better here

by shane lamb

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"Nashville's Shane Lamb is back with the followup to his excellent 2009 release Disengage, and damned if he didn't come up with another roots-pop gem. There's plenty to like here, starting with the opener "Adrenaline as Medicine", which has a strong Tom Petty vibe. Speaking of Petty, the outstanding title track is reminiscent of "Yer So Bad". "Can't You See" is a driving, pulsing rocker that's still melodic, and "It's True" has a Jayhawks-like pop sheen to it. But the real highlight here is the midtempo "I See Now", in which Lamb's gift for melody and angelic voice combine for a great rootsy pop tune. An easy top ten of 2011 to date." -absolutepowerpop.com

"Shane Lamb isn't a well-known artist...yet. But it's only a matter of time before folks in other corners of the world sit up and take notice. Originally from Ogden, Utah, Lamb now resides in Nashville, Tennessee...and it sure seems like the town has given him a warm welcome. Shane has played with a wide variety of well-known artists in large and small clubs...but these days he's mainly concentrating on making and playing his own music. Better Here is chock full of warm, hummable, cool guitar-driven mid-tempo pop/rock cuts...and they all sound like hits. Produced, recorded, and mixed by Casey Wood (who has already won two Grammy awards), the album has a nice warm and inviting sound. Lamb's cool heartfelt vocals are caressed in layers of killer guitars...and propelled by a superb rhythm section that is seductive and hypnotic. His pure pop music is anything but contrived and samey. Instead of making canned pop for cash, Shane writes and records catchy pop music that is genuine, credible, and real. The more we hear this album the more permanent its effects are. Killer tracks include "Adrenaline As Medicine," "Just One More Time," "I See Now," and "Pull Me In." TOP PICK. -babysue.com

"Though his music shares a genre populated by last name folk-rock icons such as Dylan and Petty, Lamb's music vibrates with a level of originality and personal authenticity that rivals the heavyweights." Vintage Guitar Magazine

"He’s being compared to some of the giants of his genre, like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, with whom he shares an uncannily similar vocal quality and penchant for penning poetic and meaningful lyrics. But folk rock singer/songwriter Shane Lamb also brings his own indelible, non-political, introspective rawness to the table, willingly taking the listener down his surprisingly sunny road, yet pointing out his weaknesses and scars along the way with unashamed honesty. Produced with panache by Casey Wood, and backed by great musicianship, Lamb’s performances are vulnerable, yet strong; his lyrics revealing but hinting at mystery. His stories tell just enough, then leaving us to fill in the blanks."-Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

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released March 22, 2011

all songs by shane lamb. c&P 2011 rouge river records & sleepysheepmusic.
produced, recorded & mixed by casey wood at the insanery, nashville, tn.
mastered by jim demain at yes master, nashville, tn.

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Track Name: adrenaline as medicine
i’m searching for resolution
to this drive i have inside
always has me wired and movin’
yeah, it keeps me up late most nights

you know i’m looking for something
feels closer than it’s ever been
visions rarely been broken
there’s no time now, no time for rest

am i caught in a crazy dream
tell me no or set me free
am i lost in a blurry scene
show me a sign that i can see
‘cause all this adrenaline as medicine
all this adrenaline as medicine
all this adrenaline as medicine
is burning me

been all over this map now
tracking down a feeling i can’t explain
gottten up from the knockdowns
yeah, i set myself on pace again

i’m not hoping for magic
as i’m standing at the edge
strip what’s left of distraction
just take it all, and pull me in

am i caught in a crazy dream
tell me no or set me free
am i lost in a blurry scene
show me a sign that i can see
‘cause all this adrenaline as medicine
all this adrenaline as medicine
all this adrenaline as medicine
is burning me
all this adrenaline as medicine
all this adrenaline as medicine
all this adrenaline as medicine
is burning me
Track Name: better here
well, we outran those tired towns
and we’ll never be the same again
and we laid all of the guilt down
and there are no bags to send

i love how we laugh about our pasts
there are no secrets to reveal
and we know where we’ve been got us here to begin
regrets a state we left dreaming

and it’s better here
now that you are near
it’s always nice my dear
yeah, to have you here
yeah, to have you near

