YOU ARE ME

by Shawn Nelson

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"You Are Me" marks the ninth release in the Shawn Nelson Music catalog and it was inspired by a year long Tuesday Night Residency at the second oldest venue in Austin, The Hole In The Wall. The album includes some new songs, two cover songs from Townes Van Zandt and The Carter Family and acoustic takes on previosuly released songs.

It's all strings and songs featuring Matt Slusher on lead acoustic guitar, Fletcher Murchison on mandolin and Morgan Patrick Thompson on upright bass.

The album was recorded LIVE on May 25, 2016 in one session at Signal Hill Recording in Austin. Patrick Herzfeld was behind the glass engineering and mixing. Jerry Tubb from Terra Nova Mastering mastered the album.

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released November 11, 2016

Released November 11, 2016

Produced by Shawn Nelson
Engineered & Mixed by Patrick Herzfeld
Recorded Live on May 25 2016 at Signal Hill Studio in Austin, TX
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio in Austin, TX

All Songs Written By Shawn Nelson Except:
"Colorado Girl" by Townes Van Zandt and
"Wildwood Flower" by A.P. Carter
© 2016 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved

Shawn Nelson - Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Matt Slusher - Lead Acoustic Guitar & Harmony Vocals
Fletcher Murchison - Acoustic Mandolin & Harmony Vocals
Morgan Patrick Thompson - Upright Bass

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Shawn Nelson Austin

Shawn Nelson is a songwriter, musician and singer based in Austin who has been performing and making records for over a decade. The Austin Chronicle named his 2011's San Juan Street "one of the best country albums of the year."
Shawn and the group of string band pickers have recorded a live studio album slated to be released in the Fall of 2016 marking Shawn's 9th independent release.
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Track Name: Oh Tonight
OH TONIGHT

I can drink beer and I can smoke weed
But mixin’ ‘em up with the whiskey
I’m gonna fly
Yea tonight

Turnin’ forty was such a drag
Livin’ my life out of a van
I gotta ride
Yea tonight

There ain’t no takin’ no easy road
There ain’t no shortcuts that I know
Out here livin’ the life you see
But time keeps catchin’ up with me
Oh Tonight

I got rhythm and I got soul
But Lord have mercy it’s takin’ it’s toll
Oh tonight
Yea tonight

I got a woman she’s beautiful
A baby boy so loveable
On my mind
Yea tonight

There ain’t no takin’ no easy road
There ain’t no shortcuts that I know
Out here livin’ the life you see
But time keeps catchin’ up with me
Oh Tonight

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Written by Shawn Nelson
© 2016 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
Track Name: My Old Time Gal
MY OLD TIME GAL

You’re still my baby, you’re still my bride
Be here forever by your side
I’m never leavin’ you babe
In your bosom is where I’ll stay

There’s lots of pretty girls that like to look and stare
I know you act like you don’t care
But I’m here to tell ya that I love ya babe
I’m here to tell ya that I’m gonna stay
With you my old time gal

You’re still my lady, I’m still your man
Walkin’ forever hand in hand
I know I’m crazy and so are you
We belong together me and you

There’s lots of pretty girls that like to look and stare
I know you act like you don’t care
But I’m here to tell ya that I love ya babe
I’m here to tell ya that I’m gonna stay
With you my old time gal

When our days here are done
I’ll meet ya baby up above
And if you want to we can be
Oh together in eternity

There’s lots of pretty girls that like to look and stare
I know you act like you don’t care
But I’m here to tell ya that I love ya babe
I’m here to tell ya that I’m gonna stay
With you my old time gal

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Written by Shawn Nelson.
© 2015 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Nobody Got A Hold On Me
NOBODY GOT A HOLD ON ME

I can head for the mountain or sail out to sea
Or hang out here in the hill country
If you dance with the devil he’ll dance right back
Ol’ Doc Dupuy told me that

Chorus
But nobody got a hold on me
Nobody got a hold on me
Gonna get what I need eventually
Nobody got a hold on me

It’s a crying shame what we gotta do
In the land of plenty for the few
But we got guns and rock n roll
Honky-Tonks and Muscle Shoals

There was once was a time when we could survive
With crops in the field and homemade wine
It’s a wicked world we’re living in
Fighting these wars over and over again

