No Cigar (unreleased & assorted demos)

by A. Michael Collins

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This is the catch-all repository: some full-blown mixes from Posies legend, Ken Stringfellow, which will appear on a full length LP Spring/Summer of 2013, some reference mixes of basic tracks, and assorted demos from way back...mostly rough 4 & *-track stuff...and don't forget to click on the "Info" pop-up next to the song titles to read all of the *fabulous, oh-so-interesting non-stories* behind the music.

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released 01 July 2013

Dan Leary on Bass and Kelly Minnis on Drums. Beaux Bartron plays additional guitars on "Carry You Away", "Goddamn Shame" and lead guitar on "Apollo High". I sing and play all other guitars and play bass and drums on the lo-fi demos. Ken Stringfellow plays keys and percussion on the tracks he mixed and produced. Lots more to come!

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A. Michael Collins Seattle

Position: 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, P, C, RF, CF, LF
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 135
Born: 9-17-69
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
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Drummist, guitarist, bassist, singist and write-ist. I'm a fan of many genres; the stuff I write is basically earnest, somber, even wistful on occasion. Guitar-driven, melodic power-pop with harmonies and a focus on guitar tones. I think there's a rootsy, Okie element to it too.
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Track Name: Carry You Away—Produced & Mixed by Ken Stringfellow
so hey, how have you been/ it's been a while since you've come around/i'm still searching for a meaning/so deep it can't be found

so who's gonna call you baby/what will you wear on your wedding day/what will you name your little baby/who's gonna carry you away

i've flown around the world/and across the universe/with a $13 haircut/ and a plain old white t-shirt

so who's gonna call you baby/what will you wear on your wedding day/what will you name your little baby/who's gonna carry you away

so who's gonna call me baby/what will I wear on my wedding day/what will I name my little baby/who's gonna carry me away
Track Name: Dial Tones—Produced/Mixed by Ken Stringfellow
you gave it your best dial tone/now you want to go it alone/and you say it's because of me/that you're living perilously

but i can't fix you inside/i can't fix you inside
who's to blame for this crime

you've been missing now for days/you set up quite a warped little game/with just one missing piece/bent on never finding any peace

but i remember a time when your mind wasn't blown/and you didn't come to mind when i hear dial tones

but i can't fix you inside/i can't fix you inside
who's to blame for this crime

and i remember a time when your mind wasn't blown/and you didn't come to mind when i hear dial tones

but i can't fix you inside/i can't fix you inside
who's to blame for this crime
Track Name: Goddamn Shame—Produced & Mixed by Ken Stringfellow
ever since you were born/you waited for this, wait forlorn
unexpected as you were it's undeniable/glass is empty, ashtray full

count me in on your side/I watch from afar what you cannot hide

all those frightening and criticizing eyes chastise what you've become

all that matters to you is just a matter of fact/all that matters to you is shit you can't get back

and it's a goddamn shame/a goddamn shame

so take your stance, defensive kind/take a swig to undermine/you waited for this/you waited for this/you waited for this/oh you waited for this

as you're suspended, upended and overdue/what will become of you

all that matters to you is just a matter of fact/all that matters to you is shit you can't get back

and it's a goddamn shame/a goddamn shame
Track Name: Apollo High—Produced & Mixed by Ken Stringfellow
peeling out on your gravel road/leaving dust under your eyes
around the bend from where you live/making out under the stars
would we have seen the space in between/ your thousand points of light
would we have dreamed this dream

i was always left behind/from the moment you arrived/you were always on my mind

walking down the path out back/feel the mud between our toes
summer storms have soaked us to the bone/all alone out in the sky
would we have known how the blooms have grown/ from the seeds that we had sown/would we have dreamed this dream

i was always left behind/from the moment you arrived/you were always on my mind

i can see you now/so alone tonight/and you're caught in the scenes/of your bible belt dreams/so lost tonight

i can see you now/so alone tonight/and you're caught in the scenes/of your bible belt dreams/as they fill your sleep tonight
Track Name: Subject to Change
how can you say i never think of you/everytime i do/i do
how can you say it's not a crime/burst my bubble now the trouble's all mine

you were my favorite/must it be worn out yet/where are you now

never made it to new orleans/won't be starring in any more love scenes/with you/now that you've made your choice/i'm saving boxes for/all my toys

we're all subject to change/ain't it strange/how you can look but still not see/man i need the subject to change/'cos we're estranged/from where i want to be

