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X​-​Acto Knife

from Cranky by Bill Michalski

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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


from Cranky, released September 20, 2019
Bill Michalski: vocals, guitars, keyboards
Brian Schaeffer: drums
Steve Hoover: bass guitar
Christine Anson: 2nd vocal
David "Dave" Moore: outro guitar solo


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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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