Red Brick Tide

Released November 2011

Track Listing

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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Lyrics

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

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

Help I’m sinking further / Down this red brick tide / I’m a great self starter / In [a] step-sister high-rise / I tell lies all the time / Maybe I’m the plague you see / I’m here for me and only me / And I’m no good for anyone / I’m bound to have a wide/far reach / I’m here to feed and feed and feed / And I’m 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 / It’s just a race with time / Push, you’re wearing armour / Of faith though you are blind / I tell lies all the time / Oh, forgive what’s left of me / Though It’s hard to even see / How I could turn into anyone / I fear the appetite for dreams / The fever bore and now I’m me / And I’m 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 I’m 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 see… / 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 that… / They’re writing / Stories / About you / About me / If you only see… / 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 don’t dream / And my sleep turned hard and cold / Can you tell me what I’ve got? / I am here now at the edge / Oh, oh, I need to say / I don’t 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 / I’m not the same / I’m 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 don’t 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 / I’m not the same / I’m 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 / They’re 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, ma’am, where’d you come from / I stop and straighten up / And say it’s far from me now / He winks at me and takes a sip of wine / And I think oh god, we’re just the same / Two nomads on a cold and starry night / The “to and from” don’t 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 / They’re 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 / I’m bound to find you / My cedar ship / Don’t hunt, but I do / The further down / The more I like you / The shore above / Can keep the right crew / Oh it’s a shame, how we’re both just the same / Oh that flame, you’re gonna light up my name / The bright white disc / Can tempt the humble / Up there I’ve left / A life of stumbles / I don’t 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 you’re 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 that’s left cast asunder / I swim right past / Their sways of wisdom / I’m slick and fast / A wreck of symptoms / [I’m] red and alone, this deep dark don’t feel so cold / Cause I’m hot on a trail, and I know I can’t 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 that’s 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 we’re as thick as thieves / Come now sullen miles / Won’t 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, I’ve been there before / One don’t mean nothing, just a distance from four / How the years pile on / Me I was a lame duck in some counterfeit love / Pride don’t mean nothing when your broke down and drugged / Oh the wiles of the blue eyed mare / Don’t give up on strangeness, it’s bound to come in / Old familiar stranger, I want to come in / I’m so glad you came / Wait if you can love, I’m 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 don’t mean nothing when you’re martyred and drowned / Oh the pain of abandoned roads / Don’t give up on strangeness, it’s bound to come in / Old familiar stranger, I want to come in / I’m 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? / Don’t give up on strangeness, it’s bound to come in / Old familiar stranger, I want to come in / I’m so glad you came
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Think Twice

Don’t wait for nothing, change is silver finned / Cold low lying, I’m 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 desperation’s 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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Album Credits

© 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. Keeyahtay Lewis/Deadbolt Photos: album photography.

Dania Abu-Shaheen: vocals and guitar, Zilpha Starnes: vocals and synth, Nick LaBate: bass, Heinrich Kruse: drums/percussion (except “all that love” Scott Morehouse: drums), Matt Noble: additional keyboards.