Bedlam

by M Shanghai

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    BEDLAM is our fifth album, and second in collaboration with the brilliant Damon Whittemore of Valvetone, NYC.

    Mastered by multiple GRAMMY winning engineer, Tom Ruff, and performed with everything we've got.

    Printed on 100% recycled paper with water-based ink to show off the beautiful artwork of our very own Austin Hughes!

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M SHANGHAI
Brian Geltner: drums, percussion, electric piano, vocals
Hilary Hawke: vocals, banjo, guitar
Austin Hughes: vocals, guitar, piano
Patricia Hughes: bass, vocals
Glendon Jones: fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Richard Morris: vocals, mandolin, guitar
Philippa Thompson: vocals, fiddle, viola, harmonica, accordion, saw

Guest performances:
Samantha Parton: vocals, mandolin on "Television"
Tati Nguyen: backing vocals on "Ghost of My Love"
Patricia Thornley: backing vocals on "Ghost of My Love"

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released May 10, 2016

Produced by Damon Whittemore & M Shanghai
Recorded and Mixed by Damon Whittemore at Valvetone, NYC
Mastered by Tom Ruff at Asbury Media

Additional Recording: Daniel Sanint at Flux Studios, NYC
Additional Recording: Erik Kase Romero at Lakehouse Recording Studios, Asbury Park NJ
Samantha Parton's performance on "Television" recorded by Michael Frost

Artwork & Design by Austin Hughes

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M Shanghai Brooklyn, New York

Since 2002, this Brooklyn collective's roots-based, original songs and joyous performances have created a fiercely loyal word-of-mouth following. They invite you to celebrate the release of their new album, "Bedlam", and to visit them for their monthly first-Saturday performances at The Jalopy Theater www.jalopy.biz ... more

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Track Name: When Your Wolf Comes Knocking
When Your Wolf Comes Knocking

You were told to beware
What roams in the cold night air?
Something wicked and strong
She will play your song
A beast was seen in the snow
Her prints leave a trail to the bones
She is mother and hunter
Killer and lover

What will you do when your wolf comes knocking?
Can't hide or fool her away
Come back, your pack is calling
Are you wild or have you lost your way?

The timber wolf she knows
That you will follow her into the snow
With an open front door
Swaying like the gallows
Is it lust that you feel?
She knocks you down bloody
And whispers a poem about power
You wish to devour

What will you do when your wolf comes knocking?
Can't hide or fool her away
Come back, your pack is calling
Are you wild or have you lost your way?
You have fallen prey

You settle down in the pines
Raise a daughter with fur down her spine
She is beautiful and wise
With violence in her smile
You kiss her every night
Tell her stories on how to survive
Let her set things on fire
Make her stronger than you are

What will you do when your wolf comes knocking?
Can't hide or fool her away
Come back, your pack is calling
Are you wild or have you lost your way?
Track Name: Holding On
Holding On

Holding on through flood and fire
Holding on through hurricane
Hear the sea and taste the sand,
Salt and sawdust, holding on

Holding on with all we have
Holding on with all we are
White carnation, yellow rose
Looking up and holding on

What’s to become of us, baby,
Sinking our feet in the sea?
Ages away, what will they say
Will future eyes see the beauty we see?

Holding on to all that’s good
Holding hands and holding on

What’s to become of this city,
Sinking its feet in the sea?
Ages away, hear what I say
We’ll see the day and we keep holding on
Track Name: Ghost of My Love
Ghost of My Love

Did you know you were never coming back?
Did you know that you were never coming back?
All your treasures were packed in a small burlap sack
Did you know you were never coming back?

Did you leave with a smile on your face?
Did you leave behind a love you could replace?
All your footsteps erased, no you didn't leave a trace
Did you leave with a smile on your face?

Did a fallen angel whisper in your ear?
[Did she whisper in your ear?]
Did a fallen angel swear to you my dear?
Did she promise you a love from the blessed sky above?
Did a fallen angel lead you from here?

Does the ghost of my love treat you right?
Does the ghost of my love come to you at night?
Does she comfort your bones in a love you once had known?
Does the ghost of my love treat you right?
Does the ghost of my love treat you right?
Track Name: I'll Be Your Mockingbird
I'll Be Your Mockingbird

When the robins spoke, to their chorus I awoke
They said, "Did you fall bird? Are you alright?"
I was only 3 days old, or so later I was told
When they found me with my wing badly broken
My nest it had vanished, a fleeing mother banished me
To ramble about the earth on my own
As I lay beneath the oak tree, all the birds surrounding me
Did agree to be my new home

I was just about 3 weeks when she kissed me on the cheek
I thought this is my sister or my cousin, either way
It was now my time to fly, and she pointed to the sky and said
"The sun is who we worship when we pray"
Then they chose me to make the journey no one else had ever tried
To fly to the sun
And when I arrive, I would sing my song to praise her eternal fire
From which all life does come

They will never know all the places that I go
I'll be your mockingbird, and sing a song without any words

High above the clouds, my new wings were beating proud
There was nothing of this earth I could not see
Mountain, trees and ocean, all the sun has given us
The years flew into months, and into weeks
I heard angels speak in the voices of my friends and family
"Is he gone?" "We'll miss him." "He's not coming back."
Then darkness turned to cold when I felt my feathers hit the ocean, and I float

They will never know all the places that I go
I'll be your mockingbird, and sing a song without any words

I floated for 3 days, or 3 years I cannot say
Staring at the evening sky it came to me
It was never the sun but the moon all along
She cradled me in gentle arms of sleep
And the voices of my loved ones were never quite as peaceful
Under sunlight as their echo in my dreams
If I drift here forever, these voices sweet voices might be all I need

They will never know all the places that I go
I'll be your mockingbird, and sing a song without any words
Without any words
Track Name: No Sleep
Pour me out like water
Use me like I was free
If this is the last of love
There’ll be no sleep

When daylight opens you up
And these memories you keep
There’ll be no stillness at all
And there’ll be no sleep

You could be my accordion
So I’d have something to squeeze
With every note I’d play
There’d be no sleep

Let me be crowded like an open heart
And raw from goodbyes too deep
If this is the last of love
There’d be no sleep

When you’re stretched out to the bone
Won’t you tell me what do you need?
If this is the last of love
There’ll be no sleep

If this is the last of love
There’ll be no sleep

Awhoo Awhoo Awhoo!
Track Name: Amelia
Amelia

Amelia, the fearless and free
Amelia, carry you carry me
To places so far we could only have dreamed
From Atchison, Kansas to anywhere you please

Amelia, we heard the news today
Amelia, from far, far away
Your Lockheed Electra is lost and astray
You have vanished Amelia, but help is on the way

Flying high, Amelia you are lost in the clouds
Wave good–bye, Amelia, will you ever come down?

Amelia, we listened to your call
One half hour fuel and no landfall
You couldn’t see the boat through the black clouds of smoke
Amelia, we are hanging on a hope

Flying high, Amelia you are lost in the clouds
Wave good–bye, Amelia, will you ever come down?

Amelia, "Fear is a paper tiger"
Amelia you say, "I do what I desire."
"I fly by starlight over perilous seas
And if I am lost, will you come looking for me?"

Amelia you are lost in the clouds
Amelia you are lost in the clouds
Amelia you are lost in the clouds
Amelia you are heaven bound
Track Name: Harbor Light
Harbor Light

You were my harbor light
And I know now in your night you see still water

Staring rainbows in the sun
Right behind you I’d run to see the face of God on the wind and the waves

Beaming into the blackest sky
Tossing diamonds across the sea
You would silently show the way

So I look for you tonight
For I fear that I just might steer my ship into the rocks in the rain

In a lightning storm
You were torn away from all whom you protected

On this moonless night
With our lives we share the light you left behind you

And I know that we’re really one
And I know that it’s all forever
But I feel anchored down in pain

When the sun appears
We can see beyond the tears
Thank heaven it keeps on happening that way

I know you’re in heaven
You knew that this is heaven
Track Name: Bedlam
Bedlam

Who told you; who told you that the spring isn’t coming?
Hear it in the throats of birds
Not a word they’ll be singing while they’re winging way above the earth
Some devil; some devil's in our midst taking hold
Moving in to make a raucous fuss
Can't win let her in you know she’ll take the worst of us

There will be time to sleep when we die
Honey is there bedlam in your heart tonight?

