Michigan

by Josh Kaufman

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released February 2, 2011

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* Drums on "If You're Looking For Me" - Peter Anderson

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Josh Kaufman Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Sweet-sounding... with hints of alt-country, The Beatles and Elliott Smith. Kaufman is a thoughtful songwriter, and his moves are intentional; he has the pop form down without following it to a formulaic end" - Pittsburgh City Paper

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Track Name: Michigan
VERSE 1

Oh I gotta get back to Michigan
Now I did try
But it's time to tell the truth
And refuse it
Oh you know that I'm bound for Michigan
You can tell my friends I'm leaving
It's half a day
And I'll be sleeping in Michigan

VERSE 2

Took a terrible thought to realize
That I don't want what you want
But its hard
Cause from the start
I've been dreaming of you for quite awhile
But you've been dead and decaying
For half a life that I've been praying

CHORUS

Oh the mess I made
In trying to replace Michigan

CHORUS
Track Name: Trying to Live Again
VERSE 1

I’m made with midwestern basic of parts
But to get up the courage I needed to start
Trying to live again

I’ll need some help and a couple of beers
To break off the shadow from of of these years
Trying to live again

CHORUS

I don’t want to let you down
So I’ll be the one not making a sound

VERSE 2

Cause I've been accepting of standing so still
This town is so empty its taking me in
Why can’t I live again?

If I step on the sidewalk its only to breath
To take in the air that I don’t seem to need
Trying to live again

CHORUS

VERSE 3/OUTRO

I’d like to say that this moment has passed
But I’m fairy certain that no one had asked
But I’m trying to live again
I’m trying to live again
Track Name: Never Bet the Underdog (demo)
VERSE 1

I was thinking that I'd take some time
Would you notice?
But then triumphantly return
You'd be so impressed

CHORUS

But Hold me Down
Cause I don't want to go

VERSE 2

I even made it hard to find me
Moved up north
But what I never counted on was how
Quickly you'd forget

CHORUS

VERSE 3

Now its harder to remember
Who I thought I was
Lately nothing seems right sober
I'll drink to you because
I never bet the underdog




Now
Track Name: If You're Looking For Me (I'm Not There)
VERSE 1

I'm in the prime of life
I've heard a hundred times but
I've been hiding for so long
It's hard to give life up
But losting aint nothing much when
You've denied it for so long

CHORUS

So if you're looking for me, I'm already missing
If you're looking to find any reason why.
Baby I'm no good at goodbyes

VERSE 2

I'm now surrounded with
Servants and Harlequins
But It doesn't have to be that bad
Their right for keeping on
And in the end i'm wrong but
I've been drinking so whats the use
How about you?

CHORUS

TURN
I tried, and I don't have a reason
I've just been bored for awhile

CHORUS

TURN
Track Name: Something Honorable
My mind is empty but it's hard to believe in all these histories abound, I'm not privy to them still
But I'm a soldier in the suburban army and I'll complete my orders just as easily as you

But I've been praying for a broken leg
Useless to my men letting down my brigade
Something honorable to make my escape
Tell my mother I was brave

Because I'm getting tired of the same conversations I had when I was younger, when the future still was dim
I dreamed of moments like the ones I'm having and I'd have to say I'd rather stick to dreaming just for now

But I've been praying for a broken leg
Useless to my men letting down my brigade
Something honorable to make my escape
Tell my mother I was brave