The Shifts

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We've got a lot to say here, so bear with us.

The Shifts are...
Macks Johanesen (guitar/vocals/electric sitar)
Jeff Kretsinger (bass)
Eli Tocchini (drums/monotone chanting)
Maci DeBlanc (keys/backup vocals)

All songs and lyrics written by Macks Johanesen and arranged by The Shifts. Except for In Heaven (track 7). We didn't write that, Peter Ivers and David Lynch did. But we think it's cool, so we wanted to put it on here anyways.

Thank you to our music guru, Thaddeus Moore, for recording our album at Sprout City Studios and mastering it through Liquid Mastering.

The album artwork was done by Annie Parham

Thank you to our fans, friends, and families. And a special thanks to Ryan Tocchini, Psyrup, Saffron, Face for Radio, Vegetarian Cats, Campvs, Corvallis DIY, Ten Mile, Julia Henry, The Boreal, Saxon Wood, Skyeler Williams, Joshua Isaac Finch, Kyle Allen, Matt Barnhart, Jordan Nicholsen, Oregon State MUPC, Sarah Sutton, KVBR, Jack Gariepy and all other past members of The Shifts, Alicia and Ashley for staying at that show until 2am even though we ended up not playing, and everyone else that has supported us throughout the years.

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released August 10, 2016

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Track Name: Something You Don't Know About
freedom you want
freedom you ask for it
she never talked
she only cried for it
i took you with me
just for that day
and in that fast car fading hard
she’d fade away

you never talked
you only cried for it
i took that want
and wantonly you’d die for it
i took you with me
every single day
and in that fast car fading hard
you’d fade away

cause i think
you’re more of the girl
then you know
i will change all of the world
i know you
but you know what i mean
in spite of all of our
bitter animosities

you never talked
you would just cry for it
i took that fall and i’d die
you’d die for it
i took you with me
every single day
and in that fast car fading hard
we’d fade away

cause i think
you’re more of the girl
then you know
i will change all of the world
i know you
but you know what i mean
in spite of all of our
bitter animosities

freedom you want
freedom you ask for it
she never talked
she only cried for it
i took you with me
just for that day
and in that fast car fading hard
she’d fade away
Track Name: Spring
and you say love is in a lifetime never really far away
and you do everything is in the air and everything is falling apart
in the spring

and you just go...

but to speak the truth, speak the truth you’re not there,
you’re not there, you’re not there
but to speak the truth that you will see,
you will sing, they will scream you’re not there

and you say i love the way you look in the rain
still do but don’t you love it all when it just falls apart
as you say it

you just go...

but to speak the truth, speak the truth you’re not there,
you’re not there, you’re not there
but to speak the truth that you will see,
you will sing, they will scream you’re not there

and you say lovers in the love time never really fly away
and you do, don’t you love it when it all just falls apart

and you just go...

but to speak the truth, speak the truth you’re not there,
you’re not there, you’re not there
but to speak the truth that you will see,
you will sing, they will scream you’re not there
Track Name: Half Life
fall into the past now
everything seems to dry
and everything so empty
i've never seemed to know, but she wonders why
oh she wonders why
i saw you climbing heights

"i'm dreaming of that bitch now, she always had it right"
said the misogynistic masseuse
he always had a wife
and she never died
oh she never died
i saw you in my life

it was the match of a century
and then she fell into the half life
it was pretty much all i'd seen
and then she'd discovered her strife
she took that fall
oh she took that fall
i saw you climbing walls
would you take it away?

fall into that time now
everything seems alright
and though you're just so far away
i never seem to know but you wonder why
oh she wonders why
i've seen you in my life
would you take it away?

it was the match of a century
and then she fell into the half life
it was pretty much all i'd seen
and then she'd discovered her strife
she took that fall
oh she took that fall
i saw you climbing walls
would you take it away?
Track Name: Time We Take
time we take is time we need
can’t we all just try and free
all ourselves from all our pain
and i could never find the pain
of the lost and of the criminally insane

and can’t you see them or could it be
that everyone depresses me
time we take we never heed
and i could never be to you when you're gone and it is all
i’ve ever knew

concede to what
what you knew
i’ve been pretty awfully
awfully down on my knees for you

and i’ve been down on my knees for you
bent and broke and pleasing
but you’ll never be free
i’ll never be free
and i admit that i had not a clue
and god you really hurt me
but you’ll never be free
i’ll never be free

and i admit it’s what when you’re right on cue
i’ve been pretty awful awfully down on my knees for you

right?

