October Sun

by Mike Shupp

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released March 6, 1997

(c) (p) 1997 Private Mind Records
all songs by Mike Shupp (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
upc: 615824000121 | catalog: PMR-40001

Recorded and Mixed by Mike Harvey
at Actiondale Studios, Annandale, VA
Mastered by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Springfield, VA

Mike Shupp: Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Mike Marzullo: Drums, Percussion
Joe Parsons: Drums, Percussion (1, 3, 5, 8)
Steve Kaye: Bass (2, 6, 10)

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"Big hooks, sharp pop instincts"
— THE WASHINGTON POST
"Once again Shupp has crafted a fantastic CD full of the sounds radio should be yearning for... great melodies... 4 stars"
— PASTE MAGAZINE

Mike Shupp writes American guitar pop songs that conjure the heartland, cruising through summer nights with one hand on the wheel, and the unlimited potential in tomorrow.
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Track Name: Letter To Annette
(lyrics)

In a letter to Annette
I wrote down all the things
We haven’t done yet
In case we forget

It was a glorious affair
Ten minutes long and destined
For nowhere
But I do care

And now you’re halfway across the country
And I am walking on streets you know
And you would think it was raining money
On this place we want to go

So I put away my pen
Put on a stamp and sent
You a picture
Of the future

And have I found you well
Have you anything to tell
Of your new life
Of the good life

Annette, Annette
Are you fine, are you strong
Well you guessed wrong
I did not forget, I did not forget

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: Right For You
(lyrics)

You walk through the door
I'm not listening anymore
And the only sound is the wind
You twist my words around
Or am I just feeling down
Can't explain this state I'm in

What's right for you is not right for me
Now I see what you want me to be

Are our wires just crossed
Or am I really lost
I sit and stare through the glass
Looks like rain's on the way
Looks like whatever you say
Yes I'm afraid to ask

What's right for you is not right for me
Now I see what you want me to be
Sunrise in the wrong constellation
Star sign pointing to my destination
Take my place in a long line of confusion
Just a taste of my own brand of illusion
Brand of illusion

Like battle lines are drawn
Everything I say is wrong
And the silence cries out to us
Should we leave well enough alone
Or take what we call our own
Is it love we do not trust

What's right for you is not right for me
Now I see what you want me to be
What's right for you

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: House of Cards
(lyrics)

Ain't it funny how it's always the same
Thought you couldn't lose when you played this game
Then everything changed
And you could go on
But your world's all wrong

So you count to ten, then open your eyes
What you really want is to be surprised
But they're telling you lies
And you could go on
But your world's all wrong, your world's all wrong

And this house of cards you're living in
Is falling down on you
It's a one way street you're driving on
The signs are all around you
And this shooting star you're hanging on
Won't make your dreams come true

Now it feels like it's already done
Now you realize that you weren't the one
You're losing the sun
It doesn't seem real
It's not what you feel

So you live alone like you are possessed
Look at your life like it's some kind of test
Go on give it your best
Try and move on
But your world's all wrong, your dreams are gone

And this house of cards you're living in
Is falling down on you
It's a shadow world you're moving in
And they cannot touch you
Yes the walls are caving in again
Do you know what to do
Do you know what to do
And they're falling, they're falling, they're falling

Ain't it funny how it's always the same
Thought you couldn't lose when you played this game

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: Up To Me
(lyrics)

Everything's going to be all right
Let's give it a rest, call it a night
"Leave it up to me,
I can't wait for you to see"

Never before, never again
I won't follow you to the bitter end
"Leave it up to me-" no,
I can't take you seriously

And you want to buy just a little more time
Well you've worn my patience out this time

It's up to me
I can see it in your eyes again
Up to me
I can hear it, hear it in your lies my friend
You let me down again

Straight from the heart you say it comes
I want to believe but you leave me numb
"Leave it up to me" are you still reassuring me

Took a long time to see the game
I think I know you by a different name
"Leave it up to me-" no,
I can't take you seriously

And you're trying to buy just a little more time
Well I'm not feeling so free with mine
Free with mine
Free with mine

It's up to me
I can see it in your eyes again
Up to me
I can hear it, hear it in your lies my friend
You let me down again
You let me down again

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: Easier Now
(lyrics)

Used to laugh about it
Make a joke, keep it light
Used to do without it
Let it go without a fight
Used to cry about it
Wonder when, wonder how
Pray somehow, pray somehow

Well it's easier now
I took some time to find out
And it's really a matter of
The benefit of the doubt
When all you love is what you do
You're doing what will get you through
Just make this vow
And it's easier now

