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There’s a place where we come together
Depending on the weather
and a message or two when the day is through
When the time has finally come for nothing to do

We make a stop at the 7-11
For the wine and the bread of heaven
We do this in memory of friends gone by
Distance and marriage and the ties that bind

They don’t worry about if I’m gonna finish this song
They’re not there to judge right and wrong
We’re just backyardin’

come around back when you get off of work
lay down your burden, untuck your shirt
A cigarette or two just seems more true
The neighbors’ house glows ‘cross an alley view

Won’t you tell me that story again
I don’t-know-if-this-makes-us lifelong friends
I don’t know if the circle transcends
In daylight, everything bends

They don’t worry about bout what sort of job I’ve done
They’re not there to string me along
Taking over the land of the starling
A plastic chair in the backporch light
No more pressure to make things right

So what kind of story can you weave
What’s the craziest bullshit we’ll all believe
It’s all the meaning that I need
It’s all the doctrine I want to believe

Won’t you tell me that story again
I don’t want to think that this all will end
For another season, or another trip home
Why do we have to try going it alone?

They don’t worry about where I’ve gotta go right now
At least I don’t think so, but anyhow
We’re just backyardin’

I’m going in, can I bring you something?
To your plastic chair
In the backporch light
No more pressure to make things right.


from What We Do Around Here, released December 10, 2013


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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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