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21 Layers

by Kyle Shevlin

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    Hey folks! The self-produced, solo-project debut album you have been waiting for is here! You get 8 new tracks and 2 alternative mixes all written and performed by yours truly. You also get the album artwork and lyric liner as a bonus! Get yourself a copy and make a donation.
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This album was the composition my heart poured out from a series of difficult, personal struggles. I'm sure you can relate.

-Kyle

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released March 1, 2012

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Kyle Shevlin Portland, Oregon

While other bands and musicians waste their time writing songs about breakups, Kyle Shevlin is dedicated to writing songs of substance.

Singing with the aching heart of a man battered by time, Shevlin delivers with refreshing honesty.

His latest work, Your Lies Will Dig Your Grave, is a musical trek through the book of Job, and should not be listened to lightly.
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Track Name: Brand New Dress
A canopy of autumn leaves
Above your bed, beneath that tree
Hangs over you like a golden crown
'Til the winter winds come knock 'em down
So every fall you are the queen
A pleasant change from your peasantry
And near the solstice time each year
I sing this prayer hoping you can hear

I pray that God keeps the frost from your bones, from your bones
I hope that now your carried cross becomes your clothes, becomes your clothes
Like a brand new dress that finds its rest upon your skin
May the lilies envy you when you bloom again

Kneeling down next to your stone
I still hear your sighs and feel your groans
I watched you earn your majesty
Purified by your tragedy
I place some flowers at your side
And water them with the tears I cry
I taste the dirt and give you a kiss
I moved on but you're always missed

I pray that God keeps the frost from your bones, from your bones
I hope that now your carried cross becomes your clothes, becomes your clothes
Like a brand new dress that finds its rest upon your skin
May the lilies envy you when you bloom again
Track Name: Since You Were Here
I felt your face last night
Lying on the pillow case next to mine
I reached for you but I
Only found what once you occupied
So long since you were here

Gathered my thoughts to see
The empty space that lied beneath our sheets
Then came back my memories
Seven years of withheld amnesty
So long since you were here

And though the time has faded how
I can still feel you right now with me
The residue of our great love
Still lingers on when I can't fall asleep
And seven years have passed since we
Last held our hands beneath that painted sky
And in that time I've only learned
That a eulogy is no way to say goodbye
Track Name: 21
21 hundred miles separate me from my home, put
21 borders between me and all I have known, there's
21 seasons of sadness that I'm running from, left
21 scars of the damage under my lungs

It's hard to believe there's a heart inside my chest
How does it beat underneath each one of my breaths

When portions are all that I have
These broken bits of glass
All of these pieces
My 21 reasons
To be who I am

21 suns burning brightly upon the East sky, reveal
21 layers of shadows between you and I
21 hours ago, I came undone, as the
21 angels that found me fired off their guns

It's hard to believe there's a heart inside my chest
How does it beat underneath each one of my breaths

When portions are all that I have
These broken bits of glass
All of these pieces
My 21 reasons
To be who I am
Shattered is how I will stay
Unless love can find a way
To melt down these shards
Make 21 scars
Go away
Go away
Go away
Go away

21 exit wounds exist inside of my heart, like
21 valleys low and desperately trapped in the dark, now
21 gravities drag me unto the floor, feels like
21 years of war

It's hard to believe there's a heart inside my chest
How does it beat underneath each one of my breaths

When portions are all that I have
These broken bits of glass
All of these pieces
My 21 reasons
To be who I am
Shattered is how I will stay
Unless love can find a way
To melt down these shards
Make 21 scars
Go away
Track Name: Carolina
Sunset hangs over my head
Its amber rays light up the West
And drown beneath the ocean tides
I turn my back and say good bye
As Carolina calls my name
She woos my heart return again
And beckons me with mountain drawls
An Appalachian siren call
Oh, oh, oh, oh,

Oh Carolina, my darling I am
Coming home
And on that morning, I’ll be holding
Your hands once more

The Angelino lights now fade
Like ancient, crumbling colonnades
And disappear in my rearview
Oh 40 East, it’s me and you
Till once again I meet her eyes
Her reddened clay and azure sky
From western edge to eastern coast
Unsure which part I’ve missed the most
Oh, oh, oh, oh,

Oh Carolina, my darling I am
Coming home
And on that morning, I’ll be holding
Your hands once more
Track Name: I'll Find You
Over the mountains, where the sun meets the sea
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?
Ten million miles from where I seem to be
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?
Out where the wind has carried my feet
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?
The last place I look and the first place we meet
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?

