Reach for the sun

by Shake Mamas

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released November 9, 2017

All Lyrics by Florent Sivell
All Music by Florent Sivell & Johan Strohmeier

Produced by Bruno Green and Johan Strohmeier
Recorded by Bruno Green at Verdant Studio, Vermont, USA
Mixed and Mastered by Bruno Green at Silent Masters Studio, Lennoxville, Canada

Shake Mamas are
Florent Sivell - Vocals, backing vocals and acoustic guitars
Johan Strohmeier - Electric guitars, backing vocals, piano, mandolin (track 5), vibraphone (track 11), various keyboards, programming and beatbox (track 7)

With a little help from our friends
Bruno Green - Moog and various keyboards, tubular bells (tracks 5 & 11), shakers (track 11)
Guillaume Perron - drums
Jérôme Hébert - bass guitars, Moog (track 11)
Pierre-Alexandre Saint-Yves - Rauschpfeife (track 11) and chalumeau (track 6)

Photos by Marie-Claude Meilleur & Bruno Green
Artwork by Philip Chretien

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Track Name: Never wanted it to be this way
I never wanted it to be this way
It happened and there’s nothing that can change it
At sixteen or seventeen at the most
Something was broken

Everything was tinted with grey
No more daytime only night time
Like a Chaplin movie
But it wasn’t funny

Is there anybody out there that feels this way
Please tell me does it ever go away

No sleep for this restless beast
The monster is always at me
Trying to steal my life away
But I won’t give in

Is there anybody out there who feels this way
Please tell me does it ever go away
Track Name: I build bridges
I build bridges
Then I tear them down
I can’t help myself
And it makes me feel down

Why do I do it
I guess I don’t love myself enough
Why do I do it
I guess I’m just afraid of heights

The river is so deep
And I just might drown
Happiness I’d love to speak to you
But I can’t make a sound

Why do I do it
I guess I don’t love myself enough
Why do I do it
Maybe I’m afraid to see what’s on the other side

I build bridges
Then I tear them down
I can’t help myself
And it makes me feel down

Why do I do it
I guess I don’t love myself enough
Why do I do it
I guess I’m afraid of walking in the light

I build bridges then I tear them down
Track Name: Trying to get by
Trying to put together the pieces
So I can call this a life
Trying to see a future somewhere
So I can have the strength to keep on movin on

It’s all fucked up now
And it’s always been this way
I just keep on trying to get by
To get by

Trying to make sense out of everything that feels wrong
So I try and convince myself that it’s not all a lie
Trying to let go of the past to meet the present
So I leave my heart out under the blazing sun to fry

It’s all fucked up now
And it’s always been this way
I just keep on trying to get by
To get by
Track Name: It's already gone
It hurts
It hurts when it hurts
I know
I know nothing when I know

Well it’s already gone
This feeling I’ve been dying to feel
Well it’s already gone
And there’s nothing that’s gonna bring it back

I’m low
I feel solo when I’m low
I’m high
I feel so high my head’s in the sky

Well it’s already gone
This feeling I’ve been dying to feel
Well it’s already gone
And there’s nothing that’s gonna bring it back

At home
I feel nowhere is at home
I’m bare
I feel so bare when you stare

Well it’s already gone
This feeling I’ve been dying to feel
Well it’s already gone
And there’s nothing that’s gonna bring it back
Track Name: What a fool
What a fool
The minute I walk through the door
I lose myself and my mind
Become her toy the whole time
What a fool
She shows me just what she wants
She shows me just what she needs
To get me down on my knees
What a fool
She stares and smiles and I get hopeful
I won’t even get a mouthful
Definitely not something soulful

What a fool
You didn’t get it the last time
What a fool
The mermaid sings and you lose your mind

What a fool
You spent all the money you had
And now you’re feeling so sad
She’s lost that look she once had
What a fool
I’m stumble down the streets
And everyone that I meet
Makes me stare down at my feet
What a fool
I’m lying in my bed
She’s still swimming all around my head
The monster’s been well fed

