Under the Last Tree on Earth

by Reanimation

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    UNDER THE LAST TREE ON EARTH - Now available for purchase! The album's nine tracks run nearly 60 minutes and take the listener on a deep, reflective, emotional journey – a revealing look inside a heart and mind that teeters on the brink of exhaustion but somehow clings to never-ending hope. This limited-edition, 4-panel digipak CD-R (with 8-page booklet) arrives at your doorstep shrink-wrapped and ready to provide instant gratification.

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Michael Shanahan has returned in 2014 with his strongest and most ambitious effort to date—the reflective, often dark and mesmerizing UNDER THE LAST TREE ON EARTH. These nine songs dig deep under the skin, taking the listener on a deep, emotional journey of self-exploration and discovery. Heavy and hypnotic, with expertly assembled textural grooves, the new release is a more purposeful and focused result. Still, it remains true to the trademark REANIMATION use of thickly layered sounds and circular song structures. UNDER THE LAST TREE ON EARTH picks the scabs off of old wounds, confronts new struggles, and attempts to heal, exposing tension-filled themes that examine isolation, despondency, fear, regret and love. The songs weave, dance and stomp through a revealing look inside a heart and mind that teeters on the brink of exhaustion but somehow clings to never-ending hope

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released June 29, 2014

All songs written, performed and produced by Michael Shanahan

Mastered by Mark Beazley at Trace Recordings, United Kingdom

Michael Shanahan: vocals, drums & percussion, electric and acoustic guitars & effects, bass, piano, synths, mridangam, violin, tin whistle, Chinese zither, recorder, e-bowed zither, harmonica, 10' corrugated perforated drain pipe, aluminum can and kalimba

Album title inspiration from the poem "It's No Wonder How Things Turned Out" by Casey Wade Carver (2011)

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Reanimation Winfield, Illinois

REANIMATION is the vision of Michael Shanahan. Since 1985, the music of REANIMATION and its forebears has resisted easy categorization by combining elements of psychedelia with progressive, experimental, alternative, and pop rock. With REANIMATION, Shanahan melds these influences into a unique experience based on groove, space, atmospherics, and tension. ... more

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Track Name: Dead Heart Souvenir
Soft stroke, caress the soul; feel the pulse moving faster
Dark heart, souvenir; heal the wounds driven deeper
They don’t share the pain; no no no it’s just for show
Slipshod, ease the mind; feel the surge from below

The light will come again, let it shine down on this day
The song that sleeps from within your mind drifts away

Everyone we know is like a mirror with a soul, and as we move beyond the narrow, walk the storm clouds from below
The other way of knowing, nothing but the primal glory, what’s the truer price of freedom, not the motion or the form

Turn it up and spit it out, another punctured fairy tale, the hearts will ease and sorrows end, where day and night will meet as one
Crawl inside and letting go, it’s not about the words you just borrowed

She pushed away and she’s so much alone

[The light comes from way down low]

Dead heart, souvenir; heal the wounds driven deeper
Low hum melody; turn it up in a frenzy

Everyone we know is like a mirror with a soul, and as we move beyond the narrow, walk the storm clouds from below
Memorize and improvise and slip away and hear it grow louder

Turn it up and spit it out, another punctured fairy tale, the hearts will ease and sorrows end, where day and night will meet as one
Crawl inside and letting go, it’s not about the words you just borrowed
She pushed away and she’s so much alone

[The light comes from way down low]

©2013 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
Track Name: Abigail's Ashes Came Home Today
When the sun comes up again
Where night and day collide
Watchers of the sky today
I swear that she was crying

The birth of life and love
Rejoice in what it’s saying
Form of strength and beauty
She’s coming home today


©2012 Michael Shanahan/Reanimation
Track Name: Surprise Hitchhiker
In the eye of the storm
Iridescent eyes
Now awake from hiding
Chase us through the maze
Challenge what I know
Connecting to the silence

We hear the music
Dawn leads to darkness
Fingers dissolve from my view
Surprise hitchhiker
Surging from within me
Wants to taste the breath of you

[We’ll never give it away]

Beyond the bounds of time
I grab the closest hand
Increasing concentration
We couldn’t let it go
Followers were burned
Or in their hiding places

Turning and turning
Heal all that wounds me
I became strong through dreaming
Surprise hitchhiker
Surging from within me
Wants the world to finally see

[We’ll never give it away]

©2014 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
Track Name: And You
Trespassing into my life
Held up for everyone to see
Disapprovingly

The seeds so deeply buried
Sadness stands where sympathy died
You think there's nothing wrong

We're drifting away

So wide awake for the first time
And break the silence with very few words
And yet that's nothing new

No drug can take us this high
No words, in motion, the blink of an eye
And rise on winds that roar

We're drifting away

Let go, dissolve, follow, sorrow, did you, did you, redo, renew, run through, undo, untrue, you do, and you, and you, and you, and you

A spark, in bloom, to love, too soon, to kiss, to fly, too high, too high, unchecked, undone, unloved, a gun, and you, and you, and you, and you

©2014 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
Track Name: Growing With the Growing Light
Growing with the growing light
A past just screaming for a way
To breathe tonight

When once it seemed the world conspired
Forced to tear the heart
That was yours and mine

All the years, all the doubt
Shared the pain apart
Away from what pushed below

But now we float between the worlds
Life on life we come and go

Let it find a way out – Let it shine again
Let it rise above now – Let the time begin
Let it reach inside you – Let it drown the cries
Let it cut so deep now – Show the dream that lies behind

And through it all you held your breath
All the while we sought the chance
To feel the flesh

Above it all you drew me back
To crawl inside, to see you dance
Our souls undress

Growing with the growing light
A past just screaming for a way
To breathe tonight

To touch, to feel, to come alive
You turn your face, so much to say
And open your eyes

©2013 Michael Shanahan/Reanimation
Track Name: The Serpent Fire (Everything Fades)
I'm wide awake and understanding
A dying god, nothing to say
Will someone stop the noise in my mind
This red light kiss won't wash away

Was this our dream or only borrowed
You drag your nails across my skin
Flooding through the body, and touching every nerve
Before you go, you let me in

As everything fades

Light revealed destroys the shadow
No rhythmic dance, when hearts burned bright
Collapsing with the silence, a door without a key
That is was and ever shall be

As everything fades

©2014 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan
Track Name: She Never Sleeps
Crashing down around your heart
Letting go but won’t forget
Floating on the breath from you
Dancing through my head

She never sleeps
She’ll never close her eyes
She cannot sleep
No matter how she tries
She never sleeps
She weaves the thread of seasons
She cannot sleep
She needs you to believe in

Memories of where she came
A path straight to the sun
Never changing point of view
You were always the one

Red felt heart my valentine
The decades seem just stolen
Washed aside by auburn waves
Her promise can’t be broken

©2012 Reanimation/Michael Shanahan