Zander, MI 48018

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This album is for anyone that can make a city feel like home.

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released November 26, 2016

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered at Studio A in Dearborn Heights, MI

All tracks written and performed by Zander Michigan

All photos related to this record taken by Al Denell (@aldenellphoto)

Copyright Keys Gerald Records LLC (C) 2016

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Track Name: She Said
SHE SAID

She said she found Jesus
I asked where she found him
He’s been dead for two thousand of years
She said he’s inside you
I said there’s no room here
My body’s too full of fear

She said she’ll start living
I asked when she died
She said it’s a figure of speech
She said she’d get healthy
Girl, I don’t believe you
She said I don’t practice, I preach

[CHORUS]
She said, she said
Just like the Beatles said she said
She said, she said
Just like the Beatles said she said
Only now I know what they meant

She said she loves women
I asked in what manner
She said she’s a staunch feminist
I told her she can’t just
Keep switching teams on me
How many women have you kissed?

She said she’d quit talking
I told her she’s crazy
It’s her favorite punishment
She told me she’d love me
If I wasn’t so honest
What a lovely sentiment

[CHORUS]
Track Name: Patch Up My Heart
PATCH UP MY HEART

Live me my love
Love me my life
I promise one day
I’ll make you my wife
It was then that I knew
I fell from the start
That you were the girl
To patch up my heart

Quell all my fears
Quench all my thirsts
You were the girl
To make me bleed first
No matter the time
Or distance apart
You were the girl
To patch up my heart

When life’s got me down
All broken and blue
It doesn’t last long
Cause I know I got you, babe
Baby, you really are
A true work of art
You are the one
To patch up my heart

Time always ends
Like all good things do
But I felt so lucky
To spend it with you
I may not be handsome
I sure ain’t smart
But you were the girl
To patch up my heart
Track Name: Be My Sugar
BE MY SUGAR


[CHORUS]
I thought you could be my sugar
I thought I could be your man
I thought we could be perfect together
Lord, I don’t understand

We were floating down a stream
In a Technicolor dream
We were, yeah, we were
We didn’t care about anything
In the ecstasy it seemed
We were, yeah, we were

[CHORUS]

But you were only in my mind
Why are you so hard to find
You are, yeah, you are
I never thought you were the kind
To leave a drowning man behind
You are, yeah, you are

[CHORUS]

I thought I could be your lover
And I thought you could be my queen
But you didn’t need a savior
No, you didn’t need a thing from me
Track Name: Say You Loved Me
SAY YOU LOVED ME

You don’t know what you do to me
You make me feel
Like I’m alone
You, oh, darling you tangle me
You mangle me
And you kiss my bones
I just wish I could breathe with you
And speak with you
And laugh in the sun
I know you’re no good for me
I just wish you could see
That you weren’t the one

[CHORUS]
Please say that you loved me
Please say that you loved me
If just for a day, say that you loved me

You took me and shot me down
Dragged me around
All through the mud
You told me that I could fly
So high in the sky
Then dropped me with a thud
I thought I could believe in you
But you made me bleed with you
Until I was dead
I don’t have no more blood to give
Just let me live
And get out of my head

[CHORUS]
[CHORUS]
Track Name: Hey, Zeus!
HEY, ZEUS!

Baby, you can smell me
Speeding down the pearly road
I’ll pick you up, hop in the car
I don’t know where to go
I’m pretty sure Luke Skywalker
Drove a Diesel truck
When I get to the other side
Baby, wish me luck

[CHORUS]
Hey, Zeus, light one up for me
Hey, Zeus, light one up for me
Way high in the sky
Zeus will teach us how to fly
Hey, Zeus, light one up for me

Don’t Crimea river
I don’t like the color Blue
Everyone should be happy
Sad don’t look good on you
I’ll be thinking of you fondly
I hope you think of me
Let’s chop it down and light it up
And smoke that family tree

[CHORUS]

The White Widow, baby
She gone and took me away
I was gonna leave two days ago
But I guess I’ll leave today
The White Widow was so beautiful
And her words were just so kind
She laid me down and lit one up
And eased my troubled mind

[CHORUS]
Track Name: Don't Juice Me, Babe
DON’T JUICE ME, BABE

I once was a child
But now I’m just a taller child
I don’t know when I’ll be a man
But for now I’ll just play a while
Don’t juice me, babe
I don’t play well with others
Don’t use me, babe
You’re acting like a jealous lover
I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win

I once was a poor boy
But now I’m just a poor old man
I don’t know when I’ll be rich
But for now I’m just gonna do what I can
Don’t squeeze me, babe
I ain’t got nothing to give
Don’t tease me, babe
Just let me go on and live
I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win

I once loved pretty ladies
But then I found out all their secrets
I once let them have my heart
But now I think I’m just gonna keep it
You slay me, babe
You look good in that dress
You weigh on me, babe
My heart is in a tangled mess
I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win

I once called out your name
But I know you have changed it since then
We once played love like a game
But it don’t work like it did back then
You juice me, babe
I don’t play well with you
You’re gonna lose me, babe
With all the vile things you do
I said don’t juice me, babe
But you always keep on trying to win
Track Name: Simmer Down, Mama
SIMMER DOWN, MAMA

Simmer down, mama
Please don’t make a stew
I already ate and it’s getting late
I just wanna make love to you

Simmer down, mama
You’ve got expensive taste
Kick a can and love your man
You ain’t got no time to waste

Simmer down so you don’t boil
Like the coastal birds all drenched in oil

I see you on your high horse
Riding all over town
Wave your hand to start the band
And to wake up all the clowns

No need to lock your door
Because I stole your key
Ride the wave, don’t be afraid
Just don’t wait up for me

