Folk Is Dead

by The Shabs

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We're very proud to present our debut album. Enjoy!

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released February 27, 2016

Recorded at Vanguard Studios, Hillcrest, Durban
Recorded and Engineered by Thomas Glendinning, Jon Shaban and Ryan McArthur
Mixed by Adam Hawkins at Right Heel Music, Denver, Colorado, USA
All songs written and produced by The Shabeen except track 3 which was co-written by Brett Newski

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The Shabs Cape Town, South Africa

The Shabs is a Folk Punk duo out of Cape Town South Africa.
They deliver a tight, captivating set that blends sincere, melodic sing-a-long folk with the raw energy and DIY ethos of punk rock.
The band never ceases to get a crowd to throw their fists in the air and sing along to their anthemic tunes which have
been described as honest and raw and easy
to relate to.
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Track Name: Stop Me
I bought a case of paraffin so I could set fire to everything I love
Sometimes the world is too unkind and a man must admit he’s had enough

Oh the places we will go
We stand inside a broken shadow
But it still keeps us from the rain

Stop me
Stop me before I do something
I will regret, don’t let it happen
Don’t let me ruin the world

I bought a case of paraffin so I could set fire to everything I love
Sometimes the world is too unkind and a man must admit he’s had enough
I bought a box of fireworks so I could cause the whole world to explode
Sometimes a man gets angry and must demolish everything he’s ever owned

Oh the places we will see
We live inside a broken city
But it still hides us from the rain

Stop me
Stop me before I do something
I will regret, don’t let it happen
Don’t let me ruin the world

Stop me
Stop me before I do something
I will regret, don’t let it happen
Don’t let me ruin the world

But I wanna ruin the world, woah
I wanna ruin the world, woah
I wanna ruin the world, woah
I wanna ruin the world, woah
Don’t let me ruin the world, woah
Don’t let me ruin the world, woah
Don’t let me ruin the world, woah
Don’t let me ruin the world, woah

I bought a case of paraffin so I could set fire to everything I love
Track Name: Glass Half Full
Dear diary, I need an answer to a question
Does putting pen on paper help me process all those thoughts in my head
I heard a story of how you saved a million people
By allowing them to write in you exposing all their wishes for death

Even the biggest ships will never reach the horizon
So why aim high when you know it’s going to hurt when you fall
A glass half full always spills
A glass half empty doesn’t lose as much when it hits the floor

Forgive me for I have compromised the structure
And structural integrity’s the only thing that matters when you’re building a foundation on the things that haven’t happened at all
Stake your claim
Before we knock down all of these walls

Even the biggest ships will never reach the horizon
So why aim high when you know it’s going to hurt when you fall
A glass half full always spills
A glass half empty doesn’t lose as much when it hits the floor

Why do I do the same thing every time
I always seem to worry loads about what I’ve left behind
It’s a waste of time when I can turn my head 360 degrees
Do you want to see me do that

Regardless of what you’ve heard about the future
We’re all in this together so make sure you keep me at your side
I know secrets, I learned them from the ones before me
And if the elders think it’s worth it then they’ll take us all along for the ride

Even the brightest stars can never prove there’s a heaven
So why aim high when you know it’s going to hurt when you fall
A glass half full always spills
A glass half empty doesn’t lose as much when it hits the floor

Why do I do the same thing every time
I always seem to worry loads about what I’ve left behind
It’s a waste of time when I can turn my head 360 degrees
Do you want to see me do that
Track Name: Quit Your Job
I’m breaking even if I’m lucky
I work relentlessly
I’m constantly at war with my own head and it’s winning
Pride is not expensive (No it’s not)
Dignity is cheap (Yes it is)
I think it’s safe to say that if I walk away
I’m not giving up the dream

I’m going to quit my job
And I suggest you quit your job
Then go and find another job
So you can quit that job

Hand in those TPS reports (No I won’t)
And throw away the thoughts (Yes I will)
Of everything that you used to love
And back away from that shotgun
And prescription drugs