yeah, we found a part of our hearts
we’ve been unknowingly saving
and it makes all the pain worth the wait
there’s nothing to defend or fear breaking

and it’s better here
now that you are near
it’s always nice my dear
yeah, to have you here
yeah, to have you near

in the morning time when we open our eyes
i love to start our day out laughing
‘cause it feels so good living like it could
just get better as the days go passing

and it’s better here
now that you are near
it’s always nice my dear
yeah, to have you near
yeah, to have you near
oh, i’m glad my dear
that we are here
Track Name: just one more time
i’d sit and stare
over burned-off fields of wheat
and i’d wait there
to watch the sun bleed
across the clouds and through the trees

we used to soar
into the mouth of night
far from the city
into a starry light
across the moonless prairie we’d glide

now you’re gone, and i’m still here
what i’d give to have you near
to see the love dance in your eyes
just one more time
just one more time

i’d watch the dust
settle from the dirt road
onto your daisies
and the fields of gold
across that stolen valley we’d roam

now you’re gone, and i’m still here
what i would give to have you near
to see the love dance in your eyes
just one more time
just one more time

i walk in rhythm
breaking backs of autumn’s leaves
wait for the wind
to carry memories i’m finding i need
across this world between us i dream

now you’re gone, and I’m still here
what i’d give to have you near
to see the life shine in your eyes
just one more time
just one more time
Track Name: can't you see
you love to count your money
will there ever be enough
faith in scraps of paper seems a bit
dangerous
the wolves waiting at our doors
are attracted to the scent
of our fear breeding desperation
are we feeling richer yet

can’t you see, can’t you see, can’t you see
it all comes down to love
it all comes down to love

as you hurry to your next big deal
i won’t sit an weigh my tears
i’ll let go of all of mine
will you have more in a few years
is there a hole inside your soul
‘cause i have my darkness too
are you trying to fill it in
i’ve learned nothing else will do

can’t you see, can’t you see, can’t you see
it all comes down to love
it all comes down to love

do you stash your cash in secret accounts
i’ve opened my vaults to the sun
am i richer for it, yes
i think so when were done
how much more do we have to lose
before we’ve crossed the line
and what’s the true cost of all this greed
there only is one price

won’t you see, when will you see, won’t you see
it all comes down to love
and i believe, i believe, yes, i believe
it all comes down to love
my friend, it’s all about love
Track Name: it's true
i’ve hung around this town long enough
my eyes have turned weary, my skins grown tough
i feel it’s my time to pack it all up
tie it all down and drive into the sun

it’s true, no time to lose
it’s true, it’s time to move

i lost some hope, i was anonymous
i had a few friends turn jury and judge
i got what i learned, and that’s enough
gonna’ let it all go, and take it as it comes

it’s true, no time to lose
it’s true, it’s time to move

i feel so good, i feel so alive tonight
don’t know where i’m goin’,
it’ll be alright, it’ll be just fine, it’ll be alright

i was down there for a while, flat in the dust
made a deal with the horizon when i got up
gonna’ break through the night, i’m gonna’ cut through the dusk
i’ve got my rock n roll, got my wonderlust

i’ve hung around this town long enough
my heart’s grown heavy, my touch too rough
the scenes i’ve seen are just the right shove
gonna’ let it all go, and take it as it comes

it’s true, no time to lose
it’s true, do you feel it too
Track Name: goodbye
well, i don’t miss the bad times, and i remember the good
if i could do it all again, i hope you know i would
i was just a dumb kid, and i did my best
babe, i’m sorry we made such as mess

i think about you now, as the fall wind blows
grey sky knocks leaves from the trees
and how you’d smile when i’d hold you close
babe, i’m sorry i pushed you from me

but it’s time we say goodbye
this ain’t no way to lead a life
holding on to a love that’s died
goodbye, goodbye

sunsets are gone, and the clouds bring more rain
they say water is a symbol of change
well, we’ve drown in this sadness we made
and we’ll never be the same

sometimes i wish we’d met when we’d figured things out
but it’s so easy to get lost in regrets and doubt
it breaks my heart to know i let you down
but what we broke can’t be fixed now

so it’s time we say goodbye
this ain’t no way to live a life
holding on to a love that’s died
goodbye, goodbye

