Aliens, Ghosts and Lovers

by Mick Lynch

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released November 16, 2015

Produced by Greg Laswell.
Recorded in Phoenix AZ , August 2015.
Mastered by Alex Deturk at Strange Weather, Brooklyn NY.

All songs written by Michael Henry Lynch, except "Fire in the Sky", written by Michael Henry Lynch and Jenny Owen Youngs and "It Was a Very Good Year", written by Ervin M. Drake, published by Lindabet Music Corp.

All songs copyright Michael Henry Lynch (IMRO).
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Artwork by Michael Henry Lynch & Deborah Lopez.
Photography by Deborah Lopez.
CD design by Kevin May

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Mick Lynch Woodstock, New York

Mick Lynch is an Irish Singer/Songwriter from Dublin, based in upstate New York. Mick is also a founding member, Singer and Songwriter, along with Kevin May, of Irish band Storyman, previously called The Guggenheim Grotto, both of which enjoyed critical acclaim in the US and Ireland.
This is Mick's debut solo album.
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Track Name: Helping Hand
HELPING HAND

VERSE 1:

IT'S TIME WE TALKED
GO GRAB YOUR COAT LET'S TAKE A LONG WALK
I CAN'T PRETEND NO MORE
I NEED TO KNOW WE'RE HEADED FOR SHORE
LET'S BREATHE FRESH AIR
RELEASE SOME PRESSURE TRY TO REPAIR
THOSE BONDS THAT BROKE ON US
BUT BABY ALL'S NOT LOST

CHORUS:

LOVE'S LIKE A FIRE IN THE DRIVING RAIN
YOU MUST PROTECT THAT FLAME
YOU MUST PROTECT THAT FLAME
I HOPE WE COME TO UNDERSTAND
SOMETIMES ALL LOVE NEEDS
IS A LITTLE HELPING HAND

VERSE 2:

WRAP WARM YOU'LL FREEZE
IT'S TEN BELOW OR MORE WITH THE BREEZE
LET'S DANCE RIGHT HERE
JUST TAKE MY HAND AND LOSE ALL YOUR FEAR
WE'LL WALTZ AMONG THESE TREES
I DON'T CARE WHO THE HELL SEES

BRIDGE:

IT'S JUST TOO EASY TO LET GO
BUT OVER THERE THE GRASS IS JUST AS GREEN
LET ME HOLD YOU CLOSE AND TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW
LOVE IS ALWAYS STRONGER THAN IT SEEMS

VERSE 3:

LET'S HEAD TOWARD HOME
WE'LL LIGHT THE FIRE AND TURN OFF THE PHONES
LET'S PULL A CORK OR TWO
REMEMBER ME AND YOU
Track Name: In a Flash
IN A FLASH

VERSE 1:

NUMB
IN OUR SO CALLED HOME
JUST SOME WOOD AND SOME STONE
NO FLESH
NO BONE
JUST A GHOST UP THE STAIRS
AND A GHOST RUNNING SCARED
WHO'LL ALWAYS BE RUNNING

CHORUS:

I FIGURED OUT ALL OF YOUR POSES
OH LIFE'S NOT A CARNIVAL SHOW
LOVE DOESN'T LIVE IN THE ROSES THROWN
IT'S WHAT MAKES THEM GROW

VERSE 2:

FAST
YEAH YOU COULD CALL IT THAT
IT WAS GONE IN A FLASH
COMPLETELY
OH YOU RIPPED IT RIGHT OUT OF MY CHEST
YET TO SHOW YOU IT'S BEST
BUT YA JUST COULDN'T STAY
YA JUST COULDN'T HANDLE

OUTRO:

FAST
YEAH YOU COULD CALL IT THAT
IT WAS GONE
IN A FLASH
Track Name: Fire in the Sky
FIRE IN THE SKY

VERSE 1:

SEPTEMBER, BRAXTON COUNTY
EDWARD AND FREDDIE MAY
WENT OUT WITH TOMMY HYER
OFF WALKING FISHER'S WAY
WHEN WAY OUT OVER THE HILLTOP
SO FAST THEY CAN'T SAY WHAT
A VISION VOID OF REASON
A SIGHT THAT SENT THEM HOME SCREAMING

CHORUS:

