The Unkindness

by Mackenzie Shivers

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"Armed with a crystal-clear voice and piercing piano notes, ‘The Unkindness’ is at times uplifting, tragic, redemptive and rousing."
★★★★★
–Mandy Southgate, Addicted to Media

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released February 8, 2019

Mackenzie Shivers: piano (1-6, 8-11), vocals (2-11), organ (6)
Yuka Tadano: upright bass (2, 8, 10), electric bass (3-4, 8-9), synth bass (6, 11)
Cody Rahn: drums (2-4, 6, 6-11), percussion (3-4, 6, 9)
Sarah Elizabeth Haines: vocals (2), viola (2, 5, 9)
Austin Burket: violin (5, 9)
Hayden Oliver: violin (5, 9)
Buffi Jacobs: cello (5, 9)
Andrew Miramonti: pedal steel (3, 10), guitar (4), organ (8)
Jess Taylor Clinton: vocals (3-4, 8-9)
Georgia Sackler: vocals (3-4, 8-9)
Samantha Bowers: vocals (4, 8)
Josh Plotner: bari sax, alto sax (4)
Andrew Warren: trumpet (4)
Kevin Salem: synth (6)

All songs by Mackenzie Shivers (BMI)
Produced by Mackenzie Shivers and Cody Rahn
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered, Mentored by Kevin Salem
String Arrangements by Sarah Elizabeth Haines
Album design by Britannie Bond
Cover photos by John DeAmara

Recorded variously at:
Spin Recording Studios in Long Island City, Queens (engineered by Kevin Salem, assisted by Yosimar Gomez)
A sofa in Sunnyside, Queens (engineered by Mackenzie Shivers)
A bedroom in Greenpoint, BK (engineered by Cody Rahn)
A home studio in Harlem (engineered by Josh Plotner)
A practice space in DUMBO, BK (engineered by Andrew Miramonti)
A living room in the East Village (engineered by Andrew Miramonti)
A converted barn in Woodstock (engineered by Kevin Salem)
De Moines Civic Center (engineered by Sam Merrick on tour with Hamilton)
Birds recorded by Mackenzie on her iPhone in Santa Barbara, CA

All songs registered with BMI. Mackenzie Shivers © 2019. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Ravens
If I were a kingdom I’d come to you
I’d come to you in the night
If I had my wishes all come true
You would stay at my side

Ride like the wind
Like a raven black
And I’ll be right behind
Whatever you say, I’m not going back
We will fly
We will fly

If I were a castle I’d stand tall
I’d be so easy to find
You won’t need a ladder to climb these walls
I would let you inside

Sing like a dove
Like a raven black
And wings will beat in time
Whatever you say, you’re not going back
We will fly
We will fly

If I were a ruler I’d make a vow
To never let you go
I’d send all my people far and wide
To bury all of your woe

Call out to me
Like a raven black
And I will take you away
Look at me now I’m not holding back
When I fly
When I fly
Track Name: The Canyon
Over the mountain I called you
I called you to me
Over the snow you said would melt
Over my dead body they can separate us now
I think you know they way I’ve felt

Over the valley I could taste it
The fire and the rain
Muddy waters in my mind
Over my dead body they can take this from me now
I don’t know how I’ve been so blind

If you need me don’t say sorry
It is broken anyhow
If you need me don’t say sorry
Just meet me in this town
I know better ways to drown

In the end my friend it’s just you and me
Riding rails in a fairytale of being free
In the end my friend have we done our best?
Do we dare to say it’s fair in love and all the rest?
In the end my friend it’s just you and me
Setting sail
Burning trails of things not meant to be
In the end my friend I’ll just sing along
To the sound of the canyon where I belong
Track Name: Phoenix
They say it’s not mine for the taking
So watch me burn
Like a phoenix I’ll come back
To take it all

I’m not blind to misery
They say he loves company
But I’ve got better ways
To spend my time
And I’ll keep on fighting back
Till I belong

Oh my maker
Are you my caretaker?
Or is it up to me now?

I see a man all dressed in black
Can’t say his name
No I won’t do that
And I’ve been broken down by the lies
I’ve been hearing

Well I’m not blind to misery
I know he loves company
But I’ve got better ways
To claim what’s mine
And I’ll keep on fighting back

Oh my maker
Are you my caretaker?
Or is it up to me now?

Misery loves company
But I won’t let it stand by me
Track Name: Believe
I don’t believe in angels
Angels taking flight
I don’t believe in angels
Watching in the night

I don’t believe that Jesus
Will take away my sins
I don’t believe we’ll ever
Be the same again

But I believe in you
Whatever you may do

I don’t believe in heroes
They’re just people too
I don’t believe that miracles
Ever do come true

I don’t believe in fortune
And I don’t believe in fame
I don’t believe that glory
Will ever know my name

But I believe in you
Whatever you may do

I don’t believe in sadness
And I don’t believe in strife
I don’t believe that sorrow
Will take away my life

Cause I believe in you
It’s going to get me through
Track Name: Tears to Keep Me Warm
I can’t be lonely
When there’s sorrow in these bones
I can’t be lonely
When I’m wrapped in all these woes
I can’t be lonely
I’m visited by pain
I can’t be lonely
These shadows still remain

And I miss you when you’re gone
But I’ve got tears to keep me warm

I’m not forsaken
I’m nailed to memories
I’m not forsaken
I’m praying on my knees
I’m not forsaken
I’m calling out your name
I’m not forsaken
These shadows still remain

And I miss you when you’re gone
But I’ve got tears to keep me warm
Track Name: Middle of the Night
In the middle of the night I was dreaming of a world
That was spinning all black and blue
In the middle of the night I was dreaming
And I saw your face
You were calling me to you

In the middle of the night I was dreaming
And to my surprise
I was spinning all black and blue
In the middle of the night I was dreaming
And I saw your face
Asking me if it was true

In the middle of the night
We’re on the wrong side of right
In the middle of the night
I’ll be holding you tight

In the middle of the night I was dreaming of a world
It was spinning all black and blue
In the middle of the night I was dreaming
And I heard your voice
Asking me if I knew you

In the middle of the night I was dreaming
And I saw me and you
I saw me and you
I saw me and you
Track Name: mr. jones
skin and bones
you’re just skin and bones
mr. jones
take me to those rows and rows
of bottles stowed
on decks below
they say it’s gonna storm
battle cries subsidize
feelings buried low

if we don’t make it through the night
let me say this now outright
I can’t save you but I try
can’t rearrange you so I cry
just let it all die

medicate me now
the gin is resting on the floor
it’s no accident
I left it there from the night before
bigger pills
little pills
a story now of losing who you were
skin and bones
mr. jones
I’m forgetting what I’ve learned

if we don’t make it through the night
let me say this now outright
I can’t save you but I try
can’t rearrange you so I cry
just let it all die

it’s not the leaving
it’s the hurting that I mind
it’s the aching that’s breaking up our lives

and we won’t bury you
we’ll take you to the doctor
take you to the doctor
take you to the doctor
Track Name: The Unkindness
Far across the darkness
I see a face like mine
Frightened by the shadows
That leave us far behind

Not far in the future
I see a face on fire
Four walls around us now
A funeral pyre

Oh the unkindness
What have you done?
Oh the unkindness
What have you won?

The uncertainty
Will bring us to the ground
We’ll plant our seeds there
Hunters circling round

Oh the unkindness
What have we done?
Oh the unkindness
What have we won?

And they say
That all will be forgiven
And I pray
That all will be forgiven
In the end
Track Name: See You Soon
I’ll see you soon, he said
I’ll see you soon
Maybe as a wolf instead
Howling at the moon

Where did you go my love?
You were holding on
Where did you go my love?
You were being strong
Where are you now?

My eyes are feeling dry
I better lay down and weep
The ocean’s rising high
Are you six feet underneath?

Where did you go my love?
We were holding on
Where did you go my love?
We were being strong
Where are you now?

I’ll see you soon, my friend
I’ll see you soon
Maybe as a bird instead
Flying to the moon
There you are, my love
Track Name: Better
I used to be scared of cutting my hair
Now I’m just scared of losing it all
They say being brave
Means being afraid
But doing things anyhow

I want to live at the base of a mountain
When I feel low
I’ll look at it rise
Over the ground where I came from
They say
We’re all going back there someday

And I try to be better
And I lie when I say that I’m fine

I buried my feelings under a pillow
That’s where I cried last night
But you kissed each eye
Fingers and arms
And told me it will be alright

Do you remember that time
That we laughed at our memories?
And just how wrong they can be?
Or were we fighting over it?
It’s not so clear to me

And I try to be better
And I lie when I say that I’m fine

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