West Land

by Shane Cooley

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about

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"West Land showcases Shane Cooley’s dedication to the art of the song as much as it reflects his life on the road in America."

~Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root Magazine


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Shane Cooley, who recently won 2nd place as "Best Male Artist" in the International Acoustic Music Awards, says that his new album, West Land, represents his departure from a past life. Most of the songs are about exploring new cities out West, and living on the American road. Partnered with producer Stewart Myers (Jason Mraz, Lifehouse), Cooley played most of the instruments on the album himself, including drums, guitars, piano and harmonica.

"West Land is for all intents and purposes a 70s record," said Cooley. "I have always felt like I was born in the wrong time, and have been envious of the artists that were around in that era. Music was treated with a degree of respect then, from both the artists' perspective and the audience's." Despite his reputation for being a prolific songwriter, Cooley treated the album as if it were to be on two-sided vinyl. He narrowed it down to seven songs he thought were appropriate thematically. "It's not about how many songs can I throw on a CD," Cooley explains, "These songs fit together, and are meant to be listened to that way." Cooley sites Neil Young's Harvest and Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town as two "holy grails of influences" for production and arrangements.

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released 11 February 2011

copyright Shane Cooley (ASCAP) 2011.

Tracks 1-6:
Produced by Stewart Myers / Shane Cooley

-Shane Cooley: vocals, guitars, drums, piano,
harmonica, melotron

-Stewart Myers: bass, chamberlain, organ, timpani,
synth

-Charles Arthur: pedal steel on “The Alamo,”
lead guitar on “California Nights”

-Jack Cooley: drums on “Window Shopping”

-Engineered by Stewart Myers, White Star Sound,
Charlottesville, VA

-Mixed by Stewart Myers at Dixie Five
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Track 7:
Produced by Lawrence Gelburd.

-Shane Cooley: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
-Anthony Melillo: lead guitar, background vocals*
-Joe Melillo: bass, background vocals*
-Nick Melillo: drums, background vocals*
-Adam Web: background vocals
-Myron Kimble: background vocals

*The Melillo Brothers

Engineered by Joe DeLuca, Why Me Recording, NJ
Mixed by Stewart Myers at Dixie Five
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-Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Avatar Studios, NYC

-Graphic Design by Adam Web

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Track Name: San Diego
San Diego, you've still got something to say
Don't let yourself get swallowed by LA
When I went there with you I felt the quiver of doubt in your kiss
But don't worry dear, I'm a perfectionist

And if you think I'll settle for less
Well you're wrong, I want to be your absolute best

Departure flights at midnight, San Diego in the distance all alone
I try to explain that your heart is my home
I kiss you at the terminal as it's time for us to say goodbye
You turn around once again as we catch each other's eyes

And if you think I'll settle for less
Well you're wrong, I want to be your absolute best
You're wrong, I want to be your absolute best

Hold on dear
Hold on dear
I'm coming home
I'm coming home

Hold on dear
I'll make it clear
That no one else could love you like I do

San Diego, you're so far away from home
With your red and green lights
And your wrought-iron bones

And if you think I'll settle for less
Well you're wrong, I want to be your absolute best
And if you think I'll settle for less
Well you're wrong, I want to be your absolute best

San Diego, you're so far from home
San Diego, you're so far
San Diego, you're so far from home
So far, so far
So far from home
So far
So far from home
Track Name: The Alamo
I'll lower down my bitter shield
Take off my winter clothes
Davy Crocket called and invited me
To a place called Alamo

But tonight I don't want any trouble
Tonight I don't want any trouble

I just want to swim with you tonight
Smell the river in your hair
I'm too tired to go on, too sad to fight
Too old to hunt the bear

And tonight I don't want any trouble
Tonight I don't want any trouble

Tonight I don't want any trouble
Trouble called and I just ignored
Lately I've seen dark adventures
But now my greatest fear is getting bored

Davy called again, I think I'll take him up
On his offer for a damn good war
I'll meet him up tomorrow and we'll smoke cigars
Behind the Alamo doors

But tonight I don't want any trouble
Tonight I don't want any trouble

Tonight I don't want any trouble
I'm sick and tired of toothless smiles
I just want to kiss you tonight, Love
And cut this Jim Bowie act for a while

I know I'm the king of graceful failure
I rarely let my other sides show
But tonight it's you and me, my beautiful friend
And tomorrow I'll think of you
In the Alamo

