theSHAPEwe'reIN [ep]

by Reuben Chess & The Invisible Republic

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THE-SHAPE-WE'RE-IN was produced by American folk legend, Levon Helm in the summer of 2006. After hearing "Verses To A Song", a nostalgic lullaby written by bandleader, Reuben Chess, Helm invites the young songwriter, and his Brooklyn band, Quintus, up to jam in his Woodstock barn. The band ends up recording a weeks worth of live material, all under the wing of Helm, himself one of America's most authentic Rock N' Roll pioneers.

In his own words Helm says, "Quintus is one of my favorite new bands. The boys play with a respect for each other I've not seen in such a young band before. Like they've been playin' together for years."

Nonetheless, halfway through the recording sessions, creative differences overtook, and the band's then-record-label, Downtown Records, shelved the EP, and the songs were never officially mixed or released.

QUINTUS has chosen to independently streamline the rough mixes here.


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"From the jaunty lead-off track, 'Orienta,' to the rollicking 'Old Guitar,' to the honky-tonker 'Night Owl,' to the country-tinged lullaby 'Verses-to-a-Song' (on which Helm plays mandolin), the EP brims over with youthful energy."
-Tracey Pepper (SPIN)

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released January 1, 2006

songs by Reuben Chess
produced by & featuring Levon Helm
recorded at Levon's barn Woodstock NY

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Track Name: Flat Feet
I stayed away today until I couldn’t stay
I knew by the close of day I’d be back like a trapdoor stowaway

Inside I made the case for a delay of an actual face-to-face
I’m waitin’ just in case they close the place, a taste and chase

Along a dark and gritty street
There’s her part of town
Better keep your blue eyes to your feet
Flat feet on the ground

I followed her apace straight down to the home of the runaways
She looked behind and I looked away into the entry of a shady pay-per-day

I thought I heard her say, “Come on along if you’re comin’ anyway”
Flat feet are in the way, blue eyes betray the break of day

Along a dark and gritty street
There’s her part of town
Better keep your blue eyes to your feet
Flat feet on the ground
Track Name: Old Guitar
In a house on a hill with a rise above the river
And the dogs out back diggin’ up some bones from who knows when
Sittin’ on the drive with the window down, an old Mercedes Benz
Age wears you in like a fine glass o’ wine on a late September

Old guitar
Never got too far
Strummin’ on them heartstrings
Like you always are

In a door downstairs to a room below the cellar
With a hum up top driftin’ like some song from who knows when
Sippin’ on your wine from a paper cup, ain’t no Chardonnay
Age wears you in like a fine glass o’ wine on a late September (day)

Old guitar
Never got too far
Strummin’ on them heartstrings
Like you always are

Strum, strummin’ that old guitar
Nobody knows who you are
Strummin’ that old guitar
Nobody knows who you are
Track Name: Night Owl (feat. Levon Helm)
You and Ben Franklin
Certain that you’re always in the right
You’re up at sunrise
But when you gonna see the light?

You wake up early risin’ at the dawn while I’m deep in dreamin’
How we gonna get along?

I like the night life
That’s when we all get to play
I’m up at midnight
Just me and Dylan’s “Peggy Day”

You wake up early risin’ at the dawn while I’m deep in dreamin’
How we gonna get along?
Track Name: Verses To A Song (feat. Levon Helm)
1 and 3 and 5 and 7 days that make a week
Now it’s time to close the door and turn the key to sleep

Cause your mind is wanderin’
To find someone who’s longing
For the moonshine in your eyes
Just like the verses to a song we used to know

1 and 3 and 5 and 7 sail the seven seas
Overnight through broken harbors where you lost your keys

Cause your mind is wanderin’
To find someone who’s longing
For the moonshine in your eyes
Just like the verses to a song we used to know

Whoa whoa cause your mind is wanderin’
To find someone who’s longin’
For the moonshine in your eyes
Just like the verses to a song we used to know