Michael J. Karlin and the Parade of Horribles

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released 09 April 2013

PRODUCED BY JARRETT KILLEN
Recorded and Engineered between July and December 2012 at Reservoir Recording Studios by Jarrett Killen
Mixed by Michael J. Karlin
Assistant Engineers - Michael J. Karlin and Brent Lindemeyer
Additional Vocal Production by Liz Anne Hill
Additional Production by Dan Conn
Additional Mixing by Jarrett Killen
Mastered by Zack Jewelinski

MICHAEL J. KARLIN - Vocals, Guitars, Harmonium, Accordion, Harmonica, Mandolin, and Percussion

THE PARADE OF HORRIBLES are:
Brad Crocker - Drums
Jarrett Killen - Bass, Guitars, Drums (tracks 10)
Grant Davis - Keys, Saxophone, Background Vocals, Synths
Dan Conn - Trombone, Background Vocals, Percussion
Liz Anne Hill - Background Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Alex Slavin - Background Vocals (track 9)
Kristopher Butcher - Lead Guitar (tracks 2, 3, & 8), Slide Guitar ( 2, 4, & 7)

Album Artwork Designed by Dane Gaffney
Cover Painting by Michael J. Karlin
Photos by David Karlin

All Songs Written by Michael J. Karlin
(c) & (P) 2013 Space Monkeys in a Shoebox Music ASCAP
Under exclusive license to RTW Recordings

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Michael J. Karlin and the Parade of Horribles Orange, California

folk / punk / country / whatever

Michael J. Karlin’s debut record is one of lost days, lost love, and the possibilities of tomorrow.

With his debut record, he has teamed up with producer Jarrett Killen and his backing band the Parade of Horribles to create a collection of songs about life, change, passion, and growing up that mixes elements of Americana, Folk, Alt-Country, Punk, and Blues.
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Track Name: Is This All I Have To Say?
What if every song I sung
Used someone else's words,
Would you still love me then
Would you think me just a fool?
So honest and so true
It's how I feel about you
But every time I write
Get stuck on the first line

Won't you help me
Find my way back home?
Won't you help me
Find a voice of my own?
A place where my thoughts can roam

And if all the greatest songs
Have already been sung
Would you still pick up your pen,
Would you still strum a long?
And if every great word
Has already been spoke
Would you still fall to your knees,
Would you think this all a joke?

Won't you help me
Find my way back home?
Won't you help me
Find a voice of my own?
A place where my thoughts can roam

What if every line sounded the same and this is all I had to say?
Would you still love me would you walk away would you help me find my place?
Would you help me write this song?
Would you still sing along?
Wont help me
Find my way back home?
Track Name: Tonight We Give 'Em Hell
Hey everyone, grab your guns
We're gonna have some fun tonight
Baseball bats and kerosine
We're gonna have some fun tonight
Grab a sack, a black ski mask
We're gonna have some fun tonight
Hey there kid, there's no turning back
But you're gonna have some fun tonight

Take your shot, make it clean
knock 'em to the floor
A pirouette of bullets
Show them something never seen before
Grab your loot, then clean your suit
Leave behind no traces of the score
Times are rough, that's why we are tough
We'll show just what we stand for

Give them hell
Break down that door
They'll only beg for mercy if you show them none at all
Yeah they've done crimes, but pay no time
That's why tonight we're gonna give 'em hell

That land of gold
It Has its toll
The path to the top
Is paved with their souls
What they stole
Can't be replaced
Our hopes, our dreams
Have all gone up in flames
Yeah they've done crimes
But pay no time
That's why tonight we're gonna give 'em hell

They can run, but they can't hide
The riches of the world they'll soon come to despise
Once complacent, now won't be ignored
With a shotgun collar and a two by four
They had their time at the top
But Rome has now fallen and the president has been shot
We'll call it a gathering, we'll call it war
Things won't ever be the same as they were before

So give them hell
Break down the door
They'll only scream for mercy when you show them none at all
Yeah they've done crimes, but pay no time
That's why tonight we're gonna give 'em hell
Track Name: Good For You, Good FOR You
I don't know if you ever loved me,
I don't know if you tried
I don't know if you were faithful while you were by my side
All I know is that I treated you like my Queen, every day and night
And on the day you left, I lost my fight