What a fool
You didn’t get it the last time
What a fool
The mermaid sings and you lose your mind
Track Name: Did you think about me
You were never there for me
When I needed you the most
You were never there for me
To busy chasing your ambitions
Cause you parents never loved you properly
But what about me
Did you think about me
My fragile mind was crushed
By your rejection

Did you think about me
Oh no

Now I’m all grown up
But my inner child is lost
Always looking for something
Like an endless thirst
My life is a desert
I drink too much
And I don’t know how to love
I can feel the weight of the blue sky
Coming down from above

Did you think about me
Oh no

Did you realize how much I needed you
No you didn’t

Now I’ve got a child
A child of my own
Sometimes it makes my head spin
Cause I can’t look at myself
In the mirror
But I got to get my feet
My feet back on the ground
Gonna make this relationship work
Just this one make it sound

Did you think about me
Oh no

Did you realize how much I needed you
No you didn’t

What a shame
Now you know
Track Name: Now and then it's over
Livin on borrowed time
Feel like I’m losing my mind
Livin on borrowed time
How much time
I just don’t know
Feel like it’s my time
My time to shine
Feel like it’s my time
Then it’s over

I’ve seen it time after time
It’s like the same old line
I’ve seen it time after time
Nothing’s real only what I feel
It’s like counting up to ten
And you never know when
It’s like counting up to ten
And then you reach it
Then it’s over

Now and then it’s over

Livin in an endless dream
It’s never quite how it seems
Livin in an endless dream
Do I believe what I’ve ever seen
Acting out the same old scene
That’s all we’ve ever been
Is acting out the same old scene
As It rips at the seams
Then it’s over

Now and then it’s over
Track Name: Brother
Brother won’t you tell me
Just why I can never find my way
Sister won’t you tell me
Just why I never see the light of day

What’s it all for

Brother won’t you tell me
Just why are we living today
Sister won’t you tell me
Just how you keep on smiling

What’s it all for

Oh won’t you tell me what keeps you hanging on
Oh won’t you tell me what makes you so strong

Brother won’t you tell me
Just why I can never find my way
Sister won’t you tell me
Just why I never see the light of day

What’s it all for
Track Name: Look at yourself
Look at yourself
You’re such a disgrace
You’re killing everything
That wears your own face

Look at yourself
You’re such a disgrace
You say you love but you hate
A lot more then this

Look at yourself
You smile when you don’t even mean it
You talk and talk and talk
But you don’t ever do it

Look at yourself
You say you’re the one we should follow
But everything you’ve ever done
Has been hollow

Why do you think that everyone so miserable
Why do you think that everyone feels so lonely
Why do you think that everyone feels so empty
Why do you think that everyone feels so angry

Look at yourself
I know you don’t like it
But time’s running out
And you’ll get over it

Look at yourself
I know you don’t like it
But your life’s a joke
And nobody’s laughing

Why do you think that everyone is so miserable
Why do you think that everyone feels so lonely
Why do you think that everyone feels so empty
Why do you think that everyone feels so angry
Track Name: I'd like you to know
I just want to be myself
Nothing else but myself
But it seems so impossible
To just be and to love what I see

I’d like you to know
That if all fails
I tried my best

I’m walking on a wire
Every step all the time
When I look into your eyes
All I see is your sadness

I’d like you to know
That if all fails
I tried my best

I just want a place in your heart
Can’t imagine us forgetting us
I just want you to be happy
No regrets no pity

I’d like you to know
That if all fails
I tried my best
Track Name: Reach for the sun
Trying to make things right
Trying to step into the light
No one’s gonna help you tonight
You’re alone to fight this fight

You’re the only one
You’re the chosen son
You’re the only one
Who can march towards the sun

Reach for the sun
Cause you’re the only one
Reach for the sun
Cause the chosen son

In your heart
You’ve got a great big hole
In your heart
You’ve never found the pot of gold

Reach for the sun
Cause you’re the only one
Reach for the sun
Cause the chosen son

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