Ashland

by Mike Stocksdale

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released July 1, 2011

Produced by Chris Seefried
Mike Stocksdale - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
Anders Mouridsen - Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars on Love Song, Lead acoustic guitar on Known Better, Nylon string acoustic on Oh My Soul
Mike Olekshy - Bass Guitar
Kate Strand - Backing Vocals
Don Heffington - Drums and Percussion
Chris Joyner - Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Chris Seefried - Backing Vocals, Guitar Solo on Everybody I Know, Bass on Oh My Soul, Additional Electric Guitar on Truth Rings Out

Recorded at Phantom Vox Studios and Studio 33, Los Angeles, CA
Engineered by Seth Atkins Horan, assited by Sadaharu Yagi
Except Older Than I Thought produced by Mike Stocksdale and engineered by Erich Gobel, recorded at West Triad, Venice, CA
Additional engineering on Truth Rings Out and Love Song by Henrik Linde at Busy LIttle Factory, Van Nuys, CA
Mixed by Paul Shatto at Vogville Recording, Vancouver, Canada, assisted by Josh Asseslstine
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering, Inc., New York, NY

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Mike Stocksdale Los Angeles, California

Mike Stocksdale feels like an artist you've listened to your whole life. There is familiarity in his melodies, and his ability to translate his personal experiences into relatable lyrics is, in a word, captivating. His latest release, Ashland, is a conversational collection of songs melding together the best parts of folk, rock, blues, and country. Based in Venice, CA and currently touring SoCal. ... more

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Track Name: All Right
We stumbled home late at night passed out under the glare of the streetlight
We talked for hours in the dark smoked a joint on the boulevard

Some days go by like a blur and we’re carried along
Some roads are never clear til they’re gone

It’s all right. We gonna get through a lotta things.
I feel fine, but I can’t say what tomorrow brings
It’s all right have a bigger faith in the little things in life

We hit the wall behind the beach on the strand where the water’s out of reach
You fell asleep, that’s nothing new, tried to read but instead I stared at you

Some days go by like a blur and we’re carried along
Some roads are never clear til they’re gone

It’s all right. We gonna get through a lotta things.
I feel fine, but I can’t say what tomorrow brings
It’s all right have a bigger faith in the little things in life
Have a bigger faith in the little things in life
Track Name: Oh My Soul
You could shape me into something
You could drag me up from nothing
Like a drowning boy pulled up by his heel
And I might just give in
Give my whole world a spin
and straighten up stronger than steel

I could jump over buildins
I could save all the childrens
I could trade in my feet for these shoes
but as time lingered on
And the years made me strong
I would still find my weakness in you

Oh my soul
I can’t quite make it alone x2

You been patchin up my engines
You been oiling my decisions
And I been trying to steer straight for awhile
When I think I’ve reached the end
The road sign signals turn again
I screech my wheels and pull out in style

(see) I could jump over buildings
I could save all the childrens
If I trade in my feet for these shoes
but as time lingered on
And the years made me strong
You know I’d still find my weakness in you

Oh my soul
I can’t quite make it alone x2

Now Little lady Sadie lays alone inside her room so shady
With all the lights turned down and her mind turned on
While I’m strumming on that old guitar and wishing on the distant stars
With all my life cut short and my dreams spread long
She says ‘maybe I will go to spain’ I don’t even need an aeroplane
But I’ll get there somehow you just fuckin watch
Oh and it’s me that can’t stop watching her with glass of wine and mind so sure
I’d let her in if I thought she’d let me off

Oh my soul
I can’t quite make it alone
I can’t quite make it alone
Track Name: Everybody I Know
Pulling the pieces all apart
They stopped it before they’d let it start
Followed their brains over their hearts
Played it so safe and called it smart
Well we all go on so frightened of blundering
Everybody I know is just waiting for something

She pulled out her hair when he would call
Ripped out the phone cord from the wall
Spent a year trying to recall
Why she spoke to him at all
Well we all go on so heartbroke and bluffing
Everybody I know is just waiting for something

Ooh ooh
I hope tomorrow’s gonna come
Oooh ooh
Maybe by then I’ll get it done
Everybody says they’ve got time
Am I waiting, or wasting mine?