I don't know how I can make it,
Without you by my side
I don't know if I can fake it,
Without you in my life
All I know is that I keep on trying,
Everyday and every night
Trying to find the love I thought was mine

I don't know if I'll stop drinking when this bottles dry
I don't know if I'll stop thinking about you every night
But I know that I'll keep on trying to get back in your life
Trying to find the words to make things right

I don't know how you can hate me for the things I've done
I don't know what you say about me now that you're gone
All I hope is that you speak of me kindly,
Remember all our fun
The times we had before you went on the run

And maybe one day you will find your way
Back to all those things you left behind
And maybe one day I will have a place
A space to occupy your mind

I don't know what to tell you when I see you out at night
Hangin' on the arms of strangers,
Having a good time
All I know is that you're gone
And I guess that's just fine
But every night I still wish that you were mine
Track Name: When I Think of What You'd Say Or: Credit Cards, Love, and the New American Dream
And they say money can't buy happiness
But it's the new American Dream
And we've got these fancy credits cards
So we can buy fancy shiny things

So why do I feel so unfulfilled?
This debt can buy me a diamond ring
But without a hand to put it on
Who would need such a thing

And on those days
When I feel so far away
Like nothing in this world is made for me
I'll just smile
When I think of what you'd say
love it may be hard, but at least it is free

I may be older, and my wallets filled
But why do I feel so empty?
I may be learned, but I still haven't learned
The things that will truly make me happy

Cause this money can buy me a good many things
But life is simpler it seems
Find someone who will do you right
Someone to fill all your dreams

And on those days
When I feel so far away
Like nothing in this world is made for me
I'll just smile
When I think of what you'd say
love it may be hard, but at least it is free
Track Name: Forget the Hoopelheads
Feeling cold when you're sleeping all alone at night
But all the pills in the world won't make you right
Waking up to the same routine every day
But dreaming of a life that seems so far away

Well you can change direction in your life
Find your passion, follow your dreams
The world might try, try to drag you down
Don't be afraid of anything

So you decide that today is the day you're gonna change
But everyone around is screaming at you stay the same
Listen to your heart, it knows what's right
Just keep going on, don't give up that fight

And you can change direction in your life
Find your passion, follow your dreams
The world might try, it's gonna try and knock you down
Don't be afraid of anything

And I know this might sound trite
But live your life the way you like
There may come a day, where you might heed this advice
So it bears repeating once or twice

And you can change direction in your life
Find your passion, follow your dreams
The world might try, it's gonna try and knock you down
Don't be afraid of anything
Track Name: Don't Waste the Light of Tomorrow
Hey my good friend, where have you been?
It's been a long time since you've had a win
But life's too short to be living in the past
Come on lets have a drink and make it last

I know you've had hard times
Cause I've had them too
We've been beaten up, broken down, black and blue
We've seen fortunes come and then fade away
So bottoms up to better days

But don't live today like it's already gone
Forget about the past and just keep on keeping on
Put away all your sorrows and come out and play
Don't waste the light of tomorrow on today

I know it's hard when your living on your own
No one to hold you close when you're alone
No one to pick you up when you feel down
But there's still time to turn things around

This world is big and there's so much to see
Roads yet traveled and people to meet
Well good times come and the good times will go
But my friend this life is better than you know

But don't live today like it's already gone
Forget about the past and just keep on keeping on
Put away all your sorrows and come out and play
Don't waste the light of tomorrow on today
Track Name: Can't Drink Like I Used To (Youth is Gone)
I tried to find a cure for growing old
But I just wound up feeling blue
Heart broken and cold, just an old fool
Now I don't know what I'm to do

Cause the booze, well it just made me sick
And the drugs, yeah the drugs did not help me one bit
But your love, it could heal any aliment
How great life would be with you next to me

I tried to convince myself that I don't need love
That the money and the booze, that they'd be enough
Fast women and drugs, the kind that are cheap
Are all I'd have left to comfort me

Cause the booze, well it just made me sick
And the drugs, yeah the drugs did not help me one bit
But your love, it could heal any aliment
How great life would be with you next to me
With you next to me

