Shapeshifters

by Destroy Babylon

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Flabby Tango Just listened to the single and ordered the record. My favorite thing about Destroy Babylon is that they do a great job of fusing reggae and rock in their own way without making it cheesy. This is going to be an amazing record, as always, from a killer band.
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    DB "Judgement" b/w The Macrotones "The Oneness (feat. Iyeoka)"
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Produced by Destroy Babylon and Dub Fader
Engineered and mixed by Craig "Dub Fader" Welsch
at Rear Window Studio, Brookline MA
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston MA
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
Illustrations by Ktron, design by Marcus

All songs written & performed by DB except
track 8 written by Cam Cameron and JBo

John Beaudette – guitar, vocals
Marc Beaudette – drums, percussion
Rob Carmichael – guitar, vocals
Sean Carmichael – bass
Casey Gruttadauria – keys
Kellee Webb – vocals, percussion

Andy Bergman – sax
Zack Brines – organ (4, 9)
Jason Buhl – flute (9)
Cam Cameron – viola, cello, guitar (8)
Erin Parisi: violin (8)
Brian Paulding – trombone (1, 4)

Music ADD Records (ADD038)

© & ℗ 2017 Music ADD (ASCAP)

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released June 2, 2017

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"...music that's just as suitable for a dance party as for a street fight." -NH Magazine

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Track Name: Protection
Did they stop you in the street
Show me your hands, kid
And spread your feet
‘Cause you look like a threat to me
No there’s no profile in the system i can see
‘Cause i guess some things just run too deep
Like how much do you pay for protection

Armed to the teeth
Wake up everyday
Gotta lay another wreath
Protection
Armed to the teeth
Pistol under pillow
But we still don’t sleep in peace
Protection

Did she make a man out of you kid
Or did she see something she had to play with
I guess some things can’t be undid
In this way mayhem plays for keeps
‘Cause i guess some things just run too deep
Like how much do you pay for protection

Armed to the teeth
Wake up everyday
Gotta lay another wreath
Protection
Armed to the teeth
Pistol under pillow
But we still don’t sleep in peace
Protection

How much do you pay for protection
Track Name: Judgement
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken
Shouldn't matter to you if we're living atypical lives
No we're not gonna hurt nobody we need no alibi
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken

In the rat race everyday
But we don't have to live that way

Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken
Well the government cut assistance to help keep people fed
And we're struggling every day just to keep a roof overhead
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken

Possessions for which we all slave
Will surely lead us to our graves

I'm just trying to find, level space in my mind
I'm just trying to find level space

Leave your judgement unspoken
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken
No, don't you run up in here and try to force us all to conform
Yeah, you think that you got us beat but we're the eye of the storm baby
Hey! Leave your judgement unspoken

I'm just trying to find level space in my mind
I'm just trying to find level space

I'm just trying to find level space in my mind
I'm just trying to find level space in my mind
I'm just trying to find level space in my mind
Track Name: Teeth Dreams
Got a handful of my teeth staring at me, oh well
Got a lifetime full of enemies, oh well
Got a back that don’t bend well for me
On this high, high shelf that i can’t reach
In this infinitely finite me, oh well
Oh well

‘Cause I’m not young anymore
And I’m not done, no

Got a handful of my teeth staring at me, oh well
Got a long list of things that i can’t be, oh well
This high, high shelf that i can’t reach
And i curse missed opportunities
and this infinitely finite me, oh well
Oh well

‘Cause I’m not young anymore
And I’m not done, no

Got a handful of my teeth staring at me, oh well
Got a long list of things that i can’t be, oh well
Got a lifetime full of enemies
I still curse missed opportunities
with this infinitely finite me, oh well
Oh well

‘Cause I’m not young anymore
And I’m not done, no
Track Name: Lockdown
Hiding from main streets away from windows
If you can move higher then don’t stay below
‘Cause bullets don’t care if you’re young or you’re old
The crack of gunfire makes my blood run cold

I thought I’d tucked these fears away
Used to live like this everyday
Now i’m

Lockdown, is this a curfew
Lockdown, reliving all I knew
Lockdown, is this a curfew
I’m locked down, locked down

Now my friends and neighbors are getting a taste
Of having mortality crouched in their space
‘Cause bullets don’t care if you’re black, white or red
One minute you’re laughing, the next one you’re dead

I thought I’d left this life behind
I thought I’d left this life behind
Left behind (x4)

Get inside
Get inside
Get inside
I thought i left this life behind

Now I’m locked down
Locked down
Locked down
Locked down locked down

Lockdown, is this a curfew
Lockdown, reliving all I knew
Lockdown, is this a curfew
I’m locked down, locked down
Track Name: Little Man's War
We didn’t come here for no disco
We didn’t get down for the girls
We came here with a message
We hear all over the world
1, 2, 3, 4
We can see you steppin’
But can we get you mad enough
To move in our direction

