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Fantastic says the Shark

by Michael Ellis

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1.
Rocket Man 03:30
I am a rocket man This is my rocket On top of my own game I'm never stopping I'm taking my life Into my own hands To go to space and beyond Where reality ends To the worlds out there Noone else has gone Come get your ticket golden opportunity One in a thousand petty years In case you wonder there ain't nothing wrong with me I am a rocket man This is my rocket Remaining self esteem Goes in the bucket You know i'm certainly the best you'll ever get One in a thousand petty years In case you wonder there ain't nothing wrong with that I come as i go Where - nobody knows As soon as I say a word You'll be out of your clothes So come on to me Show me some of your skin I'll take what i want And then i'll be in the wind I am a rocket man This is my rocket They're counting down from ten And then i ROCK IT I may be vicious but at least i'm not your mom One in a thousand petty years In case you wonder i won't come back once i'm gone
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Ain't it great Ain't it nice Let's talk about the future On a day like this Sun and bliss Life feels like it should Memories Vagaries Millions of options From my seat inside the hall Life looks pretty gold We'll have a drink or two Worrying about none Sidewalks lead the way we're strolling in the summer sun Well I don't know bout you Listen to the sound There's a shadow on the ground and as I turn around FANTASTIC! says the shark As it slides down Broadway Boulevard A 21 foot doobie 'tween the gills While the purists wave their hands in awe Manhattan tourists live it up and y'all be Taking selfies tossing fifty dollar bills Hear me yell What the hell This is most unusual Round here we don't see this Too many times a year Summertime Bummer, i'm Not in a position To reflect more than i should On this phenomenon Just have a drink or two Worrying about none Till our brains have finally melted in the summer sun Well I don't know bout you Maybe it's okay How bad can one fish be - ain't too big anyway FANTASTIC! says the shark As it slides down Broadway Boulevard A 21 foot doobie 'tween the gills While the purists wave their hands in awe Manhattan tourists live it up and y'all be Taking selfies tossing hundred dollar bills And it's okay To run away And i don't mean to be obscene Or to lecture anyone But i fucking love this and I'm having soo much fun Another drink or two Little rum and tea Till my brain is coming forward asking what's wrong with me Well I don't know bout you But this has been just great Things you really cannot change you must appreciate FANTASTIC! says the shark As it slides down Broadway Boulevard And still no man has called up the police While the purists wave their hands in awe Manhattan tourists live it up and y'all Be taking selfies with you head between the teeth FANTASTIC scenery Loud and proud, no inbetweenery A million little questions in the room But this song ain't about answering Naming, shaming or cancelling Just run with it there's a shark in it for you
3.
My Garden 03:22
Sitting in my garden Under the trees Been standing here waiting For hundreds of years Can't say for certain If it's nighttime or day But what does it matter? Sitting in my garden I don't care about Real or illusion With or without Millions of people Who stay where they are I'm watching the world from afar Because warm as the sun That blesses me Cool as the wind Caressing me You are Distraction and daze Chaos and disarray Calm is the earth and the world's a forgotten place Catching the light in her eyes Sounds of bees Come to my ears And tease Sway of the trees And breathe In and breathe out Serene without a doubt Sunbeams moss-grown Under the leaves You see life Spring in and out of the circle around it goes Spring summer autumn and so it flows And warm as the sun That blesses me Cool as the wind Caressing me You are Distraction and daze Chaos and disarray Calm is the earth and the world's a forgotten place Catching the light in her eyes
4.
Rehash 04:05
Was it you who told me yesterday That i was born in the usa In the summer of 69 I took on you and i walked the line Wrote down the words to american pie After i'd heard them through the grapevine We shot the sheriff You loved me tender I was pleased to meet you Now return to sender Light my fire You crazy child Now walk this way We're born to be wild All we hear is all we hear has Long been sung, here and everywhere Cause all we hear is hallelujah Old inventions still Peggy sue why dont you write me back Got a red barchetta but i'll paint it black We'll stop the rain but you've gotta get with my friends School's out in the Teenage wasteland Like a virgin in a Big yellow taxi London calling Freely falling Just another brick in the Wonderwalling All we hear is all we hear has Long been done, here and everywhere Cause all we hear is hallelujah Come together now How about a kiss All the leaves are brown Pour your misery down on me My finger is on the button All we hear is all we hear has Long been done, here and everywhere Cause all we hear is 1980 Come together, do your share And all we hear is rich and famous But here we are now entertain us Cause all we hear is sounds of silence But we're no islands, please explain this And all we hear is underneath us In between us, everywhere Cause all we need is gallileo All we want is pathopoeia All we hear is hallelujah Time to wonder, radio And all we need is money for nothing Plans for nigel, afterglow All we hear is little boxes And they all sound just the same Cause all we hear's been here forever Taking over, go wherever All we need is to take a sad song And we'll be heroes we'll make it better Cause all we need is inspiration Perspiration, exclamation
5.
Old Town 03:50
