Photography by Sophie Spinelle - Shameless Photography

Red Brick Tide

Released November 12, 2011


Cardinal Marks | Tantrum | Saturn Starter Home | Sick July | Estimate and Then | Lucinda | Settlers' Folly | Harpoon | All That Love | Half Hitch | Case For You | Think Twice

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Cardinal Marks

Wounded mouth, same as heart / You bring nothing of value / Wounded heart, push push out / All that, all that can help you / Anemic, scenic red boat floating / Careening, beating loved ones hoping / You're not gone / Blue black sludge, just enough / To keep worn engine spinning / All parts jut, in and out / One act short but convincing / Anemic, scenic red boat floating / Careening, beating loved ones hoping / You're not gone / Oh, I saw the lighthouse / The shock sent to scare life out / Oh, I saw the lighthouse / The shock sent to scare life out / [If it were] just you, me, and the steel birds... / If I stay here, I will feel worse / Just you, me, and the steel birds... / The bay here is the real the curse
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Tantrum

I am not sorry anymore / Words are left but I don't know what for / When I go / I won't come back / Push me, push me / Make it fast / In my right hand a wet, wet bar of soap / I'll scrub away the new and mine the old / Canny tears / Milk and sweat / Drip, drip, drip / From your mouth / Hold on, Hold off / Hold on, Hold off / Wait up, no thanks, just me / Chin up, no tantrum please / Wait up, no thanks, just me / Chin up, no tantrum please / Oh, to start all over again / Chape for tongue to keep the fury penned / Get a house / Where [the] stars are close / A set of lips / Sweet and composed / There's no hope here / There's no hope here / There's no hope, no hope / Wait up, no thanks, just me / Chin up, no tantrum please / Wait up, no thanks, just me / Chin up, no tantrum please
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Saturn Starter Home

Iím not your ordinary girl / Iím not your princess fairytale / Iím just an ornery curl / In your flat iron straight world / This ainít your mama's sundress / It ainít your papa's tool belt / Itís just a low rent sleeper cell / Microwave dinner bell / And I know fire and I know hell / And yeah, Iíve been there before / I may lie, it's just as well / Thereís no difference anymore / So stroll me down the neighborhood / We can pretend you know whatís good / And maybe I can interject / To stroke your probing intellect / Iíll let you fix my flat tire / Iíll let you stoke my little fire / I got a box matches / And I donít care what catches / Iíll wear white and youíll wear blue / And yeah, weíll go it alone / Iíll sell my lies if you will too / For a Saturn starter home / Oh, donít you leave me stranded / Oh, don't you leave me stranded / Oh, donít you leave me stranded / Oh, don't you leave me stranded / Iíll fix you beer and casserole / We can forget the dirty globe / Trade in brooding grey nights / Don't sixty moons sound nice? / Iíll take drugs, and youíll give hugs / Nickname it something cute / If we run clean out of luck / A lie will always do / Oh, donít you leave me stranded / Oh, don't you leave me stranded / Oh, donít you leave me stranded / Oh, don't you leave me stranded
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Sick July

Help Iím sinking further / Down this red brick tide / Iím a great self starter / In [a] step-sister high-rise / I tell lies all the time / Maybe Iím the plague you see / Iím here for me and only me / And Iím no good for anyone / Iím bound to have a wide/far reach / Iím here to feed and feed and feed / And Iím no good for anyone / Oh carrier...is it you or me? / Carrier? How I pity the clean / Stop, stop, stop turning to sand / Hot, hot and too quick to stand / Damn you just work harder / Itís just a race with time / Push, youíre wearing armour / Of faith though you are blind / I tell lies all the time / Oh, forgive whatís left of me / Though Itís hard to even see / How I could turn into anyone / I fear the appetite for dreams / The fever bore and now Iím me / And Iím no good for anyone / Oh, carrier...is it you or me? / Carrier? How I pity the clean... / Stop, stop, stop turning to sand / Hot, hot and too quick to stand / Help Iím sinking further / Down this red brick tide
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Estimate and Then

