Michael Cleary Band

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MCB Five

by michael cleary band

Released 2011
Released 2011
MCB's 5th cd is chock full of their trademark harmonies and world class musicianship. Add in their catchiest tunes ever and you have a masterful disc that gets better with every listen. Funk, Folk, Rock, Country, World Beat, Latin...MCB Five has it all.
  • 04:19 Lyrics
    Mind Made Up

    Seems to me like I could pass right through this town in just a minute.

    The only thing that slows me down is when I find out that you're in it.

    And as I searched high and low for you, I come to find out that we were through.

    It's high time for me to find something new, and end this charade.

    I got my mind made up, I got my backpack on.

    Before you turn around and say hello you better say goodbye cause I'll be gone.

    I got my mind made up, I got my new Keds on.

    Before you turn around and say hello you better say goodbye cause I'll be gone.

    Seems to me I don't know how or when I've reached my limit.

    I seem to find a way of losing even though I start out winning.

    And as both of my ends begin to burn, I take a hard slide in the first turn.

    Maybe this time I'll finally learn, and just walk away.

    I got my mind made up, I got my backpack on.

    Before you turn around and say hello you better say goodbye cause I'll be gone.

    I got my mind made up, I got my new Keds on.

    Before you turn around and say hello you better say goodbye cause I'll be gone.

    It's so hard to end this way, but my Keds hit the block today. It's so hard to end this way, I know.

    I got my mind made up, I got my backpack on.

    Before you turn around and say hello you better say goodbye cause I'll be gone.

    I got my mind made up, I got my new Keds on.

    Before you turn around and say hello you better say goodbye cause I'll be gone.

  • 05:21 Lyrics
    When You Get back

    She loved me fine when I was writing from hong kong
    and she dug it even better when calling long distance on the phone and
    cool and sexy getting that postcard from brazil
    but now im back home oh she wont give this a chance
    SHE SAID when you get back were gonna try try all nnight long
    but she lied
    she said when you get back we gon sing a different song but she lied

    Flew in on the red eye i put a quarter in the phone voice said leave a message cause there aint nobody home.
    I live in a hotel wonderin where shes at?
    you know the girl givin me the third degree
    and that aint where its at 
    SHE SAID when you get back were gonna try try all nnight long
    but she lied
    she said when you get back we gon sing a different song but she lied

    she said when you get back everything be couchi coo but she lied she said when you get back baby ill take care of you but she lied

    you know that she lied 

    I had it all planed out ad you shouldve seen how it all pane dout i live in a hotel wondering where shes at
    you know the girl givin me the third degree
    and that aint where its at 
    SHE SAID when you get back were gonna try try all nnight long
    but she lied
    she said when you get back we gon sing a different song but she lied

  • 06:34 Story Lyrics
    Barfly
    Michael Cleary Band
    2011-12-04
    M. Cleary/MCB

     

    Lyrics

    All I can remember was I was driving

    Somewhere out on I95

    And if I had a clue where I had come from

    I might get a clue where I'd arrive

     

    Hold back the rain, hold back the night

    It’s warm in here and so cold outside

    Hold back the rain, hold back the night

    I don’t want to ever say goodbye/ say goodbye

     

    And the more I think about it all the more I just don’t care

    So I drive and I drive and but I don’t get anywhere

     

    I’ve got those late night all right summers almost over but the headlights too bright better pull it over cause the wife is gonna kill me if I don’t arrive completely sober blues, again

     

    Now drinking all alone has its advantage

    I don’t have to answer to nobody but me

    And though I’ve had a few I didn’t care for

    I never had a drink that I didn’t need

     

    Hold back the rain, hold back the night

    It’s warm in here and so cold outside

    Hold back the rain, hold back the night

    I don’t want to ever say goodbye/ say goodbye

     

    And the more I think about it all the more I just don’t care

    So I drive and I drive and but I don’t get anywhere

     

    I’ve got those late night all right summers almost over but the headlights too bright better pull it over cause the wife is gonna kill me if I don’t arrive completely sober blues, again

     

    And I don't know why I’m just a Barfly

     

    Now I’ve been tossed and turned and accosted

    (Hold back the rain, hold back the night)

    By demons and conspiracies

    (Hold back the rain, hold back the night)

    When all of my alternatives have been exhausted

    (Hold back the rain, hold back the night

    I turn to the killer that comforts me

    ( I don’t wanna ever say goodbye, say goodbye)

     

    And the more I think about it all the more I just don’t care

    So I drive and I drive and but I don’t get anywhere

  • 05:25 Story Lyrics
    Burn Bright

    Lyrics

     

     

    Now I’ve, been thinking about space, been thinking about time

    And how it all relates

    I think back, to when it all began, with nothing but a void,

    Then a big bang

    Now my life, has traveled the same lines

    I dabble in space, and I waste a lot of time

    But I’ve yet, to get the big bang

    And even Stephen Hawking knows the nature of man

     

