Ravens EP

by Mackenzie Shivers

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These tracks marry whimsy and raw emotion. Most of the music was tracked live and was inspired by playing in sessions throughout Ireland.


released October 6, 2017

Ravens, Forgiveness, Winter by Mackenzie Shivers (BMI)
The Parting Glass by someone long, long ago (Scottish trad); arranged by Mackenzie Shivers. www.mackenzieshivers.com

Produced by Cody Rahn
Engineered by Mor Mezrich
Mixed and mastered by Kevin Salem
String arrangements by Sarah Elizabeth Haines and Yuka Tadano

Recorded at Spin Studios in Long Island City

Mackenzie Shivers: piano, vocals, organ
Sarah Elizabeth Haines: viola, violin, vocals
Cody Rahn: drums and percussion
Yuka Tadano: bass

Cover photo: Lâle Teoman

For my family.


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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: Forgiveness
Don’t walk away
We have far to go
This much I know
We’ve got a lot of baggage
But I’ll set it down
If it will turn you around

And I can’t change all the things that I’ve done
If I could, I bet you wouldn’t run
But I can’t go back to that anymore

It gets so heavy
Having weighted opinions of me
It gets so lonely
When you can’t understand what I mean
I get so angry
When I feel like I can’t say a thing
It’s never right
Sparks a fight
Oh when is forgiveness a thing?

And I can’t change all the things that I’ve done
If I could, I bet you wouldn’t run
But I can’t go back to that anymore
Track Name: Winter
Twas a night I won’t forget
We huddled close like babes in winter
Like the dew turned frost
Clutching to barren oak trees
My love was there

Twas a morning I shan’t forget
I kissed your mouth
Felt your hands run through my hair
Like a quivering arrow you shook
My love was there

I float my joy to you
Beckon your grief to me to
We shan’t forget these passings
But we yearn to start anew
Track Name: The Parting Glass
Of all the money that e'er I spent
I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done
Alas, it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Of all the comrades that e'er I've had
They are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I've loved
They would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and I'll softly call
Good night and joy be with you all

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