Spindrift

by Mike Ross

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Recorded at Metway Studios, Brighton.

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released April 1, 2014

Mike Ross - Guitars, Vocals, Organ
Francois DeVille - Bass
Dil Davies - Drums

Produced by Al Scott

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Mike Ross Brighton, UK

'Timeless, uplifting Americana with
a bluesy bias and a southern swing'

Mike writes soul wrenchin', riff bustin' songs that will make you want to share the tale of his life's journey and the lessons he's learned. Listen and you'll see why one reviewer declared him 'Soaked in soul & burnt in blues'. ... more

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Track Name: Questions
Tell me do you remember
The smile on my face and the way that we felt deep inside
The smell of the roses
That drifted on by
From the window outside

And later in the evening
When the sun goes to sleep and the night gets tired
With the bells of cathedrals, ringing in my ears
And I keep on wondering

Who’s holding you now
Who’s showing you how
Who’s painting the pictures in your mind
And why did I leave it all behind

Take a look at those pictures
A warm summers day and a cold dark night
Tell me do they seem familiar
Or is it all a lie?
Tell me why ‘cos I keep on wondering
Track Name: Breeze
There's a breeze that blows through here
And it shakes up the dust and makes everything clear
And it makes it a pleasure simply to breathe
I want to go but I just cant leave

You don't believe me, but I know it's true
Yeah, you know that breeze reminds me of you

I will guard you from loneliness here
Cos I know it's nice to have somebody near

You don't believe me, but I know it's true
Yeah, you know that breeze reminds me of you

If you leave I'll be sad all my life
Don't leave now it just doesn't seem right
We haven't had time to say all our goodbyes
Just remember, don't cover us all in your lies

You don't believe me, but I know it's true
Yeah, you know that breeze reminds me of you
Track Name: Been So Long
Well the rain falls on her own
rain falls on her own
tattered scattered and on her own

Well it's been so long since you've been gone
been so long since you've been gone
It's been so long since the sun has shone

I went down to the county line
I went down and got me some wine
I went down to to the cow county line

Well it's been so long here on my own
Its been so long since your love has shone
been so long here down this road

Well daddy he's been good to me
wanted me to live in harmony
but that ain't the highway kind
and these days here drinking wine
left me shake and a little bit blind
tell me what you gonna do?

Take me back down to see that girl
yeah take me back down to see that girl
take me back down give me some more
Oh no no no

Well these days of being the highway kind
days of loving and they are mine yeah
these days are the highway kind

Well daddy he's been good to me
wanted me to live in harmony
but that ain't the highway kind
and these days here drinking wine
left me shake and a little bit blind
tell me what you gonna do?

I went down to the county line
I went down and got me some wine
I went down to to the cow county line
Hells bells something smells
yeah hells bells something smells
oh my god I think I smell a rat

Well the rain falls on her own
rain falls on her own
tattered scattered and on her own
Track Name: Fixin' To Die
Seems to me I got little left
But a little black bag that’s full of regret
And a suitcase full of useless emotions
Gonna grab that suitcase, gonna
Ride right outta here
Feels like I’m fixing to die boy, but
Dying don’t bother me

Don’t you know you could’a had it all
Could’a carried you down to the marriage hall
Should’a led you by the hand while you were ready
Gonna ride that feeling, gonna
Ride right outta here
Feels like I’m fixing to die boy, but
Dying don’t bother me

Well you tell me that you’re leaving
And I think that’s for the best
But you know that I can’t follow you this time
Make a bed to lie in, gonna
Ride it outta here
Feels like I’m fixing to die boy, but
Dying don’t bother me
Track Name: Lazy
Where did we go?
The time seemed to pass so slow
What did we do, you and I
How did we last so long
Was it because your love was so strong
Or were we just lazy?

