Be Brave

by Shotgun Tori

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1.
Brightside 04:15
Am I just a voice? Am I just a face? Cause I'm not the woman you want in your space Gratified you don't lie, or pretend that you care Cause I'm just a woman who wasn't prepared For being alone, or how long that would last And when I met you I thought that that time had past You're just another knot in a long string of heartache I got my hopes up and you carried me down Think I'll stay down here at least for a moment And look on the brightside when I stand up there's nobody keeping me tied. Perhaps it's bravado that lets me breath in After a punch in the gut, your fist in my skin Your words like a hymn, that I sing to myself They tear through my skin, it's how I pay for my sins. I've heard it before and I'll hear it again You think that I'm rad but you'd rather hear me sing. You're just another knot in a long string of heartache I got my hopes up and you carried me down Think I'll stay down here at least for a moment And look on the brightside when I stand up there's nobody keeping me tied.
2.
Dear John 02:45
Ride it out I said don't jump the gun So how am I covered in your lust With my own words ringing in my ears You rolled over, said hey I'm not looking for anything serious but you can stay the night You're crazy if you really thought I might. Slipped out of your old elevator with your security guard staring me down I'm leaving here, a little bit incredulous that mothers let boys like you out. It's 3am you want a body in your bed, and I shouldn't be misled, thinking it has anything to do with me Now I know I was explicit, told you to take it slow but you were drunk and you weren't listening Oh man I should have known. You've got a big bed but I've no inclination to spend a single minute there And so you're well read but I've more expectation of a man than a flair for Baudelaire Slipped out of your old elevator with your security guard staring me down You've got a big bed but I've no inclination to spend a single minute there I wasn't born only for your pleasure and I'm not your porn magazine. It's how you treat a woman that it's measured, the kind of man you've been.
3.
Be Brave 03:57
You made your bed, you lie in it, that's what we're told. But if the end of the world is coming this weekend, There's no getting old. There's rules you see and laws we're taught we must obey But if the end of the world is coming sometime today I'm not gonna behave. Throw caution to the wind, be brave There's no time now to be saved It's too late to repent, don't bother with the rent There's threesomes to arrange last minute I think I'll start a bar fight over short change. Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey looks like we're gonna die tomorrow anyway Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey tonight I think I'm gonna throw my name. Now there's nowhere left to run Cause the fun police have come To lock up everyone And no saviour has come. Throw caution to the wind, be brave There's no time now to be saved It's too late to repent, don't bother with the rent There's so much still to do last minute I think I'll be like Desmond & the Tutus and get a tattoo. I'm gonna get a tattoo. Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey tonight I think I'm gonna throw my name. Hey hey hey hey, hey hey hey looks like we're gonna die tomorrow anyway
4.
Instead of drinking my troubles away I drank them into being Last night I was the captain of a ship with fishnet tights and heels This morning I don't feel so good, I've got these vague thoughts in my head And I can't tell for sure what's real but I know that yesterday I cared. You say I'm a lush, he says I'm a flirt, I say it's a chemical imbalance That last tequila's on your head, & I'm glad I woke up in my own bed I'm lucky I didn't do things I regret, I just can't afford another night like that Well it's out of control, this folk & roll. Shirts off, boys getting tense Security comes to stop the fight. We've broken bottles on a picket fence. The fake irish lady behind the bar won't even serve us water now Took a broom to the head, some things have been said & we're starting to get loud. You say I'm a lush, he says I'm a flirt, I say it's a chemical imbalance That last tequila's on your head, & I'm glad I woke up in my own bed I'm lucky I didn't do things I regret, I just can't afford another night like that
5.
Wooden decks 02:59
On wooden decks, surrounded by concrete, there's you & your cigarette. You're weaving the tales with the smoke as you breath, About all the adventures we've left. How we'll sail across the ocean on an air-conditioned yacht. How upon our return we'll recycle a lot. How we'll climb mountains like you did in Russia, we'll reach such great heights. Cause that's something we'd love to do with our time. I'm on a wooden deck, surrounded by trees and jacuzzis and beaches and wine. Whilst you're stuck in an air-conditioned office, waiting for the right time to resign. So I'll hold your hand in the airport, your face in the car And we'll drive as far as we need, to where we both are And I'll sing into mics wrapped with battery-powered fairy lights And you'll find something you'd love to do with your time. Cause these are the minutes and hours that make up our days And this is your life and you get to choose your own way So we'll sail across the ocean, mark off cities in the atlas And make doing what we love, common practice.
6.
Game Changer 02:58
You say you didn't want a line in a song of mine but you're acting like an asshole, And there's nowhere else to say this but here. This could seem kind of passive aggressive so I'll be clear. I spent the night in your bed with no lights overhead and your hands under the cover Not starry-eyed but warm enough to dream. Now I don't know the game and I don't understand your extremes. Last night was a game changer, I woke to the face of a stranger I would've thought twice if I knew that that was your nature. Let's get this straight, now I don't want to date but I'd like a little courtesy You're busy, I know, and you've got other things on your mind. The least I would like is a chance to decline. Last night was a game changer, I woke to the face of a stranger I would've thought twice if I knew that that was your nature. I know you're not mean, you're just clumsy. I know you don't mean, to be quite so badly behaved See I don't think you know that you've been. Last night was a game changer, I woke to the face of a stranger I would've thought twice if I knew that that was your nature.
7.
Neon Lights 04:59
