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And Now That I'm In Your Shadow

After almost ten years now, Damien Jurado has been releasing albums, along with untold numbers of EPs and singles, but read an article about American songwriters and the name Damien Jurado probably won't appear. Why is he still lost among the lists of names? Is he destined to be lost forever or can he be found?

On his new album And Now That I'm In Your Shadow, Jurado once again is calling us out to meet him. With the help of now permanent members Eric Fisher and Jenna Conrad, Damien has taken on a new side to his career. No longer is Damien Jurado just another solo artist but a band. Rarely from now on will any live performance just include a man with his ideas and guitar but a continuous collaboration in lyrics and sound creating a backdrop to a world that is filled with desperation and blessings, life discovered and life that is lost.

Together they will lead you into the lyrical world of the forgotten faces that you once knew. The songs are old friends and close relatives, quarreling loves and love lost, the very thoughts that cross your mind when you are alone or among the crowd. Forever in your shadow and trapped between the lines that you write down, Damien Jurado is still here and going nowhere.

Lyrics

Hoquiam

Standing with my feet deep in the ground

Was I nothing but a landslide in your mind?

Am I no one until someone calls me out?

Are you just pretending when we talk?


You should have seen me

Keeping watch at dawn


Picture now a car ride through the plains

Where east meets west and only sky remain

Were you faking death to only gain concern?

The cut out lights and signals told us wrong


You should have seen us

Carefree behind the wheel


Lover I am still here breaking chairs

Will I ever be the hero in your song

Or forever in your shadow so unseen?

Trapped between the lines that you write down?


You should have told me

Broken jaw and all

Crippled in your glory

Restless till my death

Denton, Tx.

She walked in with sadness in her eyes

I could tell she'd been sleeping with the stars

"Well hello i'm Dawn..."

"Yes i've seen you around..."

"I just live down from here..."


She has a dad she doesn't know

Who sends her letters with no return address...

"I don't know his name..."

"He don't know my face..."

"I am better off this way..."


On the weekends I driver her into town

In a car that I borrowed from my mom

She makes hotel beds

Where the sidewalks end

And I wait for her to come home

Please come home


The one day she finally stop coming around

My best friend said she probably moved out of town

Not was a letter that was sent... Not a phone call was made

And I hope she comes back here someday

I Had No Intentions

He motioned to me from across the street
His arms waving madly "Come over to me"
I saw the panic as he approached
We both ran quickly to the house
Where the windows were shot out

He lay there bleeding on the floor
My mother beside him screaming "Dear Lord...
Someone shot my boy"

I held his hand 'til the ambulance came
And onto a stretcher they took him away
I followed close from the car behind
The lights and the sirens both dull in my mind
November 9

Killed by a bullet from a jealous gun
It rattled his eyelids and pierced through his lungs
The damage is now done

He was seem by her lover the night before
Swearing to kill him outside her door
To her defense my brother walked out
Raising his fist and screaming "Get out...
It's me she's with now!"

Hotel hospital the tears burned my eyes
I slipped into nighttime and deep into dying
Without even trying

Hotel Hospital

He motioned too me from across the street

His arms waving madly "Come over to me"

I saw the panic as he approached

We both ran quickly to the house

Where the windows were shot out

He lay there bleeding on the floor

My mother beside him screaming

"Dear Lord someone shot my boy"

I held his hand till the ambulance came

Then onto a stretcher they took him away

I followed close from the car behind

The lights and the sirens both dull in my mind

November 9

Killed by a bullet from a jealous gun

It rattled his eyelids and pierced though his lungs

The damage now done

He was seen by her lover the night before

Swearing to kill him outside her door

To her defense my brother walked out

Raising his fists and screaming

"Get out it's me she's with now!"

