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Shut Down

by John Louis

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The second of two new singles from John Louis released in winter/spring 2021

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Shut Down

Woke semi-sober at 4 a.m.
Went to the garage to check for dents
On my car but it wasn’t there
Hope I had the sense to leave it somewhere
And it’s not in a ditch or impound lot
Being inspected by a gungho cop
Finding blood and hair on the grill
From someone or something I wounded or killed

I shut down the saloon
Shut down the thoughts of you
Shut down the years of abuse
Shut down the shame and confusion
Shut down the hard truths
They’ll never let me loose

Someday I might be a better man
He’ll face the pain better than I can now
More moving forward into the storms
Fewer retreats to the familiar and warm
But today I need to shut it all down
So I drink enough to drown
Still I don’t want to wreck your day
If you see me you should go the other way

I shut down the saloon
Shut down the thoughts of you
Shut down the years of abuse
Shut down the shame and confusion
Shut down the hard truths
I shut down the saloon
Shut down the thoughts of you
Shut down the years of abuse
Shut down the shame and confusion
Shut down the hard truths
They’ll never let me loose

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released April 16, 2021
Music and lyrics - John Louis
Produced by Shane Leonard
Recorded and mixed by Shane Leonard
at The Bungaleau in Eau Claire, WI
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound in Nashville, TN

John Louis - vocals, acoustic guitar
Jeremy Boettcher - bass
Ben Lester - pedal steel, wurlitzer keyboard
Siri Undlin - background vocals
Shane Leonard - drums, acoustic guitar

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John Louis Minneapolis, Minnesota

John Louis crafts heartworn country folk songs. John’s songs have garnered attention and awards from prestigious songwriting showcases including the Kerrville New Folk competition, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, and the Great River Folk Fest songwriter contest.

“John Louis is a good man writing great music up in Minneapolis.” Jon Dee Graham
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