Head For Daylight

by Michael Daross

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released November 1, 2010

Michael Daross - Vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Varley - Piano, keys, pedal steel
Charlie Fountain - Drums
Kyle Clayton - Bass
Chuck Couch - Lead guitar
Karla Manzur - Additional vocals
Thomas van der Brook - Bari sax
Paul Luedke - Trumpet
Kevin Gibbs - Tenor sax
Lars Goransson - Additional percussion

Recorded by Bradley Calhoun, Lars Goransson, Thomas van der Brook, and Michael Daross

Produced by Michael Daross

Mixed by Lars Goransson

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian

Artwork by Tatiana Jitkoff

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Track Name: Snake Charmer
Snake Charmer

Through the looking-glass above the bar
You hotwired my brain like a stolen car
And all it took was a smile
I guess my pride must've made me blind
Otherwise I would've noticed all the signs
You could see 'em for miles

I may dress like the bourgeoisie, yeah
But I won't be your retirement plan
I shoulda known how it was going to be, yeah
You'll get away with whatever you can, but

I didn't know what I was getting into when I was getting into you
I didn't know that I would have to pay for the privilege of being used
Well, I guess that no one ever taught you
happiness cannot be bought
But if you play too hard to get,
You might not get got

You snake charmer

You convinced me to buy you a drink
Then it became about a dozen more,
I think you've got the box, but I'm the tool
And now my wallet's lost some weight
I'm getting out before it gets to be too late
Mama raised no fool

You try to leave the bar tab to me, yeah
But I would have to take out a loan
Your martini's full, but you're empty, yeah
Shallow to the bone

I didn't know what I was getting into when I was getting into you
I didn't know that I would have to pay for the privilege of being used
Well, I guess that no one ever taught you
happiness cannot be bought
But if you play too hard to get,
You might not get got

I didn't know what I was getting into when I was getting into you
Well, I guess I've got a little bit of wising up I've gotta do
I understand that no one ever taught you happiness cannot be bought
But if you play too hard to get,
You might not get got

You snake charmer

Snake charmer
Cock teaser
Gold digger
Deciever
Track Name: Moon To You
Moon To You

The planets are prisoners
Of a merciless, beautiful sun
The galaxy's full of stars
But they cling to the familiar one

And the sun cannot slip away
From the galaxy's muscular arm
His center is caving in
But she's been seduced by his charm
Seduced by his radiant charm

And the pull you exert on me
Is some kind of ravenous gravity

So I'll be a moon to you
Always revolving around and around and around
Constantly falling
and constantly missing the ground

My dark side craves solitude
But one hemisphere thrives on your light
I'm drifting alone through space
But you notice me only at night
Oh, you're never out of my sight

So I'll hold my breath by your side
Hoping one day I can turn your tide

So I'll be a moon to you
Always revolving around and around and around
Constantly falling
and constantly missing the ground

If I make it to your core
To be crushed forever more
Then no light of mine will ever shine
But it's worth it, I am sure
Oh, it's worth it, I am sure
Must be worth it to be yours
Track Name: Magnesium
Magnesium

It was always you
The name I can't erase
You linger on my mind
Like the scent of your perfume on my pillowcase
Too dazzling to last
We were like magnesium
Any flame that burns that brightly burns too fast

Falling in love was easy
Loving you was divine
It's just staying in love that gets me every time

Be careful what you say
Be careful what you feel
Dreams are dangerous
When you start to think they're real
The lies you tell yourself
Are easy to believe
The lonelier you are,
the easier you'll be to deceive

I wish I could
Turn the clock back and delete
From when we said those three damn words
Through the day I wound up bleeding at your feet
Can you tell me what went wrong?
Did the crash surprise you, too
Or did you see it coming all along?

The reason they call it "falling"
Is that it hurts when you hit the ground
However high you get you must come down

Be careful what you say
Be careful what you feel
Dreams are dangerous
When you start to think they're real
The lies you tell yourself
Are easy to believe
The lonelier you are,
the easier you'll be to deceive
Track Name: Keeper
Keeper

There is a tiny Detective Scully in my head
"Trust no one; don't even trust yourself," she says
"I know you're desperate to believe
There's no betrayal up her sleeve
But love's not out there, so you're never going to find it."

There is a tiny Mr. Spock inside my head
"Feel nothing; Love isn't logical," he says
"How prosperously you could live
If learn to take and never give
Love is so human; you'd be better off without it."

There's a devil on my shoulder
Who shovels sand onto my fire
And when I tell you how I feel
The bastard tells me I'm a liar
But when I listen a little deeper
Deeper
Somebody tells me you're a keeper

There is a tiny Gaius Baltar in my head
"Don't be so maudlin; be Machiavellian!" he says
"Unless you're truly paranoid,
You're guaranteed to be destroyed
So we all say, and we can't all be mistaken."

All these devils on my shoulder
Whispering into my ear
And every time you say you love me
They're the loudest thing I hear
But if I listen even deeper / Deeper
Somebody tells me you're a keeper
Track Name: That Care Forgot
That Care Forgot

The Greyhound got us there by noon
A generation too soon
Peeling paint and Spanish moss
A battle long ago lost

Lifetimes washed up at our feet
Dessicated and bleached
Memories shuffling through the streets

Here's the levy we once walked
When Judgement Day was just talk
God has sent us down a sign
Saying he has resigned

We treaded water all our lives
But never got close to shore
Looks like we'll be swimming some more

Who will notice when we're gone?
We've been forgotten all along

Nightfall stains the heavens red
A bullet to the sun's head
And like our shadows on the ground
We fade away without a sound
Track Name: Casual
Casual

Let's do away with the small talk
We both know why we're here
And it isn't for the cozy atmosphere
It's nobody's business
What we do behind a bedroom door
Isn't this what we've been drinking all night for?

It's obvious by now
That dating is out-dated
And romance is over-rated
Haven't you heard?
"Casual" is the word

I like you but I don't love you
When you leave I won't be thinking of you
This wasn't what I wanted, but I'll take what I can get
I've got nothing against you
But I feel nothing for you
You're one more name that I've already started to forget

I've got a favor to ask you
Can you make me feel good
Without trying to look underneath my hood?
And why bother pretending
That we're capable of more than this?
Ignorance is integral to bliss

It's useless to resist

I like you but I don't love you
I don't put myself above you
But please do not expect me to look deep into your eyes
I'll drive you home tomorrow
Like you're driving home my sorrow
I'd say it's nothing personal, but that would be a lie

That's the way it is
That's the way, yeah, that's the way, yeah
That's the way it is
That's the way, yeah, that's the way, yeah
That's the way it is
That's the way, yeah, that's the way, yeah
That's the way it is
Track Name: Landmines
Landmines

He told himself he was waiting for his match
The girl of his dreams, that perfect catch
Who would meet his scrict criteria
But the canditates never measured up
All he saw was a half-way empty cup
He couldn't see the diamonds for the flaws

But loneliness can cripple a man
As surely as a landmine can
Watch your step, it's just beneath the ground
People are so hard to please
And solitude kills by degrees
It's over long before you hear the sound

She didn't know what ingredient she lacked
But though she swore that she tried to love him back
All that she could understand was grief
And all the brilliant words she meant to say
Started vivid as dreams but came out grey
And pale as a dying coral reef

Loneliness can strike anyone
As suddenly as a sniper's gun
The feeling hits you right between the eyes
Fear evolves into regret
When the plunge you haven't taken yet
Becomes the blade that cuts you down to size

Your future turns into your past
And you're still waiting for that bus
But fantasies aren't made to last
So you do what you think you must
But all those riches you've amassed
Will buy you nothing you can trust
Your chances fly by mighty fast
And leave you blinking in the dust

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