A Serious Case of Midnight

by mike skliar

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1.
Everything is political Every gesture, every move No reason to be cynical Just dance your best stuff in that groove The things you buy The things you eat The place you live People you meet The jokes you tell The clothes you wear The things that calm you Or give you fear Everything is political Every gesture, every move No reason to be cynical Just dance your best stuff in that groove What you binge watch What you find funny How and where You make your money The books you read To your kids in bed The things you do Not things you’ve said Everything is political Every gesture, every move No reason to be cynical Just dance your best stuff in that groove The charities you give, the ones you ignore The thoughts you express, or stick in a drawer Everything is political Every gesture, every move No reason to be cynical Just dance your best stuff in that groove © M. Skliar 2019
2.
Family is love And love leads to madness The crucible of So much joy and sadness Sometimes together Sometimes split apart As changeable as the weather And the beating of a heart There is no book of rules Just a complex history They grow hot or they grow cool Every family’s a mystery Families wax and wane Like the phases of the moon From a beautiful refrain To a very bitter tune I’ve seen all possibilities From hell to the divine From outright hostility To heavens valentine There is no book of rules Just a complex history The situations’ more nuanced And always, somewhat of a mystery The position that you hold In a family dynamic Seems so set in stone But nothing’s automatic A support system for one Is a trap for another A daughter or a son A sister or a brother There is no book of rules just a complex history or the rules are are always changing in ways that are a mystery we hate the ones we love and love the ones we hate in a co-dependent dance that emotions will dictate our children they reject it but then perpetuate battle plans, wars and truces that they then negotiate There is no book of rules Just a complex history They grow hot or they grow cool Every family’s a mystery (c) M. Skliar 2019
3.
People are here and then they’re not What the actual fuck A number of spins around the sun Depending on genetics and luck I’ve known people who Had roots like a mighty tree Then one day the letter’s returned No such addressee People are alive and then they’re not in this reality they're stuck A number of spins around the sun Depending on genetics and luck Existence is time-sensitive It’s all we know Didn’t I just arrive here And is it time to go? People are here and then they’re not from this fate you cannot duck A number of spins around the sun Depending on genetics and luck not just potentially, but eventually, existentially, eventually we run out of luck People are here and then they’re not What the actual fuck A number of spins around the sun Depending on genetics and luck (c) M. Skliar 2019
4.
Midnight on this rock third one from the sun Halfway thru the darkness, who knows what’s to come Something set two years ago, there’s two long years remaining in the thick of the rain forest, it just keeps on raining The midnight monsters mutilate any thought that’s not polite Its seriously a reckoning, a serious case of midnight And midnight is a metaphor, a misery in the mud Will midnight waters save us or drown us in the flood If we can’t row together, this current will sink the ship With a thousand stings and poison darts from petty dictatorship Its time for all our virtues to stand up to their full height If we are going to come thru this serious case of midnight It happened at midnight, the ancient sages predicted Will we afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted? The dancing of the dragon has revealed a fatal flaw But will we have the courage and the wisdom of the law We are hanging in the balance between the darkness and the light Its time to get serious, it’s a serious case of midnight (c) M. Skliar 2019
5.
Sad… fragile white man is sad Sad sad sad sad sad Times have changed he can no longer be An asshole like his dad He used to feel so secure white males always seemed to come in first Now looking around at the workforce today His white male bubble is burst His family’s been here three generations When they came they didn’t speak the language Now he’s horrified to find immigrants here Who only partly know the language (see the irony) He grew up with 2 bathrooms, boys and girls In the boys room they’d beat up those effeminate Now he’s and she’s want to be use different pronouns Bathroom danger for white males better throw a fit He’s angry at political correctness As his white male privilege slowly expires It’s good to be king, he says to his offspring Its what fragile white males require Sad… fragile white man is sad Sad sad sad sad sad Times have changed he can no longer be An asshole like his dad (c) M. Skliar 2019
6.
(stage directions- gym class, a long time ago) Ok I’ll take Murphy I’ll take Sellers I’ll take Serowitz I’ll take Bellows That leaves… OK, you take Skliar No you take Skliar No you take him If you take him, I’ll give you Murphy OK, deal I was born without a sports gene Watching or playing no interest at all Probably didn’t help much Hearing what you just heard whenever we’d play ball Gym class softball game When I would come to bat The outfield kids would come up in my face Knowing if I hit the ball It wouldn’t travel far at all I was born without the sports gene Or maybe it was never allowed to grow My jock dad was disappointed Who knows what happened, it was so long ago It didn’t help that my dad was screwed up Would make you feel horrible if a natural you weren’t So after a while I gave up Why bother swimming against the current I was born without the sports gene Don’t ask me to watch the game on TV I couldn’t care less who is winning Things like that not important to me I started doing things I was better at Funny thing was it was reading and writing And I can say now in the long run That took me more places way more exciting I was born without the sports gene Don’t ask me to watch the game on TV I couldn’t care less who is winning Things like that not important to me I was born without the sports gene But I, I , I, I can play this… © M. Skliar 2019
7.
