Shake the Gates EP

by Talley Summerlin

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The title track, “Shake the Gates,” was inspired by Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking, 1992 experiment on media overload, documented in his book The Age of Missing Information. Thematically, “Queen’s Drone” is a nod to the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” if sung by a medieval tower prisoner – or a modern high-rise cubicle worker.

Closing track, “Wow,” serves as both a call-to-action for peaceful resistance and a plea for help towards believing that non-violent collaboration can actually forge an original, better path for human society.

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released July 10, 2012

Production, mixing and overdubs were completed in Fayetteville, Arkansas, by Talley's brother and former band mate, Mark Summerlin, guitarist, backing vocalist, and music director for Grammy Award-winning, international pop star Seal. Brother Paul, also currently touring with Seal, added backing vocals and keyboards to the EP as well.

Basic tracks were recorded and produced by Andy Sharp at Scharf-Sharp Farms in Austin, Texas. Sharp’s previous credits include engineering and production assistance for Sheryl Crow, Spoon, and Blue October. The drumming of Austin’s Chris Searles – formerly with Shawn Colvin and Ian Moore, now on tour with Alejandro Escovedo – is a solid, steady highlight of each track.

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Talley Summerlin Madison, New Jersey

Talley Summerlin’s songs are about protest, possibility, life as it is, and the world as it could be.

He was once lead singer and lyricist of a band called BE.

In January, 2011, Talley Summerlin released his first solo material, a digital single for his song “Alright With You.”

In July, 2012, he released a 3-song EP called Shake the Gates.
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Track Name: Shake the Gates
Well, here we are singing jingles to ourselves
We should be shouting hymns up to the angels
The angels, the angels

Shout like you mean it, shake the gates
Shout like you mean it, shake the gates

Oh, the ridicule of hope will erode your very bones
Leave that thing alone and come back home
Come back home

Shout like you mean it, shake the gates
Shout like you mean it, shake the gates, the gates

I’ve done my time running to the lights and the noise
Looks like the fire’s glow, it looks like the fire’s glow
But it won’t keep you warm tonight
Keep you warm

Meet me on the ridge to watch the water rise
Up above the bridge, and up above our pride
Up above the program, up above that spell
Up above the spectacle brought to you by hell
Brought to you by hell
Welcome, welcome

Shout like you mean it, shake the gates
Shout like you mean it, shake the gates, the gates

Shout shout
Shout shout
Shout shout
Track Name: Queen's Drone
With my lips sewn and my lungs entwined
I was the queen’s drone, king’s concubine
It was fine mess for the spineless thing I’d become
Up ‘til then I’d never thought of myself as dumb

Yeah, the grindstone loves a spit shine
For the queen’s throne where the king reclines
I was a plaything never getting past the guard
Even knowing all the passwords didn’t get me far
I bit my tongue so many times that I spoke in scars

Then one night through the tower bars
I saw your silhouette against the stars
You sang out revolution’s name
You sang out mine, it was the same

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

As if the gift you handed me
Were a fire branded me
A burning coal to loose the tongue

In a fever I was free
I did speak and I did see
I heard myself singing

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

I broke the queen’s will with a choice word
Split the king’s sword with a song he’d never heard
As it faded I knew I’d made it as they hit the ground
Stiff with shock to find that I could make such a sound
They were really nothing more than their robes and gowns
Shattered, broken, hopeless, choking and clutching crowns

I sang out revolution’s name
I sang out yours, they are the same

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Track Name: Wow
I’ve got an idea
Let’s all hold hands
And all resist the plans
They’re making for us now

Let’s all cut the cord
Find our third way
The Empire wants us tame
But let’s get back that wow
We haven’t had in such a long time

We haven’t left our best behind us
I have to believe it
Help me believe it

So just close your eyes
Imagine this:
A right relationship
That brings us back to wow
Brings us back to wow
Brings us back to wow

We haven’t left our best behind us
I have to believe it
Help me believe it
Help me believe it
Please, help me believe it

I’ve got an idea
Let’s all hold hands