"7/4 (Shoreline)" as written by Leslie Feist, Justin Peroff, Kevin Drew, Charles Ivan Jay Spearin, Evan Whitney Cranley, Jason Robert Collett, Andrew Whiteman, Brendan Canning and David Stefan Newfeld....
It's a shoreline
It's high speed
It's a cruel world

And it's time
And you want to get away
Oh where to go to
When you want to get it out
Oh how to get through
If you want to get it all
You can own what you choose
And you want to live a lie
And love what you lose

It's a shoreline
It's high speed
Its a cruel world
And it's time

And you're walking away
And you try to get through
But you've got another life
From the lies they told you
And you try to do it right,
And they all will see you
If you try to steal the beat ohh
The beat will steal you

It's coming
It's coming in hard


Lyrics submitted by benadeutsch, edited by hs2twenty

"7/4 (Shoreline)" as written by Brendan Canning Andrew Whiteman

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing, ARTS & CRAFTS MUSIC INC DBA GALLERYAC MUSIC

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  • +5
    General CommentI'd like to point out that one of the things contributing to 7/4 (Shoreline)'s distinctive feel is that the song is played in 7/4 time (7 beats to a measure). They found such a wonderful groove using this uncommon time signature -- and they pay tribute to that not just in the title, but also in the line about trying to "steal the beat", which is kind of what happens in 7/4 time.
    kirlenon December 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"But youve got another life
    From the lies they told you"

    To me, this song sounds like an internal as well as an external struggle. What I take from these lines is that one has to be active in defining oneself against the backdrop of social pressures. The most insidious are those who love us...as related in "It's all Gonna Break". I cannot look around at this world and recognize ANY moral authority that is both legitimate and qualified to set such an example that I would surrender my personal soveriegnty to follow. It's so important to distinguish the lies that others tell you from the lies that people tell themselves. Peace.
    clarkenton April 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's a shoreline
    it's high speed
    it's a cruel world
    and it's time

    and you want to get away
    oh where to go to
    when you want to get it out
    oh how to get through
    if you want to get it all
    you can own what you choose
    and you want to live a lie
    and love what you lose

    it's a shoreline
    it's high speed
    it's a cruel world
    and it's time

    when you want to get away
    and try to get through
    but you gotta love the lies
    the lies they told you
    if you try to do it all
    then all will leave you
    if you try to steal the fear
    fear will steal you

    it's coming in hard

    From their official site at Arts&Crafts.
    multiplux18on January 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about finally taking the steps to face your problems, and the real world head on. The shoreline represents the harsh realities (hence 'its a cruel world') staying out at sea, your living a lie. One needs to be at the shore for something concrete aswell.
    I could see it being about someone who lives a superficial life, loosing themselves in partying or an addiction, but they've gotta face the harsh real world, and when it happens it comes up fast, and its really hard to deal with but its better than the alternative, which is living in a sea of lies.

    This is an amazing song, I just discovered it recently and I cant stop listening to it.
    wheresmyknomeon July 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about our lives. How some people live in a double standard. You love one sort of life or lifestyle but you must sacrifice it for another life expected of you. It is a tough decision too make and you feel very pressured emotionally due to time constraints, as the song hints, and "it's time" to make that decision.

    I wonder if this applies to the whole band in general. I mean, they were all struggling musicians/singers/performers/music producers. It is likely that many of them felt pressured to leave their respective roles to live a more conventional life- getting into a more profitable career, buying a house, settling down with a life partner, raising a family, etc.
    pragmaticon August 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentForgive me for not being very eloquent, but THIS. SONG. IS. AMAZING!!
    strykerchickon August 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou might want to double check those lyrics (other sources online)
    tm42tinon December 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's really cool, kirlen. I don't know anything about music in that sense so it's always amazing to hear about it. Anyhow, I love this song a lot.
    mynameisntanaon January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are wrong...

    it's a shoreline
    it's high speed
    its a cruel world
    and it's time
    and you want to get away
    oh where to go to
    when you want to get it out
    oh how to get through
    if you want to get it all
    you can own what you choose
    and you want to live a lie
    and love what you lose
    it's a shoreline
    it's high speed
    its a cruel world
    and it's time
    moooojoon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentunbelievable song. esspecially when you see it live. All 17 members standing infront of you, you tend to be blown away.
    cichon123on February 07, 2006   Link

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