The Promise of Summer

by Mike Garrigan

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1.
Rusted Radio 03:52
You better punch your ticket And hang on for the ride. You better punch your ticket, 'Cause you're wasting your life. Even though your down in it. And, it's gotcha by the tongue. Even when you want to end it, It's only just begun. Where do you run to? Where do you go? When the rusted radio you're chained to won't let you go. I've got a belly full of cancer. That's the story of my life. I've got a belly full of cancer. That's the story of my life. And, I'm running out of answers. And, my time is short. I'm not sticking to the plan, sir. But, thanks for the support. Where do you run to? Where do you go? When the rusted radio you're chained to won't let you go. I just need some sun So I can grow. I just need a place That I can call... home... That's the story of my life. That's the story of my life. Where do you run to? Where do you go? When the rusted radio you're chained to won't let you go. And you can't catch the feeling, no, When you're high on the ceiling. And the rusted radio you're chained to Won't let you go.
2.
She Alone 03:35
I was looking for love on a starry night. I was looking for something that I knew I could not find. It was my kind of moment. I was looking to rock. I was looking to roll. I was looking for someone to move my soul. It was my kind of moment. And if I sing this song I'm gonna sing this song for her She alone steals the night from the stars. She alone is the light of my heart. I was looking to run. I was so afraid. I was falling in love in ways I could not say. It was my kind of moment. I was thinking of Frost. I was thinking of Joyce. I was thinking of sex in a Wallace Stevens voice. It was my kind of moment. She alone steals the night from the stars. She alone is the light of my heart. Don't walk away, please. Please. I was looking for love on a starry night. I was looking for something that I knew I could not find. It was my kind of moment. She alone steals the night from the stars. She alone is the light of my heart.
3.
She’s a blackbird under a blue sky She’s a fast car, sugar my appetite She’s an angel drunk on gasoline And she’s all that I need She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah She’s the top down, groovin' to the radio She gonna move me, turn me on baby-o She’s an angel drunk on gasoline And she’s all that I need She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah And she’s all that I need She keeps her moving parts clean She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah (Here we go) She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah And she’s all that I need She keeps her moving parts clean She’s my summer machine Yeah, yeah, yeah
4.
I’m a sinner in this town Where angels fall from blue I spend half the day wandering ‘round Just thinking thoughts of you I don’t expect you to understand When you’re near I tremble like a child And you take me to a better place Yeah, you take me to a better place The sun is out, the film is on But I can’t find the sound You deserve a perfect song I want to be the one to turn it right I don’t expect you to understand When you’re near I tremble like a child And you take me to a better place Yeah, you take me to a better place I’m a sinner in this town Where angels fall from blue You take me to a better place Yeah, you take me to a better place Yeah, you take me to a better place Yeah, you take me to a better place
5.
I’m in love with American movies I see one almost every day Science fiction means everything to me The word of God on a cathode ray We're the church of the modern day cinema Mother Mary was born today A perfect way to model my behavior I see her as the video plays Hey, Ms. Movie Star, don’t go away Sigourney Weaver, I believe her She changed my life A singletary Virgin Mary In my eyes Sweet confection, a perfection She can’t hide Hey, Ms. Movie Star, don’t go away Jerusalem is southern California Sunken down in the pit of L.A. I took a trip on a modern-day airplane I saw some films that made me pray In one she was the savior of the universe Another she was queen for a day Another one she’s the wife of the president What more do I have to say? Hey, Ms. Movie Star, don’t go away Sigourney Weaver, I believe her She changed my life A singletary Virgin Mary In my eyes The sweet confection of perfection She can’t hide Hey Ms. Movie Star Don’t go away Don’t go away Don’t go away Don’t go away Jerusalem is southern California Sunken down in the pit of L.A. I took a trip on a modern-day airplane I saw some films that made me pray Sigourney Weaver, I believe her She changed my life A singletary Virgin Mary In my eyes The sweet confection of perfection She can’t hide Hey, Ms. Movie Star, don’t go away
6.
She’s as sharp as the Fourth of July I want to know for sure She’s making a hole in my life So how could I beg? How could I cry? She’s letting me down, down again Letting me down, down again I didn’t need anything more than a friend But she’s letting me down again She’s stinging like salt in my eyes I want to know for sure She’s fixing a hole in my life So how could I beg? How could I cry? She’s letting me down, down again Letting me down, down again I didn’t need anything more than a friend She’s letting me down again She’s as sharp as the Fourth of July I want to know for sure She’s letting me down, down again Letting me down, down again I didn’t need anything more than a friend But she’s letting me down again
7.