My friend just called me crying They're demolishing the old town Some fifteen years ago I might have splashed out on the next round But lately things are changing And not always for the better Emotions coming faster Than reactions when we go there I've been in love More than one time In my life I've been in love More than once The parlour with the back wall Where i learnt how to inhale The roof next to the school yard We stood out like a doornail The playground and the cottage Where we all got so queasy The swings outside the tree house Where everything was easy I've been in love More than one time In my life I've been in love More than once Weird to even feel this way Nothing ever stays the same That's what life is meant to say Come change with me or lose your claim Now see what are the options You can go and buy the whole place Build a shrine and spend a fortune Take control of every subspace Or you can change your focus The way you are perceiving The past will always be there For comfort and for grieving As i've been in love More than one time In my life And if i can fall in love again Then so can you My friend just called me crying They're demolishing the old town Demolishing our future Like we imagined it would go down With sunshine every morning We'd go out and get the paper Friendly waving at each other From the front porch In the old town
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Fantastic! 04:14
It's a glorious morning in w-1-a With your limited beauty on total display Listen up and sit down we've got the show right here Get the gin ready and enjoy the veneer Later in the day we've got helen of troy And we'll be sharing recipes with an essex boy Lots of baking and quaking, sewing and seams In the middle ms mae - the stuffing of dreams Favourite records, favourite toys From cheap imitation to real mccoys Now casting off - all hands on deck I'll be there in a minute - just a sec Fantastic! Head to toes Follow the story Wherever it goes Fantastic! From the bottom to the top We're in the window Waking you up Bam listen - what's that sound Something unheard of is makings its round What i'm hearing is massive and a massive surprise We're all in for a treat can you feel it arrive Tadada - the sound coming on strong Now the notes have past and the moment is gone Tadada - can we get that again Here with more details is a microphone man Between the houses, terraces, parks and cars Something's leaving the dust sporting fins and jaws Tickling my ears, misleading my eyes What the?!? Fantastic! Head to toes Follow the story Wherever it goes Fantastic! From the bottom to the top Truth be delivered Like a bomb drop Now coming to you live from the borderline With the main house burning and the tower on fire We've got all the pictures but are lacking the brain We're all lit up, i guess we're going insane Try to reason with it, try to make it return To its origins, to be another's concern People throwing money, people making faces People dying for a story in a number of cases Later generations will be having their doubts Bout a giant sea creature they're reading about But for as long as we live we'll be singing the song About how broadway came down and we were taken along Fantastic! Fead to toes Follow the story Wherever it goes Fantastic! From the bottom to the top Truth be delivered Like a bomb drop Fantastic! From the bottom to the top We're in the window Waking you up Fantastic! A couple more bites He's done more damage in a day Than a tory in a night Fantastic! From the bottom to the top My head is my heart I am closing up shop
7.
High 03:24
In the corner of my room I'm summoning the good times Later on i'll have a drink to all the blurred lines From a lonely moon outside The dusty veils are flickering I feel a soft breeze on my neck as i remember That i'm not on my own I finally found home Moving though myself and i just get high Way behind me is a million miles But in the end it was all well worth the try Deep in sips of fire water Like a piece she moves me Between her fingers i am a formless mass of flesh and thoughts and love Paying up my final debt now Doesn't seem as easy Because the world is made up of a few things when push comes to shove And in the morning when i wake up i recall that i'm in love And in the evening i don't search for answers anymore And everytime i feel euphoria like a punch from the hand of god I can finally take a picture of my life Moving though myself and i just get high Way behind me is a million miles But in the end it was all well worth the try Opening the book at a better chapter Way behind me is a million miles But in the end it is step by step that you get by
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Rocks from the hills Greens from the pastures Water from rivers and fog from the lakes Form the house i dreamt i built in the rain Roots of the trees Moved by the breeze Run deep underground as they put me at ease I pull down my hood and walk through the gate Walkways and footpaths Secrets and old songs Sayings and chimneys and rust Bramble and birdsong Hillocks and waterfalls Droplets make rainbows in the gust Don't you dare taking my heart like that Don't you dare taking my heart Places of fallow Cattle or silence Stone rows and wooden carvings And everywhere around you stands history Mystical hollows Caverns and tors Weathered gravestones been here long before us Slow your pace and pause for a moment Walkways and footpaths Stories and old songs Thatched roofs and chimneys and rust Bramble and birdsong Hillocks and waterfalls Droplets make rainbows in the gust Don't you dare taking my heart like that Don't you dare taking my heart Rocks, greens, water Roots, shapes, Forms Walkways, Secrets, Sayings Bramble, Hillocks, Droplets Rainbows Walkways and footpaths Stories and old songs Thatched roofs and chimneys and rust Bramble and birdsong Hillocks and waterfalls Droplets make rainbows in the gust Don't you dare taking my heart like that Don't you dare taking my heart
9.