I was the one who followed you / Arms akimbo trying to keep up / On we went to the aeroplane / They asked me, "Girl, now are you ok?" / Arrival, what a dreary sky / Rental car, funny smell I know / Funny what we recall / Of the day we let our past go / They're writing / Stories / About you / About me / If only seeÖ / What you don't want to see / Now it's a million years ago, / Battle fought, war lost so what / Estimate your yearning then / You'll find the passage of time prevails / So settle down and put down rugs / You're here to stay, estimate thatÖ / They're writing / Stories / About you / About me / If you only seeÖ / What you don't want to see / You said we could leave, if it didn't work out / We were no pigs and this pen was no kind of house / I want to leave 'cause it never works out / But the pig in me, has made this pen a house / I was the one who followed you / Arms akimbo trying to keep up
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Lucinda

Lucinda, I donít dream / And my sleep turned hard and cold / Can you tell me what Iíve got? / I am here now at the edge / Oh, oh, I need to say / I donít want / Another day / Lucinda, come back and this time stay / Oh, come back and stay / I miss the mess, I miss the mess / I miss your mess, I miss your mess / Iím not the same / Iím not the same / Lucinda, you have got / Me running around town / Like a drunk and pitied fool / And my friends how / They all laugh at me and say / That I need to say: That I donít want / Another day / Lucinda, come back and this time stay / Oh, come back and stay / I miss the mess, I miss the mess / I miss your mess, I miss your mess / Iím not the same / Iím not the same
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Settlers' Folly

My stars, you got nerve / Singing all that country stuff / You got the boots, and buckle shine / The city cowgirls swoon and blush / But in here in this make believe saloon / Theyíre slinging phones and chewing gum / Talking social theory as you croon / About the plight of much too much / Later on, some feller asks / Hey there, maíam, whereíd you come from / I stop and straighten up / And say itís far from me now / He winks at me and takes a sip of wine / And I think oh god, weíre just the same / Two nomads on a cold and starry night / The ďto and fromĒ donít separate / On the cab ride home / I hear the breath of desperate souls / They pant and panic so / A city choir praying for home / A mess of fashion savvy pioneers / Out of touch, and out of place / Insecure and clever engineers / With our origins swiftly erased / My stars, you got nerve / Singing all that country stuff / You got the boots, and buckle shine / The city cowgirls swoon and blush / But in here in this make believe saloon / Theyíre slinging phones and chewing gum / Talking social theory as you croon / About the plight of much too much / Go, Go, Go... home, home, home, home
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Harpoon

Harpoon in mouth / Iím bound to find you / My cedar ship / Donít hunt, but I do / The further down / The more I like you / The shore above / Can keep the right crew / Oh itís a shame, how weíre both just the same / Oh that flame, youíre gonna light up my name / The bright white disc / Can tempt the humble / Up there Iíve left / A life of stumbles / I donít look back / For fear of weakness / For love of easy chairs / And kind ceilings / Oh the waterlogged, and the lost, and the gone / Float back and forth, mime advice: friend youíre wrong / Nobody there, knows how to follow a ripple / I know when I get there, my dreams will be thinning and little / Just me and the beast, and that light, and our hunger / The foam from the feast, all thatís left cast asunder / I swim right past / Their sways of wisdom / Iím slick and fast / A wreck of symptoms / [Iím] red and alone, this deep dark donít feel so cold / Cause Iím hot on a trail, and I know I canít home / Nobody there knows how to follow a ripple / I know when I get there, my dreams will thinning and little / Just me and the beast, and that light, and our hunger / The foam from the feast, all thatís left cast asunder
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All That Love

Scratch up all that love / [And] it's gonna heal hard / If you want more than enough / You gotta steal some / How are you gonna leave me on my own? / Your friend red devil lust / He got you talked up / You reel and then you thrust / You're just mocked up / Are you gonna leave me on my own? / I traded time, for something I thought I could hold / It took a strange flight, to prove I / Was wrong and alone / Every time I looked away, something made her want to stray so she showed me / All that pretty stuff, wrapped up / Don't come so soft / It took a sucker punch, rage love and I hit the ground / Everyone I knew came out, but no one thought the final round / Would turn on me... / Baby, baby what's the matter? / You're sounding / Crazy, crazy stop that chatter / But I'm drowning / Ooh, I don't trust / Ooh, why are you so calm? / You're on my last nerve telling me / We gotta start all over again / Years run - a mess of / Thoughts on my page / War's done, at least one, / I'm still the same / Trying hard to figure out / How to live with all this doubt / Can you show me? / It's a shuffle step, cool head / And then turn around / [You] don't need to fret, it's a sequence / And we're all falling down / Even if you look way / Nothing's really gonna change / Don't it feel nice? / Baby, baby what's the matter? / You're sounding / Crazy, crazy stop that chatter / But I'm drowning / Ooh, I don't trust / Ooh, why are you so calm? / And you're on my last nerve telling me / We gotta start all over again
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Half Hitch

