More To Life

by Shells

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 AUD  or more

     

1.
2.
03:56
3.
02:24
4.
5.
04:04
6.
7.
03:58
8.
03:01
9.
02:41
10.
11.
03:08

about

More To Life album will get you grooving to Shells funky rhythms and inspire you to connect with the deeper, organic part of life.
A unique mix of storytelling, soulful vocals, folk, rock and reggae.

More To Life was released in Kuranda 2010, in the rainforests of Far North Queensland and connection to this tropical paradise forms the core of Shells songs.
You’ll be moved by her free spirit and intimate sharing; not many people open their diaries, hearts and thoughts the way Shells has with this album.
Enjoy the unique style, swinging from folkie finger picking to upbeat rock and reggae.

credits

released September 3, 2010

Performing Musicians:
Vocals, guitar & songwriter – Shelley Cusiter (all tracks)
Drums & percussion – B Brooks (tracks 1, 3, 8 & 11)
Bass Guitar – Peter Badenoch (tracks 1, 3, 8 & 11)
Keys & saxiphone – Andree Baudet (track 8)
Drums, percussion, bass, electric & lead guitar – Tully (tracks 2, 4 & 6)
Bass guitar – Michael Crowley (track 10)
Lead guitar – Dix (track 10)

Recording Studios:
Pegasus Studio’s – Thank you Nigel
Mastering on all tracks, recording & mixing tracks 1,3,8 & 11 and re-mixing track 6.
The Castle – Thank you Tully
Recording & mixing tracks 2, 4 & 6
Blue Mountains Sound – Thank you Andy
Recording & mixing tracks 7 & 8
Byron Bay Sound Lounge – Recording & mixing track 10
Airlie Beach Studio – Recording & mixing track 5

Photography: Michael Crowley & B Brooks
Design: Tahlia Jade

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Shells Hobart, Australia

contact / help

Contact Shells

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Snowy Mountains
There’s a sliver of a moon above me
And all the colours in the sky change the colour of the trees
A cold harsh wind wraps around me
I’m rugged up in clothes as much as I can possibly be
I sit on my backpack on the snow
Watching natures mighty show

Here I’ve found my peace again
It’s like all the answers soak into my skin
Back to the source again
In these snowy mountains

Here I’ve found my peace again
It’s like all the answers soak into my skin
Back to the source again
In these snowy mountains
In these snowy mountains
Our snowy mountains
Track Name: Wake Up
There’s been lots of talk many prophecies
About a new age, a new beginning
Living in peace and harmony
Caring for this earth and all we see
And when I look deep inside of me
The mystery, the secret key
Is that it’s right here and it always has been
Right in front of me

And the climate is changing
And the earth is moving
Cause of the actions we’ve taken
Because it’s time to wake up
To wake up
To wake up yeah yeah

I’m not alone, no I never have been
There’s a great community
Of love and light being weaved
Long ago they planted the seed
We all have our own colour to add
To this amazing tapestry
Of love and light we will weave
Of love and light being weaved
Love and light is being weaved

And the climate is changing
And the earth is moving
Cause of the actions we’ve taken
Because it’s time to wake up
To wake up
To wake up yeah yeah

Step by step we’ll improve
Working in with natures groove
Cause when we dance to those rhythms
Life simplifies and magic happens
This is where we belong
As part of this planets song

And the climate is changing
And the earth is moving
Cause of the actions we’ve taken
Because it’s time to wake up
To wake up
To wake up yeah yeah
To wake up
To wake up
To wake up yeah yeah
Track Name: More To Life
Bright lights, electric buzz
Computer flicker
Mobile rings
And long, long lists of doing
Doing
Sadness holds the stillness away
With all this doing

Brain ticking
Ink strokes
Body sleepy
Stop for a while
Look at the sky
Remember there is more to life
Remember there is more to life

Accept the fear
Feel this judgement
Move and grow
Plant new seeds
Stop for a while
Look at the sky
And remember there is more to life
And remember there is more to life
Remember there is more to life

Than these bright lights
Computers flicking
Mobile rings
And all this doing
Track Name: Out Of The Mists
Out of the mists you came to me
Words echoing from history
Creeping now into my dreams
Awaking the very depths of me

I can feel the flames burning
Flesh of women cursed with sin
And it was in her name
Sacred lands consumed in flames

Back to the tress ancient wisdom
The cycles, the moon that I flow from
This planet is mother of us all
It’s time we give back to her

Back to the tress ancient wisdom
The cycles, the moon that we flow from
This planet is mother of us all
It’s time we give back to her
Track Name: Sand On Skin
You must have known that I was thinking about you
And I was singing about you
Cause then I got your message on my phone
You said you were alone
Can you feel my heart beating?
Can you see my soul leaning in?
I don’t want to move
Just stay here with you
Here with you
With you

But you don’t need my addiction to you
Now you’re on the other side of the ocean to me

Scattered pieces broken down to sing
About love
Fragments brushing my memories of you
Was it just a dream
Was it just a dream
Was it just a dream
Was it just a dream

Sensual kisses
Sand on my skin
Another world
Mystical to the depth of my being
You moved me
And you move me still
You moved me yeah
And you move me still
Track Name: A Little House
A little house
On a little hill
Above a little city
Living out this little life
As the world is spinning

