The Green Porch Sessions

by Shane Cooley & Paulo Franco

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Shane Cooley is a touring singer/songwriter hailing from Virginia. Before making his move to Austin, Texas, Shane met Richmond favorite Paulo Franco by both being finalists in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. The two artists began to co-write songs together on Paulo’s porch in Woodland Heights. The result is The Green Porch Sessions, a collection of co-writes and solo tunes. Cooley and Franco shine together as storytellers; “Married in a Black Dress” is the love story of Franco's parents, “She Comes Calling,” is a riveting tale of a man haunted by the ghost of the lover he murdered, and "It Just Ain't Texas Without You" depicts a Tennessee troubadour's pilgrimage to Austin in the footsteps of his idol, Townes Van Zandt. Ranging from sweet country ballads to full-on rock n’ roll, the 6-song EP is a musical and lyrical journey. The Green Porch Sessions was engineered by Richmonder Bob Rupe (Cracker, The Silos), and features Richmond musicians Dan Sessler, Johnny Hott and Harold Yager.

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released December 20, 2013

Tracks 2, 3, 5 and 6 by Shane Cooley/ASCAP and Paulo Franco/BMI 2013
Track 1 by Shane Cooley/ASCAP 2012
Track 4 by Paulo Franco/BMI 2013

Paulo Franco: vocals (tracks 2 & 4), guitar (all tracks)
Shane Cooley: vocals (tracks 1, 3, 5 and 6), guitar (all tracks), drums (1, 2 and 4)
Dan Sessler: guitar
Bob Rupe: bass
Harold Yager: drums (track 3)
Johnny Hott: drums (track 5)

Recorded at Plaster and Pine Studios, Richmond, VA
Engineered and mastered by Bob Rupe
Produced by Shane Cooley, Paulo Franco and Dan Sessler
Cover photo by MANIC! Photography, Dani Palmer
Back photo by Paulo Franco
Graphic Design by Gray Gurkin

The Green Porch Sessions: copyright Paulo Franco (BMI) and Shane Cooley (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Elizabeth City
Sail me on down to Elizabeth City
Take me there won’t you show me some pity
Don’t know much about it but please come get me
Heal my soul in Elizabeth City

Sailboat on the river won’t you let me ride
You can come pick me up on the changing tide
First mate second mate whatever you like
Just toss me the bottle every night

Sail me on down to Elizabeth City
Lord let’s hope that the women are pretty
Don’t let me home with just any old bitty
Here’s to better luck in Elizabeth City

When we get there I know what to do
Just drop me at the bar let me sing my blues
Pick me on up about a quarter 'til 2
I’ll rise with the sun and sail on with you

Sail me on down to Elizabeth City
Let my charm be right and witty
Hope some big man don’t get mad and hit me
No more scars down in Elizabeth City

No more whiskey no more wine
Just pour me a beer and honey I’ll be fine
Whiskey grows you tall like a Virginia pine
But I don’t want no trouble down in Caroline

If the city is mean then just let me go
We can sail down the river or hit the road
‘Cause there ain’t no rest for a restless soul
If the city is mean then we better just roll

Sail me on down to Elizabeth City
You better get ready if you’re gonna come with me
It’s gonna get rough and it’s gonna get gritty
If you wanna feel alive in Elizabeth City

Sail me on down to Elizabeth City
Take me there won’t you show me some pity
Don’t know much about it but please come get me
Heal my soul in Elizabeth City

Heal my soul in Elizabeth City
Track Name: Married in a Black Dress
Living on their terms
Under their roof
Sentenced to their judgements
A slanted truth

If that's the way they want it
Then that's what they'll get
Found herself a lover
Who showed her respect

She's getting married in a black dress
She's calling the shots
She ain't no damsel in distress
She knows what she wants

She's getting married in a black dress
For the whole world to see
She's getting married in a black dress
She's getting married to me

I've done a lot of traveling
Read a lot of books
Never seen nothing like her
It only took one look

But the service took me overseas
I never felt more alone
I fought battles for my country
She fought her battles at home

She's getting married in a black dress
She's been waiting for this day
Now we'll finally be together
Living life our own way

She's getting married in a black dress
For the whole world to see
She's getting married in a black dress
She's getting married to me

Her mother wouldn't let her visit
Until she said I do
The service wouldn't let me travel
The order never came through