Oh
But they'll remember
My Alamo
Track Name: College Town
Oh college town
Dull and ancient
I am leaving
Today

With all your history
Please forget me
Hide your memories
All Away

With every brick you laid
Take your hate away
Call a truce
On yesterday

I am worn down
From a jealous town
I'm on my way now
All the way

There's a new life
Waiting for me
I think about it
Night and day

And I've been gone now
In my mind
For quite some time now
All the way

Weary as the bones
Beneath a tombstone
Take me where
I can lay

Away from college town
To the West land
Mountains canyons
All the way

There's nothing left but you for me
There's nothing left but you for me
Oh college town, you killed me

There's nothing left but you for me
There is nothing left but you for me
Oh college town, C'est la vie

C'est la vie
Track Name: California Nights
I like you in my flannel shirt
And your messed up hair
The way you tantalize me
The way you stare

And it feels so good
It feels so good
It feels so good, so good, so good

Woah oh oh
California, can't you be just a little bit kinder
Woah oh oh
Everything is all I've got right now

Pacific Ocean
All night, eyes red
Highway One
And hotel beds

And it feels so good
It feels so good
It feels so good, so good, so good

Woah oh oh
California, can't you be just a little bit kinder
Woah oh oh
Every pretty girl I pass is a subtle reminder
Woah oh oh
Of California nights

Well it all seems backwards
From the west to the east
I hope you're thinking of me
Of me now

Woah oh oh
California, can't you be just a little bit kinder
Woah oh oh
Every pretty girl I pass is a subtle reminder
Woah oh oh
California nights

And it feels so good
Track Name: 21st Century
My heart isn't broken, it's frozen
In a century where I don't belong
Where spirited men are broken in
To a world that looks safe, but it's not

I've got battle scars on my skin
But not as many as I may deserve
I attempt to defend the spirit within
But I don't have the guts to really get hurt

And they say you could've done that in '68
But I'm forty-two years too late
And all of the painters that drank their own paint
To me they're patron saints
But I can't afford that fate
In the 21st Century

A victim of changing times
Missing letters in the neon signs
Every town that I pass is dead
Yes it's dead, not dying

And I wish that I could get stoned
'Til my eyes catch on fire
But every cop in the land says you can't get away anymore
And you'd better just go home

But they say you could've done that in '68
And I'm forty-two years too late
And all the poets who spat in society's face
To me they're patron saints
But I can't afford that fate
In the 21st Century

You say that you'll give me space
'Cause I don't have the time
For the white picket fences and things you deserve
But I cannot give

I've got battle scars on my skin
And you have been added to them
Oh, I wasn't quick in telling you
That I love you

And maybe we can negotiate
But I'm guessing that I'm to late
So I think that I'll go out to town tonight
And stay 'til I make myself break
Pull the reins on my fate
We still make mistakes in the 21st Century

We still make mistakes in the 21st Century
Track Name: Window Shopping
I don't think about her that much
Why think of turmoil when at peace
I still don't know how I came to her world
I still don't know why I had to leave

Now I'm standing in a street mall
Wondering about her

Window shopping for a long lost lover
Window shopping for a long lost lover

I was a nervous wreck and a fine mess
A loose cannon in her arms
I drank and cussed and always denied
That we were doomed right from the start

And I never could figure out
Just what it was that she wanted from me

Window shopping for a long lost lover
Window shopping for a long lost lover, that's me
Window shopping for a long lost lover
A long lost lover

Losing someone
Is like a walking death
It's not easy to forget
And I haven't just yet

We all get like this sometimes
Strained eyes on a distant face
I bet she's walking tall right now
I bet she's walking in a higher place

Or is she standing in a street mall
Wondering about me

Window shopping for a long lost lover
Window shopping for a long lost lover, that's me
Window shopping for a long lost lover
A long lost lover
A long lost lover
A long lost lover, that's me
Track Name: Last Love
Every night I lie in my bed
Tossing and turning from the noise in my head
Afraid that you might leave

I don't know what I would do then
But I'm never doing this with another again
If you happen to leave

Enough is enough

You could be my last love
Forever

But with you I can't help but hope
Make wishes on dandelions, catch tigers by their toes
I want you to stay

We make love, our ribcages intertwine
Play blind man's bluff in the faded moonlight
I want you to stay

Being with you is enough

You could be my last love
You should be my last love
Would you be my last love
Forever