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Shapeshifters

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Flabby Tango Just listened to the single and ordered the record. My favorite thing about Destroy Babylon is that they do a great job of fusing reggae and rock in their own way without making it cheesy. This is going to be an amazing record, as always, from a killer band.
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1.
Did they stop you in the street Show me your hands, kid And spread your feet ‘Cause you look like a threat to me No there’s no profile in the system i can see ‘Cause i guess some things just run too deep Like how much do you pay for protection Armed to the teeth Wake up everyday Gotta lay another wreath Protection Armed to the teeth Pistol under pillow But we still don’t sleep in peace Protection Did she make a man out of you kid Or did she see something she had to play with I guess some things can’t be undid In this way mayhem plays for keeps ‘Cause i guess some things just run too deep Like how much do you pay for protection Armed to the teeth Wake up everyday Gotta lay another wreath Protection Armed to the teeth Pistol under pillow But we still don’t sleep in peace Protection How much do you pay for protection
2.
04:51
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken Shouldn't matter to you if we're living atypical lives No we're not gonna hurt nobody we need no alibi Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken In the rat race everyday But we don't have to live that way Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken Well the government cut assistance to help keep people fed And we're struggling every day just to keep a roof overhead Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken Possessions for which we all slave Will surely lead us to our graves I'm just trying to find, level space in my mind I'm just trying to find level space Leave your judgement unspoken Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken No, don't you run up in here and try to force us all to conform Yeah, you think that you got us beat but we're the eye of the storm baby Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken I'm just trying to find level space in my mind I'm just trying to find level space I'm just trying to find level space in my mind I'm just trying to find level space in my mind I'm just trying to find level space in my mind
3.
03:58
Got a handful of my teeth staring at me, oh well Got a lifetime full of enemies, oh well Got a back that don’t bend well for me On this high, high shelf that i can’t reach In this infinitely finite me, oh well Oh well ‘Cause I’m not young anymore And I’m not done, no Got a handful of my teeth staring at me, oh well Got a long list of things that i can’t be, oh well This high, high shelf that i can’t reach And i curse missed opportunities and this infinitely finite me, oh well Oh well ‘Cause I’m not young anymore And I’m not done, no Got a handful of my teeth staring at me, oh well Got a long list of things that i can’t be, oh well Got a lifetime full of enemies I still curse missed opportunities with this infinitely finite me, oh well Oh well ‘Cause I’m not young anymore And I’m not done, no
4.
03:00
Hiding from main streets away from windows If you can move higher then don’t stay below ‘Cause bullets don’t care if you’re young or you’re old The crack of gunfire makes my blood run cold I thought I’d tucked these fears away Used to live like this everyday Now i’m Lockdown, is this a curfew Lockdown, reliving all I knew Lockdown, is this a curfew I’m locked down, locked down Now my friends and neighbors are getting a taste Of having mortality crouched in their space ‘Cause bullets don’t care if you’re black, white or red One minute you’re laughing, the next one you’re dead I thought I’d left this life behind I thought I’d left this life behind Left behind (x4) Get inside Get inside Get inside I thought i left this life behind Now I’m locked down Locked down Locked down Locked down locked down Lockdown, is this a curfew Lockdown, reliving all I knew Lockdown, is this a curfew I’m locked down, locked down
5.
We didn’t come here for no disco We didn’t get down for the girls We came here with a message We hear all over the world 1, 2, 3, 4 We can see you steppin’ But can we get you mad enough To move in our direction Little man’s war It’s a little man’s war (Little man’s war) So what are we fighting for (Little man’s war) Yeah (Little man’s war) It’s a little man’s war We didn’t come down for the coverage We didn’t get down to get herb We came here to sing voices That die before they get heard 1, 2, 3, 4 We can see you steppin’ But can we get you mad enough To move in our direction 1, 2, 3, 4 We can see you steppin’ But can we get you mad enough To move in our direction
6.
02:40
