Make Money

by Shawn Owen Band

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released June 13, 2015

Shawn Owen - vocals, guitars, ukelele
Zach Ditmars - bass
Ben Bays - percussion
Paul Clagett - drums
Viki Nova - vocals
Tobias Russell - keys
Nick Reider - trumpet
Jim Templin - trombone
Karl Hunter - saxophone
Erin Snedecor - cello
Sue Owen - bodhran
Jordan Sokel - harmonica
Mike Noonan - marimba

Produced by Shawn Owen
Recorded at Sheffield A/V - Baltimore, MD and RMC Sound Solutions - Annapolis, MD
Mixed by Drew Mazurek - Owings Mills, MD
Mastered by Mike Caplan of Lionfox Recording Studios - Washington, DC
Artwork by Aaron Yealdhall of Skribe Studios - Annapolis, MD
Manufactured in USA


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Shawn Owen Band Annapolis, Maryland

Professional snowboarder turned songwriter, Shawn Owen performs 300+ shows per year as a solo performer and fronting the Shawn Owen Band, sharing the stage with national acts such as The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, G. Love and the Special Sauce, Dropkick Murphys, Passafire, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Donovan Frankenreiter, Dirty Heads and many more. ... more

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Track Name: Tribute

One beer left to go
Better barter it for one more load
Capitalism’s lost its cause
Been exposed for all its fatal flaws
It wouldn’t matter anyway
I spent my last dime just to have this place to stay
Without it what then would I do
Come knock on your door, ask if I can stay with you

We could party all night long
Sing that same old Rancid song
Till everyone woke up and kicked us out

And we would head out to the street
Just 2 punk rock kids on just 4 feet
I bet we could make it to last call
You yell to me from half way down the hall
You try to run, but I catch you on the stairs
The elevator’s been broke for 2 years
Hit the pavement at the same time
Puffing on 2 joints it’s so Sublime

No one knows what happened next
We live our lives with NOFX
And violate code 311
Driving like a Mad Caddie, killing Suicide Machine
But I believe Rastaman, we’ll be just fine

Remember way back in that day
That beautiful place, magic time
I wish we could have stayed
Remembering what we used to do
The fun we had, I wish I could go back with you

We could laugh a lot again
I would not know where to begin
It feels like so much has gone
But what I know, I know for sure
You’re still my brother I’m still yours
And until the end of time, we’ll be just fine
Track Name: Wild Ride

Why do I keep it all away from me
There must be something there subconsciously
Keeping my thoughts underneath
So I try to pull the past into a future tense
But to leave this world with no suspense
You first have to open your teeth

Only one life, live so full
Once again we ride the bull
Even though it bucks like hell
We ride it oh so well
Couldn’t stop me if you tried
No matter who else has lied
In these thoughts I confide

When does it get to where it needs to be
When everything seems to just come free
All that’s missing is time
Where’ve you been?
I’ve been waiting here so patiently
Now its becoming plain to see
I’ve got to go take what’s mine

One thing in life I’ve learned
Is that you’ll always get burned
All that matters is how you deal
What you think not how you feel
When all is said and done
I say fuck it, have some fun
Wild ride has just begun
Track Name: Make Money
How am I going to make a billion dollars today
I’ll take wars pain and suffering, exploit them to get paid
I’ll have to lie, pretend it doesn’t bother me to know that people died Maybe I’ll just make a million dollars today

How am I going to make a million dollars today
I’ll steal people’s savings and retirements from the stock market trade
I’d have to lie, but I wouldn’t ever have to look them in the eye
I’ll just make a thousand dollars today

How am I going to make a thousand dollars today
I’ll grab a gun, rob a liquor store and make them open up the motherfucking safe
I’ll have to lie, I’ll never get to tell my friends and family good bye
I’ll just make a hundred dollars today

How am I going to make a hundred dollars today
I’ll act like a gangsta and get caught up in the cocaine game
I’d have to lie, forget what I sell might destroy people’s lives
I’ll just make a couple dollars today

So how am I going to make a couple dollars today
I’ll take my guitar to the streets and play it for people's change
I’ll have to lie, I’m not homeless so I’m going to need an alibi
Still I got to make a couple dollars today

People making money and they know they’re living wrong
They lie to everybody like I tell you in this song
But you cant lie to yourself, don’t know how they sleep at night
Somehow they figured how to extradite
Their guilty conscience into international
Waters and dropped of the abyss wall
Sinks to the bottom so as not to be found
But we can wake up with one unified sound
Decide from now until the end we’re going to fight
Against all these assailants trying to sneak us in the night
The cadence I’ll be marching to on patrol
Is kinky reggae now, rock and soul
So what’s it going to be? We going to change the world?
Does it take a hundred thousand million people in herds?
We start as one people changing our minds
We’ll find no time for nickel and dimeing
Track Name: Spending TIme

Hopefully I’m leaving soon
Out of this city, this apartment. One bath no bedroom
Head for higher ground
Searching for that somewhere where my soul can still be sound

Been searching a long time
Lots of rhythm but feel no rhyme
Feel the rhyme when the music’s near
People coming over to hear

Funky reggae song
Keeps me rocking all of the day and all the night long
With one love to share
Take this joint man and please pass me one more beer
Wake up in the morning with a swollen lung
Swollen feet, swollen head with a swollen tongue
Got no rhythms to pass the time

But the waiting feels fine
Why do we stay awake so late?
Why do we do the things we do?
Why do we flake and perpetrate?
I want to spend all my time with you

Smiling as I face the sun
Beat down on me, take away bad deeds I’ve done
Don’t justify me. Lord knows I’ve done wrong
But give me one more chance, one new place to start from

So when we’re partying later tonight
I want to see no fuss and no fight
Keep the chain cause I’m in the clear
But hey man, pass me a beer

Why do we stay awake so late?
Why do we do the things we do?
Why do we flake and perpetrate?
I want to spend all my time with you
Why do we get faded, have to hide?
Why do we gate ourselves inside?
I wouldn’t know what else to do
Going to spend all my time with you
Track Name: Walk of Shame

I see a man as I walk down the street
His heart as dark as night
He’s so tired he can barely sleep
Underneath this city’s light
People smile as they walk on by
And turn their eyes away
He hangs his head and he starts to cry
Here’s nothing left to say. Its LA

Picks up his bag, leaves his living room
Walks towards the den
“You fucking bum” is all he hears from some
It’s the same tonight again
He lays down behind a garbage can
So no one can see
Locks himself into his new bedroom
While you and I hold a key

I’ve seen nothing in this life
Compared to what is faced each night
Would I stand apart or would I stand the same
Would I spend my own life upon this walk of shame

I see a woman, beautiful moment
A child in her hands
Her baby sighs at the sweetest lies
She pick garbage from the cans
Her dreams are faded as the pavement stars
But with two lives to feed
She’ll keep dancing in the topless bar
Its that sweetest side of greed

I’ve seen nothing in this life
Compared to what is faced each night
Would I stand apart or would I stand the same
Would I spend my own life upon this walk of shame
Track Name: Double Vision

I’ve been trying to say this for days I’m still having trouble
I can’t promise you anything while still seeing double
I try to tell myself I won’t drink anymore
Mostly when I’m on my way back from the liquor store
But time has come for change
Things need to be rearranged
Once more

I can’t seem to settle down
I need the feel of different ground
It feels like I’m always somewhere bound
But that’s enough about me
What this song was supposed to do
Was break it down for you oh so true
And logically

Pretty baby don’t get me wrong but
We don’t need no sappy love song
All that we need is another chance to get it on
Because I know
That this time I’ll go
Up inside of you tonight
I’ll do it right
At least better than last time
Turn off the light
And let me mack you with a fast rhyme
Don’t fuss and fight

When you do it feels colder than last December
My telephone number is nothing but 3s and still you can’t remember
But I got my own form of mind control
A double deuce under my seat with the lyrics I stole
You say you like the way I sing
But when you show wearing shorts like that I’d do anything
Track Name: Morning Light
Hello my brother, good to see you again
It’s been far too long since we’ve shared a pint my friend
We got stuck in our lives, seems you’ve done well I must commend
But damn it’s good to see you again

Hello my sister, you look lovely my dear
The years have been kind and life’s left you satisfied it would appear
I remember the time our eyes were so full of fear
But truly you’re looking so lovely I mean it sincere

Every once in a while the stars seem to align
Found in a smile is life’s complicated design
I know you’d stay through the darkest part of night
Would you still be here in the morning light?

