Songs in a Skeleton Key

by Shane Hunt

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Recorded live at the Record Parlor in Phoenix on December 30th, 2016, this album is a collection of material studying the magnetic principles of human attraction and repulsion.

The album was tracked in such a way as to allow the songs to be as raw, impetuous, and transparent as the emotions they attempt to convey. We expend a tremendous amount of energy trying to pass our emotions through a filter, and music has begun to follow a similar trend. We auto-tune hiccups - we replace skill with mechanized precision. So in getting back to tracking live and simply rolling with a performance, I hoped the organic emotion - the genuine despondency or honest elation - would translate because of, rather than in spite of, any flaws.

I truly hope you enjoy listening as much as we did tracking it!

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released March 20, 2017

Shane Hunt - vocals, guitar, mandolin
Jon Watkins - backing vocals on Heart in Hand and Veiled
Sam Mitchell - violin and backing vocals on Veiled

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Josh Schmidt
Recorded at The Record Parlor in Phoenix, AZ

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Shane Hunt Phoenix, Arizona

A self-taught musician/singer/songwriter in Phoenix, AZ, Hunt has released four albums of solo material to date: 2000's Silhouette Room EP, 2001's Transcendence, 2003's An Awkward Silence Between Friends, and 2010’s Another Awkward Silence Between Friends & albums with Would-Be Savior? (Save Yourself) The LaTTer (The Hindsight EP) and Sydney Sprague (Do You Hear Me & Paper Crane). ... more

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Track Name: Heart in Hand
Heart in Hand

I held your hand underneath your coat
So no one else but you would ever know
That I fall apart when I'm not touching you-
My smile fades when you aren't in the room-

So if I held you one more time
And whispered, "Will you be mine?"
Could I change your mind?
If I held you one more time
and whispered, "Will you be mine?"
Could I change your mind?

Photographs could never really show
The space that slipped between us start to grow
With every kiss surrendered on my lips
And fights that swelled into awkward silences...

But if I held you one more time
And whispered, "Will you be mine?"
Could I change your mind?
If I held you one more time
and whispered, "Will you be mine?"
Would I change your mind?

Because I fell asleep with you,
and I woke up to a dream come true-
Don't you realize you saved my life
The night I called you mine?

I love you...
It's all that I can do-
I love you...
But it's all that I can do-

So if I held you one more time
And whispered, "Will you be mine?"
Could I change your mind?
If I held you one more time
and whispered, "Will you be mine?"
Could I change your mind?
Track Name: Sex With Exes
Sex With Exes

Our past reads like a palindrome
In a dialect I speak, but can't recall
It's a scab I scratch with vitriol
A blow that begs to land so I can fall

But I'll try and rest my hot head
On your cold shoulder -

And I know you fell in love with him
The devil only swoons when angels sin
There's nothing that will ever come of it
When we break each puzzle piece to make it fit...

But I'll try and rest my hot head
On your cold shoulder -
But I'll try and rest my hot head
On your cold shoulder -

So blame me
Say I ruin everything
Blame me
Say I ruin everything

But when my name rolls off your tongue
Just savor it before it's gone-
Track Name: Storms
Storms

I'm still entangled in your sad eyes-
They don't see much worth in all our lives
I've done the best that I could
To treat you how a man should
But you're not sleeping tonight
Until we finish up this fight

I used to hold on to you -
Now I hold my breath and wait
Until you get through

Raining indoors
I strolled in on your downpour
Baby, I can't talk to you -
I can't find you through the gloom
'cuz it's raining in our room...

I get so scared when you get quiet
I sense the swells in every silence
It's amazing what you can say
By simply turning away
You rile me into a riot
Because you never speak your mind

I used to confide in you
But now I swallow my own thoughts
To see me through

Raining indoors
I strolled in on your downpour
Baby, I can't talk to you -
I can't find you through the gloom
'cuz it's raining in our room...

We both lose in this fight
Trying to keep love alive
So let's just leave it behind
And keep the weather outside
Track Name: Observations
Observations

She loves him like a cripple
Forced to lean against a crutch
With scant concealed resentment
While she tries in vein to walk without it
A brace against a broken heart
Never meant to mend
A salve she slathers on her skin to
Conceal a spreading infection

She waits until it all breaks down
and she leans until they reach the ground
Embraced the sound of his heart screaming out

She feels so cold -
She feels so cold-

He sacrificed their future
While he grieves over his past
He wastes their quiet moments
By lamenting they won't last
And now he picks apart their romance
Like a craven carrion
He plants his feet in concrete
Claiming he was born to run

He can't wait until it all breaks down
So he leans until they reach the ground
Embraced the sound of her heart screaming out

He feels so cold -
He feels so cold-
Track Name: Veiled
Veiled

Acid and butterflies
A head chalk full of lies
Staring at the sun
Fooling everyone...

Even if you call for me
Breaking like a tide for a wave
Even if you fall for me
I will be the one you leave
Holding the veil

Simple and saccharine
All good things must end
When the stirrings in your blood
Soon become a flood

Even if you call for me
Breaking like a tide for a wave
Even if you fall for me
I will be the one you leave
Holding the veil
Holding the veil all alone...

If what I'm saying makes much sense
Is all of little consequence
The stage will get the best of me
You just get the rest of me...