Used to hold a candle
In the wind, in the rain
Looking for an answer
For a light along the way
Far down another road
See a sign, see the end
See a true friend, see a true friend

Well it's easier now
I took some time to find out
And it's really gone beyond
A shadow of a doubt
When all you need is what you love
You'll always be reminded of
The eleventh hour
It makes it easier now

Easy, easier now
So easy, it's easier now

Used to lose the battle
Run away from the fight
Used to face the struggle
Didn't know the wrong from right
Used to be afraid of
What I thought, what I knew
Was the truth, was the truth

Well it's easier now
I took some time to find out
And it's really a question of
What you can do without
All your love is going to be
The thing that sets your whole world free
Just listen to the sound
And it's easier now

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: Prove Me Wrong
(lyrics)

I wake up to a brand new day
And the world waits just to turn my way
I see all that can be
And you find something wrong with me

I once slipped into your world
And watched as your design unfurled
Can’t say that I knew you well
Been a long time comin’ out of that hell

Well I’m out of the dark and lonely place I’ve been
Into the wide open arms of a friend
Like a broken record I’m so sick of that song
Why do you always have to prove me wrong

I walk through a December night
And the weight of the world feels right
Desperate feelings in my soul
Gonna take every last ounce of control

Well I’m out of the dark and lonely place I’ve been
Into the bright and shining light again
Take a number if you can wait that long
Are you still gonna try to prove me wrong again

Wrong, prove me wrong
Prove me wrong again
Wrong, prove me wrong
Prove me wrong again

I wake up to a brand new day
And the world waits just to turn my way
Well I’m out of the dark and lonely place I’ve been
Into the bright and shining light again
Take a number if you can wait that long
Are you still gonna try to prove me wrong
Again, again, prove me wrong again, wrong again

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: (You're So) Into It
(lyrics)

Well you always make the scene
Know exactly what it means to make it
You can always tell me what's cool, what's hip
Something tells me ought to tighten my grip
You hang around with somebody new

Every time that I lay eyes on you
Baby I can't keep up with you

You're so into it
You're so into it

I hear your name dropped over my phone
I let my guard drop when we are alone
I see you here, see you everywhere
You didn't used to have quite this much flair
You didn't used to have quite this much flair

Let's turn on to the latest song
Stick with you and I belong here

You're so into it
You're so into it
You're so into it
You're so...

Every time that I lay eyes on you
Baby I can't keep up with you
Let's turn on to the latest song
Stick with you and I belong here

You're so into it
You're so into it

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: Without You
(lyrics)

I'm taking the first train I see
I'm putting the world in between
You and me
I'm gonna take one long last look
Remember just how long it took
For me to see
Then I'm going far away
I am finding a way
To live without you

And if it's the last thing I do
I'm gonna break this into
A million pieces
Yeah I believed it was true
And now I'm holding onto
A thousand reasons

Yeah I'm going far away
I am finding a way
To live without you
Yes I'm leaving here today
And tomorrow is another day
Without you

And if I never say good-bye
I'm only waiting for you to even
Blink an eye
‘Cause when this rain starts coming down
Well I'll be miles and miles and mile and miles
From this town
From this town

Yeah I'm going far away
I am finding a way
To live without you
Yeah I'm leaving here today
And tomorrow is another day
Without you, without you
Without you

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: Pictures
(lyrics)

I paint a picture of myself
Until I look like someone else
Now don’t try to find me
Don’t try and remind me
Of some way I ought to be
Of things that I should have
Should have seen comin'

I paint a picture of myself
Flattering portrait on your shelf
Don’t want you to worry
Won’t ever be sorry
Make things nice as can be
Live life so easily

In love
In love...

I paint this picture by myself
Never thought to ask for any help
I suppose you will blame me
But who would not do the same things
Life comes down hard and brings
Rain clouds over everything
Life comes down hard and brings
Rain clouds over everything
Over everything, over everything
Life comes down hard and brings
Rain clouds over everything

I paint a picture of my life
And everything turns out just right

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)
Track Name: River To The Sea
(lyrics)

Like a river to the sea
You will come back to me
Into the waiting night
You will be the light

Like the rain that fills the ground
You are falling down
And to this empty earth
You will be returned

Like a ship that sails alone
You are far from home
And through a raging storm
You will be reborn

Until your journey's through
I will wait for you
And when this circle ends
I will have you again

Like a river to the sea
You will come back to me
You will come back to me

Words and Music by Mike Shupp
Copyright (c) 1997 Workplace Music (BMI)