I’m going to quit my job
And I suggest you quit your job
Then go and find another job
So you can quit that job

I’m a rat in a lab
I’m an itch on your back
I’m an ant under your magnifying glass
Wipe that smile off your face
Because the world is on your case
The poor are poor and the rich are broke
Life’s a joke and you’re in life

I’m going to quit my job
And I suggest you quit your job
Then go and find another job
My own economy
Take everything for free
I am not an anarchist
But soon I’ll have to be
I am not an anarchist
But soon I’ll have to be
Track Name: Run Away
I never read, it’s just not me
I stole a book from the library once and I really tried to read
But I just kept on losing focus and I always lost my place
It got frustrating
When I was young, I chewed my tongue
And I got regularly shouted at for always chewing gum
The thing about smoke and mirrors is the only thing you see is a reflection

We cannot do things we weren’t designed to do
Time to accept that I am me and you are you
Practice forgiveness
If we could we’d run away for good

I never cry, it’s not my style
I find the whole process exhausting leaking water from my eyes
If I could choose the things I feel then I would never let sadness become my first choice
I never love, I find it’s hard to love
The concept is quite alien and I’ve tried it for long enough
But if the woman of my dreams appeared in distant memories then I’d still love her

We cannot do things we weren’t designed to do
Time to accept that I am me and you are you
Practice forgiveness
If we could we’d run away for good

We cannot do things we weren’t designed to do
Time to accept that I am me and you are you
Practice forgiveness
If we could we’d run away for good

We cannot be the things we weren’t designed to be
Time to accept that you are you and I am me
Practice forgiveness
If we could we’d run away
Track Name: The Maths
I remember finding out that Santa Clause was fake
And since that day I’ve nursed a broken heart
It’s not the fact that we’re all raised on lies that makes me angry
It’s the lies we’re told that set us all apart
It’s the lies we’re told that set us all apart

We’re often putting too much faith into the sky
When it rains we’ll only end up wet
I watched the weather, there’s a good chance there will be lightning
We should probably go inside before we’re dead

I’ve always known that one and one make two
The thing I’ve never figured out is how to lie to you

I sacrificed my childhood for the sake of being smart
Now I only speak in metaphor
Summer is the time we need to pick shapes out of clouds
Because in winter there’s just way too many more

We’re often putting too much faith into the sky
When it rains we’ll only end up wet
I watched the weather, there’s a good chance there will be lightning
We should probably go inside before we’re dead

I’ve always know that two and two make four
The thing I’ve never figured out is how to ask for more
I’ve always known that three and three make six
The thing I’ve never figured out is how to get my fix of you
And I’ve always know that four and four make eight
But by the time I figure that one out it’s always way too late
Track Name: Ahead Of The Game
There’s 7 billion people on this god forsaken planet
And I’m 29 years old and not in love
I’ve got a fairly vast collection of romantic comedies
And I’d like to share them all with somebody
We could watch them all at once
We could enjoy each other’s company while we fiddle with our phones
Discuss how work is going in the comfort of our homes
We could argue over politics while only one of us are stoned
Oh how I really cannot wait to fall in love

While the world’s still turning
I’ll be the one who’s learning
I’m keeping miles ahead of the game
While the world’s still spinning
I’ll be the one who’s winning
I’m keeping miles ahead of the game

There’s trillions of dollars on this god forsaken planet
And I’m standing up on stage begging for a beer
I wish I’d stuck it out and maybe finished studying economics
Because when you have a lot of money
You can buy a lot of beer
We could enjoy each other’s company while we fiddle with our phones
At the restaurant where we always go to eat across the road
I guess I could admit that I should not have quit my job
In the mean time could you please buy the beer

