Something Like Glitter

by Mike Dees

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The long-awaited second album, featuring plenty of Power Pop hooks, harmonies, and crunchy guitars. Includes "It's A Hit", one of Pop Garden Radio's top 15 songs of 2013.

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released January 25, 2014

Mike Dees: Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Theremin
Tom Arndt: Bass, Vocals
Dik LeDoux: Drums, Vocals
Tommy Hoehn: Background vocals on "Light of Day"

Recorded at Mighty Aw Poots! Studio, Memphis, TN.
Produced by Mike Dees and Dik LeDoux
Engineered by Dik LeDoux
Mastered by Steve Turnidge
Graphic Design by Mike Davis/Door 23 Design
Photo by Channin Rosenthal

Thanks to the Davis family (Jerry, Mary, Steve, Sheena, & the whole bunch), the Hill family, Ron & Kim Huckaby, Giddy & the Romero family, Frank James & the Edge Coffeehouse, Alan Heaton & Burning Sky Records, Steve Turnidge, Sam Johnson, Adam Waltemire & Pop Garden Radio, Mike Viola & all the Weirdos, Jeff & Sonya Forbes, Chris Wood, Brad Davis, Jason Pulley, Anna Morris, Mike Studard & Radio Memphis, Zero Hour Records, Sonny Johns, Kaliko & Iz, Roger Wild, David Harp, and YOU.

Dedicated to the memory of Tommy Hoehn & Sheena Davis.

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Mike Dees Memphis, Tennessee

Mike Dees is a Singer/Songwriter from Memphis, TN. A prolific purveyor of Southern-fried power pop and veteran of many bands, he recently struck out on his own and hasn't looked back since. Whether playing solo acoustic or with a full-on rock band, he always delivers heartfelt (if slightly acidic) lyrics and ragged jangle rock.

His new album, "Something Like Glitter" will be released in 2014.
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Track Name: AM Radio
Spin the dial and it makes you feel all right
May be oldies but they get you through the night
Searching for a sweeter sound, Pulled from yesterday
Back when melody was king, ask me and I'll say

Gimme that AM radio
All of the songs we used to know
They'll give you everything you need
Your satisfaction's guaranteed
Happiness at the speed of sound

Blast of static, then the music filters through
Not made of numbers, just a sound that's sweet and true
You can have your mp3s, Stick 'em in your ear
Truth and some humanity's what I want to hear

Gimme that AM radio
All of the songs we used to know
They'll give you everything you need
Your satisfaction's guaranteed
Happiness at the speed of sound

Aaaah

Gimme that AM radio
All of the songs we used to know
They'll give you everything you need
Your satisfaction's guaranteed
Happiness at the speed of sound
Track Name: Something Like Glitter
She was a beautiful debutante from outer space
Yeah, you know she got it so good
Men would drive a hundred miles just to see her face
Uh huh, and you know that they should

She can see them making plans for the rest of her life
But she'll never settle for just being somebody's wife
Having fun is what she's here for, mister, don't drag her down
Cause she'll laugh when you hit ground

She's something like glitter
Beautiful and shiny
One wrong turn she'll cut you up
Something like glitter
Cheap red wine in a gilded cup
But she will have her way
It's her game and we all get to play
All fall down
Wait it out
Cause glitter fades

There's only one thing in common that you both share
Yeah, you both love her
You may think that you can change her, you don't have a prayer
Oh, you're a rank amateur

Cause she's written all the rules and they change at her whim
Smiling sweetly as she tears you limb from limb
She's bringing her own pedestal, you better make room
Or she'll push you out the way

She's something like glitter
Beautiful and shiny
One wrong turn she'll cut you up
Something like glitter
Cheap red wine in a gilded cup
But she will have her way
It's her game and we all get to play
All fall down
Wait it out
Cause glitter fades

Yeah she's hard to hold
A bird without a cage
But all that glitters is not gold

She's something like glitter
Beautiful and shiny
One wrong turn she'll cut you up
Something like glitter
Cheap red wine in a gilded cup
But she will have her way
It's her game and we all get to play
All fall down
Wait it out
Cause glitter fades
All fall down
Wait it out
Cause glitter fades
Track Name: Mke Dees - It's A Hit
Everybody knows where she goes when her clothes seem to fall off on their own
You can try to change, but don't you think it's strange that you're always left alone?

