Broken Shadows

Broken Shadows trio pic

 

With songs that place an emphasis on spontaneity, lyrics, and story-telling, Broken Shadows’ take on roots music includes grooves with origins from around the globe. Broken Shadows is comprised of a highly-adaptable collection of musicians under the leadership of trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston. The ensemble brings poetry, interplay, vocal harmonies, and a cross section of musical interests into a curious new blend of roots/art/dance music . Collectively, members have played and recorded with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Quartet San Francisco, Fred Frith, Meklit Hadero, The Nice Guy Trio, Berkeley Symphony, The View From Bernal Hill, ROVA Sax Quartet, Brass Menazeri Balkan brass band, Todd Sickafoose, Marcus Shelby Orchestra, and many others.

 

The most currently consistent Shadow participants include:

Darren Johnston – trumpet/vocals,
Matt Szemela  – violin/vocals
Ila Cantor – guitar/vocals
Dan Cantrell – accordion/vocals
Schuyler Karr – bass
Hamir Atwal – drums

 

Selected Lyrics:

How to Fall and When to Grow

I always knew this day would come.
You’re harmless now, i forgive you some.
It’s not about who lost, who won.
But I always knew this day would come.

I see you there across the room.
it’s cool, no sweat, and I’m leaving soon.
Just gotta play through one more tune,
and I see you there across the room.

How to fall and when to grow
and when to melt and when to go,
How to fall and when to grow
and when to melt and when to go.

The lines got drawn so long ago
like fading tracks under fresh new snow
or things you’d think by now I’d know.
Lines got drawn so long ago.

So we sing and play for better times
we had our laughs and we drank our wine
but I knew back then your dreams weren’t mine.
So we sing and play for better times.

How to fall and when to grow
and when to melt and when to go,
How to fall and when to grow
and when to melt and when to go.

I’d never ever wish you harm
but I hardly ever miss your arms.
Still, seeing you set off alarms
and I’d never ever wish you harm.

Feels good to get back on the street,
my lucky coat to bring me heat,
but what I’m feeling ain’t relief….

How to fall and when to grow
and when to melt and when to go,
How to fall and when to grow
and when to melt and when to go,

and nothing lasts is what I know.

 

New Road Song #9

It seems the future’s miles away
And we got miles to go today
And if I’m going to get lost
And I’d rather be lost with you

And it’s a long road ‘til we get there.
Seems like we’ve got forever
And if I spend that time
I’d rather spend it with you.

Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll ride across this land.
I believe that we don’t gotta be lonely.
Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll ride across this land.
I believe you could be my one and only.

You know I’ve been let down before
Some walked out and some slammed the door
But if I get hurt
I’d rather be hurt by you.

Or maybe all will work out fine
we’ll spend our days, your hand in mine,
Cause if I’m going to believe,
I’m going to believe in you.

Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll ride across this land.
I believe that we don’t gotta be lonely.
Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll ride across this land.
I believe you could be my one and only.

We mostly never reach our dreams.
We’re more a tragic mess, it seems
But when I fall
I’d rather fall with you.

And when it all comes to an end
And I look back and I count my friends
If there’s only one
I’d rather count just you.

Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll ride across this land.
I believe that we don’t gotta be lonely.
Take my hand
Take my hand
And we’ll ride across this land.
I believe you could be my one and only.

 

Stay

I know there’s times it seems you’ll never heal.
You need someone to watch your back,
instead they rob and steal
your dreams away
and I too have known those days.

You’re so far gone I’m not sure if you can hear me
I’m trying to catch your eye
and let you know that I see you clearly
from across the way
and I too have known those days

The traffic’s bad and folks are rude
and no one ever smiles at you
and all those lies you thought were true
‘least now you know….

The sky just might be brighter than you think
I know it seems you’re all alone
and now’s the time to drink
you’re fears away
I know you know I’ve known those days

Just trying to let you know you’re not alone
I’ll help you make it through the day
and always walk you home
so please just stay
and I too have known those days.

 

Peter’s Memede

When you sold me out, and I left that day
All I could think about, was I didn’t know why
You
Turned me in that way,
I never harmed you in any little old way,
But I got away.Made it to the West, by the Bay
Sometimes I think about, think about those old days
Oh..
Choices that were made
No looking back now or wondering what if I’d stayed
‘cause we all know what they sayEverything will be okay
I just never thought you’d be that way
You’re the one who said to set it all free
You’re the one who never cared about me
But I knowEvery little thing, will be okay
I just never thought we’d end this way
You’re the one who showed me what I can give
You’re the reason I live.

 

Letting Go

The moon, the moon is full and high!
Across a blood-shot city sky
I know, I know, I know, I know
It’s time to finally let it go

The cars are pearls of chrome and light
As this old town prepares for night
And I know, I know, I know, I know
It’s time to finally let it go

The fog rolls in, it’s extra cold
I try to keep from feeling old
I know, I know, I know, I know
It’s time to finally let it go

But it sounded like a symphony
When you said we were meant to be
Now I know, I know, I know, I know
It’s time to finally let it go

and now we all come stumbling in
we’re drinking wine, we’re drinking gin
and we know, we know, we know, we know
it’s time to finally let it go.

So now raise your glasses to your lips
‘cause we’ve still got time to find it yet
then we’ll know, we’ll know, we’ll know, we’ll know
we finally learned to let it go.

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