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Shangri​-​La West

by Jesse DeNatale

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1.
Twilight King It’s comin’ on twilight From over the hill You stepped from the darkness You gave me a thrill She wrote down these words With a silver pen Sent them to her lover boy So he could read them And the music was playin’ So sad upon his mind He knew he’d fallen down Now he’d fallen behind Out where the palm trees sway And there’s nothin’ left to do He‘ll still pull on his shoes He’s the Twilight King Oh the Twilight King Inside the truck stop Its always empty there Its on the north side of town Where no one really cares He’s sleepy and restless What’s a guy supposed to do It’s four in the morning And he’s still not getting through Meanwhile the rain is fallin’ Down upon the lane This world’s got so crazy It’s hard to look sane She shakes her clothes off And steps back to her room Says I’m missing you Oh my Twilight King Where’s my Twilight King So he drives back the long way And picks up the mail He puts everything but her letter Into the garbage pail And he thinks of her beauty And how she would cry He’d go back and wipe every tear drop from her eye And if she is sleeping He’ll cross the room tip toe Brush back her hair And say hey I love you so Pack up your dreams You know I’ve got a few And let’s step into view I’m the Twilight King I’m the Twilight King Do what we can do Do what we can do I’m the Twilight King Put your shoes on
2.
Rosie 04:03
Rosie I watch the moon move by my window pane I know that you do feel the same And when I’m angry at all mankind You come around and ease my mind Oh Rosie whisper in my ear Oh Rosie tell me that you’re here I move around in great disgust Not even myself can I trust But you and I we’ve been through all this You are the part of me I’ve come to miss Oh Rosie whisper in my ear Oh Rosie tell me that you’re here I get bad news almost everyday There on my door step there on every page They want me to believe what they say But what they want is for me to walk away Oh Rosie whisper in my ear Oh Rosie tell me you’re here I look for courage in the water deep I look for comfort in my longest sleep I look for faith in the truest eyes I look for you in the darkest skies Oh Rosie whisper in my ear Oh Rosie tell me that you’re here I watch the moon move by my window pane I know that you do feel the same I watch the moon move by my window pane I know that you do feel the same
3.
Riding Gloves Sweet apple blossom and cherry wine Ride off in the sunset or stay behind You can hear the horses stirring You’re growin’ like the willow tree Leaves are fallin’ all round me It’s a long journey occurring Tell me everything you’re dreamin’ of Let me tell you bout the speed of love Spread your wings my little mornin’ dove Someone’s gonna say Someone’s gonna say good-bye Oh play your violin for the general’s son Princess wonder you’ve just begun You can hear the trumpet at the castle wall blowing You can hear the footprints in the sand Before we ever learn how to stand That’s what they say about going Tell me everything you’re dreamin’ of Let me tell you bout the speed of love Spread your wings my little mornin’ dove Someone’s gonna say Someone’s gonna say good-bye Well step there lightly if you’re gonna walk high And don’t be afraid to ask why If you’re really not sure Turn the music way up loud Shake the sunlight down from the clouds Sooner or later You’ll get an answer I swear you were sent here from above Just to teach me how to love And no one’s gonna be thinking of How they’re gonna say How they’re gonna say good-bye I heard a brand new baby cry I heard another person up and died You know the pearly gates swing both ways I will hold you like there’s no tomorrow And save you from the seas of sorrow And I’ll stay here while the band plays No one’s gonna push or shove Don’t go putting on your riding gloves There ain’t no blue sky up above So how you gonna say How you gonna say good-bye How you gonna say How you gonna say good-bye How you gonna say How you gonna say good-bye
4.
Angel Baby 07:52
Angel Baby I found a guitar in a fourth street pawn shop You know that lucky little boulevard I think I bought it for a friend named Steve I sent it to him without a card That was maybe nineteen sixty somethin’ When all the land was a musical flame When we were young and our hearts were pumping No one’s ever gonna be the same Oh angel angel baby No I can’t talk to you now Oh angel angel baby We caught some big desire but I don’t know how We used to walk along a midnight heaven With our harmonicas pressed to our lips There might be six of us or maybe seven On those summer night suburbian trips Out to the market and down to the hillside Out the corner there we’d go Out to the highway and on to the tunnel Marching with an echo blowing in our soul Oh angel angel baby Tell me what took you so long Oh angel angel baby We caught some big desire you can’t say it’s wrong Me and Terry and her little sister Were gonna go hear a band We had to walk listen mister Cross the moon just holdin’ hands Still I got lost like I always used to So I put my hand up to my ear I traced the sound from me to you And it’s something I still can hear Oh angel angel baby Tell me why you make it so hard Oh angel angel baby Cut me with the sound of music leave me lost and scarred I’m layin’ down staring at the ceiling My friend said hey man you gotta hear this song It’s very nice yea it’s most appealing And another thing I like it’s really long Jack Elliott singin 912 Greens We played that record round and round I wasn’t really sure what it means But somehow I thought I’d been found Oh angel angel baby Tell me what I can do Oh angel angel baby We caught some big desire and I know you heard it too Now I might not even know you any longer But somehow I know you’re life’s been hard I think I’m going back feelin’ stronger Back to that lucky little boulevard I’ve been thinkin’ bout the time I met you Ive been thinkin’ bout what you had to say Could we do the things we thought we had to Could we hear the music any other way Oh angel angel baby Well I guess you know quite well Oh angel angel baby Guess you know you’ve got me underneath your spell
5.
Sister Lucy 03:59
Sister Lucy I’m waken up early one morning The longest night and the shortest day I’m waken up early one morning I close my eyes but I’m wide awake I’ve been dreamin’ about a gypsy caravan Pulled me up by the roots I’ve been dreamin’ about a better land So I’m pulling on my boots And Sister Lucy she’s got candles wrapped around her head She came and scattered roses all around my bed She fed me tea and biscuits and she sang to me once more Oh now Sister Lucy won’t you light my way out this door I’m walkin’ through the streets of Boston With a ticket in my hand My heart is beating like a base drum And I am feeling oh so grand Well I’m goin’ to California oh now don’t you cry Well I’m goin’ to California say good-bye say good-bye Yea I’m goin’ to California oh now don’t you cry Yea I’m goin’ to California say good-bye good-bye say good-bye
