Shake

by Friendly People

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credits

released 13 December 2012
Friendly People:

Pat McCusker – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Mitchell Stewart – Guitars, Vocals
Jeff Butcher – Guitars, Mandolin, Vocals
Matt Gerhard – Guitars, Lap Steel
Andrew Sarlo – Bass
Davis Rowan – Drums, Percussion
Sebastian Modak – Drums, Percussion

Additional Musicians:

Drew Arndt – Banjo (3, 7, 8)
Emily Elbert – Vocals (5)
Nolan Eley – Trumpet (7, 8, 9)
Kate Fogler – Trombone (7, 8)
Rhianna LaRocque – Vocals (1, 2)
Colin Lee – Organ (5, 7, 8, 10)
Megan Lui – Vocals (1, 5)
Keenan O’Meara – Vocals (5)
Jordan Pitts – Vocals (5)
Nathan Reich – Guitars (3, 6)
Tamsin Wilson – Vocals (1, 4, 5)
We Avalanche – (6), Vocals (7)

All songs written by Pat McCusker except:
“A Way Home,” by Jeff Butcher and Pat McCusker
“Maps,” by Mitchell Stewart, Sebastian Modak, Pat McCusker and Jeff Butcher

Produced and Engineered by Friendly People
Mixed by Mitchell Stewart and Andrew Sarlo

Recorded at The Record Company and The Friendly House
March – September 2012
Boston and Cambridge, MA

Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

Album Art by Kaitlin Brewer

Thank you: Our families, the Arndt and Butcher families for handling our noise, the Gerhard, Zink, DeRita and Rowan families for keeping us alive on tour, Monkey Rock, Maggie Tishman, Sara Randall, Tamsin Wilson, Ransom, Matthew McArthur, Susan Rogers, Nelson and the Elks Lodge, Mighty Tiny, Dan “Tits” Whitebread, Carlos Lopez, Muüs Von Walter, Brian Schachter, Tim Luckow, Max Weiss, Sam and Mariel, Leigh Downes, Maimed and Tamed, Magellan, our fan, that spot on Dougie, Central Square, Trader Joe’s, Supreme’s, coffee, mountains, TT the Bear’s Place, Jerry “The Mayor” Mee, Ross Nibur, Danny, Daniel Schwartz, Kim Foley, Adam Moskowitz, Larry Rodbell, Frank Russo, Tony Clement, Megan McGlynn, Gabriel “Gabe” Smith, the Spindle Room, THEM, Mark and Heidi of Letterik, Infinity Girl, Moss Points North, Baines Kluxen’s afro, Tanzanite Msola, EMF sweatstation, Minel and Jamal at Brookline Lunch and all the Kickstarter backers. This record wouldn’t be possible without you!

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Track Name: Here We Are
Here We Are

What to do today? Do I get up from bed or stay, stay, stay?
Oh, in my dreams there is always something to find it seems.
Now I’m awake. Take a big breath in I feel ok.
Home all alone, I can feel my thoughts run from my body to my soul.

Now, what you do, does it make make-believe become true?
Is it real because of you? Does it live? Does it breathe?
Does it give? Does it chew?
All that you thought, you gotta give to the world
Cause it’s all that you got.
And birds will sing and their voices will echo
See the gifts that they bring.

Here we are, isn’t that enough?

You can always sound it out.
You can feel what it’s about.
Cause it makes you wanna scream.
Cause it’s real life in a dream.

I got a notion from a motion an emotional ride.
He got the feeling from the ceiling of a rehealing tide.
She got the power never sour would allow her to flow.
We got the laughter shortly after we would hafta let go!

From head to toe is a point of reference that makes me so.
Jump in the air. Whatever it is tie it up with care.
Look what you’ve done.
From the moment you’ve started you’ve already won.

Here we are, isn’t that enough?

You can always sound it out.
You can feel what it’s about.
Cause it makes you wanna scream.
Cause it’s real life in a dream.

I got a notion from a motion an emotional ride.
He got the feeling from the ceiling of a rehealing tide.
She got the power never sour would allow her to flow.
We got the laughter shortly after we would hafta let go!
Track Name: New York
New York

When you face a whole new world it’s all the same to you.
Take a stroll into the park. We haven’t got a clue.
You keep tearin my insides out. The day is comin soon.
I can’t wait for the calendar.

Oh don’t know where I’m going.
Oh I wake up and my jeans feel tight.
I got to realize who you are.

You got a lot to figure out. You got a topsy turvy mind.
You shouldn’t have a single doubt. There’s gonna be another time.
When I go off to New York, I’m really walkin on the moon.
Because you send me off to outer space and I gotta leave so soon.

