In the Shape of a Storm

by Damien Jurado

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1.
03:09
Lincoln, here’s a song for you I’ve been twisting in the vapors and the fumes There is nothing that I can say to you now That you have not already heard Lincoln, you cheated me again From the highways, I had visions and the shakes There is no one who can take me from this land More than once, I was captured in your lens Fall back, let the sunshine blind your eyes Hear the voices of your lovers be your guide There are many windows open in the house They are letting out our secrets with the heat There is nothing to hide There is nothing left to hide Dear shipwrecked, I, too, am waiting to be saved I had my prayers and praises all sent back Heaven is full of people who belong There is nothing to hide There is nothing left to hide
2.
You can come over whenever you want You can get dressed up and I’ll show you off We could go dancing or hang around town Whatever you want in a newspaper gown Our friends think we’re lovers, or so I have heard And they try for confessions and I say not a word So we let them keep guessing 'til they figure us out Our made up wedding in your newspaper gown We are placing our bets, they are making the call We are going all in and cannot win at all My wheels, they keep spinning, I am turned upside down And we’ll be the headlines in your newspaper gown What if I told you, “What your friends think is true.”? At the end of my day, aIl I want is you Would it destroy you? Would you not want me around? Am I a new pair of scissors for your newspaper gown? We take our chances and we risked it all I am willing to let go, but not willing to fall We can be married tonight, the news will astound Announcements made from your newspaper gown
3.
01:07
I would walk the earth to see you smile Push back the sky and the stars to light my way home Tell the storm that’s before me that I’m in a hurry to see you I have no time for sleeping when it’s love that is keeping me true Hurry back home, I can no longer be in the storm Hurry home, babe, hurry home
4.
03:07
Tom and I out on the hillside Waving at planes and pulling our wrists No girl of mine is gonna see me cry She’d be better off seeing me dead Tom and I cover our eyes and decide To make our way out on the next passing bird I found my solace in a plateau of nothingness Floating like grass, indecisive My body is a passing leaf Dead as it hits the ground Useless to nature’s need Quite a sight not to see Tom and I out on the hillside We’re both so insane and pushing our luck You take New York and I will marry Lee Let’s see who comes back worse
5.
If I ran ahead, would you know which way that I went without you? In days, I would be lost and afloat Thrown into the waves, tossed ashore Throw me now your arms We’re not meant to be on our own Is this now the time we let go And cling to one another, giving life? Throw me now your arms Let me be the first to tell you I would give up my life Every day as the tides grow closer, it is all that’s on my mind Throw me now your arms and pull me in Let me be the one at day’s end Who you can depend on, hand in hand Safely on the shore where we stand Throw me now your arms Let me be the first to tell you I would give up my life Every day, as the tides grow closer, it is all that’s on my mind
6.
Now you’ve got me where you want me to be You can always tell me you love me, say it quietly If they knew how I felt about you You would no longer see me Now you’ve got me where you want me to be In the day I know of a place to escape On the south end of town We can be as tall as the mountains We dream when the sun goes down Now you’ve got me where you want me to be When I turn to you and say This is how I want my day Spending every moment at your side You can always tell me you love me, but say it quietly Now you’ve got me where you want me to be
7.
02:35
The moon, it will hang like a silver ball Passing the sun on its way Finally, stars will align Finally, it’s our turn to shine Making your way on echo and white Remain in the day, living as the shade Finally, the door is your own Finally, fading into blue Time does not heal Everything an end
8.
If I showed up in the shape of a storm Would you recognize me? Strange as it seems, I have known you before But it was not our time yet If I go sailing into the unknown What are my chances of ever reaching your shore? Into the deep I am thrown If I knew how, I would make myself known And cause the sky to open Strange as it seems, I once stood at your door Yet I knew not what your name was If I go sailing into the unknown What are my chances of ever reaching your shore? If I go sailing into the unknown Into the deep I am thrown
9.
02:45
I don’t need another reminding of how it isn’t our time I live with that daily reminding And it has not changed my mind I still go on seeing you as mine Just not at the present time How long must I wake without you and go this life alone? Untied to your anchor and I’m sinking like a stone I’ll be the only one who is caught in your eye Just not at the present time
10.
I will always remember our hands on the table And I could not unlock from your stare And though I have tried to untie from your anchor, I can't I am no good at giving up I am directing our movie I play in my mind A moment suspended in time that I keep on rewind And the ink it is bleeding Through pages where I wrote down your name And carefully planned our escape I would pass you a key and pay off the judges to free you If that’s what it takes, then why wait? I am one cloud shy in your neon sky Do not go from my road I was crippled and blurry the day I walked into your frame I'm so focused now on your name And my pages were fading from the days of exchanging my tune On trains that I took home to you When the signal broke, I spoke to you on paper From the parking lots to our bed Where you are not now Do not go from my road Soon my moon will fall

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released April 12, 2019

Damien Jurado: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Josh Gordon: High-strung Guitar

All songs written & performed by Damien Jurado
Produced by Damien Jurado
Recorded & Mixed by Alex Bush at Sonikwire Studio
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, Edgewater, NJ
Cover Art by Damien Jurado
Production Photography by Michael Gordon
Layout by Scott Paverstone

© & ℗ 2019 Mama Bird Recording Co. under license from Damien Jurado

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