More To Life

by Shells

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1.
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
2.
Wake Up 03:56
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
3.
More To Life 02:24
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
4.
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
5.
Sand On Skin 04:04
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
6.
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
7.
Gabar 03:58
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
8.
Underground 03:01
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
9.
Paradise 02:41
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
10.
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
11.
Mullumbimby 03:08
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

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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

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