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Oh Surround Me

by Luke Michielsen

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mipe I checked this out because of the cover art - and bought it because of the music ... :)

Nice range of songs.
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[insert great comments about the first half of the album here]

Before you know it, you're throwing those empty cans and setting a light foundation to slowly build back up the beat without shocking your system (which is good considering the next thing pouring into your ear holes is the emotional lyric (and music) driven January Snow). At that point you are ready to rock before calming down again for your next listen.. don't worry the rest of the album has that covered.

end loop Favorite track: Derrida Says.
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1.
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
2.
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

3.
For You 03:04
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
4.
Smokey Air 02:50
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

5.
Pine Needles 04:42
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

6.
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
7.
Golden 04:10
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
8.
Last Saloon 05:03
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
9.
Derrida Says 04:14
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
10.
January Snow 03:00
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
11.
Hypothermia 04:52
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
12.
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

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released October 14, 2014

Produced by Mike Langford.

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Luke Michielsen Kitchener, Ontario

For Kitchener, Ontario-based folk musician Luke Michielsen, songwriting is a necessity. Since he was a teenager, it has been a way that he processes emotions, turning his personal experiences into heartfelt songs that have connected with audiences around the world. Luke is preparing to release his new record, Landlocked. ... more

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