A racist a con man and a cheat But the right wing thinks he is neat Not someone that I’d like to meet A racist a con man and a cheat You can’t be surprised by this testimony From the beginning the don was such a phony Most of what he says is baloney You can’t be surprised by this testimony A racist a con man and a cheat In 2020 he’s got to be beat Not someone that I’d like to meet A racist a con man and a cheat A racist a cheat and a con man But this is what we need to understand What do we do what is the plan For a racist a cheat and a con man A con man a cheat and a racist There is more then ample basis Look at those many orange faces A con man a cheat and a racist A racist a con man and a cheat But the right wing thinks he is neat Not someone that I’d like to meet A racist a con man and a cheat (c) M. Skliar 2019
8.
Blind blind making me blind Telling myself time after time I’m gonna live forever on a dime All those thoughts making me blind Tries tries how many tries Never thought to asking why Sometime laugh, sometime cry How many times, how many tries Fly fly, fly far away No rhyme no reason to stay Pack it up and cast away No more time to find a way Blind blind making me blind Telling myself time after time I’m gonna live forever on a dime All those thoughts making me blind written by Mark Powers & Mike Skliar
9.
Ladies and gentleman welcome to the worlds fair of 19 ought five When you step into our time machine you’ll be glad you are alive Journey to a future world 114 years from now They’ll have machines for everything even milking a cow Carnival barkers like me will have a curious fate One of us will become president of the united states! Yes from the ranks of swindlers who sell you patent medicine And run those three card monte games, make you think you’ll win It dices, it slices, it crawls on its belly like a reptile Then becomes our great leader, morality defiled Step this way, just twenty cents at the gate See the future carnival barker president of the united states (c) M. Skliar 2019
10.
Have you seen my sadness? I left it somewhere Its gonna come back to me When I least expect it When I’m just not ready Have you seen my depression? It was taking a long vacation Someplace that needs a passport But it might feel like It has to come home Have you seen my obsessions? They went to visit friends and family But maybe they’re feeling lonely Longing for a familiar place they want to come home Have you seen my sadness? When it’s back we’ll get reacquainted Meet the new neighbors There’s been some changes here My sadness might have to adapt Have you seen my sadness? It’s kind of like the ice in springtime It gets smaller and starts to melt And tho winter may come again I cleared a path to spring (c) M. Skliar 2019
11.
Everyone is watching one of 50 different mini series Binge watching eyes open looking at a screen Other things are happening everywhere around the world Very few are reading and it makes me want to scream When the oceans rise and rise and millions become refugees It will be a subplot on one of those tv shows Maybe then we’ll realize, stupid choices messed us up I would say more but TV is on, I’ve got to go © M. Skliar 2019
12.
Pronouns 02:16
‘He him hers’ ‘She her hers’ ‘they them theirs’ whatever you prefer That’s fine I say all power to you And your sense of self Don’t leave your identity Up on some shelf Oh no ‘He him hers’ ‘She her hers’ ‘they them theirs’ whatever you prefer That’s fine Another great word set If I may discuss And also inclusive Is ‘we’ and ‘us’ Outranking even The ‘royal we’ Is ‘all of all of us’ One big family tree ‘He him hers’ ‘She her hers’ ‘they them theirs’ whatever you prefer That’s fine (c) M. Skliar 2019
13.
Heard you had to go for tests Hoping it will turn out for the best Maybe they’re just being cautious You’re probably feeling nauseous Heard you had to go for tests Heard you need a second opinion Happy to cheer you on as one of your minions I know they’re just making sure That’s what doctors are for Heard you need a second opinion Heard they’re doing a little procedure Not something I’m sure you’re very eager (to do) I’m sure this ain’t no picnic But they’re gonna fix you up quick Heard they’re doing a little procedure © M. Skliar 2019
14.
You think you are praying to god, you might be praying to yourself You think you’re praying to god, you might be praying to yourself Is god in a prayer book, or in that math book up on the shelf If god is what’s good within us, why does evil exist If god is whats good within us, why does so much evil exist What is good and what is evil, and who is it that makes that list If god is powerful and good, why are there so many bad things If god is powerful and good, why are there so many bad things Talking and words may not answer that, sometimes you have to sing There’s god, there’s the blues, they might be one and the same There’s god, there’s the blues, they might be one and the same Blue skies up above, that might just be god writing her name (c) M. Skliar 2019
15.
No one accused you of kindness Or understanding others’ pain No one saw you help another Unless to help polish your name No one finds your lies convincing Except those blinded with hate Only fools think that you’ve acted To make America great And I hope they erect a monument To remind us how close we came To losing everything that makes us human in bold letters that monument proclaims We hold these truths to be self-evident That in this land justice shall prevail And the greatest day ever for democracy Is when you’re led in handcuffs off to jail (c) M. Skliar 2019
16.
59 02:14
By 59, you’re getting signs of what’s to be If you’re not blind, you know that time’s no longer free I know the line between whats mine and whats left out on the vine By 59, I’ve gotten signs of what’s to be 59, 59, 59, 59 Next stop the big six oh, no lie No place else to go unless you die Theres an ebb and a flow, and some things you just don’t know On that next stop the big six oh, no lie Sometimes the body feels older than the mind, but I don’t mind Is it an uphill or a downhill climb? We’re flying blind But its not all doom and gloom and depression And my room is filled with more and more possessions Ive seen a landing on the moon, you never know what will bloom Its not all doom gloom and depression 59,59,59,59. (c) M. Skliar 2019