i can laugh now at all those childish games
it’s so plain to see we were both just afraid
well, i have nothing to hold over your head
i let you go with a wish for the best

and it’s time we said goodbye
this ain’t no way to live my life
holding on to a love that’s died
goodbye, goodbye
no more holding on to a love that’s died
goodbye, goodbye
Track Name: i see now
there’s a silence that came with the pain
was a fear that accompanied change
once was regret that came with your name
now there’s a peace that comes today

and i see now, i couldn’t slow down
long enough for our love to take hold
and i see how i couldn’t slow down
long enough for our love to grow

had some hard years down in that mine
no memories of the sun in those times
yeah, we broke our hearts and learned to cry
i’ll tell you about it
then i’ll send it down the line

and i see now, i couldn’t slow down
long enough for our love to take hold
and i see how i couldn’t slow down
long enough for our love to unfold

a certain sense of freedom comes with age
if you finally own the choices you’ve made
and there’s no more desire to blame
no more heroes to show you the way

and i see now, i couldn’t slow down
long enough for our love to take hold
and i see how i couldn’t slow down
long enough for our love to unfold
and i see now
and i see now
and i see now
and I see now
Track Name: nothing left to say
no, there’s nothing like the grey
of ohio in the winter
as we unwind the highway
bare branches scratch the sky

like stick men suck in place
waiting for springtime
cold bridges lace the banks
of a muddy river running high

and there’s nothing left to say
no there’s nothing left to say
no there’s nothing left to say
as the miles run
away

peach light breaks
holes in a marble twilight
cows, like black clouds sway
sprinkled in a field

standing in the brown grass
silos like steeples, wait
to give way to progress
as we plow past small towns

and there’s nothing left to say
no there’s nothing left to say
no there’s nothing left to say
as the miles melt
away

i try to freeze each frame
like pictures in a album
i don’t wanna’ turn the page
‘cause the scenes dream like home

and there’s nothing left to say
no there’s nothing left to say
i have nothing left to say
as the miles wash
away

and there’s nothing left to say
no there’s nothing left to say
i have nothing left to say
as the miles look
away
Track Name: you shook me up
you shook me up, you took me up
then you let me down
you built me up, you felt me up
then you spun me around

oh, no honey, don’t you pretend to care
oh, no honey, you didn’t play fair

you smoked me out, you coaxed me out
then you pushed me in
you twirled me out, you purred me out
then you left me singed

oh, no honey, don’t you pretend to care
oh, no honey, you didn’t play fair

and i can’t feel you anymore
don’t feel good like it did before
i can’t feel you anymore
no, i won’t feel you anymore

i traded off, i played it off
when i wanted to quit
i got you off, i topped you off
yeah, i made you grin

now i’ve weighed my part
i played my part, and i’m burning the script
now i take my time, i make my mind
and you’ve lost your grip

oh, no honey, don’t you pretend to care
oh, no honey, you didn’t play fair
Track Name: pull me in
you smile at my tendency
to take too much so seriously
you say its life, and life only
if i don’t open my eyes, i’ll never see
how good it can be, how sweet it can be

this world’s seen me do some crazy stuff
now, i’m not letting you in close enough
to show me grace, to show me love
please lock the door, don’t let me run
‘cause i always run, don’t let me run

pull me in, pull me close
hold me tight, and don’t you let go
pull me in, pull me close
hold me tight, and don’t you let go
don’t you let go

it’s not the world outside that burdens a man
it’s the space inside, feels like quicksand
where there’s just so much you don’t understand
so you lay down your best, flawed plans
unaware that it can’t last, you fix a point
and you start to grasp

so i ask myself, am i ready to chance
and will you be there to take my hand
‘cause throughout life i’ve made my stands
all that is in the past
all that is fading fast, all that is fading fast

pull me in, pull me close
just hold me tight, and don’t you let go
pull me in, pull me close
just hold me tight, and don’t you let go
no, don’t you let go

pull me in, pull me close
just hold me tight, and don’t you let go
please pull me in, and hold me close
gotta’ hold me tight, and don’t you let go
no, don’t you let go

you just smile at my tendency
to take too much so seriously
you say its life, and life only
if i don’t open my eyes, i’ll never see
just how good it can be, how sweet it can be