Hello Mountain

by Mike Chick

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1.
She dabbles in the arts She dabbles in the arts She'll tear your ass apart And she knows it She likes to play the guitar She'll take off like a star She makes it scream and rawr And she knows it She'll make you beg and plead She'll have you on your knees You'll be asking her please And you know it She wants a diamond ring You know it'll make her sing She'll get it from her king And she knows it And she knows you well And she knows you well She'll get what she wants Everytime
2.
You are always seeing ghosts In your dreams and in your head And when you lay down at your pillow Don't pretend that you are dead Oh those lighting bolts were close Banging thunder in my ear And the rain it was so heavy I could not wait for it to clear I was walking late that night Creaking boards and shifting nails I looked up my ceiling leaking So I quickly grabbed a pail You are always seeing ghosts In your dreams and in your head And when you lay down at your pillow Don't pretend that you are dead All these thoughts they bugged me out So I went and I sought help From a professional with an acronym At the end of his last name He said, “You’re always seeing ghosts In your dreams and in your head So when they start to talk too loudly Just go and take this PRN” So now I don’t see many ghosts Because I’m sleeping in my bed But when I wake up in the morning You still pretend that you are dead.
3.
The first time I read on the road I was parking cars at an Italian restaurant I dreamt of leaving work and driving late into the day That followed new After college I thought about taking off but instead I took a job And realized years later why They didn’t teach this book in high school Then I hear some rumbling from the back A man stands up and begins his attack His wife begs for him to please sit down He opens his mouth and screams out loud Play us a song we know You hack Stop talking about Jack Kerouac Play us a song we know You hack You ain’t no Jack Kerouac I read the Dharma Bums the second time I went to school And lost my self completely in the book Thinking about those days in Berkeley, C-A Beating drums and drinking wine Now I’m employed and it gets me annoyed But these books they always give me hope Someday I’ll take a ride and see the countryside When that day will come I cannot predict Then I hear some rumbling from the back A man stands up and begins his attack His wife begs please sit down He opens his mouth and screams out loud Play us a song we know You hack Stop talking about Jack Kerouac Play us a song we know You hack You ain’t no Jack Kerouac One night walking home drunk from the bar I slurred and I spit and I cursed The pavement heard me ask you to take a walk And tell me what it is I should do with my life
4.
Apples vs. oranges unite And take that carpet out of flight The first plane to fall out of the sky tonight The bird will cut your gravity in half Well you can go ahead and calculate your math But what does it matter the right side of the equal sign Admiring the good things that happened today Feeding all of my quarters into an arcade game I'd rather just lay in bed and pull the covers over my head And try to forget about this headache The whites of your eyes the look like eggs When they're cracked and left in heat You left your shells on the floor again I can play my violin for you here it goes Close your eyes what do you see Admiring the good things that happened today Feeding all of my quarters into an arcade game I'd rather just lay in bed and pull the covers over my head And try to forget about this headache Just think of the time Your subconscious has trapped in your mind And ask him if you can write them down But if he declines you gracious approach to rewind Then just open up your eyes
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(instrumental)
6.
Everybody’s having babies And I just want to smoke a cigarette Others may go join the Navy But I’m happy thanking a vet Everybody’s buying a house But I’m all right with my apartment Sure you may be wasting your money But I don’t have to mow the lawn Cause its real and its true and it’s the thing to do Everybody’s eating organic And just I want to go into a panic Try to limit your use of plastic Did know it doesn’t biodegrade Cause its real and its true and it’s the thing to do If rock and roll is a waste of time Cause writing songs at the drop of a dime Doesn’t make the same money As working a nine to five If making art is a waste of time Cause painting pictures and graphic design Doesn’t make the same money As working a nine to five I’m working a nine to five Are you working a nine to five Cause everybody is working a nine to cinco.
7.
Travelin' 03:15
Traveling it’s possible for you All you have to do is put on your shoes Take a walk outside, try to hitch a ride On the back of a blue jay’s wings The whole world has plenty to see The mountains, deserts, and Sicily So what can I do, to persuade you? To leave everything you have behind Staying in the cheapest hotels Room service ain’t ringing our bell We’re unaware that our stomachs are bare And tomorrow we’ll set sail again Leaving town is possible for us But you ain’t getting on that bus I got your ticket in my hand, and your bag is in the van So let’s ride until the sun becomes the night Staying in a two star hotel Room service ain’t ringing our bell We’re unaware that our stomachs are bare And tomorrow we’ll set sail again Traveling I’m ready to move I’m going with or without you I’m leaving this town, see you around Oh maybe I will, maybe I won’t Staying in a flea bag motel Room service ain’t ringing our bell We’re unaware that our stomachs are bare And tomorrow we’ll set sail again
8.
I’ve got two pictures to finish Then I’m done with paint for good Wrapped up in a world Filled with brushes, oils, and wood I’d sell all the prints for nothing And still hands are often tied Give them away for free The severance wouldn’t bother me, today An art school princess told me People don’t know any better Explain to me the difference Between a postage stamp or letter On the same day I was spoken to As if I was a traitor A saint versus a savior This puzzling behavior wrote me off But on more than one occasion I gained sight Right through the blind I took the hands of time The watch was broken But the bells still chimed... And they rang for you.
9.
I’ve got my swing set out We’re diggin’ holes in the ground Connecting pipes and turning screws My smiles wide and my swing set is new So why would I leave this town? When my swing set is up and around. I’ve got my swing set now Cruise down the slide and hang upside down The sun is shinin’ and our bruises are fresh Swing to the right then swing to the left How could I leave this town? When my swing set will not come down. I took my swing set down The pipes were rusted and the chains were all brown The kids are at college and some went off to work No more hanging out at the swing set going berserk Now I can leave this town Cause my swing set is taken down.
10.
I’ve got this great idea But I haven’t had the time to think it through It goes a little something like this Me getting in my car And leaving you and you and you All I need is a bag full of clothes And a credit card to fill up my gas tank Throw a blanket in the back of the truck I forgot my watch But it’s alright Because the sunlight can be my alarm clock The less I know the better off I am And whoever said that knowledge is power Doesn’t know his ass from his hand I don’t need to follow thee American dream It’s me and the open road Meeting people writing songs and taking pictures Maybe someday Ill write a book about all my adventures I’m on the road Watch me go I’m on the road Please take me home I’ve got no money for tolls And my credit card Was terminated last week I’m stuck on the side of the road Making collect calls To all the people I tried to escape from I’ve got this great idea About getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.

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This is a record I made with the help of the people listed below. We used microphones and computers to record it and had a good time.

For fans of acoustic music that tells an interesting and sometime strange or true story.

Cover photograph by Mike Chick.

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released September 27, 2011

All songs written by Mike Chick except "Swing Set" written by Mike Chick and Matt Chick.

Tracks engineered and mixed by Pat Noon at Eight16 Recording Studios, Toms River NJ.

Mastered by Alan Douches @ West West Side Music.

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Mike Chick Asbury Park, New Jersey

Mike Chick is a guy from New Jersey, USA that enjoys creating music with people he admires. He’s played lots of shows and has shook a good amount of hands. He is signed to Mint 400 Records and currently plays in the bands Yawn Mower and BNBC.

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