Shamrocks EP

by Short of the Sun

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Shamrocks is the first EP released by NJ rock group Short of the Sun. It is the first EP of an eventual set of four, loosely based on the four suits of a deck of cards. The EP was mixed by Ralph Nicastro at White Heat Recording Studios, Fairfield, NJ, and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, Winston-Salem, NC. All songs written by Short of the Sun, except "Shamrocks" written by Short of the Sun and Zach Scott.

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released September 20, 2010

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Track Name: Pining
Building my future, I picked my mind apart
Balance and comfort are all I thought I'd want
Something escaped me, something that I'd ignored
Stable perfection just left me feeling bored

Where is the fun in flight if you'll never fall?
I needed you to threaten losing it all

Time ticks so slow for your average 9-5
Never suspecting they're only half alive
Nothing to scare them, and nothing new, unknown
Me, 'till the first time we found ourselves alone

Fire dances in your eyes, it burns in your voice
I feel the wrong in this, but I have no choice
No time to stop before your dress hits the floor
Right from the start I know I'll always want more

Our deferring dawn cannot carry on
'Cause the world I see is separating me

Deception and secrets lie far from solid ground
Right at the brink of everything crumbling down
What we are building, it wasn't meant to last
I've learned a lot from my all too prudent past

Soon all my days reduce to pining for night
Nothing could ever change to make this feel right
Fire dances in your eyes as hot as before
Right from the start I knew I'd always want more

Our deferring dawn cannot carry on
'Cause the secrecy is overwhelming me
Overcoming me

Our deferring dawn cannot carry on
'Cause the world I see is separating me
And the secrecy is overwhelming me
Separating me
Overcoming me
Track Name: The Emerald City
I'm running out of my mind
I'm sinking deep inside
I've released the darkest light
From my head

There's two sides fast intertwined
My brightest dreams refined
Set against one single line
And it says
You've gotta let go in the end
You've gotta let go in the end
You've gotta let go

But I'm not able
I still long for higher realms

The emerald city's a lie
The glasses fool your eye
All the color bleeding dry
In the end
You've gotta let go in the end
You've gotta let go in the end
You've gotta let go

But you and I aren't able
We would leave the earth behind
Just to see it all

But we're not able
We'll leave the rest behind
To see it all

Oh, but you and I aren't able
Emerald cities in the sky
We will have it all

You've gotta let go in the end
You've gotta let go in the end
You've gotta let go

But you and I aren't able
We would leave the earth behind
But that's just the price you pay
When there's no more, no more

We haven't long to wait..
Track Name: With Envy
You used to be a common sight
Relaxed and cheerful through the night
But lately everything's gone wrong
Your girlfriend brings your wolf along
It's not her fault, but when she's there
We choose our words with restless care
A wayward glance, an off remark
Your jealous eyes ignite and spark

And all I did was ask her name
Your heart of gold melts in the flame
A werewolf in the afternoon
Because another man's touch is your full moon

You growl and groan in dark dismay
Then grab her arm and pull her away
A moment to relax and then
It's beauty and the beast again
And as your attitude still declines
My own disgust overtakes my mind
So if you harm her and stick around
I'll melt the silver to take you down

And all I did was ask her name
Your heart of gold melts in the flame
A werewolf in the afternoon
Because another man's touch is your full moon

Burn with envy away
Burn with envy, I'll wait

And all I did was ask her name
Your heart of gold melts in the flame
A werewolf in the afternoon
A silver shot will find you soon

Burn with envy away
Burn with envy, I'll wait
Track Name: Jaded
I find I'm losing my focus, losing my drive
But there's not much hope for improving while I'm outside
There's pieces of mind, and ways to compose them, that I wish I understood
Maybe I'll find the words I am missing, oh if I could, I would

I find I'm far too impatient, and jaded, preoccupied
The words will emerge, if only I give them space to reply

Well I'll try, and when I try
The words I'm looking for light up the sky
But I, I rarely try
The words elude me and I don't know why

I find it's less of a problem, more an excuse
No way I'd admit I could take control if I choose

Well I'll try, and when I try
The words I'm looking for light up the sky
But I, I rarely try
The words elude me and I don't know why
But that's a lie
'Cause I, I can't rely
On myself to make my mind create
To concentrate
And grow, shine and glow
Maybe I will never learn control
Well I don't know..
Track Name: Anything But Green
The sun shines on an exhausted land
Squeezed dry by our ruthless hands
It's done its best to meet our demands
Still, we expand

And if we never sound alarms at our routine
Then soon the world around will be anything but green

Our progress swells, leaving heaps of debris
And it's easy to think that's just the way it'll be
But soon we'll miss the forest and the trees
If we keep this attitude of doing what we please

While the human plague spreads across the land
And every living thing's either killed or canned
Our lack of restraint is hard to understand
And I don't, and I won't stand by while we

Pave all around, mow the forests down
Build with slabs of chrome, plastic and styrofoam
Line the walls in lead and fifty TV screens
Paint it blue and red, and anything but green

There's a nebulous power that we'd like to blame
Corporate monsters with no sense of shame
But just by living through a typical day
We'll find we're part of the problem more than we would say

Well every form of life has their own ladder to climb
And it leads to domination of the weaker design
But you'd think at some point we'd know to draw the line
We don't, and I won't back down while we

Pave all around, mow the forests down
Build with slabs of chrome, plastic and styrofoam
Line the walls in lead, a hundred TV screens
Paint it blue and red, and anything but green

(And soon the world around will be anything but green)

And we'll pave all around, mow the forests down
Build with slabs of chrome, plastic and styrofoam
If anything's not dead we'll drown it in caffeine
Paint in blue and red, and anything but green
Track Name: Shamrocks
There's a distant line
Tearing closer all the time
And when it divides
We'll scatter into separate lives
And it's just my luck
But while we're temporarily stuck
You should know I'll be
Thinking of you and me

If you had watched me closely from the start
You would have known you'd always had my heart
Well I've been on my knees in fields of green
Oh, I'll tell you exactly what I mean

And there's no way out
Between frustration and self doubt
You're, or I'm, to blame
I'm not sure which is more a shame
So I'll let it slide
And while I wish we had more time
You should know I'll be
Thinking of you and me

If you had watched me closely from the start
You would have known you'd always had my heart
Well I've been on my knees in fields of green
Oh, I'll tell you exactly what I mean
Shamrocks grow through this April's day
But my luck, well it comes and it goes away
A four leaf clover I have never seen
Oh, I'll tell you exactly what I mean

Well all this was the story long ago
But rather than tell, I tried to let it show
And now I'm working through this in my head
Maybe I'm scared, maybe I am
All my protection is erased
Fear of rejection in its place
There's no real hope of making sense
It's only me that I'm against
And my doubt spills through again
Again..
I clear my head and try again

Well all this should have been said long ago
But rather than tell, I tried to let it show
And now I'm on my knees in fields of green
Searching for words to tell you what I mean
All my protection is erased
Lack of direction in it's place
I only hope that I make sense
Still only me that I'm against
But my doubt spills through again
Again..
I clear my head and try again

Will it make, will it make it all better
If we agree, we agree
Do you think, do you think I'll feel better
I guess we'll see
We'll see..