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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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Track Name: Shut Up and Sing
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....
Track Name: Oil Spill
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
Track Name: Ride Out
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"
Track Name: Backside
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.
Track Name: Tumble
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
Track Name: (I Will Not Sleep Through My Own) Deliverance
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
Track Name: Untitled #2
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
Track Name: The River Song
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 ...
Track Name: Juggernaut
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
Track Name: Grey Girl
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
Track Name: War No More
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