So we figured out a new plan
So she could be with me
My brother stood in at our wedding
Before she crossed the sea

Now we're living on our own terms
Under our own roof
The black dress is in the closet
In the dresser is our proof

She's getting married in a black dress
She's calling the shots
She ain't no damsel in distress
She knows what she wants

She's getting married in a black dress
For the whole world to see
She's getting married in a black dress
She's getting married to me
Track Name: Thorn in my Side
So many things I should've said to you
But I knew in the end that it just wouldn't do
All of the fights
And cold goodnights
So many things I should've said to you

I'll carry on
I can take it
It's not my first rodeo
I'll make it
It hurts like hell but I'll take it all in stride
It's just a thorn in my side

So many things I could've said to you
But I wasn't thinking with the words I used
If I knew that
You weren't coming back
So many things I could've said to you

I'll carry on
I can take it
It's not my first rodeo
I'll make it
It hurts like hell but I'll take it all in stride
It's just a thorn in my side

You know it's true
The things you don't say or do
They'll be haunting you for life

So many things I want to say to you
It won't be much longer now before I'm through
I hope I raised you right
I hope you know my pride for you
So many things I want to say to you

You'll carry on
You can take it
It's not your first rodeo
You'll make it
It'll hurt like hell but take it all in stride
It's just a thorn in your side
It's just a thorn in my side
Track Name: Smoke and Misery
The glowing neon sign says We're open
So she sits down at the bar
Where her shadow casts a lonely silhouette

She thinks about relationships
She has held together
As tight as the ashes clinging to her cigarette

Loneliness to her is happiness
For happiness causes her distress
So tonight she's where she really wants to be
Smoke and misery

Smoke and misery
Are her favorite company
Smoking in a corner all alone
Staring at the touch screen on her phone
Smoke and misery
Are her favorite company

She has on her favorite miniskirt
Fishnet hoes and jacket
She's turning lots of heads as she's dressed up to the nines

But she's dressed up for no one
And doesn't care who's looking
She doesn't even noticed someone bought her glass of wine

Loneliness to her is happiness
For happiness causes her dietress
So tonight she's with her favorite company
Smoke and misery

Smoke and misery
Are her favorite company
Smoking in a corner all alone
Staring at the touch screen on her phone
Smoke and misery
Are her favorite company

Smoke and misery
Are her favorite company
Smoking in a corner all alone
Hoping for a ring on her phone
Smoke and misery
Are her favorite company
Track Name: She Comes Calling
I don't sleep much anymore
With you scratching at my window
Your figure looming at the door
A voice that reaches from the shadows

I never thought I'd do what I did
I live with it every day
Whiskey always fresh upon my breath
Still you won't go away

I'm waiting for the sun to come
I'm waiting for the sun to rise
So I can rest my eyes
'Cause every night
She comes calling

I knew for sure that you had been with him
I never had a single doubt
Until I looked into your eyes
Before the bullet took you out

I'm waiting for the sun to come
I'm waiting for the sun to rise
So I can rest my eyes
'Cause every night
She comes calling

I wish I could
Try as I might
Forget you were ever there
But still I feel those icy fingers
Running though my hair

I'm waiting for the sun to come
I'm waiting for the sun to rise
I'll be waiting 'til the day I die
So I can rest my eyes
'Cause every night
She comes calling
Track Name: It Just Ain't Texas Without You
I was fifteen
In Tennessee
When I first heard you sing
Stories of outlaws and bandits
Sin and glory
Tales of heartbreak's bitter sting

Went to Nashville
Bought my first guitar
And I learned all of your songs
But I soon realized
The truth of music row
It was time to move on

I went down to the Lone Star State
The place that you called home
But Townes it just ain't Texas without you
Without you

Austin, Texas
Is the sweetest of cities
Where broken cowboys sling guitars
It wasn't long before I started getting lost
Felt so small among Texas stars

I came down here to find myself
In the place that you called home
But Townes it just ain't Texas without you
Without you

It's New Year's Day
And you're still remembered here
Every night I play your songs
They keep my hope alive
And I'm not waiting 'round to die
Your spirit keeps me strong

I came down here to find myself
In a place that you called home
But Townes it just ain't Texas without you
Townes it just ain't Texas without you
Without you