Fieldnotes From a Caravan

by Shanna Underwood

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Fieldnotes From a Caravan is a compilation of travel songs written from experiences in Nepal, Thailand, and across the U.S. From dreaming of new places, to leaving people behind.

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released January 31, 2011

Shanna Underwood - Songwriting, vocals, acoustic guitar
Chris Clawson - stand-up bass
Josh Pessar - electric guitars and acoustic on track 8
Kevin Gordon - electric guitars
Moriah Harris - fiddle
Eric Elsner - drums/percussion
Troy Jones - drums/percussion
Joe Bloom - Harmonica

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Shanna Underwood Portland, Maine

I'm not always leaving, just taking the long way home. Rich, powerful vocals accompany travel songs from the ends of the world and back.

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Track Name: There Was A Town
There Was a Town
Shanna Underwood

There was a town
It started small
Smelled like saltwater and smoke in the fall
But folks move around
And now its grown
They weren't lying when they said you can't go home
You can never go home

You can't love a town for what you want it to be
You've got to love that town for what it is
And find a little happiness

There was a boy
He was kind and strong
In a young girl's eyes he could do no wrong
But folks move around
And now she's gone
Left for school, but this is till the only town he's known
Old mills and stone

You can't love a man for what you want him to be
You've got to love that man for what he is
And find a little happiness

There was a time
When we knew it all
Local news at five, the world's so small
But folks move around
They learn a thing or two
And start to wonder about what they thought was true
What they thought was true

You can't love a town for what you want it to
You got to love that town for what it is
And find a little happiness

There was a town
It started small
Smelled like saltwater and smoke in the fall
Folks move around
Now it's grown
They weren't lying when they said you can't go home
You can never go home
Track Name: Appalachia to the Himalayas
Appalachia to the Himalayas
Shanna Underwood

Sebago Lake in the summer time
Come on in, the water is fine
Don't be shy, take it all off
I'll tell you a secret after it gets dark

The leaves are on fire, they're starting to fall
When they blow away, it makes me feel so small
I light the wood left in the stove, the smell of smoke
Makes me feel less alone

From Appalachia to the Himalayas
I never met anyone like you

The cold north wind makes our lashes freeze
When the ocean smells like tears, it's hard to leave
Come on now hon, it's getting cold
I can drive, down the back road slow

From Appalachia to the Himalayas
I never met anyone like you

The snow is gone, it melts away old pain
Wash away the hurt with a cool June rain
If we could just climb up that mountain
Well I hear, there's a nice view

From Appalachia to the Himalayas
I never met anyone like you

Sebago Lake in the summer time
Come on in, the water is fine
Track Name: Venus Burns
Venus Burns
Shanna Underwood

I can see Venus in the sky tonight
She's burning up, she must know your touch
Keeps her distance, keeps an even pace
When the moon is full, even she can feel that pull

Will you hold me, just like an old friend
All through the night, all through the night
Come on and hold me, just like an old friend
All through the night, all through the night

The earth is turning, help me slow it down
I only make demands because I know you can
I don't mean to ask that much from you
Hell I don't mean to
But I'm sure I do

Will you hold me, just like an old friend
All through the night, all through the night
Come on and hold me, just like an old friend
All through the night, all through the night

Venus fades sometimes her light is dim
She spins around, no plans to settle down
Tonight she's dancing with the moon
Yeah they like to be free
Honey so do we

But
Will you hold me, just like an old friend
All through the night, all through the night
Come on and hold me, just like an old friend
All through the night, all through the night

Come on hold me just like that old friend
You used to love honey way back then
Come on hold, just like an old friend
All through the night
Track Name: Dusty Books
Dusty Books
Shanna Underwood

Is everyone asleep
Are you dreaming or aware
Will you seek the truth
Or sit with your hollow soul and stare

There must be more to life
Than what I'm seeing
What kind of power is held
In the pages of a few dusty books

There's a fire in this mind
Brighter than a burning house raging
But they'll burn these ashes down to ashes
When they find that I'm too far gone for saving

There must be more to life
Than what I'm seeing
What kind of power is held
In the pages of a few dusty books

Well I know someone's out there
Yeah, I know someone's watching me
But have they seen weeds grow into wonders
Or are they too afraid to see

That there must be more to life
Than what we're seeing
What kind of power is held
In the pages of a few dusty books
Track Name: Dream Next to Me
Dream Next to Me
Shanna Underwood