Who told you; who told you that the sun won't be rising?
You can feel in your morning skin
The sun don’t know nothing else only how the day begins
This blazing night sky already dead stars still gonna shine for you my dear
Take them in they’ve been practicing for a million years

There will be time to sleep when we die
Honey is there bedlam in your heart tonight?

Bedlam in a hunt for gold
Bedlam in their price tag souls
Bedlam in the stars above
Bedlam in our clumsy love
Bedlam in the sparrow's chest
Bedlam in a lover's rest
Bedlam in this house on fire
Bedlam in your heart tonight
Track Name: Television
Television

The image broke in silence as the astronaut appeared
A ghostly postcard wired back to home
Through the walkie-talkie sound
He says “I’m gonna step off now”
We stared as he taught himself to walk around
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
He was bouncing like a child in a desert with no sky
And we wondered what the hell the moon was really like

They called one the champion, the other one the greatest
Ali hammered Frazier on the ropes
Coming out of 14 rounds, punches land but make no sound
The fight was stopped and neither man could stand
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
Now the greatest would reclaim his lost title and his fame
Passed out on the canvas, a broken saint

The Lieutenant tried to answer, his eyes a muddy lake
The pictures told it all in vivid grey
You could tell the blood was red
On the piles of the fortunate dead
In a burning jungle someplace far away
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
All the metal dragonflies breathing flame into night
God took the bodies up through a hole in the sky

After 2 long years of shootings, the police could not explain
Young couples in cars randomly slain
In a note left on the street
He said “to stop me you must kill me”
And blamed it all on the wicked voice of Sam
Were you watching on the television?
Were you watching on the television?
He was carted off alone from his quiet Yonkers home
Asking the policeman, “What took you so long?"
"Oh, what took you so long?"
Track Name: When Comes The Day
If I can’t
Ever seem to stay
Take my heart
And dance away

Boy I promise, it’ll be okay
If our dimes, they roll away

In my car
You can find
Where I’ll be sleeping
Most of the time

Ooooh

If you leave me standing
On the train
Come with me,
And I’ll never complain

When comes the day
In a good long while
We’ll sing songs
Mile after mile
Track Name: Josine
Josine

Wake up Josine, look around
The birds have already flown
Feel like dust in a stranger's home
When you came you brought the sun
To a dark little messed up town
The shadows here don't want you around

Good–bye Josine, good–bye
Good–bye Josine
And don't look back at the falling sky

Love poured out and blood came back
It's in the wine and the chimneystacks
Their winter hearts have since turned black
Get out darling waste no time
This place you called your home
A jealous wind gonna chill your bones

Good–bye Josine, good–bye
Good–bye Josine
And don't look back at the falling sky

Who's waiting for you Josine?
Arms open wide
Pray leave on the morning train
And don't look back at the falling sky

Good–bye Josine, good–bye
Good–bye Josine
And don't look back at the falling sky
And don't look back at the falling sky
Get out darling waste no time
And don't look back at the falling sky
Track Name: My Snow
My Snow

My snow, my snow, the morning I woke
Covered in your silver cloak
My snow, my snow, you danced in the trees
We all swooned at your feet
Your beauty, your glow, disguise your oh so cold
In moonlight, in shade, how you take my breath away

My snow, my snow, my love I suppose
Hushed you don't seem to oppose
So I play, I romp, with my snow angel arms
Seduced by your infinite charms
Like a lover at night, you drift out of sight so cold
You fall, and I fall for you every time you glow
But then you go
My snow

Like a rounder at night, you drift out of sight so cold
You fall, and I fall for you every time you glow
But then you go
My snow