The Intrinsics

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The eponymous debut for Boston-based soul band, The Intrinsics. Inspired by the sweet sounds of Memphis, New Orleans, Detroit, and Muscle Shoals, The Intrinsics bring soul to audiences around Boston and the Northeast.

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released March 10, 2016

Shoulda Known Better—Music and Lyrics by Ethan Simon and Rachel Horn
Make Your Move—Music and Lyrics by Alex Graff
Going with the Next in Line—Music and Lyrics by Tree Palmedo
Off the Record—Music and Lyrics by Ethan Simon and Rachel Horn
Stepping Out—Music and Lyrics by Ben Sobel
Ain't Got Nothing—Music and Lyrics by John Tournas and Ethan Simon
Rumpshaker—Music and Lyrics by Ethan Simon
Love Like That—Music and Lyrics by Ethan Simon
Be Your Fool—Music Lyrics by Ethan Simon


Jeremy Sabath: Vocals and Trombone
Nadia Urrea: Vocals
Tree Palmedo: Trumpet, Handclaps
Ben Sobel: Tenor Saxophone
John Bass Tournas: Baritone and Alto Saxophones
Alex Graff: Guitar, Handclaps
Ethan Simon: Keyboards, Bandleader
Jonathan Elyashiv: Bass Guitar, Handclaps
Matt Gold: Drums and Tambourine

And on "Shoulda Known Better" and "Off the Record"
Jordan Lagana: Bass Guitar
Max Seiss: Tambourine and Aux Percussion

All songs recorded at The Soul Shop in Medford, MA and engineered and mixed by Elio DeLuca except for "Shoulda Known Better" and "Off the Record," which were recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA and engineered and mixed by Matt Beaudoin. Production: The Intrinsics and Elio DeLuca. Mastering: TW Walsh.

The Intrinsics would like to thank Rachel Horn and the Lowell House security staff.

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The Intrinsics Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Intrinsics are a soul/R&B band based on the campus of Harvard University. Founded in September 2013, we aim to bring the sweet sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Detroit, and New Orleans to audiences in the Boston area. Dancing is obligatory.

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Track Name: Shoulda Known Better
Well he could be the sweetest
And he sure knew how to charm
Said you were his onliest girl
When he held you in his arms

But that man he had a bad side
And everybody knew
Now you're just a fool for love
Looks like the joke's on you

Shoulda known better
With a man like that you should've known

Well girl you saw it comin'
You knew it from the start
You knew that he was trouble
So why'd you let him have your heart

Now you're lonely and you're cryin'
'Cause that man he could not be true
You already knew the punchline
But the joke is still on you

Shoulda known better
With a man like that you should've known

Your friends all said he'd do you wrong
So when the truth came out
it was all one big "I told you so,
you have nothing to complain about"

Woo!

But that man he had a bad side
And everybody knew
You already knew the punchline
But the joke is still on you

Shoulda known better
With a man like that you should've known

Shoulda known better
With a man like that you should've known

Shoulda known better
With a man like that you should've known
Track Name: Make Your Move
Baby it's no secret
That I'm all for your love

Baby you're my weakness
And you're all I'm thinking of

Well, God knows how hard I've tried
How hard I've tried to make you mine
But I'm getting pretty tired baby (oh, I'm getting pretty tired)
So it's up to you this time

Oh I don't want to rush you baby
But we've only got so long
Say the word and I'm yours baby
You know you can do know wrong

So, make your move
And make it soon
Don't just leave me waiting like a fool
If you don't act now
Your time is through
So I'm telling you right now to make you move

Hey, hey, hey

I'm getting sick
Of playing all your silly games
Well I guess I'm just a loser, baby
If I gotta wait another day

It's just
I wanna kiss you 'neath the moon and stars
And hold you so tightly in my arms
And baby if your wish is just the same
You're the only one to blame

So, make your move
And make it soon
Don't just leave me hanging like a fool
If you don't act now
Your time is through
So I'm telling you right now to make you move

And make it soon
Don't just leave me waiting like a fool
If you don't act now
Your time is through
So I'm telling you right now to make your
Telling you right now to make your
I'm telling you right now to make your
I'm telling you right now to make your
Telling you right now to make your move
Track Name: Going with the Next in Line
I don't wanna lose you baby
So why you make it so hard to hold on?
You always say, I'm crazy
Today I'm right and then tomorrow I'm wrong

