Cold City

by The Shams Band

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released July 9, 2012

THE SHAMS BAND | COLD CITY

Donnie Biggins: Guitar, Vocals
Paul Gulyas: Guitar, Vocals
Doug Hill: Drums
Brian Patterson: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ben "Dirtus" White: Banjo, Percussion, Vocals

Engineered and Mixed By: Wes Lambert
Mastered By: Carl Saff
All Songs Written By: Donnie Biggins, Paul Gulyas & Dirtus
Music By: The Shams Band
Album Art By: Nathan West

Recorded at Layme Dune, Tom White and Lynn Taylor's beautiful home in the woods of Harbert, Michigan.

A special thank you to: the Biggins, Gulyas, Hill, Patterson and White families, and all of our friends, old and new, who continue to come out to our shows.

Thank you to our neighbors, who never complain about late night practices in Logan Square. Thank you to the venues in Chicago for providing us the opportunity to perform at your clubs. Thank you to our new friends that we continue to meet on the road.

Thank you to the Chicago music scene, the love and support within is truly amazing. Without you in our lives, we would have nothing. We love you.

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The Shams Band Chicago, Illinois

Drawing heavily from their Kinks, Rolling Stones, and Wilco influences, songwriters Donnie Biggins and Paul Gulyas create whiskey-driven blues, complete with four-part harmonies. It's whiskey-driven storytelling. It's a party. It's rock 'n roll with a banjo. ... more

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Track Name: Cold City
In the golden drunken glory of an afternoon
I sat beneath the juke box full of dirty blues
And for a moment I saw heaven
shining on the bottles of booze

She climbed right over me
And danced right into you

Well the sweet stink of the summer is on your clothes
I would breathe it from your body and make your secrets show
And in the filthy heat we sit and dream
about the places we will go

And you dream of California
And I dream of Chicago

Yeah, heaven would be just like this
Where the cold rain spits in your face
Yeah, and then the sun finally comes
And it makes your spirit shake
Yeah, we’re gonna fight like hell
For a little piece of what we need
Cause if I gotta be a soldier then the cold city is my queen

Well I blacked out on the subway and they cut my jeans
They got a couple dollars, that was everything
But even when they kill me there will still be
Nowhere else on earth for me

Yeah, high above the icy streets
I’ll fix your drinks and keep you company

Yeah, heaven would be just like this
Where the cold rain spits in your face
Yeah, and then the sun finally comes
And it makes your spirit shake
Yeah, we’re gonna fight like hell
For a little piece of what we need
Cause if I gotta be a soldier then the cold city is my queen

Yeah, we’re gonna fight like hell for what we need
Cause if I gotta be a soldier then the cold city is my queen
Track Name: Love You The Most
In the morn' your soft skin shook
I held you close like an open book
Your eyes they said, they gave the look
They said I will love you the most
I will love you the most

Undo the sheets and grab your shoes
Jackets on, no time to lose
The car is packed it’s time we cruise
Heading eastward towards the coast
Heading eastward towards the coast

The sky is dark but the tank is full
The scene is black, but never dull
And towards the mines that they use for coal
The mountains become our host
Yes the mountains become our host

The evening fog, it hides the road
The hotel sign, oh it barely shows
We pull right in, your face now glows
Our trip deserves a toast
Yes our trip deserves a toast

The mountain air, it fills our lungs
The hotel suite makes us feel young
I grab you close and our song is sung

I will love you the most
Yes an’ I will love you the most
Yes an’ I will love you the most
Yes an’ I will love you the most
Track Name: Breadwinner
My baby
She’s a breadwinner
She takes care of everything
When I spend all
Of my allowance
She let me hold on to a little bit of change
She’s a.....

Breadwinner, bread a breadwinner
She buys me all of my toys
She’s a.....
Breadwinner, bread a breadwinner
An’ I ain’t nothing but a spoiled little boy

An’ I’m laying
In her apartment
Everything she has is so fancy and fine
When she gets home
From a long day
She loves me even when I drink up all of her wine
Cause she’s a....

Breadwinner, bread a breadwinner
She buys me all of my toys
She’s a.....
Breadwinner, bread a breadwinner
And I ain’t nothing but a spoiled little boy

What is mine is always hers
What is mine is always hers

You know hers is always mine
What is hers is always mine

What is mine is always hers
What is mine is always hers

And you know, you know that pretty little thing
Is mine, is mine, is mine.......because
My baby
She’s a breadwinner
She takes care of everything
Track Name: Cause You Can
Your kind of beauty must be wrong
Burning like a fire in your face
I wish I’d never ever seen you
Walk into this dirty drunken place

I did not want no conversation
I did not ask to know your name
My head was sinking into my whiskey
And that’s where I had been planning to stay

Cause there never was a reason to be evil
Darling you just do it cause you can
And this whole sad city full of fools
Just waiting to be your man

The sweet air rushing past our faces
Made it hard to hear the dying of your love
But I felt it in all of the right places
And I always have been ready to give up

Cause there never was a reason to be evil
Darling you just do it cause you can
And this whole sad city full of fools
Just waiting to be your man

Keeper of the twilight
Secrets of a bright bad day
Won’t you take all of my sweet sad dreams away
Keeper of the twilight
Secrets of a bright bad day
Won’t you take my dreams away

Cause there never was a reason to be evil
Darling you just do it cause you can
And this whole sad city full of fools
Just waiting to be your...
Track Name: You Will Never Know
When you walk in it starts to show
I hide my face whenever it begins to glow
Because the shame would be too great
And so I wait and wait and wait and wait
But no, my darling you will never know

And when you are out with my best friend
I won’t let no one see the shape it puts me in
Because the shame would be too great
And so I wait and wait and wait and wait
But no, my darling you will never know

Anyone can see
I’m falling into misery
There’s no one left that I can see
Is waiting on,
Is still waiting on,
On me

Because the shame would be too great
So I wait and wait and wait and wait
But no, my darling you will never know

You will never know
You will never know
You will never know
Track Name: Travel By Sea
Oh how I wish to travel by sea
An’ see the dolphins swim past me
The waves, the sky, the water so blue
The emptiness sets so pure and true

Oh how I wish to travel by sea
There’s no need for you, just lonely me
My map-shaped hat sits upon my head
It guides me along my water bed

Oh how I wish to travel by sea
I hope to encounter a pirate or three
Become their friend and join in crime
And navigate from the stars aligned

Oh how I wish to travel by sea
Below the surface I can barely see
A dark new world of coral and trout
If I dare sink under I will never get out

Oh how I wish to travel by sea
I’ll leave my country so patiently
I’ll crash upon the side of sand
I’ll stick in my flag and claim my land
Track Name: Trunk Whiskey
I will support you when I’m sober
Yes an’ I will be gone whenever I’m drunk
So until the time comes and I fall over
I’ll be sippin’ on my whiskey from the trunk

An’ I lost the keys to your apartment
Yes an’ I forgot my phone at the bar
But still I am here and I’m wondering
If you’ll drive me back to Logan in your car

Well she drove me home, she cried
She said it was over
I leaned in for a kiss and I caught her ear
She said, I’m sorry my dear
It’s time to get sober
And when you do, don’t you worry I’ll be here

An’ I will support you when I’m older
Yes an’ I will be out while I’m young
So until the time comes and I get sober
I’ll be sippin’, writing, and singing in the sun

Well she drove me home, she cried
She said it was over
I leaned in for a kiss and I caught her ear
She said I’m sorry my dear
It’s time to get sober
And when you do, don’t you worry I’ll be here

An’ I will support you when I’m sober
Yes an’ I will be gone whenever I’m drunk
So until the time comes and I fall over
I’ll be sippin’ on my whiskey from the trunk
I’ll be sippin’ on my whiskey from the trunk
Track Name: Virgin Mary
A virgin at twenty two
Came into my room
We talked the whole night through
We talked of her life
She’d one day be a wife
She’d cook and clean for you

She was quick to be mean
She fought everywhere
She denied me
She cried in her chair
So tell me, would you marry
A virgin mary at twenty two?

She grew up sheltered in a home
Where christians only roamed
She listened to what the father said to do
She’d have to find a man
And making sure he’d understand
That abstinence is the only truth

She was quick to be mean
She fought everywhere
She denied me
She cried in her chair
So tell me, would you marry
A virgin Mary at twenty two?

She was quick to be mean
She fought everywhere
She denied me
She cried in her chair
So tell me, would you marry
A virgin mary at twenty two?
Track Name: The Des Plaines River
Save me I’ve been so lonely
You were the only one in my mind
An’ lately I’ve just been drinking
Smoking and thinking a million reason why

Cause out across my street I don’t see no one
No faith to go on, and the devil’s in my dreams
But flying through the night I can still feel you
It did not feel true when you said goodbye

An’ take me to The Des Plaines river and drown me
The dirty water all around me, a prisoner in the mud
I’m sailing to you my highway sweetheart
I’m dead under these deep stars
And you come to lift me up

And I’ve been face down, just like a dead man
Drinking that red sand, like sweet country wine
And down, down, down, I’ve been sinking
I’ve been thinking about losing my mind

Cause out across my street I don’t see no one
No faith to go on, no sun in my sky
So, take me my prairie angel
An’ bring me all the way back to my home

An’ take me to The Des Plaines river and drown me
The dirty water all around me, a prisoner in the mud
I’m sailing to you my highway sweetheart
I’m dead under these deep stars
And you come to lift me up
An’ take me to The Des Plaines river and drown me
The dirty water all around me, a prisoner in the mud
I’m sailing to you my highway sweetheart
I’m dead under these deep stars
And you come to lift me up
Track Name: Thank You Cab
Wednesday morning in the pouring rain
I make some coffee to wake my brain
My hand is shaking from the night before
I turned my keys, I hit my floor

And last night was like the rest
I got drunk and stoned
And I played my best

Eating breakfast at my only table
I cook what I have I eat what I am able
An empty stomach that is coated with booze
Is hard to fill cause it tries to refuse

And thank you cab, for that ride home
Cause if ya hadn’t had
I would have walked it alone
A daily headache is fixed with a sip
A tea with a kick brings me back to a trip
A world outside that questions my mind
This brand new world has been taking up my time

And last night was like the rest
I got drunk and stoned
And I played my best

Will you save me from this path I am going
My old addiction was the love that I was showing
So if you’ll come home I’ll quit what I’ve done
I’ll be the earth and you’ll be my sun

And thank you cab for that ride home
Cause if you hadn’t had
I would have walked it alone
Track Name: Wake Up
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up
Open up your eyes
The sun is in the sky

Wake up
Wake up
Wake up
Wake up
Open up your eyes
The sun is in the sky
Track Name: I'm Not Sorry
Last night in the rain
I crawled for you
I asked you for forgiveness
Just like I was supposed to do
But now in the daylight
I don’t feel anything
I want to take it all back now
So I just called to say

That I’m not
I’m not sorry for what I’ve done
I’m not sorry for what I’ve done
And I can’t believe you would let somebody do that to you

I try to be a good man
I know what’s right and wrong
And I also know that those things mean
Something different to everyone
But now in the daylight
I don’t feel anything
Well I might be insensitive
But you are just insane

And I’m not
I’m not sorry for what I’ve done
I’m not sorry for what I’ve done
And I can’t believe you would let somebody do that to you
I would die of shame

And I’m not
I’m not sorry for what I’ve done
i’m not sorry, i’m not sorry
I’m not sorry for what I’ve done
i’m not sorry, i’m not sorry
I’m not sorry for what I’ve done
i’m not sorry, i’m not sorry
And I can’t believe you would let somebody do that to you
I would die of shame