don't rummage through old sentiments/or contemplate how cards go from sender/to resent/she said i really ought to read this book/such a sweet face issuing such a dirty look

she said it's alright/just build a new kite/fly it farther from the trees

the stain is already set/your regards are my regret/given to the terse demand/closer to the vest/perhaps a little underdressed/we've dropped the ampersand
Track Name: Mileage
do you feel good /do you feel better now
wish I could/wish I could remember how
plodding through another day/plotting some kind of means to escape

now I get mileage/out of things you cannot use
empty stomach/drinking on nothing to choose
all it takes is grain, water and time/next thing i know you're on my mind

i only know one thing worth knowing
and that was when the bomb would blow

i can see your hands working/and i'm taking it on the chin roll me over, roll me under/roll the credits at the end

then you gave me one to grow on/yeah you gave me one to go
and i only knew one thing worth knowing/
and that's how it feels when the bomb blows

i can see your hands working/and i'm taking it on the chin roll me over, roll me under/roll the credits at the end
Track Name: Don't Lie/The Lie
it's hard to concentrate/and who cares if you still care
maybe you're running him to the gate/but he ain't going anywhere

don't lie/if he's been lying next to you
don't lie/just give me the truth

decidedly displaced/and discovered eventually
can't you just give me something to take/with me

don't lie/if he's been lying next to you
don't lie/just give me the truth

it's all wrong/it's alright
can you still feel it collide/three years dying up inside

don't lie/if he's been lying next to you
don't lie/just give me the truth

you have to shoot me/if you want me to be okay
just send me on my way

you have to burn me down/before i can feel again/my soul won't mend

don't lie/if he's been lying next to you
don't lie/just give me the truth
Track Name: Everything's Weird Now
the way you look/the way i can wake up on any side of the bed/long summer shadows don't always follow/i thought it'd be easier by now/thought it'd be easier somehow

unhappiness/sometimes i digress/
am i a mess/yes i'm a mess

check the machine/electric, lifeless and always lacking the answer/while the chemicals just do what's asked of them
i only care what happens when it's past you bedtime/it's past your bedtime

unhappiness/sometimes i digress/
am i a mess/yes i'm a mess

everything's weird now/everything's weird now/everything's weird now/now...
Track Name: Goddamn Shame
ever since you were born/you waited for this, wait forlorn
unexpected as you were it's undeniable/glass is empty, ashtray full

count me in on your side/I watch from afar what you cannot hide

all those frightening and criticizing eyes chastise what you've become

all that matters to you is just a matter of fact/all that matters to you is shit you can't get back

and it's a goddamn shame/a goddamn shame

so take your stance, defensive kind/take a swig to undermine/you waited for this/you waited for this/you waited for this/oh you waited for this

as you're suspended, upended and overdue/what will become of you

all that matters to you is just a matter of fact/all that matters to you is shit you can't get back

and it's a goddamn shame/a goddamn shame
Track Name: Money on the Wrong Horse
Chorus 1:

I'm not using/you're just confusing
the issue of what it means/to be using
what you've got to use/it's no use anyway

Chorus 2:

Let's pull a caper/pencil and paper
pin the throttle/brake a little later
it's only cash/we'll probably crash anyway
Track Name: Carry You Away
so hey, how have you been/ it's been a while since you've come around/i'm still searching for a meaning/so deep it can't be found

so who's gonna call you baby/what will you wear on your wedding day/what will you name your little baby/who's gonna carry you away

i've flown around the world/and across the universe/with a $13 haircut/ and a plain old white t-shirt

so who's gonna call you baby/what will you wear on your wedding day/what will you name your little baby/who's gonna carry you away

so who's gonna call me baby/what will I wear on my wedding day/what will I name my little baby/who's gonna carry me away
Track Name: Mileage produced and Mixed by Ken Stringfellow
do you feel good /do you feel better now
wish I could/wish I could remember how
plodding through another day/plotting some kind of means to escape

now I get mileage/out of things you cannot use
empty stomach/drinking on nothing to choose
all it takes is grain, water and time/next thing i know you're on my mind

i only know one thing worth knowing
and that was when the bomb would blow

i can see your hands working/and i'm taking it on the chin roll me over, roll me under/roll the credits at the end

then you gave me one to grow on/yeah you gave me one to go
and i only knew one thing worth knowing/
and that's how it feels when the bomb blows

i can see your hands working/and i'm taking it on the chin roll me over, roll me under/roll the credits at the end