What did it mean?
You gave me everything
Took it all, yes I did
How could we live that way
I threw your love away
I was just lazy

All I ever wanted, was to be your lover
I never wanted, to be your best friend
And I could have traded you, for any other
Thinking back, I ought to be ashamed

When I look back
I should feel sorrow there
Somehow I don’t, lucky me
In your eyes tears were glistening
I wasn’t listening
I was just lazy
Track Name: Don't Worry Baby, Just Call #1
Woman I been loving, she got a heavy heart
She's been ill but she don't show it, she's been mad and don't I know it
I said don't worry baby, you just call

Lord knows I've tried, and I've said my piece
Ive been dumb and don't I know it, I've been mad and did I show it?
I said don't worry baby, you just call

I'm through with sitting on my pride, how 'bout you?
I miss the day I left you, lonely
I'vg glimpsed the truth and thats what's making it so hard
so stamp your feet and shake your sorry head

Say you got your reasons and that's ok
That there's love there we both know it, if we want to we can show it
I said don't worry baby, you just call
Track Name: Ran Thru Here
Stop pushing man you know you keep pushing
if you if you keep pushing gonna push me away
I'm lying man you know I keep on trying but I
keep trying and it just doesn't change
I got nothing to say
nothing to do but look at you and sigh

Stop talking man you know you keep talking but you
keep talking when theres nothing to say
I'll listen man you know I'm gonna listen
so you think that thats a reason to talk all day
I got nothing to say
nothing to do but look at you and say quiet
cos I was sleeping
well it sounds like a herd of elephants ran thru here
ran thru here
quiet cos I dont wanna hear you
I been working all day and night so won't you leave me be
leave me be

youre hurtin well you say you been hurtin well
big deal cos I'm hurtin too
what you gotta understand is that everybody's hurting
man I swear its true I got nothing to say
nothing to do but look at you and say
Track Name: Devil's Right Hand
I learned me a lesson, a secret to tell
a tall tale to whisper, a story of hell
that you should go running as fast as you can
from the smile of the lady at the devils right hand

She'll tease you with wisdom, numb you with pain
and you will go back to her again and again
'til you're simply empty, a shell of a man
to the love of the lady at the devils right hand

Too shy to get angry, to proud just to weep
too lost in naivety, even to think
So I simply stay angry, a shell of a man
hurt by the lady at the devils right hand

She said she'd be honest and straight as the day
but she wouldn't even pay for my way
hurt me through silence, scorned my demands
that dark hearted lady at the devils right hand

Oh you should go running as fast as you can
cos you're sitting empty, you're a shell of a man
simply stay angry, a head in the sand
the dark hearted lady at the devils right hand
Track Name: Goin' to the Country
Goin' to the country, get me a piece of land
Goin' to the country, gonna get me a piece of land
Tired of this running, gonna get me a place to make a stand

Tired of the city, city done got me down
Tired of the city, city done got me down
Well the noise is quite exciting but the people get me down

Maybe I've been lazy, maybe just too slow
Maybe I've been lazy, maybe just too slow
But I'm going to get that country and I thought you'd like to know

Rivers keep on running, traffic still moves slow
well the rivers keep on running, traffic still moves slow
and it just don't make no difference, if'n I stay or if I go
Track Name: Don't Worry Baby, Just Call #2
Cowboy shirt, dirty boots, old blue jeans
What a sight I must look in these things
I don’t mean to bore you, when I often ignore you
When I drift out of prominent view
It isn’t directed at you

I said don’t worry baby, just call
For you I’d do anything at all
Wherever I’ve been, whatever I’ve seen
I said don’t worry baby, just call

Spinning head, frozen nose, winter blues
Won’t you help me with these things that I do?
Isn’t it crazy, to ask you to save me?
I’m drowning down here with my fear
It’d be nice to have somebody near

Worried mind, troubled calls, missing words
Tell me do you find the whole mess absurd?
I want you to ask me, not to attack me
I don’t want to argue the toss
And I’m sick of addressing the cause

I said don’t worry baby, just call
For you I’d do anything at all
Wherever I’ve been, whatever I’ve seen
Whatever you know or you think that you know
Whatever I think, whatever I drink
I said don’t worry baby, just call
Track Name: Your Life or Mine
She walked like a pilgrim, swore like a sailor
poor as a church mouse, but she sang like an angel
she ran from the country, as soon as she was able
toiled in the city, she's been working on tables
she's down, keep on losing sleep
she's drinking to the end of the line
wonders am I living your life or mine

He moved from the hillside, rented an apartment
swears its getting harder to get by on the company dime
down in the southland, working for the bossman
Says the rushing rhythm of life takes his pain away
hes so tired, almost makes him weep
he's singing to the end of the line
wonders am I living your life or mine

She walked like a pilgrim, swore like a sailor
poor as a church mouse, but she sang like an angel
she ran from the country, as soon as she was able
toiled in the city, she's been working on tables
she's down, keep on losing sleep
she's drinking to the end of the line
wonders am I living your life
wonders am I living your life
wonders am I living your life or mine

She sang like an angel