Need some reaction for your attraction.
Too much frustration in what we’re creatin.
Babe do you hear me? Babe do you feel me?
What to hold on to? What to move on to?

Oh don’t know where I’m going.
Oh I wake up and my jeans feel tight.
I got to realize who you are.

You got a lot to figure out. You got a topsy turvy mind.
You shouldn’t have a single doubt. There’s gonna be another time.
When I go off to New York, I’m really walkin on the moon.
Because you send me off to outer space and I gotta leave so soon.
Track Name: Branches
Branches

When you let me know I wasn’t what I thought
I was uneasy in the coffee shop.
Seeing or dreaming or all of it in one.
Waking or shaking, please don’t let it stop.

I had a thought and turned it into words.
Please let me speak, I’ll tell you everything.
Over the phone I sounded somewhat right.
You said I’m sorry and that meant everything.

I recall the best thing I can do is breathe.
Look at my hands and they’re still a part of me.
It starts as a seed, turns into branches like a tree.
The leaves fall down but they come back eventually.

I think I see you there in front of me,
So I’ll do my best to say something that has a sorta kinda meaning.
When I was exposed to reality,
I lost touch with my sense of self
But now I think it’s finally starting to be.
My God, when a plane hits the ground,
Everyone is hoping, wondering, and praying everything is at peace.
God damn, I will love what I love
And what I love is enough, and it’s all I’ve got to give me release.

I recall the best thing I can do is breathe.
Look at my hands and they’re still a part of me.
It starts as a seed, turns into branches like a tree.
The leaves fall down but they come back eventually.
Track Name: A Way Home
A Way Home

Move yourself along. A little traffic never hurt no one.
Keep a look ahead. Just remember to never look back.
If all we do is group and moan at the end of the day end up alone
now what good is that?
You can gather your things and escape those above.
Now you got all the info but nothin to show.
Now what were you thinkin?

Love yourself alive. There is wisdom in your self respect.
Happiness will come. Take a minute to internalize.
I know you are aching to speak out your mind,
But you’re shakin you’re quakin till you find the right line
To shout out in the daylight.
When you’re down at the bottom you’re ready to stop,
Take a climb up the mountain. Find your way to the top and it’s alright.

If you want it you gotta build it.
We gotta work on this together.
If we do this we’ll have to make a map.
And maybe we’ll find a way home.

So treat each other well. It’s an emancipation synchronization.
Work with those around. We can get ourselves out of this mess.
If we fall and we break and we tear into bits
If we all wanna make a new life outta this
I need you. You need I.
Because love is the way and the secret we hide
And if love falls away we have nothing inside To align with.

If we want it we gotta build it.
We gotta work on this together.
If we do this We’ll have to make a map.
And maybe we’ll find a way home.
Track Name: Move
Move

Do what others say and you will get along just fine.
Run around naked to make up for all the times you’ve lost.
You smile so good in real life why don’t you do it for the camera?

You need to be yourself but make sure that it’s in the right amount.
It’s always better looking back than at the current time of play.
How do you capture memories if you are living in the now?

I want to give this a try.
We only live once then it’s through.
If only we didn’t have to die.
Maybe we don’t have to.

I got a funny feeling wrapped around my head.
I must have forgot how to move.
Caught thinking about you said.
Maybe I don’t have to.
Track Name: Maps
Maps

Tonight I look down into the trees.
Saw faces stare back up at me. Back at me.
Up up up where no one can see wanting history.
Well who knows?

This nothing song reminds me of a nothing time.
String along what’s long gone, buildin nothin to a sign.
I dare to run trippin over iron eyes.
I remember the go, not the come.
Trippin face first till fate was done.
Every cloud’s a spaceship filled with gold.
We move till night turns cold to disappear from it all.
Do you remember that? Did you stop long enough
To turn that whisper to a touch?
To box it up? To make it us?

I see me map out stars by heart
Leaving blank space.
To be filled with the moments I’ve erased.

And I got something for us all. A you. It’s your’s enough to
Call small but heavy worth the while so let’s take a walk.
With none my own I’ll make up shit for each of you.
Your name in stone. My, how you’ve grown.
The pieces in between I own.
Cause I got some time to make it up to the sky
And make some sense of it all and land smooth after your fall.

