Barely There

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Might be my favorite group of Mike Indest songs! Versatile, yet cohesive. Airy, rocking and head-bopping, yet emotionally, it's as dense as mud. *****(5-star)! Sean Severson (And How)


These songs were a stretch for me after a long writing dry spell. I knew I needed to do something different but was unsure throughout the writing process about where this was heading. Things started to look more certain during the recording process especially with how well these tunes were received by Eddie. Thank you Eddie for the encouragement!

Thanks to Eddie, Monty and Glen for playing along.


Each song is based on a chapter in from the book of Lamentations.

1:2 She weeps bitterly in the night, her tears on her cheek.
None of her lovers comfort her. All her friends lied to her;
they have become her enemies.

2:12 They say to their mothers, “Where are grain and wine?”
while fainting like the wounded in the city streets,
while their lives are draining away at their own mothers’ breasts.

3:7 He walled me in so I couldn't escape; he made my chains heavy.
8 Even though I call out and cry for help, he silences my prayer.
9 He walled in my paths with stonework; he made my routes crooked.

4:! Oh, no!
Gold is tarnished; even the purest gold is changed.
Sacred jewels are scattered on every street corner.

5: 21 Return us, Lord, to yourself. Please let us return! Give us new days, like those long ago—
22 unless you have completely rejected us,
or have become too angry with us.

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released 25 June 2014

All songs written by Mike Indest. Recorded by Mike Indest and Eddie Parrino.

Eddie Parrino - Bass and Background Vocals
Monty LeBlanc - Drums
Glen Sigur - Guitar on "Check My Ways" and "Forever".
Mike Indest - Vocals, Baritone Ukulele, Glockenspiel, Melodica and Guitar
Kalie Indest - artwork

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Mike Indest New Orleans, Louisiana

Whether it is the electronic tinge of his work with the Motonaut project, or with spare instrumentation, Indest links all his output with a single mission statement of honesty. Indest has faith but won't shirk his duty to offer plain-spoken truth. It can be controversial, but it is clear that it is not presented in a coldly calculating way, but with the spirit of making clogged ears hear.
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Track Name: All My Lovers
All my lovers there is none to comfort me
And all my friends they have become my enemies

I never thought about tomorrow

Oh Lord look at me now I’m hopeless, cheap, abject

All my lovers there is none to comfort me
Track Name: Where Is The Bread, Where Is The Wine?
Where is the bread, where is the wine?
Where is the bread, where is the wine?

You have turned your face against me
Now you turn your face against my children

Where are the walls that kept us safe?
Where are the walls that kept us safe?

They have crumbled all around us
Now our enemies have taken over

And all our priests said peace
And all our prophets said it was all right

You've done all the you said you’d do
You've done all that you said you’d do

And we cannot really blame you
Cause we know we brought it on ourselves.
Track Name: Check My Ways
I’m a man whose known your wrath
I’m a man whose seen your scorn
It’s no secret you've turned your face from me
You cause me to dwell in dark
You wall me in I can’t get out
You even weigh me down with heavy chains

I’d tell you that it’s overwhelming but you don’t ever listen to a word I say

You’re a bear lying in wait you’re a lion hiding near
Gonna tear me into a million pieces
You have aimed your bow towards me
Gave me to my enemies
All day long they sing about my troubles

I’d tell you that it’s overwhelming but you don’t ever listen to a word I say

I’ll never forget how you made me drink the poison up
I’ll never forget how you brought me to the lowest hell
I’ll never forget how you leveled me the crash on crash
The one blow right after the other

Guess I better check my ways
Track Name: Stones
How dark the golds become that once was pure.
The sacred stones are all poured out on the corner of every street.
Track Name: Have You Forsaken Us Forever?
All the joy has gone from our hearts
The songs we’d sing have left our lips
And we mourn for the children we have lost
And we pray you’d put an end to this

Unless you’ve forsaken us forever
And all our prayers lie fallen before your throne never heard
You never listen to what we say anymore

Will we spend all of our days
Paying for the sins of those who’ve gone before
Should we now give up hope
That one day we’ll be restored

Have you forsaken us forever?
And all our prayers lie fallen before your throne never heard
You never listen to what we say anymore