Hello my father, would you please take my hand
My castles have crumbled. I built them all upon the sand
I got lost for a while, I realize it’s not what we planned
But I promise I’ll be on the right path soon again

Hello my mother, take me into your arms
These kings that rule aren’t fooled by meek boyish charms
As I stand at the gates and the sentry sound the alarm
I realized I arrived so unarmed

Every once in a while the righteous see the wrong
And they tell me it’s darkest always just before the dawn
I know you’d stay through the darkest part of night
Would you still be here in the morning light?

Hello my lover, now its just you and I
And this infinite world can be ours if we just stay allied
These castles and kingdoms are none but ours to decide
As long you’ll be here in the morning light
I’m hoping you’ll still be here in the morning light
Track Name: Now You See
3 o’clock March 17th chilling at the bar
seeing how green my teeth can get before I score
but nothing seems to change no matter how I try
things just stay the same time just passes by
why do I wait so long its right in front of me
I think it’s behind the bong but that’s as far as I can see
And it’s hazy to look that far I’m so lazy I’d take my car
When all I’d have to do is concentrate and it would come to me

I’m so broke I can’t even pay attention
I don’t think that smoke is my only addiction

I just can’t get enough of what I’ve never had
Hard to believe with all this love I could still feel sad
But we all need a little something to get us through our days
A little past acquittal from what set us on our ways

You dig yourself so deep you become trapped inside
All those fear you keep confront you now with no place to hide

What do you do when your whole world caves in on you
Where do you go when there’s no place left that you know
What do you say when everything turns out this way
To who do you cry when you’ve got no answers to why
Or what or when or where or how its supposed to be

You got to look inside yourself put everyone else on the shelf
It’s the only way to drop this misery
You’ll find that what’s inside will be the only guide you need
Now you see

A better feeling when I put down the phone
Suddenly I don’t feel so alone
I want to stand up and run to the door
Get in my and put the gas to the floor
If I were smart I’d hop into that ride
But the one time I did was the time that I died
At least I tried

We all gotta try sometimes or else what’s the point of life
If you decide to take that chance you better stick it like a knife

There’s no second chance for mistakes
One imperfection is all it takes
To drop the ball and what are you gonna do
What you need is a definite plan
You gotta stand up and be the man its true

A tough position to be in I know
Some things you gotta take with a blow
To the nuts then stand there with a grin
Spread your legs and let em kick you again

You can’t let down your guard or they’ll shit all over your yard
I know it sucks but that’s the way its gotta be
So if you’ll just take my hand I’ll lead you to the promise land with me
Now you see
Track Name: Drop In
Awake in the morning once again
I’d give my best dream to sleep in
I feel so tired, feel so week
I can hear every bone inside me creak

All of the things I thought were gold
Just seem like lies that I once told
Too many times till they seemed real
Reality is so sobering
Forces us all to come clean
And puts us back on even keel

Listening to the rain fall on the lawn
Doesn’t seem like the clouds want to push on
Front porch and I become so close
It reminds me of all that I miss most

Like when you and I we were so new
When you first said I love you too
We started out into the world
Now that all seems so long ago
Where it went I just don’t know
The life I knew became so twirled

Look now the sun is peaking through
Not all of my thoughts consumed by you
Starting to love myself alone
I know you’re never coming home
That’s ok I’ll be just fine
I’ll keep the good times on my mind
We'll find
It’s just a drop in time
Track Name: Taylor
It was a yesterday
When I went away
Left you behind
It’s where you stayed
Where your body laid
Alone each night

You and I
Lived so high, alive
Under the sun
But then the moon
She came out way too soon
And we were done

I remember how you looked when I turned around
I remember how you smiled
It always seemed we live and die as one
Now I feel so denied

I watched you go
You took the corner slow
Like you might reverse
But you turned and left
I felt the hand of theft
For the very first

I closed the door
My soul hit the floor
As I walked away
It feels cold inside
Seems some part has dies
Just an empty cave