Leaning on the counter of my heart, a stain of your love And I'm scrubbing and I'm scrubbing, but I can't get you out. Sugar, I've got strains of you in my blood, made me sweeter So now I'm tasty, tastier, but still so full of doubt. You were the neon lights in my fractured spaces, the neon lights to my childish graces You were the fire in my darkest places and it's you held the mirror to my two faces. You're heart-shaped and my star-shaped love it's doesn't fit here So I morphed, and you morphed but it wasn't enough. You were the neon lights in my fractured spaces, the neon lights to my childish graces You were the fire in my darkest places and it's you held the mirror to my two faces.
8.
Do you wish that I'd let you bleed? Like I wish that you'd let me leave, when I was strong enough to I gave all my power away & I blame you a little But we both made mistakes and I'm trying to stay out of the middle. Cause it's hard is that some sort of grace? That there's no room to dictate the pace that we're moving along. You feel trapped by my sensitive ways and you blame me a little But we both made mistakes and we're doing as much as we're able. That's the residue pale on your arm, My name carved in the shape of your scars, burnished silver with age. Cause we've got no control anyway and it's past sell by date and we've chosen to do it this way and there's still love and that's enough, that's enough, that's enough, that's enough grace. And there's still love and that's enough, that's enough, that's enough grace.
9.
Two dreamers rolled out of a pyramid of plastic onto the soggy English soil And stretched their legs, devoid of colour so smothered on a ton of baby oil. They'd come with stars in their eyes to the bright lights of the stage Where it was rumoured giants sung and they had yearnings to assuage. Oh velvet curtain, between two trees, this was a stage beyond imagining, not merely by degrees For this was not a stage where giants sung nor even where they came, This was a dirt road for mere mortals, a respite for the lame There was no volume switch on that footpath and their time was almost up to prove they're worthy of that makeshift stage, worthy of that shrub. Oh false expectation, that's not the last we'll see of you Oh what great illusion will you trick us into thinking is true Hey I think another grand delusion's due. Deep in the depths of that carnival, with its bigtop and flickering lights they were invisible For our dreamers the soundtrack was the roar of the crowd So the silence that followed was laughable They'd come with stars in their eyes to the bright lights of the stage Where it was rumoured giants sung and they had yearnings to assuage. Oh false expectation, that's not the last we'll see of you Oh all ye dreamers, take heed of this tale cause it's true & I think another grand delusion's due.
10.
He asked if I was married, I said I was, I don't know why I lied To such a pretty boy with lines on his face. And I'm running late again she's down I said I'd be there But I'm looking for photos for funeral posters and everybody's sad today. I'm holding for this doctor who says 'wait for me' And I'm waiting while his actions are saying ýour time is not as valuable as mine. THere's only me to blame cause I taught the world to treat me this way If I did it all again I wonder if I'd do it the same way. Oh where oh where, oh where oh where did I go. We're sitting over dinner and you're crying to me On the table we've drawn pie charts of your dependency Say you'd rather be with her and be a broken man Don't wanna face the world alone, I understand but it's sad. THere's only me to blame cause I taught the world to treat me this way If I did it all again I wonder if I'd do it the same way. Oh where oh where, oh where oh where did I go.
11.
Zombie song 03:46
Round the kitchen table we unpacked the night before Over coffee, said our sorrys 'bout your run in with the crack whores On Long Street we went dancing over screams to make a scene We were gathered on the outside, launching missiles at your mainstream Music brought us all together and though it feels like messing 'round We are fuelling revolutions in a world we have no say and no power Woah oh oh oh there are tik monsters on Long Street And Durban's a ghost town. We've got a rat-race of zombies, on the streets of Jozi. I see you don those black-framed glasses, be a hipster for a night Catch an art film at the Bioscope, out by Main Street Life gets better when you're moving, you're connected to a world that feels more real Than the passage mafia 'round the water-cooler watching minutes tick as life passes you by. Woah oh oh oh there are tik monsters on Long Street And Durban's a ghost town. We've got a rat-race of zombies, on the streets of Jozi. Despite our daily horrors and that we've all been drenched in fear Let's catch alight on a dance floor far away from here. Woah oh oh oh there are tik monsters on Long Street And Durban's a ghost town. We've got a rat-race of zombies, on the streets of Jozi.
12.
Love of Folk 04:22
A night in the city of flowers, hey I'm just passing through Lifted up with the help of a viking lad who'd just passed 22. We'd been chasing the sun with the rain at our heels, could hang a left for a diamond mine But mother she calls so we're headed her way Over mountains and railway lines. In a quarry I laid my guitar down, on some old preconceived ideas and a bluesman demands my attention, like the road on the ride down here. A kiss for a song? If I get a note wrong, would he step back? I guess that he wouldn't Cause summer's almost gone, I could ask him to come when the road calls, but I wouldn't. We hit the road for the love of folk. We hit the road, it's the life we know. We hit the road like there's nothing to lose But it's taking it all everyday this, the life that we choose. Through to sun valley in search of a gap in the clouds Rain a fly in my whisky, that I'm just picking out A voice in my head, and outside Kill City Blues. Oh everyone's a critic, ain't that the truth. We hit the road for the love of folk. We hit the road, it's the life we know. We hit the road like there's nothing to lose But it's taking it all everyday this, the life that we choose.

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released June 30, 2013

All music & lyrics Shotgun Tori. Produced by Jay Bones. Engineered by JP de Stefani at B Sharp Studios. Mastered by Rogan Kelsey at Lapdust Studios. Made in South Africa.

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Shotgun Tori is, at heart, a storyteller, a woman with a voice and a guitar, her subject matter approached with an interesting, occasionally humorous, yet always insightful life view. Her touching, raw vocal delivery is both tender and powerful, and listeners are left with no doubt that she sings straight from her heart. ... more

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