I’ve seen my own maps fall apart
Leaving blank space.
To be filled with the moments I’ve erased.
Track Name: A Lot Of Work To Do
A Lot Of Work To Do

I love you I do. I really do. Now what am I supposed to do?
The phone is a piece of plastic sitting in my hand But it’s not you.
Now’s the time to figure out what you want. What you gonna say?
What more do you want from me? I’m taking it day by day.
Words more words to make the point. I’m trying to relate.
But thinking too hard’s dangerous. It’s a bad habit to create.
Gotta have fun with your information. Gotta inform all the time.
But all I want to know is When’s my time?

We got a lot of work to do.

Talkin and you’re talkin and you’re talkin and you’re talkin the talk.
Boy, you’re on a roll. I wish I had control.
I wish I had control. I’ve gotta fix my soul.
Trying to refrain from any sort of sin.
They say life’s a game, well I hope I win.
Try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. How does it feel?
Does it really feel like anything at all?

We got a lot of work to do.

So tell me what you need. I’m here to make you smile.
I’m here to make you forget about problems - Alright?
I’m here to make it all worth while.
Have a little patience. It takes a lot of time to get my point across.
I’m still learning fundamentals of persuasion and satisfaction.
So cheer up for me honey. I want to see your pretty face one more time.
I want you to believe me. I want you to believe me.

We got a lot of work to do.
Track Name: Friendly People
Friendly People

Oh the places that we’ll go.
There’s a path that I once took and would love to take again.
Each step is nice and slow.
Oh like a fairytale book, I’ll read it over, over, over, over again.

I cannot wait for that feeling again.
Tall grass around me and the dirt on my skin.
I’m going to a place where nobody knows.
Deep inside everybody’s dying to go.
I cannot wait for that feeling again.
The friendly people are all letting me in.
And when the laughing ends I gotta say bye.
Until another day I look at the sky.
Until another day I look at the sky.

Oh I’ll whisper in your ear.
Oh you smile back so nice. You can trust me I’m your friend.
All that matters is here.
Oh you don’t have to think twice.
All that I told you, told you, told you, told you I meant.

I cannot wait for that feeling again.
Tall grass around me and the dirt on my skin.
I’m going to a place where nobody knows.
Deep inside everybody’s dying to go.
I cannot wait for that feeling again.
The friendly people are all letting me in.
And when the laughing ends I got to say bye.
Until another day I look at the sky.
Until another day I look at the sky.

Untamed grin, outside in, out of shoes.
Inside out, jumping, dancing molecules.
I went in to expand, excite.
I went out and I saw the time.
Track Name: Speak
Speak

I got all the friends in the world.
When I ask they never stutter.
We watch the cars go by together.
That’s how we know we got each other.
So why I’m tucked up in a corner starin at mouths talkin up late?
Have a drink until the morning comes. Try to be less shy today.

How do you feel when the touch is away?
How do you speak when there’s nothing to say?
Say what you want from the top of your tongue.
Hope it feels better like when we were young.

You can be a fool. There’s plenty of room for that now.
So pick up your things and shoot to the moon.
There’s a way to go it’s ok you know to not know how.
There’s a way to go it’s ok you know to be lost for now.

There’s a vision far far far away. When I close my eyes I see it.
Burst of color up up in the sky. Right in front where I believe it.
So open up and let the good day in. Where the people come and listen.
Someone shout the part of behavin. Where the heart cannot be missin.

How do you feel when the touch is away?
How do you speak when there’s nothing to say?
Say what you want from the top of your tongue.
Hope it feels better like when we were young.

You can be a fool. There’s plenty of room for that now.
So pick up your things and shoot to the moon.
There’s a way to go it’s ok you know to not know how.
There’s a way to go it’s ok you know to be lost for now.
Track Name: The Rules
The Rules

The human body is an interesting place.
A fine piece of machinery. A fun thing to waste.
Take a chance and destroy everything you’ve worked for.
Take a chance and enjoy. The dirty thing will make you feel alright.
And when I’m weak, I find my bed. I hear a voice inside my head
And I’m scared. What exists in this underworld?
There’s a ghost inside everyone.

The human body is an interesting place.

Who makes the rules that say that we’re pitiful?
Who makes the rules that make me think twice of my life?
Who makes the rules that say my behavior’s wrong?
Who makes the rules that make me stay up through this night?
The phantom’s got me thinkin.

Your state of mind doesn’t matter to me. Time to let go.
I hope that we will remain friends and everything. Time to let go.
How does your story go? It’s kind of foggy now. Time to let go.
I think the ending needs a little work.

Who makes the rules that say that we’re pitiful?
Who makes the rules that make me think twice of my life?
Who makes the rules that say my behavior’s wrong?
Who makes the rules that make me stay up through this night?
The phantom’s got me thinkin.