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NGT​.​414

by The Shiz

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you've gotta story to tell, why don't you tell it? it could have wings, you'd only have to speak it to see the world is waiting to turn, you're in it but you just can't help but make it all about you do you think you know what you want but cannot have it? know who you are, but don't really like what you see? well you can take what you need or leave it if you can't make up your mind just shut up and sing chorus everyone's got a reason to fear the future; afraid to die, we go out of our way not to live now you could get a good handle on tomorrow but sometimes life just writes the song without you you tell them you'd rather not be in the picture you come to the show, but don't ever stay very long you want the whole world to think you're special, but when you're lost in your own lies just shut up and sing chorus bridge he's got the whole world in his hands she's got the whole world in her hands i've got the whole world in my hands we've got the whole world in our hands la la la la la la la….. what would you say if your life depended on it? what would you do if everything was all up to you? you could take all of your time talking about it or just make up your mind and shut up and sing chorus la la la la la la la....
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Oil Spill 04:13
Verse 1 It is raining in the south taste of oil in my mouth been smellin it for days and the tide is cashing in all that dirt we're diggin in we wagered in a craze pre chorus: and the puddle gets bigger not little by little i'm telling you it grows and the sea gets thicker and your heart beats quicker and everybody knows everybody knows chorus: that there is one patch of sky the needle of its eye you only see it when it rains and there's a single spot of sea touched the greed of you and me you only see it cuz it's gone post chorus: and the birds of a feather they're all stuck together they can't fly away you say it's not here in my way i can go about my day it'll all be okay if it's not here in my mind i can leave it far behind verse 2: now the clouds are rollin in let the hurricane begin don't stand there in a daze
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Ride Out 04:33
Sufferin and alive this mind of mine always feels so heavy sufferin and alive this mind of mine it is so empty searching for a life or a line to walk through to find something real that feels just like this mind of sorrow Sufferin and alive this world of mine sometimes seems so hollow created to abide not given a mouth but still asked to swallow and you could swallow all the lies, let them take you by surprise or climb upon the clouds and wait for your sun to rise you could stampede the gentle earth just to wind up in the dirt or fall asleep again and again and again you are dreaming but like the sun you are gleaming (chorus) and i cry i'm alive i can't hide i'm alive (instrumental) you could foresee all the lies from the twinkle in your eye you could ride out and meet the formidable fleet you could stand up and shine through the wastelands of your mind catch the wind upon the brink - you are not what you think you are flying and like the sun you are shining (chorus) and we cry "i'm alive i can't hide i'm alive"
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Backside 03:17
Please don't think me civilized Please don't leave me patronized Please don't think I'll compromise I'm not your baby girl Please don't try to analyze me You can't help but fantasize But I won't buy your sack of lies I'm not your baby girl I'm a woman on the run I have so much to be done Purpose is my number one I'm not your baby girl Don't tell me I'm out of line I can't mend your broken mind But watch me break your paradigm I'm not your baby girl You can't see me You couldn't if you tried You're luck if you catch a shadow of my backside.
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Tumble 04:04
a bird in the hand ain't spit to me you give me one i must need three enchanted by insanity my dirty glass is empty can't find the dime i used to keep and now i find i'm losing sleep but in the morning all i need is four bucks for my coffee lost my religion years ago to a song i used to know but i don't need a god to tell me that the mountain must give way to the river in its day even roughest rock can shine so i tumble, tumble, tumble i'm lost among the muck of men so i'm changing up my meds again i'm nothing if i lose my pain all the colors look the same i've buried all the evidence i'm sure i paid my penitence so now it's simple common sense to pass along the blame lost my religion years ago to a song i used to know but i still want god to show me that the mountain can give way to the river in its day even roughest rock can shine so i tumble, tumble, tumble
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I will not sleep through my own deliverance I will not sleep through my own deliverance and if I should die may it only be to ignorance cuz I will not sleep through my own deliverance if I should pass out may I wake up to my negligence cuz i will not sleep through my own deliverance When I was born I was pure-bred for foolishness When I was young I was spoon-fed sheer fearfulness and now that I'm grown I must stand up on my own and i will not sleep through my own deliverance. said when I could see, I could see only innocence when I could feel, I could feel through to tenderness and now that i'm blind, I screw it up all the time but I will not sleep through my own deliverance
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Untitled #2 05:58