It's a story you know all too well
Same old song that sends you straight to Hello, goodbye me

Champing at the bit, it's a hit
When you know better than it and you do it anyway (aaah)
Too afraid of change, and it's strange that your brains
put you in the range of harm's way

Suck it down, wear a frown, when the town seem to know before you do
Laugh behind your back, It's a fact, Now on the attack, Search for clues

It's a story you know all too well
Same old song that sends you straight to Hello, goodbye me

Champing at the bit, it's a hit
When you know better than it and you do it anyway (aaah)
Too afraid of change, and it's strange that your brains
put you in the range of harm's way

Ahhhhhh

Writhe and stew, as it chews, parts of you til you're almost gone
Time to run, now it's done, can't put back the gun once it's drawn

It's a story you know all too well
Same old song that sends you straight to Hello, goodbye me

Champing at the bit, it's a hit
When you know better than it and you do it anyway (aaah)
Too afraid of change, and it's strange that your brains
put you in the range of harm's way
Track Name: Little Know-Nothing
Little Know-Nothing hides from his windows
TV's his only world
Surfs the computer, Plays with his Wii
Drinks beer until he hurls

The lights are on, But everyone's outside
The curtains drawn, Against the ones from which you hide

Little Miss No One, Friend to all
Ends every night alone
She's got her girls, She has her friends
Until they all have flown

It's dark in here, With no one left to light the room
Embrace the fear, A happy home into a tomb

If you try to change the world outside
The world within you shrinks and dies
It's a shame, and a lie
When you won't even try
Realize, how the time goes by

Put them together, Nothing and no one
Stir them and they react
Oil and water, No chemistry
True opposites detract

The voices taunt, and razored doubts will fill the air
You have to want, or you're not getting anywhere

If you try to change the world outside
The world within you shrinks and dies
It's a shame, and a lie
When you won't even try
Realize, how the time goes by
Track Name: Bring It On Down
I said I never think about those things, but I lied
Other people never worry I guess they're the lucky guys
I don't get it, if you do
I wish you would clue me in
Every time that I'm with you
The fighting starts again

Yeah, bring it on down
To me now
I can take it
Yeah I'll be all right for now
Don't break it to me gently
Yeah I'll be just fine
If you bring it on down


There's a problem we must face, You can't seem to get along
You vanished without a trace, One day here, the next you're gone
I'd do anything for you, tell me what you want from me
Anything you say I'll do, Please just say what I should be

I've been looking too hard, To see where I'm going
Cant see forests for the trees
I've been searching too long, Haven't found the answer
So come on and rescue me

Yeah, bring it on down
To me now
I can take it
Yeah I'll be all right for now
Don't break it to me gently
Yeah I'll be just fine
If you bring it on down
Track Name: Tamed
In the morning, Something sticky
Hits my belly and wakes me up
Don't be alarmed now, Not what you're thinking
She was drinking honey from a plastic cup

She's just the kind you want to meet your Mom
I get antsy when she asks me where I'm from
I don't

Know what you do to me, I can't
For the life of me
Understand a single word she said
I only know
She keeps me fed
Oh could it be? She's tamed me

I have my own bed, and a blanket
She never fakes it, at least that's what she said
Sometimes she bathes me in the bathtub
I always feel love
When she rubs my head

She's just the kind you want to meet your Mom
I get antsy when she asks me where I'm from
I don't

Know what you do to me, I can't
For the life of me
Understand a single word she said
I only know
She keeps me fed
Oh could it be? Oh could it be?

I think I've never felt such peace
I don't even mind the leash
Oh could it be, Oh could it be?
Oh could it be? She's tamed me
Track Name: Chasing Rabbits
A little bit of me, A little bit of you
That's what you get making one from two
What do you do with the leftovers?
Put them in a napkin, shove it in your purse

Do you hide them in a box?
Do you throw them all away?
Do you put them on ice
And wait for another day?

Chasing rabbits in the (sha shaaa)
Middle of the kitchen (sha shaa)
Catching Z's until my legs are sore
Coffee's brewing and the (sha shaa)
Eggs are frying
It's a pretty good day, More than I asked for
Pretty good day, More than I asked for

Pick out the bones, Trim off the fat
Add a little spice and let the heat react
What do you do with the leftovers?
Main course is waiting, Have the good part first

Do you give them to the dog?
Do you share them with a friend?
Or ignore the smell of things going bad
Til the bitter end?