6.
Bohemian Ghosts And they road on in from the east coast Into the home of the brave On the trail of the bohemian ghosts Who so kindly set the stage And unpacking every costume The captain said aloud I’m just amazed we made it I’m just amazed I’m not proud Here are trees that knock on heaven And the grass all full of gold Water cool and plenty Where the land it unfolds And the children came out running And circled round the rest And the dogs began a barking In that last town of the west And back behind the buildings In the hour of a summer rain We stood way up high on cans To look through the window pane And what I saw was a palace Glowing in the red and blue light And a pretty ballerina She changed the day into night Well who knows the real reason They carried on that way We all looked at each other With not a whole lot to say Silver stars twinkling in a black ceiling Her perfume was in the air And a blind piano player He was leaning way back in his chair And she danced around a wishing well In the center of the room Looking like some exotic flower She was gettin’ ready whoa to bloom You know and then the blind man he played louder His keys were jangling in the light And make believe or not You know something wasn’t right And then the ballerina danced around the piano Oh but you know the blind man he was possessed She drew a knife and stabbed him Quietly in the chest And I jumped down round off those big cans And ran off in the summer rain I ran off through the tall grass With the speed of a runnin’ train Well who knows the real reason we do things this way Way out here in the west in the home of the brave
7.
All in the Name I was standing on the rooftop Sun shining down like gold I was tryin’ to remember everything bout love that I was told Some say love is a lesson The saints and the martyrs smile They get their hopes up round their heart mile after lonely mile All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love Young Danny he’s so happy He’s quick and full of brains He wants to take his girlfriend walkin’ out on lover’s lane She’s gonna show his fortune She’s gonna show his hand Lay down in the long grass like a woman and a man All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love Oh but you know love is dangerous It’ll lay you slow to waste The father told all his sons you better play it safe There’s somethin’ in the moonlight And in the blood in your heart I don’t know where it stops No and I don’t know where it starts All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love The saints are smiling brightly You can feel it in the air They cast a timely spell from third street to the corner square The girls they let their feet go dancin’ and their hair it is undone The boys sit and play their guitars all day out ‘neath the noon day sun All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love All in the name of all in the name of All in the name of love
8.
Shangri-La West I come in after working To sit in the Blackbird Café I know every drink I know every face I find a little note Tucked in my vest It said are you ever coming to Shangri-La West Oh the ocean is quiet And the boat it was blue There was a time You could see the crew They set sail long ago But at peace they rest They didn’t make it to Shangri-La West And the poets and painters Both young and old Tell me what they saw What truth was told Be it so humble but to merely suggest They made it to Shangri-La West Smile on it Smile on it Smile for the rest Say it’s for real Here in Shangri-La West And there’s a wild wind blowin’ Blowin’ in your soul Cause you’re not there yet Where you wanted to go I always thought destiny was some place at best But it will follow you anywhere Even Shangri-La West And your mythical presence Neath an old palm tree This land is your land Meant for you and me Your words and your wisdom Your words of jest They’re all still here in Shangri-La West Shout on it Shout on it Shout for the rest Say it’s for real Here in Shangri-La West Shout on it Shout on it Shout for the rest Say it’s for real Here in Shangri-La West
9.
Saint William That’s Saint William standing on the border He wants you to only take what’s yours And Manuelo gathers up all his children After he finishes up all his chores How do I get from Texas all the way to the city of Angels That’s where I’m gonna use my hands How we gonna pay our way there That’s what I don’t understand And the moonlight fallin’ down over the hills of old El Paso He scratches his name in the soil You can hear the stories unfolding Every time we labor or toil What’s this work all the fields in rain What’s this work another thousand miles What’s this work everybody’s in line What’s this work what’s mine And a little girl walkin’ down by the orchard In the warm breeze of the sun She’s bringing lunch to her father As he sits and quietly strums Well here’s some food from our supper And some ointment from the medicine tree I’ll trade you all this for a story About our home and how it will be Que pasa porque llora mi padre It’s a good day for music and song But let’s not forget why I came here Or you’ll get fired if we sit too long What’s this work all the fields in rain What’s this work another thousand miles What’s this work everybody’s in line What’s this work what’s mine Well many many people travel through this country And they fight for what’s not theirs not ours Oh the age of innocence oh my darling Was just a battle in a field of flowers Oh you silly old ranchero You know this job just ain’t for you You promise me the moon and the stars But you take anything like a wolf takes food What’s this work all the fields in rain What’s this work another thousand miles What’s this work everybody’s in line What’s this work what’s mine Then go on pack up all your brothers and sisters You can wait for me by the house and play I’m gonna finish mending up my blisters But tonight we’re gonna go away What’s this work all the fields in rain What’s this work another thousand miles What’s this work everybody’s in line What’s this work it’s mine Goodnight children goodnight to you Goodnight children I’ll be there too
10.
Greenfield Lane Think I’m goin back Back to Greenfield Lane I wanna see my friends Before it starts to rain Before the hours move Through my fingers bare On the river bridge You know i’ll see you there Out in the meadow the ground is solid And the buildings barely remain I still remember all we did On our way up to Greenfield Lane With only half a moon I’ll recognize your face You’ll show me all around I know nothing’s ever changed Take the upper path By the Turner’s Falls Hear the night train pass You know I hear the whistle call Out in the meadow the ground is solid And the buildings barely remain I still remember all we did On our way up to Greenfield Lane Oh Greenfield We will meet again Hey Greenfield Yeah we will meet again.

