Bedlam

by M Shanghai

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    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!

    Ships from us, with love.

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1.
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?
2.
Holding On 04:03
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
3.
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?
4.
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
5.
No Sleep 04:26
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!
6.
Amelia 04:02
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
7.
Harbor Light 03:40
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
8.
Bedlam 04:30
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
9.
Television 05:04
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?"
10.
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
11.
Josine 04:26
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
12.
My Snow 03:51
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

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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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