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Water Shoes

from The New Wrong Way by Rebecca Turner

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About this track:
When I moved to the 'burbs in 2003, I left much of my musical landscape in NYC. Then I met Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried, two of earth's nicest humans, and I was able to build one in NJ. Together with Scott, we created and hosted the Saturday Afternoon Song Swap, a performance series for songwriters. Our little world merged with other musical worlds in NJ and also with the old NYC world, tying a lot of people I love together. Case in point: Another one of my favorite NYC people, Philip Shelley, moved to Maine, and one day we were visiting him and he played us a bit of a song he had written and wondered if I wanted to do anything with it. I had been hoping to come up with a song for J. & D. for their birthdays, so that became "Water Shoes."


I don’t know how to be how you are, be so sweet, like you are; wasn’t born on your star. But you make me want to take things apart, to rewind this old heart, at least as far as yesterday, when we swam in the river. The rocks were smooth; not the greatest of weather. I borrowed your shoes, and my happiness hovered on the surface of the water.

The place was gray, wasn’t sure on that day If I was gonna stay, and I’m still not so sure. But you stepped in, threw some color around, made a home of this town. There were sounds coming down. Like yesterday, when we stood on the sidewalk, our smiles so big, we could step right inside them. The very next day, we might have been crying, but at the time, I forgot to.

I don’t know what it is that I want. Maybe peace, maybe just not to always be wanting what it is that it seems that you have? Yes, I know you get sad. But your heart seems to live outside of itself, in a place mostly sunny. We’re walking through mud, and you think that I’m funny. And time tries to stop. Yes, I know that I’m quiet, trying hard to be good like you.

Blueberry summer and we don’t get old. December lights and we don’t get cold. We spring together with our hearts on sleeves. Hope falls around us like some maple leaves.


from The New Wrong Way, released November 6, 2019
Track credits:
Drums: Sim Cain
Percussion: Deena Shoshkes
Bass: Scott Anthony
Electric guitars: Rich Feridun
Acoustic guitars: Rich, Rebecca
Backing vocal: Sue Raffman
Banjo: Jon Fried
Keyboards: Rob Clores

Written by:
Rebecca Turner & Philip Shelley


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Rebecca Turner is a country-folk-rock singer-songwriter formerly of NYC and LA, now residing in Maplewood, NJ. First influenced by 70s FM radio and 80s-era record stores, her musical allegiances have ranged over the years from Emmylou Harris to Liz Phair, from Doris Day to Tom Petty, from Goldfrapp to the Go-Gos. rebeccamo34@gmail.com ... more

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