Shimmer

by Mark Mckay

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1.
Rain 03:45
There's a hard rain drivin' at sundown the taxicabs and the street people and you walk down down through the maze of the crazy avenues downtown and she's already used you Most nights she's a friend of mine we ride around and waste our time and i steal her face from the dark side of town And we dance It's three o clock and you gotta wonder how so many people could possibly be dreaming this too shall pass but you don't dream and you don't think and lately you don't sleep but your eyes are dry and your house is warm and still you wonder And you dance When the lights go down on this town I'm free You say I'm your overpass I'm like the traffic gliding through your night but when the cars are gone will you hear the rain drizzlin' down on your heart of glass Will you dance?
2.
In the year I was born they put a man on the moon and they showed it on TV now I'm thirty something but that ain't nothin' in this penitentiary did you every think a couple of years could make your dreams disappear in a time when every hero just wants to get paid It's a sweet temptation It's a sweet temptation in your eyes but someday is the day, the day after never It's a sweet temptation I walked into the midnight of that god-forsaken town I did my crime I imaging the same moon is hangin' up there at night while I did my time
3.
Nashville 05:41
She took her ring off slowly and she put it on a shelf I will not be a breaker anymore and the house is kind of messy but it doesn't matter none her hands hold tightly to the summer dress she always wore it's a million miles to nashville driving back to you the way I came a million miles to nashville driving back to you the way I came I always wished the way everybody does that I could see more clearly at the end of the day and it's a bust the way it happens this way it's over now and i can see the winner coming on it's a million miles to nashville driving back to you the way i came a million miles to nashville driving back to you the way I came and carolina calls and the phone is on the floor when carolina calls and the phone is on the floor when carolina calls and the phone is on the floor I can see that you don't need this anymore well she took her dress off slowly and she put it on a shelf I will not be a breaker anymore and her hair was kind of messy but that didn't matter none her hands hold tightly to the ring she swore she never wore it's a million miles to nashville driving back to you the way I came a million miles to nashville driving back to you the way I came.
4.
Stay Around 04:28
Keep your head up baby the end is coming round keep your memories in the front babe don't let go of what you found and think of all the people who changed on their way down you had a bad connection stay around Only yesterday you told me - a box of pictures in your hand and as I came across to hold you I began to understand we looked out across the streets and out across the sky and it all seemed so unreal stay around I don't want an imitation, I don't want to save my time You don't need an invitation, you don't need a magic sign the only kind of story that ever needs to be told is in the message of our love stay around.
5.
With a head full of teenage oxygen and a pocket full of cash you ain't the first one to fall into his eyes baby you just might be the last and he pulls you into a dead end street with the full moon in his eyes strapped down hard in the backseat baby almost hypnotized and the americans are home tonight the TV tells the story tonight I could be your anything tonight There's a broken fan in the window and his work clothes are out on the floor you can imagine the look in his eyes as our shadows cross out on the floor and he stares at my right to self-defense with the full moon in his eyes strapped down hard in the bedsheets baby almost hypnotized and the americans are home tonight the TV tells the story tonight I could be your anything tonight And it's one shot heard through the sycamore trees one shot heard in the night nobody needs to fret about me I know about whats wrong and whats right so deliver me to my injection now with the full moon in your eyes strapped down hard by the whore of justice almost hypnotized.
6.
You got to know i'm always ready for the show and if you and I are to ever really know then it's sorry once again there's something rotten in the end and my dogs are howling should you ever need to know I'm always ready for the show one more night like this you know the danger in a simple kiss I'm always ready for the show. one more night like this you know the danger in a simple kiss I never guessed you needed something off your chest but who am i to gamble when the lights are low and it's sorry once again there's something rotten in the end and my dogs are howling should you ever need to know I'm always ready for the show.
7.
Letting go I saw your brother letting go as he leaned back to ride to the other side and it burned my eyes to watch the losing and the winning and the distance he was chasing as he lost control you are together once again you are together you are together once again you are together I'm coming home your daddy's coming home with a broken box of songs for each of you come along let's wander out together through the endless fields of dancing leaves that lie to fly alone you are together once again you are together you are together once again you are together ain't it so good to know those ghosts are gone forever for now at least for now and when you close your eyes do you see us there together dancing through the longest night dancing through the longest dancing through the longest dancing through the longest night dancing through the longest dancing through the longest dancing through the longest night you are together once again.
8.
Memory Hotel 03:06
9.
Mercedes 04:23
I drive a Mercedes Benz to impress my friends I work a twelve hour day and I'm proud to say that my life is good cause i do what I should to please my family and keep them happy and try to act snappy when I'm feeling crappy love my wife for the rest of my life take care of my boys till they got their own shiny fine big red toys to drive around in and at work I got people who work for me and I treat them all so respectfully cause I know if I was working for them I'd expect the same and on Sunday morning I go to church to thank the good lord for being so kind to give me what I got I thank him a lot and I know he hears me cause my Bible tells me so.
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11.
No Way To Go 05:51
Crankin' up the Marshall paryting alone calling in for more on the telephone riding in the backseat sleeping in your car calling in for more from the back of the bar and it's no way to go I was talking to you like only yesterday it always seemed to me like you were doing ok riding in the backseat sleeping in your car calling in for more from the back of the bar and it's no way to go

about

Literate and understated, subtle and charged, roots-rocker McKay makes music fitting alongside Steve Earle and Springsteen; an alt-country force. -- Nate Schweber, Village Voice

Lyrically, McKay trusts his instincts and ventures into the abstract; the smaller moments are microcosms. -- Nick Zaino III, Paste Magazine

The power-pop melancholy of Matthew Sweet, the throttle of Uncle Tupelo, the tattered insight of Townes Van Zandt. -- Randy Harward, Harp Magazine

Mark McKay has earned a reputation for writing rugged and beautiful songs in the tradition of rootsy rock’n roll; his work is often compared to that of Alejandro Escovedo, Cracker’s David Lowry, and a Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen.

On Shimmer (produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel), the songs are philosophical, romantic, and at times political.

Shimmer was released September 14, 2004.

Shimmer is an album that sounds big and true; electric guitars churn and moan over a driving rhythm section while individual songs are colored by organ, piano, cello, trumpet, and other instruments from Ambel’s Cowboy Technical Services recording studio in Brooklyn.

Live from the Memory Hotel (Dren 2003) captures the intimacy and energy of Mark’s acoustic and electric performances from several shows in 2002 with special guests Kris Delmhorst and the band June Star. Renowned Brooklyn artist Steve Keene contributed original art for this album which was mastered by Scott Hull at the Hit Factory in NYC.

Mark recorded his critically acclaimed debut album, Nothing Personal (Dren 2001) in Boston with producer Ducky Carlisle.

Mark’s version of "Fatal Wound" appears on For Anyone That’s Listening, A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo (Flat Earth 2003). His interpretation of "I Know You Rider" appears on Ain’t No Grave (Dren 2003), a compilation of traditional music. His rendition of "Who'll Stop the Rain" is the lead track on Chooglin': A Tribute to the Songs of John Fogerty (Dren 2002) and his solo version of "St. Matthew" appears on Papa Nez: A Tribute to the Work of Michael Nesmith (Dren 2001),

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