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A Failed Breakup

by Michael McFarland

Sit & Wait 04:02
Sit alone For as long as I can bear It’s not my home If there’s no one there to share it And I know That they all can see right through me I won’t go For my patience will renew me Letting silence settle through me again So I’ll sit here in the corner with my heart in my hand Though there’s no one coming over and I don’t have a plan There’s got to be somebody for someone who feels this way And I’ll sit here till the morning, yeah if that’s what it takes Till the sunlight strikes my silence through the dawn as it breaks I don’t know exactly when I’ll come face to face with fate But it seems as good a place as any to sit and wait After light Slips away and sets the gloaming Into night And the day has given way to eventide Even tiring of the wait I still decline To accept what life’ll give me Letting shadows settle with me again Home, it feels like a hollow name When there’s no one to share it with And there’s no one to carry this hope at the end of the day You’re alone Every attempt to bury fails These fragments of fairy tales You’re a ship set with weary sails Sewn from the sheets where you lay But there’s got to be someone who feels this way
Stay 03:09
Stopped to visit me from back in Ohio Looking like the sunshine state Just a couple hours and it’s time to go Baby ’cause it’s getting late Said she’d come back but she changed her mind Only going to hurt us more If we’re moving on, baby now’s the time Kiss me and I’m out the door All I can think to say is to Stay young and beautiful, stay up late Stay with your brother who moved out of state Stay under cover of darkness as you’re walking away Stay out the cubicle, play outside Stay off the beaten path, love the ride Stay true to yourself, stay young stay beautiful If you can’t stay with me Girl reminded me how to love again Right when I was at my worst Leaves me wondering of it had to end The morning of the 31st Do you ever feel like we’re not done yet With what the future’s got in store Take your seven breaths and it’s time to get Packing up for Baltimore All I can think to say is go do whatever girl But you better Stay, all I can think to say is girl what’s your hurry Stay, you don’t have to go Stay, all I can think to say is girl don’t you worry Stay, when it’s right we’ll know
Remember Me 05:06
She said, “it’s starting to get cold back here in Cleveland And I haven’t seen the sun in seven days And the ice is forming on the cuyahoga But I hope those southern stars will light your way” And like peeling off the pages of a calendar Our year was ending soon And the ducks all disappeared just like in Salinger “Just promise me this too. When the lights go down In the Carolinas When your eyes close now Is it me you see? As you find yourself In the blue ridge mountains And forget your past Remember me” She said, “the nights are getting lonely on the north coast And I don’t laugh half as much since your escape And I wish you’d say I’m only what you miss most And I wonder what you want when you’re awake With the seasons slowly slipping into memory December came to call Still I wonder whether you and I will ever be As winter chases fall. We started a fire With wet wood and tinder I’m not ready to retire There’s still much more than cinders With memories of me As you slip into slumber Just promise you will Hold my heart still You hold my heart still, don’t let go”
Morning came Tears swelling in our eyes We’re saying our goodbyes Because I’m going away We finished our debates We go to different states There’s nothing more to say Except I love you and I’ll miss you Don’t cry No I can’t believe it Can’t believe it Didn’t take too long for us to see Oh, there was no getting over Getting over you Try to let go, only kept getting closer Time to face the truth You turned your claddagh ring around When I headed out of town Now it’s 6 months later, guess it’s time to wake up That this is what you’d call a failed breakup New Year’s Eve Another year that doesn’t start right With kissing you at midnight But you best believe This isn’t close to over Champagne til I’m sober And it’s time to leave Was it meant to be? Because I love you And I miss you Don’t cry, no I Can’t believe it Can’t believe it Closed eyes, nice try I thought I’d get away Because I love you And I miss you But I left you Well that’s an issue! What would we do With a redo? I would kiss you I’m out of ways to say I wish you were here
Lighthouse 05:27
When you’ve run out of steam but fell short of land When you’ve given your heart but still need a hand When you’ve followed the charts but don’t understand Why your faith fails When your compass is cracked and won’t show the way And the taste on your tongue is all sea & spray And you hold onto hope for the light of day Raise your sails Anchors will weigh you down With ships lost and never found But you’ll never run aground Cause I’ll be your lighthouse When the siren’s song steers you to your grave To be dashed on the rocks or beneath the waves And the sonorous sound makes you their slave Cover your ears When the wind’s whipping wild in the black of night And your last hope for help’s slipping out of site With no stars to be seen but I’m shining bright To stay your fears So get up, move ahead, don’t you let up Even if it’s a setup, I’ll be your lighthouse Hold out, though it’s dark and it’s cold out Even if you’ve been sold out, I’ll be your lighthouse


Blending 90s alternative rock, modern acoustic pop, and elemental rhythmic grooves, Michael McFarland's EP A Failed Breakup showcases the Asheville, North Carolina singer/songwriter's range. McFarland assembles a tightly crafted song cycle relating the tale of how his attempts to end a romantic relationship weren't meant to be. A Failed Breakup captures the essence of McFarland's stripped-down live acoustic performances while delivering a polished studio recording. Intimate lyrical word pictures are layered on top of irrepressible melodic hooks, delivered with rock & roll fervor, to relate how McFarland discovered that some stories aren't meant to end.


released June 20, 2013


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Michael McFarland Cleveland, Ohio

Aggressively catchy melodies pair with soul-filled lyrics in musical architect Michael McFarland’s refreshing take on indie rock. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock acts such as Weezer and Bastille to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon and Elton John, McFarland’s songwriting is frank, expressive, and clever. ... more

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