Little man’s war
It’s a little man’s war
(Little man’s war)
So what are we fighting for
(Little man’s war)
Yeah
(Little man’s war)
It’s a little man’s war

We didn’t come down for the coverage
We didn’t get down to get herb
We came here to sing voices
That die before they get heard

1, 2, 3, 4
We can see you steppin’
But can we get you mad enough
To move in our direction
1, 2, 3, 4
We can see you steppin’
But can we get you mad enough
To move in our direction
Track Name: Barnburner
Nobody act surprised
But I saw him die
Nobody shed a tear
And now this town is dry
I can’t believe, I can’t believe
In the power of authority
I can’t believe, I can’t believe
There ain’t no justice I can see

Rats will buy the farm
When we burn down the barn
No alarm

I trusted you
Tell me
Who’s serving who
I trusted you
Tell me
Who’s serving who

Nobody at the finish line
Saw the guilty men
Nobody wants to toe the line
But here we are again
I can’t believe, i can’t beleive
The stigma led to compromise
I can’t believe, i can’t beleive
You saw his name and shut your eyes

Rats will buy the farm
When we burn down the barn
No alarm

I trusted you
Tell me
Who’s serving who
I trusted you
Tell me
Who’s serving who
I trusted you
Tell me
Who’s serving who
I trusted you
Track Name: Flesh in the Faith
Been drinking the wishing well
There's a bull in the marketplace again
How did we get so far away
Away away away

When fourteen feet of footing fell further away
Then four more feet of footing fell further away
Oh we the lone survivors so together we stay
When I've got no need for fabric
I've got flesh in the faith, they say

What if a soul’s at stake
And what if you're to blame
I hope you lie awake
To stay face down and pray

But we’re fucked, far as I can tell
It's who do you know, and how much did you pay
How did the sheep go so astray
Astray astray astray

When four more feet of footing fell further away
Then fourteen feet of footing fell further away
Oh we the lone survivors so together we pray
When I've got no need for fabric
I've got flesh in the faith they say

What if a soul’s at stake
And what if you're to blame
I hope you lie awake
To stay face down and pray

Been drinking the wishing well
Been drinking the wishing well
There's blood in the wishing well
Oh well oh well oh well oh well
Track Name: Undercover
Under cover of night
Darkness gave him a fright
Although he heard her plea
Fear grips him completely

This isn’t the first time
Defense became a crime
With just a drink in hand
Prejudice took a stand

We have a long long way
We have a long, long way to go
Is this your brighter day?

A night out on the town
Quickly turns upside down
Coming out of a bar
Prejudice wants to spar

Because he favors men
Others believe he sins
Beaten and brutalized
Bigotry takes more lives

We have a long long way
We have a long long way to go
Is this your brighter day?

We have a long long way
We have a long long way to go
Is this your brighter day?

So civilized
That we keep destroying lives
Justice won't be found
When ignorance holds its ground
Ignorance holds its ground

[dubwise]

Yes we think we've come so far
But we still don't know where we are
Now it's time to find our way
Our message will be heard
Cuz we're battling the absurd
Raise your voices with me and say

We have a long, long way
We have a long, long way to go
Is this your brighter day?

We have a long, long way
We have a long, long way to go
Is this your brighter day?

So civilized
That we keep destroying lives
Justice won't be found
When ignorance holds its ground
Ignorance holds its ground
Track Name: Drift
I wanted everything to change
While I stay the same
But I just drifted away
I just drifted away

I just drifted away
I just drifted away

All these distractions
Leap to mind
All these distractions
Leap to mind
Mind

We were floating out to sea
Oh, muscle memory
I only want it to be
What I want it to be

I only want it to be
What I want it to be

All these distractions
Leap to mind
All these distractions
Leap to mind
Mind
Track Name: The Business End
It's a slow progression
But one I can't deny
When I finally step into the light
Oh here I come and
I will leave you breathless
I will leave you high
Are we banking on the safe word tonight?
I like to keep em guessing
When they say who am I?
The finger's pointed too high

When all I wanted was someone who could save my life
I got the business end of the knife
All I wanted was someone who could set me free (yeah-ahahahah)
When you lock me up you better eat the key

And like all defenseless, useless alibis
Do I want to be found out
Well maybe next time
‘Cause I've just got to get it
Escape that evil eye
Get outside of my mind
I like to leave em guessing
When they say who am I?
The finger's pointed too high

When all I wanted was someone who could save my life
I got the business end of the knife
All I wanted was someone who could set me free (yeah-ahahahah)
When you lock me up you better eat the key
(double chorus)

You better eat the key (x3)

‘Cause I get
What I want
I get
What I want
Stop crying
That's what I want
And I get
What I want