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Need to Feel Your Love


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Smoke hangs in the air to the east of the river And the truncheons are primed and keen to deliver A reaction to glass smashed and fire on the wheels They’re coming back with steel When you nip at their heels they wanna come on strong Nothing to do but to keep battlin’ on and on and on So come on down and get in the mix We get our kicks with bottles and bricks When we walk together it feels alright Meet me in the street Seven blocks north of the avenue We’re throwing rocks at the boys in blue Sliver spoon suckers headed for a fall And justice for all They got the skeleton key to every door Cant they help but to keep on taking more and more and more? The lie is the law and no friend is the hand That points and commands In a bad way and out in the rough We’re in the city just to tell them enough’s enough’s enough
Don’t you know it’s been such a long long time Since I had you in my arms And can’t you see that you’re someone I’ve been trying to find When I feel your hands pressed against my back I can’t lie baby, I want you more than that Thinking ‘bout times that we had The good times and the bad At the end of every line You’ve been always on my mind I give you just what you want But I’m saying Now you got to give me just what I need And baby I need to feel your love Baby I need to be a part of Your everything Maybe they say we’re too young But that’s just fine Cuz I’ve made up my mind We both know that we’ve loved hard and we’ve lost But I got to give it up I’ve been holding back so much But at what cost? When I feel the sweat drippin’ down my neck I can’t lie baby and I can’t be more direct There was a time when my dreams were coming true Our future is so unclear Do you listen when my heart Speaks to you When I see the sun bend over the trees If I lied baby that’d be all I ever need
When I'm miles away Take me into your arms I’m bound to stray Where the headlights meet the dawn But I got you on lock Even when we’re in apogee You’re the only thing that i need My head’s spinnin’ from your love and I just can’t get enough When I blink my eyes It’s written there in the stars In grocery aisles In the shade of a smoky bar When the light comes slow Don’t hang your head in defeat Cause as far as i know I ain’t never seen nothin’ so sweet You’re the only thing that I need I wanna run to you baby I don’t wanna take too long I get dizzy with you honey Cause you keep me spinnin’ on
From the sorrow we created A fragile state of blood and whim Made for rich men in their white skin And people bolder than I Stood up to the lie That equality has left behind But it leaves no doubt in my mind And I been reading the news and you’ll surely regret If you don’t give us the ballot Expect the bayonet Don’t say I didn’t warn ya Cuz for every man high upon the hog There’s a dogwood forest buried in the fog How naked is your eye And do you ever wonder why? You’re being asked to recompense You’re on the last leg of your defense So you better atone Or you’ll surely regret And if you don’t give us the ballot Expect the bayonet When the name came down I covered my ears afraid of the sound But we got the power to take back our nights Give up our silence and give up our time alone We’re not on our own Though violent minds hatch violent plans For many it’s the only thing they understand And when the dog whistle is ringing It’s the currency that they deal in So before the worlds been reduced to soot SOLIDARITY for those underfoot I better remind ya Or you’ll surely regret And if you don’t give us the ballot Expect the bayonet
Y’all can’t let me be alone tonight I’m broken down and I’m not gonna be alright I need someone to lean on And something to glean from my strife Remember back a few years ago? We would line ‘em up but we didn’t have nothin’ to show We passed the time We was sluggin’ wine or colt If you’ve fallen lonely on your cause I got the rank and the file here to even the odds If Johnny’s at the door won’t ya let em in I rang him up but I don’t know where to begin We need a taste of the action We’re at 9th & jackson if you’re in The sinning night has set my soul on fire As long as we’re out we might as well drink a while Am I losin’ or winning? I just keep on forgetting… meanwhile When I’m on the mend it makes the difference to lend The fist inside of the glove And no matter what they say they can’t take away The honesty of our love
Turn It Up 03:59
Right down to the laces You got me pegged At least that’s what you think If you mind your own business I’ll pay you no mind But don’t ask forgiveness Please don’t waste my time Before you get smart Listen to me Now I got a bone to pick Cuz I hear you snicker behind my back Keep it to yourself We’ll see who gets the last laugh Oh I gotta go now Down to the end of the bar where the music’s loud Do me a favour turn it up That’s a little bit better baby But it isn’t enough Can’t ya turn it up oh yeah You’re dead in the eyes And gone to the world I think you should take it slow You tell me drinkin will ruin my life Well give yourself a break And take your own advice Wastin’ my time Runnin’ your mouth Nothing’s gonna bring me down I just can’t stand to hear you talk Tellin’ me nonsense I think that I’m better off Turn it up Don’t turn it down And don’t even think About touching my records now I want more And more & more and more
Suffer Me 04:04
The streets outside were stained At the stonewall on June 28th Blood runs cold into the gutters And into the drain There’s a fear you can’t define There’s no peace and there’s no crime In living this way So add a bead to your rosary And say a prayer You’ve got to suffer me Suffer me You got to let me be And keep me outta your fantasy Can you give me that one luxury Yeah yeah yeah As they walked, they locked their stride And the night sticks swung right by their side They jeered and they muttered Yet to be defied By the time the dawn had broke The city coughed and slowly woke And there was one less boot Pressing down on one less throat
Pure Desire 03:30
Just pure desire in my body now I get hypnotized when the record spins around I spend my money and take my time You call my bluffs but I don’t mind a thing The moon was wet We listened on cassette The streets were still We stared at them until The sun bled out But I don’t have a doubt You said my name It was golden and without shame Don’t you crave the rush The jolt when we touch You know I hanker on ‘Til the rousing of the dawn It’s all because you’ve piqued the Pure desire in my body now When I hear the music play I wonder how You hear my worries and still refuse To break your gaze you break the rules for me The light was dim We drank my flask of gin We danced all night No disco ball in sight The rhythm soothes It puts me in the mood And on my bed You took my hand and said It’s not Enough I need you more every day Hold on To me I can’t stand to be away
I followed the lines on my palm I followed them but they were all wrong You want to have but not keep Try as I might, I still dream Once there was a garden and fruit plump with lust But everythings ground to dust For crying out loud I got nothing here to show for I’m caught in the brambles without cure The anemone is growing back Drinking deep from the brackish spring You treat me like your bird, your bird, your bird who sings So tell me just one thing Who is it that you’re waiting on Who am i to be dragged along I guess I’ll just keep hanging on ‘Til you find the one I’ve been looking for a well that’s running dry Can you hear the bells ring? You treat me like your bird, your bird, your bird who sings So tell me just one thing
In a dream I hear you call my name We pass like ships in the night Cut from the vine Cut like shadows out of time ‘Tween the grapes with a jug of wine I hear your voice on the breeze Rustling the leaves Drunken tears for the sown seeds By the time that I wake up I wanna run on down to you and tell you now how i’m straight up But you’ve gone away, and it’s kinda funny So I lay right down and dream of milk and honey Oh boy I can still remember how we were But the colors dulled in the wash Like the creep of moss Covering up something lost Riding around in your old car Drive it into the sea Just you and me Barefeet and spinning wheels
I don’t pity the cowards trial I know what it’s like to be hung up for more than a while Tell me where do the lonely go? Where do you turn when the nights have gotten so cold When the tears are starting to flow And you’ve only got a pillow to hold I’ve been losing track of the time I’ve been pacing the room, I’ve been wrestling with my mind It says there ain’t no love in vain We all do what we can to keep living to keep despite the pain In a world that’s going insane I’m just trying to find a way to explain Oh yeah I don’t just play the part I can’t play it cool Silence don’t mend a broken heart I can’t play it cool Oooh oooh oooh We’re desperate by design But just you wait, I got a situation in mind And just when I’m about to fold I feel it coming, I feel it taking control And I can’t do what i’ve been told And I won’t buy what i’ve been sold
The sun was shining in the bitter cold of the second month White petals falling to the bedrock of the atrium For a fever dream, there’s a balm inside of a paper cup It’s written down, but first you gotta stop and pick it up The walls were closing in the night And it’s a long darkness When fear snuffs out the only light It seems so strange The blind constrictions and nascent pain The contradiction from where we came When blue eyes can’t see the whole Say goodbye to Sophie Scholl Don’t forget your White Rose Memory is scarred like a burning brand put to livestock And in the thoughts we share, there’s a monument to the landmark There’s a psychic gash, there’s a chasm that serves to set apart But the pain is real and it’s thrust like a dagger through the heart What does it mean? Another head for the guillotine Death delivered by death machine The blade must have been cold