Simmer down so you don’t boil
Like the coastal birds all drenched in oil

Simmer down, mama
Get your heart out of its cage
Clean your gloves and feed your doves
And start acting your age

Simmer down so you don’t boil
Like the coastal birds all drenched in oil

Simmer down so you don’t sizzle
Your hair’s all turning red just like Ms. Frizzle
Track Name: I Walked Away
I WALKED AWAY

There are some things I adore
And there are some things I abhor
And there are some things we can’t ignore
Anymore
I don’t follow your rules
I’m not impressed by your jewels
They don’t teach these lessons in school
Don’t be a fool

[CHORUS]
The vacuum it sucks
And the wind it does blow
You say, “What’s up?”
And the sky says hello
And the situation was queer
But I was still feeling so gay
So I stomped out my fag
And I walked, I just walked away

Somebody called me a red Communist
For saying everybody’s got the same right to live
They put up their fists so I give ‘em a kiss
Don’t get sick
You say he’s retarded and I ask for what reason?
Can he not read or write? Can he not tell the seasons?
How can you sit here with nothing to believe in?
I’m leaving

[CHORUS]

I gave you my love but you twisted my arm
I gave you my heart but, baby, you caused me harm
So I left for the city while you died on the farm
You lost your charm
We all want to live but you make us die
So I’ll rise from the grave and I’ll spit in your eye
This is the last time you will ever tell a lie
Goodbye

[CHORUS]
Track Name: I Can't See You With Him
I CAN’T SEE YOU WITH HIM

I must have lost my chance
What am I to do?
Should I ask forgiveness?
Should I come running back to you?
I wasn’t the best of men
And I knew I’d never win
But, darling, you could do better
And, darling, I just can’t see you with him

I was drowning in the dark
So dark I couldn’t see you
You turned on your light so you could come find me
But you just drowned in it too
I was in the worst of places
You believed that I could win
But, darling, I didn’t believe in you
And, darling, I just can’t see you with him

I wanted to write you a letter
But I didn’t know what to say
It would have made me feel so much better
In some strange and twisted way
Sailing away is my biggest regret
I sink here while you swim
But, darling, I wish I had the strength to say
And, darling, I just can’t see you with him

Darling, I wish I had the strength to say
That, darling, I can still see you with me
Track Name: 48084
48084

I’ve been gone a long, long time
I wanted to come home
But I didn’t know how to break free
From the life I chose
And then there came a day
Everything was taken away
It was then I knew
I had to come home to you

I’ve been less than good
For the last couple of years
I couldn’t find a way to grapple with
All of my nightmares and fears
And then there came a day
Everything was taken away
It was then I knew
I had to come home to you

I put you to the side
Without knowing that I did
I took you for granted
In all my selfishness
And then there came a day
Everything was taken away
It was then I knew
I had to come home to you
Track Name: Strawberry Irish Curls
STRAWBERRY IRISH CURLS

The day it seems
Lasts forever to me
The time grows as long as my face
I’ve spent these ten years
On a ship out at sea
My lips they do yearn for your taste

[CHORUS]
I could’ve had my fair share of fine lovers
I’ve seen them from all o’er the world
But I sit in despair
Because nothing compares
To your strawberry Irish curls

The night it seems
Has grown darker to me
There is no moon or light to be found
The ocean it seems
Is so endless to me
And there’s no hope of running aground

[CHORUS]

My heart you could say
Has been stored up away
I locked it up and swallowed the key
As I sit here
My head full of fear
That you’ll never come back to me

[CHORUS]

The world could be
Such a great beauty
If I wasn’t so focused on you
I’ve been everywhere
And seen everything
But it’s empty with a love that ain’t true

[CHORUS]
Track Name: A Mile Down The Road
A MILE DOWN THE ROAD


Just a mile down the road is the place where I was born
It’s dying and filled with grief
It’s cased in shadows, gray with ashes
It can’t get no relief
Do you need a passport to go down there?
Tell me is it safe?
I will keep my doors all locked
In fear for my life

Just a mile down the road

No one smiles, no one laughs
No one sings a tune
Front porches are empty and babies are hungry
In all hours of the afternoon
Teenagers can’t read too good
The police don’t even care
They’ll just arrest you and then they’ll undress you
I hope you’ve got underwear

Just a mile down the road

I say with a frown, “Why is it so?”
With hopes that it will change
My ma said, “John, don’t ask questions why.
It’ll always be the same.”
I got to thinking and I got to wondering
What it feels like when you die
And how it feels for all those folks
Who have no home tonight

Just a mile down the road

So I sat real long and I thought real hard
About how good my life has been
There are people one mile down
Who haven’t got a thing
My fair city has been so good
Been kind to me, I suppose
But people live in squalor and sell themselves for a dollar
Just a mile down the road

Just a mile down the road

I wish I could fix these kinds of things
By singing in my songs
But these thoughts don’t work too well
If no one sings along
If everybody sang or hummed or yelled
These dreams would all come true
Because sometimes music’s all you need
To bring the best out of you

Just a mile down the road

Now my story’s done, but my city’s not
It’s got a long way to go
Through the rain and the humid heat
And the next day it’ll snow
I don’t want to say farewell
Because I’m not going far
Today might be as dark as night
But we always have tomorrow

Just a mile down the road
Track Name: Paper Town
PAPER TOWN

[CHORUS]
You won’t find me on a map
I won’t be there when you check
I’m just a paper town
And I’m nowhere to be found

From city to city
From town to town
You think that you’ve seen me
But I’m never around
From country to country
From state to state
You thought you saw me
But you were too late

[CHORUS]

From county to county
From home to home
You think we were meant to be
But you’ve never been more alone
From continent to continent
Around the world and back again
You think that you have found me
But I’m as transparent as your sins

[CHORUS]