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Written by Shawn Nelson.
© 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: P&L's Midway
P&L's MIDWAY

I come from Houston way down south
Raised in a honky-tonk with a po-boy in my mouth
Momma and Daddy let us boys run free
Them quarters for the jukebox made a junkie out of me

It was “Stars on The Water” and “On The Road Again”
And dancing with your Momma to “Hello Darlin’”

Grandma Loretta drove a gold Pontiac
Her friend had a coon dick tucked in his cowboy hat
There were prison guards and convicts, my brother and me
They gave away bunnies on Easter Sunday

It was “Stars on The Water” and “On The Road Again”
And dancing with your Momma to “Hello Darlin’”

Grandma Loretta lives up in Heaven now
Probably drinkin’ beer and dancin’ to them honky-tonk sounds
Shufflin’ through the saw-dust just like we used to do
Down at P&L’s Midway back in 1982

It was “Stars on The Water” and “On The Road Again”
And dancing with your Momma to “Hello Darlin’”

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Written by Shawn Nelson.
© 2015 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Streets Of Gold
STREETS OF GOLD

I’ve got a plan, don’t you understand
Gonna leave this place today
It’s hard on us just keepin’ up
There ain’t no easy way

Chorus
I have a dream for you and me
To walk on them streets of gold
It may rain and it may snow
But baby we gotta go

Look around and hear the sound
Of our people they’re proud and poor
Tired of trying and crying for crumbs
And fighting for nothing but war

Is there no peace, no harmony
Left in this wretched world?
Maybe it does in Heaven above
But its hell on you and me girl

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Written by Shawn Nelson.
© 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Cruel Ol' World
CRUEL OL' WORLD

Momma told me ‘bout the boys in school
Who left for Vietnam
And the ones who made it back didn’t understand
Why no one gave a damn
And all the heroes of World War II
Didn’t know what to say or do
They killed a President down in Dallas
In the middle of the afternoon

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

When I grew up down in HTown
The rock was everywhere
They were selling that stuff from the Contras
And no one seemed to care
And all the hippies from the sixties
Had children of their own
They gave up the fight for what is right
And moved out to the suburbs

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

So dark and evil for so long
Got to feelin’ normal
‘Til the Towers fell and everybody knelt
At the altar of confusion
Now the wars they won’t end
Got us all in the crosshairs
Tell me who do they save with the wars they wage
In the name of America

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

Lord I wish TuPac was here
To tell it like it is
He spit truth to power, called them liars and cowards
So they sent him up to Heaven
Like Jesus Christ, JFK
Martin Luther King
And Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy
And the one and only Bob Marley

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

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Written by Shawn Nelson
© 2016 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
Track Name: You Are Me
YOU ARE ME

All that whiskey and all that beer
And all that doubt and all that fear
And all them miles out behind the wheel

All them women and all them girls
And all them men who wanna rule the world
And all them people just caught up in between

You are me
We share destiny, you see
We’re not free
We gotta fight to believe
That you are me and I am you

All that silver and all that gold
And all them young and all them old
And them nights spent stuck out in the cold

All that sun and all that rain
All that sweat and all that pain
And all that blood running red through your veins

You are me
We share destiny, you see
We’re not free
We gotta fight to believe
That you are me and I am you

All that water and all that rust
And all that wind and all that dust
And all them souls just lost in the darkness

All that love and all that hate
All that luck and all that fate
And all that talk is cheap at heaven’s gate

You are me
We share destiny, you see
We’re not free
We gotta fight to believe
That you are me and I am you

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Written by Shawn Nelson
© 2016 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Austin
AUSTIN

Every night and every day
Every dream that you make
All the love that you take
All the hearts that you break

Every moment in the sun
Every hill I’ve fallen from
Every song I’ve ever sung
Was for you, Austin

Every night and every day
Every bar and every stage
All the hope and all the pain
All the waiting in vain

Every moment in the sun
Every hill I’ve fallen from
Every song I’ve ever sung
Was for you, Austin

Every night and every day
Every run and every break
Every show I’ve ever played
All the music that was made

Every moment in the sun
Every hill I’ve fallen from
Every song that I’ve sung
Was for you, Austin

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Written by Shawn Nelson
© 2016 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved