Don't Look Back ( + Bonus Tracks )

by Mike Indest

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released January 1, 2017

All songs written by Mike Indest. Performed by Mike Indest with the help of some amazing friends. Monty LeBlanc drums on 4,7,9,10,15,17,19. Eddie Parrino bass on 4,7,9,10,15,17, 19,22 and bg vocals on 4, 7,9,10,15,16,19,22. Sean Severson production, drums, bass, bgv and guitar on 2. Dw. Dunphy everything else besides lead vocals and baritone ukulele on 5,12,14,18,23. Jesse Maizlish vocals on 2 and 8.

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Track Name: Trouble And Sorrow
I found trouble and sorrow
You found me a way out
I’ve known the depths of despair
You filled the depths of my doubt

It’s getting to the point where I can see
Your love for me is never failing
It’s getting to the point where I can see
Your path for me is so much better
Then where I’ve gone before

I’ve known poverty and sickness
You’ve known the blessings still to come
I see it only in an instant
You see it as it will become
Track Name: Sirens
How long will I ignore you before it goes away
How long will I ignore you before it goes away
Will you darken my heart
Will you darken my heart

It gets easier every time I turn away
To not feel like I'm wrong I'll sing along
With the sirens as they lead me to destruction

I know there's no life without you
I know there's nowhere I can go

It gets easier every time I turn away
To not feel like I'm wrong I'll sing along
With the sirens as they lead me to destruction
And the songs we sing sound so much better to my ears than your voice
I'll make a choice to ignore you while you're calling me back home
Track Name: What Would I Do?
White walls and metal chairs
Boredom fills the air
Nothing good to read
Everyone here seems asleep

I’ve always hated quiet times like these
I always said a quiet time leads to atrophy

Sitting here where I can’t hide
The memories come from inside
The low points on replay
While I justify how I behaved

It’s impossible when I try
To erase the history from my mind
So I try to and tell myself I was the victim of the crime

I’m just looking at the clock on the wall
I’m just looking for the time
I’m just looking to get out of here
and find some way to occupy my mind
Instead of wondering If I was in the same situation again
What would I do
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: I'm No Good At Letting Go
Letting go of things that define
Letting go of truths I claimed as mine
But are only self delusions

It seems you're asking me to let go of what I understand
Enjoy the mystery while I’m holding your hand
But I’m no good at letting go

Of my biology
Or bad theology
That hurts everyone around
Track Name: I'm Always Thinking About Her
A little confused about what I’m singing
Yes she was a girl
But not flesh and blood

Does it really matter
The pain is universal
When someone leaves who you thought would always be there

I’m always thinking about her

She used to sing our song so sweetly
You could hear her all through the street

I heard a band playing on the corner
So I asked of they could play our song

They just laughed and said
They didn’t know it

Launched into something I never heard
And everyone else sang along

I’m always thinking about her

She used to sing our song so sweetly
You could hear her all through the street

I’m always thinking about her
Track Name: I'll Be Your Jesus
I've got the nails in my back pocket
Just waiting for a chance to drive 'em in
A crown of thorns for my princess
Until I crucify you why don't we pretend

I'll be your Jesus
Until I decide not to turn the other cheek
I'll nail you up I'll let this bitter cup pass from me this time

Got a heart full of forgiveness least that what I'll lead you to believe
But I'm counting your transgressions
Until I nail you up to laugh and watch you bleed

I'll be your Jesus
Until I place this crown of thorns upon your head
I won't stop until you feel the way you made me feel

With a kiss I'll betray you
You can taste it on my lips
I don't really want to but baby I can't quit
The only way that you can be redeemed
In my mind is when you suffer
Track Name: I Can Move
Only when you know there's a way out
Can you dwell on things that seem so hopeless
Only when you know the mystery
Can you contemplate your own destruction

I Can Move

Only when you see your failures
Can you really see the not yet
Only when you throw your hands up
Can you really ever do anything

I Can Move

I'm only happy when it's all fucked up
I'm only happy when it hits the ground
I'm only happy when it's complicated and wrong

Only when you look outside you
Can you see how you fit in
Only when you quit holding on
Can you ever really grasp anything


I Can Move
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: You Think You're Pretty Now?
Undressing and repressing
All your weaknesses
What you feel tonight
You think it’s where your strength is

