The Shabeen EP

by The Shabs

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1.
03:40
Well no offence but I don't want to be like you I've heard a lot of stories and I've read a lot of books and they have all helped me decide on what to do Life is just a tight rope and we're going for a walk But if we slip and fall off we just have to get back up and start again So let's sing songs about the people that we love Then let us all make sure that they've all heard the words we've sung There's nothing worse than telling someone something they don't want to hear Especially when you want to make them happy And we all want to be happy In my defense, I just didn't know what to say I've watched one too many movies based on real life events and that's partial cause for who I am today See life is just a mountain and we're going on a hike And it might take us ages but eventually we'll make it to the top So let's sing songs about the people that we love Then let us all make sure that they've all heard the words we've sung There's nothing worse than telling someone something they don't want to hear Especially when you want to make them happy And we all want to be happy We've finally seen the places that we want to see We've read the books that we told ourselves we'd always read Now take my hand, we'll make it to the top We've finally felt the warm embrace of apathy We've been the people we were put upon this earth to be Now take my hand, we'll make it to the top That's where we want to be So let's sing songs about the people that we love Then let us all make sure that they've all heard the words we've sung There's nothing worse than telling someone something they don't want to hear Especially when you want to make them happy And we all want to be happy
2.
02:36
I remember finding out that Santa Claus 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 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 known that two and two make four The thing I've never figured out is how to ask for more I've always know 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 known that four and four make eight But by the time I figure that one out it's always way too late
3.
04:13
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 sweat shop 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 alone But good friendships have died to keep others alive and those are the friends that I hold at my side when... 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 want to know You take a step backwards, give loved ones time and you 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 I can't do this without you I can't do this without you my friend
4.
One day, while trying to figure out the square root of pi I saw a man in the sky who had tears in his eyes So I asked him, why are you crying He told me he found out that the whole world was dying Well I said this is really quite odd If you're up in the sky well then surely you are God And surely you can stop all these bad things from happening He said we all know what's right But sometimes we forget because we're holding on too tight It's hard to let go When the world's just not as safe as it was before One day, while I was going for a walk down the road I saw a man who had holes in his clothes but he was happy So I asked him, why are you smiling He told me he found out that the whole world was dying Well I said I'm not sure how I feel If you're glad about that then you're too full of evil We should try to stop all these bad things from happening He said we all know what's right But sometimes we forget because we're holding on too tight It's hard to let go He said we all know what's right But sometimes we forget because we're holding on too tight And it's hard to let go When the world's just not as safe as it was before

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released January 9, 2015

Written and produced by The Shabeen

The Shabeen is:
Jon Shaban - guitar and lead vocals
Ryan McArthur - upright bass and backing vocals
Thomas Glendinning - drums and backing vocals

Recorded and mixed by Stephen Eckard at Popsicle Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

Mastered by Tutti Espi

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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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