Snow Day

by Michael Youngkin

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When life gives you a snow day, you make an album.

On March 14, 2017, with my unexpected day off, I set out to write and record 10 songs. My only rule was that I couldn't bring in any half completed songs or ideas; everything had to be brand new. Everything you hear on these tracks was played on that day, no exceptions. Some of the lyrics were being "written" as I was singing them for the first time. Many of these performances are first takes. They are presented here in the order in which they were recorded. (I ate lunch between recording tracks 5 and 6 and that's probably when you should flip the record) I mixed everything in one long 8-hour session on March 15 and did my finishing touches on March 16. I know everything's not perfect but... that's the point! Thanks for listening.

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released March 17, 2017

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Track Name: Anything Could Happen
in the middle of march
you don't expect it to snow
but it could you know
anything could happen

you don't know what you will do
this summer, could be anything
your heart desires
go to bed, start a fire

on the city block
in your pajamas
meet a new friend
go to john's
buy some apples
get lost
Track Name: Go Forth
everybody has advantages
it's not productive to complain
you know the score is never the same
but we have no choice we must

go forth
be true
it's you
and me
ok?
we'll be
just fine
not all the time

I don't want to sound ignorant
but I think that we can all be happy
sometimes
maybe not in your mind
it's a scary place

you gotta get out
go ahead
it's gonna be okay
go outside
Track Name: Any Way You Decide
well the crappiest microphone stand still records
and the crappiest toaster still makes my bread warm
I'm gonna love you any way you decide is okay

well the crappiest camera still records a mark
and the crappiest fireworks still make a spark
I'm gonna tell you how I feel
Not poetic just kinda real

It's okay
Not to be perfect every time you know
It's alright
To let somebody else watch you grow
I don't know
It's alright

well the littlest snowfall still makes everything white
and the littlest gold leaf still leaves everything bright
I may not be a perfect man
but I still wanna take your hand

It's okay
Not to be perfect every time you know
It's alright
To let somebody else watch you grow
I don't know
It's alright
Track Name: Wait For June
wake up
I don't notice that time has changed
don't have any plans
makes me kind of nervous

I don't know
what you're doing but I want to
I check my phone cause I want to
see you

I know time
is a finite resource
but I can't move
gotta wait til June

I say my prayers
I don't believe but I want to
I check myself cause I want to
see you
Track Name: The Internet Sucks
the internet sucks when you're all alone
if I'm gonna survive gotta put down my phone
I go outside for a little fresh air
walk past your house but you're nowhere

I could go crazy inside my room
Hey call me maybe, maybe real soon

I don't feel good when you're not with me
I don't feel good when we're not talking

Turn on the radio for a little company
Wait for David Dye on the World Cafe
It's a band that I hate I think "oh great"
Stare out the window, make some tea

I could be having fun, I could be somewhere nice
Someday I'll figure out how to be okay

I don't feel good when you're not with me
I don't feel good when we're not talking

I check my feed for the millionth time
Waiting for you to be mine

I could go crazy inside my room
Hey call me maybe, maybe real soon

I don't feel good when you're not with me
I don't feel good when we're not talking
Track Name: Start The Conversation
they're just words, they never hurt
don't flirt outside
the lines, write it down
it's not safe to say

I feel like getting over it
I shout it in the morning
I feel like getting over it

Somebody fucking start the conversation
I am sitting here waiting
I want my feelings to be heard
Don't want to get in trouble
But I have gotta break the bubble
I guess I'll say the first word

It hurts to be
So close, quietly
It hurts to be
So close, quietly

I feel like getting over it
I'll tell you in the morning
I feel like getting over it

Somebody fucking start the conversation
I am sitting here waiting
I want my feelings to be heard
Don't want to get in trouble
But I've gotta break the bubble
I guess I'll say the first word
I guess I'll say the first word
I guess I'll say the first word
Track Name: No Fake News
turn my radio on, it's not my favorite song it's just Renee Montagne
the world's gone mad, it makes me feel sad, I don't know who to blame

all the people outside standing in the rain
don't know I'm in here going insane

don't want the fake news
don't want those alternative facts
just want the real thing

open up my paper take a look inside I don't know who to trust
all the old familiar writers who I used to read have begun to rust

all the people outside standing in the rain
don't know I'm in here going insane

don't want the fake news
don't want those alternative facts
just want the real thing
Track Name: She's Not A Talkative Girl
she's not a talkative girl
barely says hi when you pass by
and her earbuds are always in
I see her smile when she thinks that I'm not looking
just wanna be her friend, how can I
tell her when we are both just too shy?

she drives in her blue car
straight across town to give a ride
to her friend who doesn't drive
they stay out
slip into the city lights
go without
any double minded guys
take pictures
that she only wants to hide

that's the way it is
you gotta deal with the good 'long with the bad
this is the strangest thing I've had

she walks lighter than air
head in the clouds, lightning hair
every move she makes is like a cool breeze
lifted on a summer eve
she sits outside
her voice is lemonade sweet
spilling all over me

that's the way it is
you gotta deal with the good 'long with the bad
this is the strangest thing I've had
Track Name: I'm Alive (and I know it)
I'm alive and I know it
I'm a lie and I show it
You are there round every corner
A surprise round every corner

I don't know how long this will last
It will tell when the time is passed
Turn it up a little louder
Drive away into the sunset

I'm alive yea I know it
I'm a lie and I show it
You're everywhere, every corner
And your hair distracts me
Yeah
Track Name: Cherry Hill Mall
Drive to the Cherry Hill Mall
It's not far you know
I can meet you there
In the parking lot

We can walk around
Go into some stores
Not buy anything
Sit by the fountain

Watch all the boys go by
In their flannel shirts
There's someone from school
I hope that he see me

Let's get a slice of pizza
Let's buy some fingernail polish
Do you wanna go outside?
Walk around for a while