Lifeline

by Michael Shynes

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The First Full Length LP Released by Singer/Songwriter Michael Shynes

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released October 1, 2012

All Music © Michael Shynes Music 2012

Additional Musicians Korey Garvey (Guitar) and Adam Dodge (Bass)

All Songs Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Michael Shynes

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Michael Shynes Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Musically, I'm in love. His light, accessible, passionate sound is one that had me hitting the repeat button on one song for almost an hour." -Rebecca Cicione A & R Columbia Records

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Track Name: Fresh Water in the Sun
Do I play the villain
Or should I wrestle the lines again
Do I stick to what I know
Or games I’ll never understand
Because I’m thinking oh
If she’s gotta hurt somebody
Well then oh let it be me

Dear God you are a beautiful girl
You’re gonna ruin my whole world
If I build a forest in those eyes
Then I’ll want to stay there every night
Dear God you’re everything that I want
You’re fresh water in the sun
And with every word you say
You pull my heart a little further away

I wandered down this road
And she says steady as you go
But I just lose all control
When you say my name
We move slow
Because we don’t want to hurt somebody
And you lean in closer to me

We drive like we were 16 again
On the coast the waves collect the beach
And I won’t let her down
And I fall for her now
Track Name: We Were Tigers, We Shed Our Wires
Jenny takes the long way home
And I know she hates to walk alone
So I ask her a question that takes a while to respond to
Soon enough our feet were sharing square stones
There is lightning in the Eastern sky
Its reflecting off her kind green eyes
I didn't even want to go inside
I just feel better knowing she is alright

In the days of kings and queens we were tigers
Bathing in the summer sun
In a world of marionettes we shed our wires
And fled until we couldn't run

Morning comes and so we have to go
We are headed for the west you know
Going to settle down and find some gold
Raise our children in our own castle

You intoxicate me
I feel like I drank all night
But I haven't touched a drop
Track Name: Lifeline
I don’t love you is a messed up conversation
I don’t want you is static on you’re favorite station
And its killing me slowly having to let her down easy
When the truth is that I just had no direction
And the mirror showed scars in my reflection
I hated myself and the idea that someone could love me

It didn’t hit me til the next one came
Holding her close just didn’t feel the same
It didn’t hit me til a late phone call
A couple of drinks when I had hit the wall
Can you throw me a lifeline
I think I might be starting to flat line

Well I’ve tried to reason with a little self medication
I have turned over seasons to see what might be under
I’ve lived and died I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve opened random doors just hoping you’re inside
And the hardest part is that I had it in my grasp
And then I opened a window hoping she comes back
And I will live in pain until the day
She touches down in the north land and helps me feel again

Don’t take my heart away at least bring it back to me
I’m walking the earth like a ghost what else could my penance be
Track Name: Catch and Release
As if I'd follow you here, had nothing better to do
You always thought the worst of me, I always saw the best in you
I'm still hanging off your hook, wishing you'd catch and release
All these damp self help books, ain't done nothing for me

The further we run, the longer I'd stay for you
If we come undone, you know I would wait for you
But this codependency has got me blind as a bat
And if we both can't see then darling what is that

I've never held any grudges, or heavy things I can't bare
Whenever werewolves want dinner, I just act unaware
And we live, preliminaries then we run wild, tributaries to the south nile
While we wait here, single and filed

I had a marvelous dream, the forest was deep, and we both felt the daylight
I had a marvelous dream, the forest was deep, and we both felt the daylight
Track Name: High Resolution Color
I took my own advice and built a part of me
That could see the brighter side of almost anything
And I carried it around turning moments into sound Until I heard a symphony
And for a month or two I let it linger there
It was changing up its tune and I was unaware
I felt my symptoms return
Your words how they burn
You love to pour it on but you don’t know how to stir

When the right girl comes around
I am bound to lock her down
But for now you’re just psychotic and way too hypnotic for a two star town
When the right girl shows her face
I am bound to set aside days
And be a lover undercover in high resolution color for the rest of your days

And I believe them when they say
There’s someone out there
Your knees will buckle when you lock into a quick stare
She is a fine girl oh
Is she the right girl no
And now I’m back to the rhythm that divides me
A dianetic heart that only wants to fight me
Where does it all go wrong

I’ve never asked for anything from you
Just find someone that you can send me to
She doesn’t care if I’m a superstar
Buy diamond necklaces and drive fancy cars
We grow together and we dance in the rain
I fall to pieces and she feels all my pain
When I want to lye in bed all day that is where stays
Track Name: I Never Erased It
My words they came out of fiction
Until you came inside
You were a hope and my benediction
But I just kept losing sight

The whole world will know I’m dying to face it
The whole world will know I never erased it

I’m trying to sleep but I’m all alone
I feel like my heart might turn to stone
If I don’t find something to have and hold
You’re out on the street and you’re catching cold
You know that I’d die to walk you home
But you never call

