Greenville 2013

by Mike Farmer

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about

A few years ago, a friend of mine suggested I record an album in a church. Little did he know that I already had and shelved the results. This is a mostly finished project. The first track has lyrics but I didn't have time to record them.

The first eight songs were recorded at a nice church in Greenville, Kentucky who would appreciate it if I kept their name out of this. The first six of these songs were recorded by Patson multi-tracking using multiple mics to capture the auditorium sound of the room. I played the grand piano up on the stage which was close-miked. I double tracked some of my vocals and they match up most of the time.

"Who Are You, Mike Farmer" and "Mountain Music" were recorded as an early trial session on the church's 2-track recorder and were both done in one take. This early session took place in November 2013 and the next one took place a month later.

"Die Alone" was recorded at Patrick Goble's studio office in Bowling Green. I'm not sure when I recorded this but it might have been the summer of 2013.

I undertook this project because of a showbiz friend who suggested I try to find a place with a good sound and a good piano and record my songs there. Lucky for me, I knew Patson and he suggested using the church where he worked during the holidays when no one would be around (it is also something of an elementary school).

My friend had flirted with releasing something of mine as he had a boutique label at the time and he enjoyed my music. Alas, it was not to be.

This was a difficult time in my life. These songs aren't trying to be funny except for maybe "Windows Not Responding". Some of my favorite songs are here, and there is a lot of emotion behind them.

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released December 1, 2013

Recorded by Patrick Richardson at a church in Greenville, Kentucky
except "Die Alone", which was recorded by Patrick Goble in Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Mike Farmer Whitesville, Kentucky

I have been making music for a long time and I'm putting all of it here. The singer-songwriter stuff under my own name. My comedy hip-hop stuff as Kentucky Prophet. My keyboard beats comedy stuff as Mr. Neutron. I'll be adding new and old stuff from time to time. I hope you like what you find. ... more

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Track Name: Mountain Music
When death comes he wants to be ready
When death comes he wants to be fully dressed
When death comes he'll be sitting in his favorite chair

We got a guitar and a standup bass for you
A fiddle, a mandolin and a banjo
Gonna send your spirit peacefully along
and play you out on a pretty bluegrass song

We will sing for you mountain music
We will sing for you on your dying day
We will sing for you mountain music
We will sing for you, send you on your way

Everybody's pickin', pickin' up a storm
pickin' and a-grinnin' to keep your spirit your warm
You're gonna go to that good place above
Filled with special memories and love

We will sing for you mountain music
We will sing for you on your dying day
We will sing for you mountain music
We will sing for you, send you on your way

When death comes he wants to be ready
When death comes he wants to be fully dressed
When death comes he'll be sitting in his favorite chair

We will sing for you...
Track Name: Learning To Live Without You
It's been two months since we let each other go
You tried to leave, so did I, we both said no
Not calling each other, not even a text
You blocked me on Twitter, what could be next
I say things about you, you mess with my name
You say that I'm wrong but I think you're to blame

I'm learning to live without you
I'm learning to live, learning to live without you

It's been too long, we can't keep staying mad
Needing time away from each other oh so bad
I've been at home, wasting my days
You've been up and down along the highways
I'm getting to used to not hearing your voice
What else can I do, I don't have a choice

I'm learning to live without you
I'm learning to live, learning to live without you
Track Name: The Past
Do you remember the past
Are you mad that you can't go back to those times
Whether you're 18 or 99
Do you remember yesterday
Or did you curse the light
and let it slip away once again
Wishing you could be with your friends
and the good times when they never end

I lived a million years ago
I hope to live a million years from now in the songs I wrote
That is my hope
I hope that I will see you there
And I don't want to hear you say to me that life isn't fair
Don't be scared
Don't be scared
Don't be scared

Do you remember the past
Well, do you remember the light
Do you remember the past
Well, do you remember the light
Track Name: Centaur
I was born to be your centaur
You don't know it but it's true
Galloping outside your window
Crying it to you

You weren't meant to be with me
Saddle up and take a ride
I'll take you anywhere you want to go
and never break my stride
Track Name: Who Are You, Mike Farmer
Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, we're asking you.

Are you are a nice boy
or are you a mean old man?
Is this all we have
or do you think there's a heaven?
Why are you yelling all the time?
Why are you yelling when you cry?

Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, we're asking you.

Do you like people?
Do you love people?
Do you want people around?
Or do you hate their sight and sound?

Will you be good to yourself?
Be good to all around?
Will you love the isolated?
Will you let the love surround?

Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, Mike Farmer?
Who are you, we're asking you.

Who are you?
Who are you?
Who are you?
Track Name: I Exist
Gesturing, gesticulating
Demonstrating my presence
Explain my effervescence
but I'm a face in the crowd
It isn't pleasant

I just want her to see me
Has it come to this
I'm not in the background
I exist

Crying like a war criminal in despair
On the stand, but the judge isn't there
Something came up, she's washing her hair
Can't get a verdict, she doesn't care

I just want her to see me
Has it come to this
I'm not in the background
I exist

Yes it's true
Would you know if I do
I exist
You ignore
Like I don't anymore

Gesturing, gesticulating
Demonstrating my presence
Explain my effervescence
but I'm a face in the crowd
It isn't pleasant

She treats me like I am
Passed out in the ditch
Crying for a handout
I exist
Track Name: Windows Not Responding
You let me down when I need you
All the grief I can't take
Sometimes I want to throw you
And watch you sink in a moss-covered lake

I treat you than I do myself
and yet you find a way to run too hot
You're burning up again, you burning bitch
I want to shut you down
But you're all I've got

You introduce me to new friends
I wouldn't meet on my own
They all leave when you go away
You provide the mother's milk of the serotonin

Windows not responding
Binary fails corresponding
Windows not responding
Hardware failure, memory absconding

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