Sweet Desperation

by The Shady Janes

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    The Shady Janes singer, Brad Hahn, invites you to download his latest solo effort free of charge. Visit each song's page for lyrics and a brief synopsis...Many thanks.

     

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...songs about life, love, and loss

The album was produced using only GarageBand and an iPhone 3GS with no 3rd party software or external instruments.

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released December 25, 2011

all songs written, performed, and recorded by Brad Hahn
mastered by Carl Saff
graphic design by Erik Lundy

(c)2011 - Alcoholic Clown

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The Shady Janes Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Shady Janes is a rock band from Fayetteville, AR. Relying on heavy-hearted songwriting from singer/guitarists Brad Hahn and Jayce Bannister, the band evokes the somber and the hopeful with equal fervor. Backed by the rhythm and creativity of Jeremy Mock on the drums and Damon Dugdale on the bass guitar, the group packs an emotional punch and distinct energy that is likely to capture hearts... ... more

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Track Name: Sin City
We stayed out all night
Searching for the antidote
And the will to fight

Morning rescues me
With a little blood on her sleeve
But her wounds are all clean

I spent the night in the city
I don't deserve your pity
But it laid me bare

I didn't learn a thing
But how to cast a stone
And sleep alone...again
Track Name: Shipwrecked Man
Battered and broken but we are still buoyant, my friends
Take time to laugh about failure and untimely ends
Climb over the bad days and trade all the nightmares for light
And everything, everything is all right

We travel in circles, intent on retracing the lines
Until someone breaks it and stretches it out into time
Fear is a compass, your courage creates a new road
And out on the wire, we try and ignore what’s below

Eroded memories populate darkness with ghosts
So we take a drink of the moon as it lights up the coast
We dream of the ones who we miss when the sun bows its head
And promise ourselves we’ll meet them again when this ends

We're caught in the middle of something we can’t escape
And we know nothing about
I shed the shackles and chains
But a prisoner’s mind is a darkening cloud
I crossed a river and clung to a tree
Then I swam in a sea of self doubt
Now I lay my head in the sand
A shipwrecked man

Save me or give me my own means
This water and sand are all that I am
Maybe I’m blessed
Save me or give me my own means
This water and sand are all that I am
A shipwrecked man
Track Name: Sweet Desperation
Charcoal gray
Was the sky
I looked across an empty field
We always look so small
Underneath the stars
I always love the way it feels

Take the concrete steps
Down into the cellar
The walls were cold, the floor was damp
We curl up together
Underneath a blanket
Beside the shadows from the lamp

After school
Before your mom got home
We used to let our fingers roam
So sweet and desperate
Fumbling with clothing
So thankful not to be alone

We got married
A hundred years ago
Beneath the forest and the glass
I sing a song
For a beautiful bride
Marvel at how the time has passed

Take another pull off of that bottle
Take another hit of my love

You...
Track Name: Hit By A Truck
Tidied up the house
I mowed the lawn
You fed the cats
And we sat up
Sippin' on beers awhile
I haven’t been this happy in years

Tears on my cheek
Been dry for so long
It’s only right
I never wanna live
In a country song again
We help each other along

Dogs in the park
Flowers on trees
Barbecues
Grass stains on my knees
I never cared
Like I do now
For any of these
So if I get hit by a truck
At least I’ll die happy

Made a shopping list
For the grocery store
You made the bed
I mopped the floor
Got my feet all wet
So I kept them off the sheets

Went and had a drink
With a couple of friends
Had one of those nights
That never ends
Without us making love
And sleeping in past 8

Hanging up lights
Planting flowers
Watching reruns
For a couple hours
I never cared
Like I do now
For any of these
So if I get hit by a truck
At least I’ll die happy

Spent the day
Playin' in the pool
Drank a couple beers
Didn’t act a fool
Then you took a nap
And I read part of a book

New recipe
We’ve never tried
I chopped an onion
And it made me cry
But that’s the only time
I ever feel the need to weep

Fixing the sink
And picking out paint
Sitting on the porch
When it’s pouring down rain
I never cared
Like I do now
For any of these
So if I get hit by a truck
At least I’ll die happy

If I get hit by a truck
At least I'll die happy
Track Name: Zygote
There’s a stone over everything we knew
Can you tell me if the ground holds any truth?
Do the clouds begin to clear,
When you whisper in my ear?
Hold me near before my fear begins to brew

Was it you when my flaws began to grow
Who showed me what I did and did not know?
How mistakes are firmly laid
Like the ground beneath the spade
And the pain has no reason left to flow

Lay my heart in the middle of the road
Drop a coal on the ice in my soul
Oh, the steam is gonna rise
When I lay between your thighs
Multiply my love and set it in your bones

There’s a light from a slowly burning fuse
Did you see it lighting up our room?
It’s a tiny little flame
That exposes everything
And it hides like a secret inside you

Lay me down in the twilight
Lay me down in the twilight
Lay me down in the twilight
Let this mystery carry me away
Track Name: Beautiful Dream
My beautiful dream
You captured the glow of the sun
If I am a breeze
Then you are the thunder
That sings me to sleep, softly
Curiously, we close our eyes
And let this mystery
Sing a song that an angel
Might love to sing
About a thunderstorm
And what it brought ashore

You are a beautiful dream
A complex, impossible love
You brought out the trees
You brought down the doves
To rest on our knees, secretly
You begin to breathe
We hold our breath
With this wild wondering
You bring a song that an angel
Might love to sing
About how love is formed
And how dreams are born

My beautiful dream
These minutes and hours and weeks
We wait patiently
You’re wrapped up in sleep
Reflection of her, and of me
Erase me
And retrace a line
Around what we will be
You bring a song that an angel
Might love to sing
About a mother’s flame
A father’s name

Simply impossible
Little dream that you are
There were stars falling down
All around like diamonds
So I kept the best one
And inside was your beating heart
And our love

My beautiful dream
You captured the glow of the sun
If I am a breeze
Then you are the thunder
That sings me to sleep, softly
Track Name: Stay With Me
Stay with me
I hope you'll stay with me
But you'll have to go
I know you'll go

And I'll always cherish the time
When you were all mine

And I'll be so proud of you
And what you will be
Yes I'll be so proud of you
And what you will be

I know you must go
Track Name: Painting It Red
I suffer you rightly
Oh wrongly accused
Recuse myself nightly
How blessed the muse

Sicken me sweetly
I tasted a stain
A blemish so wonderful
Never attained

Adrift in a dream
And transported away
My skin and my bones
Will wither and sway

My slumber sings promises
Sweet to my soul
To love and to cherish
To have and to hold

The white sheets are folded
No need to take form
The air is her breath
On my neck in the cold

Fingertips begging
My brain to be fooled
Her smell parallel
To each thought that unfolds

She rocks me and reels me
I’m slipping away
It taunts me, this feeling
Like tears in the rain

Captured, enraptured
And tortured the same
The walls won’t stop laughing
The drapes are insane

Forlorn is the darkness
With shimmering lust
Wanton and wayward
The path in the dust

Trust me this once
To wrangle you lightly
Silken red ribbon
With ankles bound tightly

Hopeless position
Unites underneath
Untie me if only
To caress my cheek

Seize what you want
With mute affirmation
Everything once
Was a wistful temptation

Hazy reflection
And flickering screen
A fistful of flesh
A mouthful of screams

Seventy inches
Of ground are above you
Everything once
Was the way that I loved you

Take anger and passion
And gasoline fumes
Mix them together
And burn down this room

So long as I’m living
I’ll surely be dead
My heart’s turning black
But I’m painting it red