Three girls chatting and eating and sharing
Laughing, caring
One makes a necklace, another one sews
Creativity flows
Music rings from the guitar as the third one sings

About a little house
On a little hill
Above a little city
Living out this little life
As the world is spinning

So I take the time to smell the roses on my street
And I smile at the people that I meet
I appreciate the food that I eat
It’s all organic and it tastes so sweet
Oh yeah it tastes so sweet

I still miss the trees and the fresh breeze
That sense of peace that the forest brings to me
It brings to me
I still miss the trees and the fresh breeze
That sense of peace that the forest brings to me
It brings to me

So when I can’t get away I go to the park to play
Under the trees
Dancing and twirling I feel the earth on my bare feet
And the sky is my retreat
It’s my retreat

From my little house
On its little hill
Above a little city
Living out this little life
As the world is spinning
As the world is spinning
As the world is spinning
Track Name: Gabar
Muddled thoughts about people and me
Interactions I analyse constantly
Eye lids heavy, body slow
Coral tingling, water flows

Quiet moment on my own
An Islands magic soothing tone

Human impacts are strong on my mind
Old ideas, disrespect and lack of time
Take the lazy road, in excess, still blind
Dump it, use it, out of sight, out of mind

Quiet moment on my own
An Islands magic soothing tone

And how can I help?
Where do I stand?
My path took me to see this sacred land
Not to shy away from how my words sound

To accept all that’s inside of me
To trust all is as it should be
That this powerful earth beneath me
Has her own complex destiny
Even if I can’t see her mysteries

This powerful earth beneath me
Has her own complex destiny
Her own destiny
Her own destiny
Even if I don’t understand and I can’t see these mysteries
Her mystery
Track Name: Underground
I didn’t think I’d see the light again
So stuck in my depression
I dug that hole so deep that the darkness enclosed me
But I made it through
I just stuck it out underground
By not running away from you
In stillness I found
Another part of me
I’d locked way down deep
I think she needed some company

At first I criticised, old habits don’t die easily
She wanted to hide but we were given no mercy
The pain exploded inside and we both broke down and cried
We cried
I cried

The water it cleansed me
It purified
Let in the light
Let in the light
Let in the light

The water it cleansed me
It purified
Let in the light
Let in the light
Let in the light
Track Name: Paradise
I feel lucky, I feel at peace
I feel beauty shining all around me
I feel beauty shining through me

Can you see that love is weaved through everything

Content lying on the earth
Being present here
Timeless just to be
There’s nowhere else I’d rather go
I’m grateful just to see
That this is heaven on earth in all of its simplicity

And can you see that love is weaved through everything

I feel lucky, I feel at peace
I feel beauty shining all around me
I feel beauty shining through me

And can you see that love is weaved through everything
Through everything
Through everything
Through everything
Through everything love is, love is, love is
Track Name: Alive In My Heart
I like to come around via the backdoor
Along the rocks past the pond, your hanging plants
And a wooden wind chime I gave you years before
I call out to let you know that I’ve arrived
You come through the kitchen as I open the screen door and I come inside

In your heated lounge room we sit and talk for hours
The chairs and tables, crystals stand familiar in their place
And you always have a vase of flowers

Every time that I see you, I know it could be the last
We both know without words that this connections lasts
Alive in our hearts
Alive in our hearts
You’re in my heart

There’s always cakes and treats to be found in your kitchen
I tell you about my life, you tell me about back then
Along the stone streets of Sydney proud horses pulled their carts past
Rowing trips and swimming lessons, meeting Grandad in art class

In the city you both delighted in the theatre
In the mountains you walked hand and hand together
Down bush tracks past bubbling creeks to rocky cliffs
Where the forest stretches out forever

Every time that I see you, I know it could be the last
We both know without words that this connections lasts
Alive in our hearts
Alive in our hearts
You’re in my heart
You will always be in my heart
Track Name: Mullumbimby
As I come over the hill the mountain rises
Deep inside I get this thrill cause I know this land is special
As I come into town there's lots of people around
With bare feet and big smiles
It's the kinda place you might stay awhile
I just might stay awhile

Cause maybe it's time for me
To take off my travelling shoes
Feel this earth below me with my bare feet and I'll grow some roots
Once I'm grounded here I will lift my branches to the sky
And open to the possibilities in this new home with you and I

I am falling in love with this valley where we're living
The trees, the spirits of this land and what they've been giving
Through this healing I've felt raw, devastated and profound
Just when loneliness was setting in my good friend moved 3 houses down

Cause maybe it's time for me
To take off my travelling shoes
Feel this earth below me with my bare feet and I'll grow some roots
Once I'm grounded here I will lift my branches to the sky
And open to the possibilities in this new home with you and I

I'm watching the whales as they make their way to warmer waters
The sun on my skin, this sea breeze, I am your daughter
Feeling such gratitude for how you've nurtured me
Finding a home here in Mullumbimby
Mullumbimby
I'm falling in love with you Mullumbimby
I'm finding a home in you Mullumbimby
Mullumbimby

If you like Shells, you may also like: