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The Shins — It's Only Life
Album: Port Of Morrow
Avg rating:
6.7

Your rating:
Total ratings: 741









Released: 2012
Length: 3:57
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Dyed in the wool, you've been cornered by a natural desire
You want to hop along with the giddy throng through life
But how will you learn to steer when you're grinding all your gears?

You've been talking for hours
You say time will wash every tower to the sea
And now you've got this worry in your heart

Well I guess it's only life, it's only natural
We all spend a little while going down the rabbit hole
The things they taught you, they're lining up to haunt you
You got your back against the wall
I call you on the telephone, won't you pick up the receiver?

I've been down the very road you're walking now
It doesn't have to be so dark and lonesome
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out
And turn it back around

You used to be such a lion
Before you got into all this crying on my lap
Back when you thought I'd never get this far

But did you really think I'd shut an open door?
The future's calling and Imma answer her
The wheels in motion, I never drank your potion
And I know it breaks your heart
Open up your parachute, something's gotta stop the freefall

I've been down the very road you're walking now
It doesn't have to be so dark and lonesome
It takes a while but we can figure this thing out
And turn it back around
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Ah, The Shins. Thank you for being there, and thanks Bill for playing them
RIP Richard Swift.

https://www.gofundme.com/medical-fund-for-richard-swift
Amazing song! I needed to hear this! {#Guitarist} 
Statistically,  what are  the chances of dying twice 'in dyed in the wool' on the same day
                                           Do I like dark  roads?
 DaidyBoy wrote:
How can you not like the Shins?

 
easily...
beautiful song
Great comBo of phish dirt and thIs.  Only RP would see these songs go together.
How can you not like the Shins?
boy, this really blows
 Padutarb wrote:
Excellent song on an excellent album.
 
+100
dwlangham wrote:
I stopped what I was doing to walk across the room to PSD this song.

 
+1
Excellent song on an excellent album.
I stopped what I was doing to walk across the room to PSD this song.
Love the Shins....can't stand this song.
 stephw wrote:
Average rating 6.6? {#Snooty}  This is an 8 or more!

 
... this one grates the wrong way...
 dwlangham wrote:
Still hating this one. Lame lyrics, lame music. Lame song. Lame criticism, I know, but how eloquently does one need to say "this shit sucks"?

 
...but c'mon...tell us how you REALLY feel.
Average rating 6.6? {#Snooty}  This is an 8 or more!
"I'm a fool to do your diiirty work..."
Somewhat Squeeze like.
 hagz21 wrote:

Kinda sounds like a Crowded House type song.



 
Agree.  Nothing wrong with that either!
I like it!
..has a Gorillaz sensibility to it, methinks..
His warbly singing really bugs me on this one! I tend to enjoy most Shins songs, too.
I used to love the Shins.  Saw them in Columbus pre-Garden State (right up front!).  Great show!

I still can't get over the fact the whole band has changed, except James Mercer. 
 lily34 wrote:

that's the same for me. they always make me think of someone else...and for the life of me i can't think of who it is...
 



 Troutnskibum wrote:
Just like every other Shins song I like.... Time release, baby... Love it now, thought it was weak the first few listens.
 
..to lily: George?..
 hagz21 wrote:

Kinda sounds like a Crowded House type song.

 
Kinda bad CH tribute band. Really tedious song. 

Kinda sounds like a Crowded House type song.


Blech!

Loved the old shins. This is mute button bad.

 
..pretty, with pretty sentiments..
Still hating this one. Lame lyrics, lame music. Lame song. Lame criticism, I know, but how eloquently does one need to say "this shit sucks"?
 Troutnskibum wrote:
Just like every other Shins song I like.... Time release, baby... Love it now, thought it was weak the first few listens.
 
that's the same for me. they always make me think of someone else...and for the life of me i can't think of who it is...
 dwlangham wrote:
Definitely not standing up to repeat plays. From 3 to 2. That's enough, Bill. Move along. {#Shhh}
 
Ditto my opinion from the other day. The chorus reminds me of the chorus from the song "Gone for Good" ("I found a fatal flaw in the logic of love"), and the reminder each time makes me think this not nearly so good a song as that.
Loving this song. 
In my humble opinion, this is the best album of the year!

 
Definitely not standing up to repeat plays. From 3 to 2. That's enough, Bill. Move along. {#Shhh}
This is only pretty good; hence I give it a 6.  It is not as good as others of theirs played here.
This song is a waste of time.
Kind of tired of the elementary and predictable song structures. Nice and gentle, yes. But far too predictable.
C'est mou !
 KaiT wrote:

I wholeheateredly agree. {#Cheers}
 

Indoobitably.
It doesn't have to be so dark and lonesome no! Yep.
Continues to grow on me.
Digging it with a shovel.
like it! Dude knows how to write pop songs.
Just like every other Shins song I like.... Time release, baby... Love it now, thought it was weak the first few listens.
have to say, it's growing on me.
 ziakut wrote:
I'm going against the grain here. I like this tune! Nice chorus and decent chords and melody.
 
I wholeheateredly agree. {#Cheers}
I'm going against the grain here. I like this tune! Nice chorus and decent chords and melody.
 daveesh wrote:
love the shins, but i gotta say i'm a bit underwhelmed by this one.
 
Have to agree with this.  Very plain and rather boring.  Sounds like a slightly polished garage band.
Rather liked this tune when they did it for SNL. Can't explain but the studio version sounds less inspired.
love the shins, but i gotta say i'm a bit underwhelmed by this one.
Totally uninspiring, a ho-hum song.  This guy needs to hire his old band back.
Gets better with each listen. Mercer seems to be settling comfortably into the next stage of his musical evolution, that of road weary traveller along life's highway of relationships. He's no longer searching for answers but rather serving up his observations on the road so far.
A bit shrill to my ears, like a lot of their stuff.
Second!
First!
I generally like The Shins. One of my 9 ratings is a Shins tune. But this is highly forgettable. sorry. 5.