Unmade Bed

by Michael Daniel Murphy

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credits

released May 30, 2013

All songs (words & music) written and performed by: Michael Murphy with the exception of Self Made Man, Red Coat, Little Lone Wolf, and Hang On with the collaboration of Fred Bouchard

Produced and mixed by Fred Bouchard
Recorded at Studio Frisson and Studio PM in Montreal, October 2011-Febuary 2012
Engineered by Don Murnaghan
Additional engineering by Fred Bouchard and Michel Pépin
Strings and brass engineered by Pascal Shefteshy
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland ME

Guitars: Michel Pepin
Bass Guitar: Alexandre Lapointe
Upright Bass: Alexandre Lefaivre
Drums & percussion: Fred Bouchard
Melotron: Fred Bouchard
Piano: Michael Murphy
Wurlitzer: Michael Murphy
Vocals: Michael Murphy
Backup vocals: Michael Murphy, Fred Bouchard, Eva Desmarteau
Brass & Strings arrangements: Ben Wilkins
Brass and strings: Scott Reynolds, Rachelle Jenkins, Alex Truelove, Veronica Ungureanu, Gael Huard, Julie Fuchs, Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh
Lap Steel: Michael Murphy
Harmonica: Peter Weldon

This album is dedicated to my father Edward Murphy

photos by Susan Moss
Design by Jack Latulippe

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Track Name: columbus
Columbus
words & music by: Michael Murphy

I went full throttle came crashing into your wall
I cried myself back together in one piece
In one piece

Like Columbus I set sail
A great explorer
A survivor
Facing new worlds, and plagues

Over turbulent seas
Discovered my freedom
Deep within
Wandering the streets of New York
I balled out like a baby
And went on quite a journey
From green tea, squids and whales
My isolation, disappointment fell
Came pouring down by Columbus square
I cried you out, I cried you out..

I cried you out, oh baby
I cried you out
I cried you out, Oh baby
I cried you out

Time Square was the north
On my coincidental compass
So strong I found my way to navigate
No lies I showed all my blues
My ‘ugly face’ did make the headline news
I won’t be your lapdog
So sweet and so good
No more waiting up for you
No sitting, waiting to be fed by your love
Came pouring down by Columbus square
I cried you out, I cried you out..

I cried you out, Oh baby
I cried you out
I cried you out, Oh baby
I cried you out

I wish you’d never have kissed me
That night
Mourning out on the square
Columbus did swear
The world was a circle
Track Name: real
Real
Words & music by: Michael Murphy

When you are all alone
Do you lie by yourself
Sweat in your sleep
You won’t admit that there’s something wrong
But your body knows
Yeah your body knows

We used to run together like thieves in the night
Sneaking past the ex’s that keep
Tearing you away
Back to the spot
That burned your heart

When you grow tired of me
You’ll see, you’ll see you’ll see,
There’s no one else out there
For you, for me
When you laugh at me
Know that I was on to you
When you laugh at me know that I was fond of you

So when you’re out there turning tricks
You’re the one they always pick
But covers slip and make you fall
What are you going to do when it’s real
What are you going to do
What are you going to do
What are you going to do when its..
Real

That cold dark night
When you turned into an empty tree
So hollow
Haunted by the echoes of the wind
That blew you down

Your heart was never mine
Oh it was never mind
Your heart was never mine
Oh it was never mind
Track Name: unmade bed
Unmade bed
words & music by: Michael Murphy

I locked myself in my own body
It was an accident
Always an accident
Breaking things

Your perfume so sweet it won’t leave
Nothing the open window wind
could clear
Won’t you help me
disappear
Won’t you help me
Take them back, take them back
Those words
I never said to you
That made you leave our bed
I was a coward a stupid fool
Oh…

I made the unmade bed our shrine
I kneel before it every night
The unwashed pillows face each other still
The sheets in rippled tides,
Oh I would do anything, everything, to hold you near
So close to you dear

