Illusions of Composure

by Paper Moon Shiners

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03:33
King Midas (F. Meyer BMI Ditty Dat Music sinners oh sinners you’re evil and you’re doomed tell us of your wicked ways and satisfy our wounds satisfy our wounds pious one, pious one oh do you know the way? does your heart lead with love is judgement in the way? judgement in your way? angry man, angry man what has angered you? may we bring forgiveness forth for I am angry too I am angry too Marigold oh Marigold what has your father done? greed has cursed the kingdom and into gold you’ve turned into gold you’ve turned King Midas, King Midas we know you told the truth Apollo put a jinx on you cuz Pan piped the blues Pan played the blues satyr oh satyr let’s hear your lusty song fill the air with musty earth of which we all belong which we all belong.
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Ease My Mind (F. Meyer BMI Ditty Dat Music) i’ve been blinded by my shadow i can’t see the light of day if i get lost in something maybe then i’ll find my way i wanna be free of me if for just little while i got to ease my mind ‘fore i go another mile how i long to hear a secret whispered to me by my muse or find a little wisdom about the road out of the blues but the blues took me over and have done me most unkind till i find a little wisdom i just need to ease my mind.
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Stranded Here In Oz (Regan Brown BMI Treehaus Music) once i was a girl in kansas dreaming of bright city lights now i live beyond the rainbow but i still dream in black and white i click my red ruby slippers but they don’t do a goddamn thing i am prairie girl in exile who can’t go home again well the scarecrow is now the wizard and the lion is the jungle king i like my horses all one color i’m so tired of emerald green oh Auntie Em, i’m so alone my kansas soul longs for home back on the farm they shrug their shoulders as the months turn into years i am the wild one who road the twister that dreaming girl who disappeared in my dreams the witches monkeys have all become my friends and they fly me through the wheatfields where i’m drifting in the wind oh Auntie Em, i’m so alone my kansas soul longs for home now i live beyond the rainbow but i still dream in black and white.
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One More For Sayra Liz (F. Meyer BMI Ditty Dat Music) cold blue wind blowing straight through me somewhere in that wind hear an angel sing wind keeps blowing blowing all the way i just turned my head looked the other way what i might have said if i took the time how you made me rich singing right before my eyes voice of laughing lonesome filling up a jar stories like blanket warmed our weary hearts.
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Black Widow Spider (F. Meyer BMI Ditty Dat Music) i ain’t no black widow spider ain’t gonna chomp on your head i ain’t no black widow spider i ain’t gonna kill you dead but if you come little closer see what you get instead like clash of the cave clan thunderstruck with primal fear it’s a clash of the cave clan thunderstruck with primal fear it’s riot of the senses stand your ground or disappear see that man of the tv why don’t his heart explode see that man of the tv why don’t his heart explode acting mad as he’s crazy stirring up dust road i ain’t no black widow spider ain’t gonna chomp on your head i ain’t no black widow spider i ain’t gonna kill you dead but if you come little closer see what you get instead
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03:15
Dandy Cat (F. Meyer-E. Antinelli BMI Ditty Dat Music) fog rolls thru lamp post beam dandy cat is on the scene shiny spats, patten vest mystery essence on his breath to the captain tips his hat revealing not his lust for sprat tail a twitch / on the prowl he's a kitten's wishing well he doth swagger he doth strut violins play in his gut rolls the dice / cuts the cards robs a bank with his charm to the docks he casts a spell more than fish he craves the smell takes a heart won't give it back they filet themselves for dandy cat bridge they say he is a poseur illusions of composure but you see, now my friends that is not the point tis the form he's after to be is just disaster and anyway, who's to say? who'll they'll next appoint he is dandy so refined i doubt for you he has the time unless he thinks you are a fish or care to fill a futile wish rain hath left him quite undone solitaire loll in sun dandy cat stays in a dream plays again to draw a king
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Cap Gun Dory (F. Meyer BMI Ditty Dat Music) here's the story of Cap Gun Dory outside the law in the light of glory she robbed banks she robbed trains her little cap gun went bang, bang, bang Dory walked out of the five and dime with a new cap gun and a valentine said to the boy workin' at the bank ”fill up the bag, please and thanks" Cap Gun Dory—Cap Gun Dory! with sterling nerves and a heart as good a hot tattoo of Robin Hood shared the booty with those in need and all the rest with whom she pleased Dory didn’t talk about gun control she just bought caps by the roll she'd walk in a joint and folks would stare and pop them caps off in the air Cap Gun Dory—Cap Gun Dory! papers called Dory no good, lowdown children smiled when she came ’round so many big men so afraid not about the gun ‘twaz the noise she made sheriff nabbed Dory and took her away but she slipped by the deputy singing this song that’s done been sang while her little cap gun went bang, bang, bang Cap Gun Dory—Cap Gun Dory!
