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debut release from Mike Mains & The Branches.

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released June 5, 2012

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In February, the band released Calm Down, Everything Is Fine, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums Chart. New York Minute Mag said it best: "In a time of Bieberesque silliness and hipster pretention, Mike Mains is a voice of reason.” ... more

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Track Name: Miracle
I'll sing what I want, sing what I feel,
Because that's what's most real.
I want whichever you put in front of my eyes
Only what I can see and breathe in
As long as it don't scratch against my lungs

Oh, gloved hands to cement we're bound to lament
Until our fingers bleed and all our nails rip off
Oh, but our little toes have been known to go
Walking down harlot's streets.
Don't we know that we were made miracles?
Don't we know that we were made
To keep our hands clean and our shoulders back?

Alright,
I dug these words up from a well, set 'em on a shelf
For every time that I've got something smart to say
Sank like a ship into the sea was born upon the reef
It's at the end of myself that I'm made new again
Don't we know that we were made miracles?
Don't we know that we were made
To keep our hands clean and our shoulders back?

Father of mine,
I know I'm not really making You proud
We've all been lonely fruit with filthy branches
Looking down at the ground
We tell 'im "Oh, it's alright,
Come to my room, meet all my demands!"
But then like morning light the verdict's out
And truth walks in,
I didn't die for you to live like this.
I didn't die for you to live like this.
I didn't die for you to live like this.
Oh, I died for you to love!
Don't we know that we were made miracles?
Don't we know that were made to keep our hands clean
And our shoulders back?
Don't you know that your body is a temple?
So how bout you make, how bout you make a little room for me?
Oh how bout you make, how bout you make a little room for me?
Oh how bout you make, how bout you make a little room for me?
How bout you make, how bout you make a little room for me.
Track Name: Stereo
“Well, don’t be so rational,”*
I’d rather that than casually throw all my dreams away.
Life’s not some ship you sail only when you’re feeling passionate,
You’re in it, you’re in it,
So get some courage, kid, and why don’t you grow up?

And all I ever wanted to be was in your stereo,
That kissed your ears in your sleep.
But I’m no Romeo, in fact I think I barely know
Nothing about anything.
But if we’ll take this passed the edge and let go,
I think we’ll find what we’re looking for.

I’ve got a dream catcher above my bed,
So I can shake the demons out of my head and get some sleep.
I think that’s what I need.

And all I ever wanted to be was in your stereo,
That kissed your ears in your sleep.
But I’m no Romeo, in fact I think I barely know
Nothing about anything.

But if we’ll take this passed the edge and let go,
I think we’ll find what we’re looking for.

I’ve got a crucifix above my bed,
So I forget not to pray when I go to bed,
But that can’t save me.
No it can’t save me.
It’s not the wood that saves,
It’s the Man who came and wore it.
It’s not the cross that saves,
It’s the Man who came and wore it,
And he wore it well. He wore it well.
And then He said…

“All I ever wanted to be was in your stereo,
That kissed your ears in your sleep.”
But Lord, but I’m no Romeo, in fact I think I barely know
Nothing about anything.

But if we’ll take this passed the edge and let go,
I think we’ll find what we’re looking for.
Track Name: Lady Love
Let's put a patch over this hole
And make our lips smile
Let's pretend we never said
'I love you.'

'Cause Lady Love, O Lady Love
What have we become
If you're the center of my universe
Then tell me,
What is life when you're gone?

I gave you keys to open me
But I should know they don't belong to you and me
The voice inside me still softly speaks
'Be still, be still.'

Rest your head, O rest your head
It's been spinnin' in circles around yourself
There is no peace, O there is no peace
If I'm not living in the thought you think.

Can we just start over?
Can we just start over?
Can we just start over?
Can we just start....
Can we just start over?
Can we just start over?
I wanna start over
Can we just start over?

Lady love, O Lady Love
What have we become?
If you're the center of my universe
Then tell me what is left you're gone?
I tell you, nothin's left when you're gone.
Track Name: Rush You
I was born
In the doorway
Felt the warmth of love
From my mother's arms
She loved my father completely
We tore apart
Like a body in a crashed car

How the years they moved me
Into places that I had never known
How i learned so quickly
You want to make it in life
You just can't do it alone

CHORUS:
I don't want to rush you
I don't want to rush you
No, no, no
Just take your time

Let's pack our things and hurry
Our lives are now
And there only passing by
You say; "My love, don't worry
This world will never
Conquer you and I."
Oh no, it won't.

I'm reveling upon this six string
The crowds got there hands in the clouds
I tell my mother don't worry
Your boy is going to make you proud
She says; "Oh, I know you will."

CHORUS

We're getting older
Still I wonder
Are we learning from our mistakes?
Will our children have homes
To live in if we continue this way?

She said
"I just want to hold you
Come on and let me hold you
Until everything that's bad has blown away."

CHORUS
Track Name: Beneath Water
Let's scratch away the sand
Stuck in your ears
Water all the crops
With showers of tears
Tell all those baby's mothers
They don't need no fear
Because God's got their hearts
In His hands

We will ask all the painters
If they dress in white
To walk around the streets
In the dead of the night
Dance like guests at a wedding
Underneath the lights
Look at the buildings and say,
"I touched that."

We always want to brag

CHORUS:
Hold me underneath the water
Until the old me dies and slips
Out of this body
And make me new again

Maybe I am the writer
That will spark the flame
That makes the world believe
in the right kind of faith
But perhaps I need to get
These feet offstage and find
A smaller pair of shoes to fill

What i know is that
I am my father's only son
Who said,
"There will be time for sleep
When the work is done."
Keep your pedal
To the floor
Until the race is won
What if the race
Is not a race at all
Don't you crash into a tree.

CHORUS

He spoke His words to me
Like well driven nails
They sank like wind to rain
To my rusty sails
The sailor's hands to flight
And hung in the sky
Below a celebration that
Land was in sight

My heart puffs with pride
As I am defined
The center of this room
Filled with all your eyes
Leading me to believe
That I am so fresh and revised
But God I am nothing if I don't have You

I met my brother in a hallway
Said he loved Jesus
I said, "I think I do too."

CHORUS
Track Name: Emma Ruth
Dear Emma in heaven,
God shines his light on you.
And now you sleep with the angels
And the saints around the throne

And I can't bring you back,
But I will live to go to you
I can't bring you back
But I will live to go
I can't bring you back
But I will live to go to you, my girl

So push me up into the skyline
High enough to feel you breath
Surround me ever so completely
Because you are everything I need

Dear Emma in heaven
If I could turn the clock back, I would
And I won't weep tears that speak
I love you more than death that tore us apart

And I can't bring you back,
But I will live to go to you
I can't bring you back
But I will live to go
I can't bring you back
But I will live to go to you, my girl

So push me up into the skyline
High enough to feel you breath
Surround me ever so completely
Because you are everything I need

And I can't bring you back,
But I will live to go to you
I can't bring you back
But I will live to go
I can't bring you back
But I will live to go to you, my girl

I can't bring you back,
But I will live to go to you
Said a father to his daughter
We laid your body in ground
How we sang for you, sang for you

So push me up into the skyline
High enough to feel you breath
Surround me ever so completely
Because you are everything I need
Track Name: Life
Wake up my Darling love
Your daring legs were born to run
From the tangles of your tired youth
It just occurred to me that if we ever plan to be
Anything more than failures
We better dust our eyes so we can see

That this is the life we've waited for
This is me knocking on your door
This is my attempt to restore
What I lost

We better close our eyes
Cover our mouths for just tonight
These plans we made are bound to take some time
From a Texas porch we dream
Of future so bright we'd see it
Bleed through windows like the summer sun
Or how it would seem

That this is the life we've waited for
This is me knocking on your door
This is my attempt to restore
What I lost

With every snap you take of me
Close as the very breath you breathe
Oh if you let me
Oh if you let me

This is the life we've waited for
This is me knocking on your door
This is my attempt to restore
What I lost

With every snap you take of me
Close as the very breath you breathe
Oh if you let me
Oh if you let me...
Track Name: Drifter
If you're calling me a drifter,
I'd say you're probably right
Just trying to get to where I'm going
Even if I don't know where it is

And if you're calling me a liar
Well, a liar is fine
I'm so sorry to have hurt you
I'll leave you alone

PRECHORUS:
Cause I've been so stuck on myself
Can't seem to help anyone else

CHORUS:
Tear me down again and build me back anew
Rid me of myself and fill me up with you
Take me to the place where I once knew
You were for me and not against me

And if you say I have no peace
I'd say you're probably right
Cause I can't seem to find it
You see I don't know what it is

My God, my God, my past haunts me
From the top of the morning to the bottom of the night
So sick, so sick of walking in darkness
Oh please shine your light

PRECHORUS
CHORUS

2ND CHORUS:
Tell me where to run and that's where I'll go
I want so bad for once just to finally know
That I'm not above and I'm not below
The place that you want me

I've burned so many bridges
I've run out of bridges to burn
I've failed so many times
I'm wondering if I'll ever learn
It's you I need, Its you I want,
It's you who can complete
This very world, this very life
That you've begun in me

