Bay to Maples

by Owen Roberts

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Bay to Maples is Berkeley-based singer songwriter Owen Roberts' first solo release. It features co-producer Yair Evnine on cello, bass and electric guitar, and Megan Slankard on harmony vocals

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released August 14, 2007

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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: You Won't Burn Me
I follow you
Just a you follow me
Where the river rolls beneath
The fallen leaves of autumn trees
You sing to me
Just as I sing to you
Controversial verses
That we both believe are true

You looked at me
Just as I looked at you
Longer than a moment
On a windless afternoon
I smiled at you
You smiled back at me
Open like a gift that was both
Given and received

CHORUS
What good’s a whisper
Whose fallen words
Are never heard at all
Let your words fall on me
And mine will fall right back on you
So excuse if I sputter like a back fire
When you’re just like a cannonball
Now light it up and fire away
You won’t burn me

If I play a tune
Will you dance naked all around the empty room
With the cool air blowing through the window
You take my hand
And I start dancing like a sentimental madman
Whose rhythm has been lost and found again

I pull you closer darling
You’re there beside me
We’re beside ourselves laughing
And no one needs to know the reason why

CHORUS
Track Name: Around My Thoughts
Drive come take me
Deep into my thoughts
If I go alone
I'm afraid I might get lost
Take me past my reason
Take me past my doubt
Drive me until I find
What I didn't know I was without

We won't crash
though our wheel might turn
Gasoline isn't the fuel we're gonna burn

The highway is alive tonight
It won't be sleeping beneath our tire
I'm riding on the passenger side
Lighting the wheel on fire
As we circle 'round my senses
Drive out past old memories
We won't rest 'til we arrive
Right where I never thought I would be

We won't crash
though our wheel might turn
Gasoline isn't the fuel we're gonna burn
Track Name: Where We've Been
Hold my hand
She said to me
As she was falling asleep
She said walk me through a dream
Show me things that I awake
Might find obscene
No one needs to know where we've been

I don't want to walk alone
It's dark outside
I can feel you breathing
Inside of me
Me the air beneath my breast
Be the wild side of our peaceful wilderness
I want to know you
Like I want you to know me

Hold on to my hand
Walk with me until our path turns into sand
Stand with me and we might never fall again
Sing with me as if our song might never end
No one needs to know where we've been

Hold on to my hand
She said to me
As she was falling asleep
She said walk me through a dream
Show me things that I awake
might finds obscene
No one needs to know where we've been
Track Name: Blue River
Walking beneath my swollen feet
was a river so wide
that I stepped right on the beat
Dance with the mountain
Swing with the trees
Humming along with the whistling breeze

Resting inside of m open eye
Was a blue river in the sunshine
Up on the other shore
Where my boots wait to take me
right where I was heading for

Shuffle between purple and green
This is the reason why we wake up from dreams
Dance with the mountain
Swing with the trees
Humming along with the whistling breeze
Track Name: Bay to Maples
Watching as the road winds its way around our tree
There we'll make our music
sitting underneath the shade
Let's bring our California coastal melody
Out across that river
Wide and deep

Drive, drive along
up on Route 9
Let's drive our golden bay to maples

The long way around, they say,
is the sweetest road back home
Telegraph to Tivoli
That road's so sweet and long
Let's find a countryside
where willows laugh and poets hide
and let's write them into our song

Drive, drive along
up on Route 9
Let's drive our golden bay to maples
Track Name: New Paltz Waltz
Darling, let's take a ride
Out to the west bank of the Hudson River tonight
There we will find
A reason to smile again
In an old, stubborn town
Ahead of its time

I'll stand by your bedside
If ever you become sick
Long as life is mine to live
Next to you I'll spend the rest of it
And I'll leave you all that I have
If ever I should die
Let's be alive tonight

Was it enough to say
That I love you like the stars
Like a dusk red moon
Like a ballad on a hollow guitar
You and I've waited for this moment
So damn long
I know you've got no plans tonight
And the band, they're gonna keep playing on

Maestro give us a waltz
We'll listen and dance
And hold up our hearts
High over the green trees of New Paltz
Maestro bless your soul
Your heart is young
And your wisdom is old as love
And we all know how to love

Our hearts are pounding one, two and three
Oh darling, would you care to dance
The New Paltz Waltz with me
With me tonight

Darling, let's take a ride
Out to the west bank of the Hudson River tonight
There you and I will dance in the moonlight
In an old and stubborn town ahead of its time

I'll stand by your bedside
If ever you become sick
Long as life is mine to live
Next to you I'll spend the rest of it
And I'll leave you all that I have
If ever I should die