Broken Shore

by The Black Lillies

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Written by Cruz Contreras in honor of his grandfather Ciprian Contreras, who fought at Iwo Jima.


There's a rock in the middle of the ocean
Where the water meets the sky
Built from the fire way down below
I can hear her mournful cry

Waves crashing on a broken shore
There's darkness on the sun
Please lord don't leave me here
In the valley of the gun

Sail across the ocean
Span the waters wide
Seventy thousand gonna take that hill
Look death in the eye

There's fire on the ground and earth in the air
The whole world's come undone
The devil's loose on a beach of fire
In the land of the rising sun

Which way’s heaven and which ways hell? (4x)
It's so hard to tell (5x)

I see colors flying, brothers dying
The tides of war have sung
Gonna fight to the death till there ain't much left in the land of the rising sun (2x)
In the land of the rising sun (3x)

There's a rock in the middle of the ocean (4x)


released October 2, 2015
Cruz Contreras - Lead Vocal, Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano
Trisha Gene Brady - Harmony Vocals
Bowman Townsend- Drums
Kris Donegan - Electric Guitar
Daniel Donato – Electric Guitar
Matt Smith - Lap Steel Guitar
Billy Contreras - Fiddle
Matt Menefee - Banjo
Bill Reynolds - Bass
Ed Roth - Hammond B-3
Ryan Hewitt - Percussion
Heavy Young Heathens - Theramin

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Ryan Hewitt
Assisted by Chad Cuttill and Owen Lewis
Additional Engineering and cocktails by Chad Cuttill
Recorded and Mixed at House of Blues Studios, Nashville, TN
Studio Intern: Tyler Spratt

Executive Producer: Chyna Brackeen

Mastered by Dave Collins
Dave Collins Mastering, Los Angeles, TN



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