Just a radio

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Just a Radio (3:26) by Michael Van
on the feeling of being an imperfect transmitter of some vital message
and being pressed to speak even though it comes out wrong


Just a Radio © 2000 Michael VanArsdale

I had something to say, but I've been singing around it
I had something to say, just on the tip of my tongue, but when I look it is gone
and the signal comes in late at night, static and voices from a far away site.

I had something to say, and this time I'm just gona shout something
I had something to say, maybe I'll just start singing
and see what happens right here and now
Do you know how it feels to wear this thorny antenna crown .

I'm just a Radio, tuned in to where I don't know
Playing songs made of static and snow, I'm just a radio.

Don't try to change the station, I've only got one and it's always on
I've got to tell what I know, even without proof to show,
I'm just a radio, receiving on mystic channel 22,
I'm getting secret codes in foreign tongues, I hear something but it doesn't come

I got something to say, but it's not too clear and not too precise,
dream remembered and fading in light,
I've got something before I quit. It's not what you say but how you say it.


from Dreaming Myself Awake, released September 23, 2013
with Sean Caffey on Steel Guitar and Larry Lawson on Bass.



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Michael Van San Francisco, California

Michael Van comes from Georgia and dishes up the twang with a bit of deep introspection, exploring the lines between love and fear, self and no self, and the plain truth of reality. Alan Bond (of Dark Hollow) brings his famous mandolin leads and strong vocal harmony to the mix, while local legend Larry Lawson (from Blue Lizard) holds the bottom. Together they form the Movers. ... more

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