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Listen: The Shins “It’s Only Life”

Listen: The Shins “It’s Only Life”
Brendan
  • On 05/16/2012
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Port of Morrow must have had quite an impact on The Shins, being as it is a simple port in Oregon.  In fact, The Shins latest album titled just that, and flew right under our radar in the past months even despite listing it as a feature in our New Releases (posted each Tuesday).

Their latest single is titled “It’s Only Life”, an apparent standby mantra for James Mercer.  Ah, so simple to think of it as only life – but a great concept and once again great song-writing skills.  The lyrics are so great in this track, they’re notable to read:

Died in the world, you’ve been cornered by a natural desire
You want to hop along with the giddy throng through life
But how will you learn to steer when you’re grinding all your gears?

You’ve been talking for hours
You say time will wash every tower to the sea
And now you’ve got this worry in your heart

Well I guess it’s only life, it’s only natural
We all spend a little while going down the rabbit hole
The things they taught you, they’re lining up to haunt you
You got your back against the wall
I call you on the telephone, won’t you pick up the receiver?

I’ve been down the very road you’re walking now
It doesn’t have to be so dark and lonesome
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out
And turn it back around

You used to be such a lion
Before you got into all this crying on my lap
Back when you thought I’d never get this far

But did you really think I’d shut an open door?
The future’s calling and Imma answer her
The wheels in motion, I never drank your potion
And I know it breaks your heart
Open up your parachute, something’s gotta stop the freefall

I’ve been down the very road you’re walking now
It doesn’t have to be so dark and lonesome
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out
And turn it back around

The Shins’ Port of Morrow was released on March 20th, 2012 via Columbia Records.  Their first single was “Simple Song“, but “It’s Only Life” smashes their first track to pieces.  YouTube video to hear the track below since Columbia shutting down any peep of this song streaming via MP3 or Soundcloud.

It’s Only Life by The Shins [via YouTube]

 

The Shins Port of Morrow Album Art

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