You think you're pretty now

The lines are drawn tonight
Evidently crossed
No regard for wrong or right
The passion veiled your eyes
No harm or so it seems
You’ll be free to go
Temporary connected flesh
Permanent connected soul

You think you're pretty now

And you think you're queen
And you’ll live your dreams
But they will never connect with you
And what you’ve got baby love it’s not
No it will never connect with you

Now that the damage is done
You’ve left with more than when you came
I hope you got all that you wanted
Cause the past now you can’t change

You think you're pretty now
Track Name: Shine Down
Take the poison from my veins
Take the evil from my mind
Take the brokenness I am
Take the pieces as they fall
Take me from the path that leads
To nowhere but my own demise
Forsake me not for I am weakened

Shine down on me

Breathe your breath of life in me
Scatter all my enemies
Fill my cup until it overflows

Shine down on me

And the walls that surround are closing in
Like they never have before
Many are the ones to harm me
And they’re beating down the door
Will you rescue me in my time of trouble
Do not turn a deaf ear when I pray

Shine down on me
And never let me go
Track Name: Right Beside You
I swear if the moon turns the particular shade of red
The prophets say signal the end
And the stars start really falling from the sky
And prove all of my theories wrong

I’ll be running for cover right beside you

I swear if the sky opens up and the rain falls
Like it did so long ago
And somewhere in the distance we can see
The last boat heading out of here

I’ll be treading water right beside you

I swear if the earth starts to shake and we both fall
Down and we can’t find our feet
And we laugh as we watch each other try to stand

Trying to overcome our fate
I’ll be lying on the ground right beside you
Track Name: It's The Heartbreak That Defines
The first kiss is kinda cool
Just before things turn cruel
What you thought was innocent and true
Will always trouble you

It’s the heartbreak that defines

It will follow you wherever you go
It will introduce you to everyone you'll know
It’ll be part of your soul
Constantly trying to take control

It’s the heartbreak that defines

It’s the heartbreak, it’s the forbidden fruit that opens your eyes

Everyone's looking for a fix
As we betray each other with a kiss
We’re all heart inside and out
Driven by love and plagued by doubt


It’s the heartbreak that defines
Track Name: The Moment Before You Arrive
When I’m getting closer
To the finish line
No reason to think that
It’ll be different this time
It’s in this exact place
Where I feel unnerved
Cause I know what’s coming
Right around the next curve

It’s an army whose chanting
Their battle cry against me
I hear them singing

This is the place where it all falls apart
The moment before you arrive

It could be my own doing always bringing me here
It could be the devil it really isn’t that clear
It could be my enemies trying to trip me up and make me fall
It could be some of these things
or none of these things at all

It doesn't really matter who writes the inscription
The sign on the path says

This is the place where it all falls apart
The moment before you arrive


There’s a roadblock in my way
I can’t move and I can’t climb
There’s a sign above that says
The road is closed the path denied
Track Name: The Trouble Is...
The trouble is I'm not sure
Where the scales will balance out
Will you get the best of me now
Or will you be subject to my continuous
Failures and my broken promises
That pile up higher and higher every day

The trouble is my intentions are pure but my plans
Are the schemes of a madman
Who think’s he knows the way to make the world his own

The trouble is things may never be quite the way
That I planned them to work out
But you smile and say your only plan
Is to be here beside me
Telling me the only thing I need to hear

That in my weakness I am yours

The trouble is you may have to really shout it loud
Before I hear you
Track Name: To Say The Least
We can blame the politicians
We can blame it on religion
We can blame the lack of vision
On greater entities
And that very well may be

But we should all feel a little uneasy
We should all feel a little uneasy
We should all feel a little uneasy
To say the least

We can blame their superstitions
Or other self imposed conditions
We can blame it on a dictatorship
A murderous crook
But that won't get us off the hook

Cause we should all feel a little uneasy
We should all feel a little uneasy
We should all feel a little uneasy

To say the least of these aren't worth our attention
To say the least of these aren't worth another look
In the least of these we see our judgement and salvation
In the least of these we see our gods

So we should all feel a little uneasy
We should all feel a little uneasy
We should all feel a little uneasy
To say the least
Track Name: I Know You Can Shine Without Me (Bonus Track)
A million reasons why I love you
A million reasons why I don't
A million reasons I should stay here
And a million reasons why I won't