But I can't help the feeling that maybe
You wish my legs were just a little more long
Well if you don't wanna be my lover
I'll have another by the end of this song

You gotta specify
Specify what you like
Ooh baby, you gotta recognize
You're not the only guy
And tomorrow baby, I'm going with the next in line

I thought that you were cool, oh baby
In your Cadillac car like a king
But I was just a fool, or lazy
To think I wasn't just another of your things
Well I don't wanna be your lady
If all you wanted me to do is sing
'Cause there's another boy on the corner
And I think I'm gonna give him a ring

You gotta specify
Specify what you like
Ooh baby, you gotta recognize
You're not the only guy
And tomorrow baby, I'm going with the next in line

Baby, I love you
But you got me working overtime
Tell me, do you love me
'Cause I'm not yours unless you really are mine
I gotta say it over and over and over and over

You gotta specify
Specify what you like
Ooh baby, you gotta recognize
You're not the only guy
And tomorrow baby, I'm going with the next in line
Track Name: Off the Record
Every morning at half past ten
When I come knocking at your back door
I catch myself dreaming 'bout some day when
Our love won't have to be a secret no more

'Cause I'd be lyin' if I told you
That he could love you like I do, yeah
That man of yours, someday he'll be long gone
And I'll be the one you're sleeping next to

'Cause our love is off the record
Strictly off the record it's true
Yes our love is off the record
Girl, I won't let 'em get the scoop on you

Yeah I know you got a man at home
You tell me that his love is real
You made it clear that I'm the other guy
Our love's a secret that I can't reveal

But I wanna scream
I wanna shout
I wanna tell the whole world, yes I do now, honey
You say our love's a secret for the classifieds
But to me girl, it's front-page news

And if someone comes askin' about our love
Wondrin' where, or when, or who
Don't worry babe, I won't give my name
I'll just be somebody close to you

'Cause our love is off the record
Strictly off the record it's true
Yes our love is off the record
Girl I won't let 'em get the scoop on you

Stop the presses!
Hey - ey - hey - yeah
Yeah
Wait a minute
Ooh, ooh, ooh

And if someone comes askin' about our love
Wondrin' where, or when, or who
Don't worry babe, I won't give my name
I'll just be somebody close to you

Some day our love will be on the record
At least that's what I'm hopin' for
Until our love is on the record
I'll just keep knockin' on your back door

I'll just keep knock, knock, knockin' (knock, knock, knock)
Knock, knock, knockin' (knock, knock, knock)
Knockin' on your back door

I'll just keep knock, knock, knockin' (knock, knock, knock)
Knock, knock, knockin' (knock, knock, knock)
Knockin' on your back door

Come on baby yeah (knock, knock, knock)
Knock, knock, knockin'
Knockin' on your back door
Track Name: Stepping Out
I feel your hands closing, clenched around my throat.
Yeah your love’s been strangling me, and I’m now ‘bout to choke.
You been abusin’ and bruisin’ my ego for too long
Since I been bluesin’ I’ll cruise in and put it to you in a song

Baby, I heard you, it hurts you to find out
But I swear it’s fair.
And it’s time I let you know
You say don’t go
But I answer no—ohhh
I’m steppin’ out.

Soon as I stepped outside I knew it ain’t the same.
Sun gleamin’, chin up, smile beamin’—it’s a lovely day.
When we were foolin’ it was gruelin’, felt trapped in a tiny cage,
But now your lies unspoolin’ and I’m coolin’ off, heels up, far away

Through all our screw-ups, so rough, I stayed tough, blew up inside
Used to feel used up, now I’m juiced up and mighty fine, yeah
Our love’s been kicked out, back on the scene quick, with my clique now
So please don’t rock that slick pout, we both knew it wouldn't work out

Baby, I heard you, it hurts you to find out
But I swear it’s fair.
And it’s time I let you know
You say don’t go
But I answer no—ohhh
I’m steppin’ out.
Track Name: Ain't Got Nothing
I ain't got no car
Ain't got no fancy shoes
I ain't got no limousine
Don't got no Jimmy Choos

I ain't got no Hennessy
Don't got no cheech and chong
But baby, baby
I won't do you wrong

I ain't got no rubber bands
Ain't got no Louis V
I ain't those flashy chains
Ain't rockin' Versace, nice!

