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Where We Stand

by The Shiz

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1.
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
2.
Hey Sister 04:22
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
3.
Guitar Blue 04:09
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
4.
Fill My Cup 03:38
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
5.
Good As Gold 03:49
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
6.
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
7.
In the Wild 04:28
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
8.
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.
9.
Untitled #1 03:30
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
10.
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
11.
War No More (free) 05:28
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
12.
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

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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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