"Shade" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
Claims, they crawled from those clouds
And over mountains cried
Into the streams where they ran the length of
Past and time that called out
With their hands beside you
As all the people shouted
Up to the northern territories

My, they glowed like a bug
Burning at the ends
Of shade covered crowns
Whose only words were
Wicked mumbles that shake unstable
Manners brought these thoughts about you
Lights up like flies and ants that dip about
And aim to

Just swallow us up like them bread baked gums
Now I remain glowing at the ends
I remain glowing at the ends
It's because it's you they've become

Shade drifts around, southern where the sheets are
Growing ash and steeple factories
Old boy, you'll never know just what they think
It never finds you
Cheap work finding pockets
Only when we're aimed to

Just swallow us up like them bread baked gums
Now I remain glowing at the ends
I remain glowing at the ends
It's because it's you they've become

These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
Come and get and take me home
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again. (I want to.)
Come and get and take me home
These lights were waves that spilled through my space, (In the plains.)
Where no one knows if they'll ever need again


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"Shade" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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    General CommentDefinitely talking about Alaska. "Northern Territories" is a term typically used to describe Canada. This includes the harsh winters and the distinct difference between the north and south of a country that is already pretty cold and dreary. Pretty much describes Alaska. Most of the people live in the south where there are "factories" and low paying jobs "cheap work."

    A lot of people come into Alaska from the mainland states to work in oil or fishing or build buildings in extreme cold temperatures all to make a buck. It's a lot to these low-skilled workers, but to the average American it's "cheap work."

    Then when you live so far north, you have very long days of sun and also very long days of night "shade." Where literally in the north of Alaska they have a month of total sunlight and a month of total darkness the "shade."

    If this is your life, the "shade," would be a common topic on your mind, because it doesn't seem like complete darkness in the day during the winter, but a really cloudy shade.

    From the people I know who've moved there, people that tend to move to Alaska do so for opportunities (in natural resources?) and to get away for a better life where it's cheap to live and safe. But maybe it's a place where people get stuck. So they go there for an idealistic, natural, winter haven. Then they have kids (the band members) and their children are disenchanted and see it as a boring, depressing place as energy draining as a heavy shade would be on a summer's day. Thus this song.
    brizzle500on May 23, 2013   Link

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