Riverside Sessions

by J. Shields

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All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by J. Shields at Shieldsong Studios, Nashville, TN.

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released March 27, 2014

Special thanks to Hannah Aldridge for lending her wonderful voice to Magnolia Rain. Special thanks to Anne Buckle for adding a beautiful violin on Whispers in Wind.

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Track Name: Magnolia Rain (Feat. Hannah Aldridge)
(J. Richards, J. Shields)

Your memory’s like a ghost
It haunts me in my sleep
I tried to forget you
Another promise I can’t keep
Our love was young and reckless
I thought you’d always be mine
But ill winds kept blowing
Until we just stopped trying

Whiskey won’t wash away
This emptiness and pain
My tears fall to the ground
Like magnolias in the rain

Darling, when I first met you
Daylight would never end
Now I curse the dawn
Call the darkness friend
Inside this hopeless heart
There’s no place to run
Can’t find my way
From the shadows to the sun

Whiskey won’t wash away
This emptiness and pain
My tears fall to the ground
Like magnolias in the rain

You were the only one
I’d ever want to take my name
Time may heal these wounds
If you want the truth
I’ll never be the same

Whiskey won’t wash away
This emptiness and pain
My tears fall to the ground
Like magnolias in the rain

Whiskey won’t wash away
This emptiness and pain
My tears fall to the ground
Like magnolias in the rain
Like magnolias in the rain
Like magnolias in the rain
Track Name: Whispers in Wind (Feat. Anne Buckle)
(J. Shields, D. Shields)

When I was a young boy, I wanted to be on T.V.
I’d dance with the stars and the judges would all vote for me
N’ Mama would tell me that God has a plan for us all
But gravity reminds us, what goes up is surely to fall

I met a man who was dying for reasons to live
‘Cause his children won’t call him, and he thinks he’s got nothing to give
So he puts on a circus with a cigarette and a brown paper bag
N’ he dances for no one and pretends he doesn’t feel sad

When you were a child imagination was king
The world was your castle, you thought you could do anything

Now that you’re older your dreams are whispers in wind
They float to the heavens never to be heard from again
You make excuses trying to squeeze blood from a stone
When a small shift in focus is all you need to get home

When you were a child imagination was king
The world was your castle, you knew you could do anything
Track Name: Chains
(J. Shields)

All I give is all I am
Never be your perfect man
‘Cuz I foresee this road divides
And in the end we both say goodbye

You, my dear
Have no shame
You’ve got our love bound up
My heart’s in chains
My heart’s in chains

Crack your whip I’m on my knees
I bow like you’re my deity
I hear you calling out my name
But I can’t feel beneath this pain

I hear your voice
Call out my name
I have no choice
You go and I’ll follow

You, my dear
Have no shame
You’ve got our love bound up
My heart’s in chains
My heart’s in chains

Crack your whip I’m on my knees
I bow like you’re my deity
I hear you calling out my name
But I can’t feel beneath this pain
Track Name: You Used to Be
(J. Shields)

You used to be, so understanding
You used to live with passion
You used to walk and talk for hours
About anything with anyone

You’re one to say that nothing changes
Look at how life has changed you

Oh no, don’t go,
Please don’t turn and walk away from me
Don’t change, honey
Always be the light you used to be

You used to live like there’s no tomorrow
Guess you feel safer now
Used to return all you’d borrow
Maybe you have forgotten how
You used to fight for something better
You used to dream just like me

Funny how time just makes us grayer
So full of doubt and compromise

Oh no, don’t go,
Please don’t turn and walk away from me
Don’t change, honey
Always be the light you used to be

You once believed in God and heaven
Ubiquitous entities
But now your thoughts are bound by reason
You tell yourself it just can’t be

Oh no, don’t go,
Please don’t turn and walk away from me
Don’t change, honey
Always be the light you used to be