I woke up early Sunday
To see that run down church we found
And I drank in the middle of the day
To see if silence makes a sound
I’m gonna give up on lightning
Striking me back to that night when
You swore you’d never let me go
And you were hanging on to that heart you stole

I’m trying to sleep but I’m all alone
I feel like my heart might turn to stone
If I don’t find something to have and hold
And I wonder why
You’re out on the street and you’re catching cold
You know that I’d die to walk you home
But you never call

So I will
Track Name: The Capulet
In my own dark way I
I will try to make amends to you move back and through
I’ll take your reason as doubt and throw your hands on the fire
And she rolls right over just to feel those curtains rise
And she rolls right over an oasis in my mind

She’s got a real tight body but she don’t like to play
And if I’m honest with myself its better this way
But a reason is a reason to try couldn’t stop myself unless I was blind

Well I’m not sure if we could ever rehash it
But hit the clutch and we can move right past it
Breaking doors down tonight hanging on the vine
All I want is to be your savior I never wanted your honesty
And if this fresh face comes from an admirable place
You’ll never love him like you loved me

You take time you don’t need to rush
You got blue eyes and a loaded gun
You take time you don’t need to rush
You got blue eyes and the setting sun

In my own dark way I will try to make amends to you
I will try to make amends to you
Track Name: Sailship
I’m a sailship
Breaking off for who knows
Looking for a warm coast
Looking for a strong foundation
Lightning seems to keep on striking
Feel the noose is tightening
Jesus told me to be patient

But sometimes we lie to get by

Minnesota seems to just get colder
Every single winter
So I buy a brand new sweater
And you tell me that you like it
Tell me I look striking so I stay a whole nother year

And sometimes we lie to get by
When our paradise is right outside

I want to be a miracle like you
I want to sink in instead of falling through
I want to be fearless
Don’t want to be hopeless
I want to move just like you do

I’m a sailship breaking off for who knows
Looking for a warm coast
Looking for a strong foundation
Because sometimes we lie to get by
When our paradise is right outside
Track Name: Believers and Lovers
I’ll say my peace and not apologize
I’m gonna say my peace and don’t even ask me why
Well yeah to build a kingdom
You win and then you lose some
That is my honest reply

Do I really want to play that game where I wonder Who I might have been
Do we really want to stay the same for our whole lives
In the place we’re in
From one to another believers and lovers
I wonder if you’ll take a drive
From one to another believers and lovers
I wonder if this will get you high

Because we’re lost up in a cold dark rhythm
Don’t ask what the record says man just spin em
That song is fast
It grooves right
Something moves
Deep inside
Keep intention out of your stereo
And avoid like the plague any heart and soul
We gotta move to the rhythm
Move to the rhythm right
Shoot up
Make cash
Beat your wife

So I’m sorry if I spilled your drink
And made you stop and think
About the choices that you make
And the relationships you fake
You fake
Put another dime in the jukebox a
And play another mindless pop song
I got another show coming up soon
For an audience the size of your bedroom

Right now
Track Name: The Warmth
On Sunday I will make you breakfast
Rub your back until it feels brand new
On Monday I’ll hold you in excess
Keep you safe until the storm rolls through

And the warmth
Oh its what I needed
We battle winter til the summer is born
And the warmth
Oh you know I feel it
There’s no denying how the west was won

Red ribbons silk and satin curtains
You decorate your bedroom like you’re royalty
And I’m smitten you made that prediction
Said search the earth you’ll never find a girl like me

You are my river
Frozen or open well you still move

And the warmth
Oh its what I needed
We battle winter til the summer is born
And the warmth
Oh you know I feel it
There’s no denying how the west was won
Track Name: Carolina
I like your diamond shoes
They attract people to you
But only for a while
Your feet won’t last a mile
And I am running still
Stole the pie off your windowsill
I’m a thief in the dead of night
And you’re a thief in the morning light

So can you tell me where I’m standing
Now that I left it all behind
I am thunder in a dying storm
My hands are freezing but my heart is warm
And can you tell me where you’re landing
In your private jet tonight
Probably watching Mona Lisa smile
Seeing what you want to see can take a while

I’ve seen the lights of London
Play patterns on the trees
I felt that California sand as I dropped upon my knees
I prayed to Carolina
That she wouldn’t stay for free
I wanted to be everything
I wanted to be anything

So can you tell me where I’m standing
Now that I left it all behind
I am thunder in a dying storm
My hands are freezing but my heart is warm
Track Name: Your Biggest Fan
Take your time, find your meaning
I showed up when you were bleeding
And I wanted more than there was left to give
Find your light, reclaim the feeling
Like a child, when their dreaming
And I hope you know I’ll be your biggest fan

We have to learn to let go in the end
Acknowledge somewhere there’s a better man

I thought of you on this evening
Sometimes wheels just start spinning
They take you to where you don’t want to go

But we have to learn to let go in the end
Acknowledge that we cannot just be friends

