Crossroads EP

by The Shrugs

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Crossroads is a compilation of 6 original tracks a long time in the making while we got the money together to record. The album title came from how we work as a band, as we have wildly different music tastes. From rap, hip-hop and dance, to heavy thrash metal at the extreme ends of the spectrum, we've found a happy medium.

The result is what we hope is a diverse little collection of lively tracks, ranging from rap, to rock to ballads. There should be something for everyone to enjoy!

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released February 20, 2013

The Shrugs are:
Ollie Wale - Lead Vocals
Jamie Harris - Guitars/Keys and Backing Vocals

Drums on Crossroads provided by Will Stent

Recorded at DM Studios, Dundee
Mixed by Mark Harris

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Track Name: Too Long
So we're heading out tonight, we'll have a coupla drinks
Another pull of Dutch courage to step over the brink
I'm sick of waking up each day and putting on this act
Taking one step forward then I'm taking two steps back

I've been waiting far too long

[Chorus]
It's that smile on your face, it's that look in your eye
It pulls me in and makes me spin and lose hold of my mind
Should I put up a flare? Do I ask do I dare?
But I've waiting far too long for this

See the flashing midnight show, the dance floor's come alight
I can't help but edge away, hiding out of sight
Everybody tells me that tonight should be the night
Rather than just stop and stare, and watch life pass me by

Someone's pushed me forward now, to the middle of the floor
The center of the hurricane now I'm looking for the door
But someone grabs my arm and turns me,
my heart's just skipped a beat
Suddenly I'm dancing with the girl of my dreams

So we're heading out tonight, we'll have a coupla drinks
Another pull of Dutch courage to step over the brink
But this is more than alcohol, I know just what I hear
Hand in hand she pulls me close and whispers in my ear

"I've been waiting far too long..."
Track Name: Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind
Standing at the crossroads,
Looking left to right, is it worth the fight?
Wondering where to go now,
Do I leave or stay, or retrace my way back to you?
Two and two do not always make four
I should go but I know that I only felt empty before

[Chorus]
And then you came,
to wash away
All my pain,
But still we fight and I walk away
You know they say that love is blind
Out of sight, not out of mind

History repeating,
I apologize even though its lies
Cos I can't go on without you
I accept the blame with a sense of shame
It's not me, you must see although I can't be sure
I should leave, I believe in the day that you walked through my door
Track Name: Black Alley Princess
I call them bullets,
she calls them thrills
If we keep up like this
'be more than time that she kills

Idea of a night out
empty bottles and fists,
tickin' off the names of
any guy that she's missed

No limits no bars
Don't be fooled by that smile
between her and the devil
I'd pick this girl every time

[Chorus 1]
Catching turning heads with every sway of her hips
Crushing dreams with every single word from her lips
She's a black alley princess, writing her life off
Damn it friend this girl is a ticking time bomb

Knock back that shot dear
Drinks are on me
Maybe there's one thing
she just won't see

One last drink goes
with one last wish
Damn it girl I'm telling you
payback's a bitch

[Chorus 2]
Catching turning heads with every sway of her hips
Crushing dreams with every single word from her lips
Breaking all the rules and crossing every line
Not a single shred of doubt in her mind
Singing every song like she's queen of the stage
If her life was a book this'd be the first page
She's a black alley princess, writing her life off
Damn it friend this girl is a ticking time bomb

[Break]
She's mysterious, makes me delirious
But to fall for this girl's more than serious
She sits imperious on her throne but
this black alley princess is better of alone
On her own is when she's at her best she considers it a test
to entrance men women and the rest
And leave them lying at her feet
Surrounded by amendable shards of hearts incomplete
With a word from the sugery-sweet lips of hers
She has you under the thumb from the minute you converse
She might want you for a while, you'll end up back on the shelf
So stay away from this girl cos she's a danger to herself
Track Name: Vacant Stare
You're not there, vacant stare
Life's not always so fair
You're confused, unaware
Your life spent in this chair
Time goes slow, do you know?
Are you able to comprehend it?
Pain once again,
Do you sometimes wish you could end it?

Crying shame, who's to blame?
Can't remember your name
Tell me God, what's your aim
Is this life just a game?
No pity, no dignity
It's so scary how times forsakes
Can't let you forget,
I'll remember for both our sakes now

Do you even recognize me?
Look into my eyes and you'll see
I miss you, I miss who
Who you used to be

No pity, no dignity
It's so scary how times forsakes
Can't let you forget,
I'll remember for both our sakes now
Time goes slow, do you know?
Are you able to comprehend it?
Pain once again,
Do you sometimes wish you could end it?

Do you even recognize me?
Open up your eyes and you'll see
I miss you, I miss who
Who you used to be
Who you used to be
Track Name: Invisible Man
It's funny how suddenly everything can turn around.
Just a minute ago I had both my feet on the ground.
Now I can hear the sound of that jealous animal inside me.
It wants to be set free, somebody lock me up and hide me.
Envious is something that it's wrong to be,
But it's understandable 'cos you belong to me.
Sing a song to me, tell me everything's okay,
That she's out with the girls, it's just another normal day.
But it's worrying to think she lives a life of intrigue,
And I wouldn't be surprised because she's out of my league.
Maybe I'm just being irrational, there's no evidence,
And I would never bring it up in front of her in case I cause offence.
I have no defence for thinking this way.
Without trust in a relationship, it all goes astray,
But every time she's out of sight, my mind plays trick and I can
Picture her in the arms of an imaginary man.

Although he is not real, he still walks in my dreams.
A smiling face in my eyes, even though it's just a lie.
Tell me what's wrong with me, tell me why can't I see,
She is more than just my heart, she is tearing me apart.

I'm surely not the only one who's ever felt like this,
That empty feeling in your stomach as you're picturing a kiss.
But you know it's gone too far when you consider plans to lock her
Inside the house so that she can't get out, I'm like a stalker.
Or use a camcorder so I can record her every movement,
I could be on a restraining order.
There's a border between a lover and a friend.
If I acted like this and we weren't together, they would send
People in white jackets who would grab and push and shove.
In that world I am a psychopath, while here they call it love.
I guess there's a part of everyone that is neurotic.
Can we get a cure? I could do with an antibiotic
To calm all my fantasies. I'll do all that I can
To stop thinking of knocking out this invisible man.
I need to make these nightmares leave me behind,
But it's hard when every night I fear she might have changed her mind.

Although he is not real, he still walks in my dreams.
A smiling face in my eyes, even though it's just a lie.
Tell me what's wrong with me, tell me why can't I see,
She is more than just my heart, she is tearing me apart.
Track Name: Your Own Story
Pull down the window, send shut the blinds
This is the way we live black and white lives
So shut the curtains, turn out the lights
This is the way that we've learned to survive

But right now I know that there's more to be told
Than dark rooms and echoes, and night's long and cold
Something to reach for, something to feel
More than just words let this song cut a deal

[Chorus 1]
Breath with me I'll pull you above the waves
Walk with me I'll show you places and names
Sing with me I'll give you words of your own
To tell your own story and never let go

Blunt down those blades dear, dry up the tears
We'll wrap up your arms and cover your fears
Just close your eyes now, listen in clear
These are the words that you still need to hear

[Chorus 2]
Jump from that sinking ship reach for this line
Fight through the storm girl don't lie down and die
The world is worth more than just nickles and dimes
Every day counts and now I'll tell you why
Breath with me I'll pull you above the waves
Walk with me I'll show you places and names
Sing with me I'll give you words of your own
To tell your own story and never let go