Soon You Will Grow

2016

Track Listing

The Mediator
The Point
Story Like That
Unsavory, Unheard
Little Dream
Seventh Place (I just want to run)
Seahorse
Wermlik and Company
High Hopes for Little Roberta
You Can Be Found
Sonic Boom
Prodigal
Prizefighter

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Lyrics

The Mediator

i’ve been wrong about quite a few times now / so i won’t broach the matter / it’s all the same if you stay or go / still i can’t stand the latter // oh oh oh, we’ve just been coming apart / oh oh oh, it comes in fits and starts / don’t you know, that old statistic’s an art / guess we never stood a chance at all // so you’ll take half and then I’ll take none / then you’ll take the other / it’s just some dogs and some old guitars / don’t think i’ll even bother // oh oh oh, we’ve just been coming apart / oh oh oh, it comes in fits and starts / don’t you know, that old statistic’s an art / Oh you never stand a chance at all / No you never stand a chance at all // i’ve been wrong about quite a few times now / so i won’t broach the matter / it’s all the same if you stay or go / still i can’t stand the latter // The email king says to trust no one / he tells me love is danger / he bills real high, so he must be right / hired gun and stranger // oh oh oh, we’ve just been coming apart / oh oh oh, it comes in fits and starts / don’t you know, that old statistic’s an art / Oh you never stand a chance at all / No you never stand a chance at all // oh oh oh, we’ve just been coming apart / oh oh oh, it comes in fits and starts / don’t you know, that old statistic’s an art / Oh you never stand a chance at all / No you never stand a chance at all
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The Point

Way up here in the cloudy and cold / ain’t nothing to fear about tomorrow / Eyes dead fixed on the shiny and gold / ain’t no loss, if all goes begged and borrowed // They been talking about me / I know they do all the time / All this pity around me / They ain’t the kind of friends to have // So let me get right to the point / I’m just a beat down strummer / With a dream and some noise / But if you give me past the point / I’ll make your feet go shuffle / And your head? oh boy! / I never mean no trouble / come on, show me your voice // My heart perched up my starry-eyed sleeve / Bled right out and now I just wear T’s / I clean up quick if you know what I mean / the devil time is fast and bound for me // They been talking about me / I guess they do all the time / All this pity around me / They ain’t the kind of friends to have // So let me get right to the point / I’m just a beat down strummer / With a dream and some noise / But if you give me past the point / I’ll make your feet go shuffle / And your head? oh boy! / I never mean no trouble / come on, show me your voice // Texas sang with strut and a smile / She pays no mind to nobody or time / I know luck when I know It ain’t mine / but I’ll be damned if I don’t even try // They been talking about me / I know they do all the time / All this pity around me / They ain’t the kind of friends to have // So let me get right to the point / I’m just a beat down strummer / With a dream and some noise / But if you give me past the point / I’ll make your feet go shuffle / And your head? oh boy! / I never mean no trouble / come on, show me your voice / I’ll make your feet go shuffle / And your head? oh boy! / I never mean no trouble / come on, show me your voice
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Story Like That

Don’t do that to the babe / do you know what you doin’ / what a privilege to say / i know the land of the ruins / all the ways that you pray / i think you need just a clue in / there’s nothing sacred or sane / if lying’s how you get through it // oh mama oh mama / what am I supposed to do with a story like that / oh mama oh mama / I think the kid should get know that mommy’s in tact / the world that don’t want me can get off my back // Don’t do that to the babe / do you know what you doin’ / what a privilege to say / i know the land of the ruins / all the ways that you pray / i think you need just a clue in / there’s nothing sacred or sane / if lying’s how you get through it // So you know better, do you know better? / how could you feel so comfortably / in my own shoes? // So you know better, do you know better? / I watched them eat my heart / with a runcible spoon / if the love i’ve found / cost the cedar root / then I won’t go back to the land of the ruse
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Unsavory, Unheard

wait, don’t say, what I know / you’re gonna say about / the way, I’m made, how I don’t / like going out / I’ve got pride, you’ve got need, I’ve got shame / you’ve got blue eyes / all i can do, is chase around pieces of … // me, I’ve got a lot of nerve / bringing so much, bringing so much pain / but see, i’m just another nerd / drifting over, over so much lame / to be, unsavory unheard / takes you over and far astray / till the only thing that’s left is the pain // I’ll stay, you’ll say, oh I know / you’re gonna work it out / you gotta purr, you gotta smile / you gotta fake your little heart out / I’ve got pride, you’ve got need, I’ve got shame / you’ve got blue eyes / all i can do, is throw away pieces of … // me, I’ve got a lot of nerve / bringing so much, bringing so much pain / but see, i’m just another nerd / drifting over, over so much lame / to be, unsavory unheard / takes you over and far astray / till the only thing that’s left is the pain / me, I’ve got a lot of nerve / bringing so much, bringing so much pain / but see, i’m just another nerd / drifting over, over so much lame / to be, unsavory unheard / takes you over and far astray / till the only thing that’s left is the pain
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Little Dream