A million little complications
A million small regrets
A million validations
A million things I want to forget

It's weighing on me now
It seems like that forever is a concept that will never be realized
I know you can shine without me
I never should have tried to illuminate your heart

It's better this way
Cause we both know that the only time
That this has not been contentious
Was the first time that our eyes met
Right before we said hello
Track Name: I'm Always Saying Too Much (Bonus Track)
I’m a clown with two left feet
A surgeon who's all thumbs
A singer with all the wrong notes

A runner with no feet
A funny man with no jokes
An author with no written words

And I seem to crush everything I get in my hands
I hope that you’ll listen up I hope you understand

I’m an artist with no ink
A sailor with no boat
A magician without any tricks

A traveler who stays home
A wrestler with no moves
A doctor without any cures

And I seem to crush everything I get in my hands
I hope that you'll listen up I hope you'll understand

I may say that it’s not my intention to destroy everything that I touch
but to say that I know my intention is probably saying too much

I’m a pilot with no plane
A soldier with no gun
A boxer who can't make a fist

A reader with no books
A builder with no tools
A farmer without any seed

I could say that the hand I’ve been dealt
Is the reason I'm not succeeding
I could say it’s written in the cards, the stars
and they’re never deceiving

I’m always saying too much
Track Name: The Biggest Thing (Bonus Track)
I'm just waiting for a reason
So I can nail the final nail into it
It won't be that important but I'll swear it's the biggest thing

It's not your fault I can't love
It's not your fault when I get close I run
It's not your fault but your gonna pay

I'm just waiting for a reason
So I can nail the final nail into it
It won't be that important but I'll swear it's the biggest thing

Somewhere along the way it got fucked up
Shalalalalala
Track Name: Pentecostal Pamela Lee (Bonus Track)
Long jean skirts and little white socks
Oh man my baby rocks
She’s my Pentecostal Pamela Lee

Got her hair all up in a bun
Oh man she’s a load of fun
She’s my Pentecostal Pamela Lee

The way she dresses man she is the bomb
She buys all of her clothes from liliesapparel.com

She doesn’t shave above the shin
She puts no makeup on her skin
She’s my Pentecostal Pamela Lee

The summer months she’s fully dressed
My baby sweats buckets
She’s my Pentecostal Pamela Lee

The way she dresses man she is the bomb
She buys all of her clothes from liliesapparel.com

I haven’t seen above her knee
She doesn’t believe in the Trinity
She’s my Oneness Pentecostal Pamela Lee
Track Name: The Pauper's Walrus (Bonus Track)
He says the transformation
Will only lead to progress
The waking of the new man
The awareness of our own divinity
He says that time has left us
In bondage to mortality
Only sensing realness in our minds
By what we touch and see

Let him lead you on
The pauper’s walrus
To the truth beyond reason
The pauper’s walrus

He says our evolution
Has finally made a pathway
Leading to the answers
We have all been looking for so long
He says our only hindrance is
What we’ve known as possible
Never understanding to see ourselves
We must look beyond

Let him lead you on
The pauper’s walrus
To the truth beyond reason
The pauper’s walrus

He’ll take your blinders off and free you
He knows your past and what's been keeping you enchained
He’ll spin the world round right in front of you
And say that you hold it all right in your hands
Track Name: Sister Big Boobs (Bonus Track)
I saw you heading towards the altar
So I followed along but not for prayer
I wanted to brush by your body
And run my fingers by your hair

Hey sister big boobs maybe we can get together
God told me to tell you to wear that tight sweater

I saw you dancing in the aisle
Yeah you really made me smile
You said the joy was in your soul
How I wish you’d swing around that pole

Hey sister big boobs maybe we can get together
God told me to tell you to wear that tight sweater

Do you ever wonder why I sit with you at the singles meetings
It’s so that we can hold hands when we pray
My hands are getting sweaty
my heart is beating faster now..........
Track Name: Those Who Do (Bonus Track)
You’re a wrecking ball
You’re a still small voice

You're a jealous Father
Who wants the best for His kids

And You won’t stop till you get what you’re wanting

Without you I am nothing
Within you I can move

And you won’t stop till you get what you’re wanting

And you humbled yourself and faced the ridicule
From of those who don’t believe and those who do

I’m a broken heart scared to love
I’m so good at lying to myself

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