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One With the Grass

from What We Do Around Here by Bill Michalski

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We were one with the grass, we knew the brick
We knew the bugs that sucked your blood
The smell of a dusty rug, a punk and a dud
We shot ‘em off

We knew just how the sidewalk tipped
We knew a plastic whiffle ball grip
the whap of a ball in a glove
And how to climb chain link

We knew every inch of our yards
Spent our money on baseball cards
We hit the blacktop pretty hard
And scraped em’ up

We ate hot dogs with potato chips
Lik-m-aid, freeze pops, and pretzel sticks
We knew if you mixed 7up and Coke
That you’d get alcohol

In the gap between the back yard fences
A secret path, if you knew the entrance
Rode our dirt bikes in between
And never be seen

We wore out the grass around home plate
We picked teams on the sewer grate
Play until someone hit the ball up on the roof
Ain’t it the truth?

On afternoons with a tornado watch
We’d watch the sky grow dark on the front porch
Wonder what it would be like
If a twister blew this all away?

You might get a bloody nose
Take a drink right from the hose
Gladly sweat right through your clothes
on a muggy afternoon

Dressed all in black, we’d go out at night
Playing tag with a flashlight
Spray our arms for mosquito bites
Fight the good fight


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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