Shell Game

Shell Game

BandAmericanaAcoustic

Shell Game is a collaboration of singer-songwriters Joe McKinney and Rebecca Sanders. Our alt-trad/alt-rock repertoire features superbly crafted songs, strong vocals, and fresh instrumentation.

Biography

We tap into the best of roots and rock influences for the framework of our music. However, we are accomplished at writing and performing songs that are fresh, but still accessible.

Rebecca performed with traditional and contemporary Christian groups for a number of years. Joe has performed with a number of traditional and progressive acoustic acts in the southeast for nearly twenty years. Shell Game gives these two musicians the opportunity to explore new creative territory as they craft a unique sound in the Americana catalog.

Lyrics

Love to Death

Written By: Joe McKinney

Steel on the pillow and swollen eyes
Lost in an empty shell
Misunderstandings, mistaken words
Turn your life into living hell
If you’d only. Why’s it always? How’d we come to this?
Shots in your self defense
Determined to go out in a flash of fire
We’re all losers in the end

Don’t kill me with your love
Don’t kill me with your lies
Don’t kill me with your accusations
And the pain they disguise
Don’t kill me with your love

On again, off again, up and down we go
Ripples of discontent
Maybe you find satisfaction with him
To escape this predicament
A moment of pleasure for a lifetime of pain
That’s a price that we shouldn’t have to pay
Like Lady MacBeth with her permanent stain
From some things you can’t run away

Don’t kill me with your love
Don’t kill me with your lies
Don’t kill me with your accusations
And the pain they disguise
Don’t kill me with your love

A fragile grasp on reality
Soaked in the spirits’ sting
Somebody sees more than you’ve ever seen
Salvation you desperately cling
But there comes a time when she folds up her hand
Its all out of your control
Personal demons making one last demand
When they’ve ripped apart your soul

Don’t kill me with your love
Don’t kill me with your lies
Don’t kill me with your accusations
And the pain they disguise
Don’t kill me with your love


Still

Written By: Shell Game (c) 2004 Rebecca Sanders

I dreamt about this night
Thought I’d be holding you tight
Although you touched my hand,
It’s not as sweet in the end

Do you still wanna be.....just friends?
Do you still wanna be....just friends?
Be still do not whine
Do not pine over things you want to be
Be still do not whine
Do not pine over things you want to be

You said the timing was wrong
It seems you’re holdin’ on
To your loyalty

I’m letting go of mine
I’m letting go of mine
Do you still wanna be.....just friends?
Do you still wanna be....just friends?

I can see the way you look at me
Or is that just more wishful thinking?
I can’t seem to shake this feeling
It might cause my heart to break

Be still do not whine
Do not pine over things you want to be
Be still do not whine
Do not pine over things you want to be

Do you still wanna be.....just friends?
Do you still wanna be....just friends?


Deja Vu

Written By: Shell Game (c) 2004 Rebecca Sanders & Joe McKinney

Trying to shove myself into the box
Who am I to be livin’ within society?
Of course the answer, it’s the key
Your rules they don’t fit me

I’m hugging tight to the curve
And any moment, I’m going to swerve
My soul’s a whore and he’s knocking on the devil’s door
Please no boundaries around me

Deja vu
Here I am again in this prison
Locked up in the should be could be
Get that same sick feeling in me
I’ve been here before, but I can’t find the key to the door

And I dream of looking for landmarks
In a place I’ve never been
But keep going back to again and again

Thinking my time would be better spent
Following the crowd on a road where everybody’s been
Can’t live between lines I can’t fall into the groove
The screw is stripped

Deja vu
Here I am again in this prison
Locked up in the should be could be
Get that same sick feeling in me
I’ve been here before, but I can’t find the key to the door

And I dream of looking for landmarks
In a place I’ve never been
But keep going back to again and again

Discography

Our music is currently distributed through an underground network and promoted through live appearances, word-of-mouth, and internet sources.

Set List

Shell Game performs primarily original material. We typically perform 1 or 2 sets at 45 minutes to one hour each.