We walk along in solidarity
Even though so far apart
I know there’s something left for you and me
I know it in my heart
Track Name: Unorganized Religion

Organized religion has never been my game
But as I pass out the body and blood it feels all the same
Fungus among us has never answered much
Sometimes it gets close enough for me to touch

But what am I to do
When you won’t follow through
And when you go and leave me so what will I say
So I can sleep today

When all the wrong things in the world seem so far
What matters most to me is how close you are
Cause though Jesus, he got to try it once again
Even I don’t think I’m gods closest friend

So with one shot on my mind
It’s fairly plain to see I’m pressed for time
When you go to Francisco all that I will do is play
So I can sleep today

When I wake up my designated lover isn’t here
And that she’ll never be is what I fear
Because California is only a few hours away
It would take me entire days

So once we again collide
I’m gonna do my best to get you to sleep beside
But to scream her name inside my bad could give my tongue a blister She’s got the same name as my sister
Subtly was never meant for me
Track Name: Sweet Mary

Baby, baby why you walk all over me?
I say that maybe you can’t help but cannot see
Everyday you run away I’m left behind
So I’ll stay and lay awake with less to find to ease my mind

Believe me girl I know you had to go
Still it hurts me so not to see you grow
So I’ll turn to all I have to ease my pain
My sweet little baby girl, the sweetest baby Mary Jane

Sweet Mary rocks me softly back to sleep
Says everything will be ok
Sweetest Mary gives me loving not to keep
Says to give it all away

Now I know we said it’s better off this way
But I sat down and did some thinking yesterday
What I came up with could do just fine
Give up everything and become Rastafari
Track Name: Wanting for Earning

Awaiting time, trapped in a haven of safety
Safe at least from my guilty mind
Where the price I can’t pay
Believe that I’ve tried
I feel awake in a dream
I’m sure things aren’t what they seem
In this realm I reside

I’m wanting for earning
Longing for learning the lesson that just wouldn’t take
I must be mistaken
But your way of making love seems so hard to fake
What will I do
When you realize I’m not deserving of you
And we crash on the shore
And drift into nevermore

This hate inside is the cross left to bear
Truth of life if that life is fair
And we learn as we go
But reap what we sew
So alone in the world
Lonely boy with the only girl
Who erodes through the snow

I’m wanting for earning
Longing for learning the lesson that just wouldn’t take
I must be mistaken
But your way of making love seems so hard to fake
What will I do
When you realize I’m not deserving of you
And I’m left on the floor
And you fade into nevermore
Track Name: Sure/Ballad of a Girl

I wait for a day when a man can stay unstable
With so many rules we feel like fools unable
But willing to feel so fine
A feeling of you
In the morning a feeling of what did we do
A feeling that you were mine

As she’s waking up I’m laying down beside her
She don’t know of the dreams of me inside her
I drift to a deep dark land underneath of the sea
And wonder what it is that I’m meant to be
I ask can I sleep here today
She says, "Baby it’d be ok”

My baby, my sweets, she loves and speaks so directly
You don’t understand and you wont if my plan goes correctly
Stability has never been mine
But she once was
And looking back now I know its because
She don’t waste no time

Of all that I wasted this one tasted sweetest
Rhythm and rhyme we let this time complete us
But nothing’s finished, nothing’s final
Not until it’s stamped on vinyl
If you’d ask, “Could I sleep here tonight?”
I’d say, “Baby it’d be alright”


She wakes up in her makeup
Empty bottles lying all upon the floor
She’s laid down with the same clown
Like she’s done it seems a thousand times before
All her headaches and these mistakes
Disadvantage what she knows she can become
But her soft smile makes her so versatile
There isn’t a trap she can’t escape from

She don’t mind people talking, words don’t seem to bother
Her soul is self-assured, she learned that from her father
When she was a child in the world
It’s just the ballad of a girl

With a soft sigh, says a goodbye
In a breath she’s up, off and down the road
As the sunrise squints her keen eyes
She passes on all the love bestowed

She’s working a 9-5
but she’s got what she needs to stay alive
When the quitting time comes
she heads to the bar where a guitar guy strums
Songs as she twirls
He plays the ballad of a girl

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