Summer in the Woodshed

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Released July 2007

Track Listing

Wilt
Two Weeks
Narrative
Slow
Love Politic
Syrup
The Wager And The When
3,000 Miles
Cynthia

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Lyrics

Wilt

Son hear what I say and run / it’s time you leave this lie / I never did amount to much / no matter how I try / my pay was a quick mouth / I talked a good game, quite a show / son I could not have known better / I could never be that way / if you see her on the water / no doubt she’ll sigh at you and say / I won’t give you the benefit / I won’t listen if you cry / but I won’t go without you / I won’t go without you / I won’t go without you / I won’t go without you / take this faded photograph / tailored suit and the world / you may not recognize the man / but give me credit where you can / you won’t give me the benefit / you won’t listen to me cry / I won’t go without you / I won’t go without you / I won’t go without you / I won’t go without you / my pain is slow day / I watch it wilt, what a shame
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Two Weeks

You said to me you’re leaving / and I’m reeling from the sound / oh I know you’re needed / so you’re eastern bound / the thunder’s rolling in / and the rain is coming down / and you tell me not to worry anymore / silence paints the days / and the house is turning pale / all I do wonder / under someone else’s sky / you write to me with grace / and tell me about it all / and baby I won’t worry anymore / I wait up for the call / tell me about it all / two weeks you’ve been gone now / I’m missing your kind face / I’m doing right and keeping / with all that I should say / when you come home to me weary / and lay your sorrow down / baby I won’t worry anymore / I wait up for the call / tell me about it all / I wait up for the call / tell me about it all / remember how I stood there / and watched you walk away / you turned to me to offer / one last kind wave / all things we do for love, / oh the pain that I endure / baby I don’t worry anymore / what I’d give to have you near me / to touch your weary brow / baby I won’t worry / baby I won’t worry / baby I won’t worry anymore
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Narrative

Sly persistent narrative / I’m hiding from you / there’s power in the story / when you tell it like you do / staggering though relevance was lost / with that pen you write such harm / silver words, they shoot / straight from you / I feel you lose me / and I resent that too / betrayal the loyal friend / is constancy born in ink? / fine / I needed the proof / fine / I need it, don’t you? / old dog winter, you know me so well / here we cut corners, back home the they tell / the tale of someone strange / brash, smart girl / fine / I needed the proof / fine / I need it, don’t you? / my mouth warm with fond words from time to time / in memory I serve you, will learn whats mine / staggering the relevance of snow / giving way to march time again / fine / I needed the proof / fine / I need it, don’t you? / sly persistent narrative / I’m hiding from you / there’s power in the story / when you tell it like you do / staggering though relevance was lost / brash, smart girl
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Slow

If the weather’s right, I sail on / money’s tight, I stay gone / what I need / don’t really change much / I’m down again, oh lord / underneath a brash sky / what I feel don’t really change much / you gotta be fast / is there another way to be these days? / I
gotta be fast / just to keep up with things they want me to say / let it go / let it go / let it go go go / and we’ll go go go / if the water’s calm, I go fish / when the storm is on, I stay home / when I smile, it’s cause you’re there / I drop like words from a slack jaw / I’m scared to death of losing again / hold my hand, we’ll take slow step / you gotta be fast / is there another way to be these days? / I gotta be fast / just to keep up with things they want me to say / let me go / let me go / let me go go go / yeah we go go go / come here and talk me down / take a walk, what a strange town / stepping out, don’t seem bad now / if the weather’s right, I sail on / money’s tight, I stay gone / what I need / won’t really change much
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Love Politic

when did my heart turn into / A dirty platform / for our love / can you tell me, tell me when? / You stand here on it / in your correct stiletto boots / You dig you heal as you / Politicize me and you / [You say] I’m looking out for the interests / Of all parties here / simple market economy, I could be / getting more for less / I had my strategy, this only comes ’round once for me / Show me what you mean / the podium is open free / Unknown to me / you prepared a brilliant speech / But I got a right to know / Whats going down in my name / You say you know whats better for me / But how’s this better for me / When did you become / The smiling crook on tv / When did I become / The proudly submissive of free / Simple market economy / I want what I can’t have / There you are / my old glass ceiling / I had my strategy, this only comes ’round once for me / Show me what you mean / the podium is open free / Unknown to me / you prepared a brilliant speech / I got a right to know / Whats going down in my name / You say you know whats better for me / But how’s this better for me / I got a right to know / Whats going down in my name / You say you know whats better for me / But how’s this better for me / when did my heart turn into / A dirty platform / for our love / can you tell me, tell me when? / You stand here on it / in your correct stiletto boots / You dig you heal as you / Politicize me and you
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Syrup

