Shameless (1998)

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I wrote this track in 1998 on my Gibson J-200. This was my second studio recording, and it was the very first track that David Earl, Daniel Berkman and I recorded together when we first started playing my songs together as a band. We were oh so children of the seventies...

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i could never monkeymind
such a subtle terrain
such a vast expanse
i could never claim
juxtapose this jagged edge of wantiing
with the lotus heart of peaceful sublimation
let me slip into
this silent conversation

strip me of my certainty
strip me down
strip me of this longing
strip me down
to bare skin
and cool stone
and summer sun
and soft lips parting
round me

tempt me electricity
lure me away
from this greed for purity
part these petals
break me open
pierce this laughing bloom
taste the tender heart of me
strip me down

strip me of my certainty
strip me down
strip me of this longing
strip me down
to bare skin
and cool stone
and summer sun
and soft lips parting
round me

i don't want no savior
i would rather smash this heart
it is only human
to want something to cling to
give me something deeper

out here on the precipice
the trees are leaning from the weight of the wind
let that passion move me
let me be shaped so beautifully
black my limbs upon the green
in the wind and the rain and the first breath of spring
all the canyons life carves into me
my blood flows freely
my heart is still beating
still beating

strip me of my certainty
strip me down
strip me of this longing
strip me down
to bare skin
and cool stone
and summer sun
and soft lips parting
round me

strip me down
shamelessly

credits

from Treasure, released March 5, 2012
Artemis Robison - Vocals, acoustic guitar
David Earl - Keys
Daniel Berkman - Electric guitar, drums
Mixed by David Earl

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Artemis San Francisco

Spectral keyboard washes and sinuous dance beats set up a feeling of warm alienation while Artemis’s voice heats things further. Over the thump and shimmer, she croons with detached fervor, the music dissolving in a storm of pixie-dust disco until a rude riot of effects snaps the tether and she vanishes. ... more

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