Corner of my eye / It's a sight I've been looking for / Half hitch won't suffice / Oh my world, oh it just will not hold / Oh, oh, oh I've been living right / Oh, oh, oh, I've been living right / I barter sleep for proof / I'm insured, what a gambling fool / Wind me up to whirl / Yellow top spinning black and blue / Oh, oh, oh I've been living right / Oh, oh, oh I've been living right / Slow down son, there's a sunrise that you're missing / She came down once, if you try they'll be listening / It's gonna get you every time you look / If you know what I mean / It's gonna get you every time you look / Don't forgo what you need / City burning bright / I sweat just to keep up pace / Deplete my wealth of time /Interest's up at a rocket rate / Oh, oh, oh I wanted more / Oh, oh, oh, oh I wanted more / Fuel it up and ride / On the run weíre as thick as thieves / Come now sullen miles / Wonít you sell me what I need / Oh, oh, oh I've been living right / Oh, oh, oh I've been living right / Slow down son, there's a sunrise that you're missing / She came down once, if you try they'll be listening / It's gonna get you every time you look / If you know what I mean / It's gonna get you every time you look / Don't forgo what you need
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Case For You

Three is a bad one, Iíve been there before / One donít mean nothing, just a distance from four / How the years pile on / Me I was a lame duck in some counterfeit love / Pride donít mean nothing when your broke down and drugged / Oh the wiles of the blue eyed mare / Donít give up on strangeness, itís bound to come in / Old familiar stranger, I want to come in / Iím so glad you came / Wait if you can love, Iím well on my way / With scars from the battles I lost from the start / Oh the theft of my hide and dreams / Ruse made a winner of some green-eyed fraud / Truth donít mean nothing when youíre martyred and drowned / Oh the pain of abandoned roads / Donít give up on strangeness, itís bound to come in / Old familiar stranger, I want to come in / Iím so glad you came / We thirst and we hunger, then all over again / The search for the plenty, will it ever end? / Oh the years, how they pile on / If need should find you, for a drop, maybe two / I would come home from the valley with a case just for you / Can you live on a wing and a prayer? / Donít give up on strangeness, itís bound to come in / Old familiar stranger, I want to come in / Iím so glad you came
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Think Twice

Don't wait for nothing, change is silver finned / Cold low lying, Iím done flying tins / That catch only the wind / Sure bad timing, I see rhyme in everything / But I've made islands bone dry, lifeless with desperationís sins / And then cast me away / My only vice was needing to know / Think twice? Just speed up and row / Oh, let me go / I told you I'm no good for nothing at all / Foam is refuge, home's loss deluge grows / But I'll out smart her, turn to water flows / And roar overthrows / Til there's nothing, only quiet coves / And I'll lie silent, happy tyrant with captive undertow / If I could change everything / My only vice was needing to know / Think twice? Just speed up and row / Oh, let me go / I told you I'm no good for nothing at all / Don't wait for nothing, change is silver finned
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© 2011 Dania Abu-Shaheen (ASCAP).
All songs written by Dania Abu-Shaheen. Recorded and mixed by Roy Matthews at Riverworks Recording, Dobbs Ferry, NY Produced by Matt Noble, Roy Matthews, Dania Abu-Shaheen and Zilpha Starnes. Dania Abu-Shaheen: vocals and guitar, Zilpha Starnes: vocals and synth, Nick LaBate: bass, Heinrich Kruse: drums/percussion (except ďall that loveĒ Scott Morehouse: drums), Matt Noble: additional keyboards. Keeyahtay Lewis/Deadbolt Photos: album photography.