Where We Stand

by The Shiz

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Where We Stand, the debut studio LP, is a throwback format that journeys from naive anthemic angst to a sublime surrender as would most likely be heard in a mountaintop juke joint.

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released September 12, 2009

Liz Hogan, gtr/vox/harmonica
Lilli Lewis, keys/vox/percussion
Anna Byars, gtr
Mel McElveen, drums
Sam Tritico, bass
Terrell Watkins, percussion

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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: Tall As Our Fathers
Daddy you sure showed me how to be a model citizen
I found out how to get out everything I need from within
Too bad you only see through the barrel of your gun
I wish you had a wider view but am I the only one?

We've turned our dream into our machine
Which is working for the rich
We profit off our neighbor's cancer
And it works until we're sick
We must begin again so our children can
Work for more than this
But who will we look to, will we look to you? we look up but

Chorus
We will never be as tall as our fathers
And our resolve will never be as firm as his hand
No i may never be as tall as my father
But was he such a big man?

Your flag is always red, isn't red the color of blood?
Your rag is always wrung dry, even in a flood
Your empty pockets bulge, i don't understand the reason why
There's not enough to feed a single serving of your pie.

We've turned our dream into a machine
Which will bury all of us
We lock our children in the dark until the darkness is a must
We salt our sickness like the wounds we lick
'Cause there's no one to trust
So who do we look to? do we look to you? we look up but

Chorus
Track Name: Hey Sister
Hey there sister
Where do you think you belong?
Hey sister, I’m here to help you along
I've spoken words and I’ve written some down
And I’ve used my feet to paint the ground
But don't be fooled, I’m a lot like you
I’ve got a lot to learn, much to prove

Hey there sister, do you ever wonder why
Hey sister, I’ll bet you've more dreams than tears a cloud could cry
Don’t be discouraged. Don't be taken aback,
Don’t let the sorrow of 10,000 set you off track
A world is there. You are here
Got to look beyond to see what's clear

As the crow flies above
Keep your sight set on love
If the rain comes down
Don’t get stuck in the mud
And see the lives that others have known
But don't be afraid to find
Your own way in this world

And I’m here for you

Hey there sister
Who do you think you are?

Chorus
Track Name: Guitar Blue
Sometimes the colors bleed to brown, they can't be found
Just like this old guitar always hanging around
but Blue is my guitar

On the sun risen swamp he sits of the cold river water he drinks
Blue, guitar blue
An old star for the likes of you, he says

Chorus
Sometimes the colors bleed
All to brown they can't be found
Just like this old guitar
Always talking to me and hanging around

And Red is my guitar
of my body's given blood she drinks,
On the living dying embers she waits
Red, guitar red
She kills the demons runnin round inside my head

Chorus

Bridge
I found myself inside the muddy rivers runnin to the blood red sea
I found myself inside the guitar cave of a great oak tree
I found my fingers dancin on the silver strings from a silver dream

Green is my guitar
From the emerald grass you grew
You told all the old forests the stories you knew
Green, guitar green
Your smile hides all the sights you've seen
Track Name: Fill My Cup
It's 6 am again and i'm trying to get all of it down
I'm waking up again to the frequence in this sequence of sound
And true to the waters below my river runs more quick when its hot
But I take it minute by minute just to handle what's in it
Catch the angle to untangle the knot

All I ever get to say doesn't matter anyway
Perfect little make believe took me to the heaven on the sea
All I ever want to say doesn't matter anyway
Perfect little make believe made it so I took you into me

Chorus
You fill my cup (I could fill your garden)
And it wets the floor (I could fill your garden)
You fill my cup (I could fill your garden)
Doesn't hurt anymore (I could fill your garden)

It's 6 am again and the black dots buzz
In my head I'm waking up again to the
quaking and the breaking of bread
Cause true to the waters below
my river runs more quick when its hot
Still I take it minute by minute, got to handle what's in it
Let the current show me what i got

All I ever had to say doesn't matter anyway
Perfect little make believe, couldn't see the forest for the trees
All I ever had to say doesn't matter anyway
Perfect little make believe, all I ever wanted was to breathe
(inhale, exhale)

Chorus
Track Name: Good As Gold
Tear me up if you want to
I have nothing left to say
Tear me down if you have to
I was breaking anyways

Tell a lie, it can't hurt me
So and so with such and such
To tell the truth, it's all empty
And I can only take so much

What good is gold to
one who only wears silver
What good is silver to
one who only treasures brass
I ask my myself but
my heart it only beats bewildered
And what good's a heart
if it's only made of glass
It's as good as gold