You tell me I'm wild
I'm just a little too much for your taste
Turn it back on yourself and that might be the case
We could ramble around and make a mess of this town
I'll pretend you don't know that I'll never settle down

Dream, next to me
Come one and dream next to me

It's been a long time since you've been love
And I don't make it easy, but it must be easy enough
I don't believe in much, but you believe in luck
As long the drive to move on still gives us a tug

Dream, next to me
Come one and dream next to me

We're like a wildfire that fell out of grace
Every once in a while we make a disgrace of ourselves
But we know we'll make it through
At least, I do

When we dream, when we dream
Come on and dream next to me
Track Name: Small City Walls
Small City Walls
Shanna Underwood

What you do when what's expected isn't what you want
What you do say when what's right isn't what you mean
What do you dream when it's always the same scene
Is it you, or is it just me

The walls have started talking again
Sometimes the truth is thicker than your skin
This town is so small, don't think I can handle it at all
Being alone isn't the same as being lonely

Take off the cover, unscrew the lid
It might be the real thing, except it never is
Whey bother wearing a mask when everybody knows who you are
Then again, something here needs to change

The walls have started talking again
Sometimes the truth is thicker than your skin
This town is so small, don't think I can handle it at all
Being alone isn't the same as being lonely

Boxes confines labels I don't think I'm able
I'm falling down
One mistake is all it takes
Before you hit the ground

The walls have started talking again
Sometimes the truth is thicker than my skin
This town is so small, don't think I can stand it at all
Being alone isn't the same as being lonely
Track Name: Picket Fences
Picket Fences
Shanna Underwood

If we're going to make this work out right
You're gonna make me cry, I'm gonna make you fight
If you think love doesn't hurt, you're fooling yourself
I want to go deeper than the American dream allows
A red rose is not what this is about

Chorus:
I want to live in the world not behind a white picket fence
I'm not afraid of change and I don't pretend to know what love is
I'm taking off today for someplace I've never been
I'm asking you, will you see me through

I need it to be real, not just for the show
I don't want to ever forget,
I don't want the weight of you to lift
You made me remember why, I do what I do
And I why I love people like you

Chorus

I won't work 9 to 5 with that kind of job I'm barely alive
Can you follow this girl around while she chases her dreams
I'll be on the road again soon, and I'd like to have you next to me
But I, I know how it is, It's not what we want it to be

Chorus
Track Name: Move Along
Move Along
Shanna Underwood

Hey, hey now I've got to move along
I know you're stuck there while I'm gone
Hey, hey now I'll think of you every day
I know I'll see you somewhere on the way

I, I could love you
If you let me
I, I could love you
If you let me
If you let me, I'd be strong with you

Hey, hey I know you're a dreamer too
Maybe that's why I like you
Sometimes when we're both asleep
I know in our dreams we meet

I, I could love you
If you let me
I, I could love you
If you let me
If you let me, I'd be strong with you

While I'm gone, you can do as you please
But please don't forget about me
I left a piece of my heart on the ground
So you know where I can be found

I, I could love you
If you let me
I, I could love you
If you let me
If you let me, I'd be strong with you

Hey, hey now I've got to move along
I know you're stuck there while I'm gone
Track Name: Willingly
Willingly
Shanna Underwood

There's a shore that's safe
We call it home
Water looks deep and cold, but there's a life out there I know
The siren of dreams is calling me
Saying jump on in
Somedays you just got to let it go

But my fingers getting torn baby busted and worn
Scraping at the shell of a dream
I get up in the morning and run
Cause I don't know how else to be
I may fall on the pavement
I may get rained on
But I'll walk into that ocean, willingly

There are some days you think you could be someone
Until you realize that you already were
What will you do today
To prove it to the world
A guitar pick in my hand means more than that piece of paper

But my fingers getting torn baby busted and worn
Scraping at the shell of a dream
I get up in the morning and run
Cause I don't know how else to be
I may fall on the pavement
I may get rained on
But I'll walk into that ocean, willingly

Does it hurt you less to have a head full of smoke
Than to really let it, oh let it seep on in
Is there something on your mind, that rolls around at night
I won't tell you what's good for you
'Cause you've been so good for me
And I think everything is gonna be okay

But my fingers getting torn baby busted and worn
Scraping at the shell of a dream
I get up in the morning and run
Cause I don't know how else to be
I may fall on the pavement
I may get rained on
But I'll walk into that ocean, willingly

My fingers getting torn baby busted and worn
Scraping at that shell of a dream