Shilling For Dreamtown

Released November 2013

Track Listing

Nothing on Me
24 Million
Oh Henry (Sugar and Gold)
We Weren’t Meant To Be Clones
Cunicular, Funicular, Spectacular Me
Gatling Girl
Starry Eyes
Codes of Circumstance
Red&Blue
Icarus
Stockholm
Pyxis

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Lyrics

Nothing on Me

no greeting today / you keep your head down and play / your mystery game / is getting harder to take // I followed you around every turn / you made class A clown out of this old girl / first dizzy and dumb now busy and numb / no doubt relief came first and then betrayal // I gotta cut those ties / and catch a flight / back to where I left the bulk of me / guess Paul was right / I’ll be an isle / all you’ve got is nothing on me // no messages play / where I’m going to stay / you’d be lucky if I / can even tell you the time // two straight weeks in the red hot sun / should cure my pine for your icy love / it’s bound to be a whole lot more fun / than killing time until the crying’s done // I gotta cut those ties / and catch a flight / back to where I left the bulk of me / guess Paul was right / I’ll be an isle / all you’ve got is nothing on me // there’s plenty of miles / better for single file / I’ll make more of the road / traveling light on my own / now and then I feel the red hot pain / of needing someone who can relate / damn your head and all your twisted ways / you drove yourself so far away // I gotta cut those ties / and catch a flight /back to where I left the bulk of me / guess Paul was right / I’ll be an isle / all you’ve got is nothing on me
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24 Million

it started up slowly, now I got something to say / all the pain owned me, and I got traded away / the stubbornness of a moonbeam shone a light on my face / I see someone older, spinning wheels in place // all the words turned and curled and crunched beneath my feet / I stop and stare, September pair, is this our favorite street? // has it been years since we spoke? / silent punch line of a cruel joke / I see light at the end // in strips and stripes, in gold and white and pink and taupe, you know / if I’d had half a mind I’d have apologized, but damn the pride, you know // slowly, it don’t own me / slowly, it don’t own me // of all the ways, to close a heart, I do mine like an art / take little steps inside myself on the hunt for the dark / fists of rage, only friends, by my side from the start / only me in my own pen, to throw and take the punch // all the words turned and curled and crunched beneath my feet / I stop and stare, September pair, is this our favorite street? // has it been years since we spoke? / silent punch line of a cruel joke / I see light at the end // in strips and stripes, in gold and white and pink and taupe, you know / if I’d had half a mind I’d have apologized, but damn the pride, you know // slowly, it don’t own me / slowly, it don’t own me
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Oh Henry (Sugar and Gold)

today I got the nerve / to just go, go and swerve / and pile into the scourge / of your sticky weak love // you come a muddy flood / and my dumb little hut / was splintered then stunned / that I wasn’t the right one // I’ll trade all the lies for pill paradise I’m ready / you stopped me like that, dead in my tracks, I’m heavy // oh Henry, you’ve got something I wanna see / the understudy just won’t cut it take it from me / oh Henry, keep ’em fixed and steady on me
cold welded, you can’t help it, I’ll make you see / Henry, Henry please // me, I don’t sleep / I just keep clotted dreams / in my canyoned teeth / carved up by your sweet stuff // go, just go
it ain’t new and it don’t get old / to be had then rolled / just my fool’s rush for your trick heart // I’ll trade all the lies for pill paradise I’m ready / you stopped me like that, dead in my tracks, I’m heavy // oh Henry, you’ve got something I wanna see / the understudy just won’t cut it take it from me / oh Henry, keep ’em fixed and steady on me / cold welded, you can’t help it, / I’ll make you see / Henry, Henry please
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We Weren’t Meant To Be Clones

she won’t share and I won’t bite / she says I gotta live right / he won’t spare any light / for girls like me on the other side // mr. marshmallow tall fellow / will you be my man / we’ll wear white lies wrapped tight / to keep all the sweat in // we’ll take the express, low stress, train wreck to heaven / but the best hemmed, long dress won’t pen my hex in / you know, you know, what I mean // she sees babes, and I see chains / she asked “why you gotta talk so much? / don’t you want your princess day? / straighten up, get to the punch” // mr. marshmallow tall fellow / will you be my man / we’ll wear white lies wrapped tight / to keep all the sweat in // we’ll take the express, low stress, train wreck to heaven / but the best hemmed, long dress won’t pen my hex in / you know, you know, what I mean // if you’ve got some love left, don’t / hold me up to your mold / I’ll do mine and you yours / we’ll be fine I’m sure / you know, you know, you know what I mean // she says grace, and I say lunch / I wonder when we changed so much / I did my time, had the best pie crust / I’m still the girl who wants to throw the punch // mr. marshmallow tall fellow / will you be my man / we’ll wear white lies wrapped tight / to keep all the sweat in // we’ll take the express, low stress, train wreck to heaven / but the best hemmed, long dress won’t pen my hex in / you know, you know, what I mean // if you’ve got some love left, don’t / hold me up to your mold / I’ll do mine and you yours / we’ll be fine I’m sure / you know, you know, you know what I mean
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Cunicular, Funicular, Spectacular Me