And I know there were times when I took it for granted,
That youthful love would always be mine
And now that its gone, and I can't get it back
I still hope that there is something to make me right

Cause the booze, well it just made me sick
And the drugs, well the drugs did not help me one bit
But you love, it could heal even the worst aliment
How great life would be with you next to me
With you next to me
With you next to me
Track Name: Ghosts of the Past
At this point in my life
I'd do anything, anything, anything
To see my former self,
And tell him it's not too late
To follow your dreams
There's no need to run away, run away
Cause what you leave behind,
You might not be able to replace

And you tell yourself that it's too late
Don't let your ghosts try and convince you that you've lost all your time

Cause it's your life
Don't let them tell you what you can't do
You've still got time
To find the things that once seemed lost to you

And I've made mistakes
I guess it's just the price I pay, price I pay
For living this way
For living like I never had any regrets
But there are things I never did, never did
And I'm not dead yet,
Won't let it all just fade away

And you tell yourself that you missed your chance
Don't let your ghosts try and convince you that you've lost all your time

Cause it's your life
Don't let them tell you what you can't do
You've still got time
To find the things that once seemed lost to you
Cause it's your life
Don't let them tell you what you can't do
You've still got time
To find the things that meant so much to you
To find the things that meant so much to you

And on that day when you find your way
To all those things that make you right
To the thing that'll keep you sane
Don't let your ghosts try and convince you that you've lost all your time

Cause it's your life
Don't let them tell you what you can't do
You've still got time
To find the things that once seemed lost to you
Cause it's your life
Don't let them tell you what you can't do
You've still got time
To find the things that meant so much to you
To find the things that meant so much to you
Track Name: Make Me Feel Young Again
When did it become so easy to give up on change?
When did we settle down and pack our dreams away?
Just like a distant memory that starts to fade
Everything we believed in, it all just went away

But I'm searching for the words everyday
That'll make me feel young again
That'll take this pain away
And people try to tell me
That those days are gone
That I'll never feel the same again
That life moves on

Where did it all go wrong and when did we lose our way?
Just like our fathers before us, our spirit fades
You give them just an inch and they'll learn to take
Everything that matters, in every single way

But I'm searching for the words everyday
That'll make me feel young again
That'll take this pain away
And people try to tell me
That those days are gone
That I'll never feel the same again
That life moves on

Spend so much time just searching for the answers
To all the problems we can't see
If we took the time to know each other
We might find the things, the things we really need

But I'm searching for the words everyday
That'll make me feel young again
That'll take this pain away
And people try to tell me
That those days are gone
That I'll never feel the same again
That life moves on
Life move on, yeah life moves on, life moves on, yeah life moves on
Track Name: Ain't Got No Time (and I Don't Know Why)
I ain't got no time
I don't know why
I ain't got no time
I don't know why
I mess around
Till my lights go out

My lights go out and I don't know what to do
Spent all my money searching for you
Now I'm all alone and I don't know why
You're my only cure and I thinking I'm gonna die

I ain't got no time
I don't know why
I ain't got no time
I don't know why
I mess around
Till my mind goes out

My mind goes out and I'm running out of fuel
Spent all my energy to get back to you
Now I'm all alone and I don't know why
You're my only cure and I think I'm going to die

I ain't got no time
I mess around and I run out of time

I run out of time and my thoughts are getting cruel
I ain't got no love and feel like a fool
Now I'm all alone and I don't know why
You're my only cure and I think I'm going to die
Track Name: Out On the Line
You put you're heart out on the line
It hurts every time
28 years, you'd think you'd be fine
With your heart out on the line

One of these days I'll get my head straight
Pick myself off the ground
One of these days I'm gonna learn to do you right
Figure out how to keep you around

Cause darling it ain't ever been easy
And the lovin', while it's been hard
This time I thought it was different
I guess it wasn't in the cards

And one of these days I'll pick myself up
Learn all the right things to say
One of these days I'm gonna tell you how I feel
I hope you're feeling the same way

Cause darling it ain't ever been easy
And the lovin', while it's been rough
This time I thought it was different
Turns out I didn't have the right stuff

You put you're heart out on the line
It hurts every time
28 years you'd think you'd be fine
With your heart out on the line