Oh Surround Me

by Luke Michielsen

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released October 14, 2014

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Luke Michielsen Kitchener, Ontario

Luke Michielsen lives in Kitchener, Ontario and has played over 500 shows in his career across Canada, USA, Korea and Europe. Michielsen has released three previous albums, Meddle in the Natural Order (2011), Burn to the Ground (2008) and Rival Cities (2007 with former band Slowking). ... more

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Track Name: Every Time I Come Home
Every time I come home
Pick me up for work
‘Fore the sleep leaves our heads
In the morning dark

And it’s hard to rely
On forces you can’t control
But you can still come by
Just for the conversation

We can try to improve
All the things we can control
I will knock all the sleep
From the guts of the youth in me

Don’t be afraid
It’s just a conversation
Track Name: Colour Of My Scarf
I’m not from this earth

You never saw me come here from the stars

My body is always unconventionally healing its own scars



This is the colour of the scarf I’m wearin’ around my neck

You will see it on my shoulders when I am wearin’ my best, my best



A chorus across the landscape

Sings how the blue moon’s so far

And you can put this on the record

This is the quickest I’ve dug so low, so low



This is the colour of the scarf I’m wearin’ around my neck

You will see it on my shoulders when I’m adorned in my best, my best


My lungs are always unconditionally healin’ their own scars

Track Name: For You
We met in a crowded room
Two actors in an early talking motion film
Never thought it would happen to me
But we both knew it right away

This one’s for you
I know I tell you all the time
But I can’t say enough
It’s what you do

You and I have been together
Longer than any other and we’ve changed more too
When I get on your nerves
I still love your nerve and your opinions too

This one’s for you
I know I tell you all the time
But I can’t say enough
It’s what you do

And I can, can not, I can not explain
And every night
No matter what the day brings
I’ll be there we’ll hold each other tight
Track Name: Smokey Air
Mr. Ryan M. I need a place to stay

Got nothin’ in my heart and nothin’ in my bags

Just a song


You can tack me up 

You can put me down

No matter how it goes

It always comes around

It’s just the way



And the fire we breathe is all we have

And the smokey air is everywhere



I should be on the road like my fathers of before

Instead I’m stuck at home worried about being poor

It’s just the shit


And where I wanna go I’m told’s not what I need

But I don’t believe them

Just feel the way I bleed

Oh the way I bleed



And the fire we breathe is all we have

And the smokey air is everywhere

And the fire we breathe is all we have

And the smokey air is everywhere

Track Name: Pine Needles
Coffee in the morning doesn’t clear the frog in my throat

Doesn’t serve to wake me

I leave that to the sound of the crows


I don’t spend time swimming in my thoughts

It’s not thinking that
Created sky and rock



And I stopped thinking that anything revolves around me

Oh surround me

And when I stand there will be pine needles

On my knees



Rather than noontime I’ll go back into night

So you don’t know where I am

Just that I am alive


And now it’s evening at the base of this tree

And I am still here

No one’s comin’ for me



And I stopped thinking that anything revolves around me

Oh surround me

And when I stand there will be pine needles

On my knees


And when they fall off you will see indentations

On me

Indentations

On my knees

Oh surround me

Track Name: Well Maintained
I’ve been workin’ for a year

Just to land a job

I’ve been rakin’ in the leaves

In my landlord’s yard

Just to pay the rent

I don’t save a cent

But I don’t have a wife

And I don’t have a child

I just have my life



It’s really quite simple

I wake up and make some eggs

I don’t have to go outside

To a coop to see if they’ve been laid



Oh it’s really quite simple

I’m sure I have it made

I don’t save a cent

I’m just well maintained



Well maybe it’s a lie

Or exaggeration
‘
Cause I’m really doin’ fine 
in one of the wealthiest nations



Oh it’s really quite simple

I wake up and brush my teeth

Dirty plates on the bottom dishwasher rack to be cleaned



Oh it’s really quite simple

I’m sure I have it made

I don’t save a cent

I’m just well maintained
Track Name: Golden
Take a photo of the inside of my body

Get me on the line for anxiety
All the nerve I used to have has failed me
Now I’m on the verge of burnout

And there’s nothin’
Nothin’ holdin’ me

Nothin’ holdin’ me from golden



Woke up from a dream I’m glad it’s not real

Crushed teeth and blood now I’m hung up

And now I have to work on being timeless

So I’m ready when the day comes


And there’s nothing
Nothin’ holdin’ me

Nothin’ holdin’ me from golden
Track Name: Last Saloon
Stuck in an old hotel
With nothin’ but Californias
To fill in the blanks

The last hotel that
Allows smoking cigarettes
Another thing to fill your lines

Burning holes in sheets
The ones you write on
And the ones you sleep, oh no

Dig your heels in
What kind of skin
Covers your toes?

Cowboy boots
Don’t make quite the sound
On carpet

The last saloon
Under the moon
This night, oh no
Track Name: Derrida Says
Lately I’ve been thinkin’ of you

Wonderin’ what we’re gonna do

Throwin’ out ideas
Like empty cans

I went to see that place in the woods

I think I could live out there

But isolation’s no good

For you I wonder if we could

Baby nothin’ is free
‘Cause we always run out of batteries
Maybe nothin’ is whole
If it were it would be dead 
That’s what Derrida says

Whispers from the deep dark hollow
Callin’ out what you don’t know
Imagination is the basis of all we know

Lately I’ve been thinkin’ of you
Wonderin’ what we’re gonna do
Throwin’ out ideas like empty cans
Like empty cans
They don’t mean a thing

Baby nothin’ is free
‘Cause we always run out of batteries
Maybe nothin’ is whole
If it were it would be dead 
That’s what Derrida says
Track Name: January Snow
They skated down the river, cattails lit on fire
Speaking other languages he’d never heard before
Until he was older, tormented by desire
He learned the names and origins of the men who held the fire

He knew less about the country that his old soul was born in
Then the labourers who came here looking to survive
‘Til he moved to Toronto, found a girl who loved him
She told him about the spirits buried in January snow

And if your spirit is buried in January snow
Find a merchant at market to sell you
Sage, rosemary and thyme
We all want more time

Loggers, mills and dynamite, tanneries insult
The particles inside your nose will denigrate your art
And in the forest of your lovers, love is won and lost
Carried on the currents of the rivers you have crossed

And his body was buried in January snow
For his reasons they killed him for treason
And he didn’t get more time
We all want more time
Track Name: Hypothermia
You’ve been pulling me under since the summer now I’m under
A blanket of snow, 20 degrees below

I need to warm up my frozen fingers
Get my pulse back before I slip under the ice

We took a turn
Frost bitten and freezer burned

Hypothermia

I want the tundra to thaw and grow new grasses
See the little animals run around born in springtime

Hypothermia

I used to burn the trees, screamin’ I hate nature!
Now I’m in love with you, it’s become my teacher

And I don’t want forest fires, learn to control desire
Dripping icicles melt to break the cycle

Hypothermia
Track Name: To Change Is To Fall
As winter approaches the sun goes down
Earlier and earlier each night
Tickle my side, put your arms around
Maybe you can coax out a foreign smile
To squash her out or let her live
The fate of a spider in my living room

To change is to fall
But you didn’t see that staircase sliding down the wall

All along the sidewalk handprints are found
Brush away the leaves where you initialed your love
The date’s ancient history but you still recall
The silence between you told it all
To squash her out or leave her be
The spider in your mud room lives on like me

To change is to fall
But you didn’t see that staircase sliding down the wall