Shut Up

by Michael Edwards

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A collection of tongue-in-cheek plus totally earnest cover songs of some personal significance created in secret as a gift, but published here for all to delight in.

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released December 25, 2019

All songs arranged and recorded by Michael Edwards. Original songs by Pat Ballard, The Verve, Sufjan Stevens, Purity Ring, Jodi Benson, and The Notwist. Recorded at Waltham Pseudo Studios in Columbus, OH in Logic Pro X, mixed on Yamaha HS8 studio monitors and Audio-Technica M50s.

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Michael Edwards Columbus, Ohio

Graphic designer, animator and podcaster. Co-founder of Sunrise Robot. Sometimes musician. Miss my dad.

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Track Name: Shut Up Sandman
Shut up shut up shut up
Shut your mouth right now

Shut your mouth now
Shut your mouth now
Shut it forever
Don't open again
Don't speak again
Don't open your mouth up

Shut up shut up shut up
Shut your mouth right now

Shut up
Shut your mouth now
Shut it forever
Don't open again
Don't you dare speak up again
Would you please just shut up your mouth
Track Name: Bittersweet Symphony / Chicago
Cause it's a bittersweet symphony this life
Trying to make ends meet, you're a slave to the money then you die.
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah.

No change, I can't change, I can't change, I can't change,
but I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold.
But I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mold, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

Well I never pray,
But tonight I'm on my knees, yeah.
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah.
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now.
But the airwaves are clean and there's nobody singing to me now.

No change, I can't change, I can't change, I can't change,
But I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold.
And I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mold, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

I fell in love again
All things go all things go
Drove to Chicago
All things go all things go
We sold our clothes to the state
I don't mind I don't mind
I was in love with the place
In my mind in my mind

You came to take us
All things go all things go
To recreate us
All things grow all things grow
We had our minds set
All things know all things know
We had to find it
All things grow all things grow

Cuz it's a bittersweet symphony this life
Track Name: Fineshrine
Get a little closer, let fold
Cut open my sternum and pull
My little ribs around you
The rungs of me be under, under you

I'll cut the soft pockets, let bleed
Over the rocky cliffs that you leap
To peer over and not forget what feet are
Splitting threads of thunder over me

That I might see with my chest and sink
Into the edges round you
Into the lakes and quarries that brink
On all the edges round you, round you, round you

Get a little closer, let fold
Cut open my sternum and pull
My little ribs around you
The lungs of me be crowns over you

Listen closely, closely to the floor
Emitting all its graces through the pores
You make a fine shrine in me
You build a fine shrine to me

That I might see with my chest and sink
Into the edges round you
Into the lakes and quarries that brink
On all the edges round you, round you, round you
Track Name: Part of Your World
Look at this stuff
Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you think I'm the girl
The girl who has ev'rything?

Look at this trove
Treasures untold
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Lookin' around here you'd think
(Sure) she's got everything

I've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty
I've got whozits and whatzits galore
(You want thingamabobs?
I got twenty)
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more

I want to be where the people are
I want to see
want to see 'em dancin'
Walkin' around on those
(Whad'ya call 'em?) oh - feet

Flippin' your fins you don't get too far
Legs are required for jumpin', dancin'
Strollin' along down a
(What's that word again?) street

Up where they walk
Up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin' free
Wish I could be
Part of that world

What would I give
If I could live
Outta these waters?
What would I pay
To spend a day
Warm on the sand?
Betcha on land
They understand
Bet they don't reprimand their daughters
Bright young women
Sick o' swimmin'
Ready to stand

And ready to know what the people know
Ask 'em my questions
And get some answers
What's a fire and why does it
(What's the word?) burn?

When's it my turn?
Wouldn't I love
Love to explore that shore above?
Out of the sea
Wish I could be
Part of that world
Track Name: Consequence / Snowy Morning
You're the color
You're the movement and the spin
Never could it stay with me the whole day long
Fail with consequence
Lose with eloquence and smile
I'm not in this movie
I'm not in this song

Never
Leave me paralyzed, love
Leave me hypnotized, love

You're the color
You're the movement and the spin
Never could it stay with me the whole day long
Fail with consequence
Lose with eloquence and smile
You're not in this movie
You're not in this song

Never
Leave me paralyzed, love
Leave me hypnotized, love

I saw your shape traced in the snow
I found your head impressed in your pillow
I heard your voice in my brother's
I felt your hand when ours clasped together

Listen, oh listen, I found you freezing in the cold
Shaking and shaking; you didn't know who you were anymore
I took you, I took you, I took you into my home
I warmed you with fires and songs and songs and songs and songs
I love you, I love you, you know

Here I am
Here you are
In father's car
Red fingers, green kisses
Is the house too far
Movin out, movin down
On down the road
The days move by
They move so slow
I miss him, I miss him
I'm sure you know

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