We Are Now Adults EP

by Shepard Martin

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It was a little rainy when I went outside to record this album. I did it on purpose. I wanted to see what the rain would sound like on an old tape player that used to belong to my great-grandmother. So I went outside intending to only record one song. I ended up recording a few more and that's what you have here.
"Plastic Drugs" is a song about fake things.
"City of the Damned" is a song about growing up and dropping old habits.
"Something Special" is a song about souls.
"The Man With No Name" is a song that took a long time to write.
"You Are My Disease" is a song about plastic drugs.
"In The Pines" in an old folk song, by way of Nirvana, with some help from Frank Louthan and me.
"Welcome To Our Wilderness" is a new folk song, by way of me, with some help from Frank Louthan

Thank you Bob Dylan for "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"
Thank you Frank Louthan for Bob Dylan
Thank you Caroline Paris for bringing back Edward Sharpe
Thank you Shakey Graves for Shakey Graves
Thank you Jimmy Kimmel for St. Paul & The Broken Bones


released March 31, 2015

Written & Performed by Shepard Martin
Except "In The Pines," which a an old folk song, arranged by Shepard Martin
Recorded at The Dollhouse on a rainy February 9th, 2015
"In The Pines" recorded February 10th, 2015
"Welcome To Our Wilderness" recorded September 30th, 2014



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Track Name: Plastic Drugs (Lucky)
It's funny that I feel so comfortable telling these things to you
If I told these things to my mother, I wonder what she would do
I use to shoot up plastic drugs and pretend I was a king
Then I guess that I found out that that wasn't the real thing

Oh, I guess I'm lucky that I found the truth
Oh, I guess I'm lucky that I found you

There's only a couple of things that ever made me feel alive
My fingers on some guitar strings and the words of Jesus Christ
He said, "Why don't you love one another just like you love yourself?"
I think if that rule was implemented we all wouldn't be in hell

I guess it's my intuition, but I think this is the end
I didn't mean for Desolation Row to be where I'd take you , my friend
I guess Dylan said it best in an old country song
"Goodbye" is just to good, "fare thee well's" where we belong
Track Name: City Of The Damned
Riding high, it's just one of those nights
Searching for a freedom that I know I'll never find
So I take off and I turn off the tracks
I don't know where I am going, I just don't want to go back

All I ever wanted was to grow
Got to get a little older so I'll be a man
All I ever wanted was to know
Just how to get out of this city of the damned
Now I'm back again

All these questions are just turning into songs
I don't know what all the answers are, just know I got them wrong
Life's a game and you just got to play along
You don't need to know the rules 'cause you're just gonna do them wrong
Track Name: Something Special
Here we go now for the hundredth time
I want to be me, but I hate to be mine
I want to be yours, I want to be something true
Wisdom with time, and time comes with age
As the body gets older the mind dissipates
But I want to be special, I want to be something true

So here comes the nighttime and here comes the pain
Turn down the darkness and turn down the rain
I want to be special, I want to be something true

So buy me a future and I'll get on a plane
I'll meet somebody, we'll talk the whole day
Love is the only thing that is still true
Nothing is special, because nothing lasts
I learned that from an old song still stuck in the past
I want to be special, I want to be something true

The sun also rises and the sun also sets
That pattern goes on forever I guess
That's something special and that's something true
This body arises and this body will set
That is a pattern that ends in death
That's something special and that's something true
Track Name: The Man With No Name (Blank Pages)
There was a story I once was told
About an old man who sold his soul
For everything worldly and everything dead
I pray that old thought won't run through my head

All these blank pages in all of these books
They aren't just there for all their good looks
They tell the story of a man with no name
And no way to change and no one to blame

So I take new drugs to dull out old pains
The darkness gets closer every shot that I take
The world is much colder than I ever knew
So I sit with old scars, still black and still blue

So I will get older and I will know more
Until the day that I knock on death's door
And I'll take me children and I'll take my wife
And tell them all I learned in this thing we call life
Track Name: You Are My Disease
I think it's nice of you to sit right here, next to me
I miss the way that you did smile, those dimples on your cheeks

Oh baby, can't you see?
The only thing I ever loved was my disease
Oh baby, can't you see?
You are my disease

I never stopped to wonder why you hadn't left this town
I was the reason you came here, now you're the reason I'll drown
Track Name: In The Pines (Bonus Track)
My girl, my girl, don't lie to me
Tell me where did you sleep last night?
In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shine
I shivered the whole night through

My girl, my girl, where will you go?
I'm going where the cold wind blows
In the pines, In the pines, Where the sun never shine
I will shiver the whole night through

My Husband was a railroad man
Killed a mile and a half from here
His head was found in a drivers wheel
And his body hasn't never been found
Track Name: Welcome To Our Wilderness (Bonus Track)
Welcome to our wilderness, where all of our dear innocence is hard to find
Welcome to our wilderness, where all the words we wish we'd say escape our minds

Welcome to our wilderness, where we're all just little children running scared
Welcome to our wilderness, where all our struggles make for heavy air

Welcome to our wilderness where demons run and chase us from behind
Welcome to our wilderness, where everything we're ever told is a lie

I breathe this air
I breathe this air and it fills me and I'm scared