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Something Wicked (Lucinda Williams ) something wicked this way comes like you wish you’d never known hell fire and brimstone something wicked this way comes he is hiding underneath the grass beneath your feet and the moss upon the stone something wicked this way comes no love has he will show you no mercy he will make you his own something wicked this way comes he invites you to come in and drink with him he will not leave you alone something wicked this way comes you will fall from grace you may never see his face he was cast out of heaven something wicked this way comes
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Song Of The Crying Pine (F. Meyer-E. Antinelli BMI Ditty Dat Music) Turpentine Mabel at work Turpentine Mable at work eleven long hours in the gaze of a demon voice is still, her soul is screamin' tales of the sea starts her to dreamin’ Turpentine Mable at work she’s never seen the sea never ever seen the sea ships and boats thirst for tar blisters hands tired and raw render pitch for boats afar she’s never even seen the sea song of the crying pine song of the crying pine deep in the dark lost pines deep in the dark lost pines another tree stripped and chopped drained of essence drop by drop ain’t no tide and the wind blows not deep in the dark lost pines she dreams of sailing away dreams she's sailing away shadows fall where demons dwell in a story she longs to tell on a boat far from pine tar hell she dreams of sailing away song of the crying pine song of the crying pine.
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Everybody’s Leaving (Frank Meyer BMI Ditty Dat Music) down on cemetery road under a purple sky long tombstone shadows we stopped to say goodbye mothers, fathers, sons and daughters their time etched in stone reposed for the ages communion of the bones broken angels mime dance upon the ore knowing not knowing like that forevermore Chorus: everybody’s leaving no one stays on long no matter what you believe in soon we’ll all be gone somewhere in the darkness hides a callous thief to steal love away and leave only grief god clouds and devil dust flying bats and falling stars owls speak as they do who do they think they are down on cemetery road music of the wind in silence of forever a ghost defies the end Chorus everybody’s leaving….
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Come Hither Shore (F. Meyer/E. Antinelli BMI Ditty Dat Music) i hear you whisper as breath in me on solid rock through mist and sea through wind swept grass ore moss and stone come hold my hand take me home longing to be once more enraptured as were we before golden hair ghostly gown i gazed upon you drifting down from deep cold grave come hither shore through woeful silence i long for more oh cry my name leave thus thy bones taste of my tears take me home. Elena Antinelli-vocal John Hagen-cello Frank Meyer-bass
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"Making modern roots music can be a tricky business. Stick too close to the the script and you’re just a remake of the real thing. Stray too far and you risk losing everything that makes that music work. Paper Moon Shiners’ latest record walks the line between authenticity and originality with wit and aplomb. Listening through "Illusions of Composure" for the first time, I had to keep checking the credits, only to discover that yet another song on the album was not some obscure Depression-era gem but another of the band’s own compositions. Frank Meyer and Elena Antinelli write with a clean, narrative simplicity that lends itself effectively to their spare but imaginative arrangements. As singers, Meyer and Antinelli are each possessed of an instrument that is at once flexible, distinctive and somewhat unexpected; together, they conjure up more atmosphere than any half-dozen millenials in flawless newsboy caps. Meyer’s deft, uncluttered handling of acoustic and slide guitar, ukelele and banjolele provides more than enough groove and texture even when it’s just him and Antinelli, making the occasionally rowdy but always compelling guest performances that round out the album all the more satisfying."

~David Hamburger
Contributing Editor, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

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released May 20, 2018

Musicians: Elena Antinelli and Frank Meyer with Danny Levin, Darren Debree, John Hagen, Kyle Crusham, Marvin Dykhuis, Oliver Steck, Richard Bowden and Ryan Gould. 

Recorded and mixed at Windy Hill Studio Austin,Texas 

Recording and mixing engineers: 
Kyle Crusham, Darren DeBree, Andre Moran, Justin Johnson 

Mastered by Mark Hallman at Congress House, Austin, Texas

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Paper Moon Shiners are an Austin, Tx duo who link musically with the past transporting vintage songs and originals inspired by american music from the early twentieth century. Their old timey sensibility and vaudeville undertones command an infectiously entertaining landscapes with cracker blues, vintage jazz, swing, ragtime, americana roots and folk. ... more

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