Shadows, Vol. 3

by John Zay

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Thank you for checking out Shadows, the 3rd Volume of my recording series. In 2012 when going away to study plant medicines, I heard a very strong voice say to me during a ceremony “Don’t Abandon Europe”. I'd always wanted to live and play overseas and after this experience it felt like the right time. From there I embarked on the crazy idea of selling all my stuff, transferring the lease of my home in LA to my friends and taking my girlfriend (now fiancé) and dog on a plane halfway across the world from Los Angeles to Hamburg. I was invited by my friend Rico Bowen of The Mighty Rollers. He called and said that he had a spot in his band for me - he needed a good guitar player who could sing well without a German accent. So after months scheming and planning off we went and 2 days later I was onstage with him and drummer Jan Ole Jönsson. It was an amazing Adventure but not without it's challenges. This album is an exploration of the Shadow, the hidden parts within us that yearn to emerge. What better place to immerse myself in Shadow work than in the dark and cold winter of Germany. It was quite a difference from the life I had been living in LA. The songs here were conceived and mainly recorded in Hamburg Germany & Sagres Portugal during the 2 years I was there with additional recording back in the states afterwards. Thank You again for checking out the Album!
-John Zay Maschio

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released March 27, 2018

Produced, Engineered and Mixed by John Zay
Recorded mainly in Hamburg Germany, Sagres Portugal & Los Angeles California with overdubs in Brooklyn NY, Delray Beach Florida & Los Angeles California
Drum & Bass recordings on tracks 1,5,6 & 8 by Jan Ole Jönsson in Hamburg
Drum recording on Track 2 by Hanser Schülerr in Hamburg
Drum recording on Track 4 by James Knoerl in Boston MA
Re-Mastered in 2020 by John Zay in New York NY

Published by Velvet Juice Music BMI
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John Zay New York, New York

Vocalist, Guitarist, Multi-Instrumentalist & Producer. Shamanic Explorer, Plant Medicine Advocate, Lucid Dreamer and Surfer whenever possible. Currently in Europe, born in NY, also lived in Brooklyn, LA, Hamburg & Sagres Portugal.

“John Zay is a superb guitar player, lyricist & vocalist as well. I’m a believer and you should be too!”
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Track Name: Shadows
Shadows
-Lyrics & Music by John Zay

I see the pain
in all the world
it burns my heart inside

Children hurt
lives destroyed
I can't make sense of why

As healing means
within in our reach
are hidden from us all the time
--
Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold
--
As one gets hurt
another knows
we've stepped into a new game

But all this means
is transparency
will give our shadows their say

Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold
--
When will this end...
as sickness breathes and fear runs high
There's no one left to offend...
A battles yet to come
What have we done?
--
Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold

Breaking - from all your ties
you're running out of breath
A measured move - complete with the news
you've had enough of all this senseless death..

A shadow falls on the soul...
Track Name: Ayahuasca Dance (She Likes To Dance)
Lyrics & Music by John Zay

I know a Lady, she works undercover
has a bigger plan
she's been sneaking up north to heal our lands

just when you think you've got nothing to lose
she'll leave you a little clue

She likes to dance, she's really a lover
Sacred Vine of the Dead
She's like a chance that you want to discover - again…….
when your lost in your head

She soaks you up, she's biting your essence
Ayahuasca dance
You'll wake up with your posture but lose your stance

Before you choke on the ashes of pain
let the phoenix rise from her flames

She likes to dance, she's really a lover
Sacred Vine of the Dead
She's like a chance that you want to discover - again…….
when your lost in your head

so lost, so lost, so lost again...
Round & Round….it's all in your head
Round & Round….Ayahuasca Dance

Wake up
She's like a dream taken to the extreme….
She cradles you beginning to the end….
She's like a dream taken to the extreme….
Track Name: Inch Away
Lyrics & Music By John Zay

You're an inch away from love
Yours is energy above
I'm the warmth you are the sound
Come around

Take me through your mind again
The part where you were lost my friend
Down the hole into the ground
Come around

See yourself inside a dream
and take your heart out to be seen
Let the blood run through your veins
Ride the wave....
Ohh Ohh Ohh Ah Ah

There is room for you to sit
Come through the door get over it
Bring your truth into the space
Come around

You're a ministry of faith
I have come just for a taste
My knees are pressed down to the ground
to hear the sound...

