Human

by Nightshades

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1.
Leader 03:54
Verse: Here, we find ourselves Trapped inside a fate so paramount And we live for ourselves With no regard for other animals Our mother earth is threatening with disaster We're blind we are Condemned to live upon the soiled earth How could we figure out how to reverse Our plight, our misfortune, our ignorance Total genocide Chorus: You're not the leader we want Leave or we'll never have peace The way you speak is absurd It warps the minds of our young Verse: We - are we not The ones who need their voices recognized To ponder on, and toss away your broken system Who among us will lead the way Will cast aside Will stand up and cry Repeat Chorus
2.
Borderlines 05:38
(Verse): I want to be free Free from your borderlines I need to break the mold You've always cast for me And in my mind, there's a place like this Without your rules - you greed But, it's up to us to build... (Chorus): From the ground up the tree grows And it's fruit is for those Who need not take part in your Social experiment We'll build our own destiny (Verse): In a hundred years They'll look back on us One again one other No one loving one another And in their minds They'll laugh at a place like this With all our pain and greed But, it's 'cause of us that they lived (Repeat chorus). (Instrumental break) (Repeat chorus)
3.
At The Top 03:31
(Verse): Coast along Buy your spot in line We should have know We'd be stuck here Up to our shoulders They'll find us here No room For artists here You should have sold Your paints and easel To afford stocks and bonds (to make that fucking cash) To pay your fees Upfront and fall into... (Bridge): ...Luxury, at high speed. Don't you want more still? (Verse): Boast among Your rich yuppy friend 'Bout how you trample on All those around you All just to end up At the top (Outro / Samba): And what's left for you? Is there fore than just the cars - the yacht? Honestly, I'm not impressed Baby, nothings cooler than you, my friend
4.
(Intro): "Be the champion", that's what you tell yourself I guess in your mind you are It's true you shit on 'johns' of gold You're at least champion of that So how can you lead the people of today Forward to tomorrow? (Verse): I doubt you know the gravity of your post I'd say no There are people out there who want to love There are people out there who don't want to die You're not one of us We should be blessed with human rights No one should be groped by you No one should be owned by you You're in charge of you, big boy And that's all (And that's all) Weald that sword in battle, head up to the front line Bring yourself to 'fess-up to one crime Let us know who's running the show You're not the man for the job Move over, asshole We can save the world (Break) (Chorus): Misuse, misuse - power You'll never know the real you Abuse, abuse - prowess We'll never vote for you (Verse): And there's no excuse You've been coasting along just fine You've been close but oh so far We want you to have your chance But you're not the right man So go on... (Repeat Chorus)
5.
The Walls 04:05
(Verse): Be my keeper By my side Keep me warm and safe at night See me for the man I am And forgive my falling short of your needs Bound together that's me and you Knowing that we'll trip and fall Knowing that love will push us through Will take us through... (Chorus): ...A wild ride with twists and turns Where I'll be there and may defeat The walls that hold me from being The man I must be to be beholden to you To be beholden to you (Verse): Air to breathe Blood to bleed Water to quench the thirst And bring to life all that's around you All who depend... (Chorus): ...On seeing what you'll do today And how you'll take control of them The moment I see you Each day I'm lucky to be beholden to you To be beholden to you To be beholden to you To be beholden to you
6.
(Hook): A speck An insignificant speck Somewhere lost with other tiny specks (1st movement): Somewhere so far No one can hear us! Lost in outer space (2nd movement): Something so precious Seems so unique, assuming, we're the only living creatures But otherwise, we've failed to protect Our home, Mother Earth (3rd movement): [instrumental / harmony] (Repeat hook)
7.
(Verse): In a great flash of light, All we've worked for has gone up in one puff of smoke And like all puffs of smoke, the end to their lives Exists sometime after it begins Can you imagine a fate like ours Similar to many who came before Passing the torch from one to another Leaving behind the soil for another crop (pre-chorus): Legacies of our kind Fair warning (Chorus): From the first flame, to the first rocket So little is left of what we blew all our cash on And burned up all the oil And killed who we loved So long to the human race (break) (Verse): And there will be others similar to us But not quite if they hope to stand a chance And they must co-exist None of the ignorance that came before Like greed and fear and war Can you imagine a race on earth Getting along and one with the earth (pre-chorus): Blasphemies of our kind Fair warning (Repeat Chorus) (Instrumental bridge) (Verse): It makes me sick to look upon all we've done And the little we've done to help And if I could, I'd eat up all the terrible things we've done And shit it down your throat (pre-chorus): Can't you see that our kind Is a warning (Repeat Chorus)
8.
Written by Andrew La Tona (Verse): Look at all the things around Sitting unused Wasting all my time (Chorus): [Time] goes ever by Turning you into an empty man (Verse): Living in a world Spent upon a screen Not using my mind (Chorus): [Mind] goes slowly blank Turning me into an empty man (Verse): Barely doing things That challenge me Cluttering my life (Chorus): [Life] goes quickly by Turning me into a ball of regret (Bridge): Everyone around me seems to be Gripped by the same illness Never putting down their device (Verse): We are living in a world Spent upon a screen No using our minds (Chorus): [Minds] go slowly blank Turning us into empty minds (Verse): Barely doing things That challenge me Cluttering our lives (Chorus): [Life] go quickly by Turning me into a ball of regret (Bridge): Everyone around me seems to be Gripped by the same illness Never putting down their device Never looking up from their trance Never have the time to sow seeds Never stepping past the bar Of this jail we're put in By ourselves and our will Can we find the strength To let drop the rock Upon the screen And our friends logged on the web

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Nightshades are currently touring these works, written between 2016 and 2018, "Human" is a commentary on today's political / social climate, wrapped up in a cohesive, sometimes tongue-and-cheek musical journey.

At times reminiscent of some "Notes in the Dark" era cuts, La Tona takes a fresh and concise approach to illustrating his distaste for today's leaders, our growing obsession with gadgets and our place within a web of tiny stellar specs, flying through space.

There is an influence of Latin rhythms spattered throughout this album, with broad instrumentation and interesting and accessible time signature changes, often times weaving in and out of major and minor chords. With that said, this is a departure from Andrew's heavier past few releases, with a subtle return to his funkier days in his earlier project, Big Stereo. With each song paving the way for the next, this musical odyssey is constantly evolving and should leave the listener wanting more.

Once again, the songwriter displays his unique style with a colourful palette of instrumentation and production techniques, adding for the first time an electronic element in tracks "Power and Prowess" (a clear "f*** you" to American president D. Trump), and "Laniakea Supercluster" (a fun voyage through space, simply reminding us there's more out there in the universe).

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released June 18, 2018

All songs written by Andrew La Tona © copyright, 2018
Musical and vocal performances by Andrew La Tona
Produced, Mixed and Engineered by Andrew La Tona in Toronto

Mastered by Andy Wiseman

Cover art and album layout by Andrew La Tona

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Nightshades Toronto, Ontario

Formed in 2018 after the release of "Human", Nightshades are Dave Hurlow (bass), Ray Cara (drums), Dustin Stern (guitar), Jordan Quinn (keys), Andrew La Tona (guitar, vocals)

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