Shanta Paloma

Shanta Paloma

 Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Refreshing & soulful indie rock singer/songwriter with powerful & insurgent female vocals that are bold, yet wistful. Brandishing uncommon guitar prowess & worldly poeticism, she brings unusual talent to the stage. Shanta is a walking song with highs & lows that go around full circle with a melody you can hold onto.

Biography

Shanta Paloma is a refreshing & soulful singer-songwriter who, according to Boston’s Metronome Magazine, “rocks with the intensity of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake.” Joan Jett meets Jewel through Shanta's bold, yet wistful voice. Brandishing guitar prowess that rivals both Ani Difranco & Nancy Wilson of Heart,  she brings unusual talent to the stage. According to The Valley Advocate, "her penchant for going in very different musical directions makes her music happily hard to predict," and charismatic.  Shanta is a walking song with highs & lows that go around full circle with a melody you can hold onto. With passionate delivery, Shanta offers poetic songs of truth and love that evocatively emote as effectively around a bonfire or on the biggest stage in town.  She just finished her first DIY national tour, The Guerrilla Gigs Tour of The United States of America, a solo cross-country adventure that she documented with a GoPro and an iPod. She has been releasing a rockumentary mini-series on her youtube channel. 

Voted one of the best singer-songwriters in the Pioneer Valley, Shanta Paloma can boast critical acclaim of a dozen publications, and is well-known from her hundreds of performances in local festivals and clubs, and regional radio & TV appearances. Her music can be heard on soundtracks; local compilation albums; and by thousands of her fans who follow her on social media. She has played famed venues, including CBGB’s, Cafe Wha?! and The Bitter End in NYC; and The Hippodrome, The Iron Horse & Pearl Street Ballroom in The Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts.

Lyrics

Unspoken

Written By: Shanta Paloma

Some things are better left unspoken
Don't break a heart if a heart ain't broken
Leave now before it's too late!
Dream boy, we're going to high places
As shiny as they are, as shiny as your face is
Don't look back...

It was the middle of the night
I'm awake, bad dream
As perfect as we are
As perfect as we seem
Oh, I'm not who I used to be
It takes more than words
To make this girl believe

I know you want me
I can see it on your face
And I wanna have a part
I wanna be in your embrace
But don't call my name
Some things are better left unspoken
A promise never made is a promise never broken
Leave it to fate...

It was the middle of the night
I'm awake, bad dream
As perfect as we are
As perfect as we seem, oh
I'm not who I used to be
It takes more than words to make this girl believe

We had a spark, we had a vision
Now I don't know where I fit in
My heart is torn
Light comes inside and dries your eyes
I can fight now, yeah!
I fought the storm

It was the middle of the night
I'm awake, bad dream
As perfect as we are
As perfect as we seem, oh
I'm not who I used to be
It takes more than words to make this girl believe...

(c) Shanta Paloma

Wake Up, Bittersweet Love

Written By: Shanta Paloma

Tell me stories
In a stranger's bed
about a stranger's fears
and a stranger's head
Watch me struggle with another lonely soul

I watch 'cause I wanted to be you
And for you to be me
For us to be true to ourselves
And for WE to be

Wake up, wake up!
The magic's been made
And for me this is just an ordinary day!

I'm dreaming
I'm never really asleep
and I am never really awake
I'm trying to keep you from being my next mistake

I dwell between a breath and an exhale
While my passions arise
I will never touch your lips
Or be guided by your eyes

Wake up, wake up
The magic's been made
And for me this is just an ordinary day

And I crave (and I crave)
Bittersweet love (bittersweet love)
The unattainable wave (yeah)
And I fly the shackled wings of a dove

(1, 2...1, 2, 3, 4)

Crazy baby
They say they wanna tame me
But no matter how hard they try
My thirst is deeper than the well
And desire leaves me satisfied

Wake up, wake up
The magic's been made
And for me this just an ordinary day
- Ordinary day!

And I crave (and I crave)
Bittersweet love (bittersweet love)
The unattainable wave (yeah)
And I fly the shackled wings of a dove...

(c) Shanta Paloma

Thriving

Written By: Shanta Paloma

He hides behind games, he plays
He hides away, far away
Fuck-before-you're-fucked's the name
He steals what he wants because he can
That's the way he stole my body,
then my heart before he ran

I don't care anymore
I'll take my share and more
This world's been so unfair
I'm bored!
You walk in, I'm floored
I live surviving...

Trying to get out a man - a boy
We are his ploys
But dreams are not to be used as toys
He didn't get what he wants
Takes what he can
And I gave it to him easy
'cause that's not who I am

I don't care anymore
I'll take my share, shut the door!
My faith's been broken, I want more!
You walk in, I'm floored
But baby, I'm thriving!

Are you surviving or are you thriving?
Are you striving or are you dying?

I won't care anymore, ignore
It's all explored
I'm bored
I won't cry for you - no more!
He don't go get what he wants
It gets to him
If you want it, you can't have it -
Wants - they taunt, and haunt, and win!

I don't care anymore
I'll take my share, shut the door
My face's been broken, my body is sore
I've still got my core
'Cause baby I'm thriving!

Are you surviving or are you thriving?
Are you striving or are you dying? (x3)

(c) Shanta Paloma

Keeper With a Player's Mind

Written By: Shanta Paloma

She's a keeper with a player's mind
He's a player biting time
She said, "I love you - you've got to go!"
He left in the night, now they miss each other so...

She's a keeper with player's mind
He's a player wanting something else inside
Hungry neighbor, you live so far
Beyond who we're being, we are who we are

How can you hear me so clearly (how?!)
How can you hear me so clearly (how?!)
How can you hear me so clearly (how?!)
This can't be the end, this can't be the end

She's a keeper with a player's mind
Chasing the chase and fighting the good fight
When he left her, he was finally gone
He took a piece with him, it was there all along

How can you hear me so clearly? (how?!)
How can you hear me so clearly? (how?!)
How can you hear me so clearly? (how?!)
This can't be the end, this can't be end...

(c) Shanta Paloma

Under Your Kiss

Written By: Shanta Paloma

Maybe I should of waited
Kept my breath baited
Let you just feel how satiated
I am, I am under your kiss

Now, I'm lost in my head
Lying in bed
Trying to feel anything but sad
I am, I am under your kiss

"Freedom" (is) a word for loneliness
I find I do my best
When I am all alone
I fly solo
I come in and I go
No one to tell me "No"
No one to leave me asphyxiated
I am, I am under your kiss
(spoken)
It's the circle, it's the way back home
That leaves us flying, wounded and flown
We came together, a crack in our skins
We caught our fingers in the doorway on our way back in

(sung)
It's the circle, it's the way back home
That leaves us flying, wounded and flown
We came together with a crack in our skins
We caught our fingers in the doorway on our way back in

So maybe I should have waited
Kept my breath baited
Let you just feel how satiated
I am, I am under your kiss
Now, I'm lost in my head
Lying in bed
Trying to feel anything but sad
I am, I am under your kiss...

(c) Shanta Paloma

Bad Monkey

Written By: Shanta Paloma

You've been a bad, bad monkey
Lay me down funky, honey
You gonna leave mama hungry?
You bad, bad monkey!.. yeah..

You've got me running so tired!
Taking me higher, and higher!
Wrap your vine around me...
You bad, bad monkey... yeah...

(spoken)
We don't have to tell anyone
Right here, right now - the pure moment is dirty!

Be my jungle love!

Be my jungle love
I want to be your jungle love
Give it to me, my jungle love
Jungle baby, start acting crazy

Fall down on your knees (I wanna peel your banana)
I beg you - beg me, please! (climb into my tree)
You've been a bad, bad honey (right here)
Spank that monkey! (right now) ... yeah!

Be my jungle love
I want to be your jungle love
Give it to me my jungle love
Jungle baby, start acting crazy
Be my jungle love
I want to be your jungle love
Give it to me, my jungle love
My jungle baby, start acting crazy
My jungle baby, start acting crazy
My jungle baby, start acting crazy
My jungle baby, start acting crazy ....
(ooooooo ah ah ooo ooo ah ah!)
My jungle baby, start acting crazy

(c) Shanta Paloma

Tombstones

Written By: Shanta Paloma

I woke up to the alarm call of my aching heart
Spilled my destiny into my soul
And then into the cards
A vortex of questions,
Answers in cigarettes
And I wondered if you would come for me,
And would you really be there when we met?!

I need someone like you
But someone like you hurts yourself and hurts me too

A boy and his father came into the restaurant
I fell in love with a child -
I could feel his warmth, I could feel the sun
"Are you born in August?" I asked?
He was, born the 8th
And I looked in his blond and his blue, I saw you, I saw your face

I need someone like you
But someone like you hurts yourself and hurts me too

Sacrifice our love for these tombstones
We sit on broken faith
I tried to give you my wings, bird
I said - "fly, bird!"
Your heart choked on my taste
For the tears you chose to cry
In the bottle and tits you sip
Will be my tears as I take flight
And sail away on my ship

I need someone like you
But someone like you hurts yourself and hurts me too

I know he is listening, I hope he understands
My voice seems clearer through the smoke in the mirror
Though he's got my hands
The tragedy of our love is ours to share
But this tombstone that I lie on is only mine to bear

Oooooo....

(c) Shanta Paloma

Parallel Lives

Written By: Shanta Paloma

I will always be a little bit in love with you
The other half of my soul -
You do the things I just happen to do
And time will always be a little bit against us
Let's capture this moment,
The kisses are stolen
Breaking the clock just to keep you from going

I couldn't help it if I try (the way that time ticks by)
To keep you by my side...

If you follow me down into the gardens
Heartache would bloom - we'd be forgotten
Sweet whispers of love as we walk side by side
But I can't reach your hand from our parallel lives

I will always be a little bit amazed by you
Wearing your new favorite threads
They just happen to be like what I just bought too
All these crazy coincidences between us
They hint at a fate that we did not create
That suggests that the other might be our soul mate

I couldn't help it if I tried (keep it all inside)
Keep you by my side

If you followed me down into the gardens
Heartache would bloom - we'd be forgotten
Sweet whispers of love as we walk side by side
But I can't reach your hand from our parallel lives

Josh:
As we walk side by side
But never collide
This world's not so small
I didn't think i would fall
Now I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please
Don't follow me down

If you followed me down into the gardens
Heartache would bloom...
Sweet whispers of love as we walk side by side
But I can't reach your hand from our parallel lives
If you followed me down into the gardens
Heartache would bloom - we'd be forgotten
Sweet whispers of love as we walk side by side
But I can't reach your hand from our parallel
from our parallel
from our parallel lives...

(c) Shanta Paloma

Sweet Cheeks

Written By: Shanta Paloma

I could tell you many things
I could wear a diamond ring
I could tell you that there's nothing to be afraid of
But I'm sure you already know
That nothing is for sure
Honey, taking a chance is what life is made of

What I could tell you
Is that I adore you
Nothing makes me smile like
Your sweet cheeks

(and I ain't talking about the cheeks on your face!)

I could take you many places
I could cover you in embraces
Write you a song or three or ten
But I'm sure you already know
Our love is sure to grow
Honey, it's just a matter of how and when!

What I could tell you
Is that I adore you
Nothing makes me smile like your sweet cheeks

I've gone around in circles
Trying to leave the past behind
But then I open my eyes
And it's you that I find
Nothing makes me smile like your sweet cheeks
Nothing makes me smile like your sweet cheeks
Nothing makes me smile like your sweet..... sweet cheeks... (giggle)

(c) Shanta Paloma

Like a Little Girl (Yadedai)

Written By: Shanta Paloma

She walks like a little girl
And like a little girl
She greats the world, Hey!
Everyone's sweetheart, she dances
She likes to read fairy tales and live romances

She dreams of saving the world one day
Finding her sweetheart and going far, far away
When she laughs, it's like coming home
When she cries, it's a thunderstorm...

She holds her guitar like a baby
I watch her fingers as they dance
Her words, they sing through me
She gives my life one more chance

She dreams of saving the world one day
Finding her sweetheart and going far, far away
When she laughs it's like coming home, and
When she cries, it's a thunderstorm...

Accept me,
I said, "No,
For you, I can't contain.
My body is small and we live
On a 3 dimensional plane.
I dream of saving the world one day
Finding my sweetheart and going far, far away
Laugh.
Come home.
Cry.
Thunderstorms."

Yadade dai dai...

(c) Shanta Paloma

The Truth

Written By: Shanta Paloma

The last time I ever felt this way
We were gonna leave
But you decided to stay
The truth that I know was misplaced
We were gonna dream
But you decided to save your face...

Speak without saying it
Know without knowing why
Truth can't be broken, it's
Stronger than all the lies
And be without faking it
See with a naked eye
When we pretend, my friend
Parts of us slowly die

And I'm bleeding all alone
Needing to be on my own

The first time I ever felt this way
I was a child, contemplated my name
The peace that I found was in the rain
I found hope in a smile
Strength in my pain

Speak without saying it and
Know without knowing why
Truth can't be broken, it's
Stronger than all the lies
Be without faking it
See with a naked eye
When we pretend, my friend
Parts of us slowly die

And I'm bleeding all alone
Like a soldier without a home
Feeling so alone....

Chorus x2

(c) Shanta Paloma

White Turns To Grey

Written By: Shanta Paloma

I know that you have to lose me
If we're gonna push on through
The thing that's hard to forgive
Is now I have to lose you, too

You said you would never forget
The first time we kissed
The first time we met
Said, "All I can see is you
so go chase your heart and I'll be true!"

You said, "I would die for you!"
Said, "I'd never lie to you!"
I fought myself everyday
You always had perfect words
But something about them hurt
Everything white turns to grey

You've been very deceiving
I deceived you first
I think I gave you excuses
I knew you'd hurt me worse
Sweetness came out of every pore
So I didn't see the liar, no, I didn't see the whore
It's like tipping a boat
I'm trying to run but I'm going to slow

You said, "I would die for you!"
Said, "I'd never lie to you!"
I fought myself every day
You always had perfect words
But something about them hurt
Everything white turns to grey...

I've got the shivers and the shakes
I can't believe a word you say!
I guess I called it in the first place
I turn upside down when I see your face

You said, "I would die for you!"
Said, "I'd never lie to you!"
I fought myself every day
You always had perfect words
But something about them hurt
Everything white turns to grey (x2)

I know that you have to lose me
I have to lose you too...

(c) Shanta Paloma 2014

The Ballad of Will & Neptune

Written By: Shanta Paloma

Maybe they lived too colorfully
Running head first into tragedy
Wherever he went, the ground took his pace
Will had a knack for making things go his way

Every man wanted to be in his place
All the muses longed to be his one day
He just wanted to create something great
Their love was the wood, their love was the flame

Neptune saw through all these tangible things
She died more than once for the life that death brings
Venus de Milo, Helen of Troy kind of face
Neptune was the dream that inspired some change

Every woman tried to be in her place
All the sailors longed to have her love one day
From beyond and diving into the deep
Time can be a friend and time can be an enemy

I sing these songs
All that I am, that I want to leave when I'm gone
Silent and loud, with a haunting tune
The ballad of Will & Neptune

A hot summer day, turned into the fall
Neptune took her Will and they made all the stars
But from two different axes, their love didn't survive
Will became lost and dreams turned into sighs

Exclamations turned to question marks
Dreams without will make good people go dark
Will hitched a ride, his oppositional thumb
Neptune met a traveller and ran off with his gun

I sing these songs
All that I am, that I want to leave when I'm gone
Silent and loud, with a haunting tune
The ballad of Will & Neptune
The Alpha & Omega, I sing these songs
All that I am, that I want to leave when I'm gone
Silent and loud with a haunting tune
The ballad of Will & Neptune

Make believe in make believe again
The ghosts of loneliness have become my best friends
Such a barren, cold, heartless abyss
Will without dreams is like wandering with aimlessness

Tears come out in the middle of the night
He's not dead, but he lost more than life
Let's go back to cloud 9, be begs of Neptune
I don't know why, but I need you ~ I do.

I sing these songs
All that I am, that I want to leave when I'm gone
Silent and loud, with a haunting tune
The ballad of Will & Neptune
The Alpha & Omega, I sing these songs
All that I am, that I want to leave when I'm gone
Silent and loud with a haunting tune
The ballad of Will & Neptune

(c) Shanta Paloma

I Really Want To Be With You

Written By: Shanta Paloma

If we could be Adam & Eve
With nothing to loose
Never lonely, together
On an island with you
If we could go at it and speak
With our bodies and our moves
All the things I want to say to you
But you're leaving in a day or two

Aaahhhh... What are you holding back?
Aaahhhh...The heart of the matter, as a matter of fact
I'd wait for you, forever
If you feel this way, too
Could we step out together?
I really want to be with you.

When I left your house,
I saw a key on the ground
I didn't know what door it opened
But I knew what I had found.
Unlock the secrets of the 7 & the 3
These numbers give me messages
-What do all the signs mean?

I hear your name, I feel your sound
And why does it seem like you're all around?
You're a part of me
You're a piece of my brain now
Unbridled conversations
Fall out between the kiss
It's all or nothing now
Because of how intense it is

Aaahhhh... What are you holding back?
Aaahhhh...The heart of the matter, as a matter of fact
I'd wait for you, forever
If you feel this way, too
Could we step out together?
I really want to be with you.

(instrumental)

And one more thing -
There's no way you could loose
'Cause if you don't want me,
I'm still grateful to have loved you
Everything I've learned
To feel closer to your soul
Has made me who I am, today
Can't you see how much I've grown?!

Aaahhhh... What are you holding back?
Aaahhhh...The heart of the matter, as a matter of fact
I'd wait for you, forever
If you feel this way, too
Could we step out together?
I really want to be with you.
I would be your lady, I'd be honest and true
Could we step out together,
I really want to be with you..
I really want to be with you...
Tell me, can I be with you?

Too Much

Written By: Shanta Paloma

I drink too much
I smoke too much
I think too much
I don't, enough.
Too many worries,
A lot on my mind
Too much to loose
And I'm wasting my precious time
Too many questions
Too much desire
I'm blowing too much wind,
and I'm burning too much fire.

I sleep too much
I stay up way too late
I don't get enough,
Damn, I've wasted another day
Too many hurries
Not enough time
I'm trying to be strong, man
I'm trying to be kind
Everything matters,
There are so many lessons
Running way too fast
Into too many directions

Devour

Overrun
Overflow
Overkill
Overload
Overboard
Overtaken
Overdose on everything
Understandings
Undercover
It's no use, I shouldn't bother
Overzealous
Overanxious
Overanalyze it senseless...

I give too much
and I eat too much food
I'm spending too much money
I get in too many damn moods
Going with intensity
I'm open to so many things
To all that's beautiful
And the beast she brings
Too many bleeding hearts,
Too many sleeves they're on
I'm trying too hard
Fighting for way too long

Devour

Overrun
Overflow
Overkill
Overload
Overboard
Overtaken
Overdose on everything
Understandings
Undercover
It's no use, I shouldn't bother
Overzealous
Overanxious
Overanalyze it senseless...

(x2)

I care too much
Overexposed
Let it go, let it go...

Love On The Outside (Looking In)

Written By: Shanta Paloma

I'm on the dark side
I'm on the outside
I want to get inside your heart
I want to know you
I want to show you
I'm on the other side of the wall

What's real will always be
This is just eternity
Close your eyes,
I know that you know it
Trust in you,
Now trust in me
And go and love me, secretly
Feel this moment,
We don't have to show it.

Love on the outside, looking in...

Meet me on the far side,
You're understanding right
A straightened arrow to the heart
Keep your light in
But don't you let it dim
Beauty can give a brand new start

What's real will always be
This is just eternity
Close your eyes,
I know that you know it
Trust in you,
Now trust in me
And go and love me, secretly
Feel this moment,
We don't have to show it.

Love on the outside, looking in...
Love on the outside, there's no way that we could win.

Love on the outside, looking in...
Love on the outside, there's no way that we could win.

What's real will always be
This is just eternity
Close your eyes,
I know that you know it
Trust in you,
Now trust in me
And go and love me, secretly
Feel this moment,
We don't have to show it.

Love/Hate

Written By: Shanta Paloma

When I love you...
...I'm thinking about...
if the tables were turned...
...and how much I hate you.

I come after you
I'm already caught up in your game
Now I'm the one to blame

Si tu fuis, il suis
Si tu suis, il enfuit encore
I want you et la belle vie
one of us keeps running through the door
Seems to me we continue to be
Jumping high then hitting the floor
C'est tant pis, ma cherie
I can't decide if I love or hate you more

Happy or sad
No longer have any meaning
The lines you pull are intoxicating
Too much to control
Pick up your understandings
And not so much your ammo

Si tu fuis, il suis
Si tu suis, il enfuit encore
I want you et la belle vie
One of us keeps running through the door
Seems to me we continue to be
Jumping high, then hitting the floor
C'est tant pis, ma cherie
I can't decide if I love or hate you more!

Vent to the world about your affliction
It's got nothing to do with all of your obsessions
And maybe we lost it
Maybe it was never there
I came to you in your despair, 'cause I care
I'm your Madonna and I'm your whore
And I'm not sure that I wanna be
Just one of them, anymore...
My Other, he's the road not taken
A Tolkien poem
A diptych, separated
I am the wanderer
He is the burning hand
So we drew our lines in the sand
He went one way and I went the other
That's why we love and hate each other!

Si tu fuis, il suis
Si tu suis, il enfuit encore
I want you et la belle vie
one of us keeps running through the door
Seems to me we continue to be
Jumping high, then hitting the floor
c'est tant pis, ma cherie
I can't decide if I love or hate you more
(key change)
Si tu fuis, il suis
Si tu suis, il enfuit encore
I want you et la belle vie
One of us keeps running through the door
Seems to me we continue to be
Jumping high, then hitting the floor
C'est tant pis, ma cherie
I can't decide if I love or hate you more!

Lovin' Up a Good Man

Written By: Shanta Paloma

Lovin' Up A Good Man
by Shanta Paloma

I want me a good man
Noble and Bold
To love his body,
His mind and his old soul
All this time,
It seems I've had a type
of addicts and abusers
and cheaters that like to lie...

I'm getting out of town
Solace in the open road,
gonna turn my lonely heart around
I, know where I land
And I'm telling you ~
the next time I'll be
Lovin' up a good man

I want me a good man...

The first one ~ he died at my feet
The next was handsome,
but Oh, he was killing me!
The third made promises he knew he couldn't keep
He put me on a pedastol, the fall from which was so steep

I don't mind falling down
I've become a master at picking up my frown
I know where I stand
And I'm telling you ~
The next time I'll be
Lovin' up a good man

Don't get me wrong.. I like them a little bad!
I like them a little naughty.. a little naughty in the sack
But I'm so tired of the selfish kind
If you don't treat me right, I'm leaving your ass behind

I found love again
I thought it was deep
Turned out his words and his lovin' were so cheap
The last one,
Well he was obsessed with me
When I came around, he like to put me down emotionally

I won't be ignored
So take your games and your power trips
I ain't playing any more
I still reach out my hands
But I'm telling you ~
The next time, they'll be
Feeling up a good man

I want me a good man... Find me a good man...

Save my lips for a good man
Save my kisses for a good man
Save my lovin' for a good man
Save my hugs for a good man
Save my moves for a good man
Save my grooves for a good man
I'm gonna find me a good man
Lovin' up a good man.

Discography

Self-Titled Debut Album (2013): 

Track 1: Unspoken 

Track 2: Wake Up, Bittersweet Love

Track 3: Thriving 

Track 4: Keeper With A Player's Mind

Track 5: Under Your Kiss

Track 6: Bad Monkey 

Track 7: Tombstones 

Track 8: Parallel Lives

Track 9: Sweet Cheeks

Track 10: Like A Little Girl (Yadedai) 

Track 11: The Truth 


The new EP, "7," 2015: 

1. I Really Wanna Be With You

2. Too Much 

3. Love On The Outside/Looking In

4. Love/Hate

5. Good Man

6. White Turns To Grey 

7. The Ballad of Will & Neptune

Set List

Shanta Paloma has a vast repertoire of songs, spanning several genres. She can play anywhere from 1-2 sets of solid originals and 3-4 sets of cover songs, per show.