CHORUS
2ND CHORUS

Create in me a new heart and make it clean
A single-minded pursuit of everything
That you would desire from this offering
That you call my life
Track Name: Love
we filled our mouths with truth and lies
to get our hands on what found our eyes
and we built a bigger home so we could hold it all
but only had enough so we could hold it all cause
all you've gotta have is love,
(repeat 4 times)

i saw a man talking to a vagabond crowd,
barely heard him speak with that sword in his mouth,
i asked him, how should i pay back all my enemies,
he came a little closer and whispered to me, and said
all you've gotta have is love,
(repeat 4 times)
(oooh oooh oooh...)

all you've gotta have is love
(repeat 12 times)
Track Name: Free
you want the upscale
downtown new york lights
you got your charcoal
success starved eyes
you got your art school finished
put beneath your feet
your record player playing
only bobby d.

you sing
"if i could only get a chance
to get away
all i want is just a chance
to show them what i got."

spotlight come
take me away
river why don't you slip
into my veins
take me to a place where
i can be
free

remember when we said
we'd be friends for life
that promise slipped out of our hands
like dark to light
remember when we told
stories beneath the sky
of who we were and where we'd been
and where we'd wanna go.

you praised yourself
saying, "i'm such a success"
saying the one that wins
is the one that's dressed
to walk the line that's paved with
carpet red
careful now boy you got a swollen head

pride is not what make's
it to the mountain Top
pride will never get you to
that mountain top

we want everything
but don't want to pay for it

a father's eyes are filled
with tears
he gave his daughter away
upon an altar in december
weather outside was rain
mother does dishes in the sink
in her mind is a plane
that held the body of a boy
that served and sailed away
into the sky
left her hands
his body in the ground
his grave echoes with the truth
that all we have is now
don't throw it all away
Track Name: Stop The Car
Let's stop the car
And unfasten our seat-belts
Step outside
Into the freezing cold
Winter wonder
Watch as the snow falls
And covers everything

Lady love
You're beautiful
And all I could desire
But I wish you would make up
Your mind
See, i'm not one for pop songs
Or sweet little sing alongs
But if it's what it takes
To make you mine
I'lI will write them

She said,
"I've got something to say."

Let's stop the car
And unfasten our seat-belts
Step outside
Into the freezing cold
Winter wonder
Watch as the snow falls
And covers everything

Stop the car
And unfasten our seat-bealts
Slip into each other's arms
Seal our words with your lips
Against my lips
From now until forever

Just say what's on your mind
"I think i love you."
You don't know what love is
"I know that it's great
It's different. it's when you give
And give of yourself.
Until your tank is on empty
Just to be with the one you love."

You bleed on the inside
At the thought of losing them
That's how I feel

Let's stop the car
And unfasten our seat-belts
Step outside
Into the freezing cold
Winter wonder
Watch as the snow falls
And covers everything

Stop the car
And unfasten our seat-belts
Step outside
Into the freezing cold
Seal our words
With your lips against
My lips from now until forever
Track Name: Matches
Here we go fallin' over the edge now, the great divine is split wide open tell me which side of hell you'll think we'll land on
And if we make it to the pearly gates then tell me will are accolades earn for are say eternal day will be having

What filthy piles of sand are lives make
If we just sit beside the shore and never change

Well take what you believe and turn it into a forest, give me a set of matches and we'll sing a chorus that we burn down everything that kept us back

So we'll loosen up the rope tangled round your throat
Now like always up spring your words will bloom out because there destine to go upon the mountain tops

Oh, no body cares what you believe until they see what you do, so take a step off of the porch theres a dream to walk through it's only when you die to yourself that you make new
Oh, and Danny signed up for war but didn't know, if all the blood he shed on the ground would change a thing at all

Well take what you believe and turn it into a forest, give me a set of matches and we'll sing a chorus that we burn down everything that kept us back
Tell ya father that you love him and lets get in my car, drive as fast as we can till we get to where we think we will be saved, from the world and everything -

Oh yeah man grab it while the pot is hot, these words of mine are sharp enough to cut a hole in the wall, the one you built around your heart to never let no one in
Your tough nail but fragile as you sell them above the skin
We are the pictures on the wall you wish your camera took
We are the echo in the hallway that is leading you down, that dusty road your feet don't dare to walk down
But once you do your bound to hear "I once was lost but now i'm found!"

Well take what you believe and turn it into a forest, give me a set of matches and we'll sing a chorus that we burn down everything that kept us back
Tell ya father that you love him and lets get in my car, drive as fast as we can till we get to where we think we will be saved, from the world and everything

Oh yeah, I once was lost but now i'm found!