Lunar Songs

by Andy Shea

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Jennie Sadler Lunar Songs is Andy's soundtrack to getting back on the metaphorical songwriting horse. The growth over the course of this project is so clear, and it is amazing to witness that from start to finish, straight through. Thank you for sharing this on Bandcamp! Favorite track: Cat Jah Lee Dee Da Ma.
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about

Lunar Songs was conceived in September 2015 when I decided to write and record a song per month for an entire year and, in order to keep myself accountable, distribute those recordings to a group of supporters with background stories and monthly updates. I wanted to reinvigorate my songwriting and look forward to playing music again. The project resulted in writing songs ranging in styles - from Weezer-ific 90's rock, to Bon Iver electro auto-tune, to acoustic ballads - as well as subject matter - from working with undocumented immigrants in Florida, to a character from Netflix's "Stranger Things," to my nephew's first word, "cat." I'm grateful to the project for helping me grow in my songwriting and recording abilities, and I'm especially thankful to you for listening, supporting, and sharing. These recordings serve as a reflection of my progression as both a person and a musician throughout the year. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

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I debated how to release these songs for a long time, but lately I've come to realize that music is most worth sharing if it has a purpose. Well, here is a purpose I'm calling the "3-21 Campaign."

(Check out www.whoisandyshea.com/321campaign for more!)

I've decided to distribute them on March 21st, World Down Syndrome Day, in honor of my brother and all the wonderful people like him who make this world a better place. He has taught me kindness, empathy, and patience, and without him I would not be a fragment of the person I am today. In order to help continue raising awareness and support for people with down syndrome, I will be donating 100% of profits from "Lunar Songs (Vol. 1)" AND any other Bandcamp downloads until the end of APRIL to the National Down Syndrome Society (www.ndss.org). This organization raises awareness, supports families, and builds communities to help our society better accept and understand the potential of all people, including those living with down syndrome.

The album, along with all of my music, is set at a 'pay what you want' price, but I have a modest goal of donating at least $321 dollars, which means that (through Bandcamp revenue sharing) if only 38 people contribute $10 for the album, the goal can be met handily.

Stretch: If we double and reach $642, then I will record/release another EP by the end of May! And my extended gratitude will be delivered.

Stretchier: If we triple and reach $963, then I will record the EP and do a short video series explaining/performing my favorite Lunar Songs. I'll be overwhelmed with your generosity.

Stretchiest: If we reach $1,284, then I will perform at least 3+2+1 (6) concerts this summer in various parts of the country available free to anyone who contributed to this campaign! It's a 'stretchiest' goal, so all those details get ironed out later.

Stretchiest-iest: If we reach $3,210, then I have no idea what I could ever do to thank you for showing compassion towards this cause. All of these things will happen, and more. That's what makes this the stretchiest-est.

I'll keep you posted here and on my social media platforms (@whoisandyshea - Twitter/Instagram/Facebook) with updates!

Thank you for donating whatever you can in support of my music and this cause!

With love to the moon and back again,
Andy Shea

www.whoisandyshea.com

credits

released March 21, 2017

All songs written, recorded, and performed by Andy Shea
w/ the exception of:

"This" (feat. Kyle McEvoy)
Kyle McEvoy - guitars, bass, and co-writing
Sam Stauff - mixing and mastering (www.samstauff.com)

"The Shovel Song" (feat. Evan Crane)
Evan Cane - drums

Photograph by John Kritzman. (www.johnkritzmanphoto.com)
Album cover design by Andy Shea

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Andy Shea Washington, D.C.

Singer/Songwriter based in DC with New England roots. I believe songs are meant for sharing. People make performances. Let's create something meaningful. Thank you for listening!

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Track Name: Red Moon Man
I wanna wash the moon with fire,
I wanna burn the sun with rain.
I wanna twist this world inside out
and then put it back again.

Because lately I've been lonely
and feeling like a stranger,
estranged from all the faces and places
I used to love and know.

I guess that I, I guess that
I'll keep moving on 'til the next one comes around.
I guess that I, I guess that
I can make it on my own.
But you don't want me to
to be alone.