It's a subtle combi-
Nation of the juices
Blend and stir and hope for something more
Chasing rabbits in the
Middle of the kitchen
Pretty good day, More than I asked for
Pretty good day, More than I asked for

Do you ever really wonder?
Did you ever really care
About the life before I found you?
Do I exist when I'm not around you?
Track Name: Better?
Shoot the poison in
Kill to cure's the order of the day
Let the fun begin
A little bit of death can ease the way
Scouring the veins
Clawing all the way to make it well
Is it worth the pain?
Road to normals always paved with hell

Do you see, A running theme that goes through all that went before?
Tragedy is always seen instead of getting better

Pump the venom in, let it begin
If it makes you better
Fill the poison pen and scratch the lines
A time bomb in a letter
All the things you had, denied in flame
How soon they forget
Kill half of what you are
If it makes you better

Dangerous appetites, Feed the growing mouth that's never full
Never sleep at night
Shoot the moon and feel the lunar pull
Covering your eyes
Above your head the sheep are gathering wool
Halo made of lies
Ugly comes from something beautiful

Do you see, A running theme that goes through all that went before?
Tragedy is always seen instead of getting better

Pump the venom in, let it begin
If it makes you better
Fill the poison pen and scratch the lines
A time bomb in a letter
All the things you had, denied in flame
How soon they forget
Kill half of what you are
If it makes you better

Pump the venom in, let it begin
If it makes you better
Fill the poison pen and scratch the lines
A time bomb in a letter
All the things you had, denied in flame
How soon they forget
Kill half of what you are
The brightest fallen star
Collect it in a jar
If it makes you better
Track Name: Drive Away
Things you said made it hard to let you know
I got mad, Was too afraid to let it show
Running away from commitments and the past
If I stay, this saboteur won't let it last

Memories slowly fade
Drive away, Drive away

What's the point in waiting 'til the end
You're happy now, then it all blows up again
Eventually, nothing's quite worth what you gave
You let your guard down, and then you get betrayed

Memories slowly fade
Drive away, Drive away

Saw your face today, You didn't even smile
Flagged you down by the side of the road
And asked if you could talk a while
I broke down and asked could we reclaim the past
You grinned from ear to ear...and then you hit the gas

Memories slowly fade
Drive away, Drive away
Track Name: Light Of Day
So now our story ends, I'll think about you now and then
And dream of all the time that slipped away
Without you by my side I cannot run I cannot hide I
Cannot think of anything to say

I'll never, I'll never, I'll never
See the light of day
I'll never, I'll never, I'll never
See the light of day

I waited for so long to find someone to call my own and
You just left my heart against the ground
There is no turning back from your full-frontal sneak-attack
Don't look for me 'cause i won't be around

I'll never, I'll never, I'll never
See the light of day
I'll never, I'll never, I'll never
See the light of day

You'll never see my face again, You won't miss me so don't pretend
I'll never, I'll never, I'll never
See the light of day
I'll never, I'll never, I'll never
See the light of day
Track Name: Babble
I'm not drunk enough, I'm not drunk enough
I'll never be drunk enough to listen to you
You keep babbling, talking, prattling
Million words a second and not one getting through

And every single day it's the same old story
You do all the work, they get all the glory
Every little word that you say's so boring
Slides right off my ears

There's no substance in all those syllables
It takes all my effort just to get a word in
It's a waterfall, won't sink in at all
Words are getting thicker & my patience grows thin

And every single day it's the same old story
You do all the work, they get all the glory
Every little word that you say's so boring
Slides right off my ears

What the world needs now is a little bit of silence
Those empty words gonna push it into violence
You get one good shot, then it's over, yeah it's over and gone
The babble it goes on and on

Overpowering, Words are towering
Blocking out the sun with the words that you spew
Build it higher, Stoke the brushfire
One day Babel's tower's gonna fall right on you

And every single night as you lie in bed you're
Talking in your sleep til I'm seeing red
Does it help drown out the thoughts in your head?
It's planting some in mine...

What the world needs now is a little bit of silence
Those empty words gonna push it into violence
You get one good shot, then it's over, yeah over and gone
The babble it goes on and on

When a thought goes through your head (Blah blah blah blah)
It will slide right off your tongue (Blah blah blah blah)
Those are moments that I dread (Blah blah blah)
Could you close the gates, of your pearly whites
Before I come unstrung?

And every single day it's the same old story
You do all the work, they get all the glory
Every little word that you say's so boring
Slides right off my ears

What the world needs now is a little bit of silence
Those empty words gonna push it into violence
You get one good shot, then it's over, yeah over and gone
The babble it goes on and on