Syrup – thick on [my] mind / April and the fire is wild / I’m thinking now about the city scape / oh I know I don’t feel like that / I’m thinking now about the architect / oh I know, I won’t build like that / the trade, it was some kind of the thrill / [I] see you, and I’m ready to spill / you tell me all about the sunshine girls / Oh I know I don’t look like that / you tell me all about the desert sun / Oh I know it don’t feel like that / I bet you don’t know / what I’ve been through looking for you / I bet you don’t know, It’s been hell here without you / I bet you don’t care, but I went through it for you / I bet you don’t know, what I’ve been through / heat, how you trumped my will / I’m bent to your shapes and I can’t hold still / I’m thinking now about the steady girl / How she fell, you know it don’t seem right / I’m thinking now about sugar world / how it fades right out of sight / I bet you don’t know / what I left back there for you / I bet you don’t know, It was hell there without you / I bet you don’t care, but I went through it for you / I bet you don’t know, what I’ve been through / I’m thinking now about the steady girl / how she fell, you know it don’t seem right / I’m thinking now about sugar world / don’t I fade right out of sight? / I bet you don’t know / what I’ve been through looking for you / I bet you don’t know, It’s been hell here without you / I bet you don’t care, but I went through it for you / I bet you don’t know, what I’ve been through / syrup – thick on [my] my mind / April and the fire is wild
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Wager And The When

Oh strange child, I write you once again / underneath the ocean, I find you running thin / sure enough / I tried to sell you with all my shaky words / but you lose me in a moment, in the brine and surf / sure enough / it’s pressure mounting with my every step / I’m telling stories that I don’t regret / hey, I know you’re gone / hey, do you know what you’ve done? / and I write, and I write, oh I write, and I write / and I write, and I write, oh I write / steadfast mirror, can I fight you to the end? / will I wager the candid for the mild and simple friend? / sure enough / it’s pressure mounting with my every step / I’m telling stories that I don’t regret / hey, I know you’re gone / hey, do you know what you’ve done? / and I write, and I write, oh I write, and I write / and I write, and I write, oh I write / stories? just stories? were you ever real? / stories? just stories? are you ever real? / I’ve come back for you, with the tiger and the pen / but defeated is this warrior in the battle for the when / sure enough / It’s pressure mounting with my every step / I’m telling stories that I don’t regret / hey, I know you’re gone / hey, do you know what you’ve done? / and I write, and I write, oh I write, and I write / and I write, and I write, can I write?
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3,000 Miles

I would take a thousand empty lies / I would take a thousand lonely nights / but I won’t take 3,000 miles / no I won’t take 3,000 miles / I would build the house tall and strong / I would find meaning in every song / you say to me 3,000 miles / can I bear all the weight of lonesome time / aren’t you down about me now / I never planned for alone / I hope it all works out / but I never planned for alone / you don’t take the life of someone new / would you break the past of me and you? / you say to me 3,000 miles / hold on tight, I’m only gone a while / aren’t you down about me now / I never planned for alone / I hope it all works out / plan for alone / I fear all the times that I forget / your face and the way you turn your head / to say to me 3000 miles / hold on tight I’m only gone a while / aren’t you down about me now / I never planned for alone / I hope it all works out / I never planned for alone / I won’t take / I won’t take / I won’t take / I won’t take…
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Cynthia

I’m wilting and bending, I know it I’ve been there, / low to the ground / I looking at no one, my eyes firm / pace steady now / It’s sudden but certain, the quiet, the rage / become my only friend / I’ve asked and tried and Cynthia they tell me / patience will be bring me in / tell me what I’m doing wrong / I managed to sell my home again / tell me what I’m doing wrong / I bartered with all my hope again / sometimes, I pull back assume the girl / I learned to watch so well / she’s Brazen, and tidy, I cannot hold it / she moves perfectly / tell me what I’m doing wrong / I managed to sell my home again / tell me what I’m doing wrong / I bartered with all my hope again / Cynthia remember my face tonight / I wanna walk with the shallow girls / Cynthia remember my face tonight / I wanna walk with the shallow girls / I’m thinking about it, too much tonight / the consequence of mind / he comes home distant and moves in shapes / I cannot classify / tell me what I’m doing wrong / I managed to sell my home again / tell me what I’m doing wrong / I bartered with all my hope again / Cynthia remember my face tonight / I wanna walk like the shallow girls / Cynthia remember my face tonight / I wanna walk with the shallow girls / tell me what I’m doing wrong / tell me what I’m doing wrong / tell me what I’m doing wrong / tell me what I’m doing wrong
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Album Credits

© 2007 Dania Abu-Shaheen

All songs written by Dania Abu-Shaheen. Recorded and mixed by Roy Matthews, The Loft Studios, Bronxville, NY.
Dania Abu-Shaheen: vocals and guitar, Zilpha Starnes: vocals and keyboards, Eric O’Connell: Drums.

Album Art: Jerrick Haddad and Dawn Warfield.