My voice is like a hurricane
or just a gentle breeze.
I'll scream from both the rooftops and basements
but nothing in between.
Just lately I've been twisted,
tongue-tied with reservations;
afraid to say the pieces you thought you saw
weren't the pieces at all.

I guess that I, I guess that
I'll just fill my lungs and won't exhale 'til I know.
I guess that I, I guess that
I'll just wait 'til I explode
But you don't want me to
to breathe alone.

Send me to the moon or let me be your neighbor.
I don't want to keep living life like everyone's a stranger.
I'm feeling like a hurricane, and everyone I love is getting in my way.
Let's start over again.
Track Name: Allie's Song
I wish that I could take you back to where the world kept spinning,
to where I watched you catch that ring.
Because I'm lonely and I miss you.
But don't tell anybody anything.

And I want you know.
I want you to know.
I need you to know.

I tried to let go.
I don't want to let go.
I don't want to let go.

And you'd watch me, and I'd watch you watch me.
You're hair was kinda hard to miss.
And I feel you when I'm angry and I try to make a fist.
I wish that I could tell you all of this.

But the pain that day kept me away.
I didn't get to say, "Goodbye."
So goodbye.

I get nervous, and then anxious, and then scared I'll disappear.
But then your laughter fills my ears.
And I know it's just a memory, but it helps me kill my fears.
They say I'm phony but I'm so sincere.

"I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth. I don't know why. It was just that she looked so damn nice, the way she kept going around and around, in her blue coat and all. God, I wish you could've been there."

I wish that I could take you back to where the world kept spinning,
but don't tell anybody anything.

"I didn't know what the hell to say. If you want to know the truth, I don't know what to think about it. I'm sorry I told so many people about it. About all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about. Even old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. It's funny. Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
Track Name: This (feat. Kyle McEvoy)
I’m trying to get to know this better.
I’m trying to be a saint.
Sadie, I read your letter.
I tried to write for days.

You wrote, but I don’t,
I don’t know what to say.
What you wrote, but I don’t,
I don’t know what to say.
I guess we’ll have to wait.

I’m trying to get to know this better.
I’m trying to be a saint.
Sadie, I saw your brother,
He said you were away.
By now I should know better,
By chances become strangers.
By now I should know better,
By chances become strangers.

I watched you go, I watched you burn out
Brighter than any star I’d ever seen.
I watched you grow, I watched you grow and flower.
Your petals bloomed so beautifully.
Track Name: Weekend Girl
You're everything I'm looking for,
and when I get to see you,
I'm always staring at your smile.
And so next time I see you
it's time I tell you,
I wanna see you all the time.

But you're a weekend girl. (x2)
So don't forget me through the workweek.

You know, I think it could be nice
if we could live a life
where I could be there for you
and you could be my wife.
And when I come back home
you'll be there on the phone -
You're waiting for me,
You're waiting for me!
I think that we could do this,
I think that we could do this.

You're everything I'm looking for,
and when I get to see you,
I'm always staring at your smile.
And so next time I see you
it's time I tell you,
I wanna see you all the time.

But you're a weekend girl.
(I wanna see you in the sunlight, baby.)
Track Name: Quiet Year
I could tell you that I love you
but I guess that wouldn't matter
because you moved to Alabama
where the sun don't seem to stop.

So take your new friends
and your spaceships,
trade in your loose ends
for some fake shit.

The past tense, just erase it
because the future's almost on.

And we both know this.

I guess I get,
I guess I get,
to get better than this.
Track Name: Border Blood
Sunset let me go,
sunrise on my mind.
I'm so tired of waiting
for someone to say to me,
"It'll be alright."

I am the voice inside my brain
whispering, screaming almost everything.
No one hears my words
or understands until
our hands can share the same.

I am not what you say I am.
I am a man who loves his blood
but bleeds because he needs
his kids to have a life
that you say I can't.

Isaiah 50:4-9
"The lord God has given me a well-trained tongue. That I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.

The lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let him confront me. See, the Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong? Lo, they will all wear out like cloth, the moth will eat them up."

Sunburnt dirty hands
holding fast and praying.
Give me grace to love
the ones who hate me, Lord,
until they understand.

I am not what they say I am.
I am a man who bleeds
the same blood they bleed
and I'll keep on bleeding
as long as my legs let me stand.
Track Name: Let You Down
[Oh, I'm not overly confident
with the combination
of these (words] keep tripping
right over my tongue.)

I know I must sound incompetent,
but really I am just overthinking it.
It's a habit Devon says I should give up.

But the truth is I don't wanna let you down.
But the truth is I don't wanna let you down.
But the truth is I don't wanna let you down.
But the truth is I don't wanna let you down.

Your eyes were sending signals across the room.
It grew confusing, you saw right through me.
But the truth is, I feel translucent,
or as small as a balloon let go too soon.

But the truth is I don't wanna let you down. (So I just thought I'd tell you too)
But the truth is I don't wanna let you down. (So I just thought I'd tell you)
But the truth is I don't wanna let you down. (So I just thought I'd tell you too)
But the truth is I don't wanna let you.

I wanna see a little clearer now
when I look into the mirror how
these bones beneath my skin
to someone could really mean something.

But the truth is I don't wanna let you down. (So I just thought I'd tell you too)
But the truth is I don't wanna let you down. (So I just thought I'd tell you)
But the truth is I don't wanna let you down. (So I just thought I'd tell you too)
But the truth is I don't wanna let you.
Track Name: The Shovel Song (feat. Evan Crane)
I clawed my way back to where I was before you laid me low.
From six feet deep I'm on my feet and searching for a soul.

Oh, I am the walking dead,
grew tired of my grave.
And I'm not complaining,
but girl my bones still ache.

My legs will work in fits and spurts but still I'm moving slow.
I'm stuck between both where I've been and where I need to go.

Oh, I am the ghost of a man
who used to haunt this place.
I tried to change but
some habits are hard to break.

I'll try to say this just one more way.
I wish it wasn't so.
I want to have your hand to hold, but my blood still runs cold.

I'm feeling alive again,
oh, there's still that thing to say.
If you touch that shovel,
well then there'll be some hell to pay.
Track Name: Cat Jah Lee Dee Da Ma
Thank you, Melanie,
for helping me to see again.
You said that I look perfect,
and I guess that I believe you then.

It’s crazy when you can gain
some new perspective.
I’m feeling more reflective,
look dignified, respected.
And hey...

Will I get to see you some day?
If I do, I wonder what you’ll say
if you say anything at all.

Thank you, Providence,
for giving me the best of friends.
They say that time makes everything
completely different.

I know this to be true in some ways,
so cherish what’s consistent
but don’t be too dismissive.

Will I get to see you some day?
If I do, will I know what you look like
or will it just seem strange?

Thank you, family,
for proving love can doom indifference.
Each sunrise has a sunset,
all that counts is what we do with them.

Teddy’s smiling song is so contagious.
I keep singing right along,
it sounds an awful lot like this, it goes:

La da di dee dah, la da, da da ma
Cat jah lee dee dah, la da da da ma
(and so forth)
Track Name: Pulse
Check for pulse -
my lungs are lost.
My breath falls short.
I can't explain, I can't explain, I can't explain
the loss of love.
But I'm so in love today,
I want to stay that way.

And I'm reaching out for hope,
but I'm fed up.
We can be better.
We can do better.

We can be love.
Track Name: Shopping for Bear Traps with Jonathan Byers
If I told you what I was before,
then it would be clearer to see
that I can be better than me.
Track Name: Reliable
So reliable,
the summer rain,
the summer rain.

You watched it fall again,
you watched me fall.

So reliable,
the leaves will change,
the leaves will change.

And I might change.
I want to change.
I need to change.

I'm reaching out
and I'm searching for the skyline
singing, "Hold on, hold on, hold on.
And I don't want to let go,
but I don't know what to say
and I don't know how to show.

So reliable,
the moon's refrain -
I'll sing again.