    It’s who we are, not where I’m going

    No matter how far, or where I’ve been

    From every star, a light keeps glowing

    Though it’s as far as time has been

     

    Now I’m, in a complicated place

    I got middle aged hair, and adolescent taste

    I’ve got a repossessed mind but it serves me well

    And has a good time

    Now I’ve, got imaginary friends

    But they never come around, when I most need them

    and I’ve got, an apologetic fist

    It’s just a matter of time before it goes off like this

     

    It’s who we are, not where I’m going

    No matter how far, or where I’ve been

    From every star, a light keeps glowing

    Though it’s as far as time has been

     

    I wanna burn bright, bright, burnin bright

    I just want to shine, burnin bright

    I wanna burn bright, bright, burnin bright

    I just want to shine, burnin bright

     

    Now I, get a sharp denim twist

    Whenever you walk by and brush my hip

    I won’t fight, cause I can’t resist

    I’m just a little confused, how it came to this

    Now I am, a little smarter than I seem

    But as for hittin on the road, I’m 0 for 17

    since then, I’ve been propositioned twice

    once by my hand and the other my wife

     

    chorus

     

    sometimes, I’ve just got to stop,

    take a deep breath, have a walk around the block

    as I try to read between the lines,  they conspire to meet

    In the corner of my eyes

    Now my life, has been misplaced, it’s no longer my own

    Any doubts have been erased

    But I’ve got, a sophisiticated plan

    I’m gonna keep dancing til they break up the band

     

    chorus

  • 04:35 Story Lyrics
    Cool Down
    Michael Cleary Band
    0000-00-00
    Edmund Peart Lyrics/MCB Music

    Lyrics

    I wish that i could say that i call ya lazy may

    you work 60 hours a week for somewhat decent pay

    so I raise my glass  to you cause this toast if over due

     while climbing to the top  think of all you've been through

     

     You better Cool down and rest yourself baby,

     seems like your wasting  away

     when  the good lord made the world , he thought it not  absurd

     to take a rest for one day

     

     There's  a time for working hard and  time to have some fun

            we could never say that you  left something undone

            i'd like to take you for a spin, windows down  breeze  blowing in

             and for dinner and a dance there's no committed  sin

     

    You better Cool down and rest yourself baby,

     seems like your wasting  away

     when  the good lord made the world , he thought it not  absurd

     to take a rest for one day

     

     I wish you  long walks along  along the shore

                a scuba dive to the ocean floor

                Bermuda nights  in a summer flair

                Feeling free with out a care…

     

    You better Cool down and rest yourself baby,

     seems like your wasting  away

     when  the good lord made the world , he thought it not  absurd

     to take a rest for one day

    Cool Down, cool down....

  • 05:13 Story Lyrics
    You Got My Love

    Lyrics

    You got my love 

     

    I know what you want, I know what you want, it’s just a matter of time before you find it

    I see you pass by aint no rhyme reason why you don’t speak but I don’t really mind it

    You keep leading me on, you keep leading me on I don’t want you to stop please continue

    I’ve been waiting so long every word, every song, every breath, every death, that I’ve been thru, just makes me want to say

     

    You got my love if you want it baby

     

    I know where you are, yes I know where you are, I know where you are cause I’ve been there

    I believe that its time I’ll be yours you’ll be mine there’ll be no stopping us as soon as we get there

    You won’t forget about me where we’ve been what we’ve seen, I’ll be right here in your head to remind you

    I’ll send my thoughts on the wind every word slowly spins til it comes close enough for you to just breath it in because

     

    You got my love if you want it baby

     

    Now I know who you are, yes I know who you are, your just me in a slightly different venue

    All the best laid plans of the wealthiest men cannot keep me from delivering this to you

    I’ll be there when you call I’ll be there when you fall. I will be the one who will catch you

    I swear all of this is true and I promise this to you. You were good to me before and now it’s time for me to be good to

     

    You got my love if you want it baby

  • 04:21 Lyrics
    Away-O
    Michael Cleary Band
    0000-00-00
    Vin Delaria/MCB

    Story

    With special guest Bill Holloman on trumpet

    Lyrics

    Standin on the moon
    No spacesuit on
    Lookin at the earth and what goes on
    People hungry
    People dyin
    People cheatin
    People lyin
    Standin on the moon
    No spacesuit on

    Standin on the moon 
    It won't be long
    Lookin at the earth and what's gone wrong
    Countries warrin
    Countries fallin
    Money's tight
    And debt is soarin
    Standin on the moon
    It can't be long

    Take me Away-O, Away-O, Away-O
    Take me Away-O

    Standin on the moon
    Way up so high
    Mother she just shakes her head and sighs
    The beauty they work to destroy
    So they can have a bigger toy
    Standin on the moon
    Way up so high

    Take me Away-O, Away-O, Away-O
    Take me Away-O

  • 03:22 Lyrics
    Free James Brown
    Michael Cleary Band
    0000-00-00
    MCB

    Lyrics

    I'm a Rebel without failure, I'm a soldier, I'm a sailor.