Oh pale-eyed baby / don’t forget who you are / time might change things / don’t forget who you are // sacred nights, wide eyed / won’t keep you here in my arms / you’ll fly, with wings bright / rival for the stars // they might try to change you / don’t let that pain you / you’ll find, you’re just fine / you’ll find, you’re just fine / Little Dream // Oh pale-eyed baby / don’t forget who you are / Oh pale-eyed baby / don’t forget who you are // they might try to change you / don’t let that pain you / you’ll find, you’re just fine / you’ll find, you’re just fine
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Seventh Place (I just want to run)

You wanna talk about it / I gotta say I don’t / You wanna write about it / I gotta say I don’t / You say I’m wrong about it / i guess you oughtta know / You wanna fight about it / I gotta say I don’t // Oh baby baby baby / what you don’t know is so astounding / and we’re always in seventh place / Maybe Maybe Maybe / if you took a look around you / you’d find a five person race // so I go and talk about it / the penny and nickel go / some point I cried about it / the penny and nickel go / I guess no doubt it / they sent me a fickle soul / You wanna fight about it / I gotta say I don’t // Oh baby baby baby / what you don’t know is so astounding / and we’re always in seventh place / Maybe Maybe Maybe / if you took a look around you / you’d find a five person race // it’s alright … i’m alright … / long night …but i’m alright …. // I………I…..I just want to run / I………I…..I just want to run // it’s alright … i’m alright … / long night …but i’m alright …. // I………I…..I just want to run / I………I…..I just want to run / I………I…..I just want to run / I………I…..I just want to run
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Seahorse

Play what’s in your heart / I don’t remember / Play what’s in your heart / I don’t remember // Braoide was the future / I was sure I’d find him in a ditch / with no one, no one to believe in // despite the sutures / for my pain the sound pushed through stitch / and no one, no one would believe it // but then out it came / voice of rage and shame // you’re a miner, you’re a seahorse, / you’re afraid of yourself / Or you’re a sailor, on the wrong course / you betrayed yourself // Braoide don’t you wager / I’d be sure to wind up in a hitch / with no one, no one to believe in // but I’ll still have the flavor / of the sound that’s always on my lips / with no one, no one to receive it // so then let it wail / voice of rage and shame // Are you a miner, are you a seahorse, / you’re afraid of yourself / Are you a sailor, on the wrong course / you betrayed yourself // Are you a miner, are you a seahorse, / you’re afraid of yourself / Are you a sailor, on the wrong course / you betrayed yourself
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Wermlik and Company

it’s alright now, the famers blew / they don’t believe in nothing / and they don’t believe in you / all night out, with drop-the-namers crew / just beneath the crust / they’re keeping all the ugly clues // to some weird rockin’ rodeo / where businessmen hold tight lasso / round some croonin’ needy bleeding heart / they’re publicly relatable / those reps are cool and capable / of teaching all your pennies how to fly // it’s alright now, the famers blew / they don’t believe in nothing /and they don’t believe in you / all night out, with drop-the-namers crew / just beneath the crust / they’re keeping all the ugly clues // they never heard word you sang / while you tore down the bitter end / they’re clicking sharing viral chasing fads // though your mothers shared the bang / that left their brains an open sham / they stuck it to you with their shaking hand // it’s alright now, the famers blew / they don’t believe in nothing / and they don’t believe in you / all night out, with drop-the-namers crew / just beneath the crust / they’re keeping all the ugly clues
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High Hopes for Little Roberta

I was there when the sun came up / and it bathed your pretty face / suddenly I was all choked up / by the things i cannot change / the world you’ll know can you build you up / and tear you down unfazed / people they can mix you up / leave you feeling pretty crazed // but oh, don’t feel alone / we all just learn to cope // I’ve got high hopes for little Roberta / High hopes all the way / High hopes for little Roberta / High hopes all the way // on the fifteenth day of the coolest month / is the only time I’ve prayed / to no one god or bright icon / just to everyone they’ve made / terror struck as I bargained up / to heavens that betrayed / me so many times and stuck / me in a loop of pain // But oh, leave them alone / we all just learn to cope // I’ve got high hopes for little Roberta / High hopes all the way / High hopes for little Roberta / High hopes all the way // Yeah, yeah, yeah / High, high, high hopes // just remember, light can subside / you’ll be fine, if you try, if you try / to remember, the ones by your side / are more divine than some heaven in the sky // Yeah, yeah, yeah / High, high, high hopes / just remember, light can subside
you’ll be fine, if you try, if you try / to remember, the ones by your side / are more divine than some heaven in the sky // Yeah, yeah, yeah
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You Can Be Found