Verse 1: Did you see me on the windswept prairie I was there waiting for the storm Did you see me in the frozen forest I was there trying to stay warm and didn't you see me in the barren desert with a wish for the sinking sand didn't we come to this lonely mountain with a voice from the singing lands? Verse 2: Did you notice that this world is crumbling, dirty and defined Did you notice that this world was written by the architects of time and didn't you know we are only matter and it's only a matter of mind didn't we hold all the gold and riches that your beauty ever finds? Chorus: Tell me the story of your life is it a labyrinth to unwind if we go in it will we find the beast, the burdens and the feast and all the lessons of your life the arc of love and strife and the reason? Verse 3: Did your love lost leave you fallen like a deer in a winter's storm did your frail heart stand forgotten like a child in a world of scorn? and didn't they say that we are only matter and it's only a matter of mind but how could we come to this lonely mountain just to leave ourselves behind? Chorus 2: Tell me the story of your life is it a labyrinth to unwind if we go in it will we find the beast, the burdens, and the feast and all the lessons of your life the arc of love and strife the reason we are here to tread through hope and fear and slip upon the ice of lonely days and nights and you're the reason
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Hollow, haunted river full of mud Where the beat of the sunlight beats out your blood The grass breaths steam and the ground sinks low There are those who still remember we must heed the flow Filthy, dirty waters keep our deathly stink And ferry it to those who have no relief Pity was not born of me take my shit to the sea Never to return again until it rains down on me Well, life is full of the unexpected, the unwanted But to the river none is left behind Chorus So where's it going Where's it growing Where's it been? Towards the end, my friend Where we'll all be swallowed, chewed and spit out again Hey, where's it going where's it growing where's it been? Towards the end, my friend Where no matter who you are we'll all be children once again Suffice it to say I could bury you today For while you're just drifting by I am here, here to stay Oh pity was not born of me, I arose from the sea And when my waters rise again You'll be drowning right inside of me Deep where the stillness speaks In the space we shall meet River, being, being river ...
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Juggernaut 04:26
I don't wanna fight you I'm just gonna slice you Like the juggernaut who spliced through The atoms of your mind coup It ain't even about you Or your effervescing juju My sword's gonna cut through Your helpless little haiku And you're gonna wake up now Yeah you're gonna wake up Said you're gonna wake up now And let me tell you how Meet you in the morning with your sword and shield I'll take you to the morning with my sword and shield Meet you in the morning And you're gonna wake up I don't wanna lie here I'm just gonna die here not a minute or a light year takes a death to come alive here The only thing that looks real Is the blood on the battlefield If you're shielded from the mind thrills Maybe then you'll finally know the deal So you're gonna wake up now Yeah you're gonna wake up Said you're gonna wake up now And let me tell you how Meet you in the morning with your sword and shield I'll take you to the morning with my sword and shield Meet you in the morning And you're gonna wake up
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Grey Girl 04:19
Grey girl Somebody ate your soul No bite, just swallowed whole Somebody ate your soul Grey girl Hustler sold you a line That bargain made you blind Hustler sold you a line Suck on that empty bottle please until it milks you I don't know what to think but time, it's gonna get you Grey girl I think you think you're hot Or just something you're not Maybe you're nothing Grey girl There's something up your sleeve You come and then you leave There's something up your sleeve You take the hits in bits that break you til you're tender You get your fix for kicks but one day you'll surrender Grey girl
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War No More 06:33
Thank you to the mountainside Thank you to the distant shore Thank you for the miles to ride I don't study war no more Thank you to the starry skies Thank you to the times before Thank you for the tears i've cried I don't study war no more Thank you to the aspen grove Thank you to the silver snow Thank you to the life I chose I don't study war no more Thank you for the broken heart Thank you for the open door Thank you for music and art I don't study war no more I'm not afriad to sacrifice The petty comforts of my life for the sake of peace I'm only one of millions more I'm gonna open up the door To what's inside me And I believe Thank you to the mountainside Thank you for the distant shore Thank you to the ending of lies cause I don't study war no more

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The Shiz, Live at the Northgate Tavern. April 14, 2011

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released April 14, 2011

Liz Hogan
Lilli Lewis
Anna Byars
Mel McElveen
Wade Hymel

Recorded by Daniel Lee

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The Shiz Hammond, Louisiana

From the soul of the South comes The Shiz. Indie Rock meets the Louisiana roux of Liz Hogan and Lilli Lewis, two front women who feel more like conjurers than beauty queens. The Shiz is hellbent on putting meaning back in the mainstream, and they do so with a compelling transparency and with hearts thumping hard in their chests - Unexpectedly stirring, and a damned good time. ... more

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