Living in My Head - EP

by Mackenzie Shivers

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"Her follow-up release Living in My Head is powerful, showcasing her Celtic-inspired piano-driven folk." – No Depression

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released September 2, 2016

All songs by Mackenzie Shivers (BMI)
Produced and mixed by Chris Wallitsch
Mastered by Drew Lavyne

Mackenzie Shivers: vocals, piano (2-6), organ (3-5), bodhrán (1), accordion (4)
Yuka Tadano: bass (2-6), percussion (1)
Cody Rahn: drums (2-5)
Chris Wallitsch: percussion, synth (6)
Mike Ceglio: guitar (2-6)
Sarah Elizabeth Haines: viola (3-5), vocals (1)
Kami Dimitrova: vocals (1-3, 5)
Jess T. Clinton: vocals (4), glockenspiel (2)

Recorded at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY by Oliver Strauss and Dream Recording Studios in Long Island, NY by Chris Wallitsch

Photo by Juan P. Zapata
Design by Jess T. Clinton

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NYC-based singer/songwriter writing emotional piano-driven music with a Celtic soul

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Track Name: This River
I don't know this river
I don't know its name
I don't know this river
But it keeps me sane

See a house down yonder
See a quiet home
See a house down yonder
Wish it was my own

Had to leave that city
Had to quit that town
Let the water heal me
I'm not scared to drown

Let the river hear me
Let it know my name
Let the river own me
Let it stake its claim
Track Name: Lily-Rose
Lily-Rose, she came from the mountains
But she yearned for the sea
Crowns of flowers in her hair
Lily-Rose was waiting for me

Lily-Rose, first of her name
A name that matched her dowry
Never wanted a ring
But Lily-Rose was promised to me

Oh but the flowers they cannot last through winter
They'll turn to dust

Oh Lily-Rose
Why can’t I make you want me?
Oh Lily-Rose
They say you've up and left me and run away

Lily-Rose, fairer than any
A voice that sounded like spring
And when I dream, I hear her calling
Lily-Rose, please come back to me

Oh but the flowers they cannot last through winter
They'll turn to dust

Oh Lily-Rose
Why can’t I make you want me?
Oh Lily-Rose
They say you've up and left me and run away

Oh but the flowers they can grow wild and free
But come winter you cannot make them stay

Oh Lily-Rose
Why can’t I make you want me?
Oh Lily-Rose
They say you've up and left me
Oh Lily-Rose
I cannot make you want me
Oh Lily-Rose
I know you’ve up and left me and run away

Lily-Rose she came from the mountains
But she yearned for the sea
Crowns of flowers in her hair
Lily-Rose never belonged to me
Track Name: Disco's Dead
Won’t mourn for the weary, won’t mourn for dyin’ men
Won’t mourn for a broken heart, cause it always heals again
I won’t cry for the departed, I won’t cry for the afraid
But I’ll cry for New York City, baby, cause they say she’s turnin’ gray

Yeah I’ll wear my shitty black dress and my shitty black shoes
And I’ll mourn in a parade
And we’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ baby ‘cause they say disco’s dead

Can’t plan no funeral in a studio apartment
Cause there ain’t no room for a party, love
We gotta take it to the streets, yeah
Gotta swing real low like we got nowhere to go

And I’ll wear my shitty black dress and my shitty black shoes
And I’ll mourn in a parade
And we’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ baby ‘cause they say disco’s dead

I’ll say a prayer – O blessed art those who search for something more
It’s in the air – O sacred art those who know what it’s all for
Well I declare – O white, it can be nice, but black it suits you more
It’s debonaire – O rest in peace my dirty city fair

No more tears at this eulogy are allowed for me
Just wanna dance with some nobody band
Call it whiskey, call it rye, I’ll drink it straight into the night
And you won’t see me chasin’ it with my dreams

No I’ll wear my shitty black dress and my shitty black shoes
And I’ll mourn in a parade
And we’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ baby ‘cause they say disco’s dead
Track Name: Names
Names etched in stone in the dirt on the side of the hill
You dressed in linens of white at the close of April
Searched for an answer, looked to the sky
Reached for my hand, I never asked why

Names etched on pennies on dollars we spend to get by
Names of the children we want at some time in our lives
Names in the future looking for truth
Names of the comforts we had in our youth

You by any other name would stay just as kind
Yes you by any other name would be my love

So wrap me in blossoms of cherry in blankets of wine
When night comes, tell me the names of the stars in the sky
Named after heroes, villains, and foes
Named after friends we knew long ago

Yes you by any other name would stay just as kind
Yes you by any other name would be my love

So call out my name in the spring when all is reborn
And tell me the names of the places you want to call home
Whisper the names of the people you feel we’ve outgrown
You are the love whose name I’ve always known

Yes you by any other name would stay just as kind
Yes you by any other name would be my love
Track Name: Tell Me to Run
All these souls under Washington Square tell me to run, tell me to run
Yeah I know all these ghosts by name and where they’re from, yeah where they’re from
“And winter’s too cold here,” they holler, yes they holler from underground
Well I don’t know where to run to – if I’d be found, if I’d be found

Tell me to run
Tell me to run

Found a car with a broken tail light and I was gone, yeah I was gone
But I felt something yankin’ these chains, oh I was bound, yeah I was bound
“No, no don’t come back here,” they holler, yes they holler from out of town
Well I don’t know who to turn to - no one’s around, no one’s around

Tell me to run
Tell me to run

Well all I wanted was to go back to where I’m from
Yeah all I wanted was to go back to where I’m from
But the ghosts they told me to move on
Found a door, I stood here once, I even called it home
But the ghosts they knew my name and they told me to move on

Tell me to run
Tell me to run
Tell me to run

Headed back to the empire now; guess that’s where I belong
All these souls under Washington Square they say “stay strong,” they say “stay strong”
Track Name: Living in My Head
I won’t be living in my head, I won’t be living in my head
There are places I haven’t gone, and there are books I haven’t read
I won’t be living in my head
I’ll come and lay down beside you
I’ll lay beside you in this bed

You’ll tell me tales of who we are, I’ll tell you tales of who we were
The past is just a story I am telling and rehearse

I won’t live in a year that has come and gone
Lifted me up and broke me down and made me feel as though I wasn’t strong
I will not lose myself in fear
I will not lose myself in thoughts that travel back in time
They always seem to carry higher costs

I remember years ago I would wear my mother’s clothes
Dance around in fur, pretend I was the heiress of her pearls
I remember years ago when you told me I was beautiful
I held my breath, you held my hand, but then you let it go

I remember years ago when we said we’d never change
Never cry, never die
That we could not be replaced
I remember years ago when our love it turned to loss
Yeah I remember that, but it comes at a cost

So won’t live inside my head, no I won’t live inside my head
These monsters grow, but they don’t know where I go if I look ahead
These fables old they only show what’s before, years now dead
They won’t keep me inside; I will not look; I do not dare to tread

No I won’t live inside my head
No I won’t live inside my head
There are folks I haven’t known
And there are words I have not said

No I won’t live inside my head