In my memory where you wait
Hair is perfect and I ache
To brush your lips just one last time
And my conscience is to blame
For letting me hold on to my pride
And I think that’s where I’ll stay
In a truck on Christmas Day
When you said you knew you wanted to be mine
And I’m sure that I was right
When I suggested you take time
Before you left for 2 weeks in the night
33rd Avenue South
On the day I kissed the pain straight out of your mouth
And its one that I carry until the day I get you out
Of my mind

Find your light, find your feeling
Like a child, when their dreaming
And I hope you know I’ll be your biggest fan
Track Name: A Moment of Honesty
Those werewolves of London
I know that they’re coming
She won’t go unnoticed for long
My legs are knee deep in some dried up concrete
And a tailor has tied up my tongue

And I’m drunk
But I’m thinking clear
When I’m drunk
Just trying to be sincere

And if you saw her eyes under kerosene lights
You would know what she’s doing to me
And if you saw her face when she got to this place
You would know why I shake uncontrollably

When I’m drunk
And I’m thinking clear
When I’m drunk
I can be too sincere

So I tell her the truth
I love her and hope she loves me too
And though we’ve never met
I think of her every chance that I get

Because I’m drunk
And I’m not thinking clear
When I’m drunk
I can be too sincere

Wake up the next day I’m shaking my head
So damn embarrassed I wish I was dead
Brushing my teeth and my lips start to smile
I’ll wait and then try again in a while
Track Name: The Good Fight
Have you ever seen the water so crystal clear that you had to jump right in
We were fishing dead letters from the ocean floor and then smiling as we read

When summer came on the first of June
The Sun would open up and it would kill the Moon
We were fighting the good fight
There came a change in the atmosphere
And everyone would suddenly forget to fear
We were fighting the good fight

And little Juliet was just a baby girl
Who thought it was her mission to protect the world
She tied us all together with yarn and string
And said take a little lesson from the tallest trees
You have to wait a while before you feel the breeze
Relationships will blossom more than you might think when

We have to remember we are kings in poor mans clothing
Building castles in the sky
We have to remember we are kings in poor mans clothing
Building castles you and I
Track Name: Satan Herself
You must be high to treat me like you do
To chew me up and spit me out then lick your wounds
And there was a time when I would sleep in good health
But that was before I met Satan herself
And damn she is a sight to see
You don’t even notice when she twists the knife repeatedly

I’ll never kiss you on a New Years Day I’ll never catch you running after me
My feet were never meant to climb that wall I found and lost you in the leaves this fall

I’m surprised I didn’t wake up dead
When every drink of you went straight to my head
You know you’re poison
Warning label on the bottle cap
Every thing that comes after that is nausea and waiting
And I built you up a delicate stage and said here you go destroy everything

(part 1) Never listen to the voices in my head
Never listen to the voices in my head
It was all just so unexpected
(part 2) And the clock it moves so slow since you
(part 3) I’m not normally like this I’m a man in a crisis
Shattered to pieces
And the worst part is I still want you
And the worst part is I still care about you
Track Name: Brushfire
Sure we were blind, sure we were tongue tied, and we were buried on the floor
Sure we were young, mistakes that we wanted, you were just a best case scenario

And if we keep our hands, far from where we want to I'll stay proud
And if you want to say, everything is one step closer now
What do we know

In a world away, there is time to escape, you accept that don't you
But we do well, to control ourselves, before the brushfire smolders out
Track Name: Decide
I sit you down at a table across from me from the beginning I don’t have much chance
And you’re so jaded that you won’t even look at me these aren’t the making of a fall romance
But I can’t run, I can’t even move you are lost love, and I’m lost in you

I want to be the one who helps you believe again but it’s not for me to decide
Its up to you to decide
I’m almost blind enough to help you to see again but it’s not for me to decide
Its up to you to decide

Its not okay to tell our sad stories now I just want to shake the cold denial
Let your little lips move for a while
The message you’re sending is more than pretending I can’t seem to figure you out
So I’ll drive you home and I’ll let it be known I hope you come around

I had a lovely time, I’m hope that you don’t mind
My eyes continue to fall in your direction
I’m breaking you down, I feel myself underground
And there’s vibration in your feet as I head toward the surface
I’m breaking you down, you keep yourself underground
And there’s vibration in my feet as you head toward the surface
What do you say, What do you say love
Are you coming around
Track Name: For My Father
Please forgive me now, there ain't a thing left to up this down
And there was never time, for a calm before the storm
I reside in you, and half of you resides in me to
Its the only way I know I'm strong enough
I felt your leather coat, seeing your clothes tied a knot in my throat
Its such a helpless feeling, when you've got no cards to play

This can't be all that there is
There's a silence I can't forgive

But with a faint smile, a tip of your cap you said its alright now
It could rain down sheets in the dark but I would never let you drown
I know

I try to make the best, where you've gone there's no pain in your chest
But 25 years was not long enough
If it were up to me, you'd be there on the day I got married
You'd watch your grandchildren run, circles round the yard

Call me crazy but I hear your footsteps, call me crazy but i feel you runnin
Call me crazy but I hear your footsteps all the way from heaven