A tear in the firmament.
Beyond the noxious haze of our national nightmare - as structures of social justice and global progress topple in our midst - there lies a faint but undeniable glow in the distance.
What is it?
Like so many before us we are drawn to the beacon. But only by the bootstraps of our indignation do we go so boldly into the dark to find it.
And so SHEER MAG has let the sparks fly since their outset, with an axe to grind against all that clouds the way. A caustic war cry, seething in solidarity with all those that suffer the brunt of ignorance and injustice in an imbalanced system.
Both brazen and discrete, loud yet precise, familiar but never quite like this - SHEER MAG crept up from Philadelphia cloaked in bold insignia to channel our social and political moment with grit and groove. Cautious but full of purpose.
What is it?
By making a music both painfully urgent and spiritually timeworn, SHEER MAG speak to a modern pain: to a people that too feel their flame on the verge of being extinguished, yet choose to burn a bit brighter in spite of that threat.

With their debut LP, the cloak has been lifted. It is time to reclaim something that has been taken from us. Here the band rolls up their sleeves, takes to the streets, and demands recompense for a tradition of inequity that's poisoned our world.
However, it is in our ability to love - our primal human right to give and receive love - that the damage of such toxicity is newly explored.
Love is a choice we make. We ought not obscure, neglect, or deny that choice.
Through the tumult and the pain, the camaraderie and the cause, the band continues to burn a path into that great beyond.
But where are we headed?
On NEED TO FEEL YOUR LOVE, they makes their first full-length declaration of light seen just beyond our darkness. Spoken plainly, without shame:
It is love.
This - is SHEER MAG.

Music by Sheer Mag
Produced by Hart Seely
Mixed by Hunter Davidsohn at Business District Recordings
Mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering NYC
Released by Wilsuns Recording Company



released July 14, 2017


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SHEER MAG Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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