Nobody act surprised But I saw him die Nobody shed a tear And now this town is dry I can’t believe, I can’t believe In the power of authority I can’t believe, I can’t believe There ain’t no justice I can see Rats will buy the farm When we burn down the barn No alarm I trusted you Tell me Who’s serving who I trusted you Tell me Who’s serving who Nobody at the finish line Saw the guilty men Nobody wants to toe the line But here we are again I can’t believe, i can’t beleive The stigma led to compromise I can’t believe, i can’t beleive You saw his name and shut your eyes Rats will buy the farm When we burn down the barn No alarm I trusted you Tell me Who’s serving who I trusted you Tell me Who’s serving who I trusted you Tell me Who’s serving who I trusted you
7.
Been drinking the wishing well There's a bull in the marketplace again How did we get so far away Away away away When fourteen feet of footing fell further away Then four more feet of footing fell further away Oh we the lone survivors so together we stay When I've got no need for fabric I've got flesh in the faith, they say What if a soul’s at stake And what if you're to blame I hope you lie awake To stay face down and pray But we’re fucked, far as I can tell It's who do you know, and how much did you pay How did the sheep go so astray Astray astray astray When four more feet of footing fell further away Then fourteen feet of footing fell further away Oh we the lone survivors so together we pray When I've got no need for fabric I've got flesh in the faith they say What if a soul’s at stake And what if you're to blame I hope you lie awake To stay face down and pray Been drinking the wishing well Been drinking the wishing well There's blood in the wishing well Oh well oh well oh well oh well
8.
9.
04:35
Under cover of night Darkness gave him a fright Although he heard her plea Fear grips him completely This isn’t the first time Defense became a crime With just a drink in hand Prejudice took a stand We have a long long way We have a long, long way to go Is this your brighter day? A night out on the town Quickly turns upside down Coming out of a bar Prejudice wants to spar Because he favors men Others believe he sins Beaten and brutalized Bigotry takes more lives We have a long long way We have a long long way to go Is this your brighter day? We have a long long way We have a long long way to go Is this your brighter day? So civilized That we keep destroying lives Justice won't be found When ignorance holds its ground Ignorance holds its ground [dubwise] Yes we think we've come so far But we still don't know where we are Now it's time to find our way Our message will be heard Cuz we're battling the absurd Raise your voices with me and say We have a long, long way We have a long, long way to go Is this your brighter day? We have a long, long way We have a long, long way to go Is this your brighter day? So civilized That we keep destroying lives Justice won't be found When ignorance holds its ground Ignorance holds its ground
10.
05:44
I wanted everything to change While I stay the same But I just drifted away I just drifted away I just drifted away I just drifted away All these distractions Leap to mind All these distractions Leap to mind Mind We were floating out to sea Oh, muscle memory I only want it to be What I want it to be I only want it to be What I want it to be All these distractions Leap to mind All these distractions Leap to mind Mind
11.
It's a slow progression But one I can't deny When I finally step into the light Oh here I come and I will leave you breathless I will leave you high Are we banking on the safe word tonight? I like to keep em guessing When they say who am I? The finger's pointed too high When all I wanted was someone who could save my life I got the business end of the knife All I wanted was someone who could set me free (yeah-ahahahah) When you lock me up you better eat the key And like all defenseless, useless alibis Do I want to be found out Well maybe next time ‘Cause I've just got to get it Escape that evil eye Get outside of my mind I like to leave em guessing When they say who am I? The finger's pointed too high When all I wanted was someone who could save my life I got the business end of the knife All I wanted was someone who could set me free (yeah-ahahahah) When you lock me up you better eat the key (double chorus) You better eat the key (x3) ‘Cause I get What I want I get What I want Stop crying That's what I want And I get What I want

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Produced by Destroy Babylon and Dub Fader
Engineered and mixed by Craig "Dub Fader" Welsch
at Rear Window Studio, Brookline MA
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
Illustrations by Ktron, design by Marcus

All songs written & performed by DB except
track 8 written by Cam Cameron and JBo

John Beaudette – guitar, vocals
Marc Beaudette – drums, percussion
Rob Carmichael – guitar, vocals
Sean Carmichael – bass
Casey Gruttadauria – keys
Kellee Webb – vocals, percussion

Andy Bergman – sax
Zack Brines – organ (4, 9)
Jason Buhl – flute (9)
Cam Cameron – viola, cello, guitar (8)
Erin Parisi – violin (8)
Brian Paulding – trombone (1, 4)

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released June 2, 2017

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