I ain't got no platinum card
Don't got that golden ring
But baby, baby
Yeah I'mma do my thang

'Cause what I got? (yeah, yeah)
I ain't got nothing (nah, nah)

What I got? (yeah, yeah)
I ain't got nothing (nah, nah) (6x)

Ain't got nothing but love

I ain't no time to spend
No Rolie on my arm
I don't eat no fancy meal
Don't got no caviar

'Cause I ain't got no platinum card
Don't got that golden ring
But baby, baby
I'mma do my thang

'Cause what I got? (yeah, yeah)
I ain't got nothing (nah, nah)

What I got? (yeah, yeah)
I ain't got nothing (nah, nah) (2x)

Ain't got nothing but love
Track Name: Rumpshaker
Rumpshaker tell me what is your name?
Rumpshaker, tell me what is your name?
The way you shake it
You know you drive a man insane

Rumpshaker, I like the way you do that thing
Ohh, rumpshaker, no no, I like the way you do that thing
Got me spendin’ all my money
Tryna buy the girl a diamond ring

See, I went on down to a spot I know
Down by the Union Hall
Kinda spot where they love to dance
Packed from wall to wall

I saw this girl, dancing alone
I damn near lost my mind
When she got to shakin’ that ass
Switchin’ from side to side

Ohhh, rumpshaker, no no no, why you gotta be so cruel?
When you get goin' and go and do that thang now honey
You make a man act a fool

She looked at me and said
Oh no! Boy you better slow your roll
I know you been watchin’ me,
Dancin up on the wall

But if you want to know my name,
You know you don’t stand a chance
Unless you get up on the floor
And you start your feet to dance

Rumpshaker, no no no, why you gotta be so cruel?
The way you shake it,
You make a man act a fool

Tell 'em
Track Name: Love Like That
When you're down
I'll pick you back up
I'll give you coffee, girl
Right in your cup

I'll give you shelter
Shelter from the storm
When it's cold outside
I'll keep you warm

I'll give you this love
(And I'll give it right back)
Yes, I'll give you this love
(And I'll give it right back)
Yeah, I'll give you this love
(And I'll give it right back)

But I bet you ain't never, never, never
Had a love like that

I'll be your lightbulb
Late at night
When you're wrong
I'll make you feel alright

I'll be there in the morning
Like an early rain
And I'll be there in the evening, baby
Like a midnight train

Yeah, I'll give you this love
(And I'll give it right back)
Yeah, I'll give you this love
(And I'll give it right back)
Yeah, I'll give you this love
(And I'll give it right back)


But I bet you ain't never, never, never
Had a love like that

Late at night
When you're all alone
I'll call you up
On your telephone

And I'll say
Ooooooh, baby do you hear me
'Cause I need to know now
'Cause I need to know

Baby do you love me?
Do you care?
Oh, do you love me, girl?
Do you care?

Just a little bit louder?
'Cause I need to know
'Cause I need to know
'Cause I need to know!
Track Name: Be Your Fool
You think I don’t hear
The back door slam closed
Every time I’m
A little early
Comin’ home

You think I don’t see
Your eyes watchin’ him
Oh, but darlin’
I got eyes
Of my own

Talkin’ in whispers soft and low
Late at night on your telephone

But I go on pretending
Just to keep you at home
'Cause I’d rather be your fool
Than be alone

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Well I know a man
Has gotta maintain his pride
Oh but pride don’t mean nothin’, no, no no
Without you by my side

And if you don’t love me, oooh
I’ll take what I can
Cause baby who am I, who am I?
If I ain’t your man?

I know, oh, what I ought to do
Leave you behind, and find somebody new

Oh, oh, but it ain’t so easy
Being on your own
'Cause I’d rather be your fool
Than be alone

Yes I would, now honey, no
I don't wanna be alone
I said I don't wanna be alone, no, no
No, no, no, no, no
No, I don't wanna be alone now honey, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
Oh, why'd you have to?
I said-a why'd you have to?
Oh, why'd you have to go?
Ooooh!
Why'd you have to go?
Oh, I don't wanna, I don't wanna, I don't wanna be alone, no!
Why'd you have to go? Go, no
Why'd you have to go? I said-a why'd you have to go?
Why'd you have to go? No, no
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey