Neverland

by Mackenzie Shivers

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“The piano is nostalgic, Shivers’ voice is timeless. It soars like a bird and hums like a dragonfly. Sometimes it sounds like strings and sometimes like woodwind.” – Ear to the Ground Music


For Mae Shivers, Mary Mackenzie, and Pete Wilde

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released October 7, 2014

All songs written by Mackenzie Shivers (BMI)
Produced and mixed by Eshy Gazit

Mackenzie Shivers: piano, vocals, organ, keys, melodion
Julia Adamy: bass
Stephen Chopek: drums, percussion
Rich Hinman: guitar, pedal steel
Yoed Nir: cello
Louis Schwadron: french horn
Chris Wallitsch: acoustic guitar (4th of July)

Mastered by Roman Vail at Joe Lambert Mastering

Recorded at Engine Room Audio and The Cutting Room (vocals) in New York, NY by Chris Wallitsch

Photo by John DeAmara

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

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Track Name: Hey Marie
Hey Marie, come follow me
Come follow me down to the sea
We'll dance until our bones don't ache
We'll love until our hearts can't break

And we will never know
How long to stay and when to go
And we will never know
When to go back home

And we will never know
How long to stay and when to go
And we will never know
If this is our home
Track Name: Nothing to Fear
It's the way that you came up to me and you said, "We've never met"
It's the way you leaned into me and you whispered, "No regrets"
It's the way that you came up to me and you said, "We're pretty young"
But I don't care
We're having too much fun

It's the way that you came up to me and you said, "We're moving fast"
It's the way you always seemed to harken on the past
It's the way you lay next to me and you said, "I wanna change"
But I don't care
Yeah I don't wanna wait

And we're only acting our age
And it hasn't become clear
That we're gonna make mistakes
But now there's nothing to fear
Right now there's nothing to fear

It's the way that you came up to me and you said, "I'm on your side"
It's the way I looked in your eyes and they told me you had lied
It's the way we're breaking rules, but we aren't qualified
But I don't care
We've nothing left to hide

And we're only acting our age
And it hasn't become clear
That we're gonna make mistakes
But now there's nothing to fear
Right now there's nothing to fear

Yeah we're only acting our age
We think we know how to love
But we're gonna make mistakes
But love has nothing to fear
Yeah love has nothing to fear

It's the way that you came and you said, "I'll see you soon"
What's the point in saying these words if they mean something different to you
It's the way I couldn't help but watch you walk away
But that's okay
We're better off this way
Track Name: Neverland
Decided to sober up on Bleeker Street
I'd never seen it clear
This city, it has lied to me
Said I'd have nothing to fear

I left the wagon on Greenwich Street
So much for stayin’ clean
This Neverland has lied to me
I'm growing, but I'm not growing free
I'm growing old, but I'm not growing free

And I'll be your Wendy, but I won't wear blue
I'll share my stories, share my potions too
I'll be your Darling if you lend me a hand
Growing in Neverland

I watched you chase your shadow down Jane Street
And I chased my demons too
I shed my stockings and I sang to you
It sounded like the blues

And I'm wondering how to take care of these things
When I can't take care of myself
This city, it keeps whispering
"You don't have to go it alone"

And I'll be your Wendy, but I won't wear blue
I'll share my stories, share my potions too
I'll be your Darling if you lend me a hand
Growing in Neverland

Decided to sober up on Bleeker Street
Track Name: Éire
Take me somewhere cold and quiet
Green and gold and white and dark black skies
Take me where the sun won't follow
Take me home

Find me a gold ring and buy it
Light a match and keep our secrets safe and warm
Take me where the ocean sighs
Take us home

And we'll start again

Wish I had a car so you could drive it
Travel past the noise, the ploys we used to make
Travel so we'll both be better friends

Steal my heart but then return it
So I can keep on beating strong right next to you
Give me one good reason we should stay

When we can start again
We can start again

Take me where the rain is holy
Take me where the night will bless us with its shroud
Take me where the willows weep, but we won't cry

Cause we'll start again
We'll start again

Take me somewhere cold and quiet
Green and gold and white and dark black skies
Track Name: Eilean Donan
Drink the water from the blue, forgotten shore
Throw a pebble or collect them
To build us something more
Or toss it out to sea
Say a wish for me
That we will be like family

Grow up living in a castle
Or run away from here
Write a letter to me
Stick in a bottle smooth and clear
And toss it out to sea
Say a wish for me
And we will be like family

Say the word and I’ll dress in leather
Grab my sword
Fight a battle to defend what we know
Who we are
And sail away to sea
Knowing fervently
That we will be family
Track Name: East Coast Blues
Just ‘cause you're leavin'
Don't mean I'm gonna cry
There've been lots of times
When we have said goodbye
But this time will be better
‘Cause we're older and wise
Just don't look at me, baby, cause I've got tears in these eyes

I’ve never seen much of California
But knowin' you'll be there waitin'
Makes me want to head that way
Curl up in your bed and smell the ocean spray
We'll even let the sun wreck us with its rays

The sun will rise in the east where I live,
But those western sunsets, they don't easily forgive you
If you miss their wonderful, colorful show.
So I guess I'd better get myself up there and go

And you'll be livin' in a house of gold
But I'll still miss you when I walk down this road
I’ll stroll down that lonesome street where you lived
Where I always had a place to lay my achin' head

And just ‘cause you're leavin'
Don't mean I'm gonna cry
There've been lots of times
When we've said goodbye
But this time will be better
‘Cause we're older and wise.
Just don't look at me, baby, cause I've got tears in these eyes
Track Name: Love Her with Freedom
You’ll know her when you see her
She’s the one with the unsure heart
Loving places, needing spaces
Now she’s ready to depart
And although she’s come to see you
And you think it’s what she wants
She’ll be leaving in the evening
If you love her, then it better be with freedom

You’ll know her when you hear her
She’s the one with the hesitance
And she’ll hold you cause she wants to
But she will not be held back
And if you try and please her
Expect no recompense
She’ll be leaving in the morning
If you love her, then it better be with freedom

She’ll know you if she wants to
She falls in love so fast
With the places, with the faces
She knows will never last
And if she says she’s sorry
It’s because that love has past
She is free but she is weary
If you love her, then it better be with freedom

You’ll know her when you see her
She’s the one with the unsure heart
Loving places, needing spaces
Now she’s ready to depart
And although she’s come to see you
And you think you’ve won her heart
She tells you that she’s leaving
But you tell her that you’ll follow
‘Cause you love her
And you love her for her freedom
Track Name: 4th of July
I tried to call you Monday
But you were a country away
I thought you might be sleeping in
Out near Half Moon Bay
And I tried to write you letters
But my ink was running dry
Guess I’ll have to wait till summer comes
Meet you on the 4th of July
Guess I’ll have to wait till summer comes
I’ll meet you on the 4th of July

Well I sought advice from my elders
Hoping they would be wise
They told me to act patiently
Things would all work out in time
And I tried to write you letters
But my ink it just ran dry
So I dressed in red and white and blue
Ready for the 4th of July
Yeah I dressed in red and white and blue
Ready for the 4th of July

When I’ll go
And I’ll meet you on that road
That we know
Yeah I’ll meet you when we’re home

Well I meant to call you Friday
But my mind was roaming free
Thinking of when we’d sleep ‘til two
Dreaming simultaneously
Yeah we dreamt in shapes and letters
And in ink that never dried
We dreamt in red and white and blue
Just like the 4th of July
Yeah we dreamt in red and white and blue
Just like the 4th of July

When we’ll go
And I’ll meet you on that road
That we know
Yeah I’ll meet you when we’re home
Track Name: Orphan Song
I'm just a child, just a child with no mother
No one to tell me that I've grown my hair too long
I'm just a child, just a child with no father
No one to scold me when he knows I'm doing wrong

I'm just a child, just a child with no brother
No one to tell me that I'm better with you gone
I'm just a child, just a child with no sister
Gone up and left me
Don't know how to get along

Dip my bottle in some bourbon
So I can get some sleep
Rest my head upon your shoulder
Till I'm older and I know
Just where I belong

I'm just a child, just a child with no answers
Head back to Ohio
They say that's where I'm from
I'm just a child who knows better than to wander
Should know I can't go home
When home's packed up and gone

Dip my bottle in some bourbon
So I can get some sleep
Rest my head upon your shoulder
Till I'm older and I know
Just where I belong

Someday we'll all come back
Someday we'll say "welcome back”
Track Name: Below the Meadow
I won’t sleep through ‘till morning
But I won’t wake you when I go
I’ll fly faster than a sparrow
I’ll leave peaceful as a dove

I will breathe in the starlight
I will listen for my bones
They are resting deep below the meadow
But they used to stand up straight and tall

Do not cry for me, brother
Do not cry for me, son
I am flying faster than a sparrow
I am leaving peaceful as a dove

Always thought that I’d be buried
in a New York City grave
But when I died I needed fresh air
So I travelled to the countryside

Do not look for me in winter
Do not search for me in June
I’ll be running free above the meadow
I’ll be dancing to my own sweet tune

Do not cry for me, brother
Do not cry for me, son
I am flying faster than a sparrow
I am leaving peaceful as a dove

Now my bones won’t break inside me
No more aching in my soul
If you miss me, darling please don’t worry
I’ll come back to visit you once more

Do not cry for me, brother
Do not cry for me, son
I am flying faster than a sparrow
I am leaving peaceful as a dove
Track Name: Goodbye Marie
I saw her last by the sea
She said that’s where we’d marry
She told me once
When her cheeks were flushed
Guess her drink was the reason for her plea

I saw her last by the shore
She did not remember what she swore
She told me that night
We’d be wed by morning light
And that all was fair in love and war

I saw her last in the sand
She’s had too much whiskey to stand
She said, “Hush now, friend. We’ll be together in the end”
As she crawled towards the waves on her knees
She was carried away by the sea

O Marie, O Marie
You promised yourself to me
But your fate was set to be fearless, to be free
in that big, black bellowing sea

O Marie, O Marie
Why did you promise yourself to me?
When your fate was set to be fearless, to be free
in that big, black bellowing sea