He started it over once again
Found a new town and set of friends
Guess it was easy to pretend
That he would just settle in the end
Well we all go on so guarded and struggling
Everybody I know is just waiting for something
Track Name: Love Song
Thought I would write you a love song baby
Just to get out what I need
Selfish I know but I can’t take it slowly
Changing it up
Going with my gut
I’m in a rut but you’re digging me out of it

Thought I would paint you a picture baby
Just in case you didn’t see
I’ve been depressed I’ve been all in a mess but
I have to confess
Withholding the rest
In Boots and a dress you’re just so damned impressive

I open my eyes and I crawl out of bed babe
Just to get closer to you
It’s obvious now there’s nothing holding me grounded so
You get the crown
I’ll be the clown
If you shoot me down I’ll just keep coming ‘round you

Hold me back if you think you can
Scold and smack, I can take the pain
Give me your best and worst
You can try to run but I’ll get there first

Thought I’d be able to stop thinking of you
But I keep on eyeing my phone
Hoping to hear that I’m all cleared for landing
Struggling to steer
Greasing my gears
Foiling my fears that this plane is a crashing

Thought I would write you a love song
I’m not even sure what that is
A delicate platform or is it a bad form
Of me freaking out
Struggling with doubt
Supressing a shout and just writing it all down
Track Name: Known Better
Boy you got a lot to learn
Back when I was younger that was all that I heard
Man you got a ways to go
Now I’m getting older and I’m lost as before
Every path I open someone closes the door

I don’t know nothing ‘bout no one son
but we all got something we wish we’d done
I could shout you a song I could write you a letter
Maybe I should have known better x2

Boy you got a lot to give
Back when I was younger there were treasures I hid
Man you gotta try your luck
Threw it at the wall to see if anything stuck
Emptied out my pockets now there’s nothing to chuck

I don’t know nothing ‘bout no one son
but we all got something we wish we’d done
I could shout you a song I could write you a letter
Maybe I should have known better x2

Boy you’re gonna be a man
Find yourself a woman that you think you can stand
Man it’s such a lonely trip
Everyone is scared but they won’t admit it
Everyone is tired but too driven to quit

I don’t know nothing ‘bout no one son
but we all got something we wish we’d done
I could shout you a song I could write you a letter
Maybe I should have known better x2

Boy I see you standing there
Smiling by the girl with the curls in her hair
Man I bet you never guessed
She would be the one to drag you out of your mess
She would be your failure and your greatest success

Boy you got a lot to learn
Back when I was younger that was all that I heard
Man you got a way to go
Now I’m getting older and I’m lost as before
Every path I open someone closes the door
Track Name: Henry Pool
Oh lord looking down upon my face what do you see?
Am I the same that I once was when I was young?
Or am I a man who’s someone else entirely?
A stranger in the room when I’m alone?

I’m tired and I’m weird, foolish and afeared
All I know is henry pool is here
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Oh lord looking down upon my life and what I’ve done
Can you believe the stupid things that I had planned?
With all of the times I’ve tried and failed and failed again
How can I try to do what I don’t understand?

I throw my hands and jeer, expectations disappeared
All I know is henry pool is here
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Don’t wake me up no no
I’d rather stay than go
Where all the pain is stored and ignored
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Oh lord when I look upon your face what do I see?
Are you just a faint impression on my wall?
Or are you a man who’s someone else entirely
A friend to those that never know at all?

You drive but I can steer, crazy but it’s clear
All I know is henry pool is here
Track Name: Dirty Bar of Soap
I got a dirty bar of soap
Got some reasons I can’t cope
I got a head of hope if you would just give me a chance

I got a world of love and hate
Got a feeling I can’t shake
I got a heart that aches if you would just give me a chance

Got a man who says I’m good
I’m doing all the things I should
I would be yours I would if you would just give me a chance

I got these useless things I bought
I got a thousand excuses not
I got a will to stop if you would just give me a chance
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I got some skeletons that live upstairs
But they ain’t going anywhere
I got a lot to share if you would just give me a chance

I got a fear of being fake
I can’t stop from staying awake
I might have made mistakes but you should just give me a chance

