Very Good Album

by Michael Ellis

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Here it is: the second half of the month-long song writing session! A lot of pop and 70s/80s style songs mixed with a pinch of folk and lots of sarcasm. Have fun listening and don't be afraid to crank it up.. Guess I never had as much fun recording a song as I had when doing "Hasselhoff saved the day"..

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released December 22, 2015

All songs written by Michael Ellis
Production: Ulrik Kowalk

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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 (13 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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Track Name: LA
long time ago
big city dreams, years and years
away from now
but i ain't shedding any tears
where i grew up
neighborhood and sunday school
out of the mud
i pulled myself together and left

and when i woke up in the night
touched by soft and shimmering red light

on the way back from l.a.
i'm shaking my curly hair
on my way back from l.a.
and still smiling
on my way back from l.a.
i've got the radio on
and i listen to a song that i wrote back then

what a dive
just the place to be for someone like me
an endless high
nights and days and songs and ways to play
another life
another way of life so different
behind my eyes
was so much going on

and when i woke up in the night
touched by soft and shimmering red light

on the way back from l.a.
i'm shaking my curly hair
on my way back from l.a.
sunglasses
on my way back from l.a.
i've got the radio on
and i listen to a song that i wrote for someone i knew back then

i don't regret anything
although you might deny
there's an end to everything
all good times go by
what's left are the memories

on the way back from l.a.
i'm shaking my curly hair
on my way back from l.a.
a new beginning
on my way back from l.a.
i've got the radio on
and i know i'll be fine as long as my tyres are spinning
Track Name: Odds
short after christmas time
twenty nine, twenty nine
i had a friend of mine
movie and a glass of wine
just like a cannonball it hit me
what a brilliant surprise
suddenly got weak around the knees

now i wonder

what are the odds we met
what could have been instead
what if it was inside my head
what if the drill had been dead

out of the blue
winter dozed spring was close
add to my flow
late night walks hour-long talks
just like a saviour descending
comeing to pull me up
we never made it to the ending

now i wonder

what are the odds we met
what could have been instead
what if the night had turned to ash
what if the drill had been dead

stammering and far from making any kind of sense
the only thing that i could feel the movement of her hands

what are the odds we met
what could have been instead
what if the night had turned to ash
what if the drill had been dead

what if there had been no time
what if you had not had wine
what if the night had turned to ash
what if we hadn't started fresh
Track Name: Hasselhoff saved the Day
the sun was shining brightly - when hasselhoff saved the day
i was having ice cream - when hasselhoff saved the day
that dog was just adorable - when hasselhoff saved the day
life was oh so horrible - then hasselhoff saved the day

woho - hasselhoff saved the day
woho - hasselhoff saved the day

someone had found some money - when hasselhoff saved the day
you were saying something funny - when hasselhoff saved the day
i took you out for waffles - when hasselhoff saved the day
everything was awful - then hasselhoff saved the day

woho - hasselhoff saved the day
woho - hasselhoff saved the day

thanks again for everything you did
guess our history books need to be refit
let's all celebrate the day of your birth
yippieyeah thanks you saved the earth

woho - hasselhoff saved the day
woho - hasselhoff saved the day
Track Name: The wee Spot
fastening the chain and
keep me in the rain
deserving makes it all go away
that is what you get
for chasing the postman
take me to the kennel and i'll stay

i'll take my sweet cut
sitting in the wee spot
looking at night and day
you'll be the queen and
i'll be licking your hand
now and for the rest of the way

barking at the great wide
trees along the roadside
having the time of my life
come a little closer
just a little closer
just a little more and i'll bite

i'll take my sweet cut
sitting in the wee spot
looking at night and day
you'll be the queen and
i'll be licking your hand
now and for the rest of the way

just seems so easy when i am your only friend
please take me out again or else i'll wet my pants

i'll take my sweet cut
sitting in the wee spot
looking at night and day
you'll be the queen and
i'll be licking your hand
now and for the rest of the way
Track Name: The wrong Choir
when all that's left of you is shredding lightly as a falter
grab the money you've amassed and take it to the altar
now and then you make a salient pass at the guy upstairs
it's always fun to realise the damage caps the repairs

gather round your next of kin and tell em to forgive you
take for granted every sin be honoured to outlive you
begging for indulgence hoping they accept your credit
in the end it all comes down to whether or not you get it

giddy spoken witty words to everyone's approval
name your favourite tune and make them listen at your funeral
spend a minute sitting in the silence of a heartache
finally the spell is lifted and thank god - there is cake

all of this emotionless and meaningless cleansing
now that i recall i wonder has it been worth spending
do i feel uplifted or elated free of desire
or maybe this ain't heaven and i'm preaching to wrong choir
Track Name: Light-Headed
sitting in a tree high on downward motivation
and so does she also full of expectation
promised it would be something really special
but so suddenly feel the blood stream in my vessels

and now i am light headed

lying in a bed draped in endless cotton covers
trying to be a friend so we won't end up as lovers
and then accidently at the door appears her mother
in my defence saying she wasn't just another

and now i am light headed
i'm becoming light headed

i get up too fast
or get down too slowly
all my words recast
i'm drifting away
all the talk and shouting
flows around my head
and my vision wanders
and i'm drifting away

picking up a tune that somebody else was singing
breathing in the fumes underground where they are swinging
sleeping on the tube i can feel my back stinging
creeping up the steps to place i think i'm living

and i feel light headed
i so am light headed

i get up too fast
or get down too slowly
all my words recast
i'm drifting away
all the talk and shouting
flows around my head
and my vision wanders
and i'm drifting away
Track Name: Car on a Train
an early morning we went
spring vacation as the
sun cut the horizon
and I noticed how beautiful you are

car on a train
chocolate and chapagne
what a day
car on a train

little chucks they gave
rhythm to the sound
of a thousand tons
moving overground

car on a train
shooting down the lane
sunshine and rain
car on a train

pull that string and there'd be a lot more time
but as i'm afraid the quality would decline
it's a crazy thing, one of us has to drive
we are so living in the moment

car on a train
chocolate and chapagne
what a day
car on a train

car on a train
simple and plain
sunshine and rain
car on a train
Track Name: Do you wonder
nameless stars above us
countless cars beneath us
can a man have nine lives
do you wonder sometimes

and if you do commence
you look down at the city below
and if you did commence
how long would it be if you let go

stepping closer out there
one foo t high in the air
still the stars above us
could we be like brothers

and if you do commence
you look down at the city below
and if you had the chance
would you try and just let go

if you had eyes
would it be so easy would it be so hard
do you wonder sometimes

through lows and highs
but wondering was never in the cards
never wonder no signs

and if you do commence
you look down at the city below
and if you took the chance
how long would it be if you let go
Track Name: French Kisses and Cat Hair
i've seen a lot
good and bad
black and white
wrong and right
what a circus

but what i've gotten
out of it
by my wit
is what i've found
under the surface

theres those nifty combinations that enchant me
and probably will do you to
a nifty combination what would be such a gem
well, french kisses and cat hair is one of them

a single thing
single thought
that if caught
often is worth
little on it's own

when they unite
then by chance
we get our hands
on something
to really set the tone

one thing is true
right away
makes my day
and so i say
i'm not gonna live without
Track Name: Angel in Control
the moment that i first met you
i knew it was gonna be a pile of work for me to do
when we first talked you said many things
a lot of things i'd disagree and this would be

an extraordinary journey for you and me
so do you see at least there we agreed
your way was so different from mine and i
often wondered if i was gonna laugh or cry

one more helpless blunder
one step from going under
falling over feet and in the middle you and me
another runaway
done, but anyway

i saved your life
now i', asking the angels to save mine
i gave it all got nothing back
now calling the angels
calling the angels help me
master the incline

i got you studying and everything
got you a place when you were worrying
you took it all and paid me nothing and
you still think i will carry on carrying

one more helpless blunder
one step from going under
falling over feet and in the middle you and me
another runaway
done, but anyway

i made your life
now i'm asking the angels to make mine
i gave it all got nothing back
now calling the angels
calling the angels help me
master the incline

you are still part of me will always be
i'm still here still full of sympathy
but right now i'm on the brink, the razor edge
don't let me sink, talk me off the fucking ledge

i saved your life
now i don't need the angels to save mine
i just want you to make me whole
because i know to you i can consign my soul
my angel in control
Track Name: Lakeland
on the moor after nightfall
there are lights in the air
all the fireflies dancing
until morning is there

hello hello
look up and let go
hello hello
the night's aglow

behind the gates lies a mansion
like the white in the sky
and the boys there are handsome
and the girls make you cry

hello hello
lakeland bovey
hello hello
dance along and be free

over stone roads and meadows
always close to the ground
and whistling a melody
to the rattling sound

hello hello
look up and let go
hello hello
with the river below
the whole night's aglow

hello hello
lakeland bovey
hello hello
dance along and be free
Track Name: Nerd to the pretty Girl
do you know we are in a whirl
in only one of a billion worlds
on a course that noone
ever really set

said the nerd to the pretty girl
skipped a beat as she flipped a curl
maybe i am dreaming
i am already dead

here's a phrase she replied
i will need you to answer
are you sure that you know
that you want what you wish for

whatever you dream of
chaos and commotion
dream of
devil and devotion
dream of
everything is nice
but i really gotta go

no don't go gimme one more
sorry i'm being such a bore
do you like magic
cause i can show you mine

alrighty clearly worse than before
just looking for an entry door
when i seem creepy
i'm only insecure

she was so gonna leave
when suddenly thinking
i might have what you need
if you look for a spanking

whatever you dream of
chaos and commotion
dream of
devil and devotion
dream of
everything is nice
but youre in for a world of pain

whatever you dream of
chaos and commotion
dream of
devil and devotion
dream of
everything is hurting
if you grant me the perversion

dream of
learning from a goddess
dream of
join in for the chorus
dream of
be careful what you wish for
when you wish for me
when you wish for me
Track Name: All that matters
can you see the burning trees and memories and all things about
ringing bells and personal hell and what it's telling you around
4 am, the core am ashore the land is flooded with sound
single moms sing simple songs and thinking, longing, drinking, shouting

and if you don't mind
leave it behind
all that matters to you
and if you don't mind
letting it shine
just make sure that you do

playing, swaying, saying sayings, marrying, carrying and burying away
trying, lying, fighting ways and keep on trying new habits everyday
we got the tools and schools and places, rules and shields and everything's for sale
enough guns and ammo, tons of ammo waiting for rambo to come around one day

and if you don't mind
leave it behind
all that matters to you
and if you don't mind
letting it shine
just make sure that you do

and if you don't mind
leave it behind
all that matters to you
and if you don't mind
letting it shine
just make sure that you do

can you see the burning trees and memories and all things about
ringing bells and personal hell and what it's telling you around
4 am, the core am ashore the land is flooded with sound
single moms still singing simple songs and thinking, longing, drinking, shouting, thinking...

and if you don't mind
leave it behind
all that matters to you
and if you don't mind
letting it shine
just make sure that you do
Track Name: Half a Million (Bonus)
i'm not afraid of monsters
i'm not afraid to die
i'm not the only one to dream
but that is something you can't buy

you keep me going forward
you keep me looking back
but will you keep me on the ground
or will i fail you on the track?

i'd love to be a vendor
put some money on the shelf
i'm not really a seller
i can't even sell myself

need to be progressing
need to be alight
people look for leaders
i am looking for a bite

half a million movements
half a million spikes
half a million - nice
are you satisfied?
tell me what it's like
tell me what it's like

i wanna be a creator
because thats what i'm about
i'm gonna need all your attention
and i am gonna need it now

trust me with the failure
trust me i'm a freak
trust me we will save the world
if only for a week

half a million hearings
against one hundred likes
half a million - nice
are you gratified
tell me what it's like
tell me what it's like

half a million updates
half a million spikes
half a million - nice
are you satisfied?
but i don't know what it's like
i don't know what it's like

sit back i'll try and synchronise
potentialities and desires
don't bother trying to analyse
it never pays

half a million brain cells
sending half a million spikes
half a million shorts
are you satisfied?
tell me what it's like
tell me what it's like

half a million listening
against one hundred likes
half a million - nice
are you gratified
tell me what it's like
tell me what it's like

half a million movements
half a million spikes
half a million - nice
are you satisfied?
tell me what it's like
tell me what it's like