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released January 1, 2003

Jesse DeNatale: Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Kurt Stevenson: Guitars, dobro, mandolin, violin, background vocals
Greg Reeves: Bass guitar
Paul Rustigan: Organ, Piano on "Angel Baby"
J.Sciarra: Percussion, drums, background vocals

All songs written and performed by Jesse DeNatale.
Produced and recorded by J. Sciarra in San Francisco.
Except Saint William and Bohemian Ghosts produced by Jesse DeNatale and recorded by Steve Guinn at Sax Studios in Cotati California.
Mixing and post production by Jim Dean in San Anselmo California. Photography by Peter Ellenby.
Inside photo right by Emily Hallowell.
Drawing by Jesse DeNatale.
Design by Annette Price and Jesse DeNatale.

All songs copyright 2003 Jesse DeNatale.

Special thanks to J.Sciarra, Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, Steve Guinn, Jim Dean, Nick Tangborn, Lionel Conway, Bob Kayne, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Jon Bernson and the world of Ray's Vast Basement. 

Thank you Finn, Brad and Matt and the other folks from LA to Italy who started the CD on its first journey round. And thank you Peter and Annette for dressing it up to send it back out. Thank you Bob and Lana of Two Neat in Mill Valley for callin me back and letting me in your window.

Thank you Jody Weiner for helping me understand another language.
Extra special thanks to Carla Colletti for all her love and hard work.
Great cheers to the musicians and their soulful playing.

Kisses and hats off to Scout DeNatale.

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Jesse DeNatale California

Jesse DeNatale has been writing songs for as long as he can remember. He has released two critically acclaimed records: Shangri-La West (2000) & Soul Parade (2006). His music has been described as evocative & hopeful, a combination of poetry and storytelling
"A dynamic tune-fountain"- Billy Collins
"The Bard of Tomales Bay"- Ramblin' Jack Elliott
"A unique and original American voice"- Tom Waits
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