oh [it’s] down to the rabbit hole / I know ropes, been towed before / packing light for the Saturn pull / down below, I wear my bones // baby, baby I hope you go down easy / baby, baby I hope you go down easy // in then out of sight I go / I tug at hope, tick-tock lamp aglow / firedamp in lung and gut / and my unsealed heart, charged up little bomb // baby, baby I hope you go down easy / baby, baby I hope you go down easy //what if I’m not ready this time / would you still remember I tried / what if I’m not ready this time / wish you’d still remember I tried // there’s light before and after me / and up she goes, girl after the blows / the trade is fair, if you know the terms / down for up, no boycott // baby, baby I hope you go down easy / baby, baby I hope you go down easy // what if I’m not ready this time / would you still remember I tried / what if I’m not ready this time / wish you’d still remember I tried
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Gatling Girl

oh it got me crawling, but I don’t even want it / oh, you see me hauling, got no time for the talking // about the way, it was supposed to be / I don’t play the sofa remedy // oh I’ve gone and stolen, what I thought I wanted / I can’t stop going for that stuck little target / and my head feels like an open wound / fighting off what I’m supposed to do //oh the Gatling girl, the Gatling girl / oh the Gatling girl, the Gatling girl / you don’t know what I’d do / you don’t know what I’d do // oh so keep me moving – a steady rate of fire / I’m built to feel some cooling from reloading – I’m a liar // to stop now, would be to burn up / I won’t know how to fill the hollow up // oh the Gatling girl, the Gatling girl / oh the Gatling girl, the Gatling girl / you don’t know what I’d do / you don’t know what I’d do / clever maker’s cruelty, did have to make the point / the battle’s shame is fruitless, and am I just the way // you drive home the lesson for the good / while I denote veteran curse and woe // oh the Gatling girl, the Gatling girl / oh the Gatling girl, the Gatling girl / you don’t know what I’d do / you don’t know what I’d do
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Starry Eyes

you came on strong / asked to hear my song / before too long / I knew that I’d be gone / there’s nothing quite / like the love of a knife / the sharp and shine / get me every time //everybody friendly tells me / patience pet, you’ll be alright / remember hold your temper / gotta keep that head low down and try // to tow the line / nobody’s fine / even starry eyes go blind // from tie dye shirts / to pencil skirts / I twisted and turned / trying to shake your curse / but steady she goes / you’re like a pot of gold / leading me far / on the rove for hope // everybody friendly tells me / patience pet, you’ll be alright / remember hold your temper / gotta keep that head low down and try // to tow the line / nobody’s fine / even starry eyes go blind // everybody friendly tells me / patience pet, you’ll be alright / remember hold your temper / gotta keep that head low down and try // to tow the line / nobody’s fine / I’m sorry I // won’t turn my back on color / and the dreams of red, and I won’t try / to hold my tricky temper / because it just might get me out this time // I’ll cross the line / and I’ll be fine // won’t let my starry eyes / won’t let my starry eyes / don’t let my starry eyes go blind
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Codes of Circumstance

ten years, ten years a typhoon of tears / when we came here I had never dreamed // that runaway without a trace / would fast become my way / now I wince at permanence / with its pools of still betrayal // a suitcase at fool’s pace we rush from to room to room / but a new place new name don’t change me or you // looking back, I try to crack / those codes of circumstance / now I wince at permanence / is it drowning out our past? // I know I know I know I know / I can’t make it better than I already I have // so I so I so I so / I will make it shatter with my own two hands / break illusions of returning grand // ten years, ten years a penance of speed / one gear no clear island for me // now I pray the compass breaks / so I may find some rest / and reconcile with permanence / cry pools of stillborn dreams // I know I know I know I know / I can’t make it better than I already I have // so I so I so I so / I will make it shatter with my own two hands / break illusions of returning grand // ten years, ten years a typhoon of tears
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Red&Blue

red and blue / you’ll never win / all that fight / won’t get you in // bred to do / what never fits / 2 light bulbs / no socket // all the time we talk about it / gotta be another strategy / we lose the race / before the sound of the gun rings out / ring out, ring out, ring out / sing out, sing out, sing out // steady blue / don’t be so quick / it’s not like you’ve / got better tricks // if you’ve got truth / don’t need no script / forget old time’s / toothy grin // all the time we talk about it / gotta be another strategy / we lose the race / before the sound of the gun rings out / ring out, ring out, ring out / sing out, sing out, sing out // I want answers, I want names / I want reasons for the pain // red and blue / settle in / one more fight / might seal the win // don’t be [a] fool / for silly grids / there’s no damn proof / of anything
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Icarus

