the Hillside EP - 2009

by Michael McGraw

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released September 15, 2009

All music and lyrics written and recorded by Michael McGraw. Copyright and publishing 2009 Trim Pigeon Records.

Official release of Michael McGraw, a singer/songwriter based out of San Diego, CA.

Produced and mixed by Michael McGraw and Zack Bonnett

Mastered at Zen Mastering

Musicians:
Michael McGraw (vocals, guitars, midi)
Christopher Decatur (drums, backing vocals on 1)
Ryan Johnson (keys except 2)
Mark Lane (bass except 5)

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Building on a simple songwriting style, Michael McGraw's sound combines his love for Brit Rock with the heartfelt sensibilities of singer/songwriter.

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Track Name: Alittle Better Uniform
Pair of shoes might have caught your eye
The boulevard painted gold with lights
u’re such a star, just need alittle better uniform
famous lines heard a thousand times
telling stories through broken eyes
you hide alot, behind alittle better uniform

Ooh and so we try
to drown critics in the rain
from in the back row you try hard to live again

Hit by a cold wind that tears you up inside.
You wanna fall apart,
but you’ve learned to let it slide.
Oohh hit by a cold wind that tells you I’ll be true
Until the part that speaks to you,
says let it go…
Somebody will get you home

Stretching out under starry skies
It’s a Picture Perfect night to be thinking bout
Just what you want, in alittle better uniform
never a wrong time to apologize
win back those hearts with a suttle smile
let down your guard, get alittle better uniform

until the part that breaks in you yea,
hits you kinda hard and speaks the truth,
hits you kinda hard , you learn to live again…
Track Name: Carousel
Let’s go riding on the carousel
Tellin lies to keep us laughing to ourselves
And in the morning we’ll be hanging on
To all those tiny pieces left after your gone

You might not like the things I wrote about in this song

Let’s go riding on the carousel
We’ll Loose our minds,
I hope you’ll try and meet me there
cause in the morning we’ll be hanging on
and if we’re lucky we’ll find out if we belong

You might not like the things I wrote about in this song

But believe me I go blind, sometimes, my my my dear
If you’ll let me be your man, I’ll do the best I can

To read the riding on the wall,
That tells me you’ll be mine
Keep me on your doorstep,
Feed me food and I’ll keep doing fine

Let’s go riding on the carousel
Can’t be afraid to wear your heart outside your chest
cause in the morning we’ll be hanging on
to all the promises we made but haven’t done

You might not like the things I wrote about in this song

Sometimes, the walls to mush to climb
And you don’t like the role you’ve got in passenger seat
Track Name: Can't All Be Lions And Gods
Built like a diamond in the rough
A shine in the dark
Over time, polish up
I’m learning so much
And I find it’s hard to explain
How my love for truth gets lost
Might be the one that’s doomed

We can’t all be lions and gods
Some must be pawns
Foolish pride fills my cup
I need some support
Still find it hard to explain
how my love for truth gets lost
might be the one that’s doomed
To carry this forth like a cross

Child, I’ll take you back home
Hope that’s enough for you
Been covering your footprints
now you’re standing here alone
I’m saying how do you do
I know you been torn apart
your battle scars
They show the proof

Help me get out of this crazy old town.

Screamin out- I’m so tired, its hard to explain
How my love for truths got me burning again
He says I played the victim how did I end up this way x 2
He says...can I get some relief
Track Name: Far Beneath The Undertow
Search for the words to satisfy
A hunger I lean on
served with a fork and plastic knife
Lets go down to the corner store
See if we can buy some more, as you cried out

I took a photograph, it’s a pretty one
and its supposed to make you cry
Hope you figure out, after all of that what you really want
Is just to feel better inside
Now I’ve climbed up, I don’t wish to fall down.

Masquerade in the form of compromise
Oooohhhh, I didn’t think that you could battle long
passed down, some bad advice
oohh let me see what you wrote so far,
maybe I could play a part, as you cried out

I took a photograph, it’s a pretty one
and its supposed to make you cry
Hope you figure out, after all of that what you really want
Is just to feel better inside
Now I’ve climbed up, I don’t wish to fall down.

Give me something I could lean on
Or just say whats on your mind

Glad that you asked

You asked me how I could fall like a pile of leaves
sitting back I just knew you be no good for me,
I missed a piece of the cornerstone -
slipping through your loving arms -
far beneath the undertow
Track Name: Hillside
ts not easy calling up ahead
time helps you forget what was there
I’ve a funny feeling when I go
mught be the last time let you know

dry grass is crawling on my feet
all types of sadness is gotta be
without the future will I go
back in the corner where its cold

the hillsides underneath the carpet,
the love is what we got and its all we need
on a hillside all else is forgotten
the love is what we got, love all we can
to waste would be a shame

I drown the cat inside a hole
grab just my shoes and off I’ll go
leaving a quarter for the rent
cause inside I knew it wasn’t ment

know that the wars have all been won
and what we have is what we want
lets build a garden inside your head
place all the books back on the shelf