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Waltz of the Oblivious Wolves

by Jen Schaffer and The Shiners

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AVAILABE ON NOVEMBER 1ST, 2020!

Here is one of my favourite Shiner songs that has been around for a few years but seems apt to record and release in time for November 3rd, 2020 - a monumental Election Day in the United States, with global ramifications.

I wrote the song a few years back, while up visiting my friend at her old General Store in Mississippi Station, Ontario. The muse... or muses... were the locals wolves that surrounded the house one night, instilling great fear in us humans and then great determination to overcome that fear.

Our song, Waltz of the Oblivious Wolves, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing… that is, a biting protest song delivered with the merino softness of a sweet country waltz. We Shiners began to finally record our covid-version of this tune with a plan to release it in time to support and see the turning of the tables down south… that is, the oblivious arrogant predators fall to a determined and conscious prey.

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The Waltz of the Oblivious Wolves
Music and Words by Jennifer Schaffer (SOCAN)

V1:

Wolves, they waltz
Outside our door
Glide and stride
And howl for more

Think they're safe
From what's in store
Swirl and twirl
And so ignore...

Our fear.

Chorus:

See how predators prance
When the prey is primed to pounce
Tables have been turned
Reversal of fortune
By a terror once spurned
But now embraced
And chastened
And laced
With a drive and force
It's the final course
For the wolves and their oblivious waltz

V2:

Once they ruled
So true and pure
Once they're weight
Would fell the sure

Now they dance
Immune from cure
doomed by threat
They can't endure...

Our fear.

Chorus:

See how predators prance
When prey is primed to pounce
Tables have been turned
Reversal of fortune
By a terror once spurned
But now embraced
And chastened
And laced
With a drive and force
It's the final course
For the wolves and their oblivious waltz

V3:

Vision and courage
Awakened
By fear
Survive the entry
Then all will be clear

Soon to return
To the life once lost
Life sacrificed
To that Insidious cause...
Of the wolves and their oblivious waltz
To the wolves and their oblivious waltz
God help the wolves and their oblivious waltz.

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released November 1, 2020
Music and Words by Jennifer Schaffer (SOCAN)

Produced, Arranged, Recorded and Mixed by Simon Law aka The Funky Ginger at Studio Wolfrey, Toronto, Ontario

Artwork/Videography by Tegan Armstrong and Luke Donovan.

Acoustic guitar, Lead Vocal - Jennifer Schaffer
Bass, Background - Astrid Foster
Drums, Background Vocals - Simon Law
Acoustic guitar, Background Vocals - John Teshima
Violin, Background Vocals - Jonathan Marks
Mandolin and Background Vocals - Emmanuel Zev Szeptycki

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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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