While the world’s still turning
I’ll be the one who’s learning
I’m keeping miles ahead of the game
While the world’s still spinning
I’ll be the one who’s winning
I’m keeping miles ahead of the game
Track Name: Get Some Rest
I say we hit the road
Drive north for seven days
Take everything we know
And start a family
We need a father figure
Someone to be in charge
He’ll teach us magic tricks
And how to read the stars

Oh where do we go
We’re in control
And I hope you know that I kinda trust you

I say we hit the road
And make a mission east
We’ll search for fossilled bones
And learn an ancient speech
I’ll let you navigate
Yes you can be in charge
Remember what our father said
There’s magic in the stars

Oh where do we go
We’re in control
And I hope you know that I kinda trust you
But you still need to prove yourself
Oh where do we go
We’re in control
And I hope you know that I kinda trust you
But you still need to prove yourself

I say we hit the road
And maybe travel west
We’ll leave it all behind
We need to get some rest
Spend some time alone
Never let them see you
Take the things you own
And disappear

Oh where do we go
We’re in control
And I hope you know that I kinda trust you
But you still need to prove yourself
Oh where do we go
We’re in control
And I hope you know that I kinda trust you
Track Name: Stick Together
Don’t get me wrong I have no problem with tequila
But you’re a dirty habit that I really gotta kick
I know that sleeping on the sidewalk’s not ideal
I often suffer pins and needles from sleeping on my wrist
Don’t get me wrong I’d never blame that on tequila
I blame your empty wallet and the fact you hate your life
I’m the one that takes advantage of insecurities
So grab another round and we can celebrate tonight

We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together if it’s only for the weekend
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together if it’s only for the weekend

Don’t get me wrong I’ve got no problem with the party
But the hangover is brutal, I think I may be sick
I need a break from this wave of self-destruction
So please get off my back, I need to lie low for a week
Don’t get me wrong I’d never blame that on the party
I blame my lack of discipline and endless sense of shame
I’m the one that needs to deal with my insecurities
I need to spend a week in bed before we do this all again

We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together if it’s only for the weekend
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together if it’s only for the weekend

We’ll stick together for the sunrise
We’ll stick together in a fist fight
We’ll stick together for the good times
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together if it’s only for the weekend
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together
We’ll stick together if it’s only for the weekend
Track Name: Footsteps
You should always try to take your steps inside
Footsteps that you find and see if you can make them bigger
You’ll often find you can’t
The ones before you walked
In shoes so God damn big it is impossible to fill them
And why, why do we always give up
Why, why do we always give up

My parents know this guy
Who is blind in both his eyes
The only thing he’s ever seen are glimpses of his future
The people stand in line
To see what’s on his mind
They’re finding new ideas and then new ways to prostitute them
And why, why do we always give up
Why, why do we always give up

So put your fingers deep inside your pockets
See how much money you can find
Spend it all on cigarettes and cheap alcohol
And watch yourself go bloody on the inside
And watch yourself go bloody on the inside

Just because you’re right doesn’t mean that I am wrong
When I made that mistake I landed in the arms of God
He made me dig a grave which is way too small for me
Now I question his existence every time I fall asleep
And that, that’s why I always give up
That, that’s why I always give up

So put your fingers deep inside your pockets
See how much money you can find
Spend it all on cigarettes and cheap alcohol
And watch yourself go bloody on the inside
And watch yourself go bloody on the inside
Track Name: Swords
Hold onto the things you believe in as tight as you can
It’s just a matter of time until somebody lies and you start doubting yourself again
There’s a factory processing bullshit inside of your brain
A sweatshop in mind where a woman and child
Are worked to the bone every hour to survive

We all stand together with our swords in the sky
It’s always worth fighting with friends at our side
And the fact of the matter is that I cannot do this without you
It’s starting to seem like I’m destined to fail
But I can’t afford to tell myself that every day
As I said, I can’t do this without you

I don’t understand how you are not world famous yet
The way you break hearts is a well refined art
And it’s one that I’d rather forget
I’m starting to feel like I’m destined to spend life along
But good friendships have died to keep others alive
And those are the friends that I hold at my side

