Saturn Returns

by Jodi Shaw

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Recorded live at Le Maison Bleu, in Kingson NY


released May 15, 2012

Recorded/Produced/Mixed: Malcolm Burn
Written by: Jodi Shaw

Jodi: vocals/guitar
Matt Lambiase: vocals/trumpet
Matt Kanelos: piano/organ
Conor Meehan: drums
Kyle Kegerreis: upright and electric bass




Jodi Shaw Brooklyn, New York

"In Waterland" is a highly evocative, intensely personal work fraught with lust, evil, and beauty.

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Track Name: I Want To, Baby (from Saturn Returns)
I don't wanna know the details baby
I don't wanna understand
I don't need to see the blueprints babe
Or know the master plan

I don't wanna hear an explanation
I don't wanna know why
Why discuss the implications
Just try not to let this love pass us by

The bells are ringing
Birds are singing
And I'm a swinging on an old church swing

The wheels are turning
And I'm a yearning
For more of that tender love you bring

I wanna know a world of wonder baby
I wanna take another chance
I wanna fall into the rhythm babe
And join this lovely dance

I wanna stop and smell the roses baby
I wanna reach another place
I wanna see that tender smile
Stream across your ever loving face

The flowers growing
A breeze is blowing
Coyote crowing at the big old moon

The wheels are turning
And I'm a yearning
To see what it is to fall in love with you
Track Name: Your Lovely Face (from Saturn Returns)
Love and joy, love and joy
That tender little itchy toy
But I love it all the same

Put a daisy in my hair
I’m falling down these skinny stairs
I’m falling all around you, I surround you

Oh oh oh
I don’t know my place
There are things I can’t erase
It’s a fate I will embrace
Just to see your lovely face

I walk the path of a winding road
The sun is gone the sky is cold
And stars surround me (they astound me)

I pat the head of a pretty horse
I don’t know why but love of course
I’d do it all again, with you


I’m on my knees saying pretty please
The girl is gone and I see bees
They swarm all around me

I say to Peace “you’re a jealous bride”
The water’s deep and the river’s wide
But I jump in anyway
Track Name: Is (from Saturn Returns)
I don't really have to know
The kinds of kisses you would throw
A deadly form of undertow
To take me down

Ascending on that subtle sway
I'd rather die than live this way
So give my love to holidays
Salt and sweet, 'cause

You can't describe
You don't have the words
And you don't have the mind
I can't pretend
A means that I intend
As hollow as this end

Now look you've come to worry me
To sugar-sweet and bully me
Tragedy or comedy
You decide
Regretting how you spoke that truth
Of buckled backs and broken youth
Still reaching for the butter blue
Pie-love sky that


Would I be lucky just to wait
Out these days, the years that groom us to our fate?
And I know I should be glad
It's just the best I ever had
Then why does it always seem so sad?

To cup it like a grassy blade
Just bottle up and curse the day
Instead I give myself away
Every time

So sappharine the seams I sow
It's not a side I like to show
Still I don't really want to know
How you shine, 'cause

Track Name: In Cabrini-Green (from Saturn Returns)
Ice on the road, blood on the rail
A myth in the making newspapers sell
Another one falling
And no one is calling
Our names, our names, our names

Treasonous treasures these towers of steel
Nothing so broken, nothing so real
The seasons keep turning
The sunshine is burning
Away, away, away

I know it don’t make it right
But once there was so much light
And here was the center of it all

Hard to believe, a mother’s dream
The most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen
That’s why we stay
In Cabrini-Green

Damned in the doorways seeking their fill
Another brother spreading his will
I sing for my supper and pray for my mother
Today, today, today

Out on the tarmac the boys and their ball
Scribble their fates up on the wall
Of silence and sirens a semblance of liars
Is born, is born, is born . . .
Track Name: Starling (from Saturn Returns)
starling you’re my darling
birdlet of the rain and snow
and sweetly, every day you greet me
is one day i know i am not alone
you fly in any kind of weather
more than any birdlet should
if i could trade this coat for feathers
than starling i would
please me then fly away to tease me
but starling i know i’m the one you love
Track Name: Everybody
Everybody lies
Everybody cries
Everybody tries a clown shoe on for size
Laughs at the fat man throwing pies
And yes, everybody dies

Everybody flows
Everybody goes
Everybody dresses up in their mother’s clothes
Pricks their thumb on a thorny rose
And yes, everybody grows

Everybody breaks
Everybody bends
Everybody wants to know how the story ends
Tells a white lie to their very best friend
And yes, everybody mends

Everybody jumps
Everybody runs
Everybody wants to have just a little fun
Everybody thinks they’re the only one
And yes, everybody’s dumb

Everybody laughs
Everybody sings
Everybody sheds a tear when the hornet stings
Jumps for joy when the telephone rings
Everybody swings
Track Name: Shooting Star (from Saturn Returns)
I wish I could be a shooting star
I wish I could be warm and bizarre
Or hills rolling into sky
A river running wide
The apple of your eye

Now the summer heat has come and gone
The lamp is lit and all the shades are drawn
Send roses if you can
Put the petals in my hand
And now I understand

That I photograph the rain
Make it all look sane
And try to wax romantic
When love, my heart is only frantic

Hello love I got your letter
Written in your yellow sweater
Trust me love I’m doing better
It’s only fair to say.

Now the guests are folding into pairs
So make the bed and move me up the stairs
Love, I think we had it all
And now I’m feeling small
Just a picture on your wall

And, so the story ends
Another to begin
Another happy ending
Another letter I am never sending