Won't you dance again….and again
Won't you dance again….and again

I'm the light that climbs into
Reflecting me reflecting you
There is time to reach the sky
We can fly...
Ohh Ohh Ohh Ah Ah
Track Name: Like The Snake
Lyrics & Music By John Zay

I’ve been triggered once again
familiar voices in my head
the same players on the scene
I guess this is what I need
but I lost my sense of self
and my hearts up on a shelf
next to my dreams

I’ve been shot down to the ground
and I’m nowhere to be found
I’ve lost my will to care
on an island of despair
I’ve been looking for a rope
a new path, a little hope
away from your greed

My time is a light in disguise
through worlds that seem to collide

Like the pieces of the snake I will make it
Like the wild one in the corner I am naked
Like the lies in your eyes I can fake it
Like the snake in the water I will take what is mine…..

I’ve been hurt like this before
now it’s time to settle the score
and I won’t let myself lose
It’s gonna take more than a bruise
So I'll leave you in the dust
My survival is a must
I choose to live

Like the pieces of the snake I will make it
Like the wild one in the corner I am naked
Like the lies in your eyes I can fake it
Like the snake in the water I will take what is mine…..

Give back my mind to the fire
this lens of fear and desire

Like the pieces of the snake I will make it
Like the wild one in the corner I am naked
Like the lies in your eyes I can fake it
Like the snake in the water I will take what is mine…..
Track Name: Mind's Eye (Alternative Version)
Lyrics & Music by John Zay

Fell into the longest dream I looked around and found the queen
she was there, waiting for me all along
Taken on a journey through both time and space nothing's a waste
in the dark I felt a love so strong

Welcome to your mind's eye feel free to look inside
Welcome to your mind's eye it's time to take a ride

I don't want to lose control when I feel like I'm falling apart
Letting go becomes so hard when you don't know where to start

You had chosen to go first you broke the ice it wasn't always nice
the path was there by your design

So welcome to your mind's eye feel free to look inside
Welcome to your mind's eye you can see the pain go by

I don't want to lose control when I feel like I'm falling apart
Letting go becomes so hard when you don't know where to start

This is our journey we fall into each others
arms and we give ourselves freely to love...to love....to love
Track Name: Something's Going Down
Something's Going Down
-John Zay & Rico Bowen

I've been walking through the night
getting home at first light
and something's just not right

Gotta a lot of big demands
the whole world is in my hands
Is this my lucky chance?

Cause I've seen this place before
On display just like a whore
and no one's keeping score

I'm still believing there's a reason I'm lost
She's coming through with her love

I feel something, I feel something,
I feel something's going down
I can't trace it, I can't place it
I just know - I gotta leave this town

I've been looking for a sign
as I drown myself in wine
am I running out of time?

Cause when the buzz is wearing down
and the crowd is not around
Can you meet me on the ground

I feel something, I feel something,
I feel something's going down
I can't trace it, I can't place it
I just know - I gotta leave this town
--
There is nothing here for me
I have seen what I need to see
and I'm starting to get bored
same old story I heard before
There is nothing left to say
You got what you wanted anyway
so I'm walking out the door

I feel something, I feel something,
I feel something's going down
I can't trace it, I can't place it
I just know - I gotta leave this town...
Track Name: Mystic Dancer
Hey
You are my everything
You are the only thing
That comes to life

Everyday I wake up
where the ocean opens up to meet the sky
In a world of industry
On a magic carpet ride

As the motion plays out
I ask myself what’s real or in disguise
Is the water speaking?
Do the dreamers improvise?

When the silence sets in
there’s nothing to distract me from my mind
The walls are wearing thin
and I’m singing through the night


(Same sun, same land
Same stars, same air
Same heart, same eyes
Same soul, same cries)

I heard your message
A dream of choice is in the words I say
I choose to see you
In an Old World Soireé

I’m here to remember
Mystic dancer dancing in the light
On the shores of yesterday
Where the ancient city lies

Hey
You are my everything
You are the only thing
That comes to life

Every ride is perfect
Every view is just the view I need to see
Every road has served me
From the past, the future’s free

I heard your message
A dream of choice is in the words I say
I choose to see you
In an Old World Soireé

I’m here to remember
Mystic dancer dancing in the light
On the shores of yesterday
Where the ancient city lies
Track Name: Shadows (Electronic Remix)
Shadows
-Lyrics & Music by John Zay

I see the pain
in all the world
it burns my heart inside

Children hurt
lives destroyed
I can't make sense of why

As healing means
within in our reach
are hidden from us all the time
--
Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold
--
As one gets hurt
another knows
we've stepped into a new game

But all this means
is transparency
will give our shadows their say

Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold
--
When will this end...
as sickness breathes and fear runs high
There's no one left to offend...
A battles yet to come
What have we done?
--
Frozen - with all your dreams
a shadow falls on the soul
Taken - away from your home
and left out in the cold

Breaking - from all your ties
you're running out of breath
A measured move - complete with the news
you've had enough of all this senseless death..

A shadow falls on the soul...

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