Silhouettes and cigarettes and road lines I feel the way the road winds Driving for a long time I just want to see you tonight If I can’t I don’t know what I’m gonna to do I’m gonna see you tonight I’m gonna see you tonight And its gonna make everything alright I’m gonna see you tonight Infinity is far between the star lines Moving in a straight line Fast along the timeline I’m just wanna see you tonight ‘Til then I’m not breathing I’m not sleeping Time is an apparition Somehow I have misjudged I know the sweetest vision will come I’m gonna see you tonight I’m gonna see you tonight And its gonna make everything alright I’m gonna see you tonight I’m gonna see you tonight And its gonna make everything alright I’m gonna see you tonight I just want to see you tonight If I can’t I don’t know what I’m gonna to do I’m just wanna see you tonight ‘Til then I’m not breathing I’m not sleeping I’m gonna see you tonight I’m gonna see you tonight And its gonna make everything alright I’m gonna see you tonight I’m gonna see you tonight And its gonna make everything alright I’m gonna see you tonight Tonight tonight tonight tonight tonight tonight
8.
Some say that God is hard to see Mysterious and beautiful, infinite and free That seems unusual to me There’s things I see that no one sees And God lives in my backyard He’s out there fixing cars He’s staring at the stars He’s waiting for the end Of the world to come along He knows that times are hard He’s cursing in the dark He lives in my back yard He’s dropping hammers on his feet He sips alcohol from roses; he’s pissing in the leaves Tap-dances parables, miracles for me But he knows we see what we want to see And God lives in my backyard He’s out there fixing cars He’s staring at the stars He’s waiting for the end Of the world to come along He knows that times are hard He’s out there drinking Harp He lives in my back yard Is this in my mind? Can anybody see this fool but me? Faith is hard to find And silence is the golden word for Supposed golden kind I pray the lord my soul to keep He sticks it in a jar out behind the weeds He’s got the devil up his sleeve And God lives in my backyard He’s out there fixing cars He’s staring at the stars He’s waiting for the end Of the world to come along He knows that times are hard He’s cursing in the dark He lives in my back yard
9.
Sour Milk 04:34
Did the devil grab your tongue? With an over-easy sigh? With his underwater eyes? Every time you cry Yeah, every time you smile And every time you shine You’re the queen of all you see As you’re free to be yourself Yeah, you and no one else You’re free to be yourself With treasure, heart and shelf Free to be, free to be There’s something more than this Would you send me a kiss? ‘Cause I’m Gustaf Klimt And I can’t find the words Here in Webster’s list So don’t you beat me down With Luther’s fist There’s something more something more than this The king of what’s begun In a caramel taffy shape With his crystal razor face And a copper penny taste He’s a comet tail in haze He’s a comet tail, a common tale There’s something more than this Would you send me a kiss? ‘Cause I’m Gustaf Klimt And I can’t find the words Here in Webster’s list So don’t you beat me down With Luther’s fist There’s something more than this There’s something more than this Would you send me a kiss? ‘Cause I’m Gustaf Klimt And I can’t find the words Here in Webster’s list So don’t you beat me down With Luther’s fist There’s something more There’s something more than this...
10.
See the tears upon your face Fall from one day to another See the stars up in the sky Falling from each other See me here, singing low Wherever you go You'll always have a piece of me To tell you, "You'll always be right here with me." Say "hello" on a dying day Since nothing lasts forever Say "goodbye" on a throwaway See him running round and round and round Wherever you go You'll always have a piece of me To tell you "You'll always be right here with me." Loser said, “We don’t say that” Loser said, “We don’t dream alone” Loser said, “We don’t say that” Loser said, “We don’t dream alone”
11.
Suddenly I am on top of the world tonight All I can do is stay in this moment and feel alright You’re wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully pure and bright All I can do is stay I this moment and feel alright La la la la la la la la la la la la Don’t fade away La la la la la la la la la la la la Don’t fade away All I know is a place in your heart is right All I can do is stay in this moment and feel alright ‘Cause you’re wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully pure and bright All I can do is stay I this moment and feel alright La la la la la la la la la la la la Don’t fade away La la la la la la la la la la la la Don’t fade away Come on precious; don’t lose focus and now I don’t want to be stuck on the ground I’m on your shoulders, ‘til the sun comes around ‘Cause you’re wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully precious La la la la la la la la la la la la Don’t fade away La la la la la la la la la la la la Don’t fade away You’re wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully pure and bright So don’t fade away, don’t fade away You’re wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully pure So don’t fade away, don’t fade away Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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After touring with Athenaeum for most of 2001, side-man Mike Garrigan recorded the follow-up to the Lessons of Autumn, his celebrated 1996 solo album. The Promise of Summer features fan favorites "Rusted Radio" and "Sour Milk."

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released October 8, 2002

Mike Garrigan - Vocals/Guitars/Other Instruments
Mark Kano - Guitars
Alex McKinney - Bass
Nic Brown - Drums
Jeremy Cannon - Drums on 3, 4, & 5

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