the breeze
they're waving to you and i
so give me one slow dance
underneath the hot, the hot Missouri sky

and talk me to sleep again tonight my dear
talk me to sleep again tonight

it's a long way
from here to California
with all the dead end streets
we seem to wind up on
now what if we both could find
that clawing through the dirt and the worms
a beautiful ray of light
rising from the ground

talk me to sleep again tonight my dear
talk me to sleep again tonight
Track Name: The Astronaut song
Astronauts jump from the edge of the moon
and perfectly land on their feet
smile for the cameras we watch them on television
the world is spinning at dizzying speeds
around a big ball of fire
empires will rise and empires will crumble
and leave it a little more scarred

don't trust gravity
you can believed anything that you want
i'm not the person you thought i could be
you thought i could be

blue cars and radios
empty parking lots
faded tattoos of names i can barely recall
somewhere beneath your exterior
is someone i feel i should know
i can't make heads or tails of either of us

don't trust gravity
you can believe anything that you want
i'm not the person you thought i could be
you thought i could be

Robots will only do what they're told
so tell them to do something good
if i could change things for the better
you know that i would
if i could change things for the better
you know that i would

don't trust gravity
you can believe anything that you want
i'm not the person you thought i could be
you thought i could be
you thought i could be
Track Name: Stuck in the fallout
I was on the podium waving my fists in the air
screaming at the top of my lungs
while you whispered in my ear
I was doing all of your dirty work for free
it never felt better
i was doing all of your dirty work for free
it never felt better

but you talk talk
talk talk
talk talk but now i'm stuck in the fallout

we were doing shots from a styrofoam cup
and falling asleep on the dashboard
waking up in a strange parking lot
i don't believe i ever felt so young and so alive
i don't believe i ever could have been let down
by anyone like you now

talk talk
talk talk
talk talk but now i'm stuck in the fallout

now i'm sitting on the bench
waiting for my moment to shine
i feel like cinderella
with both of my slippers on
i dont believe i fell for you
that many times

stuck in the fallout
stuck in the fallout
stuck in the fallout

you talk talk
talk talk
talk talk
Track Name: Best laid plans
If you and i
could each decide
to turn 90 degrees
and walk away
from the point where we came
leave it without a trace

the palm trees sway
the power lines radiate
i feel it's coming again
your patio lights
flicker and shine
shine for only the brave

your crystal blue eyes
they show what you're willing to give

i'm not the one
i won't take this on
like a broken down school boy would
your best laid plans
it won't be long
they fade into the bitter end

your crystal blue eyes
they show what you're willing to give

your best laid plans
they will fade into the bitter end
Track Name: Aliens
Aliens
will destroy the earth
and everything that's on it
with laser beams they will burn down
all of our beautiful buildings
and orange tubes
will suck out all our brains
and turn us into zombies

but i will still think of you
when i'm strapped down to the table
tiny little needs aimed at my cornea

tiny grey hands
reaching out
poking and prodding
a mother ship
has landed in my backyard
using it as a toilet

will you still think of me
when you're flying round the universe
forced to breed abominations

thank God for aliens
thank God for aliens
thank God for aliens and everything they've shown us
Track Name: The banana and wine song
Hey
sounds like a good enough plan to me
we can dance under moonlight
and watch the sunrise
hey
sounds like a good enough plan to me
and anyhow i got nothing up my sleeve that could compare

but if you could get me back to earth by monday that'd be great

Please
please don't be afraid
i only act this way when i feel desperate
and i will fall
fall into a black hole
and disappear into oblivion

but if you could get me back to earth by monday that'd be great
great

this has been one special kind of trip
i'm really glad i've had the chance to join you
and even though you may be going places i have never seen
i think i'll take the first ship
back to reality
so hey
it sounds like a good enough plan to me
overdose on chewable vitamin c's
and a glass of chardonnay
so please
please don't be afraid
i only act this way when i feel desperate

and if you could get me back to earth
back to earth
back to earth by monday that'd be great
Track Name: Fall through the cracks
if only for one moment
to watch the dust and the chandeliers swing
i should have seen you coming
for miles away
for miles

roll with me to another
hole to bury our heads
the pharmacies they will stay open
24 hours a day
24 hours a day

fall through the cracks
fall through the cracks
fall through the cracks and the seams

everything you thought that you wanted
was left behind in a rush
and all your best intentions
they will fade

fall through the cracks
fall through the cracks
fall through the cracks and the seams
Track Name: Highway one
You're the warning on a bottle
that sits on my night stand
the grace in an old gospel song
the moon shines blue
i'm halfway to you
somewhere on highway one

the road is dirty
it's twisting and it's turning
just as i am without you
somewhere between the lines i've been crossing
is what i've been waiting to find

your blue waves
your blue waves
they're breaking on me, and they wash me away

you're the sweet relief
of a chilled dry martini
every time i start thinking of you
morning is bringing
stark revelations
of a day that may never come

a satellite will fall
a satellite will fall
and settle itself on a dark ocean floor

your blue waves
your blue waves
it's breaking on me
wash me away
Track Name: Second hand heart
your drugstore eyes
flicker and shine
radiate like a tiki torch flame
aluminum cans
stacked end on end
the afterglow in the air

buildings wil move
cars will collide
fallen leaves turn to green again
whatever for you
whatever for you

a million to one
a million to none at all
but neither of us really care
cause under the concrete trees
we chiseled our names in paint
for all the world to see

buildings will move
cars will collide
fallen leaves turn to green again
whatever for you
whatever for you
whatever for you and your second hand heart

buildings will move
cars will collide
fallen leaves
whatever for you
whatever for you
whatever for you and your second hand heart
Track Name: Please don't go
My father built a ship in his garage
i used to help him after school and on weekends
i watched him build it so damn tall

my brother claimed he was an only child
he used to like to tell me i was adopted
it made me sometimes question mom

when i said to you please don't go
when i said to you please don't go
when i said to you please don't go
you know i meant it like i had never said those three words before

my best friend used to play drums in a band
i liked to go and watch him on the weekends
sweat poured down his forehead onto his hands
onto his hands

when i said to you please don't go
when i said to you please don't go
and when i said to you please don't go
you know i meant it like i had never said those three words
Track Name: Out of my hands
What do you want
out of me out of you
do your skeleton eyes ask many questions
are you brave are you bold
are you smart enough to know
that when a stranger talks you should not listen

it's out of my hands
out of my hands
out of my hands and i don't think i could know you any better

do you carry your life
in a duffle bag
where everything that you once had is left behind in pieces
for days and days
your skin it crawls
and it shivers in a morning sun

out of my hands
out of my hands
it's out of my hands and i don't think i could know you any better

I can see your bones
through your skin
white on white and blue on grey
but it won't stop
it won't fall or fade away

out of my hands
out of my hands
out of my hands
it's out of my hands
out of my hands.
Track Name: Hallelujah
Meteors will fall
hit the ground in a blaze of fire
tumble end over end
settle down in a quiet river bed
i can still recall
how we tumbled end over end
tangled at the bottom of a bed
in a blaze of fire

Hallelujah

Every meteor
one day becomes a stone
kept in a collection
in a jar in somebody's home
everything we once had
one day appears so small
kept in our collection
in the corner of our hearts

Hallelujah