When I stared into the Eastern sky
The morning light was blinding to both my eyes
So I search where the shadows will allow
And say a prayer that you're not behind me now

Over the waters of the river's divide
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?
Across all the fields of the wheat and the rye
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?
Out past the hillsides and the fertile plains
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?
Beyond my loss, my fears and my pains
Is that where I'll find you, I'll find you?

When I stared into the Eastern sky
The morning light was blinding to both my eyes
So I search where the shadows will allow
And say a prayer that you're not behind me now

Oh, I know that the East was more than kind
But niceties were not what I hoped to find
No, I need something more than I came across while in these parts
Maybe the West will have what's missing of my heart

When I stared into the Eastern sky
The morning light was blinding to both my eyes
So I search where the shadows will allow
And say a prayer that you're not behind me now
Track Name: Every Boy
There was once a boy I used to know
And every day I 'd watch the way he'd grow
I've seen him age since the days when he was a child
And saw how pain replaced the tender and mild

Every boy wants to become a man
But there are things about men that a boy does not yet understand

Oh that boy he had his hopes and dreams
To be stronger than mountains and taller than all of the trees
One by one those dreams would fade away
As his burden grew heavy and buried him under the weight

Every boy wants to become a man
But there are things about men that a boy does not yet understand

Like how to be brave when the going gets tough
Like how to be strong when your best's not enough
Like how to stand tall when the world starts dragging you down

Like how to fight fear when your frozen inside
Like how to find hope in the dark of the night
Like how to hold on when you're seemingly losing your ground

There was once a boy I used to know
And every day I'd watch the way he'd grow
And as the years went by I came to see
How shades of the child now make up the man that is me
Track Name: More Than Momentary
I watch the ocean swallow up the rays of sun
Watch the waves open their mouths and eat the day that’s almost done
I say good bye
To another moment of my feeble life

I feel the sand inside the holes between my toes
And feel it penetrate the deepest regions of my soul
I feel alive
If only for a moment ‘fore I die

This life is just a breath
Of wind inside Your chest
There’s more than what you see to you and me
We’re more than momentary

I gaze at needles poking holes into the sky
And think about the thousand years between the light that shines and I
I realize
I’m so much younger than I feel inside

I follow clouds as they crawl across the air
And wonder how it is that water finds a way to stay up there
I feel so dry
Like something has been missing from my life

This life is just a breath
Of wind inside Your chest
There’s more than what you see to you and me
We’re more than momentary

What of me will last forever? I don’t know
Will it be my last endeavor growing old?
Will my thoughts mean a thing centuries from now?
Will I leave anything more than bones inside the ground?

This life is just a breath
Of wind inside Your chest
There’s more than what you see to you and me
We’re more than momentary, yeah

This life is just a breath
Of wind inside Your chest
There’s more than what you see to you and me
We’re more than momentary
Oh we’re more than momentary
Oh we’re more than momentary
Track Name: It's You
What do I say to you when
Every time you look at me I
Simply lose my words?

What do I say to you when
Every time I see you my heart aches
It longs so much it hurts?

And I've been told this world
Is more than shades of gray
But there's only one girl
Who makes the colors seem to stay

It's you, It's you
You're the one I'm waiting for
You're the one I'm singing to
It's you, It's you
You're the one I'm praying for
That my heart just can't ignore
It's you

I remember when we met
You and that flowered dress
Room full of people and all I saw was you

I remember how you smiled
Innocent and infantile
Never had I ever seen eyes so blue

And I've been told this world
Is more than shades of gray
But there's only one girl
Who makes the colors seem to stay

It's you, It's you
You're the one I'm waiting for
You're the one I'm singing to
It's you, It's you
You're the one I'm praying for
That my heart just can't ignore
It's you

It always has, it always will
I won't give up on you until
I have you

It's you, It's you
You're the one I'm waiting for
You're the one I'm singing to
It's you, It's you
You're the one I'm praying for
That my heart just can't ignore
It's you