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Fate Line 04:10
Fate Line Music and Words by Jennifer Schaffer
 © SOCAN 2009 Chorus: My fate line, my fate line, my fate line
 Is longer than my life
 My fate line, my fate line, my fate line
 And sharper than a knife
 It cuts through imagined victories
 Over all those stubborn ghosts haunting me
 My fate line, my fate line, my fate line Verse 1: Deep in the bone, I can’t extract it
 Source of my words, like ancient sandskrit
 Still, though I try, I can’t predict it -
 Just what the next dictate will be Chorus Verse 2: Hands like my mother’s – so familiar
 Cast the stones that make the waters stir
 A future hidden in the rivers
 Carved deep into my calloused skin Chorus (instrumentally) Bridge: I can’t escape 
Those escapades
 That I eschew too late I’m preordained
 And predisposed
 To predicate my fate Chorus
2.
He Once 04:16
HE ONCE Words & Music by Jennifer Schaffer © 2011 SOCAN He once Walked the streets of London Walked the streets of London With a swagger and a sway And he once Danced away his demons He danced away his demons ‘Til the dawning of the day He once Dazzled all the darlings Dazzled all the darlings With that sparkle in his eye And he once Laughed as all the leeches Laughed as all the leeches Sucked his spirit dry But how many flights will he Take to get back home To ramble or to roam Across the unforgiving seas And how many cheeks must he turn ‘Til he can see That this once illusive love Is waiting here with me He once Gave up all the gaming Gave up all the gaming And he let his pieces lie He once Offered up his essence He offered up his essence And I took with a sigh I took it with a sigh I took it with a sigh I took it with a sigh
3.
Seventeen Years Words & Music by Jennifer Schaffer © 2009 SOCAN Waiting to emerge A cicada from the ground Lost but then your found Amongst the decomposed debris First you die then you are Reborn amongst the trees And after 17 long years You have finally broken free after 17 long years You have finally broken free Mothered way too young To support a family The Agency agreed and took away her baby son she burrowed deep and dark and dreamt about a reunion and for 17 long years she refused to come undone and for 17 long years she refused to come undone She played house then suffered it Just a fragile doll herself She baked a cake once a year Moved the homestead north of Guelph Made a world where no one could reach her Or ever teach her To feel the shame that was dealt She’ll use her strong new voice To call her one true love back home He may hear it rise above The cacophony so grand But it ain’t no siren’s song The jagged rocks reduced to sand And after 17 long years He returns to hold her hand After 17 long years He’s prepared to hold her hand After 17 long years…
4.
Learning to dance again This time taking it slow Watching the past slide Watching the past go We take our maiden steps Shuffle along and glide Learning to dance again We let the music guide Oh From solo to paso doble Ooh Feelin’ the one drop, just we two Do the rub-a-dub Try the Jamaican two Hold each other’s hips And feel the slippery groove It’s Marley and Tex and Brown That grease the wheels and moves And Chaka says we can Taste the sweet and new Oh... Navigate The landscape - The soundtrack to our faltering starts. Gently cajoul, With beauty and soul, This evolution that fused our hearts. Rhythm rises up From forces overlooked The always there laid bare In the pages of our book But questions fall away And the pondering can cease As we feel the pulse and sway, Reveal the sweet release Oh...
5.
Make or breaking it down Shaking the tree Making the fruit fall Whys and wherefores Fall to the floor You can summon it up And gather your strength Then gather what’s left And watch as life Expands and blooms Calamities And casualties But hints of something new After years Of sitting by Courage coaxed the new Make or breaking it down Shaking the tree Making the fruit fall Whys and wherefores Fall to the floor You can summon it up And gather your strength Then gather what’s left And watch as life Expands and blooms Calamities And casualties But hints of something new After years Of sitting by Courage coaxed the new Tied and tethered Ropes they bound and burned Now loosened and weathered So let go It’s your turn it’s your turn Make or breaking it down Shaking the tree Making the fruit fall
6.
They pitched the big tent in the town pub's yard The menagerie made it hard For Hannah Twynnoy to serve patrons ale His whispers called her to her final tale In bloom of life, a child within She was taken by the tiger's grin Her pokes and prods of beast in cage Would soon awake, would soon enrage Restless with all that she possessed She seeked the other She seeked to twist and test The circus tempted with exotic fare And Hannah's longing finally could be dared In bloom of life, a child within... Try to seize the catch Without risking to be snatched By the jaws that can ensure your sweet demise If you seek the tiger's gaze You'll ensure your final stage But you'll never suffer any compromise Warned to stop her taunting, teasing way But in the end the tiger had his say A loosened bolt and all that fury raised Would mean that Hannah's pain would Be allayed In bloom of life, a child within...
7.
Your touch is deep I cannot keep from loving you The feeling steeps Til I’m undone Awakes my heart From its somnambulated state And coax its start Away from numb I falter, I fall Stumbling, I stall I falter, I fall Stumbling, I stall Don’t want a balm A numbing salve applied in haste, To soothe loves sting When left to waste Don’t want mirages These things are keeping me from sight A blinding view That blacks the light I falter, I fall... Can I let go Of these aversions That are cruel That harm my soul And yet I fuel If I embrace What’s a most inconvenient love, And feel its pull As not a shove Then ache and longing Will crystalize into a gem That holds my sway As staff to stem I falter, I fall...
8.
I Will 04:51
What are you hiding from little girl Deep inside that closet Wrap yourself in coats and furs And wait for them to notice You’re gone You live You breathe and give You’re gone You live You breathe and give And I will, I will, I will notice I will, I will, I will know Hear them calling out your name Long after you vanish But you refuse to play their game Absolver and the banished You’re gone You live You breathe and give And you’re gone You live You breathe and give And I will, I will, I will notice And I will, I will, I will know The time has passed They’ve lost their grasp As you are spirited away To find yourself So raw and stealth But free from absent ties that bind Your free from absent ties that bind And I will, I will, I will notice I will, I will, I will know
9.
Stood in the archway Between going and gonna stay Chose the one you thought would need Your care and love You did believe He’d love you back And forever again Paid for the choice you made Forgive should trump betray But learned the lesson much too late It won’t slow the steady gait That overcomes Your own strides To be free As time collapses You will open eyes Face the fear that Try to twist the mind Your story echoes Through the growing space Wearing down its trace Of groove and grind Story’s older now It’s hard to till or plow A soil that never took the seed But just a fragile weed That undermined Your own drive To be free So be free
10.
I’m living out loud and clear Can’t you hear me singing I’m living out loud my dear Can’t you hear me sing I’m living out loud Playing at real Life rushes by silently I’m living out loud So I can feel Seeking clarity I listen to Lucinda sing About her satisfied mind Wondering if that’s something I will ever find So I’m living out loud... Am I on the road Or merely on the verge It’s hard to tell sometimes Where pain and pleasures merge Enlightenment will come And this confusion pass That’s what I tell myself As I step through that looking glass I’m living out loud and clear Can’t you hear me singing I’m living out loud my dear Can’t you hear me sing I’m living out loud Playing at real Life rushes by silently I’m living out loud So I can feel Seeking clarity Seeking clarity I am seeking
11.
Audience 03:27
Ears that can Ears that can’t My ears are listening to your Desperate chant And it says Hear me, won’t you hear me, won’t you hear me, won’t you hear me now Eyes that can Eyes that can’t These eyes are open to your Deviant Ways Hear me, won’t you hear me, won’t you see me, won’t you see me now You can’t resist You feel the urge To seek an audience to preen and purge Ties that bind Ties that cut Your opened skin will be your Opiate Haze Hear me, won’t hear me, won’t you feel me, won’t you feel me now
12.
After A Fall 04:55
Rooster crows in the afternoon Loud and hard as at early dawn Another chance to resurrect Long after the day is born So rise again, rise anew Please hear the call A chance to fly After a fall Shake and shimmer in the breeze Free and as wild as you please Concrete melts away with ease When you look up from the ground So rise again, rise anew... After a fall what can you be Wings that reach up from the flames Or only embers that remain After a fall what can you see Mountains push up through the blue Or do they just block the view It’s up to you You’re too young to just stagnate Life rolls along and it can’t wait Like a stone the stream will wash over you Join the current and flow on through So rise again, rise anew...