Hotel hospital the tears burned my eyes

I slipped into nighttime and deep into dying

without even trying

And Now That I'm In Your Shadow

I would rather hide behind you
Or stand in your eclipse
The sun, it does not move me like it used to
And neither do you

And Greenland I am with you...
I was once unwanted
In the front seats all with strangers
I too was the Earth's ceiling
I lost all feeling

And now I'm in your shadow
I'm motionless
I am black

I'll be a crash landing who can change the landscape talking
And when I begin to stutter the land will be shaking
And God will be clapping

And now I'm in your shadow
I'm motionless
I am black

And now I'm in your shadow
I'm motionless
And I am black

What Were the Chances

When I left you alone to fight your battles
Of long winters and motels what went through your mind?
How is it that you made it?
How is it that you noticed?
It wasn't me who was looking at you
Through foggy glass or windows... it was them.

I was out in Coolidge with my head on a counter
Drinking down my chances to ever return to anyone.
No I wasn't faking it... the hurt I felt was real
And all that was holy just slowly disappeared
Or just appeared in parking lots of truck stops.
The lights all blinking and now all I'm thinking is
"How the hell did I get here?"

Does your husband know I call you sweetheart?
Does he know that I call you at all?
It's not like you are cheating we're only meeting
In hotels and not your home.
Would you change your last name to mine?
I think your kids would mind

I was in the desert waving planes and burning phone books
To a tune that was famous the year I was born.
Do not leave me dancing alone.
Pick up the phone and call me lover
Say come and get me I am home...
Please pick up the phone
Please pick up the phone

Shannon Rhodes

I drove from Montesano to Aberdeen.
From Aberdeen to Pacific Beach.

And a pocket full of wrong numbers.
Has anybody here seen Shannon Rhodes?

I see her in the window of my memory
She's standing like an angel down the hall.
I'll call you when I get home this evening.
Has anybody here seen Shannon Rhodes?

Some say that she moved in with her lover.
The man that her mother could not stand.
"Ma, he only hits me when he's angry."
Has anybody seen Shannon Rhodes?

Four miles from the highway they found her.
Laying in the tall grass by the road.
Murdered by the hands of her lover.
Goodbye, goodbye, Shannon Rhodes

Yesterday I went out to her grave site
It was the same day that her lover stood his trial
And at her grave I stood there and remembered

All of my days with her are gone

There Goes Your Man

There goes your man
There goes your man
He's walking by, and shaking like a leaf
There goes your man

Here comes your death
Here comes your death
Keeping your breath safely in the trees
Here comes your death

Come now, you widow
Come now, you widow
Come and rest, so quiet in the meadow
Here comes your man

I Am Still Here

I stood alone there in the driveway
'Til I saw your headlights fade
disappear
Burn out like stars
A Chevrolet train that rolls in the night

I must have had a hundred nightmares
Of you falling asleep at the wheel
I send my prayers
Where are you now?
I am still here and going nowhere

Here is a photo of our first baby
Here is a photo of our wedding day
Nothing has changed
My love still the same
I am still here and here I remain

When you come back we'll have a party
We'll hang up the Christmas lights
You'll be my bride
I'll be your groom
I love you so much, please make it home soon

Your mother said that you called this morning
"Tell him I love him, but I am not returning"

Gasoline Drinks

This gasoline makes one fine drink
All I need is trouble
Flicker in the sunlight's dawn
They'll find my dead body cold
I used to wither just like winter
And now all I am is useless

So now is the time
To say all I wished I could have said
But I can't get my tongue out
And I can't get my sword to work
I'll just talk loads of bullshit anyhow

Your mother in torn garments
Like Jesus Christ denied
And blood in all her pockets
And you inside her eyes

Shut it down
Kill the lights
Shut it down


Let's shut it down
Let's kill the lights

Gas Station

I quit my job

I moved away

I kept in touch

With all my old friends


From time to time

I hear about you

Are you still married?

Are you still happy?

How about your sister

Is she still running?

I ran into her

Last year in Denton


She spoke so quiet

Like I remember

I asked about you

She gave no answer


I'd always planned

To come back for you

But we both know how

You'd never leave

Montesano

In a landslide

I can hear you . . .

Hear you walk away