So we could wake up together
In the sun, in the sun
So warm, it makes us cry
So warm it makes us smile
Track Name: breakthrough
Breakthrough
words & music by: Michael Murphy

Don’t want to think about your face
Don’t even think I wanna have to embrace
The thought of facing someone new
For fear that it might be you
All over again

It’s been six years and though I died
I only let enough life in to get me by
I lied, I lied

I just wanna break through
Let love come and wake me up again
No bitter fears no masterminding
Just simply there with you
Simply there with you

This pain’s been howling at my skin
Grown scared of letting someone in
And losing my ground
Last time love shot me to the moon
Left cold and breathless way to soon
I yearned for the sun

So warm
I couldn’t land
and fly beyond the craters

I just wanna break through
Let love come and wake me up again
No bitter fears no masterminding
Just simply there with you
Simply there with you
Track Name: barometer
Barometer
words & music by: Michael Murphy

When I see you sleeping
I can’t believe what happened
All the years of doubting
Came crashing into knowing
That you’d be best for me
You’d be best for me

Now the light is piercing
Through windows almost blinding
On the tiles coolly
Your body wept to hold me
You’d be best for me
Oh you’d be best for me

The zoo always reminded me
That we had collided
I tried so hard to wipe you off the face of my planet
You’d always be
The barometer of my love
Never binding
The rain kept dropping by
Track Name: heart floor
Heart floor
words & music by: Michael Murphy

I’m about to set foot
On a plane
Back to you
I’m about to set foot
On the soil
Where I first met you

Oh I know your heart will drop to the floor
But I will wrap it up, yeah I’ll wrap it up
All good

Please go back to him
Stay with him if you can
Stay with him if you can
Because they all throw the towel in

I’m about to set foot on a plane
Back to you
Oh I know your heart will drop through the floor
When you see me again
I don’t know what my heart will do when I see you
When I see you again

Because the moon is so bright tonight
Oh the moon is so
So bright
For you tonight

I’m so scared to set
My foot on the plane
I don’t want you haunting me again
Holding me again
Track Name: self made man
Self Made Man
words & music: Michael Murphy / Fred Bouchard

Spent my whole life always,
Trying to fly
I never liked planes but a shot would
Get me by
With drink in my blood
The emotional flood
Never could express just what I felt
All the little kids are rushing by by bye

When you are going to make a million bucks
I’m going to be man, I’m going to take a stand
When are you going to make that million bucks
I’m going to be a man, a big, big man
All my little kids are hushing cry, cry, cry
I wanted to go to school
But never could pay
So I used my brains
And I did it my way

All I wanna do is drive, drive
Drive ‘til the end of the night
All I wanna do is drive, drive…

I’ve been going a 180 miles an hour since the day I was born
Drove myself solo, so low
Cause momma went away
She chose to run away
My childhood folded in that suitcase
I never complained
But all that remained was bread and molasses and cold
Newspaper stains

I lived the life I wanted to live
And maybe, just maybe
Its not too late

Never did get to be a kid
Will it be worth it now
If I change

All I wanna do is drive, drive
Drive ‘til the end of the night
All I wanna do is drive, drive

Doctor you don’t know what’s wrong with me
I took a little fall from the family tree
So take another test, probe and guess
I’m just another stranger out your door
Did you get my name
Well it's a shame
Cause we both ended up sporting
Fancy cars

All I wanna do is drive, drive
Drive ‘til the end of the night
All I wanna do is drive, drive

The night is getting darker still
This death’s in my stomach, death’s in my stomach
I’ll fight to see the morning light
Cause I still got another 18 rounds
To play
Track Name: red coat
Red Coat
words & music by: Michael Murphy / Fred Bouchard


When you feel alone
Just put on my red coat
When you feel strung out in a funk
Inflate it up and float

When you’re feeling tired
And there is no hope in sight
When your skin is shivering cold
I’ll keep you warm tonight

Cause you feel so much
Don’t hold it all inside
Yeah you fear so much
Just let it all subside