FIRE, FIRE,
THERE IN THE SKY.
FIRE, FIRE,
THE SKY IS BURNING DON'T KNOW WHY

VERSE 2:

MINNESOTA, MARSHALL COUNTY
AT THE NORTH DAKOTA LINE
VAL JOHNSON OUT PATROLLING
WHEN A BEAM OF LIGHT SHONE DOWN
GRIPPED BY THE UNKNOWN POWER
HE SAID THAT TIME STOOD STILL
NEXT THING THAT HE REMEMBERS
IS SITTING BRUISED AND BATTERED AT THE WHEEL

VERSE 3:

SNOWFLAKE IN ARIZONA
BARNEY AND BETTY HILL
THERE WAS EVEN JIMMY CARTER
AND THE TRENTS OF MCMINNVILLE
SOCORRO IN NEW MEXICO
ROSWELL, THE PHOENIX LIGHTS
THAT BATTLE OF L.A.
WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY SHOOTING AT THAT NIGHT?
Track Name: Machine
MACHINE

VERSE 1:

ANONYMOUS
IN CASE THEY ARE PATROLLING US
PERFECT COVER FOR SPIES LIKE US
HIT SEND
IT'S EASY TO BE EVIL BY REMOTE CONTROL

VERSE 2:

MISDIRECT
KEEP 'EM GUESSING SO THEY DON'T EXPECT
GIVE CAUSE SO THEY CAN'T OBJECT
IT'S JUST TOO EASY
IT'S LIKE FISHING IN A BARREL WITH AN ELEPHANT GUN

PRE CHORUS:

THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT
ANESTHETIZED
MIGHT WANNA POKE HIM WITH A STICK
TO MAKE SURE HE'S STILL ALIVE

CHORUS:

BOW DOWN TOUCH YOUR SCREEN
WE'RE JUST GHOSTS IN THIS MACHINE

VERSE 3:

AN OLD CARD TRICK
SPREAD 'EM OUT FOR YOU TO TAKE YOUR PICK
A MAGIC MOMENT AND A MOVE SO SLICK
IT'S A MIRACLE
THE ONLY REAL ILLUSION WAS YOU GOT TO CHOOSE

VERSE 4:

YOUR MIND'S MADE UP
YOU HEARD IT FROM A SOURCE YOU TRUST
BUT THERE'S NO EVIDENCE TO PROVE THIS STUFF
WHO CARES?
IF YOU HEAR IT LOUD AND LONG ENOUGH IT MUST BE TRUE
Track Name: Many Moons
MANY MOONS

VERSE 1:

A TRIPLE SHIFT IS TOO LONG
YOU FELL ASLEEP BEHIND THE WHEEL
I LIKE TO THINK YOU WERE DREAMING
WHERE NOTHING FELT TOO REAL
SUCH A STRANGE WAY TO GO
MONEY MADE YOU MISS SO MUCH
MANY MOONS AGO
WE NEVER NEEDED SUCH THINGS

VERSE 2:

I WAS HIT BY A HEADLINE
BOY KILLED FOR HAVING PURPLE HAIR
HE WAS WAITING ON HIS BUS HOME
I READ THEY LAUGHED AS THEY LEFT HIM THERE
SUCH A STRANGE WAY TO GO
JUST A MARK FOR MAN'S AMUSEMENT
MANY MOONS AGO
WE ONLY KILLED FOR SURVIVAL

CHORUS:

GUESS YOU'D CALL THIS PROGRESS
BUT EVERYDAY'S A BRAND NEW WAY TO DIE
AND MANY MOONS AFTER US
THERE'LL BE NO-ONE LEFT TO WONDER WHY

VERSE 3:

REMEMBER WAVING AT THE STOP LIGHT
YOU DIDN'T SEE ME YOUR HEAD WAS TURNED
YOU TOOK OFF LIKE A ROCKET
BUT THEY CAN ONLY CRASH AND BURN
SUCH A STRANGE WAY TO GO
MOVING AT SPEEDS NO MAN SHOULD MOVE
MANY MOONS AGO
IT COULD ONLY BE MATCHED IN FREEFALL

VERSE 4:

