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(Mistress of the) Floppy Bangs

from A Small Universe by Bill Michalski

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I should have been born eight years before
Written on the wall or a dorm room door
Chiming through a stereo cassette
All my hopes, my fears, and regrets
And how much better it would get

When I was young and full of grace
I’d steal away to a sacred place
Of older sisters and faraway towns
Bad neighborhoods and brand new sounds
The first step onto holy ground

Morrissey and Michael
Passed down on a mix tape
Natalie and David played for you
The mistress of the floppy bangs

I always wanted to be like you
To have your friends, your shirt, your shoes
Make it up as you go along
In the basement, your own songs
There’s no question you belong

Is this heaven where we are?
Driving around in your mother’s car
Tell me about your cousins’ band
You’re the only one who can
Only we could understand

I should have been born eight years before
I wouldn’t be lonely anymore
See the bangs fall in your eyes
Feel that song begin to rise

Natalie and David played for you
Emily and Amy, Kate and Cindy sang for you
Robert, Kim, Andy, and Billy did it too
Paul, John & John, Black Francis
they all knew...


from A Small Universe, released April 1, 2011
Loud bridge guitar: Graham Day


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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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