When you’re standing in the rain
Just put on my red coat
When your world comes tumbling down
We’ll sail on a paper boat

When your start to laugh
Put my red sweater on
And the day you finally sleep
I’ll greet you with the dawn
Track Name: little lone wolf
Little Lone Wolf
words & music by: Michael Murphy / Fred Bouchard

Gonna pack up the car
And run for them woodland hills
Gonna gaze at the stars
Till I wake to the morning light chill

Couldn’t take anymore
Couldn’t keep up with that pace
It was time to go
I couldn’t recognize my own face

I hear it calling

Little lone wolf
Little lone wolf, little lone wolf
Won’t be coming home again tonight

Going to head up the coast
Put my feet on the ocean shore
Raise my arms for a toast
To the sun, where my spirit can soar

I stand here naked
Shed this heavy clothes off my back
Feel the rain on my skin, smell the fire
When the night has gone black

I was due for a kill
But not hunting for some new prey
I was caught in a game
That I didn’t know how to play

Cause I lost my voice
From howling at the crescent moon
Now I sing to the full one
Please can you help me soon

Hear me calling
Little lone wolf…
Track Name: quiet in your arms
Quiet in your arms
Words & music by: Michael Murphy

Why do you keep saying those things to me
Why do you keep putting yourself down
Don’t you know what you’re worth
Well I know what you’re worth to me
Just let it be

I’m so tired of these social graces
Happy hour, cocktail faces throw up conversations
Everyone’s gone high-class prostitution
Commitment’s not the end for me
And our love can break this reverie

I’ll take you in my arms tonight
Take you in my arms tomorrow
So quiet that head down
Quiet that head down
Surrender to my arms tonight
I'll still be holding you tomorrow
So quiet that head down
Quiet that head down
Down

Still remember how we walked along the street and
We'd buy flowers for your room
You looked good in the sunlight
Oh I love the way your teeth touch
When your lips stretch out to smile
Your eyes still find a way to mess me up
I could wake up to their light every morning
So forget all your fears just come over here

I’ll take you in my arms tonight
Take you in my arms tomorrow
Quiet that head down
Surrender to my arms tonight
I'll still be holding you tomorrow
So quiet that head down
Quiet that head down
Down

I can still feel your voice
Gently singing on my back
On the side of the curb
That warm, humid night
I almost stopped to breathe
You soothed my soul
You soothe my soul

So take me in your arms tonight
Take me in your arms tomorrow
Quiet that head down
Quiet that head down
Track Name: hang on
Hang on
words & music by: Michael Murphy / Fred Bouchard

The sky’s growing darker
The wind’s blowing harder
Mercury’s having its way

The water’s edge rising
For the tears you’ve been shedding
And each breath grows shorter each day

We robbed the land barren
None left for the children
Who hunger and thirst for a change

come rain put out this fire

Hang on….

The snow storms are manic
The shoveling gets frantic
As a new season comes every hour

No waving your neighbour
Keep climbing that tower
We’re all on the phone
Alone

Come rain, put out this fire

Hang on
Hold on…

I thought I saw the people dancing
I thought I heard them sing

I felt the people come together
I thought I felt their hands
Track Name: bye lullaby
Bye, lullaby
words & music by: Michael Murphy

I’m cozy in the orange sun
This lazy afternoon
Outside the branches cast their shade
On this old Picasso piano


My neck hangs loose and heavy
My feet protected from this cold floor
my mother’s stuck in traffic
my brother lost his way

But me
I rock myself
In this lullaby
But me
I rock myself
In this lullaby

Bye bye lull
Bye bye lull
Bye bye lull
Bye lullaby
Bye bye lull
Bye bye lull
Bye bye lull
Bye lullaby

My neck hangs loose and heavy
My feet protected from this cold floor
My mother’s stuck in traffic
My brother lost his way

But me I rock myself
In this lullaby
But me I rock myself
In this lullaby