Mama Sun

by Owen Roberts

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A stripped and kicked back EP built out of love and paternity.

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released January 26, 2016

All songs written by Owen Roberts
Produced by Drew Nix
Recorded at Bird Creek Studios (Newburgh, NY) and Shady Maples Studios (Berkeley, CA)
Engineered by Drew Nix (NY) and Peter Krawiec (CA)

Owen Roberts- vocals, guitar, percussion
Drew Nix- drums, bass, guitar, keyboards
Graham Patzner- violin, trumpet
Lewis Patzner- cello
Ruben- dog

Copyright 2016 Owen Roberts
All Rights Reserved

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Owen Roberts Berkeley, California

Born in San Francisco and raised in Bay Area lumber yards, Owen Roberts' music has been described as "visceral" (San Francisco Chronicle), "perfectly Californian" (KQED), and "explosive" (NBC San Diego). As frontman and songwriter for the Berkeley-based band Shady Maples, Roberts has toured the coasts as a solo artist and band leader. ... more

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Track Name: The Only One
I've imagined you often
In the company of a child
Whose only word was your name
Whose eyes are the laughter
You've always seen in mine
The song he hums has only one line

You're the only one
You're the only one

In the silver light where we lay
By the window in our unlit room
Our souls, our hearts and our bones
Danced in the light of the moon

Waiting on the edge of a dream
For the light to shine in
Calling out our names
Into the silence we confide in

You're the only ones
You're the only ones

I imagine you often
In the company of a man
Whose only word was your name
Whose eyes are still the laughter
Like they've always been
The song he hums is
The one you sang to him

You're the only one
You're the only one
Track Name: Papa Shade
Chorus:
Mama gonna bring the sunshine
Mama gonna bring the sun
Mama gonna bring the sunshine
Mama gonna bring the sun
Papa gonna bring the shade, child
Papa gonna bring the shade
Papa gonna bring the shade, child
Papa gonna bring the shade

Moon lighting up a dark sky
Moon lighting up the dark
Moon lighting up a dark sky
Moon lighting up the dark
Moon lighting up a dark sky
You don't need to be afraid
Mama gonna bring the sunshine
Papa gonna bring the shade

Chorus

Winter gonna bring a rainstorm
Winter gonna bring the rain
Winter gonna bring a rainstorm
Winter gonna bring the rain
Winter gonna bring a rainstorm
Even when the seasons change
Mama gonna bring the sunshine
Papa gonna bring the shade

Chorus
Track Name: October Arms
One more moon
Sunset on our open window
Come into your autumn
There you were all along

Now I hold you in October arms
Clothe you in cotton and yarn
Bathe you in moonlight and stars
And wonder aloud who you are

Come as you are
And I'll be here as I am
Who the child
And which the man?

Now I hold you in October arms
Clothe you in cotton and yarn
Bathe you in moonlight and stars
And wonder aloud who you are

I found that I'd never fallen in love
Without wondering for how long
The love in the eye of the one that I hold
Would shine on
Come as you are in my autumn arms
And hold on
Come as you are in my autumn arms
We'll shine on

One more moon
Track Name: River's Song
A gentle yellow jacket
And a honey bee queen
With a rose under wing
And a pocket full of poppy seeds
She was raised with gold in the earth below
On a pollen of amber
He was born in a lumber yard
On a sawdust wind
In the douglas fir

And they sang the river's song
Sweeter than a honeycomb
And clear as dawn
They went softly into the falling
That love depends upon
Deeper than either had ever gone

With spring reuniting with summer in the middle of June
In a dogwood canopy under a half dome moon
Quietly they alight on a bed of pine
In a mile of sunshine
Colony in a choir
Around the campfire
Welcoming their flight

Singing their river's song
Sweeter than a honeycomb
And clear as dawn
Bearing witness to the falling
That love depends upon
Deep as anyone had ever gone

Sure as redwood and fern
The wisdom of a humming bird
Certain as the summer morning fog burns
Their light will shine on
Melting candle wax scent strong
Comforting as the weight of a lover's arm

And the sound of the river's song
Sweeter than a honeycomb
And clear as dawn
Carried off into the falling
That love depends upon
Deep, wide, and long

A gentle yellow jacket
And a honey bee queen
With a rose under wing
And a pocket full of poppy seeds