We all stand together with our swords in the sky
It’s always worth fighting with friends at our side
And the fact of the matter is that I cannot do this without you
It’s starting to seem like I’m destined to fail
But I can’t afford to tell myself that every day
As I said, I can’t do this without you

Surely the best way to let loved ones go is to just suck it up and say I’m letting you go
There are reasons for doing this that only I know and I don’t want to explain them because you don’t wanna know
You take a step backwards
Give loved ones time
Make sure you stay out of sight
Out of mind

We all stand together with our swords in the sky
It’s always worth fighting with friends at our side
And the fact of the matter is that I cannot do this without you
It’s starting to seem like I’m destined to fail
But I can’t afford to tell myself that every day
As I said, I can’t do this without you

We all stand together with our swords in the sky
It’s always worth fighting with friends at our side
We all stand together with our swords in the sky
It’s always worth fighting with friends at our side
We all stand together with our swords in the sky
It’s always worth fighting with friends at our side
Track Name: Our Father's Sins
I was born with blood on my hands to a home built on another man’s land
Tucked into bed at night by foreign hands I was too young to know my place
I was born in an amusement park which was built to be efficient but the queues were long
The people stood in line all just to be a part
Of something that would not take place

You can ask for forgiveness
And you can say that it won’t happen again
But my forgiveness is useless
And your guilt is a waste of everyone’s time

If I’m not to blame and you’re not to blame
Who’s the one who’ll be responsible
Who’ll be accountable
We died for our father’s sins today

I’m willing to accept what fate decides
Having proven to myself that I have qualified
To deal with the good
To deal with the bad
And make the most of living in a foreign man’s land

You can ask for forgiveness
And you can say that it won’t happen again
But my forgiveness is useless
And your guilt is a waste of everyone’s time

If I’m not to blame and you’re not to blame
Who’s the one who’ll be responsible
Who’ll be accountable
It’s not ok just to say it’s ok
When it’s clearly dysfunctional
It’s irrational
We died for our father’s sins today

Our country
Needs us
Don’t give up

You can ask for forgiveness
And you can say that it won’t happen again
But my forgiveness is useless
And your guilt is a waste of everyone’s time

If I’m not to blame and you’re not to blame
Who’s the one who’ll be responsible
Who’ll be accountable
It’s not ok just to say it’s ok
When it’s clearly dysfunctional
It’s irrational
We died for our father’s sins
We died for our father’s sins
We died for our father’s sins today
Track Name: You Never Listen
All we’ve ever had to do is swallow all the stories of a man who put a curse upon the world
A heathen in our eyes
A prophet in disguise
A savior to the weak
An inspiration to us all
No one can give you good advice if you don’t listen
You can never change the world if you don’t listen
So gather round my friends, we’re on a mission
And we’re the ones in charge

Throw my soul into the sea
Watch as it dissolves
Strength aint what it seems
Watch it duck beneath the waves
While some of us protect some of us are saved
Some of us are saved

Confidence is lying at an all time record low because the faith that we had left all went to waste
You trust them cos they tell you things that you already know
But no one bothered ever telling you that you decide your fate
You can never change the world if you don’t listen
We’re searching for the things we know are missing
So gather round my friends, we’re on a mission
And we’re the ones in charge

Throw my soul into the sea
Watch as it dissolves
Strength ain’t what it seems
Watch it duck beneath the waves
While some of us protect some of us are saved
Some of us are saved

You can never change the world if you don’t listen
No one can give you good advice if you don’t listen
So gather round my friends, we’re on a mission
And we’re the ones in charge

Throw my soul into the sea
Watch as it dissolves
Strength ain’t what it seems
Watch it duck beneath the waves
While some of us protect some of us are saved
Some of us are saved
Throw my soul into the sea
Watch as it dissolves
Strength ain’t what it seems
Watch it duck beneath the waves
While some of us protect some of us are saved
Some of us are saved