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I Can't Give You Anything but Love (Expanded Edition)

by Jim Shelley & Book of Kills

The Masterful Long-Awaited Follow-Up To The 2003 Book Of Kills Masterpiece, "Wasp 51!".
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1. Way of the World
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2. A Space Where You Can't Go
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3. Waiting On a Busted Cloud
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4. We Are Here Because We're Here
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5. Greatest of All Time
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6. Following Threads
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7. Surprised We Made It
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8. I Say Yes and You Say Yes
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9. Somebody Told Me
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10. Sore Point
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11. The Uncontrolled Mysteries
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12. Another Shitty Day in Funtown
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13. The Way It Should Be
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14. The Long One
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15. Clean Machine (Outtake)
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16. Let's Begin the Begin (Outtake)
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17. Don't Feel Much (Outtake)
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18. No Time for Love (Outtake)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Expanded Edition)

"Jim Shelley is the quintessential home taper." - GAJOOB

"This is so much more real than most of the doo doo being squat out by record companies. This is, perhaps, because the idea isn't to sell product...but to produce truly quality music with integrity. This is worth going out of your way to obtain. An excellent obscure delight. (Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Babysues.)" - BabySue Magazine

"That no label, major or indie, has seen fit to put the man in a proper studio is case-closed evidence of the intrinsic bankruptcy of the music business. Are they all deaf?" - DemoUniverse

"Comparisons are an insult. The man is an original, and if you chumps don't pick up on it, that's your loss." - Jim Santo

"A handful of lost souls worship this guy. Here's your chance to join them." - Alternative Press

"Jim Shelley's music is full of wide-ranging emotions, solid songwriting, and musical variety and depth that you rarely find coupled with such creative muscle and talent. Any of his releases come highly recommended." - GAJOOB

"One of America's great 'unknown' songsmiths." - DemoRandom

Lyrics:

THIS IS THE WAY OF THE WORLD

Never thought I’d live to see the day
When you gave in to the spiders in your head
‘Cause when that happens
You might as well be dead

I watched as the sun burned all your skin away
As you went spinning naked down the street
Heading for another lonely day.

This is the way of the world
You have to use your fists
Oh she makes it so obvious
(I’m not gonna live this way no more)

Some days you lose
Some days you get to win
(Every time we try to talk)
Tomorrow comes and you get to start
All over again
(You just pull the air right from my chest)
But you can’t go back
To where you have been
(Is love supposed to be some kind of test?)

This is the way of the world...

A SPACE WHERE YOU CAN’T GO

Everything you think that you own owns you
Filling up a space where you can’t go
Pressing your nose up against the shop window
Hang your deepest head on no

Things they just aren’t what they used to be
Then again maybe they never were
Why do we always want what we don’t need?
With nothing left of you and me

I can’t give anything but love

Why do I need anymore?
When I like what I have got right now?
To have so much and to feel so poor
To always want just a little more

I can’t give you anything but love

WAITING ON A BUSTED CLOUD

It takes a long time
Stuck in the middle of nowhere—who cares?
It takes a long time
You’re not the only one
Come by and we’ll get high

Who can guide us to the Promised Land?
Who’ll walk beside us when we lose the plan?
Aiming straight for the clear blue sky
Waiting for a busted cloud

It takes a long time to make the great escape
We’re late—I can’t wait
It takes a long time
It puts me right out
Fault line—the new sign

Who can guide us to the promised land...


WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE’RE HERE

What does it matter if our eyes are impure?
Who really cares if I live it all once more?
If it shatters the next time we’ll be sure
What good’s escape when you can’t find the door?

They have spoken against your ways everywhere
Even as I spread my dreams beneath your feet
And we are here because we’re here...

THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME

Find the greatest of all time
You never will but never mind
You know if I could have my way
You’d be here beside me today

Now that you are on your own
Have you found a space where you belong?
Scrubbing pavement, breaking stone
Now that no one will sing your song

Now that you are gone
Is it time that we move on?
Or do we hide ourselves inside
The dreams you left behind?
Now that you are gone
Do we try to carry on?
Do you know how hard I’ve tried
To drink you off my mind?

SURPRISED WE MADE IT

I knew a girl—she came in cream vibrations
Patching her cracks through dooms of calculations
She had so far to get where she had been
Hope someday somehow I’ll be with her again
She smiled and said to forget yesterday
Love’s a chance but trouble’s sure today

Can’t believe that somehow we’re still here
Thought we’d lose a few before we got we got this near
Can’t go wrong that much is very clear
I can tell by the way you squeeze your beer

Who’s that number in the low-neck sweater?
Bet she’d eat your spine if you just let her
My big day’s comin’—I just know it
When it gets here I hope that we don’t blow it

I SAY YES AND YOU SAY YES

I said to love, “It’s not like the old days
When everyone adored your ways
Everything else above”

And I said to love, “We know better now than then
We were weak in judgment when
We couldn’t get enough”

And I said to love, “Once you were always on our minds
Thought we needed you all the time
What were we thinking of?”