I've always been a great big fan of justice
It's just its always had a price
sometimes we get lost
in the lines between our sense of judgment
so judgment's never as precise

I wish we all had a little curiosity
Maybe just a little more
I wish we wouldn't be so
quick to pick what we believe in
And miss the good things
knocking at the door cause

What good is gold to
one who only wears silver
What good is silver to
one who only treasures brass
I ask my myself but
my heart it only beats bewildered
And what good's a heart
if it's only made of glass
It's as good as gold
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: In the Wild
In the wild it is said they will cut off your head
and tear you apart ’til you know
The great grizzly will growl and the wolves will howl
and somewhere inside you know

Chorus:
O'er the land, understand
roots will find you where you stand

There are fields that lie deep, with gold in their feet
and through the mountains you'll seep ‘til you know
The great grizzly will growl and the wolves will howl
and somewhere inside you know

Chorus

O'er the land, understand
without us you cannot stand

Now this wild may look tame though it rages as flame
and burns through your soul where you know
The great grizzly will growl and the wolves will howl
and somewhere inside you know

Chorus

They will welcome you home with blood and bones
their cries are your own you know
The great grizzly will growl and the wolves will howl
and somewhere inside you know

Chorus
Track Name: Winona Laduke
If I was a little bit stronger
I would fly away home
If I'd wept just a little bit long,
I'd take my pain and call it my own,
But I'm just a soldier, a pawn of war
And ain't no one told me what I'm fighting for
But if this was a little bit stronger
I'd fly away home.

If I pushed just a little bit harder
The my walls would come a tumblin' down
And If I paid every hard earned dollar,
The my voice would finally make it's sound
But I'm just a woman standing alone
And ain't nobody gonna throw me a bone
But if I was a little bit stronger
I'd fly away home.

If I shook the hands of all the right people
I'd tell them I'm not that much different from they
I'd tell them I'd marry anybody they told me
Prove that it's to the same G-d that we pray
But I'm just a sinner headed for hell
And what they don't wanna know,
They won't ask, I won't tell.
But if I was a little bit stronger
I'd fly away home.

I'll see your home of the free and the brave,
Raise you my tired, my hungry, my poor.
Dying children can't afford no insurance,
Doctor's who kindly lead them to the door
Well I'm just the people waging a war
You see my tomorrow is worth fighting for,
So if I was a little bit stronger,
If I prayed just a little bit longer,
If I was a little bit stronger
I'd fly away home.
Track Name: Untitled #1
Would you use my words if you thought they were wise?
Could you tell the truth from a lie?
Touching the hidden, the unforgiven
Show me the place where life meets the living

Would you take my heart if you thought it could fly?
Could you tell the earth from the sky?
Touching the hidden, the unforgiven
Show me the place where life meets the living

I am nothing but the silence that sits on the water
I am naught but stillness of birds
I am nothing but the sadness of my father
I am silent though I speak beyond words
Track Name: We Were Warriors
We were warriors, once
Stepping back over love's creation
Raising our swords with anticipation
We defended the notion of separation

We were warriors, once
Burning the sea into a boil
Bleeding our pain down through the soil
And we prided ourselves for withstanding toil

Our hair turned white and our eyes turned grey
Could there be another way?

We are warriors, now
Moved the battlefield to our souls
Lost and lonely is all we know
And we pray for salvation but we're getting old

We are warriors, now
Can't stop our wartorn arms from killin
Can't build a better world for our children
And we cry every day but we won't admit it

Our hair is white and our eyes are grey
Could there be another way?

We were warriors, once
We are warriors, now
And we'll be warriors still
if our love keeps on hiding
We'll be warriors still
while the earth keeps subsiding
We'll be warriors still
and we'll still be fighting
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
Track Name: Wrecking Ball
I don't need to fight for freedom
Freedom is a right from birth
I have no need to fight for money
A dollar don't define your worth

See i want peace for my body
Peace of mind
Peace for my soul
Peace for humankind

I don't want to fight for justice
I'll take it from an open hand
I don't have to fight for power
I'd rather sit to take my stand

And i want peace for the seers
Peace for the blind
Peace for the seekers
Peace for humankind

Chorus
But we go at
Everything with a wrecking ball
Let's all go down, tear the wall down, tear it on down

I don't want to fight for water
Abundance flows right from the sky
I don't need to fight for shelter
Where the ground is soft and trees grow high

I don't need to fight for knowledge
Wisdom seeds have long been sown
I'm not afraid to walk this journey
See I come into this world alone

What i want is peace for my brother
Peace for his mind
Peace for my sister
Peace for humankind