Here … I … am…on my way / down a road paved for someone strange / I … see … me, with eyes bleary / Heart beating but brain is tame / cold dreamscape of screens and scotch-tape / paper people who cannot stray // when you find, what you’re headed for / I hope you don’t hurt anymore / there are storms inside every everyone / I hope you don’t hurt anymore // I try screaming but no one’s hearing / the sound of paper drowns me out / the screens glow and hum slowly / a dirge for our folded hearts / all panicked, I wonder when this / became my day in and out // when you find, what you’re headed for / I hope you don’t hurt anymore / there are storms inside every everyone I hope you don’t hurt anymore // You can be found / Oh you can be found // when you find, what you’re headed for / I hope you don’t hurt anymore / there are storms inside every everyone / I hope you don’t hurt anymore // You can be found / Oh you can be found // // when you find, what you’re headed for / I hope you don’t hurt anymore / there are storms inside every everyone / I hope you don’t hurt anymore // You can be found / Oh you can be found
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Sonic Boom

all this living got me crossing wires / I wish you were here, I wish we had time / remembering things is about to drive me wild / some things, still real right here in my mind // oh by the time you have nothing to lose / you finally come round to what all matters to you / everybody’s knows it and it ain’t nothing new / but when it comes for you, sonic boom // all these feelings in the aftermath / leave me dreaming about patterns and stats / ain’t no lesson like the pain of the math / proving to you that losing’s is a fact / don’t matter who, don’t matter when / Like everybody says, is that it don’t make no sense // oh by the time you have nothing to lose / you finally come round to what all matters to you / everybody’s knows it and it ain’t nothing new / but when it comes for you, sonic boom / but when it came for you, sonic boom
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Prodigal

hey barefooted friend of mine / are you gonna leave me alone again? / I’ve been spending all my time / trying to evict you from my head // You, you’ve been gone for so long / you, saw no wrong in what went on // Hey there “should’ve, could’ve” man / you’ve got some kind of thing for pure regret / you’ve been to every far flung land / manic and deluded like a junkie gets // the schemes, you have chased are dead and gone / it seems, you can’t face the closing song // I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again // silver tongued pied piping lad / it’s hard to stay young when you’re starved and had / I vowed to live iron clad / to keep away from dreams and their aftermath // hey barefooted friend of mine / I really should be getting on, but then / No sense wasting all my time / Denying all the love that the years have bred // You, you’ve been gone for so long / you, saw no wrong in what went on // I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again // I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again / I’m never gonna trust you again

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Prizefighter

I’ve been taking living on the chin like / everything I’m seeing ain’t a fair fight / swinging out and signing out my heart like / I ain’t gonna make it to the prize night // and I go, I go ‘round / then I’m thrown to the ground // Somewhere in the middle in the white light / I come on a little piece of insight / feet are make for walking and if I’m right / I can hit the road, and even hitch hike // And the sound, all that sound / when they start counting down // Hey, I feel eighteen / And you, you can’t break me / Hey, I feel eighteen / Sure, this won’t take me // as far as I need to go / but I’m gonna ride this feeling so // Don’t forget to tell ’em bout the knock out [that] / stopped u for a moment with the whole crowd / when bruisey bloody battered took the last bow / something made stop and made you say wow // will I go, will I go ‘round? / till I’m thrown to the ground // it’s easy getting suck up in the same cloud / don’t end up leaving more than half the sky out / no sense getting pommeled if you’re tired out / knowing how to start again is what counts // Don’t go, Don’t go ‘round / till you’re thrown to the ground // Hey, I feel eighteen / And you, you can’t break me / Hey, I feel eighteen / Sure, this won’t take me // as far as I need to go / but I’m gonna ride this feeling so
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Album Credits

© 2016 Dania Abu-Shaheen (ascap). Recorded, mixed, and engineered by Roy Matthews in Petunia’s Sound Factory (Dania and Zilpha’s basement). Mastered by Matt Noble at the Loft Studios. Produced by Roy Matthews, Dania Abu-Shaheen, and Zilpha Starnes Abu-Shaheen. All songs written by Dania Abu-Shaheen and performed by Starnes&Shah. Cover design: Zilpha Starnes Abu-Shaheen. Cover image used under license from Shutterstock.com.

Dania Abu-Shaheen: Vocals, Guitars. Zilpha Starnes Abu-Shaheen: Vocals.
Chris Perna: Drums, Percussion. Matt Noble: Bass, Piano, Organ, Mellotron.