HERE WE ARE IN A VACUUM
ON A SPACESHIP MADE OF DIRT
THE ONLY HOME WE'VE EVER HAD
THINK IT'S TIME WE PROVED OUT WORTH
SUCH A STRANGE WAY TO GO
UNDERNEATH THE STUFF WE'RE MADE OF MOST
MANY MOONS AGO
WE ALL COULD BREATHE UNDERWATER
Track Name: Limbo
LIMBO

VERSE 1:

I LIKE TO KEEP BEADS BY MY BEDSIDE
A CROSS IT HANGS OVER THE DOOR
BUT IT NEVER STOPS THEM FROM COMING
IN FACT I THINK THEY LIKE IT MORE

PRE CHORUS:

WALLS SEEP SOULS CREEP
STUCK BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HERE
HOMELESS RESTLESS
THE SPIRITS ARE SEARCHING FOR SOMEONE TO SAVE THEM

CHORUS:

WE ARE STILL HERE HELP US THROUGH
STUCK IN LIMBO WE NEED YOU

VERSE 2:

MY BREATH IS LIKE FOG IN THIS MOONLIGHT
SHADOWS MOVE THROUGH THE HAZE
I STARE AT THE CRACK IN THE CURTAIN
AND PRAY FOR THE MORNING TO SCARE THEM AWAY

PRE CHORUS:

BED SHAKES THE DEAD WAKE
THEY COME FROM DIMENSIONS UNSEEN
REACHING SEEKING
THEY CUT THROUGH THE FABRIC OF SPACE TIME AND DREAMS.
Track Name: No One Can Walk It Alone
NO ONE CAN WALK IT ALONE

VERSE 1:

WAIT
BE WISE
DON'T RUSH LIKE FOOLS DO
BIDE
YOU'RE PRECIOUS
THINK IT THROUGH
COS LOVE IS MORE DELICATE
THAN YOU COULD EVER KNOW

CHORUS:

IT'S EASY TO FEEL AND TO FALL
FOR STORIES SO SWEET AND SO TALL
BUT LOVE IS A LONG ROAD MADE OF GOLD
AND NO ONE CAN WALK IT ALONE

VERSE 2:

HIDE YOUR HAND
DON'T LET THEM PLAY YOU
HOLD THEM CLOSER
AND RISE ABOVE
THOSE EMPTY OLD PROMISES
FROM THERE YOU'LL SEE A DIAMOND SHINE
Track Name: Let Us In
LET US IN

VERSE 1:

YOU CRAVE THE WIN
SO MUCH YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'VE LOST
POUND FOR POUND
YOU'RE FIGHTING SHADOWS BUT THE LIGHT WILL SOON TURN OFF

PRE CHORUS:

YOU GOTTA SHOW US
YOU GOTTA LET US IN
SISTER IT'S OK
WE WANNA HELP YOU
MAKE IT BETTER
BUT WE DON'T KNOW THE WAY

CHORUS:

UNDER THICK BLANKETS
UNDER THIN SKIN
THERE'S A HEART THAT'S CRYING DEEP WITHIN
TROUBLE SO HEAVY BODY SO LIGHT
WON'T YOU LET YOUR DEMONS STARVE FOR JUST ONE NIGHT

VERSE 2:

EVERYTHING'S FINE
YOUR PERFECT ANSWER TO DEFLECT
ON A PULL STRING LOOP
BUT NO ON PUSHES OUT OF FEAR OF DISRESPECT

PRE CHORUS:

COME BACK I MISS YOU
OH MY PARTNER IN CRIME
FEEL I'M SAYING GOODBYE
WE'LL HIT THE CITY
WATCH THE PEOPLE
AND MAKE FUN AS THEY PASS BY
Track Name: It Was a Very Good Year
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR

VERSE 1:

WHEN I WAS SEVENTEEN
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
FOR SMALL TOWN GIRLS
AND SOFT SUMMER NIGHTS
WE'D HIDE FROM THE LIGHTS
ON THE VILLAGE GREEN
WHEN I WAS SEVENTEEN

VERSE 2:

WHEN I WAS TWENTY ONE
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
FOR CITY GIRLS
WHO LIVED UP THE STAIR
WITH ALL THAT PERFUMED HAIR
AND IT CAME UNDONE
WHEN I WAS TWENTY ONE

VERSE 3:

WHEN I WAS THIRTY FIVE
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
FOR BLUE BLOODED GIRLS
OF INDEPENDENT MEANS
WE'D RIDE IN LIMOUSINES
THEIR CHAUFFEURS WOULD DRIVE
WHEN I WAS THIRTY FIVE

VERSE 4:

BUT NOW THE DAYS GROW SHORT
I'M IN THE AUTUMN OF THE YEAR
AND NOW I THINK OF MY LIFE
AS VINTAGE WINE
FROM FINE OLD KEGS
FROM THE BRIM TO THE DREGS
AND IT POURED SWEET AND CLEAR
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
Track Name: Salzburg
SALZBURG

VERSE 1:

I REMEMBER THE PEELING PAPER
THE DAMP WAS UP THE WALL
THE COMBINATION OF YOUR SMOKE AND FRIED FOOD
DRIFTING UP THE HALL
YOU'D TALK ABOUT THE FAMILY
SHE'D TALK ABOUT A TV SHOW
AND THEN YOU'D CALL ME AND I'D COME RUNNIN
IT'S TIME TO GO

CHORUS:

SHE USED TO THINK THEY WERE ALWAYS WATCHING
KEEPING TABS ON US ALL
BUT NOW SHE IS WORKING FOR THEM
HEARING ALL YOUR CALLS
YOU KNOW SHE'LL BE WAITING FOR YOU
SINGING SISTERS AGAIN
DO YOU REMEMBER THAT DAY IN SALZBURG
WELL THE MUSIC NEVER ENDS

VERSE 2:

I STILL DREAM I CAN RUN UPSTAIRS
AND CHALLENGE HIM IN CHESS
PRETTY SURE HE USED TO LET ME WIN
BUT THE GLORY WASN'T LESS
HE'D LET ME WATCH THE FOOTBALL
HE'D LET ME USE HIS GEL
HE LOVED HIS METAL MATADOR
WISH HE LOVED HIMSELF

CHORUS:

HE KNEW THEY WERE ALWAYS WATCHING
KEEPING TABS ON THE TRENDS
THE ONLY MAN WITH A TAN AT CHRISTMAS
SO HARD TO COMPREHEND
YOU KNOW HE'LL BE WAITING FOR YOU
WITH THAT SMILE IN HIS EYE
DO YOU REMEMBER THAT DAY IN SALZBURG?
WELL THE MUSIC NEVER DIES
Track Name: Intertwined
INTERTWINED

VERSE 1:

THIS HOUSE HOLDS HEAVEN FOR US
FAR FROM THE MADNESS WE'VE KNOWN
AWAY FROM THE NOISE AND THE DUST
THE FURTHEST THESE SEEDS HAVE EVER BEEN THROWN

PRE CHORUS:

LET'S GROW SOME ROOTS WAY DOWN
DEEP IN THE DIRT
LET'S CLAIM THIS GROUND

CHORUS:

YOU AND ME WE'RE STRONG LIKE TREES
AND WE WILL KEEP ON RISING
INTERTWINED LIKE THOSE BIG OLD VINES
YOU KNOW THE KIND
THE ONE'S WE'RE TOLD AS CHILDREN REACH THE STARS

VERSE 2:

EVEN THE WILDLIFE WANT IN
THEY'D BREAK THOUGH THE WALLS IF THEY COULD
BUT NOTHING CAN GET TO US HERE
OUR HOME IN THE HEART OF THE WOODS

PRE CHORUS:

NOTHING CAN KEEP US DOWN
YOU'LL CATCH THE LIGHT
AND I'LL MAKE SOUND

BRIDGE:

THEY ARE SO CLEAR
FROM WAY UP HERE
FROM WAY UP HERE
ALL THIS EMPTY SPACE IT HOLDS NO FEAR
FROM WAY UP HERE
FROM WAY UP HERE
FOR WITHOUT IT STARS WOULD NEVER SHINE
WE'D LOSE THE LIGHT
WE'D LOSE OUR MINDS

VERSE 3:

HERE AMONG HISTORY AND HILLS
BY A RIVER THAT FLOWS BOTH WAYS
WE'LL WAIT FOR THE TRAINS ON THE TRACKS
AND WAVE AT THE RIDERS
AND HOPE THEY WAVE BACK
HERE JUST SOUTH OF THE BAYS
LET'S MAKE SOME YEARS OF THESE WONDERFUL DAYS.