    I'm all of the above as I'm hitching up my trailer.

    You know I didn't tell my wife, you see, I didn't even ask her.

    I had no Time to lose there'd been an RnB disaster.

    We gotta Free James Brown, It's time to get down.

    I started out my mission on a cold November day.

    James Brown was in trouble but now help was on the way.

    A nation had been galvanized, a movement was born.

    And you would not catch me dead without my Free James Brown T-shirt on.

    We gotta Free James Brown, It's time to get down.

    James found himself in trouble in a chase across state lines.

    Maybe if he started singing when he got caught then he'd be fine.

    But his genius and his talent could only carry him so far.

    There's not much that you can do when drugs and guns are in your car.

    We gotta Free James Brown, It's time to get down.

    Now it came to be after serving three years James was free to go.

    And folks like me like to believe our efforts made it so.

    Eventually that judge he pardoned James Brown for his past.

    But I'm here to say, it wasn't til that Christmas day, that James Brown was free at last.

    Now you're Free James Brown, I hope you're getting down

  • 02:49 Lyrics
    Highlight Of My Day
    Michael Cleary Band
    0000-00-00
    M. Cleary lyrics/MCB music

    Lyrics

    I'm a fan of Random Moments

    The silly things that we all do and we say

    Don't have to wait for the final punchline

    When you laugh with me it's the highlight of my day

     

    Children are running, fast all around

    The smiles on their faces make a musical sound

    If I had to pick just one moment to save

    I'd say lovin you is the highlight of my day

     

    Your my highlight, The highlight of my day

     

    Everybody loves a party, 

    we don't need a particular reason to play

    We'll dance and we'll sing the whole night away

    Being together is the highlight of my day

  • 05:58 Story Lyrics
    See You In The Morning
    Michael Cleary Band
    0000-00-00
    Michael Cleary Lyrics/mcb music

    Story

    Based on the Heavens Gate ufo cult.

    Lyrics

    I was doing time inside the universal mind I felt invincible

    Trippin with the wise I saw it all without my eyes I could see it all

     I’m going down south going with or without you don’t you want to come along

    I got my keds got my hat baby and just like that im gone

     

    See you in the morning, maybe I’ll see you in the morning, maybe I’ll see you in the morning, maybe I won’t

     

    Now do you recall we had the life we had it all we made a decent wage

    Little did we know that the machines we bought and sold held the keys to our cage

    From the valley we cried, just leave it all behind take only what you wear

    Got my keds got my hat baby and just like that I’m there

     

    See you in the morning, maybe I’ll see you in the morning, maybe I’ll see you in the morning, maybe I won’t

     

    We all start out with nothing and when we die if we break even that sounds good enough for me

    And what I find along the way if there’s no place for it to stay then bury it with me

    I’m going topside gonna take that last ride, that ships about to leave

    Got my keds got my hat baby and just like that I’m free

     

    See you in the morning, maybe I’ll see you in the morning, maybe I’ll see you in the morning, maybe I won’t

NOTES
MCB's 5th cd is chock full of their trademark harmonies and world class musicianship. Add in their catchiest tunes ever and you have a masterful disc that gets better with every listen. Funk, Folk, Rock, Country, World Beat, Latin...MCB Five has it all.

The Michael Cleary Band has been performing for 20 years and their newest cd MCB Five is their finest yet. This disc is their first that is completely self produced and recorded in their own studio. Their efforts have resulted in a collection of songs described as an organic melting pot of great lyrics, catchy tunes, and sonic ear candy.
The listener gets taken on a rolling journey from the opening chimes of the infectious “Mind Made Up” to the pulsing funk of “When you get back” thru poignant reflection in “Barfly” followed by the uplifting charm of “Cool Down”.
Then, “You Got My Love” kicks in with an epic rock jam capped off with the Latin feel and tale of longing in “Away-O”. “Free James Brown” is the country flavored story of an unlikely fan of the Godfather of Soul, while “Highlight of My Day” is a toe-tapping celebration of the simpler things in life.
The album concludes with the epic “See You in The Morning”. A bombastic rocker based on the Heavens Gate UFO cult.
The music will draw you in but it’s the lyrics that will keep you coming back. Each repeat listening reveals a little more charm, subtle innuendos, witty turns of phrase, and glimpses of life, love, and adversity.
The songwriting shines as the star of this disc and its a reflection of a band that is musically mature, diverse and skilled at their craft. The quality of the recording is superb and MCB Five will surprise your ears with something new each time you listen to it.

The Michael Cleary Band is MIchael Cleary - Guitar/ Vocals, Vin Delaria - Keys/Vocals, Lee Sylvestre - Guitar/ Vocals, Jedd Chlebowski - Bass, Edmund Peart - Drums/Vocals, Frank Bauer - Percussion.