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This began as a keyboard piece, just some chords sounding nice together. I bought a fretless bass not long after and it really worked with the chords. Because it had a kind of sea shanty tone I called it shipwrecked which then suggested a particular involvement from a few years back. The notion of sinking into that feeling is both pleasant and frightening. This is about the fear.

This recording features my favourite blend of clean electric guitar tones (a Les Paul and a Stratocaster). Just playin'.


I never thought I’d end like this, a splinter on a wave.
I ran to meet the ocean’s kiss and fell to my grave
Spied you from my icy shore a sparkle in the dark
Frozen blood and burning core flashed to an arc
I shiver, shiver ...

I dreamt I dreamt upon your breast rising with your sigh
My grip upon the helm a test, I sailed to your eye
I shiver shiver...

I hugged the coast head to fore
They sang my name from the shore
Their fires were my stars
I went learning my way, burning my way.

Captain of this plank, a black and winking wave
My helmsmanship and power sank. The stars are my grave
Cold, now I’m cold
Shimmer, shimmer ...


from Haunting the Path, released April 19, 2016
Words and music Peter Jetnikoff 2004-2008



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