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Since the release of our 4-song debut EP, "Angel Ridge" in 2009, the music and band, Jen Schaffer and the Shiners, has evolved. We've honed both our ensemble playing and original material to the point that a full-length album was ripe for the making. Amongst the 30 some songs I've written over this time, we have selected 12 to record for this "Fate Line" project.

The Shiners, my talented and dedicated band – collaborators, Woodford enthusiasts and friends one and all – consist of Simon Law on drums, keyboards and background vocals, Astrid Foster on bass and background vocals, John Teshima on guitar, keyboard and bass, and our very own jazzer-come-fiddler, Jonathan Marks, on violin, viola, mandolin and background vocals.

We all went into the studio in August of 2013 to start recording these songs at the wonderful and award-winning studio of Jeremy Darby, The Canterbury Music Company. Simon Law, Shiner, Soul II Soul original member, Grammy-award winning songwriter and producer, is producing our album. The album will to be released or emerge in November 2014.

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released November 18, 2014

Produced by Simon Law
Recorded by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, ON and Simon Law at Wolfrey Studios, Toronto, ON
Mixed by Jeremy Darby and Simon Law at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, ON
Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel
Jen Schaffer and the Shiners logo designed by Caroline Chan at All The Year Round
Art Direction & Design by Lauren Schaffer and Caroline Chan
Band photography by Lauren Schaffer
All songs by Jennifer Schaffer (SOCAN)
“Making the Fruit Fall” co-written by Simon Law (SonyAtv/PRS)

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Jen Schaffer and The Shiners Toronto, Ontario

Jen Schaffer is a Montreal-born, former Ohio and now Toronto resident singer-songwriter. Jen has honed her own brand of original soulful acoustic roots music with the help of her dedicated band and collaborators, The Shiners - Simon Law (a.k.a. The Funky Ginger), Astrid Foster, John T, and Jonathan Marks. ... more

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