and i could never find the whim just to take that bitter end
time we take we never need
and i could never try to pretend
when you’re gone and all i see is a suspended reality of
everything i ever wanted and cared for or knew
Track Name: Drunk//TV
it’s kind of funny that i won’t wake up
i missed the bus and i can’t break out of here
and yeah i know i’ve done the math
and i can’t call her i can’t call cath
and i know, you know
boo-hoo

my blues are gone ‘cause they never caught me
ceramic tiles and ambient yelling
and now i’m tilling this farm you know
the one your pets went to a long time ago
so take this as
au revoir

i’m so sick of singing love songs
that i threw everyone’s wedding
and it was in that place that you don’t know
where the girls dance fast and the boys so slow
and everyone else
bides their time

but things could be so much worse
when misanthropic hedonists own the earth
nihilists they own my hearse
and you only pay me dirt or worse
so at least i hope at least you like
this song
Track Name: Grizzle
and there's songs about twine
and there’s songs about the mayas
and there’s songs about you
and she's crying in the rain
she's living with the pain
and she's so excited

candy help me through the sickness
kill him right now while she’s happy
dance now on the cloud of torment
a five day getaway from all the bad days

and we were jumping to conclusions
swimming with the sharks
knowing what was holy
after stories in the dark
but that's life as we took it
life as it stands
singing in the choir
holding our own hands

killer pursue the unholy
and bow down to that shrine of envy
now candy can you get me some more money
so the fat cat can look so much more unhappy

and we were jumping to conclusions
swimming with the sharks
knowing what was holy
after stories in the dark
but that's life as we took it
life as it stands
singing in the choir
holding our own hands

and there's songs about twine
and there’s songs about the mayas
and there’s songs about you
Track Name: In Heaven
in heaven everything is fine
in heaven
in heaven everything is fine
you've got your good things and i've got mine

in heaven everything is mine
in heaven
in heaven everything is
you've got your good things and i've got mine

in heaven everything is fine
in heaven
in heaven everything is mine
you've got your good things and i've got mine
Track Name: Sleeping Trucks
sleeping trucks at night
darling don’t forget the light you saved
everything is empty
and insecure
but in the evening of the halftime
what could have been that first time
i’ve never felt so sure
i’ve never felt
it started as flowers
as innocent as flowers
how could i get this far
how could i get this far
but it’s the things for which i worry
they only make me scurry
i’ve never felt so sure
so insecure

but in the moment you have found
in the moment you have found
your last obsession

sleeping trucks in the daytime
i’m here so let’s make time
i’m falling into you
don’t have a choice or clue
of your thoughts encased in bubbles
wrapped in leaves from muddy puddles
i can’t find our stage
please rearrange
it started as roses
as violent sensed as roses
prick the skin i’m bleeding thin
drip down to make an end
to all the things we’ll never do here
i’ll go and make a new year
i’ve never been so strange
i’ve never been

but in the moment you have found
in the moment you have found
your last obsession

sleeping through all tomorrow
bleating calves in my marrow
set the scene and please contain
thoughts so keenly pre-arranged
of when you left for college
crying mist in the fall
and burning fields smell of sage
cut the cord and drain
it started as violets
as ethereal as violets
licking stamps in malaise
jules’ letters that didn’t save
that dear boy from his damned fate
drops of lust of his one mate
he can’t see her thighs
out of romance

in the moment you have found
in the moment you have found
your last obsession
Track Name: Knowing Me
and in time
i'll forgot your name
forgot the prize
and it is all the same as being knowingly
well knowingly untrue
i would lie to you

and you say to forget the things
forget the ties they were mearly tired
and i was knowingly
knowingly in blue
but i had time for you

knowing me, knowing me
i know that you were blind
knowing me, knowing me
i’ll take you in time
i'll take burns you'll take words
and you know that is fine
knowing me knowing me
this greenness will turn white

and the time
collapsed in your face
eyes like a spade
and you were distantly graced
while i was knowingly
i was knowingly like you
but i had time for two
and you say
to forget the room
forget the tires they were simply tired
while i was knowingly
i was knowingly in blue
but i would die for you

knowing me, knowing me
i know that you were blind
knowing me, knowing me
i’ll take you in time
i'll take burns you'll take words
and you know that is fine
knowing me knowing me
this greenness will turn white

and in time
i'll forgot your name
forgot the prize
and it is all the same as being knowingly
well knowingly untrue
those are lies to you
Track Name: Hey Candle
hey candle
we can’t be anyone
especially not you
(it’s what you want to do)

we scream like we know
but then you hit the floor
you’re crawling out the door
(we owe it all to you)

so please candle
give the kids a pantomime
and sleep the evening dry
(it’s really the least you can do)
Track Name: Strange Daze
you say you got nobody that’s a strange daze
and you know it’s what i really want
you found me so put me out and now and just ground me
and take me to where i really want

would you stay when i’m washed out on a bad day
and you know it’s what i really want

it’s really hard to be
on that ship with that pinot gris
it’s kind of strange but i won’t let you in
well i know

you play, but you’re gone and on the bad way
and you know it’s what i never want
so look for everyone has their back door whore
and you know you’re everything that i’m not

and it’s really hard to be
on that ship with that pinot gris
it’s kind of strange but i won’t let you in
well i know

would you stay when i’m stuck in that strange day
you go to where i really want
so take me yet i have been so unbroken
and you know it’s what i really want

it’s really hard to be
on that ship with that pinot gris
it’s kind of strange but i won’t let you in
well i know
Track Name: Iron and Sand
and all the wasted hours
they still remind me of you
and all of the wasted ideas
they still come back to you

now in her eyes
they’ll never be too blue
for oh she lies
and i’ll never stand up to you
(just you)

now all the miles
the iron would drip on you
and all the while
sand pours out to you

and all the prophets lied
and the stars don’t align for you
for we all died
building houses made for two
(just you)