The one thing lost worth all the rest
And we’ve give it all away for free

I say yes and you say yes
And that’s the way it ought to be

SOMEBODY TOLD ME

I’m not gonna scream for you anymore
I’m not gonna dream for you anymore
Nothing’s gonna be the way it was before
Oh no no no no no

I’m not gonna spill my guts on your floor
I’m not gonna walk your ruts anymore
And nothing’s gonna be the way it was before

They say there’s so much left for me to try
Isn’t it funny how the time slips by?
One day you’re on top of every game
Next day comes and no one knows your name

I’m not gonna cry for you anymore
I’m not gonna lie for you anymore
Nothing’s gonna be the way it was before

I’m not gonna live for you anymore
I’m not gonna give for you anymore
And nothing’s gonna be the way it was before

I keep singing the same old song
Can’t stop now it’s been too long
Somebody told me once you can’t give up
But I feel like I’m drinking from an empty cup

THE UNCONTROLLED MYSTERIES

This life will take us hours maybe
Or at least a moment’s thought
Before I go down on your bones
I wanna know what I’ve bought

It’s certain there’s no finer thing
But weigh this song before you sing
All the troubled years can’t come between
The things you say and what you mean

To see the world as the world is not
(It’s the uncontrolled mysteries)

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

Minds churning and hearts burning
And hell yeah that’s the way it should be
Days of wonder and nights of thunder
And hell yeah that’s the way it should be

You’re weak you’re strong
You’re right you’re wrong
I guess that’s just the way it should be
You lose you win and in the end
I guess that’s just the way it should be

I can’t tell you anything that you don’t know
I can’t show you the way you ought to go

ANOTHER SHITTY DAY IN FUNTOWN

I have been away too long
Everything seems so strange to me
My shadow it has grown too long
And my skin don’t even fit me now

Never felt like I belonged
These times they just weren’t made for me
Maybe I’m living my life all wrong
And paying the price accordingly

It’s just another shitty day in Funtown
Waiting on the judgement day to come down

You always make me feel so green
I keep bending till I break
This game we’re playing feels so mean
When someone’s always on the take

It’s just another shitty day in Funtown
Waiting on the judgement day to come down

THE LONG ONE:

1. BEGINNING

I have been away so long
Everything seems so strange to me
Like a dissonant song without a melody

Never felt like I belonged
These times they just weren’t made for me
My shadow is too long
And my skin don’t fit me

2. NOT GONNA DISAPPEAR

I’m not gonna cross over that hill
They’re not gonna make me disappear
They’ve got their knives out for the kill
But I gotta get out of here
Yeah I gotta get out of here

3. ONE TRUE PASSION DIED

They told me I better hold on to yesterday
I said, “No thanks...I’d rather just go away.”
It’s looking like this whole thing’s ready to blow
The clock is winding down and I’m ready to go

‘Cause things were taken—one true passion died
They all believed you but I know you lied
It’ll take some time but I know you’ll see
Love is the answer and the answer is me

So keep this one thing locked inside your mind
I can’t wait for you—I haven’t got the time
I sing my song in a tongue you’ll never know
I’m coming down hard—you better watch out below

‘Cause things were taken—one true passion died
They all believed you but I know you lied
It’ll take some time but I know you’ll see
Love is the answer and the answer is me

4. THE DIVIDING LINE

Don’t waste your time on the dividing line
Between the deaf and the blind

5. ALL WE CAN DO

Leave the back door unlocked tonight
The night is winding down
We’ll call some friends—it’ll be all right
If a new day comes around

All we can do is to give our best

The bigger we get the smaller we dream
Till all that’s left is lies and schemes
I know there has to be more than this
Could I find it in your kiss?

Yes I know this is stupid stuff
So do your dance till you’ve had enough
Move around and make some noise
Pretend you have a choice

All we can do is to give our best

The bigger we get the smaller we dream
Till all that’s left are lies and schemes
I know there has to be more than this
But I don’t know what it is

People come and people go
I don’t pretend to know why
Pull the curtain and start the show
If you can’t smile at least just try

All we can do is to give our best
All we can do is to give our best

6. ENDING

I have been away so long
Everything seems so strange to me
Like a dissonant song without a melody

Never felt like I belonged
These times they just weren’t made for me
My shadow is too long
And my skin don’t fit me

All songs written and performed by Jim Shelley
Recorded June 25-September 5, 2005
Thanks: Christian Nipe for back insert photograph &
Rob Christensen and Casey Firkin for advice and support

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Bridgewater, VA 22812
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