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We went down in to the basement of that split level
With the TV in the wall
Our parents upstairs drink away their cares
They’re miles and miles away

That basement had a ping pong table
And a computer with a screen glowing green
We were in between
The lawn and the sweet brown earth

We’d go down into the basement of that split level
Got a TV in the wall
It had the big game, the excuse we came
there’s still forty channels to change

Down the stairs with our plates full of grub
Decorated like a country club
We were in between
The garage and the sweet brown earth

We’d go deep into the closets of that dark cellar
They went on and on and on
Our parents upstairs toss them back
As we go deeper in the underground

We grow a little bit older
Each step into the night
As the mists of middle school burn off
What could happen? What might?

We’ll go down into the basement of that split level
On the day the bombs all fall
Our parents outside, drink away their lives
As the sky glows red with fire

But us kids are more than able
We hide under the pool table
We are in between
Our lives and the cold dark earth


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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