about

Written and recorded between February and April, 2019 (mostly written in February, as part of 'February Album Writing Month') this 16-song album is the latest by Mike Skliar.

It covers many different subjects including getting older, politics and the state of the world, political correctness, growing up,binge watching, and the many comic possibilities of medical tests, sadness & death. It's actually more cheerful then it sounds from that description, really.

Lyrics to each song are here as well, should anyone want to read.

The song "Blind" is a co-write with Mark Powers, who played guitar and sings on the track as well (Mike plays mandolin and sings as well on that track)

Everything else on all the other tracks was written and performed by Mike, using acoustic guitars, harmonica, (there's more harmonica on this album for some reason, I guess it just felt like it fit), some keyboards (including two vintage Casio keyboards), bass, baritone guitar, mandolin, percussion, ukulele, vocals and background vocals.

Be advised about a 'NSFW" word in the song "people are here and then they're gone', which song is dedicated to the memory of Paul "Hoops" Turrell.

Thanks to friends and family, and to the online community at February Album Writing Month, a worldwide group of crazy songwriters I've been part of for many years, who challenge each other to write 14 songs in a 28 day month, among other things. It's a crazy idea that works. (check us all out at fawm dot org each February, and the site stays up for a few more months after Feb as well)

Thanks to everyone who listens, and/or has listened over the years - and feel free to contact me thru the usual social media channels, etc., too.

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released May 5, 2019

Mike Skliar- vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, harmonica, baritone and slide guitars, Casio keyboards, percussion, bass, background vocals.

On 'Blind'- Mark Powers played guitar and sang as well.

All songs (c) M. Skliar 2019 except 'Blind' (c) M. Skliar/M. Powers.

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