Cranky

by Bill Michalski

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released September 20, 2019

Engineered by Steve Hoover
Cover illustration by Russell Mark Olsen

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Bill Michalski Saint Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO songwriter Bill Michalski exorcises his demons in his new EP, CRANKY. By (almost) entirely eschewing the acoustic guitar in favor of electric and working with a crack live rhythm section, Michalski's songs reach a new level of energy. Mr. Michalski has been recording and performing music since his high school days in 1993. CRANKY is his first non-single release since 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Me & The Emilys
Everybody knows your voice it cracks
Everybody knows you can't go back
Everybody says what matters more than that
When it started
I was waiting to be discovered
So half-hearted
They were way across the room

And it could have been me
and the Emilys
It could have been me
and the Emilys

Everybody wants their secret place
Everybody wants to reach first base
Everybody's scanning for that distant face
When it started
They were waiting to be uncovered
So halfhearted
I was way across the room

Chorus

There will be other chances
(More cross-the-classroom glances)
The world's mostly boundless
(The world's mostly boundless)

Chorus

And it could have been me Watch what I say, watch what I do
but for my enemies The world’s mostly boundless
It could have been me The days cannot be counted
and the Emilys
Track Name: Passive Aggression
Stay with me
I never wanna see ya
Run and play
and terrorize the neighbors
My front door
you pushed to keep it open
You my friend
I think your brain is broken

On the phone
Oh man you are relentless
I owe you
An accurate percentage
It’s all yours
So take it, you can have it
Just give me
A precious few moments alone

When I hear that knock,
I don’t want to go outside
Hang around the block
Let me please just stay inside
Fingernails on chalk
Answer it, your hands are tied
When I hear that knock,
I don’t want to go
GO!

Cul de sac
You’re waiting on the sewer
Circumspect
my adamant pursuer
Add it up
the time obligatory
Calculate
My time in purgatory

Fun and games
You play them with a temper
If I win
I’ll be the first offender
On the stoop
Don’t mean to burst your bubble
No surprise
I get myself in trouble... again

I need an excuse
Staring at the clock
What would you have done?
I need an excuse
I need an excuse

Listen here
My friend you are on notice
Doctor please
Give him the diagnosis
Padded walls
And white fluorescent hallways
Set me free
For always always always

Running ‘round
Distressing/ impressing all the people
Here’s the church
And here’s the fucking steeple
I can’t bear
Another chummy session
Honestly
It’s all passive aggression
Track Name: Hunch
I always had a hunch
That you were better than the bunch
And every time push came to crunch
You would overcome

Most folks never had a clue
But it came naturally to you
We would watch it all come true

I felt it in my gut
You'd be the one to make the cut
Go and break out of the rut
Leave us all behind

Always thought it'd be a waste
To watch you stall
Running in place
Throw away a life of grace
To please your parents

When we were in the garden
I never had a doubt
We would plant the seeds
And watch the seedlings sprout
But outside the backyard
So many ways to wither up
And drift away
IT'S NOT OKAY

I always had a hunch
That you were better than the bunch
And you would beat them to the punch
And send them running

We finally left the backyard
So much more to do
To let the world in
On how our garden grew
But outside the backyard
They prune the weeds
And clip the plants
By happenstance
IT'S OUR ONLY CHANCE

We all loved to say your name
But goddamn the secret shame
You could never keep it tamed
So you washed it down
Most folks never had a clue
But a chosen few they knew
What more penance can they do?

always had a hunch
That you were better than the bunch
And every time push came to crunch
You would overcome

Most folks never had a clue
But it came naturally to you
We would watch it all come true

I felt it in my gut
You'd be the one to make the cut
Go and break out of the rut
Leave us all behind

Always thought it'd be a waste
To watch you die
Running in place
Throw away a life of grace
And leave me hanging...
Track Name: Everybody's Looking At Me
How can I do anything?
When everybody's looking at me
How can I do anything?
When everybody's right behind me

You can't fool me
What you said
I know what's inside your head

Chorus

You can smile
Put on your act
You're whispering behind my back

Please let me go home and hide
What's the use
They see inside

Chorus
Track Name: X-Acto Knife
Between the box springs and the mattress
Is where I store my thoughts

Everything I want to be
And everything I’m not

Below the bedside table
The stale carpet dust

I'll spend my summer searching
For someone I can trust

X-Acto Knife, X-Acto Knife,
Your shiny blade, the plans I’ve made for you
X-Acto Knife

X-Acto Knife, X-Acto Knife,
My sharpest friend, how I depend on you,
X-Acto Knife

When the hour's getting later
Just you and a glowing screen

I have a burning notion
To tell you what I mean

Don't judge until you've heard it all
The only friend I’ve got

My sacred absolution
And I don’t want to get caught

X-Acto Knife, X-Acto Knife,
Your shiny blade, the mess I’ve made with you,
X-Acto Knife

X-Acto Knife, X-Acto Knife,
You’re going to save my life, stay close to me,
X-Acto Knife