Tonight like many other nights he's standing at my bedpost Filling the space between the spaces in the room I'm not sure he can see me But he's happy and he smiles Like having a dream about an apple tree in autumn Sometimes all it takes to see how little we control Is in the way that we remember yesterday Trying hard to patch a world that never can be whole But he would like us all to know that it's okay Memories of a wedding, conversations with a friend Let you know he's in a good place And this is not the end Sometimes the sun goes down too soon with many things unsaid Leaving a world that carries on and one that's standing still Tonight he'll sleep under the stars where nothing can disturb But in his music he's alive and well Tonight like many other nights he's coming to my room Sitting down on the windowsill like a crow He's moved by the emotion from strangers near and far But in music there's no strangers as you know Sometimes all it takes to see how little we control Is in the way that we remember yesterday Trying hard to patch a world that never will be whole But he wants us all to know that it's okay
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Acrylic 04:51
11.
Square One 03:53
I'm chanting I'm chanting and i'm ranting to distrct myself From what was never good I'm ranting Indifference's something else when you've got Less than 30 years under the hood When did it all turn bad When did we become old When did we measure our awkwardness in wine? I solemnly swear to get out of here As soon as i am good to pay the bill Cause all i hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys I can't admit the allegations And all i hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys So let's go I'm prudent So prudent you'll find my arrogance Speaking from every other song Deluded For years we failed to see we're Locked and loaded pretty much all along When did it all turn bad When did we become old When did we measure entertainment in wine? A diamond in the sand Barely two feet from your hand But you take it just for glass in the sunshine Cause all you hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys Can't admit the allegations And all you hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys So let's go When did it all turn bad When did we become old When did we measure entertainment in wine? A diamond in the sand Barely two feet from your hand But you take it just for glass in the sunshine Cause all we hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys We can't admit the allegations Cause all we hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys Let's not admit the allegations Cause all we hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys And all we hear is noise noise noise All we hear is noise noise noise Boys boys boys So let's go
12.
Leaving Reno 05:31
Was it the times we were falling out? Could i have seen it all? Or was it nothing we could do? Just the way the dices fall? Let them fall We're leaving reno for the first time I hope that it will be the last We're flying out on separate aeroplanes With all the years gone past A cold room a carpet grey Signed and gone One by one The tinted windows holding back A blinding sun What's done is done We're leaving reno for the first time I hope that it will be the last We're flying out on separate aeroplanes With all the years gone past Yesterday was just another story Another unsolved case We aren't judged by our imperfections But by how we regret our mistakes Time time time Help us to find A way to forgive each other Dispel and unwind Time time time Help us define A way to understand each other Dispel and unwind We're leaving reno for the first time I hope that it will be the last We're flying out on separate aeroplanes On our separate paths Yesterday was just another story Another unsolved case We're going on ever trying our best And there will always be mistakes
13.
When i was young i had a system Cultivated over years A downward spiral Running straight as if on rails Silent catastrophies And still looking in, looking in From the rain i am looking in, looking in There's no denying i'm looking in I am looking in Longing to find a way to break Away from the circle of flaws and mistakes And then it happens all again I look for love and find a friend Looking back once again feeling like a fool I find myself on my granny's kitchen stool Trying hard to mend the world It's not the end if there in sadness Lies a new way to begin But someone said that it is madness Trying the same hoping to win Looking in, looking in From the rain i am looking, in looking in There's no denying i'm looking in I am looking in Longing to find a way to break Away from my circle of flaws and mistakes And then i do it all again I look for love and find a friend Looking back and again being someone's fool I find myself on my granny's kitchen stool The only comfort in the world Life moves on as we're told It seems so vague as i get old Quote unquote deliverance can take on many forms And sometimes ... Quote unquote deliverance can take on many forms But sometimes one just needs to get laid

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It is finally here - we are exhausted but very happy..
With 9 months of becoming this album has been accompanying me for a significant part of my life. Lots of things happened during that period and some found their way into the music. You will find that this compilation of music differs in many ways from my "usual" releases but new ways need exploring. Enjoy and please tell me your thoughts. <3, ME

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released December 25, 2021

Aenne Euhus: Trumpet
Detlef Papin: Saxophone
Stephanus Volke: Violin
Michael Ellis: some other stuff

Ulrik Kowalk: Production

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Michael Ellis Oldenburg, Germany

I was born in 1983 and began my musical career at the age of six when I first took violin lessons. On my ninth birthday I got my first electric guitar and I have been playing rock and roll ever since. Over the last years I have recorded several albums and ep‘s (17 altogether I think) containing lots of musical styles from acoustic folk music via progressive rock and songwriter to pop and rock. ... more

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