Got a thousand things gone wrong
I’ve been waiting so fucking long
I gotta play this song if you would just give me a chance
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I got a smile on my face
I got a home I call this place
I got a girl I chase if she would just give me a chance
Track Name: Older Than I Thought
She got stoned again her body broke down and caved in
I stared in with dread, as she lay still upon the doctor’s bed
She woke up at four, we shot the shit and talked about the war
We both longed for times, when it was easier to turn our eyes

All these days have come
And gone before we’re done with them
I for one am older than I thought I was

He went down again, tried to break his fall but never did
Son stood looking round, father lying there upon the ground
We all comforted, best we could until his family did
Dad and I drove back, I sat and prayed I’d never deal with that

All these days have come
And gone before we’re done with them
I for one am older than I thought I was

Tire tracks were left along with someone that She never met
She stood looking on, mesmerized by how it all went wrong
When she came home that spring, I couldn’t keep her from remembering
She could see through walls, and turning eyes would be no help at all

All these days have come
And gone before we’re done with them
I for one am older than I thought I was
Track Name: Truth Rings Out on Main Street
The man in the checkered shirt and black sunglasses slams on his guitar
And he screams off key into the microphone like thunder trying to make some sense of it all

He may be old and lonely and tired and broken down and beaten up
But I believe every word that he says
The truth rings out on Main Street like a shotgun
Echoing in my head

The tents go up like a three ring circus pitched and pointed and poised for the day
While young girls with loose curls in tank tops dance and twirl just listening to the local boys play

They may be young and crazy and may be sweet enough to slay me
But man they don’t have the words to make me weak
The truth rings out on Main Street like a siren
That you won’t hear unless you seek

But baby it’s alright
Don’t make me wait
Give it to me fast I’ll take it straight

I’d rather see it shoved in my face
Than hide behind your gates
Cast the line and I’ll take the bait

The parade goes by like a million crazy cattle with the cowboys coming close behind
In their high top floats they chant for everybody’s peace and hope and maybe a little money on the side

They may be asking all the questions I never had the guts to mention
But I don’t have the balls to join their cause
The truth rings out on Main Street like a bullhorn
Telling everyone my flaws

But baby it’s alright
Don’t make me wait
Give it to me fast I’ll take it straight

I’d rather hear it blast in my ears
Than quiet and sedate
Cast the line and I’ll take the bait

The queen of the callouts is beating on her drum
I can’t give her nothing, so I just give her some
I turn out all the lights and sit and wait for her to come
Spin an old James Taylor record and stroke my glass of r um
In my mind I pack my bags for Spain and start to make a run
But it’s time to introduce myself to the man that I’ve become
Is it that guy I always thought I’d be way back when I was young?
Is it that crazy college kid who tried all those things I’d never done?
Is it he who’s tired of telling stories and missing all the fun?
Is it he who’d rather break the rules than follow anyone?

The hip heads with long dreads smoke their meds and stay in bed ‘til it’s time to hit the boardwalk for a stroll
With no shirts on they walk along humming song let freedom dawn and purify the contents of their souls

They maybe glad and garsish and full of life and love and cherishing
The things that root the human in us all
But the truth rings out on Main Street like a silence
That never answers to their call

But baby it’s alright
Don’t make me wait
Give it to me fast I’ll take it straight

I’d rather see it shoved in my face
Than hide behind your gates
Cast the line and I’ll take the bait
Track Name: Something to Say
Late at night when I’m just a sucker
Cold and dark, alone and down on my luck
You show up bright in the back of my dim head
I push you out, but your feet are cast in a strong lead

If I had something to say I would have said it by now

Hold me close, but stay at a distance
Far enough, to weaken my resistance
You just smile, lively although I’m dead pan
Broken down, swayed by the scent of your soft skin

If I had something to say I would have said it by now

What’s draggin this out? Has that cat got my tongue again?
We both know it’s wrong, but it’s alright to be feeling it, isn’t it?

Stop and stare it’s all up to me now
You made moves, I never thought I would see now
Darkened room, fixed eyes on the broken
All these words, but my mouth won’t seem to open

If I had something to say I would have said it by now