wait up! how’d you go and disappear / was I so easy to play? / I was ready to go shifting gears / into faster lanes // when you came, came to be / you had something we all recognized / February / you had something we all recognized // magic fell from you piece by piece / some cheer, some complain / I just watched in utter disbelief / as you took flight from the stage / the room came to it’s knees / you had something we all recognized / fool, foolish me / I felt something you can’t recognize // I want it, is that so bad? / I want it, is that so bad? / oh lord, you don’t know what I’m going through // wait up, bird man! fly down back here / I won’t ask you to stay / spring brings with it pain and sunny fear / call me, keep you safe // when you came, came to be / you had something we all recognized / February / you had something we all recognized // I want it, is that so bad? / I want it, is that so bad? / oh lord, you don’t know what I’m going through
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Stockholm

I was on the right ship, at the right time, at the right pier looking out / I’m not one for loose lips, so I kept your secret sleeping sound / cradled in my two hips, forgetting all the cruel shit they all spout / steady then I then drifted into all that newness where broken promises abound // I don’t care for love / all that needy trust // and I’m not you / I’ve been fair enough / for the both of us / now what from you? // but then you sing me that beating / something about that old feeling / leave a girl not knowing what she’d do for you / you get me standing there dreaming / little moments I’m stealing / amid scattered pieces of my blame for you / for you // baby keep a tight grip on your nightstick and when you find me, give me that sound / of all your healing bright hymns and dreams of living tight knit, inseparable, and proud / but when it all gets quiet, it will and don’t deny it, what about / my knowing how you lie – forget the reason why – you just don’t cut it out // I don’t care for love / all that needy trust / and I’m not you / I’ve been fair enough / for the both of us / now what from you? // but then you sing me that beating / something about that old feeling / leave a girl not knowing what she’d do for you / you get me standing there dreaming / little moments I’m stealing / amid scattered pieces of my blame for you / for you // if nothing turns out right / if nothing turns out right / I’ll be home by five / I’ll be home by five
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Pyxis

oh mother, leave the silence / you have found around the bend / we’ll be coming up on brighter days before it ends // unlike they said / you won’t come tumbling down / unlike their doubts / you would come rising up // oh sister, leave the solace / you have found in strangers’ arms / you will find its they who need you more than you need them // hold on tight / as we go crashing through the sky / it’s colder here / but the view cannot be denied // old father, share the story / the lonely history no one knows / what was the smell of her skin / her favorite dress or cigarette // the more you tell / the more she carries on / there’s no time to waste / won’t you let her carry on / please let her carry on // oh mother, oh sisters / we will sail away from here / and the dust of deserts and icy morning won’t stop us // hold on tight / as we go crashing through the sky / it’s colder here / but the view cannot be denied
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Album Credits

© 2013 Dania Abu-Shaheen (ASCAP). All songs written by Dania Abu-Shaheen and Performed by Starnes&Shah. Recorded and mixed by Matt Noble at Riverworks Recording, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Produced by Matt Noble, Dania Abu-Shaheen and Zilpha Starnes. Mastered by Paul Logus at Taloowa. Album Art: “This Broken World,” ©2012 Josh Dorman. Image courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery.

Nothing On Me: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass/Acoustic Guitar: Matt Noble | Drums: Chris Infusino

24 Million: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass: Nick LaBate | Drums: Chris Infusino

Oh Henry (Sugar and Gold): Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass: Nick LaBate | Drums: Chris Infusino

We Weren’t Meant To Be Clones: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass: Nick LaBate | Drums: Chris Infusino

Cunicular, Funicular, Spectacular Me: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass: Nick LaBate | Drums: Chris Infusino

Gatling Girl: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass: Nick LaBate | Drums: Chris Infusino

Starry Eyes: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass/Acoustic Guitar: Matt Noble | Drums: Chris Infusino

Codes Of Circumstance: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass/Piano: Matt Noble | Drums: Chris Infusino

Red&Blue: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass: Matt Noble | Drums: Chris Infusino

Icarus: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass/Piano/Organ: Matt Noble | Drums: Chris Infusino

Stockholm: Vocals/Electric Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass/Piano/Acoustic Guitar: Matt Noble | Drums: Chris Infusino

Pyxis: Vocals/Guitar: Dania Abu-Shaheen | Vocals/Synth: Zilpha Starnes | Bass/Wurlitzer: Matt Noble